It’s a celebration

(lyrics to one of the songs that was on the “banned from the wedding” list along with “Electric Slide”)

Indeed it was ๐Ÿ™‚


When the Pilot got home from work, the entire family was here and dinner was hot and waiting.

Madre grilled steaks, and I made twice-baked potatoes (with turkey bacon, chives, veggie broth to make them smooth and creamy, sour cream and cheese in the dairy versions), salad (romaine from our farm box with tomatoes) and salmon:


(marinade of Tamari, garlic, ginger, raw honey, orange juice and zest, little bit of cayenne)

pan-seared and baked to finish while the potatoes heated up in the oven.

Salmon 2

(the plain piece was for Bell and Oliv)

Sorry about the gnarly photo- my kitchen lighting is a little scary at night. Needless to say, everything was pretty delicious.

Even though we were all pretty stuffed, there’s always room for…

Cake 4


Birthday boy:

Cake 2

Dump cake with ice cream and the madre made her famous earthquake cake:


I’m pretty sure that plate is what happiness looks like.

My bros:


This morning I’m off to work- my Zumba dreams came true and I get to booty-shake two days in a row.

Just wanted to say hi and I’ll see ya this afternoon with a fun DIY on the Fashion page <3



Something to talk about:ย Birthday cake of choice. The Pilot loves the two above, and is also a huge fan of the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes I made last year. He already asked me what kind of cake I’d like for my upcoming bday – I’m thinking yellow gf cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The classic never dies ๐Ÿ™‚ Did anyone else have a wedding song ban list? I like to think/hope I was a pretty chill bride, but that’s one thing I was selective about.

Something to do:ย Don’t forget to try out this week’s workout and send in your sweaty pics! I love the ones I’ve seen so far! Keep up the amazing work.

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  1. I am not married but I can’t think of any songs I would ban. I love to dance so play as many booty shaking song as ya can is my theory. Your hubby’s birthday seemed like a fun family affair. Those are the best kind.
    This is off topic, but I am starting out to work out and the HIIT seems to be a little above my level of ability. Do you have any suggestions about jumping into those kinds of work out? Thanks in advance.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’d definitely start with speed surges in your cardio to get used to intervals. try a 1-2 ratio (work to rest), like 1 minute a little harder/faster and 2 minutes of recovery

  2. All the best Gina! From what I read so far in your blog, you are a good fitness coach.

  3. Shaina Anderson says:

    Oh I sure did! Any overplayed party favorites (YMCA, Electric Slide, This Is How We Do It…) were big no-no’s. I joked with our DJ that if I heard them he wouldn’t get his check – except I wasn’t reeeeeally joking. He actually ended up doing a PHENOMENAL job and people commented on the music for MONTHS when the wedding came up in conversation. Needless to say, I was a happy girl.

    Looks like you guys had a fantastic time for the birthday boy! We had an amazing pumpkin spice cake for my birthday since it was just starting to get into pumpkin season. Sad part is I made it – hubby doesn’t cook unless I want burnt cake and the MIL would have bought it – but it was delish nonetheless!

  4. I love ice-cream cake! Or caramel mudcake ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Happyyy birthday to the pilot! Gina I love your blog, i think i’m hooked ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing so many great recipes and fitness tips( i especially love the workout calender!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. No Kanye and no Chris Brown! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I couldn’t imagine a reception without the electric slide. But don’t think about your guests……we all know its about you! Of course you’ll argue that this IS your day and who can argue with that? But we all know what that means.

    • Fitnessista says:

      this comment confused me in multiple ways. and i promise you, no one was upset that the electric slide wasn’t played.

  8. I think at one point on the night of my wedding, I actually told the DJ to switch mid-song because I was not feeling the song selection. Looking back now, I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings!

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