Hello, it’s me. I’m the blogger that hasn’t blogged in days…and I’m back! I’m excited to do an update post becuase it feels like it’s been forever and I hate feeling disconnected from you guys. This is going to be a LONG recap post so you can see what I’ve been up to and I’m excited to hear all about your weeks.
I’ve been pretty busy, but the good kind of busy. I’ve been doing a lot of DIY projects lately. This post will be full of restaurant photos, BUT most of the photos were taken BEFORE I did my budget post and I’ve been sticking to it pretty well. I’ve slipped up a couple of times, but I can’t cut everything off cold turkey, so bare with me.
A couple Fridays ago (yes, it’s’ been that long since I’ve done an update post) I had a early snack to hold me over until sushi night. I had a berry smoothie from Earthfare with whey protein and a blueberry pecan KIND bar. I’m obsessed with those. They are my favorite go-to and I love that pretty much all gas stations have them.
So sushi night never even happened. I was bummed, but sometimes plans fall through. That’s life! I went home and had a piece of grilled chicken and sticky rice. I was kind of happy sushi night never happened because I was exhausted. I fell right asleep.
That Saturday morning, I finally got to try out Berrybrook Farm Natural Foods. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually stop in. I drive by this place almost everyday. It’s a cute little local shop with organic foods, natural foods, and unique products. They have a lot of local specialty foods in there as well. If you live in the Charlotte area, I highly recommend stopping in there. They were so friendly too. I was shocked with how big their menu was.
They had soups, juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and tons of vegan options. My smoothie tasted like a pina colada. It had pineapple, peach, banana, coconut milk, and protein powder.
My friend ordered the vegan patty melt. It consisted of vegan bread, a veggie burger, vegan cheese, a tomato, and onions. It wasn’t too bad!
Dean & Deluca Christmas latte!
We all headed to Portofinos for a birthday dinner.
I started with their minestrone soup to warm me up. It was a cold and rainy night.
I ordered a grilled chicken salad. I know it seems a bit wrong to order a salad at an Italian restaurant, but I’m trying to keep it on the healthy side.
I was up early on Sunday morning. Tino knows I’m a softy so he chooses me as his victim. He’ll lick my face until I wake up to take him out and feed him. After walking the pups, I loaded them up in my car and stopped at the gas station to grab coffee. I also grabbed a Kind Bar 🙂 I love the coconut almond flavor! I knew I’d need something to hold me over until brunch after church. I hate having an empty stomach.
I love being up early before the sun. Quiet Sundays are my favorite.
Our friends Leo and Lyndsey went to church with us and then we headed to 131 Main for brunch. I have heard wonderful things about this place, but this was our first time giving it a try.
My friend ordered their crab cake Benedict with asparagus and loaded mashed potatoes. I always try his meals and their Benedict was delicious. Their loaded mashed potatoes were so flavorful and cheesy.
I ordered their cobb salad. It came with grilled chicken, mixed greens, avocado, bacon, eggs, and a side of garlic vinegreatte. This was the ultimate salad. It had croutons that tasted like toasted cornbread.
After brunch, I headed to my parents house to let Grumps run around the backyard with Tino. My mom made me tea and we relaxed on the swing while the pups ran all over.
I’m obsessed with my Love Your Melon hat. I’m not kidding when I say it’s the warmest hat ever! Every time you purchase a hat, they donate a hat to kids fighting cancer.
I was exhausted Sunday afternoon. I headed home, cuddled up on the couch with Grumps and we watched movies.
Monday morning, I was well rested and ready to start my day!
I made a breakfast. 1/2 Whole wheat English muffin with butter, bacon, and two eggs over easy.
After catching up on work, I headed to a trail to walk Grumples.
I must have dropped my glove when I was picking up Grumples’s business…
I ran back to grab it…
But Grumples got to it before I could…
He finally let me have it back, but it was a fight!
He’s always exhausted after our walks and it allows me to work in peace when we get back.
I was so hungry when we got back so I made lunch.
A Whole grain flat-out wrap with turkey, pepperjack Laughing Cow cheese spread, lettuce, bell pepper, Applegate turkey, and avocado with a side of fresh fruit.
Later on in the day I snacked on trail mix. It had cranberry, yogurt covered raisins, dark chocolate, cranberry, almonds, and raisins.
I had a really random dinner that night. I added some leftovers over some lettuce and called it a salad! It has a bit of everything…
Tuesday morning, we went back to the trail!
My days were starting to get repetitive. I had the same breakfast again…I love grocery shopping on Sunday for meals throughout the week.
I’m obsessed with tortilla or pita pizzas. They’re so filling and kill the cravings while keeping dinner light.
This was a flat-out wrap with cheese, sauce, and turkey pepperonis. The entire pizza is under 250 calories.
Thursday morning, we headed for another four mile walk.
He still managed to find the energy to play with his toys after out walk.
After our walk, I warmed up with a light vanilla latte made by my Nespresso. It had a skim milk, an espresso pod, and a couple drops of vanilla extract.
Pulled pork over a salad with Italian dressing. Such a delicious low carb meal.
Dinner at Rippington’s in Waxhaw Friday night with my parents.
My mom and I split a meal since we ordered an appetizer and side salads. The salad came with spring mix lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, feta and a strawberry vinaigrette.
The salmon had a black bean salsa and was served with steamed vegetables and rice.
We all split a carrot cake.
I decided to spend Friday and Saturday with my parents.
My mom and I watched The Visit! She loved it just as much as I did. I love spending time with my parents and watching movies are our favorite thing to do when it’s cold out.
Tino loves toilet paper rolls…
For dinner, I made a salad with avocado, tomato, chicken, romaine, cucumber, hard boiled eggs, and a lemon vinaigrette.
I headed uptown to watch the Panther’s play on Sunday. I grabbed my favorite snack first, a coffee drink and a cranberry almond Kind bar. I figured we’d be a while before dinner and I really didn’t want to eat bar food. I can’t say no to chicken wings and pizza when I’m hungry.
It was such a great game. Go Panthers! The Seahawks definitely stepped up in the second half. Both teams played well. Even though I’m a Lion’s fan, I root for the Panther’s because it’s my city. I love seeing all the Panther pride.
We headed to one of my favorites spots in Charlotte, Bakersfield. You can’t go there without trying their Queso and guacamole. You also have to order one of their margaritas! YUM. We are doing margarita Monday and quesadillas for Bachelor night next week.
I always order their Johnny salad. It’s THAT good…The guys started to make fun of me for getting a salad and I forced them all to try it. It ended up being their favorite dish on the table. It shut them up fast, minus the fifteen minutes dedicated to talking about how unbelievable my salad was. That salad is the king of salads.
I woke up so early one Monday morning.
My mom and I spent Monday together out shopping for new curtains. Home Goods had the best selection.
Around four, I started making some appetizers to get ready for Bachelor night. My girlfriends and I decided to start a new tradition.
I made some buckeyes! I have a delicious recipe for these and the centers taste like peanut butter fudge. I’ll post that tomorrow.
I gave Grumples the empty peanut butter jar to lick. It’s his favorite thing ever! It’s hilarious to watch.
Since I had extra chocolate leftover, I made some chocolate covered strawberries. Plus, they go well with wine!
I filled my tray with trail mix, Triscuits, caramel macadamia nut popcorn, wheat thins, cheese, apricot chips, and fig jelly.
I also made some pizzas.
The night was filled with red and white wine. I had a little bit of both 🙂
The Bachelor is so much more fun when you watch it with friends and it was such a weird episode. I didn’t think I was going to like Jubilee as much as I do. I think her and Ben are adorable. I really like Lauren B and Amanda (the mother of two) as well. I do not like Olivia or Amber! I also gained a lot of respect for Lace after watching her talk about her struggles on the after show.
We were so exhausted on Tuesday morning…Grumples loved being in the middle of all the girls.
My friend Rachel and I went to Barre class on Tuesday afternoon. It was my first time. I’ve heard it was tough, but it really didn’t look tough. Everyone talks about it and it’s super popular right now. I get it now…
It’s one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done. It doesn’t matter if you can run six miles, it’ll make you feel so out of shape. You’ll use muscles you normally don’t, you’ll find out how inflexible you are, and be inspired to work towards a new you!
The instructors were super nice and motivating. I loved it because it was relaxing and challenging. It wasn’t hardcore cardio, but intense strength! It was very organized and I loved how the movements blended. The smaller movements make the biggest impacts. I can’t wait to do this again.
After class, we headed to I Love Juicebar for lunch.
I ordered the Doc with protein powder. The Doc has spinach, kale, juiced apple, ginger, mint, strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries, banana, spirulina, and probiotics.
It was deeeeeeeelicious!
We also got coffee to warm us up.
The Juicebar also makes superfood protein bars. They don’t look very good, but I promise you that they are. I like to keep them in my fridge for quick bites. All you need is a small little pieces to hit the spot. This one had raw oats, flax seed, chia seed, bee pollen, maca, natural peanut butter, vegan protein powder, goji berries, and spirulina. I like to have a little piece with my coffee in the morning.
I made salmon, rice, vegetable egg rolls, and my sweet flaxseed green beans last night. (I’ll post that recipe tomorrow as well)
I was so sore this morning from Barre. I could barely move and it actually hurt my abs to pee (TMI I KNOW). I knew I had to do something. I made a breakfast with eggs, bacon, strawberries, and an English muffin and then chugged tons of water to hydrate.
I decided to head to the gym to run and stretch. It may seem silly, but running helps me get over the soreness. It warms up the muscles and brings fresh oxygen to the muscle. I jogged three 11 minute miles. After running, I was warmed up enough to stretch for a good thirty minutes. After taking that barre class, it made me realize how important stretching is. I stretch, but never stretch deep enough to make a difference. My goal is to become very flexible. I bet it’ll improve my running too.
When I got back, it was Grumples’s turn to go for a walk.
After our walk, I made a to-go coffee and packed a bag of popcorn for our mini road trip.
It was snowing on the way back! This is the second snowfall this year and I’m so ready for spring.
The chairs looked so good in my kitchen.
I made some cheese and crackers to snack on while I blogged:) I’m loving that Laughing Cow pepperjack cheese spread!
Saturday, I shot all the new items for the Spring Collection on my shop! I am so ready for Spring 🙂
- Do you do “Spring Cleaning”?
- Have you ever tried a Barre Class? Opinions?
- What is the coolest/creepiest thing you’ve ever found on Craigslist?