fried pickles, yoga, and weekend things

Helloooooo. How are you? How was the weekend? How is it Monday already?

The weekend was such a blur. It went by wayyyy too quickly and was packed with fun events and (you guessed it) more unpacking. The house is still coming together, slowly but surely. (Chasing after kids while trying to put things away is a bit challenging, so we do a lot of it at night, or alternate unpacking and child wrangling) Even with that, we spent lots of time together. We’re settling into our new normal and enjoying exploring new places and meeting up with friends.

1: our great friend Lisa (aka Tinkerbell) came over for wine and snacks Friday afternoon. It was SO great to see her and catch up, and the girls adored her. P kept hugging her and giving her kisses. 

I made a cheese board,


(Liv also has a high appreciation for cheese boards. #startthemyoung)

some kale and artichoke pesto,


and set it out with crispy bread rounds and gluten-free seed crackers.

We had some Shiraz and hung out for a while, and later that night, we went to a friends’ BBQ. I didn’t snap any pics because I had P in the Ergo and was chatting with all the fellow wives, and Liv went crazy on the playground with her new little friends.

After we put the girls to bed, I drank a mug of tea and we watched Hidden Figures. 

Hidden figures

Saturday, we got a lot done on the unpacking front, and I stayed home to work during P’s nap while the Pilot and Liv had a daddy-daughter date.


(Had to snap a picture because they looked like quite a pair together; the Pilot was wearing lululemon and Liv was in ivivva)

Later that afternoon, we took the girls to Jungle Jyms.

Jungle jyms

I wasn’t sure what we’d think of it -I tend to be wary of businesses that misspell their name on purpose haha. Or maybe the owner’s name is Jym? Who knows- but the girls LOVED it. It was packed with jumping castles and arcade games. There was also a creepy game with a clown that produced eggs with small toys in them?? (I had to Snapchat it. Liv thought it was the best thing ever.)

Jungle jyms

Saturday night, the Pilot and I had a date night!

Date night

We went to one of our all-time favorite Valdosta spots; 306 North. It hasn’t changed a bit, which is a great thing indeed.

Black banana republic dress with valentino sandals

(Dress is super old from Banana Republic // this bag // my favorite shoes ever <— I embraced them when they were finally unpacked)

Always the cheese board,

306 north cheese board and fried pickles

plus FRIED PICKLES. They were so so good.

For my entree, I got the salmon, which came with honey-truffle grilled sweet potatoes, sautéed asparagus, and also enjoyed a glass of Riesling.

We also shared the cinnamon roll bread pudding. I can’t even explain how amazing it was. When I try to talk about it, I just start drooling and slurring my words together.

Cinnamon roll bread pudding

After the wonderful meal, we did the ultimate “Parents On Date Night” move: went to Target. We needed things like trash cans and a dust pan and the other random purchases that somehow end up in the cart.

Sunday morning, we went to church, enjoyed breakfast at The Egg and I, and came home to relax during P’s nap. I also caught a beautiful power class at Yoga Central. It was a sweaty flow with lots of hip openers, arm balances, and balance postures; just how I like it.

Yoga central

We were originally thinking we’d have friends over Sunday night who are moving here, but they’re delayed a little bit and heading in later this week. Instead of cooking dinner, we grabbed takeout from Smokin’ Pig.

Good ol bbq

(Pulled chicken, greens beans, and potato salad)

This morning, it’s back in the swing of things! We didn’t hit up the store yesterday, so the girls and I are grocery shopping for the week, hitting up the park this afternoon, and I start personal training again. I’m excited to train some new clients. 😉

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! Thanks for checking in to the blog this morning, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

What was your favorite part of the weekend? What’s your favorite local date night spot?



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  1. tanya on April 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

    your hair is always so beautiful! do you have a post about hair tips?

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

      thank you, friend <3 i've been meaning to get a round brush video up. lately my routine has consisted of lots of dry shampoo 😉

  2. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on April 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Sounds like you guys are embracing life in your new/old home quite quickly!

    Your yoga spot looks idyllic – so relaxing! Perfect for when you’re trying to unpack for the whole family. (Woof!

    So glad everything is going so well thus far!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

      thank you <3
      yes, it was everything i needed! woof is right. hahaha

  3. Audrey on April 24, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I love that dress from Banana Republic. You look stunning! Also that cinnamon dessert looks incredible too!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

      thank you, friend- hope you enjoyed the weekend, too!

  4. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on April 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    It sounds like you are doing great at the new place!
    And I get the Parents Night Out at Target. We do that ALL THE TIME!
    And that bread pudding looks to die for!!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

      it was everything
      haha and glad we’re not alone on the target date 😉

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 24, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Target and Sprouts are my favorite places. My boyfriend thinks I’m goofy for enjoying “food shopping” as he puts it. LOL

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      no way! it’s so fun 🙂

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hi Gina! Those gladiators are the most magical shoes ever, and you deserve them like WOAH! I want them too! hahahha! And it’s great you got a date night in as well. How cool you’re returning to personal training! I look forward to hearing more about it. Happy Monday! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      you need them as a preggy gift! hahaha 🙂
      hope you had a wonderful weekend <3

  7. Juliana on April 24, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The first time I saw fried pickles on a menu was in Pensacola and I was horrified (“why do you need to fry everything, the south?” I wondered), but then I was persuaded to try them and OMG. They’re amazing. Who knew?!?!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      right?! i don’t even really like fried things. but fried pickles? YES

  8. Jamie @ madrediem on April 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Your cheese plate looks amazing and I want to eat all of it except the nuts, because I’m allergic. Which is a sad, sad story because I haven’t always been allergic and just randomly developed an anaphylactic allergic reaction to all tree nuts 3 years ago. I miss almonds and cashews so much 🙁

    Looks like you had a great weekend back in Valdizzy!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      ahhhh that is such a bummer!!!
      hope you had a great weekend <3

  9. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on April 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

    All of that dinner looks amazing!!!!!! Glad you had a nice weekend back in Valdosta1

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      thank you! hope you had a great weekend, too!

  10. Christina @ on April 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a fun weekend! I love your date night dress. Also LOVE the picture of Liv and the Pilot, too cute!

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      thank you, friend!! xoxo

  11. India on April 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Okay, this move seems so good to you and the family…am I imagining things? You have been so social which I don’t feel like is usually the case with a new move. It’s great to see. I hope it’s helped the transition. And I’m totally envious of the clients who get you as their trainer. Fun! Would love for you to share more about that if you want to.

    Fav part of my weekend was having an intimate birthday gathering for a friend. It was a great break from studying.

    • Fitnessista on April 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      it’s wonderful and SO WEIRD. i was prepared to not be stoked about valdosta -we made the best of it last time we were here and had a great experience but it wasn’t my top place to go- and we are so happy here. our friends here have been amazing, we meet new people all the time (who are so wonderful and friendly) and people here love to hang out! it’s been really good so far. i think i’m just shocked because san diego was such a hard personal time for us, i feel like i keep waiting for something terrible. i keep trying to remind myself to enjoy, and that normal life doesn’t usually consist of being rained down with terrible things haha
      i can definitely share more info about the training! it will be fun to be back into it; i’ve missed the one-on-ones.
      sounds like you had a great weekend, too <3 xoxo

  12. Courtney Bentley on April 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    looks like a fun weekend as always! well I had been cooking like a master chef! Lol awwww that outfit on your date night is totally superb!

    ?Courtney Bentley ||

  13. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on April 25, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Cinnamon roll bread pudding? Does it get any better than that?! Looks lie a fun weekend! I spend my weekend at a spring festival then at a yoga interview! Hoping to find a new yoga studio home this summer!

  14. Carrie on April 25, 2017 at 5:16 am

    What a fun weekend! Your yoga setup is heavenly. And cheese boards ALWAYS! My boyfriend and I always get them when we see them. Really nothing better than a good ol cheese board!

  15. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on April 25, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Just wanted to say that this is the best blog post title of all time. : )

  16. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on April 25, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Yummmmm fried pickles!!! My preggo belly is rumbling!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

      they are a preggy’s dream come true

  17. Bethany on April 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    awe…..friend pickles are amazing! It has to be a southern thing right?!

    • Bethany on April 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      fried! lol They are my friend though =)

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