A Relaxing Staycation

Jimmy and I took Thursday and Friday off of work last week and sent Lola and Mavis to my parents’ so we could have a little staycation! We weren’t sure if we would be out of the house for long stretches of time, so we figured it’d be good to have the girls stay with my mom and dad. Plus dogs = extra responsibility and we wanted our time together to feel like a vacation.

I was definitely starting to feel burnt out from the busyness of life lately, so it was wonderful to take some time to relax and rejuvenate with my main man.

Husband and wife black and white picture smiling in car

I missed the girls so much and literally felt guilty for having them stay with my parents (even though I knew they were having a blast and were in good hands). Jimmy and I had such a wonderful time, though!

At first, we had these grand plans to go to a hunting and fishing store in West Virginia, or to visit the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh, but we didn’t do much of anything and it was honestly perfect.

What we actually did

  • Slept in until sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 each morning
  • Got coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks each day
  • Walked/rode bikes on a local trail
  • Did a little Christmas shopping for Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch
  • Washed Jimmy’s truck
  • Cooked HomeChef meals

Starbucks holiday cups 2017

I’m usually team Dunkin’ when it comes to plain coffee, butย I tried the Starbucks Christmas Blonde Roast coffee and was a big fan. Jimmy got the salted caramel mocha and said he highly recommends it!

HomeChef pork tenderloin

We had fun testing out three meals from HomeChef as part ofย our little experiment with meal delivery kits! Spoiler alert: we liked HelloFresh more than HomeChef. I’ll definitely blog more about this as we try other companies. We are looking into Plated and Sun Basket next!

May Designs planner for BlueSky with accessories and coffee

I also grabbed some accessories for the planner I bought for 2018! Is anyone else obsessed with all things planner-related? For 2017, I had an Erin Condren planner and liked it, but wasn’t a fan of the price tag. I decided to go with a planner from Target for 2018 and bought some binder clips with tabs, washi tape, page flags, and color coding labels to gussy it up!

My sister and I always talk about how much we love looking for the perfect planner. My mom used to get annoyed with us during back to school shopping because we would spend at least 30 minutes looking at planners. We have yet to find the perfect planner and agree it’s because we are destined to create our own. Someday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

After a restful staycation, Jimmy and I met my parents to pick up Lola and Mavis this afternoon (Saturday) and we’re all back home. Mavis fell asleep on the way home and is currently crashed out on our bathroom rug (aka the only patch of carpet-like material in our all hardwood flooring house). It’s safe to say she and Lola had a great time with my parents and Jimmy and I had a great staycation!

Two questions today:

If you use a planner, are you loyal to a certain brand?

Have you ever done a staycation?

Things Our Pets Destroy + Trying Meal Delivery Kits

Add ceramic vases to the list of things our pets destroy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Black cat with broken vase

I was in our basement doing laundry the other day while Malcolm and Mavis were upstairs playing. I heard a big crash and found the shattered vase all over the floor. I’m pretty sure Mavis may have ate some of it, too. I’m happy to report she’s alive, though!

Other things our pets destroy
– The ability to sleep in (<– Mavis)
– Unattended books, shoes, and rolls of toilet paper (<– Mavis)
– Anything that can be knocked off of a counter (<– Malcolm)
– Food that is literally sitting on my plate right in front of me (<– Malcolm)
– Our old couches (<– Lola)

Dog and cat playing in bathtub

See Instagram for more of their antics.

They’re worth it though. It’s all material stuff (except sleeping in…) that can be replaced!

So, have you guys heard of meal delivery kits? I know I’m super late to the game with these because I’ve been seeing advertisements for Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and a few others for years now. I found a Groupon for HelloFresh and decided to give it a whirl since it was such a good deal!

HelloFresh Kimchi Chicken HelloFresh Kimchi Chicken

Sorry for the poor quality photos (daylight savings is killing my photography at night!). I have to say, we really enjoyed the whole process of picking out meals, not having to shop for them, and then having all the ingredients and recipes on hand to prepare them.

Jimmy and I were just talking last night and agreed that we want to try all the meal delivery services out there and pick which one we think is the best. It sounds like a fun experiment that will keep us out of dinner ruts! It’s probably not something we would do forever, since I think it can be a bit pricy, but I like the idea and all of the companies seem to have good deals for first-timers.

We are trying Home Chef next and looking into Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and Plated. Send any other recommendations our way!

Alright, enough about meal delivery services! Let’s talk about fun things like coffee.

Coffee in catfinated mug from Kirkland's

I tried Trader Joe’s coffee for the first time and loved it. I think I’ll have to add their coffee to my list of favorite foods from Trader Joe’s. What else is on the list, you ask? Their chocolate coconut milk ice cream and sunflower seed butter! Also, I painted my nails for once. Yay!

Mother and daughter

My mom and I spent some time together on Friday because she needed to pickup a 5k race packet on “my side” of Pittsburgh (she also made an appearance in my most recent vlog!). While we were out and about, I got a new candle from Bath and Body Works! It’s the cinnamon caramel swirl scent and I’ve pretty much had it burning nonstop for the past two days.

There’s just something about a lit candle that makes a home feel so cozy, especially in the fall and winter ๐Ÿ™‚

Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl three wick candle

Alright, I’m off to do some chores around the house and then Jimmy and I are heading back to our church’s evening service. After the service, we’re co-hosting a taco fellowship for everyone with my sister and her husband. Yum!

I have lots of questions today…

If you have pets, have they every destroyed anything?

Have you ever tried meal kit delivery services?

What is your favorite candle scent?