Weekend Recap 8.19.18 Baseball + Dogs, Pool Time, Girls Night and a Movie

Hey Friends!!!! Back to work, back to routine, back to feeling tired. 🙂  But I will say I had a really great weekend with lots of relaxing and fun things thrown in there too!  

I’ll get to the weekend in a minute, but first I have to show you guys what we did last Wednesday night.  We had tickets to the Sounds game (minor league baseball team in Nashville), but it wasn’t just any Sounds game!

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It was Bark in the Park where you could buy a ticket for you and you pup!!! You know I’m not missing this opportunity to take my pups with me.  I’d take them everywhere I go if I could.  My mom, Rachael, and I loaded up the pups and headed to the park.  This picture below was the result of the cameraman saying the word “treat” because Callie wanted no part of this moment.  Riley looks terrified and Callie and Cooper have their tongues just hanging out.  

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There were a LOT of dogs at the stadium.  They had it roped off so you could only go in a few sections with the pups so that’s probably why it felt like there were so many. Riley had to sit on Mimi’s lap.  He was in heaven… probably because she was giving him bites of her hotdog and pretzel…

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I think Riley was a little concerned that Callie would not come out from underneath the seats.  🙂  Her happy place.  We gave her a couple calming tablets, but she did really well.  

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This is what happens when one of us has to pee. 🙂 

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This little monkey could have used the calming tablets on the car ride to the stadium… he was going nuts! lol But he settled down as soon as we got there. 

Love this girl! and Cooper!

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Friday night was pretty low-key as my husband was out of town and I was tired from the week.  I grocery shopped (favorite day to shop so you can avoid all the crazies who brave the store on the weekends), took the dogs on a walk, read my book and called it an early night.

Saturday morning I headed to a bridal shop to watch my bestie, Rachael, try on wedding dresses!!! Eeeek, it was so exciting!  No pictures yet… can’t spoil the fun!! But she looked flawless!

Afterwards Rach and I headed to lay out at the pool with my mom.  #Saturdaytradition After a few hours we headed home to get ready for a girls night.  Rachael, and our friend, Katelin, and I went to Del Frisco’s Grille.

We  started out with some prosecco and Rachael and I both got the kale salad with salmon and Katelin got a sandwich. It was a really yummy dinner with good company!

After dinner we headed to Bar Sovereign.  We met up with a few of our friends for a drink at this fun bar.  It is kind of a speak easy type bar, which is always fun.

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On Sunday morning I had a date with my bestie, Lissa, to take the pups on a walk in the park.  The pups love Lissa and get really excited to see her. 🙂

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After our walk I got ready to head back to the pool because the weather cleared up!  I spent the afternoon reading and chatting with my momma.

Late Saturday afternoon I had plans with Rachael to see the movie, Slender Man.  Yall, it was scary!!!!  We kept having to cover our eyes. LOL.  It is about this serial killer and we thought it would be more of a documentary-like movie, but instead it was a storyline based of the real serial killer.

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Afterwards I spent the night catching up with my hubby and catching up on a few shows before an early bedtime.  

I hope you all had a fun weekend! I would love to hear all about it!!

Questions:

  1. Best part of your weekend?
  2. Have you seen any good movies lately?
  3. Been to any new/fun restaurants recently?

Easiest Snack Ever – Delicious and Nutritious Protein Balls!

Hi friends!!! How’s it going? Everything is going well over here!  I hope you guys all had a really nice and relaxing weekend!  I will be back tomorrow to share a weekend recap with you guys, but today I have something else to share with yall!  If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you know that I am a huge snacker.  I love having little meals/snacks throughout the day so I never go hungry and I also don’t get stuffed from having a big meal.  I don’t always snack in the afternoon (just depends on what I had for lunch), but a morning snack is almost always a must.  I usually start my day with a big smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal, but I’m usually a little hungry around 10-10:30am for a little something before lunch.  

Today I am sharing a new recipe with you guys that I just made up and tested and it worked out well!  I try a lot of different combinations and they don’t always work out, but luckily this one was a winner so I wanted to share it with all of you so that you can enjoy it to!  I hope yall give it a try and like it as much as I do.

I am going to try to estimate measurements, but yall know I am not good about measuring ingredients.  And if you like more of a certain ingredient, add more of it.  If you don’t like a certain ingredient, omit it or swap it for something you like! 

The base of these protein balls are dates and almond butter, but you could easily swap the almond butter for peanut butter or any type of nut butter (or coconut butter) that you like!  I used pitted dates, creamy almond butter, cinnamon, unsweetened shredded coconut, roasted cocoa nibs, and plant-based vanilla protein powder.  You can definitely leave out the protein powder (or use a different kind or flavor), but I like to add in a little protein when i can to beef up my snacks a bit!

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I started with about 2 cups of dates in the food processor and pulsed until a got a crumbly texture.  Next I added about 3-4 tablespoons of almond butter and pulsed until it was all combined.  The creamy almond butter really helped the mixture incorporate together well.  

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Then I added in a teaspoon or two of cinnamon, a couple tablespoons of cocoa nibs and shredded unsweetened coconut and pulsed a few times until it was all combined.  This did not take long at all.  At the end I added in about 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (if you use a protein powder, make sure it is one that is not chalky and that you actually like the taste of because you will be able to taste it).  Note – your mixture will be a little crumbly, but once you start to form the mixture into balls using your hands, the dates are sticky enough to hold it all together.   

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Then I just rolled the mixture into balls to pop into the freezer to set up.  You could absolutely add other nuts, spices, dried fruit, seeds, or extracts depending on your taste preferences.  The sky is the limit.  🙂 

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I just leave these in the freezer and pop a few in a container to take on the go.  Lately I have been enjoying a few crumbled up on top of a green yogurt for my morning snack or just plain if I am in a rush.  They make a really tasty snack filled with lots of nutrients and staying power. 

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It really is as easy as that!  The food processor makes this process super easy and quick, but you could absolutely use a blender if you don’t have one.  I hope you guys give this a try if it’s up your alley!  

Have a wonderful day, friends!!

Questions:

  1. Favorite snack?
  2. Do you regularly make any type of snack balls or bars to keep on hand?
  3. What was the best part of your weekend?

Weekend Recap Part 2 San Antonio Trip

Good morning!!! It’s Friday!! yay!!! So happy the weekend is here even though this week was pretty short for me since I was out of town until Tuesday.  My husband had a work trip planned earlier this week so we decided to incorporate a little getaway into it so I tagged along.  We left our house Sunday morning at early oclock for the airport.  Hated leaving this sweet face.  

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Once we arrived in San Antonio and grabbed our rental car, we drove around for a bit before stopping at Cappys for lunch!  It was hidden behind a couple buildings, but we found it and headed right in.  

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There was a little bit of a wait so we decided to grab a drink while we waited.  When on vacation…right? 🙂 

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We realized that it was still brunch when we got there so my husband went with the Weekend Breakfast with steak, eggs, potatoes, fruit and pancakes and I went with the salmon over a kale salad.  We both devoured our meals and left nice and full. 

After lunch we drove around a bit before checking into our hotel.  It was pretty rainy on Sunday so we didn’t get to do any walking around the city that day.  After a little rest, we cleaned up and headed to Down on Grayson for a cocktail before dinner.  We sat outside and it felt so nice.  

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We were planning on walking to another restaurant for dinner, but it started to drizzle so we ended up just popping inside for dinner there.  When I see crispy brussels on the menu, there is no way I am passing those up.

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The picture doesn’t do the brussels justice, but yall, these were humungous and so crispy and delicious.  Hands down the best brussels I’ve ever had.  My husband got the fish tacos for his meal and I got the grouper.  We both loved our meals.  

On Monday morning after a quick workout at the hotel gym (I LOVE working out in new spaces) Jon and I picked up a smoothie on the way to the office.  I may be a little biased, but I think he is sooo cute. 🙂 

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After dropping off my hubby, I headed to a Massage Envy for a 90 minute massage.  I haven’t talked much about my back pain since before my surgery, but it has been really bad lately.  It went away while I was in the hospital and even for a bit after I was home from surgery, but a couple weeks later it came back just as bad as ever unfortunately.  I did recently get another spinal epidural injection so hoping that takes the edge off soon.  I haven’t really been able to figure out if it was the lack of activity in the hospital, the first steroid injection I got, or the fact that my stomach was hurting so badly that made me not notice my back pain while I was sick, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter.  Thankfully the massage therapist I had on Monday morning was fabulous.  Best massage I have had in a LONG time.  It was wonderful.  After my massage I found a nail salon that accepted walk-ins and got my pitiful nails redone.  You can’t see them well in the first picture, but they were horrendous. I usually go with pretty neutral colors, but was feeling a little festive so went with a bright red.  

After my nail appointment I picked up a salad and some snacks at Trader Joe’s before heading back to pick up my husband.  We headed back to the hotel and changed our clothes for a walk/run on the River Walk downtown.  It was so beautiful.  Afterwards we headed to Supper in an area of town known as The Pearl.  We didn’t make reservations, but decided to just grab a drink while we waited about 45 minutes for a table.  

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Date night with my sweet man.  

We got the broccolini appetizer to start and it was soo yummy.  It had pesto, white bean spread, and other goodies on top.  Definitely a yummy way to eat some veggies.  My husband got the gnocchi and I just had a small beet salad (I had leftover grouper at the hotel that I wanted to eat afterwards!).  The portions were definitely small, but the flavor was amazing.  Definitely recommend this restaurant if you are ever in the San Antonio area.   

My bestie, Lissa, watched the pups while we were out of town (we are so lucky to have her because our pups adore her) and she sent us this picture of Riley “helping” her in her classroom on Sunday.  

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We were exhausted on Tuesday night and fell asleep right as our heads hit the pillow.  I caught an early flight back to Nashville on Tuesday (my husband had to work another day down there).  We had a blast exploring San Antonio and really enjoyed the yummy food there too!  

I have a few fun posts coming your way next week!  I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to Texas? San Antonio?
  2. What is your favorite cuisine to get if you go out to eat?
  3. Do you work out while you are on vacation?

Weekend Recap 8.12.18 Part 1

Hey Friends!!! Sorry for the late weekend recap post this week, but I was out of town until Tuesday and I left my computer at home so that I could soak up time with my sweet hubby on our trip.  I will get to the trip part of my weekend recap tomorrow, but needed to break it up into two posts so I don’t overload you guys with a million pictures at once. 🙂 I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! We sure did!

One night last week when my husband had tennis I was searching in the fridge for something to make for dinner.  This was the night before we went to the grocery store and we were out of all fresh veggies so I improvised and searched the freezer.  I found a container of this delicious homemade carrot soup my mother-in-law brought us (it is one of my favorites) hidden in the back of my freezer and I was so happy.  I paired the soup with a veggie burger topped with avocado and two eggs over medium on the side.  This meal totally hit the spot.  I love just looking in my fridge/freezer and creating a new yummy meal.  Do you like to do that to?  Or do you prefer to follow a recipe?  Recipes are too exact for me…probably why I am not the best baker. 😉 

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We got in lots of walks last week which always make me so happy!!  I think I hit 15,000+ steps every day last week!!  I have been trying to hit that goal most days of the week so that was a win for me!!  

Last week we needed my mom to help us with some paperwork so we got in a little Mimi time.  Riley got his cuddles in and Mimi and Jonny got their pingpong game in.  

Sweet Callie girl and I watched. 🙂  I can’t ever say no to that face.  She just melts me. 

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On Friday night we had plans with a few of our friends to get sushi for dinner.  We went to Samurai and it was as good as ever.  Sooo yummy.  

Afterwards we headed to the new 51 North Taproom to meet some other friends for a drink to celebrate our friend, Brent’s birthday!  One of the guys works for the Preds and brought a big bag of goodies for all the friends to enjoy. 🙂

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My sweet Rayray.

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Rachael, me, and Bridget 

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He loves me.  He really loves me.  🙂 

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And I love this sweet man too. 

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On Saturday morning my husband had to help set up for an event at the convention center downtown and asked me if I would help him.  I was able to showcase my OCD personality by lining up all the sample boxes on the tables. 🙂 

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Afterwards we headed home and I got to working on making my momma some homemade granola bars.  I gave her a few the previous week and she loved them so I figured I would make her another batch to keep in her freezer.  These included: peanut butter, ground flaxseed, honey cinnamon, chopped almonds, chopped dark chocolate, gluten free oats and sea salt.  I just mixed all the ingredients together (I didn’t measure…just added more of dry or wet ingredients as I mixed to get the desired texture) and once they were all incorporated I pushed them down into a wax paper lined pan and stuck it in the freezer for them to set up for a bit.  After a little while I just cut them into bars and wrapped each individually to just grab from the freezer and go! 

Then I headed to my mom’s house for another pool day. 🙂  I finished the book “Hide” by Lisa Gardner.  Yall, it was SO good.  I highly recommend it.  My mom just read this book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein and recommended it to me so I just started it.  It is written from the perspective of a dog so you guys know it is right up my alley.  So far it is really good. I’ll report back after I finish it!

I will be back tomorrow to finish up my weekend recap with our trip to San Antonio.  Have a great Thursday friends!!!

Questions:

  1. Do you like to follow recipes or just “eyeball” measurements?
  2. Do you wear a step tracker?  If so, what is your step goal?  How many steps do you usually get per day? 
  3. What is your favorite book?

Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!!! Happy freaking Friday!! Woohoo! We made it to the weekend!!  It’s such a great feeling when we have accomplished another successful week and now we get to relax and regroup before we do it all over again. 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of happiness as a choice we can make.  I have really been trying to focus on this concept in the past few weeks.  If I have to do something I don’t want to do or go somewhere I don’t really want to go, I have been focusing on trying to be happy no matter where I am or what I am doing.  That is not to say that I don’t have moments of frustration, anger or sadness (I certainly do), but I try to find happiness every day.  When I remind myself of all that I have to be grateful for, happiness just fills my soul to the brim.  I really think that happiness is a choice.  No matter the situation, we can choose to be happy or not.  It IS possible to find happiness always.

These guys right here… they are the reason for a LOT of my happiness. 

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I would love to just freeze time right here and now.  I am truly the happiest I have been in years with where I am in my life.  Old enough to support ourselves and be independent, but young enough to only have our pups relying on us right now.  We do want kids, by the way, just not yet.  I always thought I would be done having kiddos by 30, but truthfully now that I am almost 29, I don’t think I will even have one by the time I’m 30.  I really think it is smart that lots of people are waiting longer to have kids these days.  Truthfully we don’t have any friends in Nashville with kids, most of our friends here aren’t even married so I think that gives us the mindset we are in right now because we aren’t surrounded by babies.  We just really love our life right now and are not quite ready to give up our freedom just yet.  My mom is probably tearing up as she reads this… she needs grandbabies stat.  I told her to talk to my sister. 😉

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I get emails from a chiropractic office I used to go to when we lived in Ohio and each week they send out difference snip bits of health related articles so my next two Friday Favorites are from that email blast!

While I do eat fish and dairy occasionally in the form of cheese or greek yogurt, I haven’t eaten meat for the past 14 years.  I personally believe in a more plant-based diet (it is just what personally works best for me and my body) and I think that has really helped me to stay healthy.  While everyone in the fitness world is always talking about how much protein they consume, it is important to note that there is such a thing as too much protein.

Diet: Cutting Down on Meat and Dairy May Reduce Heart Failure Risk. 
Middle-aged men who eat a lot of meat, dairy, and other high-protein foods may be increasing their risk for heart failure. A review of 22 years of data concerning 2,400 Finnish men found that those with a high-protein diet had a 33% increased risk for heart failure, and the risk increased if their primary sources of protein were animal meat or dairy. Researcher Dr. Jyrki Virtanen notes, “Our findings indicate the high protein intake may have some adverse effects on health, especially if the protein is coming from animal sources.”
Circulation: Heart Failure, May 2018

I loved this reading this next piece of information on sleep.  We are always told that you can’t “make up for lost sleep,” but it seems that maybe you can.  I love sleeping in a little bit on the weekends (too much and I am over-tired the rest of the day) and not waking up to an alarm.

Wellness/Prevention: Sleeping in on the Weekends May Help You Live Longer? 
New research suggests that too little sleep during the work week can be counteracted by sleeping in on the weekends. A study involving nearly 44,000 people showed that the risk of early death among individuals who got less sleep during the week and more sleep on the weekends differed very little from those who averaged seven hours per night on both weekdays and weekends. The findings suggest we shouldn’t feel guilty about sleeping in on the weekends.
Journal of Sleep Research, May 2018

That’s all I have for today!! I am ready to enjoy the weekend with a few plans (you probably can guess one of them…) and some down time with my pups.  Have a great weekend yall!!!!

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Do you go out to eat more on the weekend?
  3. Favorite summertime fruit or vegetable? 

My Favorite Supplements… Greens Powder

Good morning!!!  I hope your day is going well so far!! Mine started with a workout at home followed by a long walk with my pups and husband.  We try to get as many walks in as we can and lately we have been incorporating a lot more long morning walk/runs with the doggies because it has been way too hot to do that in the afternoon.  I’ve always been a morning exerciser, but my husband is another story.  He used to be (and sometimes still is) one of those people who sleeps until the very last minute that he HAS to be up. 🙂 . Although I do hit snooze a time or two (my husband would say it’s more like 10 times ;)) I do like to be up and enjoy my morning rather than get up and have to immediately start getting ready for the day.  I also really like my mornings that start with a workout and a walk with my pups because it helps me to wake up and I just feel better when I get my body moving first thing, especially on the days I am at a desk for most of the day.  

On the mornings I do exercise first thing, I am really hungry by the time I get showered and ready for the day.  My go-to quick breakfast that I can have on the go is still a big ole protein smoothie.  My base of my smoothie usually stays the same and I switch up a couple things each day.  One thing that has been consistently going into my smoothies is Greens Powder.  

I’ve heard and read a lot about greens powder over the years, but only really started consistently using it a couple months ago (after my surgery) when I couldn’t really eat many greens because they were too hard on my healing stomach.  I knew I would feel better if I got more greens into my system so that’s when I turned to greens powder.  You can absolutely drink it just mixed up in water, but yall, I’m not THAT adventurous.  The taste isn’t great, but I really can’t taste it when I hide it in my smoothie.  

I have used this brand.

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And this brand. 

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Truthfully, I can’t tell a difference between this two, but the Purely Inspired one is organic and LESS expensive than the Helivin brand.  I got them both on Amazon.  

For the purpose of explaining the benefits of greens powder, I will tell you what all is in the Purely Inspired Organic Greens powder.  (Ps this post is not sponsored, I’m just simply sharing some products I like).  This greens powder contains 40 greens, grains, sprouts, fruits and veggies.  It also contains 18 vitamins and minerals and active probiotics.  That is a LOT of nutrients in one scoop. 

While we all know it is important to consume lots of greens, most of us don’t get near the daily amount prescribed from food alone.  This is where the greens powder comes into play.  I do recommend getting your greens in through your food, but we can’t be perfect everyday so I have found this is perfect to supplement my diet.  Greens powder has a ton of benefits ranging from boosting your immune system and energy, helping you absorb another nutrients, balancing hormone levels, and keeping your body in an alkaline state.  As always, consult your doctor if you plan to change/add anything to your normal diet.  

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day!!

Questions:

  1. What is one supplement you use daily? 
  2. Have you ever tried a greens powder?
  3. Have you ever kept track of how many servings of greens or veggie you eat in a typical day?

Weekend Recap 8.5.18

Hey Friends!! Happy Tuesday!!  I hope yall had a nice weekend and a good start to your week!!  It’s been busy busy busy over here, but all good things so I can’t complain!!  

Ever since I had taco lettuce wraps when we did Mexican night a few weeks ago, I have been obsessed with trying to create new dishes involving lettuce wraps.  For some reason they leave me more satisfied than a simple salad even though sometimes they contain the same ingredients.  Last week we did a Mexican themed night and I turned my tacos into lettuce wraps again but this time they contained ahi tuna, avocado, corn, tomatoes, and grilled peppers and onions.  So good!

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I have been in major need of a new indoor grill pan.  Our old one was SO worn out so it was time to invest in a new one.  Amazon Prime to the rescue and we have already put the new one to use. 🙂 . Do you use an indoor grilling pan?

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I found this on my phone the other day and it just made me laugh.  Sweet Callie girl.

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On Friday night we headed to my dad’s to hang out with him and my brother for a bit.  We grilled then hung out in the hot tub for a bit before calling it a night. 

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I don’t know about yall, but it has been HOT here in Nashville so all I want to do on the weekends is lay by/in the pool.  This past Saturday was no different and after my husband finished golfing, he and his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) came over and joined us at the pool.

After a little while we all headed down to the garden to pick some flowers and vegetables.  With the intense heat a lot of their produce got destroyed, but we were able to salvage a few things.

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Saturday night we just hung out at our house and called it an early night.  Sunday morning started bright and early with a walk in the park with my bestie, Lissa, and my pups while my husband played tennis.  My husband likes to get in all his activities on the weekends, while I like to rest after working out during the week. 🙂 

On Sunday afternoon, my mom came over to help us clean and organize for a few hours.  

Lunch break. 🙂 Riley loves Mimi.

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He finally ate his own food after realizing he wasn’t going to get ours. 😉

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We cleaned the whole house, cleaned out our closets to go to Goodwill and I even had some time to meal prep for the week for my husband and I.  My husband eats out at lunch often with his coworkers so usually I don’t do much meal prepping for him so I was just a LITTLE excited when he asked me to make salads for him for the week. 🙂

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Then I helped my mom get an appetizer ready for her book club. yum!

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Then we plopped down on the couch and cuddled. 

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And watched a few episodes of the new season of Shameless.  Do any of yall watch it?  It is really dumb, but pretty funny. 

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I started a new book this weekend too! So far it’s really good! 

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I’ve been working on setting intentions each Sunday for my week ahead.  Sometimes they are big goals and sometimes they are small things I want to work on.  This week I am focusing on being more kind.  This can be shown in acts of kindness or simply speaking to others in a more kind way.  Just thought I would share this with you all.

That’s all I’ve got for today!! I will be back later this week!  I hope you guys have an amazing week!!!! 

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is one goal or intention you have right now?
  3. How often do you clean out your closets?