Happy Monday, Everyone!
Can you believe it’s December already? If you haven’t heard, I’m participating in Vlogmas this year. If you don’t know what Vlgomas is, no worries! I didn’t know what it was until I had a few people asking me if I’d participate. Well, it’s just video vlogging every day in December leading up to Christmas. This is my cup of tea, and I’m enjoying it so far! If you haven’t checked out my videos yet, make sure to do so! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and start watching. Not only will they bring my recaps to life, but they’ll show you some things that you won’t find here. They’ll also put you in the holiday spirit!
This week was filled with so many fun and exciting things. My Tuesday had the best start because my new couch finally arrived! ♥️ Even though it looks open and free right now, I have covers all over it, so the dogs don’t scratch it with their nails. I had been looking for a light sectional like this for so long, and I finally found it. This wasn’t the original one I was going to buy when I went into the furniture store, but after seeing it, I fell in love with it. When I saw that it was 50% less expensive than the first one, I fell even more in love with it. Of course, I spent the rest of my day having coffee and working on my couch.
Later on Tuesday evening, I headed to the gym with Kyle! I just did a light three mile was at a slight incline while listening to a podcast (Off The Vine With Kaitlyn Bristowe.) Yes, I like junkie podcast and reality television shows. No worries, I love Dateline too. For dinner, I had a bowl of spinach and arugula with garlic tahini, some cheddar crackers (the ones from day two vlogmas video) some avocado, and chive Kite Hill cream cheese.
After spending the day working on Wednesday, I put up all the Christmas tree decorations (also on Vlogmas day one video!) After decorating, I made a salad with crab smart (I know it’s weird that I like this), avocado, spinach, arugula, sweet potatoes (well what was left of them), quinoa, and a honey mustard vinaigrette. I finished up watching The Princess Switch on Netflix while I had dinner. If you’re looking for a cheesy and cute Christmas movie, that’s one to add to the list.
While Leo was getting groomed on Thursday afternoon, my friend, Caitlin, and I decided to ice skate at the Winter Wonderland rink at Southpark Mall. We had a blast, but next time, I’m bringing my own skates! It was almost impossible to skate in these clunkers.
When I got home, I had some bagels halves with avocado, kite hill, and a fried egg on top. I also cooked some quinoa in with my eggs.
I was excited to start Friday morning with some festive protein pancakes. It’s vlogmas, so you have to go festive or go home! I made some of my favorite protein pancakes, but a Christmas tree eggnog version! The tutorial can be found in my Vlogmas Day one video! 😊
On Friday afternoon, Caitlin and I headed to Anders Ruff workshop! My friend, Meighan and I went last March, and that’s when I became obsessed with this place! Our instructor was telling me that I could host a workshop with readers as a meet and greet sometime if I wanted to. If you live close to the Charlotte area and would be interested, let me know! That may be fun.
This workshop was such a fun way to kick off the holiday season! Caitlin made a boho pedestal, and I made a Merry Christmas porch sign. (this is the best photo of me)I was so excited to try out Haymaker in Uptown Charlotte. I had walked by this place so many times, and it’s been on my bucket list for a while.
Please, if you’re ever in the area, stop in there! You will not regret it at all. The service, the food, the atmosphere, and simply everything was exquisite! I started with a glass of La Puerta Malbec. We ordered an heirloom lettuce salad to start. It had shaved fennel, sunflower seeds, farmstead cheese, crispy farro, and a citrus herb dressing. Fresh and perfect.
For my dinner, I had a Grilled NY Strip with heirloom fall squash, harukei turnips,
mushrooms, and salsa verde. We also had fingerling potatoes and roasted carrots for our extra small plates. We were rolling out of there by the time we were done!
This was one of the greatest nights and the best way to kick off Christmas!
On Saturday morning, I headed to play tennis with the group. Unfortunately, we got rained out after 45-minutes! I decided to use up the extra three hours and go shopping for all of the Christmas decor for the house. For my snack, I had a gingerbread RXBAR!
On my Vlogmas Day two video, I’m giving you guys the whole downstairs tour and taking you guys along on my holiday shopping so make sure to tune in! Look how cute those pillows are!!
I decided to put my porch sign inside because it looks so cute next to the tree.
I had a light lunch. My salad had butter lettuce (which I love lately) my crab smart, avocado, quinoa, and some of my FAVORITE plant snacks!
I decided to finally sit down for the first time all day and enjoy my favorite at-home dairy-free peppermint mocha latte!
For dinner, Kyle and I had green beans with butternut squash and homemade chicken nuggets! (our faveeeee!!!)
For dessert, I had gluten & dairy free oreo ball! We made these for the blog, so that recipe will be up soon. I’ll also be doing a video for them for Vlogmas! On Sunday morning, I had a strawberry protein shake for breakfast! It had strawberries, almond milk, ice, and protein powder.
I was excited to pull out my 6-year-old favorite Christmas shirt! I was meeting up with Becca for a fun day together.
We decided to try out Lights Cafe in Ballantyne! It’s been on our list for a while, and it’s the perfect half-way point between the houses. I mentioned this before, but Becca and I now live 50-minutes away from each other. It stinks, but we’re making that long-distance relationship work. 😂We split some avocado taste that left our lips ON FIRE! Despite the burn, it was really good. Becca ordered a dark roast pour-over, and I had a cashew almond cappuccino. What do we think of this place? We loved it!
One thing I was excited for was our plan to shop from the donation’s list and drop off some much-needed supplies at the humane society. If this is something you’re interested in doing, go to your local shelter’s website, print off their list of needs, and just drop off a few things. Even if it’s just your old towels, some detergent, or food. EVERY SMALL AMOUNT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE ♥️
We had so much fun seeing the sweet animals, and I’m going to see what I can do about adopting a cat! I’m nervous because of the dogs, but goodness do I love cats, and this sweet baby would be such a great fit.
After leaving the shelter, we headed to Akahana sushi bar for lunch. We started with big house salads and then ordered some sushi rolls. I had the spicy tuna and the surf n turf. We love this place because they do BOGO sushi rolls. Plus, they have the best ginger dressing.
We had such a fun day, and I feel so full of all the fun activities I did last week! Now, I’m getting ready to head out and get a few things for the bathroom and bedroom for that holiday tour tomorrow! Don’t forget to check out Vlogmas, enter the giveaways, and leave a comment over there with a ♥️ 🎄! Again, thank you all for reading today’s blog, and always being so kind to me! Hope you have a great start to your December!
Questions for you!
- Do you have a holiday recipe you want me to try? Email it to me! I want to recreate a recipe of yours for Vlogmas.
- Do you have cats and dogs?
- Are you in the holiday spirit yet?
BELOW ARE THE VLOGMAS VIDEOS FROM THIS WEEK!