As much as I loved having my time off to enjoy the holidays, I’m looking forward to finally knowing what day it is when I wake up. It felt like every day was a Saturday the past few weeks. I hope you all had a fabulous break, and I look forward to spending another year with you! Many fun and exciting things are happening in my life this year, and I plan to take you along with me!
The strange thing about this year is that I’ve enjoyed the holidays more than ever. They felt more relaxed, less hustle & bustle, and I’m definitely going to bring that energy with me for future holidays. 2020 has really taught us a lot.
The past few weeks, I’ve been trying my best to fit in my walks, but it’s actually been pretty chilly. I’m a chicken in cold weather, which is why I’m so happy I don’t live in the midwest anymore. I don’t know how I did it. One of my goals for this year is to walk every single day. I’m already good about getting in my steps, but I want to go for a walk no matter how short it is. I’ve been taking Leo on my walks now that the construction has settled down a bit in the neighborhood. He’s terrified of the noises, and I’m always paranoid of him stepping on things. Aside from that, he’s the BEST walking dog ever (unless he’s with his brother!) He now walks by dogs and completely ignores them. He doesn’t ever walk in front of me, and he stops when I stop. I could cry happy tears with how well he’s walking now! He goes about five miles on the walks and could keep going if I wanted. So proud of little Leo! I may make a video with five tips we learned at his training that helped. Many of you already saw on my Instagram, but I’ve been working at making my closet minimal. I’ve gotten rid of about 1/2 of my clothes so far, and I plan to toss 1/4th more. I will be doing an entire post on the process and how amazing it feels not to have clothes everywhere! Honestly, I feel so much better! I’ve also been doing little things around the house to add a bit of organization. We usually have like five cartons of eggs in the fridge, half-eaten, because we assume we are out every time we go to the grocery store. Now, they are in a clear bin, and we have more space! I’ve also gotten rid of ALL my socks and purchased white ones to make life easier. I never have to take the time to match socks now! I did, however, keep a few of my favorite fluffy socks. On Tuesday, after my closet cleanout, Kyle and I headed to the Container store to pick up a few things for closet organization. I could spend all day in that store. We stopped at our favorite spot, Reids Fine Foods, for dinner! I had the salmon with asparagus, and I traded my potatoes for Kyle’s brussels sprouts. They make the BEST brussels sprouts ever. Kyle and I went on a Wednesday afternoon date to Restoration Hardware to look at coffee tables and couches. The store was incredible, and I’ve never been to anything like it before. If you’re ever in the Southpark area, make sure to check it out. We also made a reservation to have lunch at their rooftop restaurant. I started with a decaf oat milk cappuccino, which was to die for! If I remember it right, the waitress said they have their coffee specifically made for them out of Chicago. It was so good that I almost ordered another. I had their chicken caesar salad with avocado. It was one of the best caesar salads I’ve had in a very long time! It’s unbelievable how good the food was for a furniture store. Kyle ordered their truffle grilled cheese. The picture speaks for itself, but holy moly…You could hear the crunch a mile away. It’s one of their most popular items on the menu. When I got home, I spent the evening cleaning all of my makeup brushes. It’s the most therapeutic thing ever! I saved it on my Instagram stories if you want to see how it’s done, but my brushes came out completely spotless! I use the Luxe cleaner. I also cleaned out my makeup containers and tossed out expired or unused makeup! I was on a roll this break. On Thursday morning, I made cinnamon muffins and got the house ready for New Years’! A few of my close friends came over for a cozy night in with tacos and games! My favorite New Years’ date ♥️ I made gluten-free cosmic brownies and a big pile of gummy bears to wash down 2020 with. Taco bar for new years! We had so much fun celebrating the New Year, and it has been a year since we’ve all been together! I think the Lake Tahoe trip was the last time! We all played fibbage on the T.V. and then stayed up until the ball dropped. And, of course, the first day of 2021 was a rainy one. I baked some blueberry muffins and these Nutella shortbread cookies! I used my recipe for the lemon Linzer ones but left out the poppy seeds, lemon, almond, and added Nutella instead of the jelly! THEY WERE TO DIE FOR!
After spending my entire day baking (I’ve been on a baking saga lately!) I went upstairs to take a hot bath, did a face mask, and actually fell asleep with my heated blanket. I definitely needed that nap after staying up so late for New Years’! Later in the evening, we met up with our friends at Barcelona for dinner! We ate and celebrated until we had to roll out of there, basically. I’m trying to eat a bit healthier since my wedding is only five months away, so low carb bread, eggs, and avocado it is! I want to note that I’m trying to eat healthier to feel better and actually fit in my dress. I won’t be killing myself to be thin, and I’m happy no matter what I look like on that day! Kyle and I went on a long trail walk on Sunday. Aside from it being really muddy, we had so much fun exploring. We ended the evening watching The Act on Hulu, and I made another batch of blueberry muffins for our new neighbors. I think I have officially perfected this recipe! I will have to share it soon. Maybe I’ll share it tomorrow!
Questions for you!
- Should I share those blueberry muffins tomorrow?
- Do you want to see more organizing posts?
- Do you currently have way too many clothes?