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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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Holiday Baking And Christmas At Home

Hello, hello! I hope the Holiday season is treating you well. Things have been non-stop around here, and are just settling down. Christmas this year was wonderful for our family. I love being home and having no place to travel. Doing our best to stay covid safe, we saw immediate family only. I definitely missed seeing extended family this year, but feel like we made the right decision.

I wanted to highlight some baking, and Christmas fun from the past week! Let’s start back at Wednesday….

WEDNESDAY: I got to spend some time with one of my very best friends. We had wine flights at Coopershawk and enjoyed catching up! Neither of us have been out much lately, so it was fun to safely see her!

Coopershawk has the BEST wine selection! I always get the fruit ones.

THURSDAY- CHRISTMAS EVE: We always do our stockings on Christmas Eve morning! It is a fun tradition for us.

My sister-in-law lives in town and spent the afternoon with us. We did some baking (all using healthier ingredients)! It was so fun!

Cranberry orange muffins.
Banana bread.

Sugar cookies!

Homemade cinnamon rolls using almond flour! These were amazing!!!!! We even made our own frosting. 10/10 for me.

After all of our baking and getting K down for bed, we ordered Chinese food and watched a movie.

FRIDAY- CHRISTMAS DAY:

My Christmas excitement woke me up early so I made coffee and did a quick workout before everyone was up.

We relaxed until my husband’s family came over! My mom joined a little while later. We had a wonderful time opening gifts, eating and just hanging out.

K playing with sone fun gym items from my mom! Such a great way to get her energy out!
PJ’s all day!

We all watched a movie and played games that evening.

It was a wonderful Christmas!

I am looking forward to catching up with all of you.

Have a great week!

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

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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