Just the essentials

Hi friends! Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday wishes <3 I loved reading all them and they made my day even brighter than it already was.roses2

I’m up late blogging since we were out partying our faces off!

Ok, not really.

I went to work, came back to the casa, showered (“I can’t believe I have to shower on my birthday”), we took Bell for a walk, hit up the mall and Nordstrom Rack and then spent the rest of the night drinking tea (Eggnog Latte for the mister) at the Starbucks where we met. All in all, a truly wonderful day.

For lunch, I enjoyed a hummus tostada (crispy corn tortilla, hummus, goat cheese, greens and mixed veggies) + half a chicken GF sandwich (ate the rest after work) from Renee’s Organic Oven.


I called the Pilot while I was driving home and he said “Don’t make lunch yet- I picked some up for you.” I love that man.

+ CAKE 😀

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Courtesy of the madre: GF chocolate cake with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles. That’s the half of the cake I took back to work with me- the girls loved it 🙂

Before slicing the pieces to take to work, I munched two.. and was bouncing off the walls during Zumba. It was a very fun class – lots of energy and yelling ladies who were happy to shake their booties. The best.

We just got back to the casa and, in our typical fashion, have barely started packing for our trip tomorrow.

At least the essentials are ready:




If you live in La Jolla and happen to see a girl with an enormous belly, wearing only boots and munching a Larabar, that’s me.

See ya from the road!



Today’s workout jam:

Love this for high-energy cardio- it would be great for a gradual tempo or resistance increase throughout the song, too.

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  1. Ali on November 13, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Have an awesome travel day girl!! Happy birthday again!

  2. Brittany on November 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I always pack my snacks first – they’re the most important thing to bring on any trip. 🙂

    Have fun on your trip to La Jolla!!

  3. Nicola on November 13, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Have a great time!! And happy birthday. Sounds like you had a great day!!!

  4. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on November 13, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Have a fantastic day on the road – and a wonderful trip! 😀 Mmm…what a yummy collection of treats/bars/snacks…so many of those bars I’ve never seen before *well, except the pure and larabars*. SO glad you had such a fabulous Bday!!!! 😀 Zumba, cake, loved ones, special memories, your man…put that together and it would definitely have been a winner. Happy Birthday again for yesterday! <3 xyx

  5. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on November 13, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic trip!

  6. lucy on November 13, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Hello! Happy birthday!
    I found your blog free days ago and I amazed! It is one of my favourite places in the internet! I m also interested in fitness, healthy life style and diet. Good job!

  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 13, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Have fun on the road trip. Sometimes road trips can be a blast…never know what funny stories will happen or just randomness that tends to occur. Drive safely and bring warm clothes. It’s Chilly!!! here! 🙂

  8. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness on November 13, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great trip 🙂

  9. lindsay on November 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

    what a good man, and a good madre! looks delicious. HAve a great trip and keep enjoying your birthday weekend!! hehe.

  10. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats on November 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Have a good trip! and that chocolate cake looks delicious! Are you gluten intolerant, or do you just try to avoid it?

  11. Lisa on November 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Since you are driving be sure to stop every so often to walk around. I remember not doing that when pregnant; talk about elephant feet! Have a wonderful trip.

  12. Hillary on November 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Beyond jealous of your vacation. I hope it’s ok if I live vicariously through you the next few days : )

  13. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List on November 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oh man – I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday on the actual day!! I’ll say it today – Happy Birthday, Gina!! Hope you are blessed with another awesome year!

  14. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on November 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Have a great trip girl!! Enjoy!

  15. Erin on November 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Not to be that crazy environment person, but have you ever considered buying a stainless steel bottle to use instead of all those plastic water bottles? Much better for you and the earth and much less expensive!
    I hope you have a good baby-moon! I love road trips with my husband – lots of time to talk and catch up. Enjoy!

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

      I’m bringing my glass water bottle too, but that’s for on the road when my bottle is empty

  16. Lindsay Loves Veggies on November 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Sounds like you had a great birthday, have an amazing time on your trip!! I love your “essentials” for the trip. The candy cane green tea jumped out at me immediately. I might have to go pick some up! 🙂

  17. Emily on November 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Have an amazing trip! I always pack snacks first too–the last thing I would want on a road trip is a growling belly:)

  18. Vanessa P on November 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Have a fantastic trip! You have to check out cups cupcakes in La Jolla, who have incredible gluten-free baked goods. http://cupslj.com/flavors/

  19. Marian on November 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Have a wonderful trip! It was raining yesterday here but the weather is nice today! Hopefully it stays that way for your vacay! 🙂

  20. Moni'sMeals on November 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Happy be-lated Birthday Gina!

    Have a great time in La Jolla, I love it there!!

  21. Tasha on November 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday! Don’t usually comment but I am in La Jolla. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you guys are looking for things to do/places to eat. Have a safe trip 🙂

  22. Lily on November 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    happy birthday gina!!!!!!! 😀 have sooooooo much fun!!!!

  23. Krystina (Organically Me) on November 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! And have a great trip. 😀

  24. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Love the flowers! And that cake looks delicious!! Hope the weather is beautiful in San Diego!

  25. Carolyn on November 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Dear Gina’s Mom: Would you be willing to share the recipe for the amazing looking gluten free cake? It looks so delicious, I want to eat it through the screen. A cake with sprinkles is EXACTLY what I need for my next birthday.

  26. Laura J. on November 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Glad you had a lovely birthday! 🙂 That cake looks divine!! Any chance the madre will share her recipe? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      I’ll ask her 🙂

  27. HRCK on November 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Have the best trip! And I continue to want a piece of that cake every time you post it. Thankfully my birthday is on Wednesday! 🙂

  28. Laurie on November 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Enjoy your trip! Happy belated birthday!

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