Land of bees and honey

A lovely, lazy Saturday over here <3

Breakfast on the patio:


a Bella in the sun:

bell on the patio

and a blooming orange tree, which is making our entire backyard smell like honey.

orange tree

The bees also recently discovered this, but we’re leaving them alone for now and letting them enjoy their pollen fun. Random tip: dish soap mixed with water and sprayed on the leaves keeps the bees away without killing them or the tree

I was excited to try these new oats for breakfast this morning:

new oats2

pretty decent stats:

new oats

(love the quinoa, chia seeds and amaranth in there, too!)

and amazing mixed up with defrosted organic cherries, almond butter, Brewer’s yeast, cinnamon and almond milk.



I’m off to a Zumba class! It’s my third since I’ve been off, and I start teaching again pretty soon. I always like to take classes before I start teaching again to get back into it, and also for inspiration to choreograph. I’m hoping to get at least 4 new songs into the rotation soon. If you have any suggestions for new Zumba songs, please let me know! 🙂

Street Fair this weekend!

Hope you have a great day- I’ll see ya later.



Something to talk about: Hunger Games hype- I’ve read the synopsis at least 13 times and have no desire to read the book, but the movie looks pretty cool. Then again, I was about a year late to hop on the Twilight train, so who knows 🙂 Have you seen the movie already? Read the books? Am I missing out? Haha

Something to think:

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  1. Amber L on March 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I downloaded the first book to my kindle bc I heard it’s really good! I just haven’t had time to start it and when I do read, it’s usually baby preparation type books! I’m hoping to start it when my maternity leave starts!

  2. China on March 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Did you heat the oatmeal first? Or eat it cold like a cereal?

    I just read The Hunger Games trilogy last month. I liked it, but I don’t think it’s as great as everyone else seems to. The movie looks cool, but I’ll probably wait for Netflix…I like my movies with jammies and homemade snacks!

  3. Krystina (Krystina Zena) on March 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hunger Games is really nothing like Twilight. Twilight is a poorly written series about a vampire stalking and preying on a vulnerable girl. Hunger Games is a well written dystopian post-apocalyptic novel that, in my opinion, is worlds and bounds better than Twilight. It’s almost insulting for it to be compared to Twilight so often.

    It’s not whether or not you’re missing out, but if it’s your cup of tea. If the genre isn’t something you like then you’re not missing out. I, personally, find most YAL (young adult literature) to be complete dribble, but Hunger Games was awesome because it is in line with the type of books I gravitate towards normally.

    • Wendy Heath on March 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Krystina, you NAILED it. The only comparison between the Hunger Games and Twilight is that they have both become very popular recently. I grew up reading post apocalyptic science fiction that makes Hunger Games look like a bedtime story… so I loved it.

  4. Jacqueline on March 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    You are missing out! The books are amazing and once you actually do read them you’ll kick yourself that you didn’t do it sooner!

  5. Carrie on March 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    You are totally missing out. You need to read the books first. You won’t be disappointed.

  6. Lindsay on March 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Both were great! The books are an easy read with enough excitement to keep you hooked. Also, the screenplay was adapted by the author so it doesn’t steer too off from the books. Highly recommend them!

  7. madalena on March 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Yes you are missing out!!!! lol I watched the movie a few hours ago and I loved it… went straight to the bookstore to buy all the books but they were sold out. You should definitely give the movie a try! 🙂

  8. Elise on March 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Like you, I had no desire to read the books. But they were coming so highly recommended by so many people that I decided to try the first one. Wow! Talk about page turners! Not my typical genre either but, once I see the movie, I plan to read them again…they were just THAT good!

    • Carrie on March 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Absolutely! Same with me. I am sad to have read the first one, but at least I still have the others.

      Also, I saw some others mention it being better than twilight- agreed! I loved twilight but this is on a whole other level. Soooo good!

  9. amy on March 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’d say give the book a go…………………..I was skeptical, sounded weird, then I began reading………………and COULDN’T stop!!!!! I am pretty sure you’ll get into it…………..:) I am on book three, but don’t want it to end, the trilogy, so I am slowing down…………………plan on seeing the movie soon!

  10. Kristin on March 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    i had no desire to read it either but I saw the movie last night and instantly decided I had to read them! I was a year late on the Twilight train too! haha. Have fun at Zumba, i almost went after I taught body conditioning this morning but I just don’t have anyyy rhythm which i know doesn’t matter but I seriously feel like it hinders my ability to get a good workout! lol. Wish I could go with u and get some pointers!!! 🙂

  11. RachelG on March 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    El Amour is my FAVE Zumba song/dance! Dooooo it!! 🙂

  12. Lindsay on March 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I was skeptical about Hunger Games too, but the first one is really good! Didn’t care for the last one too much, but you have to keep reading to find out what happens!

    And I love love love that quote! I’ve had this picture as my desktop background for about a year now.

  13. vicky on March 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    the hunger games series is INFINITELY better than twilight… much better written and more substantive. i loved the trilogy, though the first book was my fave. i’m excited to see the movie tomorrow night, though i always think the movies pale in comparison to the books. rent it from the library and give it a shot!

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Mmmm, I love cherries. I need to remember to buy some frozen ones to keep on hand.

    And making your whole backyard smell like honey? I wanna move in 🙂

  15. Allison on March 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    i’m wanting to read the books and see the movie, i wanna know what the whole hype is about! i never got into twilight, and dont ever care to. but my one friend said it was WAY better than twilight anyways. So i’m gonna test the waters.

  16. Devonshire on March 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    You’re totally missing out on the Hunger Games band wagon! At the very least check the movie (which was awesome!) out but, keep in mind the book is ssssoooo much better! Wish i had orange tress where i live!

  17. Sana on March 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Enjoy Zumba! You are awesome at what you do!

  18. JennP on March 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I am not into Sci-Fi whatsoever, but my mother-in-law is insisting that I MUST download it when I finish the book I’m reading now. She really wasn’t at all interested in it either, but got totally sucked in once she started, so I’m hopeful 😉

    Enjoy your weekend! We have a babysitter tonight… woo hoo!!

  19. Kandi on March 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    You are TOTALLY missing out if you don’t read The Hunger Games!! It’s a must!

  20. Cristin on March 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    The Hunger Games series is amazing… once I started them I couldn’t put them down. The writing is also a lot better than Twilight. You should definitely give them a try!!

  21. Ashley on March 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I think it’s a genre thing. It doesn’t fit in with the young adult literature stuff…it’s extremely well written, but it’s also very dark, extremely violent, and I had a friend on facebook who hasn’t read the books but went to see the movie call it disturbing (which the movie didn’t even do the book any justice in the violence department). The premise is pretty shaking (as it should be). I just know that sci-fi/post-modern human civilization/kids murdering one another isn’t for everyone. I just finished the last one and loved the series, but like Krystina said, I gravitate towards those kinds of books anyway. And I was not into the Twilight thing at all (if that says anything).

    I love that smell of cacti, trees, and bushes blooming and blossoming (even though I know my allergies are in for it). To me, it screams Arizona spring. 😀

  22. Elise on March 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    If you don’t allow the bees to pollinate the orange blossoms, you won’t get any oranges 🙂

  23. Lindsay on March 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I read the first book yesterday – it was well written and a quick read – I finished it in less than 4 hours. I’ll probably read the other two just to see how the series ends. Honestly, I feel totally alone in saying this since everyone else is madly in love with it but I really wasn’t impressed. There wasn’t much depth behind the characters and I found myself wishing the book had been longer. There is something about a book where 24 teenagers are thrown into an arena and forced to kill one another that is inherently disturbing, at least to me. Parts of the book were so sad that I cried as the main focus is on the killing at the actual games. It’s totally different than Twilight, so I don’t really think they are comparable. It’s such a quick read though, so you won’t really be wasting your time if you don’t like it!

  24. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on March 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I want to read the Hunger Games but I feel like I have no time to read anything besides my textbooks!

  25. Courtney on March 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    You’re totally missing out! Download the books to your Kindle, and plan on forfeiting the next 3-4 days of your life to reading them. You will get sucked in, even if it’s not your normal type of read. =)

  26. Dynamics on March 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Gina you can get the book for free on Amazon if you are Prime and I think you are. Just read a few chapters and see if this is something you will like. Be careful, you might get hooked and have the need to do nothing but finish the book. I found the book very entertaining and a quick read.

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      awesome! yup, prime is the best thing ever 🙂 i’ll download it now

  27. sandy on March 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    i second the comment above about the pollinating bees..they are critical for continuing our natural food supply. just leave them alone and they won’t bother you.
    thanks for the Hafiz beautiful and just what i needed to hear today:)

  28. Kaitlyn @ Keeping up with Kaitlyn on March 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The Hunger Games is a Must! I’ve read the first two. Once I’m out of college for the summer I’m going to finish the 3rd! I went to the midnight premiere and I’m going again tonight! lol The movie is awesome! The best part is that they stay true to the book!

    Enjoy Zumba!

  29. Darien on March 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    They’re fabulous. More than just kids killing kids lol.

  30. Naomi on March 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I was also hesitant about reading them at first, but my sister convinced me to read them and I really like them! I finished the first book in a day, if that tells you anything 🙂 I have plans to see the movie later tonight

  31. Maggie on March 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Out of curiosity..why would you want to keep bees off your plants?

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      because the tree is close to the patio and we worry about liv or bell getting stung

  32. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on March 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Read all three books and loved them. You need to read them. Hopefully I’ll make it to the movie next week.

  33. Liz on March 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    If you see the movie you gotta read the book (much better)!! Even if they aren’t ” amazing” its a day read that keeps you entertained and helps make going to the movie much more fun 🙂

  34. Gabby on March 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    1. that’s one of my favorite quotes! read it all the time to my yoga classes 🙂
    2. the hunger games is AMAZING. seriously, read the book if you have the time it’s as if harry potter and twilight made the most magical baby possible. and the movie is soso good as well. if you can’t tell I am pretty obsessed. i never comment but this is just how strongly I feel about the hunger games!

  35. Alicia on March 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    You should definately go see the movie before you read the books! I thoroughly enjoyed both, but the books I have some reservations about as they seem to get a bit weaker towards the end of the trilogy.

  36. Cristina on March 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Read the books. Please! My former roommate gave me her copy of the book to read while I travel around and I have been putting it off because I wasn’t attracted by the hype. But honestly, about 5 pages into the book, I already wanted to see the movie. I read it all in just a few hours and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

  37. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on March 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I’m totally with you about the Hunger Games- i thought I was the only one w zero desire to read them haha. You’re not alone! I never got into any of the vampire ones or Harry Potter either, to be honest.

  38. Michelle on March 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The books are awesome! Don’t do the movie without them though. They include a lot of stuff that they don’t explain really so even though it wouldn’t confuse you per say, you’ll get more out of it having read them.

  39. Andrea on March 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    It is about so much more than kids killing themselves. It is about the lengths a government will go to in order to control its people. It is about the haves and the have nots. There is tons of character development, you feel for Katniss as she takes on the roll of her mother, as she becomes the breadwinner so to speak. How it is hard for her to be “like able” during the interviews…how she struggles with that. Peeta and his love for her since they were 5, but not in the cheesy Twillight way (which I’ve read).

    Anyway who thinks the books are just about kids killing themselves and that is all they got out of the books didn’t read them hard enough. Suzanne Collins has a lot to say about government, society and humanity…and this book is only the beginning!!

  40. Marie on March 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    1. Hunger Games is AMAZING – i would be surprised if you read a couple chapters and weren’t hooked! I read the back of it, though “no, not for me”, then just read the first chapter “to see” and ended up absolutely loving them. Give it a try!
    2. I’m assuming the brewer’s yeast is to increase milk supply? – how do you find it’s working? and taste-wise; is it decent? (and just o double-check, this is different fr nutritional yeast, right?)

  41. Katie on March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Oh, gosh. You’ve totally gotta read the books! The movie was really good, but the books have so much more detail and stuff!

    I love your breakfast– so jealous just looking at it on the screen! 😛

  42. Sara on March 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I have read The Hunger Games (it’s only $5 on Kindle) and, to me, it was too much like a rip off of two other famous books (The Running Man and The Long Walk), both of which are based on the topic of reality TV that involves death, and both of which are written by Steven King under his Bachman alias. The Long Walk is so similar that I’m surprised there hasn’t been a plagiarism suit (although, given that Twilight contained a lot of ideas from ‘Salem’s Lot’ he obviously isn’t the suing type, haha). However, it’s still a good story, simple, predictable, nothing fancy.

  43. melissa on March 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Love the quote!

  44. Ilana on March 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    that is my favorite quote, and precisely what i needed to be reminded of today.

  45. Ali on March 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    That was some serious oatmeal! Looked great sista!

  46. mary on March 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I saw the movie and liked it. I’d give the book a B, whereas I’d give Twilight a D or F. I got bored with The Hunger Games third book, though, and never finished it. Twilight I only finished the first one because someone gave it to me, but I thought it was ridiculous and a childish rip-off of Anne Rice or other good vampire stories. I only read/saw The Hunger Games because it was all the rage at my 6th grader’s school. She’s wearing a Peeta t-shirt today, and a Mockingjay pendant. Her friends are green with envy. LOL

  47. Carrie on March 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Definitely read it! I am not even a book person and had no desire to read it, but eventually felt like I was missing out on something- it was peer pressure! The first book was the best I ever read and the moving was amazing too. I highly recommend it! 🙂

  48. Sherri on March 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    That Hafiz quote is my favourite! I’ve never seen it anywhere else… Thanks for reminding me! 🙂

  49. Pinky on March 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Soooo not into the hunger games hype or trilogy! The concept really doesn’t sit well with me! Glad I’m not the only one NOT jumpin on the band wagon :)!!!

    Happy weekend :)!

  50. Blake @ Blake Bakes on March 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    You are for sure missing out on the Hunger Games. I love love love the books. I saw the movie at midnight, and it was really good as well. Jump on the bandwagon, you won’t be disappointed.

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