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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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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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Easy, Affordable Ways to Bring More Self-Care to Your Day (Guest Post)

Hello, everyone! Today, I have an awesome guest post brought to us by Brad Krause at http://selfcaring.info

Hope you enjoy!

EASY, AFFORDABLE WAYS TO BRING MORE SELF-CARE TO YOUR DAY:

.We all know that self-care is crucial to a healthy, balanced life. Taking care of yourself can boost your mental, emotional, and physical health. According to Good Therapy, people who “adequately meet their needs are often able to better cope with everyday stressors.” In addition to boosting resiliency, self-care also reduces stress, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. 

 

Of course, it can sometimes be tricky squeezing “me” time into your day along with all your other responsibilities. That’s especially true if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford a massage or a fancy day spa. 

Luckily, caring for yourself doesn’t have to be tedious or expensive. You can prioritize your needs without spending a dime or even leaving your house.

The following self-care tips can help improve your mental health on any budget. 

 

Get Enough Shut-eye

When you think about self-care, what comes to mind? An exotic vacation? A trip to an extravagant day spa? Perhaps even a luxurious yoga retreat? Believe it or not, taking care of yourself starts in the comfort of your own home. One convenient, cost-effective way to start prioritizing your needs is by getting enough sleep. 

 

Sleep keeps your heart, immune system, and mind healthy. According to Very Well Health, it boosts your memory, reduces inflammation, and may even prevent certain cancers. If you’re prone to late-night anxiety, insomnia, or have difficulty falling asleep, there are some things you can do. First, try going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day. Consistency helps regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm. To help kickstart the process, you could also take natural supplements like CBD oil or melatonin, both of which can help you fall asleep. 

You could also turn your bedroom into a relaxing haven. To help get some shut-eye, paint the walls a soothing shade like green or blue. Next, purchase a few sleep-friendly products like comfortable bedding, memory foam pillows, or even a white noise machine. Look to stores like Macy’s or Bed, Bath & Beyond for great deals on quality linens, and don’t forget to scout around for coupon codes or discounts to help stretch your dollars. 

Physical Activity

Like sleep, fitness is crucial to self-care. In addition to making you feel more self-confident about your body, exercise can improve your mood, reduce stress, and ease anxiety. You don’t have to purchase an expensive gym membership to get more physical activity. Instead, invest in some at-home fitness gear like exercise balls, yoga blocks and straps, and a supportive fitness mat. 

Of course, if you’re the type of person who enjoys working out with other people, then you might benefit from splurging a little on a monthly gym membership. Of course, if you’re a senior who has a Medicare Advantage plan through a company like Humana, you don’t have to worry about this added expense. Many Medicare Advantage plans, Humana’s included, allow seniors to take part in the SilverSneakers program, which provides zero-cost gym benefits at different fitness centers around the United States. This is a good way for older adults to keep in shape and stay socially active, both of which are incredibly important as we get older.

 

Make Time for YOU

Getting some alone time is arguably the least expensive and most essential tip of all. Prioritize your needs by maintaining healthy boundaries. It’s okay to decline additional responsibilities to make more time for yourself. Reducing stress not only keeps you healthier and happier, but it also makes you better equipped to help others. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Use that extra time to rest and relax, even if only for a few minutes. Diffuse essential oils like lavender, or light incense or sage. Meanwhile, listen to some relaxing music. Purchase a meditative CD or search for playlists on Amazon, Spotify, or YouTube. If you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, satellite radio stations offer peaceful, commercial-free channels like Sirius XM’s Spa channel (channel 68) or Yoga music channel (channel 1092).


Getting enough self-care each day doesn’t have to be hard. Many overlooked practices, like the ones mentioned above, are easy and cost-effective to implement in your daily routine. Simply taking time for a few deep breaths, going for a walk in nature, or stopping to smell the flowers won’t cost you a dime. These daily self-care practices will leave you feeling refreshed and mentally ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

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Food, Fitness, And Motherhood

Hello, everyone! I attempted to write this yesterday, but between cleaning, playing with the baby, and taking a few minutes to shower, it just didn’t happen. So, here is attempt #2! Haha!!

Motherhood has been amazing. This little girl is literally the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have gained a new perspective on life, and wouldn’t change it for the world. Parents are rockstars! I feel SO blessed to stay at home, but it certainly is hard. To all the stay at home moms, and to all the working moms-you are amazing! We all just want what is best for our kids.

Gosh, I could eat that face!

Now….onto another week full of food and fitness! Eating well and working out has always been a priority in my life, and I do my best to keep up with that, even though it can be hard with this cutie.

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Whole Foods salad bar! My mom was in town and we ate outside and chatted. It was so nice! Having my mom visit often is the BEST!

Bbq pork over a salad!

My sister-in-law bought us Chinese, as it was her last week living with us before heading back to school! I got the steamed chicken and veggies with brown rice! SO good!!!

We also had chicken legs a night, rotisserie chicken, and more salads because I could eat those every night!

FITNESS THIS WEEK:

*A 3 mile outside run

*Barre Videos

*Walks and jogs with baby

*Fitness Blender video (HIIT style workouts)

*Cyclebar-this is a cycle class with a weighted bar. They post your stats afterwards! It is a blast.

OTHER:

Baby and I visited my old work and saw my co-workers. I would have started year 6 at this school, and it was bittersweet being there.

We plan on visiting my work bestie often….with Starbucks of course!

Baby K and I also started our mommy and me gym class this week and it was a blast! I love meeting other parents and their adorable babies. Baby K loves smiling at them!

That’s about all for this update! I’m looking forward to my weekend with my little family.

Have a great one, all!

With love,

Carly