Party at our place

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This little Tuesday night tradition we have going on? Let’s keep it forever πŸ˜‰
We wanted to have everyone over for dinner while the Pilot’s mom is here, so last night was pizza night at our house. I would have loved to make a *real* dinner, but we met up at Grant’s for an hour of last-minute editing. I left with a copy of the DVD! SO exciting.

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So for dinner, pizza it was. Everyone loves it, and Roastti’s delivers πŸ™‚ I made a salad with greens, strawberries, mint, marcona almonds and balsamic, we ordered a few large thin crust pizzas, and for dessert: buckeye brownies.

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(even though I’m staying away from sugar this week for the most part, I still had to try a buckeye brownie. Hashtag worth it.)

Buckeye brownie

We wanted to keep it super casual since everyone had work/school yesterday, and it ended up being absolutely perfect. It may or my not have ended with a Kyle-Meg-Gina-Tom battle with the Sing! app. Kyle, Meg and the Pilot put up a fierce fight, but I reigned supreme (by like 10 points). I’d like to thank the glass of Chianti.

We’ve also had some fun adventures while MIL is here πŸ™‚

Some pics from the Botanical Gardens:

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This morning, I’m back to work! It’s a Zumba day, and I finally refreshed the playlist with 3 new songs:

“Blurred Lines”


and “El Meneaito”

Hope you have a happy humpday! If you’re looking for a little extra credit for today’s workout, try this booty burner – one of my faves.



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  1. Buckeye brownies?! Oooomg.

    I just love Olivia in those sunglasses. Babies in glasses is honestly one of the cutest things ever.

  2. Elizabeth M. says:

    Bahhaha that last picture too funny! It reminds me of this pic… always makes me laugh!

  3. Pizza and salad is always a win, win in my back! It’s super easy and everyone always loves it!

    The botanical gardens are beautiful! Love Liv behind that giant butterfly!

  4. It took me a full 30 seconds to understand why you were making a face in that last picture. Guess I don’t notice the details…

  5. Love that orange dress!!

  6. Your face is hilarious in that last pic!

    Where’d you get your orange dress– it’s so cute! I need more sundresses in my wardrobe (/I need to go shopping).

  7. I don’t Zumba, but I do run! Always looking for new upbeat songs to add to my collection — love this Marioneta one! Thanks

  8. Liv is the cutest butterfly! And that picture of you in front of the dinosaur….hahahaha

  9. Casual get-togethers are the best. As are “hashtag: worth it”s πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great day, girl!

  10. I am defiantly making the buckeye brownies!! And that is about the cutest little butterfly I have ever seen.

  11. I love your sunglasses! I totally would have had more than one brownie πŸ˜‰ they look good.

  12. When i was little my favorite night was Friday pizza night at my Grandma’s. We don’t do that anymore, but I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much now that I have to act appropriate lol. Where did you get your sunnies? I have a pair similar to those and they are on their last leg

  13. Super cute dresses on both of you! AND I love the song Blurred Lines. Have you seen the video? It’s a bit dorky but I love how TI dances in it. Yum.

  14. Please share the brownie recipe!

  15. Oh I love Blurred Lines! How fun!

  16. Do you have ties to Ohio? Buckeyes are a big deal here!! πŸ™‚

    • Hey! πŸ™‚ I’m from Columbus and actually just ate a buckeye today! I agree – big deal here. And there’s nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate together, so us Ohioans must have been on to something to make it ours! πŸ˜‰

  17. Love it, and I am loving the song, “Blurred Lines”…it’s a feel-good tune. I totally would’ve ditched a little diet for that brownie too.

  18. that orange dress is SO cute! where is it from!?

  19. Loove casual get togethers!! Best. And Livi’s shades! Priceless.

  20. Beautiful pictures!! πŸ™‚ I pre-ordered your DVD and cannot wait to get it!!! πŸ™‚

  21. Looks like you all had a lovely little partayyy. πŸ™‚
    I love going to botanical gardens with my family–always a nice way to spend time with them, walk around, and take in the aesthetic of nature!
    (Also love that dress! Your fashion is always so darn cute.)

  22. Love your dress! So cute!

  23. I love your orange dress and those brownies are just about the most amazing thing I have seen!! Looks delicious!

  24. At what age did Liv start keeping her glasses on? I can’t get my 12 mo daughter to keep hers on! The Sing it App is a blast by the way! Thanks for that!

    • I think it might be more of a child-to-child thing than an age thing. My 3 y/o has NEVER kept on a pair of sunglasses, and the only hair accessory that she’ll leave alone is a ponytail – clips and headbands come right out. Stubborn!

  25. The salad looks awesome. Did I miss the post with your no sugar goal?
    If there is a link would you mind posting? Thanks

  26. liv keeps getting more and more adorable! love her baby toms and little shades πŸ™‚

  27. Hi Gina,

    Thanks for being such an inspiration to live a healthy active lifestyle πŸ™‚

    I hope you can share with us a little more from your two weight loss journeys – your first successful weight loss attempt, as well as getting back into shape after having Livi… Did you ever fall into the trap of making bad nutritional choices, feeling guilty, then going “well, since today is ruined I’m just going to eat all the sweets I want”? It’s something I personally struggle with a lot, so any advice would be appreciated!

  28. I just pinned those brownies. They look fabulous! Liv is such a cutie pie. Way too much fun!

  29. How fun! I love having people over its always so much better then dining out! Thanks for sharing your salad recipe sounds tasty πŸ™‚ love + shine Courtstar

  30. Haha, at first I was thinking, “Why does Gina look so scared in that last pic?” Then I noticed the dinosaur in the background! LOL πŸ™‚

  31. My great aunt used to make buckeyes and I made them last year! Definitely following up with buckeye brownies this year! Ahhhmaze!

  32. Olivia is such a little fashionista!

  33. Ahh that pic of Livi and you is sooo sweet. Omgoodness and Livi in the toms shoes and sunnies melted me. She is such a doll.

    Glad you have your MIL there. My father and MIL are going to our place this weekend for our sons bday…..but of course hubby and i are both deployed. We are both jelly cos we love his parents. Our lil boy doesnt know they are coming. But he adores his nana and papa to pieces.

    Yes i agree, i need that buckeye brownie recipe. it looks sooo good. is that PB in it????

  34. OMG, she is sooooooo cute. Is that a little purse she is carrying? A mini Gina.

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