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A Little Update, Today’s Workout, And My Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Hello, hello!! Happy Friday! I have struggled to keep a consistent writing schedule, but that’s mom life I guess. We are currently in the car on our way to North Carolina for vacation. The Outer Banks is my favorite vacation spot, and we have been going since I was little. I am SO excited to be there. We have 8 hours of driving today, and right around 3 tomorrow. What a perfect time to write!

Anyway…let’s start with life lately. Last weekend, we went to Boo At The Zoo. They did a great job keeping it covid friendly and safe all around!

I love this little teddy bear SO much.

Also, in honor of the season, we have been enjoying our porch decorations.

K placed and colored most of the pumpkins and gords. Haha. I love the orange lights in the dark!

We get the keys to our new home the weekend before Thanksgiving! We are thrilled. The build is going so well, and it has been so fun watching the progress! Ahhh!!! Other than that, K has been enjoying gymnastics, and I got to have a much needed and long overdue wine date with one of my best friends!

Moving on…Today’s Treadmill Workout

I woke up early to sneak in a quick workout before our long drive. I like to get my blood flowing before sitting all day! I do this often, especially when I need a quick, yet efficient workout. *Please note that I only post workouts that work for me and my fitness level!

*1 mile jog, building pace. Then do a minute walk before getting into the main part of the workout. *6 rounds: 1 minute jog, 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. *Cool down and stretch

That’s it! Quick and to the point.

Moving on again….Let’s Bake

BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE:

Items Needed: 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of almond flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of almond butter, 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt, dark chocolate chips

Mix everything well, and bake in an 8×8 dish for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. I think next time I would add a banana to make it a bit more moist. It was a bit dense, but I enjoyed it a lot! It was also toddler approved!

Yum! I topped mine with melted almond butter.

I know this was all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed! I’m off to catch up on my reader. Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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It’s Been A While-A Little Life Update

Hi, all! It has been quite a while since I last posted. Things have been beyond crazy around here. For starters, we are completely out of our house (finally) and moved into an apartment until our house is complete. It felt like it took forever to get everything out, and after many late nights and countless trips, we turned the keys over yesterday! Whoo hoo!!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO…

Fun:

We had a family fun day of pumpkin painting, carving, and seed roasting.

APPLE PICKING:

This is one of my absolute favorite fall activities! We had so much fun.

GYMNASTICS:

K has so much fun getting her energy out, and they have done a fantastic job of keeping it safe and clean.

LUNCH DATES WITH DADDY:

Now that we are SO close to my husband’s work, we get to stop by more often. K and I both love it!

WHOLE 30:

I completed Whole30 and loved how I felt afterwards. I have added foods back in, and made some healthy lifestyle changes.

WORKOUTS:

I have been enjoying the gym at our apartment so much! It is so nice and I have been utilizing it in the mornings as much as I can.

K and I have also been running and exploring our new area.

CURRENTLY:

READING: Harry Potter

LISTENING TO: True Crime Podcasts!

DRINKING: Bulletproof coffee and Criobru. If you have never heard of Criobru, do yourself a favor and look into it. It literally has been the most amazing drink ever! It has barely any caffeine, tons of health benefits, and tastes delicious.

Also, I had to have the pumpkin cold brew from Starbucks once this year. It was so tasy!

DOING: I finally have time to write because we are headed to my brother-in-law’s wedding in Michigan. It is going to be a small, immediate family only wedding right on the lake. We are so excited!!

Anyway….that’s about all I have for now. I am looking forward to catching up with all of your posts! It might take forever, but I’ll get there eventually haha.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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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