I love being organized, staying on top of things, and making
the most of my time throughout the week. But sometimes it gets hard to keep up
with. I love the idea of having a weekly routine, carried out on a Saturday or
Sunday, to get done all those little tasks I put off throughout the week,
prepare for the week ahead, and show myself a little extra care.
I’ve seen this done a lot of different ways but for me it
seems to make the most sense to break it into categories. My priorities are to
clean, plan/reflect, and physically take care of myself. I also like throwing
in a little miscellaneous category in there for all those tasks that don’t fit
so nicely in those previous categories. These could be extra things that I
would love to get done but aren’t absolutely necessary.
It helps to have a quick, 5 minute “brain dump” before
getting specific with the tasks that need to get done that week. Each week will
be a little bit different and taking the time to write down what’s on your mind
will help you make sure you don’t miss anything.
Before jumping in, I make it a point to light all my
candles, turn on my salt lamp, and diffuse some essential oils. Might as well
make it as enjoyable as possible, right? I grab a big glass of ice water and
Here is what that usually looks like for me:
Empty the trash
Sweep the floors
Wipe all surfaces
Clean the bathroom
Wash, dry, and fold laundry
Write out my work schedule, workout schedule, and any other important events in my calendar for the week ahead
Do a financial check-in, go through receipts, update my budget
Meal prep my lunches for the week ahead
Go to the gym, take a walk outside, stretch, foam roll
Take a shower
Wash my hair
Paint my nails
Clean my car
Write thank you cards
Drop off donations
Do you have your own version of a reset routine? What helps you feel prepared for the week ahead?
As I mentioned in my Where to Eat in Glasgow, Scotland post, the food in Scotland is amazing. And Edinburgh is no different. Here are places we decided on and I can honestly say that I’d recommend them all!
Greyfriar Bobby- This just happened to be our favorite restaurant of the whole trip, hands down. It had AMAZING food and such a great atmosphere. It was just the kind of restaurant I expected to eat at in Scotland. The restaurant has a really cool story behind it as well. Apparently, Bobby was a dog that visited his owner long after his death at the cemetery behind the restaurant (which just so happens to be the same cemetery that J.K. Rolling got her inspiration for many of the names that appear in the Harry Potter books!). I got some kind of vegetable pie dish and it was So. Dang. Good.
Pret A Manger- We ate here again one morning. Oops. It’s just so fast and easy!
King George IV’s bar- Another great place we went to after a day of exploring. We hadn’t eaten since that morning so when we were walking into the restaurant after 4pm, we were hungry. I got a salad and sweet potato fries (if I see them on a menu, I can’t resist). I also got an amazing mojito to sip on.
The Royal McGregor- Another yummy place along the Royal Mile. My boyfriend and I got bruschetta to start (THE best bruschetta I’ve ever eaten) and I got a quinoa salad as my main. I also sipped on some prosecco.
Tigerlilly- The most Instagram-able restaurant I’ve ever seen. Absolutely beautiful interior. I got avocado toast. My boyfriend and I shared some waffles.
This last place isn’t in Edinburgh but I didn’t want to
leave it out!
Nicky Tam’s- The cutest hole-in-the-wall straight-out-of-a-movie pub. There was literally only one server/bartender and about 10 feet of space in the whole place. We stopped in here after exploring the Stirling Castle and loved it. It’s only about an hour by train from Edinburgh. I got a delicious vegetable soup and garlic bread. I also sipped on a gin and tonic.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh or Stirling? Are there any other restaurants you would recommend?
If they’re made right these things can be delicious. This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that I’ve been using for years.
To start, all you’ll need is a bag of kale, olive oil, and
spices of your choice. I like to use pepper, sea salt, onion powder, and garlic
powder, but I’m sure they would be good with pretty much anything.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat your baking tray(s) with an non-stick olive oil cooking spray.
Gather your ingredients.
Put the kale in a large bowl. I like to use enough to fill two baking trays.
Pour olive oil on the kale. I never measure mine instead choosing to eyeball it for the sake of simplicity.
Using tongs or (clean) hands, toss the kale leaves and olive oil together. You will want to make sure you evenly coat all the leaves. This will ensure every chip is nice and tasty!
Spice it up. Again, I don’t measure the spices but instead just eyeball it.
Now that the spices are added, toss it again.
Spread out your kale on to the baking tray(s).
Bake for 10-12 minutes. I usually check them at 10 minutes and decide how much longer they need to go.
Obviously I’m no chef. I just wanted to share a tasty recipe
that I’ve been enjoying for years. I’d say it’s a good sign when your little
sister who rarely eats a vegetable says they’re good!
Have you ever made kale chips? Is there anything you would
add or change in this recipe?
all about anything that makes for a more efficient way to get the important
things done. I like to make the most of my time and am always up for hearing
about tools that will help me do just that. Here are three picks I’ve
discovered over the last year.
The Productivity Planner: I can’t rave about this one enough. I have used this off and on throughout the last year. It is a night and day difference from the weeks I do use it to the weeks I don’t. I feel so much more on top of things and as if I am actually accomplishing all of the tasks floating around in my head. I simply have not found a system that works quite as well for me as this one. I think I will continue to repurchase this item every time I fill it up! My mom purchased this first one for me from a store in SoHo in New York which only makes me love it more.
2. Bullet Journal: There are a million ways to use a bullet journal. Since getting mine over a year ago, I have used it mainly for my monthly budget spreads and that has worked well for me so far. I have also used it for things like Christmas gifts to keep track of everything I’ve purchased or need to purchase for loved ones during the holidays. In the future I would like to utilize this more for various types of lists. A quick Pinterest search will give you numerous ideas. I have never gotten as artistic or elaborate as a lot of examples you’ll see but keeping it simple works for me. I opted for a plain black notebook I found a target but I’m sure there are numbers options of styles and colors.
3. The Simplified Planner: I’m totally a paper planner type of girl. I’d much rather have it all laid out in a physical copy in front of me than on a screen. That said, this is the planner I’m using for 2019 and it is the first time I’m using a planner from this brand. I love the challenge to be intentional with the time you’re given. I chose this pretty pineapple cover but there are so many cute options. Emily Ley, the woman behind the brand has also written a couple of books.
you use any of the tools mentioned above? Is there anything you would add to
I visited Scotland in September and the food was amazing. Let me preface this with letting you know that I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat and was about to travel to a country where Haggis is served at every restaurant. If you don’t know what that is, a quick Google search will let you know everything you need to know and more (don’t say I didn’t warn you!). Everyone was asking, what will you eat over there? I heard it so many times over and over again every time I mentioned I was going to Scotland that it had me worried. But I (and everyone else!) could not have been more wrong. I am not over exaggerating when I say that every single restaurant (including the older, more traditional pubs) had vegetarian options. Heck, most even had vegan options. My meat-and-fish-eating boyfriend ate enough fish and chips to last the rest of his life at the same restaurants I found my yummy vegetarian dishes.
Moral of the story, if you are headed to Scotland any time soon, no matter what your dietary preferences are, don’t worry about what to eat. There are plenty of options and it’s all delicious!
Bill’s- We stopped here for breakfast on our first morning. We were tired and jet-lagged and in need of a good meal. Thankfully this place was just what the doctor ordered. I ordered avocado toast and it was probably the best avocado toast I’ve ever had (that memory could be slightly influenced by how hungry and delirious I was). My boyfriend and I also ordered a green juice to split.
Pret A Manger- They have this place in the states as well. We stopped here for a quick breakfast meal one morning. I got a veggie hummus wrap. It was just as good and simple as it sounds.
Wagamama- I’d heard about this place again and again from some U.K. based bloggers who rave about this place. And now I’m raving about it too. It was so delicious and accommodating. They have an entirely separate vegan menu for those who want to eat plant based. My boyfriend and I shared dumplings as a starter and I ordered a pad thai dish as my main.
Digiarios- We went here with a big group, to celebrate our friends who had just gotten married. Since we were with such a large group we had a smaller menu to choose from. I ordered bruschetta as my starter and a veggie pizza as my main. I also stole some of my boyfriend’s sweet potato fries, oops.
Waxy O’ Connors- A really big, slightly unique pub. You basically walk around and around all the stairs and twists and turns until you see an open table. We went here after a long day of exploring and were so ready for a good meal. I ordered a delicious salad and (more) sweet potato fries.
Topolabamba- The most unique Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to. This was on the last night of our trip and we felt like we had our share of Scottish pubs, so we opted to try something different. We got chips, guac, and salsa to start. I ordered a filling veggie burrito as my main. We each got margaritas as well!
Have you ever been to Scotland? If so, what are your restaurant recommendations?