Into the canyon

Morning friends <3 Hope youโ€™re having a lovely and relaxing Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

Bella is.


[Paws crossed- such a lady!]

We woke up bright and early to take MIL on a Sabino Canyon adventure.


It was a beautiful morning and it was so nice to be surrounded by nature.

Nature was happy to see us, too ๐Ÿ˜‰


[I couldnโ€™t help it, haha]

We walked about 3.5 miles, which was a perfect morning workout


and then came back to the casa for bfast.

Pancakes (I always use *this recipe*)

batter pancakes

pancakes (2)





Itโ€™s time to do all the last-minute stuff over here. I love prepping in advance so I can just hang out and have fun tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

Be back later with the rest of our house โ€œbefore and afterโ€ pics (if youโ€™re sick of house pics, it will be the last of them for a while, I promise!) and then itโ€™s party time! <3

Have a wonderful day!



When people come to visit you, whatโ€™s one thing you *always* take them to do? For us, itโ€™s Sabino Canyon all the way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on August 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Sabino Canyon is so beautiful! It looks like the perfect way to get some morning cardio in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    When people come to visit me, I naturally take them to Disney World (being from Orlando & all). I mean– can you blame me?

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      not at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Teri on August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I LOVE house pics! We are in the midst of house-hunting, so I’m living vicariously through you as you decorate yours. Don’t stop posting house stuff =)

  4. Dana Marie on August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Looks beautiful there – maybe I should go to the desert on my Escape from NYC Winter 2012 trip! and those look like perfect pankcakes

  5. Allison @ Food for Healing on August 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    when i first read the title of the post, i thought it said crayon haha
    my one cat sits with her paws crossed too, so adorable!
    can’t wait to see more house pictures, and can’t wait to see how your dinner party turns out!!

  6. Amber L on August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Have fun at the party!! I LOVE seeing house pics! We are getting our bathroom totally redone tomorrow and I’m so excited!

    I can’t pick just one thing that I take people to do when they come visit. There is nothing really exciting in our town/surrounding areas, but we live “a mini road trip” to the following places:

    Poconos, PA: 35 mins
    NYC: 1 hour 20 mins
    Philly: 1 hour 30 mins
    Jersey Shore: 1 hour 20 mins
    Atlantic City: 2 hours 30 mins

    So depending on the weather or what anyone feels like doing, we take it from there!

  7. Jena on August 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I have been really enjoying the house pics! Keep them coming!

  8. Jennie @ Designed to be Fit on August 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    How do you get your pancakes so perfectly and evenly brown?!? Mine always come out spotty or under/overcooked.

  9. char @ char on a mission on August 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Mmm, what kinda smoothie did you make today? I was just looking at those Starbucks cups the other day, and now I definitely want to get one!!! They make smoothies look that much more appealing!!! Can’t wait for the house pics…and how cute is Bella!! She must know she makes it on the blog quite frequently ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Danielle on August 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    In Tucson: I always take friends and family up to the Catalina Mountains and then breakfast at Blue Willow!
    In Phoenix: We go to DBacks games when baseball is in season.

    My dog, Belle, also does the lady like crossed paws! It’s so adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. SmileCrave on August 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    For us, it’s St. Augustine….. there’s nothing like St. George Street!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And never ever am I tired of house pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on August 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Since I’ve been living in SoCal, I’ve been taking my out-of-towners to Disneyland ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s only a 15 minute drive from my place, and it’s usually one of the main reasons people come to visit me here haha.

    Sabino Canyon looks lovely. My friends in Phoenix love hiking out there, the scenery is beautiful and the cacti are horn-y. Haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on August 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Aw your little pup is too precious! =] When people come over, we usually take them out to dinner or I cook some delish food for them!!!
    btw-is that a wok I see you cooked your pancakes in????

  14. Faith @ For the Health of It on August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I take my Orlando visitors to Shin sushi. It’s not on the touristy side of town and it’s the best freaking sushi I’ve ever had!

  15. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I made those *same* pancakes for breakfast this morning!
    Great minds think alike ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Moni'sMeals on August 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Bella gets me everytime! Haha. I just Love her!

    Also, I love your walk picutures. So nice and that you and the pilot can do it together, that is great. ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband and I ride our beach cruisers together a few times a week. That is what I am about ready to do as we speak! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Sunday.

  17. kirsten on August 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I live in Toronto, Ontario and our visitors enjoy day trips to Niagara-on-the- Lake for the Shaw Festival or to Stratford for the Stratford Festival. Both places offer awesome live theatre, lovely scenery and lots of good places to eat each within a two hour drive from downtown T.O.

  18. Dana Marie on August 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    day two stuck indoors – ugh – one day more to the US Open – praise Jesus I have some work

  19. Sara on August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I always take people to see scenes of DESTRUCTION and CONSTRUCTION. Pretty much that’s all there is around here these days and visitors are always mad keen to see earthquake damage. That is, if they are brave enough to actually visit! Some have even been lucky enough to have the extra excitement of an aftershock. Before that, my favourite place was the Arts Centre, which is the old university now turned into a hub of creative outlets, alternative (vegan etc.) coffee houses and artisan food. We still go there, but now it’s.. that used to be the coffee shop, that used to be the cheese shop, that used to be the art gallery.. What is left of it is all held up by reinforcing steel at the moment, which suggests plans to fix it. I’m hopeful ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    When people come visit us…hmmm…I used to take them to the beaches, shopping, restaurants, I had a half dozen pit stops on my list but lately everyone that visits has already been here plenty so I need new activities ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are a baller!! Pregnant, late August in AZ, and hiking in a canyon….big time impressed with you!!!

  21. Ellen on August 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Gina- you did a post semi recently on cleaning- can you link me to it?? i remember vinegar- but needed the rest!

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Sabino Canyon looks so gorgeous. What a perfect start to the day!

    When people come to visit me I like to take them for a walk around our downtown. It’s got some cute coffee shops, boutiques and really nice views of the lake!

  23. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on August 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I am actually really bummed that the one time I went to Tuscon (the boyfriend was TDY’d there) I didn’t get to explore Sabino Canyon! As for here in D.C., I always take them to (of course) the White House and all my fav restaurants haha. I’m more of a food pusher than a tour guide.

  24. Katie @ Plates and Paste on August 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    When we have friends visit we always take them to our favorite places to eat, favorite bars and museums. For example, The Dali museum is a big hit ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Natalie @ southern fit foodie on August 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    We like to take them to our favorite local sushi place!

  26. kaila @ healthy helper! on August 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Can’t wait for the party recap!!! Have fun girl!

  27. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Hahaha, love the pic of the cactus! So funny. The canyon looks beautiful! We always take our out of town guests over to Whole Foods Buffet! Amazingness!!

  28. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on August 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    What a beautiful place to go for a hike!! ๐Ÿ™‚ absolutely breathtaking!!

  29. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on August 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I never get sick of house pictures! I love seeing different people’s home decor.

    When people come to visit us, we always go up one of the canyons (here in Utah) for just a drive and/or a hike or two. No matter what time of year, it’s always beautiful. We always make sure to take them to Ruth’s Diner too… a diner set up in one of the canyons that has amazing food and a beautiful atmosphere.

  30. Sarah on August 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Sabino Canyon looks beautiful!! We’re thinking about going on a little baby-moon in a couple weeks. Arizona seems like a great place. Any suggestions on a resort to stay at for about a week? We like to be outside and hike or walk…but also sit by the pool and relax. Thanks! (and can’t wait to see the house pics!)

  31. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on August 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    We like to take them out on a hike or to a good restaurant. It varies depending on their personality!

  32. Sam @ Sam Bock Illustration & Design on August 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Haha, I have quite a few pictures like that from hiking in Sabino! Love it! Glad to know I am not the only one with my mind in the gutter sometimes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Liz @ Southern Charm on August 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

    When I have people come visit me, I always take them to the French Market. Its the perfect New Orleans stop. On the way there we get to drive through gorgeous Uptown and through the French Quarter. There are two restaurants with amazing New Orleans style beverages and food and then, of course, the actual French Market.

    Sabino is beautiful! You are so lucky to have that around you ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you have one amazing Sunday!

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