Good morning & happy Monday! Oh, what a week it’s been.
After spending many hours editing videos and posting to YouTube, it feels good to return to my home base (the blog) and share my week with you! I’ve had a lot of people asking if I would continue to do daily vlogs after Vlogmas is over with, but to be honest, I feel as if all of my focus is going into that and my blog has taken a hit when it comes to the creative side. I think I’ll certainly do some more vlogs, but will be focussing more on this platform right here! I never realized how much work goes into videos and creating content each day on YouTube! Hats off to all of those talented creators. I have two things I want to focus on in the New Year, and I think it’s going to be fun to share my journey. I will be doing a plant-based January challenge as well as the “no spending”/ declutter challenge. I’ll be sharing the whole decluttering, cleaning, budgeting, and plant-based journey with you throughout January here on the blog, so I’m already looking forward to that! I also have a trip coming up at the end of the week that I’m excited for. So much happening!
Now, let’s get to the recap!
I had spent Monday shooting content for a few upcoming campaigns while building a few gift guides. It was a good day to work because I wasn’t feeling too hot! (Vlogmas Day 11)
I was so excited when I woke up on Tuesday morning. This was the first time in almost two years that I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating cramping pain. I’ve been trying out a new medication this past month that seems to be working. If I make it a few more months without the pain, I’ll write a post about it just in case you’re experiencing endometriosis pain as well. It may be something you can mention to your doctor!
I spent all morning and afternoon writing some blogs but took a break around 2 pm to help my mom. She was having her work friends over for a holiday party and asked if I could help her make some wraps. I used to make these all the time when I worked at a cafe in high school. The tutorial for these wraps is in the Vlogmas Day 12 video! They are pretty easy to make, and a great party treats! These would be great to add to your Superbowl party menu. I headed out to deliver the wraps around 4 pm! Her place was all Christmasy and set up perfectly for her party.
I also brought over some frosted gingerbread cookies to go on her coffee stand.
When I got home, I walked the dogs and then decided to make a protein shake for dinner. I wasn’t too hungry and didn’t feel like making anything. My smoothie had strawberries, banana, almond milk, protein powder, and ice. I spent the rest of the evening working on the blog and editing videos for Vlogmas!
I spent almost ALL DAY working on my final campaign project on Wednesday. I started the day with my bowl of protein oats, which I’ve been eating for weeks straight. It’s so easy to make, filling, and a great source of carbs, fats, and protein! The bowl has oats cooked with water, one scoop of protein powder, peanut butter, paleo muesli.
I finished up my computer work at 6 pm and then got around to making dinner. I decided to whip up a dinner with random ingredients I had in the fridge, and it turned out to be pretty delicious! I roasted carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and then sauteed some peppers and onions to throw into an almond flour-based fettuccine! You can watch the whole dinner process on Vlogmas Day 13!
I chopped the kale and massaged it with coconut aminos and garlic tahini dressing.
After walking the dogs, I was just cold and mentally exhausted from the day, so I decided to run myself a bubble bath and have a cup of ginger tea. It was the best decision of the day ❤️
I threw my earbuds in, had a mug of sriracha popcorn, and watched Home Alone!
On Thursday morning, Leo headed to the vet to have his surgery done. They removed a spot to make sure it wasn’t cancerous and took precautions by removing all the skin around it. He has a pretty intense cut on him, but he’s doing OK so far. While he was under, they also gave him a gum cleaning. We should have the results back this week, so keep your fingers crossed!
For breakfast, I had a banana and cacao smoothie after a two-mile walk with Grumples!
I spent the day baking sugar cookies and trying to keep my mind off of Leo! (Vlogmas Day 14!)
The poor little man in his cone of shame!
After spending the morning editing Vlogmas, I headed to the gym for a little strength training. I love going on Friday afternoon because the gym is empty. If you want to see the whole workout, I recorded it for Vlogmas Day 15!
Kyle headed out with me in the afternoon to go shopping for an ugly sweater. Caitlin and I were going to an ugly sweater party, and I needed to find an appropriate sweater to wear. When we got home, I had a cappuccino to decompress for about 45-minutes and then got up and got ready for the night.
Caitlin’s place is SERIOUS goals. It’s like Vogue meets Christmas. She did a great job decorating! I kind of want to go out and get a colored Christmas tree now. I love the lights.
You’ll have to watch Vlogmas Day 15 to see how the party went! 😉 It was fun taking you all along with me.
We left around 12:30 to grab some food at Bakersfield! We were starving.
We had the funniest, yet creepiest thing happened to us at the restaurant. There was a guy sitting across the bar who looked completely normal. He was handsome, had a nice coat on, and was just sitting on his phone as if he was waiting for food or a check. The bar was empty where he was sitting, but a little packed where we all were. He walked across the bar and squeezed onto the chair next to Caitlin. He was quiet and just staring at her. It was unbelievably comfortable. All of a sudden, he started slowly gliding his hands into our basket of chips. He grabbed a chip, and slowly glided it back to him. I was turned the other way because I could not contain myself. It was the weirdest and funniest thing ever. But then things got REAL weird. Caitlin’s face just went white, and her eyes were HUGE. The creepy guy started putting his feet on her feet. Our friend Shaun grabbed her food and put it on the other side of him. Caitlin got up and moved. And then this guy was two chairs away from me. He just started staring at me now. Of course, I can’t stop laughing at how insane this whole situation is. He starts to do the chip thing again — all of a sudden he slides over to the chair next to me. All I can think about is Dateline and him being some weird chip stealing serial killer. He just keeps stealing chips and whispering things, but I was paying no attention to him. Finally, the bartender who noticed his behavior was like “dude, you gotta go,” and the creepy man stood up, and walked out the door. This was probably one of those “you had to be there” stories, but it was just one big weird (and humorous) situation. Oh, and we got a new basket of chips.
I had a really slow start to my Saturday. I was so tired and running on just a few hours of sleep. After editing Vlogmas, I headed out to run some errands and got smacked in the face with some nasty traffic. I decided to ditch the rest of my errands and stop at the grocery store for some coffee and dinner ingredients. Vlogmas Day 16!
For dinner, I made Capello’s almond flour-based pasta with ground turkey and garlic marina sauce with two side salads. It was so delicious!
After dinner, I had a cappuccino, and then we headed to the movie theater. Kyle wanted to see Mule, but it turned out to be awful. It should have just been one of those Netflix movies because I can’t believe I sat there for two hours watching it. The humor was dry, so many unnecessary scenes, the jokes were awful, characters just started disappearing from the storyline, it wasn’t putting you on the edge of your seat, and it could have been so much better! The trailer made it look like it was going to be so good. The last two movies we went to were so much better! See A Star is Born or Instant Family!
For breakfast on Sunday morning, I had a matcha protein shake! It had a banana, almond milk, protein powder, ice, and matcha powder.
It was Christmas shopping time! I hadn’t done any of my Christmas shopping yet, so I was determined to get it all done in one day. Caitlin was also getting her shopping done, so it was good to bounce ideas off of each other.
We started our adventures with coffee first! I had an almond milk cappuccino ♥️
A few hours later, we were hitting a wall. We stopped at Reids Fine Foods to grab lunch! I ordered a salad that had brussels sprouts, green apples, cabbage, butternut squash, carrots, and Scottish salmon on top with honey mustard on the side. The salmon on top was probably one of the best salmons I’ve had in Charlotte! I want this again! I also ordered sweet potato fries on the side because they sounded so good. Their fries were so crispy and flavorful. Goodness, this lunch did the trick!
After lunch, we were back to shopping!
We shopped for nearly six hours!!! The good thing is that I’m almost finished, and I was under budget. The key to Christmas shopping is pulling out cash at the bank and sticking to your budget. I’ll be sharing what I got in today’s Vlogmas video. My family members know they are NOT allowed to watch.
When I got home, I put on a facemask and then hopped on the couch to get started with this recap post. For dinner, I baked a Daiya Tex-Mex Burrito. It had pinto beans, brown rice, and cheddar style shreds. UMMMMMMM AMAZING!!! Daiya is going to make plant-based January a breeze. I bought all the other flavors of Daiya burritos, so I’ll make sure to keep sharing my thoughts!
I hope you guys have a fantastic week, and I’m so excited to get started on today’s Vlgomas video! Thank you guys for all the support and encouragement during Vlogmas! xo
Questions for you!
- Are you done Christmas shopping?
- Are you caught up on Vlogmas?
- Any traveling plans for the holidays?