the nanas are here + Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you are having a lovely morning. What are you up to this weekend?

Everyone at our house is happy because the nanas made a surprise visit yesterday. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk lately, so when they said they were driving up from Tucson, I started crying because I was so happy. We’re fortunate that they’re driving distance (or a Southwest sale fare) away, because it hasn’t always been the case. Liv went nuts when she saw them, and we’re so excited to spend some time together this weekend.

I’ve been focusing on slowing down a bit this week, spending time with Liv,

W livi at the bay

Livi at the bay

Mission bay

and soaking up some awesome Vitamin D.

Bay day

In standard Friday fare, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please join in the fun in the comments section if you would like.

THE LOT opening party!

The lot opening

The Pilot and I were invited to check out this new space in La Jolla, which is a movie theatre, lounge, bar and restaurant in one spot. It was quite a scene -so many people!- and we were instantly blown away by the open plan and clean vibe. It’s absolutely perfect for La Jolla date nights. We can’t wait to go back and catch a movie in one of these comfy recliners. 

The lot 5

The lot 6

They also had THE BEST popcorn (caramel, chili, and original),

The lot

and an entire room full of desserts,

The lot 3

The lot 4

The lot 2

including a macaron tree. <— Obviously an instant friend of mine. 

Raw pizza. I haven’t had it in so long, and picked this up to go from Trilogy, another La Jolla fave.

Raw pizza

Every time I have vegan, particularly raw vegan, cuisine, I’m like, “I want to eat like this all the time again!” And then I remember the prep and foresight involved to prepare the laborious dishes. “I think I want pizza next Tuesday, so I’ll start making it today.” Orrrr I’ll just drive to La Jolla haha.

Bumpy pumpkins.

Bumpy pumpkins

This lipgloss! I’ve been using it for months and am on a fresh new tube. I love the sheer color (I get the Rose), gloss (perfect amount of shine) and light scent. The best.

World Market from fall until January.

World market

World Market goes down in history as one of my favorite stores ever, and I especially enjoy their holiday decor and treats. We went the other day to pick a new rug, and also ended up with a stash of Duplo bars (take me baaaaack) and some post-delivery wines since all reds were on sale. Both Apothic and Ménage à Trois have new flavors (Crush and Silk). I’ll report back in a month or so on how they fare. 😉

This book .

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A friend gave it to me, because we studied The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga in our yoga teacher training. It has dramatically transformed my outlook on many things, so I’m looking forward to learning how to translate these laws into parenting. 

So tell me friends: what are you loving this week??

If you’re looking for a weekend baking project, I highly recommend these bars. We’re on our third batch and they are not long for this world.

Happy Fridayyyyyy!



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  1. Heidi Kokborg on October 2, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Such great photos! 🙂

  2. Aubrey on October 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I’m loving squash, purple sweet potatos and my guitar:)

  3. Lauren @ Oh Hey, I Like That! on October 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    The Lot looks AMAZING! What a great idea for a date night! When I eventually make it out to Cali, I’ll definitely have to stop there!

    You’re in the home stretch! You’ve got this, girl!

  4. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on October 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

    That lip gloss looks so pretty! One of my new faves as of late are the Trader Joe’s makeup removing cloths. My skin has been SO incredibly soft since using them!! 🙂

  5. Sana Waheed on October 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Hahah if I ever want pizza I want it ASAP!!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm


  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    World Market is my favorite. They remind me of Home Goods/TJ Maxx in a way with all their quaint, eclectic things. Have a fun weekend! I’m taking it easy this weekend and surprising my Mom to brunch Sunday!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      yes, it’s the best!

  7. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on October 2, 2015 at 8:10 am

    That theater looks pretty luxurious. I’m glad to hear you’re having a great time with the Nanas!

  8. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on October 2, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Since Meghann had her baby yesterday, you are now the next one on my official baby watch 😉 Enjoy your last days of pregnancy, and all the beautiful things that come with it! I guess you would like the baby to come earlier rather than later at this point.

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      haha! baby watch is officially on. and yes, i’m more than ready to get this party started

  9. Shana on October 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

    We love your flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars! I think we’ve made them 3 or 4 times since you posted the recipe and they do not last long 🙂 . I hope you’re feeling OK and that you have an uneventful and health delivery. Wishing you all the best from NM.

  10. Gina on October 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    World Market just opened in Massachusetts!! I can’t wait to check it out. I think some chill time with the family is in order. Hang in there! OXOX – gina (from Mass)

  11. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    We have a World Market opening in Omaha next weekend!!! I’m so freaking excited. I’ve heard such good things!

  12. Crystal on October 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Aww enjoy your time with family, Gina! I’m going to have to check out the new Apothic and Ménage à Trois flavors, maybe with a side of pumpkin-something.

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      thank you! let me know how the new flavors are. i can’t wait to try them!

  13. Christine T on October 2, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I’m loving that it’s almost the weekend, that the sun is shining, and that I was offered a new job.
    Also, I’m loving the fact that I tried nutritional yeast for the first time and didn’t hate it. I can’t wait to try it on popcorn … once my (new) no-trace braces are off.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      congratulations on your new job!!!!

  14. Jessie on October 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I’m loving the Autumn candle from BB and your pumpkin chocolate chip bars! They’re so good! Have a nice weekend with your family.

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      happy you like them too! those candles are the best

  15. Tracy on October 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I just bought that book! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading it.

    I love that I’m teaching my first class tomorrow in YTT! Wish me luck!

    And even more exciting, I have my first potential yoga teaching position! It’s on a volunteer basis at a school for kids with learning disabilities. I’ll be teaching both kids and teachers! 🙂 Fingers crossed it works out. I’d love this rewarding opportunity to share my practice!

    Enjoy the time with your Nanas!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      yay, i hope you love it too!
      i’m so excited to hear about your new teaching position, too. way to get out there and share something so magical with others <3

      • Tracy on October 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

        The class went well! I received a lot of positive feedback and all my yogi trainee friends were there supporting me so YAY! A success!! 🙂

  16. Juliene on October 2, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Can I ask where your infinity bracelet is from?? My husband and I have said “I love you times infinity” since our dating days and say it to our boys now and I buy anything I find with infinity symbols on it

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      ahh i love that! it’s from tiffany 🙂

  17. Amanda Turner on October 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Those macarons are just beautiful!!!

  18. Sunny on October 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Trilogy is too good! Have you been to Peace Pies in OB or Point Loma yet?? They also have aaaahmazing raw eats

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      yes, i LOVE it

  19. Alex @ True Femme on October 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I’m so addicted to those flourless pumpkin bars, but I can’t make them because I used up my first pumpkin puree stock! Once the rain subsides here I’ll go get some more, because they are the perfect study snack along with a cup of hot chai and coconut milk! This week I’ve been loving Numi Aged Earl Grey tea. It’s so comforting! Have a great weekend! <3

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      oh man! hope you were able to pick more up 🙂 the amount of pumpkin i’ve been through already is a little embarrassing 😉

  20. leeann on October 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Made those bars this week…they lasted 24 hours 😉

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      haha happy you liked them too!

  21. haley @cupcakes and sunshine on October 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    ahhhh nanas are THE best!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      amen to that!

  22. Shari on October 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Soaking up Vitamin D by sun is the best form of it and so uplifting! I lived on a tropical island for 2 years. Oh how i miss the beach!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      ahhh the best ever

  23. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on October 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Your belly is beautiful! Have fun with your family in these final days before baby! Thanks for the reminder to hit up Cost Plus for anything seasonal–it’s a been a few months since I’ve been there and it’d definitely be fun to check out this time of year.

  24. Sasha M on October 4, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    These young kids dancing was my fave this weekend.
    As a salsa specialist, I thought you would appreciate it as well 🙂

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