Good morning & happy Tuesday!
I hope you all had a long relaxing weekend. We lucked out with perfect weather, and I feel so rejuvenated after this weekend. It’s crazy what organizing, house cleaning, and dropping piles of things off at goodwill can do to the soul. Most of my neighbors were outside putting the fall decorations up yesterday, but I’m still waiting a week or two before I start. I’ll still participate in pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin spiced lattes, but it’s going to be in the ’90s all week, and I need a chilly day before I can get in the mood to decorate. I think I’ll go into full fall-mode when I get back from Miami. I do have all the fall DIY projects planned out, and I can’t wait to share those with you.
I’m sure you all know what I’m about to say next. Now that the dogs are walked and the coffee is made let’s get this recap post started! ❤️
Posts you may have missed last week:
–Trip to the mountains, a fall moment, & new bedroom decor!
–My Whole30 Experience
I had a few rough nights last week, so waking up on Friday morning feeling 100% was the break I needed. I hate to be repetitive with the endometriosis talk, so I’m going to just leave it at “I had a rough week.”
I was determined on Friday to get up and get out of the house to enjoy the day💜
I had lunch plans with one of my friends, Emily, at Flower Child in Southend Charlotte. I was excited when I heard Flower Child was coming to Charlotte after trying it out in D.C. this past spring. dd
This location is adorable, and if you’re visiting Charlotte, add it to your list. I’m going to update my Charlotte guide very soon. I promise! I ended up ordering the chopped vegetable salad with chicken. It came with organic greens, romaine, avocado, heirloom carrot, snap pea, radish, baby tomatoes, cucumber, toasted sesame seeds, and I had their sugar-free lemon avocado dressing on the side. First off, this salad was UNREAL, & the dressing was delicious.
I want to go back and order the same thing this week because it’s been on my mind since Friday.
On Friday night, Kyle and I played bags (cornhole) for a few hours out in the front yard and then decided to go on a long walk together in the neighborhood since we couldn’t get enough of the weather. The mornings and evenings are in the high 60’s and low 70’s, but the daytime is HOT. We love taking advantage of the cooler hours.
After dinner, we ended up watching Twister (love that movie) and heading to bed.
We were up bright and early on Saturday morning. I decided to skip tennis so we could tackle the garage project before it got too hot outside. My garage was starting to look like a dumping ground for boxes and other random things. I had boxes of donations just sitting in the garage that needed to go, and we were determined to tackle it. I ordered organization bins off of amazon to put on the shelves, and it felt so good to finish the project. Getting rid of things feels like taking weights off your shoulders. It’s such a good feeling of release.
I’ve been working on making the house a bit more minimal when it comes to the colors. All of my summer pillows are getting a makeover with Amazon pillow covers. I’m so excited to share the fall-themed ones I bought recently, but a few of them are getting covered with these soft corduroy pillow covers. For the price, I was not expecting them to be so soft and high-quality, but I’m in love with them, and so are the pups! These pillowcases come in all different colors and sizes. Here is the LINK if you’re interested.
We are still on the hunt for a new rug and coffee table. I have my mindset on a few styles, but I’m waiting to make a move.
On Saturday evening, we headed to my parent’s house to hang out by the pool, play some bags (kyle and I are on a 4-month winning streak), have coffee, and relax while watching the first college football game of the season. It was awesome because the Iowa Hawkeyes took the win! And of course, I had to make my 3-ingredient brownies!
On Sunday morning, I had my go-to breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes with berries on the side. This has been my breakfast even after finishing the Whole30. I LOVE how I feel after a breakfast like this vs. oatmeal with peanut butter and protein powder. I never thought I’d be able to eat eggs again, but after forcing myself to do it for a while, my skin has surprisingly agreed with it.
After breakfast, I met up with Becca to do a few more wedding errands. Can you believe her wedding is in less than two months? Woo!!!! And of course, after we shopped around for some wedding decor, we headed to the antique shops to explore. I had wanted to stop at the ones in Pineville, and unfortunately, a lot of them were closed, so I’m going to have to go back down there! We did visit a couple of them, and I found some cute soy candles and fall decor! And of course, I had my plaid on plaid on. ♥️
On the way home, I picked up sushi for Kyle and a ginger salad with chicken for me. We started watching When They See Us on Netflix and ended up finishing it all in the same night. Ugh, that story makes my stomach hurt for those men. I had so many thoughts running through my head, but definitely watch it if you haven’t. I don’t want to give away the ending or the show with spoilers, so comment with your thoughts if you’ve seen it so we can discuss it!
Kyle helped me shoot a few photos for a blog post early in the morning, and when I got home, I had my favorite go-to breakfast! Since we were out of sweet potatoes, I ended up having ga banana for the extra carbs. I had a lot of people asking on my Instagram if I was still doing Whole30 because of my meals, but no, I am not doing Whole30 right now. My diet has completely changed since doing Whole30, and I’m striving to keep my diet 80% Whole30. I’m slowly introducing rice, honey, peanut butter, and oats back into my diet. I’m only eating them when I want them, but shooting for alternatives like potatoes, dates, and nuts as much as possible. I ended Whole30 August 19th, but have continued to eat as many Whole30 compliant foods as possible. I’ll explain more in my next Whole30 blog 😊
We headed to a trail near the house in the afternoon to do a four-mile hike. This was probably the highlight of my weekend because the weather was perfect on the shaded path, no one was on the trail, and it felt so relaxing to be out in nature. There were butterflies everywhere, which made it look like a dream. We ended up talking about how we don’t go hiking enough, and it’s a shame because so many trails in the Carolinas surround us, so I think that’s going to have to change. We love it, but just need to get out and do it more.
I couldn’t have the house be out of my three-ingredient brownies, so I ended up making a similar version because we were out of almond butter. These had four large bananas, 1/3 cup of almond flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut on top! I baked them for 30-minutes at 400-degrees. The turned out perfect! I may start making these with the almond flour from now on!
For dinner, I made spaghetti squash with sauce and had a salad on the side. I spent my evening watching movies, working on the blog, and then I was out like a lightbulb by 10 pm. I couldn’t even make it through Bachelor in Paradise 😆 xo
By the way, I’m not finished with my California blogs, but I decided to post the travel Vlog on my Youtube Channel! It’s a long one, but if you need something to watch, make sure to check it out! Here is the link!
My heart goes out to the Bahamas and all the families being affected by hurricane Dorian. It’s incredibly sad and so heartbreaking! I know the storm is moving slow and on the way to the southern states, so please stay safe if you’re in the path! 💜
Questions for you!
- Do you hike often?
- When will you decorate for fall?
- What was the highlight of your weekend