An indulgent purchase for self-care week. I bought these cute little motivational bracelets from Etsy. One says "Be Brave" the other says "Do it anyway." Two things I tell myself repeatedly on a daily basis.

An indulgent purchase for self-care week. I bought these cute little motivational bracelets from Etsy.  “Be brave” and “Do it anyway” are two things I have to remind myself of on a daily basis. 

Happy Independence Day (for ye fellow Americans)! I wrote a couple of years ago about why living with/being married to an immigrant has made me much more patriotic. It’s easy to take the U.S. and all the freedoms living here allows us for granted when you don’t know any better, but being with someone who (is also from a democratic country, but surrounded by non-democracies) has opened my eyes to how other types of government work. 

Just this morning The Fella asked if I was going to blog about Independence Day, and I said “I don’t know,” to which he looked at me sternly and said, “Democracy is a wonderful thing, Honey. It’s worthy of being celebrated.”

He’s right, I hope you’re all celebrating and have a wonderful 4th! Happy Birthday America!

I started the day off at the dog park for a 90-minute play romp. I took Inez, too. And then I finished up my meal prep for the week.

Inez and her BFF, Peanut. These two have a real friendship; Inez drags us to Peanuts house every afternoon, and Peanut and her mom wait outside our apartment every morning to see if we're going to the dog park.

Inez and her BFF, Peanut. These two have a real friendship; Inez drags us to Peanuts house every afternoon, and Peanut and her mom wait outside our apartment every morning to see if we’re going to the dog park.

Yesterday I prepped some turkey tenderloin, a mix of Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. The turkey tenderloin I just sprayed with a little olive oil spray and seasoned with TJ’s Everyday Seasoning, the veggie mix I tossed with a little olive oil and Adobo seasoning, and the sweet potatoes I diced and tossed with a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon. Come to think of it, this is a very fall-esque meal I’ve conjured up. Maybe the air-conditioner is set a bit too high. I also baked a few apples; drizzling them with coconut oil and cinnamon—just like the sweet potatoes; they’re very good over Greek yogurt.

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And this morning I baked up some salmon (only enough for three days, after that I wouldn’t want to eat fish from the fridge), sautéed some kale and cooked some quinoa in my rice cooker (rice cooker is the only way to cook quinoa in my opinion, super easy), and I whipped up mango-strawberry fruit salad. That should take care of the majority of my meals for the week.

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Once everything was cooked and cooled I portioned them all out into meals, so that I don’t have to think too much about healthy eating and can just grab something from the fridge. I was big on meal planning when I was in college and just after college, it seemed the only way I could stick to a budget and keep my meals healthy was if I scheduled them in advance—so I’m falling back on old/good habits now.

I stocked up on plasticware for just this occasion. Unfortunately, I bought a bunch of Ziploc brand containers before I saw their new commercial that makes a joke of hoarding. My most recent plasticware purchase will be my absolute last from them, I (obviously) have a real problem with using hoarding or any mental illness in a derogatory manner—I’m sure the loss of my sales won’t make a huge difference to the company as a whole, but it will make me feel better about where I spend my money.

 

We’re staying local to NYC today. It’s cloudy and will rain later, so that kills our plans for a picnic, but we’re going to go out for brunch and watch Inez’s BFF peanut during the evening. Brunch, Netflix and puppies, that’s how I’m spending this July 4th!

What are your plans for the 4th of July?