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2020 Recap And Intentions For The New Year

Hello, all!! Is anyone else ready to say good riddance to 2020? I have definitely had some low moments this year. It hasn’t been all bad though! We have definitely had some wonderful things happen as well! I like looking back and going through pictures. Here is the recap:

JANUARY: *K made a full recovery from her December hospital stay!

*I found out I was pregnant, but suffered an early loss.

FEBRUARY: K turned 1 and we had a “Sweet One” Party for her.

*My sister-in-law moved in with us because she started a job in our city.

MARCH: *The pandemic started, and I had a quarantined birthday at home.

APRIL: *We took a lot of walks, and played at home.

*We celebrated Easter at home and K had her very first egg hunt.

MAY: *Celebrated Mother’s Day with a socially distanced dinner with our families.

*Found out that I was pregnant and felt so much joy, and a little anxiety knowing that I would have two littles under two!

JUNE: *Had an appointment/ultrasound and our sweet baby had a faint little heartbeat.

*Had family pictures taken for when we were ready to announce our pregnancy.

*Found out that I was likely to miscarry, and was given options of how I wanted to go about it. I decided to let it happen naturally.

*Went to the lake with my husband’s family, and it was so nice to get my mind off of things for a while.

She ended up loving this!!

JULY: On the 4th, I suffered a very painful miscarriage at home. My mom and husband switched on and off taking care of me and K.

After the pain settled some I soaked up cuddles and cartoons with this sweetheart.

*Spent a ton of time outside and went to the Zoo often.

My giraffe loving babe!

AUGUST: *Put our house up for sale while our new one was being built. It sold in 5 days!

*Visited my brother and his family. K and her cousin had a ball together!

*Had many more Zoo visits, and enjoyed the outdoors as much as possible. It was a super hot month!!

SEPTEMBER: *Went apple and pumpking picking, and made some final memories in our first home.

*Moved into an apartment with my mom while our home was being built.

*Went to Michigan for my brother-in-law’s small, family only wedding. It was beautiful!

K was tired so this picture was the best we could get hahaha

OCTOBER: *Enjoyed SO many fun Fall activities: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm visits, and Boo At The Zoo. We also did a ton of Fall baking!

*Went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC. My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary while we were there!

NOVEMBER: *We moved into our beautiful new home and enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving.

Our new table and chairs! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and hosting (which I love to do). I can’t wait to do it more when Covid is a thing of the past.

DECEMBER: *Went to Zoo Lights, baked cookies, and enjoyed Christmas at home.

Now that a new year is coming, I just want to have a positive outlook on everything and enjoy making memories with my family! I don’t plan on making a bunch of resolutions that I won’t keep, instead I just want to enjoy this wonderful life I have been given.

Wishing you all health and happiness!

With love,

Carly

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December Update-Food, Fitness, And Other Fun

Hello and happy Friday, all! December in our new home has been beyond wonderful. My husband is a master organizer, and we are completely unpacked and settling quickly. We still need curtains, and we also need to hang a few things, but overall everything looks great. I feel blessed beyond belief!

Other than unpacking, we have tried to keep life fun and as normal as possible despite these crazy times.

FUN WITH A TODDLER:

*Santa (masked of course) at gymnastics

*Salt dough ornament making and painting

*Zoo Lights

*Cookie making and gingerbread man decorating

*Indoor snow play-we added different food coloring to a bucket of snow

*PJ’s and snuggles

Her dress and pigtails melt me.
My favorite mornings.

FOOD, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY

I am still staying away from big groups, but I have seen some friends and it does a wonderful thing for my soul. My best friend came over last weekend and we went to dinner at Northstar Cafe.

We split a salad and pizza. It was so tasty!

We have been spending a lot of time with my mom and it has been wonderful. My daughter loves time with her grandma and I get a much needed break with her around. She gets us food and groceries often. We are so lucky to have her! She passes a healthy, delicious smoothie place on the way to our house called Power Fuel Nutrition and has been bringing me different ones to try. They are fantastic!

I can’t believe this delicious treat is healthy!

We had family Christmas pictures taken at our home this year and I love them! Our Christmas card is my favorite one yet.

K was extremely uncooperative, but our photographer captured some great shots!

FITNESS:

I am trying to build up my home gym as much as possible. I have a lot of space and have been utilizing it! I need to add some heavier weights and a yoga mat, but am enjoying what I have for now. I love using my loop bands and punching bag to get some strength training in.

OTHER:

*My husband and I just finished watching Schitts Creek. We LOVED it so much! Such a lighthearted and fun show to watch.

*I am re-watching Glee on Netflix. I loved it during its prime and it is fun to watch again.

*I am reading the Harry Potter series over. It has been fun to read as an adult.

*I have been watching a Facebook video series called Murder and Makeup. It is so cool!

*I am still enjoying my true crime podcasts!

That’s about everything for this post! I look forward to catching up with all of you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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My 30 Minute Full Body Circuit Workout

Hello, all!! Life has been so busy since we have moved. We finally have everything out of my mom’s apartment, but are still working on unpacking and organizing.

All of our unpacked boxes are in the basement, which also serves as a guest room, game room for my husband, and home gym. It is large luckily haha.

I eventually want to add to my home gym, but am making due with what I have for now. I did a quick, tough workout the other day that I wanted to share!

So far my gym has an elliptical/bike, light weights, bands, and a punching bag

30 MINUTE FULL BODY CIRCUIT WORKOUT:

5 minute warmup: I did the elliptical

5 rounds: 20 weighted squats + 20 squat pulses, 20 kicks (each side) on punching bag

5 rounds: 20 push-ups, 20 punches (each side) on bag

Finish on the elliptical until you hit 30 minutes.

Cool down and stretch!

You can definitely do this without weights and a punching bag!

*Disclaimer: I only post specific workouts that work for me and my body!

Hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

With love,

Carly

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Our Outer Banks, NC Vacation-Fun Things We Did

Hello, all! We are driving home from vacation and my toddler is FINALLY sleeping so I have a little time to write. She has not been loving the car unfortunately, but thankfully we are almost home.

Anyway…we spent a week in an oceanfront beach house (with a hot tub). Going this late in the year is nice because it is not crowded at all, plus the house was quite a bit less expensive! Win!! Our weather had a wide variety. Some hot days, some windy, and some just plain chilly!

We had a ton of good food, but I will save that for another post. This one is going to focus on activities!

BEACH PLAY: On the warm days, we played on the beach. We made sand castles, found shells, and chased around our cute little girl!

She is such a beach baby!

WILD HORSE BEACH: OBX has a beach where wild horses roam freely. It truly is an amazing sight to see. We rented a jeep and explored the beach and neighborhoods.

The horses were beautiful!

JOCKEYS RIDGE: These are huge sand dunes that overlook the ocean and the sound. The views are incredible.

Carrying K up the sand dunes really worked my legs! Haha.

KITE FLYING: Baby K loved watching her daddy and grandpa fly the kite. It definitely picked up a ton of air because they did it on a crazy windy day!

I love this picture of K and my husband!

BEACH RUNS: I ran each morning while the sun was coming up. It was so relaxing!

I miss this view already.

HOT TUB AND CARD GAMES: Once K went to bed each night we typically enjoyed the hot tub or family card games.

Me and the hubs!

SHOPPING AND WALKING THE PIER: We walked the pier to Duck Donuts (which are the best ever), saw the horse statues, and did a little shopping on a chilly day!

I could eat her up!

We enjoyed vacation so much!! I am not looking forward to all of the laundry when we get home, but am ready to get back to our routine.

That is all for today! Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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A Little Update, Today’s Workout, And My Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Hello, hello!! Happy Friday! I have struggled to keep a consistent writing schedule, but that’s mom life I guess. We are currently in the car on our way to North Carolina for vacation. The Outer Banks is my favorite vacation spot, and we have been going since I was little. I am SO excited to be there. We have 8 hours of driving today, and right around 3 tomorrow. What a perfect time to write!

Anyway…let’s start with life lately. Last weekend, we went to Boo At The Zoo. They did a great job keeping it covid friendly and safe all around!

I love this little teddy bear SO much.

Also, in honor of the season, we have been enjoying our porch decorations.

K placed and colored most of the pumpkins and gords. Haha. I love the orange lights in the dark!

We get the keys to our new home the weekend before Thanksgiving! We are thrilled. The build is going so well, and it has been so fun watching the progress! Ahhh!!! Other than that, K has been enjoying gymnastics, and I got to have a much needed and long overdue wine date with one of my best friends!

Moving on…Today’s Treadmill Workout

I woke up early to sneak in a quick workout before our long drive. I like to get my blood flowing before sitting all day! I do this often, especially when I need a quick, yet efficient workout. *Please note that I only post workouts that work for me and my fitness level!

*1 mile jog, building pace. Then do a minute walk before getting into the main part of the workout. *6 rounds: 1 minute jog, 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. *Cool down and stretch

That’s it! Quick and to the point.

Moving on again….Let’s Bake

BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE:

Items Needed: 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of almond flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of almond butter, 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt, dark chocolate chips

Mix everything well, and bake in an 8×8 dish for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. I think next time I would add a banana to make it a bit more moist. It was a bit dense, but I enjoyed it a lot! It was also toddler approved!

Yum! I topped mine with melted almond butter.

I know this was all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed! I’m off to catch up on my reader. Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly