Disneyland and House Hunters v2.0

If you find me shaking in the corner today, it’s because I’m having severe Mickey Mouse crispy treat withdrawals….


(Why are they so good?!)

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We got back late last night from a little bit of a whirlwind traveling adventure. Since we’re moving to San Diego fairly soon, we figured we should start house hunting and decided to throw a fun family Disney vacay into the mix. I felt like it would be a nice treat for Liv since she’d be tagging along as we drove from house to house in San Diego, and let’s be real, I kind of wanted to go too 😉

Disneyland was a blast. We grabbed some military park hopper passes, and had so much fun watching the shows, parades, walking around, and riding the rides. Liv surprised me with how many rides she actually *liked* this time (even though major bummer: Small World was closed), and she even got over her character fear. She’s still (understandably) doubtful of the non-human characters,


but the princesses… she walked right up to give them a hug. They had very serious conversations together 😉

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It’s obviously been many, many years since I’ve conversed with a Disney princess, so I have to say that I was very impressed by their interactions with the kiddos. You can tell they went through a lot of training to *become* their roles, and were so sweet, patient and kind. Some of the improv happening -Anna was just as sassy as the character in Frozen and the Pilot and I got a kick out of the Cinderella stepsisters- was pretty hilarious.

After our Disney trip, we packed up into the car again to drive to Coronado, where we stayed at the Navy Lodge. I’ve always been happy with military hotels and housing -they tend to be tactical, but clean with a friendly staff- but I was blown away by the Navy Lodge. No wonder it’s nearly impossible to get a room there! It’s located on a private beach with a playground, fitness center, free breakfast and WiFi. 

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Our room went right out to the playground:

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and just steps behind that, out to the beach:

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We had an awesome lunch with some friends, who were so kind to take us around the island looking at houses. It was especially helpful that they’ve been in SD for a couple of years and are familiar with the different areas. I fell in love with one (ok, a LOT that were a liiiiiiiiittle out of our price range) but they don’t accept pets. I’m hoping to talk to the property manager today to see if that’s set in store or negotiable for small dogs (one who is more like a cat and crate-trained). After our day of house hunting, we were treated to an amazing BBQ at Whitney‘s house with some of their friends and family. Livi made some toddler friends already, so I can’t wait to plan play dates when we’re there.

Couple more pics:

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All in all, it always feels good to be back home. It’s nice to be back in our comfy bed, walk around in pajamas, and eat non-restaurant food. Even though I wouldn’t be sad if a crispy treat showed up to go with my coffee 😉

Hope you have a wonderful morning <3 See ya later today.



How did you find your current living spot? Destiny? Word of mouth? House hunting extravaganza? How’d you know it was “the one?” The Pilot and I knew our current house was the spot because it was the ONLY one we both liked. House hunting can definitely put a strain on a relationship, haha 😉

*I’m going to get back to the questions that were asked yesterday, but will likely miss some since we technically two giveaways going on. If you left a question and I haven’t responded yet, please let me know! Don’t forget, you have until tonight to enter the Polar giveaway <3 

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  1. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on February 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    What a fun little getaway! We are thinking of taking our son to Disneyland in a month but I’m worried he’s going to be afraid of the characters. He LOVES Cars though so I’m hoping at least Cars Land will be a hit 🙂 Good luck house hunting!

    • Fitnessista on February 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      he’ll love the shows and parades! the pixar parade has the cars characters in it 🙂

  2. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on February 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    As an expat myself, I can understand how stressful the living situation thing can be! For us, we cared a little more about location/neighbourhood than having a big family sized house at this point. Hopefully someday when we settle somewhere, we can have our perfect home. For now, we are enjoying the experience and community more than anything.
    Hoping you guys find a wonderful spot!!! It’s amazing that you have friends already in SD to help and make things feel a little more like home.

    • Fitnessista on February 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      thank you! yes, we’re lucky to have friends helping out with the house hunting!

  3. Roselyn @ Sass and Shenanigans on February 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

    We are currently stationed in San Diego & found our house online through Military By Owner. We love our area. It’s a bit far from North Island (where my husband is stationed) but it’s like a little suburban bubble and I love my bubbles. 🙂 Good luck on the house hunting! When will you be out here to live?

  4. Sana on February 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I want to make your amazeballz recipe but don’t have a small food processor. If I make it in a big one (8 cup) how should I adjust the proportions?

  5. Annie @ Annie Get Your Run on February 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Craigslist! I live in the city and I live alone, so finding a studio or a one bedroom in my price range that allows pets (I have a cat) can be difficult, especially since I wanted to live within walking distance from most of my hobbies/friends. I lucked out and found a tiny little one bedroom that I really like!

  6. Julie on February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    My workout today was a quick 1-1/2 mi. run before Body Flow.

  7. Jacqueline on February 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I LOVE San Diego! Congrats on the move. My husband was in the Navy + was stationed out of Coronado Island back in the day, before we met. Please thank the Pilot for his service.
    We just went through the house hunt thing after relocating from the SF Bay Area. We moved to Monterey, CA in November and funny thing is we put an offer on our house before we saw it. The market here is that hot.
    When they countered, we figured we should probably go check it out. We ended up getting it and we both really love it here.
    Good luck, you will find the right one, it just takes time + a lot of patience. Especially with our fur children.

  8. Angie on February 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Im soo jelly, i want to move back to SD sooo bad! Have you thought of checking out Temecula? its about an hour northeast of SD. Housing is beautiful. Area is beautiful. My parents got a house there years ago when Temecula was building the houses. I wish they would have kept their house. I love how small yet big it has become.

  9. Kath on February 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Love your heart shirts!!

  10. Julia G on February 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I was just thinking you should do a “Healthy Eats at Disneyland” post!

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

      i thought about doing that while i was there… and then i did not eat very healthy 😉 next time we go, i’ll scour the healthy options! i had some great salads at the parks

  11. Jennie on February 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Sky robics at the trampoline park!

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