Disney and weekend adventures

Hi! Hope you had an amazing weekend. Here are some pics from ours ๐Ÿ™‚

I could get used to the fact that Disneyland is only an hour and a half away! The Pilot was working, so Liv and I took a road trip to meet up with some cousins. We got in around 8:30, and you could see the park from our hotel room. Livi ran up to the window saying, โ€œDisneyland! I see it! Minnie! I see her! Iโ€™m so excited!โ€ย 

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As you can imagine, we slept really well ๐Ÿ˜‰

The next morning, we enjoyed a little breakfast and took the shuttle to California Adventure, home of the Disney Junior show, which is Livโ€™s absolute favorite. We could go just to see the show and the parades, and she would be a happy kid indeed.ย 


The best:


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Cousins watching the parade:



Mama goose and her babies:

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(They walked by right by Livโ€™s stroller while she napped in the shade)

Little Minnie Mouse:

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We went to California Adventure, Disneyland, rode some rides, ate some amazing food, and got back on the road to San Diego.

Obligatory castle photo:


The view from Saturdayโ€™s 10-miler:

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The Pilot and Liv at her school picnic:


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(The parents all brought side dishes, the school provided veggie burgers and beef burgers, beverages, jumping candles, and the kids sang for all of the parents. In a nutshell, it was super cute)

Sushi Saturday:


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(We ate at The Joint and LOVED it. They offer a crazy awesome sushi and tapas menu, in addition to 30-something beers on draft, great wine list and a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend the Grannyโ€™s Grinds roll, even though everything we enjoyed was delicious.)

Some food prep for the week:

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What was the highlight of your weekend? Did you plan and prep today? We hit the jackpot at Trader Joeโ€™s with organic berries, and I chopped veggies, made muffins, granola, and got some staples to have while nana and mom are here this week. Iโ€™ll probably start dinosaur crying as soon as I see their faces.

Have a great night <3



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  1. The Joint is awesome! I’m jealous. I had to work today. Prepping for a meeting tomorrow. That was a bummer, but I still got in my exercise 10 miles this morning and did my meal prepping yesterday. I had to do a little rearranging to accommodate getting work done but it worked out! I love Disneyland. I’m convinced you’re never to old to go.

  2. Aww that is so sweet! Glad you and Livi had a great time at Disneyland!

  3. Lindsey says:

    What granola recipe did you use?

  4. Wow, you had a jam-packed weekend! Your adventures sound lovely. Have a good week!

  5. I didn’t get to prep anything today, but I will tomorrow!!

  6. Yaara Leve says:

    I love those denim shorts! What brand are they?

  7. Liv is too cute in her Minnie ears ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looks like a great weekend!

  8. i can’t even explaaaaain how much i love that pic of her standing at the window!!!!! melts my heart. i have to come visit. and when i do we go for sushi ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Love kids’ excitement over Disney! My son also loves the Disney Junior show. It’s a fun one! Cute pic of the Pilot and Livi!

    There was no big highlight of my weekend–I just enjoyed a nice time hanging around the house with the family, spending lots of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. We just went to Disneyland a few weeks ago and had a blast! My little guy loved the Disney Jr. show too but got a little scared of the pirates. He is such a scaredy cat! I’m with Liv, the parades are the best part!

  11. Shaina Anderson says:

    Gah I can’t wait for Disney this Friday! We’re taking Tripp for the first time for his bday and the after that I have free reign haha….I’m thinking once a week? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I want sushi so. Bad.

  12. I would loovvee to live that close to Disney! I grew up abotu 4 hours away and it was so fun to pack up and go for a weekend of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. So much fun! My favorite memories growing up were of Disney adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. You always have the most wonderful weekends. It seems as though you get an extra day based on everything you accomplish and enjoy!

  15. So glad liv had fun at Disney!

  16. Awwww!!! Livi and those goose babies are adorable:)

  17. I love getting food prep done on Sundays! This week I made Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers, a double batch of your quinoa pancakes, and chopped veggies for fish tacos and the curried lentils recipe from this last winter workout meal plan. YUM!

  18. OMG I remember that frozen lemonade! It was probably one of the best parts of my trip to Disney as a child. Yum! They even came out with a raspberry one at one point. Looks like you had an amazing time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lindsay says:

    We are taking my three year old to Disneyland in a few weeks. Just wanted to see what we could reasonable fit in one day- we have about a 2 hour drive. He is a Jake the pirate fan. What did the Disney junior show include? Do you recommend it?Did you have to pay admission to both? I am not familar with California adventure- is it’s right near Disneyland park?

    Sorry for all the questions! Just though someone with a small child migh have good insight for a day trip.

  20. AWW! I love her excitement to see the park, so cute. What hotel did you stay at?? Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

    • Fitnessista says:

      we stayed at hilton anaheim. they have a $5 shuttle to the park (as often as you want to go back and forth) and a killer breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. christina says:

    Gina, where is your shirt from? Super cute!

  22. That picture of Livi in the Minnie hat and sunglasses is too cute! And OMG the little goslings are precious.

  23. Hi Gina!

    It was great running into you at Disney!! I still can’t believe it. I have been following your blog for over 4 years now and it still seems like a dream that I actually met you. Afterwards I was thinking I wish I had taken a pic. BTW your daughter is adorable!!

    We had a great time in LA, finally got back to New Jersey Sunday night/Monday Morning. Missing LA weather!

    Take care and thanks always for all of the great workout/excercise tips and healthy meal ideas!!



    • Fitnessista says:

      hi sameen,
      i’m so happy we got to meet you! thank you again for saying hi ๐Ÿ™‚ wish we could have taken a pic, too!
      so glad you had a great trip <3
      thank you again for reading and enjoy the rest of your week.

  24. You have Liv out in the sun a lot- what suncreen do you use? I am always so afraid my kids will burn ๐Ÿ™

  25. Hi Gina,

    I work in Orange County and in the hotel industry. Let me know if you want to take advantage of my friends/family discount, I’ll be more than happy to check for the availability for you.

    Just let me know ahead of time for your visit at Disney. One of these days, maybe we will run into you at Disney. We are currently blocked because of summer season, but by end of August, our annual pass is valid again.


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