disappearing act

Hi friends! 

How’s the day treating you? It’s still gloomy and snoozy over here, and I kind of love it even though I’m on coffee cup #3 (WOOPS) and trying to be productive. I just want to HGTV and chill.

Nathalie Milazzo Master Retreat HGTV.com


Speaking of HGTV and chill, we had an awesome dinner at Seasons 52 last night, and a little bit of wine… It’s probably in our favor that all of the stores at the UTC mall were closed, because we were surrounded by home & decor stores like Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn kids, and Williams Sonoma.

Date night at Seasons 52 with the Pilot

(similar top here)

I think I could have gotten the Pilot behind some Pottery Barn impulse purchases haha. Because you need furniture right before you move… (except not at all)

I was in love with all of the fall decor and tables! I took some pics with my phone like a creeper from the store windows so I can replicate here at home.

fall side table

Dinner at Seasons was particularly awesome. 

Jam Jar wine, which is really like a fruity punch. (More of my favorite wines are here!)

wine at date night

The salmon salad, which I get every time because why mess with perfection,

Seasons 52 salmon salad

and the ahi tuna appetizer.

Seasons 52 ahi appetizer

I was so full, but had to try the pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust. It was just as I remembered.

Seasons 52 pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust

While we were eating, we were serenaded by a pianist whose repertoire included Nicki Minaj, Kenny Loggins, Katy Perry, and Train. I wish I would have gotten her card so I could give her a proper shout out, because she was wonderful. 

So we’ve had a little disappearing act in our house. Liv and I made these flourless pumpkin bars yesterday (stay tuned for a video recipe like this breakfast cookie one!),

Flourless pumpkin bars with chocolate chips

and they lasted exactly 18 hours. It’s definitely the time of year where I’ll be making these every few days. Plus, Liv doesn’t turn into a sugar monster when she has thirds, because (don’t tell her this but) there’s hardly any sugar in the recipe. She’s eating nuts and vegetables! AND SHE LIKES IT! 🙂

When P wakes up from her nap, we’ll head to the gym for a short weights workout then pick up Liv from school to take to music class. Hot barre tonight!

Comfy goose

Just wanted to stop in and say hi. Hope you enjoyed the workout from this morning!

I’ll see ya in the am with a recap from our staycation at the Del + a video.



If you go to a favorite restaurant, do you get the same thing or switch it up?

Favorite HGTV show? I’m obsessed with Chip and Jo.

What’s on the workout plan today?

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  1. Sam @ Barrister's Beet on September 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Chip & Jo are perfect. I want to be them when I grow up.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      they’re the best

  2. Sarah T on September 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve watched all the Chip & Jo and might just have to start rewatching. They’re seriously the best. I also plowed through all the Great British Bakeoff I could get my hands on and had a brief love affair with Cupcake Wars until all I wanted to do was eat cake!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      hahaha i can’t watch a ton of baking shows because then i’m on a mission for cupcakes. it’s very distracting 😉

  3. Katie on September 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Im a sucker for saying that I’m going to order something new at my fav restaurants and then as soon as the server gets there I revert back to my usual!

    Me: “I’m totally going to try that new special tonight.”…
    Enter server: “And what will you be having?”…
    Me: “The maple salmon with rice pilaff please.”…. oops!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      hehheh i’m the exact same way! i want to be adventurous and then i’m like nope

  4. Rachel on September 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    GAH!!! P’s smile is everything that is adorbs and good in the world. <3

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      it seriously lights up the entire room <3

      • Rachel on September 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

        I can’t wait to see your future post about your pancake/Pilot/Girls dream/vision finally occurring IRL. That’ll be so cool. Not far off!! <3

        • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

          right?! i seriously thought there was no way i’d really have two girls

  5. Cassie on September 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Yaas! Fixer upper.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      the best

  6. Reghan on September 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I’m totally making these pumpkin bars this weekend! It’s starting to feel like Fall around here and I cant wait to whip up a delicious pumpkin treat 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      let me know how you like them!!! 🙂

  7. erin @Serindipity1214 on September 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I always order the same thing at certain restaurants (BBQ Chicken salad no seeds and sub goat cheese) from Seasons 52. But other places I have to try everything.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      i need to try that chicken salad!! but we all know i’ll do the salmon instead haha

      • Erin on September 14, 2016 at 5:11 am

        I understand! I switch to the salmon during Lent lol it’s a goodie! They all know my order and have it ready on Fridays at 6:30…is it bad that I’m proud of that?

  8. Crystal on September 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I have to try seasons 52 next time I’m near one! If only for the desserts haha

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      the desserts alone are worth it!

  9. Laura @FitMamaLove on September 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Chip and Jo are the best! Not only do I want them to redecorate my whole house, but they are adorable. I think I need those pumpkin bars in my life!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      yes, i love them!!! and you do! they’re one of my very favorites 🙂

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I love Seasons 52! It has been too long since I’ve visited one!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      ahhh it’s so good!

  11. Amanda P. on September 14, 2016 at 4:56 am

    The last time my husband and I went to our favorite restaurant we did switch it up. The food was still good….just not the same. Lesson learned: Stick with what it is that you go to the restaurant for. 🙂

  12. Tracy on September 14, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Always order the same thing at favorite restaurants, Always.

    Chip & JoJo… I’d move to Waco if they’d decorate my house! Can’t wait for the new season!

    • Fitnessista on September 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      CAN’T WAIT

  13. Julie on September 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I’m a creature of habit too. It’s rare that I don’t order my fave from that particular restaurant.

  14. Kandi on September 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I would pay big $$$ for Chip and Jo to redo my house!! I also love House Hunters!

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