Tie Fail

So many fun adventures today!

A world beat class (which was amaaaaaazzing)

hike at Sabino Canyon

and dinner with an intimate party of 17.


I was SO excited to take world beat this morning. As I mentioned before, there’s no recorded music, only live drummers, and we dance to international rhythms including African, Latin and bellydance- ridiculously fun. One of the girls called me up to the front to merengue with them, and I loved being back up there, yelling and shaking with my friends 🙂

Big bowl of oats:


(1 C oats, 1 scoop Sun Warrior, blueberries, blob of almond butter)

and we took the fam to Sabino Canyon.

The weather was perfection: breezy and in the 70s


tons of hikers, bikers, tram-riders and runners

gorgeous scenery, per usual.


I haven’t taken Liv to the canyon because someone told me it’s rattlesnake mating season (?!), so it was her first hike. She was very hungry when we got home 😉

The Pilot grilled and amazing lunch, we chilled and then met up with my family at Trail Dust Town, a fun little Tucson tourist trap.


There’s a cowboy performance, lots of cute little western shops, and the infamous steak house where ties adorn the ceiling and walls. The food is really mediocre, but we bought cheap-o ties for the guys to wear and thought it would be fun for our 5 year-old nephew to get his tie cut off.


As expected, the food was indeed mediocre, the company was fantastic, and no one cut off the ties at our table. The reason: they lost their cowbell. Tie fail. Haha.

Now we’re back at the house, and I’m going to do some damage to the filling of this chocolate berry tart…


Night <3

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  1. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on February 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Wow, you’re getting tons of physical activity in!! The class sound really cool; I’ve definitely never taken anything like that before, but when I lived in DC a group of drummers and dancers would meet up in a park near my apartment and it was really cool to listen and watch them dance. Your hike looks amazing!

  2. Emily @ The Swallow Flies on February 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I wish central Iowa had more hiking areas – or, let’s be real, ANY hiking areas! I’ve heard it’s a great workout, and I absolutely love being outside! I’m glad you’re having so much fun with the fam!

  3. Sana on February 26, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I <3 hiking 🙂 And rattlesnakes sound super scary!

  4. Ali on February 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    That tart looks so yummy! Also, live drummers in dance class= most fun EVER

  5. Julie on February 26, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I’m so excited that our weather is getting better cause I’m due for a hike!

  6. Sara on February 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I would love to do that class. It sounds like a party!

    I’ve got a house full of family at the moment too. It’s awesome and amazing, exhausting and a little bit crazy. Bed time is kind of nuts, kids in and out of the bath, stories, big rounds of kisses and cuddles, more stories, more ‘I’m hungry’ last minute snacks and then.. all the adults feel the need for strong drink 😀

  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 26, 2012 at 1:38 am

    The tart looks great and what a fun sounding day! Bravo to you for making time for friends ‘n family and doing fun things other than just staying home and looking at the inside of the four walls…which can sometimes happen with a newborn. Good for you for getting out!

    And the drumming class sounds so nice. I’d love to take a class like that.

  8. Courtney on February 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The tart looks so yummy. 🙂 I think the fun out doors stuff is what I miss about the west coast. (I’m from Northern Cali.) You look great by the way!

  9. Jessica J on February 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I think I’ve been to that steakhouse when I was in Tucson… do they bring you an old shoe if you order a steak well done? They did that to a very shocked older gentleman at a nearby table. Very entertaining!

  10. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on February 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Looked like a wonderful hike and day with your family!

  11. Lizzy on February 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Where did you get your gray shirt with the lace on it? It is so cute!!

    • Fitnessista on February 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks! It’s from express 🙂

  12. Drisana (SoulShineBlog) on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    That dance class with love drumming sounds super fun!!

  13. Michelle (Better with Berries) on February 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

    What an amazing day! It’s supposed to be great weather here in Missouri today, so I’m hoping to get outside and soak in the sun for a while 🙂

    That class sounds so fun! I’ve always been nervous going to any type of class that involves dance because I have ZERO moves and no rhythm, but I think it’s about time I got over that fear 🙂

  14. Stephanie on February 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    We love Sabino Canyon! It looks like you all had a great day!

  15. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on February 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! I love that shirt in the last picture 🙂

  16. Valerie @ FreshMutz on February 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That world beat class sound like so much fun. Sorry about the tie fail, but on the bright side who couldn’t use a cheap tie (ummm errrr).. I hope the little guy had fun anyways!

  17. Hayley on February 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for posting about all your Tucson adventures! I started reading your blog a few months ago and coincidentally ended up moving to Tucson for a few months. I love it here and really like reading about the city from a local. I too hiked the Sabino Canyon today — so beautiful!! And thanks to you, Good Egg is a new staple in my life.

  18. Kellyim on February 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Love it! I have an 8th grade choir picture taken at the gazebo in Trail Dust Town.

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