a photo an hour

(give or take a bit)

7:37 am. Liv and I are awake and ready to start the day. (Miss P is still snoozing.) Liv is in our bed talking to Bella while I put my contacts in.

Wakey wakey

I go into the kitchen to start breakfast and chat with Liv, and then she goes into P’s room to say“hi” and sing her songs while I finish and plate their meals + take my supplements.

8:15am. The girls are eating French toast,

Fresh toast

(snapped a pic of Liv’s plate before everything was covered in maple syrup and chopped up)

while I sneak a couple of bites of chocolate and make some tea to drink while I quickly get dressed.

Wake me up

(this chocolate bar is life)

The girls finish breakfast, we get everyone dressed, and they dance a bit to Sesame Street while I quickly clean the kitchen and we head out the door.

10am: Storytime at Bookman’s. This is one of those Tucson treasures for mamas, especially on cloudy/rainy days. I’d originally planned on going back to the playground, but when I saw the gloomy skies, our plans were squashed. Quickly, I remembered storytime and figured it would be a fun family outing. 


We stay for 20 minutes of singing, then we pick up some new books and head home.

11:15am: Down time. We’re back at home, P just went down for nap, and I make a quick breakfast for myself and a snack for Liv. I have superfood oats with raspberries, eggs with kimchi, and mushroom tea. 


Livi has two “pop eggs” (<— over easy eggs) and a bar. 

12:00 Livi and I work on a few kindergarten worksheets and read one of her new books. I downloaded some worksheets from Pinterest, and we’ve had a lot of fun practicing spelling and writing. 

Livi worksheet

When we finish the worksheets and reading, she’s allowed to watch a show, so I put on Mia and Me on Netflix, grab my computer and crank through as much work as possible. (Liv’s doing part-time preschool while we’re here in Tucson, so during the days she’s at school I work more during P’s nap.) I make a March workout calendar, write and send out a newsletter, write back to a couple of brand emails, and start an upcoming workout post.

1:30pm. We’re at the pediatrician’s. I had to wake P up from her nap to make it to her afternoon appointment. When she woke up for the day, she had swollen lymph nodes, which concerned me, especially since she isn’t sick, so I made an afternoon appointment to get them checked out.

P at the doc

2:30pm. Thankfully, the doc said they looked completely normal, so we bounced out of there and headed to my mom’s to eat some Beyond Bread for lunch.


We enjoy lunch, the girls play with the enormous toy collection my mom has curated for them, and we head home to grab Liv’s gymnastic’s outfit.

4:15pm. The Pilot stays home with P -he got off work early!- while I take Livi to gymnastics. Usually I’m chasing P around the studio while Liv has gymnastics or dance lessons, and it’s so enjoyable to sit and watch her and read a book.

Reading Lolita in Tehran. I picked it up at Bookman’s because it caught my eye, and while it’s taking a little while to get into it, it’s definitely holding my attention and interest so far. 


(the rain boots I wear any time it’s the tiniest bit cloudy are on awesome sale right now)

5:15pm. Back home and it’s officially pouring rain. The girls play with the Pilot (who opens a window so we can hear the amazing raindrops) while I make some dinner: shrimp with rice and pineapple in pineapple boats + sautéed spinach. This is one of those “on the fly” recipes (anything that isn’t Blue Apron or Sunbasket is usually super quick and on the fly), but here’s the breakdown if you’d like to make it!

Shrimp and Rice in a Pineapple Bowl


Shrimp and Rice in a Pineapple Boat

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  • 1 cup dry favorite rice ( I use a mix of wild, jasmine and black)
  • 2 whole pineapples
  • 1 bag Spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon
  • 1tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • 1/3 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1lb defrosted wild shrimp, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • minced ginger
  • drizzle of honey
  • pinch of cayenne


  1. Start the rice–boil the rice and water, set to a simmer.
  2. Cut pineapple in half and scoop out the inside, chop and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan, sauté minced garlic and spinach with a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper. Once wilted, remove from heat.
  4. In a separate pan, sauté 1/3 sweet onion in some ghee until fragrant.
  5. Add one pound of defrosted wild shrimp, salt, pepper, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of cayenne.
  6. When the shrimp is fully cooked, add the cooked rice and the chopped pineapple to heat it up. Add an extra splash of soy sauce and serve in emptied pineapple.


Fighting the pineapple


Shrimp and rice in pineapple boat

6:35pm. Ready for dance cardio at my favorite spot (BreakOut Studios). I have no idea what face I’m making in this picture, but I wanted to quickly snap a quick one before the room started to fill up.

Before dance cardio

7:45pm. Post dance. The room is completely steamed up, and the class is trickling out into the pouring rain, drenched from sweat and totally euphoric. 

So steamy

Whenever I see videos in Instagram stories from the *hot* dance cardio classes in NYC, I can’t help but think they look a little lame. It’s just a bunch of hopping around and punching?? With Todd, it actually feels like dancing. The moves are hip hop meets fitness, sassy, and energetic. Anyone who loves dance cardio needs to take a class from him once in their life. It’s seriously magical. 

8:00pm. Back at home, and both girls are asleep. While I was at dance cardio, the Pilot put the girls down for bed, and cleaned the kitchen (YESSSSS), so I heat up some bone broth to drink while I pack Liv’s lunch, and set out all of our outfits for the next day. We catch up on the day, sort through and put away laundry, and start This Is Us.

9:50 Finishing This Is Us and trying to avoid the dinosaur cry. Failing miserably and drinking ginger tea. 

This is us

I finish this post, write back to emails and comments, edit an upcoming workout post, and then do some last-minute cleanup around the house. Then, it’s time to get ready for bed!

11:30pm. In bed, reading The Core Program until my eyes can’t stay open any longer. Crash out, and ready to do it all over again. <3

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  1. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on March 1, 2017 at 5:23 am

    That pineapple stir fry looks SO good! It reminds me of this Thai place we used to go all the time in college that had a pineapple fried rice – never thought to make it myself, thanks for the recipe!

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Pineapples are like butternut squash. You have to say a little pray that you’re not going to lose a finger when you chop them. Haha! That dinner looks great!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      hahah that is so true, and we all know how i have terrible luck with knives

  3. Nathaly Abrahan on March 1, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’m no telling a huge fan of shrimps but this recipe looks delicious!

  4. Nathaly Abrahan on March 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

    **I’m not a huge fan.

    Oh my God sometimes I hate my autocorrector lol

  5. Liz @ Justanotherblogaboutmomlife on March 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Busy mom! That stir fry looks delish!

  6. Caitlin on March 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

    That recipe looks great! Also, this is us! OMGGGGG. I haven’t watched yesterday’s episode yet, but i can’t wait

  7. Juliana on March 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hey can I make a request, would you consider doing a “recommended reading” page for you blog, of books you’ve read and enjoyed/thought useful (like the fitness/wellness ones)? You mention books from time to time and I think “oh, I should read that” and then don’t write it down or remember until 2 weeks later and of course I can’t ever remember which post it was in. Just a thought, thanks!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      sure, i can definitely do that! i’ll see if i can add it to the shop page this weekend

  8. Lauren on March 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Such great photos! I love seeing a “day in the life” — I am in awe of how much there is to do and love seeing the downtime with the littles and pups.

    I have a question regarding “shaping up” for an event and balance in workouts. I have just started doing barre (which I find challenging!) after consistently doing Spin/TRX/yoga for several months. I am hoping to tone and tighten in the next 4-6 months; I’m not trying to lose weight. What do you think a good mixture of these workouts are? I like to mix them up. Do you think barre 3x a week and spin/trx 2x a week with yoga thrown in a good amount? I don’t want to overtrain, but I do want to see results.

    Would love to hear your thoughts!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      thank you!!
      here’s a sample mix:
      barre + easy cardio
      spin or HIIT training
      yoga (easy yoga) or OFF

  9. Anne on March 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Wow you’re such a busy lady, I’m impressed you get it all done!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      thanks, friend. it gets a little hectic around here, but it’s all good stuff <3

  10. Tati on March 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Hey girl! Could you please post your grocery hauls like you have before? This tired mama could use the extra help and inspiration!! ??

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      i can definitely do that! i’ll post one on sunday 🙂

  11. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on March 2, 2017 at 5:36 am

    First of all beyond bread, omg haven’t had that in FOREVER! If I went to Tucson that would be the first place I would go, but there is no way I could get a salad! ha ha That place is an old college favorite! Second I wish I could find a great dance cardio place in Phoenix!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      if you come to tucson for anything, you HAVE to take todd’s class. i promise you will love it so much
      haha and i rarely get a salad but the butternut squash soup sounded so good with a greek salad 🙂

  12. Pooja on March 2, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I am currently pregnant (and already worrying how my life is going to change with one baby) and reading this post got me thinking you must be a super woman! How do you manage to stay sane?? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      exercise, meditation, and making sure i have at least 30 minutes to stare at a blank wall (or read) each day hahah

  13. Maria on March 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Hi Gina! Just wanted to pass along that Teachers Pay Teachers is also an awesome resource for school resources (created by teachers!). You can filter your search for free materials or you can also pay for some of them. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      amazing! i will check it out- thank you!

  14. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on March 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I love seeing your day in the life posts! It’s so inspiring to see how much you fit into 1 day. I love the pineapple boat idea.. looks so good!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      thank you, friend! and yes, the pineapple boat was so good 🙂 xoxo

  15. Katie @ Live Half Full on March 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I love seeing day in the life posts- it’s so amazing how much us mamas fit in a day!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      thank you, friend!

  16. Priya on March 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

    i’m the exact same way with rain! haha. always rain boots and an umbrella and/or raincoat depending on the forecast. i HATE rain so i’m prepared so i dont get wet lol

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

      i just love any chance to wear rain boots lol

  17. Stephanie on March 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I love these posts! Please keep them coming:) Also, are you trying to stop drinking coffee and just drink tea? I have been trying to do that but keep failing. Any tips on how you are doing that and why, if indeed you are?

    Love reading your blog! Thanks.

  18. Lindsay @ Hot Mess, Cool Day on March 7, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I love posts like these! I need to look into this bone broth thing. I keep reading about it on my favorite blogs!

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