WIAW (Valentine’s Day edition)
Sharing a full fay of eats from start to finish.
Hi friends! How are you? I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether you were celebrating with your love, your Galentines, your kiddos, or your pet 🙂 For today’s post, I thought I’d share an old-school day of eats and adventures like the blog days of yore. Please keep in mind that What I Ate Wednesday posts are just to share some new ideas and I totally understand why they can be problematic or not a fit for certain friends out there. If it’s not your cup of tea, no worries at all, and I’ll see ya tomorrow with a new podcast episode!
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WIAW (Valentine’s Day edition)
The girls woke up early and had their Valentine’s baskets waiting for them.
(Candy, beanie boos, a cute heart sweater, a book, some bath bombs and lip gloss. They were pumped!)
When the girls were much younger and I saw gift baskets for every.single.holiday, it made me feel stressed. I was just trying to keep them alive, clean, fed, and happy, so things like Halloween baskets or Valentine’s baskets seemed unfathomable to put together. Instead, I just tried to do other things to celebrate, like hearts on their door with things that I love about them. I still do this one today and the girls adore it – they keep the hearts up all year.
Now that they’re a bit older and can, you know, dress themselves, shower themselves, etc., it’s much easier to do fun little extra things when I feel like it.
I chugged some AG1 before heading out the door and ate a couple of eggs with sriracha and EBTB seasoning.
(Confession: I’ve only tried AG1 a couple of times in the past and didn’t like the taste. The brand asked me if I wanted some to test out, so I figured I’d give it a real try and possibly share with family and friends. Turns out: I love it. I even started craving the taste in the morning after drinking it consistently. I love all of the nutrients and I feel great after a couple of weeks of drinking it each morning on an empty stomach. They offered a discount code to share, so I’ll post it as soon as I have it!)
I dropped the girls off at school with their Valentine’s boxes and goodies for their friends, and went straight to the Pilot’s squadron.
On the way, I picked up a few dozen Valentines donuts to leave at the bar for everyone to enjoy, along with cards and roses for their loved ones.
After I dropped off the goods, I headed somewhere I never go anymore: the base gym!
I LOVE working out on base. They have everything I could ever want, all of the fun functional equipment, and the vibe always challenges me to work hard. The bummer is that it’s a solid 30 minutes from our house (40 in traffic), so it’s not realistic to go during the week. Since I was already on base, I figured it was the perfect time for a workout field trip and got in an awesome total body workout.
Breakfast was waiting for me in the car:
1/2 cup oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
It set in the fridge overnight so the oats were soft, and it was the perfect post-workout fuel.
I headed straight home to get to work for a couple of hours (answered emails, recorded a podcast episode, and designed the workouts for next month’s Fit Team) and then took Maisey on a walk.
Lunch was leftover Super Bowl chili, a piece of sourdough with butter, and a simple chopped salad with Poshi asparagus and Primal Kitchen dressing.
I got back to work (studied IHP, 1 1:1 client call, worked on my Friday Faves blog post, sent some invoices), took a meditation/prayer break on my Go Mat (10 minutes)
and then had a lil afternoon treat:
a decaf coffee with almond milk, collagen, and a See’s heart truffle.
Quickly, I blitzed through the house (ran a loud of laundry, wiped countertops, vacuumed, and switched out the dishes) and headed to a meeting at church. After the meeting, I picked up the crew, who had tons of valentines and goodies from school!
We headed home where they had after-school snacks, and we dropped Liv at dance with more Valentines to exchange. P and I worked on her homework at home and got ready for a little family date night at Fleming’s.
Fleming’s is one of the restaurants in Tucson that’s consistently very very good. We all love their food, so I figured it would be the perfect Valentine’s dinner.
My lil Valentines:
As always, everything was incredible.
We started with the salad (the Pilot and I split one), a shrimp cocktail, and P had the cheese plate from the kids’ menu. Liv and the Pilot also got cups of lobster bisque – I tried a taste and it was aaaaamazing. For our entrees, we all got filets, and shared asparagus, onion rings, and Fleming’s potatoes (cheese and lightly spicy). The Pilot stopped eating desserts back in October so I shared this chocolate lava cake with Liv (P had ice cream and whipped cream). I had some sauvignon blanc and a Valentine’s cocktail that had gin, strawberry and lemon.
When we got home, I’d love to say I crashed into bed in a wine and steak induced slumber, but…not quite. I folded and put away a load of laundry, set out the girls’ clothes for Wednesday. The Pilot finished homework with the girls while I packed lunches,
and stayed up too late reading. 😉
I crashed out around 11 and was ready to blitz again this morning.
How was your Valentine’s Day? What was the BEST thing you ate yesterday? Any awesome workouts?
I’m feeling real old school right now prepping for a shape up and reading a WIAW post! Haha.
I do always love posts like this for meal inspiration!
i’m over here clinging to the golden blog days haha! <3 so happy you liked it and excited you're joining in for the shape up
Hi – was curious as to your thoughts on AG1 as a supplement since you mentioned it in this post. They advertise all over podcast land but wasn’t sure of the nutritional benefits.
as a multi vitamin type supplement (plus adaptogens, greens, and probiotics) i love it. i feel really good and stable energy all day when i drink it
My favorite kind of post! 🙂
yay, so glad you enjoy them 🙂
i am sure these posts seem monotonous and take work, but i truly LOVE them! This kind of content is fun for me to read and gives me good ideas. Thank you so much!
So Valentine’s Day is not as a big thing where I live as in the US, BUT it’s my birthday. And my husband forgot and then managed to get my (which is also his) age wrong… he can count himself lucky that I don’t really care about celebrations!
I’m so curious about AG1. They are obviously marketing like crazy through influencers, but I’ve heard real people say it tastes bad. Since that was your original reaction to it, do you have any idea what changed? Did they change the flavor? Or have you learned how to mix it with something to make it better? I’m truly just curious b/c I keep hearing conflicting things, but am intrigued by the health benefits. Thank you!
it took me a little while to get used to it. i like that it isn’t too sweet, has a little bit of pineapple taste, but it’s on the chalky side, almost like you’re drinking vitamins. that’s what turned me off at first. after a few days of drinking it, i started to crave it, especially because it made me feel so good. i ran out and can’t wait for more to get here lol.
even though i didn’t love the taste at first, it’s not offensive; i never had to plug my nose to drink it. i’ve tried some other greens powders that are horrible and it’s definitely not like that