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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 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

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Blue Apron Vs. Hello Fresh

Hi, all! This past week, my husband and I made 2 Blue Apron meals and 2 Hello Fresh meals. My brother uses both subscriptions (he likes the variety), and sent us free codes. I thought it would be fun to compare them and share our experiences.

Here goes:

PACKAGING:

BLUE APRON: Both meals came in an insulated box, but they weren’t separated out. Honestly, it was a big mess and a pain. I’m not sure if something happened while it was being delivered, but it all just seemed thrown into the box without care.

HELLO FRESH: Each meal was separated into sealed bags. I loved how nicely packaged it was! It made it so easy.Clearly my packaging pick winner is Hello Fresh.

PREP, INSTRUCTIONS, AND COOKING:

They both had detailed instructions and pictures for each step. I’d put these as a tie!Our Blue Apron meals took a little more time, and seemed to be a touch more advanced to make. We enjoyed this, as we felt like we were pulling out our inner Master Chef haha.

With Hello Fresh, I loved that the instructions told you exactly what tools you need to get out beforehand.

THE MEALS:

I chose off of the healthy menu for each service.

BLUE APRON:

MEAL 1: Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry with Spicy Sambal Sauce.

This was absolutely delicious, and I loved the kick of the sauce! We did add rice to this to make it more filling.

MEAL 2: Italian Chicken And Mozzarella Skillet With Mozzarella and Grana Padano Cheese.

Oh my gosh, this meal was so tasty!! The fresh mozzarella added so much. We put this over pasta, and it made it top notch.

HELLO FRESH:

MEAL 1: Southwest Stuffed Poblanos With Quinoa and Corn.

This was so different and delicious! My husband thought he’d miss having meat, but he ate every bite. It has a nice spice to it as well!

MEAL 2: Crispy Maple Mustard Chicken With Roasted Potato Wedges and Carrots.

This was definitely the easiest meal to make, but it sure wasn’t lacking in flavor! We loved it!

OVERALL:

We had a lot of fun cooking together and truly enjoyed each meal! Both services took the edge in different ways, and the food did not disappoint at all! I would definitely like to try some of the other services out there.

I would love to hear your experiences with meal delivery services!

Thanks for stopping by!

With love,

Carly

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Food, Fitness, Motherhood, And A 7 Month Baby Update

Hi, all! Happy Saturday!! I’m sitting here enjoying a pumpkin muffin and drinking coffee before the crew wakes up.

Guys….my little baby will be 7 months old on Monday! I have noticed SO much growth in her this past month, and she is more fun each day.

Month 6 to 7:

*Loves hearing herself scream

*Yells “maaaa”

*Loves her cats

*Sits like a champ

*Drools constantly, and puts everything in her mouth

*Laughs all the time

*Is making friends at Bugs class

*Holds tight to mom and dad when new people are around

Goshhh, I love this child of ours.

I have a great routine down with her, and finally feel like I am figuring this “mom” thing out!

It is important for me to eat well and workout, but not beat myself up if I fall off track. It’s all about balance, and teaching my daughter to love herself.

This week in FITNESS:

TUESDAY: My work bestie and I took a hip hop class and it was a BLAST. I’m a terrible dancer, but we just had fun with it.

WEDNESDAY: 3 mile run

TTHURSDAY: Spinning at the gym

FRIDAY: Hiit workout video and a jog/walk with baby

This week in FOOD:

Edamame spaghetti! It had an interesting taste, but I enjoyed it a lot. We had a spicy sauce with lean ground beef. Yum!

Pork over salad with a white sweet potato on the side.

Whole Foods salad bar when my mom was in town.

The rest of our meals weren’t picture worthy haha!

This weekend, and upcoming week, we will be getting two Blue Apron meals, and two Hello Fresh meals. My brother uses both, and sent me free meals. I’m SO EXCITED!!! I will do a post comparing them.

Now I am off to get the rest of this weekend going.

Have a great one, all!

With love,

Carly