Happy first day of fall! I’m currently outside on my back patio, cuddled up in blankets while I write. It’s noon and not even 60-degrees yet! I love this. Usually, we get humid weather in September in the south, but this year, we’re getting Fall temps a bit earlier. I try to wake up an hour earlier to make coffee and read a book before working. I always have a better day when I start my morning with a book and no technology, and that’s why I’ve been LOVING book club. Speaking of, October book club begins in nine days! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions. I have one more book to finish on the September list, but so far, all of the books have been a five-star for me! A few days ago, Kyle and I got back from a little weekend getaway at Lake Toxaway. I’ll share a separate post with those photos, but it was one of the most relaxing trips.
We spent our days reading, eating good food, canoeing, roasting s’ mores, going on walks, and even fitting in a few workouts on the lawn. I love planning trips where you don’t leave the property! And you can’t beat morning views like this. When we got home, we unpacked and headed out on a trail walk. It’s crazy that this trail is right behind my house. I never have an excuse to stay inside now! Kyle had the week off from work, so we spent our time doing things around the house, yard work, and I worked more on finishing up my office. My new chair and shelves should be arriving any day now. I can’t wait to do that reveal! I love it in there so far. Trader Joe’s have been a staple for me this week!
I love their vegan Caesar dressing and their spicy cashew butter dressing. I add it to their cabbage blend, spinach, and top it with their gluten-free chicken nuggets, (which are to die for) cashews, homemade bread crumbs made in the air fryer, and a little black pepper on top. Yum! I love that their chicken nuggets come raw instead of pre-cooked and ground up. They taste so fresh and you actually know that it’s 100% chicken inside. I also made my own homemade gluten-free chicken nuggets for a blog post that’ll be up soon! I’ve been experimenting with a new crust to make it lower carb. The homemade chicken nuggets are always good with Tessemae’s Habanero Ranch dressing. I’m officially on day 11 of The Sweat App, and I enjoy it so far. It’s only 30-minutes of my time, which is so easy to commit to every day. I’m doing the beginners for the first 12-weeks, but sometimes I’ll add extra reps if I feel like it’s not enough. The workouts have me feeling slightly sore, but I love that I’m feeling stronger each day! My gluten-free veggie sandwiches have been a staple after my afternoon workouts. I have them with a peach protein shake for recovery. My shakes have frozen peaches, water, ice, and vanilla plant-based protein powder.
Trader Joe’s salads were on repeat last week. I also had their butternut squash spirals for a side one night, and it was pretty good! It definitely needed some salt and garlic though. Every morning! By the way, I finished The Guest List while I was on my trip. WOW! I didn’t think I was going to like it until the 4th or 5th chapter hit. It got so good so fast. I 1000000% recommend this book.
For some of my lunches throughout the week (after I finished off all the sandwhiches) I had chili lime chicken on top of my salad with the cashew butter dressing and a side of beans, tomatoes, and corn with cumin. The cheese is Follow Your Heart vegan Parmesan. Now, I can’t put down Eliza Stars a Rumor! IT’S AMAZING, and precisely what I needed after a creepy thriller. This book is so juicy! I hope to finish this one today or tomorrow. On Friday night, we headed to my parent’s house for a salmon dinner! 😋 My mom makes THE BEST salmon!
I woke up early on Saturday morning to get a long morning walk in with my neighbor. We had Knowledge Perk set up in the neighborhood, which was convenient because I totally needed coffee after our 5 miles. Theirs is so good. I also picked up a cinnamon roll to bring back for Kyle. Saturday afternoon, Kyle and I headed to get massages. We stopped at Reid’s Fine Food for lunch, our favorite go-to! I always (unless chicken Ceasar salad is on the menu) order their salmon with brussels sprouts and potatoes. 😋 I also picked up some specialty items in their grocery section for a fall-themed charcuterie board. We headed over to the neighbors for wine night by the fireplace, and it was 55-degrees out! I made a fall-themed charcuterie board (details coming to the blog soon) with a fall-spice sangria. 😋 So cozy! What all my mornings look like lately. Becca and I met up for breakfast and shopping on Sunday morning! We hit up Le Peep and Homegoods! We did some serious Fall shopping! We ended our shopping day with PSL! I had a tall PSL with almond milk, one pump of pumpkin, and an extra shot of espresso. I also had whip on top because, why not? 😊 SO good. I added my Amazon bats to the porch yesterday, and I love how they look! I can’t wait to get my mums and pumpkins tomorrow!! Details on the Sweat App!
Many of you have asked me how I like it on Instagram, and I LOVE IT. It’s something I can stick to; I love scheduling my workouts, and seeing it on my calendar motivates me to keep up the workout streaks. I never feel exhausted all day after doing them, and I never dread them! I think that’s important. I needed to add strength training in my routine because all I’m doing is walking right now, which is fine, but I don’t want to neglect my strength training. It’s cheaper than most gym memberships, and you can do the workouts anywhere! You set your own pace and you’re your only competition. Italian dinner night at the neighbor’s house on Sunday night! Gluten-free baked ziti 😍 Yesterday, I had to be at the dentist at 8 am to get a filling. 😭I’m sore today, but it was even funnier that I filmed a fall cook with me afterwords with a swollen cheek!
I hope you all have a fantastic first day of FALL! I have an exciting video + recipe coming up tomorrow! STAY TUNED FOR THAT!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever done the Sweat app?
- Any October (i love spooky) books you’d recommend for the book club!
- What Fall-Themed videos do you want to see?