Good morning and happy Monday friends! I usually write the bulk of these posts on Sundays and then add anything from Sunday that evening or early Monday morning. So I’m hanging out in our living, watching Madam Secretary, and writing my weekly recap post. I would normally be getting ready for church, but I had a terrible migraine attack yesterday and am still feeling like a zombie haha so I’m going to get back to church next week!
I went into the office today instead of Tuesday this week because I was helping to train one of our new nurses. I usually leave for the office by 6:15 so I can beat the traffic. I made an iced coffee using the monthly secret stash from Coffee Over Cardio which was smores flavored this month. It’s so good!! I don’t know how they made it taste like a legit smore. It’s not too sweet though! Use code 10Miriamleigh to save you 10% off all orders (except monthly subscriptions). My favorites are cinnamon bun and vanilla hazelnut!
I usually wait to eat until I get to the office so I had my cottage cheese and vitamins after I drank my coffee. For lunch, I ordered a salad from Chopt and picked up an unsweetened black tea. We were running low on groceries which is my excuse for ordering lunch today!
Work was good today. I got to pass on the extra doctors I was covering when one of our nurses switched to a different department, and it feels so good to be back to my regular assignment!
Chance and I went on a little run after I got home from work. We are working on upping our speed a little bit so I was so annoyed when I saw that our pace was still greater than 10 minutes haha I felt like I was booking it! I am definitely not a fast runner, but I know there are things I can do to better my form and speed. Hungry Runner Girl (instagram and blog) and Track Club Babe (instagram) are two of my favorite resources for all things running.
I made my iced coffee again and got straight to work when I woke up on Tuesday. I like to make a to do list every morning for what I need to get done work wise and start working through them. I often times start the list at the end of the work day the day before so I can feel less stressed and make sure I don’t forget anything.
I did my Lift with Laura work out during lunch time. I am loving these work outs so far. I used to not be a big fan of at home work outs because I felt like I wasn’t getting anything done, but I am really seeing and feeling progress with Laura’s! She also has a gym work out option every day so I can do those too whenever I want to go to the gym. And for only $7.99/month, it’s a freaking steal! I think my favorite part is that I Laura has a video demonstrating every single work out which has helped my form so much.
Chance and I went on a few walks throughout the day to get in our 10K steps. I am still OBSESSED with these shoes. I want them in every color once they restock. The quality is outstanding, and I like to wear them on our shorter walks. I haven’t tried them for more than a mile at a time, but they hold up great to all the hills in my neighborhood.
After my work out and after getting in the bulk of my steps, I washed my face, neck, and chest and did my usual skin care. I’ve been following some advice from Racquel Frisella, and I am loving the results so far. I have been waiting to do my usual morning skin care until after my mid day work out. My skin is usually still pretty clean when I wake up in the morning, but I do splash some water on my face and apply sunscreen since I usually walk outside before my work out. I have been really liking doing my work out during my lunch break too which I never thought I would!
I have been majorly slacking on my greens and collagen game lately so I got back to it this afternoon. I am trying out 1st Phorm’s collagen this month so I’ll let you know my opinion after I use it for a while! I love Bowmar’s collagen, but I ran out so I wanted to try 1st Phorm’s this time since I use and love their greens so much.
I went to Kroger this afternoon to get some groceries, and I they finally had the Alani Nu seltzers so I obviously had to get them. I tried the lemonade one tonight, and it was DELICIOUS! Even Kyle liked it. We’re not fans of White Claws or Trulys so I am excited that we like these!
Chance and I went on our last walk in the evening to get all our steps in, and the evening sky was beautiful! One of our neighbors has a rose bush, and the roses are absolutely stunning right now. Roses have never been my favorite, but now I want to plant a bright pink rose bush so bad! I’ll have to look it up and see how difficult they are to keep alive.
I forgot to take my vitamins but better late than never! I am currently taking fish oil, a multivitamin, biotin, turmeric, and CoQ10.
I have been using the Billie razor for the past week, and I AM LOVING IT! I know people have been raving about this razor forever, and I was honestly super skeptical. But you guys know I wouldn’t tell you about something unless I absolutely love it, pay for it myself, and love it. The holder actually stays on the wall (unlike the suction cup ones), the gel around the razor lasts more than 5 minutes (unlike most others), and I love that it’s a subscription. Also, here’s a reminder to switch out your loofah!
It was a little chilly on Wednesday morning so I threw on a hoodie and vest for my morning walk with Chance.
I lit a candle, made my iced coffee, and ate a banana while I made my to do list for the day. One of my favorite parts of the morning is using my milk frother. I don’t know why, but it adds so much to my coffee in the morning! We use this one, but I found this one cheaper on Amazon.
For nurse’s week, Vanderbilt had a mural painted for us. I love it! They showed a picture of it during our staff meeting Wednesday morning because a lot of us aren’t on campus very often.
I am still working through these devotional books, and I am still loving them. They’re simple, and I mean that in the best way possible. After the reading, Candace wrote a series of questions to help you get more out of the reading. I love that they’re not super complex questions, but they still make me think and process. There is usually a space to write thoughts or a prayer at the end as well. I’ve linked this one here, and you can find all the other ones there as well!
Chance and I went on a run during our lunch break and then did an arm work out from @kcampfit‘s Instagram. I’ll link it here! If I want to do something different than my Lift with Laura work out, Kinsey’s work outs on Instagram are my go to. My shoulders were screaming after this work out.
I threw together a random late lunch and got back to work for a while. Since we ran a couple times this week, I scrambled an egg and added some carrots to Chance’s dinner. I like to do this a few times a week to add some extra protein and fats to his diet.
Check out our sweet baby birds! We had baby birds last summer as well, and I love it so much. Even though we can’t use our porch much for a few weeks because mama bird is very protective haha
We went in on a big box of meat from Potts’ Meats with some friends, and I made pork chops in the air fryer tonight for dinner. The meat we got is SO good. I cooked them for a little too long this time, but I’ll share a recipe once I perfect it.
I made a cup of my bedtime tea and drank it while I got ready for bed. I like to make it before I hop in the shower so it’s ready to drink when I get out. I like to mix yogi bedtime, kava, and lemon ginger bags.
This is the only photo I took all day on Thursday haha I got a ton of work done, and it was a rest day so Chance and I just went on a few walks.
I got a ton done at work today and then did a ton of my chores for the week. I have been liking cleaning the house on Friday afternoons so I don’t have to spend lots of time on Saturday cleaning. I feel so accomplished and destressed this way. I clean our sheets, did our laundry, vacuumed, mopped and deep cleaned the bathrooms.
My Sephora box came today, and I am so excited for all these products! I have heard amazing things about the Laneige lip mask and the Summer Fridays lip butter balm. I am already obsessed BTW. I also restocked on my favorite moisturizer and hyaluronic acid. My impulse buy was this hair serum from The Ordinary, and I will let you know my thoughts once I use it for a while! The peptide rally from Drunk Elephant was a freebie, and I’ll let you know what I think about them as well!
I also did my Lift with Laura work out before taking Chance on a walk and getting ready for the evening.
Kyle and I went to a Nashville Sounds baseball game with some friends on Friday night, and it was a blast! We’re going to start going more often if we can. The field is super nice, and we had a great time. Also, Tennessee just lifted the mask mandate, and it feels so weird but in the best way!!
We woke up Saturday morning to a call from one of Kyle’s clinical sites, and he ended up going in to fill in for someone. I’m so proud of him for being the go to student when someone can’t come in!
Chance and I headed out for a 3 mile walk before I took some meds and climbed back in bed to get rid of my migraine. I woke up feeling a lot better on Sunday.
I spent Sunday at my brother and sister in law’s house. We ordered Mexican food and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I got tons of baby cuddles and watched my nieces and nephew play their hearts out. I am so thankful to live close to them, and that I get to watch them grow up. It’s the best!
I spent the afternoon doing little things around the house. These photos used to hang above our bed, but since we moved our bed to a different wall, they were hanging a little too high for the area so I lowered them down a few inches. They look so much better now and really tie the room together! Next I want to get a wide bench for the area so I can prop the flag gun case on it so it looks like the back of the bench if that makes any sense at all. We’ll see if it looks like what I have in my head once I find a bench I like!
Then I headed outside to pull weeds and clean up the garden a little bit. All the flowers are coming in hot! Makes me so happy. The balloon flowers are showing up blue in the photos, but they’re more purple. The back row of flowers will be bright pink soon! Also, I totally forgot about my Oofos! These sandals are so incredibly comfortable. They’re made to help with recovery after runs, walks, lifting, etc. They have helped me with shin splints in the past, and I highly recommend them if you’re constantly pounding the pavement or treadmill. I’m going to get back to wearing them around the house after runs and long walks now that I remembered how awesome they are.
While I cooled down before hopping in the shower, I worked on my planner a little bit. I like planning out my week on Sunday afternoons. I feel like it helps relieve a lot of stress throughout the week and helps me get the things done that I want/need to. Using allllllllll the stickers and bright pens make it fun too 🙂 I’ll link my favorite pens here, my planner here, and some of the stickers here. Amazon has tons of cute stickers like these too!
After getting cleaned up, I applied my favorite self tanner and painted my nails. I used the Essie pink and top coat on my toes and applied the Kur Nail Recovery to my finger nails. They are still recovering from when I got them done MONTHS ago.
We grilled homemade pizzas for dinner, and they were delicious!
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