Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday!! Also happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you so much to those who serve and have served our country. I am so thankful to you.

What are you up to this weekend? It’s my bday this weekend (wahoo!) and the Pilot has planned quite a day. He also already promised me my #1 gift request: to sleep until I wake up. In addition to festivities, cake, wine, and time with my wonderful family, we’re also going to be celebrating being out and about from the house! With the sickies this week, we’ve been cooped up. Time for some fresh air and sunshine. 

Beach day

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to join in the fun in the comments section. 

The wellness shot! This recipe isn’t mine, but a friend from the barre studio shared it with me, and the owner of the barre studio gave it to her. I usually do a mix of apple cider vinegar, honey, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and cayenne when I’m sick, but this is way easier and seems to be just as effective at zapping colds. (I just wish I would have taken it before the plague officially hit.)

Here’s the recipe:

Wellness shot for cold and flu season

I told the Pilot it tasted like tangy pizza. Needless to say, he disagreed wholeheartedly haha.

Shooting Winter Shape Up videos and hanging out with Anne and Grant. It was such a blast to put the workouts together for you all, and we had so much fun filming them. I can’t wait for Winter Shape Up to be here! It will launch January 23, and as usual, we’ll have free workout videos, fitness schedules, giveaways, meal plans, and group support to share. So pumped. 

W anne2

This made me laugh way too hard. 

How to know when to quit.

An early bday gift from my dad and stepmom. It arrived on the doorstep, and I thought about waiting until my actual bday to open it, but it was such a fun pick-me-up. They know me so well. 


I know I lost my mind over the Hamilton Mixtape album in last week’s Friday Faves, but YOU GUYS. Two more tracks appeared in the album last night, including my favorite song (“Satisfied”) performed by Sia. I lost my ever-loving Hamilton-obsessed mind. The Pilot was watching me dance around, lip-syncing with Sia and was like, “You’re just so happy right now.” He doesn’t even know.

Hamilton mixtape artist lineup idr4tv

These tights from Old Navy. They’re super comfy; I ended up wearing them all day yesterday. They have a ton of cute tights and leggings right now for 30% off with the code WARM. 

Old navy tights

OB Noodle House takeout finally did happen, and it was just as wonderful as usual.

Phoget it

NEW TARTE PALETTES. (I can’t wait for the gift sets to be here!) Merry Christmas to meeeeeeeee.

Pumpkin the cat was adopted. I’m allergic to cats, but still stopped to pet him every time I saw him sleeping under our car. I was extremely sad to see him go. We’ve been feeding him for a couple of weeks now, and everyone in the family got pretty attached. But, I’m glad that this furry friend found a home with a family in the neighborhood.


Not a fave: Feedly and other RSS feed issues. I wanted to apologize for the Feedly and RSS issues we’ve had with the blog lately. So many of you have let me know that the blog isn’t showing up on Feedly and other RSS readers, and we’re still trying to figure out what happened. As of now 6 super techie and talented people have looked into it for me, and haven’t been able to determine a cause or solution. Hopefully we can get it figured out! I’m so sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for still checking in and being here!

Happy happy Friday, friends. Have an amazing weekend.



PS new post up on the Family page here! 

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  1. Happy Birthday! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend celebrating!

  2. Have a great b-day wknd!!!

  3. Happy Birthday, Gina! Hope all your wishes come true!

    Are you teaching any classes the week of Nov.20? I’m going to Carlsbad for Thanksgiving
    And would love to check out one of your classes and say hi in person!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you!!
      i’m subbing spin that sunday morning, and teaching spin monday afternoon. let me know what works for you and i can email the details!! i usually teach mon-thurs, but we’ll be out of town for thanksgiving

  4. I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!

  5. Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to Tom and your family. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for our brave veterans.
    Hope you have a very happy birthday weekend Gina!

  6. Happy Birthday!!
    Happy Veterans Day….. thank you Pilot for your service.
    That photoshop was hilarious!
    I’m glad the kitty got a fur-ever-home.


  7. Happy Birthday Gina!!!! Hope it is amazing and your family spoils you!!! Happy Birthday wishes from Abby the cavalier too!!

  8. Have an amazing birthday weekend!!

  9. Happy Birthday weekend to you. Where is that great gift from. I know someone who is looking for something like that.
    Happy Veterans Day!

  10. Happy birthday! I can’t wait to see the videos in January.

  11. I’m not sure I could stomach that shot, but it does sound easier than the original!

    I can’t believe I haven’t gotten on the Hamilton train yet… and I do love musicals. Maybe now is finally the time haha.

    Happy Veterans Day to the Pilot & Happy Birthday Weekend to you!

  12. Happy early birthday, Gina!! Hope all your birthday wishes come true! <3 xoxo

    Thank you to the Pilot for his service!!!!!

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your weekend is filled with sleep,cake,wine & family time. Enjoy!!! Gina (from Mass)

  14. Happy birthday and I wish you well and your family. Happy veterans day to all those brave men and women who have fought for us. I know exactly what you mean when you say tangy pizza haha.

  15. OMG — happy birthday weekend, my friend! Enjoy every second of it! Hope the whole house is well and rested soon to celebrate you. 🙂

  16. Happy birthday!!! Enjoy your weekend!!

  17. i’m loving our wonderful southern california weather right now 🙂 it’s the best! i hope you have a great time celebrating your birthday this weekend. xo

    also, a big THANK YOU to the pilot for his service!

  18. Isn’t the mixtape great?!?! My husband mixed “My Shot” for the album and it’s one of those songs I didn’t mind hearing over and over. He also worked on the Sia song but didn’t mix it. But he’ll be happy to hear there’s some buzz about it.

    • And happy birthday!

    • Fitnessista says:

      STOPPPPP. you say that so casually!!! i would be like GUESS WHAT MY HUSBAND KNOWS LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA hahaha
      and yes, i am loving the album! “my shot” was the first one i heard and fell in love instantly. hope you have a great weekend!

  19. have a fabulous birthday weekend!!!

  20. Happy birthday, birthday twin!!!!! : )

  21. Happy Birthday ,Lovely Lady! Pray you are able to Relax, Refresh and Revitalize!!!

  22. Happy birthday!

    Also, do you know your posts haven’t shown up in feedly in 2 weeks? I have a lot to go back and read…

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