73 questions

Hey friends! Happy Thursday! Hope you’re enjoying the week. 

It’s been a fun and crazy one over here. The girls have had half-day camps, Liv auditioned for dance team, the Pilot has been flying nights, and madre’s birthday was on Tuesday! We got together for a *small* family dinner (we joke that we’re just a small party of 28), and ate Mexican food, cake, and sang “Happy Birthday” to the amazing lady who gives so much to everyone in our family.

Madres bday

 My fave picture from the night! 

(The cake was from Whole Foods bakery and so so good.)

Workout-wise, I’ve crushed every day this week. Sunday, we filmed Summer Shape Up videos (the party starts June 24)! Monday, I hopped on the Peloton bike for a 30-minute ride, Tuesday was barre, Wednesday was a BODYATTACK class On Demand (my link is good for 21 days FREE of the amazing Les Mills workouts), and today and tomorrow are off since I’m traveling to Chicago for a blog trip. I’m looking forward to catching up with Anne and Julie, and meeting some new blogger friends. I’ll be sure to share some of the adventures on IG stories!

I originally planned to post this one while we were on our cruise, but since internet was a bit sketchy – and I blasted through the ship’s plan in a mere 24 hours – I didn’t get the chance to get this one published. I originally saw this survey on my friend Ashley’s blog, and then Julie’s. I loved reading their answers so much, so I thought I’d join in the survey fun. 

1.  What’s the best thing that happened to you this month? Taking a Disney Cruise with the fam! 

Disney cruise

2. What’s your favorite game? We don’t usually play board games at home, but our favorite games is a hide and seek and tag hybrid. I hide, the girls try to find me, I jump out and go “AHHH!” and they scream, I chase them around until I tag them, and then they hide. 

3. When are you most inspired? Mid-morning, usually after I’ve had breakfast and survived the school drop-off. 

4. If you could teach one subject in school what would it be? Math

5. What’s your favorite beverage? LaCroix 


6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? A friend from the gym sent a text message while the Pilot was deployed and basically gave me a pep talk. She said she was proud of me for doing so well with work stuff and solo parenting. It was very unexpected and really made my whole month. It was a great reminder to let other people know when I’m inspired by them or think they’re crushing it. 

7. What is your favorite birthday cake? Yellow cake with chocolate buttercream

Bday cake

(That was my bday cake last year!)

8. What is one thing you still have from your childhood? A photo album that my mom made for me when I was 4 and we’d taken a trip to California. I was with all of my aunties, my parents were still married, and my uncle was still alive. Our dog chewed around the edges of it when I was younger, and the small plastic photo album contains quite a few happy memories from being a kid.

9. What is your favorite movie? Love, Actually

10. What is something you can’t do? Play the flute even though I faked it for an entire year in 5th grade. I could do all of the finger work, but no sound would come out. So I just pursed my lips and acted like I knew what I was doing. 

11. Window or aisle seat? Aisle so I can get up a thousand times if I feel like it. 

12. What makes you laugh no matter what? P makes the most ridiculous faces that make me laugh every day. We get a kick out of zooming in on photos that she’s in, because you never know what you’re going to get.

My loves 3

13. What does creativity mean to you? Free from any perceived restraints or judgments. 

14. What are your favorite lyrics of all time? “Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now.” I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of Hamilton.

W betsy at hamilton

Or hanging out with Betsy 🙂 

15. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

16. What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now? “Far Too Good” by John Smith. 

17. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be? My friend Annie’s! Whenever she posts Instagram posts, I want her outfit and her shoes

18. Must have purse item? Color Intense lipstick in at least 3 shades

Color intense

19. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12? On Broadway

20. What is something you will not be doing in ten years? Wondering where the heck we’ll be living in a couple of years. It’s so crazy to be able to know and plan where we want to live. 

21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn? Your gut instinct is always right.

22. How do you start your day? Scrolling through my phone with one eye closed.

23. Would you ever live anywhere besides Tucson? Yes! We’d love to make it back to San Diego one day but love being in Tucson for now.

Beach baby 1 of 1 2

Beach girls

24. What is your favorite dessert?  Anything super chocolaty.

25. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Creme brûlée is gross.

26. It’s brunch! What do you eat? Eggs, breakfast potatoes, turkey sausage, and a mimosa because brunch without cocktails is just a sad breakfast. <— words of wisdom from Prep & Pastry

27. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Positano


28. Favorite Disney animal? Stitch

29. What is a book you are planning on reading? “Educated” is downloaded on my Kindle but I haven’t started it yet

30. What did you read most recently? “Where the Crawdads Sing” and loooooved it

31. Favorite solo artist? Michael Bublé for life

Michael buble phoenix

32. What is something you’re tired of? The Instagram algorithm. They want to turn it into a “pay to play” platform, which was the downfall of Facebook

33. What’s a city you wish to visit? Paris

34. Heels or flats? Wedges

35.  Where does one go on a perfect road trip? To Sedona. It’s just an easy drive from us and has an incredible energy.

I heart sedona

36. What do you do on a rainy day? Try to find indoor activities to entertain the kiddos! We’ll do art, visit a museum, go rock climbing, or see a movie

37. What’s your favorite exercise? Spin, barre and BODYPUMP are tied

38. What was your worst subject in school? English which is a hilarious thing since I write a blog for a living

39. What is your spirit animal? An otter. I want to spend the day in the pool, floating on my back, eating salad


40. What do you usually eat for breakfast? A giant egg patty and either oatmeal with almond butter or a brown rice tortilla

41. What do you usually eat for dinner? We change it up every night but some classics are salmon, sweet potato and salad, Harney Cobbs, or sushi roll bowls

42. Cooking or Baking? Both!

43. Favorite baked good? Cookie dough on the bottom, Oreo’s in the middle, and brownies on top

Crazy brownies 2

44. What is something you wish you could be good at? Organizing photos on my laptop. It’s a hot mess

45. Skiing or Surfing? Paddle boarding 


46. First celebrity crush? JTT — Jonathan Taylor Thomas — I became a vegetarian for him when I was 8

47. Most recent celebrity crush? Aaron Tveit. I love his voice!

48. What color was your prom dress? Junior year it was bright pink and senior year it was light purple and silver

49. How do you manage stress? Try to do the most challenging/inconvenient item on my to-do list first

50. What do you do to relax? Read or cook

51. Age when you were first kissed? 12

52. Place you were first kissed? Playing “spin the bottle” after musical theatre class

53. Favorite fashion trend of all time? Low-top sneakers with dresses

54. Best fashion advice you’ve ever received? If you have to convince yourself that you like it, you’ll never wear it, so don’t buy it

55. What is your current favorite piece of clothing that you own? These embellished sandals. I wear them all the time and am constantly asked where I bought them

56. Shoes or Bags? Bags! I love a good crossbody

57. How do you know if you’re in love? When you know, you know

58. Television show you’ve binged on recently? The Bachelorette! We’re almost caught up for the season

59. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? My mom – she always knows exactly what to say to make me feel better

60. Leather or lace? Lace

61. Vintage or new? New

62. What is your Kryptonite? Chocolate or guacamole

63. What are you most enchanted by? Surface level: Moms on social media who have 18 children, homeschool, are all matching in neutral clothing with zero stains, and elaborate mermaid braids in their hair. Deeper: I’m beyond enchanted with Liv and P. They surprise me, make me laugh, and make my heart explode every single day. I often find myself wondering how they’re so darn amazing?

With the girls 3

64. What is your biggest strength? Hustle

65. What is your biggest weakness? Stressing over all of the details

66. What are 3 words to describe living in Tucson? Picturesque. Hot. Eccentric.

67. Cutest thing on planet earth? Baby koalas

68. Favorite color? Peach

69. Best first date idea? Something active, like a low-key hike, followed by dinner and drinks

70. Favorite time of day? Late.. probably around 9 or 10pm. I enjoy the quiet and downtime

71. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Their smile 

72. What’s your guilty pleasure? Take a jar of almond butter, sprinkle chocolate chips into the jar, scoop out with a spoon

73. Favorite band? I wouldn’t say I’m super into bands at the moment and my music taste is all over the place. Back in high school, I was obsessed with Dashboard Confessional

That was a fun one! I always love surveys because it gives me the chance to get to know you all better.

So, tell me friends:

  • When are you most inspired?
  • What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? 
  • What’s one thing you cannot do? 
  • Cutest thing on planet earth?
  • What do you do to relax? 

Or pick any of the questions above and share your answers below! 

Have a lovely day.




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  1. Juliana on June 13, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Oh this is so fun!! Love!

    Here’s mine:
    When are you most inspired? After a really, really good night’s sleep

    What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
    “You’re gorgeous, and if anyone ever says you’re not, you should punch them in the face!” <– actual thing some random dude said to me once like 10 years ago

    What’s one thing you cannot do?
    Calculus. I've tried so hard! It's just not going to happen.

    Cutest thing on planet earth?
    When giant dogs are friends with tiny kittens (or ducks! @ducksmakegreatpets is a fantastic IG account)

    What do you do to relax?
    Read, cook, laze in bed on the weekend and purposely make no plans, go to breathwork or meditation class

  2. Jodie on June 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Number 10 made me lol.

    • Fitnessista on June 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      real life haha

  3. Sam on June 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Will you be doing a meet-up in Chicago??

    • Fitnessista on June 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      i’m sad i couldn’t put one together! i was only in town for about 24 hours 🙁 hopefully i can make it back soon!

  4. Theresa on June 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Thank god someone’s agrees with me that Creme brûlée is gross! LOL!

    • Fitnessista on June 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      ew it’s the worst!

  5. Grace on June 13, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    When are you most inspired?
    What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
    What’s one thing you cannot do?
    Cutest thing on planet earth?
    What do you do to relax?

    I’m inspired exploring a new place, especially if I’m out in nature. That gives me all the feels.

    My grandmother told me that she never worries about me because I’m smart and self sufficient. She also wrote in her memoirs that I live my life the way I want to live it, everyone else be damned. Hahaha

    I can’t whistle and seeing me write in cursive is horrifying.

    I believe my dog is the cutest thing on the planet, but a close second is children singing Lizzo songs with attitude.

    Wine for relaxing duh! But also putting together a cheese board and eating it al fresco.

  6. Nicole Kump on June 14, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Your mom’s face in that pic was cute….I think that’s where P gets her expressive faces from!

    When are you most inspired? When I’m walking on a beautiful day.
    What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? I’m a good boss.
    What’s one thing you cannot do? Whistle…so embarrassing!
    Cutest thing on planet earth? Baby sloths or baby orangutans. So hard because baby animals are all so cute!
    What do you do to relax? Nap!

  7. Katie on June 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

    FYI-Dashboard Confessional still tours, and they are just as amazing as they were in high school 🙂 They definitely stick to the hits, and there is nothing better than a bunch of 30-somethings belting out “Screaming Infidelities”!

    • Grace on June 14, 2019 at 11:30 am

      OMG Screaming Infidelities takes me back to all my teenage angst.

      • Fitnessista on June 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

        and now it’s stuck in my head 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 14, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      STOPPPPP. ok i think i found my next concert 🙂

  8. Colleen on June 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    OMG loved reading this! Also, JTT was one of my celeb crushes, and Leo DiCaprio in Titanic = STEAMY. I saw that move 3 times in theaters. hahaha

  9. Jennifer on June 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    “are all matching in neutral clothing with zero stains”
    haha I know! I look at Pottery Barn Kids and think “HOW IS EVERYTHING WHITE!” Then I have to remind myself that it is a catalogue and no one lives in those houses. I am convinced people just buy new Pottery Barn stuff everything few months to replaced the chocolate stained sheets.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2019 at 12:06 am

      i think you’re exactly right.

  10. Franciele Gassy on August 14, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I loved your post, thanks for sharing

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