Good Morning, Everyone!
Kyle and I are heading to Charleston today, and I’m so excited for it. The last few weeks have been crazy on my end, and I’ve been trying to shove everything into my days from morning to night. But some of those things have been fun stuff, too! I put my post together last night but fell asleep around 1 am before I could get it finished. Now, I’m up at six, the dogs have been let out and fed, the coffee is brewing, all is quiet, and I’m ready to write.
It’s been eleven days since the last recap post. Yikes! The reason I waited so long was that I wanted to keep our Charleston trip and Christmas separate from the recap post. I’m not sure if that was a good idea because I can hardly remember what day goes with what! Luckily, most photos have dates on them 🙂
I do remember Monday’s breakfast. Even though it wasn’t the prettiest, it was unforgettable. I scrambled up leftover chicken (spicy Szechuan & buffalo), two eggs, and guacamole. Delicious.
I had three posts to write on Monday, so I spent the majority of the day trying to get all of my work done, walking the dogs, and listening to Christmas music. For dinner, I had my Chicken & Veggie soup! I defrosted it on the stove top, and it turned out delicious. I have one more container left of my soup, so I’ll have to try out another soup to freeze! If you know any good soup recipes, let me know.
And thank you, Land O Lakes for sending me this cute package! They gave me all kinds of fun flavored butter, a knife with my blog name on it, and a Pioneer Woman cookbook! 😀
I found the best popcorn! If you don’t like garlic, you will not like it. It could keep vampires away for years because of how robust the flavor is. All I needed was a bowl of marinara sauce, and it was like breadsticks in popcorn form.
On Tuesday, I had a late breakfast/early lunch with some leftover soup. I added avocado and sweet potato this time to add more carbs and healthy fats.
I spent all of Tuesday working on my ornaments. I made fun ones for friends and family to go with their Christmas gifts. I will put the tutorial up so you can make them next year! I decided not to post it until after the holidays because I don’t want my family to see what I got/made them. I’m like that with gift guides. I hate doing them because my family reads my blog and I don’t want them seeing what I got them. I’ll post some of the things I bought after Christmas!
And it has been forever since I’ve made zucchini pizzas! I was craving them on Tuesday night 🙂 These zucchini pizzas have pizza sauce, GoVeggie Cheese, and Applegate turkey pepperonis! They are so easy to make, and I could probably eat them every night of the week.
Wednesday’s breakfast: Scrambled eggs, turkey pepperonis, guacamole, and spicy hummus. My meals are not always pretty, but they do taste good 🙂
Wednesday Lunch: my chicken and veggie soup with sea salt rice crackers!
I ended up buying the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat upholstery & carpet cleaner last week, and I was in heaven. BEST. PURCHASE. OF. MY. LIFE. I deep cleaned every inch of the couch, all my chairs, the stairs, my carpets, and car! This was the best purchase I’ve ever made. I’ve too embarrassed even to show you what the before and after of my couch looked like! I have a pretty dark sofa, and the dogs stay on one side of it, but I had no idea how gross it was…The vacuum pulled every piece of dirt out, and it’s like brand-new. Although, now I’m ready for a new couch! I think it’s time to retire this one…
On Wednesday night after our long walks, I made a protein shake (chocolate pea protein, almond milk, banana, ice, and flaxseeds) and we (the dogs and I) watched Dirty Dancing 🙂 That is one of my favorite shows.
I headed uptown on Thursday so I could work from the coffee shop. I had a ton of work to catch up on, and I needed a new environment. I ordered an Americano at CoCo and the Director and sat by the window so I could look at the lights. Kyle met me later, and we headed out for sushi.
Sushi to go and a movie! 🙂
Kyle had a short work trip, so I dropped him off at the airport super early, and then headed home to have coffee and finish up some more DIY Christmas crafts before a night with my mom!
My mom bought me an early Christmas gift, and I love it so much. She bought me an electric kettle for my pour-over coffee and teas. You plug it in, push down the lever, and you have hot water in under a minute! I love it so so so much! I really don’t like microwaving my water, so I’m so happy I have this now!
Oh, and soup for lunch!
I finally finished my ornaments 😀
Protein Shake: Plant Based Orgain Vanilla Protein, ice, frozen banana, almond milk, and oats.
My mom and I picked up Chopt salads for dinner and rented Reese Witherspoon’s new movie, Home Again. I love Reese Witherspoon, but that movie was SO BAD.
My mom and I went Christmas shopping on Saturday!
I found this coat, and I am obsessed! It’s not something I would typically go for, but I got it anyways. I just think it’s so fun.
Everywhere we went, we found mugs with zodiac signs, so this must be the new trend? Pretty cute though 🙂
I ended up getting this book (but ordered it online instead of at Anthropologie) because it had so really awesome advice and tips!
Another AWESOME purchase: Eyekepper Vintage Computer Glasses-Anti-reflective,Anti-glare,Uv Protection (Amber Tinted Lenses 30% Blue Light Blocking, Tortoise) to protect my eyes while working on the computer for long hours. I’ve noticed less “bags” under my eyes and I love that it protects them! They were only $10!
And that’s my “I love these glasses” face.
My mom had never been in Dean & Deluca! I took her in there so we could grab treats to add to our packages, and so she could pick up some fun little gifts for my Grandma. My brother is staying in California this year for Christmas, so we are all over the place. I love that Dean and Deluca have packages made that hold up well enough to ship.
Americano with an extra shot of espresso for me!
I bought a Green Juice, too! I wanted something to hold me over for another hour of shopping. I knew I’d be back home with my Chopt leftovers in no time.
I got home around 4 pm…LONG DAY! I hopped on the computer to work a bit, wrapped presents, and had my salad. Kyle and I played board games and cards on Saturday night. Leo is always photobombing.
Early morning Sunday 🙂 I was excited about another busy day with my mom. We always bake together before the holidays, so I was excited! I wanted to get some treats made for her to take to my family. My grandma loves coconut balls, so I made her some!
Off to the grocery store!
I don’t see chips in there. Do you? They weren’t on the list…
My mom and I baked for about six hours, and it was a blast. But boy was I tired! You can find the peanut brittle recipe and oatmeal cream pie recipes on my blog🙂
Sunday night dinner was so random. I mixed chicken and poke bowl together, but it was good. I like weird combos.
I spent Monday packaging up ten boxes to ship to friend and family. My living room was covered with ribbon, boxes, tape, wrapping paper, and everything you could imagine. Grumples guarded this bread for about one hour and wouldn’t leave its side. I think he thought it was his…
I put together the Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow kit that General Mills sent me! It was so fun to make, and I loved how adorable the packages turned out.
I headed out to my parent’s house on Monday night after shipping out the packages. I wanted to see them before they left for the holidays. It’s so weird having my brother in California, my parents in Iowa, and me in the south! I think next year, we will all be together for Christmas. This is the first time in 26 years I won’t be celebrating with my parents, and it does make me a little sad, but there is always next year. It would have been too hard to head to Iowa with the dogs, Kyle only has a few days off for work, and it’s been a pretty crazy year. I would like to go for Christmas next year, though.
Dad’s stir fry fro dinner 🙂
On Tuesday morning, I felt AWFUL. I had no shame walking into CVS in green sneakers, turquoise jogger pants, and three bulky sweaters. My endometriosis got the best of me that day, and I wasn’t going anywhere. I planted myself on the couch with a heating pad, decaffeinated tea, and watched Gilmore Girls. I have a doctor’s appointment January 9th to get a new solution because I can’t deal with the pain each month. When you can’t stand, or think cohesively because of the pain, it’s just not normal. I’ve been dealing with this for several years, and it’s just gotten worse lately. I’ve tried not to complain about it on the blog for all of this time, but sometimes being open helps. I’ll keep you posted on the doctor visit.
I added little Christmas lights to the mantel 🙂
Tuesday lunch because I could barely stomach anything: almond butter toast!
My mom picked me these beautiful blossoms before she left on Tuesday 🙂 I put them in a little Moscow mule mug to make them look Christmas-y with the gold. I love that it’s December down here and flowers are still blooming. I had decaf (need a placebo) coffee, and ended up falling asleep around 7 pm after a dog walk. I was a mess on Tuesday :/
Thankfully I was feeling a lot better on Wednesday. Not fully, but much better! I started the day with positive thoughts, even though it was pouring.
Afternoon snack: Epic Jerky (my fave) and a Zevia.
Kyle came over after work, and we ended up watching movies and went on a long walk with the dogs.
I found these Koia drinks at Earthfare and they are absolutely amazing! OMG. Only 4g of sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. They are like dessert.
I received this really sweet gift from the Media Kix team:) We’ve been working together for years, and they really help me keep this blog afloat. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
I met up with Meighan last night to walk the Christmas village at Romare Bearden park. It was a beautiful night!
We wanted to go try out Parliament, the new coffee shop uptown, but they closed at six. BUMMER. I hate when coffee shops close so early. I ended up grabbing an Americano at Dean and Deluca. YES, that’s water in my pocket 🙂
I ended the night with a chicken and kale salad from B. GOOD! It had grilled chicken, onion, tomatoes, kale, sunflower seeds, butternut squash, garbanzo beans, and brussels sprouts.
Even though I’ve only had five hours of sleep, I’m ready for this road trip! 😀
♥QUESTIONS FOR YOU♥
- Have watched any movies lately that really let you down?
- Are you traveling this weekend?
- Any Charleston recommendations?