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Our Valentine’s Day

Hello, everyone! I hope the week is treating you well. K has had quite a few no nap days, leaving this mamma pretty tired. I am SO thankful that she sleeps well at night! I planned on posting this on Monday, but you know, mom life.

Anyway, we had low-key Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to share.

My husband surprised me on Wednesday with beautiful flowers and my favorite almond butter. He usually waits until the day of, when all the flowers are picked over, but was sweet to go early this year!

Love them!

On Sunday, my sister-in-law came over and spent the day with us. We did some baking and hanging out!

Almond flour cinnamon rolls! These are delicious. We topped them with Simple Mills vanilla frosting.
Chocolate protein balls. Yum!

My sister-in-law left when we put K down for bed.

Once the house was picked up, I took a bath while my husband when to get us takeout.

We got Chinese, then spent the evening catching up on Hell’s Kitchen and relaxing! It was so nice.

So yummy!!!

Well, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-Favorite Eats Lately, Plus A Life Update

Hello and happy Friday!! I hope the week treated you well. My sweet girl turned 2 on Tuesday and we had fun celebrating her. My husband came home mid-day from work so we could sing and open presents. When he headed back to work, my mom, mother-in-law, and I took K to lunch. It was so fun!

We also had her 2 year checkup this week. She is doing great, but is behind in speech. We are being referred to speech therapy and that makes me so happy!♡

Other updates:

WATCHING:

*The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel-oh my goodness! Is anyone else watching this??? So creepy!!

*The Bachelor-this has always been a favorite of mine!

*Hell’s Kitchen-I just love Gordon Ramsey.

EXCITED ABOUT:

*I am longing for spring and warmer weather! I can’t wait until we spend our days outside in the sunshine.

*VACATIONS:

*We have 2 planned: one is at Gun Lake in Michigan this summer, and one in North Carolina in Fall. Two of my favorite places!!

WORKOUTS:

*I tend to use my loop bands the most out of anything! It is awesome how I get so sore from them. I also take advantage of my large basement to run around for cardio.

FOOD:

Now onto all of the tasy things we’ve been eating….

Chinese takeout!
Potatoes, mixed veggies, chicken sausage, garlic, and lots of seasonings. I put mine over cauliflower rice! Soooo yummy!
2 of my girlfriends came over and we snacked on this plus had some wine! We had so much fun.
Okay so this was amazing!! It is a Reeses Cup smoothie from a place called Power Fuel Nutrition. Yum!!!

Some other favorites lately include pork chops, edamame spaghetti, and deer steaks!

That’s all for today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday-A 30 minute cardio workout, plus some food favorites

Hi, all! Happy Friday!! I hope you are well. My little one will be 2 in a couple weeks, which is crazy. Time feels like it goes so fast when it comes to her growing up. She has decided not to nap the last couple of days, but continues to be an excellent night time sleeper! We are starting potty training soon and I am kind of scared haha. Wish me luck! Other than that, I have been longing for warmer weather. I can’t wait until K and I can spend our days outside. I miss jogging with her and that wonderful sunshine! I know it will be here soon enough!

Anyway, moving on to the point of this post. I have continued my at-home workouts, and do my best to stay motivated. Yesterday was a cardio day and I really enjoyed my workout, so I want to share it!

1) 5 minute warmup on the elliptical. 2) 10 burpees, 10 star jumps, 10 squat jumps, and 10 kicks on the punching bag- repeat step two three times 3) 10 sprints. REPEAT everything until you hit 30 minutes!

I was pretty sweaty by the end of that workout! I will definitely do it again. *Please note that I only do what works for me and my body when it comes to working out.

Moving on to a few food favorites….

Edamame pasta with meat sauce and an Annies organic biscuit! So yummy!!!
My friend and I went to dinner at a delicious Thai restaurant. I only got a picture of the appetizer unfortunately! These steamed dumplings were amazing. The rest of the meal was, too!
My post workout snack lately! Dates with almond butter, dark chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut chips! Seriously so good!!!
This drink has been a nice little pre workout for me! Caffeine free, but still gives me energy. Double chocolate Criobru blended with ghee, coconut oil, and nut pods! I highly recommend Criobru!!! SO yummy!!

That is all for today! Have a wonderful weekend!!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday And A Little Life Update

Hello, and happy Friday!! It has been a long time since I have posted. I have been so focused on keeping up with my almost 2 year old and housework that I am consumed most of the time. My little one is always busy, and I am trying to navigate having a full blown toddler. She is a ton of fun and makes me laugh constantly! She is behind in speech, which I often worry about. We have an appointment the day after her birthday, and I am looking forward to figuring out the next step in helping her. Other than that, she is still in gymnastics and is very brave! I am so proud of her. We get to have play dates with gym friends, staying as covid safe as possible. We often spend time with my mom, which has been a lifesaver this winter!

Ughhh I love her!

As far as fitness goes, I have been continuing my at-home workouts. I got some new bands and love them! They don’t slip off of my legs constantly, which is awesome. I have been utilizing YouTube to find full body band workouts! I am so sore afterwards. On cardio days, I do the elliptical, use my punching bag, run sprints, jumps and abs. I have to mix things up to keep from getting bored! Yesterday was chilly, but sunny, and I was able to run outside for the first time in a while!

Love these bands!! Plus, how cute are the designs?!

We have been enjoying some good food lately! We always try to eat pretty healthy, well me more than my husband haha. On New Year’s Eve, my niece came over and we made such a yummy dinner! Here are just a few pictures from lately…

Cheeseburger cups, a Mediterranean salad, and an edamame salad. It was all delicious!
We went out to dinner on my mom’s birthday and this was our appetizer! It was amazing.
My favorite snack lately! One date with Justin’s vanilla almond butter and sugar free chocolate chips.
Simple Mills pumpkin muffins! So healthy and tasty!!!

Hopefully I can catch up on all of your posts soon!

Have a great weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Holiday Baking And Christmas At Home

Hello, hello! I hope the Holiday season is treating you well. Things have been non-stop around here, and are just settling down. Christmas this year was wonderful for our family. I love being home and having no place to travel. Doing our best to stay covid safe, we saw immediate family only. I definitely missed seeing extended family this year, but feel like we made the right decision.

I wanted to highlight some baking, and Christmas fun from the past week! Let’s start back at Wednesday….

WEDNESDAY: I got to spend some time with one of my very best friends. We had wine flights at Coopershawk and enjoyed catching up! Neither of us have been out much lately, so it was fun to safely see her!

Coopershawk has the BEST wine selection! I always get the fruit ones.

THURSDAY- CHRISTMAS EVE: We always do our stockings on Christmas Eve morning! It is a fun tradition for us.

My sister-in-law lives in town and spent the afternoon with us. We did some baking (all using healthier ingredients)! It was so fun!

Cranberry orange muffins.
Banana bread.

Sugar cookies!

Homemade cinnamon rolls using almond flour! These were amazing!!!!! We even made our own frosting. 10/10 for me.

After all of our baking and getting K down for bed, we ordered Chinese food and watched a movie.

FRIDAY- CHRISTMAS DAY:

My Christmas excitement woke me up early so I made coffee and did a quick workout before everyone was up.

We relaxed until my husband’s family came over! My mom joined a little while later. We had a wonderful time opening gifts, eating and just hanging out.

K playing with sone fun gym items from my mom! Such a great way to get her energy out!
PJ’s all day!

We all watched a movie and played games that evening.

It was a wonderful Christmas!

I am looking forward to catching up with all of you.

Have a great week!

With love,

Carly