Mamahood Styled


// on colloquialism + summer's end //

I recently realized that a lot of the words and phrases that I have casually picked up are super negative!

Case and point:

"i die!"
"shut your face!"
"get out of here!"
"you're on fia!"

& that doesn't even begin to count my favorite word that begins with the letter 'f' and i use as a verb, noun, and adjective. 

I know I have more but those just came to mind and made me laugh! What are yours?

On another note, yesterday was my last full day off for summer break and I got to spend the entire day with my little man. We woke up, worked out, and rushed out the door to meet our bffers. We went to the library and had soo much fun with them, as always!
Asher & Titi twinning! Love my little guy!! xo
O practiced how to stick out his tongue at people after going to work with Mama for three whole hours!

Twinning since 2013

In the evening, we played ball outside & then O and I made pizza for dinner!



Work it Out, Mama!

I recently went on our second annual family vacation! One week of living on the beach does the soul oh-so-good! I knew that I definitely wanted to indulge with treats and lots of rest + relaxation, but I definitely did not want to stop working out. It truly is such a big part of my every day routine, the equivalency to therapy for this counselor.

I started off every morning with taking Oliver to the park with Geoff and watching them play while I worked out! I took my sandbag so I could add weight as needed- perfect! Everyone surrounding us was really active, too! I loved seeing people around me working out, too! After my 30 minute workouts, we would go back to the house, the whole family would get on their bikes, Oliver would climb onto his running stroller, and we would run 3 miles along the beach! It was the best way to start off our mornings! I am craving it as I type! The oceanside views were ideal for running outdoors! 

After a few days, and lots of questions from other mamas at the park regarding exercises and working out while playing with their babies, I decided it'd be fun to share different exercises that others can incorporate into their routines. Whether at home or at the park, you can incorporate these basic exercises to help you meet your goals, all while teaching your bebes healthy habits! 

I currently workout six days a week and change my workout routines every 4-6 weeks. I do lots of HIIT (high intensity interval training) using a timer (50 seconds of hard work/10 seconds of rest, 30 minutes total) with heavy lifting, and plyometrics incorporated. This is what works for me and I truly find enjoyable. I do not enjoy running or steady-state cardio but sometimes add it in to challenge myself. Usually, if I hate doing an exercise, I add it more into my routine because I tend to be weak in the ones I detest. 

I had Geoff film some quick ideas and exercises to share with you! Hope you enjoy them and they give you ideas! Feel free to ask any questions and I'll be happy to share! Modify these as you wish! Always watch your footing, your baby's placement, and your own fitness level! Don't have a baby? Borrow one or use weights! Does your ideal vacation not include workouts? Then don't! Do what suits you, guilt-free! But do hydrate! ;)

Mama + Babe Exercises
-sit-ups with baby raise
-leg lifts with reverse crunch
-baby chest press
-squats with variations (narrow, shoulder, wide)
-walking lunges
-walking lunges with front kick
-sumo pulses
-step ups with leg lift

Exercises at the Park
-box jumps on ledge
-swing pikes
-swing push up with knee tuck
-tricep dips
-tricep dips with alternating leg lifts
-high knees
-I deleted my monkey bars + pulls ups because they were pretty pathetic, haha! New goals!

& just because he is so rad, #odcm's renditions of the following exercises:
-leg lifts
-lunges (I think!)
and the last clip: he saw a pretty toddler mamacita and homeboy could not keep his eyes off her!

I have to add that prior to going on this vacation, I was pretty hard on myself. My husband kept telling me I was in amazing shape but I just couldn't see it. Then during this vacation, he snapped some pictures of me that made me finally "see" myself the way he does. Something clicked in my head. I am so proud of what I have been able to accomplish and to finally start to see my hard work paying off in my strength, endurance and aesthetics.

Am I 100% where I ideally want to be? Nope! Am I happy with my progress? Heck yes! I have built muscles I never expected to have and have kept in shape year round- not just for summer or specific events! I eat a healthy, yet balanced diet every day- including more treats than I care to admit! I do not work out to pig out, I work out because it makes me feel amazingly unstoppable, undeafeatable, and releases my frustrations; I pig out because I simply love to eat and usually can out-eat most grown men, hahaha!

Let's workout, homegirls!


// 18 months: 1.5 years young //

This picture seems to capture your essence: amazing style; loud; non-stop; determined

Age: Ahhh, I have to admit, I have not been looking forward to 18 months! Primarily because it is the official toddler stage. Babyness seems so long ago and yet this baby boy of ours, still is our tiny baby!
Happy big baby boy
our perfection
Stats: Almost 33 inches tall and almost 29 lbs!

Activities: Playing basketball, throw everything that is or resembles a ball, anything with a motor, getting into his car, loves to play pretend (cooking), his blender, going on bike rides, chasing Honey Munster, give loves, identify things he knows (i.e. all his body parts), eat Honey's dog food, loves being outdoors and of course, taking out the trash!
Sunset walk with Honey Munster
Moods: Boy oh boy, is his personality expanding! This little boy is not afraid to voice how he feels. He tends to get frustrated when we do not understand what he wants, when we don't allow him to do what he wants, and when he is overtired/hangry. He runs away from us and either throws himself, or something that is in his hand, as hard as he can. Luckily, he is quick to get rid of these moods and go back to being his "normal" self, which is happy and energetic!
such a DIYer, like mama
Sleep: I seriously wonder when I will finally be able to write that he is sleeping consistently through the night. I think the changes in my work schedule definitely have messed with his sleep patterns- but I still cannot say that he is sleeping through the night. :/
Living the life- and blonde!
New Words: He is repeating everything! His new words are:
-mama (grandma)
-mama (with an accent in Spanish for mommy)
-nonononononono (also in Spanish)
-ayayai (also in Spanish)
-bu-bree (blueberry)
-Augh with a scrunched up nose and 
-Tash (trash)
-Tash Tuck (trash truck)
-bewwies (strawberries)
-bubewwies (blueberries)
-pacays (pancakes)
-hoffs (horse)
-caws (cars)
*As I'm typing this, I am realizing that you really are repeating anything we say daily. Every day is a plethora of new vocabulary! It's exciting and astonishing to experience such rapid growth and development! We are amazed!
Mamas- get your baby a kiddie pool at the beach! & bring baby powder!
Favorite Foods: Oliver is still loving on all foods! He especially loves his snacks- fruits, crackers, string cheese, bread, broccoli, etc. But he has also started being picky this month. Some days he likes tomatoes, while others he devours them!
Monkeying around at the SD Zoo // where someone also took his favorite hat :(
Nursing: 18 months strong! We have continued to revert from once a day to anytime, since I have had such a flexible work schedule. But I am about to leave him for 48 hours and hope he does well enough to seriously start the weaning process. I have no clue and am not getting too ahead of myself but hope for whatever is best for each and both of us!

Favorite Things: This month he has become obsessed with playing kitchen: he cooks, cleans, and has us taste his pretend creations. 
Playing on the beach
Signature Moves: Oliver started doing burpees! Cutest thing ever! It amazes me how much he picks up from what we do! We really are influential in his life!
chubby baby feet in the sand
Mommy's Proudest Moment: Most definitely when I was talking on the phone and said my favorite four-letter word and he repeated it. Then when he did, I said another four-letter word and he repeated THAT one. Ahhh, yeah. Proud mama (where's the monkey covering its eyes emoji?)!

Daddy's Proudest Moment:  In our daily never ending task of hearing you laugh, Daddy was trying to make you laugh! You were playing catch with each other, when Daddy was threw the ball up and realized you were cracking up when it reached the ceiling. The last time he threw it, it hit our ceiling fan lightly, but with enough force to ricochet to our hanging wine glasses and break one! Daddy still accomplished his goal is making you laugh...Mama will be laughing when you think it's funny to break wine glasses, too....#not

This Month's Highlights:
- you celebrated your second 4th of July!
Mama themes your holidays to the max!
- you were the star for a local business' commercial! I mean, really?! We are starting you a tiny college fund this month :)
-we went on our second annual family vacation in San Diego. We rented a condo on the beach and you had the absolute best time. Such a natural water baby! You even got to touch a shark and went out to look for it every day that we were there. We definitely need to relocate near the ocean, just for you! Lots of beach time, family time, bike rides, stroller runs, beach park adventures, work outs, good food, sun, r & r!
west coast, best coast
-You got so sick, baby. A viral throat infection. With mouth sores and a high fever. You wanted to eat but it hurt your little mouth so much. You would walk me to the fridge and ask for food but when you would take the first bite, you would gently place your hand near (but not on) your mouth and whimper, "nononononono!" Seriously, one of the saddest experiences! It took 4-5 days for you to recover completely. Thank God you did! Such a trooper, as always!
One year ago

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