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Friday Faves

Hi friends! Three cheers for the weekend! What’s going on? Anything fun planned? The Pilot and I are enjoying a date night, and are excited to take the girls on some adventures. Maybe after reading all of your wonderful comments on this post, we need to make a little Trader Joe’s roadtrip. There are so many things I want to try! Other than that, we’re just looking forward to enjoying some time together. The past couple of weeks have been unusually busy, and I look forward to chillin’. 

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love hearing about your favorite eats, wears, reads, and random fun from the week if you’d like to join in the fun in the comments section below. 

This Rachel Parcell top. I’ve been wanting to buy something from her line for quite a while now -I’m a huge fan of her blog– and figured I’d play it safe with a top to see how the sizing and quality were. I probably should have steamed it before snapping a pic, but here’s what it looks like! I love that the ruffles dress it up a bit and the peplum style isn’t too intense. It’s perfect with jeans and Tory Burch flats.

Rachel Parcell top

Love the zipper detail in the back!

zipper back

(Pics by Lindsay Colson)

The Summer Shape Up energy and enthusiasm! Thank you so much to all of you who participated in this year’s challenge! I think it was a huge success, and I’m already looking forward to Winter Shape Up. If you’re sad SSU is ending, remember that you can always repeat the challenge to make it 8 weeks, and also join in our Barre Bootcamp (more details below). Congrats to the winners of the Naturally More prize packs: Bethany and Leah H.! (Please email me and I’ll get your goodies on the way!) Stay tuned for more fun giveaways coming up.

Naturally More smoothie

These coconut butter cups! YOU GUYYYYSSSS. I’ve had one of these every day this week. On a sweet tooth whim, I ordered some from Thrive Market, and am so glad I did. They’re coconut butter cups (coated in dark chocolate) and the perfect sweet treat without being too sugary. The caramel ones are ridiculous.  

MY OTHER RECIPES


Coconut butter cups

Face masks from Sephora. I picked these up a while ago and have had them in the fridge waiting to be used. Finally, while we were watching Handmaid’s Tale I decided to give one a whirl. It made my skin super smooth and bright; and the cooling effect from being stored in the fridge made it extra refreshing. 

I could watch this video over and over again. Soooo beautiful, and makes me nostalgic for those good ol’ choir days.

If fitness class descriptions were honest. The insanity one made me lol.

5-minute inner thigh workout.

Going to try this chicken recipe next week!

This kombucha smash looks amazing.

Not-so-fave: Livi is officially in kindergarten. We went to the assembly at her school this week, and we were both doing well until a quartet (girls from the high school) starting singing “You Raise Me Up.” It was gorgeous, and before I knew it, I could feel Liv’s little body shaking next to mine and her teardrops falling onto my hand. That’s when I put my sunglasses on because the tears came on fast. She’s so big, but so little at the same time.   

Kindergarten

From the time Liv was born until now, I’ve savored so many moments. I love to smell her hair, still go into her room each night to check on her while she’s sleeping. We enjoy playing dollies or make-believe, or I’ll just sit on the couch holding her, or snuggle up with Liv and P in our favorite blanket.

I’ve kind of been an emotional mess this week, just thinking about how quickly time goes by. One minute they’re a baby burrito, and the next, they’re skipping around, dancing, and singing their (and your) favorite songs. I think what’s breaking my heart is that I won’t see all of the moments anymore… and it will be like that from now on. She’ll have her own experiences and memories to tell me about, that I won’t get to see. And I’ve got to let it go. Brb gotta grab more tissue. To all of my fellow kindergarten mamas: we’ve got this. But yeah. It’s so bittersweet.

Baby liv

Friends’ brunch game. We’ve been going to Birdie’s for so long, we’ve forgotten to explore any other options. Finally, we remembered that Friends’ has breakfast, and decided to check it out.

Mimosas: check. 

Mimosas

Giant omelettes: check.

Brunch it

The girls enjoyed their meals and there were zero meltdowns -restaurant dining has been a little iffy lately with the small one haha- YESSSS. We’ll definitely be back.

Me and livi

Tom and p

In fitness news, Fall Barre Bootcamp is coming! This will be the last Barre Bootcamp of the year -we have something else up our sleeves for spring- and I’m so excited to share this challenge with 5 videos (+ a bonus video), full workout calendar, daily emails + a private Facebook group. If you want to be first on the list to get a spot -they filled up quickly last time!- just leave your email address in the comments section or send me an email (gina@fitnessista.com).

Barre bootcamp

Hope you have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya soon!

 xoxo

Gina

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62 Comments

  1. Charlsie N on August 11, 2017 at 7:44 am
    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      just added you!

  2. Carrie on August 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

    HAVE A lovely weekend!! I have to try those coconut butter cups- like what? Genius idea! Also LOVE that top. I love tops with the ruffle style at the bottom!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      you would love the coconut butter cups!

  3. Julia on August 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I would love the info about the barre boot camp! Juliafisher22@gmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      just added you to the list! 🙂

  4. Sarah on August 11, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Cute top! What’s the fabric like? Looks like it wrinkles easily.

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

      it wrinkles very easily which is the only bummer. i ironed it quickly before putting it on, but should have steamed it.

  5. Emily @ Always Emily H. on August 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I completely agree on the coconut butter cups. I just ordered the mint and salted caramel and love both of those flavors too! Also, love the new side bar photo!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      yum, i haven’t tried the mint yet!

  6. Theresa on August 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I can totally relate on Kindergarten. My oldest daughter starts Kindergarten in a few weeks and even though she is so excited, I am not sure I am ready for it. And I am a full time work out of the house mama so mine have always been in daycare. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be if I had spent the last almost 6 years home with her. I imagine dropping them at Kindy on the first day would be similar to the first day I dropped mine off at daycare and I was a hot mess. Stay strong mama!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      i cried so hard. it’s just crazy how quickly it happens! she’s loving it, which has made me feel a lot better

  7. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on August 11, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I need to try those coconut butter cups!

    Omg, I can’t believe she is in kindergarten!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      it happened way too fast!

  8. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on August 11, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I loooooooved the Disney choir video! So good! Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      so glad you liked it, too! have a wonderful weekend <3

  9. Brittany on August 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Ugh, is mercury in retrograde or something because I’ve been an emotional wreck this week too? I actually said to David “can we please have another baby?!” and he looked at me like I had 3 heads- ha! But time, man, it just flies. <3

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      i think it actually is in retrograde. something is in the air! i’ve been a hot mess. and i’ve found myself having baby fever lately too even though we agreed on two and through
      time goes by way too quickly

  10. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 11, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Ahh so sweet about Liv! You almost made me cry and those coconut butter cups need to happen!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      <3 <3

  11. Reenie on August 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    “You Raise Me Up.” ~ one of my fav songs. I would have lost it on that too!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      it’s like they were trying to make us cry haha

  12. Katie on August 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I haven’t tried those coconut butter cups but I keep hearing great things! I’m going to have to give them a try, I think!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      you would loooove them

  13. Lindsay on August 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

    If that top was less wrinkly I’d probably be into it! Just doesn’t look that sleek or stylish like that

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Yeah it’s a bummer. I wish I would have steamed it!

  14. jordan @ dancing for donuts on August 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

    that top is suuuuper cute!! and i’m dying to get my hands on some eating evolved coconut butter cups, i’ve heard such good things!!! have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      thank you!! and yes! you would love them

  15. Ansley on August 11, 2017 at 11:47 am
    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      just added you to the list! 🙂 since you did it with us this spring, you’ll be able to follow along again with the videos you have!

  16. Amanda on August 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Sign me up for the barre boot camp! I may even try to get one of my xtend barre instructors to do it with me. 😉

    Related to the Fitness Class Descriptions, I just finished reading Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes. Hilarious. It’s a satirical (and at times snarky) take on the current fitness industry — especially the craziness. As soon as I started reading it, I knew I needed to recommend the book to you. It’s a quick read, too.

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      got you on the list! and YES. i will download it now- thank you!

  17. stacey on August 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      got you on there! 🙂

  18. Andrea Sebald on August 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    andreamsebald@gmail.com

    i loved the last Barre Bootcamp, and started seeing changes immediately! thank you so much for doing these!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      so happy to hear! would love to have you join in again 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      so so happy you liked the last round!

  19. Lindsay on August 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I would love info on the barre boot camp this fall! bononnolindsay@gmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      just added you to the list!

      • Lindsay on August 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

        Thank you!!!

  20. Lindsay Lewis on August 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    u could always homeschool;) i never have to miss any of my kids moments! but i know its not for everyone…i still personal train out of my home studio, then do group ex at the y at night! its possible!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      i seriously debated it for a couple of months. i just think it would be a disservice to her since i’m not a teacher, and there are some subjects i wouldn’t feel fully confident teaching. she also thrives being around other kids. you are amazing for doing it!!

  21. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on August 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Gah, I can’t believe she is in Kinder already, stay strong momma!

  22. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on August 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    OMG kindergarten GULP!!!!!! I can’t wait for barre I feel like that’s something I struggle to ass to my fitness routine! Low intensity is important but hard to prioritize working in!

  23. Kimberly Lee on August 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I would love the info about the barre boot camp! kimberlyholton@gmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      just added you on the list!

  24. Melanie on August 11, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Barre boot camp info Mahinte@gmail.com 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      just got you on the list!

  25. Jessa on August 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I would love info on the barre boot camp! vanevery.jess@gmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      just added you to the list!

  26. Ashley Figur on August 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I want in 🙂 ashdfigur@hotmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      just added you!

  27. Tina on August 12, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I would love to join. Frtinawagner@web.de

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      got you in there! 🙂

  28. Kristi on August 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Would love to join the barre challenge! kristitripoli@gmail.com

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      just added you to the list!! 🙂

  29. Tracy on August 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    We’re taking my baby girl to college tomorrow. Talk about an emotional mess!! Trying to keep it together over here but struggling for sure. I’m so proud of her and excited for her though! Trying to focus on the positive. Pray for me tomorrow!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      sending you so many prayers and hugs. i can’t even imagine! i hope it goes well. i’m thinking of you

  30. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on August 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Aww, I can’t believe Livi is starting kindergarten! Also, I’ve never heard of coconut butter cups before, but I must admit they sound intriguing!

  31. Taryn on August 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    My oldest started kindergarten last year. That summer was really emotional for me. Now I have a big boy getting ready to start 1st grade! My youngest has one more year of pre-K before she starts kindergarten. Trying to memorize everything about them at the ages they are. How come time seems to go by so fast?!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

      it’s seriously crazy. i can’t believe how quickly the time goes

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