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Our Outer Banks, NC Vacation-Fun Things We Did

Hello, all! We are driving home from vacation and my toddler is FINALLY sleeping so I have a little time to write. She has not been loving the car unfortunately, but thankfully we are almost home.

Anyway…we spent a week in an oceanfront beach house (with a hot tub). Going this late in the year is nice because it is not crowded at all, plus the house was quite a bit less expensive! Win!! Our weather had a wide variety. Some hot days, some windy, and some just plain chilly!

We had a ton of good food, but I will save that for another post. This one is going to focus on activities!

BEACH PLAY: On the warm days, we played on the beach. We made sand castles, found shells, and chased around our cute little girl!

She is such a beach baby!

WILD HORSE BEACH: OBX has a beach where wild horses roam freely. It truly is an amazing sight to see. We rented a jeep and explored the beach and neighborhoods.

The horses were beautiful!

JOCKEYS RIDGE: These are huge sand dunes that overlook the ocean and the sound. The views are incredible.

Carrying K up the sand dunes really worked my legs! Haha.

KITE FLYING: Baby K loved watching her daddy and grandpa fly the kite. It definitely picked up a ton of air because they did it on a crazy windy day!

I love this picture of K and my husband!

BEACH RUNS: I ran each morning while the sun was coming up. It was so relaxing!

I miss this view already.

HOT TUB AND CARD GAMES: Once K went to bed each night we typically enjoyed the hot tub or family card games.

Me and the hubs!

SHOPPING AND WALKING THE PIER: We walked the pier to Duck Donuts (which are the best ever), saw the horse statues, and did a little shopping on a chilly day!

I could eat her up!

We enjoyed vacation so much!! I am not looking forward to all of the laundry when we get home, but am ready to get back to our routine.

That is all for today! Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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A Little Update, Today’s Workout, And My Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Hello, hello!! Happy Friday! I have struggled to keep a consistent writing schedule, but that’s mom life I guess. We are currently in the car on our way to North Carolina for vacation. The Outer Banks is my favorite vacation spot, and we have been going since I was little. I am SO excited to be there. We have 8 hours of driving today, and right around 3 tomorrow. What a perfect time to write!

Anyway…let’s start with life lately. Last weekend, we went to Boo At The Zoo. They did a great job keeping it covid friendly and safe all around!

I love this little teddy bear SO much.

Also, in honor of the season, we have been enjoying our porch decorations.

K placed and colored most of the pumpkins and gords. Haha. I love the orange lights in the dark!

We get the keys to our new home the weekend before Thanksgiving! We are thrilled. The build is going so well, and it has been so fun watching the progress! Ahhh!!! Other than that, K has been enjoying gymnastics, and I got to have a much needed and long overdue wine date with one of my best friends!

Moving on…Today’s Treadmill Workout

I woke up early to sneak in a quick workout before our long drive. I like to get my blood flowing before sitting all day! I do this often, especially when I need a quick, yet efficient workout. *Please note that I only post workouts that work for me and my fitness level!

*1 mile jog, building pace. Then do a minute walk before getting into the main part of the workout. *6 rounds: 1 minute jog, 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. *Cool down and stretch

That’s it! Quick and to the point.

Moving on again….Let’s Bake

BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE:

Items Needed: 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of almond flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of almond butter, 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt, dark chocolate chips

Mix everything well, and bake in an 8×8 dish for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. I think next time I would add a banana to make it a bit more moist. It was a bit dense, but I enjoyed it a lot! It was also toddler approved!

Yum! I topped mine with melted almond butter.

I know this was all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed! I’m off to catch up on my reader. Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Fall Activities With Toddlers

Hello, and happy Sunday! My little one developed quite the cold overnight and feels pretty yucky. She is trying to sleep on my husband, and I am laying next to them. The changing weather always does this. Ugh!

Fall has always been my favorite season, despite the sickness that seems to come every year. The weather is perfect to get outside without being too hot or cold. We have had an absolute blast this Fall. K is so fun and curious this year and I absolutely love it! I am going to share some of our favorite things we have done so far (all while socially distancing).

Farm fun! K got to feed goats, have fall muffins, take a hayride, and pick pumpkins.
Choosing the perfect pumpkin.
Painging gourds and pumpkins! We put her in just a diaper when she painted her pumpkin and she ended up painting herself, too! It was so fun and messy!
We did a hayride during the weekday when there was only a few other people at the local farm. It was a great way to spend the afternoon!
Halloween stickers! K absolutely loves these!! My mom got her a ton from the dollar tree.

We have also done apple picking and a lot of baking!

If she is better by next weekend, we plan on going to Boo at the Zoo.

Well friends, that’s all for today. I am off to spend the day cuddled up with my sweet family!

All my love,

Carly

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It’s Been A While-A Little Life Update

Hi, all! It has been quite a while since I last posted. Things have been beyond crazy around here. For starters, we are completely out of our house (finally) and moved into an apartment until our house is complete. It felt like it took forever to get everything out, and after many late nights and countless trips, we turned the keys over yesterday! Whoo hoo!!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO…

Fun:

We had a family fun day of pumpkin painting, carving, and seed roasting.

APPLE PICKING:

This is one of my absolute favorite fall activities! We had so much fun.

GYMNASTICS:

K has so much fun getting her energy out, and they have done a fantastic job of keeping it safe and clean.

LUNCH DATES WITH DADDY:

Now that we are SO close to my husband’s work, we get to stop by more often. K and I both love it!

WHOLE 30:

I completed Whole30 and loved how I felt afterwards. I have added foods back in, and made some healthy lifestyle changes.

WORKOUTS:

I have been enjoying the gym at our apartment so much! It is so nice and I have been utilizing it in the mornings as much as I can.

K and I have also been running and exploring our new area.

CURRENTLY:

READING: Harry Potter

LISTENING TO: True Crime Podcasts!

DRINKING: Bulletproof coffee and Criobru. If you have never heard of Criobru, do yourself a favor and look into it. It literally has been the most amazing drink ever! It has barely any caffeine, tons of health benefits, and tastes delicious.

Also, I had to have the pumpkin cold brew from Starbucks once this year. It was so tasy!

DOING: I finally have time to write because we are headed to my brother-in-law’s wedding in Michigan. It is going to be a small, immediate family only wedding right on the lake. We are so excited!!

Anyway….that’s about all I have for now. I am looking forward to catching up with all of your posts! It might take forever, but I’ll get there eventually haha.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up And My First Week Of Whole30

Hello! Happy Monday, all. I hope you had a great weekend. We sure did!

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee, a strength and jog workout, then doing some shopping with my sister-in-law. K spent time with daddy while I was busy!

The afternoon was full of stroller walks and playtime with my girl.

Once she went to bed, we finished house work and cleaned before a quick (late) dinner and some Mindhunter.

SUNDAY:

My sister-in-law and I separated and planted herbs! K had fun playing in the leaves while we worked.

My mom came into town and we took K to the sunflower field! The season is about over so the blooms were dying, but we still had so much fun!

That evening, I went to dinner with a girlfriend of mine! We had fun catching up, and I had a yummy Whole30 approved dinner. Northstar Cafe is the best!

Speaking of Whole30, I have officially finished my first week! Here are my thoughts so far:

The first couple of days were the hardest, as I had some headaches and cravings, but I pushed through and things are getting SO much better.

I am WAY less bloated than typical, and have found myself enjoying prepping and cooking. I miss my easy snacks, but have been enjoying fresh fruit, nuts, and vegetables.

Dates and almond butter have been a lifesaver when I need some quick, healthy energy!

So far I am loving it, and am excited to see how I feel as I continue!

I will keep updating each week.

Well, that’s about all for today. Have a great week!

With love,

Carly