It’s a little strange having my recap post on a Wednesday but last week was a little hectic. Hectic, but in a good way. I finally got around to throwing everything together, and now I’m excited to have coffee and blog all about what I’ve been up to! Time always flies by quickly when you don’t want it to. That’s how I felt about this week.
Meighan had Monday off, so after finishing up last week’s recap post, we headed out for a girl’s day at the mall. I pretty much fell in love with this dress. I’m still torn on which color to buy it in. It’s the Show Me Your Mumu Rebecca Off The Shoulder Chiffon Gown. I don’t even know where I’d wear it to, but I just love it.
We ended up trying on so many dresses and outfits. It felt like a workout! I loved these too! I’m glad I didn’t get them though because I found them online 40% off. Win! When they get here, I’ll post links if you’re interested.
After shopping and walking around the mall for hours, we stopped for an afternoon snack at Starbucks. I had a black coffee, Country Archer turkey jerky, and a That’s It bar. Have you guys ever had the Country Archer turkey jerky? It’s now officially on the top of my list. The That’s It bars have always been a favorite of mine because it’s literally just fruit and nothing more! The strawberry and apple one is one of my new favorite flavors. I tried it for the first time at the airport over the weekend. The blueberry apple is really good too.
On our way back, I stopped at Chopt to pick up my favorite salad to bring home for dinner. My salad had grilled chicken, chickpeas, cucumber, romaine, chopped kale, butternut squash, tomatoes, avocado, egg whites, and a hot honey vinaigrette for the side. I also had a hibiscus tea to go. I could eat Chopt for every meal every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it.
On Monday evening, I walked with Kyle to the barbershop so he could get his haircut. While he was in the chair, I walked over to Coco & The Director to grab a soymilk latte. I genuinely love the taste of soymilk, and I think it’s because of the thick and creamy texture. It’s a lot like oat milk. Coco & The Director is one of my favorite spots in Uptown. They have so much space for working, and the interior is cool. I’m impressed with all the new places coming to Charlotte. I’ll have so much more to add to the list, although, Kyle and I don’t dine out at restaurants as much as we used to (Chopt doesn’t count.) We’ve spent a lot of time on the tennis courts, cooking at home, and watching a ton of Dateline episodes. We do however have a date planned for this weekend, so we’ll be trying a new place out.
We headed over to the new Rhino Market & Deli to check out the new spot and see what kind of goods they had. It’s a great spot for local products, drinks, and their deli looked pretty good. I especially liked looking through their local coffee selection. After I finish up my roasts, I’ll head back over there to pick out a few.
Tuesday was such a busy day. I finished my work around six pm, and then made a giant salad for dinner. That’s the best way to end a day in my opinion. Big salads and long dog walks! My salad had romaine, kale, broccoli, onion, bell pepper, chickpeas, cucumber, sprouts, and chicken tossed in balsamic.
Oh, and another great way to end the night? A sweet treat. I’ve been great about replacing my sweet tooth cravings with tea, but sometimes you have to treat yourself. I found a new gelato at Earthfare that looked so good. It’s called Revolution Gelato, and it’s made with coconut milk. I topped half of a coconut almond bar with a little of the vanilla gelato, and it was tasty!
We slept like babies. I loved waking up with this cuddle bug.
He didn’t want to get up though.
Later in the afternoon, we headed out for a long neighborhood walk. I’ve been drinking the Harney & Son’s hot cinnamon tea for the past two weeks. It’s so dang good! It tastes like candy.
I decided to stick with my short runs twice a week, so I headed out to run Wednesday evening. I just did four miles around the neighborhood before walking the dogs. The run was pretty good, and the weather was gorgeous. My knees felt a little achy, but I think this is what getting old feels like 🙂 Running twice a week is how I plan on maintaining the light mileage.
After I finished my late-night dog walks, I made dinner. I didn’t know what I was making at first, but it turned into a delicious stir-fry. I cooked up chicken, broccoli, carrots, green beans, and added spicy Szechuan sauce.
I also cooked up some cauliflower rice from Trader Joes that I had in my freezer. I flavored it with garlic powder and low sodium soy sauce. I topped the cauliflower rice with my stirfry. This meal was so good, and that’s why I love impromptu dinners.
These boys make my heart so happy. I love finding them in the cutest cuddle sessions.
Late night tea to end the night.
After my morning dog walks, I made coffee and spent the morning blogging. I still needed to finish packing before my weekend trip. I am so obsessed with this mug! It’s only $5.99 🙂
After packing for the tip, I made a breakfast that was just too beautiful, and I had to photograph it. Look how pretty that oatmeal is? Totally kidding, but not all food pics can be gorgeous. Eggs and oats are a favorite of mine when it comes to a quick and easy fix. Before heading out to drop off the dogs at my parent’s house, I made a super shake with wheatgrass, collagen peptides, spirulina, goji powder, ginger, turmeric, water, ice, banana, and vanilla protein powder.
The pups are always happy at my parent’s house. My parents spoil them! I also opened a package from Land O Lakes with pumpkin butter and other goodies inside. I can’t wait to try them out!
I met up with Becca Friday afternoon to go for a walk and a late lunch. I had a salad at Panera. It had onion, lettuce, chicken, apple chips, kale, tomatoes, cucumber, eggs, and white balsamic dressing. This is always my go-to salad.
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to the mall to pick up a few things before the trip. I had a soy latte from the Nordstrom cafe. One of Kyle’s close friends was turning 30, so we were heading to New Jersey for his surprise party.
My eye has been on this J. Crew leather jacket…I’m waiting for a price drop before I make any moves. (jeans)
I was up at 4:15 am on Saturday morning. I need time to wake up, have coffee, and relax before heading to the airport. I don’t know how people can roll out of bed and head out. I don’t care how early I have to be somewhere; I’ll always wake up hours in advance.
I decided to paint my nails at the airport since we had extra time. I’m so bad at painting my fingernails because I always smudge them somehow. I’ve been using Insta-dri fingernail polish, and it dries in like two minutes. It’s also only $2.49 and comes in so many different colors. It’s 100% my favorite fingernail polish. It also stays on without chipping instantly. Kyle and I grabbed a cup of hot water and made some cinnamon tea before boarding the plane. He is also obsessed with the cinnamon tea. I had him try it out on Friday night, and he stole my cup because he loved it so much.
Larabar sent me some of my favorite seasonal flavors, so we had these for breakfast on the plane with coffee. I had the pumpkin pie, and Kyle had the snickerdoodle, both delicious! They held us over until 1 pm for lunch.
Kyle’s sister was so sweet and picked us up from the airport. We had all day to spend with Kyle’s family before the evening plans. I was excited to see his dad again and take a tour of his hometown. We drove up to Hackettstown, NJ for lunch at Mattar’s. It was a nice spot with gorgeous views. I had a salmon salad and much-needed coffee.
We drove around Kyle’s schools, his childhood home, and walked the town. Hacketstown is very quaint, and I love all of the older homes with big front porches. The town looked like something out of a movie.
We were both running on four hours of sleep, so all of this candy looked pretty good.
I especially loved seeing the leaves changing. Some of the trees have changed down in Charlotte, but most are still green.
It wouldn’t be a complete tour without stopping at the Mars Chocolate HQ! (Top details in this post)(blue flats)(jeans) We headed back to Hoboken around six and checked into our Hotel. We stayed at the W Hoboken! This hotel was gorgeous, and the views were breathtaking. What’s better than waking up to the entire NYC skyline?
The hotel beds were probably the softest hotel beds I’ve ever slept on. If we didn’t have to wake up early for a flight, I’d sleep all day.
I tried to down three of these Nespresso pods before heading out. We had thirty minutes to get ready, but I was soaking up my relax time as long as I could. Honestly, what’s better than just drinking coffee and relaxing in the hotel robe? Nothing.
We pulled ourselves together in twenty minutes and headed out. (long plum/purple cardigan)(Cross cold shoulder top) By the way, I’m not a lipstick person, but the Revlon Lipsticks have changed my mind. These colors stay on all night and do not smudge!
It was so great to see Kyle’s friends again and meet some I haven’t met yet. He has an amazing group of friends.
We all headed down to South House in Jersey City, and it was probably one of the coolest places ever! It was giant, too. I was in love with their vintage style, and they killed it with the Fall decor upstairs in the restaurant area. Such a fun night. Kyle and I made our way back to the hotel around midnight. We couldn’t keep our eyes open any longer! By the way, Hoboken and Jersey City was a blast. Kyle and I are going to plan a trip back soon to see his sister and spend more time there. We didn’t have the chance to explore, but driving by all the cute coffee shops and restaurants was a total tease. We will be back.
We were up bright and early again. Time for flight #2. (coat comes in like twenty colors)
If you guys are ever in the area, I highly recommend staying at the W Hoboken! They were so wonderful.
We grabbed all the carbs at the airport.
We made it home around 10 am! We were excited to head out and pick up the pups. We have serious dog-withdrawals. My cutie! 🙂
Before picking up the pups, we stopped at the Fresh Market to get some groceries. They had all the pumpkin spiced products out. I was excited to see the pumpkin tent back up this year!
I ended up falling asleep around noon. I never nap or fall asleep during the day, so that goes to show how tired I was. Around four, I was ready for a late lunch/early dinner. I decided to make a jumbo restaurant-style salad. I chopped up kale, steamed/sauteed brussels sprouts, sliced tomatoes, onion, cucumber, avocado, and grilled chicken.
How delicious is that? I love stuffing myself with yummy vegetables and protein.
Later in the evening, we headed out for a walk to grab a coffee and pick up dinner for Kyle. I was still full from my salad, so an oat milk latte was how I wanted to end my day! Not Just Coffee is one of my favorite spots 🙂
There is a new spot in Uptown (literally so many new spots) called B.GOOD. It’s a locally-sourced restaurant, and everything looked so fresh and tasty. I’m excited to try it out because they had so many healthy options.
Kyle ordered a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun and he said it was fantastic.
I’m also excited to try these Kombucha bottles! What a cute name for Kombucha. They were at the Rhino Market.
That nap (and latte) gave me an extra boost in the evening. I headed out and walked Grumples two miles and Leo two miles. They were so well behaved! 🙂 It’s the perfect time of year for the weather right now.
I am going to go out soon and take a ton of Fall photos of Charlotte. All of the houses in the Fourth Ward were totally decked out for Halloween.
We popped popcorn and headed to bed to watch “Sinner,” our new binge-worthy show! & that’s how last week went!:)
Questions for you!
- Do you wake up hours before your flight, or roll out of bed and go?
- Are you carving pumpkins this year?
- Give me a fun fact about your hometown.