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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

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A Few Favorites-Fall Edition

Hello and happy weekend! I am up before the family, enjoying a cup of coffee and some almond flour banana bread. I love mornings to myself. I get to enjoy the quiet and “me-time” before the day starts.

This afternoon, we are going to “Boo at the Zoo.” I am SO excited. K is going to be a teddy bear, and I have a mamma bear shirt and ears. My mom and mother-in-law are coming, too! I love that we can have an outdoor, safe Halloween activity for K.

Moving on….

Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite Fall things…

COOL MORNING RUNS: There really is something about the crisp, Fall air that makes my runs SO much better.

PODCASTS: I think my true crime podcasts are extremely fitting this time of year. A few favorites are My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, Morbid, Full Body Chills, and Dateline.

SNACKS AND BAKING:

I found these at Aldi, and oh my gosh…YUM.

FOOTBALL JERSEYS:

We are Cincinnati Bengals fans! Well, I am…my husband is not. Also, this picture was from when K was sick, so she has a pedialyte popsicle.

READING: I am currently reading the Harry Potter series.

TV SHOWS: I have been watching Ratched on Netflix and oh my goodness it is creepy and so addicting! Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. I am also watching the Bachelorette….it has always been a guilty pleasure haha.

DECORATIONS: I haven’t taken pictures of ours, but I love decorating! Our porch looks so cute and festive!

That’s all I have for today! K will be up soon, and I will be on mom-mode all day. I am looking forward to her morning hug! I love this mom life!

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Fall Activities With Toddlers

Hello, and happy Sunday! My little one developed quite the cold overnight and feels pretty yucky. She is trying to sleep on my husband, and I am laying next to them. The changing weather always does this. Ugh!

Fall has always been my favorite season, despite the sickness that seems to come every year. The weather is perfect to get outside without being too hot or cold. We have had an absolute blast this Fall. K is so fun and curious this year and I absolutely love it! I am going to share some of our favorite things we have done so far (all while socially distancing).

Farm fun! K got to feed goats, have fall muffins, take a hayride, and pick pumpkins.
Choosing the perfect pumpkin.
Painging gourds and pumpkins! We put her in just a diaper when she painted her pumpkin and she ended up painting herself, too! It was so fun and messy!
We did a hayride during the weekday when there was only a few other people at the local farm. It was a great way to spend the afternoon!
Halloween stickers! K absolutely loves these!! My mom got her a ton from the dollar tree.

We have also done apple picking and a lot of baking!

If she is better by next weekend, we plan on going to Boo at the Zoo.

Well friends, that’s all for today. I am off to spend the day cuddled up with my sweet family!

All my love,

Carly

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A Fall And Family Filled Weekend

Hello, all!! I hope you had as good of a weekend as we did. I love fall SO much and we had our first real taste this weekend.

Between decorating, apple cider, my favorite annual date, and family time, I’d say it was a great weekend.

Let’s recap!

SATURDAY:

I woke up at 6, had some coffee and did a 30 minute pure barre workout before teaching four online classes.

After teaching, I met my best friend (who came to town for a birthday celebration) at Starbucks. I had my first pumpkin spice latte this year and it was as tasty as I remembered. I get mine with soy milk! So much yum. It was a chilly morning which I love.

Afterwards, I had a hair appointment at the cutest salon. I enjoyed a much needed wash, cut, and style.

I picked up Jersey Mikes on the way home for me and my husband.

After lunch, we headed to Lynd Fruit Farm for our annual apple picking and farmer’s market date. We got tons of delicious apples and other goodies, too!

My little pumpkin! Almost half way there!!!

When we got home, we put on pj’s, made some chili and watched football!

It was a perfect day and evening.

SUNDAY:

I slept in a bit which felt amazing! I made a pot of coffee and relaxed a little while before doing my fall decorating and cleaning the house.

After that, I went for a jog outside because the weather was awesome!

After my run, a quick shower, and lunch, we headed to Alum Creek Beach (about half hour from our place) to spend the day with my husband’s family and celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday! The weather got pretty darn warm and we enjoyed the beach and water so much.

When everyone got hungry for dinner we headed to Cracker Barrel. It was delicious!

My plate (minus the cornbread muffins I ate while waiting for my meal).

We all said our goodbyes and headed home.

Now we are relaxing with a candle and some fresh apple cider. Yay! I don’t want the weekend to end.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

With love,

Carly

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Fall Favorites 

Hi, friends!! Happy hump day! I hope you all are having a great week. Mine has been good, but I feel a cold coming on due to the rapid weather change. I am trying to knock it out before it gets too bad. I have been chugging water and drinking tea. I have also been using my essential oils. What do you guys do when you start to get a cold?!

Okay, enough of that. Onto why I love fall!!

FALL COLORS AND DECORATIONS 

My mums, our not yet carved pumpkin, and my fall wreath! 

BLANKETS, COZY PJ’S, AND MY FIREPLACE 

I can’t help but smile when I am cuddled under a blanket watching movies in front of the fireplace!

HEARTY MEALS AND SWEET LATTES 

This “bulletproof” latte is made with coffee, coconut oil, a touch of pumkin spice cappuccino powder  (all blended inny Ninja) and topped with cinnamon. 

SPOOKY MOVIES, BOOKS, AND PODCASTS 

I love scary things!! On Netflix, I am currently watching Scream (the t.v. show).

I also have gotten into this podcast called inside the exorcist, and it is not only spooky, but super interesting. 

The book I am reading is full of mystery and is the perfect amount of scary, but not too scary!

OUR ANNIVERSARY 

My husband and I were married on Halloween in 2015. No, it was not Halloween themed, it was the only October date available so I snatched it up! We did bust out some masks and fun props near the end and it was a blast.  

Seriously it was the best day ever! 

I also love fall candles, seeing adorable little ones all dressed up, and enjoying some candy that I typically wouldn’t eat! 

What do you guys love about fall?! Or not love?! 

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day and week!

With love, 

Carly