roses and ritas

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed the weekend. Ours was a perfect mix of family time, adventures with friends, and enjoying these little nuggets.

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The best ever. <3

Friday morning, P and I dropped off Liv at school and headed to barre3. I’ve been so thankful for their Play Lounge; it’s awesome knowing I can take a class with one or both of the girls and they have excellent childcare. As I’ve been doing barre3 more often, I’ve become even more fond of their format. It’s so accessible for many different stages in life (prenatal, postpartum, certain injuries) and the instructors constantly provide modifications. I love looking around the room and seeing different variations of the same exercise, depending on participants’ fitness levels or personal considerations. It makes my personal trainer heart so happy. 

After class, P and I wandered around the mall for a little while and grabbed smoothies at Nekter.

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(I usually create my own smoothie with cashew milk, pea protein, almond butter, kale, chia seeds, and lots of ice.)

After smoothies, we went to madre’s house for a home haircut. I haven’t had one in months and my hair was officially a little crunchy. It was wavy and smooth until the ends, which split into a thousand pieces that ran in every possible direction. It was so refreshing to get a few inches chopped off!

We spent the rest of the afternoon chillin’, picked Livi bear up from school, and met up with the fam at Calle Tepa for dinner. 

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Any week that ends with tacos and margaritas is a good one, indeed.

After our Mexican feast, we went over to Uncle Eric’s to hang out and play with Coco until the girls’ bedtime.

Saturday, the Pilot surprised me with the most gorgeous red roses for our anniversary,


and we had a relaxing morning. Livi had ballet – P and I usually sit on the floor playing Magnatiles the entire time- and caught up on errands and chores. Later that afternoon, we met up with my dad, stepmom, a friend, and her daughter for pizza. (They both asked us to have dinner at the same place at the same time, so we all met up and ate together. It was perfect.)

Afterwards, we were trying to think of something fun to do and decided on Trail Dust Town aka the Wild West Disneyland (with about 90% less rides). We panned for gold, rode the little rides, and got ice cream before calling it a night. 

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Sunday morning, we all woke up (way too early) in a little bit of a funk. I blame it on the planets, but the girls were bickering (they usually get along so well), and I woke up feeling like I never went to sleep. We ended up laying low around the house and I made pancakes, and burned the eggs. When I told madre we probably weren’t going to make it to church – I literally couldn’t summon the energy to get us dressed and out of the house on time – she gave me the best gift ever: she took the girls antique shopping with her while I crawled back into bed for a nap.

Living away from family for so long, I haven’t had the luxury of “on the fly” help with the kiddos. Let me tell ya, it’s incredible. I didn’t even have to ask my mom for backup; she just swooped in and saved the day. When I went over to her house afterwards, we were all feeling worlds better.

Family dinner was at our house. Trevor, Alexus, my stepdad, mom, Kyle, Meg, Everly, Uncle E, Nana, and Tata all came over. I didn’t get a ton of pics of the food, but I made BBQ chicken (20 minutes in the Instant Pot!) and the brownies below (Simple Mills brownies with peanut butter frosting), Kyle brought chorizo mac n’ cheese from commoner, madre brought baked potatoes, buns, cheesecake, shredded barbacoa, nana brought bread and ice cream,

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and uncle E made the most ridiculous cobbler. He shared his secret with me for the best cobbler topping. Are you ready for it?


Sugar cookie dough! Do it. You’ll love it.

My plate was filled with BBQ chicken on spinach, mac n’ cheese, cobbler, and a brownie. It was everything. 

This morning, we’re back to the usual routine around here! I’m catching a quick workout, interviewing Brittany for this week’s podcast episode, and we’re meeting up with friends at the park after school. I hope you have a happy Monday! Thanks so much for checking in on the blog today.

See ya soon.



Summer Shape Up friends! Keep up the amazing momentum. I’m loving all of the check-ins on Instagram and our Facebook group. If you’d like to join in the fun, the info is here. 

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  1. Carrie on August 20, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I took a free barre3 class a few months ago and had a similar thought about their class format. It wasn’t my favorite style before I had my daughter, but I’ve grown to really like it after having her.

  2. Lauren on August 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Ahh how cool that your mom can help now! I don’t have family nearby to help and I always dream of what’s it’s like to have grandparents or aunts and uncles to lend a hand.

  3. Amanda on August 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    When I traveled for work, there was a barre3 in that area, and I really liked it. They had a really nice child care area, too. I agree with you about the options for every body. Happy anniversary to you and the Pilot. Those flowers are gorgeous.

  4. Michelle on August 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Happy Anniversary! What beautiful roses! I am grateful for the sacrifices you both make in serving our country. <3

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2018 at 1:21 am

      thank you <3

  5. Reenie on August 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Happy Anniversary!! Those tacos look wonderful. 😮

  6. Nicole on August 20, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Re: the cobbler. Every year, my mom used to use the left-over sugar cookie dough (from making Christmas cookies) to make me a mini-pie/cobbler- just canned peaches or cut up apples covered with the dough. I can confirm that it was absolutely delicious! Might have to resurrect that tradition…..

  7. Sam on August 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Omg…need his cobbler recipe!!

  8. Nicole Kump on August 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Happy belated anniversary to you guys!

  9. Tracy on August 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful roses. How many years?

    You guys always have such fun, family filled weekends.. sounds so fun!

    I love Brittany’s blog! Look forward to Wednesday’s episode!

    Have a great week 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2018 at 1:22 am

      thank you! 11 years 🙂 hope you enjoy the episode! it was so much fun to chat with brittany

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on August 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Gina! Knowing how much you love naps, that was truly a great gift you received. I recently took my first Barre3 class and I LOVED the mix of levels, some mind-body elements and some functional moves, so I totally agree with you. I need to take it again! 🙂

  11. Julie on August 20, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Happy anniversary!

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2018 at 1:21 am

      thank you so much!

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