Good morning and happy Monday, everyone!
I hope you all had a great week, fun Father’s day weekend, and are staying cool in this heat. Goodness, it’s hot here.🔥 I’m having one of those days where I have so much to do, but taking my time, and tackling the tasks gradually. I’m not sure if that’s a good work ethic, but it’s certainly good for my mentality. Putting my recaps together is one of my favorite things to do during the week, so I’ll just start here.
I don’t know how we got so lucky. The high was 70-degrees on Tuesday. Kyle’s friends were taking off in the morning, and he took the rest of the day off. I was excited to hang out, watch movies, go for walks, and spend some time relaxing with him.
I’m always up super early to walk the dogs. After their walks, I headed down to one of my new favorite coffee shops, Queen City Grounds, to pick up some coffee for myself and Kyles friends for their drive home. They have the most delicious drip coffee and the friendliest staff. I also picked up a Pure Bliss bar, which seems to be my latest obsession. Apparently, Leo likes them too, because he’s snuck into my purse twice now and succeeded with his robbery.
For breakfast, I had a cashew dairy-free yogurt with chocolate orgain protein powder. I’ve been mixing my protein powders with yogurt for a while now because it’s the tastiest combo. If you like chocolate pudding, you’d love this. This was the first time trying the Forager yogurt, and it was delicious! I always see them on sale at Whole Foods, so I may start buying them.
Around noon, Kyle and I took Grumples on a mile walk around the park. We couldn’t get enough of the weather.
After Grumples walk, we headed out on a separate walk with Leo. Taking them separately is an excuse for us to get more exercise, and it allows us to work on their walking skills individually.
On our walk back, I ordered a small decaf almond milk latte from Not Just Coffee. I don’t just drink coffee for the caffeine, I love the taste. There is something about having a warm latte or cappuccino that relaxes me. They are my comfort place.
Kyle and I spent the rest of the evening catching up on Handmaids Tale (omg so good.) I don’t even remember what I had for dinner, but I guess it wasn’t picture worthy.
I spent Wednesday morning working on my recap post. I usually do them on Mondays (like today) but didn’t want to absorb myself behind the computer while Kyle’s friends were here.
Around 10 am, I had Hint water, peaches, and ginger-pineapple apple cider vinegar. I’ve been drinking this combo for a couple of weeks now and it’s delicious!
I had plans to meet Ariel for lunch at 1:30 at Suffolk Punch, and I was so excited. I’ve wanted to try out this place for so long, and it definitely did not disappoint. It blew me away! I can’t wait to go back and try more of their menu. I can’t forget to mention the decor in this place either! Total goals.
I mentioned in my last recap post that Ariel is going to be working with me this summer for some fun new blog adventures. We went over some ideas, and I am so excited for this new chapter!
I only had a half cup of coffee Wednesday morning, so I surely deserved a little cappuccino. They had oat milk available, my favorite! They also had a macadamia nut milk that I’ll try out next time. Our waiter said that apparently in North Carolina, they’ve passed a bill that would make it illegal to call anything that doesn’t come from a hoofed animal “milk.” I found that pretty crazy! Imagine being arrested or ticked for asking for “oat milk.” 😆
Let’s get back to the food…
We started off with some tasty small plates. We ordered the summer veggie plate which is an assortment of fresh vegetables from local farms. We also ordered the seared yellowfin tuna (cooked to perfection) with mango-habanero puree and pickled fennel salad. Both dishes are gluten free and dairy free. I love how flexible their menu is and the food was out of this world! I could eat those two dishes every day for the next year and still want more.
I ordered the toasted quinoa salad as my entree. It came with toasted quinoa, broccolini, celery root, radishes, carrots, arugula, and grilled chicken with a side of sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. So basically all of my favorites!
After lunch, Ariel and I worked on a list of ideas and a schedule for the summer. We are developing some amazing recipes on Friday, so make sure to stay tuned!
We headed to the gym to workout together later in the evening.
We did an awesome 45-minute circuit together and talked about potentially filming one of these workouts each week. We’d love to do more of a “raw” version. I watch a lot of fitness videos on youtube, but I think it would be fun to see a workout happening where all the breaks, stopping, exchanging of smaller weights, and struggles are shown. That can easily be cut out or reshot, but it would be more relatable just to let the film run all the way through those moments. What do you think?
We were sweating and looking REAL GOOD after the workout!
We walked over to the new Whole Foods after our workout. The new Whole Foods in Uptown is so impressive! It’s made my obsession even worse!
I was showered and in bed by 9:30 on Wednesday night.
I spent all morning and afternoon working at Queen City Grounds coffee shop. I love to get out and reply back to comments with a latte 🙂 That always puts me in a good mood. While I was there, I tackled emails, finished up some editing, and sipped on a almond milk (I mean almond cream?) latte!
I had to head home to pick up some packages and check on my house. When I got this in the mail, I always cried because I was so happy! B.A. Paris is my FAVORITE author, and it was so sweet of her to send me this book. I’m already well over halfway through, and it’s great! I’m not surprised though.
I had Whole Food’s hot bar for dinner on Thursday.
I had smoked wings, zucchini, grilled zucchini and carrots, and leftover salad from Suffolk Punch.
I have been having some crazy muscle tension from playing so much tennis, so I decided to schedule myself a massage on Friday afternoon. I always go to Elements Massage in Southpark, and I highly recommend them! They are very reasonably priced and very professional.
On my way back from the massage, I looked in the mirror and was like “girl, you need a haircut.” I called Dolce Lusso to see if they could get me in last minute and they had an opening at 4:45 so I took it! I feel like it was fate because I met my match in the hairstyling world. If you need a place in Charlotte, go there and ask for Pinelopi!
I was so hungry so I stopped at Juice Bar to pick up a green protein smoothie! It had pineapple, banana, spirulina, coconut milk, extra plant protein powder (because I missed lunch), spinach, kale, extra ginger, and cucumber.
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to 1900 Mexican grill for Meighan’s birthday dinner. I ended up falling in love with Topo Chico mineral water! I found out they sell it at Whole Foods, so I bought a couple bottles the next day. I don’t know why it’s so good, but you have to try it!
We weren’t super hungry, so we split the chicken fajitas. I woke up at 7 am on Saturday morning to walk the dogs around the city while Kyle slept in. I love weekend mornings in the city because it’s so quiet. I had a cup of coffee and some oatmeal before heading out for a fun morning of tennis.
Saturday morning tennis has become my outlet.
I look forward to it all week long, and my body was able to keep up with my mind, I’d play 24/7.
My partner and I (got matched up) played over 18 games and remained undefeated. We were on fire, and the energy of the group was so fun and contagious! I love that I’ve found a hobby that genuinely excites me. It helps me escape from EVERYTHING and allows me to relax and enjoy the moment.
I posted this grain-free/sugar-free vegan apple cinnamon spice muffin on my Instagram story a couple of days ago! I was shocked at how many messages I got, so I’m going to remake them tonight and post the recipe for you! The awesome part? They’re blender muffins.
Kyle and I headed out to the White Water center to meet Meighan and her boyfriend.
They have jazzfest on Saturday evenings, so the place was booming! If you’re ever in Charlotte during the summer, add this place to your list! I think Meighan and I are going to plan a day of activities here soon.
When we got back, we took Grumples on a mile walk in the city! He loves his night walks.
We ended up watching “Set it Up” on Netflix before bed, and it was so cute! The elevator maintenance man is my favorite character.
We headed out to my parent’s house to have breakfast with my parents for Father’s day early Sunday morning.
We had the best set up! We made paleo banana pancakes with blueberries, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, and vegetable hash!
My plate had strawberries, peaches, melon, grapes, blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, vegetable hash, eggs over medium with extra eggs whites, and two blueberries banana paleo pancakes. And of course, syrup went all over this plate.
We hung out playing backyard games after breakfast.
My parent’s kicked our butts in cornhole (or bags.) My dad is annoying good.
I should have never bought him these boards. I think he secretly practices all day.
The dogs had their backyard fun as well 🙂
Around 3 pm, Kyle and I headed to the gym.
I spent an hour on the bike reading and having a conversation with the girl next to me.
AHHHHH this book is so good!!!!
For dinner, I made a tossed arugula salad with honey mustard vinaigrette topped with Brad’s plant-based cheddar crackers, roasted cashews, apple almond quinoa, and guacamole. This was such a delicious combo!
We ended Sunday night the best way…playing tennis!!
Questions for you!
- Do you have a favorite hobby that excites you?
- Have you ever made blender muffins?
- I’m making a list of “blog posts” to write this summer. What would you like to see?