t-town, cal’s wedding, salad avalanche otw

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. <3 We’re back in San Diego after a fantastic week in Tucson with the fam. It almost made me feel like we lived there again, and I’ve missed it a lot. When we went to do a drive-by of our house (#creepers), I felt like we were supposed to pull into the garage and walk inside like nothing changed. I think that might have freaked out our tenants a little bit. 😉 “Hi, can we just hang out on the couch here for a second? Don’t mind us.”

Some highlights from the week:

A date at Commoner & Co.!

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Madre came over to the hotel to stay with the sleeping P, and put Livi to bed, while the Pilot and I went to try out Commoner & Co. We started off with great intentions of cooking a lot of meals at home this past week, but as the time went on, we were like “we want all the Tucson food” and it fell out the window.

We shared the Chef’s tile and chicken wings (which had a sweet and spicy slaw).

I had a hibiscus margarita,

and ordered the salmon for my entree.

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We spent lots of time hanging out at madre’s, meeting up with friends, and got to attend my cousin Cal’s wedding on Saturday night.

My two amazing lovebugs. <3

Cals wedding

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(dress is here!)

I can’t even handle this.

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It was held at the historic San Pedro chapel, which was absolutely stunning.

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It was the perfect venue for the family-only ceremony, with the reception outside under twinkling lights.

Cals wedding

Can’t decide if this picture is cool/artistic, or bad. I don’t even know haha.

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The ceremony was beautiful (and I had to fight the dinosaur tears the entire time), and afterwards, we headed outside for Mexican food truck,

Food truck

ice cream truck, drinks, toasts, and dancing. (I posted an awesome video of Kyle’s moves on my Snapchat! Username: fitnessista)

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Tom and kyle

They also had a photo booth,

Photo booth

and dance floor FLIP FLOPS for those who needed them. High-heeled feet everywhere sang a song of gratitude.

Whenever I’m with my dad’s side of the family, we joke about the “kid’s table.” I have a lot of cousins, and we’ve spent many special events together. Once again, we were at the kids’ table, but it finally kicked in to me (especially since my younger brothers are now in college and finishing high school) that we’re all adults. At least we don’t always feel like it. 😉


I was so happy we could be in town for such a special event. Karen has always felt like part of the family, so it was pretty cool to be there for the official celebration. <3 

Sunday morning, we enjoyed a fantastic post-wedding brunch at my aunt’s house.

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(dress is Mara Hoffman from my RTR unlimited subscription)

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(the famous egg casserole!)

+ nana’s homemade carrot cake

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I definitely will miss the fam, but it always feels good to be back home. 

Hope you all have a happy Monday! I’m off to my nerve repair surgery for my thumb, and appreciate any good vibes you send my way. I’m nervous, but excited to use my hand normally without the strange combination of pain and numbness. 

See ya soon!



Salad a day in May starts TODAY!

Salad a day in may

Are you joining in the fun?! I’m excited to get some more greens in my life, and am going to have a salad every day this month. It could be something like a huge lunchtime salad, or even a handful of greens in a smoothie or small salad with dinner.  I’d love it if you joined me! I’ll post the week’s combos in Friday Faves each week and hopefully we can get some new ideas from each other. Tag me with your salad beast pics @fitnessista #saladadayinmay

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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on May 2, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Great wedding pictures. Love the San Pedro chapel. Such a beautiful venue. Your Nana’s homemade cake looks awesome. Fabulous trip. Welcome home.

  2. kelli @ Hungry Hobby on May 2, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I definitely miss Tucson, living through you and your visit! Looks like a fabulous time!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      thank you! hope you enjoyed the weekend too <3

  3. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on May 2, 2016 at 7:34 am

    A Mexican food truck?? Love! I was majorly craving a giant Mexican feast yesterday, but there are so few (good) Mexican places around where I live. It’s my favorite food!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      same. nothing like a plate of soft tacos, rice and beans 🙂

  4. Reenie on May 2, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Your dress is adorable. Ms. L & Ms. P look so cute.

    Can we have Nana’s recipe for the carrot cake?

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      thank you!!
      i’ll ask her for it!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Fun weekend! Good luck with the surgery! I’m currently at the doctor today for some kind of respiratory issue. My throat was so swollen yesterday I could hardly swallow.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      hope you’re feeling better soon

  6. Hillary on May 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I always love Livi’s braids. Wish you could do my hair 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      i totally would!

  7. Juliana on May 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Love the Tucson pics, that chapel looks lovely! Good luck with your surgery today 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      thank you, friend

  8. Melissa C on May 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Fabulous photos! Loved all of them! Praying for you. That God would surround you with His peace, give you favor with the Dr and nurses and guide the Dr hands as he works on yours. All will be well in Jesus name,Amen.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      thank you so much <3

  9. Crystal on May 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Okay, Tucson is officially on my list of “places to visit soon” thanks to you 🙂

    Good luck with the surgery..it’ll be good to have it over with!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      yes! it’s such a fun and unique place 🙂

  10. Shannon on May 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Super cute dress! Do you have a Tucson post somewhere with your favorite food/adventures? Visiting for Memorial Day, and while I always want to go to the old favorites (Wildflower!), I love to try new things!

    • Shannon on May 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Well, I searched and found the Tucson posts! Thank you!

      • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

        oh good! glad you found them. have a blast!

  11. Ashley @ DownHomeDuo on May 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a beautiful wedding venue! Looks like you had a great time!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      thank you! hope you enjoyed the weekend too

  12. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    What a fun wedding weekend!! Thinking happy surgery thoughts for you!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      thanks friend- i appreciate it!

  13. Caroline M. on May 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Looks like a beautiful wedding! And your little ladies are just so precious together, I love it! Reminds me of my sister and I when we were little. Prayers and thoughts going out to you as you get your surgery!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      so sweet- thank you!

  14. Tracy on May 2, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Family weddings are the BEST!! Glad you had such a fun week 🙂

    Your dress and the girls’ are all adorable.

    Yesssss! For salad a day! I’m definitely in!!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      so happy you’re joining in!!

  15. Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things on May 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Having a food truck at a wedding is such a good idea! I would love that haha. Good luck with your surgery!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      yes, it was amazing! thank you <3

  16. Amy S on May 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Hope the surgery goes very smoothly and you’ll be feeling great again in no time. Looks like the weekend was wonderful!

    Um I love the salad a day in May idea! Awesome. I’ll definitely give it a shot!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      thank you so much! happy you’re joining in 🙂

  17. Janice on May 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I am not even close to being interested in fashion but the dress you wore to the wedding is gorgeous and you look stunning in it. The picture of Livi and Miss P is so adorable I can’t handle it. Sending good healing vibes your way for your thumb surgery.

    I’m in for salad a day in May!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      ohh thank you so much!
      yay for salad a day 🙂

  18. Taylor on May 3, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Love all the pictures! So much good food and that wedding looks so fun!! Your girls are so beautiful!!

  19. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Oh man! Sending you good vibes for a fast recovery. You must be so ready to put all of this healing behind you. On a side note — I may head down for the Fit Expo in SJ. Will you be there both days?? Love to see you!

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      i’m SO ready haha. yes! we’ll be there both days!

  20. Kathy on May 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    umm, excuse me…P with that flower in her hair?!? Beyond ridiculously cute!

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      thank you!

  21. Vicki on May 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I LOVE the braid in Liv’s hair! Will you come braid my hair?? 😀

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