Birthday Zumba

Good morning! Happy Saturday to you ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope youโ€™re having an amazing weekend so far.

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[She was in another world for that pic, but usually Bell will give me a smug face when the Pilot is petting her. Like โ€œSee? I win. Be jealous.โ€]

The Pilot and I got a lot done around the casa yesterday, since he was off work. I washed and organized everything from the baby shower, ran a few errands, took the day off from the gym since I was sore from Thursday Zumba and tubing classes, and then it was play time.

We went to Guadalajara Grill


and didnโ€™t even mess around with ordering entrees. We got all got a few appetizers to share since we werenโ€™t very hungry and usually end up getting full from chips and salsa anyway.

You canโ€™t really deny the salsa made tableside + fresh, salty chips:


Good stuff.

This morning, I figured it was a good day to include a little chocolate in my breakfast:


Pumpkin protein oats with almond butter and a square of dark chocolate melted in

Thank you so much for the early morning birthday wishes <3 The Pilot is home this year, weโ€™re off to San Diego tomorrow am, and I get to teach Zumba, so Iโ€™m thinking it will be a good day.

Iโ€™m taking the GF chooclate cake with sprinkle frosting that the madre made- Iโ€™ll post a pic this afternoon since itโ€™s still at her house- to share with the girls at work. I like working on my bday, especially with the jobs Iโ€™ve been blessed with, and when people complain about working on their bday (or give advance bday alerts) it always reminds me of this hilarious skit:

Enjoy your Saturday and Iโ€™ll see ya later!


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  1. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on November 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Chips and Salsa for the win! I always get full on fresh salsa! Can’t beat it!

  2. Amber L on November 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. char @ char on a mission on November 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Happy birthday!!! Mmm…chocolate cake!

  4. kyla on November 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Happy Birthday weekend!!!!!!

  5. Raewyn on November 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers, an awesome role model, kickin’ Zumba teacher, beautiful mama-to-be, and one super-cool Fitnessista! Sending love your way, Gina! Have a fabulous day, girlie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tamara on November 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hubby and I always quote Jim Gaffigan on our birthdays…can’t believe I have to work on my birthday! can’t believe I have to do laundry on my birthday!

  7. Deanna on November 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday! I love that clip so much! My favorite part is when he says, don’t give me an errand, lol!

  8. Kim on November 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Happy birthday!!!!

  9. Leslie Wingate on November 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINA!!!!!!! Next year, you’ll have a little darling to share some cake with you. <3

  10. Katie @ Plates and Paste on November 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Happy Birthday! I don’t mind working on my bday either…there’s cake and plenty of “happy birthdays” ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on November 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!! Looks like a great start to the weekend so far!

  12. Evan Thomas on November 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Happy birthday, Gina!

  13. Maren on November 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Happy Birthday! haha love that skit! I added a few chocolate chips to my pumpkin protein pancakes this morning! You were definitely right about it being a good day for a chocolatey breakfast!

  14. Kandi on November 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  15. Amanda on November 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Happy Birthday! Bella looks like such a little puppy in that pic. So cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nothing like fresh chips and salsa. Yum!

  16. Katie on November 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Happy Birthday Gina! Have a beautiful day love! Enjoy SanDiego too! Im going there for my birthday , but Im turning big 30! You are younger ; ) Perfect place to go, you guys will have such a great time, and a nice getaway before the beautiful little girl is born!!

    xoxo <3

  17. Laura on November 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  18. Blake @ Blake Bakes on November 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Happy birthday! Also, I love Jim Gaffigan, great choice for birthday comedy!

  19. Meg on November 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    happy happy birthday ๐Ÿ˜€ have a safe trip ๐Ÿ˜€ xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo enjoy your day!

  20. Maggie on November 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Happy happy birthday!!

  21. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on November 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great weekend celebrating!

  22. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gina!!! I hope you and the Pilot have a wonderful day together. I can’t wait to see your cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Rachel on November 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Happy birthday!! That video is hilarious!

  24. Diana on November 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! Sounds like you have quite the line-up – enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Melodie on November 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Happy Birthday! We love Jim Gaffigan at this house! I thought you were going to say that y’all would be seeing him in San Diego. I was going to be very jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your getaway!

  26. sara on November 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Happy birthday!! Hope it is an amazing day you deserve it!

  27. Hillary on November 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Happy birthday, Gina! Sounds like it’ll be a great one.

  28. Jessica on November 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday Gina!! We all know this upcoming year will be a special one for you!!

    Have a great time in San Diego!

  29. Shannon (Healthiful Balance) on November 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Have a great birthday, Gina!

  30. Olivia @ PeanutButterNerd on November 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Happy birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Erin KP on November 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Happy birthday!!!

  32. Kristen on November 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Happy birthday! Enjoy San Diego! “Evolution” is a really yummy vegan restaurant if you get the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Meghan @ StruggleMuffins on November 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  34. Kailey on November 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!!

  35. RachelG on November 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Have a fabulous bday/trip, Gina! You deserve the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. alicia on November 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Mama!!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

  37. Annette @ with a side of brownies on November 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!!!

  38. Julia Model on November 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    hi! Omgsh is this in Tucson, Arizona?!

    • Carolyn on November 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Seriously amazing food – you have to check out Guadalajara Grill while you are in Tucson.

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      YES! it’s sooooo good

  39. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on November 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, that oats with the chocolate square melted in looks like such a wonderful morning meal – I love that idea! <3 Yummy! I bet it tasted SO good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful birthday – it must be amazing to be sharing it with your Pilot – enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€ xyx

  40. mi-an d. on November 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    hey pretty lady! happy birthday! i’m in vegas right now…off to la tomorrow then back to ny on wed. ! i know…my vagabond life… ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Heather on November 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Happy Birthday! have fun in Cali and be safe! <3 Dinner looked FAB! (and I HAVE to try those pumpkin oats!)

  42. Kathryn @ Flopoodle on November 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Happy bday!!!!!! Definitely a good cause for chocolate in your breakfast ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. Lisa on November 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Have a fantastic birthday little mama!

  44. Tierney on November 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday! My favorite Jim Gaffigan sketch is his Hot Pockets riff. I hear it’s raining in San Diego, which makes it a little more dreary since there’s so much that’s based on being outside but the La Jolla contemporary arts museum is a beautiful place with a sculpture garden and windows that overlook the cove (and there’s a military discount!). The Cottage and Brockton Villa are two great places for brunch/lunch. If it clears up, I totally recommend driving out to Cabrillo National Monument, my favorite park with an unbelievable view at the very tip of Point Loma. Safe driving!

  45. Rebecca on November 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Yay Happy birthday!!!

  46. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on November 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have an amazing day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. gina g on November 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  48. kara on November 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    happy, happy birthday, gina! have a fabulous weekend!!

  49. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on November 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Wishing you an awesome birthday weekend and babymoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Ali on November 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    So Much Happy Birthday Girl!! You are so awesome, and I hope that your day is as awesome as you are. I think you are right, excellent day for chocolate at breakfast ๐Ÿ˜‰

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