Hello friends! How are you on this Monday morning? I hope your weekend was a good one and that you’re stopping by the blog today feeling rested and refreshed!
My weekend began on a good note! I had plans to meet up with my friend Lauren for a workout at Orangetheory Lake Norman first thing on Saturday morning. It was a serious sweat fest!
If I thought my first Orangetheory experience was a tough one, my second time at the studio was even more challenging. Rather than rotate through the treadmill, rowing machine and weight room floor several times, Saturday’s workout kept us in one spot for much longer.
Lauren and I began on side-by-side treadmills and spent the first 20 minutes or so of the workout challenging ourselves with some intense intervals before it was time for strength training and rowing.
The strength portion of the workout looked like this:
8 minute AMRAP #1 (Reps: 10-8-10-8):
- One arm chest press
- One arm bent over row
- Triceps kickback
8 minute AMRAP #2 (Reps: 10-8-10-8):
- TRX high row + TRX bicep curl
- TX triceps extension
- Weighted v-up
(Note: AMRAP = As Many Rounds As Possible)
The workout concluded with rowing and had me and Lauren breathing hard! It was a great workout and a wonderful way to kick off the weekend.
(I still think it’s so cool to see a summary of my workout pop up in my email after an Orangetheory workout! Ohhh technology!)
After our workout, we had plans to get pedicures before heading home, so we stopped for lattes before heading into a local nail salon. It felt so nice to have some uninterrupted quality time with Lauren since we’re usually wrangling our kiddos whenever we hang out! (Refresher: Lauren is my friend whose little girl Claire was born four days before Chase!)
I selected OPI Houston We Have A Purple polish for my toes and thought it was the perfect summer-to-fall transition color. So pretty!
Once we said our goodbyes, I headed home and took a much-needed shower and timing worked out really well because I finished getting dressed just as Chase woke up from his nap! We had plans to head out to Birkdale Village to pick up a couple of small gifts and couldn’t resist swinging by Clean Juice for smoothies.
I also nabbed a cashew milk latte (I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little bit of honey to mine) and loved it!
Ryan and I joke that Chase is Clean Juice’s number one fan because he absolutely loves their smoothies and smoothie bowls. He shared some of Ryan’s seasonal fall bowl and some of my berry smoothie made with almond butter and was a happy camper!
We spent a solid hour or so wandering around Birkdale and made it home around 2:30 p.m. Chase seemed ready for another nap (he was shockingly a decent napper – right back to his two long naps this weekend – go figure!) and so we put him down and I got to work on the computer while he slept.
Once Chase was up again, we headed out to a local park to attend a dog show we read about in a local magazine. It was a cute event, though not exactly the hoppin’ festival we were hoping for, but at least Chase had a blast!
He is quickly becoming obsessed with dogs and we laugh because he says “woof woof” when he sees big dogs but sticks out his tongue and starts panting rapidly at the sight of little dogs. Luckily most pet owners were more than willing to let Chase pet their dogs so after he had his fill (or one we decided he had is fill, really), we swung by Food Lion for some groceries before heading home.
Once we made it back home, we had about 20 minutes to kill before our new neighbors were set to come over for a cook out, so we went into overdrive straightening up the living room (aka shoving baby toys into the corner) and prepping some food for the night. We had a deliciously simple meal of grilled chicken thighs (I marinated them earlier in the day using the marinade in my easy baked chicken recipe), burgers, sausage, baked beans, rosemary potatoes and a salad.
Plus S’mores Klondike bars for dessert!
Oh my gosh, the S’Mores Klondikes are ridiculously delicious. I’m not sure if they’re a seasonal flavor or not, but I hope they stick around for a while because they are SO good.
I don’t have quite as much to report about our Sunday, mainly because I ended up dedicating the latter half of the day to work. Our day started out on a fun note though, with church, lightened up coconut French toast casserole for brunch and a beautiful mid-morning family walk along a local greenway.
We ended up taking a few necessary breaks so Chase could get out of the stroller and move around (and eat some snacks) before we finished our three-mile walk.
I spent the rest of the afternoon working through the early evening and took a break before dinner to spend some time outside with Ryan, Chase and Sadie.
I love her crazy-long tongue. Such a little goofball.
After dinner, we gave Chase a bath and put him down for the night before relaxing on the couch and watching The Big Short on Netflix. We crashed hard at 10 p.m. Not a bad way to round out the weekend!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that your Monday is a good one!