Happy Monday! My alarm clock went off at 6:00 am this morning, and I did not want to wake up. I was in one of those deep rem cycles that made it almost impossible to snap out of it. Sleeping a bit longer in my warm bed sounded so fantastic, but I promised myself that I’d start going to morning yoga to start off my week on the right track. I hit the snooze button once, and then finally got the energy to get moving. I made my coffee, took the dogs out while it brewed, and then sat down for an hour to wake up before heading out. I hit the earlier class today because it was a bit more advanced and I needed the challenge. I love that it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I was drenched in sweat when it was over. It was a tough one. That hour of meditation and yoga practice has me ready to start the week off calmly, determined to accomplish all of my tasks and motivated to conquer my personal goals. I can’t wait to see what this week brings 🙂
Now that I’m sitting inside with my big bowl of oats, I can finally get started on this week’s recap post! It’s a long one, so I hope you have plenty of coffee or tea ready.
Just like this morning, I started last Monday off at yoga. This was an easy alignment style compared to today’s class. I loved this for getting a good stretch and creating circulation throughout the body. It’s insane how relaxed I feel walking out of class. It’s also a great time to escape from all technology and just live in that moment.
When I got home, I had a green juice for breakfast with an apple cinnamon RXBAR(favorite flavor) topped with cashew butter. My homemade green juice had celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, kale, peaches, pineapple, and wheatgrass.
I made a delicious decaf cappuccino while I spent the afternoon blogging. I’m so obsessed with the Oatly milk! If you havent already, make sure you enter the giveaway for my nespresso + milk frother machine!
Leo always sits like this while I’m typing my blogs. He nestles up on the pillows and then falls asleep on my shoulder. It’s the cutest.
After getting most of my work done on Monday, the dogs and I headed out for a long walk together. When we got back, I had a quick dinner (bagel and grilled chicken) and then started going on a cleaning rampage. I get in very intense cleaning and organizing moods.
When we sat down for the night, there was a knock at my door. My parent’s stopped over to bring me coffee they picked up for me. My mom knows I love Sumatra, so I was so excited when she pulled it out of the bag. We hung out while playing with the dogs for a bit before they headed back home. I was glad they stopped over because I had a big bag of lemon chia energy balls waiting for my mom! Lemon is her favorite flavor, and she was OBSESSED with them. The text messages from her about the lemon balls the next day were funny. I’ll share them with the lemon ball recipe soon!
I headed to another yoga class on Tuesday morning before starting my day. I think getting in the routine of going is the hardest part. After I left, I realized how worth it it is. My morning time is usually spent watching T.V. and being on my computer. Starting the day without any of the technology is beneficial.
When I got home, I made some smoothie bowls! I had one for breakfast, and then stored the other in the freezer for later! When I save smoothies, I’ll let them defrost in the fridge for an hour and then reblend them with almond milk.
Let’s talk more about these smoothie bowls…
The Hype! I never understood the whole smoothie bowl thing when it’s so much more convenient just to throw it in a cup and go, but there is this weird satisfying enjoyment you get from eating a smoothie out of a bowl. I just love it! I still love smoothies, but am totally team smoothie bowl now too. (I’m actually eating one right now.)
I had a lot of you asking about these smoothie bowls when I posted them on Instagram. I promised a little tutuorial and it’s so easy. First, build your base!
Yellow Smoothie Bowl: 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1 tablespoon tumeric powder, 1 cup cashew milk, 1 scoop vaniila plant-based protein powder.
Once you make the smoothies, pour them into a bowl and place them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes!
Choose your fruit toppings, your liquid toppings, and your crunchy toppings!
Fruit toppings: mango, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, blueberries, banana, red prickly pear, pinapples, dates.
Crunchy Toppings: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, granola.
Liquid toppings: honey, nut butters, coconut oil, agave, or chocolate drizzle.
Once all of your toppings are out and prepared, take the smoothie bowl(s) out of the freezer. Top with fruit, your crunchy toppings, and liquid toppings.
To get the nut butter liquidy, microwave it with coconut oil. The great thing about doing this is that it’ll harden as soon as it hits the smoothie bowl. (1 tbsp of nut butter + 1 tsp coconut oil)
I spent the rest of the day blogging about my trip to Asheville and fitting in a ton of dog walks.
Tuesday night was the scariest. Being home alone at night in a horrible thunderstorm while the power goes out is not fun. Luckily, I prepared myself when the sky went black. I knew something was about to hit. I lit about seven candles so I wouldn’t be in the dark, had my computer and phone fully charged just in case. The quarter-sized hail was coming down so hard. My grass was covered in ice because there was so much of it. Luckily, my car was in the garage!
When the storm died off, we got tucked in and went to sleep early! We finally got power back, which made me feel a lot better.
On Wednesday morning, I took the dogs out for a long hour walk around the neighborhood. It’s so much nicer now that I can walk them together instead of the individual walks. This saves me a lot of time! We went at the perfect timing because it started to rain when we got back.
I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast. The base had frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, almond milk, plant-based protein powder, and ice. I topped it with granola, pumpkin seeds, almonds, raspberries, and blueberries.
I also took a package of pitted dates and stuffed them with cashew butter and topped them with the no sugar added dairy-free vegan chocolate chips to keep in my freezer. These are my favorite dessert or post workout treat!
I finally decided to take on the pantry disaster project.
This closet used to be so organized, but I let it go after the holiday baking. You can see how bad I let it go…All I needed to do was break down a ton of boxes, throw out the food that hasn’t been touched, put some items in jars, and organize.
It took me less than an hour, and I didn’t have to buy anything to organize it. It’s not the prettiest pantry, but it’s my most opened door in the house! 🙂 I did a lot of re-organizing and de-cluttering this week. De-cluttering and cleaning helps with my anxiety.
For lunch, I had my protien yogurt (Vanilla Orgain protein powder, and unsweetened coconut milk yogurt (SoDelicious.) I used it as a fruit dip for my strawberries, pinapple, melons and grapes.
After mopping and vacuuming, I relaxed a bit while doing a 35-minute yoga video! The dogs laid with me while I stretched.
Later on Wednesday afternoon, I made a giant batch of stir-fry! I’ll post this recipe soon because it was too good not to share. It didn’t have any store-bought stir-fry sauce on it. If I find myself eating too many smoothies or bowls of protein yogurt, I’ll get an intense craving for hot and savory vegetables, which is why I made stirfry.
The pups and I went on a long dog walk, and then hopped on the couch with homemade stovetop popcorn and watched a movie. I’ve been making stovetop popcorn with avocado oil recently, and it’s so delicious. I usually sprinkle a little bit of black pepper, sea salt, and cayenne on top.
I made the big mistake of watching Pitch Perfect 3…OMG! It was so bad. I was disapointed because I loved the other two movies.
Thursday morning breakfast smoothie bowl 🙂 It had raspberries, pineapple, and ginger lemon water blended with honey, granola, avocado slices, sesame seeds, and orange slices on top.
I make my ginger water by soaking ginger in water for 6 + hours with fresh lemon juice. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of honey and cayenne.
I spent the afternoon watching YouTube videos for about five hours learning everything there is to learn about my new camera and several different lenses. I’ll be sharing “what I learned” post in a month from now! I’m such a newbie still, so I can’t wait to see what I can do overtime with more experience. Life without a point and shoot is much different.
After taking notes and watching videos, I decided to make some homemade lemon blueberry muffins! They are vegan, no added sugar, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free! They were sooooooooo tasty! The lemon glaze on top was out of this world. I’ll get that post up soon because it’ll be perfect for Easter!
I had leftover stirfry for dinner, and then fell asleep by 9 pm!
I started off Friday with another yoga class! It was the perfect way to go into the weekend with a positive attitude. Kyle worked upstairs in my office on Friday, so it was also nice having him around too. I loved the yoga class I did on Friday because our instructor kept a very consistent flow to the routine. It felt so good!
Kyle said the boys sat on my bed and watched me from the upstairs window from the time I left until the time I pulled into the driveway! I leave for ten minutes, and they act like it’s been a week (I secretly love it.)
Another smoothie bowl for breakfast…imagine that! 😀
This bowl may have been the prettiest I’ve ever made! The base had frozen blackberries, frozen peaches, cashew milk, and vanilla plant-based protein powder. I topped it with coconut oil/cashew butter, granola, blackberries, kiwi, pumpkin seeds, and black sesame seeds.
I also had a cup of coffee! I only had a half a cup before I rushed out the door to yoga, so it was necessary.
I worked the rest of the afternoon on my blog post for the macadamia nut balls 🙂
For dinner on Friday night, I had ground turkey with rice and sauteed cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and cabbage. I sauteed the vegetables with toasted sesame oil and se salt. I love keeping meals balanced and simple (now if I could do the same to my closet.)
Kyle and I spent the evening out on the patio grilling some food to keep in the fridge for the weekend and enjoying the weather. The sun finally came out, so we took advantage of it. The entire weekend was going to be cold, rainy, and overcast.
We ended the night like we do most Friday’s…with a good ole Dateline.
I planned on going to yoga Saturday morning, but the overcast, rainy weather made me want to toasty up on the couch with my dogs and drink coffee, so that’s exactly what I did instead.
Around noon, I headed to Waxhaw to meet up with Becca for a little lunch date and walk around the town.
We stopped at Maxwell’s Tavern for some of the best salads around. I ordered the grilled maple salmon, and it was phenomenal. I love when a protein has a nice char on it. This place is always busy in Waxhaw because the food is so good.
And if you’re going to be in Waxhaw, you have to walk the town.
We stopped into Provisions for some treats first. I’ve been going here for years! When I first visited, it was just a small storefront with a couple of shelves. Now, two stores combined with a restaurant, and so much more to offer! I love seeing a business like this do so well. I’ll have to stop in and have lunch there sometime.
And the coffee selection is my favorite part! I bought a pound of the Organic Sumatra Mandheling to take home with me. I can’t wait to try it 🙂 I’m still working on my roasts from the Asheville trip (which by the way the coffee was outstanding.)
They also have a bread dipping spice blend that is so good! Becca and I both cook with it. You can sample it in the store if you stop in.
Waxhaw is filled with fun home decor stores, antique shops, art stores, book stores, and more! It’s the cutest date night spot. Walking the square is one of my favorite things to do. I always get so inspired when I leave.
I love these jars! They speak my language.
I am so obsessed with the HOME sign! I want to DIY it! If I do, I’ll make sure to blog about it 🙂 I love the farmhouse look.
As we were walking to a pottery store, we came across a petting zoo and my heart just melted. I wanted to take all of them home! They were so cute and friendly.
I was down taking photos of this little pigmy goat when the man gave him to me to hold. I was honestly in heaven! My heart was so happy that I almost cried because of the cuteness! I just loved him so much. It’s moments like this when I consider veganism hard.
And if you’re wondering…no I did not brush my hair.
Little pigmy 😀
I told Kyle that my five year plan is to buy a farmhouse and get a bunch of animals 🙂 He’s totally cool with that.
I decided to step out of the box and make something other than a smoothie bowl or salad for Saturday night dinner. I made sesame fried tempeh wrapped in zucchini slices. HOLY MOLY WERE THEY DELICIOUS! This recipe is coming VERY SOON to the blog.
When I was at Provisions, I also bought some gluten & sugar-free vegan oatmeal cookies. I wasn’t expecting them to be great, but the first bite surprised the heck out of me! I couldn’t believe how amazing they tasted! I treated myself to a decaf cappuccino with an oatmeal cookie (okay two) and vegan cream cheese frosting on top! Now, THIS was a treat! These cookies were so good that I ordered three jumbo packs online! And the cream cheese frosting was really good. I look forward to trying out all the other vegan flavors!
Kyle and I watched All The Money In The World on Saturday night and it was really good!
Since we didn’t have dog training in the morning, I slept in until 8 am! That rarely happens, but it felt really good!
My four-ingredient Sunday morning breakfast had frozen blackberries, frozen peaches, cashew milk, and vanilla plant-based protein powder. I’ve been loving the blackberry & peach combo lately!
After walking the dogs with Kyle, we treated them to the empty peanut butter jars! We make sure to have two of them to make it fair. Kyle eats so much peanut butter that it’s not hard…
They were literally in heaven and it’s so fun to watch. Leo’s face says it all.
After the peanut butter fiasco, I made a waffle with cashew butter and honey and then headed to run errands! I needed some new cleaning supplies, bathroom shelves for organizing, and a couple of pieces for spring to brighten up my place.
How cute are these little arrangements I picked up? The wood block is from the Magnolia collection at Target. It’s used for utensils, but I thought some flowers would look cute in it! It was only $11.99!
I picked out some little flower pieces at Michaels to go into the slots. I was shocked when they fit perfectly!
I bought these jars at Michaels, too! They were on sale for $6.99! I thought they’d also look cute with some pink spring flowers added to them. What’s cool about them is that you can add different flowers to fit each season. I can add pines in December, and orange flowers in the fall. If you like plants and anything green, Michaels is where it’s at right now!
I’m good at making messes, but also good at organizing messes. I have a lot of random paperwork and notebooks lying around, so I decided to get a couple of boxes to store them in so that they are still there, but out of site. Whenever I need them, I can open up the box. I bough these boxes over at Home Goods!
I don’t share much about my cleaning supplies, so I thought I’d start doing that! I love the Seventh Generation laundry detergent because anything other than that makes my skin itch like crazy! I also use Meyer’s Clean Day lavender scent dryer sheets to add the softness.
I have to clean my floors once a week since I’m not a fan of little pawprints all over them. I like to use the Method floor cleaner. It’s nontoxic, plant-based, and does just as great as the other brands.
I need your opinions…
This is something I’ve been contiemplating for a while now.
Should I paint and finish my kitchen table the same as the one in the photo, or keep my table dark? I love the lighter table, but I don’t want it to be too much. What do you guys think?
I am going to be getting a different rug to go underneath the table soon, so maybe start with that?
I took a break from organizing and cleaning and had a delicious bowl for lunch. It had leftovers from Friday night topped with sweet potatoes and avocado.
I ended up choosing the other piece for the table center and placing this block on the dresser. Now, I’m wanting to change the mirror there, or paint it! More opinions 🙂
And see that couch? This is it’s final season…
I’m getting a new sectional in the fall. I’m ready to peace out with this one.
I changed up the fireplace mantel a bit with some spring flowers as well.
A weekend of food photographer, camera cleaning, and paperwork all on the table…
and the after…
My table definitely gets used.
Kyle stopped at the store and picked up some groceries after the gym on Sunday night. He was making dinner! woo!
Kyle makes THE BEST wings! He bakes them in the oven and they are so crispy.
Coating (1/2 cup rice flour + 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda) You could use regular flour too. Kyle usually adds powdered buffallo seasoning into his coating mix as well. You could use any seasonings you’d like.
Into the oven they go at 350 for about 13 minuts on each side.
He takes them out and adds the sauce, and then puts them in the oven while it’s still warm (but off) for about twenty minutes.
These are better than any restaurant ever.
He had buffalo sauce on his side and mine had a barbeque sauce with a tiny bit of buffalo mixed in as well.
Kyle is going to have to start making dinner more often…
Questions for you!
- What is one of your favorite cleaning products?
- Are you team smoothie, or smoothie bowl?
- Paint the kitchen table or leave it?