Pho the love of the weekend

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Hope that those of you who have a long Memorial Day weekend get to spend it with family and friends while taking a moment to remember the significance of the holiday. The Pilot has been home since Friday, and it’s been nice having him around. Here’s a little recap of what we’ve been up to; it’s been a good one so far. 🙂

Friday morning, we went to breakfast at Broken Yolk. The menu features classic American breakfast selections with some unique options thrown in, like the Tiki Toast (Hawaiian bread cooked like French toast, served with fruit and coconut) and Mexican breakfast staples, like machaca, chorizo, and breakfast tacos. They have gluten-free pancakes, so they’re a friend of mine. 


After breakfast, we did something I had been wanting to do since January: went to Barnes and Noble to see “HIIT It!” on the shelf! This is weird, but I’ve been nervous to actually go and see it in the stores, as it was the culmination of such a huge dream. It intimidated me for whatever reason. I mentioned this to the Pilot, and since he’s all about conquering fears, we made a family trip to B&N. It was absolutely surreal, and while I didn’t have the sobfest I pictured in my brain, my heart felt so warm. (I’m going to head back this week with some Sharpies and sign the two copies that are left.) Thank you again so much for your support of “HIIT It!” I put my heart and soul into creating it, and I’m so thankful to you for making such a big dream come true! My next project is in the works and I’ll definitely be sharing more details soon.

W hiit it

We got in a family workout, 

Preg plank

(The preg plank! Setting self timer and getting into the TRX straps in time: a workout on its own haha)

a nap (I took one, too, and it was everyyyyyything)

and ended up at OB Noodle House for dinner,

Pho-nomenal, as usual. 😉


We walked from OB Noodle House to Hungry Lu’s, which has a delightful selection of Italian pastries. (I need to add them to OB Faves!)

Hungry lus


Hungry lus desserts

The Pilot always gets the cannoli, which they fill on the spot, and Liv rolls with the sprinkle cookie. My favorite used to be the macaroons, until they gave me a chocolate-stufed ladyfinger sandwich to try. Sorry ‘roon, I’m really into this right now.


Saturday morning after teaching Zumba, we took Liv to the park because she wanted to play soccer.

Park day

It was so much fun to kick the soccer ball around. The Pilot kindly used his legs as our *goal*.

Soccer ball

Saturday night was date night!


My friend Jess and her husband asked if we wanted to go to a concert, and I said “Yes!” even before I knew who was playing. (I figured it would be a blast no matter who was playing.) Turns out that it was Matt Nathanson, the Fray and Train. I wasn’t sure how many of the songs I would know, but there were so many familiar songs, and all of the artists were so talented.

We had great seats which shielded us from the rain when it started to sprinkle. 

Train date

(No concert wine for this girl, but that means two hands for allthekettlecorn.)


The lead singer for Train was SO good -he has an incredible vocal range!- and was also charismatic and interactive. A few times during the show, he signed shirts and beach balls, and also threw out drum sticks and guitar picks. During one song, he walked down the entire front row and took selfies using the audience’s phones. It was pretty amazing.

Train selfie

Needless to say, I had no voice yesterday from screaming. I caught a Sunday morning barre class with my cousin Ashley -so good!- and spent the afternoon relaxing with the fam and getting ready for today’s festivities. 

This morning, I’m going to check out some of the online sales that are going on before Liv wakes up. 🙂

So many great ones:

J Crew (Save 30% with the code “WEEKEND”)

Nordstrom half-yearly sale!

Nasty Gal (40% off with code “HOTSTUFF”)

Banana Republic (40% off with code “BRSUMMER”)

Bath and Body Works (extra 20% with code “BEACHBASH”)

Crate & Barrel (Save 15% with code “SAVE15”)

What are you up to today?? Favorite thing from the weekend? What’s the last concert you attended? 

Have a wonderful day. <3



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  1. Omg I love Train!! And cannolis! Mmm that looks fabulous!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Nothing is better than a cannoli! Great now I am craving one. Liv looks so adorable playing soccer. I love the pink high tops. I can’t wait to get a pair for my little girl (she’s 1 year).

  3. It is so funny that you mentioned HIIT IT in this post! I finally purchased it from Chapters this morning! It should arrive June 3rd and I can not wait to get it 😀 <3

  4. What a fun line up! That sounds like a great concert. I am going to see Darius Rucker in June and I am totally excited for it. Enjoy your Memorial Day!

  5. Bout to make a grocery haul; just had your book out to make sure I have everything to grill turkey burgers tonight!
    My daughter graduated highschool Friday! Have had celebrations all week and family in town.
    Love the Fray: saw them play on the beach years ago. Last concert I went to was 1D, took my daughter & friends had 3rd row seats in Atlanta.

  6. I love the Fray! So fun!!

  7. I’m catching up at home today. Too much fun over the weekend now time to get ready for the work week!

  8. Last concert was Heart last fall. Still amazing!!!

  9. Both the pho and canoli look amazing!

  10. Outdoor concerts are the best! So is kettle corn … who needs wine?!

    A relaxing holiday over here…just cooking out with my fam. 🙂

    Send thanks to the pilot for his service!

  11. What a fun weekend! I’d love to go to that concert–it has been forever since I’ve been to one! And I totally lost my mind a little at the Carter’s sale….baby needs swimwear! 😀

  12. I forgot about Matt Nathanson. I used to love him so much! I also haven’t been to a concert in awhile but I think that might change now that the weather is getting nice here in Chicago…there’s going to me music festivals all over the place!

  13. Love Matt Nathanson! His concert is always half concert half comedy show! The last concert I went to was Brad Paisley. Also, I just bought HIIT IT for my friend as a hostess gift. I have to tell you-It was SOLD OUT of 4 Barnes and Nobles near me! I was sad that I had to drive so far to get it, but SOSOSO excited for you that it is doing well. It’s an amazing resource! Also, remember a couple weeks ago when you posted the Misheard Lyrics post? Well, this weekend I was jamming to Megan Trainor’s Dear Future Husband and I began singing, “Take me on a date, I deserve a plate.” My friend was like um, that’s not right. The actual lyrics are “Take me on a date, I deserve it babe.” LOLZ

    • Fitnessista says:

      yes, he was hilarious!! i really liked him 🙂
      and thank you so much for supporting hiit it!! <3 means so much to me. hope your friend enjoys it, too!!
      the misheard lyrics had me cracking up. i deserve a plate. so good hahaha

  14. I saw Train about 10 years ago and they were great then too! So glad you had fun 😀

  15. Pho is definitely the most delicious way to eat a face-full of noodles, especially here in Toronto during those long cold winter months. That bowl looks just perfect.

    Also…LOVE that soccer pic of liv. So cute/aggressive 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      amen to that!!
      and yes, the soccer pic makes me so happy. so cute 🙂
      hope you had a great weekend!

  16. random question- what brand umbrella stroller do you have? We are shopping around for one

  17. Ohhhh those pastries look delicious!! And I LOVE that breakfast place. Man, all your restauranting makes me miss San Diego! And what a fun date night! I dont drink, ao i’d be doublefisting kettle corn too….

  18. Aghhh I’m slightly jealous that you got to see Train! They are one of my favorites. Sounds like a wonderful weekend, and I love the San Diego pics. I am missing home right now

  19. Colleen says:

    I totally agree with you about the lead singer of Train – he’s great! This lineup will be on tour here in July and I can’t wait. With Matt Nathanson being one of my favorite singers and Train being such great entertainers, it’s sure to be a great concert!

  20. What a fun weekend! The last concert I attended was actually The Fray! Fun fact: I went to high school with one of the guys in the band but he was a few years older than me so we weren’t friends or anything. I think it’s awesome you’re going to sign the copies of HIIT IT! in B&N! What a fun surprise for readers! You deserve to feel so good about it! I’m really excited to hear about your next project too 🙂

  21. queenoffitness says:

    the lead singer of train is from erie, PA about 1 hour north of where i live!!

  22. Shaina Anderson says:

    this might be the weirdest compliment ever but your back and shoulders are outrageous 🙂

  23. good thing Liv doesn’t kick too hard…. ?
    ! lol

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