Good Morning, Everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week so far!
I just got back from yoga, and now I’m ready to sit down with my lemon ginger tea and blog all about my week. I woke up pretty stressed out with everything I have going on this week, so making yoga a priority was a must. It allowed me to have an hour to myself where I could focus on nothing but the moment. I made a list as soon as I got home, and now it’s time to knock everything out! I got this.
Let’s go back to last Monday!
After morning yoga, I finished up a few more blogs I had been working on, replied back to comments on the recap post, and enjoyed my breakfast while doing it all. I had a Vans gluten-free blueberry waffle with cashew butter on top and an oat milk (oatly) cappuccino.
I spent the rest of Monday taking the dogs on their walks, getting things ready for the hiking trip, and then headed out to my parent’s house later that evening. My dogs were going to stay the night with my parents while I was gone.
I had a giant (not pictured) salad for lunch while I was folding laundry. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea. I guess I was trying to multitask. I went with a smoothie for dinner! It had frozen blackberries, frozen peaches, cashew milk, protein powder, ice, topped with pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
I shared my Tuesday hiking trip on the blog with a video! You can read all about it here!
I headed to pick up my dogs on Wednesday morning from my parent’s house. When I got home, I made a juice in hopes that it would kickstart my day and break me out of whatever delirious mood I was in. I was so out of it!
My juice had broccoli, celery, lemon, orange, kale, ginger, cucumber, and apple!
I was thinking about going to yoga, but I thought it would be a better idea to stay home, work, and then pull myself together in the morning instead.
I had a second (yup, I caved) cup of coffee later in the morning and delicious protein pancake breakfast. These pancakes only have four ingredients! They are dairy free, gluten free, and have no added sugars! They are so good! I think adding plant protein makes them fluffier and crispier on the outside. You can get the recipe here!
Late afternoon, I had a protein smoothie bowl. It had frozen peaches, frozen raspberries, vanilla plant protein, ice, cashew milk, and topped with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
After walking the dogs, I heated up the last of the leftover chili I made on Sunday! It’s the best meal to keep in your house to eat throughout the week. It only gets better with time! After dinner, I blogged a recipe and then dove deeper into my Southern Charm binge.
After mindful yoga on Thursday morning, I used the same 4-ingredient pancake recipe, and made a giant waffle! This waffle has 27 grams of protein and 21 grams of carbs! It’s sooooooooooooo goooooood!
I always get a craving for a protein smoothie bowl in the afternoon! I made one with cashew milk, frozen pineapple, frozen mangos, frozen raspberries, ice, vanilla protein powder, and then topped it with more frozen fruit, banana, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
For dinner, I had a slice of Daiya pizza, and leftover sweet potato slices! It was so ugly.
I spent all of Friday working on my hiking blog post and video! I did take multiple breaks to go on walks with the dogs, and snack on random bites! If I didn’t leave my computer to go on walks with the dogs, I’d be a zombie. I spend about 10-12 hours a day behind my computer screen. I know it’s not healthy, so escaping for those moments is crucial.
Kyle came over later around six, and we headed out for a long dog walk! We planned on playing tennis, but it was way too windy.
I made a Patty Melt Blue Apron for him, and I had more leftover Daiya pizza and a side salad. I was so checked out by Friday night. We sat on the couch to watch Dateline, but I missed most of it because I couldn’t stop laughing at the “I hope” comments on Tristan Thompson’s Instagram page. I was dying! I was reading some of them to Kyle, and I was in tears.
On Saturday morning, I woke up feeling so refreshed from a good nights sleep!
I had a cappuccino, a handful of trail mix, and worked a bit on the computer after taking the dogs out.
Around eleven, I met up with Meighan for a dog walk on the Sugar Creek Greenway. This is one of my favorite greenways! Before I got there, I picked up water for Leo, and her favorite coffee order. Kyle took Grumples out for a walk, and I took Leo with me.
It hit 80 degrees on Saturday, and it finally felt like spring! The weather can’t make up its mind right now.
After our walk, I stopped at Chopt to pick up lunch! If I’m ever in that area, I make sure to stop.
The salads from Chopt are always ginormous! I usually eat half and save the rest for later. The bowl I’m holding was from half of the salad! It had arugula, avocado, kale, grilled chicken, cucumber, quinoa, butternut squash, chickpeas, edamame, and hot honey vinaigrette. I need to figure out how they make the hot honey vinaigrette because it’s delicious!
A couple of hours later my parent’s stopped by to say hi. They ended up taking Grumples and Leo with them to play in the backyard while Kyle and I went on a double date with Becca and her boyfriend.
On our way to the movies, we stopped at Starbucks to pick up hot tea for the movie. We also picked up some snacks just in case we got hungry. The Emmy’s Organic cookies are so good! Perfect for when you have a sweet tooth.
We went to see A Quiet Place! It was so worth it! It was a well-done movie, gorgeous picture, incredible acting, and a unique storyline! We loved it! It’s scary, but not the kind of scary that’ll keep you up at night.
After the movies, we all headed to Los Aztecas for dinner.
I ordered the chicken fajitas! I usually just turn the fajitas into a big salad by topping it with lettuce, guacamole, tomatoes, and salsa.
Kyle and I picked the boys back up from my parent’s and then headed back to my place for the night. I don’t even remember what movie we started watching, but I was out by 10 pm!
I had a lot of work to finish on Sunday, so I woke up early to get my errands done before sitting down. I was craving something warm and filling for breakfast, so I went with oatmeal! I topped my oats with cashew butter, banana, raisins, and vanilla protein powder.
I headed to Earth Fare to get some groceries for the house so I could start making salads at home instead of living off Daiya frozen pizza and leftover chili. I had chicken marinating for two days in the fridge that Kyle was grilling while I was out.
For lunch, I had my leftover Chopt salad and Kombucha!
I even made a delicious new pumpkin & blueberry oat muffin that I’ll share with you all soon! (gluten free/vegan/sugar free/dairy free)
While I was working on a few projects around 2 pm, we got a horrible storm! Even the tornado sirens were going off! Our power was out for several hours, and it was sort of a blessing in disguise. Kyle and I were sitting on the couch since I couldn’t connect to the internet, browse anything, or watch T.V. I drifted off to sleep, and he let me lay there for an hour. He didn’t move. Otherwise, he would have woken me up. I hardly ever nap so maybe removing all technology isn’t so bad after all.
We finally got the power back later in the evening! I had some leftover salad for dinner, and a protein shake later on in the evening while working and watching American Idol.
I had a half of a waffle with my coffee before going out on my morning dog walk. I’m usually up for yoga and ready to do my recap posts on Monday, but I had a few other blog posts that were due that I had to finish before the afternoon. Luckily I got them all done and submitted in time.
Morning snack: mini blueberry pumpkin oat muffin with honey roasted peanut butter on top!
For lunch, I had a delicious salad! It had spring blend lettuce, grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, and herb goddess dressing on top!
I drove my mom up to Charlotte for her doctor’s appointment (she doesn’t like to drive in Charlotte 😂 #fromIOWA), so I always go that way with her. We had a few extra minutes before the appointment, so we stopped at Not Just Coffee. I love their new Dilworth location!
We ordered two oat milk cappuccinos! I tried oat milk for the first time at Not Just Coffee, so I love that they have it! It’s delicious.
After the appointment, we headed to a gorgeous park so I could shoot some photos for a couple Mother’s Day posts I have coming up! I can’t wait for you all to see the photos! She is the cutest.
After getting the photos done, we headed back to my place and took the boys on a long walk together! We decided to have a girl’s night, so she stayed over, and I made us dinner.
I made salads with sweet potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, grilled chicken, avocado, spring mix lettuce, and green goddess dressing. I made a Mexican rice casserole from Blue Apron for Kyle on Sunday night that she also had and LOVED. And what’s a healthy dinner without Kombucha?
After dinner, we made hot tea and watched American Idol!
I had such a busy, fun, and fulfilling week! I can’t wait to share all of the things I’ve been working on! 🙂
Questions for you!
- What’s the last movie you went to see?
- What do you do when the power goes out?
- What is the name of your favorite coffee shop?