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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Preparing for the Week
Sunday, May 08, 2016 34 Comments Images

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Happy Sunday to all of you! Today I want to give you a glimpse of what life is like in the VB home and show you a bit of my daily routine as I prepare for the the upcoming week. In today's post you will get a look at a few different parts of what makes up our Sunday, including:

1. Getting ready for the day
2. Meal and snack prep for the week
3. Schedule, schedule, schedule
4. Bath time and bed time with the boys

Getting ready for the day
One of the the first and most important (necessary, sometimes annoying haha) parts of the day is simply getting ready. I usually try and have an idea of what kind of look I want to wear for that particular day, based on what my plans are and what I need to get done. However, sometimes I have no idea what I am going to wear for the day, and walk into my closet and play it completely by feel and what I am liking that particular morning. This particular day I felt like a comfy yet sassy dress, with an A-line design. I love a fun dress with attitude and pairing it with some heeled sandals is just what I was in the mood for. I then topped off my look with the Viva La Juicy Rose Perfume#roseeveryday, that gives me that citrus sparkle and charming scent to keep me feeling fresh. There is something to be said for getting ready, there is kind of a rhythm to it that is unique to each person, and once I am ready, I feel so energized to attack the day!

Meal and Snack Prep

 The next part of this daily diary, is a something I do in preparing for the upcoming week, each Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and that is meal and snack preparation. Pictured below is the prep and work that goes into preparing one of my favorite snacks, protein bread. The steps are simple and the bread is delicious, and it is healthy too. Part of my meal prep which is not pictured is making sure I have all the items and ingredients I need to be prepared for the upcoming week. I don't necessarily make every single meal for the week on Sunday, but I do gather my thoughts and take a look at what food I have for the week and plan out mentally and on paper what I will prepare and cook each day for the upcoming week. Sometimes I may stray from my schedule, or mix up the order of meals around, but for the most part, this preparation helps me stay on task and stick to eating healthy.

Schedule, schedule, schedule

Another key part of my daily routine or Sunday diary is taking an in depth look at my calendar and meeting with Brod, so that we can discuss what our upcoming week looks like. We don't always know every detail of our schedule, and we know that life is what happens when have other plans, but discussing our plans for the week and reviewing our calendar has helped us in a big way. It keeps us on task, helps us understand our high priority items, and allows us to vocalize any tweaks or changes we need to make to our schedules, so that we are always on the same page. It's our jam session concerning upcoming week.

Bath time, bed time, boys time

Finally, it's time for bath and bed with Hanes and Arrow. This is easily my favorite part of the day, I love my guys and they seriously crack me up every night with some new quirky or funny thing they do! They both love the bath, but sometimes getting them out can be a battle! Cuddles after bath and then just chilling on our bed, chatting and telling stories, is Brod and I's best part of preparing for the week. The boys have the biggest imaginations and love telling stories or pretending to be superheroes as they tackle Brod over and over, and I love spending that quality time with them, just simply "being."

So yeah, that is my day, hopefully this has given you a good glimpse of what my prep day is like, and shows what life is like with the VB's for a little bit. I thank you all for your love and support, and would love to hear about your preparations you make for the week, and the things you do on a daily basis, so please feel free to share! Have a great week! Much love to you all!

 ^^^One of the very last steps before I leave the house is putting on my perfume. I honestly feel incomplete without my perfume on, adding a beautiful fragrance adds to my whole look.
 ^^^Isn't this Juicy Couture bottle the prettiest thing you have ever seen!? Seriously, I think I want to keep it as a decoration and addition to my office, even after the perfume is gone.
 ^^^I swear this perfume was made for my closet. It fits in perfectly right?!

 ^^^Scheduling and organizing our week ahead of time is one of the most important things we do to start the week. It keeps Brod and I on the same page, and helps us prioritize our time in the most effective way possible. We also use this time to discuss new ideas and concepts that might be on our mind.

 ^^^One of my favorite snacks to prepare for the week ahead is protein bread. It is a protein filled snack that is quick and easy to grab when in need of a treat, and I seem to be in need of treat often haha!
 ^^^I will make sure to include the recipe at the bottom of the post, so make sure to check it out. I got it from @iheartmacro on insta and it's amazing!
 ^^^Finished product! So yummy!
^^^I love putting a little something on top. This is a plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little calorie free syrup is the perfect compliment to the bread.
 ^^^Bath time is one of the boys favorite things! They would stay in there for hours playing if we let them.
 ^^^I usually end up soaked by the end of it thanks to little Arrow bug, his energy is non-stop, and always has to have one of his toys in the tub with him!
 ^^^I could hug and kiss them all day and it would never get old. I love my boys so much and hanging on with them before bed time is my favorite part of the day.
 ^^^Late night cuddles.....I'm lucky Arrow didn't pee on me haha...or did he?!

-Getting Ready Look

-Scheduling and Cooking Look

Protein bread recipe thanks to the amazing @iheartmacro (make sure to check her out on insta)
Preheat oven to 350
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well:
-1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 tsp baking powder (different than baking soda)
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I have also used cookies and cream)
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add in wet ingredients and mix:
-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
-2 whole eggs
-1.5 cups egg whites from carton
Bake for 40 min (I also sprinkle a little cinnamon on top)


  1. Such a sweet photos and great post! Sundays well spent/ used can give us a really great head start on a new working week ahead. :)


    1. Exactly! I try and take advantage of the extra time I *sometimes* get on Sundays! Thanks!

  2. You are so beautiful and your boys are the cutest. I hope you have a wonderful week and I can't wait to try you protein bread. Quick question love, do you use a tripod to take the photos of you in your closet? I have been trying to figure out how I can take some blog photos without having to spend loads on a photographer Do you have any equipments you would suggests to take photos? <3


    1. You're so sweet, thank you! I actually have my husband take all of my pictures and I have other family members who are photographers that can take our pictures when he needs to be in them. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!

  3. You are beautiful firstly, but I can't come to your blog without seeing you plug a product...Do you ever write for anything other than a paycheck? Sorry if that sounds mean. I know blogging entails sponsorship, but at least break it up a little, or it feels disingenuous.

    1. Well I won't lie it does sound mean! If you go back through my older posts I do have a few unsponsored posts per week i.e. my last post. I appreciate your honesty and concern, thank you!

  4. This was great and your boys are so cute!

    Paula- www.livingpaula.com

  5. Your photo diary on here is amazing! Love the post!

    Rilee xx

  6. That perfume bottle is so pretty!

  7. That perfume seriously WAS made for your closet! I Use a Chanel Perfume bottle as decoration and don't even use it, just because I love the bottle, haha.


  8. Me encanta todo lo que nos cuentas! I love all your tips!
    Visit my blog, look with Balmain Vintage dress.


  9. great post.so nice pics.

  10. Your desk decor is beautiful!

  11. I'm curious where you got your meal plan from? I'm going to start counting macros, but I'm having a hard time putting something together on my own, and I thought you had mentioned someone did a plan for you. You look amazing!

  12. Love your blog!!! Those pictures are soo cute ;)


  13. You look gorgeous!!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  14. I have to know where the salt & pepper shakers are from! And that pineapple! So darling! And I love the rundown for your day. Busy moms unite!

  15. I discovered your blog a few days ago and I read it in full and I do not grow tired of it!! You are really a very attractive woman and you have nice little one family! I am French and I hope that you understand what I say because my English is not completed. I saw your body changing in the course of photos, could you say to myself how many hours of sport by week and what do you eat (globally not in detail!)
    I would fast mean following your blog
    Kisses of France!

  16. Love this post!! I def need to get in a better habit of planning my week ahead of time, especially the meal part!! And I am dying to try this recipe for bread, bc I too am in constant need of a little snack!

    xoxo - Jessica

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  18. Love all your posts! I'm currently trying to steer in the health and wellness direction and can't help but notice how much you've transformed within the last year or so. It's great! Just wanted to know if it all possible you could share with us a sample of your "weekly meal plan". Much love from Cali!

  19. I'm all about planning for the week ahead on Sunday. It helps out so much! :) Your boys are so stinkin cute! :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  20. I love posts like this!! They are the best and I like getting a glimpse into your life. Do you follow IIFYM? I was curious since you made her bread! I follow her on IG as well!!

  21. I love your blog! And I know you don't always do posts to include a product and if you do you do one that you honestly enjoy and use and give us an honest review of it! (Just thought the comment above was mean) And I love how personal you are and let us see your life! Can't wait to try the protein bread also! Your church looks are always so cute! Also your skin is so beautiful and always glowing I know you have done posts on it before but I am a teen and also have eczema and it just makes it hard for me to feel confident in my skin hopefully when I'm a little older it can be beautiful like yours! Thanks for your inspiration

  22. Hi! Just to let you know it is @iheartmacros, I went searching for her and @iheartmacro links to a photography account. Just incase other people were having trouble :)

  23. quality time with family ... best ever moment to get it and your kids are cute

  24. I am still trying to figure out how you always manage to look stunning at all times! You have the cutest boys and you still look so great while taking care of them its insane! I know I would probably look so crazy trying to juggle everything. That Juicy Couture perfume bottle is amazing and I definitely need to try it out. Great post! Thanks for giving us an insight of what your day looks like

  25. So awesome! Love your blog, you're just darling. Quincey is my friend (@iheartmacros) and is aaaaaamazing! So fun to see her awesome protein bread on here. It's so good! And, I never realized it before but we go to the same gym! When I saw this blog from your link on Quinceys insta, I recognized you. I look forward to your future firness posts. Take care!

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  27. Could you share what the macros are for the protein bread?

  28. You are truly an inspiration and are beautiful! Have you or will you share your macro percentages please? :) I've counted calories for over 10 years but am interested to start tracking/paying attention to macronutrients instead! Thank you!!