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Foodie Friday-Eats From This Week

Hello, all! Happy Friday! I just got the baby to bed, and am eating leftovers. My husband is going out with friends tonight, so I’m trying to find something good to watch on Netflix.

This past week was a trying week for us. I won’t go into details, but I sure am glad it is coming to an end. I will say that hugs and kisses from my sweet little girl heal my heart. Gosh, I love her more than anything!!

Another positive to the week was good food! I decided to mix up our meals, and was so glad I did. I love making healthier versions of typically unhealthy food.

We had loaded nachos on Monday, and they hit the spot. I make two different versions for my husband and myself. Mine had bean chips, lean ground beef, black bean and corn salsa, cheese, and lime juice. I wanted plain greek yogurt to sub for sour cream, but didn’t have any. This meal was excellent!

Another night, we had buffalo ranch chicken sandwiches. I used a rotisserie chicken, one packet of ranch seasoning, and buffalo wing sauce. I put mine on an English muffin with cheese. Easy, and so delicious! Of course I had a salad with it!

I had a friend come over last night, and decided to make a chicken noodle casserole. It had whole wheat egg noodles, tons of mixed vegetables, cream of chicken, cream of celery, milk, and chicken. It was great! That is tonight’s dinner as well!

Those are just a few favorites!

That’s about all for today, all. I hope you have an excellent weekend! I am looking forward to relaxing and catching up on all of your posts.

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Have A Coffee Date

Hello, everyone!! I have been away from here for a while, so it’s time to grab a coffee, and give out an update from when I last posted.

1) SICKNESS:

After my sweet baby started getting better, this mamma got pretty sick. I typically try to stay away from too much medication, but Theraflu tea was my best friend for a while.

I also picked up Fire Cider, diffused essential oils, and used Zicam nasal swabs. I love homeopathic remedies!

I am finally 100 percent better!

2) BABY:

She is completely off of her antibiotics, and is completely back to being my silly, happy baby! We are excited to head back to Bugs class this upcoming week.

She turned 11 months, and we just sent out invitations for her first birthday party. Ahhh time is flying!

This cutie has a 3rd tooth popping in, and it is bugging her like crazy. She tries to eat mom and dad, books, and sometimes the cats haha.

3) WORKOUTS:

I got a few good workouts in on the days I felt okay!

This picture is from an upper body workout class that I love! It hits each upper body part with cardio drills in between.

Ringside is another favorite of mine. It is boxing, lifing, and cardio all in one.

At home, I did some HIIT workouts, the elliptical, and barre videos.

FOOD:

We’ve been eating very well lately!

Here are just a few favorites…

Chipotle….it never disappoints.

My husband made us steak the other night. With mine, I had a sweet potato and a salad.

Salmon, rice, and vegetables.

FAMILY:

*My mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over on Monday for the Bachelor premiere! I love the show, and it has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.

*January 7th marked 8 years since my dad passed away. I miss him so very much. He was seriously the best, and I wish every day that he could be here and get to see me as a mom.

This has always been a favorite picture of my parents. Aren’t they adorable?

*January 9th was my mom’s birthday, and I was able to spend it with her! We had planned on going and doing something fun, but unfortunately I was too sick. Baby K loved having grandma over.

We ended up getting carry out for dinner and hanging out at my house.

OTHER:

I got my haircut today! I went a little shorter and absolutely love it.

Well friends, that’s about all I have for today. I hope you all have an excellent week ahead, and I can’t wait to catch up on your lives!

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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Food, Fitness, Friendships, And Baby Love

Happy happy Friday, all! I can’t believe Christmas is so soon. All of my shopping is done, and I just need to wrap. Our festivities start this weekend, as we are traveling to my husband’s hometown to see his whole family!

Having our sweet girl this year is beyond special, and I am so excited to watch her enjoy her very first Christmas!

Side note: doesn’t she look so cute with her first ponytail?! She is seriously the sweetest thing.

This week has been wonderful! Between Bugs class with baby K, good food, time with friends, and evenings with my husband, my heart is so happy.

I got to see a friend who has been in Mozambique (she was in the peace corps) for two and a half years. She came over to meet baby K, then we did a wine tasting and caught up! Being with these ladies brought me so much joy!! Our friend (in the middle) is heading back to Mozambique next week, and is planning on working and staying long-term. We will certainly miss her, but can’t wait to hear more wonderful stories!!

Today, I got to spend time with my best friend! We got coffee, went shopping, and had a delicious lunch at Northstar Cafe.

We both had the Thai Basil Burrito with broccoli and peanut sauce! Yum!!!

I have absolutely loved spending time with wonderful friends!!

FITNESS THIS WEEK:

*Barre workout videos

*Spartan 500 workout (via: Fitnessblender)

*Spinning

*Gluteus Maxout Class

FOOD FAVORITES THIS WEEK:

Chicken with veggies, cream of chicken soup, and lots of seasonings!

Chickpea pasta and meat sauce. I added cheese after I took this!

Our other dinners were soup, stir fry, and pizza is in the oven for dinner tonight!

That is all for this update! I am going to eat and catch up on all of your blogs. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Have A Christmas Time Coffee Date

Hello, all! It has been a while since I’ve posted, and with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I’d update you over some coffee (or maybe a peppermint mocha)!

CHRISTMAS FUN:

Last weekend was a busy one for us, but so fun! We had family pictures on Saturday, and they turned out so perfect!

On Sunday, we had baby K’s Christmas party at her gym class. She met Santa, and looked absolutely adorable! She did well, and was mostly interested in Mrs. Claus’ glasses.

The next couple of weeks will be full of more holiday festivities!

On Monday, my little lady turned 10 months old. I just can’t believe how much she has grown! She is the absolute sweetest, and I can’t get over how blessed we are.

FITNESS:

I am still managing to sneak off to the gym a few times a week, which is so nice! Some of my favorite classes this past week were gluteus maxout and spinning! The other days, I utilized YouTube, my elliptical, and the hotel gym (we were there for my husband’s work Christmas party).

FOOD:

I’ve been slacking on food pictures, but these are a couple favorites from the week.

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce.

Sweet potatoes, chicken sausage, and french onion soup seasoning with just a little water to make a sauce. It was so tasty!!

OTHER FUN:

I got to see one of my very best friends, and get out of the house for a bit! We did a wine tasting, and had an absolute blast catching up! I miss working with her so much. I get to see her again this upcoming week, which makes my heart so happy!

We went to Kalahari for my husband’s work Christmas party on Thursday. Kalahari is a hotel/resort that has a huge indoor water park, game room, restaurants, etc. It was my first night away from the baby which was hard, but we had a lot of fun! We did all the rides and enjoyed drinks from the hot tub bar. Plus, it wasn’t crowded at all being a week day! We have been on a weekend before and it was packed.

When we got home the next day, the baby was so excited to see us, and gave me the biggest hug and kiss. Talk about melting my heart!! Gosh, I love that kid.

That’s about all for this update. The baby is finally napping, so I am off to clean. I plan on catching up on all of your posts this evening! I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to!

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

With love,

Carly