Christmas 2017

Hi friends! How are you? I hope that those who were celebrating yesterday enjoyed a fun and festive Christmas. Ours was a great one. We spent the day at home in our pajamas, opening gifts, watching the girls play, eating delicious food, watching holiday movies, and drinking almond milk egg nog. Not a bad way to spend the day. 😉

We FaceTimed with our family and friends all over the US, and enjoyed the greatest gift: our little family was together. I was remembering all of the Christmases that the Pilot and I have spent apart, and whenever he’s home, I’m extra thankful. 

Christmas 2017 family photo

Some pics from the festivities:

Christmas Eve Eve, we took the girls to Wild Adventures for some holiday fun. It was PACKED, and probably the most lights I’ve seen in Valdosta at once. The girls can ride so many rides now that we were there until the park closed. 

Wild adventures

Tom and the girls, and a big Christmas tree

Xmas eve, we hung out at home. I hit up the gym for a quick workout, and prepped all of the food for Christmas. 

Sweet potato casserole

Green bean casserole

Riced cauliflower

Brined the turkey

Nana’s egg dish

THE BEST cinnamon rolls (more on these in a sec)


Stuffing ( <— boxed mix from Trader Joe’s)

It took about 2 hours and was so clutch. On Christmas day, all I had to do was pop food into the oven. 

For Christmas Eve dinner, I put together a little cheese board:

Cheese board

(at one point, both girls were sitting on the table picking at it haha)

and the Pilot grilled steak, lobster, and tuna steak.

Xmas eve dinner

Xmas eve dinner

We changed into our matching jammies, and the Pilot read The Night Before Christmas before we tucked the girls into bed. 

Family Christmas jammies

Then, the present blitz began!

Santa goodies

Santa kissing the elf. 😉 

Me in my Santa jammies kissing Tom in his Elf jammies

We drank mulled wine and watched Four Christmases (<— we quote this movie on a regular basis, and not just during the holidays haha) while we got everything together. 

Christmas morning, the girls woke up super excited, and as always, it was so much fun watching them open their stockings and gifts. Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, and it’s 10239x more magical with the girls.

We were originally planning on getting them a playset, but since we’ll be moving in the next year or so, it didn’t seem worth the expense. (Apparently you can uproot and move with them, but it looked like a giant pain.) So instead, we decided to get them little power wheels. 

Power Wheels

Mercedes Power Wheels

I posted some videos on IG stories, and it was hilarious watching Liv drive P around while P giggled the entire time. 

Breakfast was nana’s egg casserole (maybe my favorite meal ever),

Egg casserole


and the best cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls are one of our Christmas traditions – I even rolled them out in the base hotel a couple of years ago – and I’ve played around with a few recipes. Some have literally flopped, but while most recipes are delicious (I mean, it’s bread, butter, and sugar. What could really go wrong?), this particular recipe was a showstopper. It’s the one I’ll be making from now on!! (<— Pin it for next year or a random Sunday morning. I promise you’ll love them!)

Cinnamon rolls

We spent all morning watching the girls drive their cars around the yard – P isn’t driving yet, but Liv takes her around – and when we came inside, we watched A Christmas Story twice while P napped, the girls got little manicures, 

tiny manicures

and we had dinner! I was thinking about doing poke bowls, but when the Pilot told me he was really craving some green bean casserole, we went back to the Thanksgiving-esque holiday standard.


It was so good, and three cheers for day-after Thanksgiving sandwiches for the next few days.

Livi at Xmas dinner

And just because it’s not really Christmas without some exploding nog.

Nog fail

I hope that you had a wonderful one, too!! 

I’ll be taking a couple of days off to spend time with the fam and get caught up on life, but I’ll be back to regular blogging on Friday with Friday Faves.

What was the highlight of your weekend? Any hilarious holiday stories to share?



If you have holiday gift cards to spend, here are some of the best day-after Christmas sales!

J. Crew 30% off final sale (this bodysuit is perfection and only $25.99. Also love this heart print top for Valentine’s Day)

macy’s: extra 20% off with code JOY

Asos: up to 50% off (just stop with this midi dress)

LOFT: 50% off everything! (code: WRAPITUP). This statement necklace is gorgeous and love this details on this top.

Kate Spade: 40% off sale styles with code EXTRATREAT. This bag is perfection.

Shopbop: 25% off sale items with code JOY25.

Revolve: new markdowns up to 65% off. I’ve been lurking this dress for spring.

Nordstrom: Half-yearly sale is here!! Shiny version of my fave leggings, classic Hunter boots, super cute nightshirt, Miller flip flops and gorgeous neutral booties.

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  1. Lauren on December 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This was our baby’s first Christmas, which was both magical and hilarious. For example, she feels that most literature should be devoured with her mouth, not her mind lol!

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

      hahah babies always go after the packaging, too 🙂

  2. Lauren on December 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Also, I just ordered that nightshirt–I love it!

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

      it’s so cute!!

  3. Grace on December 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    My 92 year old grandmother wrote her memoirs this year and bound it into a book for the family. I read that on xmas eve and it was fascinating to learn more about her life in the 40’s and the letters my grandad sent her while in the air force. She also included a paragraph about how she lost her virginity to him 3 weeks before they were married. She was not about to marry someone without finding out what kind of lover they were first. That made me laugh so hard. Respect.

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

      this cracked me up! you have to try it before you buy it haha

  4. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on December 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Sounds like you and your family had a fun Christmas together. I saw the video you posted on Instagram of the girls driving in their new cars. They looked so happy!

  5. Janice O'Kane on December 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Those cars ~ so adorable!

  6. Abigail on December 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I bake your nana’s egg casserole for many a brunch! Love it!

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

      yesss. the best!

  7. Juliana on December 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    My friend’s 9-month old baby, who had never met a cat, met my parent’s cat, who had never met a baby. They were both SO CONFUSED and it was hilarious. I imagined them having a conversation something along these lines:
    Baby: “Dog, why do you look and act so weird?”
    Cat: “Human, why are you so tiny? Why are all the other humans making a fuss about you?”
    The pics were priceless!

  8. JC on December 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I make my cinnamon rolls in the bread maker-so easy. I make a few batches and freeze them, let them defrost overnight and then bake. Happy New Year!

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      that is genius! maybe i need to add a bread maker to the appliances <3

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