Gettin’ in the Festive Spirit!

Good Monday afternoon! I sure hope this post finds you very well. I have say that despite not being stoked about the weekend coming to an end, today has been wonderful! One of the best nephrologists that I have the pleasure of working with complimented me on my outfit as did one of my sweet patients, I received a lovely gift from our Lead RD, and I have felt happy. Thankful for days like this!

I absolutely have to share this video. It comes up on my memories every year, and I never ever grow tired of watching it! Mason was only about six to eight weeks old, and Rachel was barely two years old. Look how itty bitty Mason was!! He grew fast, though. I wish I could’ve protected my baby and kept him cancer free. I know that’s not how life works, but my heart remains incomplete. But am I forever grateful I was chosen to be one of his two mamas. Kaci and I love our babies more than anything.

Friday

For breakfast, I enjoyed a Quaker cranberry almond protein oatmeal cup made with oat milk and a banana + pb on the side.

I also brought out this cute mug for my coffee.

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Rachel was so sleepy! She didn’t care that the shower curtain was draped over her. Sweet princess needed more Zzzz.

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Went with a little bit of a Christmas-y look pairing my green argyle with dark rust-red cords. I’m now permanently covering two clinics, and I worked at my second one on Friday. The staff are all really sweet and helpful!

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I was so fortunate to be able to take a free yoga class at Thrive Functional Fitness. It felt amazing!

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Love their pretty décor.

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Once home, I made a quick but tasty meal for us: carrots and spinach cooked from frozen with the last of our taco bean mix over Thanksgiving cornbread dressing. The cornbread + taco meat tasted like a tamale. Definitely recommend this combo!

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Dessert was a mug o’ Greek yogurt, granola, pb, and a crisp apple. We had wanted to watch the newest season of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but we decided to relax then get to bed.

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Saturday

Matt had enjoyed a pb and j for an evening snack, so it got me craving the combo. I decided to make my oatmeal with cinnamon and oat milk then topped my bowl with banana, pb, and strawberry rhubarb jam. It’s a bit runny, but it still tastes great.

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I just love these messages, and this one was especially eye-catching.

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I finished a short Barre3 flow at home then got our place straightened up before I got ready. I dressed in my Christmas best. 😉

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Down to my socks…

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And my stocking earrings!

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I grocery shopped at Kroger, put away our goods, then picked up Kaci for a fun day together! We attended Nostalgia’s Holiday Open House. They’re vintage and thrift booths have some of the best finds. I loved this table!

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All the holiday décor made us so happy and really got me in the festive spirit.

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Twinklet mirror two-fie!

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They have such cute owl artwork and figurines!

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I sipped on some hot cocoa and thoroughly enjoyed these cookies. I found one top that was very pretty, and I decided to get it for us to share.

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Is this retro tv-turned-aquarium not awesome?

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After we left, we swung by Whole Foods, and I grabbed a salad from their salad bar. I’ve been craving tofu for a while, so I chose it, guacamole, tahini dressing,, and other goodies. It was so fresh and lovely.

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After we ran a few more errands together, I dropped Kaci off at their home and went downtown to get me and Matt free Petro’s. Matt won a year’s worth of free Petro’s!! You may recall we visited Petro’s after they first opened, and we both entered their drawing. I was so excited when he told me!

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I forgot how busy downtown on a Saturday night during the holiday season would be. Parking was a bit of a chore, but I scored a great spot in the garage nearby. Let me tell you, some girls were dressed like it wasn’t a cold December night. I just don’t understand that. I’d rather be bundled up and comfortable.

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I decided to try their vegetarian Petro’s original with olives and jalapenos. It was so good! Matt had their Baja again, which is always a perfect choice.

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I enjoyed apple “nachos” with Fage TruBlend vanilla yogurt that I just discovered and Cheerios Cinnamon Oat Crunch. While I love to be out and about, I was thankful to be in my pj’s relaxing at home rather than downtown that night. Anyone else extroverts but enjoy quiet evenings at home most nights?

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Sunday

Cheerios Cinnamon Oat Crunch topped with thawed berries and mango, pb, and oat milk was a great choice for breakfast after sleeping in until close to 8:00.

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Matt was so sweet and took my car to change the oil and filter + rotate my tires. So I prepped dinner ahead of time, washed the dishes, did some laundry, cleaned a bit, and then enjoyed a quick lunch. Salad with two warmed Siete chia wraps filled with avocado and hummus.

A little while later, I had vanilla yogurt with walnuts, chocolate chips, and an apple.

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I showered and then made us clean-out-the-pantry chocolate bark thanks to the inspiration by Simi! It included chopped prunes, dried cranberries, granola, and mixed nuts. Here it is before I froze it and then broke it up into smaller pieces.

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I made matcha mate grapefruit tea with honey before downloading the FNCE session recordings that were just released. Excited to listen and earn more education credits!

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I love the filters that work with fur-babies! This kills me – Jax is so cute!

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Once Matt brought my car back to me, I swung by and picked up Kase for a quick trip to HomeGoods. We saw so many cute things that we had to resist! This was beautiful and so fun – full of TN landmarks.

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Another mirror photo of us. 😉 I feel like we look really twinny here too!

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I specifically went to HomeGoods for two frames. I chose to frame Paris’ downtown Knoxville drawing. Petro’s has these and crayons for kids to color, but I decided to frame it and add it to our TN wall mural. 🙂

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I also finally got a frame for my artwork by Morgan Harper Nichols!

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For dinner, we had pita toasted with Aldi sharp cheddar coated in coffee and lavender. It is amazing! Earlier I made a thick soup that included seasoned roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, and celery + pulled pork and Aldi organic pumpkin soup. I stretched the soup out into more filling servings, which I was proud of. It doesn’t look pretty, but it was wonderful.

I had a banana with RX almond butter for a snack.

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Monday

Breakfast was so delicious! I bought beet powder at HomeGoods, so I made overnight oats with one packet of Bakery on Main Ancient Grains oatmeal, beet powder, Fage vanilla yogurt, oat milk, and pumpkin. I topped it with RX almond butter, and it was perfectly earthly, doughy, and sweet. Also, that color!

I will be back for a Friday Favorites post that I hope sparks some inspiration. Have the best week ahead!

Question: Do you like overnight oats? If so, what are your favorite combinations?

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