I have one word to describe the past few days: busy!
I got back on Friday night from a press trip (you can see what I was up to in this Instagram post). It was just a quick overnight trip but a lot of fun and worth the travel!
Besides learning a lot, I also loved meeting some new friends (there were a bunch of other dietitians + bloggers in attendance) and seeing old friends, like my girls Julie and Gina – it had been way too long since I’d seen the two of them and we loved the time to catch up.
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I went to bed early on Friday, and when I woke up on Saturday, my brother and his wife were here – yay! They got in late on Friday night for a visit – they were in town for a wedding. We are still staying with my parents, so it was fun to still be here with them here too!
On Saturday, Matt, Riese, my brother Steve, his wife Roxanne, and I all headed over to our mutual friend Koko’s house – she invited us over for brunch. Her backyard is my dream – it’s super big, flat, and grassy, and they have an epic swing set that Riese loved.
As you may have seen in the edge of the frame, Freyja the dog came too – she is best buds with Koko’s dog from back in the day, so she always gets invited over to play, too. 😉 They had a blast together romping around the yard!
For brunch, we had a yummy feast – a beautiful veggie frittata:
Plus muffins (two kinds – I didn’t realize she was going to make any so we had her muffins + some Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins we brought with us), bacon, roasted potatoes, fruit, yogurt, and granola.
I had a muffin on the drive over so I stuck with the other stuff, which was all delish. Thanks again for having us, Koko!
The rest of the day was spent around the house, and we had a low key dinner at my parents’ place that night that I didn’t get any photos of.
On Sunday, we had another low key morning at home – I had some avocado toast + blueberries + scrambled eggs for breakfast:
And then mid-morning Matt, Steve, Roxanne, and I headed out for a fun workout date at Barry’s Bootcamp in Dupont Circle!
Barry’s is such an awesome workout! In my opinion it’s like a more awesome Orange Theory (because I don’t like rowers, and Barry’s is basically OTF minus the rowers – just the floor weights + treadmills). It’s really challenging but goes by quickly because you are constantly mixing it up!
I was feeling really energized and in the mood to push myself which was a nice change, so I went pretty hard. I’m sore today!
We picked up Sweetgreen salads for ourselves and my parents on the way back and ate them back at the house. Yum!
I’m into one of their seasonal summer salads – the elote bowl. I changed a few things though so my variation had arugula + kale, brown rice, blackened chicken thighs (much yummier than their chicken breast which I find kind of dry), walnuts, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, and a cilantro vinaigrette. Super good!
We were sad to say goodbye to Steve and Roxanne in the afternoon – it was a nice treat to see them!
For dinner, Matt, Riese, and I headed over to our friends Jen and Eric’s place. We all headed to a playground near their house for a bit, and then came back in for dinner.
We brought a big salad (with spinach, dried tart cherries, cucumber, green pepper, avocado, and slivered almonds + a homemade balsamic vinaigrette), and they grilled some sausages and veggies for all of us. It was such a yummy summery meal!
I also had this cider from a local brand called Supreme Core Cider – Jen got a photo of it for me after the fact so I can remember to pick some more up because I loved it! I’d never heard of them before!
We had a great time with them and so did Riese (they have a little boy almost exactly her age so we hang out a lot, which I love) – nice way to cap off the weekend!
Are you a cider fan? I love it, but only if it’s dry/crisp and not sweet – not at all into sweet ciders!
p.s. This is random, but do you guys have any recommendations for a natural dry shampoo that actually works? I have an old one that works well but the ingredient list is not my fave, and the one natural one I have tried so far was a total bust. Would love some recs. 🙂