Friday Faves

Hi! Happy Friday! How’s your year going? ;)

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We spent New Years Eve together as a little family. I feel like New Years is so different each year: last year, we were at a friend’s party; the year before, I was uncomfortably pregnant and SO ready to meet Liv; and the two years before that, the Pilot wasn’t home. It was fun to create our own tradition. We decided to check out the Christmas lights at the zoo, and it was wonderful. We bundled up, rode the tractor-driven trolley around to see the lights, and finished it off with a late dinner at Queenstown Public House in Little Italy.



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Koala sleeping

I think Queenstown is what it would look like if Kyle and Meg owned a restaurant: a quaint home with a vintage-meets-modern vibe. On the patio, there were rows of lamps, succulents, wood benches, and unique decor. The food was AWESOME, too.


I enjoyed this festive vanilla ginger champagne cocktail,


an Ahi Niçoise salad,

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and we shared an enormous pizookie with ice cream for dessert. It was perfect. I was also crashed long before the Times Square ball dropped, and slept until 8:30 the next day. Happy New Year, indeed. I hope you had a safe and happy New Years Eve, too! :)

Here are some faves from the week and around the web: 

Organizing for 2015. My Erin Condren planner arrived (along with some adorable succulent stationery!), and it’s been fun to take a look and plan for the New Year. We have some travel coming up, in addition to projects and adventures for 2015. I can’t wait to see what the new year will bring; fingers crossed for a good one.

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Thank you so much to POPSUGAR for featuring my Barre Blast workout!

I thought I was over “Let It Go” until Lea Michele sang it.

The 3 muscles women neglect (and how to strengthen them).

SNOW IN TUCSON. I wasn’t even there for this, and I think I’m just as excited as everyone else! It’s pretty magical to see snow in the desert, and there’s something truly awesome about snow-covered cacti. 

Santa brought a new Clarisonic. It’s been nice to get back in the exfoliation game. My sad winter skin is so thankful. 

An awesome collection of clean Paleo recipes.

Winter Shape Up is on the way! Wondering what to do in the meantime? I set up a bonus two weeks of workouts, which will be delivered to newsletter subscribers Monday! If you’d like to receive yours, sign up below:

Lean and clean in 2015! :)

What are you up to this weekend? What’s on the fitness schedule? See ya later today with some inspiration boards and Fitness Fashion Friday. Per some requests, I’ll have my week of workouts and meal plan up on Sunday over here, too.

Happy Friday!


Workout of the day: this blast and burn circuit! Perfect for a sweaty strength and cardio combo.

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! Hope your 2015 is filled with good health, family, friends, happiness, and love.   (went to check out Zoo Lights for our New Year’s party)  I am so thankful to have you here! See ya in the morning with Friday Faves <3 xoxo Gina Planning your New Years changes? Here are some […]

Show me your [inspiration] board


Happy almost New Year! I love this time of year for many reasons; and selfishly, I really love it because my classes at the gym are extra packed.  Some of favorite moments of 2014: -Moving to San Diego (See you again, one of these days, Tucson house!) -Livi’s second birthday -Traveling to Mountain Trek in […]

Christmas in the desert


  Hi! Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. We had a beautiful Christmas here in the Tucson with the fam; it’s been amazing to see everyone, eat a thousand tamales and Christmas cookies, enjoy warm hugs, listen to a combo of Livi’s giggles intermixed with the Michael Buble Christmas soundtrack, and watch the puppies […]

Merry and bright

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Sending lots of love to you all this holiday season! Thank you for being a part of my life; I’m so thankful to all of you! <3 Hope you spend the next couple of days with family, friends, perhaps some eggnog in there, and filled with happiness. See you on Friday. <3 xoxo Gina (The […]

Turkey day in the desert

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(+ 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? […]

Shrimpsgiving, Black Friday and Faves


Hi! Happy Black Friday. I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed a beautiful holiday. Ours started off with breakfast at the madre’s, and then we spent the day and evening with my dad’s side of the fam, then back to madre’s for mulled wine and dessert. We loved being with our […]

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