lake, run, vacation

Rainy Run And Lake Day 1

Hello from the lake!!! 

My view for the next week and a half. No complaints here!

Yesterday was a busy day getting everything together for our trip! I woke up, went to a workout class, got my hair cut, cleaned, packed, and got the cats squared away.

Post hair cut.

Lunch from Potbelly. Turkey and provalone with hot peppers on the side. Healthy and delicious!

By the time we got on the road we knew it was going to be a late night. We made it to the lake around 2:30 this morning. 

I woke up around 8, had a coffee, and went on a run with the family! It was raining, but felt so good. I love staying semi healthy on vacation, while still allowing myself to enjoy and let loose. It’s all about balance! I rarely drink, but we play games here, so I do more here than any other time. 

The rest of our day plans consist of tubing, relaxing and just hanging out.

Have a great weekend! I will update more soon.

With love, 

Carly 

girl's day

A Day With My Niece

Hi guys!! How are you today!? We leave for vacation #1 on Thursday and I have a lot to do beforehand. Laundry, cleaning, packing, shopping for the trip, etc. I can’t wait though. We always have a blast at the lake with my husband’s family.

Anyway, yesterday I had a girl’s day with my niece. We both love girl time, especially since we both have two brothers and no sisters. Being an aunt is one of my favorite things and we had a great day.

After I picked her up, we went to lunch at Whole Foods. We both made meals from the bar and it was excellent as always. I made a salad with curry tofu on top. I also had a Zevia to drink (which is pop made with stevia and no nasty sweetners or crap in it).

We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather while we ate. 

My niece loves art, so I took her to a studio where you paint pottery. It was awesome and she couldn’t stop talking about it! We were there nearly 3 hours.

They had TONS of options of items you could paint. I chose a vase and anchor, my

She’s just the sweetest!

After painting we did some shopping and picked up some healthy dinner foods! Those include chicken sausages, sweet potatoes, a salad kid, and coconut water. Sooo tasty!

We finished off the day at my mom’s pool. My brother brought the rest of the family over and we had fun hanging out with them!

It was a perfect evening!

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope you guys have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to update from the lake.

With love, 

Carly 

father, loss, love

To My Dad In Heaven

Here’s to you, dad.

5 years ago I witnessed you take your last breath, and my life was forever changed. I struggled putting the pieces of my life back together, hell, I still do, but I have made a lot of progress. I promise to work hard and  make you proud. 

So, dad, here’s to you. 

To the man who taught me how to ride a bike.

To the man who taught me how to be respectful. 

To the man that held me in his lap.

To the man who taught me the beauty in being reserved.

To the man that trained me for my first half marathon. 

To the man who worked hard to provide for his family. 

To the man who always made me laugh.

To the man who showed me what love was.

To the man who faught cancer with everything he had.

To the man who wasn’t physically at my wedding, but I could feel in spirit.


To the man who is no longer on this earth, but still very much alive in my heart.

Here’s to you.

I will always be your little girl. I love you with every bit of my heart and miss you every single day.

Happy Father’s Day!

family, fitness, healthy, healthy food

Favorite Food Finds And A Charity Race

Hi guys!! How is your weekend treating you so far!? Mine has been lovely, minus the fact that I haven’t seen much of my husband. He is swamped at work. I just wanted to share what I have been up to the last two days!

Yesterday started out with a sweaty 3 mile run! When I got home, I sat on my couch and my sweet babe wanted to cuddle.  

Ignore my no makeup, and sweaty face, and just look at my big baby! I just love him.

Next up was a pool day with my friend, plus Starbucks of course! 

After the pool, my mom came to visit and we went to dinner at one one my favorite stops: Northstar! Oh my gosh, they use the best ingredients and have fresh squeezed juices. A little pricey, but worth it! 

I had the citrus crunch salad, which has chicken, mango, mint, peanuts, tortilla strips (i dont get those), and a peanut dressing!

I also got a drink called Shooting Star. It is fresh squeezed OJ, carrot, and ginger juice! YUM!

This morning was an early start as I headed to my brother’s place  (about an hour and a half from me) to do a race called “The Amazing Charity Race.” If you have ever seen the actual Amazing Race show, it is set up similar. We started off running, and would stop at different challenges. Some silly and fun, and some that took a little more skill. There was also a bike portion. There were 20 total challenges. The running was harder than I expected, but we still had a great time! It took us around 2 hrs and 45 minutes. They had a post race party with pizza, corn on the cob, beer, and so much more! The money raised goes to multiple charities!! 

Pre race!

One of the challeges.

Post race!

Well, there you have it! I had so much fun with my family!! I am now going to spend the evening with my hubs, Chipotle, and a movie! 

Have a great rest of your weekend!

With love, 

Carly 

bread, halo top, healthy, healthy food, ice cream

Healthy Ice Cream Bread

Hi there, all!! We are passed hump day and almost to the weekend! Do you have any fun plans? My brother and I are doing the amazing charity race (a play off of the show the Amazing Race). I’m not sure exaxtly what to expect, but it should be fun! I haven’t seen him in a long time so I’m excited about that!

So, as I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I saw this delightful looking recipe: ice cream bread. Um, what!?! It looked so tasty, and I though that maybe I could make a healthy version. I read somewhere not to use low fat or fat free ice cream, but I figured I would try it anyway. Well, lucky for me and all you healthy folks out there, that person was WRONG! I used Red Velvet Halo Top ice cream and it turned out perfect!! It definitely is a very subtle sweetness, but for me, I loved that! I added some honey to top mine off, but it would be even better with a scoop of ice cream on the side.  YUM!!! 

The original recipe calls for a pint of ice cream and self rising flour. I didn’t have self rising flour, but thanks to Google, I learned that baking powder and flour (I used white whole wheat) make it self rising. I love taking recipes and putting a healthy spin on them! This was SO easy and I hope you love it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pint of halo top ice cream (I used red velvet)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • A pinch of sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Spray a bread pan with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and set aside
  • Mix dry ingredients 
  • Thoroughly mix ice cream with dry ingredients
  • Pour batter into bread pan
  • Bake 35 minutes 
  • Remove from oven and enjoy plain, topped with honey, or serve with ice cream



It was hard to stop eating!

I hope you enjoy!!! Have an awesome day!

With love, 

Carly