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Foodie Friday-Eats From This Week

Hello, all! Happy Friday! I just got the baby to bed, and am eating leftovers. My husband is going out with friends tonight, so I’m trying to find something good to watch on Netflix.

This past week was a trying week for us. I won’t go into details, but I sure am glad it is coming to an end. I will say that hugs and kisses from my sweet little girl heal my heart. Gosh, I love her more than anything!!

Another positive to the week was good food! I decided to mix up our meals, and was so glad I did. I love making healthier versions of typically unhealthy food.

We had loaded nachos on Monday, and they hit the spot. I make two different versions for my husband and myself. Mine had bean chips, lean ground beef, black bean and corn salsa, cheese, and lime juice. I wanted plain greek yogurt to sub for sour cream, but didn’t have any. This meal was excellent!

Another night, we had buffalo ranch chicken sandwiches. I used a rotisserie chicken, one packet of ranch seasoning, and buffalo wing sauce. I put mine on an English muffin with cheese. Easy, and so delicious! Of course I had a salad with it!

I had a friend come over last night, and decided to make a chicken noodle casserole. It had whole wheat egg noodles, tons of mixed vegetables, cream of chicken, cream of celery, milk, and chicken. It was great! That is tonight’s dinner as well!

Those are just a few favorites!

That’s about all for today, all. I hope you have an excellent weekend! I am looking forward to relaxing and catching up on all of your posts.

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Have A Coffee Date

Hello, everyone!! I have been away from here for a while, so it’s time to grab a coffee, and give out an update from when I last posted.

1) SICKNESS:

After my sweet baby started getting better, this mamma got pretty sick. I typically try to stay away from too much medication, but Theraflu tea was my best friend for a while.

I also picked up Fire Cider, diffused essential oils, and used Zicam nasal swabs. I love homeopathic remedies!

I am finally 100 percent better!

2) BABY:

She is completely off of her antibiotics, and is completely back to being my silly, happy baby! We are excited to head back to Bugs class this upcoming week.

She turned 11 months, and we just sent out invitations for her first birthday party. Ahhh time is flying!

This cutie has a 3rd tooth popping in, and it is bugging her like crazy. She tries to eat mom and dad, books, and sometimes the cats haha.

3) WORKOUTS:

I got a few good workouts in on the days I felt okay!

This picture is from an upper body workout class that I love! It hits each upper body part with cardio drills in between.

Ringside is another favorite of mine. It is boxing, lifing, and cardio all in one.

At home, I did some HIIT workouts, the elliptical, and barre videos.

FOOD:

We’ve been eating very well lately!

Here are just a few favorites…

Chipotle….it never disappoints.

My husband made us steak the other night. With mine, I had a sweet potato and a salad.

Salmon, rice, and vegetables.

FAMILY:

*My mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over on Monday for the Bachelor premiere! I love the show, and it has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.

*January 7th marked 8 years since my dad passed away. I miss him so very much. He was seriously the best, and I wish every day that he could be here and get to see me as a mom.

This has always been a favorite picture of my parents. Aren’t they adorable?

*January 9th was my mom’s birthday, and I was able to spend it with her! We had planned on going and doing something fun, but unfortunately I was too sick. Baby K loved having grandma over.

We ended up getting carry out for dinner and hanging out at my house.

OTHER:

I got my haircut today! I went a little shorter and absolutely love it.

Well friends, that’s about all I have for today. I hope you all have an excellent week ahead, and I can’t wait to catch up on your lives!

With love,

Carly

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, all! Things are finally setting down from baby K’s hospital stay, and it feels amazing to have our routine back. I never realized how much I take for granted our simple (wonderful) life.

I wanted a positive post today, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things from the week.

1) BEING HOME:

Seeing our sweet baby hospitalized and so ill really took it’s toll on all of us. Now that we are home, she is getting better each day, and her sweet personality is coming back. She has been giving out extra hugs, giggles, and tons of smiles. I truly couldn’t ask for more.

2) WORKOUTS:

*RINGSIDE is a boxing inspired workout at my gym, and has become a new favorite of mine.

SPINNING- this is a staple, and I try to do it once a week.

FOOD:

The day after we left the hospital I was craving Starbucks! A coffee and spinach feta wrap hit the spot. This is my favorite breakfast from there.

*Cauliflower Crust Pizza- you can’t beat a healthier comfort food!

ENJOYING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS:

With the baby being sick, I didn’t really get to enjoy the wonderful gifts we received. Baby K finally is able to enjoy her toys, and my husband went all out for me this year, even though my little family is all I need.

A few favorites include: beats headphones, a bluetooth sleep mask, workout rings, and money to get my hair done.

Our families got us a lot as well. It was so sweet!

We got a bigger car seat for baby K, clothes, giftcards, snacks, and leg pillows from my in-laws.

My mom got us a zoo membership, another session of Bugs (mommy and me) class, wine, and coasters!

My brother got me new running shoes…yay!

My dear blogging friend, Hunida, from https://hunidasblog.com/ sent me this super sweet package! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me! I used the face mask tonight and loved it. She was one of my first blogging buddies and I have so enjoyed our friendship!

PJ SETS:

I have really into cozy pj sets lately!! I just got a new one from Victoria’s Secret and it is so cute.

PODCASTS:

I love true crime so my go to podcasts are My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, and Dateline NBC.

READING:

I read every single night to relax me before bed. It is one of my favorite things to do!

That’s about all of my favorites from the week! Thank you for reading.

Have a great weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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2019 Recap and Highlights

Hello and happy New Year, everyone! 2019 has been my favorite year thus far, as it brought us our sweet daughter. Aside from her very scary illness and hospital stay, things have been amazing with our little girl. I love seeing how much she has grown!

I wanted to share just a few things we did each month…

JANUARY:

We had maternity pictures taken, and enjoyed our last month before becoming a family of three.

FEBRUARY:

We welcomed our sweet daughter into the world.

MARCH:

I turned 30 and had a blast taking a cooking class with my husband!

APRIL:

Baby K saw her daddy race for the first time.

We celebrated Easter in my husband’s hometown.

MAY:

I did a 5k with my mom and celebrated my first Mother’s Day.

JUNE:

We took baby on her very first vacation! She loved the lake!

JUNE:

Baby K and I started our mommy and me gym class!

JULY AND AUGUST:

We spent lots of time outside!

SEPTEMBER:

We went apple and pumpkin picking!

OCTOBER:

We went to “Boo at the Zoo,” took baby K on her first beach vacation to North Carolina, celebrated 4 years of marriage, and baby was dedicated at church.

NOVEMBER:

We hosted Thanksgiving and enjoyed being with our families!

DECEMBER:

We enjoyed Christmas festivities, and baby K was hospitalized for 5 days with RSV, pneumonia, coronavirus, and parainfluenza. She was a champ, and is home now!

What a year it has been! I am looking forward to another year with my wonderful family!

With love,

Carly

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Christmas Celebrations, RSV, And Hospital Stays

Hello, all! Unfortunately, I am writing this from my daughter’s hospital room as she naps on her daddy. Our little one’s first Christmas was not exactly what we pictured. Before we get to the sad story, I want to share all the fun things we did.

The Saturday before Christmas, we went to my husband’s home town to celebrate. Baby K had SO much fun with the other kids.

Santa came and gave presents to the little ones.

Baby went to bed after Santa, and we hung out with everyone downstairs! We had to share a room with her which woke her up when we went to bed. She wanted to cuddle haha!

That Sunday, the boys went to shoot guns, and the girls hung at the house. It was a fun weekend!

CHRISTMAS EVE:

The day started great, and we opened our stockings. This is a tradition that my husband and I have had for years.

I was able to get a quick workout in before we headed to my hometown to celebrate with my family. We ate pizza, and baby K got to see all of her cousins. We had a blast!

When we got home, we noticed she was a little congested, so we gave her a bath with baby safe oils, and used the humidifier in her room.

About an hour after putting her to bed, she was crying a lot, so my husband got her up to check on her. She vomited everywhere (including all over grandma). We held her for a long time before putting her back in her room. We barely slept, so we stayed up watching IT Chapter 2. What a Christmas movie, right?

CHRISTMAS DAY:

Baby K seemed to feel better, so we played and opened presents.

I made a super yummy casserole for breakfast! I made two different versions side by side (mine is on the right with more veggies and sweet potatoes, while the left side had sausage and white potatoes).

Once the baby got up from nap she didn’t want to eat or play, and was pretty lethargic. She had a high fever and ended up spending most of the day napping on me. My husband’s family came over, but baby K wasn’t interested in opening presents because she felt so bad.

We gave her a bath before bed. She had a rough night full of crying and coughing.

THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS:

I called the pediatrician and got her an appointment for that morning. He diagnosed her with pneumonia, and sent us home with antibiotics. She had one dose before a nap. It was lasting a long time so I tried to wake her up, but she was not very responsive. It was a warm day, so I took her outside to see daddy and she threw up.

We brought her inside to clean her up when I noticed that her chest was retracting. We immediately took her to the ER.

They got us in quickly, and her oxygen levels were low. She was dehydrated and still so out of it. I was absolutely terrified. I am so thankful for my husband who always stays calm in these hard situations.

They gave her IV fluids and antibiotics, did a chest x-ray and blood work. They decided to transfer her to the Children’s hospital by ambulance (I got to ride with her, and my husband drove our car).

She was admitted, but the process took a long time, and we didn’t get into the room until well after midnight.

Baby slept so well, and knowing she was getting the care she needed eased my mind so much. The extremely stiff couch in the room was pretty awful, so my husband and I didn’t sleep much.

TODAY:

Baby woke up and actually wanted to eat!

She is still on oxygen and IV fluids and we will be here at least one more night. She has been sleeping a lot of the day, and is working to fight off her illness. I’m ready to have my spunky, healthy, silly baby back.

Please keep her in your prayers.

With love,

Carly