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Our Family And Food-Filled Memorial Day Weekend

Hello, all! I hope you are well, and had a nice (long) weekend. K has been walking all over, and rarely sits still! She will get into anything that she has access to, and keeps us on our toes! She has a big, wonderful personality, and I am soaking up her being little.

This past weekend was so nice, as we enjoyed awesome weather, and lots of family time.

FRIDAY:

My mom came over for the day, which was so nice! We got lunch at a delicious vegan restaurant called Portia’s Cafe. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I had a wrap with tons of veggies and hummus, and the most delicious, healthy, strawberry cheesecake I have ever had!!

A little later in the day, I had a delivery come to the door. The cutest edible arrangement! Such a fun surprise! The fruit was so fresh and yummy. K and I ate it up quickly!

That evening, my husband and I started watching the show Locke and Key. It is SO good and we have watched a lot over the weekend evenings!!

SATURDAY:

My husband ordered my absolute favorite coffee from the cutest bookstore in North Carolina. I started the day with a cup in my bookstore mug. The smell took me to the beach, and I cannot wait to be there again in October!

After coffee and breakfast, we packed up and headed to the campground that my husband’s family was at.

K enjoyed seeing everyone for the day, and we left at her naptime.

We took a long way home, and stopped to look at some houses while K slept.

We watched more Locke and Key, and ate brats for dinner once K went to bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was beautiful outside, so we started the day with a long family walk. Spending time with my husband and little girl is the best!!

That afternoon, we got K’s baby pool out and let her play a lot. She had SO much fun, and slept like a champ that night. She had to try a couple different suits on haha.

MONDAY-MEMORIAL DAY:

We took another family walk and it was perfect!!

I went for a jog when K napped, and it started getting SO hot. We hit almost 90 degrees. My mom came for the day, and we took walks, had lunch, and K played in her pool. It was a great day!

Dinner was grilled salmon, veggies, and a salad!

We ended the night with more Locke and Key! We have two episodes left.

That’s all for this update.

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-This Week In Tasty Meals And Life Lately

Hello and Happy Friday, all! I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. Most everything is open here, but baby and I still aren’t going places. My husband has been doing a majority of the grocery shopping. I have done some luch pickups, and Starbucks drive-thru runs to get out.

K is walking all over the place now! She is a ball of energy, and her personality is so fun. Last weekend, we got outside a bunch and enjoyed the warm weather! Unfortunately, it has rained the whole week, so we have been stuck inside.

We sure have been eating well around here. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been having….

Chinese takeout! I love the healthy options they have. I had chicken with lots of veggies and brown rice. The thai sauce was tasty, too.

This meal was DELICIOUS. We made a bbq chicken cornbread bake, and cauliflower mac and cheese.

Chicken drumsticks and sweet potato fries.

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce, and sausages with a salad.

My mom visited one day and we got lunch from a place called Clean Eatz. It was healthy and tasty! I had a goat cheese, pepper, and pesto sandwich, veggies, and the cookie smoothie! Yum!!

OTHER THINGS I’M DOING LATELY:

WATCHING:

*We finished Little Fires Everywhere and it was SO good.

*We are currently watching Dead To Me season 2, and I am loving it as much as the 1st season!

READING:

*I actually started the Harry Potter series over. It is fun reading it as an adult!

OTHER:

*We finally finished our 1000 piece puzzle! It took forever, but looks so cool.

That’s about all for this update! Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Chocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Hello, all!! Happy hump day! We have been dealing with a teething little one around here, and this mamma is whooped. I hate seeing my little one in pain. She is finally falling asleep after some Tylenol. Hopefully she has a restful night!

Anyway…

I got a craving for overnight oats the other day. Are they still a thing? Haha. I used to make them ALL the time, but now I usually grab a granola bar. I decided to make some in the evening to grab in the morning and was so glad I did!

Here is what I used….

*1 jar of vanilla yogurt (I used Oui brand)

*1 heaping TBSP of cream cheese

*1/2 cup of oats

*1/2 or a little less of milk (I used Almond)

*1/2 to a full scoop of chocolate protein powder (or cocoa)

*1 TBSP flax seeds

TOPPINGS:

*strawberries

*graham crackers

To make:

-Mix everything together minus the toppings and refrigerate overnight.

-Remove from fridge, stir, and add toppings.

It was SO good!! Next time I will probably add almond butter.

I hope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-This Week In Tasty Dinners And More Baking

Hello and happy Friday, all! I hope you are staying safe and well. Things around here are beginning to slowly open. Baby K and I have been getting fresh air on the warm days, and especially love when my mom has social distancing walks with us!

As far as food goes, we have had some delicious things lately.

My husband grilled blueberry brats and jalapeno pineapple brats one night, and they were amazing. I put mine over a salad. We had cheesy rice and corn on the cob, too!

While scrolling Facebook one day, I came across buffalo chicken enchiladas and just HAD to make them! They were SO tasty!!

That same night, my sister-in-law and I made double chocolate avacado muffins. Even my husband loved these, which is rare with my healthy desserts.

We did Chinese takeout one night because all of us were craving it. I love that they offer healthy options!

This yummy bowl was from a place called Chop 5! You can make salads or grain bowls. I chose brown rice with lots of tasty toppings! K loved her kids sized bowl with quinoa, cheese, and egg!

That’s all for food today!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all you amazing mammas out there!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-This Week In Dinners And Baking

Hello and happy Friday, all! I am looking forward to a weekend with my little family. I hope to get baby K’s pool out, play with bubbles, and take a lot of walks.

K has been SO energetic lately, and is becoming more of a toddler every day. I love her personality! I can’t wait to get her back to gym class with her buddies. Her curly hair is the best. I try to put it in a pony, but she always pulls it out. Haha!

Anyway, let’s talk food. My sister-in-law and I watch a lot of Nailed It, and decided to make cake pops. They aren’t the prettiest, but sure do taste good! I’ve had them with my coffee the past few days.

We had so much fun making these! We didn’t have mini chocolate chips, but will definitely add those next time. The recipe was for a healthier version!

As far as dinners go, we have been eating very well! Here are some favorites..

Cast iron chicken, coleslaw, and cauliflower mac cheese!

My mom came for a social distance walk with me and baby K. We had Northstar Cafe in between our walks, and I had the veggie burger with broccoli and peanut sauce! It was delicious!!!

Roast on an English muffin and sweet potatoes!

I also have done a couple loaded salads, and have been filling up on lots of fresh fruit! Yum!!

Also, another favorite snack lately is plain greek yogurt with a touch of honey, fruit, and sea salt dark chocolate granola.

We are definitely loving our food lately!!

That is all for today’s update. Have a wonderful weekend, and stay healthy!

With love,

Carly