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Fit Friday-This Week In Food, Fitness, Motherhood, Sun, and Snow

Hello and happy Friday, all! The house is picked up, the baby is sleeping, and this mamma is under a blanket because it is so cold out! We woke up to snow. We decided to go out and play in our pjs for a little because the baby hasn’t really had a chance to experience it.

She was wiggling so much when she saw it falling down! The weather has been crazy. It was warm on Monday and I was outside in a tank top. Haha!

Let’s talk FITNESS:

I have done a good variety of workouts this week. I have to mix it up to keep from getting bored!

MONDAY: Baby K and I got out for a 3 mile run. The weather was beautiful!! We stopped at the swings on the way home.

TUESDAY: Barre workout video.

WEDNESDAY: 30 minutes on the elliptical

THURSDAY: I took a cycle sculpt class at the gym. It is spinning with light weights incorporated.

FRIDAY: This morning I did a hiit workout video.

FOOD FAVORITES:

Taco salad with coconut oil fried plantains. SO good!

Crockpot buffalo chicken sandwiches! This was delicious and so easy to make!

Chicken legs made in the air fryer with corn.

Whole Foods salad bar!

OTHER:

*My mom came over yesterday and it was so nice to spend time with her! We love when she visits. The baby gets SO excited!

*Baby K is turning one year old on Sunday and I have been very emotional.

*Baby K moved up to the next level in gym class. She is now in birds instead of bugs.

*Our next two weekends are so busy. Tomorrow, we have baby K’s Valentine’s pictures. On Sunday, we have two birthday parties.

Next weekend, we have baby K’s birthday party!

Busy busy!!!

That’s about all for now! Have a great weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-Eats From This Week

Hello, all! Happy Friday! I just got the baby to bed, and am eating leftovers. My husband is going out with friends tonight, so I’m trying to find something good to watch on Netflix.

This past week was a trying week for us. I won’t go into details, but I sure am glad it is coming to an end. I will say that hugs and kisses from my sweet little girl heal my heart. Gosh, I love her more than anything!!

Another positive to the week was good food! I decided to mix up our meals, and was so glad I did. I love making healthier versions of typically unhealthy food.

We had loaded nachos on Monday, and they hit the spot. I make two different versions for my husband and myself. Mine had bean chips, lean ground beef, black bean and corn salsa, cheese, and lime juice. I wanted plain greek yogurt to sub for sour cream, but didn’t have any. This meal was excellent!

Another night, we had buffalo ranch chicken sandwiches. I used a rotisserie chicken, one packet of ranch seasoning, and buffalo wing sauce. I put mine on an English muffin with cheese. Easy, and so delicious! Of course I had a salad with it!

I had a friend come over last night, and decided to make a chicken noodle casserole. It had whole wheat egg noodles, tons of mixed vegetables, cream of chicken, cream of celery, milk, and chicken. It was great! That is tonight’s dinner as well!

Those are just a few favorites!

That’s about all for today, all. I hope you have an excellent weekend! I am looking forward to relaxing and catching up on all of your posts.

With love,

Carly

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Food, Fitness, Motherhood, And A Sick Baby

Hello, all! Happy weekend!! I am currently snuggling my sweet baby while she eats her bottle. Getting her out of bed is one of my favorite things, as she smiles and wiggles, followed by a huge hug. Ahhhh my heart!!

Baby K has been sick the past couple of days and it makes me so sad. She has a deep cough and stuffy nose. The pediatrician said not to worry unless her breathing gets bad or her fever is super high. It’s so hard not to though.

I have been using baby chest rub and essential oils, I constantly use the nose frieda, and have a humidifier in her room.

She has still been all smiles at least!! She didn’t get sick until Wednesday, so she did get to go to Bugs class on Tuesday and see her friends.

Moving on, let’s talk FOOD:

Here are a few favorites from the week…

Chickpea pasta and meat sauce.

Whole Foods salad bar when my mom came to visit!

Apple grilled cheese and tomato soup!

FITNESS:

I was able to sneak off to the gym twice this week and the rest of my workouts were at home.

*Elliptical

*Barre

*Treadmill Hiit workout (gym day)

*Cycle Sculp class

OTHER:

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday! I got baby K the cutest onesie.

I love these two so much.

She ended up having a blowout all over it. Haha.

Well, I’m off to start the day!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

With love,

Carly

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Our Outer Banks, NC Vacation (Baby’s First Time On The Beach)

Hello, all! I’m coming to you from the car on the way home from our wonderful vacation. I have gone to the Outer Banks, NC with my family since I was little. I brought my husband for the first time 5 years ago when we were dating, and this past week, we brought our daughter for her first visit. We had such a wonderful time, and made so many memories.

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TRAVELLING:

The drive from our house is around 11 hours. We broke it up into two days both ways. The baby did so well overall, but definitely had her moments where she wanted out of the car. We kept her busy with toys, music, and grandma (who sat in the backseat with her).

BABY’S SCHEDULE AND ROUTINE:

I thrive on routine, as does my little one. I never sway on bedtime, and try to keep consistent naps. I made sure to keep this up the whole vacation. Sure, it meant being at the house to have her in bed by 6 each night, but we had a blast going out in the day! It is SO worth it to me. Travel days were rough. She struggled going down, and since we had to share a room with her she wanted to play all hours of the night. She did amazing at the beach house though! I consider that a win.

BEACH FUN:

We had an oceanfront house, and the view was absolutely stunning. We drank coffee while watching the sun rise each morning. We even had a hot tub on the deck. Our weather was absolutely perfect! Sunny and breezy, which made for such pleasant beach days.

We had so much fun showing baby K the ocean! We either held her, or put her in the pack and play with toys while we were outside.

We walked the pier near us many times, visited a lighthouse, and a place called the Whalehead Club.

Kennedy also got to spend quality time with her grandparents. My mom was with us the whole time, and my husband’s parents came for a few days!

FOOD:

We ate so well!! I love love love seafood! Here is just a couple favorite meals from the trip, although we had many more delicious things!

This salad had fresh tuna, and all sorts of other tasty items! This was from a restaurant called Rundown Cafe. It is a staple when we visit!

Yes, another salad lol! This one had a delicious crabcake on it. I devoured the whole thing, along with my margarita!

Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms. These were so good!

FITNESS:

Most days, I did a 3 mile beach run! I love zoning out and taking in the sights and smells of the ocean. It is so peaceful!

Two of the days, I did barre videos and a long walk with my mom and baby K!

As always, the week flew by, and it is back to reality!

Have a wonderful week, all!

With love,

Carly

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Blue Apron Vs. Hello Fresh

Hi, all! This past week, my husband and I made 2 Blue Apron meals and 2 Hello Fresh meals. My brother uses both subscriptions (he likes the variety), and sent us free codes. I thought it would be fun to compare them and share our experiences.

Here goes:

PACKAGING:

BLUE APRON: Both meals came in an insulated box, but they weren’t separated out. Honestly, it was a big mess and a pain. I’m not sure if something happened while it was being delivered, but it all just seemed thrown into the box without care.

HELLO FRESH: Each meal was separated into sealed bags. I loved how nicely packaged it was! It made it so easy.Clearly my packaging pick winner is Hello Fresh.

PREP, INSTRUCTIONS, AND COOKING:

They both had detailed instructions and pictures for each step. I’d put these as a tie!Our Blue Apron meals took a little more time, and seemed to be a touch more advanced to make. We enjoyed this, as we felt like we were pulling out our inner Master Chef haha.

With Hello Fresh, I loved that the instructions told you exactly what tools you need to get out beforehand.

THE MEALS:

I chose off of the healthy menu for each service.

BLUE APRON:

MEAL 1: Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry with Spicy Sambal Sauce.

This was absolutely delicious, and I loved the kick of the sauce! We did add rice to this to make it more filling.

MEAL 2: Italian Chicken And Mozzarella Skillet With Mozzarella and Grana Padano Cheese.

Oh my gosh, this meal was so tasty!! The fresh mozzarella added so much. We put this over pasta, and it made it top notch.

HELLO FRESH:

MEAL 1: Southwest Stuffed Poblanos With Quinoa and Corn.

This was so different and delicious! My husband thought he’d miss having meat, but he ate every bite. It has a nice spice to it as well!

MEAL 2: Crispy Maple Mustard Chicken With Roasted Potato Wedges and Carrots.

This was definitely the easiest meal to make, but it sure wasn’t lacking in flavor! We loved it!

OVERALL:

We had a lot of fun cooking together and truly enjoyed each meal! Both services took the edge in different ways, and the food did not disappoint at all! I would definitely like to try some of the other services out there.

I would love to hear your experiences with meal delivery services!

Thanks for stopping by!

With love,

Carly