Friday Faves

Hellooooooo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday! What are you up to for the long weekend? The Pilot has some time off work, so Iโ€™m excited for some family adventures, like beach time, swimming and grilling with friends. The weather cooled down a little bit, so I can be outside without dying. (Things that donโ€™t make sense: I grew up in the sweltering desert of Arizona, and Iโ€™m having a hard time this summer with the heat in such a temperate spot. I call it on humidity.)

Soccer at the park

Some pics from lately:

Little Italy with my favorites

Little italy dessert case

Flower cart

Little italy w liv

When your 3-year-old takes a sip from your Thai coconut and says, โ€œThis is mine now.”

Coconut bandit

Livi started her new preschool! Weโ€™re so happy that sheโ€™s absolutely loving it. I was worried the first day -and feeling super emotional- and this week, sheโ€™s been telling me school is โ€œso awesome.”

First day of preschool 1 of 1 3

And some faves from around the week and web! Itโ€™s always fun to shout out some things Iโ€™ve been enjoying (wears, eats, reads, songs I worked out to, etc.) and love hearing your faves, too, if youโ€™d like to shout them out in the comments section. 


Cotton candy grapes 1 of 1

Iโ€™ve seen these floating around the internets for at least a month now, and thought, โ€œThereโ€™s no way a grape tastes like cotton candy.”

Well, on a fruit frenzy in Whole Foods yesterday, I decided to swoop some up and give them a try. Liv and I have eaten almost the entire bag already. They really do taste like cotton candy!!! How did they do this?!?

Also in the food world, I finally picked up some gf soft pretzels (in the frozen section) and they were everything Iโ€™d been wishing for. 

Gf pretzels

Of course we had to test them out immediately, and they were awesome. 

Gf pretzels2

Barre love is still going strong. Itโ€™s one of the few things that feels really good right now, so Iโ€™m thankful that Iโ€™ve still be able to take a teach classes. 

34 weeks barre

Thank you to Mediakix for featuring me in their blogger spotlight!

Game-changing tools for bloggers and social influencers.

Healthy foods to have in your fridge.

Totally forgot the new Naked palette is out! Going to check out the colors this weekend. Does anyone have it?!

A stretch for better posture.

21 things everyone who does BODYPUMP will understand. 

Kanye dancing to โ€œFruit Salad.”

Happy Friday, friends!

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  1. Happy weekending!! Liv is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your Friday recaps!

  2. Love little liv.. This is mine now.. I mean come on, can she get any cuter!? I checked out the new naked pallet and wasn’t to impressed. I guess maybe I’m not into the smokey look so much anymore. Naked 3 is my favorite. I’m curious to see what you think! Have an amazing weekend with your precious family!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! she is too funny. yeah i’ll have to see how dark the colors are. naked 2 is my fave (the 3 was too pink for my skin tone) but they make awesome products. have a happy weekend

  3. Those cotton candy grapes are usually gone between the grocery store and home- so, so, good! I was also happy to learn that they are not genetically modified!

  4. Such cute photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve yet to try the cotton candy grapes, but I’m going to have to now!

  6. OMG…Liv is adorable and I love her little board too! I haven’t tried the Naked palate, but I spotted it online then talked myself out of it because I always buy a ton of makeup and never wear anything but mascara. I wish I knew how to wear eyeshadow and do fun stuff for going out.

  7. Liv is too cute! Yay for the blogger spotlight! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My partner and I are both from Hawaii, and he loves surfing. He just came back to WA after summer vacation back home and he’s missing surfing so much! We’re heading out to the coast tomorrow morning so he can get some waves in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy long weekend & labor day to you and your fam!

  8. It sounds like you need to have that Thai coconut while she’s at school… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I was on Pinterest and I saw a pin for the top 7 Fitness blogs and you were featured!! I got so excited because as I was mindlessly scrolling through my Pinterest feed I stopped and was like, “That’s Gina! She is the best fitness blogger!” I just thought I’d let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Congrats on being featured! I need to check out those cotton candy grapes!!

  11. Gina…Livi is adorable! I have a 3-yr old little girl starting preschool next week too! So exciting! Love Livi’s backpack and shoes. May I ask where you bought them?? Thanks!

  12. Humidity can definitely be a beast. Living in the northeast where I am, we rarely get heat without a TON of humidity at the same time. It’s been a sweaty summer!

  13. Ha! I love the Body Pump Buzzfeed, sooo true.

  14. How cute is Liv? Love she’s liking preschool! My daughter starts PreK next week and can’t hardly wait! I think I’m going to have to get those gf pretzels for my son. He’d love them. Have a great weekend!

  15. That 1st day of school pic is pricelessLove it! Have a great weekend girl

  16. That’s my favorite stretch using the foam roller! We call it the “snow angel” stretch. Also, humidity is no joke! I think that’s why I am so ready for fall this year – temperate weather with little humidity ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. You’re extra hot this summer b/c your pregnant. I remember feeling about 10 degrees hotter all the time the summer I was pregnant. My due date was around the same time as yours. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. LOVE the new Naked palette! Super versatile, and I use it all the time…I love how you can do a little lighter for work, and then full on smoky for going out.

  19. Liv! That preschool picture–such a grown up girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Such a pretty preschooler! Love her braid. My kids loved preschool. So glad she likes it, too!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! i’m so happy she loves it, too. her teacher is wonderful and i love hearing about all of her little friends

  21. Cotton Candy grapes are the best! I loved my girls faces the first time they ate them. I wish I had taken a picture!

  22. I love the Body Pump list. The first bicep curl vs. the last bicep curl totally rang true! So did “this is my jam” when a new song comes on!

  23. Love the pics! Cotton candy grapes???? What, what? We are going to try them stat.

    I’ve never seen Kim & Scott’s pretzels before. Must be named after my husband and I. (I wishโ€ฆ) Too funny. Thanks for introducing us to pretzels named after us. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to pick some up. Looks like a Whole Foods trip is in our near future.

  24. Love Livs braid! So pretty! And u look beautiful in your photo too! My boys love to share my cold pressed juices! And other healthy treats. Sometimes I don’t wanna share, lol, but of course I always wind up sharing( it is the grown up thing to do, right) lol lol thanks again as in for the keratese nectar therminique cream,I ordered it yesterday, I’m excited to try it! Your always so sweet to answer the comments. I can’t imagine how busy you are, and yet u m as me time to answer questions and leave lovely replies! You make all of your readers and followers, feel like a dear friend! (Even though we’ve never met) Praying for a wonderful delivery of your new bundle of joy- healthy , peaceful and fulfilled:)

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, friend!
      i hope you love the kerastase. it seriously smells gorgeous, and works really well! happy to hear you like my silly replies, too. i like talking with everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚
      sending love to you for an awesome week. xo

  25. I guess I should pick up those grapes at the grocery store! I keep seeing them and thinking about it, but I get so much produce from my CSA (lots of watermelon, ground cherries, and peaches) But I’ll go for it now.

    And yeah humidity is horrible! My parents moved out to Saint George Utah and they would talk about how you could feel the temperature go up each degree when it gets so hot in the desert. And I was like “Whateve! It’s so dry and I’m in love~!” I would take a desert any day over humidity!

    • Fitnessista says:

      YES! i can’t wait to go back for more of those things. they did not last long ๐Ÿ˜‰
      and totally agree with you. i always thought it was silly when people said az was a “dry heat” but i get it now

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