Fourth, fireworks and festivities

Hi friends! How are ya? Hope you’re enjoying the day! Sorry I’m a little later blogging today than usual. Livi had a weird bite on her leg -swollen and a ring around it- so we headed to the ped’s to make sure it wasn’t a tick bite or infected or anything like that. The good news is they think it’s just an angry mosquito bite. I don’t even know what to do about all of the Georgia insects. They’re from a different planet.

It’s been a pretty great week so far. I LOVE short weeks, and it was a special gift that 4th of July was on a Tuesday. The Pilot only had 3 days of work -YES- and then it’s back to the weekend fun. It’s been a bit of an extra crazy week because I’ve been teaching a lot of classes for friends who are out of town. My last one is tonight, and I’ll probably be using the last of my hoarse voice. Excited to not have to yell tomorrow haha.

ready for Barre

(Band Aid shoes for life)

After barre, some of the girls and I grabbed beers at Bleu Pub.

Barre + beer. I could get used to this combo.

Barre and beer

(Got a gf pear cider that was sweet and bubbly and kind of took that post-barre ache away from my legs)

Some pics from the 4th:

We had breakfast here at home, and then spent the afternoon swimming at the club

Of course, I had to put the girls in matching 4th of July outfits. 

The girls dressed for the 4th of july

Before I had children, aka when I was a parenting expert, I though it was kind of silly to see kids wearing matching clothes. Now, I’m legitimately sad if they don’t have a cute dress in both Liv and P’s sizes. It’s tragic.

The girls and me ready for the 4th of July

Tom and the girls

[Blurry] Family pic:


After swimming, we came home to grill! The Pilot is the grill master and we were all happy to have him out on the patio grilling dinner again. It means that summer is officially here. We had honey-lemon-garlic chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus (with lemon and garlic) and corn on the cob.

Grilled dinner

Patio dinner

(Note Bella circling the table and wishing for dropped chicken)

Just as dinner was wrapping up, I brought out pizookies (made with Simple Mills cookie dough mix) and we had dessert, the girls danced around to music, and we lit a bunch of fireworks. It was perfect. 

The rest of the week has been back in the normal life-teaching frenzy, but I’m excited for the weekend, girls’ night next week, and a trip to Tallahassee. I’ve never been and can’t wait to check it out!

Hope you had a happy 4th, too! Did you party it up or keep things low-key? What’s your favorite quick dessert?

See ya in the am with Friday Faves.



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  1. Jeni M on July 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Looks like a great time was had by all. The grilled chicken has inspired my dinner idea. One quick note, in your top photo you have your foot resting across your knee joint in tree pose. This isn’t actually quite bad for the knee as an already weak joint and the wear on the ligaments from the pressure of your foot can take its toll over time. I am sure you already know this, but it’s a misleading picture to the readers. Your shoes are cute, though 🙂

    • Jeni M on July 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      I’m sorry I mean that to say it is bad for the knee.

    • Fitnessista on July 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      It’s not tree pose- a lazy ballerina passé. It looks better w no shoes so I can point those toes 😉
      And yes, for tree the knee and ankle joints need to be avoided.

      • Jeni M on July 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Thanks for clarifying

  2. Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe on July 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    OMG I can’t believe how much P has grown! You seriously have the cutest girls and looks like it was a perfect 4th of July for y’all!

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      thank you! she is so big. i can’t even believe it.
      hope you have a great weekend with your sweet fam

  3. Emma on July 7, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Aww it looks like so much fun! You look really beautiful in the photos of you too. In England, we call pear cider perry, I always think it sounds so weird haha

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      thank you, friend! perry! i like that 🙂 it was so good!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  4. Bethany on July 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I love the matching outfits! I want those shoes too!

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      you would love them! they’re so comfy <3

  5. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on July 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Little siblings in matching outfits are always so cute! I love Liv and P’s festive little dresses!

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      thank you, friend! hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 7, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Sadly my voice is the same. I’ve taught so many classes this week filling in for people. I’m exhausted! Much needed day off tomorrow.

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      enjoy your day off! i sound like a frog 🙂

  7. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on July 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Hope Liv’s bite is okay. I am the same with kids cloths, post babies I never got the matching outfits. Now, I want to coordinate all their clothes.

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      thank you! thankfully it looks much better today <3
      same! i want them to be twins all the time haha

  8. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on July 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    We kept it low key for the actual 4th. We were out of town over the weekend so it was nice to relax a little at home.
    If you know anyone who sells Avon, they sell the Skin so Soft. It is the BEST insect repellant. I live in South Louisiana so I feel you on the mosquitoes. My daughter is 5 years old and gets eaten alive poor thing. But it really helps.
    P.S. I’m glad I’m not the only one who brings the highchair outside to eat!

    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      thank you for reminding me! my mom used to use that when we were kids <3

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