It’s been a day. I should have had my post up this morning, and I should have eaten a great meal tonight, but instead, I had a bowl of coconut milk ice cream with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips on top. Ok, fine. I crumbled some cookie dough in the bowl too.
The craziness started this morning. I’ve officially made it one week with having only one cup of the coffee day, and I feel better than ever. However, I do wake up a bit earlier because I’m just so excited about my cup of coffee. 🙂 I thought I’d be able to get my blog post written since I set up all the photos last night, but I ended up having more pictures and more content than I thought. By the time 8 am rolled around, I had to quit blogging, take the dogs out on their walk(s), and it was FREEZING. Walking the dogs in uptown Charlotte in 10 degrees is AWFUL. This is why people have backyards! Next time, I’m going to be an awful girlfriend (proudly) and wake up Kyle to do it. After feeding the dogs I packed them into the car, grabbed my stuff, and drove back to my place (Kyle and I live in two completely different states), so I could get ready before heading to my doctor’s appointment.
My appointment was for my thyroid health and episodes of panic attacks. I’ll have more on that later as I’d love to talk more about those topics on my blog this year. I had to get blood drawn before heading out, but I knew this wasn’t going to be pretty. I was in such a rush that I hadn’t had anything to eat other than coffee, and I just don’t do needles. As soon as I sat down, she started to “do her thing,” and that was it. I was gone. I passed out, and all I remember was the phlebotomist telling me to cough as hard as I could, to eat some crackers, and something about apple juice. Unfortunately, I was too dehydrated to give blood, so I was ordered to eat a ton of good food today, lots of sugars, carbs, and water! I’ll be heading back to get blood work on a full stomach, hydrated, and no coffee! I’m the type of person that gets dizzy and plugs my ears when people talk about anything medical. It was a struggle to get through anatomy in high school…
After I left, I headed to the grocery store to pick up a prescription, some proteins, and fresh vegetables for the house. I got home around noon, walked the dogs again, and then sat down with lunch! My lunch had baby arugula, roasted pumpkin seeds, apple chips, pecans, guacamole, and Whole Food’s chicken salad tossed in a vinegar & oil dressing.
I planned on going to yoga tonight, but my dogs had other plans for me. Grumples made me walk him an hour in the cold before he “did his business,” and Leo ate a stuffed toy, so that was fun on the bathroom side if you know what I mean…
I decided just to grab the ice cream, make some hot tea for a chaser, burn a calming candle, and get this recap post going! I’m ready for a better day tomorrow.
I think one of the best parts of the day was buying this soy Burts Bees candle. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I had no idea these existed. This candle smells incredible! It has a mood-calming scent, and I went online and purchased two more! I also bought the wax melts. I am obsessed! If you’ve tried any of the other scents and enjoyed them, let me know. 🙂
Since my last recap post happened, I’ve been to Charleston, had a Christmas get-together, and celebrated New Years! You know what that means? A LONG RECAP, so let’s go!
Kyle and I left Charleston early Sunday morning. We wanted to get back so I could pick up some food and get ready for Christmas Eve. For breakfast, I had an Americano, a Nothing But bar (so good), and a green smoothie. I don’t even know what was in it, but it was good.
We made it back around ten am! I hurried and showered, and then headed out to pick up some food. Becca and I planned on roasting chicken, steaming crab legs, and making a sit-down dinner, but we realized grabbing a ton of finger food, pizza, and wings would be so much better. I’m so glad we decided on this.
I picked up a case of Beers Around the World for Becca’s boyfriend and our friend, Steve at The World Market. While I was there, I saw these adorable gold stemless wine glasses, and I couldn’t resist. They were only $5 a glass! I love gold, and it’s perfect for any occasion.
We were blessed with perfect weather on Christmas Eve. It was about 55 degrees outside, so we enjoyed wine on the patio for a bit.
We played Cards Against Humanity last year, so I was so excited to play What Do You MEME? this year! The game was SO FUN!!! Definitely had us cracking up the whole time.
But then the night took a turn for the funnier. We started playing Heads Up! It’s an App on your phone that has you act out, or play the guessing game with your team. One of your teammates holds the phone against their foreheads, and they have to guess what’s on the “card.” It is seriously one of the most fun games! You can play it anywhere since it’s on your phone. I ended up running upstairs and changing so I could be more comfortable because this game had you all over the place.
My third Christmas with you! 🙂 It was really fun having Becca’s boyfriend over for Christmas this year too! He is a blast, and they are honestly so perfect for each other.
My second Christmas with you! 🙂
We were in bed by midnight and fell asleep to our favorite bedtime show, Sharktank. Mainly because it’s ALWAYS on. I was up bright and early, per usual! I walked the dogs, and then started making my homemade cinnamon rolls. I took some new photos and will be making a printer friendly version soon 🙂
We had so much fun opening gifts! I didn’t take pictures of them all, but I’ll share some fun ones! I’ve wanted to share what I got some of my friends and family, but I didn’t want to post them on the blog for them to see! My brother and Karlee are obsessed with cats, so I got them a cat-themed gift and a Nespresso machine! The cat mug is from Anthropologie. They have the cutest cat mugs! I bought their cats the Titan Tower on Amazon,and they loved it! I kept replaying my brother’s snaps of their cats playing with it. Best $13 purchase I’ve ever made on a cat!
Kyle and I decided to just do one small gift for each other. I didn’t get creative but decided to get him something I knew he’d LOVE. I’ll save the creativity for Valentines Day. A couple of months ago, I bought Kyle a Frye bag because it’s one of his favorite stores and they have great stuff that lasts forever. I decided to get him a matching wallet.
I am in love with my gift that he got me. When we were in New Jersey back in October, I kept talking about how obsessed I was with the hotel robe and that I wanted one. That was the last time I mentioned it. Well, apparently Kyle took note because he bought me the softest robe! I love it so much. I had never heard of Parachute Home, but now I want everything from there site.
My brother sent me these cups! Have you guys ever heard of them? THEY ARE SO COOL! The edges of the cups are strongly scented and it tricks your brain into thinking you’re drinking flavored water. If you’re a soda drinker, the cola one is awesome! You just add sparkling water to trick your brain into thinking you’re drinking cola.
How adorable is this cutting board from Kyle’s mom!? I don’t even want to use it! It’s too perfect.
Becca knitted me this, and it’s so soft! I think it looks perfect with my chair 🙂
I put a gift box of different little things together for Kyle’s mom. One of my favorite gifts was the butterfly painting I did. She LOVES monarchs!
I’ll do my ornament post soon too! I bought the cute little floral mugs at Anthropologie. I am so in love with their mugs!
My favorite part about Christmas is watching Grumples open up presents. It’s INSANE! He doesn’t touch them under the tree at all until I tell him to go get a gift. (video here)
Later in the afternoon, we headed to the dog park to let the boys run around and play!
We decided to go see a movie on Christmas day. We had wanted to go see The Shape of Water for a really long time, so I was super excited.
The movie was amazing. It makes you happy, sad, confused, and it’s a gorgeous film. I highly recommend seeing it.
Breakfast Tuesday! I had a shake with frozen banana, ice, coconut milk, and Orgain vanilla protein powder, and frozen pineapple. On my new cutting board 🙂
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve ALWAYS helped my mom take down the decorations the day after Christmas. I know Christmas isn’t over until the 6th, but I don’t like to carry it over into the new year. It just felt good to have my space back.
For dinner, I decided to make some fun sandwiches and smashed garlic potatoes.
**I marinated chicken breast in Greek dressing for about two hours.
**Mixed one tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 cup cream cheese, one tablespoon garlic powder, one teaspoon of dillweed together for the cream mixture.
**I baked the chicken at 350 degrees for about 23 minutes.
**The potatoes were boiled until fork tender, smashed, and seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and garlic salt. Baked for 30 minutes at 250 degrees!
I usually use ciabatta bread for these, but the grocery store was out. I did honey wheat instead! Toast the bread in the oven for about three minutes on the rack. Spread the cream cheese mixture on one side of the bread, top with bell peppers, onions, avocado, bacon, and chicken!
Kyle LOVED them! They are actually my mom and dad’s favorite sandwiches that I make, so I brought some over to them on Wednesday.
Grumples wanted them too apparently…
I spent all Wednesday working on my Charleston blog and catching up on emails!
I went out to breakfast with my parents on Thursday morning so we could catch up. I wanted to hear all about their Christmas in Iowa.
We went over to the Famous Toastery. I ordered two eggs over medium, fruit, and multi-grain bread.
This is where I spent the rest of the day working! My mug is filled with almond milk, cinnamon, frozen banana, and Orgain vanilla protein powder. Leo really wanted my peanut butter toast…
Yay! I love Fridays 🙂 I finished up some laundry, headed to the gym to walk the treadmill, and then came back to work.
Kyle came over on Friday night, and I made an easy, healthy and filling dinner. I cooked up ground turkey and ground chicken, drained it, and then added organic garlic lovers pasta sauce. I roasted bell peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and zucchini. It’s been a while since I’ve had spaghetti squash, so I baked a giant one up! Leftover spaghetti squash is the best.
This is a meal that would be super easy to meal prep.
I ate this all weekend long because it was so good, and I also picked up more ingredients to make again this week.
We started watching Babel before I fell asleep on the couch, but I finished it in the morning, and it was a pretty good movie. Brad Pitt looks better with age (even though that movie is like 12 years old.)
Another early morning dog walk! It wasn’t as bone-chilling last Saturday, so I took the boys on the full two-mile walk before the sun came up.
I decided to spend the day power cleaning and organizing before the New Year! I spent almost two hours in my bathroom. I scrubbed every single inch, washed all the bathroom rugs, cleaned out the drawers, put my makeup organizer in the dishwasher, and I even made my way to the ceilings to dust. There wasn’t a germ left in that bathroom!
This is my makeup organizer that I am absolutely in love with. It’s cool because you can put the drawers in the dishwasher to get all the makeup and smudges cleaned off. It holds a lot!
Leftovers for dinner!
I ended the night with lemon ginger tea, lemon, and honey! (video here)
I’ve been drinking a lot of tea to replace afternoon/evening coffee. I haven’t had any trouble giving it up!
Stash Tea, acacia honey, and my teapot!
I really felt like going to the gym on Sunday afternoon, so I made sure to get a good breakfast in a couple of hours prior. I had an omelet (1 egg yolk + 3 egg whites), pineapple (half ate), and a Van’s waffle with honey.
I like to write out a workout before actually going to the gym. Otherwise, I get overwhelmed and feel like a lost puppy. On the weekends, the classrooms are empty, so I go into one of the rooms and workout. This is a workout you can also do at home in your living room! 🙂
I made a workout for “easing” my way back into shape. If you want to make it harder, just add weights or more reps! I really felt the burn the next day. I wrote up another workout to do in the living room tomorrow morning (because it’s so dang cold outside.) I’ll be posting it on my Instagram story!
After we got back from the gym, I made a quick protein shake before getting ready for the night.
Unsweetened matcha tea, almond milk, ice, frozen banana, and Orgain vanilla protein powder.
We headed uptown for a night out with my parents. For Christmas, we decided to get them a hotel at the Kimpton in Uptown Charlotte, and then take them to dinner at the McNinch house.
They’ve only been uptown a couple of times, so I was excited to show them a good time. I also knew they’d love having dinner at the McNinch house because it’s definitely and an experience you’ll never forget.
It was SO COLD OUTSIDE! I saw some girls in uptown with tank top dresses with no tights. HOW? I was nearly freezing in a coat, gloves, a hat, and tights!
Here is the link for my coat! I had many of you guys asking about it on Instagram 🙂
I’ve always wanted to see the McNinch house at Christmas! We always go in the summer, so it was fun to see their decorations inside.
Savory Celeriac Meringue Cracker, Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Jam
Veuve de Vernay Brut, Loire, France NV
Oysters on the Half Shell
Blood Orange Caviar, Panko & Parmesan Crust
Semper Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Ex Orlis Terrarum-2012
Brown Sugar Caramelized Pear Salad
Gorgonzola, Arugula, Dandelion Shoots, Daikon Radish, Champagne Vinaigrette.
Carrillon Rosso Di Montalcino, Montalcino, Italy-2014
Butter Poached Lobster Tail
Mushroom Tart, Lobster Beurre Blanc
Angela Estate Pino Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregan-2013
House Made Bourbon and Vanilla Sorbet
Shaved Broccoli, Ginger & Nutmeg Carrots, Peppercorn Bordelaise
Mount Veeder Cabernet, Napa Valley-2014
White Chocolate & Passion Fruit Cake
Golden Chiffon Sponge, White Chocolate Mousse, Passion Fruit Gelee
Elyse Petite Sirah, York Creek, Napa Valley-2012
And a hot cup of tea <3
Executive Chef Matthew Shepard
Sous Chef Corey Thomas
Wine Steward Anthony M. Wesley
The dinner was perfect! 🙂 We decided to take my parents to Fahrenheit so they could see the view!
IT WAS SO COLD! I don’t know how anyone lasted in NYC for the ball drop.
Happy New Year!! 🙂 (yes, I added in the fireworks 😉 lol
We headed back to my parent’s hotel (parent’s first time in an Uber) to relax. They were doing fireworks and a little NYE festival in the park across the street.
We said goodbye to my parents and headed out for the night!
When the elevator has good lighting…
I was up bright and early on Monday morning! Since Starbucks was the only thing open, I walked down to grab a coffee. On my way, a couple of young men smiled at me, and we exchanged “good mornings.” They asked if I had any change, and I didn’t. They looked so cold. They were wrapped up in blankets on the bench, and it broke my heart. I hated it. I went ahead and ordered them breakfast sandwiches and hot cocoas. They were all so grateful, and this just made feel amazing. It was the best way to start the new year, and it inspired me to do more and give more this year. Little acts of kindness make the most significant impact. You can ALWAYS do something.
Around noon, we went to breakfast at The Daily, a new spot in Uptown.
I ordered two eggs over medium, potatoes, bacon and a side of fruit. The food was really good! The homefries (potatoes) were fajita-style, which was a fun change-up!
It was too cold to do anything outside, and the gym was closed, so we decided to walk the mall and just get out of the house for a while. I fell in love with this top, so I cracked and bought my first Lululemon top. It was soft and comfortable, and since I plan on doing more yoga this year, I had to get it! It’s actually running gear, but it works for both.
And how fun are these? I’ve seen them on the internet, but found them when I went into Sugarfina! I bought myself and Kyle’s mom a bottle! I think she’ll love them. They are still pretty sugary like most gummy bears, but that have some health benefits. They were pretty good! This has inspired me to make gummy bears for the blog soon! I want to do like ten flavors! I made them years ago, and they were a hit! They are still a favorite recipe on my blog.
I almost cracked and bought this cute J.Crew sweatshirt, but I know it’ll be warm soon and I won’t need it. But how cute is this?!?!
We headed over to Whole Foods after the mall to pick up some snacks and food for dinner. I picked up some of my favorites 🙂
Whole Foods Chicken Salad
Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips (the best)
Theo PB cups
Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Butternut Squash Fries
Sunflower & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Koia Protein Drink
Some of you were asking about my shoes on my insta story! Here is the link 🙂
For dinner I had an arugula salad with chicken salad, onions, chickpeas, edamame, zucchini, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and guacamole tossed in a little vinegar and oil. <3
By the way, I saw I, Tonya! It was really good, and I highly recommend it!
*update* I had to leave the blogpost to head out to get blood work done today. I didn’t pass out, and I was hydrated, so I’m feeling good today!!*
Questions for you!
1. What was your favorite gift you gave this Christmas?
2. Is it FREEZING where you live?
3. What was your favorite moment in 2017?