Meal prep Monday, amiright? 😋I've been craving chocolate cake for like 6 weeks, so I finally dusted off the KitchenAid and whipped these up instead of cooking the chicken and vegetables I bought at the store this morning...🙊Before I started blogging about self-improvement and mental health, Muffins & Miles was in part a baking blog! Then I realized I would never be as cool or as talented as @sallysbakeblog and left the recipe development to the pros. But baking is still a huge part of my life, and I'll be damned if I don't talk about how I'm totally eating cake before (and likely after) I exercise tonight. Double tap if you think a cupcake is part of a balanced diet 😉😍🙌🏻.
Ugh grocery shopping is so hard 🙄🍩. I had the morning off (PRAISE BE 🙌🏻) and really went hard in the treat yo'self department. Having more than 3 consecutive hours to myself is a luxury these days, and here's how I celebrated: ▪️Slept in until 10am and ate breakfast at home (it's the simple things) 🍳 ▪️Finished Ozark on Netflix. Who else is watching? 💰 ▪️Got my nails did 💅🏻 ▪️Stopped into my fave Bucktown boutique @virtuforyou and bought myself a new candle 🤗 ▪️Took a guilt-free rest day from exercise Off to work for the evening feeling refreshed, relaxed and thankful for the me time this morning! How are you scheduling some time for yourself this weekend?
The West Loop is 2 kool 4 skool. 🥑🥑🥑 One of my favorite parts of working for @cbfultonmarket is having an excuse to come to this neighborhood every day. ALL THE EATS! What's your favorite place in the West Loop? Gimme all the avocado toast from @theallischicago and all the donuts from @doritedonuts 😋
*Gets job with @Athleta. Buys entire store.* ______________ Call me crazy, but I'm so excited to add Athleta into the rotation of my many part-time jobs. This inclusive brand that empowers women of all shapes, sizes and ages is one I've admired as a consumer for years, and I couldn't be happier to be working with the Athleta Oak Street team! Pop by sometime and I'll talk your ear off about how SOFT EVERYTHING IS 😍😍😍. PS buying only sweaters in protest because summer neeeeeds to be over. #sorrynotsorry #isitoctoberyet
That Chitown skyline though 😍😍😍. Trying to spend more time in the lake than on land this week, and I think it's working. #lakemichigan #chicagosup #paddleboarding
That moment when you realize you are your mother... @kerrygrams is en route to Chi from New York and visitors can't enter this house without fresh cookies on the counter. And yes, okay, I wanted ALLLLL the cookie dough 🍪🍪🍪. Can't wait to play tourist for the next few days!
I'm in the playpen with a bottle of rosé and honestly I've peaked.
You guys, I got to sleep past 3:45am this morning 😭🙌🏻. Today's my day off and so far I've consumed 2 cups of coffee and have watched 2 episodes of Famous in Love 🙊. I'm trying to fill the teen TV drama void that Riverdale left in my life.... Has anyone else watched this show? I can't tell if I like it or hate it 😂 Happy Friday!!!
Here's a little tale about stress: Last year I gained over 30 pounds because I was incredibly unhappy and incredibly mentally unhealthy. It's been almost 1 year since I started going to therapy for my eating disorder and THIS right here is the first time I've seen ANY physical results from all the work I've been doing. It takes me a realllllllly long time to lose weight, especially when I'm experiencing as much change and uncertainty as I've faced this year. Yes, I've been exercising a healthy amount and I'm eating mindfully, but the best things I'm doing for my body are coming from my brain. I sleep, I say nice things to myself, I have supportive friends and I have patience and compassion for the process of ED recovery. If you're hitting a plateau with your physical health, change your perspective. Your brain deserves some attention too ❤️.