Our Saturday began on an active note with his and hers workouts: The gym for Ryan and Burn Bootcamp for me. I know I’ve said it about a million times, but I absolutely LOVE my Burn Bootcamp workouts. I look forward to them SO much and cannot say enough good things about the positive and encouraging environment and the seriously challenging workouts that are somehow still totally fun. It’s the best!
Our Saturday morning workout was a full-body tabata and included six different stations that incorporated both plyometric exercises and strength exercises. I left looking like a sweaty mess. A walk around the neighborhood with Ryan, Sadie and Chase followed breakfast and after a much-needed shower, my mom and I took Chase along on some errands on Saturday afternoon.
Last year, when my mom was in town over the holidays, we stumbled upon an adorable little Christmas shop that was filled with unique and quirky ornaments and wanted to venture in again this year. I’m pretty sure I need to go back and buy the watermelon ornament we saw in the shop since I basically lived on watermelon all summer when I was pregnant!
We left with a small gift for someone special before heading into CVS to stock up on some goodies for two holiday gift baskets I’m putting together for two of the women who regularly watch Chase at Burn Bootcamp’s childcare.
In addition to nail polish, lotion, cozy socks and some other fun finds, I threw in some of my favorite healthy snacks in our basket, too, and tried my best not to eat the entire bag of dark chocolate trail mix I bought for myself before we made it back home.
Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Our Saturday night plans were extra special because my mom volunteered to watch Chase so Ryan and I could enjoy a date night out in the city!
On Friday morning, I stumbled upon an article on CharlotteAgenda.com about the 38th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour, a festive tradition that includes admission into a variety of private homes in Fourth Ward.
I immediately bought two tickets and told Ryan I had a surprise date night planned for Saturday.
(Hat: Tart Collections via Stitch Fix // Scarf: Banana Republic Factory Store – this $25 Etsy find is similar // Jacket: Cole Haan via RueLaLa – this one is similar // Purse: Marc Jacobs // Cinched Plaid Vest: White Plum // Boots: Matisse via RueLaLa)
We arrived uptown as the tour was kicking off and the sun was setting. After checking in at the ticket booth, we were given booklets containing descriptions of the homes on the tour and a map of the walkable route. The older homes along the tour were our favorite to see, especially since many of them were expertly decorated with holiday decor and beautiful antiques.
As you may have seen on Instagram, we are cheeseballs and couldn’t resist a mistletoe kiss!
A bunch of the homes were updated and I loved the built in breakfast nook in one of the townhomes and told Ryan that look is on my list of dreams for a future home if we ever move. As someone who always loves to sit in a booth at restaurants, I just love the idea of a comfy breakfast nook with a cozy booth in our home one day!
Before heading home for the night, our date included one more stop. As a couple who shares an intense love for sweets, we were both craving a dessert at the end of the night and stopped by Amelie’s French Bakery for their salted caramel brownies and a few macarons. A Saturday night date night success!
Our Sunday was the perfect combination of active and lazy. Our friends Kevin and Chandra came over in the late morning and the four of us drove up to Lake Norman State Park for a five-mile hike. We had the best time catching up with them!
You know those friends who you never have any trouble pouring everything out to and who make you feel 100 percent at ease? That’s Chandra for me… And that’s saying at lot since we’ve only known each other since we met after we both moved to Charlotte around the same time. She’s seriously the best to talk to about anything and everything.
Once we were done hiking, we drove home and arrived ready to spend the rest of our Sunday hanging out on the couch and playing with our favorite little man. I used our couch time to catch up on blog work before my mom, Ryan, Chase and I settled in to watch Pitch Perfect 2 after dinner.
And that concludes our weekend! Today we are off to the pediatrician for Chase’s four month check up and I’m also hoping to sneak in a Burn Bootcamp first thing this morning.
I hope you guys have a great Monday and I’ll see ya again in the morning!