Meg’s baby shower weekend

Hi friends! How are you?? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you’re enjoying the morning. I’m back in San Diego after an amazing weekend getaway to Tucson for Meg’s baby shower!

Cactus tree at the Westin

(the tree at the Westin)

Meg and Me


I laughed a lot,

Laughing with family--kyle and uncle

said, “Ohhhhhh cuuuuute” a lot,

Meg's shower

and enjoyed so much amazing family time.

Kyle, Meg, Me, Christmas Tree

My plane left Friday afternoon, and it was one of the best flights in a long time. We all know I hate to fly, but I listened to the Hamilton Mixtape, read a magazine, and there was zero turbulence. I like it when the pilot regularly updates everyone about what’s going on. I mean, I don’t need to know every detail, but if you tell me we’re descending in about 10 minutes, I don’t feel like we’re sinking to our doom when the plane starts to creep down. 

Nana and Madre greeted me, we picked up Calle Tepa (INSANE Mexican food. And we drank a margarita and ate chips while we waited for our order), and took it over to my uncle’s house to hang out with everyone. We stayed up chatting, and the next morning, I was up bright and early for an Orangetheory class.

OrangeTheory Fitness

The workout was TOUGH. Part of it is my fault. On the rowers, we were supposed to row 100m and do 5 frogger jumps, adding 50m and 5 frogger jumps each round. At first I was like, “This is lame. 5 frogger jumps isn’t even worth getting off the rower.” I was eating my words when I was doing 25. And here’s the kicker: everyone else around me seemed to be doing way less. And then I figured it out: after we got to 300m, we were supposed to go back down to 100m rows and 5 jumps, and start all over again. Way to listen, G. 

The Tucson Orangetheory location is appropriately located next to Whole Foods, so I ran next door for a quick bite, and got ready for Meg’s shower!

Shower presents

The party was at my dad and stepmom’s house, and it was absolutely beautiful. The baby’s nursery theme is “adventure” with lots of camping decor and woodland creatures, and the decorations for the shower matched her theme perfectly. They even had little s’more packs to take home!

Diaper station

Wishes for Baby List

We enjoyed brunch (and nana made her famous egg dish. YES), donuts, coffee, and mimosas,

Dessert table

and celebrated Meg and their sweet baby. Baby girl got quite the stash of essentials + adorable outfits and toys. I’m so excited for them, and can’t wait for her to be here!!

After the shower, I relaxed at my dad’s and hung out with everyone, and then set off on a hourlong house-hunting adventure. We own a house in Tucson, but since we have tenants living there, we’re exploring other options for our stay. In a borderline weird way, I LOVE checking out open houses. It’s so fun to see how people decorate. Sadly, my adventure was fruitless, but I finished up just in time to grab dinner with mom, nana, and my aunt at BJ’s. We had giant salmon salads, burgers and pizookie,


and then headed over to Uncle Eric’s where Kyle and Meg met us for sugar cookie-making. 

Sugar cookie dough

Sugar cookie

Kyle and eric

We shared some Ménage à Trois Midnight, and made Uncle E’s famous sugar cookie recipe. The best icing: key lime juice and powdered sugar. That’s it. Who knew?!

We stayed late, laughed a lot, and Uncle E even found us a house after my day of zero house luck. I walked in the door and he was like, “Hey, I found a house for you!” He was driving around and saw a couple (whom he knows) packing up their house. He said, “Hey, my niece is going to be here for a while with her family. Would you be willing to rent it out?” She said, “Sure, no prob” and before I knew it, I was walking around her house taking pics to send to the Pilot. It’s crazy how things work out, right?! We stayed at Uncle E’s until late, I went back to the hotel to pack, and nana and madre met me for early coffee and tea before my flight home. 

I feel refreshed heading into the moving insanity and craziness of the next couple of weeks. This week: the giant purge and pre-packing begins. Pray for meeeeeeee.

See ya soon with our fit friends gift guide (+ another sneaky giveaway).



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  1. Stephanie K on December 12, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Funny that Saturday’s OTF workout is what brings me out of lurkdom but SO TOUGH. I had our studio’s head coach who is notorious for slightly tweaking the workouts to push us and he decided the progressive froggers weren’t enough so we did 25 EACH ROUND instead of working our way up from 5. I’m still waddling haha

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      i’m so glad you stepped out to say hello 😉
      and YES. that coach just sounds a little evil (but it a good/weird way) haha

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 12, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Haha, that cactus tree is the best!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      it made my day 🙂

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on December 12, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I love the “adventure” theme – we’re coming up with a theme for a friend’s baby shower right now and they all have seemed really cliché. I’ll have to toss this one in the mix since it’s more fun for parents, too!

    Have a happy Monday!

    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      yes, it was a super cute theme!

  4. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 12, 2016 at 6:58 am

    That is freaking awesome about you finding a house, love it when things work out like that!!!!! Oh, and good luck on your venture back to AZ, we will be welcoming you back. I’m currently wearing a t-shirt and shorts and it’s 12/12. (I’m in Phoenix, though, but still!)

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      thank you! i’m excited to be back there!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 12, 2016 at 7:05 am

    That IS pretty insane luck about the house. Only in Tucson too would someone be nice enough and trusting enough to do that. I couldn’t imagine that happening in Phoenix. Ahh….maybe one day I’ll move back!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      hahah right?! only in tucson.

  6. Sara @ RunningWife on December 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    What a wonderful weekend! I know that was so special for Meg! I remember my baby shower just a few months ago and how wonderful it was. You are blessed with some wonderful family!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      thank you- we’re very lucky <3

  7. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on December 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

    What a beautiful shower! Looks like you had a great time. That view from your dad’s deck is amazing! So gorgeous. And congrats about finding a place! What a relief : )

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      thank you- we’re so excited about it 🙂

  8. Tracy on December 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Hey Gina! Glad you had a fun trip to Tucson. I also enjoyed my weekend in the city. I had a PB on the half marathon course (I can still barely walk this morning, but ahh well…), and my husband and I did take your advice on visiting the Prep and Pastry for brunch on Sat. It was awesome! We had supper at El Charro, also very good. We went to the Tucson Roadrunners hockey game Fri night and visited the 4th Ave Street Fair before we left on Sunday – so great! Enjoy your time back in Tucson in the coming months. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      yay, i’m so glad you had a great weekend, too and SO happy you tried prep and pastry! love it 🙂 the street fair is one of my faves, too- so awesome it was in town this weekend. i hope the race went well for you and you enjoy the holiday season!

  9. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on December 12, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Looks like the baby shower was a success! It’s so much fun celebrating a little one who’s on the way.

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      it was so much fun <3

  10. Kelster on December 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Can you share the cookie recipe?

    • Victoria on December 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

      I second that!

      • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

        yes, i have it scrawled on a piece of paper in my purse! i’ll post it

        • Kelster on December 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm


    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      yes, i’ll grab it out of my purse!

      • Christy on December 14, 2016 at 6:30 am


  11. Jess on December 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Sounds,like an amazing weekend!!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      it was- thank you!!

  12. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 12, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Wow! Amazing how things work out! Nice job finding a house and having a nice weekend with family! You’ll be seeing them a lot more often soon! 🙂 Happy Monday, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      thank you, friend! i’m SO glad it all worked out. huge stress relief haha.
      hope you have a wonderful week!

  13. Sasha on December 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Ok I gotta ask…you have so much family in town so why stay at a hotel? I’m so curious!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      since i’m extremely introverted, i recharge when i’m alone, which is usually at night before bed. i also usually need at least a couple of hours at night to tie up loose ends for work. it sounds weird, but my family obviously knows me well and totally gets it. they always tell us the offer is open to stay at anyone’s house, but no one is offended or anything like that 😉

  14. Sarah on December 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

    How long will you guys be in Tucson? Any chance you’ll be teaching any classes while you’re in town?! Hurray!

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

      we’ll be there through mid-april. i’ll be subbing barre and spin at sierra fitness, but i’m trying to find a regular class now! 🙂 so excited

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