Memorial Day Weekend

Hi Friends!

Happy Tuesday. I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful weekend! I know I did. Let’s recap shall we :)

Friday Night:

The hubby got off work early so we took advantage of that and headed to happy hour. Then we ran some errands to get them out of the way!

1. We had a coupon to get a free ice cream, so of course we each used one!
2. I got a box full of the Xagave that I won at Blend Retreat!
3. I only ate 1 slice of cheesy bread so I made a hummus plate later.
4. I finally took a picture of the humorous chalk drawing on our sidewalk!
-“Like a sir” is apparently the new “Like a Boss”.
5. We rode our bikes to the Field of Heroes at sunset. (4 miles)
6. We rode by some sheep on the way home!
7. We watched The Muppets movie and laughed a lot
8. I captured the cuteness of my three boys
9. And yes, I’m obsessed with taking pictures of my dogs :)


1. I woke up at 6:30 am and ran 3 miles! What? Who am I?
-1 mile warmup inside, 2 mi outside @ 9 min miles!-
2. Sprouts are growing in our garden! Beans and peas especially!
3. I made my first trip to the farmer’s market this year
-I bought lettuce, tomatoes, a tomato plant & veggie burgers-
4. My family is cute :)
5. I made breakfast for hubby and I ate breakfast again.
6. We gave Poco some fresh catnip and he went CRAZY!
7. Marcus was less than impressed.
8. We ran some errands.
9. I prepped some healthy food for our cookout later.

This is just to show you guys that when someone tells you there isn’t going to be much healthy food at a get-together, you can still eat healthy! I made a big salad, threw together a hummus plate and cooked some green beans  and stuck it all in the fridge with the locally made veggie burgers for later.

1. I made a modified version of these from Cooking Light to eat for lunch
2. Hubby built a stand for his rain barrel
3. Even though it was 96 degrees, we packed up our healthy food and rode our bikes 4 miles to the cookout!
4. When we got there, I added some fruit and a beer to make a full meal :)

And after biking 4 miles home, we added another mile to get some of this:


Hubby got up early to remove the stain from the deck so we can re-stain it

Then we set out on an EPIC bike ride. We biked to our favorite local coffee shop to read the paper and get some coffee:

Then we did some exploring and stumbled upon a little nature preserve so we biked around that…and then we biked to one of our fav restaurants for lunch!

For lunch we got our favorite hummus, and a pesto pizza. We took the leftover pizza home for a snack later.

All in all, we biked about 15 miles…and yes it was 95 degrees!
Get out and be active…even when it’s hot!!

Next we headed to get some flowers for the garden. We decided to hold off on planting them until Monday since we’d been outside all day.

We squeezed in a quick nap and then headed off to play volleyball!
We’re undefeated so far :)


Every year we go to the Memorial Day Parade with my in-laws.

After the parade we headed home to tackle our yard work.
We spent about 4 hours working out in the yard.

1. We gathered our tools and got to work.
2. On one of our water breaks I threw together some salsa for later.
3. We trimmed bushes, weeded and filled 5 yard waste bags.
4. The dogs tried to stay cool.
5. We planted our planters.
6. We hung our hanging basket.
7. I added black beans to the salsa…
8. And we devoured it when we were done.
9. Instead of taking a nap,
I went for a walk to make sure I got my 10,000 steps.


Our garden beds were full of huge prickly weeds and all the bushes needed to be trimmed:

On the left are the ugly weeds.
On the right are the newly planted flowers and trimmed bushes.

Next weekend we have a ridiculous amount of mulch being delivered…
so that should be fun.

Fun fact about me: I worked for a woman that ran her own landscaping company  every summer during high school and college. I worked with all my best friends…we worked from 5:30am- 4pm six days a week and we made crazy good money. Oh…and I grew up in Kansas where it regularly got up to 110 degrees in the summer….And you know what?  It was a blast!!! Best summer job ever. Working in the my yard like this always make me a little nostalgic for those days :)

So there ya have it. My weekend in pictures. The theme of the weekend- getting outside, being active with your family and feeling great.

As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I think it’s important to share with you guys how I stay healthy & active and have fun doing it.

To recap:

  • Friday night, we biked 4 miles and saw an amazing display honoring our nations heroes.
  • Saturday morning I ran 3 miles and later we biked 9 miles total to enjoy a cookout with family & some fro-yo.
  • Sunday we biked 15 miles and enjoyed coffee, lunch and even found a nature preserve. Later we played sand volleyball for an hour.
  • Monday we worked hard in the yard for 4 hours to make it look pretty and I took a leisurely 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.

Yes, I’m exhausted…but I’m grateful that I have a hubby who loves being active as much as I do…and that we’re both strong and healthy so that we can enjoy all of these activities together!

How was your weekend? Did you get some exercise?


PS: My friend Nicole started her own company Pure Bliss Eats and they make delicious vegan, gluten-free, organic granola and other treats. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign to try to take their business to the next level. The campaign ends Thursday and they only need about $600 more to reach their goal. If you want to donate…CLICK HERE. If you want to read more about their project, you can read a great article by clicking HERE.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Looks like a great weekend!
    My sister and I got my dad an early Father’s Day gift while we were home this past weekend – a rain barrel! I hadn’t’ heard of them before but once my sister told me it seemed like a great idea!
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  2. Love the planters. Gardening is so relaxing to me. You picked up some great things from the Farmers Market. I’ll have to go by mine over the weekend. The salsa looks great.
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  3. I love this post. Super easy to read about all your activity. I have to get my bike fixed!
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  4. uhoh will you come VISIT and help me find my yardworkingMOJO??
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  5. Thanks for sharing with us you great day activities, hope you can find some more of beautiful things that you have… 😀
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  6. LOVE IT!! i was very active, as well, in the heat! gotta MOVE, baby! i like your idea for this post, too… so creative you are!
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  7. Fun weekend! We don’t have bikes, but I love that you’re able to use them to get you lots of places while still getting a workout in! I love walking, but it would take a littttle too long to get everywhere if I was just walking! 😉
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  8. What a fun weekend, Lindsay!! The pizza and hummus plate look delicious. The veggie burger you show looks delicious!
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  9. What a fun filled weekend! I love riding my bike! :)

    p.s. Ice cream. Yummm!
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  10. Looks like an awesome day, Lindsay! I LOVE that pic of your hubby and the dogs. PRECIOUS!
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  11. That is great that you can ride bike everywhere!

  12. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend Linds! And yay for getting some fro-yo. It looks super tasty! You’ve inspired me to start moving more. I workout and everything, but especially now that I’m not walking to class, I need to get in some more steps!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Memorial Day

  13. I loved your weekend. I loved your message about getting out and moving more. I loved all your food pics. I loved your garden pics. I love YOU :) Thanks for all the encouragement to live a happy healthy life. It is awesome!!!!! As for moving this weekend – I moved the most I’ve ever moved in one little long weekend :) I went on 2 long runs (long for me…ha!), did 2 playground workouts which included over 150 stroller lunges, 75 elevated pushups, 50 wall jumps, etc… AND in between those 2 days of runs, hubby and I hiked about 3 hours at a nature preserve near our house – where I carried 30 lbs. Babycakes on my back, with water and necessities… probably 40lbs total. I am feeling sore this morning, but super happy and fulfilled and proud :)
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  14. Love all of the picture collages recapping your weekend! Sounds like a fun and fit few days. I too would ride my bike to a cookout if it meant I could pit stop on the way home for fro yo. :)
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  15. I want to live near you so we can go on bike rides together. The end.

    Looks like a GREAT GREAT weekend :)
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  16. Looks like a great weekend! It was 98 here yesterday i feel ya on the heat! Good for you for getting out anyway!
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  17. It looks like you had an amazing weekend!
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  18. Wow!! It looks like you had such a wonderful weekend! I would love to be that close to everything that I could just walk there or bike there, but then again – I like the country. I love being out side and gardening. We have a HUGE veggie garden that we have been prepping! So excited! But exercising outside it hard for me, I get too hot and I get sick (something about blood vessels not expanding blah blah blah). But I still try to.
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  19. woo! looks like such a great weekend! :) i love all of your yard work. i can’t wait to get a house so i can plant flowers & have a big garden!

    nice work staying so active in the heat! i’m such a baby about hot weather. i don’t mind it if i’m doing a workout/run outside, but for just everyday activities, i do NOT like getting sweaty!
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  20. GIRL!!! 3 MILES! I think that treadmill desk is going to make a runner out of you yet! haha! I love your photo grids…what program do you use?
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  21. I am impressed with your weekend! Love that you took a walk to get your steps in rather than napping. I do that sooo often now. :)

  22. Looks like such a great weekend!!! Good for you for getting all those awesome workouts in!
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  23. I totally rocked your hummus platter this weekend! Shaun and I are now obsessed!!
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  24. looks like a fun memorial day weekend!! :) We seriously need to get new bikes so we can go on rides again. ahhhh, one of my favorite summer activities.
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  25. looks like a super fun weekend!
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  26. We worked in our flower beds as well this weekend. I’m sore EVERYWHERE, but I did get up to walk 2 miles this morning with the hope that it would loosen me up. We will see.

    Where did you grow up in Kansas? I live in the KC metro and work on the Kansas side. Small world.
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  27. Busy busy! I’d love to start biking around town – guess I need a bike first!
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  28. great weekend!! our beans and peas are growing too im so excited! we did lots of yard work this weekend too..planted potatoes which will be interesting and strawberries..hmmm we’ll see! recently posted..Chocolate (Greek Yogurt) Muffins

  29. Wowza! You had a jam-packed, picture filled weekend. FUN!
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  30. I love this post! I don’t know why, maybe its the Gladys Kravitz in me, but I love love love seeing what people did over the weekend!
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  31. Reading this makes me miss biking in Columbus. I was training for a 500 mile bike ride (one week) when I was living there and I loved biking there. Enjoy the great trails!
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  32. What a fun weekend! Love the pictures.
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  33. wow, WHAT a weekend! Productive, SUPER active AND full of lots of good eats. Sounds utterly perfect and absolutely fitfluential-worthy :) (95 degrees?! damn!)
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  34. What a fun weekend! I love how you can ride your bike everywhere!
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  35. Looks like a FABULOUS weekend!!! I’ve been diggin’ some yardwork lately, too. (Though, right now, my front flowerbed needs some major de-weeding & it’s been SO hot lately.) Graeter’s ice cream…let me say that my husband introduced me to it, and it’s the reason I got addicted to ice cream. I miss it now that I’m dairy-free, but for anyone who loves ice cream, it’s a MUST.

  36. Mallory says:

    How fabulous are Luna burgers!!! They are seriously the best! Have you ever tried their breakfast patties? The husband and I just ate them this morning! So delicious!!

  37. What a wonderful weekend! Sounds like such a blast and you look so stinkin’ happy! :)) I love it!
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  38. Wow. I think I’d bike a LOT more if I lived somewhere as scenic as you! I love all the trees and fields you pass.

    Great job on the BYO-food BBQ. I usually bring one healthy dish, and wind up eating plenty of things that I shouldn’t along with it. I should start expanding what I pack!

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