It’s been a slow start entering the blog world this morning. I was up early walking the dogs, having coffee and enjoying the morning with my favorite company. I mentioned on Friday that I had some fun plans for the weekend, but I couldn’t say much because Kyle had no idea his mom, and one of his best friends, were surprising him with a visit for his 30th birthday!
I didn’t even think I’d have time to put together a recap, but somehow I managed to get it done. Let’s get to it before I have to take off again!
This week’s meals were all about the meal prep I put together on Sunday! The video and post will be up this week for all the details 😊
I plan on putting another meal prep together on Wednesday because this made my life so much easier when it came to choosing what to have for dinner. I loved that I could just grab a container out of the fridge, heat it up, and eat it up. I didn’t have to cook or figure out which random ingredients I’d throw in a bowl with eggs on top.
My meal prep wasn’t for a “dieting” purpose. It as just to make my meals a bit more convenient. I definitely had other snacks with meals sometimes like a handful of nuts, a power bar, or the random dark chocolate in the freezer. Please don’t use my meals as a guide to “diet.” That’s never a good idea 😝 Just eat what works for you.
I started Monday off with my meal prepped breakfast, and a four-mile walk around the neighborhood after writing my recap post. It was gorgeous outside, and a great excuse to listen to a podcast and walk.
I took the dogs over to my parent’s house Monday afternoon to run around in the backyard. After they were a muddy mess, my dad and I gave them front yard hose baths. They love them! I’m sure the cold water feels amazing in the summer heat.
(Dad, if you’re reading this morning, clean your windows! 😂)
For lunch, I had my meal prep with blueberry SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt.
I skipped the gym on Monday so I could stay in and watch the Bachelorette Finale. I wasn’t too invested in this season, so after eating dinner, I went upstairs and fell asleep. It was 9:30 pm by the time I passed out so I had to wait to see who she picked in the morning.
I used to be such a night owl, but now I’m in bed before ten and up before six.
On Tuesday morning, I started with my coffee, my meal prep, and got to work!
Leo was a real character on Tuesday…
I had my meal prep for lunch with herb goddess dressing. I was a little hungry around 4 pm, and so I made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and cashew butter on top.
I headed to the gym with Kyle in the evening to walk on the treadmill. I love walking at a fast pace on an incline while watching the nightly news to pass the time.
I spent the evening working on my Biltmore travel blog. Leo was pretty invested in my dinner…😂
Another morning of walks and easy meal prepped breakfast!
I had my meal prepped (p.s. don’t count how many times I say “meal prepped” in this post) lunch and finished up my travel blog and video from my trip to The Biltmore Estate.
After walking on the treadmill at the gym on Wednesday night, I made Kyle’s favorite chocolate hazelnut protein balls (tutorial in this video), and played around with the new donut recipe!
I finished frosting the donuts and shooting photos of them on Thursday morning! I had my meal prep as well 😊
I had been wanting to do something about the entryway for a while. I had a temporary hallway table there, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I finally tackled the table project, and already have a post written about it. It’ll go live this week!
Swerve Sweetie sent me some of their dessert mixes to try, and I’m LOVING them!!!
We tried out these chocolate chip cookies on Thursday!
These are their ketogenic, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, and low carb cookies.
I was shocked by how amazing they turned out! We couldn’t get enough. They lasted two days…(barely)
Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle!
The only way to get them sitting together nicely.
On Thursday night, I did a homemade charcoal mask (coconut oil, activated charcoal powder, pureed mint leaves), and a 24-hour hair hydrating mask! I used avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, rosemary essential oil, and coconut oil. I wrapped it up in a shower cap and kept it in overnight and during the morning. My hair felt so soft after rinsing it out!
I had breakfast before getting started on my donut recipe post 😊 🍩 after Friday morning’s dog walk.
I wanted to quickly get the blog up before heading to the grocery store and doing the finale last-minute grocery shopping before picking up Kyle’s mom from the airport. I couldn’t really get things ready before they arrived because Kyle would have figured it out.
I picked up Kyle’s mom from the airport around 4:30 pm. Luckily, we made it back to my house before the traffic got too bad. We didn’t want Kyle to get home from work before us!
Kyle’s mom brought me this Elderberry Honey Tonic! It’s so delicious. She has it every morning and it’s really good for immune health. I tried it with frozen strawberries and water blended. Yum! It’s good by itself as well. I’m excited to start adding it to my smoothies.
We decided to stay in and have a relaxing night watching Dateline on Friday night (the usual.) I made baked salmon, rice, and a big salad for dinner!
I was so hungry, and this definitely hit the spot! (seconds, please!)
Leo woke me up at 5 am on Saturday. I’m glad he did because it was gorgeous outside, and the perfect temperature for a long walk. After taking Leo and Grumples two-miles, I made a protein shake. I woke up so hungry and I’ll go for a smoothie before coffee when that happens. It had frozen strawberries, camu powder, flaxseeds, almond milk, elderberry, acai, pumpkin seed protein, and ginger powder.
Around eleven, I made a giant breakfast while Kyle was at the gym. His friend flew in from New Jersey to surprise him for his 30th! 😁
He was so excited when he saw him! 💜
I made Kyle’s favorite protein pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and a sausage and pepper hash.
I had my last coconut milk yogurt with fresh fruit, almonds and sunflower seeds. I was still full from my smoothie, and I wanted to save room for a big dinner!
I left my phone behind and we spent the rest of the day out doing some pretty fun things! It was nice to disconnect for a bit.
Later in the evening, we had dinner reservations at Chima, a Brazilian Steakhouse that we’ve been wanting to try for a while now!
It was so hot outside, and my hair fell flat in the first three minutes. Oh, well 😔 I’m just giving up on my mess of a hair until I figure out what I want to do. I think I’m going to get it cut to my shoulders and let it naturally get back to its original color. It needs some rehab. Pulling it back on walks and playing tennis with it in ponytails causes it to break, even with those ribbon hair tyes.
At least they all look good!
My parent’s and a couple of other friends met us out for dinner. I loved the food a Chima, but boy was I stuffed!!!! We were all rolling out of there…
The cinnamon pineapple was amazing and so unique! Other than the fillets, this was one of my favorites.
We all sat on the couch in our food comas when we got home.
On Sunday morning, I helped Kyle with his meal prep for the week. We knocked it out in about an hour.
I was really excited about Sunday afternoon because I signed Kyle’s mom, my mom, and I up for a workshop at Andersruff. I knew she’d love this place. We stopped at Sunflour Baking Co for lattes and treats to take with us before heading to our workshop.
I figured a class like this would be a great escape while Kyle hung out with his friends.
I picked seed bars and they are too tasty! These saved me last year when we spent three hours at the dealership when Kyle was getting his jeep. I’ve had a love for them ever since!
I am going to do a separate post with all of my photos and the whole tutorial separate from this blog. I can’t wait to share the whole experience with you all. I made a fall themed lazy susan for my table. It’s in my blog props closet for now because I’m not jumping into the fall decor just yet.
I also brought a homemade juice I made before leaving the house. It had two zucchinis, one large cucumber, three lemons, one apple, 3 inches of ginger, spinach, arugula, and kale. I also mixed in the elderberry tonic.
My mom and I are already planning going back in November to make Christmas ones! We had so much fun smile, and that post will be up soon!
We didn’t wait to cook anything or go anywhere for dinner since that’s what we are doing tonight, so we stopped at Chopt to get dinner. Kyle’s mom doesn’t have a Chopt down in Florida, so she loved the whole experience!
We had dinner and watched a couple movies the rest of the evening. ❤️
Now, I’m off to get my tires changed, and then ready for another evening of fun!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend 💜
Questions for you!
- What kind of Fall DIY crafts would you like to see on my blog? (i’m doing wreaths next week)
- Do you like planning surprises or being surprised?
- What is your favorite recipe to make for company?