Good Morning and Happy Monday!
This week had its ups, and it had its downs. Rainy days, broken computers, broken phones, sick dogs, but also sunny days, new computers, new phones, social media free weekend, and fun with friends! I think it’s safe t say that all the bad and good evened themselves out.
I learned something this weekend, which makes me think that my phone randomly dying was a blessing in disguise. Social media is not for the weekend, not for me anyways. Because my phone was broken, I stayed off Instagram and Snapchat all weekend. It’s crazy how much more time I spent in the moment, actually watching movies instead of Instagram stories, and I experienced zero fomo. My mood was better, and I just felt happier! I loved not checking messages, comparing myself, I loved shopping and walking trails with friends without the distraction, and I can’t wait to have social media free weekends from now on. My new phone and computer will be arriving today, which will make my work-life easier, but for now, I’m going three days strong without browsing Instagram.
Even though this recap post is going to be a pain in the butt on a broken computer, I’m going to get this done! For now, I’ll be hitting “command v” to type the missing letters. Such a headache!
The spring showers were in full force on Monday morning. That didn’t keep me from walking the dogs their morning mile. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts, but I put my raincoat on, and we headed out! My dogs get in depressed moods when it rains, so it helps to keep them on their same schedule.
After our walk, I started writing last week’s recap post and had a delicious omelet for breakfast. I’ve been stuffing my omelets with quinoa lately, and it’s so delicious!
Later in the afternoon, I did my daily #reasonformymile, and then headed out on the dog’s midday mile!
I made a giant salad for lunch. It had kale, avocado, rice crackers, grilled chicken, carrots, and Herb Goddess dressing. I spent the rest of the afternoon working.
We went on our final walk of the night! I would say my dogs are pretty spoiled! Not many people would walk three miles in the rain!
My dinner was on the lazy side. I had a half bagel and honey mustard nut-thins topped with Kite-Hill chive almond milk “cream cheese” spread, and smoked salmon. I can’t get enough of the Kite-Hill cream cheese spread! It’s better than dairy-based cream cheese!
It was still pouring on Tuesday. I can appreciate a rainy day, but too much drives me crazy! But on the bright side? I had a hair appointment! I don’t get my hair cut or done as much as I should. I was excited to have balayage done and get my hair trimmed.
For breakfast, I had one large egg + three egg whites, sweet potatoes, pineapple, and grapefruit! I bought grapefruits at the farmer’s market last weekend, and they are the best tasting grapefruit I’ve ever had!
Every month, I like to share which coffee I’ve been enjoying! This month, it was a mixture of roasts I bought while in Asheville (Larry’s House), Hendersonville (Little Roasting Co) and Waxhaw (Provisions)! They were all equally amazing! If you have a favorite roast, you think I’d like, please send me a link! Sumatra is my fave:)
I headed to Salon 42 on Carmel road in Charlotte! I read all of their Yelp reviews and was convinced after seeing the photos. I had Jessica do my hair, and she was awesome!
I brought my tea with me! I did the lemon and ginger with extra ginger powder, and freshly squeezed lemon added.
Getting my hair done on a rainy day wasn’t ideal (HELLO, FRIZZ), but was happy with how it turned out. I know it’ll lighten up when I’m in Hawaii because of the sun, but when I get back, I’m going even lighter…
After walking my dogs in the rain, snacking on random things in the fridge for dinner (crackers, lox, grapes, turkey meat, and celery with peanut butter), I decided to make some popcorn and watch a movie. I fell asleep at 9:45 pm!
I was feeling so much more energetic and upbeat on Wednesday morning! The sun was FINALLY out, it was warm, and I had a great sleep. After walking the dogs, and working that morning, I decided to make a breakfast/lunch and then head out on a long bike ride.
You HAVE to try this breakfast combo! It was amazing.
I toasted an o’doughs everything bagel, topped it with kite-hill chive cream cheese, a fried egg, and avocado! Each bite was heavenly. I had grapes and grapefruit on the side.
The weather was perfect for a ride. Every time I’m out on my bike, I feel like all the stress in my life just releases. It’s incredible endorphin booster.
We had so much rain that the trails were flooding over! I just road right through them.
Look how high the river was! Those trees aren’t supposed to be underwater!
I ended up doing 14 miles in two hours. Listening to music makes the time go by so fast!
When I got home, I took the boys out for a walk, started doing some catch-up work, and then made dinner!
For dinner, I decided to make a salad with the lettuce my neighbor brought over. She has a huge garden in her backyard, and she’s always bringing me extra produce. It’s so sweet of her! I topped my salad with grilled chicken, rice crackers, onion, cucumber, and tomatoes. I also had a lemon-ginger kombucha!
Thursday morning’s breakfast: coconut milk yogurt mixed with chocolate Vegi day plant protein. This combo tastes just like pudding! 🙂
I decided to take my boys to walk around the lake on Thursday morning! They have been doing so amazing with their training that I can confidently take them everywhere! They ignore their dogs, people, and walk right next to me. Leo now heals next to my side off leash the whole time. They do wear collars that have a vibrate setting I use if they aren’t heeling.
They were so happy!
After two miles, we stopped on the dock to relax. It was 65-degrees and breezy! Perfect dog walking weather. It’s going to be 90 and humid before we know it.
Love this guy! Can’t believe he turns seven this year.
They drank their container of water, and then we headed back!
I made an omelet for my late breakfast/early lunch. I stuffed my omelet with fajita-style peppers and onions, and quinoa!
I topped the omelet with the kite-hill chive spread and avocados. I had a side of grapefruit and grapes.
Later in the afternoon, I had a blackberry protein smoothie. It had vanilla protein powder, ice, frozen blackberries, cashew milk, and topped with almond butter and seeds.
For dinner, I had two eggs and sweet potatoes with a side of power greens kombucha. I brushed my teeth, put my pajamas on, and got ready to watch Southern Charm!
For breakfast on Friday, I had an omelet with kite-hill cream cheese on top and a side of grapefruit!
I was so excited when my Magnolia Table cookbook came in the mail! I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes!
For lunch, I had coconut milk yogurt with vanilla protein powder and matcha powder!
I made THE BEST chewy and soft vegan and gluten-free chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies! I can’t WAIT to post the recipe this week! You’ll be making these again and again and again!
I decided to use up the extra food in my fridge, so I made spaghetti squash with pasta sauce and ground turkey to eat all weekend long.
Friday night, Kyle and I hit the tennis courts! We played for a couple of hours and then headed back to my place to have dinner, walk the dogs, and start the new season of Handmaids Tale!
I was up at 5 am on Saturday morning. My phone was blinking nonstop and just completely stopped working. I was frustrated because I lost all of my photos and videos…ugh. I spent the morning ordering a new phone and getting the new computer ordered. I felt better after sorting it all out! After watching Dateline and drinking coffee at 5 am, I headed out to walk the dogs! When I got back, I hurried up and got ready, and then met up with one of my friends at Not Just Coffee to make some plans for Hawaii! I’m so excited that she’s coming out to see me when I’m out there for two weeks!
I ordered an oat milk cappuccino and their muesli & fresh fruit. It tasted like a honey cinnamon roll! Yum!
After breakfast, we headed to the mall to walk around and check out some things for the trip! I picked up some cute new stuff on sale!
I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. I picked up some specialty items for the house.
There’s a backstory to this photo.
Kyle and I currently have a 467-day snap streak. Since I didn’t have a phone, and we obviously did not want to break our snap streak, we logged on my account with his phone so that I could send him a snap. This was the photo we took. 🙂 I love him so much!
Saturday evening, Kyle and I headed out to play tennis for a couple of hours!
We spent the evening making a Blue Apron, walking the dogs, and watching movies. I love when the last bit of sunlight shines through the windows in the evening.
Poor Grumples was sick on Sunday morning. He ate a bone on the sidewalk Saturday evening. Fortunately, I got most of it out of his mouth, but I think the part he did eat made him sick.
He didn’t want to eat, drink, and all he wanted to do was lay outside. Since he vomited, I was alright with him not eating, but I really wanted him to drink water just in case he was dehydrated.
A couple of hours later, he finally went to the water bowl and got his appetite back. I made him chicken and rice for a bland diet, and he ate it, which was a good sign. He then initiated play with Leo, so I felt much better. I get horrible anxiety when dogs are sick!
I was about to meet up with Meighan for a seven-mile walk, so I made a filling breakfast! I had oatmeal with raisins, seeds, and bananas with a 1 egg + 3 egg white omelet. I also had green juice with a ginger shot.
Kyle was going to hang out with Grumples and keep an eye on him while I was walking.
Leo and I drove up the road to meet Meighan at the Riverwalk.
I brought my little digital camera just because I didn’t have a phone still.
We stopped at Starbucks for tea before our walk! It was really chilly outside.
Leo walked the entire seven miles with Meighan and me without a leash. He stayed next to my left side the entire time, ignored people, bikes, runners, and other dogs. Even when they barked or lunged at him, he kept walking. It was amazing! I’ve been working hard with Leo because I’d like to make him a therapy dog so I can bring him hospitals. The little girls next door always ring my doorbell and ask if they can pet Leo. He just loves them, and he’s so good with them.
He was zonked. He crawled over on my lap when we were at the stoplight.
I made a salad and protein yogurt bowl for lunch!
My salad had baby arugula, avocado, strawberries, rice crackers, kale chips, chive cream cheese, and honey mustard dressing! The Primal Kitchen dressing was so good, and the kite-hill almond milk yogurt tasted JUST like dairy Greek yogurt.
Since we were already out of the chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make a spin-off recipe! I made vegan and gluten free + no sugar added double chocolate peanut butter cookies! THEY WERE AMAZING!!!! That recipe will be up soon too! I’m trying to get some recipes shot so I can edit them while I’m flying next week.
We headed out on our final dog walk, and then relaxed the rest of the night! We were excited for American Idol. There are so many great singers, and I have too many favorites.
For dinner, I had a side salad, my leftover spaghetti squash, and Kye made homemade buffalo wings!
THE FITNESS CHALLENGE WILL BE LIVE FRIDAY!!!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever have social media free weekends?
- What was the highlight of your weekend?
- Have you planted any flowers yet?