Hi, everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week and weekend. Even though it’s been scorching hot outside, I’ve been loving the summer and trying my hardest to embrace every moment. I’m always so quick to wish in Fall, but this year, I’m trying something new. It also helps that all of the Married at First sight seasons are on Hulu and Kyle, and I cannot stop watching. We’ve watched three seasons in one week, and I can’t believe I’m so late to this show.
This past week was another calm one. We spent time working on home projects and just relaxing. We are usually go go go with getting things done around the house, but wanted more of a low-key week.
I just finished watering my plants, filled my infused water, and now it’s time to spend the rest of the afternoon on this recap post! Oh, and I filmed another cleaning video that’ll be live tomorrow! Look out for that. 💜
I started last Monday morning with a walk. I did the first half with a neighbor and the second half walking back to my house while listening to a podcast. My daily walks are a priority lately, and I’ve been trying to fit in five a week. They help with stress levels and focus for me. I’ve also noticed my endurance increasing with the number of hills in my neighborhood. I would never be able to run in this neighborhood because the elevation is insane.
I spent the rest of Monday working on my blog, emails, and a few things around the house.
For dinner, I did leftovers from last week, and it was so delicious. We also make homemade pistachio almond ice cream for dessert. 😋
I was up bright and early for my Tuesday morning walk. I always walk around the house in the morning, checking out the new blooms while sipping coffee. I’m so excited that my dahlias I planted from tubers in April are funning budding! I think this one is going to be purple.
I don’t know what got into me, but I completed a 7-mile walk!
I felt so good afterward. I don’t think I’ll be doing seven-mile walks again until it gets cooler, but I was proud of myself. I did half of the walk out on the trail and the rest in the neighborhood. The trials are all shaded, so it makes it easier to stay outside longer.
I was so hungry after walking, so I made a quick order for breakfast at Clean Juice. I’m glad there is one down the street from us.
I ordered a garden wrap with chicken, a berry acai bowl, and a hardcore green juice. SO DELICIOUS.
The berry bowl was fantastic. It reminded me that I need to step up my smoothie bowl game. I used to make them all the time.
Lemon tree check up!🍋 This is the tree Abby, my brother’s girlfriend, got us for a housewarming gift. When we got it, it was so tiny. I can’t believe how well it’s doing. I think this fall, I’ll put it in a larger pot and place it back inside.
The rest of Tuesday was spent working on the computer and binge-watching MAFS.
I took a walking break Wednesday morning.
I edited a few videos and enjoyed my gluten-free bread with avocados, Earth balance butter, everything but the bagel seasoning, and tomatoes for breakfast.
I decided to do a strength training workout in the garage since it was raining Wednesday evening. This was my first workout in there since remodeling it. I can’t wait until it’s cooler out there, but I enjoyed it! We still have to add ceiling fats and mirrors, but it’s a great workout space. When you can, bring your dog to the gym…😊
For dinner, I had the last bit of the cabbage and taco dish with Siete cheese and chips.
Thursday was Grumple’s birthday! ♥️ I can’t believe he’s nine.
I ordered my favorite!
I get their vegan caesar salad and the supreme veggie dream gluten-free sandwich. It has the best flavor ever! I could eat this daily and never get sick of it. The sandwich is made with macadamia ricotta! It’s unreal.
When I got home, I added a new bedspread that I picked up at Home Goods. I never fell in love with the blue one in there, so that one is now in the guest room. This waffle rose floral quilted comforter is exactly what I had been looking for!
I could not find this one on the internet anywhere, but Home Depot, Birch Lane, and Overstock have similar ones.
More bedroom details can be found on my bedroom makeover blog post!
I was still full from my big lunch, so I made a protein shake for dinner.
It had strawberries, blueberries, almond milk, protein powder, spinach, and peanut butter.
Friday was dedicated to cleaning.
I swam laps early morning and then started charging all the camera equipment for filming.
For breakfast, I had blueberries, avocado toast, and my coffee!
I finally found the strawberry and raspberry Oui flavors. I had this for my mid-cleaning snack.
I have been so obsessed with these lately! They are the BEST dairy-free yogurts I’ve ever had. They taste just like the Yoplait.
The stars of all of my cleaning videos!
For dinner that night, I was not about to cook anything in my clean kitchen 😂 Kyle, and I split some wraps and salads from Clean Juice!
I was surprised by their Hummus Bowl! 😋
We had a crazy craving for cookie dough ice cream, so we headed to the grocery store in the middle of a storm to pick up all the ingredients. I added a can of coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla, monk fruit, and sea salt to my ice cream maker. After it was thick, I folded in the pieces of the cookie dough. It tasted AMAZING! We are making this flavor again.
I dedicated Saturday morning to editing my cleaning video while enjoying my Cheerios with berries.
We did a trail walk on Saturday morning with my mom before heading down to the pool. It was SO HOT outside.
We also celebrated Grumples birthday, and my mom made him homemade cookies! ♥️
HE’S SO CUTE!
Spent the afternoon at the pool! ♥️
I made the cinnamon chips for a bbq we were invited to on Saturday evening. These are such a fun summer snack and easy to make for parties.
We finally started putting up the drapes in the living room. It was exactly what this space was missing. Unfortunately, these drapes are way too short, so I’ll use them upstairs after we find a replacement.
We spent the evening at the barbeque. ♥️
I made homemade banana pancakes on Sunday morning. We slept in a bit since we didn’t get home late, and it felt like an excellent way to start a lazy day.
I used my homemade fluffy pancake recipe and just added bananas to them.
I spent the rest of the morning reading my book outside and also editing my cleaning video.
I finished up my meal prep Sunday afternoon for the week. I made kale, brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, and rice.
We ended our evening at Spice with our friend, Steve, having dinner and then headed back home to hang out with the dogs and, of course, watch more Married at First Sight.
I had such a good week, and I can’t wait for all of the exciting things going on THIS WEEK! My wedding dress FINALLY came in. I get to pick it up Wednesday.
Questions for you!
- Are you embracing the summer or wishing for fall?
- Have you seen any of the Married at First Sight seasons?
- What is one thing you’re loving this summer?