Hello! I know, I know. It’s been three weeks since writing a recap blog. We had family in town last week, and it’s been nice taking a little break from blogging and social media. I’ve been going on walks, tackling home projects, and spending time with my family. There aren’t enough hours in the day, and time is flying by way too fast. My Bug is already three months old, and sometimes when I know I should be catching up on blogs or emails, I feel like spending time with him because I’ll never get these moments back. He’s changing daily, and I love witnessing every little milestone of his.
Our mornings are still starting around 5 am. We get up, get a bottle, sit outside on the patio with coffee while the dogs play, and then I go for a walk. It’s been excellent in the mornings, and I try to get most of my outdoor things done before the scorching afternoon temperatures. Almost every morning, the sky is purple and orange. It’s what motivates me to get out of bed (JK, it’s a crying baby wanting a bottle 😂)
Last week, Kyle’s dad came down to visit.
I kept the house stocked with goodies, and we were excited to show him around. I made my oatmeal cream pies, strawberry pretzel salad, and homemade granola with morning parfaits.
I’ve been trying to fit in workouts at night (if I’m not too exhausted.) I’m officially down 36-pounds three months postpartum and have about 16 pounds left to lose. I know it’s going to take me a year before feeling like myself again, but I’m working towards it every day, even if it’s the smallest thing like taking a ten-minute walk, playing tennis, doing a 15-minute workout, or making healthier food choices. It’s hard to get outside when it’s SO HOT outside, so I’m looking forward to those fall temperatures. I’ll be able to go on long walks and get outside more often. I just wanted to update you on where I’m at on that! And if you’ve read a few of my other blogs, then you know this isn’t something I’m stressing over or worrying about. I’m being kind and taking all the time I need to heal. I enjoy getting active again without feeling like an 80-year-old smoker! 😆
Once August hits, petunias start to get lanky and die out. I swapped out my porch petunias for some lantana! I may limit my petunias next year because they are so much to maintain, even though they are so pretty!
My candy cane zinnias turned out so pretty this year! I’ll put more of these in my front garden bed next year.
We got the house all cleaned and ready for company! I love when we get visitors because it motivates me to finish projects I’ve been putting off.
When you spend the day cleaning, the last thing you want to do is get the kitchen dirty by making a meal, so I ordered Clean Eats for dinner. I had their BYO bowl with chicken, rice noodles, Thai peanut sauce, brussels sprouts, peppers, asparagus, and carrots. I also ordered their whole wheat black bean wrap to keep in the house for lunch the next day.
Kyle picked up his dad from the airport on Friday afternoon, and I made an early dinner.
I put together a build-your-own sandwich board with marinated grilled chicken, peppers, onions, garlic, lemon & dill cream cheese spread, and toasted multigrain bread. I made roasted carrots and a mandarin cranberry goat cheese salad on the side with a homemade honey vinaigrette.
On Saturday, we had lunch at the Pump House. With temperatures reaching 99 degrees, we planned an entire weekend of inside activities. I ordered a lunch salad with grilled shrimp and a side of tomato bisque.
After lunch, we headed to the Nascar Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte. I’m not a Nascar gal, but it was still pretty fun! When we got home, I made my turkey meatloaf with a berry goat cheese salad, roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, baked beans, and homemade chocolate chip cookies!
I love having these cookies with coffee in the morning! 😋
On Sunday, we went to the movies to see Elvis. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this movie. It was AMAZING! I may have to see it again, and I rarely watch a movie in the theater twice. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d go asap. Austin Butler was incredible in his role as Elvis. I still want to see Where the Crawdad’s Sing because it was one of my favorite books.
After the movies, we headed to Restoration Hardware rooftop restaurant in Southpark for lunch. I love their chicken Caesar salad, truffle fries, and coffee! 😋 I usually treat myself to their homemade ice cream with a chocolate chip sea salt cookie, but I decided to have it at home (how adult of me.) Bugs and I slept in on Monday morning. While Kyle’s dad and his wife rode the Peloton, I had coffee and finished a few chapters of Meant to Be while Bugs slept. The funny thing is that he’ll sleep until I wake him up if he’s in our bed. Anywhere else, he’ll wake up within a few hours during his naps.
I made delicious cinnamon buns for Monday morning’s breakfast! These are a crowd, please, and super simple to make with only 4-ingredients.
We headed to Inizios for lunch! We all split the Margherita and pistachio pizza. I ordered the antipasto salad without the olives. It was delicious and fresh.
After lunch, we headed downtown Rock Hill to shop at the Mercantile, grab coffee at Knowledge Perk, and get ice cream at Two Scoops! The Mercantile has a new location in Rock Hill with a cafe inside, and I’m so excited to try it out. Before our family left, I made some banana bread bars. I had so many bananas to use up, and you can’t go wrong with my banana bar recipe! Sweet boy!
We headed to my parent’s house on Thursday or a pool day. Bugs used to hate the cold water, but now he LOVES it! It’s crazy how much babies change in a month. It was nice to spend some time outside relaxing with Kombucha, my Bug, and a podcast. I took Leo, too! He loves going over to his grandma’s house and sat staring at Bugs the entire car ride. I always had my arm ready just in case he got too close, but he kept his boundaries. He does this at home, too. He’ll get close and stare at him.
For dinner, we ordered Ilios. I love their chicken and rice plate. We finally put together the bookshelves I ordered for the playroom/loft area! I love how kid-friendly yet cozy this room is turning out! I want to get fun embroidered pillows for the couch and a watercolor print for the back wall. You can shop some of my favorite items in my Amazon storefront. I finally put one together with everything I’ve purchased!
Saturday called for chicken enchiladas and movies on the couch! We watched Ray, and I can’t believe it was my first time seeing it.
The backyard flowers are still growing strong. I’ll have that tutorial up soon. 😊
On Saturday morning, I met up with my tennis group after a year hiatus, and it felt amazing to get back to playing again! I had so much fun and cannot wait to play again this week. This is the kind of fitness I can get down with! After tennis, we headed to Grapevine for coffee. I bought this pool for Bugs and could not wait to blow it up for him. He loves being outside, and we also enjoyed it. We put it on the porch to protect us from the sun. I added this pool and my other favorite baby summer finds on my Amazon page! The hard part was keeping Leo away from the pool! I think we’ll set up his pool next to it moving forward. I’m afraid he’ll jump in and pop it. Double rainbow after the storm 😍
I started another round of Whole30 this weekend. The last time I did it, I went 65 days! I’m doing it because I feel like my hormones are a bit out of whack postpartum, especially after weaning. I read that Whole30 can help manage blood sugars and make me feel better faster. I’ve always felt good after doing rounds of Whole30, so I’m looking forward to doing it again. My joints have been SO ACHY AND STIFF postpartum, and I need to kick out all the inflammatory foods to help me recover. I’ll slowly add back in oats, Greek yogurt, and beans when I finish.
I ended the weekend with one of my favorite Whole30 desserts! It’s a date with almond butter and a pecan on top. 😊
I hope you all have a great week!
Questions for you!
- Is it starting to feel like the dog days of summer for you?
- What has been your favorite Amazon purchase recently?
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