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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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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, all! Things are finally setting down from baby K’s hospital stay, and it feels amazing to have our routine back. I never realized how much I take for granted our simple (wonderful) life.

I wanted a positive post today, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things from the week.

1) BEING HOME:

Seeing our sweet baby hospitalized and so ill really took it’s toll on all of us. Now that we are home, she is getting better each day, and her sweet personality is coming back. She has been giving out extra hugs, giggles, and tons of smiles. I truly couldn’t ask for more.

2) WORKOUTS:

*RINGSIDE is a boxing inspired workout at my gym, and has become a new favorite of mine.

SPINNING- this is a staple, and I try to do it once a week.

FOOD:

The day after we left the hospital I was craving Starbucks! A coffee and spinach feta wrap hit the spot. This is my favorite breakfast from there.

*Cauliflower Crust Pizza- you can’t beat a healthier comfort food!

ENJOYING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS:

With the baby being sick, I didn’t really get to enjoy the wonderful gifts we received. Baby K finally is able to enjoy her toys, and my husband went all out for me this year, even though my little family is all I need.

A few favorites include: beats headphones, a bluetooth sleep mask, workout rings, and money to get my hair done.

Our families got us a lot as well. It was so sweet!

We got a bigger car seat for baby K, clothes, giftcards, snacks, and leg pillows from my in-laws.

My mom got us a zoo membership, another session of Bugs (mommy and me) class, wine, and coasters!

My brother got me new running shoes…yay!

My dear blogging friend, Hunida, from https://hunidasblog.com/ sent me this super sweet package! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me! I used the face mask tonight and loved it. She was one of my first blogging buddies and I have so enjoyed our friendship!

PJ SETS:

I have really into cozy pj sets lately!! I just got a new one from Victoria’s Secret and it is so cute.

PODCASTS:

I love true crime so my go to podcasts are My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, and Dateline NBC.

READING:

I read every single night to relax me before bed. It is one of my favorite things to do!

That’s about all of my favorites from the week! Thank you for reading.

Have a great 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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Memories, Loss, And Family Time

Hello, all!

It seems like it has been forever since I have posted. My days have been so busy, as I am loving on my sweet baby girl and husband. Our weekend was busy, but it filled my heart more than anything.

FRIDAY:

After teaching online, I packed up myself and the baby and hit the road to my hometown. Our first stop was my best friend’s house to visit! She has four littles, and I just adore them. It was fun to have our children together.

Next up, we met my mom and niece at my father’s grave. We lost him in 2012 to brain cancer. It is so important to bring baby K. Her grandpa would love her more than anything. He sure left a wonderful legacy with his 5 grandchildren! He is SO missed.

After that, we headed to my grandmother’s house. She is 95 years old, and the most amazing woman! I could tell it meant so much for us to be there. Being at her house with my daughter brought back so many memories of when I was little. It was always a full house. We had so much fun!

I was exhausted by the time we got home. So was the baby!

SATURDAY:

The day started slow, which I absolutely love.

I went for a 3 mile run during baby’s first nap.

Later in the afternoon, we went back to Boo At The Zoo! We went last weekend, too. It was SO much fun!! We saw a lot of animals, then had baby meet Captain Marvel and Ironman. She was fascinated with them and their costumes.

She slept well that night!

SUNDAY:

We all started the day at church, but baby K was so fussy we had to leave! We tried to rock her, but this kid only naps in her crib or the car. She is getting dedicated this upcoming Sunday, so let’s hope she stays happy! Haha.

I went to yoga during her nap because my back has been hurting so bad! It felt amazing.

I did some laundry and went to the grocery store as well.

After her second nap, we all loaded up to meet my husband’s family at Alum Creek. It is a little beach and lake about half an hour from us. They brought the jetskis and we got to ride while the grandparents played with baby.

Once she got fussy, we left to get her home for bed!

We had such a great weekend!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! I’m excited to catch up on your blogs today!

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