I hope you all had a great weekend. Oh, & happy August! Can you believe Fall officially starts in 49 days? I’m excited for the cooler months, but I’d be content if time would slow down a bit. I didn’t have a recap post last week, and this week isn’t much of a recap either, but it’s been kind of nice taking some time off from capturing every little detail of my days. I have had a lot of things happening behind the scenes (that I will share with you soon!) so this hiatus isn’t for nothing.
But, I do not like feeling disconnected, and without my recaps, the blog feels cold. Today, I’m going to share a few things I’ve been up to the past few weeks, and maybe in a month or so, I’ll be able to talk about all the things going on in my life. 😊 I hate when people say “I have news” and then make me wait, but I promise it’s worth it. It’ll involve a lot of different content in the near future 😉
Anyways, here’s a few things I’ve been up to (in no particular order!)
For starters, I got my roots touched up and a trim! It’s insane how fast my hair is growing. It had about an inch of grow out in three weeks, which is pretty fast for me. I plan to keep the blonde thing going for a while, while also growing my hair out. The regular trims are a must, but I always like having longer hair in the winter.
One of my favorite things I’ve been doing the past few weeks is cleaning out my closet and trying to organize it better. After my California trip, my clothes found themselves hanging in weird spots, and it’s been stressful navigating it.
I’ve been making more trips to Trader Joe’s, which always makes me happy. Since switching my diet to more whole food focussed meals (blogging about that soon), I’ve loved going in there and buying my vegetables and proteins. My meals are flavored with Tessemae’s Habenero Ranch, or Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. I haven’t gotten sick of it yet!
Something I’ve loved lately is cornhole! Kyle and I have been having a fun little competition for the past two weeks. Every night after dinner, we set up the boards and play. I’m currently in the lead! Instead of watching T.V., or playing on our phones, we go outside for a little friendly competition. I purchased the cornhole bags on Etsy, and they turned out perfect with the colors I painted the boards.
Almost everyone close to me has a birthday around this time!
My best friend, Becca, celebrated her birthday this past weekend. We went out to lunch at Cajun Yard Dog, and then spent the afternoon planning her flowers for her wedding (which happening so soon!!!)
I also celebrated Caitlin’s Birthday last week. A group of us had dinner at Waterman’s Seafood in Southend. I was excited to try that place out. I ordered their shrimp cocktail and a side salad.
Sounds good, right? I’ve been blending about ten cups of spinach with 1/2 cup of frozen mango and water together every morning. It’s refreshing, hydrating, and I call it my magic potion because it’s been helping me so much with my skin. Spinach has a ton of iron, magnesium, and it’s a great way to kickstart my day. I’ve been going through about three large bags of spinach a week.
Lemonade stands have been popping up all over the neighborhood. I love this part of summer, and it brings back all of the memories from when I was a kid. While Kyle was out walking the dogs, he promised the kids we’d stop again and buy lemonade, so we made sure to do so before heading out to my parents for an afternoon.
I’ve been making so many three-ingredient energy balls the past few weeks. We LOVE having these for dessert. This one is by far my favorite because it tasted just like a brownie. This one had almonds, dates, dark unsweetened cocoa powder, and water! It tastes like fudgy brownie batter, and I’m all about it. I’m going to record it for a video on my IG stories this afternoon. I look forward to having one of these treats in the afternoon with my coffee!
There’s nothing better than pool time with the pups! 💜 Lots of this going on.
I’ll never say no to a Chipotle date.
A few weekends ago, Becca and I had a shopping date (basically mall walking because it was too hot to walk the trail), and then we ended the day with Chipotle! I had their salad bowl with carnitas (it’s the only meat they make without added sugars), fajita vegetables, pico, medium salsa, and guacamole! I’ve been avoiding added sugars and sugar substitutes for the past two weeks, and I’m feeling good so far! I’ll be doing an update post on some changes I’ve made to my diet and why soon.
A few things I’ve added to my house lately are these new flowers! I wish you could see the front of my house right now, my flowers are thriving! I can’t get over how well they are doing compared to a month ago.
I found this mirror at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be perfect in the corner of my bedroom. I always love that their stuff is usually 50% off.
I’ve been playing so much tennis, and it never gets old. I’m mostly excited about playing with the group from Hawaii in November! 😊
As for running? I’ve now cut back to running 2 times a week for about 30-40 minutes. I’m trying to keep up with my endurance, but staying on a plateau until it’s cooler outside. The heat makes my cortisol levels go unbelievably high, so I’m running earlier in the morning, and fewer times a week.
No more late nights.
I’m already a morning person, but I’ve taken it to a whole new level. Kyle and I have been having dinner around 5 pm, playing a game of cornhole outside afterward, and then getting ready for bed around 7:45 pm. We’ll usually watch a show and fall asleep around 9 or 9:30 pm. Our goal is to start the day at 5 am, and it’s amazing how more productive I am earlier in the morning. I’ll walk the dogs, make coffee, and sit on my computer for a few hours before making breakfast. We used to fall asleep by midnight and get up later in the morning, and I always felt exhausted. I’ve really enjoyed this new routine, and I’ll make sure to film an updated “day in the life” routine for Youtube!
I hope you enjoyed this little random update, and I know it’s not a tradition recap post, but I’ll be back to those next week! I’m not changing the blog or anything but had to take a little break. You guys are amazing and I know you’ll understand. I’ve been working hard at editing the California video as well as writing the latest travel blogs. Those will be live later this week! Make sure to check out my latest California blog & enter the giveaway!! xo xo
Questions for you!
- What kind of content do you want to see from me this fall?
- What time do you normally go to bed and wake up?
- Do you have any fun plans for August?