Moving and shaking

Happy Saturday, and a very Merry Christmas Eve to those of you who are celebrating <3

ornament (2)

(My very favorite Christmas ornament from the “meeting place” )

Lots of moving and shaking over here…

after breakfast,

cereal and eggs

we finally finished putting together the master bedroom


(So much better than it was, and Bella gave it the seal of approval)

and I spent the morning wrapping gifts, which is one of my favorite holiday to-dos.


Whenever I wrap gifts, two things happen:

1) I can’t help but think of the scene in Love Actually where Mr. Bean takes 8 years to wrap the necklace and adds the sprig of holly, candies, and other random stuff (“this isn’t a bag, sir, this is so much more than a bag”)


2) I’m grateful that there isn’t an anxious customer watching me the entire time

Josh Groban Holiday on Pandora is awesome gift-wrapping music, by the way.


I’m really excited because Christmas brunch is over here tomorrow morning. Everyone is coming over early to feast, drink coffee, and open gifts. We’re inviting some of the single guys over from the squadron too- it would be terrible to spend a holiday away from family alone. There will be plenty of shenanigans and food over here.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

-Fruit plate with pears, apples, and clementines (LOVE the cuties so much!)

Spinach, mushroom and cheese quiches (one sans cheese and onions, since my bro is lactose intolerant and my Tata hates onions)

Cinnamon rolls with orange cream cheese icing

-Nana is bringing a ham over, and madre is making her famous coffee cake

I’m off to take a Zumba class –the one I usually teach- and then back home to make cinnamon roll dough and get ready to head to my dadoo’s house. We always have Christmas Eve over there, and I can’t wait to see everyone <3

Be back later tonight with lots of pics 🙂

Have a wonderful, happy, relaxing day!



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  1. Lindsey at Chick Flick Chic on December 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    haha i LOVE that scene in Love Actually! ” It will be ready in the flashiest of flashes!” Merry Christmas!

    • SpaceySteph on December 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Ok I have a question to debate with you folks… I have always thought Mr. Bean knew something was up and so was going super slow to try to keep Prof Snape from cheating on his wife or get him caught?

      • Fitnessista on December 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

        i always wondered that, too!

  2. Jackie on December 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love Actually is one of my favorite movies. That scene is always so funny.

  3. andrea on December 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant too and I would recommend popping a lactaid right before dairy it works…and I love Love actually!!

  4. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on December 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Wishing you the best, Gina! <3 I know this is a very special Christmas for you.

    You could totally send the single guys from the squadron my way… 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 25, 2011 at 12:35 am

      haha come on over!

  5. [New Balance] Nicole on December 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love your bedroom! Looks great!

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’m watching Love Actually tonight! So excited! Your bedroom looks gorgeous and you are a seriously good present wrapper! I love how everything looks under the tree!

  7. Brittany on December 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    When I was wrapping gifts a few days ago Isaac started quoting parts of that Love Actually scene. 🙂 I’m hoping we get to watch Love Actually tonight as it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies.

    Merry Christmas eve Gina!

  8. Ali on December 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Merry Christmas Eve to you, too!!!!!! I adore Love Actually, it’s a Christmas tradition with my friends and I 🙂 That and the Holiday….I’m such a sap for chick flicks! Have a wonderful holiday Gina, can’t wait to hear when that angel in side your belly makes her appearance 🙂

  9. Sana on December 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I am going to watch Love Actually now!

  10. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds like tomorrow will be lovely! Enjoy!!

  11. Holli on December 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    That is so awesome of you to invite the single guys to your Christmas. My son is a single Marine in a squadron, too, and isn’t home for Christmas because he will be home in a couple months for his pre-deployment leave 🙁 I miss him terribly and have tears as I’m typing this but he assures me he is fine and will be spending Christmas with his Marine family. Thank goodness for Skype!!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I love that scene in Love Actually, and I also love your Starbucks ornament!! That’s so nice of you to invite some of the squadron guys over too. I hope you have a fantastic time! 🙂

  13. Ali on December 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Happy Christmas eve girl! Hope all is so much fun!!

  14. Gina on December 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    LOVE the picture of Bella on the bed – she looks so comfy!!! I LOVE your blog by the way! Best Wises for a Merry Christmas.

  15. Heather on December 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Ha! I was totally reenacting the love actually scene last weekend while sprinkling little gift confetti on our table for our Xmas party. Sadly, it was only funny to me 🙂

  16. ilovefetacheese on December 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm


  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    All your presents look wonderful…I didn’t wrap a single present this year. The only person that got gifts was Skylar (everyone else and I/us decided on a No Gifts this year pact…and it’s been great)..I do like to wrap but after like 3..I’m done 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Sarah on December 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Merry Christmas! Hope it’s awesome 🙂

  19. Ahzahdeh Neshat on December 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I’m loving the World Market wrapping paper! It’s definitely the majority of paper under our tree this year. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

      LOVE their wrapping paper… and everything else in that store

  20. Gina on December 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Merry Christmas! I love your couches. May I ask where I can find similar, and also does the dog scratch them up if you let her on the couch? My Boxer has ruined my couches, so we are hoping to purchase leather soon.

    • Fitnessista on December 25, 2011 at 12:36 am

      bella doesn’t scratch them, but her nails aren’t very long or pointy. they’re from turner’s furniture- we got them when we lived in valdosta

  21. Haley @Fit Young and Fabulous on December 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    That ornament is PRECIOUS!!! Your wrapping paper is adorable as well! (:

  22. Jacquelyn on December 25, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Did you make those cinnamon rolls gluten-free? If so, how did you do it? Just use GF AP flour?

  23. Katie on December 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Wait, single guys from the squadron?? How do I get an invite to your Christmas brunch?! Ha ha. Have a wonderful holiday!!

  24. elle on December 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    LOVE the bedroom! Where did you find your bedspread? I’ve been looking for a nice patterned duvet cover and have run out of places to look! Very merry christmas to you and your fam!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 12:19 am

      target! the decorative pillows are from home goods
      thank you, merry christmas to you too!

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