Good morning, everyone!
Have you ever had one of those days where everything feels off? I’m still feeling a little under the weather today, but much better than yesterday. My anxiety has gone down, my patience has grown, and my mind is a bit more level. I found myself searching for distractions yesterday instead of writing, and every time I’d write, I’d start backspacing. This went on for hours, and I’ve never felt like that before. I knew it was time to step back and give myself some time. I closed my computer, went to the gym with Kyle, came back and walked the dogs, had some tea, and fell asleep after catching up on our show. That was exactly what I needed to do. I feel like my brain has been so “on the blog” lately, and I need to be better about shutting off my computer and stepping away during the evenings now and then. My therapist has been encouraging me to take electronic-free days (a full 24 hours), and I may schedule one every week. I appreciated all of your comments you left on last night’s Instagram photo! I’m so lucky to have so many understanding readers.
With that being said, I’m excited to bring a new recap post to you!
After writing last week’s recap on Monday, I walked the dogs for a mile, and then rushed to my appointment at my favorite place, the mechanic. I have been putting off getting new tires for like a year, and it was finally time to get them replaced. Fortunately, the auto shop is right next to Starbucks, so I sat there and had tea for an hour while they changed my tires.
A couple hours later I had a bowl of Cinnamon Oat Crunch Cherries with almond milk and blueberries. If you can get your hands on a box of these Cheerios, you’ll be amazed. They live up to the “crunch” and taste so good! It’s almost time for pumpkin spice Cheerios to make their way back to the shelves.
Link for my smoothie glass here.
On Monday night, we headed to the Pump House for dinner. Kyle’s mom and friend were still in town, so we decided to continue the birthday celebrations. I ordered the salmon with a sweet corn puree, summer squash, and green beans. They brought out a birthday card and dessert which was really nice.
I headed to the airport with Kyle’s mom and his friend early Tuesday morning. I was so sad to see them leave! We had so much fun, and it meant so much to Kyle that they came down.
When I got home, I made a delicious espresso drink to sit down and decompress with before catching up on laundry, the blog, and taking a trip to the grocery store.
My drink had two shots of espresso, one tablespoon collagen, one cup of barista-style almond milk, half cup vanilla bean Koia protein shake, and a splash of nutmeg.
Around 2 pm, I got a text from Kyle’s friend saying his flight had been canceled due to storms. I went straight to the airport to pick him up, we headed to Target to get him some things because he had already checked his bags, and then stopped at the store to pick up some things to throw on the grill.
I made my Uncle Rich’s cheddar teriyaki burgers. They are the most mouthwatering burgers you’ll ever have. I also threw on some turkey burgers for myself. I’ll have to share his recipe on a separate post. He made these for us while we visited him in Ohio fifteen years ago, and I’ll never forget the first bite.
I had my leftover Chopt salad from the weekend with my turkey burger on the side.
I dropped Kyle’s friend off at the airport for attempt number two early morning. It was successful this time!
I played tennis for an hour later in the morning. Before I headed there, I grabbed a quick snack-like breakfast. I had a coconut almond Koia shake, a carrot/apple/ginger veggie go, and a turkey stick.
I was so hungry when I got home, so I had more leftover Chopt salad, avocados, and the turkey burgers on top, and then headed out to walk the dogs.
Later in the afternoon, I had a refreshing smoothie.
It had 1 scoop vanilla Orgain protein powder, one cup frozen raspberries, 1 tsp elderberry, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 3 tsps. maca powder, 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, 1 cup water.
It felt good to get back into my evening walking routine on Wednesday. I also watch the news with my headphones while walking at an incline while Kyle lifts weights. I’ll usually put it on a setting that changes incline from 1 to 6 during the hour. I’ll do five minutes at a 3.5 pace, three minutes at a 4.1 pace, and switch them up to keep my heart rate alternating between high and low.
Between my dog walks and the treadmill, I’m averaging about six miles a day. I love the way I feel after a walk, even if it’s for fifteen minutes.
When I got home, I had spinach, arugula, sweet potatoes, and ground turkey mixed with honey mustard vinaigrette.
I spent Thursday afternoon getting ready for the trip. We planned to leave Thursday night, so I wanted to make sure everything was ready to go as soon as Kyle got home from work. I decided to make a protein shake for lunch to use up the spinach and arugula before heading out.
I made some travel-proof energy balls before we left. They are Kyle’s favorite, and he asked if I could make him some. These are great for traveling because you won’t have to deal with any melted chocolate or sticky fingers. You can keep them in your purse for quick energy. I like having one with my coffee before or after walking the dogs in the morning! They really did come in handy during our trip. If we’d get hungry while walking around, we’d have one. I usually wake up at 5:30, so they held me until breakfast was served at 8 am.
After dropping the dogs off with my parent’s Thursday evening, we headed out on our trip! I was in “go go go” mode all day, so I looked forward to sitting in the car with my cappuccino I made for the ride.
We ended up playing the Jeopardy app for an hour of the drive. It’s such a fun way to make the time fly by in the car.
We got to the first hotel later in the evening. We picked up some dinner for Kyle at Zoe’s Kitchen, and I had the salad that I packed. I hate wasting produce in the fridge, so I made a salad to use it all up. A great money-saver! My salad had cucumber, sweet potatoes, pecans, tomatoes, peppers, arugula, ground turkey, and a side of herb goddess dressing.
I was up bright and early finishing up my meal-prep blog, but the video wouldn’t upload to YouTube. I had to go with plan B and post my apricot cranberry nut bar recipe instead.
I brought an apple cinnamon oatmeal from Gold Emblem Abound to have for breakfast. I absolutely LOVE these oatmeal cups. They have no added sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives. If you’re going on a trip, I highly recommend these! You can get hot water from the hotel’s lobby, or pour water into the cup and microwave it in your room.
We decided to check out Hilton Head and Bluffton before heading down to Savannah.
I couldn’t wait to try out Delishee Yo! I made a list of some places that looked cool before heading down there. I’ll be checking out the rest of the places on our next trip down there.
All of the food is made from locally sourced, organic ingredients. The little cafe was adorable, and if you’re a plant lover, you would have been in heaven!
The staff was extremely nice and welcoming and just seemed so happy.
Look how beautiful that acai bowl is 😍
The bowl had acai, banana, almond milk, granola, agave, strawberries, blueberries, bee pollen, blackberries, kiwi, pineapple, dates, coconut, and granola. Each bite was heavenly! I bought a ginger lemon power shot to take with me.
If you’re ever in Hilton Head, add this to your list!
We stopped at Corner Perk cafe before heading to Savannah.
I’m always hesitant to order drip coffee at a coffee shop in the afternoon because I’m not sure how long it’s been sitting there, or if I’ll even like the roast. This coffee shop had a brilliant way of solving that problem. You could choose your own roast, they’d grind your beans, and make a pour over coffee. This was also a great way to try out a coffee before purchasing a roast. I wish all the coffee shops did this!
Of course, I went with the Sumatra! My favorite.☕️😍 In fact, I made it this morning.
Bluffton was such an adorable town filled with historic spots. Next time I visit, I’m going to have breakfast at FARM! This place was right next to the coffee shop and it looked so good.
We headed to our Bed & Breakfast in Savannah around 2 pm.
Kyle and I had the best weekend together and I can’t wait to share it all on the blog! ♥️ We spent a weekend in Savannah a couple years ago, and it was so nice to be back.
I was pretty sad to leave but excited to see my dogs!
We made it home around 2 pm on Sunday, picked up the dogs, and then headed to play tennis. We were ready to move our feet after sitting in the car for a long period of time.
We played for a couple hours and then headed home to walk the dogs, shower off, and then meal prepped for his work week.
I finally got my EverlyWell results back from my food sensitivity test. Here is what was listed on my highly reactive food chart. It’s interesting to see that the foods I eat daily like eggs, peanuts, chicken, almonds, bananas, and sesame were on the list! If you’re new to EverlyWell, check out my blog post on it!
The boys were quick to wake up at 5:30 for their morning walk! ❤️
I hope you guys have an amazing week, and I’m so excited to share my next travel post from Savannah with you all!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had a completely “off” day?
- Do you clean your entire house before leaving for a trip?
- Do you have a favorite family recipe that you’ve been making for years?