Turkey day in the desert

(+ Caro, the secret escape artist)

Hi! How’s the day going? LOVE all of the giveaway entries flooding in. Keep ‘em coming! Plus, we have 11 more awesome giveaways on the way. So excited for them all! I can’t believe I have 3 posts up today. Flashback to 2010. 

Anyone else reuniting with vegetables today?

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I made a giant kale salad (with plenty for lunches the next couple of days) with curly kale, manchego cheese, lemon vinaigrette (lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic and Dijon), red chili flakes and chopped anchovies. Then I had some more peppermint bark. Balance. 😉

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Our weekend in Tucson was a blast as usual. While we’re extremely happy with all of the wonderful things do to in San Diego, I miss my Tucson family and friends. It’s always a special treat to catch up with them when we visit, and this past weekend was no exception. Family and friends are the best, and while the beach is a nice distraction, it doesn’t make up for how much we miss seeing them regularly. We’re fortunate that they’re only a drive or short flight away.

As usual, my madre’s table was filled with delicious foods and surrounded with laughter.

With my dad’s family, the usual shenanigans occurred: we had a beautiful meal at my aunt and uncle’s house, the boys played golf, there was the annual Thanksgiving poker, and the kids played while the girls chatted. We also had a wonderful night at my dad’s house, eating pizza and watching the Alabama football game.

I wanted to do something just for Liv since she was so amazing for the car ride and during the back and forth of holiday festivities, so after a morning of tailgating at the U of A,

Wildcat family

(Wildcat family!)

we went to the Children’s Museum to play. 

Here she is making me a smoothie.

Making a smoothie

We also met up with some friends and their kiddos at the trampoline park,

Jumping bean

and enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Hub.

And then, there was Caroline’s great adventure. She somehow got out of my mom’s backyard and a kind couple found her walking around the neighborhood. They were driving around looking for her owner, and my mom was also driving around looking for her, and they found each other. It was the best possible scenario (thank goodness), and they even fed her a meal of chicken, rice and sweet potato, which Caroline told me she would appreciate from now on.

We were worried sick about her, and so happy she’s back home safely.

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Time to start packing up all of the Kale Yeah shirts to be sent out tomorrow!

Have a lovely night <3



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  1. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on December 2, 2014 at 3:22 am

    i LOVE children’s museums… still! Why don’t ‘adult’ museums have more interactive parts?!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      they would be so much more fun!

  2. Linda @ TheFitty on December 2, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Are there any other health foodie shirts ? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      not yet, but i’ll be doing another run in the spring!

  3. Alex @ get big, go to work on December 2, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I am so glad you were able to find Caroline! What a scary situation but with the best possible outcome! Looks like such a wonderful Thanksgiving! Family time is the best…sitting around laughing and chatting for hours. These are the moments I look forward to the most at the holidays!

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      amen to that. the best 🙂

  4. Brynn on December 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I love spending the holidays with family and enjoying all of our traditions. We always have a mean game of scategories or trivial pursuit each time we get together. Glad Caro is ok!!

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on December 2, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I’m so glad Caroline is home and safe!! <3

  6. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 2, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving! Glad Caroline was safe. That’s so scary.

  7. ashley on December 2, 2014 at 6:19 am

    So glad Caroline is safe !

    That Kale salad sounds like a great idea to use up my baby kale

  8. Cassie Vaughn on December 2, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Yes, I definitely needed some green back in my life after an indulgent Thanksgiving!

  9. Lizzie @ The Magic Tree on December 2, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Ahh so scary about Caro! Glad she is home safe. Also, I need that kale salad in my life.

  10. Crystal on December 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Glad you guys found Caroline…nothing scarier than losing a pet!

  11. Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on December 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I’m definitely eating more fruits and veggies to make up for Thanksgiving! 🙂

  12. Tracy on December 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    “Kale Yeah” salad for the win!! Excited to get my t-shirt 🙂

    Silly Caro! Glad she’s back where she belongs!

  13. Kristin on December 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    OMG Caroline!!!

    Gina, your cross-body is adorable!! What brand is it??

    • Fitnessista on December 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      thank you! it’s this one: http://bit.ly/1BbUsXb got it a couple of years ago and still use it all the time!

  14. Tracey on December 3, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Do you have an actual recipe for that salad? I’d love to make it? Just not sure how much of each thing. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on December 3, 2014 at 8:18 am

      no, but i can try and remember! when i’m not making recipes for the blog, i don’t measure anything and kind of wing it.
      1 jar chopped anchovies
      1/2 cup-ish of shredded manchego
      for the vinaigrette: juice of 1 lemon, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, sea salt, pepper (to taste)
      whisk the vinaigrette and pour over the kale. toss with cheese and anchovies. sprinkle with red pepper flakes

      • Tracey on December 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

        No problem! Thank you 🙂

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