Into the woods

Hi guys! How’s your week been? I’m so glad you liked the peach oatmeal recipe and the Choosing Raw post 🙂 It’s been a little challenging to get back in the swing of things after our redeye roadtrip. Something exciting: my madre is here with us! Of course, Liv is in HEAVEN and we’re having a lot of fun spending time with her. I feel like I’m about to go back in time with this post; this past weekend feels so long ago. 

Even so, I’ve been wanting to share some pictures from the weekend and wedding. It was in Flagstaff, AZ at a beautiful location in a national park. The scenery (and those pine trees!!) were exquisite.

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I didn’t get any pics of the actual ceremony, but did manage to get one of the beautiful bride and flower girl. Shannon is so gorgeous, and baby A, I just want to kiss your cheeks all day. 

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And now some random pics from the woods.

The boys:


the girls:

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and Livi! I managed to snap a quick pic of her in between dancing and running around with her cousins 🙂

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We all had breakfast together at Mike and Ronda’s before heading back to San Diego. (The Pilot’s biscuits and gravy were no joke the size of my face.)


The ride back was a long one, but thankfully, it wasn’t too bad. On road trips now we stop quite a lot, but it helps to break things up.

Chocolate helps too 😉

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How’s your week been going? Any favorite roadtrip tips or strategies? I love audiobooks (Audible!!) in the car. The Pilot and I listened to “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” on our drive back from Vegas, and I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Hope you’re all having a great week!
See ya tomorrow with a DIY beauty post + new workout.



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  1. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I’ll have to check out Audible! I love listening to podcasts and such as I walk to work or around the city (SF). I absolutely love NPR’s This American Life. Such amazing story-telling. Looks like an amazing weekend…!

  2. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    You guys all look so good! I just love weddings! On road trips I’m a big fan of blasting old school music and jamming out!

  3. Frances on July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    ooh I love ferrero rocher!

    And even though road trips can be long, I love the chance to see parts of the country that I would never have seen if I had taken a plane. You never know when you’ll pass a hidden gem!



  4. Kim @ FITsique on July 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I just road tripped this weekend too and it feel like AGES ago. Plus I am dead tired for the week now! I have never tried audible tapes but some good mixed CDs and coffee usually help me through!

  5. Amber @ Mommy's Me Time on July 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Such fun pictures! We have three kids under three, and one of my secret weapons for keeping them happy during road trips are PRETZEL RODS. True story. They take forever to eat and don’t make {much of} of mess! 🙂

  6. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Love your pink dress! No roads trips planned for this chica. Maybe one down to Tucson to visit friends later this month.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

      get a watermelon eegee! 🙂

  7. Amy on July 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Looks like a fun little trip! Glad you had a blast at the wedding, that setting looks gorgeous!

    I’m planning a road trip from Iowa to Colorado at the end of this month with a friend and my 20 month old daughter…I’m a bit nervous!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

      i always get nervous too, but it ends up going well! 🙂 have fun!

  8. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Road trips can be so fun!

  9. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on July 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve been listening to podcasts like crazy on my roadtrips recently! It’s nice to listen to instead of music sometimes to break it up.

  10. Kenzie on July 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Flagstaff is my home! I go to Northern Arizona University and love running on those trails for cross country 🙂 Glad you got to enjoy it!

  11. Giselle on July 2, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Looks like a gorgeous wedding location! We are heading to the mountains tomorrow and can’t wait for the fresh mountain air!

  12. Ari on July 2, 2014 at 1:20 am

    We have to take a 6 hour road trip with my two girls (4&2) and I’m cringing!! I’m thinking movies, toys, and lots of food (and chocolate!!) 😉

  13. Courtney Bentley on July 2, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love audible, I am able to read so many books because of it! My husband and I took a road trip this past weekend and it was SO fun! Lots of Love C

  14. Kara H. on July 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love audiobooks too! I need to get back on those for the drive into work. I sometimes get too into them and sit in my car to finish a chapter… or two.

  15. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on July 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

    We just had a road trip this past weekend. My strategies are keep the kids busy and/or get them to sleep, pack more snacks than you think you need (healthy ones!) have a car charger for the ipads and phones, and podcasts for me so my husband can happily listen to sports on the radio 🙂 and always dramamine just in case!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

      i learned that the hard way with snacks… i thought i’d packed a ton (a whole little backpack full) but they were gone quickly

  16. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I love fun roadtrips! That looks like it was a beautiful wedding!

  17. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I do my Rosetta Stone in the car on long road trips. Obviously when I’m not driving! Haha.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

      what language are you learning? 🙂

  18. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    You and Meg look so cute!

    I’ve discovered that kid music is the key to happy car trips for us. I avoided it with my first, but now with two, I couldn’t care less. As annoying as some kid music is, it’s still much less annoying than screaming from the back seat! 🙂 Books also keep my kids busy for awhile. For my 4-year-old, the iPad is a lifesaver too, but I save it until I absolutely need it and sometimes I don’t end up using it at all.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

      same. we save the iPad for emergency mode haha

  19. Beks on July 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

    When I was in college, I didn’t get the idea to listen to books on tape until I got into a book series, and wanted to find out what happened next, so rather than wait until the book itself became available at the library, I got the book on tape, which was readily available. Then, last August, my sister and I drove out to Colorado (from Iowa) for our cousin’s wedding, and listened to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the way there, and The Chamber of Secrets on the way home. His reading of it was brilliant, as he sounded JUST like the characters! HIGHLY recommend!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

      amazing! i’ll definitely check that out. i’ve been wanting to reread harry potter 🙂

  20. Olena @ candies&crunches on July 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I’ve haven’t listened to an audio book since I was a kid!!! But it does sound like a great idea for a long drive as long as it doesn’t make you cry. It can get dangerous 🙂 Like, I wouldn’t be able to listen to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green while driving, it’s be a suicide 😀 (Great book, by the way) Wedding at a national park… That’s awesome!!! Actually, one of my friends (she still has NO IDEA about it yet) will get engaged at a beautiful park this Saturday too. Her bf let us know about his plan and I’m stoked to be there with them when he is proposing!!! (Just talking about this makes me so emotional!!! I’m so happy for her!) Also… Love your dress… and Ferrero Rocher – ANYTIME 😀 xoxo

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

      i thought about downloading that one, but was like NOPE. haha. i think i’ll read it at home with tissues close by.
      that is so exciting you get to be there for a surprise engagement!! have so much fun 🙂

  21. Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry on July 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    My husband and I love to listen to Pandora comedy stations on road trips. It keeps us laughing the whole way and you can really lose track of time, making the trip go by much quicker!

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