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Food, Fitness, Family, And Friends

Hello, all! Happy weekend! We have had a lovely week. We are finally expanding our circle, and seeing more friends and family. I didn’t realize how much I had missed everyone until we got together. It is filling my heart, and K loves seeing her buddies again!


K has had so much energy lately, runs all around, and keeps me busy. She has a big, silly, fun personality, and I can’t get enough of her. I could gush over her forever! Lol!!

As far as fitness goes, I have been enjoying my at-home workouts!
This week:
*Barre
*Stroller runs
*Elliptical
*Kettlebells, bands, and bodyweight excercises
*Stair runs

FOOD FAVORITES:

Chinese takeout! I love the healthy options!
My mom and I grabbed lunch at Zupas Cafe! I had a mango salad, veggie soup, bread, and a chocolate covered strawberry! Yum!
Chicken sausage skillet. It has apple chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, and lots of tasty seasonings! I put it over brown rice! So good!!
Northstar Cafe with my mom and K! I had a ham and cheese scone, a salad, and a fresh squeezed “shooting star.” Absolutely delicious!!!
Yet another Northstar meal! My cousins and their girls were over today, and this was the first time they had it. I got the sweet basil burrito with a side of peanut slaw as well.
I made pumpkin muffins this week and they were gone SO quickly!! I like to top mine with some chocolate chips and almond butter.
This weekend will be full of cleaning and enjoying family time! I hope yours is wonderful as well!

With love,

Carly

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Workout Wednesday- Kettlebells and Stairs

Hello, all! I hope everyone is doing well. Life is good around here. It has been so nice being able to see some friends and catch up!

Anyway, I officially cancelled my gym membership. As much as I love it, this pandemic showed me that I can get good workouts done at home, and save a ton of money. Since K was born, I only went a couple days a week, and the cost wasn’t justified at that point. I am so happy with my decision.

That said, I am going to share my favorite workout from the week.

I used 10 pound kettlebells and the stairs from my deck.

THE WORKOUT:

5 min warmup (I did the elliptical)

Circuit 1:

*Stair hops

*12 squats

*12 arm curls

*12 upright rows

Repeat 3 times

Circuit 2:

*Stair hops

*12 lunges + 12 lunge pulses each side

*12 deadlifts

*12 overhead triceps

Repeat 3 times

Circuit 3

*Stair hops

*12 push ups

*12 booty pulses each leg

*12 squat pulses

Repeat 3 times

I also jogged around the house in between rounds!

That’s all for today! Sending love to everyone during these hard times.

With love,

Carly

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Our Family And Food-Filled Memorial Day Weekend

Hello, all! I hope you are well, and had a nice (long) weekend. K has been walking all over, and rarely sits still! She will get into anything that she has access to, and keeps us on our toes! She has a big, wonderful personality, and I am soaking up her being little.

This past weekend was so nice, as we enjoyed awesome weather, and lots of family time.

FRIDAY:

My mom came over for the day, which was so nice! We got lunch at a delicious vegan restaurant called Portia’s Cafe. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I had a wrap with tons of veggies and hummus, and the most delicious, healthy, strawberry cheesecake I have ever had!!

A little later in the day, I had a delivery come to the door. The cutest edible arrangement! Such a fun surprise! The fruit was so fresh and yummy. K and I ate it up quickly!

That evening, my husband and I started watching the show Locke and Key. It is SO good and we have watched a lot over the weekend evenings!!

SATURDAY:

My husband ordered my absolute favorite coffee from the cutest bookstore in North Carolina. I started the day with a cup in my bookstore mug. The smell took me to the beach, and I cannot wait to be there again in October!

After coffee and breakfast, we packed up and headed to the campground that my husband’s family was at.

K enjoyed seeing everyone for the day, and we left at her naptime.

We took a long way home, and stopped to look at some houses while K slept.

We watched more Locke and Key, and ate brats for dinner once K went to bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was beautiful outside, so we started the day with a long family walk. Spending time with my husband and little girl is the best!!

That afternoon, we got K’s baby pool out and let her play a lot. She had SO much fun, and slept like a champ that night. She had to try a couple different suits on haha.

MONDAY-MEMORIAL DAY:

We took another family walk and it was perfect!!

I went for a jog when K napped, and it started getting SO hot. We hit almost 90 degrees. My mom came for the day, and we took walks, had lunch, and K played in her pool. It was a great day!

Dinner was grilled salmon, veggies, and a salad!

We ended the night with more Locke and Key! We have two episodes left.

That’s all for this update.

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-This Week In Tasty Meals And Life Lately

Hello and Happy Friday, all! I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. Most everything is open here, but baby and I still aren’t going places. My husband has been doing a majority of the grocery shopping. I have done some luch pickups, and Starbucks drive-thru runs to get out.

K is walking all over the place now! She is a ball of energy, and her personality is so fun. Last weekend, we got outside a bunch and enjoyed the warm weather! Unfortunately, it has rained the whole week, so we have been stuck inside.

We sure have been eating well around here. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been having….

Chinese takeout! I love the healthy options they have. I had chicken with lots of veggies and brown rice. The thai sauce was tasty, too.

This meal was DELICIOUS. We made a bbq chicken cornbread bake, and cauliflower mac and cheese.

Chicken drumsticks and sweet potato fries.

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce, and sausages with a salad.

My mom visited one day and we got lunch from a place called Clean Eatz. It was healthy and tasty! I had a goat cheese, pepper, and pesto sandwich, veggies, and the cookie smoothie! Yum!!

OTHER THINGS I’M DOING LATELY:

WATCHING:

*We finished Little Fires Everywhere and it was SO good.

*We are currently watching Dead To Me season 2, and I am loving it as much as the 1st season!

READING:

*I actually started the Harry Potter series over. It is fun reading it as an adult!

OTHER:

*We finally finished our 1000 piece puzzle! It took forever, but looks so cool.

That’s about all for this update! Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Chocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Hello, all!! Happy hump day! We have been dealing with a teething little one around here, and this mamma is whooped. I hate seeing my little one in pain. She is finally falling asleep after some Tylenol. Hopefully she has a restful night!

Anyway…

I got a craving for overnight oats the other day. Are they still a thing? Haha. I used to make them ALL the time, but now I usually grab a granola bar. I decided to make some in the evening to grab in the morning and was so glad I did!

Here is what I used….

*1 jar of vanilla yogurt (I used Oui brand)

*1 heaping TBSP of cream cheese

*1/2 cup of oats

*1/2 or a little less of milk (I used Almond)

*1/2 to a full scoop of chocolate protein powder (or cocoa)

*1 TBSP flax seeds

TOPPINGS:

*strawberries

*graham crackers

To make:

-Mix everything together minus the toppings and refrigerate overnight.

-Remove from fridge, stir, and add toppings.

It was SO good!! Next time I will probably add almond butter.

I hope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly