I need to get back into the swing of recap blogs. They have always been my favorite ones to write, but lately, they’ve taken a seat on the back burner. While it’s been nice not taking photos of my meals or everyday moments, I’m ready to get back into the groove of it. I have so many exciting things going on, and I want to make sure I’m sharing them with you all!
I’ve missed connecting with you, too. So if you’re reading, stop by in the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to!
Right now, I’m cuddled up next to Grumples (which is rare because he’s not a cuddler), and I just finished their second walk of the day. The rain is full-force today, and I love it. It’s bringing out the red leaves in the trees, and the view from my window is so fallesque. I’d say it’s the perfect time to have a matcha latte and catch you up on my life this past week.
No matter what’s changing in my life, my morning with coffee will always remain the same. I’m up around 5:30 am having coffee while the sun comes up, and it’s the best part of the day.
This week, my Whole30 round two ended, and I’m happy about it. I didn’t get the same magical effects as I did the first time around, but I also didn’t put so much of my focus on it. I kept my meals so easy, repetitive, and straightforward. That’s why I hardly took photos of them and why my food photos were slacking. It was the first time in a long time where I just ate food to eat and didn’t overthink the creativity of them. I will try to keep that mindset from this round. The reason I chose this time to do Whole30 was that it was a less busy time for me, not that I have trips and weddings coming up, I won’t’ have to worry about making sure something is Whole30, which is a plus! I did confirm that soy is a problematic food for me, so it’s something I’ll most likely eat but try to avoid at all costs.
Leo had his yearly check-up followed by a pupacchino. It’s important to cancel out his vet visit with a treat, and don’t worry! We brought one home for Grumples, too.
It’s crazy that he’s taller than Grumples now. I hope he stops growing!
Almost all of my breakfasts are the same thing! I’m sure you already know what it is…eggs & veggies! Not a day goes by where I don’t get my eggs and veggie fix. I’ve had a lot of questions about my skin and eggs since they used to cause me to get breakouts. When I first introduced them back into my diet a few months ago, I did get a lot of random acne spots, but not as bad as before. The only difference I made was buying Vital Farms Organic Pasteurized eggs. They are crazy pricey but worth it.
Last week, we had fantastic news that our house was going to be built sooner! We walked the land with the builder to go over a few things, and then have one more appointment next week. I’m kind of sad because I’ll be in Hawaii when we break ground, but the builder will be sending us pictures. It’s going to be such a weird time because I’ll be in Hawaii for a good chunk of November, and Kyle will be on a work trip at the same time in Germany. Our time zones are going to be the complete opposite! If you missed the last blog I did about the design process, make sure to check that out to see what kind of style we are going for!
One thing I’m over is Whole30 ketchup. I don’t care what anyone says; there’s nothing better than classic ketchup! But, it’s not so bad when you mix it with a few ingredients for meatloaf balls. I may have to share this recipe in a separate post, but I made my go-to meatloaf recipe with all Whole30 ingredients, and then topped it with a delicious meatloaf sauce. I added steamed sweet potatoes, a few dates, sea salt, Whole30 approved ketchup, mustard powder, and garlic to a blender until it was creamy for the top! It turned out good, and I got the idea of using the sweet potatoes from my mom.
I’m officially a gel polish monster. This is only my second time having gel nails, but holy moly what a game-changer. I hated painting my nails because they would always chip and look awful, but the gel polish has changed me. I’ve been going to Polished with one of my friends every three weeks to get our nails done, and I cannot believe how great the gel looks and how long it lasts. Now, I have no excuse for my nails ever to look hideous! Why didn’t anyone tell me about these?
Another thing I’ve loved lately is Matcha & Collagen lattes.
I don’t have coffee in the afternoon anymore and have replaced it with my matcha lattes. I use unsweetened Matcha, Marine Collagen (from fish), and nut milk. I add all the ingredients to my frother to get perfect consistency. I look forward to having one every afternoon!
One of the best things about being done with Whole30 is dining out with your best friend.
Becca and I decided to meet up for a fun afternoon of wedding shopping, coffee, and lunch. We stopped into this new restaurant that opened up in Waxhaw, Capricci’s True Italian. They had so many vegan, gluten-free, and healthy options! Usually, Italian restaurants are limited, but this place had it all. We started with a charcuterie board, kale and chicken salad, and a cauliflower crust dairy-free pizza.
Not only was the food incredible, but the staff was sooooooo friendly!! We can’t wait to go back!
We walked through a few other new stores, and I fell in love with a lot of the decor. Kyle and I are constantly on Pinterest, trying to find pieces and ideas. Honestly, now that the design process is out of the way, decorating the home is going to be the best part.
Over the weekend, Kyle and I headed out on a furniture hunt. We walked into Arhaus and knew right away that this was where we were going to buy most of our furniture for the new home. Plus, they were so lovely in the store and helped us with our decisions. We sat on all of their amazing couches and looked through the color options. They are built with recycled materials and made by the best artisans around the world. The style of their furniture is exactly what we want in our home, and I think we have the couches picked out! Now, I need to go look at all of their other pieces! We are now huge fans of Arhaus.
We had lunch with our friend, Steve, on Saturday. We went to one of my favorite spots, Reids Fine Foods. I always get the salmon when I go there because it’s always cooked perfectly. My salmon was served over roasted potatoes, carrot puree, and sauteed spinach.
Later that evening, I made my favorite avocado deviled eggs with chive kite-hill. I need to share this recipe soon because it was amazing. Silly me forgot to get the smoked salmon for the top, but it was still good. We ate this for dinner with a bag of tortilla chips while watching football.
Ok…so fun update.
Remember when Becca and I made a cookie cake recipe for her wedding and it fell over because we were too impatient to let it cool?
Well, I decided to remake the cake this weekend to test it out, and let the cookies cool! It turned out PERFECT! We are super excited now. I took it out to my backyard to take photos of it, and I’ll make sure to share the cake on her wedding day! Oh, and if you don’t remember, you can find it on my youtube channel. It’s one of my favorite videos.
On Sunday, Kyle and I were lazy around the house until the sun finally came out. We spent the morning going over dates and options for our wedding (crazy, I know!) We played a few games of cornhole and then hit the couch to watch the Eagles play. He also grilled chicken for our Caesar salads and it was delicious! The perfect way to end a Sunday if you ask me. ♥️
Even though this recap was super casual, it feels good to be back! Now fill me in on whats going on in your lives.
Questions for you!
- What is new with you!
- How did you spend your Sunday?
- What state do you live in? I need some ideas for upcoming travel.