Monday Meal Plan (Week of August 20)

I love reading recipe blogs and perusing Pinterest for meal ideas–but the act of meal planning? Not so much. I know it can be hard to come up with (and stick to!) a menu for the week, so I wanted to share my weekly menus. My meal plans run Monday-Sunday.

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. Somewhat busy but also had time to relax at home.

My husband scared the crap out of me last night… I was reading upstairs in bed and fell asleep. He came in to wake me up to brush my teeth but didn’t realize how asleep I actually was. I woke up to find a face just starting down at me and screamed, ha! I was not expecting it.

Onto the meals!

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From last week: sweet potatoes, quinoa, and asparagus with spicy Thai peanut sauce

Monday:  I have some leftovers of the Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce from Cookie and Kate from last week (shown above!). I plan to serve with tofu, quinoa, and roasted broccoli.

Tuesday: We’re going out–a local vegan pop-up restaurant is hosting a Taco Bell night! I missed it the first time around, so I’m not going to miss this time. I mean, check out this menu!

Wednesday: This Tofu Feta, Tomato, and Cucumber salad from Veggies Save the Day looks light and refreshing.

Thursday: These Spicy Cauliflower and White Bean Tacos from Thyme and Love sound easy and tasty!

Friday: Leftovers

Starting Saturday, I’m on vacation for 10 days!! (WOO!) I’m going to still try to post next week, but I won’t have a formal meal plan.

Tell me: What are you making this week?

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Saturday Six: Just Do It

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. These posts are not sponsored, but some links may be referral/curator links. Links on where to purchase are always included in the captions!

We recently stopped at an outlet mall, and I found myself resisting the urge to purchase everything at the Nike store. Whenever I go clothes shopping, I should really be building up my work wardrobe, but all I ever want to buy are sweatpants. The sweats at the Nike store felt SO insanely soft! Sadly I left empty handed, but here’s a roundup of a few things I’ve got my eye on…

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I love the color of these rose gold joggers! Available from Nike.com.

 

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Cute and comfortable: the best of both worlds. I could see myself lounging all day in this Nike sweatshirt dress. Available from Nike.com.

 

 

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I love the colorblocking on these leggings! Great for working out, running errands, or just hanging around the house. Available from Kohls.

 

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Are you noticing a trend in color here? I love pink but I’m drawn to everything gray! These look so comfortable! Available from Nike.com.

 

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I’ve been dreaming about this jumpsuit since I spotted it at an outlet at the beginning of the summer. I keep waiting for it to go on sale. It feels so soft! Available from Nike.com. I also like the romper version and the sweatpants.

 

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Here, enjoy some color. I love the retro vibe of these turquoise and black sweatpants. Can sweatpants qualify as workwear? Available from Nike.com.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tell me: What are your Nike picks?

My morning routine

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Hocus Pocus forever!

I love reading about other people’s routines. I think that’s why I enjoy reading blogs so much. It’s fascinating to me to see what other people do in their daily lives. I especially love seeing what people eat in a day! Those are my favorite posts.

There’s a blog called My Morning Routine that posts a weekly interview with entrepreneurs and creatives on their morning schedule; highly recommend if you also love seeing how other people structure their days.

Oddly enough, I don’t really watch reality TV. It doesn’t do it for me. I guess the internet satisfies the voyeur in me.

Anyway! I thought I’d share my morning routine. I’d say this is something I instituted within the past year. I was trying to figure out how to start the day on a less rushed, less stressful note, while getting in some time to do the things I enjoy.

This is the schedule I try to stick to on weekdays, but life happens, and sometimes the time varies.

5:00 AM: Wake up. I wake up at 5 AM every day (well, every work day). I go to bed around 11 PM, so I probably definitely don’t get enough sleep! Once I get up, I feed the cats, get some water, and start making coffee. Coffee is the first thing, always. Depending on how tired I am (usually more tired as the week goes on), I tend to move really slowly.

5:30 AM: At this point, I sit down with my coffee and try to spend some time on the blog, drafting posts.

6:00 AM: Once I’ve done a little writing, I give myself some time to catch up on my favorite blogs–I’m perpetually a month behind. I use Feedly and posts disappear after 30 days, so I’m always trying to catch things before they’re gone. I read too many–but I love them all! I also eat some oatmeal at this point.

6:30 AM: I realize I should start being productive, so I get up and tackle my morning chore. I used to clean on the weekends or after work, but I’ve realized that the less I have to do at the end of the day, the less stressed I feel. I broke up our household chores into specific days–Monday meal plan, Tuesday clean the kitchen, Wednesday dust and vacuum, Thursday clean the bathroom, and Friday change the sheets. This frees up the weekend!

7:00 AM: By this point, I’m ready to work out. I work out at home in our makeshift gym–a small spare bedroom with a floor mat and some hand weights. Sometimes I do my own thing, but I mostly use YouTube videos–there are SO many good ones! (Side note: Should I do a post about my workout routine?) Lately, I’ve been following the schedule on Rebecca Louise Fitness. Her videos are freely available on YouTube, but it cost only $38 for an annual subscription, which gives you a new workout schedule each month. It makes it really easy when you don’t have to think about which workouts to do.

7:45 AM: I’m usually wrapping up my workout by this point (give or take) and ready to shower. I shower, get dressed, and start listening to some podcasts while I finish up the morning.

8:15 AM: Once I’m ready, I make my morning smoothie. I make a green smoothie every day–it feels good to get in some spinach first thing in the morning. Then no matter what else I eat that day, at least I’ve gotten something green in. I also wash any dishes from the morning and tackle any other miscellaneous chores.

8:30 AM: I try to do something inspiring while I drink my smoothie. This is the part I’m still experimenting with. Sometimes I read a motivational article–I love Shine! I was journaling for a little while. Lately, I’ve been using Grid Diary to try and do some level- and goal-setting. I’ve also been getting into tarot, so I might draw and read about a card. I’m trying to sit outside more while I do this so I can soak up a few moments of sunshine before work.

8:45 AM: When I’m done with my smoothie, I make my lunch, grab my things, and hit the road.

On a good day, I’m out the door by 9. Most days, it’s realistically 9:15 or 9:30. On bad days, I’m out the door closer to 10. It just depends.

There you go! That’s my morning routine. Anything you want to know more about? Leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail at moveoutoftheblack@gmail.com.

Tell me: Do you follow a morning routine? What is it?

Monday Meal Plan (Week of August 13)

I love reading recipe blogs and perusing Pinterest for meal ideas–but the act of meal planning? Not so much. I know it can be hard to come up with (and stick to!) a menu for the week, so I wanted to share my weekly menus. My meal plans run Monday-Sunday.

Happy Monday! I spent the weekend camping out near Silver Lake. It was a beautiful weekend with perfect weather and good company. Today’s going to be a little bit rough in terms of getting back into my routine! I’ve got to at least make an effort, though.

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Whenever I come home from a trip (even a short one), I need a bowl of ice cream to help with the transition back to reality 😉

This week’s menu is pretty simple.

Monday:  I need an easy meal tonight, so I think I’ll make these Chickpea “Tuna” Sandwiches from Jessica in the Kitchen.

Tuesday: Yum: This Kung Pao Tempeh from Hello Veggie is full of veggies and looks delicious!

Wednesday: My husband isn’t going to be happy to see this on the menu, and it’s probably a weird choice for a hot week, but this Baked Spaghetti with Kale, Mushrooms, and Tofu Ricotta from Hummusapien just sounds so good to me right now.

Thursday: I have a big batch of quinoa to use up, so I think I’ll marinade some tofu in this Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce from Cookie and Kate to go with it.

Friday:
Leftovers

Saturday: Leftovers or out–there’s a new (to us) Mediterranean restaurant we want to try.

Sunday: I think we’ll keep things easy breezy and grill burgers.

BONUS: This iced coffee with coconut water from The Toasted Sprinkle is SO GOOD. It’s the only way I want to make my iced coffee.

Tell me: What are you making this week?

Saturday Six: Ice Cream Dreams

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. These posts are not sponsored, but some links may be referral/curator links. Links on where to purchase are always included in the captions!

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Ice Cream Castle in the sky…

Hey friends! I thought I’d do one more summery Saturday Six before diving headfirst into Halloween. 🙂

I’ve got ice cream on the brain. The above image doesn’t really have anything to do with this post other than the fact that I love Morris Day and The Time and it’s a great album. Maybe listen to it and eat ice cream? Or check out this week’s picks!

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This ice cream cone pin from Wildflower Co looks like a great addition to my denim jacket.

 

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I saw this cute little pencil pouch at Target the other day and had to fight the urge to buy it. I can find a use for it, right? I also love these pens!

 

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Speaking of Target, did you know they did a collaboration with the Museum of Ice Cream on a children’s clothing line? Why oh why couldn’t it be adult sized? I love everything! I think the closest I can get to purchasing is with these sprinkles and gummy bear socks.

 

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Speaking of cute, I love this ice cream tee and leggings pajama set from ASOS!

 

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I love this ice cream printed blouse from ModCloth! It’d be perfect for work!

 

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These are out of my price range, but I can still dream. Rommy de Bommy makes the most amazing food-themed purses and jewelry, like this ice cream cone handbag. Check out her Etsy shop here!

 

I hope you’re eating some ice cream this weekend!

Tell me: Do you prefer hard or soft serve? Chocolate or vanilla? Sprinkles or nuts?