I’m a morning person. I generally can’t stay up and work late because my brain tends to shut off by 9 pm. I shocked myself last night by staying up until 1:30 am. I walked the dogs, fed them, and tucked them into their beds (dog mom). The alone time felt like the perfect opportunity to catch up on some projects. Having two dogs is a lot of work, I don’t know how mom’s with children do it. Power to all the mom’s out there. You ladies are rockstars.
Even though it was a late night, I was up involuntarily by 6 am. Three things woke me up today: the frigid temperature outside, the dogs barking at the neighbors, and this cup of coffee I’m sipping on right now.
It’s been such a strange week. One minute it’s warm, and the next minute I’m catching snowdrops in my coffee cup. There are only a few more days left of the cold temps, and then we are back to the 70’s! Thank goodness.
After bundling up this morning and walking the dogs, I came inside and made breakfast. I don’t plan on leaving my desk until my recap post is completed! My breakfast had fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, and scrambled eggs. The eggs have onion powder, garlic, black pepper, two yolks, and four egg whites!
My dad went out of town last week to help my uncle build a deck at the lake house. I stayed with my mom while he was out so that we could have girl time. I like spending time at my parent’s house because I can focus on work all day while the dogs run outside. I still don’t have my fence up at my house yet. My backyard isn’t big enough for them to run around in like nuts, but they’ll like hanging outside once it’s finished. There are a lot of animals lurking in the woods, so it’ll be pure entertainment for them.
My mom had a meeting Tuesday morning, so I drove her in and headed to Earth Fare to work on my laptop for an hour. I wanted coffee, but I had a run planned for the afternoon, so I stuck with some probiotic water and pineapple chunks. Anything to hydrate me.
I had a long run the Saturday before, so I just wanted a light recovery run. The run in Waxhaw killed my quads (in a good way), and I could barely move my arms from my circuit workout. I love that my mom is a runner. I have a hard time slowing down my pace (I get bored), so it was great having her as a pacer. I ran behind her for the first 3 1/2 miles, and then pick up the pace for the rest of my run.
I love the running scenery out at my parents. I’m a huge advocate for finding new running routes. I don’t care about my three mile run routes, but anything longer needs to be fun and new. Meighan and I have been looking for new running routes every Saturday for our long run. It makes a big difference in our energy! We love the unknown, and it feels like an adventure.
As soon as I finished my run, I chugged water and headed to the cold pool. I tortured myself by slowly icing my ankles, my calves, my knees, and finally making my way to the quads. I don’t know how people can tolerate ice baths. OUCH!
After the run, we had falafels from Blue Apron, turned on Netflix, and fell asleep super early.
I made breakfast for my mom and me on Wednesday morning. My omelets had one yolk + four egg whites, one cup of spinach, and goat cheese. Blueberries and strawberries on the side!
How cute is this little butter holder? I found it at a thrift shop for 25 cents. My mom has little white accents in her new kitchen, so this fit perfectly. I will share more of my thrift finds in this post. If you want to see photos of the remodel, I posted this on Pinterest! My dad did it by himself in two months!
I made homemade dark chocolate coconut candies on Wednesday. I will post the recipe this week. They were a delicious treat to go with my afternoon cup of coffee. I’m a huge Almond Joy lover, or anything coconut related. I wanted to make the healthier version of my favorite coconut candies, and they turned out so yummy.
I took the boys (my pups) for a country walk later in the afternoon, and they loved it. Grumples is obsessed with farm animals. He likes to sit and the fence and just stare at them. Whenever I say the word “cow,” he goes nuts! Leo is starting to mimic him.
The dogs were so good on our walk, so I treated them with empty peanut butter jars as a reward. Training them to walk together with me has been a challenge, but we are getting somewhere. It’s so funny because all of my friends save their peanut butter jars for the pups. I love that it keeps them entertained for an hour.
Here is the video of them eating their peanut butter jars!
I decided to torture my mom and stink up the house with my brussels sprouts. I love them, but she won’t even look in their direction. I ate an entire bag of brussels sprouts with my ground turkey for dinner.
I chopped up some brussels sprouts and tossed them in olive oil, garlic powder, fresh organic parmesan cheese and baked them for 22 minutes at 400 degrees.
Eggs and bacon on Thursday morning! I had spinach and sweet potato added to my eggs too. Sweet potatoes and eggs were meant to go together.
I was hungry an hour later, so I made a protein shake. This shake had electrolyte water, frozen banana, half cup frozen strawberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, one scoop vanilla protein powder, and ice.
I did a light Thursday afternoon run with my mom. I’ve been trying to do more little runs during the week and save my legs for the Saturday long run. We were running different paces, so it was fun passing each other in the neighborhood. My mom has the most focused face when she’s running, so I always crack up when I see her.
We took the dogs out for a two-mile walk after our run. It was so beautiful out, and we couldn’t get enough of the weather.
For dinner, I had some leftover Panera Bread. I love going in there and building my salads. This salad had chicken, kale, onion, parmesan crisps, avocado, and green goddess dressing on the side. This salad inspired my grocery list for the week.
So I’m 26. So OLD, I know.
If it’s one thing my mom preaches to me every day, it’s to take care of my skin. My mom never tans her face, always wears sunscreen, and sticks to a nightly and morning routine. She doesn’t want me to start this routine later in life; she wants me to start now, so to make her happy, I have. And I don’t want wrinkles obviously.
*I wash my face morning and night with age-defying face wash from Olay.
*When I finish washing my face, or after the shower, I hydrate and replenish my face with an anti-aging infusion spray.
*I rub an eye lifting serum around my eyes before I go to bed to prevent any aging. This helps with bags under the eyes and crows feet wrinkles.
*In the morning and at night, (after washing my face) I add a little anti-aging cream all over my face. I do this about an hour before I put on makeup. I wear makeup maybe once a week. 🙂
This routine may seem like strange for a 26-year-old, who doesn’t even have a gray hair yet, but I want to start early and prevent wrinkles from coming in. It’s important for all ages to take care of their skin. My mom is in her mid-fifties, and she still looks so young, so I look up to her in the skin department. She started her skin routine at 30.
I headed home Friday after my dad came back to town. Grumples was looking for cows on the drive home!
Leo was happy to be back in his spot on the couch.
I spent some time adding more pieces to my house. I have a lot of work to do in the bedroom decor department. I think I want to go with a white and cream color scheme. I took down the green curtains the previous owners had up and added new sheer curtains. I love them and can’t wait to sleep with the windows open in the summer. I love watching sheer curtains blow in the wind. I am going to paint a new canvas to go above my bed this week.
I was inspired by this pin on my Pinterest board. It had a Blue Willow vase with pink flowers. When I saw the vase at Home Goods, I HAD to buy it and add pink flowers. It was honestly my lucky day because the flowers were all half off at Michaels!
I found all of these plates and cups for 25 cents a piece at a thrift shop! I want to use them for a brunch 🙂
I found these gorgoeus, plates, artwork, and more! I bought a lot of old photos and I’m going to redo the frames for my office. After washing all the plates and hanging some art up, I started on my Friday cleaning binge.
Have you ever had a weird afternoon craving for something sweet, but filling? I do pretty much every day. I wanted to experiment with a mug cake. I see them on the internet all the time, but the thought of microwaving weirded me out. I decided to try it because I was desperate for something sweet.
In a mug, I added 1/2 packet of blueberry oatmeal, 1/4 cup blueberries, one egg white, two tablespoons milk, one teaspoon olive oil, three tablespoons muffin mix, and two teaspoons of honey. I microwaved it for 45 seconds, and it came out perfectly! I prefer baked muffins, but this was ideal for a quick single serving. The blueberries were my favorite part.
The dogs were trying hard to steal a bite, but no luck!
Kyle and I decided to eat Chipotle were dinner on Friday night. We had been craving it all week, and cooking sounded awful because we were both tired.
I ordered a salad with half chicken and half steak. I added a little bit of white rice, hot salsa, guacamole, and a sprinkle of cheese. They have the best salad dressing!
Kyle and I decided to give “The Fall” a try. Finally, a new show we are addicted to watching! We were having a hard time trying to find a show that matched “The Killing.” I’m so excited to watch the next episode, but it would be a sin to do that without Kyle. I will just have to wait until Thursday.
I’ve been looking forward to Saturday’s lately. Meighan and I have been sticking to our training plan, which consists of a long run on Saturday mornings. I’ve been trying to wake up super early to have coffee, hydrate, and experiment with different pre-run fuels. This Saturday, I’ll be bringing gel packs since we are upping our miles even more. Not only have we been increasing mileage, but we’ve been finding new routes with a lot of hills. Our half is going to be very hilly, so we want to be prepared. I have no doubt that I’ll be able to do it with her by my side. I honestly found a new love for running because of her, and she pushes me to do things I fear.
This was a pretty good pre-run fuel. I ate it three hours before my run, and I didn’t cramp up, or feel too sluggish towards the end at all. I had an english muffin with peanut butter, one hard boiled egg, and half of a banana. I chugged two glasses of water. One before my coffee and one after!
We found a new route to try! We love running through grogeous neighborhoods.
Our route took us all around the Meyer’s Park Country Club.
The sun was out when we started the run, so I left my sweater in the car. Five minutes after we started running, the sun left us! I was freezing! The colder I felt, the harder I ran! The hills warmed us up, and I could finally feel my arms again. Our last mile was straight up a hill, so that didn’t feel great. I couldn’t wait to finish, so I tried to run it as fast as I could. Whenever I finish a run, I use up all the remaining energy I conserved.
We wanted to run ten-minute miles, so we stayed on track for the most part. We are running an intense route this Saturday, but it’s going to be a gorgeous one! We have eight miles planned.
I always try to take as many photos as I can while I’m running, but only ten out of thirty turn out clear!
My legs end up swelling after long runs, so I made a doctor’s appointment to get it checked out. Some serious and not-so-serious conditions could be causing the swelling. It could be low sodium, dehydration, or something else. I just want to rule some things out. Meighan was shocked at how swollen they got too! It wasn’t just in my head. They don’t hurt, but it’s a little frightening.
We were so zonked that we stopped on the sidewalk and just sat there stretching. Luckily, it was a remote neighborhood, and no one was there to judge how silly looked. We like to look at our times and elevation after our runs.
Saturday run done! YAY!
Meighan and I picked up her friend, Sara, and Becca for lunch in Noda.
We decided to eat at The Crepe Cellar because they have the best french press coffee! That pot had no chance of survival.
I ordered the apple endive salad. It came with salmon, apples, pecans, greens, and a vinaigrette. I ordered fries on the side because they have the best!
We had so much fun having lunch and I need to visit Noda more often!
When Kyle got back from the gym, we both cleaned up and piled on the couch with the pups for a Netflix binge.
After two episodes deep, we got hungry! We decided to make our favorite, homemade chicken nuggets. I taught him how to do it and let him take over! He did such a great job 🙂 We experimented with buffalo flavored chicken nuggets, too. They turned out perfect! The buffalo chicken nuggets were coated in plain breadcrumbs (instead of the usual Italian bread crumbs) dipped in buffalo sauce, and then added to the baking sheet.
Find our chicken nugget recipe here! Kyle dipped his buffalo chicken nuggets in blue cheese dressing! I think they would be good (for people who like buffalo & blue cheese) wrapped in lettuce with blue cheese dressing. We made sweet potatoes for the side. It wasn’t a veggie kind of night.
Back to more episodes!
And then we woke up to this…
I took so many snow day photos! I put them all in a separate post because they would have flooded this one up. Check them out here!
Becca and I headed to the gym for an hour circuit! We had a GREAT sweat session. My back is still killing from all the deadlifts. We love Sunday’s at the gym because it’s empty. It was even more dead because of the snowstorm. We turn into complete goofballs, and our dance sessions are my favorite.
The poor spring flowers looked cold! Good thing I put all of my flowers in the garage before the storm.
Kyle headed to the gym, so I decided to grab breakfast with Becca.
We headed to Plaza Midwood to have breakfast at Zada Janes.
I hate when a promised thirty-minute wait turns into an hour for a table for two. We were hangry because of the gym. We finally got a table, but it was right next to the door. FREEEEZING. I was complaining in my head, and it was caused by the hangry-ness. Nothing worse than being hungry and cold at the same time.
I decided to treat myself with a skim cappuccino + one extra shot of espresso. Zada Janes usually brews light roast, and I knew I wouldn’t like it, so I played it safe with an expresso drink.
I ordered the big breakfast. It was 2 pm and the only thing I had eaten was a cup of coffee and half a banana. Since Becca doesn’t eat carbs, I ordered enough for the both of us. My breakfast had multigrain bread, a pancake, eggs, fresh fruit, and bacon.
The snow was gone by the time I got to Kyle’s. I wasn’t mad about it 🙂
We decided to take the boys for a walk around the park.
Leo does really well offleash. He stays by us and comes when we call him.
Now this is the spring weather I’ve been hoping for!
After our hour walk, we had an early dinner. Leftover chicken nuggets 🙂
I made hot chocolate for dessert, and we got back to our show! We were in bed by 9 pm and exhausted from the day. I know a lot of people hate daylights savings time, but I love it.
I was excited for Monday morning because I wanted to spend some time drinking coffee and editing the snow pictures! But the real excitement for Monday was because it was the Bachelor’s season finale! I made an omelet with turkey sausage on the side.
It’s been five weeks since I’ve been lampless. FINALLY, put a lightbulb in the dang thing, and I thought it deserved a picture. This is how I pat myself on the back for doing simple tasks 🙂
Finally bachelor night! I walked the dogs, fed them, air popped some popcorn, and then poured myself a glass of wine!
I seasoned my popcorn with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and olive oil.
This wine was so good! It’s Robert Mondavi heritage red blend. If I drink wine, I go for the blends. This is sold at most grocery store’s and it’s around eight dollars.
I had a facemask on my skin during the show!
I seriously cannot wait until Friday. I am getting my hair done (dyed dark) and eyebrows threaded! I tried to let the whole “lighter” hair grow on me, but I haven’t liked it. It doesn’t go with my skin tone, and I miss my dark hair.
FIVE THOUGHTS ON BACHELOR!
1. He chose the wrong girl but did Raven a favor. Vanessa was my pick on day one, but she got super annoying as the season went on. She complains a lot, and she and Nick will not work out. Do they even like each other? I guess the crying worked.
2. I couldn’t stand Corrine at the beginning of the season, but she slowly became my favorite.
3. Chris Harrison is annoying.
4. I never liked Nick, still, don’t like him. Why is he on DWTS. Just stop with him.
5. The “historical” thing annoyed me on the finale, and it was the most awkward moment I have ever seen on live television. I cringed the whole time, and it just gave me anxiety. Rachel will be a great bachelorette, but no more awkward surprises.
For lunch on Tuesday, I made a giant kale salad! It had goat cheese, strawberries, kale, arugula, baby spinach, candied nuts, dried blueberries, and a shallot dressing.
And for dinner, I made a salad with ten cups of chopped kale (so much kale), goat cheese, sweet and spicy peppers, pecans, cranberries, onions, and a red wine vinigrette. SO MUCH SALAD in one day.
OK, so by now you’re probably all wondering…GLUTEN?
Let me fill you in…
I went 4 1/2 months gluten free. At first, it went pretty well. Some of the bloating went down, the cramps decreased tremendously, and my energy levels were high. Placebo, maybe? But for the past few weeks, I had been feeling sluggish, retaining a ton of water, getting migraines, and so I asked my doctor if he thinks I should start eating gluten again. He recommended that I go gluten free to help with endo, but I started questioning it all. The crazy thing is that I started adding gluten gradually. It didn’t do anything to me. I’ve heard some horror stories from people who tried eating gluten again, but I feel a little better now that I’m eating it again. My doctor said there is no problem adding gluten back into my diet, and that it doesn’t work for everyone. But, no worries, I will still have gluten free recipes on the blog, but I’m trying to do what is best for my body. Right now, I’m frustrated, but I’ll figure it out someday!
Questions for you!
- Bachelor thoughts. GO!
- Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
- What is the coolest thing you’ve ever found at a thrift shop?