I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and an even better post-Superbowl Monday! Even though I got a lot of work done on the back end, I feel incredibly sluggish. I always get like this after long weekends away from home. After doing some other tasks today, I decided to sit down and get this recap post put together. I was going to combine my recap post with the Charleston photos, but I felt like it would just be an overload. I opted for a shorter recap post, and I’ll share the very low-key Charleston trip on Wednesday. It’s only 5:30 pm here, and my eyes are already feeling heavy from being behind the computer screen most of the day. I’m sure dinner will wake me up because I need an energy boost to watch The Bachelor tonight.
I woke up on Wednesday morning, and I was no longer twenty-six. I started blogging before I was twenty-one, and now I’ll be thirty in three years. The time is just flying by so fast! Since I was uptown, I headed to the coffee shop around eleven to have a (decaf) Americano while putting together my avocado brownie post. I’ve been loving all the photos of the brownies you’ve made with my recipe. I’m really happy they’re a hit.
While editing, I just couldn’t handle the slow internet any longer. I headed back to Kyles to work a bit before heading back out to meet up with Becca for a birthday tea time 🙂 But, besides the slow internet, The Parliament Coffee shop in Uptown is fantastic. The Americano was tasty, and the interior was cool. I highly recommend it. They had healthy eats available, and some delicious looking pastries.
After working a bit longer on the post, I headed out to meet Becca on her lunch hour. We had hot tea at Caribou, and I highly recommend their hot cinnamon tea. It tastes just like the Harney & Son’s, which it probably is. I always take my tea to go in my favorite Erin Condren to go cup.
I ended up walking the mall for a few hours. I went to grab some new Lulu Lemon pants because I’m obsessed with their new ones. I did another closet clean out, so I got rid of a ton of patterned and colored leggings. I want to stick to more solid colors. There are a few I chose to keep. I loved this soft pink sweater from H&M! The material is amazing. It’s an oversized sweater because this is a size small that I’m wearing. I really wanted it for lounging around.
After shopping, I headed to Whole Foods to pick up some dinner ingredients. Kyle wanted to grab dinner, but I didn’t want to go out since we were going to celebrate my birthday in Charleston. I insisted that we stay in, watch a movie, and make salmon for dinner!
We had roasted carrots, broccoli, and incredible salmon! (the how-to on this go-to dinner.)
Meighan stopped over after dinner and brought some little desserts:) Kyle and I ended the night with a movie.
These are the gorgeous flowers Kyle got me for my birthday 🙂 I love the colors!
And the most adorable mug Becca got me! I’m so obsessed.
I sat down to post my brownie recipe and have coffee, and as soon as I was uploading, my internet went out! Ugh. It was a blessing in disguise because I got a lot of work around the house done. I also ran errands.
My parent’s and Kyle wanted to celebrate my birthday with a cake later in the evening, so I told them not to bring the cake and that I’d make one instead. I’ve meant to do a fun & healthy birthday cake recipe on my blog, so I used this as an opportunity. It turned out great, and I can’t wait to post this.
Since I was already in the kitchen cooking away, I decided to help Kyle out this week with his meals. He meal preps EVERY week. He has done this since college. He has the world’s best dedication and self-discipline. He inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle. I’ve made so many changes for the better because of him.
He was excited when I told him I was going to prep his meals for him on Thursday, so he didn’t have to do it before our trip to Charleston in the morning. He typed out how he does it all, and I started cooking away. It wasn’t that hard either.
If you’re wondering, this isn’t the only food he eats. If I cook, he’ll eat it instead of his meal. He works 9-5, so it’s important for him to have his meals made to make his life easier during the day.
If you’re wondering what he eats…
Ground turkey, chicken breast, sweet potatoes, rice, and sometimes eggs whites or turkey bacon added. He’ll change up the seasonings, or carb source to make it different now and then. I decided to do things a little different for him. I slow cooked his chicken and baked all of his potatoes. His meals are designed to fit his weightlifting routine, which is what he does for workouts.
He makes 21 meals once a week. He does a protein shake with oats at 8:30 am, a meal at 11 pm, meal at 2 pm, meal at 4 pm, goes to the gym in the evening, (always steals scoops of peanut butter or tortilla chips), and then a shake before bed.
And I passed on the meal-prep-operation. 🙂 Kyle said they tasted the best. (no offense Kyle, but it isn’t hard to make them the best when you go from microwaved potatoes to baked and seasoned potatoes.) <3 you.
While I was making Kyle’s meals, I made a GIANT kale salad to take with me to Charleston. I didn’t want to dine out for every meal, so I packed some healthy eats to have. I always feel blah when I eat out at restaurants for every meal on trips. I learned my lesson and packed some foods to keep in our AirBnB. Some of you have already made the kale salad from my insta-story! 🙂 I’ll post the full how-to on Friday. I’m already making another tomorrow and changing up the ingredients. I could eat this salad again and again. I actually couldn’t get enough!
Before my parents came over, I had dinner! I had leftover spaghetti squash (details in last recap post), leftover carrots, and a side salad. I’m so excited to meal prep for the week + weekend tomorrow. I get so into coming up with fun meals filled with vegetables. I don’ know why, but I can’t get enough veggies lately.
My birthday cake was a hit! 🙂 My dad has to lower his carb and sugar intake, so I was happy this was something he could eat too. My parent’s got me a brand new knife set, which is something I’ve needed for the past three years. I am so so so so so so in love with them.
We headed to my parent’s house to drop off the dogs Friday morning before taking off to Charleston. I made sure to wake up around 6 am so I could have my coffee and spend time with the pups before leaving them. I miss them after hours of being away. I’m a sucker for those little guys.
Kyle and I split one of the best flavors of the RXBARS, the Maple Sea Salt on the road trip. I also packed some delicious plums. I forget how good they are, and I need to buy them more. My doctor said they were great for helping the body absorb iron, which is what I need as an anemic.
We had such a great low key weekend in Charleston together. I’m excited to share my trip with you on Wednesday! Our AirBnB was amazing:) Kyle snagged a great one right off King Street. More details on that soon.
We are always go go go on trips, well I am more than Kyle. We wanted a casual and leisure weekend that consisted of nothing planned, nothing fancy, and comfortable clothes. I find myself always trying to go above and beyond to grab content for the blog, and it was nice just to CHILL. Don’t worry; I still took great pics of our restaurant eats, some cool shopping finds, and the charming homes. I loved just walking around in the yoga pants, sipping coffee with a view, and cuddling up on the couch to watch movies at night. I was rarely in my phone or capturing everything for the Instagram stories. I think it’s important to give yourself some downtime now and then. Next time, I’ll try to leave my phone in airplane mode the whole weekend.
We left just before the rain hit. We stopped at an AWESOME spot before taking off that I’m excited to tell you all about. We took breakfast to go and hit the road after walking a few miles downtown.
WE MISSED OUR DOGS SO MUCH. It was so pathetic. We kept talking about how we’d never leave them again. Honestly, we felt so weird without them. They are a big part of our lives. I know how weird this sounds, but it felt incomplete without them.
When we got back home, we had lunch and then headed to the gym for a workout. Kyle always heads to the free weights, and I hit the treadmill to warm up before my circuits. I love coming up with my circuits each week 🙂 I’ll work on creating a tab with them all in one place.
I love warming up on the treadmill before doing my circuits because it gives me time to get into the mindset to go hard during circuits.
Since cutting back on HIIT workouts, and getting some answers from my doctors (which I’ll talk about soon) my body is finally responding to my lifestyle the way I want it to. The frustration the past six months was awful, and I felt like complete crap. I’ll be sharing a lot of updates and share what I’ve been up to eventually. I’ve been working on a project that I cannot wait to share, and it’s been incredibly hard keeping it a secret. The worst part is that you won’t know for another couple months. It’ll be worth the wait.
Also, the difference between my circuits and going to Hiit classes is that they are usually only 30 minutes and a half as hard. The classes I was attending were sometimes over an hour, and they were straight up HIIT for 60 minutes with no breaks. My heart rate was ALWAYS up, and my cortisol levels were like “GIRL, NO.” I’ve learned that cutting them back and making them less stressful has been the best decision for my body so far.
When we got back from the gym, we headed out to walk the dogs a couple of miles. We worked with them on some training since we had to miss another session. We are excited to get them back into training on Sunday. They were outstanding though, and remembered all of their training!
For my dinner, I had a giant plate of veggies! I had the last of the leftover kale salad, sauteed bell peppers/snow peans/and carrots, and leftover ground turkey.
Before the Superbowl started, I made my lemon ginger tea with extra fresh lemon and ground ginger. I drink this twice a day 🙂 I cut back on my coffee intake tremendously, so this is what I usually go for when I’m craving that cup of coffee. Since drinking the juice of one to two lemons a day, my skin has cleared up. I haven’t had a blemish or breakout in weeks.
Speaking of skin, I get questions asked about my routine a lot. I just stocked back up on my face serums. If you’ve never heard of IT Cosmetics, you better check it out. It’s my favorite makeup. I’ve been using it for three years now. I use the anti-aging Confidence in a Cream after washing my face in the morning and the evening. I also use the Bye Lines Serum to prevent any eye wrinkles. The It Cosmetics team works with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to make amazing products that work. It’s never too early to start! I’ve been using sunscreen and anti-aging cream since I was twenty. I don’t talk about makeup or beauty products a lot on the blog because I always stick to the same products, and don’t venture out much. I’m not a makeup junkie but do enjoy the natural brands. That is why I LOVE It Cosmetics.
Kyle and I stayed up late watching the game, and I was so excited that the Eagles won because that’s his team. 🙂 He was so happy!
After walking the dogs this morning, I had my tea and a random breakfast bowl. I had protein yogurt, a crumbled waffle, and leftover pieces of birthday cake.
I used up the last of the veggies in the house for lunch. I made scrambled eggs with bell peppers, snap peas, summer squash, and onions with plum and kiwi slices on the side.
I treated myself to an almond milk decaf cappuccino while working this afternoon. A lot of you were asking about my Nespresso and Frother. I got them as a set, but here is the link to the new version frother. I use The New Barn for my milk choice, and it’s delicious.
I headed out for a two-mile dog walk before dinner. It was pretty nice out tonight. I just threw a plate together for dinner. I had a half of a sprouted flax bagel with avocado and paprika, rice, and leftover chicken and ground turkey.
Sometimes we call Leo “parrot” because he will randomly just come sit on my shoulder…it’s strange. Do any of your dogs do weird things?
Ok, back to The Bachelor!
Questions for you.
- Do you have a skin routine?
- What is something you’ve been loving lately?
- Any good movies I should add to my list?