I am so glad it is Wednesday and the week is halfway over with! It has been an incredibly exhausting week and I am looking forward to just RESTING.
But anyways…lettuce go back to last Wednesday! Sweet little Owen man got to move in with me! Of course I picked up a brand new toy and bed to get him all settled in. <3
Thursday I had to work all day but at least I had this yummy lunch to look forward to! You can find all the details in this post: CLICK HERE
After work on Thursday I had some time before my dinner plans to create my intentions for the month of August.
be more present – stop worrying about the future
practice more yoga – after the gym/run in the morning
teach Owen a new skill – lay & stay
talk to God more – nightly prayers just aren’t cutting it
eat more plants – eat less animals
blog more – it’s your passion after all
don’t apologize – be kind to yourself and others without sacrificing who you are
I am feeling good about these intentions this month! I usually just sit and let idea come to me and they always happen to be things I want to improve on. These are just some of the things weighing heavy on my heart and mind this month!
After writing down my intentions I met this beautiful group of women for dinner at Novo Dolce before going to see Rachel Hollis presents: Made for More
What an incredible, empowering documentary. If you haven’t seen it yet, there is an encore on August 13th. Also add Girl Wash Your Face to your reading list!
I went to bed around 10 and woke up early Friday morning to take Owen on a dog walk and get ready for work. I had one of my green smoothies on the way to work! I have these smoothie recipes posted in weekly recaps in the past and all over my Instagram feed!
Friday I enjoyed an easy salad that was similar to Thursdays.
The rest of Friday was spent playing Monopoly and eating pizza with my family. I had made a cauliflower pizza crust to enjoy along with everyone else. We had such a fun family game night. Usually things go south and a fight breaks out between us but everyone remained civil on Friday – thank goodness!
I went to bed pretty late but Owen woke me up at 6 am so we could get our dog walk in. I am really loving our little routine we got going. Mornings have been spent doing a 3-mile dog walk followed by yoga and my body is LOVING it. Fun fact: I have NEVER been able to touch my toes…like I could barely touch my knee caps. After 3 weeks of yoga, I CAN TOUCH MY TOES. A true miracle I tell ya.
After our dog walk I made a smoothie to go and headed to Hope House to help unload a truckload of groceries for them. When I got home around 9:30, I went into ultra cleaning mode and scrubbed down most of the house.
I finally took a shower and settled in to work on some internship work.
I was running low on groceries so for lunch I made a batch of hummus to have with the rest of the vegetables in the fridge. You can find the recipe here: CLICK HERE
A little later in the afternoon I made apple “nachos” with sliced apples, almond butter, sugar-free homemade granola, and cinnamon. Super tasty!
Around 5 I heated up leftover cauliflower crust pizza and watched an episode of Friends. Then Owen and I headed out for another 3-mile dog walk.
6 miles complete for the day I think I successfully made him tired! He has been an energy ball 24/7 lately!
I snuggled up on the couch with a Turmeric Hot Cacao and relaxed.
1 C almond milk, 1 tsp Gaia Herbs Golden Milk, 1 T raw cacao, 1 T coconut cream, cinnamon – heat on the stove. Sip and savor!
I was in bed by 8:00 and it was wonderful!
Sunday I was up at 6 to work on internship work. I had a bowl of sugar-free granola, coconut probiotic yogurt, strawberries, almond butter, and coconut cream. ACTUAL HEAVEN!!! <3
After church, I went grocery shopping for the family I cook for and headed to my parents to make everything. I also sipped on a smoothie in the sunshine for a little while.
One thing I made was this black bean mango quinoa salad and I have to make this for myself now because it was SO GOOD!
My little kitchen helper <3
Once everything was cooked I headed back home to take Owen on a quick walk.
We went to bed early again since I had to be up early on Monday.
I had to be at work earlier than usual on Monday so I enjoyed these chocolate, almond butter overnight oats.
1/2 C oats, 1 C almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 banana – heat on the stove. Once oats have absorbed the liquid, stir in 1 T cacao powder, pour in jar, top with almond butter and coconut cream and place in the fridge overnight.
After working a while I headed to my parents house to pick up a few things and made this smoothie to-go to take for lunch: 1 C frozen pineapple, orange, papaya blend, 1 C baby carrots, 1/2 frozen riced cauliflower, 1/2 C coconut milk, 1 C water, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp ginger – blend it all up!
After an incredibly long, exhausting, unfortunate day – I came home to take this guy on a 3-mile dog walk while I listened to a podcast to help me de-stress from the day.
I felt soooo much better after walking Owen. I made a big salad with a kale black bean burger, sweet potatoes, avocado, tomato, onions, apples, and a sesame dressing. Soooo tasty! and filling!
I spent the rest of the evening watching Friends with my roommate and then taking the time to write down things I am grateful for. It was just one of those days where I needed to remind myself of the things in my life I am blessed with. Not everyday will be a bad day.
Tuesday morning I woke up, took Owen on a long dog walk and made a smoothie to go before heading to my parents house. I did some cleaning, babysat, and then headed into work around noon.
For lunch I had a BIG salad with this fancy Safe Catch tuna. Sweet potatoes make the best salad ingredients!
After work I came home, took a nice cold shower, and settled in to write this blog post, work on my internship work, and relax. For dinner I made this 8-minute meal. Banza chickpea pasta, pesto, and arugula! An easy meal that takes less than 10 minutes? Anyone could make this!
I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. <3