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Hi friends! How’s the day treating ya? I’m so happy to hear you liked the Knockout November workout! I got in two rounds today + 3 sets of heavy barbell squats. 

Post squats

Anyone else moving a liiiiittle slowly after Halloween?? I had to wake Liv up for school! P on the other hand is still partying hard. We’re on day 2 of no naps (it’s been real, friend) and she still has all the energy and smiles in the world. I’ve been working on this post in bits and pieces throughout the day, and am hoping this is a fluke and things go back to a routine around here. The last time I tried to put her down for a nap, she cracked herself up for about 15 minutes and then started loudly tap-dancing on the wall, so I went in to get her. Halp. Meeeeeee.

Some pics and things of lately (in random order):


Since the Pilot and I didn’t really plan costumes -maybe one day we’ll get it together and have a family themed costume- we were running around the house last-minute so we would at least look liked we tried. The Pilot had bought this wig as a joke, and it was the perfect excuse to wear it. I kind of phoned in my costume haha but I did have my custom patch on there (G-Unit).


We went to Betsy’s house for her annual Halloween party. She had street tacos -the same company who catered P’s party, and they were wonderful- tons of appetizers, and I brought some sangria over since I’d made a huge batch. 

It’s hard to believe that it was our 3rd year celebrating at her house! She invited us over for our first Halloween here, and we had just met at the kids’ yoga studio. We hardly knew anyone here at the time. Who would have known so much would change since then, and they’ve become a huge part of our San Diego family. <3 

Halloween w bets

(Last year’s Halloween recap is here, and the one before that is here!)

After dinner, we took a group of the kids out trick-or-treating. Some of the houses were pretty spooky for the little ones, but Liv still liked getting candy.


P rode in the stroller while the kids trick-or-treated, singing to herself, jingling her bell shoes, and waving “hi” to everyone. 

Halloween 4

(Those jingle shoes. I just can’t even.)

Liv also loved passing out candy at home with us after we came home to put P to bed, and after Liv was asleep, I curled up and drank hot cocoa while watching Hocus Pocus. Not a bad way to end the day. 

Rewind to Sunday:

The Pilot had a ton of Master’s homework Sunday, so the girls and I ran errands together. One of our stops was Old Navy. Their little girls stuff is SO CUTE. We got them quite a few of the $7 long-sleeved tees, and these adorable critter flats for each of them.  

Not shopping

(Also if any mama friends have tips on the Ergo, I would love them! The shoulder straps slide down a little bit, and I have them as tight as they’ll go. I do the back snap, so she’s very secure, but it drives me bonkers. I frequently have to push the straps up. She’s officially too big for the Babyhawk.)

Fast forward to now:

I’m doing the 7-day reset -so far, so good- and made a batch of baked oatmeal to enjoy for the next couple of days. (The recipe is on my Instagram!) I originally wanted to make my pumpkin baked oatmeal, but since I was missing a couple of key ingredients (banana and dried cranberries) I improvised a little. It tastes like a coconut oatmeal cookie, and was amazing with eggs for breakfast this morning. 

Baked oatmeal

I didn’t end up preparing a ton of meals this week, but did make a batch of roasted vegetable soup. The girls have been going crazy for it! I base it off this recipe, and added a couple of peeled apples for sweetness. It’s such a delicious seasonal soup; like autumn in a bowl.

Roasted veg soup

 I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I’ll see ya in the morning with a recap from P’s birthday party. 



Something to do: this ab burner. It’s one of my faves and is a fast way to get an awesome burn. 

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  1. melissa on November 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    would love the soup recipe!

  2. Tati on November 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    What’s the name of the company you use for your taco man? Would love to know for the future!

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      taco man! ( 🙂

  3. Elysha on November 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The girls’ Halloween costumes are seriously too cute!! Where did you find them?

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      thank you!! the disney store. they have amazing costumes!

  4. Bethany on November 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    We use the Lillebaby All Seasons and LOVE IT! It works for my smaller frame and as well as my husbands.

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      so many people have recommended that! i think i’m going to go into the baby wearing shop and see if i can try one on

  5. Sen on November 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Does the back strap not slide up higher on your shoulder straps? My straps fall down too if I don’t have the back clip slid up. Maybe mine is a different style ergo though.

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      i think it is fixed in place, but i’ll check tomorrow!!

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Omg those bell shoes! The cuteness!!

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      ahah! thank you!

  7. Lena on November 2, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hi! We love our Kinderpack. It is great for toddlers and by far the most comfortable carrier I’ve used. They also have super cute options for little girls.

  8. Cassie on November 2, 2016 at 4:22 am

    That’s so weird about your ergo. I haven’t had that problem. Is yours 360 or original? So I wear the little facing out and I think that helps a little.

  9. rachel @ athletic avocado on November 2, 2016 at 4:35 am

    That baked oatmeal sounds delicious! I love meals that you change cup to suit your needs/lack of ingredients! I do that all the time with baked goods too!

  10. Lauren @ Smiles Between Sets on November 2, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I’ve been itching to try baked oatmeal! I’ve actually never prepped breakfast in a larger batch before. This sounds like a great way to streamline my morning – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Mari on November 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I don’t have an Ergo, but I absolutely love my Lillebaby! We have the airflow, which stays pretty cool in the summer. And they have such cute prints! And lumbar support for your back!

  12. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on November 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

    The costumes are priceless! Looks like you guys had fun : )

  13. Miranda on November 3, 2016 at 3:59 am

    I struggled with my Ergo until I realized the back strap slides up. It looks fixed so it’s a hidden extra feature

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

      AHHH i never saw that!! perfect- thank you!

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