Dine, Play

Saturday Solace

It’s been eight weeks since I was in Charlotte on a SaturDAY. This morning I taught two classes, stayed and chatted with my friend Stephanie for a bit and then headed to Whole Foods to pick up an essential ingredient.

I got home, made some bacon and eggs (yes, I included my veggies, Cleaners) and poured myself a glass of champagne. Luckily, I had picked up oranges earlier in the week and squeezed some fresh orange juice in and threw the slices in to my flute.

I had been eyeing the Avocado Cookies that were featured on Pure Barre’s Blog yesterday. After brunch I found myself staring at them again and figured it was only a matter of time before I made them, so why wait?


Photo Credit: Pure Barre Blog – my cookies weren’t as pretty. Hey, I was a little too anxious to try them once I smelled the cookie dough.

Oh. My. It’s basically a brownie flavored cookie. I highly suggest these cookies. I threw in shredded coconut (recipe suggests adding either walnuts or coconut and I am loco for coco so coconut it was!) The aforementioned essential ingredient was the chocolate chips that I needed for the recipe. I’ve only tried the cookies warm so can’t vouch for them other than that. I told Stephanie I would bring her some…at least that way I knew I wouldn’t eat them all in one sitting.

My boyfriend went out of town for the day with a friend and I had nothing that I HAD to do today. Woah, what? Might as well take advantage. There’s some things I’ve been meaning to do and wanted to get some cleaning and organizing done so figured I would do just that. I’m often go go go, but I’ve gotten so much better about slowing down, taking time for myself and learning to do a little thing called relaxation.

A little over a month ago my Mom had ordered two DateCrates. I had shared the link with her after I saw that a former coworker of mine and her husband had started the company.

We offer creative and unique dates with your interests in mind. Each date’s description provides a brief overview of the activity, but the items included in the crate are left a mystery. Who doesn’t love a good surprise!

The couple started the company after they were

“…inspired by friends who encouraged us to invest time in our marriage each month. In courtship the focus is on each other, but in marriage the focus tends to shift. One of the greatest enemies of romance is busyness. We created DateCrates with the hope that it will give you time to invest in your relationship.”

The two DateCrates that my Mom ordered are pictured below:

DateCrateS’mores are heaven sent.

DateCrateI am way too excited to crank that popping machine after I get a RedBox.

Both come with a great card that essentially gives you instructions for the contents of the crate. Super cute and great gift idea.

I love the concept and wish my friend, Caroline and her husband the best of luck with their new business venture. ❤

Speaking of loving concepts. I received the sweetest package from a friend today. One part of the gift can best be described through this photo:


On the opposite side of each clothespin is the hashtag #PegItForward. Lori wrote the following message on the opposite side of the sparkly purple paper (when I first typed this I wrote sparkly purple hair – wonder if she intentionally chose purple?!)…

“Creating positivity by secretly distributing messages of goodwill throughout the world via something as simple as a peg!”

How cool?! I love it. It’s like a non stop Easter egg hunt. I can’t wait to put these in various places and see if I’m able to track down the person who finds it via social media.

I love being reminded of the awesome people that I get to interact with on a regular basis. I am so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. Thank you, Lori!

For the rest of the day and evening, I plan to:

  1. Research apartment complexes in Greenville, SC – please send me your suggestions if you have any. Yes, you read that correctly, we will be moving a little further South in the next month or so. Stay tuned for more details…
  2. Cook up something delicious for dinner (even if it’s my leftover spaghetti squash and homemade marinara sauce) and spend some time bookmarking some new recipes to try. For my meals, I’ve still been sticking to 30 Clean compliant foods. Can’t say the same for some treats and sips that I’ve had though.
  3. Get some of that organizing and cleaning done that I mentioned.
  4. Enjoy the time with Me, Myself & I.
  5. Catch up on some of my favorite blogs.

What do you like to do for YOU? Do you feel like YOU time often gets pushed further and further down your “To Do” list? If so, start to find a way where it can get pushed a little closer to the top of your list!