Hope you all had wonderful weekends, and your December is off to a fun start. The weather has been incredible here. It’s cold in the mornings and in the evenings, which put me in the Christmas spirit, but it’s sunny and warm during the day, which is perfect for spending time outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, I need to get my Christmas lights up soon.
I’m excited to today because I’m meeting up with Becca to visit some fun stores, antique shops, grab a coffee, and get some Christmas shopping done early. I haven’t seen her in a while, so I look forward to catching up and spending time together.
I had to wake up at 6 am this morning because the dogs were ready to head out for their walk. I didn’t mind because the moon was gorgeous and the pink sunrise was surrounding it. I wish I had my phone to take a photo (even though it wouldn’t have done it justice), but sometimes I’m happy the dogs wake me up and get me outside during the most beautiful time of the day. After our walk, we cozied up on the couch with coffee and got to work on this recap post. I struggled to stay awake to put it together last night. Kyle and I were out by ten.
Can you believe it’s been a whole week since Thanksgiving weekend? I’m always talking about how fast time flies, but it’s true. I was so happy to see the pups last Monday. They pretty much attacked me at the door, and instead of my Dad helping, he kept snapping photos. Gotta love him.
Since my parents were so kind and watched my dogs during Thanksgiving weekend, I made them a delicious taco dinner on Monday night. I love spending time with them on the weekdays, so we caught up over dinner!
Taco night ingredients: onions, avocados, rice, taco shells, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, ground beef, ground turkey, taco seasoning, and hot sauce.
My taco plate had shredded lettuce, ground turkey with taco seasoning, onions, tomatoes, salsa, bell peppers, avocado, and brussels sprouts.
Look at those little frosty noses! It was 31 degrees on Tuesday morning! Burrrrrrrr.
My breakfasts aren’t always the prettiest, but they work. Egg whites, tomatoes, leftover taco meat, and pineapple!
I honestly couldn’t get out of my weekend vacation mode, so it took me a bit to get through emails. I found myself staring at my computer screen with a foggy mind most of the time, so I shut down and headed out for a walk. I needed to do something to get myself out of the rut.
The dogs were zonked after our four-mile walk. I started going through some old photos at my parent’s house for a Christmas gift I’m working on. I spent hours going through all the memories with my dad. I even had to make coffee for use while he was showing me his photos from his tours overseas. My dad has been to over 70 countries!
I picked up an easy dinner on Tuesday night from my favorite spot, Earth Fare. My (go-to) salad had mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, chopped chicken, pepitas, chickpeas, and a balsamic for the dressing. I also picked up dark chocolate and a Zevia drink!
I didn’t buy these, but I had to show you! Look how delicious the new Theo holiday chocolate flavors look! Let me know if you’ve tried any 🙂
I was so excited when I got home on Wednesday morning (also, I couldn’t believe it was already Wednesday.) My Christmas ornaments arrived! I have been using Personal Creations for a long time, and have always been obsessed with their gifts and home decor. How cute are these? They have all kinds of different ornaments.
For breakfast, I made a little DIY Acai bowl. It was inspired from the one I had down in Florida. I blended Acai powder, banana, ice, cashew milk, and vanilla protein powder together. I topped the bowl with hemp seeds and banana. So filling and delicious.
After breakfast, I added the new pillowcases I ordered to my couch. I can’t get over how cute these were for the price! I included the links below because so many of you were asking about them on Instagram. I also linked a couple of other items you all were curious about.
(LIVING ROOM RUG) (THROW BLANKET) (SOLID FAUX LEATHER PILLOW) (TWO COLOR FAUX LEATHER PILLOW) (BLACK AND WHITE CHECK PILLOW) (HALLWAY RUNNER) (OFFICE CHAIR)
Later Wednesday evening, I drove uptown to head to the gym with Kyle. We wanted to grab dinner to go and watch movies later that evening. Before heading out, I grabbed a coffee and some Turkey Jerky! I knew I’d be stuck in rush hour traffic, so I wanted to make the best of it. I’m strange when it comes to traffic. I like it because I get to listen to music, the dogs hang their heads out the window, and it forces me to enjoy the moment and just be.
I sat on the stationary bike while Kyle lifted weights and read some of my book for next month’s book review.
After we left the gym, we stopped at B. Good for dinner to go! I ordered a turkey burger and a side kale salad. If you ever stop uptown, B. Good is such an amazing spot! The healthy and local options are endless. I will add it to my Charlotte list soon. Kyle ended up dipping my gluten-free bun in his soup.
We started watching Mind Hunter on Netflix and fell asleep soon after. For breakfast on Thursday morning, I had oats and eggs! I blogged about my peppermint mocha latte muffins!
After the gym (biking & booking) on Thursday night, we stopped at the grocery store to grab a random dinner smorgasbord. I’m not a huge “pork rind” person, but we gave these a try! They were awesome!!!! It’s crazy that each serving has only 1g of carb.
My dinner plate had cucumber, hummus, celery, carrots, pork rinds, and smoked turkey! YUM!
Friday morning was so nice! The dogs and I went out for a long trail walk, and then I headed to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients to make dinner & a recipe for my recipe & book review series coming up.
I can’t wait to share!!!!!
My parents came over to help Kyle and I eat the giant dinner on Friday night (Pics coming soon.) My mom and I headed out on a long dog walk and ended the evening with coffee.
For the past year, I’ve been working on getting rid of “things” that I do not use/tough/need. You may look at this closet and think it’s a lot of clothes (and it is) but if you could have seen the amount I had when I first moved into my house, you’d be shocked. See this closet? I filled this and two other closets in my house with my clothing. It was ridiculous. I have gotten rid of over 2500 (I’ve been keeping count) pieces of clothing in 2017. Each month, I go through my closet and get rid of more and more. It feels so good to have LESS. I can’t wait to see what it looks like by summer.
I took everything out of my closet on Saturday morning while drinking coffee and went through everything again. I dropped off four bags to salvation army.
After cleaning out the closet, I was confident about going to the mall. I didn’t want to think about more clothes, so it was all about Kyle and NOTHING caught my eye. We were out trying to find the perfect suit for him. I was just there for the coffee and support. 🙂
We tried all the department stores, but it was just BLEHHHH.
Oh, and I ordered a tall cappuccino with one extra shot of espresso and soy milk.
We decided to head over to Bruce Julians. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! If you are ever looking for a suit for your dad, brother, boyfriend, husband, or whoever…you should check them out. They were so wonderful! They’ve been in business since the late 40’s, and I can see why. They helped Kyle find what he was looking for and were so knowledgeable. This is why shopping local is so much better. Plus, they offer you wine, water, coffee…and bloody marys! After six hours of shopping for a suit, he found a good one!
When we got back to my house, we made some popcorn, eggs, and hopped on the couch to watch a Dateline.
The weather was perfect on Sunday! I love waking up to the sun rays shining through my bedroom window.
Goals for the bedroom. I want to get a new white duvet and all white pillowcases. Should I keep the wall colors or go dark? I want a minimal look.
We drove to Le Peep to meet up with Meighan for breakfast on Sunday morning! I just love this place 🙂 I ordered a double shot of espresso to start. For my breakfast, I had an eggwhite omelet filled with tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, and onions. I had fresh fruit on my side!
Later in the afternoon, we headed to the courts to play tennis. Guys…70 degrees in DECEMBER!!! I LOVE THE SOUTH 🙂
I basically just kicked Kyle’s butt the whole time 😉 (I know you’re reading, Kyle)
After tennis, I had a post workout snack. I love mixing coconut milk yogurt and chocolate Vega protein!
We did chicken nuggets and baked chicken for dinner! My homemade chicken nuggets are one of Kyle’s favorite recipes.
And here are the details for my honey mustard baked chicken!
I hope you guys have a wonderful week! xo
Questions for you!
- Whats the weather like where you are?
- Do you own too many clothes?
- What is your favorite ornament you own?