I planned on getting my recap post done last night, but I fell asleep on the couch while I was uploading all of the photos. I shut the computer down, did my nightly pre-bed routine, and then hopped into bed thinking I’d fall right asleep. Nope. I was wide awake! I ended up watching Shark Tank for a bit before finally passing out.
It was so cold when I woke up this morning! I had to bundle up and take the dogs out before warming up with coffee. I do love the colder weather around the holidays, but I don’t love walking the dogs in it. I need to get warmer gloves, and then I wouldn’t mind it as much. Those one dollar gloves at Target don’t cut it. I do have pretty warm leather gloves that Kyle’s mom bought me last Christmas, but they are way too nice to wear on dog walks. I save those for special occasions 🙂
I have my second cup of coffee in my hand, so it’s time to start this recap post! I had such a fun week, and I hope you all had great ones, too!
After recapping my week on Monday morning, Becca and I headed out to the Birkdale Village in Huntersville to grab coffee, and walk around. It was definitely “sweater weather” so we grabbed our coffee and just walked around the shopping area. We chose the Birkdale Village because Becca had never been there before and it was decorated so cutely for the holidays. But first? Coffee. We picked up cinnamon dolce (1 pump) Americanos!
I was so excited to find the book The Break Down! I just finished reading B.A. Paris’s last book, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. After I finish all of my holiday DIY gifts, baking, and shopping, I am going to sit down to read this one. I just finished writing a recipe and book review for Behind Closed Doors! I’ll be sharing that later this week. I am still trying to find the perfect book for my January review. And don’t worry, I’ll still let you know my thoughts on The Break Down! I’ve heard really good things about it.
On the way home, I decided to make dinner easy and pick up a Chopt Salad. I love getting salads at Chopt because they are so large and last for two meals. I usually eat half and add extra kale to make it last longer. I usually get a Spindrift Sparkling water when I’m there as well 🙂
My salad order was a custom build. I had the Chopt Blend (kale/romaine/cabbage) edamame, tomatoes, chicken, eggs, avocado, chickpeas, cucumber, onion, butternut squash, and hot honey vinaigrette on the side. I also recommend their Kebab Cobb with falafel.
Before I sat down to put my RetailMeNot post together and have dinner, I took Grumples and Leo for a walk. I took Grumples two and Leo one. I try to hit six miles a day with my dogs. That’s pretty much been the extent of my workouts lately, and it’s been great!
Early Tuesday morning, I grabbed a protein bar and headed out to drop Leo off at camp. He’s been going to a camp out at a farm, and he gets to run around all day long. Camp is important for his socialization and his energy. Grumples and I usually go for really long walks/hikes when he’s at camp. I sometimes like to have a little one on one time with Grumples, and Leo is VERY energetic. He does this thing at night where he just paces around looking for things that’ll get in trouble just to get my attention. I usually have to put him in the hallway behind the baby gate until he gives up. But with camp, he’s so tired that he eats his food and sleeps the rest of the night.
I love the drive out to his camp. It’s a bit far out in the country, but it’s so scenic and worth the drive. I make a coffee to-go, take the backroads, and listen to music on the way out there. I also take Grumples for the ride. If it’s not too cold, they love sticking their heads out of the window with the wind blowing in their faces.
While I was finalizing some things on the blog and catching up on emails, I made a quick lunch with the lack of groceries in my house. I found some cherries at Publix (had no idea you could find them this time of year) and a protein filled yogurt cup. I’ve been mixing chocolate Vega protein powder and honey with unsweetened So Delicious coconut milk yogurt. I usually freeze it for twenty minutes so it thickens up! t’s so delicious. This is great for a chocolate ice cream alternative.
We had nasty cold and rainy weather in the evening. Good thing Leo was already worn out from camp! After taking the dogs out for their nightly walk, I made an easy dinner. I roasted GoVeggie fries and my honey mustard chicken breasts.
On Wednesday morning, I skipped out on my go-to egg breakfast and treated myself to a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, honey, and a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips added on top. So tasty!
On Wednesday afternoon, I made a vegetable and chicken crockpot soup. It was so good and I’ll be eating the soup all week long. I love to make soup and freeze it. Here is the recipe!
The boys were OUT! It was so cold, so the soup was perfect for warming me up. We ended up watching Elf and falling asleep.
I spent Thursday catching up on a lot of work. I didn’t even manage to match my socks, and this was the only photo I took. I had leftover soup, chocolate protein powder yogurt, and at least showered!
On Friday morning, I added honey, Goji Powder & Acai Powder to my unsweetened coconut milk yogurt topped with raisins and strawberries. It was so good!
Goji Powder: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
Acai: (health benefits) & (where to buy)
For lunch, I had roasted kale (seasoned with garlic/onion/sea salt/black pepper & bake ten minutes at 400) and some of my chicken and vegetable soup. Leo was ready for his afternoon walk!
I really needed to hit the grocery before the weekend! After power cleaning, I stopped out at Hobby Lobby to get some crafts for some DIY Christmas gifts and ornaments, and then also picked up food for the weekend. More eggs:) Before leaving the grocery store, I ordered an Americano with an extra shot of espresso. Becca has me hooked on these!
I finished some of my crafting around 9 o’clock! It was late, but Kyle and I were both starving, so we made breakfast for dinner. We made french toast with Udi’s whole grain gluten-free bread (we honestly love the taste of this bread, and it makes the best french toast because it’s slightly dry.) We used this bread for French Toast when we were in the Smoky Mountains and instantly became hooked. For the egg mixture, I added cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.
I baked the bacon (Applegate) for 17 minutes at 375 to make it extra crispy.
Breakfast hit the spot! Then we ended our night like every other Friday night, with a Dateline!
I was up at 6 am on Saturday morning. I got up, got dressed, walked the pups, and headed to Waxhaw to meet up with Becca. We wanted to grab a coffee and do a little morning Christmas shopping. It was the perfect day to do a little holiday shopping because it was snowing! There were flurries all morning! They melted as soon as they hit the ground, but I’ll take what I can get.
But first? COFFEE!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you all know that I love Waxhaw. I fell in love with this little town outside of Charlotte when I first moved here almost four years ago. I’ve been going to Crossroads Coffeehouse for a long time, and it never fails me. In the summer, we like to grab a coffee, walk around, and just hang around the downtown area. Waxhaw is a perfect little town. I am heading there again this week because I want to get some Christmas shopping done in their pottery stores, antique stores, and quaint boutiques.
When we stopped in the coffee shop, they were having the town meeting. I felt like it was a very Gilmore Girls moment.
The entire town of Waxhaw was lit up for the holidays! I want to walk the town at night 🙂 It put me in the Christmas spirit fast.
I ordered a twelve-ounce Americano with two extra shots of espresso! The bags under my eyes told me to do it.
The town was still sleeping when we got there.
And it was donut time! The last time Becca and I took a coffee photo like this, it was almost 100 degrees outside! (photo here)
Remember the green coat I wear all the time? Well, I bought it in black! I ordered size (small/tall) IT’S SO WARM! & pretty dang cheap. I just saw that they have a red one, so I may have to get one! I am a coat lover. I like to have at least four or five good coats to alternate so that they don’t get worn down so fast. I have about six coats to retire, so once I toss those, I’ll make room for a new one.
I’m wearing a soft pink sweater that is one of the warmest sweaters I possibly own. It was only $12.99. I wish I would have bought more colors. I sleep it in a lot because it’s so soft 🙂
The faux fur knit beanie! So warm:) Only $15.99 at Nordstrom!
And my bag? Only $19.99 🙂 Check it out here!
The boots I’m wearing are from a boutique I visited in Paris four years ago. But! I found a very similar pair of them at Target! You can find them here:)
Funny story about this donut. I had a bite and then set it down on my car seat, so I could put my camera in the back of the car before heading to shop around a bit. When I got back into the car, I didn’t even look but ended up sitting on the beautiful donut. Yes, it was stuck to my butt. Luckily it easily wiped it off. Still sad. When I told my dad the story, he told me that “donuts go straight to your ass” lol Gotta love dad jokes.
I picked up a bunch of extra craft supplies for the ornaments I’m making, but also picked up a Kind Bar because I was hungry. I guess it’s better than a donut 🙁
I found this top for Christmas Eve! I didn’t buy the pants because they are little too wild for me. I’m obsessed with the top though! I love tops like this because you can wear them for Valentines Day, Christmas, Fourth of July, and any other holiday that involves red, which is most of them. I was keeping an eye on the Michael Kors top for the holidays and it literally looks JUST LIKE THIS ONE! So I’m happy I tried it on.
After Christmas shopping, we headed out to a couple markets on the way back to Waxhaw.
It was cool because they had fresh strawberries from a farm in SOUTH South Carolina and fresh apples! I picked up some apples and some a bag of candied pecans for holiday baking (even though Kyle and I made our way through a lot of them.) Whoops.
My mom called me when I was on my way home and asked if Kyle and I would like to join her and my dad for a late lunch at our favorite spot, The Garden Cafe! UM YES!!!! This is another one of my favorites spots outside of Charlotte! I was in heaven on Saturday.
They decorated everything perfect for the holidays!
My mom is so cute! 😀 For lunch, I had a grilled chicken salad. I picked up Chopt on the way home (before my mom called), so I knew I’d be eating that for a late dinner. Otherwise, I would have gone with the surf n turf!
The cafe was so cozy and the perfect escape from the cold weather.
After lunch, we walked around their gift shop, which is always fun! I bought some candles, tea, and wax melts for holiday gifts.
I thought I was going to be done running around for the day, but Kyle’s suit was ready for pick up! Remember last week when we were running everywhere trying to find him one? Well, he found a perfect one! We headed back to Charlotte to pick up the suit, and I ended up finding a warm sherpa while I was there. I have wanted one to walk the dogs in during the cold months, so this one was perfect!
We finally got back to my place at eight. I made a bowl of the Chopt Salad I ordered earlier and got back to the craft table to finish up a project.
Early morning coffee and dog walk on Sunday!
From 10 am to 8 pm Sunday, all I did was paint! It was amazing.
For dinner, I made Kyle and I some chicken and quinoa! The chicken was sautéed in a buffalo sauce and spicy Szechuan. I also added black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onions, and chopped garlic. It turned out pretty dang tasty.
I sautéed steamed quinoa with kale, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, chickpeas, and added a Greek vinaigrette. It seems like an odd combo to go with spicy chicken because it is, but it worked.
We had dinner while Kyle watched the Eagles and I started working on this blog post (before falling asleep.)
Oh, and see where that teal chair is? I’m going to be adding a camel colored faux leather chair! I can’t wait to find the perfect one!
I hope you guys have a great week! Some things coming up! 1. The book review! 2. A giveaway with CVS! 3. DIY ornaments!
Questions for you!
- Did you get snow this weekend?
- Are you buying everything for holiday gifts, or adding in a little DIY?
- Should I do a Christmas Vlog this year?