Fiesta Friday

Hi friends! Happy Fiesta Friday. Any fun plans for Cinco de Mayo weekend? We’re going to a party tomorrow when I get off work- trying to decide which sweet treat to bring, along with some guacamole and cheeps (= chips). hat

If you’re partying this weekend, here are some of my all-time favorite Cinco-appropriate recipes:

Enchiladas and white enchiladas

Beans (pinto or black beans in the slow cooker)

Brown rice horchata

Tres leches cake

Pioneer Woman’s restaurant salsa


Sophie’s Chopped Salad

The Pilot got the day off because when he went to put in his leave for next Friday, he accidentally took today off instead. That was a lovely surprise! We met up with Meg’s family and Kyle for bfast and are chilling at the madre’s while the cleaners work their magic at our house.

tom and  bell

They come every few weeks or so and are really like family to us –they hold and play with Liv for a while and we chat before we leave to get out of their way. While we were at breakfast, one of the ladies called and said, “There is a lizard in your house behind the TV and we’re trying to chase it outside, but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a new pet.” Our backyard has been overtaken by spiny desert lizards and one of them snuck into the house.

When I stopped back at home to get my forgotten camera, she told me that it took three of them to chase it outside. “His tail is over there, but I’ll sweep it and throw it away.” It was pretty hilarious. Good thing Bella wasn’t home, she would have loved to help out with the lizard situation.

Yesterday’s #smoothieaday:


-1 C almond milk

-1/2 frozen banana

-1/2 C frozen blueberries

-1 scoop Sun Warrior

-1 T cocoa powder

-cinnamon, vanilla, Stevia

-2 T hemp seeds

We’re off to a squadron party, but I’ll be back later with lots of pics and a new ab burner.


Have a happy Friday!



Something to talk about: Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? If you’re celebrating Cinco de Drinko, please remember to be safe and find a responsible driver. All-time fave Mexican dish?


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  1. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    LOL about the tail! When I lived in the Middle East, geckos would freak me out every time I found one so I’m not sure how I’d cope with spiny lizards! Glad you guys took care of it though. Today I stocked up on jalapenos, mangos, avocado and tomatoes…. there’s salsa to be made! 🙂

  2. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Haha, aw that’s sweet and hilarious that one of the ladies checked to make sure that the lizard wasn’t a new pet. I think I would FREAK out if I saw a lizard running around in my apartment! I’m from the Midwest, so we don’t have lizards here 🙂 At least not in the wild! How fun that you had an unexpected extra day to spend with the Pilot. Enjoy!! PS Love the picture of Bella and the Pilot – so adorable.

    • Amy @ Our Four Letter Words on May 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      You are probably a lot farther North than we are, but I live in the Midwest too down here in Southern Illinois. We have lots of lizards, when we lived on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest we saw skinks all the time. We had a Blue Tailed Skink in our recycling bin that scared me when I saw it. We even have snakes. Last weekend while hiking we found a cottonmouth. We have spotted copperheads and rattlesnakes as well. Lots of creepy crawlies here, I can’t wait to move away. Then hopefully I won’t have to share my attic with a salamander.

      • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Omg!!! I had NO idea there were lizards in the Midwest! I’m in Northeast Ohio and I don’t think we have any around here (although we’ve got plenty of other critters) but maybe they do live in the southern part of Ohio. Crazy! I do NOT like snakes at all, and lizards seems kinda similar to me… Eek!

  3. Chelsa on May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Aww bell and the pilot look so cute sleeping. I’m having friends over for Cinco De Mayo. Coincidentally I was actually going to make Sophie’s chopped salad already. I was flipping through the Mesa cookbook last night in bed lol. Have a blast partying 🙂

  4. Laura @ She Eats Well on May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! No formal celebration for me…but I am going to a friend’s wedding tomorrow. Should be lovely :). Lots of dancing. As for favorite Mexican food…I think I gotta go simple with this one and say chips (cheeps 🙂 with fresh guacamole! Always, always hits the spot.

  5. Pinky on May 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    CHEEEPS & Guac with a side of MARGARITA!!!

    HAppppy CINCO!


  6. Lisa @ Wealth O' Health on May 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    That lizard story is so funny! A new pet! I made some delicious chicken enchiladas last night and we will be eating left overs tomorrow night. Mexican food is my favorite!

  7. Sara on May 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    LOL….I commented awhile back on how I am floored at how you afford what you do on one military salary, plus your salary from your blog. We have two military salaries, full time work, a child, and I budget very well. I’ll STILL never understand the large house, the designer bags & clothes, $200+ coffee makers, cleaning crews, shopping, going out to eat, more shopping, etc. Please tell me your secret, because it isn’t budgeting. More specifically, how does someone work part time and still afford these luxuries. Sorry if this is offensive, I’m just responding to what I see on your blog and I’m truly puzzled. Two full time jobs also affect how much I can pre-cook meals, and devote time to working out the way I’d like. I’m taking away good & useful information but it all seems a bit unrealistic.

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Having cleaners come every few weeks or once a month is actually very reasonable. Same thing with a coffee maker every 6 years. Almost everything we buy is on sale, in bulk or with a coupon. Our finances allow us to spend and save in a way that works well for our family and I’m thankful it gives us the ability to have fun and prepare for the future at the same time.

    • Alexa on May 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Gina don’t ever feel like you need to explain yourself when it comes to your finances. Congrats to you and the pilot for being able to enjoy life to the fullest.

    • Marysol Z. on May 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      As a fellow military wife I’m very surprised you didn’t think about the different circumstances that they might be in. I don’t think Gina has ever mentioned but I think the Pilot is commissioned, we also don’t know how long he’s been in, etc. All these factors play a huge difference and you should know that! There are so many wives that “wear” their husbands ranks and I love Gina for being real! I’ve seen your comments before and they really bother me because we (military wives) are in this together and we should support each other and be GLAD for each others accomplishments.

  8. Amy @ Our Four Letter Words on May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    We always celebrate Cinco de Mayo and then in September do something for Mexico’s Independence Day. Our oldest boy’s birth father is Mexican American and even though he made the choice not to be involved we still feel it’s important to teach him about it. My favorite Mexican dish, um all of them!

  9. Amy @ For the Love of Georgia on May 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Favorite Mexican dish? Our favorite Mexican restaurant makes an AMAZING margarita called the “Sangrita”.

    House Margarita+Sangria=Sangrita!

    It’s the best. Oh wait, that’s not exactly a “dish” is it…? I guess I’ve got Sangritas on the mind after a full workweek =)

    Growing up in Florida, we had those little lizards ALL over. They’re harmless and we used to gently pinch the sides of their mouths to get them to open up and “clip” them onto our earlobes, like earrings! So weird… but we thought it was hilarious as kids!

  10. Ali @ Peaches and Football on May 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’m going to a zumbathon for cinco de mayo – my first time trying zumba and I am so excited I can hardly wait!!!

  11. Meagan on May 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Ohhh my god- just reading about the lizard gives me chills. I don’t know if I could sleep at night knowing those were in my backyard or possibly my house! Do they freak you out? I’m bummed that I can’t have a crazy fun Cinco de Mayo celebration tomorrow since Philly’s 10-mile Broad Street Run is early Sun morning. Maybe a Seis de Mayo? 🙂

  12. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on May 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Great recipe ideas, thanks! The husband and I will be heading to a not-so-vegan BBQ tomorrow and I need to figure out what to bring that he and I can eat but that others will enjoy as well.

  13. Kristen on May 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I have to say, I can never pass up shrimp fajitas! Love love love them!

    Livi needs a little sombrero!

  14. Shaina on May 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    my husband’s AMAZING guacamole. gotta love being married to a mexican 🙂

  15. Erin on May 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I grew up in the southwest and that lizard story made my day. Here on the east coast the only thing my cleaning lady might find is a cockroach… definitely not a pet.

  16. Erin on May 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I grew up in the southwest and that lizard story made my day. Here on the east coast the only thing my cleaning lady might find is a c-ckroach… definitely not a pet.

  17. Allison on May 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Mm i love guacamole! haven’t had any in so long

  18. Julia on May 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Omg, the story about the pet lizard cracked me up. Maybe you
    SHOULD get a lizard….:-)

  19. Jules on May 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    One of the biggest surprises about moving to AZ was the lizards. Saw one on the stucco wall of my apartment building yesterday and just about cried!! The heat, the haboobs, the lack of greenery- I have adjusted. But reptiles? I just… can’t.

  20. Melissa on May 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    That drink looks amazing!! What is it???

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Red sangria! So good 🙂

  21. Courtney on May 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    You saying cheeps reminds me of Nacho Libre! Lol!

    “Did you not tell them they were the Lord’s cheeps?”

  22. Sara on May 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    That’s what I figured…..I won’t waste anymore time on your blog, I get a lot more out of blogs that are realistic, focus on real life vs. a pretentious one. Good luck.

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Sorry, just now getting to approving comments. It makes me sad to hear you feel that way, when I provide a lot of fitness content and try my best to write a fun and informative blog. I don’t consider my finances part of that information

    • Karin B on May 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Whoa, Sara, why all the negativity?

    • April on May 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Relax, Sara. What in the world makes you think her finances are your business?? Newsflash: they aren’t.

    • Natasha on May 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Wow Sara I can’t believe how rude you are! I’m a long time reader of Gina’s. Her families financial situation is none OYB! I don’t have a huge yearly income but with deals and shopping around and gifts from family and customers, we are able to have a fair amount of “luxuries (is that what we are calling occational house cleaning and coffee machines?!) How one person or family chooses to spend their money, that they earn, is their business. You also have no idea if their family has given anything as gifts etc. Shame on you to assume or even think it’s your place to judge.

  23. Sarah on May 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    We are having my bacherlorette party tomorrow for Cinco! I can’t wait! when I lived in FL we used to get lizards in our house all the time! the cats loved them 😉

  24. Sara on May 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Yes, I have Cinco de Drinko plans. I made a major discovery last week. My favourite restaurant, which was closed due to.. being a pile of earthquake rubble (that’ll do it) has RE-OPENED, within walking distance of my casa. Tonight they have the whole thing going on – band, dancing, mexi menu. Can’t wait. On 5th May, tequila IS a food. Actually, an entire food group.

  25. Laura on May 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I lived in Thailand for a year, and a lizard in the house was good luck!

  26. Pure2raw twins on May 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    wish we could sip on margaritas together…miss you!

  27. Hillary on May 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo by taking my dad on a wine tour for his birthday. Totally counts, right?!

    • Sara on May 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Eat some corn chips, and then it counts 😉

  28. Courtney on May 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Cheeps! 🙂 Bahaha, just watched Nacho Libre and this made me LAAAUGH! 🙂

  29. Lisa on May 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

    That would be so weird for me to see lizards! Definitely not an creature you would see in Canada. That drink looks superb, I am hoping my plans will allow me to celebrate cinco de mayo!

  30. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Eeek! Lizard in the house!

    You look great in the sombrero 🙂 Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  31. TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] on May 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    That picture of Tom is hilarious!!!

  32. ash on May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Cinco de mayo is the best holiday! Love your blog! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      thank you, ash!

  33. marinka on May 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    we don’t celebrate that in Croatia:) But in warmer months we in the south of the country can find lizards in houses! especially in the islands. I really Like them I think they’re beautiful. who’s watching after Livi while u go party? your mum? i love it when my husbandt and I go out and my mum babysitts. i’m totally relaxed knowing he’s safe With her and we enjoy that time alone so much…I love all mexican food!!! When I was pregnant my h had to take me to mexican restaurant all the time!!! Ignore the bad comments who knows who stands behind it…I don’t think that person’s problem really have anything to do With your finances…enjoy:)))

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      hi marinka!
      livi came with us- our friends have babies and kids, so most of the events we go to are family-friendly. if not, my mom, nana or brother will watch her

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