Good morning and happy Monday! Now that we are finally settling into the new home and the move is over with, I’m ready to get back to my regular posting schedule. That means MONDAY recap posts and more recipes. This past week flew by, and we managed to get so much done. I’m looking forward to the mini home posts with details on all of our projects. I’ve been sharing sneak peeks on the Cottage Story account, but can’t wait to go into detail and keep it organized on the blog. It’s been enjoyable adding a new line of content, and I’m shocked to see the excitement over gardening and home updates. Don’t worry; I’ll keep sharing food and daily life blogs!
The new content is just added fun. Let’s get this recap started, and I’ll fill you in on what I’ve been up to!
I decided to start my Monday morning with a bowl of Cheerios with raspberries and blueberries. I about fell over when I saw 2 pints for $4 at Publix yesterday. I had to pick up a ton, especially since we finally had our fridge delivered. I’ll eventually stop talking about this house, but it’s all so new and exciting right now. This is going to sound so silly, but waking up here is so much better. My townhome was a lot darker, and with the sun beaming through the windows here, it just puts me in such a happy and bright mood.
On Monday, Kyle and I worked on unpacking. We wanted to make sure everything was put away by the end of the week. Monday truly was a blur because we were running all over the place to get things done.
We ended the night with salads from Chopt and Cappello’s grain-free pizza. Cappello’s is hands down the best pizza from a box. I’m not supposed to eat cheese and scraped it off the best I could, but I’d disobey the doctor for this! I have a feeling I’ll get flooded with questions about why I “can’t” eat cheese, but it was recommended by my doctor to help with endometriosis pain. Cheese doesn’t make me bloat or uncomfortable, and I’m not lactose (that I know of), but I still stay away from dairy whenever I can.
My chopt salad had kale, romaine, sweet potatoes, falafel, brussels sprouts, avocado, cranberries, cucumber, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and a house balsamic vinaigrette. It’s always my go-to!
We had most of the lights installed on Tuesday. Remember when I mentioned that Kichler was providing the lights for our home? Well, they’re looking so good. I will be doing a separate post with ALL the lighting details throughout the house. It has transformed the spaces!
We still didn’t have our fridge here (just a mini one in the garage), so I had some leftover Chopt salad with sparkling water for breakfast. I’ve been waking up at 5 am, so breakfast time feels like lunch.
I spent ALL day outside planting while the lights were being installed. I finished up a big garden bed in the front, along with a fun bulb planting project. I picked up some bags from Lowes. I’ve heard that people haven’t had much luck planting Lowe’s bulbs, but I’m going to give it a try anyway! I’m taking one for the team I suppose 😂 I do have Peony roots coming from Robertas Garden this week! I cannot wait. I need to get those in the ground immediately. I had a ton of people asking about my collapsible gardening toolset on Instagram. I’m linking it HERE if you’re interested. I do LOVE it. I will say the shovel is a little flimsy, but the rest of the tools are perfect for yard work around the house. Whenever I’m deadheading a plant or cutting a bush, I just put the pieces in the middle and transfer them to the trash.
We picked up sushi for dinner on Tuesday night and finished a few more episodes of Outer Banks! I’m really into this show right now! For sushi, we always order the spicy tuna and spicy salmon with gluten-free chicken lettuce wraps. Akahana is our favorite spot in Fort Mill.
I was up bright and early on Wednesday. The sun rises in our backyard, so waking up to the natural sunlight is a game-changer. At night, watching the airplanes fly by in the sky helps me fall asleep. It’s kind of like counting sheep.
I had my coffee, and then Kyle and I headed to the old house to grab a few things, touch up holes, paint, and clean before closing on Thursday morning.
After spending hours cleaning and touching up paint, we stopped at Firehouse subs to get a quick lunch. There’s nothing worse than cleaning when you’re super hungry. I had their tuna salad over their house salad and a bag of jalapeno chips! 😋
We ended up finishing late afternoon and said farewell! It was a bittersweet moment.
I had avocado toast for dinner. It had two toasted slices of gluten-free bread, earth balance vegan butter, mashed avocado on top, and everything but the bagel seasoning. 😋 This is another excellent go-to when you don’t have a refrigerator!
We had our stair runner and our washer and dryer delivered on Thursday! I was so excited for the stair runner because my older dog, Grumples, couldn’t get up and down the stairs. He was so afraid, and I didn’t want him to fall. It was a main priority for the house! I went with a taupe herringbone pattern, and I love how it turned out. I was also excited to have the washer and dryer here! The laundry room is going to be such a fun project to do!
For dinner, we ordered Hobo’s salads. I used to go here all the time with Becca and order the same thing. This had chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, egg, candied pecans, and avocado! 😋 The best part about Hobo’s is the prices for the quality of food. This salad was only $10.
On Friday, Kyle and I finished unpacking ALL the boxes. It felt SO good to get it all done. Having the house clutter-free made my heart so happy. After looking around and seeing all the space, we decided to keep our home pretty minimal. We don’t want to clutter it up with extra furniture but do things like painting, wallpaper, and light fixtures to give it style. I just feel so much better with less stuff. But I will be getting my new rugs and barstools! 😊
Ignore how tired and scary I look in this photo, and the fact that a roll of toilet paper is holding up our toothbrushes, but I did get a few new outfits from Loft in the mail. Just so you know they’re having a 40 to 60% off sale. Loft is my FAVORITE store and they have a ton of eyelet and linen options (both my favorite.)I’ll try to do a mini try on haul later this afternoon! Oh, and I’m starting that Poshmark 😊
I finally tried the cheese everyone has been talking about from Good Foods. I was shocked because it was delicious! But, I will say the cashew queso from Fresh Cravings is still better 😊
I picked this up at Target on Tuesday.
Something really scary happened to me at Target in the middle of the day on Tuesday and I’m going to make a post or some kind of video talking about it. I think it’s really important to address, and I can’t just let it go. I need to spend an afternoon putting what happened into words, and I’m still in a bit of shock. Long story short, but I was being stalked by two men for a good hour. My adrenaline was in full force and it took me a while to come up with a plan on how I was going to get out of the situation, but it could have ended a lot worse. I think it’s so important to share and talk about, but I need to do it at a time where I can go into that headspace and share my experience. But for now, please please be careful when going to stores alone and it doesn’t matter what day or what time it is. It was in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, I wasn’t wearing any makeup, my hair hadn’t been brushed, I wasn’t dressed up, and I didn’t stand out. But none of that mattered because I was somehow still a Target. I wasn’t going to bring it up or talk about what happened, but I feel as if that would be a disservice to my audience. It could have been anyone. Just PLEASE pay attention to your surroundings no matter what. And I have to mention that I’m incredibly impressed with Target’s response to what was happening. They had the situation under control within minutes.
There’s no easy way to transition on a blog after sharing that, so I won’t even try.
I took the dogs out for their miles on Friday afternoon, and I think they love all the new streets and smells. At first, they were scared of everything, but now they love it.
For lunch, we made a Cappello’s gluten-free almond flour spinach and caramelized onion pizza. It tasted like the Applebees spinach and artichoke dip. Again, THE BEST pizza from a box! 😋 Whenever I make it to Wholefoods (wow, it’s been four months!), I am going to pick up as many boxes as I can.
Oh, and our fridge was delivered on Friday! 😀
For dinner, we had our ALL-TIME FAVORITE breakfast sandwich. We’ve been having a ton of these lately.
It’s toasted gluten-free bread with vegan butter, mashed avocado, everything but the bagel seasoning, Applegate maple chicken sausage, and a fried egg on top. You HAVE to try it.
I spent Saturday morning catching up on laundry, organizing the pantry, and planting a few new rose bushes on the side of the house.
My hydrangeas are LOVING the backyard. They get their morning sun and shade the rest of the day. I love the color! I planted pink (I’ll feed them with lime to help them keep their color), purple, and white! I also have two white Azealia bushes planted in the back with them. Once we get our fence up on Saturday, I’m going to plant some azaleas along the edges. If you have any other favorite privacy bushes you love, let me know! I just don’t want anything with pines.
For lunch on Saturday, we had that favorite breakfast sandwich! 😋 I think I know what I’m having for lunch today!
I’m back on my Matcha latte game! I love making my own iced matcha lattes vs the Starbucks one because theirs are full of sugar, like 32g to be exact! For mine, I mix together 1 tbsp of unsweetened ceremonial grade matcha with unsweetened almond milk and stevia! It tastes the EXACT same without all the extra sugar. I’ve been doing this in the afternoons when I need a pick-me-up!
And then sometimes I eat like a five-year-old for lunch 😂 I had gluten-free chicken nuggets and crinkled french fries with ketchup!
You know the boys feel at home when they’re finally stepping into the kitchen! They wouldn’t even go near it when we first moved in, not even for a treat!
We ordered Hobo’s again for dinner on Saturday night. I had the same salad, and Kyle ordered the buffalo chicken lettuce wrap. The food is always so good!
It only took a few days for my pink hydrangeas to come out! I’m hoping by this time next week my white ones will bloom.
This is going to sound so cheesy, but I look forward to the mornings walking around the house with my coffee checking up on the plants 😊 They just make me so happy.
Yesterday, the pulls I ordered from Amazon arrived! I’m finally getting them changed and I think they change up the whole look of the kitchen. The pulls we had are very pretty but didn’t fit the modern vibe we were going for. These pulls on Amazon are super inexpensive and they came in multiple sizes We are going to put them in the bathroom as well. I had a lot of people asking for the link to them on Instagram, so here it is! We finally filled up the fridge on Sunday! 😊
For lunch, I had a banana and pineapple spinach smoothie! It had unsweetened almond milk, frozen pineapples, frozen strawberries, vanilla plant-based protein powder, and spinach!
My hanging flower baskets arrived this weekend! I’m going to assemble them and Kyle is going to hang them for me today! I’ll make sure to post on Cottage Story once they’re up! By the way, I’ve been doing daily updates on that account, so make sure to give it a follow to stay up to date in real-time! 😊
After spending the evening chatting with our new neighbors, which I love and feel so grateful to live next to, I came inside and finished up cooking homemade mashed potatoes and turkey meatloaf. I am shooting the recipe this afternoon and that will be up this week! I do have several meatloaf recipes on the blog, but this is our GO-TO! The mashed potatoes had boiled red potatoes, unsweetened almond milk, vegan butter, sea salt, and black pepper.
YUM! We could eat this every single night.
We had a little side salad with onion and shallot vinaigrette for the dressing. We finished watching The Assistant, and then headed to bed!
It’s time for me to get up, walk the pups, and go finish another project! By the way, Kyle and I got rid of cable and I think that’s made all the difference in actually doing things around the house! I can’t believe how much more active I’ve been as well. You know me and my bad reality shows! 😂
My new Dahlias are almost open! 😊
Have an amazing week everyone and thank you for stopping by!
Questions for you!
- What is one recipe you could make for dinner every night and never get sick of it?
- I need a new coffee maker. Any recommendations?
- Any suggestions for privacy bushes that flower and stay green all year?