5/10: Friday Faves

-Dancing with some of my favorite girls last night! It was our recital for dance week at work (some past dance week posts + video are here and here), and I choreographed two pieces for the occasion: one for the fitness staff and the other was for another department (where Meg works!). I also performed in a bellydance, and while it’s not my forte, I loooooove the sparkly costumes πŸ˜‰


-A new Mexican spot in town, called Calle Tepa and is under the same ownership as Guadalajara Grill. While the menu offerings are similar to G Grill, it offers a more casual street feel with fresh, homemade tortillas, tacos, rice, beans, a salsa and chip bar,and killer margaritas.


(Manchego quesadillas with chicken, rice and beans)


(“Hey girl, let me get you some chips to go with that ‘rita”)

To experience the full effect, we ordered sopapillas for the table (a soft, fluffy bread drizzled with honey, sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon)


Livi gave the horchata two guacamole-covered thumbs up.


While I love the variety of Mexican food in Tucson -ok, I love all the food in Tucson- it’s fun that there are so many different types: the more family-friendly spots we love (Blanco, La Parrrilla, Poco & Moms, and Guadalajara Grill), the street stops (like Guero Canelo) and the fancier date night spots (like Poca Cosa). Downtown and on the southwest side, we have a lot of incredible Mexican restaurants, but construction right now is atrocious so we’ve stayed away from the area — you try to leave and everything is blocked. Anyway, today we were downtown for the wedding rehearsal and had an amazing lunch at El Charro.

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(Salad with a vinaigrette I’ll be replicating ASAP, creamy chicken, rice, beans)

-Speaking of rehearsal, it was so beautiful. I got to see the venue for the wedding -I’ve never been before!- and everything is going to be absolutely dreamy.

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Livi got to walk around and explore with her nanas Β while we went over the details for tomorrow.

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Caption the Pilot’s expression:

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With the bride:

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Trevor gave a speech at lunch at the dinosaur tears were thisclose. I have no hope for tomorrow.

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far <3



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  1. Sharon on May 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Can’t wait for a snap of the bride:)

  2. Steph! on May 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous!! Have a great wedding weekend!

  3. Melissa Hernandez on May 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    You have such a beautiful family! It’s so nice to hear how much you treasure them. So blessed!

  4. Leslie W on May 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Pilot’s smile says, “This one is mine, fellas!”

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Mazel tov to your bro and Meg! <3

  6. Dee on May 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    OMG! I have been following you for a while and I love your tips and posts. I had no idea you live in Tucson. Now I am giddy because I do too! My husband is a former F18 Pilot, Navy. But we live here now and socialize on a Air Force base. LOl
    I am not going to be bloggy celebrity star struck but I admit it. I am!!! I am a blogger too. I have a craft competition blog but fitness is my other passion. I am currently training for my first fitness competition and getting barre certified. I think we should hang out. Just sayin’! The hubby’s could talk pilot stuff.
    Wow, I am so excited!!!

  7. Jen on May 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Congrats to your brother and Meg! So exciting! Enjoy tomorrow. The dresses above (Meg’s, yours and Liv’s) ADORABLE!

    Yay for weddings! I sob, everytime.

  8. Sam on May 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    beautiful- can’t wait to see wedding shots!
    just a heads up- your top banner ad is displaced downward and covering up most of your post title, even before mousing over it (which expands the ad). I’m using Google Chrome, so maybe it’s looks different, but I’ve never noticed that before. I just thought you’d want to know that your ad is misbehaving! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      that is so weird. just emailed my web guy to see if he’d mind taking a look. thank you!

    • Jessica on May 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      I’m on Firefox and its the same for me, if that helps <3

  9. Tjasa on May 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    How cute is Liv! My baby has the same swan shirt. It’s so cute!!

  10. Miranda @ Miranda Runs on May 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Save the tears for the wedding! πŸ˜‰ I looooooove your belly dancing costume (hi I’m an 18 year old girl and I love SPARKLES #cliche) Haha!

  11. Yaara Leve on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I agree!! Your hair is gorgeous! Can you share how you styled it? It really frames your face nicely. Have fun at the wedding.

  12. Ali @ Peaches and Football on May 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    The venue looks absolutely amazing! It’s going to be a gorgeous wedding. And I agree with everyone else – your hair looks absolutely fabulous. Enjoy the day tomorrow – just make SURE to bring a bunch of tissues along with you. πŸ™‚

  13. Brittany @ FreckledNettles on May 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I just found your blogsite. I must say- you are truly an inspiration! Thank you so much for all of the fitness tips. I really do look forward to implementing them into my workouts. Keep up the great work!

  14. kari on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Love all the pictures and I do agree that your hair looks great. Livi dress is so cute on her. Tell Meg Congratulations and wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

  15. Bek @ Crave on May 11, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Aw so exciting! I’ve got butterflies πŸ™‚

  16. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on May 11, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Ah, love Liv’s little yellow dress. Have a blast this weekend!

  17. Emily on May 11, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Those eyelashes!!! She’s gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful time at the wedding πŸ™‚

  18. Josie on May 11, 2013 at 6:55 am

    You are so beautiful, Gina. And I think the primary reason is your happiness shining through those photos and your words. πŸ™‚ Have a blasty tomorrow at the wedding and happy early Mother’s Day! You’re a GREAT mom!!! <3

  19. Kristen on May 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

    If one of my kids gets married on Mother’s Day weekend, I’ll never forgive them. That’s torture for a mama! Haha JK. I think it would a little bittersweet though.
    Hope you guys have a fun time at the wedding and have a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend!!

  20. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on May 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Can’t wait to hear about the wedding! Have a great time xo.

  21. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    What a beautiful day! I hope Meg has the most wonderful day tomorrow!

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 11, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I love your dress (and Liv’s – I wish hers came in my size ha!).

    Congrats to your brother and Meg! Enjoy the wedding tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  23. Jodie on May 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Congrats to the couple. And yes your hair looks amazing.
    I tried belly dancing as well, not my thing either
    Have a great weekend

  24. Maryz on May 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I have the dress you are wearing and love it! You look beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the wedding photos!

  25. Liz on May 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I went to a wedding there in November! What a gorgeous old house. Seems like it would be a great venue for Meg. Is she walking down the stairs as her entrance? This bride did and it was beautiful.

  26. Julie on May 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    The bellydancing costumes are gorgeous. Can’t wait to see pictures from the wedding!

  27. Erin Motz on May 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Where’d you get the dress you’re wearing? I need it in my life πŸ™‚

  28. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on May 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Your belly dancing outfit is so flattering on you! The purple goes great with your skin color and hair :).

    I can’t help but blurt out that you and the Pilot are such a beautiful couple! Young, in love, and radiant!

    Hope you have a wonderful Saturday πŸ™‚

  29. Elizabeth M. on May 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    O. M. G. A baby in a wrap dress. I die. Seriously. Cutest thing EVER. I seriously can’t get over it. Looks like you have such a lovely weekend ahead!! Thos food pics make me want more Mexican food. I’ve been on a crazy kick lately, especially making homemade salsa.

  30. Morgan on May 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Gina ! I. Love. Your. Blog. It’s the best. Really.

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