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A Few Favorites-Fall Edition

Hello and happy weekend! I am up before the family, enjoying a cup of coffee and some almond flour banana bread. I love mornings to myself. I get to enjoy the quiet and “me-time” before the day starts.

This afternoon, we are going to “Boo at the Zoo.” I am SO excited. K is going to be a teddy bear, and I have a mamma bear shirt and ears. My mom and mother-in-law are coming, too! I love that we can have an outdoor, safe Halloween activity for K.

Moving on….

Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite Fall things…

COOL MORNING RUNS: There really is something about the crisp, Fall air that makes my runs SO much better.

PODCASTS: I think my true crime podcasts are extremely fitting this time of year. A few favorites are My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, Morbid, Full Body Chills, and Dateline.

SNACKS AND BAKING:

I found these at Aldi, and oh my gosh…YUM.

FOOTBALL JERSEYS:

We are Cincinnati Bengals fans! Well, I am…my husband is not. Also, this picture was from when K was sick, so she has a pedialyte popsicle.

READING: I am currently reading the Harry Potter series.

TV SHOWS: I have been watching Ratched on Netflix and oh my goodness it is creepy and so addicting! Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. I am also watching the Bachelorette….it has always been a guilty pleasure haha.

DECORATIONS: I haven’t taken pictures of ours, but I love decorating! Our porch looks so cute and festive!

That’s all I have for today! K will be up soon, and I will be on mom-mode all day. I am looking forward to her morning hug! I love this mom life!

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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Fit Friday And Other Favorites

Hello, and happy Friday! Another week in the house, and I am still staying busy with a very active 14 month old.

Let’s talk favorites from the week…

FITNESS:

On the warm days, I put K in the stroller and take my workouts outside. I like to run, do hills, stroller barre, and bands.

On colder days, I have been trying to get more creative inside. I like to do YouTube workouts, especially ones using the loop bands.

I also run the stairs in my house, use the elliptical, and do yoga.

FOOD:

Grilled turkey burger and veggies.

A loaded salad! One of my favorite things.

My mom treated me and K to Northstar Cafe for a curbside pickup today! It was so nice of her, especially since we aren’t able to see her right now. I had the pesto basil burrito with broccoli and peanut sauce. K had the kids quesadillas with broccoli! YUM.

She sure loved her meal!

We both have leftovers, too! Yay!

BABY FUN:

K got to color Easter eggs! She had so much fun, and snuck some tastes of whipped cream haha

We have also been coloring, playing with pots/pans, splashing in water, and reading tons of books!

OTHER:

*True Crime Podcasts

*The Libby app for my kindle. It is linked to my library card and I can read tons of books.

*Shutterfly! I have been finally working on K’s photo album from her first year.

That’s about all for today. Have a wonderful weekend and Easter!

With love,

Carly

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My Quarantined Birthday And A Baby Update

Hello, all!! This whole pandemic has been a whirlwind, and with a stay at home order, baby K and I have hunkered down. My husband and sister-in-law (who lives with us) are both considered essential, therefore are still working. My worries come in waves, but I am doing my best to stay calm, and enjoy time with my sweet baby.

Speaking of baby K, she has gained SO many new skills since her first birthday. She is pulling herself up on everything, and learned how to climb the stairs. There is no stopping her! She is chatty and now says “bye-bye” and “belly.” She knows her body parts and LOVES books. Her gym class has been doing Facebook live videos and we have been joining in! Watching her learn and grow is the greatest joy in my life.

Yesterday was my 31st birthday, and despite being in the middle of this crazy time, it was still very special!

My celebration started on Sunday with Starbucks of course! We had family time, and I took a bath during the baby’s nap.

Once she went to bed, my husband cooked a delicious dinner of salmon and vegetables. I also had a salad and my favorite wine!

My sweet husband made me brownies (which I got into before the picture haha). My sister-in-law got me wine and ice cream!

After dinner, we played a few games of Clue, then watched The Greatest Showman because I love that movie!

Monday was my actual birthday and baby K and I had fun at home! My mom sent me pretty flowers, and ordered me and baby lunch from my favorite place (Northstar Cafe). Curbside delivery for the win. I had the Thai burrito with broccoli and peanut sauce. YUM!

She also got me a tablet!! I LOVE IT! I definitely have the greatest mom!!!

My husband and in-laws got me a Shark vacuum and it is amazing! I have been wanting one for SO long. I cleaned the house during baby’s nap and enjoyed every second of it haha.

After dinner, we facetimed my mom, brother, and sister-in-law to play trivia. Even though we couldn’t be together in person, this was a perfect way to spend time with each other. We all had to come up with categories and mine was Friends (the TV show). We had a lot of fun!!

I also had my brownies and ice cream before bed. It was a great birthday!

Well friends, that is all for now. Stay safe and healthy!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And “Boo At The Zoo”)

Hello, all and happy Sunday! We had such a great day, but I am beat. This weekend finally felt completely like Fall. I love it SO much. The weather, the food, getting cozy by the fireplace, and taking my sweet girl to enjoy all the fun festivities!

Here is a little recap of our weekend…

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee by the fireplace. We had some family time until the baby went down for her morning nap. I snuck off to the gym for an upper body workout class!

When I got home, baby and I took a walk, then sat outside watching my husband work on the yard. Baby waved at daddy while he mowed (she recently learned that skill)!

When she went down for her afternoon nap, I put on a podcast and got to cleaning the house. I worked until she woke up.

The rest of the day was spent playing and another long stroller walk.

For dinner, we made cornbread and chili! It hit the spot and was so perfect for a cool night.

After dinner, we relaxed and watched TV until bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was chilly, so I bundled up and had some coffee by the fireplace. When the baby woke up, I fed her and we played until her nap. Once she got up and had some fruit, we headed to “Boo at the Zoo.”

They had different themes around the park and the kids got to trick-or-treat.

My little dragon😍

We were so glad grandma could come, too!

We had so much fun! The baby loved looking at the displays and other kids. My mom got us a family pass as an early Christmas gift, so we decided that we will come back next weekend to catch the things we missed today.

When we got home, we ate and the baby took a nap. I did a quick grocery run, then took a walk with my mom and little one.

The baby went down early. She was wiped out from such a fun day!

That’s all for this recap….

Have a great week, everyone!

With love,

Carly