around the weekend

Hey hey! How are ya? Hope you had a wonderful weekend! It’s funny because by the time I sit down to write this post each week, Friday feels so long ago, but the weekend went by way too quickly. It was another fun and relaxing one, and we enjoyed celebrating the Pilot for Father’s Day.

Livi is doing a fun camp this week, and I’m looking forward to teaching my usual classes, and starting to plan a fun party here at the house. If you have any awesome ice breaker ideas -many of us are new to town- I’d love to hear them!

Happy belated Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, the dads who will be, and the mamas who do the work of two. The Pilot is such an amazing dad to Liv, P, and the puppers, and I am so thankful for him every day. I think he was just destined to be surrounded by a family of females who absolutely adore him.

Tom and the girls

Some pics and adventures from the weekend:

Friday afternoon, we stopped at Toys R’ Us, where our 20-month old let us know repeatedly that she wants a truck.

P in a toy truck

(We abstained for now, even though it would be super cute to see Liv driving her around in it.)

I also have to tell you guys that she is obsessed with this song. We don’t even really listen to country -we used to way back in the day but it fell off the radar- but they played it at the bowling alley, and she was dancing like crazy. I’ll play it it for her sometimes on Spotify, and I thought it was pretty hilarious think of her bumpin’ Luke Bryan in her Silverado truck.

Friday night, we had a date night!

I dressed exactly like my Bitmoji.

Date night outfit

(dress // shoes // sunnies)


bitmoji Gina

Our sitter came over after the girls were crashed, and we headed downtown to grab drinks and dinner at Bistro. We haven’t had Bistro since the last time we were here, and could vaguely remember what we’d usually order and if we enjoyed the food. (The Googles verified that the last time we were there, the food was not good.) We really only remembered the interesting artwork on the walls. Dinner was pretty good! 

Tom and his dinner

(plus my date was kinda charming and handsome) 🙂

We shared a shrimp cocktail and salad, and for my entree, I rolled with the blackened grouper. It came with mashed potatoes (that did not taste like they were from a box) and sautéed veggies.

Bistro fish

We also shared this enormous blob of melted ice cream, housemade caramel, chocolate sauce, and a thick, gooey brownie. I know, right?

brownie sundae

Saturday morning, I took off to a friends’ baby shower, and the Pilot took the girls to Wild Adventures. Wild Adventures is a random theme park we have here in Valdosta, and it has grown so much since the last time we were here. They have a small zoo, tons of rides for the kiddos, a water park, splash pad, and safari train. I’m sad I missed it because apparently the girls lost their little minds. They LOVED it. 

Petting zoo

Saturday afternoon we hung out, and during naptime, I caught a Physique 57 online workout. It was a 60-minute one, and my legs were crying for mercy.

We made dinner here at home, and Sunday morning, we got ready to celebrate Father’s Day. I did the same thing the Pilot did for me on Mother’s Day weekend: while he was still sleeping, I got up with the girls and took them on a mommy-daughters date so he could sleep in and enjoy a slow, quiet morning.

The girls and I had an awesome breakfast at the Egg & I,

Breakfast date

and then we headed to the park. The weather wasn’t hot at all yet, so we could play for over an hour. We grabbed a snack and then went to meander around Target for some supplies + the usual Target impulse purchases until the Pilot called and said he was awake. 

We shared cards, enjoyed lunch together, and headed to Home Depot the pick up a new grill. We’re so excited to grill on our new patio!! I’ll be wrapping up veggies and marinating chicken for dinner tonight.

The rest of the weekend was pretty chill. I started reading The Nightingale and can’ I’m only 1/3 of the way through and it’s already one of the most intense, beautifully-written books I’ve ever read.


Hope you enjoyed the weekend, too! What was your favorite thing you did/ate/read over the weekend?



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  1. Jessica on June 19, 2017 at 8:08 am

    LOVE that book. I just finished A Man Called Ove and loved it! Have you seen Gran Torino? Ove reminded me of Clint Eastwood’s character in that awesome movie.
    Looks like a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      i’ve heard so many great things about a man called ove. i think it will be the next one i read 🙂

  2. Traci | The Petite Chef on June 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Adding that one to my summer reading list! I just started reading The Handmaid’s Tale over the weekend and it is really interesting so far. I second A Man Called Ove – loved that one too!

    Favorite thing I ate: mini chicken tacos with plenty of guac and salsa 🙂

    Glad you guys had a nice Father’s Day weekend! Love the idea of taking the kids off so one of you can sleep. I’ll be taking note for someday haha.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      the handmaid’s tale was SO INTENSE. i’ve started watching the show, but find it even more disturbing than the book!
      i really need to read a man called ove. i think it will be next 🙂
      hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Amy on June 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I loved that book, so good! Another amazing book/story (this time true) is Unbroken. Must read.
    Sounds like a fun weekend:)

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      i’ve been wanting to read that one, too! have you seen the movie?

  4. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on June 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I loved The Nightingale! I just started reading Hillbilly Elegy for book club. We also have The Invisible Bridge and Lauren Graham’s book (Talking as Fast as I Can is the title I think) on our list!

  5. Tina on June 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Great book!! Also all the light I cannot see is an excellent book!! Ove is outstanding!
    Enjoy !

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      i tried listening to that one audible and couldn’t really get into it. i’ll check out the actual book 🙂

  6. Amanda on June 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I just finished reading Saints for All Occasions by J Courtney Sullivan. It was a good read, but I would recommend her other books before recommending this one, especially Commencement. So sharp, witty, and keeps you reading. She writes contemporary American fiction, which is very different than The Nightingale and All The Light We Cannot See (which is excellent).

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      i will check out her work- thank you!

  7. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on June 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I love The Nightingale, I read it with my book club last year. SO good! Hope you have a great day.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      oh my gosh, i can’t finish it fast enough. i just hope the ending is happier/satisfying

  8. Nathaly @Nathycure on June 19, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love your sandals so much, Gina! I have to say you have a pretty good taste for clothes 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      thanks, girl <3

  9. June on June 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I did a staring contest for my son’s first birthday – it was a group of friends that sort of knew each other so it worked great as an ice breaker.

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      haha i love that idea!

  10. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    OMG she looks adorable in that truck!

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      it was hilarious. she didn’t want to get out

  11. LeeAnn on June 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I read that earlier this year and it was so well written. Pulls on every part of your heart!

  12. Tracy on June 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    That was one of the best books I read last year! Really good! Have you read Lilac Girls yet? Also a great one!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      no! i’ll look at it now 🙂

  13. Lindsay on June 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend.

    I’m with you on The Nightingale. Just wait until you read more…

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      i can’t finish it fast enough!!

  14. Lori on June 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The Nightengale is SO GOOD, but I cried through the last quarter of the book! Have tissues ready!
    Random question for you. I noticed that SSU is starting in July and I am super excited. Will there be full videos again? I love when you have the full videos even though I know it is so much more work for you. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      i already feel like i’m going to cry my face off reading it
      no full videos for SSU :/ (i did get an awesome calendar made and we took photos for 3 of the workouts)
      i haven’t been able to find a reasonable videographer around here yet. winter shape up should have full videos because i’ll film them with grant next time we’re in town!

  15. priya on June 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Penelope is getting so big!! 20 months? ah!
    but also- LOVE that she loves that song. Country is mah jammm and I love “My Kind Of Night” and basically all Luke Bryan haha.
    and i’ve heard about the Nightengale. Looking forward to what you think about it!

  16. Bethany on June 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Scavenger hunts are the best ice breakers! Nothing like taking someone’s shoes from them or leaping over them to tackle someone for the bobby pin.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      OHHHH that’s a good one!

  17. Olivia K on June 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I actually just finished that book about 3 days ago, it gave me all the feels and did not disappoint!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      please tell me the end is satisfying and not heartbreaking

  18. milania dela cruz on June 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I so adore your outfit and the bitmoji!!!haha so awesome! I gotta do that sometime!!
    p.s. I’m moving out of NY and to CT (starting Yale fellowship) so here’s to new chapters of our lives. I can’t believe I have been following you since 2010 now i’m finishing residency and just kinda cool how I’ve followed you since then.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      hahah i realized it afterwards. i picked that bitmoji outfit because i always wear shirt dresses 😉
      that is amazing! so excited for you <3 and thank you for reading for so long!

  19. Kristen on June 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I read that book almost 2-yeas ago, and it’s one of my top reads and recommendations. I read it in about a day, and awkwardly sobbed in public multiple times. Such a beautiful book!

    PS – your girls are such gorgeous children! I can’t get over how big they are getting.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      oh my gosh, i can’t wait to finish it. i’m completely sucked in.
      thank you so much! they’re getting so big, and they’re more fun every day 🙂

  20. Alyssa G. on June 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    An icebreaker I’ve used for work (it takes a little prep) is human bingo. Using a bingo template, fill in the squares with topics instead of numbers. Like, “Is a twin”, “Has travelled to all 50 states”, etc. Then people go around and talk to others to fill their spaces. It’s always been a big success for me.

    I found some already completed ones here>>


    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      ohhhhh LOVE that!!

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