“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” -Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Happy Friday the 13th!
Today is already off to a great start. Grumples and I just got back from a long morning walk, I have my coffee sitting next to me and I get to spend some time blogging. I love writing all of my other blog posts, but doing the recaps are my favorite. I love filling you guys in on what I’ve been up to and hearing all about your weeks as well. To be honest, this has been a pretty low-key week and very relaxing. I hope I don’t bore you before you get to the end, but not every week can be as exciting as the last.
When I got back from D.C., I decided to go out for a run. It was sunny and there were no visible clouds in the sky. It was rainy almost every day in D.C., so I was excited to finally get a sunny day for running.
After a couple miles in, the sky turned black and it just started pouring. I’ve never ran in anything so powerful and it felt like rocks hitting me as I tried to run back to my place as fast as I could. This may sound weird and contradicting, but it kind of felt refreshing and therapeutic. I’m sure people thought I was nuts, but running back was my only option.
Of course as soon as I got back to my place, the rain stopped and the sun came out.
Becca and I met at the fields later that night to let our dogs play. I quickly regretted that decision after seeing Grumples get filthy in the red dirt. I normally wouldn’t care, but he just got groomed and was clean!
But he was so happy and it was nothing a bath couldn’t fix.
Grumples and I walked back home and I carried his 90 lb self into the bath tub. I didn’t want his paws touching anything. He also thinks it’s funny to dive onto my bed when I’m chasing him around to get him into the bath. I didn’t give his stubborn self a chance. I also just cleaned the sheets and it would be just my luck to have to clean them all over again.
An hour later, I finally had the chance to sit down and have dinner. I roasted some garlic parmesan brussel sprouts, two spicy black bean veggie burgers and a side Caesar salad.
The next morning, Becca came over and we headed out for coffee. She wanted to try out a new coffee shop and I’m always down for an adventure. Our coffee was really bad, so I’m just going to keep that coffee shop nameless.
It’s a known fact that Becca likes to take photos of creepy things. The last time we walked into an antique store, I walked out with a cute floral teacup and she came out with a gas mask from WWI. Her and I are so different and that is what makes us such great friends. There were a couple abandoned buildings she wanted to stop by to look at and as a good friend, I ask no questions. As I said before, I’m always down for the adventure.
Later that day, I cleaned up and got ready to go get my nails done. It’s been a while since I’ve actually gotten a manicure and I forgot how amazing they do (compared to when I do it myself.) I went with a lavender taupe color.
I’ve been all about the black bean veggie burgers lately and so I made a couple of those with a side salad for dinner!
It was finally sunny and clear on Wednesday. I decided to go out for a run and then follow it up with a light eight-mile bike ride out in the country.
I love how Grumples gets so excited when I come back from running. He can’t handle watching me run down the road and not being able to run next to me.
I had to sit next to him for a bit before going out for a bike ride to calm him down.
There is nothing more relaxing than riding my bike after a run or on a sunny day.
The E-bike is the best because I can coast uphills, but I decided to turn the coast off so I could get a nice leg workout in. I cannot wait to ride out in D.C. and you can join me! You can even rent an E-Bike. I’d love to meet you guys:)
This lil/big guy <3
Early morning on Wednesday, My 30 pack KIND bar box came! If you’re a frequent reader here, you know how much I love my KIND bars! You can find them everywhere too.
The box has five new flavors!
Black Truffle Almond & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut, Dark Chocolate Almond Mint (yum!), Raspberry Cashew & Chia, and Honey Roasted Nuts & Sea Salt!
I can’t wait to spend a month trying out all the new flavors! I’ll be taking these on my road trip to D.C.
KIND snacks are made from whole nuts, fruits and whole grains.
The Almond & Apricot Kind Bar was SOOOOOO good!
Grumples is really making his appearance in this post.
I had to run some errands Wednesday afternoon and I found these little gummy ducks. I needed a quick snack because I was so hungry! They were actually really good, and they are definitely not just for kids. These would be perfect for the movie theater instead of the candy at the counter.
I picked up a Panera Bread salad for dinner. I didn’t feel like cooking or grocery shopping. I ordered the Chicken Caesar salad with all kinds of different toppings added to it.
I can’t even remember what I did last Thursday, but I do remember what I ate. I made sweet corn, grilled asparagus and chicken!
I was so excited for Friday because my friend Rachel and I had plans to go to the Wells Fargo Championship tournament. Who doesn’t love the excuse to wear a cute sundress and watch hot golfers?
It rained almost all week, so I was a little nervous, but it ended up being a gorgeous day.
The Qual Hollow Club is absolutely gorgeous. It’s too pretty for me to even imagine golfing on. I’m going to stick to the dibbet filled courses.
This is a dress that I bought at GAP a couple months ago and I’m in love with the purple and red floral!
I couldn’t believe I was standing that close to Jamie Lovemark…
We ended up walking miles on miles at the tournament.
Outfit on point! °
We left the tournament at six and I was so ready to get out of those shoes!
Around 8:30 on Friday night, I went for an eight-mile night walk! It was a beautiful night and the weather was perfect. I didn’t mind trading in my wine for some walking shoes.
Saturday morning, Becca and I went out to explore Charlotte and take a few shots for the collection.
We stopped for sushi and salads afterward! I’m IN LOVE with ginger salads.
I was so thrilled with how the photos turned out. Becca is such a great photographer!
I love this look so much! I didn’t want to take this outfit off.
I spent Saturday night relaxing and watching movies. I told you that my weekend was pretty low-key:)
SUNDAY WAS ALL ABOUT MOM!
I bought her a beautiful bouquet filled with hydrangeas, poppies, and white carnations. I also bought her a gift certificate to IT Cosmetics and some office decor. No matter what I give my mom, it’ll never compare to everything she’s given me throughout my lifetime.
My dad and mom put together a little backyard garden. I’m so excited to go raid it! I’m worse than the backyard rabbits.
I took my mom to Amelie’s before we went shopping.
I had a coffee and we ordered a Napoleon for dessert. She had the Le Sombre Chai! I have her hooked.
We had a great day shopping and I loved spending Mother’s Day with her!
My salad on Sunday night had spring mix lettuce, chickpeas, avocado, tomato, goat cheese crumbles, cucumber, blueberries, almonds, craisins, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I have been making these salads for the past seven days! I like to buy tons of salad ingredients on Sunday and make salads all week long. It’s fun to switch it up each week.
You guys will be so proud of me. My water game has been on point! I’ve been drinking 62+ ounces of water a day. I used to go days without drinking water and I feel so much better now. My mood has even changed. The more I drink it, the more I crave it.
Grumples and I cuddled up on Sunday night and fell asleep to a movie. I love this lil man.
Monday night, I made another one of those salads with Harvest Snaps on top!
After dinner, I met up with Becca for a long walk at the Riverwalk.
We were trying to book it so we could make it back before it got dark.
What else is there to do other than take a selfie when Becca is off taking photos of graffiti?
I mean…the graffiti was pretty cool.
Nothing is more beautiful than the peacefulness that nature gives.
I know I walk this trail a lot, but it never gets old. I find it gorgeous and breathtaking every time.
We tried making it back before dark…but we did hit six miles.
Call me crazy, but I met my friend Rachel the next morning at the Riverwalk for a seven-mile walk! I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of walking.
After our walk, we decided to have a pool day!
I’m in love with the CVS breakout free lotion. I wear it while running, at the pool and pretty much all day! If you ever get skin irritations or breakouts, this stuff is amazing for it.
Later that night, I met up with my friend Aimee at Brazwells for dinner. It was a beautiful night to sit outside. I ordered the Montford greens salad. It had a kale mix, sunflower seeds and tomatoes tossed in citrus vinaigrette, topped with bacon,
bleu cheese crumbles and 2 over easy eggs. I also had them add grilled chicken for extra protein.
After dinner, I met a new friend. I literally sat for an hour playing with this kitten.
He lives outside of Becca’s apartment with his mom. He was the only kitten that survived. I think I love him!
Later that night, I went for a long walk with Grumples!
I did a workout with my trainer on Wednesday and I still can’t move my body properly. I have a love/hate relationship with him.
Dog with a blog!
For dinner I had the two black bean burgers and a side salad!
Thursday morning, I went for a three mile run and it was SO SO SO hot! I planned on three miles but I simply could not do it. I was burning up. I ended up walking the rest. It was an awful run, but not every run can be great!
For lunch I had two eggs and half a small avocado!
I really wish I had something more interesting to blog about, but thats my life! 🙂 I’d love to hear more about your weeks!
Questions for you.
- What has been your favorite part of the week so far?
- What are your weekend plans?
- Tell me one crazy fact about you!
- If someone asked you to describe yourself using ONE WORD, what would it be?