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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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Food, Fitness, And An Anxious Mamma

Hello, all! Happy Friday!! Do you have any fun weekend plans? We are hoping to go to “Boo At The Zoo” on Sunday because the weather is going to be nice! Baby K and I have coordinating outfits!

Any other GOT fans out there?

Anyway….

Let’s talk ANXIETY:

I have struggled with anxiety for a long time. After my dad passed away it peaked, but I coped with yoga, prayer, deep breathing, and medication (for a little while).

I was doing awesome, then I had a baby. I do well when I am with her, but the second I am away from her I feel the anxiety rise. We both are extremely attached to each other.

Isn’t she so sweet?

I left her with her grandma on Thursday because I had a commitment out of town. It was only a few hours, but I struggled initially. But of course, everything was fine. I had a great time celebrating my best friend’s birthday, and baby K got quality time with her grandma. I need to do this more often for the both of us!

Now lets talk FOOD FAVORITES THIS WEEK:

Banza chickpea pasta with meat sauce! It was so good. I have really taken to this pasta!

Veggie pizza and salad! This tasted so good, despite setting the fire alarm off haha.

Garlic pasta and chicken with veggies!

FITNESS:

*3 Mile run

*Long walks with baby

*Fitness Blender: Spartan 500 workout (can be found of YouTube)

*Barre Video

*Spin class

*The elliptical

It was a great week of workouts!

Well, that’s about it for this update. Have a wwonderful weekend, 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.

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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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Fit Friday-This Week In Food, Fitness And Motherhood

Hello, friends! Happy Friday! Do you have any fun weekend plans? We are taking baby K to the pumpkin patch on Sunday, and I’m so excited.

I truly can’t get over how amazing our daughter is. Being able to stay home with her is such a gift, and I love it SO much. She makes me laugh constantly, and I try to cherish each moment because she is growing so quickly.

She is making strides in her Bugs class, and I adore seeing her interact with the other babies.

Yes, we have matching shirts for daddy’s work!

I struggle doing things for myself, and have noticed an increase in my anxiety when I am away from her. I know this is unhealthy, and it is something I am working on.

I was able to get out and have dinner with a girlfriend this week, and it was so good for me! I plan on seeing her more often, as I miss working alongside of her every day.

Let’s talk food favorites this week…

Strawberry poppyseed salad with rotisserie chicken!

Stuffed peppers over a salad with an English Muffin.

Pizza from Northstar Cafe. It had a white sauce and was topped with a salad. So different and delicious! Plus, the company was even better!

I also had edamame pasta with chicken a night.

Fitness this week…

*3 mile stroller jogs with baby (I did this on Monday & Wednesday). Our morning weather has been absolutely lovely and we love the fresh air!

*Barre workout at home on Tuesday.

*Spin Class on Thursday.

*Lower body hiit workout at home this morning.

Before I go….

I just have to share this because it is so cool! My sister-in-law was in the front row of the America’s Got Talent finale. I took this picture from the tv of her behind Howie Mandel! She said it was awesome.

Well, that’s about all for this update. Have a great weekend!

With love,

Carly