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Whole30 Update And Life Lately

Hello, everyone! My goodness, I haven’t updated in a while. We have been incredibly busy, as we move next Wednesday into an apartment while our home is being built.

Anyway…I am close to the end of Whole30 and wanted to updated you all.

I feel SO good. I hit a slump about halfway through and almost quit, but that quickly changed.

WHY I HAVE LOVED IT:

*I have more energy throughout the day.

*I don’t miss sugar or bread at all.

*I am in love with bulletproof coffee, and will keep having it in the mornings.

*My skin feels awesome.

*I have fallen back in love with cooking.

*I am not bloated.

*Cauliflower rice is my new favorite addition to my meals.

Here are a few yummy meals I have made.

Overall, I have loved the experience and am so glad I started and pushed through!

OKAY, moving on…

LIFE LATELY:

As I said at the beginning, moving has kept us busy, but my excitement is building so much as we get to watch our home go up. I also am excited to live with my mom for a couple months while we are in limbo until the house is ready!

K and I have been having so much fun meeting friends at the park, going to gymnastics, taking walks, and reading all of the books. Her language is increasing, and I am trying to encourage more words throughout the day.

I am so excited for fall! Picking apples and pumpkins, cool weather, and and Halloween (which will be our 5 year wedding anniversary)!

We are traveling this year for weddings and vacation. I am pumped!!

Anyway, that is all for my update. I can’t wait to catch up with all of your posts tonight!

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up And My First Week Of Whole30

Hello! Happy Monday, all. I hope you had a great weekend. We sure did!

SATURDAY:

The day started with coffee, a strength and jog workout, then doing some shopping with my sister-in-law. K spent time with daddy while I was busy!

The afternoon was full of stroller walks and playtime with my girl.

Once she went to bed, we finished house work and cleaned before a quick (late) dinner and some Mindhunter.

SUNDAY:

My sister-in-law and I separated and planted herbs! K had fun playing in the leaves while we worked.

My mom came into town and we took K to the sunflower field! The season is about over so the blooms were dying, but we still had so much fun!

That evening, I went to dinner with a girlfriend of mine! We had fun catching up, and I had a yummy Whole30 approved dinner. Northstar Cafe is the best!

Speaking of Whole30, I have officially finished my first week! Here are my thoughts so far:

The first couple of days were the hardest, as I had some headaches and cravings, but I pushed through and things are getting SO much better.

I am WAY less bloated than typical, and have found myself enjoying prepping and cooking. I miss my easy snacks, but have been enjoying fresh fruit, nuts, and vegetables.

Dates and almond butter have been a lifesaver when I need some quick, healthy energy!

So far I am loving it, and am excited to see how I feel as I continue!

I will keep updating each week.

Well, that’s about all for today. Have a great week!

With love,

Carly

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Our Family And Food-Filled Memorial Day Weekend

Hello, all! I hope you are well, and had a nice (long) weekend. K has been walking all over, and rarely sits still! She will get into anything that she has access to, and keeps us on our toes! She has a big, wonderful personality, and I am soaking up her being little.

This past weekend was so nice, as we enjoyed awesome weather, and lots of family time.

FRIDAY:

My mom came over for the day, which was so nice! We got lunch at a delicious vegan restaurant called Portia’s Cafe. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I had a wrap with tons of veggies and hummus, and the most delicious, healthy, strawberry cheesecake I have ever had!!

A little later in the day, I had a delivery come to the door. The cutest edible arrangement! Such a fun surprise! The fruit was so fresh and yummy. K and I ate it up quickly!

That evening, my husband and I started watching the show Locke and Key. It is SO good and we have watched a lot over the weekend evenings!!

SATURDAY:

My husband ordered my absolute favorite coffee from the cutest bookstore in North Carolina. I started the day with a cup in my bookstore mug. The smell took me to the beach, and I cannot wait to be there again in October!

After coffee and breakfast, we packed up and headed to the campground that my husband’s family was at.

K enjoyed seeing everyone for the day, and we left at her naptime.

We took a long way home, and stopped to look at some houses while K slept.

We watched more Locke and Key, and ate brats for dinner once K went to bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was beautiful outside, so we started the day with a long family walk. Spending time with my husband and little girl is the best!!

That afternoon, we got K’s baby pool out and let her play a lot. She had SO much fun, and slept like a champ that night. She had to try a couple different suits on haha.

MONDAY-MEMORIAL DAY:

We took another family walk and it was perfect!!

I went for a jog when K napped, and it started getting SO hot. We hit almost 90 degrees. My mom came for the day, and we took walks, had lunch, and K played in her pool. It was a great day!

Dinner was grilled salmon, veggies, and a salad!

We ended the night with more Locke and Key! We have two episodes left.

That’s all for this update.

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-This Week In Tasty Meals And Life Lately

Hello and Happy Friday, all! I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. Most everything is open here, but baby and I still aren’t going places. My husband has been doing a majority of the grocery shopping. I have done some luch pickups, and Starbucks drive-thru runs to get out.

K is walking all over the place now! She is a ball of energy, and her personality is so fun. Last weekend, we got outside a bunch and enjoyed the warm weather! Unfortunately, it has rained the whole week, so we have been stuck inside.

We sure have been eating well around here. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been having….

Chinese takeout! I love the healthy options they have. I had chicken with lots of veggies and brown rice. The thai sauce was tasty, too.

This meal was DELICIOUS. We made a bbq chicken cornbread bake, and cauliflower mac and cheese.

Chicken drumsticks and sweet potato fries.

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce, and sausages with a salad.

My mom visited one day and we got lunch from a place called Clean Eatz. It was healthy and tasty! I had a goat cheese, pepper, and pesto sandwich, veggies, and the cookie smoothie! Yum!!

OTHER THINGS I’M DOING LATELY:

WATCHING:

*We finished Little Fires Everywhere and it was SO good.

*We are currently watching Dead To Me season 2, and I am loving it as much as the 1st season!

READING:

*I actually started the Harry Potter series over. It is fun reading it as an adult!

OTHER:

*We finally finished our 1000 piece puzzle! It took forever, but looks so cool.

That’s about all for this update! Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-Eats From This Week And A Life Update

Hello, everyone!! I hope you are doing well and staying safe. More places are beginning to open up around here, but I haven’t been rushing anywhere. K and I have been enjoying outside walks on warm days! We have some great trails around our house, which I love!

I also have been enjoying some outside workouts. I really haven’t missed the gym as much as I thought I would.

As far as food goes, we have been eating well!

My husband made venison in the cast iron skillet and it was so tender! It was perfect over a salad.

My sister-in-law and I made more double chocolate avacado muffins! These are delicious and go quickly around here.

My mom came for a social distance walk and lunch one day! We had Northstar Cafe. I had the veggie burger, and broccoli with peanut sauce. It was SO tasty!!

A yummy salad with lots of toppings!

Chickpea pasta with meat sauce!

We might get takeout tonight!

Well, there you have it. Those are my favorites lately! I look forward to catching up on all your posts.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

With love, Carly