The Best Kind of Weekend – Almost No Plans

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Hi, guys! A very happy Monday to you!

How was your weekend? Ours was low-key and included minimal plans, which, honestly, was the best type of weekend. The fall has been crazzzzy for our family – and with me off to Israel later this week, a quiet weekend was exactly what we needed. Here’s a recap!


I finally enjoyed my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. I actually shared my order on Instagram Stories and received a TON of questions about it, so I wanted to share it here, too. PSLs can be serious sugar- and calorie-bombs, so here’s how I ordered mine: Tall with almond milk, 1.5 pumps of syrup (a regular tall has 3), and no whipped cream. Easy as that – and it was still very delicious! 🙂

We stayed in Friday night. We basically ate dinner, watched TV, and then went to bed early. TGIF!


Quinn was awake super early on Saturday morning, so after some snuggle time with him, I started on some chores around the house (laundry, dishes, etc.) while he played. Once Mal was awake, we got ourselves ready and headed to CrossFit. Photo below: Mal and Quinn discussing what flavor of donuts they wanted to get at Coffee Shack after CrossFit. Mal’s pick: Honey Dip. Quinn’s pick: Chocolate Frosted.

After CrossFit, we headed to the nearby party store for Quinn’s Halloween costume. He decided on Spiderman (because “he can shoot webs from his hands”), but the store was sold out of his size. Whomp whomp. We tried to pick out a second choice option, but Quinn just wasn’t into it, so we didn’t end up buying anything. We figured we still had time to find Spiderman somewhere else and it made more sense to find a costume Qman was excited about instead of dropping $30 on one he didn’t really like.

We did, though, find a bunch of CREEPY decorations for our house. Quinn was wayyyyyy more into the decorations than Halloween costumes! 🙂

After that, we stopped by Trader Joe’s to do our grocery shopping for the week. I tend to be a bit of an over-shopper with our groceries, so I decided to reign it in and mostly eat from our freezer and pantry this week. On the menu for dinner: Maple Bacon Hash, high-protein pasta with meat sauce, Shepherd’s Pie, tacos, and lemon rosemary chicken (from Trader Joe’s).

During nap time, a special package from my friends at AVIA arrived. Their gear is so cute and SUPER AFFORDABLE. Seriously, some of their clearance items are less than $5! And their high-support sports bras ($12.46) are some of my favorites for CrossFit workouts.

After Quinn woke up from his nap, we went to a friend’s birthday party. We heard Trick-Or-Treating was involved, so he dressed up as a Ghostbuster (Proton Pack from aunt Sibylle via Amazon).

The party was a lot of fun, and Quinn’s favorite part was playing with the huge T-Rex Dinosaur. He seriously loved every second of it!


Sunday morning kicked off with a big ol’ pancake breakfast. The boys had Mal’s famous -like pancakes in dinosaur molds.

I “healthified” my pancakes with ghee, collagen, cinnamon, and a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxeed + 2.5 tbsp water).


After breakfast, we took a trip to the park for some exercise.

Back at home, we made our house “creeeeeeepy,” ate lunch together, and then Quinn went down for his nap.

After nap time, we carved a pumpkin. Quinn wasn’t into scooping out the seeds and guts, but he had fun supervising! 🙂

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent hanging out around the house and getting our lives in order before the start of the week. It was such a nice way to spend the day and wrap up the weekend!

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Questions of the Day

Have you had a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet this season? If so, how do you order it? 

Would you rather: Tons of weekend plans or very few?




  1. A tall actually has 3 pumps. A grande has 4. A much better option is to skip the latte with all that milk and get a hot or iced coffee with a pump or two of PS flavoring. You can even get them to put an inch of steamed milk on top for the froth factor.

  2. I love PSL’s and basically order the exact same way you do! I don’t order them often, but when I do they feel like such a treat! I also love Califia Farms pumpkin spice almond milk creamer for at-home coffees 🙂

  3. Are you a part of any Mom closet sharing FB groups? Up here in Arlington/Camberville/Watertown area we have a few really active FB groups for all sorts of advice and selling of things and there are literally hundreds of Halloween costumes being posted for like $5! I would definitely look into south shore groups- I would NEVER spend serious money on a Halloween costume. My Mom made all of ours but I’m not crafty enough so I buy mine too! 🙂 Enjoy your week!

  4. I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice latte — I’m probably the only one 🙁

    Instead, I get a sugar free vanilla latte and sprinkle cinnamon the top! YUM!

    I’d honestly have zero weekend plans — and just do what I feel!

  5. How do you know how many pumps of the syrup they put in? I couldn’t find that on the Starbucks website. I hadn’t thought about reducing that to help on the nutrition! Thanks!

  6. No pumpkin latte for me yet….But, now I really want one.

    I know you didn’t give the option but I like to have just enough plans to look forward to something and yet still have down time to feel I still enjoyed the weekend with some rest and catching up on housework. (Otherwise, when I start Monday with tons of wash and a messier than normal house I feel overwhelmed from the beginning ~ and that’s just not a good way to start a new week! ;-(

  7. Looks like you had such a fun, family-filled weekend! Low key weekends are my favorite.
    I’m not really into pumpkin spice lattes- way too sweet for me!

  8. I haven’t had a PSL this season, but I did order a cold brew with 1 pump of pumpkin spice syrup in it. Not too bad! I’m saving the drink Calories for when we’re in Hawaii in a few weeks. Getting the holiday spice cold brew is a little Hawaii tradition for me, since I was there last year when they came out!

    I’d rather have very few weekend plans. Our weeks are so busy as it is, it’s nice to decide how we want to spend our time on the weekend!

  9. I’ve had a few pumpkin drinks so far! I ordered mine with everything in it the first time, ha. It’s worth the splurge at least once each season to me. After that, I normally just order a grande iced coffee OR a grande dark roast with 2 or 3 pumps of pumpkin, depending on how I’m feeling. However, I have to say that the maple pecan latte may be a new favorite for me this year. 🙂

    I’m 100% on team little or no weekend plans. My week is crazy – I commute 45 mins-1 hour each way to work 4 days a week (work from home 1x) and workout after work, so I love being productive, running errands, doing laundry, watching movies, etc. It is so nice to be lazy and take our time making breakfast and go for a run, etc. Doesn’t always happen though – our fall has been nuts!

  10. Love the dinosaur pancakes! I need to give that a go. Some of the best weekends are when you have zero plans. Except, no plans is rare so when it happens you feel weird, like you must have forgotten something or someone, you fret for a minute and then enjoy the quiet time or hours at CrossFIt. Glorious.

    I’m not a PSL fan but my husband is. one pump, no whip, almond or coconut milk depending on his sweet tooth that morning.

  11. I haven’t had a pumpkin spice latte yet but I have made pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pancakes! I kind of want to get the pumpkin spice chai but I’m not big on sweet drinks so I know even 1 pump of each may be too sweet for me so I may just need to try to make one at home.

  12. I’m a pumpkin-lover and embrace all things fall, but I can’t get into the pumpkin spice lattes. I don’t think they taste anything like pumpkin? I’m kind of weird and just enjoy plain black iced coffee anyways! I really enjoy having weekend plans! It’s fun to get out of the house first thing and stay busy, but at the same time, I’m also a fan of a low-key day as well. That’s usually our Sundays. Wake up, work out, grocery shop, meal prep, clean, long walk with the dog, Netflix. It’s awesome.

  13. Wow that breakfast with the pancakes looks delicious! And your weekend looked very nice. The perfect combination of relaxation and activity!

    Keep up the great work

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