I don’t know about you…

but I’m feelin’ 32. <— new remix of the beloved Taylor Swift song haha. 

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful birthday wishes this past weekend! It was a great day spent with the fam, and I got to sleep in until whenever I wanted!! Dreams do come true. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too, with lots of relaxing and fun.

Some pics from the weekend’s happenings:

Friday, the Pilot was off work for Veteran’s Day, so we got to enjoy a little date together. He had a Master’s paper to work on, and I needed to catch up on work stuff since Livi goose was sick all week, so we headed to a coffee shop to work for a little while. #romance

We enjoyed lattes at Moniker,


 and followed it up with poke bowls at the Liberty Station market. 

Poke bowl

Later that night, I took Livi to see the new Trolls movie at the LOT. She’s been wanting to see it for a while, and while I was expecting it to be fun, it was way better than I was expecting. Even though I have to roll my eyes when any kids’ movie has a “I hope the boy likes me!!” sub-plot (<— not really a spoiler), I forgave it because the music was fantastic and the story was super cute. We’ve already downloaded half of the soundtrack. 

We hung out here at home, the Pilot and I watched This Is Us (so good!!), and Saturday was my actual bday. After glorious sleep, we headed out to The Cottage for breakfast.

We hadn’t been to the Cottage since P was a couple of months old, and man. I missed it! I thought about venturing out to try something new, but nope. I got my fave, which felt new again since it had been so long. 


(Almond milk latte)

The Joe’s Special (veggies with eggs and chicken sausage) with gluten-free toast and the best potatoes:

Joe's special

My breakfast dates: 

Breakfast dates

Tom an p

We were so happy Liv was finally feeling better after missing school all week. The girls had both been cooped up in the house, so we headed to the park for fresh air and sunshine.

walk with the girls

( Top // Pants // Shoes)

The La Jolla recreation center has an awesome little park -and it’s a great spot if you’re waiting for a table at the Cottage- and the girls could run around and play. 

While P was napping and we were relaxing at home, Liv mentioned that her stomach was hurting. She immediately got sick to her stomach, and after a bath, she feel asleep. We canceled our babysitter and ended up taking a raincheck on the evening’s plans. The Pilot had arranged an amazing dinner (at a place I can’t wait to check out!!) with our friends, so we’re going to reschedule bday dinner and shenanigans for another night. Thankfully, Liv didn’t get sick again, and felt way better after her little nap.

We ended up getting takeout from Bo-Beau Kitchen for dinner,


and enjoyed it with chocolate cherry cake,

a birthday wish,

Bday wish

and wine. 


It was perfect.

Sunday morning, I checked out a class at Powerhouse Pilates. It’s Jess’ fault that I have this new obsession with the reformer. I’ve been missing CORE40 classes (on the Megaformer) and when we did the reformer at her postpartum fitness workshop last weekend, I was like “I understand why people go crazy for this.” 

I used to take Pilates mat classes in college, and looked forward to our Saturday morning class each week. (Even when my best friend and I had dirty feet and may have still smelled like jungle juice from the night before. #collegedays) I also used to frequently use the classic Mari Windsor DVDs back in the day. I never got into the reformer, and because I didn’t know it, I figured I didn’t like it. This is where all of my Pilates-loving friends can say I was dumb. I like it so much now, and kind of want a Megaformer or reformer in the garage. And to get certified. And here goes the idea fairy again….

All of this to say class was awesome and if you’re in San Diego, check out Powerhouse Pilates. The first class was only $10 and I’ll definitely be back before we move. 


Last night, we had a special pre-Thanksgiving feast. I really wanted to make Kyle’s famous turkey recipe to post on the blog, so stay tuned for that tomorrow!

See ya later today on the Family page with P’s belated 12-month post and birthday video. <3

Have a very happy Monday, friends.



Looking for a workout? I’ve got you. Here’s a fun Thanksgiving-themed total body bodyweight workout.

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  1. Mary Carter on November 14, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I see reformers on Craigs list all the time. I wondered why. I didn’t know it was addictive! I’ll have to try it some time.

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      yes, i think you would love it <3

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

    That’s my idea of a perfect birthday weekend. Low key, wine and takeout! P.S. I thought you were supposed to be in Tucson by now?

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      we leave in december!

  3. Katie on November 14, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Happy birthday! 32 is the best 🙂 Also, this post is the first time I’ve thought about jungle juice in a looong time, hahaha. I am feeling hungover just thinking about it…

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      hahah right?! never again

  4. Allison on November 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I have a reformer at home (2, actually! I teach very part time) and it’s amazing!! They take up a lot of space but you can get a full body workout and just feel so good afterwards. If you do get one for home use, make sure you get a quality one and not just a cheap one off Craigslist. Although I’m sure your Pilates friend can tell you all this!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      what brands do you recommend? i already scoured craigslist and some are like $200 and some are $5000

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on November 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Poor Liv! Sorry your birthday dinner plans were a little thwarted, but there’s nothing wrong with cake, wine and take-out at home. And I haven’t been on a reformer in a few months, but GOSH I love the way those machines make me feel. You’re making me want to get back on one soon. Happy Monday, Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      yes, it ended up being perfect. and YES. the reformer is amazing

  6. Brynn on November 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Happy belated! Sorry to hear Livi was under the weather. Hope she’s feeling better!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      thank you! fingers crossed she seems to be on the ups

  7. Cassie on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Happy birthday! We were down and out with a cold this weekend but all this talk of turkey and stuffing has me drooling! Is it too late to change this week’s meal plan… haha.

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      doooooo it. it was everything!!

  8. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

    So glad you had such a fun birthday! And that Liv is feeling better!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      hank you!

  9. Jess on November 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Birthday xx

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      thanks, jess!

  10. Jessie R on November 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Happy belated birthday!! Glad to hear everyone is feeling better and this way your birthday fun can be extended :).

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      hank you, friend!

  11. Jessie on November 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Glad you had a happy birthday!! It’s rough when kids get sick but glad you were able to still celebrate:) I turned 33 on November 3rd.

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      thank you! happy belated bday to you 🙂

  12. jodie on November 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I love Pilates!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      i thought about you!

  13. Stephanie on November 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Have you had a chance to fix the Feedly issue? I’m finding that your blog hasn’t been showing up in it for a couple weeks now.

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      not yet- i’m so sorry for the inconvenience. i’ve had multiple people check out my feed and RSS code and said everything looks fine, so i’ve been bugging feedly like crazy. i hope we can get it sorted out soon

  14. Juliana on November 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Also re: Pilates. I also only ever took may classes for years and the first time I got on the reformer (terrifying!) all of a sudden I was like OHHHHH EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      RIGHT? it feels so amazing, but it’s so challenging at the same time

  15. Amalia on November 15, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Omg you need to get certified! I am almost done with mine and literally has been the best thing I’ve ever done. You will LOVE IT!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      AHHHHH ok i’m looking into it

  16. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats on November 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I’m glad you had such a good birthday weekend! I hope Liv is feeling better!

  17. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on November 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Hope liv is feeling all better and that you enjoyed your birthday, birthday twin!

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