Hey manchego

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Grilled dinner  1 of 1

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Grilled dinner  1 of 1 2

We finally bit the bullet and ordered one of those cool hanging hammock chairs from Rue LaLa. (My friend Julie got me hooked, and I may or may not check the app every morning when I wake up.) I want to live in the chair! When Liv is sleeping, I’ll make an iced rose tea or if it’s nighttime, a glass of Malbec, and blog while swinging in the chair. I have this crazy idea of hammock chairs hanging all over the patio. Sounds awesome, right??

Having the MIL here with us this week has been like a lovely vacation: the perfect mix of relaxation and planned events. Last night, we sat on the patio and drank Shiraz before coming inside to watch Identity Thief (which I didn’t love). The Pilot grilled us dinner (corn on the cob, sweet potato and perfect chicken, which I paired with a simple chopped salad of cucumber, red bell pepper, carrot, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano and fresh basil). Livi took one look at my corn on the cob and decided she wanted it instead of her 1/2 piece, so I traded her. She gobbled it up, smoked paprika, cayenne, lime juice and all πŸ™‚


We’ve also had some amazing dinners with the entire fam. Last night’s was at Calle Tepa, which has fantastic street tacos and casual Mexican fare. Liv and I split the manchegos (quesadillas made with sheep cheese),


(she also had chips, chicken, rice and beans from my dinner)

and for the first time, I decided to try the bowl, which had rice and beans on the bottom, lettuce, chicken, pico de gallo and guacamole on top.

Chopped salad

Even though we’re on the list to be moving next spring, I have my fingers crossed for the small chance we’ll get to stay here in Tucson. Even if we move, at least I know I’ve savored every second here.

Fam dinner

The fam4

Today is a work day, and it’s also an intense teaching day + subbing a Zumba class with Sash tonight. I’m excited! Last time, we packed the house and I used Macklemore for a warmup… I’m looking for another fun song to start the class and pump everyone up. Let me know if you have any ideas!

Thank you so much for your fueling + carrying tips yesterday. I’m going to try running with a water bottle to see how it feels, and if I’m not a fan, try a flip belt.

Time to teach!

Have a happy Thursday <3



Something to do:Β Plank burner! It only takes a few minutes and is a great core strengthening combo. Let me know how it goes!


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  1. Fully grilled dinners are the best! Love all the grilling that can be done when the weather is nice. Something about that char on food is so delicious. Love Liv’s braids!

  2. Beverly Aragon says:

    The ‘dillas look a.maz.ing!!! Love me some manchego. And Miss Liv, OMG, she’s looks sooooo grown up in these pics!

  3. I’ve heard mixed reviews of “Identity Thief”. Some people say it’s hilarious, and others say it’s not that good at all. Still trying to decide if I should take the plunge and watch it.

    Very jealous of your hammock chair! I love all forms of hammocks so I think putting them up all over your patio sounds like a great idea.

  4. Omg, I really wanta hammock chair too! We have the perfect place under our deck and now I just have to talk the hubs into it. I think you sold me!

  5. Coming from a small town, I hate that the ONLY option we don’t have is Mexican. I could eat it everyday and love it as a fastfood option…my one “fastfood” guilty pleasure for sure!

  6. I could eat Mexican every day I love it with a passion!

  7. that food looks amazing!! love the last picture πŸ˜‰ miss you guys

  8. Love your dress you wore to family dinner! Your food looks amazing – pretty much everything you cook looks amazing!

  9. My two favorite food groups – grilled foods and Mexican.

  10. How do you make your rose iced tea? What brand do you use?


  11. We grilled out last night as well. I love it when we grill cause that means the husband does most of the cooking and I can just make the salad!

  12. Fun song to start with tonight — “A little party never killed nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock πŸ™‚

  13. My family has been enjoying all the grilled dinners we can fit in before summer ends! Grilled foods are just the best.
    The manchegos look really delicious and I think it sounds like an awesome idea to have hanging chairs all over your patio πŸ˜‰

  14. This comment is probably too late, but maybe for your next class you could warm up with “blurred lines” by robin thicke. I’ve heard it used at my local Zumba classes and it pumps everyone up!

  15. How do you get Liv to sit still so you can do her hair? It’s precious!

    PS- Mirassou is my go-toreasonably-priced bottle of vino. YUM.

  16. I really hope you get to stay in your house and not have to move! If not I know you’ll make the best of it!

  17. Oh my Gosh, the Manchegos look absolutely heaven!! I need to copy that.
    I hope so much for you and the family that you can stay in Tucson! It seems like the perfect place for you.

  18. It seemed your move ‘home’ was such perfect timing for you. So nice to have your family around for your daughter’s first years. I’ll cross my fingers for you that you will get to stay close:)

  19. That Mexican restaurant looks amazing! Quesadillas with alternative cheese source?! Awesome.

  20. Vanessa V says:

    Last night our Zumba warm up was to J.Lo & Pitbull “Live it Up”… it got me pumped!

  21. I think grilled dinners are the best! Liv is so adorable!! πŸ™‚

  22. Your dress is so cute!

  23. Can you please post a picture of this chair? It sounds intriguing..

  24. Livi is just beyond adorable. She looks so much older with the braid in her hair! That food looks amazing! πŸ™‚

  25. The dinner you ordered looks amazing! So much chicken, not enough guac for my liking, but some is better than none!

  26. Hey Gina!!

    Sorry if I missed this already:: what does “Solibeat” mean?

  27. Post a pic of this hammock chair. That sounds like a lovely place to sip some wine and blog!

  28. I Love discount sites, I swear I had to unsubscribe because I was buying things like EVERYDAY, but when you get a great deal it is hard to pass up! Crossing my fingers you get to stay too! Love + Shine CourtStar

  29. The salad in the first picture looks delicious… do you have a recipe for it?!

  30. Love your white dress! Show us the hammock! I love Rue La La too!

  31. We had to get rid of our barbecue when we moved into our condo, and I’ve been craving grilling something fierce lately! That dinner looks amazing. πŸ™‚

  32. Those manchegos look delicious! I think I might make myself some tonight πŸ™‚

  33. I love those chairs! They look so cozy. The lace dress you are wearing in the last picture is super cute!

  34. liv’s hair has gotten so long! i love her little braid πŸ™‚

  35. I recently found your blog & already look forward to all the new posts It’s very inspiring and super helpful, especially as fitness and health has become a recent goal for my family! I’ve always been in relatively good shape but never really had a fitness plan or switched up my work outs, I would usually just run on the elliptical every day or do yoga once in a while. I’ve been seeing great results from switching up my workouts with a lot of the advice you give, which is great because paying a personal trainer is so expensive! I also love the recipes, especially since they’re so “family friendly”! My husband literally used to hate going to Whole Foods, refused to eat whole wheat pasta etc, was a typical guy who could eat hamburgers everyday and thought health food was gross, but now he LOVES all the new healthy food we’ve been eating and has even been requesting that I cook with ground chicken or turkey instead of recipes we used to cook with ground beef πŸ™‚ Thanks again!!

  36. All the food in the photos looks so delicious. Mexican cuisine is really one of the bests. πŸ™‚

  37. I just got back from a week-long (indulgent) vacation – will definitely accept your plank burner challenge πŸ˜‰

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