Long Weekend Blooms + Sunshine


Hi everyone!

So, you know how in yesterday’s post I was talking about my love for fresh flowers and that I can’t have TOO many in the house because of Ryan’s allergies? Well. We had a BBQ at our house on Sunday night where we hosted about 15 people, and our thoughtful friends and family brought more flowers for me! I say me because Ryan is more of a, “sure, grab me a beer!” kinda guy as opposed to, “Oh, those flowers are beautiful!”

Regardless, I for one am super excited about all the blooms in our home right now! My sister said it was a bit of a jungle, but… I can’t help it. I’m not about to turn them away!


So bright and summery : ) Yeah, so Sunday we were in BBQ prep mode getting everything ready. We had tons of food – chips, fruit like grapes, fresh cherries & strawberries, crackers and hummus, French bread with spinach dip, a broccoli pasta salad, a vegan Caesar salad, turkey burgers & veggie burgers. Oh, and dessert was cupcakes and fudgesicles. To say everyone left with a full belly would be an understatement. Ryan and I love hosting things at our house. A) because it is our house and we don’t have to leave and B) it makes us happy to see our friends and family so happy! There’s something about everyone being together that makes my heart smile. Oh my gosh. I sound like my mother.

Another bouquet of pretty flowers from our friends at Manna Farm! My mom and dad brought their pup Marley over, so Nala was happy to have another four-legged friend to play with – plus tons of humans to keep her occupied! Our company stayed until about 11pm, then we cleaned up, watched a bit of TV and hit the hey. It was a jam-packed day outside with friends, and I loved every bit of it!

Oh, I also loved that I woke up at my alarm (which I set for 8:00am) yesterday, went to the bathroom (because you needed to know that) and proceeded to lay back down and sleep in until 10:41AM! Holy crap. I felt like the whole day was over by the time I rolled out of bed. And let me just say – I was not hungover or drinking a lot on Sunday. I guess my body just needed the rest!

My sister had slept over Sunday night, so she was busy making Ryan and I breakfast yesterday morning before she had to head off to work. When she left, and while Ryan was getting his haircut, I went out and squeezed in the easy 5 miles that my marathon training plan called for. It was hot, sweaty, but I was happy! Once I stretched and showered, I downed a smoothie (that I will be sharing with you all on Thursday!) and we packed the dog up to go for a hike. Yep, busy day full of activities!

We headed to Mt Tzouhalem, and Nala absolutely LOVED running off-leash with her cousins. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon, and we grabbed a couple cold drinks at Starbucks after. Why not, right?

Beauty day for a hike!

Aaaand then this happened. We were lounging on the couch, anticipating a quiet night in watching TV and overall being lazy, and Ryan was Googling Kitchen Aid mixers. When this man finds a deal, he does NOT want to wait even one second before jumping on it. So, away we went to Walmart, then Canadian Tire, then Best Buy to see what the prices were like. We ended up scoring this on super sale at Best Buy, so look forward to lots of recipes coming your way this summer made in this bad boy!

I think that about recaps the whole weekend for ya! I have another post coming to you this week about what’s in my fridge! I received great feedback on my what’s in my pantry post, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Until then, I will chat with ya tomorrow on the podcast!

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