Two weekends ago we headed to Columbus to celebrate Matt’s birthday. Why Columbus? Columbus is a cool city with things to do that’s not super far away from us. It only took 2.5 hours to get there. Matt has needed work clothes in a bad way since he has started his first full-time job as a Registered Dietitian. My Christmas and birthday presents for him were GAP gift cards. With no GAP in site (unfortunately.. RIP Charleston GAP), we headed to Columbus.
Saturday morning we ate french toast for breakfast. French toast is one of Matt’s favorite breakfast. We love this recipe except I do not use the nutmeg. We made it with the nutmeg one time and it was just not the same lol. BUT if you’re a nutmeg person, you might love the nutmeg in it!
I ate a RX bar on the way there.
Our first stop in Columbus was Acre. I had went to Acre last year when I went to a sports nutrition conference. My mom and I got tacos. They are more of a fast food restaurant that does farm to table. They are focused on making farm fresh food more accessible. I got a taco salad. This pic doesn’t include the chips that came with the salad. Matt got a quesadilla. It was fast and quick. We were both really hungry.
Matt was wanting something sweet, and I had been dying to try out this bakery I had read about, cherbourg bakery.
Matt had a cupcake.
I had a smores bar which was the best dessert I have had.. maybe ever. They were so sticky, goey and sweet.
After having some coffee and baked goods we headed to the outlets. Since Matt and I started financial peace university, we have been all about being more minimalistic. Matt was already pretty minimalistic, but it has been quite a transition for me. One big step for me was cleaning out my closet and getting rid of clothes that I don’t wear and clothes that don’t fit. On my journey of finding movement that feels good for me and finding peace with food came with a change in my body. It can be frustrating to not have clothes that fit well to your new healthy body whether you just had a baby like my sweet friend Michaela who has developed in the role of a momma so gracefully, you had an eating disorder/disordered eating and were fighting against your body to be a size you were never meant to be, or you had an injury and you ditched running for movement that feels good to your post-injury body, or a mix of all of those! The truth is our bodies aren’t supposed to be the same as we go throughout life. So many other parts of our body change whether it’s our hair or our skin. Isn’t it kind of silly that we think that our bodies are supposed to stay the same. A good blog post about shopping for your new body is this one by Real Life RD. Finding pieces that I love and that fit well has been a game changer for me.
On our minimalism journey, we have also tried to be more sustainable in other areas of our lives including clothing. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying super expensive pieces of clothing like you may think. It could mean buying less, thrifting, or buying more recyclable pieces. One of my favorite podcasts, Food Heaven, had a podcast about both more sustainable living and sustainable fashion which I loved! Highly recommend listening to both podcasts.
While I feel like I have been good about buying less with creating a budget and getting rid of items I don’t love in my closet, I would love to try thrifting more. My mom raised me going to yard sales and Matt loves a good estate sale lol. I would love to start checking out clothes via thrifting. My friend Becky does a lot of thrifting. I always tell Matt that she is my spirit animal. We met last year at a visit at Laureate in Tulsa and have kept up with each other ever since. She works as an eating disorder therapist and her and her husband are on their on financial peace journey too.
We went to Tanger to Banana and GAP. After being in Banana for close to two hours, I am happy to report back that Matt has quite the professional and stylish wardrobe now.
I got a pair of these dress pants when we were in Nashville a couple months ago and loved them. I decided to get another pair in a different color.
I have also been really wanting some high waisted jeans. I got this pair from GAP and I have already worn them 5 times. Don’t do the math or you will think I am wearing them way too much. I just love them.
I also got a sweater from GAP for like ten bucks that I cannot find or else I would link to it. What has been helpful for me is to make a list of things that I need in my wardrobe. Each time I get something new I get rid of something else I haven’t been wearing.
I also got a pair of lululemon leggings for 79 dollars which is a steal for their clothes. These leggings fit unlike any other leggings. Amazing. I have also worn these too much since we have been back, too. A tip for you people that are new to lululemon. Their clothes are very expensive in store, but they often times have clearance items and also have a portion on their website called “we made too much” where things are significantly marked down. Matt and I both tried clothes on at the store, but then I ordered something on line later.
By the time we left the outlets, we were exhausted and hungry. Matt picked this whole in the wall hot dog place for this birthday dinner but it actually turned out to be really good. It was called Dirty Franks. They had all kinds of odd toppings for hotdogs. I got one with nacho cheese and chips. Really good, actually, with the creaminess and crunchiness combo! It was called the classy lady haha. Their fries were good too. Matt got the classy lady as well lol, and the Pittsburgh princess which had malt vingar, fries, and slaw.
We stayed at an airbnb. We love staying at airbnb’s because they are often times much more unique and homey than staying at a hotel and cheaper! We really liked this place except for the fact that the people below us were extremely noisy. The host was nice enough to subtract some money off of our stay, though. Dope coffee machine.
We watched bird box that night and I was freaked out. This is why I don’t watch scary movies guys, plus neither of us were impressed, but we don’t have netflix and wanted to see what the hype was about.
The next morning we went to alchemy for breakfast. I got an acai bowl and Matt got a breakfast sandwich. We split both. Matt’s breakfast sandwich had baked eggs, havarti cheese, arugala, and zesty cashew sauce. We loved the sauce! They were both equally good, but I think the cherry cheesecake acai bowl was the real winner here. It had acai, cherries, cashew cream, almond milk, and it was topped with their house-made cranberry no bake, granola, and almond butter. I added grass-fed vanilla whey protein to mine as well. I really want to try and make acai bowls at home once the weather is not so frigid in WV. That 70 degree day last week was such a tease.
We went to trader joes. I love to stock up on their gluten-free bagels every time we go. This time we got blueberry and everything bagels. Thinking about putting avocado and everything but the bagel seasoning on an everything bagel soon. That brown sugar butter spread is so good on baked sweet potatoes. We love using the chile lime seasoning on salmon. We went to the Book Loft which is a book store that has thirty rooms full of books! So neat! Matt got a book but I didn’t. I’m currently reading two books at the same time. I need to pick one and finish it. Anyone else do that? We then went to Chiptole for lunch because affordable, quick and delicious. We headed back and that was our trip!
This was our first time celebrating his birthday together in the same state. So special. Just feeling really thankful for the husband that God blessed me with!