The Dichotomy Between My Work & Intuitive Living

This is a random, rambly post. Please indulge me. 🙂 When I began working as a Renal RD July 2015, I lived differently than I do now. Over the past two years, I have evolved and practice far more intuitive eating, intuitive living, and self care. (This is many thanks to Kylie and Anne!) That said, I still have a long ways to go. We’re all a work in progress. But being employed in the medical field, and specifically in the clinical environment, I have found it a huge struggle to separate what I do day-to-day to what I share here.

If you aren’t familiar with chronic kidney disease, it is a horrible disease. My patients are unable to eat intuitively or even go where ever they please. Everything has to be a calculated step. I look at numbers and labs all the time For instance, if their potassium level is increasing, I have to educate that they limit their potassium intake. Phosphorus is naturally in so many of our foods and is also used as a preservative. The kidneys are primarily responsible for the removal of any excess. Thus, my patients have to limit phosphorus. And fluids. And calcium. The list goes on, trust me.

So how does this conflict with my blog? In this space, I share the meals Matt and I create. I try new foods. I enjoy my food without having to worry about serious consequences, like a high potassium and how that could lead to major cardiac problems. But at work, I’m more or less the food police. I try my best to include intuitive eating concepts when I can, and I counsel against dieting. However, it can only go so far when they cannot even freely enjoy fruits and vegetables. Many are also on a blood thinner, which limits their dark, leafy green intake. I sometimes just feel torn with what I do and what I try to live. Some days, I struggle with trying to leave work at work and not worry about the what ifs or unknowns. To continue living intuitively and listening to my body. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for my job. I work with great people, and I have seen the positive impact I can have on a patient’s life. But is just hard. I apologize if this is depressing or sounds whiney. I love to be open and start conversation on my blog, and this is a topic that came to me this evening.

I’ll close with wishing everyone a great evening and lovely start to their day tomorrow!

Shoppin’, Nommin’, & Relaxin’

Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. On Friday, I made quite an awesome bowl of oatmeal with this instant oat packet plus milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. I topped it with almond butter, banana, cottage cheese, and local sorghum syrup. Two kitties just snugglin’ away!

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For the second year, I attended the UT Dietetic Internship Luncheon as a preceptor. It’s the same program I completed. The director snapped this photo. 🙂

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For dinner, we had leftovers from Thursday evening. I seasoned and browned ground beef and then sauteed peppers, onion, roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, and mushrooms. I added and reduced red wine, wilted greens, and served it with a mixture of mini GF gnocchi and GF tomato gnocchi. All three babies! Kase got to come over too, which I loved.

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Saturday began with toast two ways: blackberry jam and avocado / almond butter and frozen blueberries plus an egg on the side.

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Matt snapped this while I was finishing getting ready. Mace looking so handsome!

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All ready for a fun Saturday together!

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I got a quick hair trim, then Matt found a new-to-us restaurant, Sticky Rice Cafe.

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Shrimp spring rolls to start.

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I chose their stir fried vegetables with squid and steamed rice. I ate a fraction of the rice and was satisfied.

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Matt had one of their chicken entrees with vegetables. It was delicious! He was sweet and shared several bites. 😉

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We found his suit for Kaci’s wedding! He looks so darn handsome in a suit. Plus this one fits him perfectly – no alterations needed.

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When we got home and were switching cars so I could park in the garage, we found this baby had been hiding under Matt’s car. Poor thing! Matt used a vase to coax it out of the way. I’m hoping momma bird was able to help it.

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One of our sweet patients who recovered function has brought us cheesecake from his work a few times. I grabbed a piece of Friday, and on Saturday afternoon, it sounded great.

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Jaaaax looking so cute!

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I went on a really long walk, which was so refreshing. I hit at least 12k steps on Saturday! I was in love with this succulent garden!

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So pretty!

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Because of all the rain we’ve had, there are mushrooms popping up everywhere.

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For dinner, I made a quick, tasty salad.

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Saturday night’s sunset was really pretty. This is looking out front of our place. We have a pretty amazing view.

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This is at the front of our complex.

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For breakfast on Sunday, I made five-minute “overnight” oats. I mixed a packet of the instant oatmeal that I mentioned at the top of this post with yogurt, milk, and spices. I topped it with peanut butter and banana.

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Rachel was zonked when I got out of the shower! I was washing our bedding, and she loves the bare mattress.

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I met with Kaci and Drew at the lake house for the afternoon. Unfortunately, it was cloudy, but we enjoyed ourselves all the same. I floated some at least.

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During Kaci’s bachelorette weekend, Drew and his dad cleared out the brush pile!

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I made a salad with pearled barley at the bottom. Enjoyed al fresco. 🙂

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Something sweet to end the meal.

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Kaci and Drew trimmed a few limbs from the tree that is next to our deck. Call them for any of your yardwork needs, ha!

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I went to Kroger and stocked up on a lot of great food, including these frozen entrees. I love keeping them on hand when we’re in a bit of a pinch for lunch or dinner options.

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For dinner, I made baked salmon with dill, Old Bay, spice blend, pepper spice blend, and capers.

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I made us a salad to go with it. Super easy but tasty.

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For dessert, I had the last of the yogurt with apple, Multigrain Cheerios, and sorghum syrup.

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This morning, I made oatmeal with old fashioned oats, milk, cinnamon, chia, blueberries, brown sugar swirled in and topped with trail mix.

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Kroger’s free Friday product was a KIND bar. This was a great balance of sweet and spicy!

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Have a great week!

Kaci’s Bachelorette Weekend + Hitting the Two Month Mark!

Good morning! I’m currently experiencing those post-vacation blues. It’s the one and only downside of having such an epic girls’ weekend. Today marks two months until Kaci and Drew say “I do” – can’t wait!

I took off work on Friday and enjoyed a slow morning. Pb and J Love Grown Foods Super Oats oatmeal with mango. Mason’s face is adorable!

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Two loaves

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I finished packing, completed a Barre3 workout, and then I picked up a wrap for each Kaci and me. We enjoyed them before meeting up with Kaci’s future SIL and MIL and friend, Cindy.

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We hit the road for Nashville, TN! Kaci found this adorable Airbnb.

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I loved this fun wall art!

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Kaci and I shared the master bedroom.

A fun wall collage in our room + the master bath.

The two other bedrooms. Matt and I had the same bottom bed spread when we first moved into our place two years ago!

Guest bathroom selfie + the pretty deck that we never used. Haha. Sara did get the string lights to work, but we never migrated outside.

After we got settled and freshened up, we went to Bartaco for our first dinner. It did not disappoint!

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Their guacamole and salsa were excellent. We loved the chips – a different way of serving them.

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Kaci and I tried the falafel on bibb lettuce, and I also tried one each cauliflower and shrimp taco on a tortilla. I ordered a side of their chipotle slaw as well. It was perfectly filling.

We enjoyed a calm morning at home laughing, sipping coffee, and eating a small bite before getting ready for the day. For brunch on Saturday, we chose to dine at Café Roze. All of the restaurants we chose were thanks to recommendations by Sara’s friends.

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Since I enjoyed coffee at the house thanks to Sara (!), I tried their golden turmeric steamer made with ginger and almond milk. That color {heart eyes emoji}

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Sara tried their Roze Latte made with cardamom and an adorable garnish.

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Kaci sipped on their cold brew with perfectly swirled milk.

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Their croissant was so flaky, buttery, and deeelicious.

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Kaci gave me a bite of her coconut donut that was excellent.

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I enjoyed their egg bowl, which included two poached eggs, a grilled tomato half, kale, avocado, cucumber and feta bulgur, and preserved lemon yogurt. So dang unique and amazing!

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Kaci’s egg sandwich.

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Saturday’s weather was perfect! The people we asked to take our groups shots throughout the weekend were so sweet. I love all of these of us.

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We set out on foot to find some shopping. We took a wrong turn, but it was so fun. We were able to drool over all the adorable homes + the walking helped our stomachs to digest.

We came across an Italian restaurant with this really pretty mural painted on the side.

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Kaci and I enjoyed a 90-minute massage, and then Cindy and Sara enjoyed theirs. It was a lovely spa!

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We decided to try Eastland Café, and boy did it hit the spot!

Funny mirror group shot from our booth.

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I couldn’t decide between a vegetarian and a salmon entrée, and the waitress was so sweet and offered to include the salmon with the vegetarian meal. Loved it! It came with zucchini bread as well + bread and pesto to start our meal.

Cindy chose one of their specials – steak skewers along with salsa verde mac ‘n cheese, while Sara went with their steak entrée.

Kaci went with their chicken and biscuits with apple butter, and Susan enjoyed their shrimp and grits with bacon.

We wish we had gotten a photo before it got dark, but this still turned out really nice. I especially like my “halo” glow. 😉

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Kaci and Cindy enjoyed ice cream from Jeni’s – ice cream flight for Cindy / dark rich chocolate for Kaci.

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Sara surprised Kaci with these cute cupcakes!

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I enjoyed my other zucchini bread slice with almond butter I picked up from Aldi and a banana. After our massages, Kaci and I stopped at Aldi for an afternoon snack. Now I can say I’ve been to a Nashvegas location. 🙂IMG_0355

On Sunday, our final eatery was Barista Parlor.

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This was the marker used for the waiter to bring our food to us. We loved the blue wall! The cute group next to us took some photos with it as the back drop. When you find a nice background, you take advantage. 😉

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Perfectly made pour over.

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I went with The Daytona, which included a generous portion of fluffy scrambled eggs, local sausage, peach slices, biscuit, and peach jam. I was so stuffed but so satisfied.

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Another day, another cold brew for Kase! Action shot.

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Maple glazed donut provided by Five Daughters Bakery.

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Kaci’s burrito.

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While I could not wait to see Matt and the babies, I was so bummed to see the weekend end! Matt was amazing, though and took care of the babies and our place so well. He went on an evening walk with me that was at least an hour long. I didn’t take my phone because I wanted to just be with him with no distractions. It was perfect and so needed. I love catching up like that!

I’m in denial that it’s Monday and the start of another work week. I love that I can always revisit this post to relive such a phenomenal weekend. Happy two months to my twinkie until her spectacular wedding!

 

 

 

A Rollercoaster of Emotions

So here it is Wednesday, and I’m finally blogging about our weekend. It was quite rough, and truth be told, I considered not even sharing it. But I love this space given it serves as a journal, documentation of sorts, and I am in much better place.

To backtrack, I came home on Thurday and discovered one of the babies had been sick. I noticed Mason was retreating under the bed and becoming less social, same as when he was diagnosed with cancer. By Friday morning, things had worsened so much. Matt discovered he had been sick throughout the night, and in turn, he had dislodged his feeding tube. He chewed off half of it, but the rest was still in his esophagus and gagging him. I was a nervous wreck. I shoved breakfast in my mouth, grabbed him, and we raced over to the ER vet hospital. They removed his tube feed and let us go home.

On Friday evening, I met with my therapist for the first time since May. It was a great session. I ramble, she makes sense of it, reframes my thinking. She shared this with me, and it’s me to a “t!”

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On Thursday, I roasted seasoned two pork tenderloins, and Matt made a mushroom wine reduction. I roasted vegetables and tossed them with mini gnocchi. We had the leftovers for dinner on Friday. Rachel was super interested!

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Saturday morning I made toast: havarti and blackberry combo with poppy seeds and sunflower seeds / avocado and egg on the other.

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I got my hair cut then treated myself to a late lunch at The French Market.

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Half-caf cappuccino

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I chose their goat cheese, walnut, artichoke hearts crepe. They forgot the artichoke hearts, so I was able to get a big cup on the side. I lucked out from their tiny mistake! I ate until I was satisfied and saved the rest.

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My awesome hairstylist reminded me it was tax free weekend, so I braved Old Navy. I found a few things then headed home.

Matt and I got ready for a date night downtown. We kinda splurge when we go out, but since we don’t do it often, we justified it. haha We chose to dine at the Oliver Royale.

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We split a salad to start. It wasn’t super special, so we realized we could’ve gone without, but no biggie. Menu description: Baby Lettuces / spring citrus segments, grapes, honeycrisp apple candied nuts, local wildflower honey, charred orange vinaigrette.

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Cheeks and cherries: sweet potato, cherry, strawberry, sunflower, nettles . Holy moly this was excellent!

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I chose the red snapper over lentils with a nice sauce, asparagus, and sprouts.

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Matt’s entree: Roasted Pork Chop / summer beans, endive, spanish chorizo, parmesan polenta, cherry & apple chutney.

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We then went on a walk down Gay St., and the sky was gorgeous. It was borderline chilly, and I loved the weather!

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One of our new swanky hotels. I follow them on Ig, and they look so nice! I wish we could have a staycation and view K-town like a tourist.

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Jessie and Katey came to Knoxville and transformed these steps at the intersection of Cumberland Ave. and 11th St. They. Are. Incredible!

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I had to pose with them.

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865Life shared my post in their story. I love following their Ig account – check them out for all things in Knox!

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Sunday morning was even worse for Mason. He came downstairs for breakfast at 6 AM, and he immediately began getting sick. He was so dehydrated because he had not been eating. I again ate breakfast really quick (leftover crepe with artichoke hearts, avocado, and honey), and we again left for the hospital. I had to leave him, which broke my heart.

I came home and had an early lunch of egg over wilted spinach, beet chips and apple with cinnnamon and pb.

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I attended a yoga session at Blue Slip Winery held by the 865 Fit Tribe. It was fabulous, but I couldn’t shut off my mind about Mason.

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Sweet Jax snuggles when I got home!

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I made a quick dinner of roasted vegetables over greens, hummus toast, and I split a mediterranean chicken burger.

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On Monday, I spoke with one of the doctors following Mason’s progress. Long story short, chemo did not work. He fell out of remission, and the ascites and liver involvement had picked up again. So essentially we were back at square one as we were in June, even with his body weight. We were devastated. The oncologist met with Kaci and myself, and we discussed additional options. He feels strongly about an oral drug that we then started on Monday.

Look at this sweet face! He was SO excited to see us!

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Mason stayed overnight again to be observed and to be given more IV fluids. We were able to pick him up yesterday after work, and he so full of life again. He crawled into bed with us last night, and then we woke up at 4:50 AM to him wanting love. I was not mad in the least. I loved waking up to all of my babies safely at home. We’re cautiously optimistic. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bitter. Bitter that regardless if this works and puts him into remission, we were given a glimpse of what will one day happen. He’ll come out of remission, and we’ll have to put him on comfort measures. This is not a cure – just a means to give him more quality of life. There are countless people and animals suffering, I know. But he does not deserve this. He’s nothing but an angel. We’re thankful we have a team taking care of him. Financially, it’s very stressful. But I couldn’t imagine not doing all that we can. He has the strongest will to live. So as always, please keep him and all our babies in your thoughts and prayers!

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Paddle, Paddle, Paddle

Yesterday evening, I finally got to paddle board for the second time, and it’s been two years since I first tried it! I really want and need to do it more often. I met with Kase at her place, and we carpooled over to the Ijam’s Quarry. Vicky (center) and Cindy (far right) met us there, and after we rented our boards, we hit the water!

A sweet lady took our photo, and she caught some fabulous candid ones of us trying to get into place. It’s difficult to hold still and keep the board from turning!

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It was a gorgeous evening with the perfect temperature and breeze.

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Such a serene place. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover it. I definitely intend to continue discovering all of Knoxville’s “hidden gems”!

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They had pretty cornhold boards set up, but unfortunately, Kase and I didn’t play a game.

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Take one.

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Attempt number two. Lol

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We did, however, make time for food truck noms. We ordered from Meatball Madness and More. I chose their Asian ginger meatballs entree. It was wonderful! Only thing that disappointed me was the rice-to-meatball ratio. I wouldn’ve much rather had far more meatballs and less rice, but I ate half and was satisfied.

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Kase ordered their black and blue meatball sub.

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I really look forward to visiting here again and getting into more adventures with friends!

The Dog Days of Summer

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I began Friday morning with a Love Grown oat cup-turned muffin with a small mug of cottage cheese with half a nectarine. (Sorry for the poor, early morning lighting.)

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The babies were cracking us up at breakfast!

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Fri-yay outfit, complete with another one of my new Anthropologie tops.

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I got my bangs and neck trimmed, which makes all the difference. Kroger’s free Friday product was Kraft Snack Trios. This was tasty and perfect to keep me satisfied until dinner. I did also have a banana muffin after getting home.

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Our Shutterfly wedding collage was delivered, and it made me oh so happy.

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I got to stay with Kaci and Axl on Friday night, and I loved it! We did a Barre3 routine, and Axl tried to “participate” aka get us to finish and go play fetch. 😉

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My dinner consisted of finishing off our lemon cilantro hummus with avocado and vegetables for dipping.

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Kaci made a turkey burger with barbeque sauce and vegetables. Those countertops ❤ Their place is super cute.

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Special Goob! He and the cats are definitely related. 😉

Dessert was Fage with banana, mixed nuts, cinnamon, and honey.

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I suffered an epic fail. I rented the Power Rangers movie but out of habit, I rented a blu ray disc. Welp, Kase doesn’t have a blu ray player, soooo we couldn’t watch it. Haha better luck next time!

Breakfast was early due to Axl taking up our pillows. He was forgiven because he’s so cute. I had Fage, cinnamon, peanut butter, Love Grown Comet Crispies, and an apple.

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After getting ready, we three took some photos. Hahaha these crack me up! Kase and I unintentionally coordinated. #twinning

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“Hey Aunt Kor, lemme give you a kiss.”

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K Brew café au lait ❤

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We met with Shannon and finalized their wedding décor order. Getting so real! I treated us to lunch at Vienna Coffeehouse. We split a veggie wrap…

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and a caprese sandwich on a croissant. This lunch was so delicious!

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Without going into details, Axl had an oopsy while riding in my lap. Dogs have a certain gland that is supposed to be cleared out when they use the potty, but his hadn’t been. Whoopsies! I quickly cleaned up, ran home and changed, and then I met up with Kaci at her future SIL’s house. This was another Anthro top. I love it!

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Kase was sweet and gave me an organic pop tart that she had picked up on Friday. I enjoyed that later in the afternoon.

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I can’t explain exactly why, but my anxiety started to build on Saturday. The noise in my head – my thoughts and fears – just peaked. I got home and upon coming through the door, I broke down. Instead of making fun of me or telling me to get over it, Matt was the very best husband. He held me, wiped away my attractive smudged mascara, and he helped calm me down to the point of laughing. I never take his love for granted.

Anywho, I then was able to make our dinner or salad with avocado and a drizzle of citrus vinaigrette topped with a chicken burger and hash brown patty.

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Dessert was a smoothie topped with multigrain Cheerios and peanut butter.

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Sunday morning we were woken up at 5:00 from the sound of glass shattering. We both jumped out of bed, went downstairs, and we saw our side lamp busted all over the floor. We think it was Rachel who accidentally broke it, but THANK GOODNESS for no cut paws! We cleaned it up and laid back down, but neither of us fell back asleep. We got up around 6:30 and made breakfast. This was actually my idea, which I was proud of. A smaller portion of savory oats with greens, egg, avocado, and we split each a chicken burger and hash brown patty. I also ate half an apple with cinnamon and sunflower seeds.

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I needed to read this and keep as a reminder.

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I left the house early to do some shopping at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods, hoping to find a new lamp. I didn’t check their hours, and instead of rolling with it, I became angry. So, this will be something I will actively work to improve. I went by Target and got a few things including some KIND minis.

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I met up with Kase, and we completed 865 Fit Tribe’s Hip Hop Cardio class at Lululemon. It was awesome!! I love that they cultivated a welcoming, non-judgmental class. Everyone gave it their all and didn’t have to worry if rhythm or movement wasn’t exact. Eminem’s ‘Til I Collapse played, and I immediately was taken back to being a freshman in high school, jamming to his album. It gave me a great boost of energy. 😉 It was a perfect class! They had some mini blueberry streusel muffins and petite vanilla scones from Starbucks plus fruit salad. I had a little fruit and one each of the pastries before accompanying Kase to Anthropologie. She got the yellow sweater and a cute copper wire basket.

I saw this chair and fell in love immediately. Too bad it was $898. Yikes, but I’m sure worth it given the time and effort put into it!

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I didn’t find a lamp but had to resist so many mugs at Anthro, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods. Loved this one!

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I found some great food and this cute new bowl for the babies’ water.

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I shopped at Kroger then came home for a much-needed shower.

Beet chips flavored with goat cheese dipped into white bean and pine nut hummus, carrots, and a radish. This was my late lunch. Jackson’s pose!

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Matt was a sweetie and went to Aldi with me. We stocked up then I roasted a huge pan of vegetables. I topped them on leafy romaine, wild rice, pinto beans, an taziki.

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I made Simple Mills chocolate muffins as well.

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I went on a 30-minute walk and noted that our crepe myrtle out front is blooming nicely. Love this color.

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We both made a smoothie and split a muffin. It’s a little dry but overall is tasty.

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Jackson exuded all of our mood with Monday looming. Hahahaha

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He’s so cute!! We clipped his claws after this, and he was not a happy camper! But he forgave us quickly.

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Wishing you all a successful and enjoyable week ahead!

 

Good Vibes

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Friday morning began with blueberry oatmeal. I was attempting to make an oatmeal “muffin” like the recipe from Love Grown’s oatmeal cups. I forgot that you only include an egg and omit the milk. So the texture was off, but I still enjoyed it.

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Kase gave me this blazer recently when she reorganized the closet at their new place. I really love it!

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Mason was due for his third chemo treatment Friday afternoon. He is a rockstar! He’s responded very well, but our poor baby went through a slightly rough experience. The staff were great, but things happen. The sedation they use is light, so he can still move. He kicked his leg and dislodged his IV. They had to start a new one, but his appetite hasn’t changed a bit, and he was happy as can be later. He stayed at Kaci’s throught Saturday afternoon and loves his new digs!

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I had picked up a GF frozen pizza at Kroger and decided that sounded like the perfect Friday dinner. I also bought these potholders by The Pioneer Woman that I adore.

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Complete with roasted green beans and a simple Caesar salad.

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For breakfast on Saturday, I had orange marmalade, smoked turkey, and avocado toast. Mmmm

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Coffee with my Internation Delight One Touch Vanilla Latte product. The handtowels are also by The Pioneer Woman. #obsessed

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Matt made an omelet with a banana muffin over thawed wild blueberries + a tangerine.

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Jaaaaax.

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I did a lot of cleaning and then got ready for the day. I wore one of my new shirts from Amazon. Love it!

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Matt was super sweet and changed my oil and filter + aired up my front tires. I then picked up my bridesmaid dress for Kaci’s wedding. So exciting! I went by her place and snuggled with Mason until she arrived. I enjoyed this cinnamon sugar muffin with milk and a few bites of trail mix then loaded up Mason to take him home.

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I shopped at Kroger, and their free Friday product was Quaker Overnight Oats cup. I had it this morning, and it was tasty!

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Dinner was cucumber and radish with Sabra parmesan and spinach taziki, roasted squash and cabbage, and a salmon burger.

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We had a snack and watched the last of Gotham season 2. Now to wait for Netflix to air the third season!

For breakfast on Sunday, I came up with the idea to warm our leftover pizza with wilted spinach and top with over easy eggs. As you can tell, I struggled hardcore with my eggs.

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Matt cracked open one of his eggs, and it had twin yolks!

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After breakfast chill time. He covered up Rachel, and she stayed.

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Sweet Mace catching some rays.

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Jaxxy is too cute!

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I got ready and attended a free Barre class held at our Lulumon store. It was amazing and so needed! I loved the instructor. She taught at Barre Belle and is in the process of opening a studio. Follow The865fittribe on Instagram and Facebook for class schedules.

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They were sweet and provided complimentary snacks after the hour-long class.

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Post-workout super happy bathroom selfie.

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I went next door and shopped Anthropolgie’s sale – 30% already discounted items. I found five cute shirts! Matt thinks they look like an old lady because some are designed to be oversized. Pft, men. 😉

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I picked up lunch for us at Whole Foods hot bar. The zucchini was a tad too spicy, and the pulled pork piece that I got was all fat. :/ But I still enjoyed it.

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Such a cute bag!

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SnapChat with Mason. These kill me!

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Dinner was a bowl of roasted vegetables, wild rice pouch from Aldi, and simmered seasoned beans.

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We had a later snack and watched a clip of John Oliver on the Stephen Colbert show. Sometimes you go to bed on time, and other times you have a snack and stay up a little with your man. ‘Tis life.

Today I am wearing one of my new Anthro tops. It’s so comfortable, and I love the sleeves!

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Have a great day!

Feel the Burn

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Friday started out a bit hectic but ended super well. Before Matt left for work, he decided to change Mason’s e-tube site dressing. When he did, he realized it was infected – very swollen and unhealthy looking to us. I finished getting ready and took him to the ER Vets. They confirmed it was infected but that he was not running a fever, thankfully. They drained it and started him on antibiotics again. He’s been a strong baby through all of this.

Backtracking to breakfast, I made cheesy fluffy scrambled eggs over wilted spinach and the second to last flag cake bar. Plus amazing coffee.

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Matt made an omelet.

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I wasn’t finished with my patriotic outfits. 😉

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I signed up for a Barre3 studio class for free thanks to my birthday coupon. It was awesome! First “burn” of the weekend, and it was a fantastic one.

Once home, I made our first Sun Basket meal: Chickpea and Tomatillo Stew with Wilted Dandelion Greens. Unfortunately, this was really lacking in flavor. We brought it for lunch today and are hoping it’s improved since chilling. :/

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We watched Once Upon a Time in Venice, hoping for a funny, lighthearted movie. It was pretty stupid, though.

Saturday’s breakfast included mashed avocado and orange marmalade toast along with peanut butter and blueberry toast.

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Matt made a savory waffle sandwich.

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We had planned to take Rachel to the vets in June for her blood sugar follow-up appointment, but with everything that has happened to Mason, it got pushed into July. Of course I had to wear my new cat tee to rock my cat-love. Sweet Mason hiding in the back.

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Even though we didn’t have her fast, her levels have dropped some more. She’s still considered to be in the same range, but we’re to continue the same course of action with just her special food and no insulin. A relief!

Once home, I made lunch that consisted of greens, cottage cheese, cucumber, steamed and chilled green beans, bell pepper, sunflower seeds, and a cinnamon sugar muffin.

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After I grocery shopped, I decided to treat myself to a drink from Awaken Coffee. While walking to their shop from where I parked, I spotted this cool mural.

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They have a cute space!

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I shared my drink in my Ig Story, and then they shared it on their account. 🙂 It was refreshing and just what I needed. I chose decaf espresso, though so as not to overdo the caffeine.

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Thankfully, the second Sun Basket meal was excellent! It was roasted cauliflower with smoked paprika, parsley and scallions. It came with a delicious herb sauce that paired with pan-seared then baked skin-on chicken breasts. Mason was a fan, as you can tell. Haha

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Dessert was Fage, GA peach which was tasty but not very juicy, and Mesa Sunrise cereal flakes.

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I prepped each of us a bowl of Kylie’s Breakfast Cookie Dough: oats, oat flour, salt, milk, peanut butter, and mashed banana. In the morning I topped mine with yogurt and blueberries.

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Cats + Coffee + Sunshine

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Matt added an egg to his and cooked the batter into pancakes.

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I was proud of us because we were packed and I was showered in time to arrive at the lake house at noon. We spent 4.5 glorious hours out there. Kaci and Drew met us out there about an hour or so later. If you squint, you can see some ducks having a lovely Sunday float about. Lol

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After we did some floating ourselves, we had lunch on the deck. I made a veggie cottage cheese bowl with Red Hot Blues corn chips.

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I packed the last of our barbeque chicken, green beans, and some cauliflower for Matt plus peppers, avocado, and chips.

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No float stands a chance with Axl. He popped yet another. Silly boy.

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When you think you and your husband applied the sunscreen well. Face-palm. Second burn of the weekend, and it was not a fantastic one. Lolz

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I made our third and final Sun Basket meal: Italian sausages over nectarine mostarda sauce with sautéed mustard greens. Delish!

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After finishing meal prep, dishes, laundry, and showering, I had a mug of cereal with peanut butter. We watched an episode of Gotham and then called it a night.

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Happy Monday and week ahead!

Friday Favorites

I love reading other bloggers’ Friday Favorites posts, so I figured I would share one of my own. 🙂

*As an aside, I wanted to share an update on Mason. If you feel in your heart that you’d like to help, we would be very grateful!

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Clothing + Accessories

I bought the chambray top, colorful top, and the dress at Planet Xchange, a local store dedicated to selling awesome gently used clothes.

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I got this cardigan on Amazon and love it! I’m waiting on this top, this top, and yet another top to be delivered. To fully wear my cat love with pride, I got this t-shirt. I love the geometric design, it looks similar to the style of my owl tattoo. The print is a little off-center on the tee I was sent, but I love it.

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Freshwater cultured black pearl cat stud earrings. LOVE!

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Eats

The patriotic bars that I shared in my last post were so good, and I look forward to making them again! We ordered from Sun Basket with a coupon, so I’ll be sharing about our experience with their meals. Lastly, I’ve really been into savory breakfasts a little more lately, especially a sweet-savory combo.

Ways to Move My Body

Kaci came over yesterday, and we snuck in a quick walk before another downpour. We came inside, and I made up a routine of cat-cow stretches, down 5dog, planks, moutain climbers, boat pose, etc. Once the rain stopped, we went back for a walk, so it was perfect! Jackson and Rachel were our cheerleaders. 🙂 I’ve been loving my Barre3 online subscription, and today I’m attending a free class thanks to my birthday voucher.

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Random

I don’t care how old I get, I am always excited to find a new planner, especially when they are this pretty! They make me excited for the year ahead.

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