Disney and weekend adventures

Hi! Hope you had an amazing weekend. Here are some pics from ours 🙂

I could get used to the fact that Disneyland is only an hour and a half away! The Pilot was working, so Liv and I took a road trip to meet up with some cousins. We got in around 8:30, and you could see the park from our hotel room. Livi ran up to the window saying, “Disneyland! I see it! Minnie! I see her! I’m so excited!” 

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As you can imagine, we slept really well 😉

The next morning, we enjoyed a little breakfast and took the shuttle to California Adventure, home of the Disney Junior show, which is Liv’s absolute favorite. We could go just to see the show and the parades, and she would be a happy kid indeed. 


The best:


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Cousins watching the parade:



Mama goose and her babies:

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(They walked by right by Liv’s stroller while she napped in the shade)

Little Minnie Mouse:

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We went to California Adventure, Disneyland, rode some rides, ate some amazing food, and got back on the road to San Diego.

Obligatory castle photo:


The view from Saturday’s 10-miler:

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The Pilot and Liv at her school picnic:


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(The parents all brought side dishes, the school provided veggie burgers and beef burgers, beverages, jumping candles, and the kids sang for all of the parents. In a nutshell, it was super cute)

Sushi Saturday:


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(We ate at The Joint and LOVED it. They offer a crazy awesome sushi and tapas menu, in addition to 30-something beers on draft, great wine list and a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend the Granny’s Grinds roll, even though everything we enjoyed was delicious.)

Some food prep for the week:

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What was the highlight of your weekend? Did you plan and prep today? We hit the jackpot at Trader Joe’s with organic berries, and I chopped veggies, made muffins, granola, and got some staples to have while nana and mom are here this week. I’ll probably start dinosaur crying as soon as I see their faces.

Have a great night <3



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  1. Megan @ TheSkinny-Life on May 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The Joint is awesome! I’m jealous. I had to work today. Prepping for a meeting tomorrow. That was a bummer, but I still got in my exercise 10 miles this morning and did my meal prepping yesterday. I had to do a little rearranging to accommodate getting work done but it worked out! I love Disneyland. I’m convinced you’re never to old to go.

  2. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Aww that is so sweet! Glad you and Livi had a great time at Disneyland!

  3. Lindsey on May 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    What granola recipe did you use?

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      it’s one from the book. if you email me, i can send it to you! i’ve been making it every week 🙂

      • JG on May 19, 2014 at 1:10 am

        Will you send it to more than one reader who emails you? 🙂

        • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 1:31 am

          of course!

  4. Steph @ Steph's Miles on May 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Wow, you had a jam-packed weekend! Your adventures sound lovely. Have a good week!

  5. Livi on May 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I didn’t get to prep anything today, but I will tomorrow!!

  6. Yaara Leve on May 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I love those denim shorts! What brand are they?

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

      they’re joe’s 🙂

  7. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on May 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Liv is too cute in her Minnie ears 🙂

    Looks like a great weekend!

  8. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on May 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    i can’t even explaaaaain how much i love that pic of her standing at the window!!!!! melts my heart. i have to come visit. and when i do we go for sushi 😀

  9. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on May 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Love kids’ excitement over Disney! My son also loves the Disney Junior show. It’s a fun one! Cute pic of the Pilot and Livi!

    There was no big highlight of my weekend–I just enjoyed a nice time hanging around the house with the family, spending lots of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. 🙂

  10. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on May 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    We just went to Disneyland a few weeks ago and had a blast! My little guy loved the Disney Jr. show too but got a little scared of the pirates. He is such a scaredy cat! I’m with Liv, the parades are the best part!

  11. Shaina Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Gah I can’t wait for Disney this Friday! We’re taking Tripp for the first time for his bday and the after that I have free reign haha….I’m thinking once a week? 🙂

    I want sushi so. Bad.

  12. Runner Girl Eats on May 19, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I would loovvee to live that close to Disney! I grew up abotu 4 hours away and it was so fun to pack up and go for a weekend of fun 🙂

  13. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on May 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

    So much fun! My favorite memories growing up were of Disney adventures 🙂

  14. Brynn on May 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

    You always have the most wonderful weekends. It seems as though you get an extra day based on everything you accomplish and enjoy!

  15. Jackie on May 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

    So glad liv had fun at Disney!

  16. Stacey @ Binge Free Me on May 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Awwww!!! Livi and those goose babies are adorable:)

  17. Katie on May 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I love getting food prep done on Sundays! This week I made Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers, a double batch of your quinoa pancakes, and chopped veggies for fish tacos and the curried lentils recipe from this last winter workout meal plan. YUM!

  18. Chelsea @ lil miss fitness freak on May 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

    OMG I remember that frozen lemonade! It was probably one of the best parts of my trip to Disney as a child. Yum! They even came out with a raspberry one at one point. Looks like you had an amazing time! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

      yes! my cousin got the strawberry one and we shared. best of both worlds 🙂

  19. Lindsay on May 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    We are taking my three year old to Disneyland in a few weeks. Just wanted to see what we could reasonable fit in one day- we have about a 2 hour drive. He is a Jake the pirate fan. What did the Disney junior show include? Do you recommend it?Did you have to pay admission to both? I am not familar with California adventure- is it’s right near Disneyland park?

    Sorry for all the questions! Just though someone with a small child migh have good insight for a day trip.

  20. Ashley on May 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    AWW! I love her excitement to see the park, so cute. What hotel did you stay at?? Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

    • Fitnessista on May 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      we stayed at hilton anaheim. they have a $5 shuttle to the park (as often as you want to go back and forth) and a killer breakfast 🙂

  21. christina on May 20, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Gina, where is your shirt from? Super cute!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

      thank you! a little boutique here called miss match. the brand is collective concepts

  22. Laura on May 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

    That picture of Livi in the Minnie hat and sunglasses is too cute! And OMG the little goslings are precious.

  23. Sameen on May 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hi Gina!

    It was great running into you at Disney!! I still can’t believe it. I have been following your blog for over 4 years now and it still seems like a dream that I actually met you. Afterwards I was thinking I wish I had taken a pic. BTW your daughter is adorable!!

    We had a great time in LA, finally got back to New Jersey Sunday night/Monday Morning. Missing LA weather!

    Take care and thanks always for all of the great workout/excercise tips and healthy meal ideas!!



    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

      hi sameen,
      i’m so happy we got to meet you! thank you again for saying hi 🙂 wish we could have taken a pic, too!
      so glad you had a great trip <3
      thank you again for reading and enjoy the rest of your week.

  24. JennS on May 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    You have Liv out in the sun a lot- what suncreen do you use? I am always so afraid my kids will burn 🙁

  25. lea @ healthy coconut on August 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I work in Orange County and in the hotel industry. Let me know if you want to take advantage of my friends/family discount, I’ll be more than happy to check for the availability for you.

    Just let me know ahead of time for your visit at Disney. One of these days, maybe we will run into you at Disney. We are currently blocked because of summer season, but by end of August, our annual pass is valid again.


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