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Foodie Friday-Easy Chicken Sausage Skillet

Hello and happy Friday! Today I thought I’d share a quick recipe. This is a favorite around here! It is easy to make, but does require some chopping.CHICKEN SAUSAGE SKILLET:INGREDIENTS:*4 chicken sausages-fully cooked (Mine was a cracked pepper flavor)*1 large sweet potato*Frozen vegetables*1/2 an onion*Olive or coconut oil*Garlic to taste*Any herbs you like*Salt, pepper, and seasonings to tasteI finally picked some herbs from my little herb garden to add in this recipe.TO MAKE:1) Chop the sweet potato, and cook on medium in a little olive or coconut oil.2) Chop the onion. Once the sweet potato has cooked a bit, add the onion and stir.3) Meanwhile, cook as many frozen vegetables as you like.4) Chop up the chicken sausages and add to the skillet. Heat until warm all the way through.5) Add vegetables, garlic, herbs and seasonings. Stir well.6) Serve as is or over rice.I hope you enjoy this recipe! Have a great weekend.With love,Carly

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Let’s Have A Coffee Date

Hello, and happy hump day! It sure feels nice to sit back and write. Life has been a whirlwind lately, and I feel like I am finally getting a chance to take a step back and relax…even just a little.

On that note, I am going to enjoy my nitro cold brew with sweet cream from Starbucks while I fill you in on everything.

HOUSE RENOVATIONS:

We just put our current house up for sale, but spent weeks finishing projects, organizing, and working all hours of the night. My husband truly has been amazing. He never complains and works harder than most people I know. He comes home from a very physically demanding job, loves on our toddler, and gets to work on the house. We have had help from our families, too! We are so blessed.

BUILDING OUR NEW HOME:

They started digging on our new home and it is projected to be completed by November. To say I am excited is a huge understatement!

OUR ENERGETIC TODDLER:

K keeps us so busy! She seriously is a blast and I adore her sweet personality. We try to get outside as much as possible. We walk, play in her water table, and now her splash pad.

She loves to read books, run around the house, play with toys, and get into anything she shouldn’t be in haha.

FITNESS:

K keeps me very active! Most days, I take her out jogging or do stroller barre workouts. I like to add in my kettlebells and bands, too!

FOOD:

Some favorites recently:

Chicken sausage and sweet potato skillet over rice! This is a favorite around here. I will post a recipe soon!

Deep dish Chicago style pizza that was sent to us!! Yum!

A delicious power bowl from the enlightened menu at BJ’s. SO GOOD!

Chipotle! I try to keep my bowl as healthy as possible. So tasty!

OTHER:

*We started watched Down To Earth with Zac Efron and it is awesome.

*I am currently reading the second Harry Potter book.

*I have been listening to 3 podcasts, all true crime: My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, and Dateline

I think that is about all for this update! Showings on our house start this weekend….wish us luck!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Eat….And Catch Up

Hello, all! Goodness, it has been a while since I have been consistent on here. SO much has been going on, and I feel like I am being pulled in a lot of directions.We have been consumed with finishing our house projects because it needs to be up for sale asap. With building a new house, this is a requirement. My husband has been working his tail off, and I am beyond thankful for him! This work takes away much of our free time, although I am trying to squeeze in some fun for our girl.

FUN THINGS WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:

THE ZOO:

Oh my goodness, we had a blast at the zoo! They have great precautions in order for covid. My mom came, too! K LOVED seeing the animals, and was full of energy and giggles the whole time.

WATER TABLE:

My mom got this for K and she loves it! It has been very hot lately, and she has so much fun while keeping cool.

PLAY DATES:

We have been able to see some buddies, and K has had such a great time seeing her friends!

FOOD FAVORITES:

We had Chicago style deep dish pizzas sent to us and oh my goodness they were DELICIOUS! This one is half canadian bacon and half mushroom.

My mom stayed over one evening and we had a place called Clean Juice. This salad was SO tasty!! It had nuts, avacados, eggs, quinoa, and feta cheese. Yum!!

Double chocolate avacado muffins! Such a yummy, healthy treat. These go fast in our house! My sister-in-law came over and made them with me.

Pineapple boats! These are so fun to make.

WORKOUTS:

My at-home workouts typically include baby K these days! Sometimes I miss the gym and classes, plus the hour to myself. I do love saving money and utilizing what I have at home. K is the cutest workout buddy, too!

We run together, and do a lot of stroller barre.

If I wait until her naptime, I enjoy using my kettlebells and stairs to do some full body exercises.

OTHER:

My heart is in a good place since my miscarriage, and I am looking forward to all of the good things happening right now!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you!

With love,

Carly

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My Miscarriage Story

Hi, everyone! I cannot tell you how many times I have started this post….then deleted it. I have been MIA from here since it happened. I wanted to feel what I needed, heal, and just be with my sweet little family. I am ready to share this, especially because it helped me so much to read and relate to other women’s stories.

On the fourth of July, 4 days before I would have announced my pregnancy, I was on the bathroom floor crying in pain. Miscarriage is messy, painful, and heartbreaking.

Let’s go back to the beginning…

In January I had my first miscarriage. It was early on, before I even saw my doctor, but I still had high emotions.

This time was my second miscarriage. I was quite a bit further along, and it broke me. My first appointment went okay. The baby was measuring small, but had a heartbeat, which was relief. They wanted to do another ultrasound at 10 weeks to check on the baby. My husband and I went in nervous, but hopeful. The ultrasound tech started, but when she didn’t say a word to us I knew something was wrong. I didn’t even try to ask questions because I knew she wouldn’t answer me.

When the doctor came in she confirmed our fears. There was no heartbeat, and I was going to miscarry.

She gave me three options:

1: Wait and miscarry naturally

2: Take medicine to speed things along

3: Have a d and c

I opted for option 1. We were heading on vacation the following week. I didn’t want it to happen on vacation, but I also didn’t want to miss out on making memories. I decided to go, and it turned out to be a wonderful time. We decided to come home a day early, which was perfect because everything happened the day after we got home.

It started out with heavy bleeding and mild cramping, but the pain intensified immensely throughout the day. I spent most of the day on the bathroom floor dizzy, bloody, nauseous, and bloody until the pain subsided a bit by dinner. My mom and husband were both there helping me and taking care of the baby. I was beyond thankful for them!

That evening, I showered and had dinner. I had a fever, but the cramps were much lighter, and I felt better.

I had some pain for a few more days, and bleeding quite a bit longer.

My heart grieves for the baby I never got to meet, but I am in a very good place now.

Sending hugs to all the mom’s that have been through a miscarriage. You are not alone.

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Our Lake Vacation

Hello, everyone! I hope all is well. We are home and settled from vacation. Every year, we spend a week at Gun Lake in Michigan with my husband’s family. We always have a blast, and K got to jetski and tube this year! The weather was hot, but luckily we had a lot of shade. The cabins don’t have air, but we had fans, and the evenings cooled down quite a bit. We all needed the vacation, and a break from reality for a bit.

WATER FUN:

K fell asleep on the tube, but woke up waving haha. It was so cute!

The baby pool was a hit, and K played with the other littles. They had a blast, and the giggles were the absolute cutest.

The jetski was definitely K’s favorite (just like her mamma).

We also went boating, and swam in the lake.

FOOD:

We literally had SO much food! My mother-in-law goes all out. Here’s just a couple meals out of many!

WORKOUTS:

Most days I ran around the lake. The road surrounding it has a lot of hills, so it doesn’t take long to get a good workout in.

The other days I did some excercises with my kettlebells.

OTHER:

*We played lots of games: cornhole, yard pong, texas horseshoes, etc.

*K went crazy for bubbles, and her new kids fishing pole.

*In the evenings, we sat outside and relaxed.

Overall, it was a wonderful week!

Now it is back to reality.

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!!

With love,

Carly