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Weekend: Golden Retriever Summer Camp + Sushi & Donuts

I kicked off the new month with a bang. I popped out of bed at 5:40 a.m. today and announced to Tanner, “it’s YOGA time!” and I took his 6 a.m. class. For years and years, 6 a.m. classes were my go-to’s but over the last couple of years I have gotten out of the habit. Although I teach two of them every week, I can’t tell you the last time I took one…until this morning. It felt wonderful and was the best start to the week and the new month.


We had such a nice weekend. Golden retriever summer camp is in full swing over here and these three are making me smile constantly.


Bear has been the best addition to our little furry family and he’s incredibly easygoing and laid back. He’s sleeping on my feet under my desk as I type this post. He’s a big ball of love. My favorite is when we get home. He always brings us a toy and gets so excited that he whines. I posted a video on SnapChat this morning (there are lots of dog videos on my SnapChat…ha!) so head over there to check it out. My username is jendecurtins.


Sullie has been overall very welcoming of Bear and Zoey has loved having a new play partner. In this photo she was creeping while Bear chewed on a bone.


We’re having so much fun. I’m happy we have one more week of Bear!


Okay, on to non-dog related weekend stuff. We had teacher training on Friday night so Tanner brought home sushi from Namastay Kitchen after it wrapped up. We divided and conquered and I taught the teacher trainees a power class and he did a movie and discussion with them after while I headed home to unwind and relax.


I got up early on Saturday morning with a mission to hit the farmers market right when it opened. This time of year the market is so busy that if you don’t get there early, you run the risk of missing out on some things…especially eggs! I made a green smoothie for breakfast with spinach, almond milk, cashew butter, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen peaches and Premier Protein Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder.


The market was one of the best of the year. I came home with so many goodies.


My haul included eggplant, tomatoes (several varieties), Chinese long beans, cucumbers, okra, peaches, blackberries, squash, eggs, chicken thighs, beef short ribs, garlic, purple cabbage, spaghetti squash and…


An apple fritter! There is a new vendor in Building C, Carolina Doughnuts, that brings an amazing spread of donuts to the market every Saturday. I was there early enough to snag an apple fritter this time! Second breakfast is always a good idea.


After the market I headed over to the studio to teach and take. I had our summer salad afterwards (arugula, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, apples, shredded cabbage, strawberries, maple mustard dressing…add avocado…always) and then hung out in teacher training for the rest of the afternoon.


I got dressed up on Saturday night to go out to a friend’s housewarming party. I just got this tie-dye deep-cut racerback tank at a little beach boutique with Dorie. It’s so soft and comfortable but I can’t find it online! The brand is Bear Dance and they have a lot of cute stuff on Amazon. It seems that their website is wholesale only. (Which means maybe I should order it for the studio!) I wore a red lace bralette under it for a pop of color. (The bralette I am wearing isn’t available online…my friend Lina brought it back for me from Colombia but this one is similar and I actually think I’m going to order the padded version of it!)


We slept until 9 on Sunday and then I made us brunch.


We had my scrambled egg, avocado and sauerkraut toast with the eggs I bought at the farmers market. Bacon, sliced tomatoes and fruit on the side.


The rest of the day included blog writing, the gym, teaching yoga, grocery store and general “getting geared up for the week ahead” kind of stuff. I made a delicious meatless dinner to wrap up the weekend. Eggplant parmesan with homemade marinara over spaghetti squash. I’ll share the eggplant recipe soon! 🙂

I hope your August is off to a great start!

Did you visit the farmers market last weekend? If so, what did you get? 

Any desserts, donuts or other delicious food over the weekend? 

What did you do this weekend? 

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  • 1
    Amanda August 1, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend! After a dinner out, my husband and I stopped by a local ice cream truck. They just added a coffee soft serve! I had to try it mixed together with some chocolate chips! It was so delicious!

  • 2
    Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) August 1, 2016, 5:00 pm

    ive been in the mood for eggplant parm lately – looking forward to your recipe!

  • 3
    Brittany August 2, 2016, 8:21 am

    Seriously HOW do you make your smoothies so green?!? Mine always turn brown no matter what.

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins August 2, 2016, 8:40 am

      Haha! Most of mine are brown as well because I’ve been into using lots of dark berries lately like cherries and blueberries. This one was green because of the peaches and banana and tons of spinach. I only used about 4 strawberries so they didn’t make it brown! 🙂

  • 5
    Lesq August 2, 2016, 9:09 am

    What an upbeat, positive and happy post. Just perfect to begin a summer Tuesday. I am at yoga waiting for class to start and reading your posts always make me either think about life issues, looking for the good in things and ohhhh those gorgeous dogs–there’s no words to describe their beautiful faces. Have a great day!!

  • 6
    Meah August 2, 2016, 10:26 am

    I love wearing braletts under tops! I agree, it gives the look such a fun pop of color. And oh my gosh, these puppy pics! I can’t get over how beautiful their coats are, they look so sweet 🙂 . I’m so jealous of all these amazing fresh veggies. I NEED to get to a Farmer’s Market before the end of summer!

  • 7
    ACKTIVE LIFE August 2, 2016, 11:36 am

    This weekend I spent all day Saturday on a boat, clamming, drinking wine, eating chips and dips, and soaking up the beautiful Summer! It was a blast and the best part of the weekend…I have had a ridiculous craving for some sweet treats, but not sure what I should get…Hmmm…

  • 8
    erin August 2, 2016, 10:21 pm

    love your outfit for your friends housewarming party – you look fabulous!
    Ive been eating desserts non-stop! My mom is still in town and we’ve had the best time baking together. We made peach cobbler this past weekend (peaches from the farmer’s market)….nothing tastes like summer more than fruit cobblers!

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