Friday faves

Hi! Happy Friday to ya πŸ™‚ Anything fun planned for the weekend?

Some faves from the week:

Bits and pieces of the house finally coming together. Quite a few people have asked for house pics; I’ll definitely post some when we’re done unpacking. For now, we’re still working on the boxes that seem to randomly appear…

Kitchen is coming along:

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I am absolutely in love with this California home. It makes me sad that it’s not really ours, but we’ll take good care of it as we borrow it for a few years πŸ˜‰

The outdoor space and garden are so luscious -and we have a gardener so no worries about my black thumb killing everything- and the energy here is so bright and comfy. My mom and I both agreed that it feels like my nana Flores’ house.

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(that’s the backyard + garage, which we’ve turned into a man cave/exercise room. In the process of thinking of a name for it haha)

Almond milk with cinnamon and espresso ice cubes.

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I had a double espresso that was too scorching hot to drink, so I left it on the counter to cool and forgot about it. Instead of reheating it, I poured it into ice cube trays.Β 

The Girl Meets World trailer. Is anyone else scary excited about this?

Pharrell crying tears of joy as the world danced to “Happy.”

Livi’s first yoga class.Β 

Livs yoga studio

I got a Groupon to If I Was a Bird kid and baby yoga studio when we first found out we’d be living here. Livi took her first class this past week and had a blast! They do a craft with the kiddos, a “practice” which includes lots of imaginative play + props, a glorious savasana, and a snack. She had oils rubbed into her hair and her little feet rubbed with lotion. It was the sweetest thing, and I was happy to see that “yoga noodle blissed out” look on her face.Β 

Simple 2-ingredient recipes. I thought these would be basic/boring but not at all; tons of new ideas! Mind —> blown.

Just in case you didn’t think Easter bunnies were super creeptastic.

Matthew Kenney’s videos about the raw food diet.Β 

These cute little ladies flying for the first time.

Sending you lots of love this Friday <3



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  1. Love the house pics! Glad you guys are settling into your new place so nicely.

    Those 2 ingredient recipes…WOW! So simple but yet some of them I would have never thought of. Definitely giving some of those a try!!

    Hope you have a GOOD FRIDAY πŸ˜‰

  2. your kitchen looks so bright and modern yet still warm at the same time! loving it so far πŸ™‚

  3. Do you have any idea where those shelves are from? I love them!

  4. I took a power yoga class last weekend and there was a 5 year old girl in my class with her mom!

    She did great! She just followed along when she could and did child’s pose for the more challenging poses.

  5. I can’t wait to see more of your house, it looks adorable! And now I’m craving espresso milk…

  6. Love the kitchen and so happy you guys have some outdoor space (and a gardener ;)).

    Happy Friday!

  7. Thanks for sharing the two ingredient recipes! I am the laziest cook and I cant wait to try them all.

  8. SD does have such a positive, calming vibe I think! Excited for a barre date soon!

  9. I’ve actually had a yoga teacher rub oil on the back of my neck before too and loved that experience. Enjoy your Easter! πŸ™‚

  10. Hayley Maher says:

    Love the idea of espresso ice cubes and who knew two ingredient recipes could look so good! My folks are coming up to visit me in college and take me for dinner on Easter Sunday so I’m excited for that and the sun is actually shining today (even though I’m in the library cramming for finals!)! Hope you guys have a great weekend x

  11. love your new modern white kitch!

    & the iced coffee beverage sounds fantastic!

  12. Have fun settling in!

  13. Kitchen looks beautiful so far! Curious how much smaller the houses are in CA vs AZ? I cannot believe they do kids yoga. That is too cool!

    • Fitnessista says:

      the house we found is only a couple hundred square feet smaller than our tucson house, but in general the homes are smaller and you get much less for your $

  14. Your house looks so cute! Nice and airy! Is the gardener someone you hired on your own or provided via the Pilot’s work benefits (if you can call it that)? I know nothing about military life!

    The kiddie yoga sounds adorable! Have a great weekend!

  15. How adorable they do yoga for Livi’s age! I bet she loved it, would be so good for her. Wish they did that here! Love your new place, bet your Grandma is by your side.

  16. Yay! So glad Livi enjoyed If I Was A Bird. My girls both went yesterday and were super blissed out after.

  17. OMG THOSE BUNNIES! Nightmares haha!

  18. Wow…. I will never look at Easter Bunnies the same ever again.

    The pictures of your kitchen and backyard look LOVELY!! I’m in awe of your ability to start making a place beautiful and yours so quickly! My hubby and I moved into our rental house (also both military) back in late September and we’re STILL working on it.
    Also, I love all the mason jars you have! If you don’t mind my asking, where did you get them?!’

    Have a Good Friday and blessed Easter weekend!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! it feels like it never ends, though haha.
      most of them are from target! the mason jar mugs and the GIANT one are from pier 1 (they were a gift from my dad and stepmom)
      hope you had a lovely easter, too!

  19. Hi Gina- your kitchen looks WAY better than “coming along,” or you’re super-sneaky with a camera πŸ™‚

    Any tips on decorating/making a rental feel like home? the bf and I are moving to Raleigh this summer so I can start a PhD program, and it’s our first place together- I REALLY want to make it “ours” but it’ll be challenging as 1-a renter and 2-being on the broke side (PhDs don’t make much money, and I don’t feel right making him foot the bill because I want to decorate…)



    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much!
      i know what you mean. it’s hard to make a rental feel like home, especially when you can’t change much.
      -pictures! hang as much as you’d like and you can fill the holes when you move out
      -hobby lobby. do you have one close by? they have AMAZING prices on decor items
      -pillows, bedding and rugs are easy ways to switch up the feel of a room, too

  20. Your new place looks so cute — can’t wait to see more!

    Happy Friday πŸ™‚

  21. Kid yoga…how sweet!!

    House is looking great…love the open shelves & patio. I see your succulents made it safe & sound!

    Loving the 2 ingred recipes, too!! Thanks!!!

    Happy Easter to you & all!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! hope you had a happy easter too πŸ™‚
      and yes, my mom was so sweet to drive the succulents with her when she came!

  22. I’m so excited for Girl Meets World. Boy Meets World was one of my favorite shows growing up. Your house looks beautiful! Have a great weekend!

  23. Toddler yoga?! That’s the cutest thing ever. That almond milk with cinnamon and espresso ice cubes looks *amazing*. It’s 70 degrees here in Colorado today and something cold and creamy (and caffeinated) sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great weekend!

  24. Your home is looking good! Which area of San Diego did you decide on?

  25. Great idea about the espresso!! I wish I had my life a little more put together like you haha. I think being in sunshine helps. In Ontario (Canada) it feels like it’s never coming, at this rate :(. Doing yoga with a little one sounds like fun! Totally need to look for something like that around me!

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha don’t let my blog fool you πŸ˜‰ not all of my life is put together, but the sunshine does help. hope you get some soon!

  26. I love the vibe of your new place! Can’t wait to see more pictures. πŸ™‚

  27. That’s such a beautiful garden! I also love the espresso ice cubes idea! I’ve seen it on pinterest but have never tried it. Looks delicious!

  28. I am excited about Girl Meets World! Unfortunately I don’t have “real” TV, so hopefully it makes it to hulu quickly!

    Love your backyard, so cute!

  29. The house looks gorgeous! Everything looks so crisp and clean. I’m sure you’ll have a million good times on your patio too!

  30. Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the simplicity, so pretty.

  31. Hi Gina!

    I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I love it and find you so inspiring! I finally started one of my own and I’d love it if you checked it out! πŸ™‚


  32. I love your kitchen! Job well done πŸ™‚

  33. Yay for the new house! It’s okay that it’s not really yours. It’s yours for now. Nothing in life is permanent, anyway. Even the things we call permanent. So enjoy YOUR home! πŸ™‚

    By the way, that 2-ingredient list…whiskey + balsamic vinegar as a marinade?! Whoa. I’m vegan so I wouldn’t use it to marinade steak…but I’m thinking tempeh!

  34. thanks for all of the links babe πŸ˜€ excited to check them out! also love the looks of the house so far <3 aaaaaand Livi doing yoga!? with a class!? PRECIOUS

  35. I thought your old house was cute, but this new house is just so YOU! Bright, happy, simple, charmingly vintage yet modern – it’s such great luck that you found such a charming home to rent! Congrats Gina! And I think you’ll adore adore San Diego :). Can’t wait to see the full house tour!

  36. Your house looks like it is coming together beautifully πŸ™‚

  37. Your kitchen looks so fresh and inviting! I hope you can post more photos soon!

  38. ahhh so cute. I am still so jealous of your place. Looks like it will be perfect for entertaining!
    Thats also great that you seem to have already got a decent community in SD. Hope you enjoyed the amazing weather we had here this weekend!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! we’re excited for summer bbqs πŸ™‚
      we’re lucky that we already had some friends and wonderful connections here in sd. it’s made the transition much easier!
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  39. I’m planning to live vicariously throughout you. I dream of living in California!

  40. The yoga class looks awesome! So glad you are liking your new home.

  41. OMG, I love the almond milk/cinnamon/espresso ice cubes idea! Sounds delicious!

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