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Livi’s 2nd birthday

Hi friends! Thank you again for all of Livi’s wonderful birthday wishes <3 She had a great day yesterday, hanging out with her cousins and nanas, singing “Happy Birthday” on and off to herself, and had the cutest little skip to her step. She hopped and twirled even more than usual yesterday 😉 

The morning started off with a visit from the madre, who continued the tradition of a pink donut with candles and “Happy Birthday.” 

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We played in Livi’s new Frozen dress and my nana stopped by to see us before we all headed off to the zoo. Nana and I took Liv to the zoo last year on her birthday, so it was exciting that madre could join us this year.

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While the birthday princess took her afternoon nap, I got the appetizers together (dips, Caesar salad with homemade croutons and dressing, crackers, veggies, chips and salsa) while the Pilot ordered four jumbo thin crust pizzas from Rosati’s, and madre brought over the cake. Isn’t it gorgeous?! She ordered it from the Whole Foods bakery, and they did such a gorgeous job. The cake tasted incredible, too: white cake with strawberry filling and pink frosting. 

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Nana brought over this amazing non-violent piñata. She was worried that Livi wouldn’t want to hit her princess friends -she cried the last time we had a piñata at the house- and found one with strings attached to the bottom. You take turns pulling the strings until one opens the trap door. It was a huge hit!

MY OTHER RECIPES


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Singing “Happy Birthday” with her other nana (the Pilot’s mom) on speaker phone:

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<3

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And just because a party isn’t complete without a crow-off compeition…

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It was funny because the night ended off with Fruit Ninja on the Xbox, which I played with the fam the night before I went into labor. Everyone said I was cheating and using my belly to chop extra fruit 😉 It was an amazing night with so many people we love.

Hope you have a great morning! I’ll see ya later today with a new Tabata circuit and video.

xoxo

Gina

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53 Comments

  1. Lindsay @ Fit with Farrar on January 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I absolutely *LOVE* the idea of a non-violent pinata!! How freakin’ clever! Oh, and the crow-off is pretty awesome too. I wanna party with you guys!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      hahah! we party at least once a week- come on over 😉

      • Britt on January 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        I want to party with you guys too! You sure know how to throw a fun looking party! with tasty looking food!

  2. Christabel on January 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

    That cake looks wonderful! Happy Birthday Livi!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      it was SO GOOD 🙂
      thank you!!

  3. Anaïs on January 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

    A happy belated birthday to Olivia! I really enjoy reading your blog, it’s always full of optimism, and you have a lovely family! I was wondering (maybe you mentioned it in your past posts) did you call your daughter Olivia because of Olivia from Scandal? 😉
    Cheers from France!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      ahhh! i hope to visit your beautiful country one day 🙂
      thank you for the birthday wishes!! i didn’t know about scandal until fairly recently, and was so excited that olivia has the same names and nicknames. a fun coincidence!
      xoxo

  4. Jackie on January 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Love all her princess things! So adorable!!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      thank you!

  5. Leanne on January 9, 2014 at 11:11 am

    You don’t still have your lash extensions on, do you? In that pic of the 3 of you, your lashes look amazing!! If those are your natural lashes, you certainly don’t need extensions.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      they’re still on! the doc said i could wear my contacts again when my eye cleared up. i didn’t go for super long ones, just added length to my lashes (which are really full, but short)

      • Leanne on January 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        They look great – they still look natural, but just an extra “oomph”. Mine are also very short, and I need an eyelash curler to even make them look like they exist!!

        Also, Happy (belated) Birthday to Olivia. She’s adorable 🙂

        • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          thank you!

  6. Cassie on January 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Aw, the cuteness of all of this is overwhelming! Happy birthday to Liv and congrats on 2 years of being a great mama! 😀

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      thank you so much, cassie!

  7. Jessie on January 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Looks like a fantastically fun birthday party! Livi is lucky to have such a great family!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      thank you! it was a blast 🙂

  8. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on January 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    That pinata idea is so great! I love it! Livi is so cute! You must be such a proud mama.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      thank you! i’m a lucky one, for sure 🙂

  9. Pua on January 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Happy 2nd birthday, Olivia! It looks like you all had an amazing time!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      thank you, pua!!

  10. april on January 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    awww, i loved reading this post. livi is such an adorable little girl and you can tell just how much she is loved! <3 glad she had a memorable 2nd birthday 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      thank you so much, april! it was a great day <3

  11. Alex @ Kenzie Life on January 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    That cake is gorgeous! And Livi is so cute. It looks like she had a great birthday! I also love the idea for the pinata with strings instead of hitting it. I actually hated pinatas as a kid so that would have been right up my alley!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      yeah, she was so upset last time we hit a piñata, so it was perfect!!

  12. Sanaz@Run for Cake on January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    What a fun party! I love it all. Most genius is the piñata. It is so crazy to have these kids hit those things. Love it!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      it was adorable!!

  13. Ashley @ Broc Blog on January 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Haha love the crow off! Sounds like such a fun birthday!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      it was so much fun!
      we did a plank-off too. the pilot won! haha

  14. Livi on January 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    that cake looks legit! What a classy party for that little 2 year old! Happy birthday to her!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      hahah! madre did well with the cake 🙂 thank you for her birthday wish!

  15. Karissa on January 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Livi! (I know I’m a day late. :-/) That piñata is brilliant, and that cake really looks delicious! I’m so happy you were able to have such a happy day surrounded by people who love you and your beautiful daughter. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      thank you so much, karissa!
      xoxo

  16. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    That piñata is awesome! Happy birthday Olivia! I can’t believe she’s two!! Time flies.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      it seriously does!

  17. Britt on January 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    A less sad way to think of her growing up is this: every year she gets older that is one more year you have been a mother! Happy 2nd motherhood anniversary! I am so happy that we all get to see her grow into a beautiful little lady! She is a sweet girl and will be a great big sister one day!

  18. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) on January 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Looks like a wonderful celebration! And a very happy TWO year old! 🙂

  19. Tracy on January 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Family birthday parties are the BEST and no party is complete without the crow-off!! Haha Love it!!

  20. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on January 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    It looks like Livi had a great birthday – happy day to her! 🙂

  21. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Looks like a great party! And that cake is beautiful — so much fruit on top! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      it was amazing!

  22. Liz on January 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    A non-violent pinata!! That is such a genius idea. I still remember crying at my 8th birthday party after watching everyone tear my panda pinata to shreds.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      i had never heard of it- it was so cute

  23. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on January 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    SO much fun! What a great birthday celebration. I’m loving that donut tradition! And Livi is such a cutie 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      thank you! it was so much fun 🙂

  24. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Awww so glad that you all had such a great 2nd birthday!! She looks beautiful – still can’t believe she is 2 years old!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      thank you! seriously- it went so quickly!

  25. Becky @ TheBexFactor.com on January 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    What a gorgeous cake for a gorgeous little princess.

    This post was just so full of fun and love. Happy belated little Miss!

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

      thank you!!

  26. lucie on January 10, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Such a cute birthday for the little girl. The cake looks amazing! But I would definitely go for your appetizers – delicious!

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

      thank you!!

  27. Gina G on January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Happy belated birthday to Olivia!!! Looks like it was a perfect day! <3

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

      thank you! it was a great day 🙂

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