lower body workout

Here’s that lower body workout I promised two weeks ago!

I focused on the major muscle groups of the lower body. First set includes work on the quads, one exercise with heavy weight, the second with body weight in an explosive movement. Remember to sit back on those heels!

The second set focuses on the hamstrings, with a heavy deadlift that will stretch the back of your legs followed up with hamstring curls that will be a slow burn.

Next, we’ll focus on the ab/adductors to work the sides of those upper thighs, on the inside and outside. Side lunges will be with some weight and move slowly, while the skaters should be explosive and quick.

For the glutes, bridges can be made more difficult either with weight resting on your hips or performing them elevated on a ball or incline of some sort. Step-ups are one of my least favorite exercises, but they are effective!

To finish off the strength portion of the workout, work the abs! Leg lifts and plank jacks will get the lower body moving along with the core.

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Enjoy the burn!

in the moment

Life can feel a little hectic when coming back from vacation, starting up a new job, and trying to settle into a new routine. My work ethic is being tested by a little guy named Simba who requires a lot of playtime attention that I’m happy to provide, BUT he also doesn’t like me to be on any kind of screen. Attention must always be focused on him, according to him.

I mean…


He enjoys sitting and walking on my laptop keyboard and one time, I swear it, he typed out the word “purr!” He’ll also hit my hand until I put the phone down and he sits on it, same with my iPad. I guess he’s helping me live in the moment.

crazy cat lady

I can’t deny it. My kitten has taken over my world. He’s a cute, rambunctious little guy and I can already tell he’ll be trouble in the best of ways. On Friday night, we had a pal’s night in and relaxed watching The West Wing and playing with fake mice.

Samba likes to stretch out wherever I am.


On Saturday, I worked in the morning and relaxed in the afternoon before heading out for a run.


That night, I hung out with my friend Molly, and of course, this little guy.


Sunday morning, I found myself hanging off the end of the bed and the kitten curled up in the middle of the bed, under the covers, save for his head where it was resting on my pillow. This is my world now.

That afternoon, we had a family BBQ and lots of relaxing before heading to the track for a run. After, I found my new phone screensaver.

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I might be crazy, but isn’t he cute?

Disney (4-6)

Wrapping up the rest of the trip in one post! Our next day took us back to Epcot.


We did some rides and a lot of walking around World Showcase. Dinner was at Chefs de la France, which was phenomenal. Such good food throughout the trip!

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Turned into a viking for a moment.

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Then we headed back to Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks. I don’t care how old or young you are, the fireworks at Disney World are MAGICAL.

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The next day was another double header at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The day took us to Pandora where we got to explore a bit in the light of day and try out the other ride- not as fun. Thanks to FASTPASS, we got to ride Flight of Passage again and we were just as amazed!


I also had my first dole whip, which was too sweet!

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Since we were sitting in the front row, we had to take this obligatory photo.

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For our last day, we went back to Magic Kingdom.


It was HOT, so we took a leisurely stroll. Thankfully, we were able to fit in a lot already, so we just hit up the big rides we wanted to ride again. On our way out, I snapped this photo.

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It was another amazing vacation with my favorite people in the world!

Disney Day 3

Our first Magic Kingdom day was a mad-rush to rope drop a few of the major rides before breakfast. But first, we had to take in this sight.


We were successful as we walked onto Splash Mountain and then Thunder Railroad. Breakfast was at Be Our Guest, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The food was delectable, the theming beautiful.


Ran into some pictures of my favorite characters while waiting in (long) lines.


Including this guy.


Mom made us take the obligatory siblings by the castle pic. Though the sun was too bright to snap a decent one!


At Animal Kingdom, we waited in line to go on the Pandora ride Flight of Passage. I’m not a huge Avatar fan, but you don’t have to be in order to enjoy this ride. It was INCREDIBLE. The best ride I’ve ever been on and it makes me SO excited to see the future of rides.



Disney Day 2

Sorry for the delay in posting, it’s been a bit busy starting a new job and adopting this little guy.


His name is Simba Charles Weasley and he’s the sweetest thing. He’s already settled in and is quite rambunctious. I’m sure there will be many Simba and Caitlin adventures to report.


Back to Disney 2017! Day 2 found us park hopping, splitting our day between Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

First up, a nice family photo. I’m still soaked from the river rapids ride, as you can tell.


We went on the safari early enough in the morning that all the animals were out and social. The giraffes and lions were the best to see!

Tips on a great quick service meal in Animal Kingdom: Flame Tree BBQ. Delicious, enough to share for two, and a thrifty use of the meal plan!

Someone was really afraid on the Dinosaur ride…the other was faking it.


We didn’t get to go on the Pandora ride that day, but I’ll get to that when we get to tomorrow’s recap! Once we had our fill of the animals, we hopped on over to Hollywood Studios.

Things looked a bit familiar…


Ran into this guy.


We went on all the big rides- Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Star Tours- before going to Mama Melrose’s for a nice Italian dinner. There were hopes to go back to Animal Kingdom for a late night in line for Pandora, but we were tired and wanted to wake up to rope drop Magic Kingdom the next day!

Disney Day One

Welcome back, Monday! I’m feeling the Monday Blues in particular because it means I’m back from vacation. After a long time of researching and planning, my family finally made it to Disney and it did not disappoint.

For the next few days, I’ll be going over the planning process along with the end result for a little travel blogging fun. Believe me, my sister, mom, and I put a lot of work into this trip.

Sunday morning came early as we trudged out to the airport and though we were running on fumes, we were excited to get to the Mouse. We dropped our luggage off at the hotel- Pop Century, a Value Resort because we didn’t plan on spending much time at the hotel, but still comfortable and fun-themed- and hopped on another bus to our first park of the trip.

It’s been 10 years since we’ve been to Disney World (only a month or so since I’ve been to Disneyland and aren’t I spoiled?) and we were all excited to be there together.

First up, Epcot!


We were all hungry upon arrival, so we headed to Sunshine Seasons to enjoy a quick service meal. I’m impressed by all the healthy options Disney offers, although I for sure wasn’t worried too much by what I was eating and drinking during my vacation. After a tasty power salad, we started for the rides!

Disney vacationers staying on property get to make Fast Passes 60 days in advance, which meant my sister and mom were up early that morning to book them. For our first Epcot day, we got Mission Space- we’re thrill seekers, we are- Figment, and Frozen Ever After. Waiting in long lines suck, but if you are flexible and strategic enough, you don’t have to wait too long.

We started on the Nemo ride, Spaceship Earth as it began to rain, and I enjoyed a nice nap on the last day of Ellen’s Energy Ride- I couldn’t help it, it was dark and cool in the theater! We ended up changing our Figment Fast Pass- you can do all the planning and still need to make lots of changes on the go- and didn’t ride it that day since it seemed to be experiencing some difficulty. After Mission Space and Test Track, we headed over to the World Showcase for a drink in Mexico.


You can always tell which drink is mine by spotting the fruitiest one.


Then headed to France for a frozen beverage for the girls and Germany for a bier for the boys.


Even though it didn’t feel too hot, the humidity was brutal and I was sweating profusely. But I was just so happy to be there!


After we walked around some more, it was time to ride Frozen! Very cute, but man those lines can go on for a long time!


Near the end of the night, it was time for dinner at Le Cellier. We were on the Disney Dining Plan, which gave us one table service credit, one quick service credit, and two snack credits per day, and Le Cellier takes two table credits per person. It was well worth it! My sister and I split the 28 oz porterhouse with lobster mac and cheese and garlic mashed potatoes.


It was truly one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. I had room for only a bite or two (or five) of the maple creme brûlée for dessert. By the time we finished, the park was closed, so we rolled ourselves out of there and back to the hotel.

With Sunday in the books, it was time to rest up for the next day! Tune in tomorrow to check out my recap of our Animal Kingdom/Hollywood Studios park hopper activities!