Good morning, everyone!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and a fun 4th of July. It was our first time celebrating the 4th in the new neighborhood and wow, was it a blast. I can’t wait to show you all the photos. This morning, we are having our garage epoxied, so I’m going to get this recap written while they finish up in there and before I head out on my daily walk. It’s supposed to be rainy all day, but I’d rather walk in that than the hot sun + humidity.
It’s been a goal of mine to walk daily. I try to fit in 4 to 6 miles, which can be difficult when it’s scorching outside, and my neighborhood is an up and down route. The hills make it feel like I’m doing an entire HITT workout. When I go by myself, I like to listen to a podcast, or most of the time, I’ll go with Kyle (since he’s been working from home) or my neighbor! Having people walk with always holds me accountable. The reason I’m pushing myself to walk more is that it makes a difference in my moods and productivity level. When I don’t walk, I find myself fidgeting and not being able to focus.
On Monday, I walked six miles but jogged some of the time. I like to cheat and only jog on the downhills. 🤫
When I got back, I showered off, had some coffee, and got to work on my blog! I usually have a cup before the walk and then a cup after.
For lunch, I had a bowl of fresh cherries, 1/2 gluten-free canyon bakehouse bagel, lettuce, tuna salad, and Greek dressing on top. Kyle and I spent the rest of Monday night hanging out by the pool and then watching a movie. I think I had frozen chicken nuggets for dinner! It was one of those kinds of nights.
After finishing up some work on Tuesday morning, I had crackers and tuna salad for breakfast (weird, I know) and decided to give Grumples a grooming in the garage.
I was going to film the process, but it was just so hot, and I wanted to get it done quickly without messing around with cameras. I’ll make sure to film the next round in the fall. I cut his hair with a 2 to make sure it’s not too short for the summer. He loves it when I groom him. He lays down and pops his leg up to make sure I get all the spots. It’s the bathing part he doesn’t like. He grows so much hair that I could stuff a few pillows with it.
After the grooming session, I cleaned up and then headed out for my walk. It was a HOT one, so 4-miles was good enough for me!
I had a salad with pea crisps, tuna, and greek dressing when I got back.
Double rainbow after a quick afternoon shower!
I made eggs and vegetable pad thai for a quick dinner. We’ve done the “see how long we can last without groceries” thing last week.
One thing I’ve loved lately is our refrigerator. It has a water infuser that always stays cold and refilled. All you have to do is change out the fruits and place them back into the fridge. I am drinking so much more water now. My favorite combo is clementines, cucumbers, and lemon!
I ended the night reading The Dilemma, and it’s so good! I’ve been waiting a year for this book! I love everything B.A. Paris writes. I’ve been thinking about doing another recipe + book review with this one.
I feel like I always manage to skip Wednesday entirely, so let’s hop over to Thursday!
After doing some projects with Kyle around the house, I spent an hour doing my nails with my Gel nail kit my mom bought me for Christmas. I finally unpacked it. I love it, but I just need some recommendations for good gel polish.
We met our neighbors down by the pool and spent the rest of the evening, chatting and relaxing. When I got home, I found the new Booch Pop from Health-Ade on my doorstep! I was so excited to try the new flavors, but even more happy about bringing them down to the pool to enjoy!
Dinner was frozen gluten-free pizza and chicken nuggets with ketchup. I’ve back peddled into my toddler tastebuds this week.
On Friday morning, my neighbor and I did six miles! We started early to beat the heat and did a few of the miles on the trail since it was shadier. After our walk, I made fresh juice (pear, pineapple, oranges, celery, cucumber, ginger, apples, and grapefruit) and brought some over to enjoy.
On Friday night, Kyle and I headed to the Duke Mansion for a date-night picnic in their gardens. I can’t wait to share those photos! It was such a special evening.
After our date-night, I started a few of the 4th of July recipes so they’d be ready to go the next day. First up, the scotcharoos! These are so easy to make and delicious! They are pretty popular in the midwest, and every time we had a party growing up, my mom would make a huge batch.
4 miles for the 4th of July!!
We spent the afternoon hanging out with my parents and then headed to the pool since our neighborhood hired a band to play for the evening. This place is so fun on the 4th!
We had a huge spread to celebrate and fill our bellies before the firework show. We had some friends and the neighbors over to celebrate.The raspberry lime white tea was amazing. I’ll get that recipe out soon! We did jalapeno cheddar burgers and caramelized onion turkey burgers. They were amazing! We bought a small gas grill that doesn’t take up too much space, and it’s portable. We didn’t want one of those huge grills to take up space on our porch. I think I like this little grill better than the one we had at my townhome.
Pasta salad recipe is coming soon! 😋
How about those scotcharoos?! Our neighbors made gluten-free macaroni and cheese (SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD) and homemade baked beans. Now, this is what summer is all about!!!
This was one of the most fun 4th of July’s since being a kid. It was unbelievable because the firework show was literally in a field two houses down. If you saw my Instagram story, you know how close it was!
Such a fun night! (😆 Kyle’s gardening shoes)
We spent the following afternoon at Ikea and then cleaned/rearranged the house that evening before dinner and a movie!
Two movies we watched over the weekend that you should att to your list: Desperados and Inheritance! 😉 Both really good!
We had such a great week, and I’m already looking forward to the next 4th of July!
I’ll probably pop on the blog tomorrow to share photos from the Duke Mansion picnic! Stay tuned for that! 😊 Have a great day! I’m heading out to get my miles in! 😊
Questions for you!
- Did you get to watch fireworks this year?
- Have you ever had a scotcharoo?
- Are you fitting in daily walks?