put the lime in the coconut…

and drink it all up.


Or, drink some of it before it’s “borrowed” by your preschooler and becomes their own. 😉

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope you had a great one! <3 Anything fun happening this week? I’m so excited for Livi’s surprise Disney trip. We have some cousins that are going to be there, so of course, we’re going to crash the party. All of the cuzzies are going to be in heaven hanging out again, especially at the happiest place on earth.

This weekend was SO much fun. Friday morning, we ventured out to La Jolla to see the seals with some friends.



(“Come at me, bro.”)

It’s pupping season right now, so we weren’t able to go down to the beach where the seals play, but we still got to watch them from a distance. Afterwards, we put blankets down in the park and let the kiddos run and play.


Since we were in La Jolla, a stop to Nekter was necessary. Livi and I both got green juices,


and I picked up an acai bowl to enjoy later. Nekter blends their acai with house-made cashew milk, and it is SO good. I got the banana-berry bowl with gf granola, and added almond butter when we got home.


($1 extra for peanut butter, or FREEnut butter at home)

That night, our sitter was a champion and watched all three kiddos while we enjoyed an evening out. At Whitney’s suggestion, we went to Vin De Syrah in Gaslamp, which has an Alice and Wonderland-esque theme. There’s a hidden ivy-covered door, and the decor is dark, whimsical, and includes fun details, like playing cards on the ceiling and gorgeous plants. You can check out more of the decor here. Before it transforms into a club, it’s more of a lounge.

We enjoyed cheese plates and drinks,


(check out the chocolate cheese plate, which had brownies. Brownies on a cheese board is an excellent idea.) and hung out until the DJ started playing the singing burlesque dancers started their performance. (It seemed really weird/random at first, but they were actually great singers haha.) After that, we went to Shout House, because it’s the best. It was an awesome night. 


(with my lovely friend Katelyn. We met their family at the Children’s Museum in Tucson when our babies were 6 months old, and have been friends ever since.)

Saturday morning, I taught Zumba before heading over to barre3,


and then we had a blast at one of Livi’s friend’s birthday party. Saturday night was basketball and grilling. 🙂

Sunday, it was back in the swing of things with groceries, errands, a trip to the park, and dog park. 


(Livi and Caro, just hanging out.)

Time to get ready for BODYPUMP, then hitting the beach!

Hope you’re having a great morning. <3



When you have friends visit from out of town, where do you like to take them? Any fun fitness events from the weekend? Did anyone run the LA marathon yesterday?!

When friends are here from out of town, we always have to take them to OB Noodle House, Hodad’s, and to Tiki Port for acai bowls. 🙂 

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  1. I ran my FIRST marathon this weekend! Woah baby, 26.2 is no joke, but it was such a fulfilling experience. We women can do ANYTHING we put our mind too. Fist bumping y’all right now.

    I’ve heard so much about the Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Gaslamp, so glad to hear it was fun! I’ll add that to my SD to-do. Along with all the Tiki Port all the time.

    Have a great morning!

  2. What a fun weekend! We definitely like to take our friends out to cool restaurants we’ve been to. Usually we stay away from trying a new place with friends in town unless we know that it won’t be a disappointment. Have a fantastic Monday!

  3. San Diego has so many fun and delicious restaurants! We’ve only been a few times but always enjoy ourselves 🙂 Last time we were there we had the most fun at Coin-op. Wish they opened one up in my area! My hubby and I could have stayed there all night playing games and sipping craft cocktails!

  4. Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I’m all about taking things back to my house and adding the ingredients that would normally be an up charge 🙂
    I didn’t run the LA Marathon, but I basically had the complete opposite conditions to run in for my 8 mile training run this weekend. Pouring rain that made it super soggy by the end of it. I was happy to stop and get some tea immediately after!

  5. OB Noodle & TikiPort. The things my dreams are made of! lol. Friends of ours will be in San Diego on vacation soon and I got a little nuts when telling her that they must go to OB Noodle House. 😉

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha i’m glad you’re spreading the love! you guys need to come back 🙂

      • omg this whole crazy winter made us kind of realize we need to retire in san diego (half kidding, lol). we definitely want to come back to the west coast asap. let us know if you guys are ever in new england! 🙂

  6. Question: what do acai bowls taste like? I had acai juice a couple times and I could only ever have a tiny sip to try it, but never any more because it was so sickenly sweet to me. It almost made my face pucker because it was so sweet, and then to see that they have bowls of the berry with fruit on top makes me wonder if the berry blended isn’t as potent as the juice?

    • Fitnessista says:

      they’re actually tart! it depends on what they blend the acai with. if they use apple juice, it’s sweeter, but some places use nut milk or yogurt

  7. A delicious acai bowl sounds so refreshing right now!!

  8. Brownies on a cheese board = genius. Sounds like a great weekend!

  9. My weekend involved a lot of shopping. Nordstrom Rack gets me every time. Hello three pairs of shoes, new shirt and watch. I really needed a few work skirts but didn’t get to it. Oh well, next weekend! Looks like you guys had a fun one!

  10. I love that you are surprising your daughter with a Disney trip. Sounds like so much fun! I hope you and the cousins have the grandest time. 🙂

  11. I want that acai bowl! Nowhere in Omaha makes them! 🙁

    And Josh got a coconut drink when we were in Puerto Vallarta last week! I may have stolen a few sips. 😉

  12. That’s my one beef with the acai bowl — is that it needs more protein. Good thinking with the additional almond butter. And I love to take visitors to Napa of course and sure hope some of my Florida people make their way to California for a Northern California stop again soon. It’s been too long! Happy Monday, Gina!

  13. Looks absolutely gorgeous out there! I love love your nail color what kind of polish is that very springy. Brownies and cheese = Heaven on a board <3

  14. Just a suggestion if you guys like burgers, (since you mentioned Hodad’s), if you haven’t already you should check out Slaters 50/50 in Liberty Station. They have awesome burgers and you can customize your burger in a bunch of different ways. Also, totally not healthy at all, but their Vampire Dip and Mac & Cheese balls are to die for.

  15. Awww..what a fun weekend! You must be so pumped about surprising Livi! I can’t imagine having to hold a big secret like that in!

    We usually take out of towner’s to Primanti’s if they have never been, but we have other favorite spots like “Local” or “Clancys”. I feel like small, individually owned places are so much better than chains!

    • Fitnessista says:

      totally agree! the pilot and i were talking about how we rarely go to chains now because the local spots are so much better

  16. My mum is landing in Brazil tomorrow to visit us for a month and I have no idea where to take her! So far we’ve only figured out the park and the mall. I’m going to have to do some research!

  17. LOVE your top in the first pic, and your nails too 😀

  18. Those acai bowls look awesome! When we have friends visit Denver we usually take a tour up and down the 16the street mall, hike the flatirons in Boulder and do brunch somewhere. It’s the best!

  19. What nail polish are you wearing? Love it!

  20. we are going to Disneyland on Wednesday! It will be Max’s first time going – he has been talking about it for weeks!

  21. Now that I live in Chicago there are a million places for me to take people when they come. We have only been here a couple of months though, so no one has had a chance to get out here yet. Once the weather is nice though, I’m sure we will have plenty of visitors!

  22. OH MY I can’t get pass the sassy nail polish! Love it!

  23. I LOVE La Jolla! I was there almost exactly a year ago and I loved it! We have been spoiled with 80 degree weather here in Colorado so I went for a hike with my sister and her boyfriend yesterday. It was amazing! My biggest excitement for the week is flying out to Philly for a grad school interview and having dinner with a friend that I haven’t seen in about 4 years 🙂

  24. Fun! I’ll have to try some of those places next time I am on the West Coast!

  25. I’m super proud of myself for making it to the beach 3 days in a row! I went to OB Friday, Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, and Coronado on Sunday. It was delightful! I took a Core40 class Saturday and ran and paddleboarded on Sunday. This weather is ridiculous, huh?

    I’ve never been to Vin de Syrah but need to go!

  26. I took my first crossfit class on Saturday morning and then got recruited at the last minute to participate on a team pulling a fire truck and SWAT vehicle on Sunday afternoon. It was an intense fitness weekend.

  27. Looks like a fabulous weekend– Vin de Syrah is so fun, and I like them even more for including brownies on a cheese plate… hello two of my favorite things! And I’ve never had coconut water from a coconut but I really want to– I’m just scared of the whole hacking process haha!

  28. Have you put together a post about your San Diego favorites yet?? I looked but might have missed it. Coming to visit from Tucson next month and I’m scouting out restaurants to try! Have you found any great places to bring your pups to? I want to try Tiki Port after all your posts about them! Thanks 🙂

  29. Hola Gina!

    Isn’t it the best having people over to visit while living in San Diego? So much to do and such a beautiful city!

    Other than than the “must see” spots like balboa park, coronado, la jolla… I always like taking my guests out to eat on Convoy Street. The experience is so amazing and the food is so so so good! It’s like a local thing to do vs a tourist thing to do which is always nice! Our favorite place for ramen is Tajima and it’s so delicious! Their curry ramen is my fav!


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