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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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Our Outer Banks, NC Vacation (Baby’s First Time On The Beach)

Hello, all! I’m coming to you from the car on the way home from our wonderful vacation. I have gone to the Outer Banks, NC with my family since I was little. I brought my husband for the first time 5 years ago when we were dating, and this past week, we brought our daughter for her first visit. We had such a wonderful time, and made so many memories.

Here is the highlighted version..

TRAVELLING:

The drive from our house is around 11 hours. We broke it up into two days both ways. The baby did so well overall, but definitely had her moments where she wanted out of the car. We kept her busy with toys, music, and grandma (who sat in the backseat with her).

BABY’S SCHEDULE AND ROUTINE:

I thrive on routine, as does my little one. I never sway on bedtime, and try to keep consistent naps. I made sure to keep this up the whole vacation. Sure, it meant being at the house to have her in bed by 6 each night, but we had a blast going out in the day! It is SO worth it to me. Travel days were rough. She struggled going down, and since we had to share a room with her she wanted to play all hours of the night. She did amazing at the beach house though! I consider that a win.

BEACH FUN:

We had an oceanfront house, and the view was absolutely stunning. We drank coffee while watching the sun rise each morning. We even had a hot tub on the deck. Our weather was absolutely perfect! Sunny and breezy, which made for such pleasant beach days.

We had so much fun showing baby K the ocean! We either held her, or put her in the pack and play with toys while we were outside.

We walked the pier near us many times, visited a lighthouse, and a place called the Whalehead Club.

Kennedy also got to spend quality time with her grandparents. My mom was with us the whole time, and my husband’s parents came for a few days!

FOOD:

We ate so well!! I love love love seafood! Here is just a couple favorite meals from the trip, although we had many more delicious things!

This salad had fresh tuna, and all sorts of other tasty items! This was from a restaurant called Rundown Cafe. It is a staple when we visit!

Yes, another salad lol! This one had a delicious crabcake on it. I devoured the whole thing, along with my margarita!

Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms. These were so good!

FITNESS:

Most days, I did a 3 mile beach run! I love zoning out and taking in the sights and smells of the ocean. It is so peaceful!

Two of the days, I did barre videos and a long walk with my mom and baby K!

As always, the week flew by, and it is back to reality!

Have a wonderful week, all!

With love,

Carly

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Our Weekend Of Food, Fitness, Friends, Family, And Pumpkins

Hello, all!! I planned on writing this last night, but baby K had her first fever, and I practically stared at her monitor all night. We had a long day of adventures yesterday, and she was great, minus a runny nose. When we got home, she was a little fussy and so warm. We fed her, gave her tylenol, then a bath with baby friendly essential oils (found at Buybuy baby). I rocked her to sleep which is my favorite thing ever. My husband took her temp a few hours later and it was back down, so I’m praying it’s still down when she wakes up.

Update: She’s up with no fever! Yay!

Anyway, let’s get to the rest of our lovely weekend, shall we?

FRIDAY NIGHT:

When my husband got home from work, I made a frozen pasta meal. It had garlic chicken and veggies! It was really tasty! We ate and rented the newest X Men.

SATURDAY:

We spent the morning playing with the baby, relaxing, and drinking coffee. Once my sweetie took her nap, I headed to the gym. I did a full body lifting circuit and it felt good. I grabbed a smoothie from the gym cafe before heading home.

Afterwards, we all went to my husband’s shop so he could do an oil change on my car. He is getting it all ready for our upcoming vacation to NC. We leave Friday! I can’t wait to have our little one on the beach for the first time!

When we got home, I put baby down for a nap and snuck off to get a haircut. I am so happy that I have a husband who encourages me to get out and take care of myself.

For dinner that night, we decided to cook a fun meal together. I wanted a savory apple dish because we still have lots of apples from the fruit farm! This had chicken, apples, sweet potatoes, bacon, onion, and brussel sprouts. It was delicious!!

SSUNDAY:

We had a big day planned! We headed to my hometown to my favorite childhood place called Youngs Jersey Dairy. We met up with my best friend and her family, my mom, and my brother and his family. We grabbed lunch, then took a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

Cousins!

We all got ice cream and saw the goats before heading home.

Baby K was exhausted from the big day!

After getting her to sleep, I picked up Jersey Mike’s for dinner. I did some laundry before bed.

That’s all for this update! Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Our Long Weekend Of Food, Fitness, And Family Time

Hello all!! How was your weekend? Since yesterday was Labor Day, my husband had the day off and we enjoyed the extra family time.

Here is the recap:

FRIDAY NIGHT:

My husband picked us up dinner from Jersey Mike’s on his way home from work. We ate and rented Godzilla.

I also had a mountain of veggie straws with my meal haha.

SATURDAY:

We decided to go out for a family breakfast. We dressed in our OSU football gear and headed to the Fox in the Snow Cafe.

Everything was delicious and it was nice to sit outside, eat, and chat.

Once we got home, the baby went down for a nap and I headed to the gym for an upper body lifting class.

It was a good one.

When I got home, we watched football, played with the baby, and went out on a long stroller walk.

Dinner was quick and easy!

I fell asleep early!

SUNDAY:

The day started slow with coffee and a walk with my little. I went to the gym for a much needed hour long yoga class. It felt absolutely amazing!

My mom came into town and spent the day with us, which was so nice. We went to lunch at Whole Foods, took some stroller walks, and enjoyed being together.

My mom left early evening and I got things ready for dinner. We had crescent rolled hot dogs (mine were turkey dogs), avacado pasta salad, and pumpkin muffins.

Dinner was so yummy!

After dinner, my husband and I played Clue and Trouble. It was fun playing board games instead of watching TV.

MONDAY:

The day started with coffee and a 3 mile run before the weather got too hot.

Later, we took baby K to the park and she had a blast!

The sun and fun wore her out and she fell asleep early last night!

For dinner, we had Hawaiian chicken and I put mine over a salad! I loaded it with our leftover pasta salad, cheese, and nuts. I also had a pumpkin muffin!

We watched Bachelor in Paradise before bed.

Well, there you have it! Have a wonderful rest of your week! I’m off to clean!

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