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Let’s Have A Mid-Week Coffee Date

Hi, all! Happy hump day!! I am sitting here enjoying a (third) cup of coffee while the little one naps. My breastfeeding/pumping journey has officially ended, and my coffee consumption is back to an all time high.

I wanted to update you all with life lately, and what better way to do that than with coffee? Haha!

Let’s begin…

BABY:

We took baby on our annual apple picking date and had a blast with her.

Comparison to her in my belly to her now!

Baby has been thriving in her bugs class, and stood up by herself (while holding onto the bars) yesterday. My 7 month old is a rockstar!!

She sleeps like a champ, and I am proud of our consistent bedtime routine.

She laughs constantly, and knows when she is being funny. I seriously adore this kid more than anything!

I could continue all day, but let’s move on.

LOVE LIFE:

The beginning baby stage was hard, as my husband and I were exhausted and figuring this parent thing out, but now that things have settled, I love him even more than I did on our wedding day. He is the best dad, husband, and provider I could ever ask for.

He always tells me that I’m beautiful (even when I am covered in vomit). Haha! These two love each other so much. Oh my heart!

We haven’t been out on a date in a while, but we do incorporate date nights at home. These include movies, board games, and cooking dates (we have had a blast with our Blue Apron and Hello Fresh meals).

That being said, our anniversary is coming up in October and we are planning on a fun night out!

UPCOMING VACATION:

We leave in a couple weeks for North Carolina, and I am so excited for the baby to see the ocean for the first time.

I have a slight ping of sadness, as we visit the Outer Banks, and hurricane Dorian hit hard this year.

FITNESS:

Since having the little one, I can’t get to the gym like I used to, so I have to get creative at home.

I love running the baby outside! She gets to look around, and I get cardio and arm work pushing the stroller.

I also take advantage of the tons of YouTube videos (HIIT workouts, pure barre, etc.)

Carrying my little around all day is a workout itself!

OTHER:

Today is my sweet Maverick’s “gottya day.” We have had this little one for 5 years!

Last, but certainly not least, I am reflecting on this day 18 years ago. I was only in the 8th grade, but remember that day vividly. What a reminder to hug our loved ones a little tighter.

That’s about all for this coffee date, friends! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

With love,

Carly

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An Apple Picking Date, Market Finds, And A Moment Of Clarity

Hi there and happy Sunday! I hope you all have had great weekend so far. My car has been acting up so my hubs is working on it while I write. 

Yesterday, my husband and I went on our annual apple picking date to Lynd Fruit Farm. We always have so much fun walking through and tasting the apples. We buy a large bag to fill so we have plenty to eat and more to bake with. 

I love eating the apples straight off of the trees.

After picking our apples, we headed over to the farm’s market for some goodies! 

We left with apple butter, sweet and fresh pickles, chili mix, apple cider, pie, and sweet potatoes. Everything at the market is DELICIOUS! We also bought a pumpkin to carve this week.

Once we got back to our place from the market, we decided to make a Kroger run so we could cook and finish our date night at home. 

For dinner, we made chili with the mix we got at the market and cornbread muffins. We also made a warm spiked cider with apple cider, vanilla vodka, cinnamon and brown sugar. We put the ingredients in our crockpot until warm. 

Dinner was fantastic!

After dinner, I made an apple bread with some of the fresh apples we picked. I found a recipe on Pinterest that was healthy, and it turned out amazing!! I had it for breakfast and topped it with apple butter. A perfect fall breakfast alongside a nice cup of coffee. 

Once I finished breakfast and some cleaning, my friend came over and we drove to church together. The service spoke to me in a way I needed badly this morning. I had such a sense of clarity by the time the pastor finished. 

I have had a lot going on in my life lately, but I feel prepared to make myself better, and to work hard to make my dreams a reality. More on that later! Just please send positive vibes my way!! 

The rest of my day will be filled with hanging out at the shop while my husbad works. He seriously is the best. I’m a lucky gal! 

I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your day and a positive week ahead!

With love, 

Carly