It’s been a hot minute since writing up an official recap post. It was kind of refreshing taking a break, but after a crazy few weeks, I’m ready to jump back into my routine. If you missed the big announcements that took place last week, make sure to catch up on the engagement story, and the house build announcement! I’m still so shocked. Kyle pulled off the engagement surprise without me having one ounce of suspicion. This week, I’m going to work hard on getting the Miami Travel blog + video up, and then this weekend, Becca and I are heading to NYC to see Mean Girls the musical. We have been looking forward to this trip for months.
Let’s see if I still know how to write these things!
Monday was a big day for me, and I was so excited to share the news with you all. I spent all morning trying to put my words together for the blog post, and I was so nervous it wasn’t going to come together. I felt like my brain was paralyzed every time I tried to put my thoughts into sentences. It was a very last-minute blog post because I had planned to release our house announcement that day. By the time 1 pm rolled around, I had the girl’s in my group chat telling me to hurry up and hit “publish,” and so I finally did it. I announced to the world that I was marrying my best friend.
OH, OH, OH! Shirt details: I bought this one from Callie Danielle! You have to check out her shop!!
Monday was also the start of my second round of Whole30. I did a huge grocery haul on Sunday that will last me for two weeks. I spent about $150 on Groceries, and I never have to make trips to the grocery store during the week. I always end up saving much more on groceries during Whole30 than when I’m not on Whole30. And Kyle usually eats dinners with me when I cook (as long as it’s not a salad.) I eat a lot of eggs, sweet potatoes, air-fried veggies, turkey, and chicken.
I made Kyle and I almond flour & coconut flour crusted chicken fingers for dinner with Primal Kitchen buffalo sauce. I love having these throughout the week on my salads and roasted vegetables. I have a recipe post coming for these soon!
On Tuesday, I headed over to my parent’s house to build a flower press with my dad. I wanted to keep the flowers from Saturday because they meant so much to me. I had never used a flower press before, and they only sold small ones online, so my dad and I used to old ping pong table to cut the wood and make a giant flower press to save all of the flowers. I had so many of you asking me on Instagram what the flower press did and how it worked. I will be making a designated blog post on how this works! But the point of the flower press is to flatten the flowers almost paper-thin, which will take about four weeks, and then I’ll frame them in a glass. I’m excited about this project.
Most of my lunches this week were salads with Tessamae’s habanero ranch dressing, my buffalo chicken, cucumbers, and avocado! Another thing I’ve been working hard on is upping my water intake. I make myself drink a glass of water with every meal. It’s crazy because I’m one of those people that can go all day without ever craving water.
On Wednesday, I spent most of my day working on a few blog posts, and then Kyle and I headed out to put together our design ideas before heading into the studio on Friday. We walked into a ton of model homes and took notes on tiles, floors, and design details. We wanted to go in prepared, even though it was so hard to choose everything.
On Thursday morning, I headed uptown to Charlotte to drop off my ring to get re-sized. I was so nervous about wearing it since it was so loose, but luckily they did same-day sizing. After dropping it off, I headed to the mall to pick up a few things for my NYC trip this weekend. I found this cute and cozy pullover at H&M for $14.99 and brought a pair of skinny black jeans for $9.99! WUUUT. And the blue blouse behind me? I had to grab that as well.
I headed home, had breakfast (eggs & berries), and then worked on putting the home-build blog together so it would be ready to go live on Friday morning!
I headed back up to Charlotte around 5 pm to pick my ring back up, and head to dinner with Emily and Caitlin. I hadn’t seen them since they went on their South America trip, and I wanted to hear all about it. Emily wrote a blog post on packing for their journey, and I think they are going to do a travel guide about the incredible trip they took and share it here for you to read! Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru looked like a dream.
We had dinner at Burtons Bar & Grill, which was great because they offer a Paleo menu. I had their paleo salmon on their gluten-free lifestyle menu. It came with a bronzed gulf of Maine salmon, charred tomato salsa, Julienne vegetables, and romesco sauce. Burtons is great because they’ll customize any meal to fit your dietary needs. I’ve blogged about this place since it’s been open, and I always love doing dinner there! A reader actually recommended this place to me, and I immediately became a fan.
Emily and Caitlin were also super sweet and brought me congratulation gifts, and I loved them! How cute is that mug?
I was up at 3:45 am on Friday morning (unintentional.) After hitting publish on the home announcement blog, Kyle and I headed into the design studio to put together the home details. We have one more design studio meeting next week to finalize everything! It’s crazy how you think you know what you want, but when other options are thrown in front of you, you start to second guess it all. I’ll be writing the next home building blog all about the design-studio process! I’m super excited about the building blogs!
After the appointment, I headed to Bush N Vine to pick up a few pumpkins for the porch. I saw that they had Apple Cider slush, and I had to bring it over to my dad to try. Apple Cider is his favorite!
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Southend to look at a few pieces. If you’re an antique lover, you are going to think this place is heaven. It goes on FOREVER, and it has the coolest things. I could spend hours in there.
On Saturday morning, I met Becca in Monroe for breakfast and a morning of vintage shopping!
We went to one of our favorite places, the Stone Table!
I ordered their Evoo sandwich without the bread. It came with avocado, two over-medium eggs, and sauteed kale. I also ordered their juice which had beets, carrots, apple, ginger, celery, and lemons.
Becca found the most fantastic vintage store in the Charlotte area. I can’t !!!!! this enough. She wanted me to come to check it out with her, and I about lost my breath when I took my first step into this shop. The owner of the store is literately the star of it all. She’s the nicest (and coolest) lady! She told us that if we ever need to stop in when she’s closed just to call her number, and we could have the whole store to ourself. She let us try so many fun things on, and I felt like I was back in my theater days. I found so many amazing pieces that I wanted, but my eyes were on this cardigan with white beads. It screamed for me to buy it, and I think it’s one of my favorite pieces I own now. The shop is called Backstage Vintage, and it’s in downtown Monroe. I cannot wait to go back! Make plans to grab breakfast at Stone Table and stop into the Backstage Vintage after!
After our morning trying on vintage clothes, we headed into Waxhaw to walk around the town for a bit. It’s crazy because I’ve been blogging about Waxhaw for the past six years, and this house has remained the same. If they EVER do anything to this house, I’ll be so sad! It’s the haunted house of Waxhaw, and we always love walking by!
Later in the day, Kyle and I headed to my parent’s house to celebrate my dad’s 62nd birthday! ♥️ My mom had my favorite watermelon kombucha for me! I ended up falling asleep at 8 pm on Saturday and not waking up until 6 am on Sunday. It was the best sleep of my life! We’ve been kicking the dogs out at night, and it’s made all the difference in sleep. They wouldn’t be a problem, but Leo feels like he needs to be in the middle of us, and he’s SO LONG and loves to stretch out. Grumples is the angel that sleeps in his dog bed on the floor.
I had my favorite breakfast on Sunday morning! It had my egg whites, one egg, air-friend potatoes, Applegate sausage link, bell peppers, tomatoes from my dad’s garden, baby kale, red onion, everything but the bagel seasoning, black pepper, and a teaspoon of Tessamae’s habanero ranch. I made the mistake of letting Kyle try this last week, and now he requests it all the time.
Yesterday evening, I met up with Becca at Starbucks so we could book our hotel for the weekend. I know it was last minute, but at least it’s confirmed now! After finalizing the trip plans, we took our coffee and headed on a little walk along the river.
I ended my night writing on the blog while getting the best view in the house 😂 Kyle and Leo were watching some weird indie film that I was NOT interested in. It’s funny because Leo sat in Kyle’s lap for a good twenty minutes like that. I closed up the computer early and headed off to bed!
It feels good to be back in the swing of recaps again, and I’m excited about all the fun things happening! I love being able to take you along with me on all of these adventures! xo
Questions for you!
- Do you have any big plans for October!?
- With everything going on right now, what types of blogs/videos do you want to see?
- Describe your weekend in one word.