Hello & happy Tuesday! I hope you all had an incredible week and Memorial day weekend. 🇺🇸
Life is finally starting to feel a bit more normal again with restrictions lifted, restaurants opening, and larger groups allowed to gather again (at least in my state.)This dose of normalcy feels good. I know it’s different all over the country, but wherever you are, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe! This was such a fun and productive week. We finished so many projects, spent some time with friends, did several landscaping projects. On top of all of that I attempted a Bootcamp workout, I feel like I got ran over by a bus today 😆 It’s a good day just to sit here and write a blog post, edit some videos, and (maybe) catch up on laundry. The good thing is that it’s raining again today, so I won’t be tempted to go outside. Sometimes I feel like a child living here. I just want to go out and walk the trails, cut flowers, or blow bubbles (for the dogs, of course, 😆)
Monday morning was the last day of dryness before a three-day rain streak. I knew I had to get a sod project done before the thunderstorms coming in the afternoon. I spent about four hours gathering five loads of mulch into the wheelbarrow, dumping it, and then replacing that area with sod. Now, my car is going to need a severe detailing job. I was covered in dirt, and my hands were so swollen from digging the mulch up with them, but it felt amazing to have it done and out of the way. Within twenty minutes of finishing, the storms kicked in.
For lunch, I made my favorite breakfast sandwich and matcha latte! The breakfast sandwich is toasted gluten-free bread with earth balance vegan butter, avocados, everything but the bagel seasoning, Applegate chicken & maple sausage, and fried egg on top! 😋
Our neighbors had us over for dinner on Monday night! The food was outstanding 😋 We had butter chicken, garlicky green beans, rice, and corn! We are so excited that they’re finally moved in! 😊
We spent the evening eating tons of candy and chatting. ♥️
On Tuesday morning, I made a strawberry and pineapple protein shake! It had cashew milk, frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, and Raw Fusion vanilla protein powder. It’s so good. 😋
Kyle ordered the boy’s new rain jackets, and I cried for about twenty minutes laughing at how funny they looked. They were running around wrestling with them, and they looked like basketball coaches fighting it out 😂 Grumple’s face says it all. For dinner, I had a quick salad with sunflower seeds, artisan lettuce, honey mustard vinaigrette, tomatoes, avocados, onions, cranberries, crunchy pea crisps, and a fried egg on the side.
We decided to treat ourselves and break out the ice cream maker for the first time this season! We made ice cream EVERY night last summer 😆 This was INCREDIBLE! I used one can of light coconut milk, 1/4 cup monk fruit granules, 1/2 cup cashew milk, 2 tsp vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, and 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter.
Wednesday was just a cleaning day around the house! I had a bowl of my protein oats, which I haven’t had in a while. It’s 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of water, one scoop of protein powder, blueberries, and peanut butter. I make the oats first, microwave the blueberries in for 15-seconds, then mix in the protein powder and peanut butter.
For dinner, I had Zoes greek salad. It came with lettuce, grilled chicken, rice, potato salad, tomatoes, onions, and a vinaigrette.
The flowers have been loving all of the rain! 💜
I woke up SUPER early on Thursday morning to take Leo to get groomed. Grumples is getting groomed next week, but it was a bit of a drive since the groomer switched jobs. We LOVE her so much that we took our business to her new place! 😊 She gets them done in an hour, which is practically magic when it comes to matted Goldendoodles.
One thing people ask me a lot is how I keep my light furniture clean with dogs and their muddy backyard paws. Kyle bought these Mudbusters, and they are amazing. I demonstrated it in a new vlog (that hopefully will be up soon), but they have bristles in them, and you fill them with water, and it cleans their paws. Then I use the towel to dry them! I also like using them when bathing the dogs because they hate letting me spray down their feet.
For dinner, I had my leftover chili with gluten-free tortillas mixed in. I’ve been watching Sweet Magnolias this week, and it’s been a relaxing way to wake up and wind down. The show is so cheesy, but I love the aesthetic.
Friday was dedicated to the door painting project. I have a lot of doors left to paint, but I started with the main ones! I am going to do a separate blog post on all the paint colors in the house once finished since I’ve gotten a ton of questions, and I thin it’s a good idea to have it all in one place.
Pantry door first! 😍
Kyle’s been working on building our coffee table. We found a restoration hardware coffee table that we loved, but won’t pay $$$$ for it! Kyle drew out the plans, and it’s looking SO GOOD! It should be finished in a couple of days.
I took a painting break and had a salad outside while the dogs ran around. It was a hot one on Friday!
I started on the backdoor and the french doors. I haven’t done the inside of the french doors yet because it took forever to tape them off 😂 Now that kyle is heading back to work this week, we’ll be able to start transforming that into the music room. We have the desk in there right now, but it’s getting the boot! I also started on the backdoor, but that’s going to take a few more coats since that red is so…RED
For dinner, we did the turkey meatloaf, a side salad, and fruit.
On Saturday morning, I headed to a Bootcamp ran by a phenomenal trainer in our neighborhood. You all know I haven’t been doing Bootcamp classes or regular workouts for a while now, so it was tough! I’m so so so sore still, but I’m going to try my best to get back to it again.
After showering off, I made a matcha latte protein shake. It had a frozen banana, cashew milk, vanilla protein powder, matcha powder, marine collagen, and ice.
Kyle and I ran a few errands early afternoon, and then I spent the rest of the day “finishing” up the doors. They all needed a third coat and some touch-ups.
We had our next-door neighbors over for pizza and game night. Kyle downloaded jackbox games, and it’s seriously the best with a group of people! It’s so fun. We picked up pizza, wings, and salads from Carmellas (the best-hidden gem in Fort Mill, SC for pizza and wings!) I’m so excited because now they make gluten-free pizzas. We had such a blast.
I was up bright and early on Sunday morning with my coffee (paint still all over my nails 😆) and watched another episode of Sweet Magnolia! I relaxed a bit before a few girlfriends came over to hike the neighborhood trails and have brunch. My friend, Emily, just started a YouTube channel for her fitness videos. If you’re looking for some workouts, she has already posted so many, and you should subscribe!
We did three miles on the trails before making our way back to get cleaned off and have brunch. It’s still so crazy to think that these trails are steps away from the house.
Becca came over, and a few of Kyles friends to play bags, have mimosas, and eat!
I made bacon, fresh fruit, french toast sticks, and a vegan sweet potato and sausage hash! 😋 I also have to show you this bowl I found at Hobby Lobby for chips and salsa! How stinkin’ cute.
Later Sunday evening, we headed to another barbeque. It’s safe to say I was TIRED by the end of the night. 😆
Another morning with coffee and Sweet Magnolia! 💜 If you want to see more photos of our painted doors, head over to Cottage Story Instagram!
Kyle and I headed back out for more yard projects early morning. We transferred the gardenia trees to the other side of the house and planted the larger camellias trees in their place. It was hard work, but so happy it’s done with. Digging in clay is not fun at all. LIKE AT ALL. I also filled up the planters I bought at the Gibson Mill with potting soil and new plants!
We finally finished up the work around 3 pm.
This is why I haven’t posted many photos of myself lately 😆 80% of the month, I have looked like this. No makeup, covered in mud, mismatched clothes, frizzy hair, and the true definition of a mess. I thought about getting dressed up for an Instagram picture earlier that morning, but when I saw this photo, I was like “this is the happy me.” It’ll do! Getting makeup on and doing my hair is actually a chore for me, and I’m most happy when looking like a mess. So, get ready for more of “me.”
After finishing up in the yard, I showered off and then recorded a few food videos. I had scrambled eggs for dinner with leftover sweet potato hash. We started watching Defending Jabob before going to bed! ♥️
It was honestly one of the best weeks we’ve had in a long time! Tonight, we are heading to our neighbor’s house for burritos, and I can’t wait! xo
Questions for you!
- Have restrictions been lifted where you live?
- What was the last thing you painted?
- What is the #1 thing you’re looking forward to this summer?