Friday Faves + San Diego fun

Hi friends! Happy Friday! How was the week? Liv went back to dance this week and P heads back to soccer next week, so we’re officially back in the fall hustle. I’m looking forward to catching a hot yoga class with a friend this morning before doing the work thing. 🙂

Some fun things from lately:

the Pilot and I celebrated our 15th anniversary yesterday! The girl in this pic had no idea what the future would hold, and how we’d have these perfect, amazing, beautiful babies. Feeling very blessed to share this life with a man I love so much.

Our gifts to each other: we spent the day doing not much at all, and it was everything.

It’s been so busy the past couple of months that we were talking about how incredible it would be to just sit around all day and watch TV and enjoy each other’s company. I introduced the Pilot to F45, we drank coffee, ate fresh sourdough, and planned out travel and events until next summer, and then I took a nap while the Pilot caught up on some work. It was the low-key and lovely day we’d both been craving.

We took the babies with us for anniversary dinner at Vivace, which is a classic Tucson Italian restaurant with gorgeous views of the foothills. We shared antipasto, escargot (Liv’s fave), enjoyed amazing entrees, wine, and dessert. It was the perfect way to celebrate.

I’m looking forward to a weekend at home after being gone for a few weeks, even though we had the best time in San Diego last weekend! We drove up for the weekend to celebrate Max’s Bar Mitzvah. We’ve known Max forever – his mom Betsy is one of my BFFs and her husband and the Pilot are also good friends – so we knew we had to be there for such a special occasion. We got into San Diego early evening, and took the kids directly to Belmont Park to ride all the rides (don’t take your children on the rickety old roller coaster just FYI) and a late dinner at Crack Shack.

I pretty much never eat fried chicken. It’s greasy, makes me feel tired, and often hurts my stomach, so I skip it. Crack Shack fried chicken is a gold star, not greasy, and always worth it to me. I had some crispy nuggets on my salad (tossed with spicy buffalo sauce) and it was so so good. (They also use quality ingredients so I didn’t feel sick at all afterwards.) Also highly recommend the biscuits with honey miso butter. YUM.

Saturday morning, we had Naked Cafe for breakfast, and then hung out at OB and let the kids run around in the waves. We made quick stop at Nordstrom for shoes for the kids (they outgrow everything in 4 seconds right now), and then got ready for the Bar Mitzvah. The ceremony was at Congregation Beth Israel and was so incredibly beautiful and meaningful. We loved the music, and we so impressed watching Max read from the Torah and saying the speech he’d practiced so much.

(Dress is here, P’s dress is here on sale now, and Liv’s dress is here)

After the ceremony, we went to Betsy and Jeremy’s for the big fiesta! An event company completely transformed their house into Max’s Cantina, with a taco stand and fresh tortillas, tons of appetizers, live mariachis, a full bar, a churro and ice cream station, and vintage video games in the backyard for the kids. It was a BLAST. I didn’t take a ton of pics of the incredible decor, but the company did a reel if you want to check it out for party inspo!

We stayed late and partied, and then ended up driving back to Tucson late Sunday afternoon. We all agreed that the trip was way too short, but will definitely be back soon. We can never really stay away for very long.

Now it’s time for the Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below!

Read, watch, listen:

It’s ok to have no purpose beyond being and enjoying this moment.

New season of Never Have I Ever is out! Has anyone watched it??

What do you consider your expertise to be?

Fashion + beauty:

Don’t forget to check out this post with fall fashion finds.

If you’re looking for back-to-school bows for the kids, I highly recommend this set from Amazon. The bows are gorgeous quality and super inexpensive.

Barefoot Dreams at Nordstrom Rack! If you’ve been wanting a cardigan, they have them here and they rarely go on sale. It’s the best to wear around the house when you’re chilly (or with pajamas) and also an excellent gift for postpartum mamas.

Fitness, health, + good eats:

Can’t wait to try this cilantro lime grilled shrimp.

I just found out that they’re raising the cost of IHP enrollment next month. If you’d like to join me – I’m cranking away at Level 1!- the link is here! Use FITNESSISTA for a discount. If you sign up now, you’ll receive access to the new bonuses they’ll be offering: biweekly live Zoom calls with Dr. Cabral’s team of experienced IHP coaches.

Each week we’ll focus on a different topic from the DESTRESS protocol (Level 1) or functional health labs and related protocols (Level 2). This is unlike any other support offered when going through a Health Coach Certification and I’m SO pumped to be able to learn even more. Be my study buddy here.

I want to try this taco salad pasta with Banza pasta – I think the kids will love it.

15 chickpea recipes.

Lean machine total body workout.

Hope you have a happy weekend!


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  1. Lori on August 19, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Beautiful pics! Everyone looks so HAPPY! Can you link your black handbag. Thanks Gina!

  2. Emily on August 21, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Hi! Catching up with the past couple weeks after some vacation and OMG I can’t believe how much of a pre-teen Liv has transformed into over the summer! So fun to see the girls grow through the years 🙂

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