barre, bar, bye car

Hi friends! How are you?? Hope you had an amazing weekend! We had a great Tucson weekend. It’s hard to believe that we have one weekend left and then we’re outta here. Did you do anything fun? Ours was a perfect mix; we accomplished a lot of the moving-related to-dos (still so much left…) and enjoyed time as a fam. The Pilot’s mom is in town visiting, too, so that’s always a fun treat.

Friday morning, I hit the road to Phoenix. It was my last chance to meet up with two amazing friends before we all move. Both girls are estheticians and laser techs, so we met up at Michele’s work because she’d kindly offered to laser my face hahah. #truefriendship . I’d mentioned that I wanted to try a photofacial, and she said, “Let’s do it before you move!” She knows I’m the biggest weenie about pretty much anything that isn’t childbirth (which makes zero sense), but it didn’t hurt at all. I held a cold fan to my face as she zapped all of my little sun-damaged freckles, and they’re going to fall off in a couple of days. I took before pics so I can share the results afterwards!! It was my first time getting laser on my face -I’ve done hair removal before and it was NBD- and it wasn’t nearly as terrible as I thought it would be.

After laser time, we enjoyed a long lunch to catch up on life at Pita Jungle. It had been years since I’ve had it, which is funny because we have one nearby in Tucson, and it was SO.GOOD. Their salads give me liiiife.

Salmon salad

That afternoon, I headed back to Tucson and enjoyed an awesome Sunbasket dinner with the fam. Grilled romaine, chicken breast, and artichoke tapenade:

Sunbasket dinner

Caro wanted some, too.

Saturday morning, I was excited to catch the barre3 at the park event. My friend Kate has posted pics from these events for the past couple of years, and I’ve always had a bit of FOMO. The timing worked out where I could go this year, and it was incredible. There were about 300 of us doing barre al fresco, there was a perfect cool breeze, and we all got to enjoy coffee and snacks from Prep & Pastry afterwards. 

yoga mat and things


Kate and Me

The Pilot and the girls met me as class was wrapping up so we could enjoy a park morning together.

Liv at the park

Tom and P

Saturday afternoon, we sold our car. 

We had no idea it would happen this quickly, but we’re SO glad we won’t be stressing about it all week. The Pilot took it in to get detailed, I listed it on Craigslist, and we sold it within 4 hours! We’ll be chilling as a 1-car family until we pick up our new wheels in Georgia.

Bye, Betty. You were a great little car. 

bye car

She had a long life and definitely served our little family well.  <3

Saturday evening, we enjoyed a little date night before heading to the airport to pick up MIL. We were trying to think of something that isn’t in the usual rotation, and decided to head to Wildflower in Casas Adobes. I hadn’t had Wildflower since college, and the Pilot had never been. 

It’s a quaint spot, with bright white and soft interior, lots of fresh flowers, and floral art. The food is modern American, and everything we ordered was amazing.


We started with the tuna guacamole, and I enjoyed a grapefruit martini. The pilot ordered the soup (a corn chowder) + filet, and I went for the scallops for my entree. They were perfectly-cooked, and I loved the lemongrass broth with the rice and greens. 

grapefruit martini

scallops and salad

Tom and his meal

Me and my salad

We picked up MIL from her late flight, and headed home to catch up a bit before bed! Sunday morning, we were excited to take her to the St. Phillip’s farmer’s market; one of our favorite spots.

MIL and Liv

Of course, we had to get crepes.


And enjoyed the fresh air, exploring the local art, crafts, and beautiful produce.



drinking from a coconut

Sunday evening, I had to film a couple of videos, and the fam came over for dinner. I made a quick cheese board,

cheese board

we ordered pizza and salads,

mom and nana brought dessert and beers,

and Kyle brought over an enormous thing of Wagyu steak that Uncle E cooked up.  

This morning, we’ll probably head off to breakfast and some more of our favorite Tucson places. <3

I hope you have a happy Monday, too!

See you soon,


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  1. Christina @ on March 27, 2017 at 7:31 am

    P looks like such a little girl these days! It looks like y’all are really making the most of your time in Tucson. It looks like a really great city, I always love seeing all of the fun / family things to do there. My husband’s never been to Arizona and I want to take him someday, Tucson will definitely be on the itinerary!

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      right?! it makes me sad haha. the girls are getting so big!
      and yes, you would love it here <3

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 27, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Oh you were in Glendale. That’s where I live! Funny I almost went to Pita Jungle on Friday too. Have fun on these last days in Tucson! It’s so weird seeing you roaming around my old stomping grounds.

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      no way! that would have been so awesome to finally meet you 🙂

  3. Lisa on March 27, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I love your jacket!
    Time with friends is always great for the soul 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      thank you!
      so true <3
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  4. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on March 27, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Looks like such a nice weekend! That’s so funny how quickly your car sold, too! I guess it’s better than taking too long to sell lol. Love your friend’s striped leggings too, btw!

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      amen to that! it’s weird it happened so fast but i’m glad we got it over with
      YES! i want some of those leggings 🙂

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 27, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Hi Gina! Wow, quite the weekend. That’s awesome your friend lasered your face. My friend got that done recently, and she looks AMAZING! And barre outdoors sounds magical. I LOVE to do yoga outdoors, but I’ve never actually done barre outside. Props on selling the car so quickly! Before we moved to SF from Orlando, I sold my Mini Cooper back to the dealer where I bought it, and they paid me. It was insane. I felt like it was a sign I was supposed to be carless for a few years in the City. Anyways! ENJOY soaking up the Tucson sun, and prepare for humidity … 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      yes! i was so pumped that it didn’t hurt haha
      hope you had a wonderful weekend, too. and my hair is afraid of the humidity 😉

  6. Lauren on March 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Hi Gina! I love your green jacket. Where is it from? I have been on the hunt for one just like it. Looks like such a lovely weekend with gorgeous weather! Xo.

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      thank you! i got it from fabletics years ago and still wear it all the time
      this is the closest one i’ve been able to find:
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  7. Lauren on March 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks, Gina! Appreciate it!

  8. Jamie @ madrediem on March 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I love the title of this post – it’s catchy and alliteration is my fave! Looks like you had a great weekend. That barre in the park event looks amazing and makes me want to do a barre workout asap!

  9. Mari on March 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    That picture of Penelope with her dad is so sweet! So funny to see them both cracking up about something. Would be so sweet to take a picture of them laughing like that when she’s older and then place it side by side in a picture frame.

  10. Safa on March 28, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Can’t stop chuckling at the word play in your title. Good one! xx

  11. Priya on March 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    oh my i got laser hair removal and it was the WORST. i i mean, 2 of my areas were the most painful to get done apparently and my face wasn’t as bad, but still haha.
    and i can’t believe you’re leaving in just a week! it’s sad and exciting 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      it’s exciting and so terrible at the same time
      and yes, laser hair remover is super painful. it took me a little while but i got used to it

  12. Leah on March 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Where did you get your gold chain necklace? You’re my style goalz!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      stella and dot! 🙂

  13. Stepfanie on March 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Cute cat! Is that a 3 series? Did you like it? I have an X3, but I’m getting a red 3 series convertible in May. My hubby works for BMW as an engineer, so I swap cars every few months. Are You getting another one?

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      thank you!! ahhh the convertible will be SO cute
      we loved our 325- nothing drives like a BMW. we got an audi, so i’m excited to take it for a test drive when we get to georgia

  14. Lesley on March 30, 2017 at 7:29 am

    So this is a weird question, but my husband and I are thinking of selling our car also. How did you request payment to ensure you were paid? Like did you get cash or paypal? I’m so worried we will get scammed!! ha. Thanks and good luck during the big move!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

      usually i’ll meet the person at the bank and have them get a cashier’s check at the bank. it’s easy, there’s a notary there for the paperwork, and it makes it feel safer.
      this was a unique circumstance; since it was over the weekend he paid us cash. tom got one of those counterfeit markers to make sure it was legit, and had a notary meet him at a coffee shop for the paperwork

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