Good morning & happy Monday, everyone! I made a big mistake this morning. I decided to watch a YouTube video, which led me to another, and another, and now I’m hours behind on this recap! *Note to self* Don’t get sucked into YouTube on a recap Monday! I just made a hot cup of lemon ginger tea, and now I’m ready to get this recap started. No more distractions.
I spent Monday morning getting my Mountain trip post and YouTube video published, and then caught up on all the emails from the weekend. I’m still working on a second post with more photos and details on the weekend away, so you can expect that this week!
I was hitting my 3 pm slump after walking the dogs on Monday afternoon, so I made a cappuccino with oat milk and these Peet’s espresso pods I found at Target. I was so excited when I found them because they are much cheaper than the Nespresso brand pods. They matched up to the Nespresso pods, and I look forward to trying their other capsules. You can find the Peet’s espresso pods on Amazon as well. They come in a variety pack with 40 pods, which is a great deal. I may end up trying that out. I’ll let you know what I think!
After hitting the gym on Monday night, I had my leftover stir-fry. I had a square of dark chocolate, took a shower, and then headed straight to bed. Of course, I stayed up until midnight watching t.v. when my original plan was to fall asleep early.
Tuesday was for crafting.
If you missed it, make sure to check out my new DIY post for the fall wreaths I made. It was so easy and a lot of fun.
My smoothie had vanilla Orgain protein powder, frozen mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries), unsweetened cashew milk, and topped with creamy peanut butter and Purely Elizabeth grain-free banana nut butter granola.
My second project was to fix the pillows that lovely Leo ruined. He likes to climb on top of the pillows and sit up high. Sometimes he rips them with his nails. The strings were delicate on these pillows, so I used some thread to sew them tightly onto the pillow. I did an awful job, but it did the trick! I didn’t care what they looked like as long as the strings weren’t hanging off. I can tuck that part under another pillow, and no one will have any clue! Kyle and I built Leo a bed high near the window, and he’s been using that instead of the pillows, so we’ll see if it helps long term. I could solve the problem by not letting my dogs on the couch, but let’s be real, that won’t ever happen.
On Tuesday night, I headed over to my parent’s house. I wanted the dogs to get out their zoomies and run around. I brought over some healthy pumpkin bars for my parent’s (their favorite) and one of the wreaths for my mom. She was in love, and it looked nice on her front door. There is only one more bar left in my freezer right now, so I may have to make some later this afternoon.
I was NOT feeling well on Wednesday. I have endometriosis, and during my period, the symptoms are so incredibly painful. They are worse in the morning, and worse at night. I try my best to relax, exercise, drink tons of water, healthy food, take hot baths, use heating pads, stretch, and not forget my medication. I sometimes think I can battle out the pain, but later reminded that it’s unavoidable.
Kyle came home with a bouquet of flowers because he knew I wasn’t feeling good at all. It brightened up my day. It was really cute because he asked the florist to make something “fall themed” because he knew it would make me happy. Sorry to get mushy on here, but he’s so cute.
I did end up going to the gym to walk, which helps with the pain. When I’m sitting too long, it’s not good.
For Wednesday, I created a “WHAT I ATE” video! If you want me to do more of these, leave a comment in the YouTube video section.
I was feeling much better on Thursday.
After Kyle and I walked the dogs, I had a quick breakfast. I had a slice of Udi’s bread, two eggs, and avocado slices. I added Earth Balance vegetable-based butter spread to the toast as well.
I decided to go with green juice for lunch. I juiced three lemons, four cucumbers, four cups of kale, two apples, and a WHOLE LOT OF GINGER. I drank half of the blend and then poured the rest into an ice tray to use for smoothies.
Kyle and I headed to Columbia together on Thursday afternoon. I heard Columbia had some pretty cute coffee shops, and it turned out to be true. I stopped at the Blue Flour Bakery. When 3 pm rolls around, I’m so ready for my second cup of coffee! I don’t know what it is about my afternoon coffee, but it brings so much happiness to my daily routine. It’s all about the little traditional things. I like having something to look forward to, especially when it’s cozy and delicious. Trying out new coffee shops and sipping coffee while exploring a new place, just makes me a happy person.
When you’re in the South, FALL is for frizzy hair, lattes, and wishing it was cooler out!
We were so hungry when we got in the car, so we decided to stop at Whole Foods and have a quick bite to eat. I had roasted Brussels sprouts, kale, garlic green beans, spinach, tofu, pulled pork, grilled corn, and a honey mustard vinaigrette on top.
I spent my Friday doing a power clean and returning a few items at the mall. I also picked up a new doormat and some fall decorations for the house. I’ll share those soon! The dogs got a lot of miles in as well.
Kyle and I met up with my parent’s at the courts on Friday night to play tennis. We whooped their butts! We played until late, and then headed home! I showered off, jumped into bed, and passed out super quick!
I was up early and ready for another three hours of tennis on Saturday morning with my group!
I was soooooo hungry when I got home. I showered and then made a quick smoothie before Kyle, and I headed to the mall. My smoothie had cashew milk, mint leaves, spinach, chocolate protein powder (orgain), bananas, cocoa nibs, creamy peanut butter, and almonds! This is a great to-go treat!
We took the dogs for a long walk later Saturday evening, and then I roasted some vegetables for dinner. I had broccolini, butternut squash, bell peppers, zucchini, and asparagus. I tossed them in sesame oil, black pepper, and sea salt after baking.
I was up bright and early on Sunday morning. I was ready to tackle the day and all my projects that came along with it.
I picked up some mums for the front porch and paint for the front door. I’m going to the pumpkin patch later today to get some pumpkins! All of my neighbors have their fall decor out, so I can’t wait to pull the look together!
Before I got started on the painting project, I made Kyle and I some omelets for breakfast.
Mine had one egg, three egg whites, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and roasted vegetables. Kyle’s had one egg, four egg whites, roasted red potatoes, ground turkey, Havarti cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Delicious! I sliced up some strawberries and almonds for the side.
After browsing Pinterest, I felt inspired to paint the inside of my front door. I think it adds so much character to space, and I’m all about the cozy vibes it brings. I chose the color “AGAVE” and used a semi-gloss enamel paint & primer all in one paint.
I will take better photos of it soon, but I’m happy with how it turned out! Above my door, there used to be a frosty glass layer, and I removed that. I like that more light can shine through and I can see the trees outside. You can’t really tell in this photo!
After painting, I vacuumed the floors, mopped, did some laundry, and then sat down to have a latte! When 3 pm rolls around, I’m alllll about that latte life! I topped my oat milk latte with nutmeg.
I had this Annie’s organic, gluten-free vegan mac and cheese box in my cabinet for a while now. I thought it would be fun to try it out to go with my leftover roasted vegetables. After boiling the macaroni, I drained and rinsed, and then mixed in plant-based butter, salt, pepper, and cashew milk. HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!! It’s amazing. Kyle liked it too! I will 100% buy this again. I was nervous to try it after having a couple of other vegan brands of mac and cheese, but this one did not disappoint. You’ll need to add salt and vegan butter to make it taste more like the real deal.
I may have this same thing for lunch today! 😊
Thank you guys for stopping by to read my weekly recap. I appreciated your input on the recaps last week! It made me feel good about the content, even if it is just a “boring” week. You guys are the best! 💜
Questions for you!
- Do you have something small you look forward to each day?
- Did you do anything to celebrate the first day of fall?
- What was the last thing you purchased on Amazon?