Weekend Recap {July 24-26}

Posted July 27, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, pool, summer, healthy eating, healthy living

{My new elephant tank from Avani Yoga Studio!}

Summer weekends are flying by way too fast!

This weekend was super low key. The BF and I didn't have any major plans besides hanging with family and friends. I got in some much needed sleep and relaxing, and put my to do list on hold for the weekend.

Friday, July 24

After work, the BF and I finished cleaning our house. With all the traveling we've been doing, cleaning the house hasn't really been happening. It was nice to have a fresh and clean home.

The BF's dad and stepmom came over to see our house for the first time. They live in Hastings, and we were finally able to schedule a weekend that worked for both of us. They brought us an amazing housewarming gift. A full bar!!! Party at our house! The BF and I have a bar in our living room. It's nothing special...the BF picked it up at a garage sale when we first moved into our house a year ago, but we love using it when we have people over or for random cocktail nights.

They also bought me a foot bath and epsom salt! I can't wait to relax with an at-home foot spa.

We went out to dinner at Thunderhead Brewery. It was great to catch up. The pizza was just OK though. I think our other local pizza place, Flippin Sweet, is way better.

After dinner, we went home, picked up the dog and walked to my parents house to chat. We all headed to bed pretty early.

Saturday, July 25

I got up early to make breakfast for everyone. I made a veggie frittata with mushrooms, zucchini, red onion, spinach and feta.

I also made blueberry muffins. I used a whole wheat box mix from Hodgson Mills and added cinnamon, pure vanilla extract and frozen blueberries. I prefer to bake from scratch, but the Hodgson Mills brand is pretty healthy and super convenient. It has just five or six ingredients.

After breakfast, everyone headed home. I realized the BF had been feeding me decaf coffee all morning because that's what his dad drinks, so I drove to Baristas for a real deal iced coffee.

Then I picked up my mom and my niece, Brynn, and we went to the farmer's market.

My mom bought honey and I bought bee pollen from Cal's Bee Haven. Cal said he eats a teaspoon of bee pollen every day, and he had a bunch of information about all the health benefits of bee pollen. I think I'll do a whole post on bee pollen! Cal was a great guy!

I bought these amazing white, purple and tie dye looking bell peppers from Soderholm Farms (in the photo above Cal). They looked so beautiful that I had to get them. I bought carrots and beets also. The beets were from my old high school teacher, Gary Stubbs', farmer's market stand. I can't remember the name of his farm stand, but I always buy something from him every time I go to the market. My mom bought some corn on the cob, which she shared with me, and Brynn got some granola.

After the farmer's market, we stopped at the mall. I helped Brynn pick out some new books at the bookstore. She got these super cute historical biographies - Who Was Amelia Earhart?, Who Was Queen Elizabeth? and Who Was Harriet Tubman? I looked on Amazon, and there are tons more. I think I might order Anne Frank, Mother Teresa and Jane Goodall for her. The Malala Yousafzai {<---- Amazon affiliate links} book is available for pre-order. I love that Brynn loves to learn. They have Who Was? books on men also, but I like that she wanted to learn about strong women.

We stopped for lunch at HyVee. Last time I had the salad bar it wasn't that fabulous, so I had a rice bowl from the Chinese bar. I got steamed rice and chicken and broccoli.

Then I picked up ingredients for a salad I was going to make for a party that night. Brynn is such a helpful shopper.

I dropped my mom and Brynn off, then went home to make my salad and get ready for the evening. But first, I made a smoothie bowl!

Our friend, Russanne, had a little backyard party in Hastings, so the BF and I took a little road trip.

I'm really obsessed with these planes. I want to ride in one someday, but preferably one that doesn't spray chemicals.

I made a Berry Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey Lime Poppyseed Dressing for the party. It was so so delicious.

At the party, I had a turkey burger topped with a tomato slice (from Russanne's garden) and guacamole, my kale salad, a corn black bean and radish salad and guacamole with tortilla chips.

Game changer!

We had a fun night catching up...and planning a camping trip at Smith Falls State Park!!! I wore my new dress from Prana. I had been coveting it all summer, and it finally went on sale.

The BF and I got home around 1 a.m.

Sunday, July 26

I slept until 10 a.m.!!! I really needed the sleep. I had been feeling exhausted all week. I was craving waffles, so I stole two of the BF's frozen waffles and topped them with blueberries, half a banana, chia seeds, bee pollen and pure maple syrup. It was delicious!

I worked on the blog and did some meal planning for the week, then the BF and I went to HyVee to pick up groceries.

It was crazy hot, so we decided to hit up my parent's pool in the afternoon. I made myself a little coconut water/sparkling water drink to take with me. We floated around the pool for a couple of hours. It was incredibly relaxing.

After the pool, I did a bit of meal prepping for the week. I made my apple cider vinegar drinks and some overnight oats in mostly used peanut butter jars (check my Facebook for the recipe). I also made some chocolate superfood snack balls, which I'll share with you later.

The BF grilled cod, and I roasted beets and carrots and boiled corn on the cob for dinner. It was so delicious! I'm obsessed with roasted carrots right now.

We ended the night by watching In Search of General Tso on Netflix. Totally worth watching! It was really interesting to learn about the history of Chinese-American food. I had no idea.

As usual, I feel like I could use another day to catch up on the things I should have done over the weekend. But it's back to work!

Do you make your weekends all about fun or do you use weekends to get things done?

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