Happy Monday, Everyone!
It’s gloomy and rainy here, which sets the perfect mood for blogging my recap post with a cup of coffee. I am feeling less-overwhelmed this morning. On Friday, I was burned out and felt like my head was going to explode. I know reading my blog makes my life look very easy-going and relaxed, but those photos are only glimpses into what goes on behind the scenes. I spend about 10-13 hours behind my computer screen every day, and when I’m not behind the screen, I’m creating my blog content. Don’t get me wrong; blogging is so fun, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But sometimes I don’t give myself enough time outside of my computer or creative world. Not all weeks or days are like that though; I’ve just been trying to catch on up everything so I can enjoy my time while I’m away next month.
Because I had such a blog-focused week, I decided to keep my computer shut all weekend. I put my energy into getting my home projects done. I am feeling so much more refreshed today, and I look forward to another busy week! I am skipping out on yoga this morning to get this blog post done, but I’ll be heading to the 1 pm class!
Anyways…let’s go back to last week! I left my last recap post off on Tuesday.
My breakfast on Tuesday morning was delicious.
I made a chocolate banana smoothie that tasted like dessert and had one of my vegan blueberry pumpkin oatmeal muffins on the side. I’ll make sure to get that recipe posted this week.
My smoothie had cashew milk, chocolate protein powder (plant-based vegiday), 1/2 large frozen banana, 3-4 ice cubes, and 1 tablespoon of Chocolate Lover Superfood Blend (cacao, carob, shredded coconut, chia seeds, and lucuma powder.)
I spent the rest of the day writing, walking the dogs, and snacking on random things instead of making lunches. I tossed a salad together for dinner, and it was pretty good! My salad had spring lettuce blend, red onion, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, grilled chicken, and herb goddess dressing on top. I am still going strong with that dressing and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.
I headed over to my parent’s house later in the evening on Tuesday so I could get some stuff done for a campaign I’ve been working on. I sat in the backyard and worked on writing while the dogs ran in the around for hours chasing each other.
I stayed up way too late on Tuesday night, so I was sleepy on Wednesday. I decided to hang out at my parent’s house and work from there that way my dogs could continue to play without me feeling guilty for making them lay around on the couch. When we are at my house, I take them for one-mile walks three times a day, and it’s nice to take a break from that once in a while.
It was beautiful outside, so I played a towel down and worked from out by the pool. I snacked on fresh fruit and pistachios while enjoying my coffee.
After editing all morning, I started the writing process in the afternoon. I turned on a movie, made a delicious Vans blueberry waffle with peanut butter, had a cup of lemon ginger tea, and set the mood to get to start writing.
I decided to watch Forever My Girl, and it was good, cheesy, and bad all at the same time.
I headed home around 4 pm, and took the boys for a long walk! I finished my writing and needed a break from technology. We walked about three miles around the neighborhood working on their training.
After my walk, I had another chocolate banana protein smoothie with crumbled almond butter on top.
I had dinner around 7:45 pm. My dinner plate had mixed spring greens, tomatoes, red onions, a Gardein chipotle black bean veggie burger, Tessemae’s green goddess dressing, and a side of Siete chips.
After finishing my work on Thursday afternoon, I headed out to meet up with my mom for a walk in the park on her lunch hour. It was a gorgeous day, and I was so excited to be out in it.
I picked up one of my favorites before meeting up with my mom. I love the Cayenne Cleanse Healthade Kombucha!
After walking with my mom, I headed to Earth Fare to pick up groceries for a serious meal prep. I wanted to have food in the house all weekend long so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking anything. I also didn’t want to microwave another slice of frozen Daiya pizza or veggie burger.
I am going to do a separate blog post with details on the whole meal prep.
But if you’re looking for a guide in the meantime, here are some posts that will help you out!
I had my kale salad, roasted veggies, and fajitas.
I spent Friday morning and afternoon photographing, editing, and writing the post for these delicious Healthy Vegan Almond Butter & Chocolate Crispy Treats recipe! My family and Kyle were obsessed with these! Not one left…
And look what I found Friday! My very first strawberry from my little garden! It was so excited to pick it 🙂 I have about give tomatoes that’ll be ready to pick in about a week or so! Kyle is in charge of my garden while I’m away for two and a half weeks, so all the pressure is on him to keep it thriving.
For lunch on Friday, I had a big bowl of kale salad topped with my chicken fajita blend and roasted vegetables. Oh, and Herb Goddess dressing of course.
Leo likes to cuddle up with me on the couch while I work. He was asleep in that position for thirty minutes! We secretly think he’s a cat.
On Friday afternoon, I decided to start doing a new running challenge for myself. It only takes ten minutes from my day, and it’s such a good therapy session. Every day, I am going to run a mile to represent something I struggle with. The run can also be about something simple. I’m just going to pick a reason for my run every day and focus on the reason the entire mile. I love running for a reason and not running for to burn calories or get fit. It’s so good for the mind, and knowing it’s only one mile makes it even better
Friday was my first #ReasonForMyRun mile! I ran for my anxiety. If you want to join me, just tag me in your story/posts and use the hashtag! I love it so far. It looks like I’ll be running on the treadmill because of the rain today though!
I finished up my final writing assignment on Friday afternoon, and then called it quits for the night. My mom came over, and we headed out for a super long dog walk.
For dinner, I had my meal prep fajitas and roasted vegetables with guacamole and hummus!
Of course, we ended the night with Dateline.
I don’t know why, but I was up at 5 am on Saturday!
I had tea and took the dogs out for an early morning walk. I decided to get my mile done a bit earlier because I had so much to do on Saturday!
On Saturday, I ran for my battle with endometriosis.
My breakfast was so delicious!
I had two eggs cooked in avocado oil, a side of quinoa, and guacamole! And don’t forget the coffee…
I posted this photo MONTHS ago. This photo was taken after doing a closet cleanse. I knew I’d have to do several of these cleanouts gradually. No one needs that many clothes, so Saturday, I did another closet cleanout and I think you’ll be impressed. Hopefully, this inspires you to purge all those unused and useless clothes hanging in your closets. I thought of it this way. Having those clothes that I never wear in my closet makes me greedy. Someone else in need could be wearing them or using them. So, if I hadn’t worn it in over a year, it was time to go! And it’s OK to buy new clothes, but my new rule is that I have to toss one thing for every new thing I buy.
And the damage began…
To keep me entertained, I turned on a new season of Southern Charm to watch while doing the cleanout.
I took just about everything out of my closet, and neatly folded all the clothes I was going to donate. I had a ton of extra bins in the attic I put them in.
I had a lot of clothes hanging up in my spare bedrooms that I emptied out as well. I no longer use up three closets! I’m now a one closet type of gal! It feels so good!
I know this may look like a lot of clothes still, but I use all of them. In about five months, I’ll do another closet cleanout! And what you’re looking at is all I own now! Just scroll back up to the first photo, and you’ll be able to tell the difference.
I still need to organize them into sections better, but that can wait!
This took about four hours.
I stopped for lunch while working on the closet project.
I had sweet potatoes, quinoa, guacamole, and butternut squash!
When I came downstairs, I found a bouquet of flowers sitting on the table. Kyle knew I was a bit stressed over the week, and he thought flowers would brighten my day (and maybe my attitude? lol), But he’s the sweetest and that meant so much to me!
And if we’re being real, I probably had a bit of an attitude problem over the weekend, which rarely happens to me, but I was just in a mood. Do you guys ever get in “moods?” Mine is brought on by stress.
After my closet cleanout, I headed out for a long walk with the dogs, and then hopped on the couch with my dinner to finish watching Southern Charm. I hid my computer under the coffee table so I wouldn’t be tempted to open it. I even closed my phone into a drawer after making dinner so I’d forget about it and avoid scrolling through Instagram stories.
For dinner, I had a kale salad with quinoa, guacamole, avocado oil, and butternut squash on top! I also had an apple chicken sausage, but that wasn’t pictured.
I was so tired that I fell asleep at 8:45 pm on the couch. Kyle was upstairs working in the office, so I continued to sleep like a baby.
I was up bright and early on Sunday to have coffee, breakfast, and get the dogs ready for training. Their trainer came to us on Sunday to see them walk the neighborhood, and it was the only time I was frustrated that they didn’t do anything wrong. Safe to say that the dogs have been doing incredible, and are completely different from when we first started training with John at Holland k9 Services. It’s really been amazing to watch their transformation! I actually LOVE walking my dogs now. If you live in or around the Charlotte area, I HIGHLY recommend them for dog training.
Next weekend, we’ll be training uptown, so that’ll be super interesting to see how they do!
For my breakfast, I had an omelet stuffed with quinoa and topped with guacamole! THIS IS A GAMECHANGER.
I added avocado oil to a pan on high heat and cracked two eggs into the pan. After about a minute, I sprinkled 1/4 cup of cooked quinoa in the center and let it cook for an additional two minutes. And then I flipped it over like an omelet and cooked each side for about 45 seconds. I added a little tutorial video on my Instagram story today!
I headed to Target to get a new bed comforter on Sunday morning after training but ended up getting a new rug instead. I couldn’t find bedding that I liked, but I did find a rug that I wanted in my dining room! I’ve been trying to introduce more color into my living room, and I thought this would be a great start! I have been obsessed with their OpalHouse line! Here is the link to the rug if you want the details! (rug link here)
Next project? Painting the mirror in my living room. I was going to buy a rustic wooden one, but it’s much cheaper to paint this mirror to match my other furniture! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
I enjoyed this Suja Kombucha while painting! I bought their other flavors to try as well, so I’ll keep you posted!
I used the Devine Color paint that target carries! It’s meant for walls, but it worked perfectly on the mirror! I did about two coats, and then wiped some of it off so the black would poke through to give it a weathered look to match my other furniture.
While the paint dried, I laced up and headed out to do my mile! On Saturday, I ran for self-doubt.
My lunch was delicious, and I highly recommend this little fix! One of my favorite combos is lox and cream cheese! It’s unbelievable. Remember last summer when I stuffed hard boiled eggs with gucamole and added lox on top? Well, this is equally as good! It’s quick fix, and a great idea to make for guests.
I toasted the O’Doughs flaxseed everything bagels, topped it with Kite Hill vegan chive cream cheese spread, and added the lox and avocado on top! My friend, Meighan, recommended the chive Kite Hill spread, and it did not disappoint. Even Kyle LOVED this combo!
I can’t wait to have this for lunch again today!
I also had half a bottle of Koia with cashew milk for some extra protein and to cure my sweet tooth.
The paint finally dried and I hung up the mirror! I love the new color because it’s so much softer!
And I rearranged the dining area to simplify it. I took out the lamp, added the bench back to the table and got rid of the chairs, and we still need to add the second shelf to the wall. The first attempt was a bit of a disaster! I’m still debating on painting the table…
I picked up these flavored Nut-Thins while I was out and about Sunday and it was worth sharing! The honey ones taste like little Teddy Grahams, and I love anything honey mustard flavored! They were 2 for $5 at Earth Fare, so I may have to stop and pick up some more!
The boys also got some new toys that they enjoyed destroying.
Kyle and I ended the night with a Blue Apron and watched American Idol! I stayed up longer and watched Naked and Afraid as well! I love that show.
Now, I’m off to walk the dogs, head to yoga, and then get back to writing!
Questions for you!
- Have you been putting off anything around your house?
- Are there clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in over a year?
- Are you up for another fitness challenge?