Everything this morning is good. There is coffee in my cup, the sun is out and I’m ready to start my day. After I get all my work done, I have some fun activities planned. I can’t just sit around on Leap Day! Before I get to work, I wanted to share my weekend with you! It was very low-key and relaxing. Those are the kinds of weekends I live for.
Also, you guys were totally right. It’s so much easier to write medium length posts more frequently becuase I can actually remember the sequence of events! So, you can expect more posts! 😉
I had no motivation to workout on Friday, but I told myself that a little workout would be better than none, so I headed over to the gym to a mile and a half on the treadmill and did three rotations on the machines. It was definitely a half-assed workout, but still better than no workout. I headed to my parent’s house Friday night to help them with some projects around their house over the weekend.
My parents are big into making breakfasts– even when I’m not hungry, they’ll have a breakfast sitting there for me. Saturday they made english muffins, turkey bacon and loaded hash browns. After breakfast, my mom and I took Grumples for a very long walk out on the country side.
After our walk, we headed to Amelie’s French Bakery. My mom has never been there before and I knew she’d love it. It’s my latest obsession. They have them all around the Charlotte area and if you’re ever visiting, add it to your list. I ordered the Le Sombre Chai Crème. It’s a chai blend with rich espresso and steamed milk. If you do go, that would be my recommended drink! They also offer almond milk, but I’m losing the love for almond milk in my latte. Coconut milk lattes are great though!
The weather was so gorgeous Saturday afternoon and the coffee shop was full of students, so we took our coffee to go and decided to walk around the little downtown area. I feel like Rock Hill is very underrated and I need to get out there more. It’s very cute and has a gorgeous fountain area to sit. They had the Krispy Kreme race over the weekend that involved a fun run followed by downing a dozen of donuts. That would have been fun to watch.
Also, I love receiving all of your Snaps! You can follow me at @taralynnmcnitt I haven’t been into a Khols in YEARS, but that is where my mom wanted to go for jean shopping. They had a rack with 75% off shirts and fitness apparel. I scored some pretty awesome deals.
After coffee, we headed over to the mall so my mom could pick up some new jeans. I love spending weekend with her and I don’t think it will ever get old.
They even have a Provisions market in Rock Hill. I had no idea…I’m always going to the one in Waxhaw!
They had my favorite local bars there! Bruks Bars 🙂
After our little outing, I was ready to enjoy the last couple hours of sunlight. I headed down to the Riverwalk for a run. I was surprised at how empty the trail was. It’s usually packed on weekends, but that meant more space for me! I love this trail because it is flat and hilly. It’s better for training when you add in some challenges. To update you all, I’ve been working hard on a new post for beginning runners. It’ll include my tips, my fails, and what motivates me. To be honest, even though I try to run 4 times a week, I consider myself a beginner. I learn new things every single day and there are a lot of facts I wish I would have known when I first started out. I am also putting together a beginner’s running gift package for a giveaway with the post! It’s going to be so fun.
This is my favorite part of the run. I get to enjoy my runner’s high while watching the sun go down over the water.
I stopped at the grocery store to get some ingredients to make my parents the same salad I had a couple Bachelor Monday’s ago (SPEAKING OF BACHELOR MONDAY, IT’S BACHELOR MONDAY). Salad recipe here.
I also had some gluten free pasta spirals with my homemade pasta sauce. I made a huge batch a couple days ago and stored them in mason jars. I’m going to make zucchini pizza’s sometime this weekend.
I tried out my new Bean Box subscription on Sunday morning and I can’t wait to share that post with you guys. They are also hosting a giveaway on the blog! The coffee was amazing and super fresh.
I also had a slice of wholegrain bread with peanut butter and honey. Strawberries were my everything over the weekend. Saturday was actually National Strawberry Day too!
After church I played with Grumples for a good hour. It was my little warm-up before my run.
I know people dedicate Sunday’s for long runs, but I just wanted to do three mile and call it quits. I kept it slow and steady!
I love finding little trails to run. People always ask me how I find so many places…to be honest? I YELP! 😀 Seriously, yelp is the best place to find local trails and parks.
Leftover salad after my run! I have my mom hooked on this salad now too.
I was going to make some cookies to go along with our Oscar spread. I saw these at the grocery store and thought they looked pretty good! They are gluten free and dairy free.
They were surprisingly delicious and close to the real deal. I also didn’t get bloated or feel gross after eating one of these. I bloat after eating anything later in the day. I haven’t had it checked out by a doctor yet, but no matter what I eat, my stomach bloats. My brother has the same issue as me. I have to pay attention to the types of food I eat if I don’t want to bloat. The difference from night to morning is crazy. I’m hoping that it doesn’t have anything to do with dairy or gluten. I need to stop reading up on it and just go to a doctor.
My afternoon snack: skinny pop popcorn!
Instead of making a giant Sunday night dinner, I put together a spread for the Oscars! I LOVE making spreads. I just picked out some different crackers, cheeses, and finger foods.
This platter had dried cranberries, prosciutto, candied pecans, garlic and herb boirsin, sharp cheddar, grilled red peppers, red pepper jelly, and mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto. All of these ingredients went so well together.
I also made a dipping oil with specialty breads. My dipping oil recipe can be found here.
The crackers were multigrain and sweet potato. The wine was Pinot Noir & Fetzer.
It was such a fun night! I thought that Chris Rock did a great opening monologue. The presenters were all funny, some awkward, but it was a very smooth show. I also didn’t feel like there were commercials every second like most award shows. The fashion was great and I was loving the emerald green dresses.
My Five favorite moments from the oscars?
- Chris Rock’s Monologue & Hosting
- Leonardo’s Win
- Lady Gaga’s Powerful performance.
- Whoopi Goldberg’s acting in the little skits.
- Red Carpet Pre-Show
Now, I want to catch up with you guys!
- Did you watch the Oscars? If so, what was your favorite moment.
- What did you do to stay active this weekend?
- If you could choose the next blogposts subject for me, what would it be?
- Any special Leap Day plans?