I hope you all had a great labor day weekend. I cannot believe it’s already September! Now that we’re closer to Fall, the temperatures here in the south have been skyrocketing! Funny how that works. I’m holding out on the PSL’s until the 90-degree weather makes it’s way out.
Overall I had a pretty good week. I spent the week doing a lot of backend work and creating content for the upcoming months. I have a lot of little trips planned, so I want to make sure I’m all caught up before those start popping up. I’m super pumped about sharing the content I’ve created soon! It’s going to give you so many fall feels 😉
I spent a couple weeks working on the video and blog from my recent trip to Savannah. I didn’t finish it until late Friday, so I hope you got the chance to look over the photos and watch the video! If not, make sure to do so! I think it’ll have you packing for a trip to Savannah asap.
On Monday, we started the morning off with our usual mile walk around the neighborhood before coming in for coffee. I love that this has become our morning routine and it’s my form of meditating before starting the day. When it gets cooler out, we’ll usually walk two miles in the morning and even more at night. These boys could walk for hours, which is so cool because I remember when Grumples would quit after five minutes outside. He’s really gotten himself into shape! He’s due for a shave down here, but I’m going to groom him myself for a fun little YouTube video! He actually enjoys it, which is really strange to me.
For breakfast, I had a smoothie bowl with frozen mixed berries, vanilla plant protein, broccoli microgreens, ginger, spirulina, unsweetened cashew milk, cocao nibs, and cashew butter on top.
For lunch, I ended up having last week’s leftovers. I heated up chicken, turkey burger, and vegetables in a bowl.
When Kyle got home from work, we skipped the gym and headed out on a three-mile walk in the neighborhood together. It was so hot outside and a smoothie was the only thing that sounded appetizing for dinner. I just had my breakfast smoothie on repeat.
After dinner, I decided to make some little donuts with the chocolate Swerve cake mix. The Swerve cake mix has zero added sugar, dairy and grain free, and low carb. I topped the donuts with a homemade frosting that consisted of protein powder, coconut oil, and swerve confectioner sugar. I had to go and order more boxes of this cake because it was so delicious and baked up so perfectly!
These are pretty much the only two photos I took on Tuesday (for the recap!) This is pretty rare for me.
After working on projects all day, I headed to the gym with Kyle to walk the treadmill. I did some pretty dang fast powerwalking with alternating inclines. My legs were feeling it! For dinner, I had chopped spring mix salad with roasted veggies (cold), rice crackers, beyond burger, and honey mustard vinaigrette on top.
We watched the final episode of Sharp Objects before bed. The show was really good and artistically filmed.
I spent Wednesday morning uptown taking my dad to one of his appointment. When I got home, I walked the dogs and then got back to work. I made a yummy cappuccino to enjoy while working. I added a splash of nutmeg for spice.
For a late lunch, I had roasted vegetables with grilled chicken.
I went to the gym to walk on Wednesday evening with Kyle. I didn’t want to go to the gym at all, but after I completed my walk, all the endorphins were high and I felt so good. If you’re ever feeling down or in a funk, just go for a walk and it’ll definitely help!
When I got back home, I made a smoothie and worked from bed while watching a movie. If you haven’t seen “I Feel Pretty”, you should! It’s cute and sends a great message that “confidence is everything.”
My delicious smoothie bowl on Thursday morning 😊 I posted all the details and ingredients for this bowl on my Instagram post here! If you check out that post, leave a “🍓” comment so I know what sent you over there!
My lunch salad was pretty good! I had chopped spring mix lettuce with chicken, veggies, chickpeas, avocado, sunflower seeds, and honey mustard vinaigrette on top. I love throwing the leftovers in a bowl and calling it a salad 😊 🥗
We decided to stay in and relax instead of going to the gym on Thursday evening. We did fit in a walk outside with the dogs before it started to storm. I made six egg whites with leftover roasted vegetables for dinner. I had two of the chocolate frosted donuts for dessert 😊 🍩
I spent ALL Friday catching up on laundry and finalizing the Savannah post! It didn’t go live until late in the evening.
We headed to the grocery store to pick up some things to make homemade turkey meatballs, which was one of the best decisions ever.
If you’re looking for the turkey meatball and sauce recipe, check out this post! The only changes I made was using gluten-free breadcrumbs, and dairy-free parmesan (which tastes just like real parm.)
Instead of pasta, we had spiralized sweet potatoes! Now, this was delicious!
We stayed up late watching season two of Ozark! Kyle had been waiting all year for its return.
I was up bright and early on Saturday. I walked the dogs, had coffee, and then got ready for my tennis group.
For breakfast, I had coconut milk yogurt mixed with chocolate protein powder, granola, and cashew butter on top.
Tennis was so much fun! There was no sitting out for three hours straight, and I was having so much fun that I could have played for hours and hours. I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home to pick up meats and then got ready for the day.
Kyle and I rand some errands in the afternoon, and then took the boys out on a long walk.
I made myself a cappuccino, and then Kyle and I sat down to watch another episode of Ozark.
For dinner, I had a kale and cabbage salad with grilled peaches, blueberries, butternut squash, and chicken (not pictured because it was still grilling.)
I tried to add a heavy filter to a really bad photo, so this is what you get 😊 We walked the dogs for a quick couch break, and then went right back to watching Ozark!
Later in the evening, we made chocolate mint smoothies. This had mint leaves, kale, banana, mint extract, vanilla plant protein, frozen avocado, cashew milk, and chocolate chips (I use Lily’s no added sugar vegan chocolate chips) on top.
After having coffee and walking the dogs, I headed to Waxhaw to spend the day with Becca. She helped me take some cool photos for some upcoming campaigns, and then we went to one of our favorite breakfast spots, Stacks! I’ve been blogging about this place since moving to Charlotte four and a half years ago! I’ve always ordered the same thing, too. I get the garden omelet with all egg whites, no mushroom, fresh fruit, and oats on the side.
After breakfast, we headed to a consignment shop and I picked up some really cool outfits! I’ll share those as soon as they go through the washing machine.
I got home and 6 pm and needed a cappuccino! I was excited to sit down and go through some of the photos she took. We had SO MUCH fun shooting and she’s one of the best photographers!
I had the last three leftover meatballs for dinner with a side salad. Kyle and I watched another episode of Ozark and then I was out sleeping by 10 pm.
We headed to the courts on Monday morning to play a couple of matches.
It was SO HOT OUTSIDE that I was dripping in sweat. I usually turn into a tomato face and rarely sweat, but my body was like “nope!”
We stopped at the grocery store to pick up some things to go along with our steaks for dinner.
For my lunch, I made roasted peaches (shared on my Instagram story!) to top coconut yogurt with! I will share the recipe in a post soon! 😊 I kind of want to make an apple version for the mountain trip coming up.
For dinner, we made roasted potatoes seasoned with sesame oil, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cumin, and ground mustard. They were perfect. I cooked them for about 45-minutes at 415 degrees.
I sauteed kale with sesame oil, gluten-free tamari, sesame seeds, and agave. I was in the mood for baked beans, so I cooked those up for a side too!
I made a delicious crockpot soup to eat throughout the week to take the “what’s for dinner” stress off. I have sooooo much to do this week, so dinner is the last thing I want to think about. Now, I just have to heat it up and I’m good to go! I’ll post the recipe on the blog because this chicken and vegetable chili is AMAZING! It’s light for the summer weather, but a warm transition for the upcoming fall months.
We finished the last episode of the second season on Monday night. Now, we’ll have to wait another year…
Questions for you!
- What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
- We are spending the weekend in the mountains with the dogs. Should I add another vlog to the blog?
- Have you ordered a PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) yet? (P.S. I usually order a tall almond milk pumpkin spiced latte with an extra shot of espresso and only one pump of the syrup to lighten it up!)