Hi. I hope you’ve all been well. It’s been a while, so I thought I’d hop on here to share some updates and photos from summer and try to connect since I’ve been slacking on posts lately. I currently have a four-month-old that I’ve been hanging out with constantly. He’s pretty bossy, so I’ve had difficulty fitting in screen time. But honestly, I’m happy that I’ve been able to spend a ton of time with him because he’s getting so big. I’m trying to soak it all in because time is flying by.
I placed his play gym on my sectional right next to me, and it’s been keeping him entertained while I’m blogging. He loves his gym, but he wants to ensure I’m right there next to him, so this is a win for both of us.
It’s still so hot here, and August is always the hottest month! We’ve been trying to fit in our walks early in the morning while the temps are in the 70s. We go about 2 1/2 to 3 miles with Leo. I do not wish summer away, but looking forward to some cooler temps. This summer has been brutal. I prefer the summer scenery, but the fall weather. Since I was so sick last year at this time, I’m looking forward to eventually getting into fall mode.
Well, first things first, I quit Whole30 on day 19. I did my best, but towards the end, I was so tired and just wanted a dang plate of sushi with the family. I honored that and threw in the towel. When things start to feel restrictive, I take a step back. The last time I did Whole30, I had more time to prepare fun and unique recipes, but I was eating the same foods repeatedly this time. And I didn’t feel any difference after the twenty days, so I was like, ” give me the damn plate of sushi,” and it was delicious. No regrets. I usually get mad at myself for quitting things, but I was proud of myself this time.
The best part of the morning is drinking my coffee while the sunrises outside with the dogs and Bugs. We’ve been having some gorgeous skies lately.
I’m so happy they finally opened a Cava closer to my house. I ordered a bowl with all the delicious toppings! I need to meal prep my version to have this week. And I’ve been obsessed with the Aura Bora sparkling waters lately! I put them in my Amazon shop! I’ve been trying to keep that shop updated with items I love and things I use for Bugs.
One good Whole30 recipe I made was this salad with homemade grilled chicken salad on top. It had marinated grilled chicken, primal kitchen mayo, sesame seeds, onion, diced dates, garlic powder, onion powder, dillweed, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper.
A few weeks ago, my brother was in town! On one of the hottest afternoons, I headed out to go disc golfing with him and my dad! I surprisingly enjoyed it. When we visit him in D.C., we will play again at some of his favorite courses.
After disc golf, we headed to downtown Fort Mill to have lunch at Hobos. I ordered the grilled chicken salad lettuce wrap with fruit on the side.
We grabbed coffee at one of my favorite spots, Olive Mud Puddle! And then, we headed around the corner into a new market called Tip Top to pick up some Kombucha and drinks for the pool. I think I had eggs for breakfast every day for the entire month of August. I was so over it.
My Whole30 go-to dessert was these dates topped with almond butter blended with cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa nibs, and almond slices. I made them in advance and kept them stored in the freezer.
Early morning walks! 💜
Before my brother returned to D.C., we had a family dinner at the Pump House.
I ordered the steak and brussels sprouts, and it was amazing! My family enjoyed their calamari and fried green tomatoes as well. Every time I dine there, it’s so good! Plus, you get gorgeous views of the Catawba river.
Leo kept the guest room all cozy and warm for Kyle’s mom to arrive! This is where he lays all day long to watch out the window. I usually have to cover the bed, but he loves this spot.
My little bug is wearing nine months!! I can’t get over how big he’s getting and how fast he’s growing. He’s super long! I added some of my favorite outfits I got him in my shop.
Kyle’s mom and I took Bugs out shopping on a Friday. We tried Jackass Cafe & Deli, a new coffee shop in the Mercantile in Rock Hill. It was so good! I had an almond milk cappuccino while shopping around!
I’m just constantly buying new clothes and packing old ones away as Bugs keeps growing! I try to buy everything gender-neutral so I can use them for our next baby one day.
I started Every Summer After, and it’s so good so far! A few Saturdays ago, we had the “fake fall” weather, so we spent almost all day outside on a picnic blanket, enjoying the sunshine and breeze.
All Bugs wants to do now is stand. We try to get him to sit when we pick him up, but he stiff legs us and wants to stand up! He’s so strong!
We took Kyles’s mom to Chatty Cathy’s for coffee and breakfast, and the coffee there never disappoints. It’s such a cute and cozy spot! It looks like a little log cabin, and there are so many spots to sit inside or out.
My backyard roses ♥️
Kyle requested the strangest birthday dessert. He wanted Little Debbie Moonpies, but homemade. They turned out pretty good, so I’ll try to perfect them and get a recipe post up!
And just like that, I said, seeee ya Whole30 lol We did a sushi dinner for Kyle’s birthday from the new sushi spot in town. Rice never tasted so good!
We’ve had so many cozy rainy evenings lately ♥️
Picnic outside during the “fake fall” temps. I’m obsessed with the new items on the Chopt menu. The basil chicken caesar is amazing.
Leo turned six this month! It feels like it was yesterday when we brought him home.
Morning walks and porch hangouts ♥️
I’m so obsessed with the watermelon basil Humm Kombucha.
Kyle and I went to Sunflour for coffee and a cookie with bugs. I loved the Charlotte location, so I’m happy they have one closer to us now. The almond milk cappuccinos are delicious. We also had an oatmeal cookie!
Our grass this summer has finally been revived! When we moved in, the builders put the sod on top of the red dirt without any topsoil. There was a bunch of construction trash under it, too. We signed with Spring Green and maintained watering it every other day, and it made a complete turnaround. Last year, it was filled with holes, a grass fungus, and it was yellow and shedding.
OBSESSED with this little set, and it also came with another dog onesie.
One of my good friends had her baby this month, so I put together a little dinner tray. I made the delicious chicken caesar salad wraps! The recipe is up on my blog.
This week, I will add the chicken tostada recipe to my TikTok and blog. I ate these for three days straight, and they are sooooo gooooood. I made them a while back during Vlogmas, which was in a few videos, but I need to share them here on the blog. I probably have the recipe hidden in a recap somewhere.
We headed to my parent’s house to surprise my mom for her birthday! Look at her beautiful zinnias! I got her a packet for Christmas, and they turned out lovely! I’ll link the ones I bought on my Amazon page.
After tennis on Saturday, I had coffee, cereal, and a side of baby feet!
We tried out Sumaq Coffee on Saturday afternoon, and it was AMAZING! I had an oat milk latte, and we split the Nutella bread. It was one of the best-tasting desserts I have ever had! I can’t wait to go back. It tasted like a warm cinnamon bun mixed with brownie batter and Nutella. Recommend 10/10 A new healthy spot opened near us called Blend Riverwalk, and we hopped in during their soft opening. UMM YUM! I’m so happy we have this spot here now, and it’s a fantastic place to have a healthy meal after walking the Riverwalk. I had the salad with marinated greek chicken, pesto, hummus, veggies, mozzarella, and honey mustard dressing. It was delicious! I have been craving it and may have to go back in there this week to try their smoothies. A little guard dog ♥️ We put Bugs to bed a few hours before we go to sleep, but Leo insists on hanging out in there with him, and it’s the sweetest thing. Best friends and a sunrise ♥️ After our family walk on Sunday morning, we decided to head to the Fish Market in Baxter Village for breakfast. The breakfast here is sooooooo goooooooood. Coffee with my favorites. This isn’t something we’d typically order, but we had to try the pepper jelly fried chicken and cheddar biscuits. I have been missing out my whole life because this was one of the best-tasting things I’ve ever had. OMG! If you live in the area, run, do not walk! Go try them! I want to recreate a version at home now; even though it won’t be as good, it’ll be fun to try! I love getting inspired by restaurants. I had their seafood omelet last time and loved it, but I was craving a salad, so I ordered a salmon salad with brussels sprouts.
It was hot in the afternoon, so we set Bug’s pool and floated around with him for a bit. HE’S OBSESSED with water and floating! (all his favorite pool items) He likes to sit back in his float and kick his legs.
I need to finish up some blogs I’ve been putting on the back burner, like my 3rd-trimester recap, updated daily schedule, and a few more! I do have some yummy fall recipes coming soon! Thank you for being so understanding with me when it comes to my blog consistency! ♥️
Questions for you!
- Are you ready for fall?
- I have three costumes I’m DIYing for Bugs. Would you like a post on those?
- Tell me something you’ve been up to.