Found & Lost

Did you ever lose something and were convinced your house ate it? My favorite Joe’s jean shorts went missing a couple of months ago and I looked EVERYWHERE. I seriously dug up everything in the closet to make sure I didn’t put them away somewhere weird. I wear them all the time and was convinced I couldn’t live without them, and after looking high and low, I finally just bought another pair. My original pair was unearthed from the Pilot’s backpack yesterday! I was so stoked. So was this hello shirt I wore to go SUPing with these lovely people. 😉

Sup with matt and kath

(Matt and Kath!)

It was their first time paddle boarding, and we were so excited to take them out to one of our favorite spots. Kellogg Beach is ideal for paddle boarding because it’s less crowded than many areas, and it’s easy access to a couple of hotels if you want to park your board and go inside for a snack (or mimosa). Since it was a holiday weekend, the bay was packed with boats. One giant boat made a nice wake next to me, and for the first time ever, I ended up in the water. My board started wobbling and for a split second, I had to decide whether I should try to stay on the board, but I didn’t want to risk landing ON the board, so I jumped off. The water felt great, but sadly, my favorite sunglasses are now at the bottom of the bay. (They’re almost exactly like these ones. I’m pretty they were my only not-$20-from Target sunnies. Wah.) 

We all ended up in the water at some point or another, and had a great time paddling around the bay.

Paddleboarding w matt and kath

(Thank you Alex from Liquid Stand Up Paddle for the board rentals! He transports the boards, too, which made it extremely convenient.)


Afterwards, we made a stop at Better Buzz for a Best Drink Ever before dropping them back off home.

It’s always a treat when friends and family come to visit, especially when we get the opportunity to show them around our favorite places.

Date night 10

We had a little double date with Kath and Matt on Friday night, so we headed to Vin de Syrah. They have a great selection of wine and craft cocktails, in addition to cheese boards and small plates,

Vin de syrah cheese board

and a burlesque show. The first time we were there with friends, the girls started singing and dancing, and we were like, “What is happening?” haha. They usually perform a few numbers (like “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend” and “Bang Bang”), and are actually quite good. Then, the DJ takes over and the lounge transitions to more of a club feel.

Dancers at vin

I asked for a mocktail, and the bartender hooked it up with a beautiful cucumber and mint faux-jito. 


After Vin de Syrah, we went to our favorite place: Shout House!! 

Shout house 11

If you visit San Diego, we highly, highly recommend it, especially if you appreciate talented pianists and singers, throwback music, loud sing-a-longs and the best people-watching. 

Shout house 10

Some more adventures from the weekend:

4th of July was spent with this little firecracker:  

Livi on 4th

I had yoga teacher training in the afternoon -it’s hard to believe that I “graduate” in 2 weeks!- and before class, I got in a solo spin session in the spin room. I played the POSH podcast, and got in a 30-minute cardio workout.

Solo spin

4th festivities were at Betsy’s house!

We had a little joint grill party: she made ribs, a beautiful salad, corn, and had s’mores supplies,

4th donuts

(and these beautiful donuts!)

and I brought marinated chicken and veggies to throw on the grill, along with homemade salsa, guacamole, and chips.

Guac shot  1 of 1

(10 avocados worth of guac!)

You can see all of the fireworks from her balcony patio, so we enjoyed all of San Diego’s fireworks at once. 


Nothing says “Happy 4th of July” like a charbroiled mallow. 

Today, we’re getting some stuff done around the house and then I’m off to teach spin.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!!



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  1. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I can’t get enough of my Joe’s jean shorts this summer. Won’t take them off — the best!

    • Fitnessista on July 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      yesss! so comfy and they match everything

      • Alicia on July 7, 2015 at 5:16 am

        Agreed! Paige also makes a super comfy pair!

  2. Amber on July 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I love your red dress! Where’s it from?

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I just made myself some new jean shorts from some jeans that got a hole. I’m not in love with them, but they work for now. 🙂 Too bad about your sunglasses, but nice that you got to hang out with Kath! And as far as the piano bar? Love the sound of that! Happy Monday, Gina!

  4. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Ugh… my house swallowed my favorite earrings. I seriously wore them every week and one day they disappeared. They’re from a small shop 3 hours from my house and I’m guessing if I went back, they wouldn’t exist anyway. Maybe one day I’ll find them…

  5. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on July 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    You + that red dress = stunning. Seriously, you rock maternity wear, and I think you look beautiful!

  6. Alex @ get big, go to work on July 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve never heard of Joe’s jeans before but I have to give them a look after this post. I am always on the hunt for a good pair of pants. Looks like you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. San Diego looks like such a great place to live.

  7. Kelsey on July 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    We have a Shout House in Minneapolis too – so fun! Although I was mostly there during college, so the experience was… Less mature…

  8. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on July 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love to hear more about your toga teacher training.

  9. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on July 6, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Seriouslh, my house ate my NOOK. it was on my bed one day and then nothing. Also you look amazing in that red dress! Get it girl!!

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Sorry to hear about your sunglasses! I’m glad you had fun paddle boarding though!

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on July 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Oh I absolutely hate when that happens! I feel like I am losing my marbles. Glad the shorts turned out. Love the hello t-shirt!

  12. Mary on July 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hahah the year that I lived in San Diego, was the summer that ALL of the San Diego fireworks went off at once!! It was approximately 30-40 seconds of intense crazy fire ball fireworks…. and then nothing. very exciting and surprising, and then disappointing hahaha.

  13. Jess on July 7, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Looks like an amazing weekend! Hard to beat time spent with good friends.

  14. Carrie on July 7, 2015 at 3:31 am

    My house ate a Pampered Chef batter bowl. I can’t find it anywhere. I actually think I put vegetable remains and trash in it and put the whole thing in the trash.

  15. Amanda on July 7, 2015 at 5:22 am

    This looks like so much fun, and that cheese board looks amazing!

  16. Sagan on July 7, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Pretty sure I need to take a trip to San Diego 🙂

    Looks like you had such a great time – paddle boarding looks FUN!

  17. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on July 7, 2015 at 6:19 am

    That red dress looks amaaaazing on you!

  18. Bri on July 7, 2015 at 6:23 am

    You look STUNNING in that red dress!!!

  19. Julie on July 7, 2015 at 6:41 am

    LOVE dueling piano bars! So much fun! And I 2nd (3rd, 4th?) the above comments regarding your red dress. You look fabulous!

  20. Kate @KateMovingForward on July 7, 2015 at 7:41 am

    The shout house looks so fun! I have horrible balance so SUP is hard for me, but I’m determined to get better. Keep on planking, right?! 😉

  21. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 7, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Yes! I had this Lulu wrap that I loooooved! I wore it all winter long and it was perfect for plane rides because I would use it as a blanket and my house definitely ate it (or maybe I left it somewhere!?). No clue but I eventually had to buy a new one on ebay because they don’t make it anymore. Worst.

    My hubby did the same thing paddleboarding. He bought a new pair of Ray Bans and we went paddleboarding a few days later and he lost them in the ocean.

    On a nice note, cute dress!

  22. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    My husband and I love SUPing! The first time I did it was in San Diego. Then when I was 28ish weeks pregnant with my 2nd down in LA, my husband paddled me around while I sat on the front. 🙂 We got in major trouble by the rental place for that because they were so freaked out by me doing it while pregnant (and sharing a board). Funny how people get so freaked out by pregnant women doing active things. A little tumble into the water from a seated position on the board would do nothing to harm the baby. Good for you for hitting the water instead of the board, but bummer about your sunglasses! We are going SUPing when we visit Seattle soon and I hear the boats wakes are supposed to be fun, but I’m terrified of falling off!

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      falling isn’t too terrible! losing sunglasses is though haha. it’s funny, no one has seemed freaked out by me doing it preg out here. i think as long as you’re smart about it, it’s nbd. are you going to IDEA again?

      • Laura @FitMamaLove on July 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        Unfortunately, no. 🙁 my husband and I are going on vacation very close to then (yay for that–no kids!), so it’s too challenging to have him or family take off work and watch the kids that close together. Can’t wait to read you recap!

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