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Our Chicago Getaway

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. We are driving home from our mini vacation to Chicago. It was a blast! It was a perfect way to celebrate Brad’s 30th birthday, our anniversary, and our “babymoon.” Let’s jump right in…

FRIDAY:

We left home around 8am and made the 6 hour drive to Chicago. We arrived at our Airbnb around 2:30 ish, unpacked and settled in.

We changed, called an uber, then headed into the city.

Our first stop was the bean to get some pictures!

It started getting a little dark, so we walked over to the Chicago theater to see it all lit up. It was so pretty!!

The evening was absolutely freezing, so we decided on an early dinner at Giordano’s! We got salads and pizzas. Everything was super yummy!

After dinner, we ubered back to our Airbnb, watched a movie, then crashed hard!

SATURDAY:

I woke up before my husband, so I did a short pregnancy workout video. When he woke up, we walked (in the 19 degree weather) to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready for the day and ubered into the city. We walked around until it was time for our first activity!

At noon, we did the Chicago Theater Tour and it was absolutely fantastic! We loved learning the history and not to mention, I adore the theater!

I was like a kid in a candy store Haha!

After the tour, we stopped at a food truck for lunch and ate in the sunshine. Chicago style hot dogs are no joke! YUM!!!

After lunch, we headed to the field museum. It was huge and there was so much to see! We loved the dinosaur exhibit, and also ancient Egypt.

After the museum, we walked a bunch more and saw the bean at night, along with other cool parts of the city.

Our next stop was the John Hancock building! We did Chicago 360, which takes you super high to see some beautiful views. I’m so glad we went at night! There was a wait for this and I was getting nauseous, but felt better once we got to the top.

Afterwards, we were both wiped out from walking all day so we headed to dinner at Gino’s East. I needed water and to just sit. It felt amazing to relax. I wasn’t in the mood for pizza again so I got minestrone soup and a delicious salad with grilled chicken, candied walnuts, cranberries, radishes, cheese chunks, and their delicious house dressing.

After dinner, we ubered back to the Airbnb and both crashed quickly. My total steps on my Fitbit was almost 25,000 for the day! Crazy!!

SUNDAY:

This morning, we packed up early, grabbed Starbucks, and started the trip home. I can’t wait to see my kitties!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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This Week In Food, Fitness, Pregnancy, Birthdays, And Our Upcoming Trip

Hello and happy Friday, all! I can’t sleep in anymore because I am so excited for our getaway. My husband turned 30 yesterday, so we are taking a trip to Chicago just for fun. We are celebrating that, our anniversary, and calling it our babymoon. I planned some things to do, so it should be fun.

Anyway, I am officially 25 weeks pregnant! Baby girl is laying directly on my bladder, I swear! Haha! This picture is from last week, but shows that belly off!

BUMPDATE:

CRAVINGS: All of the cheese!!

CHALLENGES:

*Acne-I am just doing my best to keep it under control.

*Back pain- with a growing belly, it is doing a number on my back. Thank goodness I have a great chiropractor.

*Snoring- I’m keeping my poor husband up lol!

*Bladder pressure

*Exhaustion

JOYS:

*Feeling her sweet little kicks

*Embracing the bump. How amazing that a little human is growing inside of me?!

*Eating a little extra and not feeling guilty haha!

FITNESS:

I’m feeling okay during my workouts! This week’s workouts:

*Pure barre videos

*Cardio (not as much running anymore)

*Spinning

FOOD:

Meatloaf and sides

Kabobs

Beef and potatoes

HUBS BDAY DINNER-Fish tacos from J Alexander’s. YUMMM!!!

For Brad’s birthday, I woke up early, got Starbucks and put balloons out (of course the cats had fun playing with them).

After work, his whole family and my mom came over and we all went to a nice dinner before coming to our house for cake.

He is so handsome!

Us with Brad’s siblings! How nice for everyone to drive to spend time with us.

Now it is time for a quick workout before we leave for Chicago!

Have a great weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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Our Mini Michigan Vacation

Hey there, everyone! Last night, I returned from a 2 night lake vacation with my mom, my oldest brother, and his family. It was so much fun spending time with them, as I don’t see them near as often as I would like.

Here is the recap!

SUNDAY:

My mom and I got in around 2pm on Sunday and immediately put on swimsuits. We spent the rest of the day rafting, boating, swimming, and relaxing.

My sweet niece!

After spending the day on the water, we decided to go into town for dinner.

They had lines of decorative bikes. I loved this one.

We had dinner at a little sports bar and I had a veggie burger, veggies, and applesauce. I also finished my nephew’s curly fries.

After dinner, we got back and crashed pretty hard.

MONDAY:

We woke up and went on a jog/walk with the family. The views were so beautiful. There were stunning homes and golf courses surrounding the lake.

We decided to head into another town this day, but the drive was pretty long. We went into the cutest town for shopping, coffee, and lunch.

Calamari!

Terriaki chicken over a spicy slaw. It was delicious!

The coffee shop was adorable! I got a decaf almond milk latte.

After shopping, we went to lake Michigan which was so beautiful!

My oldest nephew!

We got back to the lake house around 6, made some dinner, had showers, then played Monopoly until bed time.

TUESDAY:

We went for another jog and enjoyed the beautiful views again. Afterwards, we went on a boat ride while my niece and nephews skied and tubed. Mid day, we headed home.

The drive was kind of long and it felt good to get home and relax!

What a wonderful trip!

Have a great rest of your week, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Our Nashville Weekend

Hello and happy Easter, everyone!! Typically, I would spend mine at church, followed by family time, but this year is being spent in the car driving home. We did stop for a tasty brunch though!

We had such a great weekend in Nashville, visiting my cousin and exploring the city.

Here’s all we did:

FRIDAY:

We got to Nashville around 3 and got settled into our air bnb. It was a great place! We did a Kroger run, then came home and got ready to meet my cousin for dinner.

Pre dinner pics:

We went to dinner at a place called The Tavern, and it was delicious! We all split the buffalo cauliflower as an appetizer, and I had their kale and parmesan salad with salmon as my main meal. YUM!

After dinner, we all went back to the air bnb and played cards until bed.

SATURDAY:

We started the day early with a short treadmill workout at my cousin’s apartment gym.

After the gym, we got lattes and muffins from The Frothy Monkey. It was all so good!!

Next, we all showered at got ready for the day. Our first stop downtown was the Ryman Auditorium. We did the self guided tour and it was awesome.

By the time we finished, we were ready for lunch. We headed over Dierks Bentley’s new restaurant/bar called Whiskey Row and sat on the rooftop. It was a beautiful day! The place was packed.

Lunch was delicious!!! I had a turkey melt and grits (best I’ve ever had)!

After lunch, we went over to the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum. I loved it!!! I learned so much.

Our next stop was an adorable little place called Mockingbird. We all had their adult “juice boxes.” They were so cute and tasty!

By this time, we were all pretty tired and hungry again! We ordered pizza from Two Boots to take back to the air bnb. While we waited, we stopped by the huge wings mural for pictures.

We grabbed our pizzas, headed back to eat, drink, watch the final four games, and play more cards.

This pizza was called Earth Mother and it was super yummy!!

I crashed hard that night!

SUNDAY:

We woke up early and grabbed Starbucks and a snack before saying goodbye to my cousin. We packed up and headed out! We stopped for brunch at Cracker Barrel. It was great, as always!

We have about two hours left on our drive and I’m ready to get back to my kitties!!

How was your weekend?! Did you do anything fun? I sure hope so!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

With love,

Carly

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Throwback Thursday-Our Honeymoon Cruise

Hi, friends! It is almost the weekend and I have been daydreaming about vacation. Plus, the cold weather has me down. I was looking through pictures and had instant happiness when I came across our honeymoon ones.

Back in 2015, my husband and I were married in October and took our honeymoon over Thanksgiving break that same year. We went on a Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Glory. It was AMAZING. I loved being able to visit and explore so many places in a week.

Our first full day was on the ship and we woke up, got lattes and food while enjoing the beautiful views. We ate breakfast at the cantina a lot! I had breakfast burritos most days.

We spent the day in the sun, with some tasty drinks.

Our favorite evening activity was the comedy club after a huge dinner.

STOP #1:

Our first stop was in the Cayman Islands. The excursion we took was stingray city and it was SO cool. I was actually fearful at first, but worked up the courage to enjoy these beautiful creatures.

After stingray city, we were taken to another spot to snorkel. The water was clear, and our tour guides were fun and knowledgeable.

STOP #2:

Our second stop was in Honduras. Talk about breathtaking views!!

Doesn’t that look like a post card?

For our excursion, we went ziplining. It was such a great experience.

Afterwards, we spent some time on the beach with super strong drinks!

STOP #3: Belize

We didn’t have any excursions planned for this stop so we spent some time wandering around and shopping.

We got an appetizer and drinks at a little bar before heading back to the ship.

This dish was amazing! Lobster, fried plantain, and a cream sauce.

That evening we played the newly and not so newlywed game and they put it on the cruise tv!

It was hilarious answering questions about each other.

STOP #4: Cozumel, Mexico

This was actually Thanksgiving day! We went on a dolphin excursion. When we got back we had some drinks and food at a little hut.

Afterwards, we went to the 3 amigos cantina for delicious margaritas and music.

When we got back to the ship, we had a huge Thanksiving dinner. It was a beautiful night!

I hope we get to go on another some day!

Have you ever been on a cruise? What was your experience like?