Strength/Tabata Combo

Hi friends <3 Thank you so much for the wonderful comments on our family photos. Hope that those of you who celebrated yesterday enjoyed a lovely Christmas!

Per usual, ours was filled with family, food, relaxing and shenanigans. <— Everything I could ever want from a Tucson holiday, surrounded by my favorite people.

The adventures started off with Christmas Eve dinner at my dad’s house.

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We had an amazing feast (tamales, beans, enchiladas, salad, taquitos… )


(a peek at some of the desserts)

and the cousins always have a little dinnertime prank. We’ve walked into the dining room wearing tuxedo shirts, all plaid, bibs, and this year:


I mustache you how sexy you think the Pilot’s unibrow is. πŸ˜‰

Livi had a blast with the family, and was kind of in gift shock. It was adorable to watch her try and comprehend that the packages were for her and how to open to them. 

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After we came back to our house, Livi went to sleep, and we were up late getting things ready for Christmas brunch, last-minute wrapping and assembling.

And then: Santa came!

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(the kitchen is Kid Kraft and the trike is a Joovy)

Walking down with Livi on Christmas morning is one of my all-time favorite things. She was in her crib singing “Hot Potato” and when we went to tell her Santa came, she was so shocked and excited.

Walking down stairs

We almost didn’t get her in on the annual family tripod photo,

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since she was busy wheeling around on her new ride.

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There we go πŸ˜‰

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Everyone came over to eat brunch and open gifts together. 

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(Look at Christmas Luna!)

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(new apron from Kyle and Meg)

I set out some appetizers:

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Paleo fruit cake, crackers, mimosa and coffee stuff, cheese plate:

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The Pilot made some fresh egg nog:

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I put the bacon in the oven (sweet/spicy regular bacon, and turkey bacon)

and got started on the waffles.

They were the kids’ star of the show:

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(Giraffe, elephant and lion waffles! The girls went crazy for them)

Madre also brought over beans, tamales, fresh tortillas, Mexican pastries,


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and desserts. Needless to say, eating was kind of an all-day event.

Everyone went home for late afternoon naps -after Livi crashed, I was out on the couch in a grammie/tamale coma- and for dinner, the Pilot roasted his first turkey ever:

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It came out beautifully. He said next year we’ll have to get a smoker and cook it in the yard. πŸ˜‰ Bonus: we officially have all of the ingredients for day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches. Oh yeahhhhhh.

The evening ended at our cousin’s house, watching the Nutcracker and while the little cousins danced around. It was perfect <3

This morning, we’re going to start taking down the decorations (womp womp) and take Livi’s trike to the park for a test run around the trail.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
See ya later on the Fashion page.



Something to do:

Day After Christmas Crumble!

Here’s the workout I did the other day. It only took 30 minutes, and was a BEAST. Hope you enjoy! <3

Xmas crumble

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  1. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. WOW!! Your Dad’s tree is impressive! (Maybe it just looks bigger in the picture but still!) It looks/sounds like you had a wonderful family Christmas and I’m so glad – all those desserts just look YUMMY! Eating was kind of the Christmas Olympics over here too. πŸ˜‰
    I had fun baking goodies this past week and today I’m off to send them to them the hubby who is deployed this Christmas. I think I might leave the decorations up till New Years, give myself an excuse to watch Christmas movies and listen to music a little longer. πŸ˜‰ Livi on her trike, oh too cute!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’m pretty sure it was at least 12-15 ft. it touched the ceiling!!
      hope you had a wonderful christmas despite the hubby being gone. he’ll love all of the desserts! hope he’s home soon to you.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Maybe one year in the future we’ll host – but for now I just enjoy the traditions of going to mom and dad’s house. We did make wassail this year though (first time) and everyone loved it, so that may become a new tradition. πŸ™‚

    I think the best gift we ever got as kids was the big kitchen set. My dad put it together in the wee hours of the night and it was played with daily for years later. It’s so much fun to see how they’ve changed over the years. Livi will love hers!

  4. Yum! So many good eats. Looks like you had a great holiday! We also got my daughter a play kitchen and she love love loves it. I think I may love it more but it is such a fun toy!
    I love how you show us all this delicious food and end the post with a workout πŸ™‚ Gotta work off all those cookies I guess. Have a great Thursday!

  5. Aww, those waffles are TOO cute!! I’m not a kid but I would totally love to eat those! Love your new apron too :).

  6. Looks like your Christmas was filled wonderful food and company! Grammies look so deliciousβ€” coconut?? And homemade eggnog sounds like the bomb.
    The workout looks like a fun and sweaty one!!

  7. What a beautiful holiday celebration! All that food is making me hungry. Merry Christmas!

  8. Looked like a wonderful Christmas!!

  9. Perfect workout to do after I finish cleaning since I just got a spin bike for Christmas.

    Love Livi’s little kitchen. I’m opening a daycare. I may have to look up that one!

    I had a great Christmas, but it is onward to the new year!

  10. Perfect workout to do after I finish cleaning since I just got a spin bike for Christmas.

    Love Livi’s little kitchen. I’m opening a daycare. I may have to look up that one!

    I had a great Christmas, but it is onward to the new year!

  11. Perfect workout to do after I finish cleaning since I just got a spin bike for Christmas.

    Love Livi’s little kitchen. I’m opening a daycare. I may have to look up that one!

    I had a great Christmas, but it is onward to the new year!

  12. That little egg nog mug is adorable! Perfect for brunch meals.

    Can’t wait to do the Day After Xmas crumble. I need it after all the eating that went on yesterday.

    Liv looks like she enjoyed Christmas. I feel like Christmas is a little more special when you have kids. Just seeing the joy and wonder on their face makes my heart warm. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      i totally think so, too. i’ve always been a huge xmas fan, but now that we have livi, it takes it to another level

  13. Merry Christmas! Can’t wait to try that tabata workout. I got a new gymboss timer for Christmas and will have fun using it with this. πŸ™‚

  14. Awww Livi looks adorable!! Love the apron and all the food looks delicious. It sounds like you all had a great Christmas!

  15. Such a sweet Christmas! Just did the workout above, and it was just what I needed after all the indulgence of yesterday. Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      BOOM. great job! happy to hear you enjoyed it. i can’t wait to workout today after yesterday’s eating and snoozefest– it will feel good to move a little

  16. What a beautiful Christmas you & your family had! All those foods looks delicious & am currently drooling πŸ™‚

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful feast! Your tree is really pretty.
    I love the workout! Pinned it!

  18. I will be adding this routine in my mix this week and next. I like Megs outfit, simple and nice.

  19. Just did the workout. Felt so awesome to exercise after Christmas treats and a few days off. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing, Gina!

  20. looks like a lot of great food! I particularly like those animal waffles, so cute πŸ™‚

  21. Lauren Juan says:

    Gina, where did you get your green/leaf rug (next to the Christmas tree)? It’s beautiful!

  22. mountain girl heidi says:

    Thanks for the workout!! Quick question! Do you have a video/picture/explanation of the single leg hip raise? I can think of many variations to this, and I’m not sure what you had in mind! Thank you!! (I got a gymboss for Christmas, and I hope it motivates me…I haven’t been very motivated with fitness since early fall.)

  23. That workout sounds great!

    You look adorable in that apron!

    Having little ones on Christmas is the best! They get so overwhelmed with all the presents and excitement, though. I tried to reel in the family gift-giving a bit, but it was still a lot.

  24. Liv is adorable!! Looks like an amazing holiday πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  25. Looks like a great holiday. Watching kids on Christmas feels so magical πŸ™‚

  26. Your Christmas looks wonderful, and the tree was so beautiful! Spending Christmas morning with little ones is always such a joy seeing the excitement on their faces. I am more than looking forward to getting an after Christmas workout in this morning so our workout will have give some inspiration!

  27. Great WORKOUT, I totally need something like that after my Christmas feast! Lots of Love C

  28. Merry Belated Christmas! Hope you had a lovely day! I’m sure you did from all the pictures!

    Thanks for sharing the workout you did too! I will be attempting that after my feast on new years eve!

    Happy new year in advance! =)

  29. I love this workout! you live in Tucson. I am in Phoenix. It’s hard to celebrate Christmas when it’s 80 degrees. I grew up in the Midwest so I always associate snow with Christmas. I’m not complaining though.

  30. Great workout! I did it with slight pregnancy modifications (no sit-ups and did a lower impact version of the jump squats and lunges) and it rocked! I pinned it too! Thanks for an easy to follow workout. Love it!

  31. I’m glad you had a wonderful holiday, Liv looks like she was having the best time ever. And the mustaches and unibrows are amazing, so funny!

  32. Thanks for this! It was just what I needed after all the indulging and minimal workouts this past week. Great combo of strength and cardio!

  33. Shaina Anderson says:

    Ooh this workout looks awesome! I’m catching up on 2 weeks of blog reading, so I’ll have to try this soon. πŸ™‚

    My parents rented a big beach house so everyone could stay together this year and there was a huge toy room, complete with a toy kitchen. Tripp LOVED it. I was surprised he knew exactly what to do with everything. He even grabbed the spatula and flipped the fried eggs in the pan haha! Birthday present for sure. πŸ™‚

    Santa brought us a vitamiiiiiiiiiiix. I’m not excited about that at all. πŸ˜‰

  34. Awesome workout – tabata’s always make me feel like I’m going to puke, but in the best way possible (if there’s a best way possible for that…?). Great start to a cold and icky Monday morning.

  35. Happy New Year! Loved the Christmas crumble workout!!! Also love the font…what font is it??

    Thank you and have a great day!!

  36. Did the workout yesterday…can’t really walk today. Aaaamazing! Thanks!

  37. Revisited this workout this morning! Awesome as usual!

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