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Valentine’s Day and Baby’s “Sweet One” Birthday Party

Hello, all! Another weekend flew by. Ours was busy, but wonderful and full of love.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Valentine’s Day

My husband and I had a rare date night! We wanted to do dinner and a movie, but all the movies were sold out. We ended up just doing dinner and taking our time. We went to Northstar Cafe, and enjoyed eating and catching up. We had a wonderful time together!

I had a delicious margarita and the Thai burrito with broccoli and peanut sauce.

We need to have dates more often. I had missed this!

When we got home, we watched Dateline NBC with my mom and nephew (aka the awesome babysitters)!

SATURDAY: PARTY DAY

I got up early and had some coffee with my mom. She did some last minute errands for the party, and I cashed in my Valentine’s present (a blowout for my hair)!

After baby’s morning nap, we all got ready and headed to Peapod Play Cafe for her party! The theme was “Sweet One.” The cafe was a perfect place for adults and littles. They have a huge, safe play area for the kids, and the cafe area is great, too!

For food, we had pizza, mac cheese, fruit, salad, and Duck Donuts. I thought we would have too much, but almost everything was eaten! Our turn out was fantastic, and baby K had so many friends to play with.

Baby K had a donut outfit that said “Whatever sprinkles your donuts.” Brad and I had “Donut Squad” shirts!

Friends from Bugs class!

My sweet girl!

Baby loved her healthy, mom-approved, smash donut!

After the party, we came home and let her open gifts before her nap!

The rest of the day was spent with family. My sister-in-law moved in with us, as she got a job where we live and needs a place to stay until she gets an apartment.

I fell asleep early on the couch. The day was great, but exhausting!

HUGE shoutout to my mom for all of her help with the party. I couldn’t have pulled it off without her.

SUNDAY:

The day started with coffee and play time with baby K.

My husband did tons of organizing, which we have been needing to do for so long!

I was able to get to the gym for a full body lifting workout, and to the grocery store to stock up for the week.

Dinner was so good! My mom bought us tons of chicken sausages, so we decided to make a skillet meal using them, peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and lots of seasoning.

I went into the bedroom early and watched TV in bed.

This week, I need to clean, organize clothes, and work on baby K’s baby book.

I hope you a had a great weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday-Busy Mom Edition

Hello, and happy Friday! Tonight, my husband and I are going out for Valentine’s Day and I am so excited to spend some time together outside of the house!

We have baby K’s “Sweet One” birthday party tomorrow, and this mamma has been busy getting ready for it! Thank heavens for my mom and all of her help! I love planning and parties, but it can be exhausting.

Baby K has decided that she doesn’t always need naps now that she is one, which is making it hard to get things done around here. I have managed to clean the house in record time haha. Good thing she is adorable!

My sister-in-law is moving in with us for a bit until she finds an apartment. She got a job by us, and starts Monday.

I am ready for things to settle a bit.

Anyway, let’s talk FOOD FAVORITES THIS WEEK:

My mom came over Monday, and we got the salad bar from Whole Foods! They have the best options!!

We have had some snow and super cold weather, so we had grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. It was delicious!

Thin crust bbq chicken pizza! Yum!!

FITNESS THIS WEEK:

*Elliptical

*HIIT workout video (Fitness Blender on YouTube)

*Spinning

*Barre

OTHER:

*Baby K is having fun in her new gym class. She has moved up to “Birds” and the class is busy and fun!

*I am SO ready for spring and warmer weather. K and I want to get outside!

Well, that’s about all for this update! I have lots of blogs to catch up on. Have a great weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up And A One Year Old

Hi all! Well, my baby turned one yesterday! This past year has been nothing short of amazing, and I adore this sweet girl more than anything in the world. She has the best personality, and is simply a blast. Days were hard when I first started this motherhood journey, but I figured it all out, and LOVE hanging with this cutie every day! She is absolutely everywhere and gets into everything, so it is never a dull moment haha!

How cute is she with her healthy smash donut??

Even though I could gush on her all day I will move on lol!

FRIDAY NIGHT:

The hubs and I were sent deep dish pizzas, so we made those for dinner. We made a supreme and a cheese. Both were delicious! The sauce went on top!

SATURDAY:

Hubs let me sneak out to the gym for an Upper RX class. It felt so good!

That afternoon, baby K had her Valentine’s pictures and she was absolutely adorable!

After we put her down for bed, I had a quick dinner because my husband already ate. We rented a movie called Fighting With My Family and it was really good! I stayed awake the whole time…yay! Haha.

SUNDAY:

Baby decided that she didn’t want to nap all day which is so unlike her! We had a busy day, full of two birthday parties.

Party 1: her little friend from gym class. They are only two days apart in age! This picture melts me!

Party 2: My husband’s co-worker’s little girl turned two! Her party was at a play place and it was so fun for the littles. We enjoyed catching up with friends, too!

Baby slept SO well last night!

This week, I will be doing the last minute things for Baby K’s “Sweet One” birthday party on Saturday! I am so excited!!

That’s all for this update!

Have a great week!

With love,

Carly

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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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A Fit Mamma And Baby Update

Hello, and happy Friday everyone!

Each day is another day closer to baby K turing one year old. I cannot believe how fast it has gone. She is the absolute best kid ever! She loves making silly faces, eats everything, gives hugs and kisses, sleeps well, enjoys all the kids in Bugs class, and continues to melt our hearts daily. She is super chatty and loves to say “dad.” She has 3 teeth and tries to bite everything. Haha. She is so loved!

FITNESS UPDATE:

I try to get to the gym some mornings, weekends, and anytime that my mom visits. This week (and past weekend) I have gone to spinning, taken a lifting class, and did a hiit treadmill workout at the gym.

At home, I did barre, the elliptical, and yoga.

Working out has always been such a great outlet for me, but it is important to take a day off to rest as well. Each Sunday I let my body recover.

FOOD UPDATE:

I haven’t posted in a while, so going back to last weekend…

On Saturday, my little family went to brunch at Northstar Cafe. It was so fun, and baby K was such a ham with all of the people. I had a ham and cheese scone, eggs, and a shooting star juice. Baby K had eggs and a few bites of my scone (which she loved and made her dance) hahaha. My husband had biscuits and gravy! Yum!!

On Sunday, I had brunch with some girlfriends at 101 Beer Kitchen, and oh my gosh my food was amazing. I had avacado toast with a beet spread, poached eggs, and balsamic.

As far as dinners go this week, we have had chicken, pasta, and stuffed peppers.

Wednesday evening, I went to dinner with a mom from Bugs class. We went to Northstar Cafe, and I got the thai burrito with broccoli and peanut sauce. It was amazing!

This was our first time hanging out outside of Bugs, and we had such a fun time. We talked for 2 hours, and probably could have stayed longer! It isn’t always easy making friends as an adult, but I am so glad I branched out!

OTHER:

This weekend will be full of family time and cleaning!

That’s all for this update! I hope you all have a great weekend.

With love,

Carly