Friday Faves

Hey hey! The weekend is here again!! Aaaaaand happy St. Patrick’s day! This is one of my favorite holidays and it always brings back fond memories. I would Irish step dance in the parade, and even though my feet would be numb by the end, I knew that soda bread was waiting for me at the festival. There are a lot of fun St. Patrick’s day events in Tucson, and I’m so excited to take the girls to celebrate. Of course, I’ll also be making the standard corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. We’ll drink green Lucky Irish girls and all will be great in the world.

best st patrick's day cocktail

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always enjoy putting this little list together each week, and love when you share your faves with me, too. Please let me know what you’re loving in the comments section if you’d like to join in the party!

A weekend getaway to Sedona. We’re packing up the kiddos to head to one of my very favorite places. I’ll be sure to share the adventures on IG and Snapchat! I’ll also do a recap post here on the blog next week.



(Please let me know if you have any family-friendly suggestions in Sedona! You always have the best recommendations.)

This rose liqueur. You guyssssssss. When I saw they had a Vom Fass at the Venetian Shops, I literally squealed with joy. (Is it bad that an alcohol store makes me so happy? Don’t answer that haha.) I told the Pilot we had to go in, because I had picked up some incredible Irish Honey Whiskey for him in Sedona, quite a while ago, and raved about the amazingness that is Vom Fass. They have liqueurs, whiskey, olive oil, vinegars, and tons of flavor-infused alcohols directly from the cast. You can also taste before you buy, just to make sure you love it. The rose liqueur (<— I spell that wrong every single time) caught my eye with its light pink hue, and I decided to try a little bit. It was EVERYTHING. It has a light, bright rose flavor, and the guy who helped us out told me it was ridiculous with Prosecco. Happening. 

Rose liqueur

We also got a Latte Macchiato, which made Bailey’s taste like sad water. Cheers to these fun finds. 

The maxi dress I wore in Vegas is on super sale if you want to check it out. (Express has so many cute dresses right now for spring!)

Maxi dress

18 shoes from the 90’s you forgot you were obsessed with.  

Little changes for better days.

This is such a fun activity to do with kiddos and you can get your seeds for freeeeeeeee.

Tips for eating more salads.

The family from the hilarious BBC video speaks. Just when I thought I couldn’t love them more. 

I think the video was viewed and shared so many times because it’s real life. I’ve held Liv, who was very small and crying at the time, during a Skype call once and then vowed to only do conference calls when the Pilot is home or we have a sitter hahah. It’s hard to work from home with kiddos running around, and since we’ve been in Tucson, I’ve kind of been flying by the seat of my pants. (We had a beloved babysitter in San Diego, who was a part of our family, and she came over about twice a week for a few hours to help with P. She was amazing, and we all miss her dearly. I still text her every now and again to send pics of the girls and see if she’s bored of San Diego and wants to come to Valdosta haha.)

Our babysitter from when Liv was a baby watches the girls for date nights, but has school during the day, so I interviewed a handful of potential babysitters when we got here. None of them were the right fit, so I decided to just work during nap times and stay up late. After one week of staying up until 2am and still behind on everything, I put the call out on my personal Facebook page to see if anyone knew an awesome daytime babysitter. One of my good friends who is getting her PhD said she could help out and it has been INCREDIBLE. Not only have I been able to catch up with one of my closest Tucson friends, but the girls love her, too (duh). She has come over a few times, P has had the best time playing with her, and for the first time in months, I’ve blasted through my to-do list.

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(Eating a quiche and writing at one of my fave coffee shops)

Now that I kinda of have my life back in order, we get to move again and restart the entire process. Good times, good times. Speaking of the move, I’ve done literally nothing to prepare. If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute.

Swimming in March. Gotta love Tucson weather.

March swimming

(P liked it for about 4 minutes. I held her in my lap like a burrito and we watched the Pilot and Livi splash around.)

This smoothie looks SO good and I can’t wait to try this quinoa breakfast bowl.

These kitchen fails made me LOL for real.

This Caulipower pizza!! I was so excited to see this in the freezer section at Whole Foods. It was SO GOOD, and the ingredients were fantastic. I can’t wait to try the plain crust and add my own toppings. I’ll definitely be picking it up again.


A date night at Penca. Penca is one of the spots that’s been on our list to try, but we tend to go back to the ol’ favorites. I’m determined to venture to some new restaurants in the next few weeks! We decided to give it a whirl, and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is quaint and romantic, with little candles, and fun loud Mexican music. The chips, salsa, guac and margaritas were my favorite part of the meal. They make the tortillas and chips in house, and they were so fresh and delicious. I ordered the chile relleno for my entree, and while I liked that it wasn’t breaded and was stuffed with veggies, I’m getting the tacos next time. 🙂


Walking around downtown:

After penca

See ya soon on the Family page with some Livi-isms. <3

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on March 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I just got back from San Diego on Wednesday and it was the beeeest. I seriously need to move there. We ran the San Diego Half Marathon and now I have post-race/post-vacation blues. haha. Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

      ahhhhhh so glad you had a great time! it’s such an amazing place to live
      hope you have a great weekend, too!

  2. Alyssa on March 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

    You are so cute 🙂 I love that maxi dress on you. I cannot wait to try that cauliflower pizza. YUM.

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

      thank you, friend! and yes, you would love it!

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on March 17, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Looks like you have such a fun weekend planned!

    I’m nervous about St. Patty’s in Denver because it just becomes a massive party – I drove Ray to work this morning at 7am and people were already walking into the bars. It’s hard in such a small city, ha! I’ll have to check out when our parade is happening downtown.

    I found out that the family in that video graduated from my college (Miami University in Ohio) and I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a celebrity alum. They’re hilarious!!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:09 am

      that is so amazing! and good luck with the parade craziness.
      hope you have a wonderful weekend!! also i got your email- i’ll get back to you today <3

  4. Rachel on March 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    So, this is random but we live in Point Loma (Liberty Station) and need some part time coverage for our nanny here and there. If your old babysitter is looking to pick up some hours, let me know. (I have an almost 15 month old baby (toddler!) girl.) I just can’t find the right fit and referrals are the best!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

      ahhhh i miss liberty station SO MUCH.
      i’ll ask her! i know she’s studying abroad in mexico for a few weeks this semester, so i’ll see if she needs some extra hours

  5. Nathaly @NathyCure on March 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

    “If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute.” HAHA that’s an epic quote. Another epic one is “due for today…do today.” I’m a real procrastinator.

    I’m feeling too curious about that pizza. I might go to Whole Foods over the weekend just to pick that up.

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

      yes, it’s worth it. it was so good!!
      and i love that quote! i’ll remember that one 😉

  6. Julie on March 17, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I hadn’t yet seen the original BBC video. OMG hilarious! My fave part was the mom swooping in ninja-style to corral the kids & whisk them outta there then crawling back in to shut the door. Hilarious! 😀

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

      right?! that’s my favorite part!

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Cauliflower pizza? OMG that is life changing! Too bd it’s at Whole Foods because that is so far from my house. Ugh!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

      it’s worth a field trip 😉 it was SO GOOD

  8. Jeni M on March 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I desperately need to get a babysitter but the process overwhelms me. Where did you look and what types of interview questions did you ask? Any tips would be appreciated!

    The pizza sounds great and I think “waiting until the last minute means it will only take a minute,” is my motto.

    Happy Weekend!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

      it’s SO overwhelming. i have used like it a lot, and have also used urban sitter (not as great). for me, it’s more of a feel for the person than the questions. with the girls’ babysitter in san diego, i interviewed her over coffee and we ended up chatting for an hour. she was just genuine and kind, and had a lot of experience with kids, so i felt confident hiring her.
      here in tucson, the girls i interviewed ended up having to come over to our house (because i didn’t have childcare to go somewhere and interview them haha) so i’d ask basic questions and just see how they interacted with p and liv.
      and yes! it’s one of my favorite quotes, courtesy of the pilot

      • Jeni M on March 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Thanks for the response! I’ll check out and go from there.

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    OMG — you must be thrilled you finally have some day-time help. But then of course, the move. 🙂 I agree with you totally about prepping for a move — it’s the same amount of work no matter how long it takes you. Just rush it hahah. That’s what we had to do when moving from Florida to California, and it worked out okay. I LOVE that Express maxi, but sometimes maxis aren’t long enough on me. Hmmm. I’ll think about it! Have fun in Sedona — always wanted to go there. 🙂

  10. Jamie @ madrediem on March 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Looks like a fun and busy weekend! I’m so bummed I’m not doing anything fun for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but I am going out with some girlfriends tomorrow for a going-away party and that should be a blast. And then I took Monday off and we’re going to Disney World for the day. Woohoo! Have a great weekend!

  11. averie @ averie cooks on March 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    There’s a Vom Fass in my Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s and Core Power plaza here in San Diego and since I am basically there for one of the above, I need to try that Wild Rose!

    I was at Bo-Beau Kitchen twice in the last 10 days and thought of you too as I know it was one of your fave spots!

  12. Abbie on March 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    We are vacationing to AZ for the first time ever at the beginning of April (staying in Scottsdale)! If you have any recs for the area, we’d love to hear them! And excited to hear your Sedona recap – we will probably be heading there for a day during our trip.

  13. Julia @ Drops of Jules on March 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    “If you want until the last minute, it only takes a minute.” <— cracked me up.
    Happy Friday Gina!

  14. Carrie this fit chick on March 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Your dress is super cute! I love that slit. The restaurant is so adorable. I love any place with candles and dimly lit setting!

  15. Erika S. on March 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Rose liqueur sounds amazing…and mixed with prosecco…count me in!

    I’ve been wanting to make a rosé french 75…but now I think I need to hunt down this liqueur instead!

    Btw…can’t wait to see Penelope-isms on the blog…Livi cracks me up & it seems like P is a free spirit who is beyond hilarious.

    • Fitnessista on March 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

      yes, i know you would love it!
      hahaha and me too. she is definitely a free spirit.. she does her own thing for sure 😉

  16. Jodie on March 21, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Love that pizza yum. Love the dress and those kitchen fails had me cracking up.

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