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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

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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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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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Fit Friday-Mom Edition (Plus A Life Catch-Up)

Hello and happy Friday, all! I am currently drinking my nitro cold brew from Starbucks and relaxing while my daughter naps. Now that our house is sold, things have settled down a bit, and we have had more time to relax and enjoy life.

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:

Family beach day! K had a ball, and my husband took us out on the jetskis.

I went to Coopershawk winery with one of my best friends and we each got a flight. It was so fun relaxing. I always love catching up with her!

My mother-in-law and I took K to the zoo and we had a great time!

My husband and I had an at home date night! He cooked dinner, then we played board games. It was so fun!

My mom is here today and we are going to take K to the park.

FITNESS:

I have been missing the gym quite a bit lately, but am doing my best to switch up my workouts and have fun doing them at home.

*Stroller barre and runs

*YouTube videos (my favorite is FitnessBlender and Gymra)

*Full body kettlebell workouts

*Yoga (I have been trying to do this more because it feels SO good, plus it helps a lot with my anxiety)

FOOD:

Acai bowl! Yum!!!

I went to my soon to be sister-in-law’s bridal shower and it was at a local pizza place. They had the tastiest cauliflower crust pizza!!!

Garlic chicken and noodles.

Salmon, sweet potato fries, and a kale salad kit! My husband made this for us! Delicious!!!

That is all for this update. Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Eat….And Catch Up

Hello, all! Goodness, it has been a while since I have been consistent on here. SO much has been going on, and I feel like I am being pulled in a lot of directions.We have been consumed with finishing our house projects because it needs to be up for sale asap. With building a new house, this is a requirement. My husband has been working his tail off, and I am beyond thankful for him! This work takes away much of our free time, although I am trying to squeeze in some fun for our girl.

FUN THINGS WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:

THE ZOO:

Oh my goodness, we had a blast at the zoo! They have great precautions in order for covid. My mom came, too! K LOVED seeing the animals, and was full of energy and giggles the whole time.

WATER TABLE:

My mom got this for K and she loves it! It has been very hot lately, and she has so much fun while keeping cool.

PLAY DATES:

We have been able to see some buddies, and K has had such a great time seeing her friends!

FOOD FAVORITES:

We had Chicago style deep dish pizzas sent to us and oh my goodness they were DELICIOUS! This one is half canadian bacon and half mushroom.

My mom stayed over one evening and we had a place called Clean Juice. This salad was SO tasty!! It had nuts, avacados, eggs, quinoa, and feta cheese. Yum!!

Double chocolate avacado muffins! Such a yummy, healthy treat. These go fast in our house! My sister-in-law came over and made them with me.

Pineapple boats! These are so fun to make.

WORKOUTS:

My at-home workouts typically include baby K these days! Sometimes I miss the gym and classes, plus the hour to myself. I do love saving money and utilizing what I have at home. K is the cutest workout buddy, too!

We run together, and do a lot of stroller barre.

If I wait until her naptime, I enjoy using my kettlebells and stairs to do some full body exercises.

OTHER:

My heart is in a good place since my miscarriage, and I am looking forward to all of the good things happening right now!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you!

With love,

Carly