Life in the city: Well, we are coming to an end of my third summer in the city. You would think that I would be at the beach all day everyday because its like a 15 minute drive, but I really don't like being outside in the heat during the summer. This month was great because on August 1st I knew I had one month to go before its September (my favorite month), so I was super happy and the month flew by, unlike June & July!
Fitness & Health: I had been sick almost all summer and this month is the best that I have felt all summer. I finally could get back into pilates, yoga, and basic workouts that I do as well as gardening and going to the park. I have been practicing quite a few new pilates/yoga moves and I am hoping I can get my hubby into it so we can work out together! I have gained 5 pounds since the summer started and I was pretty much in the bed sick everyday so I will be focusing on that as well as getting more cardio now that I have my gym key again. I remember my first workout after I had the whole bout with bronchitis and I swore my husband was going to have to drive me to the hospital because I couldn't breath for an entire hour and every muscle in my body ached. I have come a long way since the end of June while going slowly.
Future: I have also spent a significant amount of time planning this years family cruise that will be coming up soon. I am finally wrapping up all of the final details and I am getting excited!
After spending the entire summer reviewing and using the Garnier Fructis Whole Blends line I am wrapping up my last review this week and I have returned to my favorites Coco Conscious Collective which are organic, natural, and to my knowledge gluten free.
This months impromptu project: I have had my condo garden since March of this year after struggling to keep things alive. I have successfully kept all of my plants alive during the hottest time of the year so I am treating myself to 7 new plants. I had such a great time doing yoga on the balcony with the plants this week I wanted to go a step further and create a "yoga oasis" that should be great for fall and winter.
I picked up quite a few interesting plants and re-organized the area. Despite all of my diligence, I still managed to buy this plant- Marble Queen- which is toxic to cats, so I have to return it. I may be able to find a way to keep it if I can move it to this higher table.
I bought some really pretty purple plants that I am sure I will love when they get bigger.
I am trying the Orchid one more time, I have never successfully kept one alive.
Home: This month I have also done quite a bit of organizing (I do this every month because I am a neat freak). I got this cute little Toto box from the LUX App. You can put anything in it, but I decided to use it to store the items I use most while I am in bed. I am notorious for having my cell phone, my kindle, my remote, my glasses, and other things in the bed which drives my husband crazy!
Yue's grandmother made her a cute little cat bed from crocheted yarn and she loves it!
I found a new park this month, but I haven't been able to go back because its been raining, but if I can get there before the 31st I will update this post.
ALL GLUTEN FREE FOODS COOKED BY ME (recipes are available upon request).
|Spicy Thai styled chicken broth soup|
|Slow cooker whole chicken|
|slow cooker chicken with spinach and rice|
|Pan seared Tilapia w a light mustard sauce and kale|
|Seasoned pan seared Tilapia|
|Slow cooker meat balls|