Good to be hOMe

Hi friends! How are you? Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was a perfect mix of relaxing, productivity and fun adventures.

A highlight:

my first hot yoga class in a very, very long time. 

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I was cleared to work out again at my midwife appointment on Friday, so I decided to celebrate with a Saturday yoga practice. It was the perfect way to ease back into things without going too crazy. (We’ll see how my humbling return to Orangetheory fares this week. It won’t even matter because I’ll be so happy.) It was my first time at Yoga Six in Liberty Station, and I was excited to finally take a class at the studio. I’d walked in to check it out when we first moved to here, and was finally able to enjoy one of their power classes.

The studio is exquisite -pretty fancypants with great amenities and a clean, open design-

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Yoga six

and class was everything I needed, from the heat, to the flow, to the message. It was a much-needed reminder to remain centered during this crazy holiday season, and I loved that the instructor said that “you have the power to overcome any challenge deep within yourself.” Word.

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In addition to yoga, we also enjoyed some fun holiday activities. Saturday night, we met up with a group of friends at Liberty Station for their Holiday Walkabout. To be honest, hanging out with our friends and watching the kiddos run and play was way more fun than the event itself. There were some food vendors and music (and Santa riding a hoverboard around), but it was very small with extremely long lines. We caught up while the kids played, and then we all ventured to Panera where we took up an enormous table.

At liberty station


Sunday was errands, and then one of our annual holiday traditions: the Nutcracker! It was Liv’s third Nutcracker, and I loved watching her face even more than the actual show. At the end, she jumped up clapping while saying, “That was amazing! That was amazing!”

Also, I have no idea how this happened, but we managed to get to the theatre before the show started, and both of the little ladies were totally happy the entire time. P woke up to eat and crashed out for the entire second half. A Christmas miracle, indeed.


This morning, I’m blitzing through some holiday shopping, meeting up with a friend for juice, and have plans for a strength workout later. 

Hope you have a very happy Monday! <3



Coming up this week on the blog:

12 days of Fitness workout

3 more Favorite Things giveaways (including a grand finale giveaway from me!)


Last of the holiday gift guides

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  1. So jealous of your theater experience! It’s one of my favorite splurges!

  2. It has been so long since I have seen The Nutcracker! I would love to go back and see it again! Glad you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. That has to be the fanciest yoga studio I’ve ever seen. Are you sure it wasn’t in Scottsdale? haha!

  4. So good to get kids involved in the arts at a young age! My little 7-year-old cousins just stare in pure amazement when we take them to children’s theatre. It’s lovely to watch how much kids can enjoy things like theatre and ballet etc. 🙂

  5. I love the Nutcracker so much! What a fun family tradition! We used to always see it when I was little too!

  6. I’m sure that yoga class felt soooo good! 😀

  7. Sounds like such a fun weekend! I am so looking forward to sweating it out at a yoga class as soon as I get the go ahead too. PS It looks like your husband is wearing P in that picture? Nothing better than a husband baby wearing – so sweet! 🙂

  8. Yay for a return to yoga! Sounds like it was a great first class back.

  9. Love what the yoga teacher said! I needed that reminder today. Isn’t it great how something so simple can be so universally helpful? Thanks for sharing, Gina! 🙂

  10. Love your attitude! Wish I was that upbeat when little peanut was 6 weeks. I was just barely conscious. Haha.

  11. Love the Nutcracker! I teach yoga to the senior company dancers at DEN here in WA and got to attend their closing show this year AMAZING! My 9 and 13 year old boys weren’t as enthusiastic as your Liv. Ha ha!

  12. You are quite an inspiration! I love your attitude and excitement/appreciation for life. I know things must be so crazy, and I am so inspired by you <3 (and super jealous, I haven't seen the Nutcracker since I was a kid, but I know it was so magical to me!)

  13. “you have the power to overcome any challenge deep within yourself.” <— Today has been a rough day for me recovery-wise, and this is exactly what I needed. thank you for sharing, Gina! Hope you’re having a good Monday.

  14. OMG!! Livi is totally adorable – I can’t wait for the next Livi-isms post. I’m happy you can get back to the sweat Gina (from Mass)

  15. Yaara Leve says:

    There’s a few Yogasix locations in Chicago. I’ve been meaning to try out their classes. Is the Power Yoga pretty intense flow or is it more of a standard vinyasa class? Just curious–because I guess it just depends on the instructor also. Also–do they keep it really hot? I’ve been to Core Power–and within like seconds I was ready to die it was so hot! I’ve heard Yogasix keeps it tad bit cooler? Just wondering. I’m happy for you that you’re back at it girlie! I bet it felt amazing!

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