Hi friends! Happy Monday! How was the weekend? Ours was a great one. We spent a ton of time with family and friends, got to swim, and enjoyed some beautiful desert monsoons, so no complaining over here.

Friday night, the girls and I decided to enjoy dinner out, so we went to Commoner & Co. I wrote about this recently, but my brother Kyle has taken over as partner chef for Commoner and the popular brunch restaurant, Prep & Pastry. He completely revamped the menu at Commoner, so we were excited to check out the new menu options. 

Kyle surprised us with this goat cheese tart while we were waiting for our entrees.

It’s a savory lemon thyme tart with fluffy brûléed goat cheese, served atop STRAWBERRY JAM. It was the perfect mix of sweet and savory… it was like my favorite bite from a cheese board (cracker, cheese, jam), completely elevated. It’s probably my new favorite food ever, and served with Kyle’s signature artistic presentation: 

Goat cheese tart

(Everything he makes looks almost too beautiful to eat)

For my entree, I rolled with the salmon, which is served on top of a bed of Spanish rice with veggies, olives, goat cheese, and Romesco.

Salmon dish

Kyle also brought out the deconstructed cake for dessert. It was bites of pistachio sponge cake, cream cheese frosting, and a bunch of other deliciousness I can’t really remember because Liv and P were on either side of me and we were shoveling bites into our mouths in pure bliss. It was everything.

Commoner and Co. was one of our favorite date night spots long before Kyle took over the kitchen. But I have to say that now that he’s there, it’s taken everything to the next level. Our dinner was my favorite meal we’ve had since we’ve been back in Tucson, which says a lot since we’ve eaten at a lot of amazing spots since we’ve been here. We’ll definitely be back soon.

After our incredible meal, we decided to head to Trail Dust Town. Like my friend Lindsay said, it’s like Oregon Trail Disney World. (With way less rides, but the girls still love it.)

Trail dust

We rode the covered wagon Ferris wheel and the carousel (which is unnervingly fast haha) and then walked around for a while, my nana met us there, so it was fun to walk around with her and check out the sights. 

Saturday morning, I caught a leg and HIIT workout at the gym, and then we headed to a friend’s birthday party. The girls got to run around with all of their little friends and eat cupcakes, while I got to catch up with Meg and Lindy. After the party, we came home and watched the live version of Alice in Wonderland. I wouldn’t recommend it for a 2-year old – I kept hoping P would fall asleep on the couch, but instead she was intently watching to see if Alice would “slay the jabberwocky” *SMH – but it was definitely good. 

After the movie, we went to the park for an hour and met my dad and stepmom at Bear Canyon Pizza for dinner.

Sunday was the usual church, errands, lunch with madre, then grilling/swimming at Uncle E’s. 

I started reading Limelight, looking for something lighthearted and fun, and it’s fit the bill. Highly recommend it so far!


I hope you had a great weekend, too!

Today, I’m recording a podcast episode with a friend and subbing a class later this afternoon. Hope you have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya in the morning.



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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 30, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Monday, Gina! I mean … when your brother is the chef, clearly you need to be there supporting all items on the menu as much as possible heheh! I love that the girls are old enough to be your dinner dates too. So cute! I’ve been reading all nonfiction health stuff lately and am in need of something different like Limelight — I hadn’t heard of it. However, it takes me forever to get through books these days, because I always fall right asleep heheh. Thanks for the recommendation, friend!

  2. Nicole Kump on July 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I went to Commoner and Co. earlier this month before I left Tucson, and I had the salmon too. I subbed the rice for mashed potatoes, but the meal was delish. Plus they have good drinks there too. I think I actually saw your bro working hard in the kitchen. He’s doing a great job!

  3. Tracy on July 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    That’s so fun to have good chefs in the family!

    just downloaded that book… sounds super cute 🙂

    Looking forward to Wednesday’s podcast!!

    Hope you have a great week 🙂

  4. Amanda on July 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I recently finished Limelight — I liked it. Agree that it’s lighthearted and fun! I put her other book (Small Admissions) on hold at the library.

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

      yeah i’m really liking it so far! i’ll check that one out, too

  5. K on July 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Did you ever say why you moved back to Tucson? Not trying to pry if it’s too personal, just curious what brought you all back! Sounds like there are so many great restaurants to try!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2018 at 12:45 am

      there are so many amazing restaurants here!!
      i can’t talk much about it right now, but will definitely share the details when i can <3

  6. Kelly @ Bored to Badass on July 31, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Reading your blog really makes me long for the days when me and my husband had endless good restaurants at our disposal! We ate out all the time when we lived in Milwaukee. Rural living really has its downfalls. That salmon dish looks AMAZING!! Note to self:

    DO NOT read Fitnessista hungry!! LOL

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