Tucson adventures

Hi friends! How’s the week going? Hope you’re having a great one so far. We’re still having an amazing time here in Tucson with the fam.

I thought I’d pop in and say hello + share some of the latest adventures.

We’ve been swimming in Mexican food since we’ve been here. I may turn into a tortilla chip, but NBD.

This is takeout from Little Poca Cosa and it was everyyyyything. I especially love that they don’t use styrofoam; you purchase to-go BPA-free tupperware containers for your takeout.

Little poca cosa takeout

I asked the owner to make “something good, with meat” for the Pilot, and he said it was one of the best things he’s ever had. I had chicken and veggie soup -my allergies are a nightmare- with rice and beans. Comfort food at its finest.

One of the first things we *had* to do when we got into town was take Livi to see her cousins. She misses them so much when we’re not here, and the second they see each other, they hug and run off to play like we just saw them yesterday. P was very excited to see them again, too. 🙂


We hung out in the living room while the girls played, and as we were about to leave, I went to say bye to my uncle in the kitchen. This is what I saw:

Salmon dinner

He said, “Just give me 10 more minutes, k?”

Just a casual weeknight dinner haha. He made the BEST avocado salad (I’ll replicate it for the blog soon!!), mashed potatoes, asparagus, salmon, and steak. 

Uncle eric salmon dinner

While we’ve been here, I’ve spent some time walking around the track while the Pilot, my brother and his girlfriend lift weights. I have a little bit of FOMO, but it felt good to shake my legs out and listen to podcasts.

IMG 9490

I’m loving the Skinny Confidential podcast; it’s a great mix of fun stuff + useful social media content. 

A blueberry peanut butter dairy-free smoothie from Xoom juice:


and we also spent a morning at the ranch after visiting Liv’s beloved pediatrician. We make her yearly appointments when we know we’ll be in town because we love our pediatrician so much.

At the ranch 3

The ranch

The ranch 2

My mom’s friend kindly offered to take Liv on a ride since she adores horses. She was so excited to meet Nikita (aka Nikki) and explore the ranch.

Liv and tom

Liv and nikki

It was a very special treat, and there’s something magical about spending time with such beautiful creatures. 

At the ranch w livi

(Dress is Tory Burch; I’ve been loving the RTR unlimited so far!)

M and m

Even though we’ve been enjoying our share of Tucson eats, we also have made some dinners here at the house. The other night, I put together a quick chopped salad + sweet potato fries in the oven, while the Pilot grilled up his famous jalapeño burgers.

This afternoon, we’re headed swimming with the cousins, and then going to eat at my uncle’s new restaurant.

Have a wonderful day <3



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  1. Victoria Myers on April 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Cannot wait for the avocado salad recipe!

  2. Astacia on April 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Your Brothers Girlfriend?! I thought he was married to Meg?? Speaking of Meg, you haven’t mentioned her on your blog in a very long time….You two seemed to have enjoyed a close friendship – I’m confused. 🙁

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      my other brother, trevor. his girlfriend is alexus 🙂 i haven’t mentioned meg in a while because they moved to the berkshires a year and a half ago. even though we talk and text all the time, i haven’t seen her since last january (jan 2015)! UNTIL they moved back today and i am so so happy

      • Astacia on April 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        Ohhhh! Ha ha ha. I’m like, Whaaa??

        • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

          haha sorry i wasn’t more clear! i would have been confused too 😉 thankfully since meg and kyle are back in tucson now i’ll actually get to SEE them instead of face timing all the time

  3. Tessa on April 28, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I love Tucson! Some people just don’t get it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

      haha. i love it here so much

  4. Taylor on April 28, 2016 at 5:56 am

    That salad looks soo good!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

      thank you! it was awesome

  5. sarah on April 28, 2016 at 6:38 am

    The pollen situation in Tucson this year is the worst it has ever been for me in all of my five years here. I ride my bike to campus each morning and my eyes have never been itchier. Any allergy medicine recommendations? Some people seem to be having good luck with Zyrtec.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

      it is seriously INSANE. i don’t usually have a problem when i come from the humidity to the dry air, and i’m suffering. i want to reach into my throat and scratch it haha. i haven’t taken anything yet (just chugging fire cider, having a teaspoon or so of local honey, and diffusing lavender in water). i called the doc to see if i could take anything (since my thumb surgery is monday) and he said i can take claritin or allegra. i might try claritin today if it doesn’t get any better

  6. Bethany on April 28, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Looks like you’re having so much fun!! I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but I was reading this post on my phone yesterday and its really hard to read through because of so many advertisements. There’s a banner that pops up on the bottom and then there were an additional 5-6 ads that popped up in between text and pictures. Its much worse on the mobile version than the desktop version. I don’t know if this is a recent change because I haven’t noticed it before, but just thought I would offer that feedback. I love your blog and look forward to it so much each day!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

      hey! well that’s super annoying haha. i will reach out to my ad guy and see if he can fix it. thank you so much for letting me know, and for reading!

  7. Melissa C on April 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for sharing all the pics! Looks like some good, quality family time! I’m drooling for that salad and salmon plate,lol

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

      thanks friend! hope you’re enjoying the week <3

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