Hi all! Happy Tuesday! Up & at it this morning with 6 am spin & some hamstring work! I always try and work on some lifting as well after spin class – call me crazy but I swear my legs are even more warmed up/flexible after spin!
It’s funny because usually I am so focused on what I’m doing in spin but today I had thoughts of a story I feel like I should share was going through my head. Instead of stressing over it or feeling like “omg I need to share this right this very second” – I breath into it, knowing that I am having this intuition for a reason & maybe someone needs to hear the story.
My soul sister Heather would totally advise me to take this as a sign to share so that means a bit of a deep post will be coming to you at some point this week! I’m going to let my fingers flow & hopefully my story will help someone out there possibly going through what I went through.
So let’s get to a weekend recap, shall we? Can you believe Christmas is next week!! I swear these months go flying by. With the Holiday’s come some awesome Christmas Sweater Parties. Corey’s co-workers were getting together & sweaters were a must!
As I traveled around looking for sweaters for him earlier in the day – I walked through the decorating isle of Wal Mart & BOOM! IDEA! He was just going to be one big present. So I bought a $4 big red bow & some safety pins. He turned a dark green shirt inside out & his outfit was ready – along with about 45 bandaids underneath from all of the safety pins…just kidding! But seriously, I suggest taking your time whenever you pin the bow.
Breakfast power oats: 3/4 cup rolled oats + a few TB chia seeds + 1 Cup So Delicious coconut milk heated up then topped with VEGA Choc-o-lot Protein Smoothie “pudding” & Trader Joes Freeze Dried bananas.
The pudding was just a scoop of the Smoothie Mix combined with enough coconut milk to make it thick like pudding. Then I just popped it into the freezer for a bit to make it cold – because I like most of my food cold & the combo of cold & warm was legit.
While I was at Trader Joes last week, I picked up some frozen Wild Salmon – my favorite! I used it throughout the weekend for meals! I let it defrost, sprayed with grapeseed oil spray, sprinkled with old bay, & dill.
Baked at 400 for about 12-15 minutes until done. Had it with some roasted carrots, parsnips, basmati rice (love it & so does my digestion), coconut aminos, (iherb.com coupon code XUG228), and some green peas. I am a huge green pea lover – so simple & sweet!
I also made us dinner another night with the same salmon, roasted veggies, & a brown rice quinoa blend (Uncle Bens).
Saturday night we hung out with Corey’s parents & his mom Gale makes the best shrimp scampi over rice!! She actually made everything separate and then we all just ate it family style & combined it all on our plate.
She sautéed the shrimp in a pan with garlic & oil until done. Roasted the veggies (sprayed with oil & seasonings) in the oven at about 350 for about 25-30 minutes until tender & boiled the brown rice separately. The scampi sauce was a packet of scampi seasoning mixed with some olive oil & lemon juice – so simple but really hit the spot.
She was so cute and got so excited whenever I said I was going to put her cooking on Instagram & she totally blushed whenever people asked for the recipe!
Hanging out on the couch & relaxing after dinner is my favorite, especially when we take out the old year books to go through. Fun side note: Corey was most athletic in high school with one of my best friends Courtney!
How funny? AND ironic! Courtney and I met in college & she was my workout bud daily with our girl Lindsey! Court actually introduced me to Corey on a double date with her & her now fiancé. I’ll be in their wedding next Fall! SUCH a small world!
This might be one of my favorites of all time – little Corey in his barney t-shirt. How cute! ;] I love going through old pictures.
After a weekend with Corey’s family, I got to spend some time with my fam as well! On my mom’s side, our family has truly grown. I can’t get over how fast we are all growing up & how our family keeps expanding! We all live in different areas & states so all of us in one picture, let alone one room, hasn’t happened in such a long time. My Aunt had us all over & an epic family picture took place!
This room was filled with so much love & it was so nice to see everyone! We were missing a few that were still at school or in another state, but their love was definitely present.
We haven’t seen my cousins from Florida in a while so I got to meet my little cousin Kamdon for the first time! My cousin Kelly had him almost a year ago & he is just TOO adorable! Such a happy little guy. Gosh, the smile of a baby can totally brighten your day.
I’m off to get ready to teach my POWER HOUR class then running a bunch of errands & catching up on laundry! I hope you have a great day!
BE TRUE TO YOU,
What’s the most creative DIY project you’ve done for the Holiday’s? Or any time really!
Now that I have my iPad – Pinterest happens a lot more now & I am suckered into so many DIY ideas!! If we haven’t yet – let’s connect on Pinterest!!