Vacaciones de Primavera

Unfortunately it’s over, but we had fun! My family and I, along with my sister and her family, vacationed in Dominican Republic.  We stayed at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa.  This is an all inclusive resort about 25 minutes for the airport.  We were all in for a treat!!

We (Casa de Leyva) flew out of Miami directly to Punta Cana. SN: I grew up in MIA….and the airport still sucks! Too many people…too many concourses…too much going on!! 😝. From Miami, it was only an 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Before we knew it…we were at the resort and met up with my sister and crew. 

We did a little pool time when we first arrived….

Source: Resort website

 and beach 


In most all inclusive resorts, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from.  Most of them have foods that you can find in the states: French, Italian, Asian fusion, etc.  When we travel, we like to at least try local fare.  We stumbled upon the DR from an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations on the Travel Channel.  My BIL was ready to go!!!  We ate Oceana on property.  Hubs, being Cuban American, used his fluency in Español, to tell our waiter what kind of food we were looking for.  Lorenzo (our waiter) knew exactly what to do… 

 LOBSTER!  I don’t eat lobster and had the braised short ribs, but man…everyone loved it!   

Julian and I


Aidan, me, and Julian (looking COOL!)


All of my loves!!!❤️


Jolie, my niece (with her photo bombing Mama aka my sister)


#1 nephew Ray, Mo, and BIL Pete


Jolie returned the photo bombing favor! 😂


Oldest cousin and the youngest, Gavin

The first evening was a success! A stroll back to the room allowed a great photo op 


Day 1 (first full day) brought a beautiful morning….

   We had a great breakfast at Oceana and time at the pool again.  I can’t tell you how many cocktails I had in this trip, but that’s the beauty of all inclusive!! 
The property had many other sites to see… 


 I’m not a big fan of birds because they kind of freak me out. But these were so pretty, I overcame the uncomfortable feeling to snap a few photos. These “lovely” birds were my alarm clocks every single morning!  Forget about hearing the roar of the ocean…I heard the crowing of flamingos and peacocks! 

Lunch lended to a Dominican favorite …

 Sancocho: hearty soup with different meats and veggies.  It’s a popular Dominican meal and very filling! It’s served with white rice.  This is the exact meal we saw on Anthony Bourdain’s show. 

I woke up on Day 2 needing to do some exercise.  I managed a run on the beach that was challenging.  I could only get in 1.88 miles, but it was better than nothing. At the end of my run….

 …..these guys were there to greet me. #freakout

Another great breakfast and we (Mo and I) had a nice surprise from our hubs..facials and massages at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia.   Whoa!! I’d only had one other massage in my life but never had a facial.  I should say that I will be having another one….soon!   

Post spa treatment selfie!!

 What a treat!!!

Day 3 started with no run (because I slept in!) and a great breakfast.  After hanging around the pool and beach again, we had another treat for lunch from our “guy” Lorenzo at Oceana.. 

 Chicarrones (fried pork skin and meat), tostones (fried plantains), white rice, habichuelas (red beans).  This is another Latin favorite that I have had the pleasure of eating at home! 

Day 4, sadly our last day, allowed us to have a traditional Dominican breakfast  

 Front to back: Tostones, Mangu (mashed plantains),Fried eggs with Dominican salami, cooked onions, and Fried cheese. 

We were sad to leave but we had such wonderful folks that took care of us in the resturant…

 Lorenzo and Andrea with the Kid Crew (Julian and Marc in the back; L to R: Aidan, Jolie, and Ray; Marc in the front)

My likes: 

  • the pool and the beach. I/we couldn’t get enough.
  • the authentic Dominican food and not just the “stuff” we could get at home.
  • All inclusive! #nuffsaid
  • All the helpful staff- friendly and helpful (when needed)

My dislikes:

  • We didn’t give ourselves enough time to leave the property for excursions. #nexttime
  • The property could have used some minor upgrades, but it was still a nice place to stay. 

It was  fabulous vacation with my wonderful family.  Once again, we ate and drank our way through a town…this time in a different country!  I wish we could have stayed longer but back to reality, it is.  (So we can go again!!)

Adios, DR! Until next time…..

How was your vacaciones de primavera?

Spring Break Tidbit

As I sit here posting, I’m sunburn from vacationing in….Dominican Republic.  


Yes…we in the Casa de Leyva were able to have a family vacation in Punta Cana, DR. The best part is being able to enjoy this with my sister and her family. I will have a filled post for you in when I get back from this 4 day jaunt (it’s over on Easter Monday😢). I just wanted to share a little today. 

I managed to get a run in this morning 

 …but let me tell you, running on the beach in the wind should count as a CrossFit WOD! Man…was that rough! I tried to make it to 2 miles (as my OCD normally allows) but that packed hard sand I wasn’t ready for. Plus,  I figured something is better than nothing, right? I will try again tomorrow, as it will be my last full day here.  

Hope you all have a GREAT Easter! Enjoy HIS resurrection! 🙏❤️

Back on it…

Back from MY laziness of Spring Break! I was afraid I was going to forget everything….how to get to work, how to get the kids to school….EVERYTHING!  I haven’t taken this much time off (6 working days) in a LONG time!! It was nice, but I think I’ll be paying for it while exercising! 😝

I was able to run yesterday but it was short lived…. 

 ….because Mother Nature had other plans! As you see, 1.25 mi was all that was allotted because if the rain. #boo. I constantly have to remind myself that SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. But……it still ain’t great! 

I need to get off my A** and do a few things:

  • Take my bike to the repair shop. I need a new tire and I’m FINALLY interested in investing in some aero bars! (like THIS is going to make me a better cyclist…..hell to the NAH!!!) 
  • Need to get in a pool!! This basketball has SERIOUSLY put a crimp in my training. I think the race I want to do is in like 6 weeks! 😁 
  • How ’bout in need to REGISTER for the race!! I mean, seriously Angie, get off your a**!!! (Refer to the previous bullet point, Angie)

I feel better now…..

Back at it…Back on it….#noEXCUSES

How was your Monday?

How sluggish are you after vacation?

It’s the LITTLE things…..

It is true…it’s Spring Break! It doesn’t mean what it used to mean as kid…or NO SCHOOL!  What does it mean to me as an adult and a parent?? I get to sleep IN!!  I get one more GLORIOUS hour of slumber!  #itstheSMALLthings. The one extra hour means…

  • NO rushing to get ready (partly my fault because I watch whatever “show du jour” I picked on Netflix while getting ready😉).
  • NO arguing for little man (Aidan) to get up and shower.
  • NO brotherly arguing about what to what to watch while eating breakfast.
  • A peaceful ride to work with no school drop off.
  • Listening to what I want on the radio/iPod. 

Nothing beats a slower morning pace. I honestly didn’t remember that the boys were on break until my alarm went off as usual at 4 am.  It hit me like a bullet….and I reset the alarm and went right back to sleep! #sweet

Then, I felt bad because I could have better utilized that time to get up and go for a run, but it’s TOO dark! Not that I think I’m a hot commodity or something but I don’t want to be in any harm’s way, you know??

I left my house, basking in my total selfishness. And what better way to complete the circle of selfishness than a stop at Starbucks!!!  I always stop to get my coffee when I don’t have to take the kids to school, so today would be no different. Again…the little things! 

I hadn’t had breakfast at home, (completely out of Almond milk!  Julian apparently likes it, too!) therefore I opted to have something from the menu.  

Uhhh, yes! I’ll have some!!!

Herty Blueberry Whole Grain Oatmeal is what’s for breakfast. It comes with fresh blueberries and agave syrup. Oatmeal nutrition facts (Straight from Starbucks’ website):

  • 220 calories
  • 2.5g fat
  • 5g protein
  • 43g carbs – 13g sugar; 5g fiber


  • 20 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 0g protein 
  • 5g carbs – 1g fiber

Agave syrup : I couldn’t find on their site but I imagine it can’t be much considering it is a small packet. 

I’d say that’s not bad…. It filled me up and it was a GREAT way to start my morning.  On with the work day……


How often do you indulge on those “selfish” mornings? What do you do?

Anyone doing anything fun during Spring Break??

Spring “break”

So you wanna go out for a bike ride,huh? Well, maybe…just MAYBE you should check your tires first! Because they need AIR, fool!! #epicFAIL. Yeah, that wasn’t good that I didn’t check it the night before. Get it together,sister!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring Break for Julian and Aidan. I took the week off, which I NEVER do, but I thought it would be good for all of us. The boys and I can do something together AND Miguel and I. Hubby travels 2-3 days out of the week for work. Any time we can get a few days away together, we go for it!

My workout plan for this week (which still includes NO running):

Monday: CrossFit</strong
and possibly a bike ride or a swim

Tuesday: CrossFit and bike or swim

Wednesday : Swim and maybe a bike to go swim.

Thursday: Hotel gym

Friday: Hotel gym

Saturday : Hotel gym or rest (I haven’t decided yet)

Sunday: Rest because it’s Miguel’s birthday!

Pray I stick to it! I’m frustrated at the mere idea of “resting”.