shaken, not stirred


(We switched it up with the usual vino with a martini last night)

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope you had an amazing weekend. ICYMI: I blogged yesterday! All of last week’s workout details are here. 

What did you do this weekend? Ours was relaxing and amazing. Usually I sneak in work throughout the weekend, but in an effort to slow down a bit, I took Friday and Saturday completely off.

Friday morning, the fun started with a road trip to Jacksonville for a girls’ shopping trip. Thank you so much to those of you who shared Jacksonville recs in my Friday Faves post! I have a new spreadsheet with all of your awesome suggestions, because I know we’ll be back a lot. 

We got into Jax just in time for lunch, and stopped at Moxie’s Kitchen and Cocktails for lunch.

Megan and I shared the deviled eggs 4 ways,

Deviled eggs

(the favorite was the sriracha and bleu cheese)

and for my entree, I had the salmon and kale salad. I love that at Moxie everything is certified organic and they source their produce and meats from local farms and fisherman. Everything was extremely fresh and light; the perfect fuel for some retail therapy.

Salmon salad

A lot of new spots have opened in Valdosta since we were last here, which have been so fun to explore. I also love the fact that while Valdosta is smaller, there are a lot of cities close by with fantastic dining and shopping options. Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Orlando are all less than 3 1/2 hours away. If I ever start to cry for Whole Foods hot bar, I know it’s just a short drive until I’m face-diving into a random mix of Indian food, grape leaves, and overpriced salad. On Friday, something about walking into a Nordstrom was very good for my soul, haha. 

While I didn’t go tooooooo crazy on the purchases (just some lulu polo shirts for the Pilot, some Sephora goodies for me, and swim gear for the girls at Nordstrom Rack), my favorite things I picked up are this round brush (for smaller waves; I practiced on Liv and her hair looked ridiculous), and this top from Loft. 

After a successful and fun day at St. John’s Town Center, we stopped at Cantina Laredo for a margarita and some chips and guac before hitting the road back to Valdosta.

margarita and guac

I got home just in time to kiss the girls goodnight, and enjoy some BBQ with the Pilot.

Saturday morning, miss P had gymnastics:

Daddy and our Tiny gymnast

(I can’t even handle it)

and then we had an awesome brunch at Birdie’s Market downtown. 

Brunching at Birdies

W livi bear

Right now, Birdie’s is my favorite place to eat. (If you’re stopping through Valdosta on the 75, make a stop for at least a cup of coffee and a bag of the chocolate amaretto pecans. You won’t regret it!) I loooooove breakfast, and they have the BEST breakfast. Their local coffee is so delicious (not bitter, and super smooth), and the plate of eggs, fruit and perfectly-cooked potatoes are delicious. 

The rest of the day was spent at the pool,

Selfie fail at the pool

(selfie attempt was a giant fail)

Miss p rose ready to swim

and that evening the Pilot made risotto, and we tried to clean up the garage, which is still full of boxes. Yikes.

Sunday was relaxing and wonderful. It included coffee and donuts, trips to Goodwill for our moving purge casualties, power yoga,


and winner winner chicken dinner here at home. 

This morning, it’s back in the swing of teaching and training, and all of the fun usual activities with the nuggets.

Hope you have a happy Monday! Thank you so much for checking in on the blog today and I’ll see ya soon.



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Oh my goodness, P in her sunglasses is too sweet and adorable!

  2. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on May 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    What a fun weekend! We had a blast over here celebrating the hubs graduation, but man, Monday snuck up on me. Hope you have a great day!

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 22, 2017 at 9:19 am

    When I lived in Gainesville, going to UF, my girlfriends and I would often make day-trips to do all of our shopping in Orlando. But ever since then I’ve lived in a major city with lots of shopping around, and I will say, those “shopping days” were so good for loading up — now I feel like I have to force myself to shop because it’s right there. Happy Monday, Gina! 🙂

  4. Brittany on May 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Just as a heads up, on the east coast we don’t use an article before our highways– unlike the west coast (the 5, for example), we just call it by its number (75, in this case).

  5. Bethany on May 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I want that brunch in my face! Looks amazing! P is growing up so fast!

  6. Courtney Bentley on May 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    wow looks like little girl is having a blast as well. well mines been jam packed and traveled to NH with my bestie so yeah my heart’s full!

    ?Courtney Bentley ||

  7. Jamie @ on May 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    We’ve had a crazy week and a half or so – Jules ended up with a crazy bacterial infection in her ankle joint and we spend Monday-Thursday in the hospital. So my favorite part of the weekend was just being at home and Jules getting better! Looks like you guys had a great weekend!

  8. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on May 24, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Looks like a beautiful weekend! Especially those deviled eggs four ways, wowza. I spent my weekend at a gorgeous wedding in a courtyard in Brooklyn in 70 degree weather, it was the perfect weekend getaway! Now, back to the grind <3

  9. Carrie on May 24, 2017 at 5:29 am

    What a beautiful pool day! I wish i had been by a pool this weekend, but the best I could do was a picnic in the park! I love going to brunch on the weekends too!

  10. Bridget on May 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Looks like a great time! Where are P’s water shoes from? I have an almost 1 yr and they look comfy. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      they’re from nordstrom rack! they’re tevas. i got them for both girls for when we go to the pool, and they love them

  11. Ash on May 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Gina! Would you be willing to share your martini recipe? I’d like to try a traditional martini (rather than my fav lemon drop), but never order them in restaurants because I’m not sure I’ll like them Thanks!

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