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Foodie Friday-Favorite Eats Lately, Plus A Life Update

Hello and happy Friday!! I hope the week treated you well. My sweet girl turned 2 on Tuesday and we had fun celebrating her. My husband came home mid-day from work so we could sing and open presents. When he headed back to work, my mom, mother-in-law, and I took K to lunch. It was so fun!

We also had her 2 year checkup this week. She is doing great, but is behind in speech. We are being referred to speech therapy and that makes me so happy!♡

Other updates:

WATCHING:

*The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel-oh my goodness! Is anyone else watching this??? So creepy!!

*The Bachelor-this has always been a favorite of mine!

*Hell’s Kitchen-I just love Gordon Ramsey.

EXCITED ABOUT:

*I am longing for spring and warmer weather! I can’t wait until we spend our days outside in the sunshine.

*VACATIONS:

*We have 2 planned: one is at Gun Lake in Michigan this summer, and one in North Carolina in Fall. Two of my favorite places!!

WORKOUTS:

*I tend to use my loop bands the most out of anything! It is awesome how I get so sore from them. I also take advantage of my large basement to run around for cardio.

FOOD:

Now onto all of the tasy things we’ve been eating….

Chinese takeout!
Potatoes, mixed veggies, chicken sausage, garlic, and lots of seasonings. I put mine over cauliflower rice! Soooo yummy!
2 of my girlfriends came over and we snacked on this plus had some wine! We had so much fun.
Okay so this was amazing!! It is a Reeses Cup smoothie from a place called Power Fuel Nutrition. Yum!!!

Some other favorites lately include pork chops, edamame spaghetti, and deer steaks!

That’s all for today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday-A 30 minute cardio workout, plus some food favorites

Hi, all! Happy Friday!! I hope you are well. My little one will be 2 in a couple weeks, which is crazy. Time feels like it goes so fast when it comes to her growing up. She has decided not to nap the last couple of days, but continues to be an excellent night time sleeper! We are starting potty training soon and I am kind of scared haha. Wish me luck! Other than that, I have been longing for warmer weather. I can’t wait until K and I can spend our days outside. I miss jogging with her and that wonderful sunshine! I know it will be here soon enough!

Anyway, moving on to the point of this post. I have continued my at-home workouts, and do my best to stay motivated. Yesterday was a cardio day and I really enjoyed my workout, so I want to share it!

1) 5 minute warmup on the elliptical. 2) 10 burpees, 10 star jumps, 10 squat jumps, and 10 kicks on the punching bag- repeat step two three times 3) 10 sprints. REPEAT everything until you hit 30 minutes!

I was pretty sweaty by the end of that workout! I will definitely do it again. *Please note that I only do what works for me and my body when it comes to working out.

Moving on to a few food favorites….

Edamame pasta with meat sauce and an Annies organic biscuit! So yummy!!!
My friend and I went to dinner at a delicious Thai restaurant. I only got a picture of the appetizer unfortunately! These steamed dumplings were amazing. The rest of the meal was, too!
My post workout snack lately! Dates with almond butter, dark chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut chips! Seriously so good!!!
This drink has been a nice little pre workout for me! Caffeine free, but still gives me energy. Double chocolate Criobru blended with ghee, coconut oil, and nut pods! I highly recommend Criobru!!! SO yummy!!

That is all for today! Have a wonderful weekend!!

With love,

Carly

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Fit Friday And A Little Life Update

Hello, and happy Friday!! It has been a long time since I have posted. I have been so focused on keeping up with my almost 2 year old and housework that I am consumed most of the time. My little one is always busy, and I am trying to navigate having a full blown toddler. She is a ton of fun and makes me laugh constantly! She is behind in speech, which I often worry about. We have an appointment the day after her birthday, and I am looking forward to figuring out the next step in helping her. Other than that, she is still in gymnastics and is very brave! I am so proud of her. We get to have play dates with gym friends, staying as covid safe as possible. We often spend time with my mom, which has been a lifesaver this winter!

Ughhh I love her!

As far as fitness goes, I have been continuing my at-home workouts. I got some new bands and love them! They don’t slip off of my legs constantly, which is awesome. I have been utilizing YouTube to find full body band workouts! I am so sore afterwards. On cardio days, I do the elliptical, use my punching bag, run sprints, jumps and abs. I have to mix things up to keep from getting bored! Yesterday was chilly, but sunny, and I was able to run outside for the first time in a while!

Love these bands!! Plus, how cute are the designs?!

We have been enjoying some good food lately! We always try to eat pretty healthy, well me more than my husband haha. On New Year’s Eve, my niece came over and we made such a yummy dinner! Here are just a few pictures from lately…

Cheeseburger cups, a Mediterranean salad, and an edamame salad. It was all delicious!
We went out to dinner on my mom’s birthday and this was our appetizer! It was amazing.
My favorite snack lately! One date with Justin’s vanilla almond butter and sugar free chocolate chips.
Simple Mills pumpkin muffins! So healthy and tasty!!!

Hopefully I can catch up on all of your posts soon!

Have a great weekend!

With love,

Carly

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2020 Recap And Intentions For The New Year

Hello, all!! Is anyone else ready to say good riddance to 2020? I have definitely had some low moments this year. It hasn’t been all bad though! We have definitely had some wonderful things happen as well! I like looking back and going through pictures. Here is the recap:

JANUARY: *K made a full recovery from her December hospital stay!

*I found out I was pregnant, but suffered an early loss.

FEBRUARY: K turned 1 and we had a “Sweet One” Party for her.

*My sister-in-law moved in with us because she started a job in our city.

MARCH: *The pandemic started, and I had a quarantined birthday at home.

APRIL: *We took a lot of walks, and played at home.

*We celebrated Easter at home and K had her very first egg hunt.

MAY: *Celebrated Mother’s Day with a socially distanced dinner with our families.

*Found out that I was pregnant and felt so much joy, and a little anxiety knowing that I would have two littles under two!

JUNE: *Had an appointment/ultrasound and our sweet baby had a faint little heartbeat.

*Had family pictures taken for when we were ready to announce our pregnancy.

*Found out that I was likely to miscarry, and was given options of how I wanted to go about it. I decided to let it happen naturally.

*Went to the lake with my husband’s family, and it was so nice to get my mind off of things for a while.

She ended up loving this!!

JULY: On the 4th, I suffered a very painful miscarriage at home. My mom and husband switched on and off taking care of me and K.

After the pain settled some I soaked up cuddles and cartoons with this sweetheart.

*Spent a ton of time outside and went to the Zoo often.

My giraffe loving babe!

AUGUST: *Put our house up for sale while our new one was being built. It sold in 5 days!

*Visited my brother and his family. K and her cousin had a ball together!

*Had many more Zoo visits, and enjoyed the outdoors as much as possible. It was a super hot month!!

SEPTEMBER: *Went apple and pumpking picking, and made some final memories in our first home.

*Moved into an apartment with my mom while our home was being built.

*Went to Michigan for my brother-in-law’s small, family only wedding. It was beautiful!

K was tired so this picture was the best we could get hahaha

OCTOBER: *Enjoyed SO many fun Fall activities: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm visits, and Boo At The Zoo. We also did a ton of Fall baking!

*Went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC. My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary while we were there!

NOVEMBER: *We moved into our beautiful new home and enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving.

Our new table and chairs! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and hosting (which I love to do). I can’t wait to do it more when Covid is a thing of the past.

DECEMBER: *Went to Zoo Lights, baked cookies, and enjoyed Christmas at home.

Now that a new year is coming, I just want to have a positive outlook on everything and enjoy making memories with my family! I don’t plan on making a bunch of resolutions that I won’t keep, instead I just want to enjoy this wonderful life I have been given.

Wishing you all health and happiness!

With love,

Carly

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December Update-Food, Fitness, And Other Fun

Hello and happy Friday, all! December in our new home has been beyond wonderful. My husband is a master organizer, and we are completely unpacked and settling quickly. We still need curtains, and we also need to hang a few things, but overall everything looks great. I feel blessed beyond belief!

Other than unpacking, we have tried to keep life fun and as normal as possible despite these crazy times.

FUN WITH A TODDLER:

*Santa (masked of course) at gymnastics

*Salt dough ornament making and painting

*Zoo Lights

*Cookie making and gingerbread man decorating

*Indoor snow play-we added different food coloring to a bucket of snow

*PJ’s and snuggles

Her dress and pigtails melt me.
My favorite mornings.

FOOD, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY

I am still staying away from big groups, but I have seen some friends and it does a wonderful thing for my soul. My best friend came over last weekend and we went to dinner at Northstar Cafe.

We split a salad and pizza. It was so tasty!

We have been spending a lot of time with my mom and it has been wonderful. My daughter loves time with her grandma and I get a much needed break with her around. She gets us food and groceries often. We are so lucky to have her! She passes a healthy, delicious smoothie place on the way to our house called Power Fuel Nutrition and has been bringing me different ones to try. They are fantastic!

I can’t believe this delicious treat is healthy!

We had family Christmas pictures taken at our home this year and I love them! Our Christmas card is my favorite one yet.

K was extremely uncooperative, but our photographer captured some great shots!

FITNESS:

I am trying to build up my home gym as much as possible. I have a lot of space and have been utilizing it! I need to add some heavier weights and a yoga mat, but am enjoying what I have for now. I love using my loop bands and punching bag to get some strength training in.

OTHER:

*My husband and I just finished watching Schitts Creek. We LOVED it so much! Such a lighthearted and fun show to watch.

*I am re-watching Glee on Netflix. I loved it during its prime and it is fun to watch again.

*I am reading the Harry Potter series over. It has been fun to read as an adult.

*I have been watching a Facebook video series called Murder and Makeup. It is so cool!

*I am still enjoying my true crime podcasts!

That’s about everything for this post! I look forward to catching up with all of you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly