On a boat

Hi guys! How’s your day going so far?? We’ve had a pretty glorious morning. The weather was beautiful, the Pilot had a day off work, so we rented a boat to explore Mission Bay.

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We knew Liv was going to be a fan, but she LOVED it. She even helped the Pilot out with some of the steering. 😉

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I felt a wave of nostalgia remembering the summers we spent on my parents’ boat. Since Kyle and I were Liv’s age, we spent a lot of time out on the lake with our family, and they’re some of my favorite memories from when I was little.

Liv was on a mission to find mermaids. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any, but these seals were a close second. 😉

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PS. The Bob Marley station on Pandora is so.good.

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I’m starting to wonder if the beach ever loses its novelty, because it doesn’t seem to be the case. Every time we’re playing on the sand, jumping over waves, or out on the water, it’s just as exciting as the time before. Friends who have lived by the water for a long period of time: do you ever get “used to” it?

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After our boating adventure, we had a delicious dinner at Draft in Belmont Park. It’s a newish brewery with burgers, salads and sandwiches. The ahi tuna salad was pretttyyyyy good, but not quite as good as breakfast.

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(a fave combo: brown rice toast, two eggs, avocado, feta and smoked paprika)

Hope you have a lovely evening! See ya in the morning with an all-new HIIT/Barre workout.



CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the Fair Trade Giveaway: Ariel P.! I just sent her an email so we can get her sizes and shipping info for the enormous box of incredible Fair Trade goodies. Thank you again to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for more amazing giveaways coming soon (cough favorite things giveaway cough). xoxo

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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on November 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats to Ariel! It is my goal to eventually live by the ocean and I do not believe it would ever get old. 🙂

  2. Laura @SheEatsWell on November 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I grew up on a small town on the Central Coast and I still don’t think I am used to the ocean. Probably because it was always SO cold ha. Love that breakfast combo – fried eggs for life.

  3. Heather @ Housewife Glamour on November 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The ocean NEVER gets old. I never lived closer than 45 minutes to it, but I used to go every single weekend in high school. I miss the sand so very much!

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on November 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What a lovely day! I grew up going boating back in Florida and love the fresh sea breeze. And yes, your breakfast looks quite yummy!

  5. Amber Schumann on November 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What an awesome way to spend your day as a fam!

    I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, spent most of my weekends in Half Moon Bay since I was a baby (small coastal town just south of the city). My godfather lives in a small house on a beach there, and 30 years later visiting NEVER GETS OLD. My husband always points out the somber mood I fall into on our drive home because it tears me apart when we drive away at the end of a weekend visit (we now live 2.5hrs away).

    Welcome to California coastal living. Life will never be the same 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      haha i feel like i need to be by the ocean now 🙂

  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on November 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never actually been out on a boat! But I don’t want to! I would never go on a cruise! Too scary, haha!

  7. Britt@MyOwnBalance on November 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I love that photo of Olivia driving the boat! She looks so serious like “I got this.” Haha.

    The water is so breathtakingly beautiful, I don’t think you can get used to it!

  8. Ariel on November 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    SO excited to win this amazing giveaway!! Love this blog so much!!

    I grew up 15 minutes away from the beach, and I just moved to a place where the beach is about an hour away!! I already miss the water, but at least I have some fun weekend trips to look forward to!

    Hope you all had a wonderful day on the water! Thanks again for the giveaway, I can’t wait to receive my goodies!!! 🙂

  9. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on November 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like it was the perfect day to be out on the water. Boating is one of my favorite activities!! So glad you guys were able to have a fun family day together. 🙂

  10. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama on November 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    The ocean never gets old. We’ve been living by it for almost 9 years now. I can’t imagine NOT being by it!

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      i never want to leave

  11. April on November 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I am probably gonna get some haters, but yes, growing up in So Cal, it did get old, or maybe i should say i didn’t appreciate it like i should have – moved to Boston and now i wish i would have savored it more. But, when visiting i take it ALL in and appreciate every ounce!!! The little things:)

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      i think you don’t fully appreciate them until you’re away. that’s how i felt about tucson. i couldn’t wait to leave, and once i moved, i couldn’t wait to get back

  12. Emily on November 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I had to YouTube that Lonely Island video from your post title. Always a soft spot for the classics.

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      haha so good!

  13. S R on November 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Have you picked a winner yet for the fair trade giveaway?

    • S R on November 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Oops just saw your post

      • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm


  14. Isela G. on November 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I grew up in Ventura County, and… no, it never gets old! And when you move away…you miss it terribly!

  15. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Bring a beach bum never grows old!

  16. Coco on November 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I just went on my honeymoon to Maui and my husband and I both wondered the same thing: do these locals get sick of the scenery? It’s so gorgeous with the mountains and the beautiful aqua waters, I can’t imagine living there. Amazing!

  17. Lauren on November 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    One of my happiest days was getting a boat to explore the ocean. Diving, fishing, swimming, just walking on the beach cheers me up like nothing else can. It is paradise and it never gets old for me. Go sit and watch the sunset while eating fresh catch of the day – Yes please.

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      that sounds like the best way to spend an evening.

  18. Jaleh on November 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Yes! I L.O.V.E. toast with avocado and eggs for breakfast. Every morning I have an internal debate about avocado/egg/toast or banana oats. Such a toughie!

  19. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola on November 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    That is so cute that Liv was looking for mermaids 🙂 Maybe she’ll spot one next time 😉

  20. Jessie on November 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, looked like a lovely day! How fun! You have a beautiful family. I used to live in SD for most of my life. I lived just about 15 min from the beach, and it was always so nice to go there and unfortunately, after a while, you can take it for granted. Now I live states away, but hope to return one day:)

    Looking forward to your new hiit/barre workout! I love the combo. Have a nice rest of the week!

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      so happy you enjoy the combo! hope you like the new video, too 🙂

  21. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on November 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    umm jealous!! I want to be on a boat! Great breakfast combo! I love the egg, feta and avocado mix!

  22. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on November 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Such an awesome way to spend the day! I miss summers on my family’s boat, I have some of the best memories from being out on the water.

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      same. so much fun!

  23. Joanna on November 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    As a girl who grew up a next to the beach, it doesn’t get old but having so many foggy days does get old. Lucky for you, Southern Calif. doesn’t seem to have that trouble. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      yeah, it’s amazing! it’s a little foggy very early, but not too bad 🙂

  24. Helen on November 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm
    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      love that so much! i will definitely tell her 🙂

  25. Katie on November 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My fiancé and I live on the water in Michigan. We just moved to Torino, Italy for a 2 year position (for my fiancé’s job) and even though we’re in ITALY we still miss it. We kept our house and we plan on going back to it when we are done here. We always say there’s no way we could ever NOT live on the water… it’s amazing!

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      (i have to say i’m pretty jelly that you’re in italy) 🙂

  26. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on November 6, 2014 at 4:08 am

    That toast with eggs + avocado looks SO good!

  27. Linda @ TheFitty on November 6, 2014 at 4:13 am

    “Was in a mission to find mermaids”

    Luv is too cute! Please make videos of her!

  28. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on November 6, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I live 2 hours from the beach and that is FAR ENOUGH! I could never live in the middle of the country.

    Also thought you might find this interesting: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-your-primal-connection-to-water-runs-deeper-than-thirst/#axzz3IDha4WOj

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      absolutely loved reading that; thank you for sharing! i feel connected to the water now. it’s really strange since i’ve never lived by water, and now i feel like i can’t leave. hope you’re having a great day <3

  29. Erin Motz on November 6, 2014 at 5:17 am

    ive lived by the water for 26 years and I never get tired of it 🙂

  30. Sandy@NonFadYogurt on November 6, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Wow that breakfast looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it this weekend. (I’m not even going to comment on your amazing day at the beach. It’s FREEZING in New York right now!)

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      sending you some sunshine!!! 🙂

  31. Tracy on November 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    It’s great that you’re making the most of your time in San Diego! Can we please trade houses? At least for the winter?? Haha! I’m sure you’ll grow to love Kansas City’s cold, snowy climate 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      hahah that sounds positively wonderful 🙂 (i think i would die in the snow haha)

  32. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on November 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    avocado toast is the best. i would love to be on a boat right now…

  33. Lucie@FitSwissChick on November 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, this looks lovely!! I don’t think I could ever get used to a beach and the ocean. I lived in the Philippines for almost 4 months and it was the most amazing thing for me to fall asleep every night with the sound of the waves.

  34. Megan Infantino on November 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    The water never gets old. I’ve lived about 10-15 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico ever since I was 6. I still love to live close to the water.

  35. katie on November 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Been in San Diego about 16 years. The beach never gets old… And enjoying it with kids makes it brand new all over again! 🙂

  36. Cassie Vaughn on November 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I also have some very fond lake memories growing up.

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