Good Morning, Everyone!
I hope you all had a great weekend, fun 4th of July holiday, and feel refreshed going into this week!
My week was very productive. I got so much done around my house that I hardly took any photos of my meals (wuuuut.) That’s because my meals consisted of grabbing some trail mix out of the bag, eating a protein pancake out of the pan, and diving into leftovers shoved into containers from the holiday. I plan to be better with my meals this week. That’s my goal.
Let’s get to the recap post! My favorite part of the week 🙂
I spent last Monday morning writing and commenting back to readers at Queen City Grounds. I had their oat milk latte with an extra shot of espresso (it’s glorious.) I also made sure to stay hydrated by drinking tons and tons of water because it was a hot one!
When I got back, I dove into one of my gluten free & no added sugar vegan peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins! The night before, Kyle was going through the fridge looking for one and he even asked if there were any left. I gave a quiet “not sure.” But the truth is, I was definitely sure. I was sure there was one left in there because I hid it in the back. I wanted to save it for breakfast in the morning, and so I sent him this picture and confessed. He thought it was funny, and it was definitely worth every bite! They are just so goooooood! (the recipe is in my previous recap post)
Later in the evening, I headed to play tennis after dinner!
I had a grilled turkey burger and the last of my quinoa salad (the one I blogged on Sunday.)
On Tuesday morning, I walked Grumples down to the vet. He had a skin infection and really bad seasonal allergies, so I needed to get him medicated shampoo, antibiotics, and allergy medicine. He was such a good boy!
After the vet, I headed to Whole Foods to pick up some things for the house. They had my favorite protein powder on sale for $24! (Orgain)
Leo is obsessed with running around in the hose water, so I spent about a half hour just spraying him. He goes nuts and when it’s hot outside, it’s a great way for him to get all his energy out while staying cool!
I had three hard boil eggs and a protein shake for dinner. My shake had 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (orgain), cashew milk, kale, mint leaves, ice, spirulina, and ginger.
I made some delicious vegan blueberry muffins on Tuesday night to keep in the house. I used the same recipe for the vegan chocolate chip ones, but added blueberries instead! They turned out great 🙂 I made some videos that I’ll post on my IG story later today!
I’m so good at organizing closets, but so bad at keeping closets organized.
Kyle and I spent 4th of July morning tackling the pantry closet. He took charge, and I just let him do his thing! He’s actually really good at organizing and minimizing. I, however, am not. But, I do try!
We took everything out of the closet, put things in jars, threw things in the donate box, and organizing things into sections. We took a trip to Good Will to drop off some boxes and then headed to Bed Bath and Beyond to get some baskets to keep items in sections. (there will be no more shoving and throwing 😞 )
The baskets were a game changer! They were super inexpensive and I need to order more for the bathroom and other closets in the house. I organized them into baking, canned, oils, snacks, powders, and the random! It felt so good to tackle the cabinet, and we are planning to do the coat closets and storage closets this weekend.
After cleaning the kitchen, I made a lemon blueberry Chex mix! The awesome people at General Mills sent me a cute kit to make the mix, and I thought it would be a great treat to bring over to my parent’s house for the 4th of July! The mix had 1 cup of white chocolate chips, 6 cups of their Blueberry Chex Mix (IT’S SO GOOOOOOD) 1 cup powdered sugar, and I added 2 teaspoons of lemon extract (I didn’t have any lemons in the house.) It was so tasty!
We spent the afternoon swimming at my parent’s house, playing backyard games, and grilling.
We had hibachi vegetables, sweet corn, kale salad, and ribs (TBH I don’t really like ribs, but I try to like them.)
Kyle and I walked the dogs when we got back to the house later in the evening, and then we were out! We couldn’t even get halfway through the show we’ve been watching. If you’re looking for a new Netflix binge, watch Marcella!
I spent Thursday blogging all about my snorkeling trip in Hawaii! Make sure to check that out if you haven’t had the chance! I took some fun pics under the water and shared which camera I used.
I had a blueberry muffin and eggs for dinner, and then planned on hanging out in my room while working on a few things for the rest of the night, but when Kyle asked if I wanted to play tennis, I hopped out of bed super fast and got a second whim of energy! I hardly ever turn down tennis.
It felt like fall outside.
It was breezy and 80-degrees! We ended up playing for several hours, and had so much fun! I’m going to film Kyle and I’s next match against each other for a YouTube video. I need you guys to see my serve. I’ve perfected it and it’s NASTY! 😂
As you can see, I’m still obsessed with my Elemental Bottle.
I was soooooooooooooooo excited for Friday morning!
Becca and I made plans to float down the Catawba River! Remember when we did this last year? If not, you can read all about it here! That post has the tube details and some tips if you plan on taking a river adventure of your own.
I woke up at 6 am to have coffee, and pack up the car! We decided to start early this year because of how hot it gets during the day. We started the float around 9:30 am.
I packed us some fresh fruit in a container for our float. It had blackberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, and grapes.
I also stopped at CVS to pick up some extra snacks! You get hungry when floating down the river for three hours!
This is my favorite photo of Becca (#sarcasm)
We think the tube was leaking air somewhere. We were shocked we made it to the end of the river without sinking. We were nearly underwater by the time we were finished. My prayers must have been answered because we made it.
When we floated last year, so many people were on the river. This year, we were practically the only ones. We passed a group of kayakers, and that was it during the three hours.
After hours of floating, we were ready for some espresso! We decided to try out Southern Sugar in downtown Fort Mill. I’m so glad we did because this place was adorable, and the coffee was incredible! I’m already having withdrawals.
I ordered an oat milk latte with an extra shot of espresso. I can’t wait to go back and try out their breakfast! If you’re ever in the Fort Mill area, make sure to stop in! You won’t regret it.
I bet this place is so cute in the fall!
I had mud all over my back legs, a wet swimsuit on, sunscreen plastered to my body, and wet jean shorts. You bet I was ready to go home and shower! After getting cleaned up, I walked the dogs with Kyle and then had a burger patty and salad for dinner.
We finished watching Marcella and then I headed to bed. I was exhausted. I’m always ready for bed when 10 pm rolls around!
Becca and I got so lucky because as soon as I finished dinner, a HUGE storm rolled in! If we were out on the river in that weather, we’d be screwed.
On Saturday morning, we headed out to pick up a vanity that I purchased on Facebook Marketplace. I was so excited to refurbish it for the bedroom. I’m really trying to make my bedroom cozy and putting it together has been the hardest for some reason. I think it was really missing this piece!
I headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up some paint, knobs, multi-surface stripper, and brushes so I could work on my project!
I stripped some of the parts of the vanity, and then added the first coat of paint! You can strip or sand the entire piece, but I’m too impatient. I decided to do more paint coats and used a primer on the legs.
I took a break from the vanity and headed to go play evening tennis with Kyle and my parents. We played for about three hours! Again, it felt like fall outside. This is so rare for July in the south.
We walked the dogs when we got home, and then I got cleaned off, and headed to bed! I wanted to wake up early and work on my vanity!
I spent the early hours blogging my quinoa salad and then walking the dogs.
And after that? You guessed it! VANITY TIME! I added another coat. I was going to give it more of a distressed look, but I really liked the classy cream paint for the bedroom.
While the second coat dried, I helped Kyle do his meal prep for the week, and then had breakfast. I had two eggs and sweet potatoes.
Kyle and I headed over to the courts for more tennis in the afternoon! It was so much fun 🙂
The vanity was finally ready to go upstairs! I couldn’t wait to see it in my bedroom.
The knobs are so fun because you can change them anytime you want!
I have to pick up a couple more of these for the bottom, but they were out. I’ll check back next week, and then show more updates once it’s all put together.
My room is finally coming together! I am going to order a cute little vanity stool to go with the vanity 🙂
We made a Blue Apron for dinner and then watched Naked and Afraid before falling asleep.
Questions for you!
- Have you ever floated down the river?
- What was the last thing you refurbished?
- In one word, tell me what you’re going to work on bettering this week?