Happy Monday, Everyone!
I’m currently cuddled up on the couch eating yogurt from a mug and snuggling up next to Grumples while it pours outside. Leo is on the floor underneath my legs hoping I’ll share some of this yogurt with him. I’m looking forward to a rainy week because it’ll help me keep my focus on writing up a storm inside. When it’s sunny, I’m always eager to get outside and do something else. Luckily, I got my dose of the outdoors this past weekend. We headed up to Brevard and stayed at a gorgeous mountain house. I am so excited to share the photos and vlog with you soon. I think the images are my favorite I’ve ever taken over the past eight and a half years of blogging.
I had a hard time focussing on this recap post because all I wanted to do was write about the mountain weekend! I’ll share this photo, and then try my hardest to wait until it’s finished.
Now, going back to last Tuesday…
I started my morning off with a long dog walk with the pups and Kyle, and then made some coffee, started the laundry, and sat down to blog!
I was feeling so blah and tired on Tuesday afternoon. I closed up my work and took a drive to Starbucks to grab a coconut milk latte. Sometimes it takes a coffee run to turn around the day. I also picked up some puppacinos to brighten their afternoon as well. 😊You can see the video on their Instagram page. It’s so cute!
I knew a trip to the gym would bring my mental energy up! Endorphins always have a way of making me feel better. 😊 I did 3.31 miles without any incline but at a very fast walking pace.
For dinner, I heated up my crockpot vegetable chicken chili. This was pretty much every meal last week.
I spent Wednesday writing and getting all the plans for the weekend mapped out.
Later in the afternoon, I worked on perfecting my healthy & low-carb pie crust with the leftover apples in the fridge. I definitely nailed it this time around, and it’s finally ready to make it’s way to the blog! You can expect two delicious pie recipes and low carb pumpkin bars!
After cleaning up the kitchen, I headed to the gym with Kyle to get my steps in. I’ve been thinking about going back to some classes, but I just feel so much better walking and staying active in different ways. I may have finally found what works for me! I don’t have the strong core like I used to, but my mental state is so much better. I think that’s more important.
After getting cleaned up, I heated up a bowl of soup for dinner, and then tuned in to our favorite show on T.V. at the moment, The Sinner! I think this season is better than the first. That’s saying a lot since the first season was outstanding!
My rug finally showed up on Thursday and I was so excited to pull the office together with it! Make sure to get all the details and see the office makeover with some additional home before and afters on this post!
After fixing up the office, I headed to the store to pick up a few things for the trip! I wanted to share a couple things I tried because I had a lot of you asking about them on Instagram.
The nut pods creamer! I bought this because my mom has been looking for a good plant-based creamer for her coffee. I tried it out and loved how light it was. It added great flavor with no sugar at all. It’s also Whole 30 Approved.
The Vega protein…Not my favorite. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish it because it had such a weird taste! I love added protein powder to my plain coconut milk yogurt and will just stick with that! I wouldn’t waste your money on it. Their protein powder and bars are better.
I had Kyle go to the gym without me on Thursday. I wanted to stay home and catch up on work and start packing for the trip.
For dinner, I made a salad that consisted of spring mix lettuce, avocados, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, roasted potatoes, and a fried egg. I used the Organic Girl Herb Goddess dressing on top. I always let the egg cool before adding it to the salad. Warm food doesn’t belong on a salad!
On Friday afternoon, I took my mom to an appointment in Charlotte and then we stopped at Chopt so I could pick up salads to bring with me for the weekend. I didn’t feel like grabbing a ton of salad ingredients, and this was just so much easier! Plus, they’re SO GOOD!
The salads had, kale, arugula, cucumber, butternut squash, quinoa, tomatoes, chicken, falafel, and a side of hot honey vinaigrette!
Kyle asked if I could make his favorite protein balls to bring on the trip! They only take about twenty-five minutes to make, and really come in handy when you need a quick snack!
The recipe for the chocolate hazelnut protein balls can be found here, and the recipe for the chocolate chip oatmeal balls can be found here at the 14:05-minute mark!
I had a bowl of the Chopt salad after packing up the car! I was so hungry and wanted a bite to eat before the drive up to the mountains.
Grumples always has to sit in the middle of us on car rides!
I knew Kyle would get hungry, so I picked him up a steak wrap from Chopt for the ride.
We spent the weekend roasting marshmallows, going on small hikes, playing tennis, grilling out, fishing, walking the dogs in the park, exploring, and so much more! I’m so so so so excited for you guys to see the pics! I woke up so early yesterday morning to take photos as the sun came up over the lake. There was one tree down there that was already changing for fall, so I make sure to capture it to bring you those fall vibes! The weekend at the mountain house was amazing!!
We made it home around 1 pm on Sunday afternoon. I unpacked, grocery shopped, picked up the house, made a cinnamon latte, and headed upstairs to work for a bit.
I didn’t plan on going to the gym, but I figured it would be good for me. I always get fomo when Kyle heads to the gym without me. He’s a great motivator.
I had the last of the Chopt salad for dinner, and then closed up the laptop to spend Sunday evening with Kyle and the boys!
We ended the rainy night watching Jack Ryn (OMG SO GOOOOOOD) and eating popcorn!
I hope you all had a great weekend, and an even better week to come! ❤️
Questions for you!
- What is one snack you like to make and bring on trips?
- Whats a product you’ve tried lately that failed you?
- Have any of the trees changed colors where you live?
Last night, I got the news that one of my sweet blogging friends had passed away. Kyrzayda Rodriguez, one of the most fierce and confident women I’ve ever met. She fought hard, she stayed positive, she spread love, and she will always be remembered. I know you never gave up. God chooses the toughest people and gives them the hardest battles to show the rest of us what we are capable of. I’m heartbroken that you’re no longer here, and I will continue to pray for your family and friends. I have a sense of peace knowing that you’re no longer in pain, and you’re up there with God (most likely trying on all the Chanel shoes you can!) Just know, you made a significant impact on my life. You befriended me instantly and made me feel so important. I’ll never forget how you tried to comfort me when the makeup artist made my eyebrows look like tire marks, and the morning we woke up to take your photos at the coffee bar before the sun had even made it’s way up. Before you left, you reminded us how fast life can go, and how God has a plan for us, greater than our plans, so to make sure to do everything NOW and stop putting things off. I will ALWAYS think of you when I’m having bad days, when I don’t feel confident, or when I’m saying “tomorrow” too often. You are an angel, and heaven is so lucky to have you up there. I hope when you look down on all of us, you feel proud. 💔 Love you so much R.I.P