On December 26th, I turn into the Grinch. I woke this morning, walked the dogs, and then had the urge to take down all the Christmas decorations. I’m not going to lie, after being so “extra” this Christmas and participating in Vlogmas; I needed a break from anything festive. I didn’t want to stare at a Christmas tree any longer. I’ve boxed up all of the Christmas decorations and they are already up in the attic. My floors are mopped, and the sparkles are no longer lingering on my floors. I feel relieved and happy to have less stuff crowding up my living room. I have a lot to get ready for this January, so I decided to get a head start on it all.
I have a few blog posts to write this week/weekend. Today, I’m sharing a few things from the week before Christmas and our trip to New Jersey. My New York trip and Christmas posts will be up soon. I need to break them all up so they don’t flood the blog. If you watched my final video of Vlogmas, you might have heard that I plan on blogging a ton in January. I am doing plant-based January and a no-spend challenge along with decluttering/organizing the house. I plan to do daily blogs as much as I can to talk about the plant-based recipes I tried, what I organized, and what I got rid of each day. I’ll try my best to put out my guidelines for the “no spend” challenge I’m doing before January! Now that I don’t have to film/edit videos, I can sit back and push out all the blogs. Goodness, I’ve missed this!!!
One dish I know I’ll be eating a ton of this January are these vegan zucchini pizzas. They are super easy to make and a great filling dinner when I’m craving comfort food. I filmed the little tutorial in Vlogmas day 18, and it’s at the end of the gift guide. The Daiya mozzarella “cheese” melts and tastes the best.
Most of my days are a blur because of how fast they were going. On Vlogmas day 19, I made my mom’s old-fashioned peanut brittle recipe. I had never attempted to make this by myself before because of how challenging it looked, but I nailed it, and I think I’m the new peanut brittle champ in the family! It was actually really fun, and I look forward to doing it for all the years to come! I’m hoping the video helps anyone else who is intimidated by peanut brittle! If this girl (the one who loves to just throw things into the oven) can do it, so can you!
On Wednesday, I had my favorite protein pancakes for breakfast. They had almond milk, Birch Blender paleo pancake mix, protein powder, and Christmas sprinkles! I headed to Grumple’s grooming appointment later in the afternoon and caught up on some work while he was getting shaved. I really don’t like taking my dogs to the groomers because it used to take them almost seven hours in the past, and the dogs were always so stressed afterward. Recently, we found the most amazing groomer! It’s a giant van with a grooming station; she shaves them down in a little over one hour. The pups are always happy to see her and never act stressed when they get home. Email me if you’re in the Charlotte area and need a good groomer, and I’ll pass along her info! (Vlogmas Day 20)
Kyle had Friday and the weekend off before Christmas. We decided to take a spontaneous trip to see his Dad in New Jersey for a Christmas Dinner and then spend a day in NYC, so I could see it at Christmas time. We also wanted to meet with one of his good friends, Ethan! When I agreed to do Vlogmas, I knew I wanted to take a trip to NYC towards the end to do something exciting before it all ended. Kyle’s sister lives close to the city in Hoboken, so we stayed at her place since she was out of town for Christmas.
We headed to the airport around 5 pm on Thursday night for our 7:30 pm flight! We made it through security by 6 pm, so we decided to stop at 1897 Market to have dinner before taking off. I ordered the salmon salad with a side of roasted carrots.
Our flight was delayed a few hours, so I spent some time editing and uploading a vlogmas video. I was happy about the delay because I managed to get everything done so I could fall asleep as soon as we got to Jersey instead of staying up late uploading.
I was a bit stressed out and had way too much sugar from all the peanut brittle, so my face was breaking out pretty bad. I ordered a green juice at Red Mango to fit in all the nutrients I could. My green juice had spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lime, extra ginger, and extra lemon.
We headed up to see Kyle’s Dad for a Christmas dinner on Friday. We stopped at the Vanilla Market on the way to grab a cup of coffee. The coffee was delicious!
We sat by the fire and exchanged some gifts while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is one of Kyle’s favorite Christmas movies. It was nice to catch up with his dad and go through some cool old family photos. I especially loved the baby ones of Kyle.
We had the most amazing filet mignons for dinner! It couldn’t have been cooked anymore perfect. We had such a great time ❤️
We got back to Hoboken late, and I couldn’t wait to fall asleep.
I spent the morning editing my Vlogmas (priorities), and Kyle worked on a few of his projects for work.
We headed into NYC on Saturday afternoon! I’m so so so so excited to share that post with you! We only had about 8 hours in the city, so I wanted to see as much as I could.
I was up bright and early on Sunday morning. I wanted to get up and ready for the day because Kyle and I planned to walk around Central Park before heading to the airport.
We walked around the park and then had brunch at Loeb’s Boathouse. ♥️
Off to the airport!
Around 4 pm, we split a steak salad while I worked on the computer before the flight. Kyle wanted to get to the airport super early because it was the biggest traveling day of the year and also the Eagles were playing.
I had some of these Sweet Chili Pistachios on the plane. If you haven’t had this flavor yet, you must try them!!
We finally made it home around 9 pm! ♥️ We got a good night’s sleep to get ready for Christmas Eve with the family!
Questions for You!
- Have you ever done a plant-based month?
- Are you interested in hearing about the “no-spend” challenge?
- How was your holiday?