Well, we’ve made it to week three of social distancing.
As someone who naturally loves staying home and can easily say “no” quickly to invites, I’m officially stir crazy. The secluded trails and tennis helped a bit, but like most of you, I’m ready to wake up from this bad dream. I know this too shall pass. I hope you’re all staying safe and getting through this uneasy time. And as I promised, even though my recaps are a little uninteresting, I will continue to share my week ♥️
Seas the day! ♥️
One thing I’ve been loving is taking my dogs for an early morning stroll, sitting down with my coffee, and getting a slow start to my morning. I mean, what’s the rush? If anything, these past few weeks have taught me to be more still. I used to get antsy and want to drive here or drive there just to distract myself, but I’ve learned to get up and do productive things like fold the laundry, sweep the porch, unload the dishes, you know…actual responsibilities.
Since we’re back in the upper 70’s smoothies have been making their way back into my life again. I usually stick to frozen fruits like bananas, mango, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, and raspberries. I add a vanilla plant-based protein powder, cashew or almond milk, and blend! I love topping it with granola, honey, and coconut flakes. 😋
Monday night tacos were one of my favorite parts of the week!
These corn tortillas were filled with chicken, taco seasoning, jalapenos, black beans, onions, tomatoes, dairy-free cheese, black pepper, fresh lime, and topped with a garlic aioli sauce. I’ve been experimenting with recipes this week because once I get moved into the new home, I want to start filming recipe videos for YouTube as well as putting together recipe print outs to go along with it. It’s been a project I’ve been working on, and I cannot wait to get started. I’m hoping to have the first video go live in early June! The good thing about this extra time at home is working on projects I’ve been putting off.
I had these tacos for lunch on Tuesday as well. I made Kyle’s with the flour tortillas and used corn tortillas for mine. 😋
Something I really miss is seeing Becca 😢 We haven’t seen each other since March 1st. We decided to do FaceTime workouts together a few times a week, and I actually loved it! I think we’ll be doing this even when this social distancing is lifted. We are going to be doing a leg day today! Let me know if you’d like me to keep sharing what we do.
Another recipe you can look forward to is honey & spiced salmon! 😋 All of you salmon lovers are going to have to try this one out! I had baked broccoli and potatoes on the side. I bought a giant bag of broccoli a few weeks ago, and it’s lasted me a long time. I think I’ll make a mini broccoli salad for lunch today.
I spent Wednesday putting together the travel blog for Malibu! If you haven’t seen that one yet, make sure to check it out! I have a few more blogs from California ,and then I’ll be all caught up on the road trip down the coast series.
On Thursday morning, I spent the day outside with the dogs while we had several home inspections. It’s such a weird time to be selling your home because you have to be out of your house and away from inspectors, but there’s literally nowhere to go since we’re all social distancing, so outside it was!
Breakfast called for another smoothie bowl (PS I always share my smoothie recipes on my Instagram throughout the week, so make sure to follow me over there! 😊) And for lunch, I had leftover potatoes, avocado with everything but the bagel seasoning, and a fried egg.
It had been a while since I made zucchini pizzas, which is unfortunate because they are SO DARN GOOD! Even vegetable haters would love these. I bake the zucchini for about 15-minutes at 425, then add the sauce, vegan cheese, and bake for another ten minutes. I finished it off with some vegan parmesan, and it hit the spot!
These two caused some trouble on Friday night.
Kyle and I headed to the grocery store to pick up my parent’s groceries. When we got back, we took them out to the bathroom, and Grumples darted deep into the woods behind my house. He must have seen a bunny and he snapped out of the leash. It was the scariest thing because it was pitch black outside and he took off so fast that I would never be able to catch up, especially since I was wearing flip flops. Well, just our luck, Leo got out of his leash and took off into the woods to run after Grumples. After screaming as loud as I could for them, they finally both ran back. Grumples must have sprained his leg because he’s limping and refuses to walk more than a foot. Losing them is honestly my worse nightmare, and even though they were safe and in bed sleeping with us, I couldn’t fall asleep because my adrenaline was so high. I had the “what if’s” playing in my head over and over. I’m soo blessed because in 18 more days, these boys are going to have a FENCED in the backyard! No chasing bunnies into the deep dark woods. I’ve had Grumples for nine years, and he’s NEVER run away, so it was definitely a shock.
I made some impromptu banana nut muffins on Friday night (before the dog fiasco!) and HOLY MOLY were they delicious!!!!! I was going to make my banana brownies but didn’t have any cocoa powder left, so these delicious muffins were created instead.
I kept them in the fridge and we ate them up in two-days. They’re perfect for morning coffee or a late-night sweet tooth.
This is the new Saturday night in.
I treated myself to some crab legs on Saturday night while we watched Ozark. Since our grocery store is always out of meat, crab legs it is! 😊
I decided to try Kristin Ess signature gloss and toner because my hair has been looking so copper! This always happens, but it was looking especially red because of the blonde I had in my hair last summer. I had so many people messaging me about how it worked, and I was super happy with the results!
I have the type of hair that holds onto hair dye so fast that it can go completely black just by dying it brown. I didn’t want to dye my hair, just tone it down a bit, and it did exactly what I wanted! I love how light my hair is, just not the red tones. I will say that leaving it in longer helps! I ordered the box from Target online and it shipped in two days. Worth giving it a shot!
On Sunday morning, Kyle and I watched Ozark while drinking coffee. I had a cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter and strawberry jelly 😋
Of course, I have to update you on my wildflowers! 😊 I took out the ranunculus and transferred them to a different pot so I could plant some seeds in their place. It’s funny because three days later, I had baby sprouts coming up! And today (I’ll have to share a photo on Instagram later) they are almost taller than the other sprouts that are 20-days old! I’ve had a lot of people asking where I get my seeds from so I am going to write a blog post this week about all the places I find my seeds and some fun seeding ideas for the summer. Just looking at photos of flowers puts me in a good mood, so I’m hoping it’ll do the same for others in that blog post.
Look at that thickness! 😊 I’m going to try to transplant these into the ground when we move.
Look at the baby sprouts that were planted in three days! They’re in the middle.
Later in the afternoon, Kyle and I headed to the tennis courts for a few hours to hit the ball around. It was a much-needed tennis session. It’s the little things like this that make things feel normal.
After tennis, I had protein yogurt (protein powder mixed with coconut milk yogurt) topped with honey, coconut, and granola!
One thing I have to share is this Fresh Craving’s cashew queso! I don’t know how they did it, but it tastes like that jalapeno melted cheese you get at baseball games all over your nachos! It’s the BEST vegan cheese I have ever had. I found it at my local grocery store, but their store locator may help on their site. Ahhhh, I can’t wait for you all to try it and report back! IT’S SO GOOD!!!
I did a little recipe testing last night for dinner, which meant delicious air-fried rice wraps and egg rolls! I filled some with chicken, guacamole, kite hill, and fried them in the air fryer. I also topped them with the Fresh Cravings Cashew Queso! MMM dinner was so delicious, and of course, we watched American Idol to end the night!
And now, a house update!
We close in 18 days…I can’t believe it. 😝 I made an update on my Instagram yesterday with my thoughts, but this is just a crazy time to be going through this.
There is still so much to do before we move in, which is nuts. They have to do the landscaping, finish the exterior painting and siding, finish our trim, have a few mistakes taken care of, and then in eleven days we go through and do a blue tape inspection and mark everything that looks “off.” I’m a bit stressed and nervous, but crossing my fingers, it all works out. I wish I could say everything as been a pleasant experience, but I’d be lying. I’m crossing my fingers everything gets resolved, and after we move in, I’ll do more of a sit-down video and chat a bit about the process. I’ll share things we did wrong and things we did right, along with what we wish we would have known and what we’ll do next time.
We have some projects we can’t wait to get done. The fencing company is coming on our closing day to install the fence for the backyard (yay, no runaway pups!) doors will be painted (garage and front door), we will have a carpet runner for our stairs installed, our piano delivered, cabinet hardware being replaced, all new lights and fans installed (we didn’t purchase from the builder) and our couches being delivered! This is why we are taking an entire week to slowly move in since there will be a lot of hubbub going around the house. And after the first week, you’ll be able to find me in the garden! 🌺
I’m excited to share the home with all the changes! ♥️ I’m really leaning towards painting the brick white. I think it’ll look cleaner.
Leo was excited to see his new backyard and he can’t wait for all the wrestling matches with Grumples! Make sure to follow my home’s Instagram for all the latest updates for the next 18 days before we move in! 😊
Questions for you
- What have the past few weeks taught you?
- What have you been cooking at home?
- Have you finished any projects you’ve been putting off?
A big shoutout to all the front line workers and everyone else going into work to keep this country and world afloat. You all are amazing and I’m keeping you in my prayers 🙏