weekend things + nana’s bday fiesta

Hi friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your Monday is off to a great start. I feel like I have so much catching up to do; I didn’t mean to disappear on Friday, but we had a little too much fun on Thursday night. If I’ve learned one thing over the past 10 years of blogging, it’s “Don’t sangria and blog.”

Thursday was nana’s birthday, so we had a family fiesta here at the house.


I made 3 pitchers of tequila sangria,

Sangria 2

and we all brought different components of the meal. We brought various meats to grill (chicken drumsticks and steak), Kyle made mango guacamole


(he used a pepper that he blackened on the stovetop, along with all of the usual guacamole suspects, and it was the best guac I’ve ever tasted),

Uncle E made calabacitas,


I made Instant Pot Mexican rice, Sophie’s chopped salad, and ordered salsa + mini chimichangas from Calle Tepa,

Rice and salad

Mini chimis

and madre brought brought homemade beans, tortillas, and dessert.

If you saw my IG stories, you could see the ridiculous spread of food. No one leaves a family party without a food baby.

We were trying to brainstorm ideas for the fiesta and things that nana really likes. Kyle suggested mariachis, and we were all like DONE.

So around 7pm, a trio of mariachis surprised nana with “Las Mañanitas” and played in the backyard for about a half an hour. It was THE BEST THING EVER.


Nana loved it, and the kids all danced around in the backyard while the mariachis played. 

Dancing with p

W meg and ej

The rest of the evening was spent chatting, drinking sangria (or strawberry margaritas), and then whacking a cactus-shaped piñata that I hung off the balcony.


(Liv helped fill the piñata during P’s nap… while eating two lollipops. Doing it right.)

I had a little too much fun yanking the piñata around to get them to miss it, my shoulder was super sore the next day. I told the Pilot my shoulder was killing me from yanking the piñata rope and he claimed it was the most Mexican thing I’ve ever said hahah. 

The rest of the weekend was filled with fun events. We went to Uncle Eric’s on Friday night,

At uncle es

Saturday afternoon was spent with Grant and Katie filming 4 new videos for ya (!!), and Sunday, we went to church and the girls hung out and swam at my dad’s while madre, nana, and I went to see “Mamma Mia.”

You guys. It was SO GOOD. When it first started, I thought it would probably be cheesy/campy, but I was ready for it. The storyline was surprisingly good, I fought the dinosaur cry in the last third of the movie, and the music was fantastic. I’m a closet Abba fan – my music teacher in middle school loved Abba, so I have an odd amount of their songs in my repertoire – so I was singing along in my head the whole time. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a lighthearted movie.

Bonus points if they have jalapeño popcorn.


The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, watching the girls ride their power wheels in the backyard, swimming, spending time with the fam, eating crepes at the farmer’s market,


and making strategic Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases. (They were sold out of quite a few of my faves, so I keep lurking and some have miraculously popped back up on the site.)

This week, I’m going to start getting the girls’ stuff ready for school (WAHHH) and planning some adventures and road trips. I’m also finally figuring out my teaching schedule, so I’m looking forward to teaching some classes when the school year starts.

I hope you have a happy Monday!! 

See ya in the morning with a new workout.



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  1. Valerie on July 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Fun weekend!! Where is your red cold shoulder top from? It’s so pretty!

  2. Lauren on July 23, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I’m going to have to make that Mexican rice! Thank goodness for the Instant Pot!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      yessssss i hope you love it!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Fun weekend! I wish my family lived closer. I spent most of the weekend on the couch as I wasn’t feeling well. At least I have a good boyfriend who cleaned my house and prepped my veggies for me. I think he’s a keeper!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      he sounds like a keeper!

  4. Stephanie S. on July 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Ooh four new workout videos – so exciting!!! Sounds like a really great weekend, and an amazing fiesta for your nana! How fun 🙂 And now I want some of that guac, haha.

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      yes, you need that guac! i hope you love the new videos; i’m excited to be able to share more video content now 🙂

  5. Melissa Caulfield on July 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Sounds like an amazing time! Love the mariachi band?…so sweet. Memories for a lifetime !

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      yes it was such a great time <3 hope you're settling in well!

  6. Nicole Kump on July 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    You never cease to amaze with your party food! That guac is making me hungry!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      the guac was seriously amazing!!

  7. Kaci Cheeseman on July 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    What is the dish that looks like zucchini and yellow squash with goat cheese?? I’m dying to know if there is a recipe…it looks insane delicious!!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      it’s called calabacitas. it’s squash and zucchini with cream, spices, and cheese on top 🙂

      • Kaci Cheeseman on July 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm

        I figured that had to be it from the descriptions you had and the photos, but google had all kinds of things for “calabacitas” when I searched!! It looks so good.

  8. Erika S. on July 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Gurrlll….1) that popcorn w/jalapenos…so doing that! 2) when did Everly turn into a toddler?! 3) strawberry margaritas sound amazing & I’m gonna try that sangria! U did the weekend right!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      yes you’ll love it! I KNOW. she’s so big already!

  9. Jamie on July 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I am not much of a crier – it’s been months since I’ve had a good cry – but the end of Mamma Mia had me SOBBING in the theater. Such a good movie!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      omega it was so hard for me to hold in the tears… but i knew if i started, there would be no stopping

  10. Julie on July 25, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I really had no desire to see Mamma Mia despite loving the play and enjoying the first movie, but my daughter really want to see it so I took one for the team. OMG I loved it so much!!! I cried like three different times out of pure happiness. The old guy sitting next to me & I were both dancing in our seats.

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