Anni celebration and faves from the week

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend?? We are attending a friend’s wedding, going to a kiddo’s bday party, soccer lessons, and the farmer’s market. I also think a barre class and some beach time are in order. 😉 

In standard Friday Fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please feel free to shout it out in the comments section!

Cookie dough 1 of 1 2

(Bowl full of cookie dough… a Friday fave, a Saturday fave, a Sunday fave…)

Celebrating our anniversary. Thank you again for all of the wonderful anniversary wishes this past week! I’ve been blogging since the newlywed-ish days, and it’s been so much fun to share our adventures here on the blog. A highlight of the day was when the Pilot and Liv walked in with these roses. I love all flowers, but these seriously took my breath away! They are absolutely gorgeous and smell incredible.

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He surprised Liv with an anniversary gift, too, which I thought was really sweet. <3

For our date night, we went to Bertrand at Mister A’s, which had fantastic reviews online. It’s set at the top of the financial building downtown, with exquisite views of San Diego and downtown. We had a window table, and were surrounded by sparkling city lights.

Flag at mister as

Lights at mister as

They serve French cuisine with an American touch, and here’s what we enjoyed:

(sorry for the phone pics. I was trying to be sneaky)

lobster strudel (with cognac lobster sauce and forest mushrooms)

Lobster strudel

farm salad (baby vegetables with champagne vinaigrette)


Wild Troll King salmon with chive champagne butter and asparagus risotto 


(the Pilot got the filet)

and the dessert. Ohhhh the dessert. We had a tough time deciding, but ended up going with the salted caramel and chocolate bar. It had a crispy praline crust, caramel corn topping, and brown butter caramel corn ice cream. I know, right?!


It was a perfect way to celebrate 8 crazy amazing years together.  

Us at mister as

Bitmoji. My friend Bobbi introduced me to this at IDEA, and the Pilot and I have been having way too much fun with it. You design your character and there are a ton of hilarious graphics and text you can sent to go along with it. I’m a huge fan of regular emojis, but this takes it to an entirely different level.

Bimoji knows when you want to say this:


or this:


or THIS:



11 qualities women should crave other than beauty

The new oatmeal blend at Trader Joe’s!

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This man planted 4 acres of sunflowers as a tribute to his wife. 

Workouts that torch major calories.

35 high-protein healthy breakfast ideas.

This bedtime book for kids to make them fall asleep faster. Ordering ASAP.

Home Goods has paddle boards now?!

Paddleboard at home goods

This groom’s surprise dance. I watched with the biggest, goofiest smile on my face. 

Thank you to my friends at POPSUGAR Fitness for featuring my post about prenatal stretches. 

Titanic’s “My Heart Will Go On” as a 50’s song. 

Thanks to Starbucks for getting me even more excited for fall!

Supporting a special cause from my friends at Bitsy’s Brainfood. They’re giving kids the tools to make a difference by creating their own lemonade stands to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization founded by a four-year-old girl with Neuroblastoma, who set out to create a lemonade stand whose profits would go to doctors so they could “help other kids, like they helped me.” The mission of Alex’s lemonade stand is that everyone can make a difference, and children should be empowered and encouraged to effect change.

From now until September 30, Bitsy’s is giving kids the tools to create their own lemonade stand: Lemon Broccoli Smart Cookies, handouts describing the project, info on how to make a donation, and fun shirts for the kids to wear during their lemonade stands. All you have to do is talk to your kiddos about creating change, grab some lemons, and make some lemonade. 🙂 Just wanted to spread the word if you’re looking for a fun and philanthropic end-of-summer activity. If you’d like to get involved (supplies are limited), email:

Hope you have a very happy Friday! New Livi-isms up on the Family page here. 



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  1. on August 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

    That looks like a fun anniversary! I love that groom dance!!

  2. haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on August 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Trader Joe’s new gluten free brownie brittle is my friday fave. obsessed. so dangerous i can’t even leave a bag around my house!

  3. Maria on August 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Happy belated anniversary! I spy a fun little blue colored gift behind those roses 🙂 Good work! That trader joe’s oatmeal blend looks great! I’ll have to give it a try.

  4. Tabatha on August 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    The flowers are gorgeous, and the dinner looked amazing! Happy (belated) Anniversary!

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      thank you! hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I need to checkout Bitmoji. That looks like so much fun! I love Trader Joe’s. I wish they had more gluten free options. Happy belated Anniversary!

  6. Katie on August 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Could you fix the link for how you and the pilot met?! 🙂 can’t see it!

  7. Cassie on August 21, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Happy Friday! I’m loving the cooler weather we’re having here.

  8. Laura @SheEatsWell on August 21, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Bitmoji’s have changed my life. They are too funny. Last weekend, I communicated via text to my bf using only Bitmojis…ha ha.

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      tom and i do the same thing haha

  9. Heather@hungryforbalance on August 21, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I saw that Oatmeal blend today and almost bought it! I am getting bitmoji, like now.

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      it’s really good! and yes haha you will love it

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Happy Friday! So glad you had fun celebrating your anniversary! The flowers are beautiful. And I would totally buy that paddle board from home goods! haha

  11. Kate @KateMovingForward on August 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I’m so excited about PSL using real ingredients! Woop-woop for Starbucks! Your dinner date looks amazing! What a view!

  12. Mary on August 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats! Happy anniversary! And that lemonade stand thing is a great idea. also, i want that dessert. right now.

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      it was seriously amazing

  13. Melissa on August 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bitmoji. Like—probably a little too much. But I’m pretty convinced that I can have conversations with Bitmojis only. Matt and I (along with family members) text with them all of the time. My personal favorites are the “Make it rain” “On Fleek” and the one with the foam finger that looks like she’s going “woo hoo” (hahaha)

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      hahah i’m glad you’re equally amused. my favorite ones are where she’s flipping the table of food over, the dancing shark and the one in a bikini

  14. Ashley on August 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like you guys had so much fun! I think it’s so sweet he bought Liv a gift too!
    I’ll have to check out Bitmoji!

  15. Stephanie on August 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Next time you got to Mr. A’s you need to try their truffle fries! They SO SO good!

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      we did! i can’t believe i forgot to mention those! they were delicious

  16. Brit on August 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Gina –
    Just a random question.. I remember a while ago (however, I may be mistaken) you mentioning Wen products. Are you still using it? And if so, do you like how it affects your hair?

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      i was going to try it, but decided not to because it was so expensive and my mom said she didn’t think it would be a good fit for my hair because it’s so thick. i’ve been using nexxus and kerastase lately

  17. Shaina on August 24, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Haha THATS where that hysterical graphic came from.

    Mr. A’s is awesome! We had our first Valentine’s Day date there back in the day and went again for our 3rd anniversary. The cocktails are YUM so you’ll have to go back.

    So good to see you friend! Your bump is SO CUTE.

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      ahhh we will be back. the cocktail menu was insane!
      so glad i got to see you for a while this weekend! have SO MUCH FUN on your trip!!!

  18. Kari F on August 28, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Happy belated Anniversary! Looks like the Pilot loves his ladies!
    PS – What was in the Tiffany bag?? ;o)

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      thank you!!
      a bracelet 🙂

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