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Let’s Have A Christmas Time Coffee Date

Hello, all! It has been a while since I’ve posted, and with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I’d update you over some coffee (or maybe a peppermint mocha)!

CHRISTMAS FUN:

Last weekend was a busy one for us, but so fun! We had family pictures on Saturday, and they turned out so perfect!

On Sunday, we had baby K’s Christmas party at her gym class. She met Santa, and looked absolutely adorable! She did well, and was mostly interested in Mrs. Claus’ glasses.

The next couple of weeks will be full of more holiday festivities!

On Monday, my little lady turned 10 months old. I just can’t believe how much she has grown! She is the absolute sweetest, and I can’t get over how blessed we are.

FITNESS:

I am still managing to sneak off to the gym a few times a week, which is so nice! Some of my favorite classes this past week were gluteus maxout and spinning! The other days, I utilized YouTube, my elliptical, and the hotel gym (we were there for my husband’s work Christmas party).

FOOD:

I’ve been slacking on food pictures, but these are a couple favorites from the week.

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce.

Sweet potatoes, chicken sausage, and french onion soup seasoning with just a little water to make a sauce. It was so tasty!!

OTHER FUN:

I got to see one of my very best friends, and get out of the house for a bit! We did a wine tasting, and had an absolute blast catching up! I miss working with her so much. I get to see her again this upcoming week, which makes my heart so happy!

We went to Kalahari for my husband’s work Christmas party on Thursday. Kalahari is a hotel/resort that has a huge indoor water park, game room, restaurants, etc. It was my first night away from the baby which was hard, but we had a lot of fun! We did all the rides and enjoyed drinks from the hot tub bar. Plus, it wasn’t crowded at all being a week day! We have been on a weekend before and it was packed.

When we got home the next day, the baby was so excited to see us, and gave me the biggest hug and kiss. Talk about melting my heart!! Gosh, I love that kid.

That’s about all for this update. The baby is finally napping, so I am off to clean. I plan on catching up on all of your posts this evening! I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to!

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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A Life Update (Motherhood, Sickness, Teething, Food, And Fitness)

Hello, all! I am currently sitting here watching TV, and beyond ready for my husband to be home. He has been gone all weekend at a wedding, and I’m not expecting him home until around 1am. The baby and I stayed home because it would have been way too much travel for her in just a couple days.

Anyway, when I last wrote, I was getting over a terrible stomach bug. Unfortunately, my husband got it, too. He woke me up super early Tuesday morning saying he was up most of the night feeling queasy. He threw up right after that. I felt so bad because he got it from me. He stayed home from work for two days. I cleaned and disinfected like crazy when he felt better. Luckily, the baby didn’t get it!

The baby and I still had some fun though!

She LOVES gym class!! The Little Gym Of Polaris has been a saving grace for me. Baby K is making friends (so am I), developing new skills, and has so much fun every week.

This sweet kid had her 9 month appointment, and took her shots like a champ! She only screamed for a little bit.

Let’s talk teething…

Ugh, it is awful. She has had a couple nights where she struggled to go down because she was screaming. I have found that teething oil (benzocaine free), tylenol (when necessary), and lots of things to chew on help!

Now, onto food…

I didn’t cook much during the week since my husband was sick and I just threw stuff together for myself. We had pasta on Monday (before he got the bug). Mine had chickpea noodles with a meat sauce.

My mom spent yesterday and a good portion of today with me! It was so nice and extremely helpful!! Love you, mom! We had Jersey Mike’s and rented a movie last night!

After getting the baby down, I made a cauliflower crust pizza and salad for tonight’s dinner! Yum!

Fitness this week:

*Elliptical

*Barre

*Hiit workout video

*Cycle Sculpt class at the gym

*Upper Body Extreme class at the Gym

Well, that’s about all for this update! The rest of my evening will be spent snuggling the cats, watching the baby monitor, enjoying some TV, and waiting on the hubs!

I’m looking forward to catching up on all of your posts during the baby K’s nap tomorrow!

Have a great week ahead, all!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And Surviving Daylight Savings Time With A Baby)

Hi, all! I hope your weekend has been wonderful. I didn’t get as much cleaning done as I would have liked, but I hope to finish tomorrow.

Anyway, I was semi-dreading daylight savings time. Messing with baby K’s sleep schedule really had me worried, but the method I used worked so well! I started pushing her typical schedule back by 15 minutes a few days ago, then 30 the next day, and so on until today to get her body used to the time change. She literally did perfect today, and her naps and bedtime stayed the same times as they were before the time change. She has an early bedtime, and it seemed strange to put her down when it was so dark out!

She was such a happy baby today!

My schedule-oriented heart is happy now….well, until the holidays.

Now, onto the rest of the weekend…

SATURDAY:

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law had stayed with us Friday night, and they left fairly early for a volleyball tournament near our house. Once they left, I had coffee and hung with the family.

I headed to the gym after getting the baby down for her morning nap. I took an upper body workout class and it was awesome!

Once the baby was up, we all got ready to go watch my sister-in-law play volleyball. She did awesome and was excited we were there.

Her look for the day!

We got the baby down for her afternoon nap when we got home. When she woke up, we headed to my work bestie’s house so that my husband could work on her car. I love seeing her!

We left when the baby got sleepy, and got her home for bed.

For dinner, we had tacos!

We were both pretty beat and went to bed early.

SUNDAY:

This morning started with coffee and family time! We played with the baby until her morning nap. My husband went to finish my work bestie’s car, and we joined after nap time.

I got my grocery shopping done during baby K’s afternoon nap, then played with her until her bath and bedtime.

Hubs and I had chicken and potatoes for dinner, and now we are relaxing. I have a feeling I am going to fall asleep on the couch because I am wiped out.

That’s about all for this recap. Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And “Boo At The Zoo”)

Hello, all and happy Sunday! We had such a great day, but I am beat. This weekend finally felt completely like Fall. I love it SO much. The weather, the food, getting cozy by the fireplace, and taking my sweet girl to enjoy all the fun festivities!

Here is a little recap of our weekend…

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee by the fireplace. We had some family time until the baby went down for her morning nap. I snuck off to the gym for an upper body workout class!

When I got home, baby and I took a walk, then sat outside watching my husband work on the yard. Baby waved at daddy while he mowed (she recently learned that skill)!

When she went down for her afternoon nap, I put on a podcast and got to cleaning the house. I worked until she woke up.

The rest of the day was spent playing and another long stroller walk.

For dinner, we made cornbread and chili! It hit the spot and was so perfect for a cool night.

After dinner, we relaxed and watched TV until bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was chilly, so I bundled up and had some coffee by the fireplace. When the baby woke up, I fed her and we played until her nap. Once she got up and had some fruit, we headed to “Boo at the Zoo.”

They had different themes around the park and the kids got to trick-or-treat.

My little dragon😍

We were so glad grandma could come, too!

We had so much fun! The baby loved looking at the displays and other kids. My mom got us a family pass as an early Christmas gift, so we decided that we will come back next weekend to catch the things we missed today.

When we got home, we ate and the baby took a nap. I did a quick grocery run, then took a walk with my mom and little one.

The baby went down early. She was wiped out from such a fun day!

That’s all for this recap….

Have a great week, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Family Time, Fitness, And Breakfast Dates

Hello, all!! Another Monday came to quickly, but lucky for baby and I, my mom came to visit! Yay!!

This weekend was relaxing, as we stayed home and got some things done around the house. I felt exhausted for some reason, and my husband was having some stomach pain, so our bedtime was early Saturday and Sunday night. We snuck in some family time and it was so lovely!

Here is the recap…

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee and a family walk. Our weather was cool and it felt SO good.

The baby loved looking at the trees and feeling the wind.

At the end of our walk, a car pulled up and a woman was looking for her 3 little girls and a dog. She was so scared and it broke my heart. I took off running to look, while my husband and the baby went another way. The mom ended up finding them, but was so thankful for our help! I pictured that being my baby and felt it deep in my gut.

Once we got back inside, I put the baby down for a nap, then headed to the gym for an upper body workout class.

I absolutely love this class!

The rest of the day was spent cleaning, playing with baby, and a few more stroller walks!

Once the baby went down, we ate some dinner and watched Netflix until bed.

SUNDAY:

I was craving Northstar, so my husband, baby and I went out for a breakfast date. We walked around our outdoor mall for a bit first and worked up an appetite.

A Lego giraffe!

For breakfast, I had the ham and cheese scone, along with the “shooting star” juice. My husband had biscuits and gravy, plus a blueberry bake.

The sun was coming through the windows, that’s why the pictures aren’t the best! It was delicious and hit the spot!!

When we got home, I did some laundry, went to the grocery store, and walked the baby!

Once she went down for bed, I made the easiest dinner possible.

Turkey hot dog, mac cheese, and peas. Haha!

We watched tv until bed.

That’s all for this post!

Have a great week!

With love,

Carly