New Favorite Smoothie Recipe with an Energy Boost!

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are all having a great week so far!  Mine has been LONG.  That is what usually happens before a 3 day weekend since I am more anxious for the weekend.  My husband, and our pups, are driving to Dallas on Friday to meet my mom, sister, and her bf to help my sister and her bf move into their new house!!! Eeeek I can’t wait!  It is extra special because this is their first time purchasing a home.  Each time we have purchased a home is exciting, but there is nothing like the first time!  I am seriously so proud of them.  I told you guys my sister is working in corporate law and some days she literally sleeps 2 hours… working until way past midnight.  I don’t know how she does it.  I’d quit. 😉 So we are all really ready to help make their new house a home!  

Anyway, I’ve got a new smoothie recipe for you today!  I may have mentioned that I have given up coffee a few times over the years because it upsets my stomach.  My sister actually has the same reaction to coffee as well.  I had an allergy test done once and coffee was one of my top five things I am allergic to… soo it makes sense that I don’t feel great when I drink it.  But I love it. 🙂 My sister and I actually both get tired after we drink coffee, which is obviously the opposite effect it has on most people.  We researched this and it actually is a real issue that affects a small percentage of people.  Weird, right?  

Back on track… my husband is really into cold brew coffee with almond milk these days so I decided to switch up my morning smoothie the other day and by surprise, it is now a favorite of mine!! 

Yall, I don’t measure so I am not sure how much of each ingredient I used, but really smoothies can be adjusted to your preference since it will all be blended together anyway.  

This smoothie contains: ice, frozen banana, almond butter, cinnamon, cold brew coffee, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  

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Sometimes I put it in a glass, sometimes a bowl, and sometimes I add spinach or greens powder to it.  The possibilities are endless!

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Hope you guys give this smoothie a try because it is SO delicious!!  

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
  2. What is your go-to breakfast?
  3. Do you like sweet or savory for breakfast?  Hot or cold? 

Weekend Recap 2.10.19 With a Little Bit of Life Lately

Hey friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve written a post.  I have been busy, but also my past couple weeks have been full of projects and cleaning the house because my husband has been gone on different boys ski trips.  He has 3 this month.. then I am keeping him all to myself. 😉  But in all reality, I think weekends apart with our friends are really important.  It gives us a chance to miss each other, have some alone time, and really connect with our friends.  I know some people are not okay with this, but I will always promote my husband (and me) having weekends away with our friends.  Now it would be nice next year if my husband’s three boys weekends did fall in the same month. 😉 

I haven’t had to much to blog about lately since I have been hanging out at home with the pups the last two weekends, but I did manage to take a few pictures.  I also have an update on the whole celery juice situation that will be up later this week as I have had quite a few people asking me if I am noticing any changes.  

My husband has been making cauliflower crust pizza for us on the regular.  This yummy meal just may be replacing our multiple taco meals each week. 🙂  The thing I love the most about pizza is that it is so versatile.  I just throw in whatever ingredients we have on hand and I haven’t had a bad pizza yet.  My latest favorite combination is pesto, mushrooms, grilled salmon (don’t knock it til you try it), Parmesan and goat cheese and arugula.  It was so delicious!

We did get to have a sushi date night last week and we tried a new place out.  It was good, but we have other favorites. 

I get asked often about my recovery from my whole hospital stay/surgery last year.  Well here is the only update I’ve got for you.  During my time in the hospital and when I first got home for about 2 or 3 months, my hair was falling out like crazy.  I mean in big clumps.  I told my husband that I really thought I was going to go bald.  Thankfully, I have always had really thick hair so it wasn’t anything others could notice, but I sure did.  Well almost a year later and it is growing back… but it just looks like baby hairs gone wild.  It reminds me of postpartum women who lose their hair and they get a bunch of baby hairs/ whispies that grow back.  That is exactly what my hair looks like right now.  I try to push them back in my ponytail, but it just looks like I have a big poof or wings. LOL.  Don’t get me wrong, I will take this any day over being in the hospital for months and I sure am grateful to have the hair that I do.  It is just another daily reminder of the crazy situation I went through last year.  

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Which also reminds me… about my scar across my belly button.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it is still there and tell me that I need to be diligent about putting scar cream on it.  But honestly, I like my scar.  It is just a part of my now and it reminds me each time I look at it what a huge uphill battle it was to get on the other side.  I am happy and healthy and no scar or baby hairs will make me feel like I’m not.  I’ve got bigger things to worry about. 🙂 And for those who asked, I am feeling SOOOO much better.  The tummy pains have all disappeared, but I will see a new surgeon down here next month just so I have someone to call/see if I start getting those pains/nausea again.  

It got pretty cold here in San Antonio this weekend so I spent lots of time cuddling my pups.  

Well, playing with this one.  He is so funny.  He has a huge basket of toys and loves to get each toy out and drag them around the room until he finally settles on one to play fetch with.  

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My sister’s boyfriend’s mom got me this silk pillowcase last year when I got home from the hospital and I just now got around to putting it on my pillow.  I’ve heard these are supposed to be so much better for your skin and hair.  Who knows, but I will be giving it a shot!

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Speaking of hair, it was time for a tune up.  I spent yesterday afternoon putting new highlights in my hair.  

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I’m pretty sure they have discontinued the dye I used to use, but it wasn’t at Target when I went the other day for some needed items so I just picked up this one.  It was $10. 

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I never follow the directions and just leave it in as long as needed.  I just check a piece of hair to see if it looks done and then wash it out.  Usually I will do a second round to make sure I got all the pieces that needed coloring and to fix any spots that might need it.  

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I forgot to take a before, but these are all after I was finished. Nothing dramatic, just a touch up on the highlights and I am ready to go!

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I’ve got my new favorite smoothie recipe to share with you all this week and my celery juicing update.  I will be back soon!! I hope you all have a fabulous week!!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Did you watch the Grammys?
  3. Meal you make the most often at home? 

Daddy Daughter Weekend in Dallas!

Hey friends!!  Happy Tuesday! I am getting back into the swing of things after an amazing weekend in Dallas with my sister and my daddy.  My sister’s bf was out of town for the weekend so my dad planned a trip to Dallas and since I didn’t have any plans for the weekend I decided to join and make it a daddy/daughter weekend!  

I arrived Friday night just in time for a late dinner at Eureka.  We got the crispy brussels to start (I always get them here!!) and the hemp bowl for my entree, which was soo tasty and had so many delicious flavors. 

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Friday night we stayed up late chatting and catching up before hitting the hay.  Saturday morning my sister and I hit the gym for a quick workout before we went to see her new house.  She and her boyfriend just bought their first house so it was really fun to see it.  My mom, Jon and I are going back to Dallas for a long weekend coming up to help them move into their first home and get settled.  We are so excited for them!!

After viewing their house, we popped into HG Supply Co for a late lunch.  It is one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas so I was super excited to fit it into our schedule.  We had a bit of a wait so we headed up to the rooftop for a bit.  It was a beautiful, sunny day! 

I love that you can see the downtown skyline from the roof!

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Love this girl!

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My dad and sister got some nachos for an appetizer.  I got the tuna poke bowl, which was SOOO good.  This trip was full of delicious food!!

The cutest attorney I have ever seen. 🙂 

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After lunch we headed back to pick up my sister’s pups to take them to the park.  

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We got really lucky with the nice weather so we spent as much time as possible outside soaking in the sun!

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Murphy loves the park.  He was making so many friends.  

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The pups loved the sunshine too! 

My peeps! 

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The dog park was THE place to be last Saturday.  

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For dinner on Saturday night we headed to a new upscale Mexican restaurant called Jalisco.  

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Dad and his girls! 

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There were so many yummy options to choose from.

Sisters!

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I opted for two fish tacos and one shrimp taco.  They were really yummy!

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After dinner we just hung out and watched stand up comedy at my sister’s place for the night.  On Sunday I got in a quick workout before hitting the road back home.  I had the best weekend with my dad and sister and wish we all lived closer together, but I’m so thankful for fun weekends like this!  

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I hope you guys had a great weekend too!  

Questions: 

  1. What was the best part of your weekend?
  2. Any trips coming up soon? 
  3. How often do you get to see your siblings/parents/family?

 

Weekend Recap 1.20.19 Top Golf, Poker Night, Friends, Salads, Sneak Peak of Bathroom Reno, and Tacos x 2

Good morning friends!  How was your weekend?  If you have a 3 day weekend, I sure hope you are enjoying it!  I am back to work today, but I had a great weekend with Jon and our friends,  We relaxed, enjoyed the weather, and had a lot of fun with new and old friends! 

Still loving my salads with lots yummy toppings!

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Friday night our friend from Dallas arrived for the weekend.  We went to get tacos for dinner then just hung out at home for the night.  Saturday morning after a quick run, we all got ready to head to Top Golf for a couple hours of fun.  We took my husband’s convertible for the ride because it was soo beautiful outside.  A great day for the top down.  

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Saturday night we had about 10 friends over for Poker Night.  It was all boys and me. 🙂  There was another girl present, but she didn’t play poker.  I got third place and got my money back plus a little bit.  I was pretty happy! 🙂 The boys ended the night with a few games of ping pong.  

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Lots of salads this weekend.  I had a leftover veggie burger so I topped it with avocado and put it on top of my salad, which was a perfect Sunday lunch! 

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While we are still waiting for the guy to install the glass for our new shower, I did get my makeup vanity finished up and organized so I just HAD to show you guys a little peak!  I bought all the different organizers at Michaels and my husband built the mirror with lights for me. 🙂 

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My sister got me this hair dryer for Christmas and I LOVE it.  I’ve never had a really nice hair dryer (and quite honestly, never saw the need for it), but it has changed my whole world.  It dries my hair sooo fast, which is so nice.  

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Still going strong on the celery juice.  I have my own drawer in our fridge just for my celery.  I always wash it and dry it off and put it away right when I get home so it is always ready to go.  

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I have been snacking on these babies all weekend.  They are so big and tasty right now!  I love good blueberries!  

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We even got in some relaxing with the pups.  

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I read a lot of my book on Sunday with this guy always nearby. 

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This girl was happy to get  in a few good walks this weekend too!  We hung out outside quite a bit on Sunday in the beautiful sunshine.

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Love ending my weekend feeling refreshed and recharged with this guy.  

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Last night we went to a local place for Mexican. My husband and I both got fajitas and they were sooo delicious.

Thank you for all the sweet messages about my stomach issues popping up again.  I have a test today to get a little closer to getting some answers so I will be sure to keep you guys updated!  

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and have a great, productive week ahead! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite fruit?
  3. Tell me one thing you are extra grateful for right now?

Weekend Recap 1.13.19 Better Late Than Never

Happy Friday friends!!  I am ready for the weekend!  It has been a long week at work so I am ready to relax a bit.  We don’t have much planned this weekend, which is nice.  My husband has off work Monday so he gets a long weekend.  Do you get off for MLK day?  I don’t so I’ll be up and at ’em come Monday morning.

I like to be real around here so to be honest, the last couple weeks have been a little rough.  I have been experiencing some stomach pain/nausea/distention and I finally got into a doctor today so I am hoping to get that all squared away.  After last year, any stomach issues just make me really nervous.  It’s been a lot to juggle with my new job so hopefully I will get some answers soon.

Onto the good stuff.  My weekend recap… on Friday.  Better late than never!  We had a pretty low key weekend with home projects, hanging out with friends, and relaxing.

My husband finish working on a few small things in our new bathroom so I finished up painting under my new make up vanity.  I promise, pictures are coming… we are waiting for our glass in the shower to get installed…

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Callie was not impressed.  

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This is where you will find Riley on the weekends.  In the sun, always.

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He literally refuses to come inside.  The pool table made it’s appearance this weekend.  It has a permanent home outside… no room for it inside the new house.  

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On the weekends we try to take a lot of walks with the pups.  Riley sleeps in in the mornings with my husband (Callie always get up with me) and it has been dark by the time we get home lately so we don’t get to get too many week day walks in.  

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I’ve been building up my strength lately and getting a lot more running in.  I go through phases with running where I love it then get burnt out, but right now I am loving it.  Callie loves me even when I’m sweaty. 🙂

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This guy was out of town all week and we all missed him.  We will be getting lots of Jonny time in this weekend just like last weekend. 

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Tacos have been on repeat around here.  We have used leftover fish or chicken for my husband, slaw, pico, guac (lots of guac), and lime juice.  We toast the corn tortillas over an open flame and they taste soo good.  I’m sure these will be making a comeback this weekend. 🙂 

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Last Saturday night we went to Boiler House for dinner with a few friends on Saturday night and had a great meal with even better company.  The food was delicious!!! 

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After dinner we met up with a friend that was in town for a bit before heading home.  Sober January is going well for me…my husband quit already. 😉  That’s all for today!  I hope you guys have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!!! 

Questions:

  1. Any fun weekend plans?
  2. Favorite taco toppings?
  3. Did you all watch Dirty John on Bravo based off the podcast? 

The Best Salad Ever!

Good morning!! How was your weekend?  We had a great one at home with lots of relaxing and hanging out with friends.  I’ll have a weekend recap up soon!  But first, I have got to share a new salad recipe with you all.  My mother-in-law made this for us when we were in Indy for Christmas last month and it was so good I had to recreate it when I got home.  I’ve been making it ever since we had it and just making a few changes each time to keep it interesting.  Everyone always asks me how I eat salad so often and it’s because I switch them up each time and keep them fun!  I love all the toppings and changing them out gives the salad variety and helps me to keep from being bored of them same salad over and over again.  

The original recipe used mixed greens or arugula, but I had romaine on hand (is romaine safe to eat now?? :)).  Riley has been wanting to play so much lately so whenever I look down, there is usually a toy and Riley staring right back at me ready to play!

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Next add a chopped granny smith apple.  I love apples and eat them all the time, but I usually don’t go for granny smith because they are so tart, but granny smith are perfect for this salad.  Ofcourse any apple will work!

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Next up, pumpkin seeds!  We found these roasted, salted pumpkin seeds at our grocery and I have been throwing them on salads, in yogurt, or just grabbing a handful or two for a quick salty snack.  They are so addicting. 🙂

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Callie was sure about this addition.  😉

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Riley was curious though. 🙂

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Then add dried cherries.  I often add dried cranberries to my salads, but these dried cherries take it to the next level.  They are so sweet and bigger than craisins and add such a great flavor component.  

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Riley wanted in on the action. 

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So many tasty flavors.

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The last important ingredient is goat cheese.  I usually don’t add cheese to my salads, but if I have goat cheese on hand, it’s going in!  Goat cheese is my absolute favorite.  

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The dressing was a simple olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, but I have also used balsamic and it goes really well with these flavors too!  

Yall have to try this tasty salad combination!  It’s so yummy, I can’t count the times I’ve made it since Christmas! I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead!  I’ll be back soon! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite salad toppings?
  3. Favorite salad dressing? Do you make your own?

Weekend Recap 1.6.19 Colts Playoff Game in Houston

Hey Friends!!! How is your week going?  I can’t believe it’s already Friday! I am so behind on all blog related items because work has been pretty busy this week and we have had commitments a few of the nights too.  

I’m really looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home with my husband and pups.  My brother-in-law is in town again (he may have found himself a girlfriend on his last trip ;)) so we will probably explore the town a bit. 

The glass for our shower is getting installed next week and I have a few minor things to do this weekend to finish up our bathroom renovation project and then I will show pictures!  It is so much better than before and we are really happy with how it turned out! 

I wouldn’t call myself a huge football fan (I’m there for the entertainment and people watching), but I like this guy just a little bit so I accepted his invitation to a little weekend getaway to Houston to see his team, The Colts, play in the playoffs against the Houston Texans.  

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I had never been to Houston before so I was excited to explore a new town. 

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As much as I don’t love football, if I am going to go to a game, I want to be IN the action!  My husband got us seats about 15 rows up and they were amazing!  It was so fun being so close to the players!

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We also had a great time surrounded by all the sad Houston fans while we cheered on the winning Colts! 

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Games are a little more fun when your team is winning. 😉

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Flo Rida was the half time performance and I was so happy!  He was so good and played a bit of all his hit songs!

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After the game we walked back to our AirBnB (so nice to be able to walk to the game) to let out the pups (they came with us on our little trip!) before heading downtown to The Grove for dinner. Yall, the traffic in Houston is no joke.  It took us forever to get there.  

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But honestly, I thought the tuna plate we shared for an appetizer was worth the traffic!

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I got the trout and my husband got the redfish.  I LOVED my meal.. my husband liked his. 

Then it was back home on Sunday for some more home projects.

Have you guys heard all about celery juice and its benefits?  I feel like I am hearing about it all the time now so my husband and I are jumping on the bandwagon and drinking celery juice every morning.  We just started this new routine, but I’ll report back if I notice any benefits!

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Our grocery store carries bags of slaw and shredded brussels and we have been eating them roasted or sauteed almost every night.  Such an easy and inexpensive side dish.  

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We have been having our friends over a lot lately, which has been so fun.  We have been making easy dinners, grilling, doing lots of appetizers, and having a great time.  We are really lucky to have met some great friends already here in San Antonio because we sure do miss our Nashville peeps!

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I am off to get this Friday started!  I hope you guys have a great day and an awesome weekend!!! 

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Any health related New Years resolutions? 
  3. Do you like to watch football?