I blinked and all of a sudden September was gone, and October was here. I’ve never felt a month go by as fast. The weather surely felt like October this morning when I got up to walk the dogs. I almost ran back in the house for a sweater. 😊
I hope you all had an amazing week! I took some time to step back from social media this weekend, and it felt really good. I caught myself a couple of times on the app but spent 90% less time on my phone. It felt really good to just be in the moment and not take the time to post a story, reply to comments, or see what everyone else is up to. I did miss it a bit though 😉 I’ll be on FULL-FORCE this weekend because Kyle and I are heading to Iowa for my cousin’s wedding. I haven’t been home in five years. Since my parents moved down to South Carolina, and my brother lives all the way out in L.A., I haven’t found the excuse to go, but now we’ll all be back at the home base, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m mostly looking forward to showing Kyle around my hometown. He drove me around the places he grew up, and now it’s my turn.
Before I got started with my recap post this morning, I blended up a super super super smoothie! It had 1/2 banana, matcha, moringa, maca, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, pumpkin seed powder (protein), cocoa nibs, cashew milk, and a pear.
Now, let’s go back to Monday!
My morning breakfast while blogging last week’s recap post: 1/2 banana, chocolate orgain protein powder, blackberries, cashew milk, and creamy peanut butter on top!
For dinner, I had leftover gluten-free vegan mac and cheese, eggs scrambled with roasted vegetables, and butternut squash!
I wanted to find some cute blazers to wear with boyfriend jeans and boots for fall. I thought it would be fun to find some at Goodwill or other thrift stores. I ended finding this one, and thought it was pretty cute! I cut out the shoulder pads and sewed on a new button. It was really fun trying to find pieces that were inspired by Pinterest at Goodwill. I’m going to go out and try to find a new one today!
I got around to filming a makeup tutorial on Tuesday afternoon! It’ll be up on my channel soon 😊
I filmed a “day in the life” video from Tuesday! This lunch is in the video. 😊
Around 3 pm, Leo and I hopped in the car to grab cappuccinos and pupuccinos before his vet appointment. Leo had a tiny blood blister looking growth on his stomach. Over the past couple of months, it’s grown and turned into a deep maroon color. We were hoping it was a blister, but it was only getting worse. His vet wants to put him under to remove the spot and the cells around it to make sure it’s benign. The reason for removing the cells around it while he’s under is that if it is positive melanoma, then she can remove it then and there. His little operation will be the weekend we get back, so we’re praying he’ll be fine!
For dinner, I had leftover zucchini pizzas (how to is in the video above), and a hot chocolate for dessert!
I headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up some fall decor for my fireplace mantel, and few little floral pieces for the jars. I loved these little herb pictures at Hobby Lobby! I wanted to get them but had no idea where I’d put them.
The fall touch 🎃
I also picked up cute scarecrows to put with the mums.
After the gym on Wednesday night, I had leftover zucchini pizzas and a tossed salad.
On Thursday, I made delicious no-bake, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and sugar-free pumpkin pie protein balls! You can find the recipe here!
I also made homemade chili spice falafels! I’ll post that recipe this week. THEY WERE SO GOOOOOOOD!!!!! I added the falafel to a salad with roasted acorn squash for lunch.
For dinner, I had a zucchini pizza, falafel, and acorn squash.
On Friday night, I made my dad gluten and dairy free carrot cake cupcakes! (HIS REQUEST) And they turned out incredible!! I’ll be posting that recipe ASAP.
We played some backyard games and hung out with my parent’s to celebrate my dad’s birthday. For dinner, I had sweet corn, a salad with herb goddess dressing, and sweet potatoes.
I haded to tennis on Saturday morning and played nonstop for three and a half hours. I WAS ZONKED! I brought my pumpkin pie protein balls and a Honeycrisp apple to refuel on my way home.
I was so tired, so I stopped at Starbucks to grab a double almond milk cappuccino to wake me up. This has been my go-to lately.
I showered off and then headed to the mall with Kyle. He needed to pick up his suit that was getting tailored, and I wanted to find a cute jacket. I ended up finding the cutest camel jacket! I can’t wait to bring it on the weekend trip because it’s going to be chilly in Iowa.
For dinner, I made roasted carrots, salmon, and couscous.
I still love my veggie tots from Dr. Praeger’s!
For dessert, I had one of my carrot cake cupcakes with a cappuccino while Kyle and I watched a movie.
I headed out for a day of shopping with Becca. We spent two hours walking around the mall, and the only thing we bought was delicious salads at Zoe’s! We love going here together.
We were talking about how fast life changes and it’s crazy to think back about where we were three years ago. Want to know the craziness of it all? Four hours later, I get a text message from her with a picture of her hand. It had a ring on it…GUYS, MY BEST FRIEND IS ENGAGED! TALK ABOUT HOW FAST THINGS CHANGE!! I’m so happy for her, and her fiance (omg…can’t believe I’m saying that) is one of the best guys! I love that they’ve found each other and I’m so excited to start wedding planning with her! She deserves the best!
When I got back from the mall with Becca, I made crustless pumpkin pie muffins! I changed up the recipe a bit and left out the flaxseeds. I added way more spices and 1 cup of protein powder!
I spent the evening organizing my closet and getting some things packed for the weekend.
Questions for you!
- What’s your favorite thrifty find?
- How far are you from your hometown?
- Have you ever been to Iowa?