brunch so hard

Hi friends! How are you? Hope you enjoyed the weekend. Did you watch the Super Bowl? I did watch the Lady Gaga concert, and omg. She crushed it. So good.

I missed the performance of America the Beautiful but thank goodness for YouTube.

We’re just taking it easy around here today, but I thought I’d hop in to share a recap of the weekend. It was a perfect mix of relaxing, fun, and family time…. with some partying and shopping thrown in there, too. Oh and by “partying” I mean sleeping. Same same.

Friday night, I got in a late Orangetheory class (Stefan’s class is AMAZING, Tucson friends! He cooled down to Rent.) and the girls were both asleep by 7:45pm. (P always goes to sleep by 6, but Liv is usually awake later.) The Pilot and I were like WHAT IS HAPPENING and the evening became at-home date night. We cooked dinner together, shared some wine, sat at the kitchen island eating and enjoying complete conversation, and watched a movie. It was perfect.

Saturday morning, we slept in, and had breakfast here at home. We chilled for a while and then decided to hit up the Artisan’s Market for lunch and browsing.

Artisan's Market

We enjoyed fresh papusas for lunch (a papusa is like a thick, stuffed corn tortilla topped with a cabbage slaw and salsa),

[insert weird brown-looking iPhone photo here]

and picked up some fun things from the market: cilantro spices, some baked goodies, a cross for my nana, and this gorgeous floral arrangement.


Madre gave me a much-needed haircut and color (it feels so fresh!!) 

Fresh hair

and dinner was at my Uncle E’s house. He grilled up a huge feast with chicken, steak, lamb, and vegetables, and served it with wine, salad, and focaccia. 

Uncle E feast

Sunday morning, I took a reformer class at In-Balance. Pilates always feels equally restorative and challenging to me. It gives me a chance to really focus on my core and breathing, and during the stretches, it hits me that I haven’t stretched all week. My hamstrings were very confused. Class was a balance of total body work, and we used the BOSU and ballet barre. I chugged a green juice running out the door, but waited to have breakfast because we had brunch reservations at our very favorite place: Ventana Canyon.

This was one of our frequent brunch spots when Liv was little, and I never could have imagined that we’d be back there again soon, with another little one in tow.

Liv had the best time,

Livi at brunch

and brunch rocked P’s world.

Miss p at brunch

At one point, she had a waffle in one hand and a filet of salmon in the other hand and was enthusiastically saying, “MUM, MUM, MUMMMM” (<— = major yum)

I had all of the random things I knew would be waiting for me:

Random Brunch assortment

sushi, grilled salmon, skillet cornbread, Caesar salad, and grilled veggies.

And the necessary coffee + never-ending mimosas.

Coffee and mimosa

We walked around a bit afterwards,

The fam

fed the koi fish, and headed back home for naptime. 

Me and p

(dress is here)

P didn’t quite make it.

P napping on Tom

We stopped by madre’s to say hi to everyone and catch some of the Superbowl, then came home for dinner.

This was probably our favorite Sunbasket meal yet: sole cooked in parchment with spinach, lemon, shallot and topped with a warm salad (almonds, dates, apricots, sumac and parsley).

Sorry caro

Today’s a cycling day, and I’m starting to get things together for a trip to HAWAII. 

I hope you’re having a very happy Monday! Don’t forget to check in with today’s workout here. I’ll see ya in the morning with some tips on getting more out of your barre workout. 



Looking for a workout?? Try workout #2! It’s a combo of strength and HIIT, and includes a follow-along video, with lots of modification options. Please let me know what you think!


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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I totally have that Fabletics sweatshirt dress. It’s so cozy and fun for running around! Looks like you had a beautiful Arizona. We had brunch at Ventana for Thanksgiving years ago and it was incredible. I had no idea what I wanted to eat. They have so much to chose from.

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      it’s one of my faves! and YES. ventana is the best

  2. Kandi on February 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Your brunch plate is everything I could eat every single day! Yummmm!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      same!! i could eat it for every meal, too 🙂

  3. Guest on February 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I love your workouts!! Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      <3 so happy to hear! thank you for letting me know! xo

  4. Nathaly @NathyCure on February 7, 2017 at 3:42 am

    This entire post made me hungry. Your uncle’s food looks incredible!

  5. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on February 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I do need to look up Lady Gaga’s performance because I’ve heard it was awesome. I do feel like I vicariously watched the game though because I’m from Boston and everyone on my facebook feed seemed to be live blogging it at the time!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      it was SO GOOD

  6. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on February 7, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Looks like such a fun weekend!

  7. Cassie on February 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I’m curious since you mentioned Pilates, what are your thoughts on Hot Pilates? Would love to hear! Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      i think it sounds awesome! i haven’t seen any hot classes available but i would love to try one

  8. Annie on February 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Your hair looks AMAZING! Brunch is my favorite thing ever! We do not enjoy it enough

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      thank you!! <3

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