How’s the morning going? Hope you’re enjoying the day and getting back in the swing of things. We are after an awesome weekend surrounded by great friends.

Sara was in town -you may recognize her lovely face from the Winter Shape Up workouts- so we met up with her and her boyfriend Garrett for some sushi at PB sushi house. I thought I would have major FOMO with their fantastic roll selection, but turns out that they had plenty of cooked and vegetarian options. (I miss sushi with all of my heart, and while women all over the world consume sushi while pregnant, the last midwife I saw told me to skip it, so I’m listening… even though I would eat an entire plate of sashimi right now if given the chance. Just smear some wasabi on top, and dip it in soy sauce….)

It was so great to catch up with them, and it makes me so happy that we live in a city where friends seem to visit often.

W sara

 It’s not a bad place to be. 😉

Tom and liv at mr frostie

Yesterday morning, I taught a sweaty BODYPUMP class (thank you to Beth for coming to class and grabbing some coffee with me!), and then we headed to Betsy’s house for a Memorial Day bbq.

My contribution to the feast: the best pasta salad you will ever have in your entire life.

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(Speaking of pasta salad, my uncle Eric, who generously gave me the recipe for the blog, is nominated for Tucson’s Iron Chef!! If you have some free time today and would like to send a vote his way -he’s also the mastermind behind this vegan sushi and this lavender-honey salmon– I’m sure he would appreciate the love!)

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At Betsy’s we enjoyed the delicious food and company -Liv has started to make little friends here, and it’s the cutest ever- and headed back home for naptime. 

In the evening, we had a little BBQ at our place. It was a day full of grilling, for sure. 🙂

Pic of some of the spread:

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More pasta salad,


Pioneer Woman’s salsa (so good)

burgers, chicken + sweet potato fries on the stove.

We’re going through May Gray right now (I guess this is standard in SD, but we didn’t seem to get it last year), so it’s been a little chillier than normal. Even so, it was perfect for hanging out outside on the patio and enjoying dinner al fresco. The Pilot set up an awesome kids’ table with Play-Doh, coloring books, bubbles, Legos, and glow sticks.

Dessert was cupcakes, cake (recipe to come!),

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and a s’more assembly line. 

Smores assembly

This morning I have to get a blood test (womp) and finally seeing Pitch Perfect 2 with Ashley tonight. Have you seen it?! Rebel Wilson is the best. 

Today’s random photo: our brave child holding a snail.


Enjoy the day and I’ll see ya later on the Family page!



San Diego locals: I’m teaching my first yoga class a week from Saturday! It’s a community class, so non-members can attend for free, so if you’d like to join in the fun, please let me know and I’ll send you the details. It’s my first *real* class, so I’ll definitely be nervous, but would love to see your smiling faces out there. xo

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  1. Zomg, she is so brave to hold that snail. I would be dying. I’ve also been seeing SO MANY s’mores on the Internet lately that I might have to find a way to make some.

  2. just sent a vote his way! best of luck!

  3. Smores are so much fun! They had a big fire pit set up outside at a recent rehearsal dinner we went to. Everyone loved it. Congrats on your yoga class – I am sure you will do great!

  4. Fun weekend! That’s funny about the sushi. I’m so stubborn I’d probably eat it anyway. Usually sashimi grade is safer than the frozen stuff you buy in the store!

    • I thought that too. Then I got pregnant and realized it was careless to risk food poisoning and the life of my baby for a meal.

  5. That pasta salad looks great and I don’t even like pasta salad! Our weather has been super lame here in Chicago too, although I think it may finally be warming up. It would alternate btw chilly, super foggy days and then bright, sunny warm ones. Weird.

  6. Must try that pasta, it looks delicious! I want smores now lol
    xoxo, Ivette
    Glamour State Of Mind

  7. It has rained in Colorado just about every day for the last two weeks. We usually have so much sunshine but it’s been on short supply lately! That pasta salad looks amazing and I want it so badly now! Maybe I’ll make it for a bbq this weekend! Have a great one!

  8. 1. i KEEP forgetting marshmallows rom WF!! :(mores haha. what brand do you buy?
    2. cannot wait for the cake recipe 🙂 ive been making muffins galore!
    3. I saw pitch perfect 2 a few days ago, it was, eh… I LOVE the first but kited. ive heard good and bad reviews though!

  9. 1. i KEEP forgetting marshmallows rom WF!! :(mores haha. what brand do you buy?
    2. cannot wait for the cake recipe 🙂 ive been making muffins galore!
    3. I saw pitch perfect 2 a few days ago, it was, eh… I LOVE the first but kited. ive heard good and bad reviews though!

    (sorry my keyboard is being funky)

  10. That pasta salad looks amazing! And I love s’mores! Have fun seeing Pitch Perfect 2! I loved that movie!!

  11. I have definitely had a hankering for toasted marshmallows (not really the whole s’mores)…and done it on the stove, inside my apartment. Gotta make do with city living 😉

  12. that pasta salad looks incredible! and i’m definitely going to try making that pioneer woman salsa — great tip!

  13. I’m loving the cooler weather this spring, but we’re inland and it’s always hotter there than coastal SD. Last May we had the Santa Ana winds/heat wave/wild fires, when I was 7 months pregnant with #2 aaaaaand that exact week our (only) car broke down, so we couldn’t even escape to the cooler coast.Good,thing we have a second car now, haha, but I’m definitely enjoying this weather.
    I wish I could take your yoga class, but hubby is traveling next week, so no one can watch my boys. Have fun teaching, I’m sure it will go well for you!

  14. You have an extremely brave little girl, there’s no way I would hold a snail like that.

  15. Erika S. says:

    If you’re ever in the DC area and happen to teach something I’m definitely there…!

  16. Chanel J. says:

    I live in SD and would love to attend your yoga class! Please send me the information : ).

  17. Making s’mores on the grill actually works SUPER well! It’s not summer without some s’mores!

  18. That cake looks amazing! Can’t wait for the recipe 😀

    Super cute snail – it looks pretty big!

    Looks like you had a really nice BBQ 🙂

  19. Hi G!

    I would love to attend your yoga class! I’ve been wanting to meet you and this would be a great opportunity – I am running the rock and roll half this Sunday so some yoga would be nice to stretch it out after the race!

    Looking forward to ! <3

  20. Oh I wish I was in SD and could take your yoga class!! Please let us know how it goes. You’ll rock it, I’m sure!!

  21. Crystal says:

    That pasta salad looks divine!

    Love that Livi isn’t afraid of things like snails, haha. She sounds like an awesome kid 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      she is so brave about things like that– it cracks me up. she just walked into the kitchen holding it and said, “hey mama, check out this snail” haha

  22. Rebecca Gotto says:

    Hi Gina,
    I’m up in north county SD and may have a chance to attend your yoga class. Sounds exciting! Would love the details.

  23. Your first yoga class!? So exciting!! Good luck Gina….you’ll do great! Also, I’m pretty sure I could never be pregnant….the sushi deprivation is too real! 😉

  24. Made that pasta salad this weekend…Yup you named that one correctly. Typically I don’t make pasta recipes because I just don’t find much “joy” in eating them.. well not this one! I also voted!

  25. I want to take your class!! Will it be at PLSC??

  26. Gina you are just outdoing yourself with these recipes lately! I can’t wait to try that pasta salad 😀

  27. Voted for your uncle. Love his recipes that you’ve posted!! 🙂

  28. queenoffitness says:

    ummm, can someone please explain what FOMO means? this is like the 4th time i’ve read the acronym in the past week.

  29. Rebel Wilson is so awesome, I can’t wait to see Pitch Perfect 2!

  30. I won’t be able to make this one, but I’d love to take a Bodypump with you! My fiancé and I will be living in La Jolla for the summer working at a weight loss camp and it would be so fun to take a class from you as I’ve been an avid reader for 4 years!

  31. Just voted for your uncle. Good luck to him!!

  32. Hi!

    I am also going to be in SD for the RNR 1/2 and WOULD love to come to yoga!!

    We are staying in the Gaslamp District–would probably have to Uber to the class. Also saw Pitch Perfect yesterday. Thought it was very cute.

  33. hi ! I’m in sd 🙂 Please email me the details so that I can try to check out your class !

  34. I live in San Diego and would love to attend your yoga class! Please email me the details.

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