Convos with a Toddler- ep 9

Getting ready for splash splash time otherwise known as bathtime, and babygirl spots two large ants.

Her: mommy look two bugs!

Me: where ? Let me see

Her: see there in the shower!

Me: ok *as proceed to wash to them down the drain*

Her: I want to go to a snowy country, I don’t like this country with all these bugs

Me: *laughing* like where? You know snowy countries have bugs too right? Remember Chicago? It snows there but they also have bugs

Her: yeah I like Chicago, let’s go there


My FAVORITE Overnight Oats

Have we ever talked about overnight oats before?

I was NEVER a fan of oatmeal. In life. Ever.

The consistency was similar to porridge or something equally as goopy and unappealing in my head.  I wouldn’t even pretend to entertain the idea of eating it. The texture just seemed so weird. Or maybe it’s me, but I wasn’t going to eat the stuff.

Fast forward to now, I’m older, wiser and with a different more refined palette (at least I think) and its weekly  staple in my breakfast routine!

It’s one of those amazing quick breakfasts that I can make at night and customize to my specific tastes. Or it can be my mid afternoon snack; I can add protein powder and boost it’s amazing health properties even more. I can add any extra toppings and create different flavor profiles, I can use different kinds of yogurt and make it creamier or thicker.

Lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this method, to the point where I’ll even call it MY FAVORITE OVERNIGHT OAT variation. I have been making this for my breakfast for a good solid 3-4 weeks now. Exactly this way, exactly these ingredients.

I think this is partially because I am obsessed with chocolate and the base for it is a Chocolate yogurt. But i couldn’t help but try the “chocolate mocha” flavor when i saw it. Usually the larger yogurt containers in the store come in 3 boring flavors: vanilla, strawberry and plain.

So what did I use?

Chocolate Mocha Greek gods yogurt

Rolled Oats (uncooked)

chocolate covered espresso bits

I used a 1/4 cup rolled oats to start.

Added in a good handful of chocolate covered espresso bits, the crunch these little babies give when you eat them is so deliciously good!

And then i cover the oats with yogurt. If i find that the mixture is too thick, I add a little almond milk either right after I’ve mixed it or in the morning when I go to eat it.
That’s all! Enjoy !

Leg Day

There’s nothing like hitting the gym after you stuffed your face for Thanksgiving !

And nothing like going to your gym after visiting a different one while you were back in your hometown.

Last Tuesday I found the closest LA Fitness to my mom’s place and I was honestly disappointed. For being there at 8 am I found lots of dumbbells and plates scattered on the floor and dust bunnies as big as Brina, my mom’s yorkie! Gross right?! People have allergies and that’s not cool to leave clumps of hair and fuzzies just hanging out on the weight floor. It made me really appreciate the cleanliness of my normal gym!!


Walking Lunges 50 lbs.


3x each

Squats 50 lbs. 12 reps

RDL. 50 lbs. 12 reps


Front loaded squats. 30 lbs. 12 reps

lateral lunges. 30 lbs. 5 each leg

good mornings. 30 lbs. 10 reps



Stairs Machine. 15 minutes


abs + stretching 5 minutes.

Leg Day

i missed the gym. i missed you. and I’ve been eating the ice cream in my house.

but summer bodies are made in the winter! to the gym i finally went!

walking lunges. 50 lbs


3 sets with the weights

squats 50 lbs. 10 reps

RDL. 50 lbs. 12 reps.


walking lunges with 10 lb plates

diagonal walking lunges with 10 lb plates


walking lunges

diagonal lunges

jump squats.


20 minutes on the stair master

(try listening to daft punk while you do cardio!)




Leg Day Saturday

Sitting here drinking some chamomile tea, watching Aladdin wishing the kitchen would clean itself and thinking about how well I pushed myself at the gym yesterday. I was feeling tired, more so sleepy after eating a nice lunch and I knew the rest of my household was going to take a nap but I told myself to get my butt up and go to the gym. And I did.

warm up on the treadmill for 5 minutes

Walking Lunges. 60 lb.

4x each:

Squats 50 lbs. 12 reps

Good mornings. 50 lbs 10 reps


Linear Leg press. +90 lbs. 15 reps


RDL. 50 lbs. 12 reps

Walking Lunges w/ 10 lb Plate Overhead.

Kettlebell swing squat. 15 lbs. 10 reps

Walking Diagonal Lunges. 10 lb plates


Stair master for 25 minutes.

Foam Rolling + Stretching 7 mins

Leg Day.. Again?

Whoa, I was sooo unmotivated to go to the gym today. I’m not sure if it was all the sun we got this weekend, my body telling me to go back on vacation, or my body adjusting to my standing desk at work but i was tiiiiiyeeeeerd.

After work, I layed in bed for a full 15 minutes contemplating the benefits of not going to the gym; time for meal prep, opportunity to take a quick nap, a chance to do some laundry… But I pushed thru and got a leg day workout in, one I’m super proud of actually. (see my time on the stair master)

I know it seems like I’ve only did legs lately (last 3 workouts) but i try to do legs at least 2x a week and last week i only had a chance for 2 workouts. Now its a new week, so legs again.

Warm up: walking lunges 60 lb

4x each:

Squats. 50 lbs. 15 reps

RDLs. 50 lbs. 12 reps

Front loaded squats. 50 lbs.12 reps

1 legged deadlift. 10 lb plates. 10 each

Goodmornings. 50 lbs. 15 reps

Sumo squats. 20 lb kettlebell. 15 reps

32 minutes on the stair master. (personal stairs record)

Leg Day Wednesday

So on my way back from the gym it was POURING rain. I’m talking raining cats and dogs, I’m talking a legit thunderstorm trying to power wash all the dirt and dust off my car. And you know what I thought about (aside from making it home safely of course) ?

It made me think about this one time I was visiting my family in Jamaica. We were at my grandma’s house out in the country. Her house sits on top of a hill and the yard gave us kids plenty of space to run around and burn off some energy. Anyway it started pouring down one day, so of course the Directv wasn’t working which meant we were moping around the house waiting for the rain to stop so we could either go outside or find something to watch on tv.

And the adults got tired of us looking like sad, bored puppies and they shooed us outside. We can go outside? What, but its raining? It’s only a little water they said. So we ran out there and danced in the pouring sheeting rain, we grabbed some shampoo and washed our hair in the rain and then we grabbed the soap and washed the cars in the rain too. It was sooo much fun I still remember it to this day. Little things like that are what I try to hold on to and remember when I’m playing with my mini; I want her to have fun things to remember and stories to tell.

Warm Up: Walking Lunges w/ 60 lb bar

4x each:

Goodmorning to Squat. 50 lb bar. 12 reps


Sumo squat. 25 lb kettlebell. 10 reps

Romanian Deadlift (RDL). 50 lb bar. 12 reps


Double pulse squats. 50 lb bar. 10 reps

One Leg Deadlift. 10 lb plates. 10 each leg


Front lunge + Back lunge + Curtsy Lunge. 10 lb plates. 5 each leg.

20 minutes on the stair master. alternating with leg lifts, donkey kicks/kickbacks

Quick Leg Day Friday

It’s no secret that I’m working on building my lower body. That means eating to feed the gains, and lifting heavy to build the muscle. 2x a week for leg day.

Warm Up:

Lunges w/ 50lb bar


3x each below:

Deadlifts. 50 lbs. 10 reps

Hack Squat Machine. +75 lbs. 10 reps


Kettlebell Squat. 25 lbs.10 reps

RDL. 50 lbs. 10 reps


One Legged Deadlift. 10lb dumbbells. 10 reps each leg

Squats. 50 lbs. 12 reps


Pulse Lunges. 10 lb dumbbells


Glute Bridge. 40 lbs. 12 reps