I almost made the title “this will be my last recap blog,” but I decided not to go that route again. But seriously, this is my last recap blog…in my twenties! The next time I recap my week, I’ll be 30! Can you all believe it? Some of you were reading my blog when I was 19! We just spent ten years together (virtually!) It’s amazing how fast time goes and scary. I am going to do a blog next week about things I learned in my 20’s! I’m so ready for this next chapter in my life. And if you’ve been reading since the beginning, thank you! I finished up filming what I eat in a day low carb, but you all pretty much see everything in these recap posts!
My breakfasts each morning has consisted of these low carb pancakes. I usually add blueberries to them, but I can’t get enough! I’m officially two months in on reducing my coffee down to one cup a day, and wow, has my sleep pattern changed. My random insomnia is pretty much nonexistent, and my elevated afternoon anxiety has been reduced as well.
I spent most of Monday on the computer working. I did happen to get my walk-in (the only one I did this week!) My goal for February, March, and April is to walk one hour a day! Let me know if you want me to create a group if it’s something you’d be interested in doing with me.
After working, Kyle and I picked up chicken caesar salads and buffalo wings to have while watching the Bachelor! He hates the show, but it’s cute that he watches it for me. His commentary is my favorite part. So far, I’m still loving Matt. My favorites are Bri and Michelle. I have a feeling one of them will be the next Bachelorette. I spent Wednesday afternoon working on the garden beds. I cut back the hydrangeas, my peonies and ripped out all the weeds that made their way into the mulch in the Fall. I also added a new layer of mulch. I’ll prune the roses in late February and plant some more bulbs! I’m SO ready for spring to get here. I miss being outside or walking the nursery so much! I’ve been documenting everything I’ve been doing outside from now until spring so I can share a gardening post! Here’s what my peonies looked like last spring! I’m excited to see them come back up. There’s a chance I may have to move them since the house next door was finally built. I’m not sure if they’ll get enough sun. We’ll see! I have also been working on building a raised vegetable bed for the back of my yard this year, and I’m excited to see how it turns out! The back of our hard has a huge downhill dropoff that I want to utilize, and the vegetable garden is a great way to do it. I spent a lot of my week working on recipes (I have so many coming your way!), so I didn’t get to document too much. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m always making something!
For dinner, we had jalapeno queso turkey burgers with brussels sprouts! 😋 On Friday, I was up bright and early because we had someone coming out to remove our roller shades. We had white roller shades installed, but for the price, we did not love them. They were fraying, they didn’t fit even though they were custom, and they added no design value to the house. Kyle finally agreed with me that drapes would look so much better! I can’t wait to show you our living room/dining room with our new drapes! We have kitchen chairs coming, a new coffee table and end tables, lamps, and we’ve been working on an industrial mirror. I will hopefully do a post next week, but stay tuned on my Instagram! I always share little sneak peeks.
Anyway, I opened up a birthday gift from Kyle’s mom, and it was the best! She got me a pizzelle maker and gave me the recipe that she’s been making for years! They are so good, and I can’t wait to keep the tradition going! It’s always nice when you can do something that brings back good memories for your significant other! I’m sure you’re super surprised, but a big stack of low carb pancakes for me on Friday! On Friday evening, I started playing around with YouTube makeup tutorials for bridal looks.
Before I do makeup, I use the Vanity Planet Aira facial steamer. I add rose and eucalyptus to the sponge! I usually do this a few times a week before bed as well. After my face dries, I prepare it for makeup! The last makeup video I used was Brianna Fox’s! I’m in love with her makeup videos (coming from someone who isn’t that into makeup)
I am going to do my own hair and makeup for my wedding. I know some of you said it was the best decision to do it yourself, and some of you said you had someone make you look like a completely different person and hated it. But also, there were comments on my latest IG saying to hire someone to do it definitely. The feelings are mixed on this. I’ve had a few bad experiences with getting my hair/makeup done. I sometimes feel a little Halloween-ish. I witnessed someone get their hair and makeup done before a wedding, and they were completely in panic mode. They had bright blue eyeshadow, circle pink blush, sparkle lipstick, and their hair was crispy ringlets. They had to hurry and wash their face, do their makeup, and brush out their hair, 30-minutes before the wedding. I don’t wait to put that on anyone. I’m going to keep doing tutorials, purchase new products, and get everything down before my big day! Plus, I don’t want to time everything around a team of hair/makeup people. I want my day to be laid back and casual. The one thing I’m trying to get used to is adding more makeup. I don’t know if anyone can relate, but I have this weird anxiety that comes with wearing too much makeup. As soon as I take photos of things or get back home from events, the first thing I do is wash my face. I can’t even sit on the couch for more than ten minutes if I know there’s makeup on my face. I fear that my face is going to get broken out or wrinkly. It’s just weird! So the thing I’ve been working on is trying to do more makeup because I know in photos that the less you wear, the less your features show up. So each time I do a new tutorial, I add more! This was just the first round, but I’ll maybe record it for a video next time I try! On Friday night, I got ready for an Anders Ruff class with the ladies on my street.
The funny thing about this sweater is that I bought it in an extra small, thinking it just ran a little larger, but it’s actually maternity. You’d never know the difference! I’ve done this several times at H&M. It’s usually when someone puts a sweater in the wrong spot!
These boots are from Old Navy & soooo comfortable! For my Anders Ruff Project, I built a sign for our guest room with the wifi password on it! I think it turned out pretty cute 😊 On Saturday, Kyle and I headed to my tattoo consultation, and then we made a trip to Whole Foods to pick up dinner ingredients. We were in the mood for steak Caesar salads. If you have whole food near you and love kale salads, this 356 Chopped Kale is the best! I had to pick MAYBE five stems out of the bag. The kale didn’t have a billion of those chunky stems you get in most salad bags. I’m in love with this stuff! I think that’s the hardest part about eating kale salads is the bitter stems! We dressed the kale in Whole Foods caesar dressing, red onion, parmesan crisps, steak, and avocado. I cooked baby potatoes for Kyle on the side. For lunch the next day, I had a kale caesar salad with Sonoma chicken salad on top. That is my favorite salad from Whole Foods! I do need to make my own soon! But that probably won’t happen since I just ordered 2.5 lbs of it for porch delivery today. I can’t get enough of it when it’s with this kale! I made peppers, snap peas, onions, jalapeno chicken sausage, and added mozzarella! It was soooooo gooood. I made lemon poppy muffins on Monday because I had a weird craving for a lemon donut. This was the best I could come up with, and they were so good! I made them again yesterday so that I can post that recipe for you all Friday! 😋
I’m sure you can guess what was for lunch! On Monday night, I headed in for my first tattoo removal appointment! I explained why I wanted to do it and how the first treatment went. I am going to write up a blog for the next three treatments. I’ll share the cost, expectations, the pain, and everything that went into it! I didn’t realize so many of you would be interested in this process, but the DMs were blowing up! Monday night dinner while watching the Bachelor! On Monday morning, I headed to Hobby Lobby to pick up candles for my wedding dinner table. I’ve been trying to do something every day since it’s in four months! I can’t believe it’s almost here. I have some finishing touches on the table, and then everything is pretty much set to go! 😊
I also stopped to get a mani/Pedi since my nails were looking rough! I went with a cute pink/glittery pink to kick off the birthday weekend! Last night for dinner, I made the yummiest low carb chicken parm! I breaded chicken breast with almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning, baked at 350 for fifteen minutes, flipped them and cooked for another six minutes, and then topped them with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, turned up the temperature to 400 and cooked for about six minutes! I will make this recipe again to post in a recipe format, but WOW was it good. I can’t wait to have it for lunch later. 😊
Our curtains came yesterday! I’ll share everything about the dining room in the blog post next week, but I’m so excited. As I was finishing up this blog post, I got the notification that our dining chairs came! I’ll post them on Instagram today, But if you’re wondering, here are the chairs we purchased, and here’s the rug we have from boutique rugs in our dining room!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever gotten a tattoo?
- What is one product you’ve loved lately from the grocery store?
- What did you have for dinner last night?