Weekend Recap {July 2-6, 2015} - 4th of July Celebrations!

Posted July 6, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, 4th of July, healthy eating, pool, yoga, healthy living, baking, summer, berries

I love a three-day holiday weekend! All weekends should be three days (and filled with summer fun ; )

As usual, I had a long to do list and only made my way through part of it. I really tried to focus on having fun and enjoying the weekend without feeling like I should be doing something more productive. I often struggle with enjoying the moment without thinking about the next thing I need to be doing. It's something I'm working on...being present.

I often remind myself that when I look back at my life I don't want to think, "Wow, I was really great at getting my to do lists done." I want to look back at my life and think, "Wow, my life was full of adventure, laughs, love and fun."


Thursday, July 2

I left work a bit early to pick up my niece. We had a special afternoon of crafts planned together.

We made a cute Fourth of July clothespin wreath that we found on Pinterest. I think it turned out really well, and similar to the Pinterest version!

My niece also painted a little wood fence and decorated it with July 4th stickers.

And we had my homemade watermelon coconut lime ice pops. I just combined watermelon juice, coconut water and lime juice and froze it in popsicle molds. So easy, healthy and delicious.

For dinner, we went to Qdoba with my parents. I had my usual naked veggie burrito topped with guacamole. Then we went to Tarzan: The Musical at Yanney Heritage Park. It was super cute.

My niece snapped this photo of the sun setting over the labrynth at Yanney.

Friday, July 3

I woke up early and did a morning yoga practice from Yoga with Adriene on Grokker (I'll share more about Grokker soon!).

Then I made protein pancakes topped with blueberries and raspberries - so festive!

After a trip to Hyvee, I made white wine sangria. Then ate chips and guac. I'm ALL about the guac right now.

Then I rode my bike to Harmon Park for a health coaching session with a client.

It was my first bike ride of the summer!

Since I just ate chips for lunch, I made a smoothie bowl with almond milk, kiwi, pear, spinach and tofu. I topped it with hemp seeds, goji berries, raspberries, chia seeds and oats. I found the recipe in a Shape Magazine from June.

I then went out to the garden to pull weeds. When the BF and I were in Yellowstone, the garden got super out of control, and it's just seemed too overwhelming to tackle. But 30 minutes of work improved the garden immensely. And I picked TONS of rhubarb. We didn't plant it, it just came up. There's still A LOT more in the garden!

It was crazy hot, so I rehydrated with one of these new-to-me Ocean Spray Pact Cranberry Extract + Purified Water drinks. It was good! Have you tried them? They're sweetened with stevia.

The BF and I decided to hit up my parents pool after all the hot gardening. The water felt soooo good!

Pool hair!

We came home and I poured myself some sangria while the BF started dinner.

We enjoyed turkey burgers and roasted veggies outside on our patio.

Then the BF and I rode our bikes toward the south side of town to watch the city's firework display. Like my new bike purse? I got it at Omaha Bicycle Co. during the winter, so I was excited to finally use it!

We ended up finding a really good viewing location in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

On our way home, we stopped at Thunderhead for beers. It was a perfect summer day!

Saturday, July 4

I felt a bit groggy Saturday morning...sangria + beer. I drank some Nuun, took an Advil and ate avocado toast topped with eggs.

Then I got to baking! I cut up all the rhubarb I cut from the garden Friday. I had nine cups! I made a Vegan Strawberry Blueberry Rhubarb Galette (recipe from Fragrant Vanilla Cake). I later made coconut whipped cream to go on top of this.

Then I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble for my parents. I added blueberries, lemon juice and lemon peel to the recipe, and I used whole wheat flour. It was really good! (Better than the galette.)

After I delivered their crisp to them, I made myself a yummy salad - kale massaged with grapeseed oil, spinach, blueberries, lemon juice and hemp seeds. I also had a leftover turkey burger with no bun and some Lays Aged Cheddar and Black Pepper Lattice Cut Chips (yum!).

The rest of the day was more low key. I browsed Instagram, the BF and I made another trip to HyVee for chicken sausages for that night's July 4th party and I drank an iced coffee with a splash of almond milk from Caribou Coffee.

We drove to Hastings to hang out with our friends, Mark and Beth. Mark grilled up our chicken sausages and they served roasted veggies, guac and tortilla chips (yeah!), deviled eggs, fruit salad and watermelon.

We hung out around their fire pit, we made s'mores and their (adult) children lit off fireworks. It was a fun night. I totally failed at taking photos. I got one of the BF in his patriotic shirt.

The BF and I got home around 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 5

I slept until 9 a.m.! I've realized that I need eight hours of sleep. I actually prefer to be up early because I'm usually pretty productive in the morning. But if I go to bed at 1 a.m., I wake up naturally at 9 a.m. So I just go with it.

I was craving waffles when I woke up, so I made Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Waffles, and they were delicious. (I de-veganized the recipe.)

After starting laundry, working on blog stuff and starting to get a boost of motivation for productivity, my niece called and asked me to swim with her in my parents pool. So I put on my bikini and walked down the street.

She gave me swimming lessons in a British accent.

And talked to me sweetly before dumping me out of my relaxing floaty.

We took a swimming break for lunch - turkey sandwiches, cherries and chips. Then I walked home to tackle a few things on my to do list - finishing laundry, blogging, health coaching stuff.

Then it was time to hit the pool again! Seriously, this is what summers are for.

It was so hot though. It was a day for being inside or in the pool.


We ate dinner with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and my niece. My mom made turkey tacos (and there was guac!). She also made blueberry pie. Her and I have been making this recipe for a few years now. It's a lower calorie version we found in a Weight Watchers magazine a long long time ago. It's so good.

The weekend had to come to an end. Although I'm sad the holiday weekend is ending, it will be good to get back to a routine. I have some blog deadlines coming up, some IIN course work to finish and some other fun "work" stuff to do. By "work" I mean, blogging and health coaching, which aren't my full-time gigs.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend? How are you getting back to your routine this week?

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