Welcome to the family

We have added to the amount of pets in our family, thanks to two lucky ping pong balls at a fair game.

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Livi has named them Tinkerbell and Goldilocks, and they live in her room in the swanked out aquarium the Pilot picked up for her. (“Well they had this princess castle, and a Little Mermaid statue, and I had to get them for her.” Haha!)

I don’t really like being a fish owner. 

This 100% due to the fact that one or both of them will inevitably die while the Pilot is away. Who will be the one scooping them out, flushing them away, and trying to delicately tiptoe around having to explain death to a two year old? Meeeeeee. 

But, they are pretty cute, and a small part of the awesome memories from yesterday’s fair trip with the madre.

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It was everyone’s first time at the San Diego fair, and we absolutely loved it. I mean, what’s not to love when you’re surrounded by rides, games, fair food (they had fried avocados. What?!) and get to pet all the animals.

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(I could have watched that pig happily snooze all day.)

We got to see goats,

the pigs

and cows.

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After saying hi to the animals, we rode a couple of rides, shared a churro and won the fish before heading back for naptime. I think the fair ends this weekend, so we may make one more trip so the Pilot can check it out! I loved how spread out everything was, and even though it was packed, it didn’t really feel like it. Summer fairs are always a good time 🙂

We enjoyed the last bit of madre’s trip with a Pizza Port picnic on the beach. I’m pretty sure that takeout, a beach blanket, and chatting while the oceans crash onto the shore is one of the greatest things.

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One night, we also had a grilled dinner here at the house: chicken thighs, filet (for the Pilot), watermelon, zucchini, potatoes (sweet and regular; they were still cooking when I snapped the photo),

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and this awesome kale salad.

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Kale massaged with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, topped with herbed goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts and hearts of palm.

Madre left this morning, and while I’m always sad to see family go, it’s nice to know it will only be a couple of weeks before we see everyone again. 

Hope you’re all having a great week <3 I’m putting together a musical cardio workout and playlist that will be up in the am.



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  1. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I have pizza envy! Is that pizza gluten-free? Just curious, as we have a seriously sad array of gluten-free pizza options in San Francisco, surprisingly. I’ve only found one good place! And, love the fish story. I hope they live a long, fishy life 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      yes! gluten-free with chicken, artichoke hearts, sundried tomato and feta. SO GOOD 🙂
      haha thank you! i hope they live a long time too!

  2. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Good luck with the fish. Try not to get busted!

  3. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    umm, wow – does that pizza every look good!

  4. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on July 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    That kale salad looks INCREDIBLE! Love the addition of hearts of palm and walnuts!

  5. Jennifer on July 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    You are too funny about the fish. I have had such bad luck with fish (all of them belly up) that my mom once told me I shouldn’t have children – jokingly, of course 🙂 I officially have pizza envy, I miss Pizza Port so baaaaad!

  6. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Yum, that salad looks so good! Good luck with the fish!!

  7. luna on July 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    FYI goldfish are actually one of the hardiest fish out there and can live a really long time with the right care. As pets they usually die early because they also need the most maintenance out of all the fresh water fish. They constantly go to the bathroom which causes the water to become polluted extremely quickly. As long as you have a filter (which most people don’t for goldfish, hence why they die) or clean and treat the water frequently, they will live a surprisingly long amount of time (10-25 years!!)

    Anyway thought I’d just chime in because I think most people are misinformed about the care and longevity of goldfish. Good luck!

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2014 at 1:39 am

      good to know! we do have a filter, thank goodness. hopefully they’ll hang in there for a while! when i was young, i had a gumball machine fish tank and they lived for 8 years! fingers crossed 🙂

  8. Jodie on July 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Ok another drool worthy recipe to try. 🙂 thank you for sharing.

  9. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on July 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    That dinner looks so good. Good luck with the fish, maybe they’ll surprise you and love a while 🙂

  10. marti on July 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Haha I have to share this! I won a fish playimg this same game when I was little…mom was not thrilled about a fish to keep up (cleaning etc) she figured it wouldn’t last long…well “pingpong” the fish lived for like five years! This included hauling him to the lake and back every weekend in the summer!! Haha and yes…I know I’m super creative at fishnaming lol

  11. Runner Girl Eats on July 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    That salad <3<3 I am a sucker for anything with hearts of palms!

  12. Meagan on July 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Can you do an exact recipe post for the salad? It looks soo good! Hearts of palm are awesome 🙂

  13. shaina on July 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Oh Pizza Port…how I love thee.

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    That pig looks so happy! 😀

    I hope the fish live long enough lives that you don’t have to handle the death talk by yourself. I don’t even know where I’d start with that with a two year old!

  15. Alison on July 3, 2014 at 1:33 am

    That kale salad looks unbelievably good! Nice touch with the walnuts.

  16. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

    That pizza looks awesome!

    I’m not looking forward to being a fish owner either, but with kids, I’m sure it will happen someday!

  17. Kara H. on July 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    That salad looks so amazing. Ingredients on my grocery list now. 🙂

  18. april on July 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    good luck with the goldfish! i hope liv’s new friends live a long life! 🙂

    love the pics from the fair – it brought back fond memories of going to the los angeles county fair with my dad when i was little. i used to love visiting the animals in the petting zoo area, especially the pigs (i called them “hogga hoggas”). 😉

  19. Tracy on July 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I have such great memories of going to county fairs with my grandpa and siblings 🙂

  20. Erin Motz on July 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    love the fish! when adrien and i first started dating, we got a fish like that and it lived for 3 years– not bad! had a little funeral for it when it died and tossed it in to the lake outside our house at the time… very ceremonious 😉

  21. brittney on July 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I thought there were marshmallows on that salad and was thinking, “Maaaaaaan, Gina’s losing it.”


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