Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great week, and welcome back to my blog! It’s time for a weekly recap 😊
I’ve been staring at my computer screen for like twenty minutes while sipping my coffee. Apparently, blogs don’t write themselves. I was up rather early this morning, and my brain is having trouble catching up with my body. The dogs and I beat the sunrise during our morning walk, and it was chilly enough to throw on a sweater. I guess when I’m craving fall during the dog days of summer, all I have to do is wake up at 5 am and spend some time outside.
I shot so many recipes, filmed new videos, and created so much content this past week. I’ll be spending a lot of downtime writing and editing, so I look forward to a very grounded week glued to my desk with homemade cappuccinos. I’m excited to share some new things I’ve been working on! But for now, it’s time to recap the week, so here we go!
My mom stayed over on Sunday night because my dad was still out of town. I thought it would be fun to watch movies with her and then wake up early morning to have coffee and walk the dogs before she headed off to work.
We were up having coffee while watching the news at 6 AM and then walked the dogs for a couple miles around my neighborhood. When she headed off to work, I put together last week’s recap! If I don’t work on my recaps on Sunday nights, it takes me until around 1 pm on Monday afternoon to finish them. I do love writing them though, so it never feels like a chore.
For breakfast, I had my protein yogurt (coconut milk yogurt mixed with one scoop of (vanilla Orgain) topped with creamy peanut butter, cashews, and vanilla cinnamon grain-free granola.
Sometimes, I’m not in the mood to make actual meals and so I end up having smoothies instead. I told myself I’m not buying any more frozen fruit after I’m out, that way, I can force myself to be creative a eat something different for once.
For lunch, I had a strawberry protein smoothie. It had six large frozen strawberries, unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, one scoop of protein powder, and topped with Lily’s no added sugar dark chocolate chips, grain-free granola, and cashew butter.
Kyle and I ended up skipping the gym, and making a Blue Apron meal for dinner! We had grilled steak, zucchini, and roasted potatoes! After dinner, we headed out on a long dog walk before the storm rolled in.
Of course, I spent the rest of the night watching The Bachelorette. I usually use it as background noise when it’s the Men Tell All special. I wanted to work on my travel post and video from The Biltmore Village Inn. I’m currently working on part two! 😊
On Tuesday, I finished up work and then headed out to run some errands. I needed to pick up some new flowers, a new porch rug, and find a chair for my porch. I had been putting off the front porch work for months, and I finally got around to finishing it. It was pretty nice out, so a great excuse to be outside.
My breakfast smoothie had: •one cup of unsweetened almond milk •1/2 frozen banana •1 cup of frozen mango •1 scoop vanilla protein •1 tsp ground ginger •1 tsp spirulina •1 tsp matcha powder •almond butter and grain-free granola on top!
I needed to get rid of the brown bananas on my counter before the fruit flies found their way in, so I decided to make protein muffins. These muffins were so dang good! The banana protein muffins tasted like my mom’s buttery banana bread, and the chocolate protein muffins tasted like chocolate cake. I call them “big bowl” muffins because you can add all the ingredients into the bowl and mix! These have the same base with a couple of swaps! I took all the photos with my cell phone since the recipe was on a whim, but I’m still going to make a post with the recipe because these are so worth it! They are also grain free, dairy free, gluten free, and have no added sugar!
I sipped on an almond milk cappuccino while baking 💜
Lately, I’ve been going to the gym with Kyle in the evenings. He says it helps motivate him to go when I come, but him going and me staying at home makes me feel guilty about not going. I guess it’s a win/win? I don’t do anything crazy at the gym, I just stick to treadmill intervals. I alternate power walking at an incline and light jogging while watching the news. The time flies by really fast! It’s a great way to squeeze in mileage each night, and I think it helps me sleep better at night because it’s a way of helping me decompress. I walk the dogs three-miles every day, so it’s a great addition to my daily walks. Walking is by far my favorite daily exercise because it’s softer on our body, a great way to clear the mind, and something we can do daily without “overdoing” it. I always feel better after a walk. Back in the day, when I lost a ton of weight, walking was the only exercise I participated in. I hadn’t lifted a weight or ran a mile to contribute. I created a playlist and headed out for walks several times a day.
For dinner, I had a spring mix salad tossed in oil and balsamic topped with a hard boiled egg, black bean burger, avocado, sunflower seeds, and wasabi harvest snaps.
My garden rocks came on Wednesday morning, so I spent a couple hours spreading them around the rock beds. Instead of buying the $2.99 a pound bags at the craft store, I buy a $20 30lb bag on eBay! It’s such a money saver. When we visited Kyle’s mom in Florida, I fell in love with her glass pebbles in her rock beds, and had to do the same! They add so much shine when the sun hits them.
For breakfast, I had a slice of Little Northern Bakehouse grain & seed bread topped with a fried egg, avocado, and paprika. I already had a smoothie earlier in the morning, so that’s why this “breakfast” is so small. I have to throw in the reminder that everything I eat doesn’t end up on this blog. I believe in having a much larger breakfast than a slice of bread with an egg on top. It’s just the only part I took a photo of. 😊
After breakfast, I sat down at my desk to finish up my work for the day.
Kyle and I headed to the gym Wednesday night. I left my cell phone behind and walked three miles while watching the nightly news.
When we got back, I had another salad topped with eggs, a black bean burger, sunflower seeds, avocado, and balsamic! I was pretty busy on Thursday morning with work-related stuff but created some fun content later in the afternoon. I got around to filming a homemade guacamole tutorial, and a couple other recipes! Lots coming your way soon 😊
I also had a ton of suggestions for a YouTube meal prep menu! I am going to create several because you all had so many awesome ideas! This week, I filmed a budget-friendly, moderate carb, high protein, gluten & dairy free meal prep! Next week, I’ll create a low-carb & budget-friendly vegan meal prep.
I walked on the treadmill Thursday night while Kyle lifted weights. It was POURING outside! I was excited to get home, have dinner, and catch up on Sharp Objects. The show is so weird but so good.
For dinner, I had a 6-egg white omelet with my homemade guacamole and Brandless jalapeno crisps.
On Friday, I edited a recipe video, wrote a blog, and then got up and ready for a day out with my mom. We planned on walking the dogs and then stopping at some stores because I wanted to replace my couch pillows.
For breakfast, I had one of my protein breakfast balls and a smoothie. The smoothie had frozen strawberries, unsweetened cashew milk, protein powder, and topped with cashew butter.
I was so hungry after shopping later in the afternoon, so I picked up this Evo Hemp Cherry Walnut bar. I couldn’t get over how delicious it was! It’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and non-GMO. It tasted like a delicious cherry pie!
I need your opinion. I plan on cutting my hair to my shoulders in November. Should I go blonder, or just keep the color I have? I’m torn!
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On Friday afternoon, I decided to set up my table because I bought new placemats at Home Goods. I realllllly need to get on top of fixing my wall and adding the second shelf. I still can’t believe we hit a pipe (just you missed the pipe story! you missed the pipe story!)
My dogs can get really rowdy sometimes, and Leo used to chew the pillows when he was a puppy. I’ve been on the fence about getting a new couch, but I decided to change up the pillows, and maybe go one more year with this big boy. It’s still a great sectional but is kind of ripped up on the right side because of the dogs wrestling.
I have been loving the textured pillows from Anthropologie, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay near $100 for a throw pillow. I decided to try out Home Goods, and found so many similar ones! And the color I have been searching for.
The pillows turned out great, and I think I can get away with keeping the couch for one more year. Leo doesn’t pull the pillows off the couch and attack them anymore, so I feel good about the purchase. I only spent $24 on each pillow! That’s so much better than the overpriced Anthropologie pillows. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but not paying that much.
I had a lot of people asking where I bought my couch. I got it at Value City Furniture about four years ago. I don’t think they have it available anymore. I’m thinking about getting a couch cover made for it. Maybe beige! I also picked up some new wallflowers for the house.
How cute is this coffee cup one? I couldn’t resist! I caved and bought a few fall scents, but my favorite is the merlot! 💜
I picked up some of their three-wick candles for the house too. I don’t know why, but I go into a full-candle mode in August! Speaking of, I signed my mom and me up for a candle making class and I’m so excited about it. I’m hoping to learn how to make soy candles so I can show you all how to do it! 😊 I’d really like to start using all my old food jars for homemade candles.
On Friday night, Kyle and I walked the dogs and then headed inside to watch Dateline and cook up a Blue Apron. Holy Moly, the Chinese Chicken Meatballs…WOWZER!!! Kyle said it was his favorite Blue Apron so far, but he always says that when he tries a new meal from Blue Apron.
I was up bright and early on Saturday morning. I wanted to get the dogs to walk, and then sit down to have coffee before heading to my tennis group. I love walking my neighborhood early morning. I usually don’t bring my phone with me, but I wanted to finish a Southern Charm podcast 😆
I was excited to be back with the tennis group! I had missed a couple of weeks because of the rain and traveling. We play for about three hours! When we were done, I had one of my homemade apricot cranberry almond nut bars! These things are so tasty! I can’t wait to share that recipe with you 😊 This may sound weird, but they kind of taste like cherry pop tarts and I’m not sure why!
I headed to Whole Foods after tennis to pick up some ingredients for dinner and then headed home.
I was zonked when I got home. I took a shower, and then made a protein smoothie for lunch. It had frozen strawberries, cashew milk, and protein powder. Of course, I topped it with dark chocolate chips! 😉
Later in the afternoon, we took the boys out to my parent’s house to run around before we had friends over for dinner. We figured it would be a good idea to get all their zoomies out. Guys the zoomies are real with these boys! Even though we walk them three miles a day, they get this bursts of energy, and it’s insane! If you’re not sure what zoomies are, read more here…
I had a homemade cappuccino when we got back.
Becca and her boyfriend Freddie came over around 6:00 pm for dinner. I made Becca’s favorite to celebrate her birthday! 🎂 She LOVES fajitas, so Kyle and I grilled up chicken, peppers, onions, and steak with Whole Food’s fajita seasoning. I also made some guacamole and salsa to go with the tortilla chips.
I usually use romaine instead of tortillas. I love the texture of the lettuce with my fajitas!
I usually drink maybe a glass of wine a couple times a year, but Becca and I finished the bottle together, which hasn’t happened in about three years! We had so much fun bringing up old dating stories and talking about the weirdest things. There’s never a dull moment with her!
And what’s a birthday without a delicious cupcake! I picked up a cupcake and peanut butter fudge brownies at Whole Foods (too lazy to make myself) and topped it with sprinkles and a birthday candle!
Becca and I sat on my front porch for an hour chatting before ending the night. My heart was full, and I love these moments with her. I feel so grateful to have a friend like her in my life, and she’ honestly one of a kind.
Before bed, Kyle and I took the boys for one last walk, and then I was out like a lightbulb (thank you red wine.)
On Sunday morning, after walking the dogs, I made a bowl of oatmeal topped with almond butter and banana slices! I worked on my Biltmore video for a few hours before Kyle woke up.
Kyle had an appointment to get his suits tailored, so I went along with him. I wanted to stop at Sur La Table to picked up some new pans and napkins. That’s one of my favorite stores, and try my hardest to stay away!
We were sooooo hungry after leaving the mall, so we decided to head across the street and grab a quick lunch at Whole Foods. I had a kale salad topped with their dairy-free tuna salad (they use canola mayonnaise), chickpeas, edamame, almond quinoa, fresh fruit, and their paleo grilled chicken. Kyle and I split the sour Smart Sweet gummy bears (omgggggg soooo gooooood.) Plus, kombucha and a power shot on the side! The PowerShot has wheatgrass, lemon, and ginger.
I am so excited to start making homemade doughnuts for the blog! 🍩 I also picked up some pink napkins for my table. I can swap out the pink details in my living room during the fall.
I spent a couple hours filming my meal prep post that’ll be live on Friday!! ❤️
After cleaning up, Kyle and I headed out on a dog walk, and then I started working on this recap post before bed 😊
I hope you all have a wonderful week and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for notifications on the upcoming videos!
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite thing to do on Saturdays?
- What store do you try to avoid?
- Go blonder? or leave it?