Acai you, summer

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a lovely week. I had so much fun reading your comments yesterday. Glad I’m not the only one who Googles everything all day long.

Summer is officially here!

Here’s the girls on their first day of school,

First day of school

and here they are yesterday!

Last day

I can’t believe how much they’ve grown and learned this year. We spent a majority of their school year with the Pilot away, and the girls still flourished even though we were all missing him. I’m SO.EXCITED for summer. We have lots of fun stuff on the horizon: vacations, family bbqs, camps, swimming for hours each day, and the best part:

no alarms.

We made Livi’s lunch every day this year for school – she didn’t buy school lunch because a few moms have told me it’s horrible. It was a lot of mornings of rushing around the house, braiding hair, saying, “We’re going to be late!” at least 80 times, and racing out the door. I’m not going to miss any of that haha. I feel so excited to have some time to slow down and enjoy the morning. Today, we’re off to the mall and heading to the pool when it warms up. 

Yesterday was a low-key day. I was feeling significantly better from the cold, so I ran a couple of errands in the morning, then when P was done with school, we met up with friends for celebratory acai bowls and smoothies. We hung out in the courtyard for a bit, stopped into Mildred & Dildred, then came home for naptime. 

Acai all day 

Dinner was the classic Harney cobb: romaine, grilled chicken, turkey bacon, boiled egg, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and Primal Kitchen Ranch.

Cobb fixinsCobb

Our lil veggie garden is flourishing, so I’m looking forward to the day when we can step outside and gather the ingredients to make a salad.

Right now, we have basil, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, and arugula. I had planted rosemary and mint, too, but so many people on IG let me know that mint is best in its own pot or it will take over everything else. The zucchini is already going crazy!

Lil garden

I also planted some flowers by our succulents, and am shocked that they’re still alive. The red flowering plant is a sun parasol and I’d love to get a few more. 

Flower pots

For today, I’d love to know what you’re most excited about this summer. Any vacations planned? Also, Summer Shape Up will be here towards the end of June, so get ready for that. I’ll have some workout ideas you can do in the meantime up on Monday.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya in the morning with some faves.



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  1. Allison on May 23, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    The first and last day pictures of the girls made me laugh. With my kids, I always had new, cute outfits for the first day of school and by the end of the year, I just was happy they were wearing cleanish clothes. My son is a senior in high school and has never, ever bought lunch at school. I would have been thrilled is he was willing to, but he always said the food was “gross”. And oddly, I did continue to pack it for him until about 2 months ago, when I finally said “you are 18, make it yourself!”

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      they’ve become sassier and more disheveled over time hahaha
      i could see myself doing the same thing. the school lunches were incredible in san diego, and good in georgia, but not so good here

  2. Colleen on May 23, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Great veggie garden! I need to start one! I am most looking forward to planning a girls’ trip with my friend who lives in AZ – I live in MD. We hardly ever get to see each other, so it’s long overdue! Have a great weekend, Gina & fam!

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      that sounds wonderful! hope you have a great weekend, too!

  3. ErikaMC on May 23, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    We are currently planning out summer vacation – it’ll just be a long weekend at a cabin on the lake and a trip to the zoo but it will be enough of a break and we are all looking forward to it.

    I’ve noticed a few times now you mention Penelope taking a nap. Is this something new again (I thought she had stopped them or I’m remembering wrong) and does it help with the bedtime situation/routine? I don’t think our daughter is ready to drop a nap but getting her to stay in bed lately has been a chore.

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      that sounds perfect!
      she’s on and off with the naps. i stopped making her take an official nap like last summer because she’d just get mad and would never stay in bed or her room. sometimes she REALLY needs it, so i’ll drive around until she falls asleep and put her on the couch. the good news is that one the days when she doesn’t nap, she goes to bed by 8, which is magical

  4. Elizabeth on May 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I am most excited not to have to deal with alarms or carpool! Would love some suggested workouts I can pull off at home with the kids around this summer!

    • Fitnessista on May 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      CARPOOL. so happy to not sit in that thing for at least 20 minutes a day
      i’m going to do a review for les mills on demand for monday with a free month code- perfect for home workouts this summer!!
      summer shape up starts in june, too 🙂

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