Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’re having a wonderful morning. <3 What are you up to this weekend? We have a friend’s birthday party, I’m getting a much-needed haircut, and am excited to hit up a Orangetheory class. 

It’s time to dive into this week’s Friday Faves party, and share some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to play along in the comments section.


A major highlight from the week: a visit from Kyle and Meg! Now that they’re back in Tucson, we get to see them more often, which is amazing because we’ve missed them like crazy. Liv was in heaven, and P kept flashing her whole-body smile at them. It was a short trip, but we managed to enjoy quite a few adventures, in addition to chilling around the house.

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Wednesday afternoon was a family walk to Tiki Port, chatting at home, and then we all went to the gym while I taught spin. After spin, P’s babysitter came to hang out with her since she has an early bedtime, and the rest of us headed out to Little Italy for dinner. We’ve been wanting to take Kyle and Meg to Queenstown Public House since we moved here; it has a charming vintage vibe, awesome food and cocktails.

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We shared a giant cheese board and the dreamiest soft pretzel, and for my entree, I tried the quinoa salad with chicken. The salad with amazing; I can’t wait to replicate it at home! It was packed with chopped veggies and a mint-orange vinaigrette.

Even though we were full from dinner, we rallied and walked over to Extraordinary Desserts.


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It was our first time (WHY?!) and it definitely lived up to the hype. The case was filled with beautiful sweet treats, and we ordered an assortment.

The chocolate peanut butter cookie was everything I like in a cookie: crisp on the outside, soft with melted chocolate chips on the inside. 

Pb cookie

Thursday morning, we had breakfast burritos at home, then were off to Mission bay for a day of paddleboarding.

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Beach baby

(If you know a secret to preventing your baby from ripping their hat off their head, please let me know. The struggle is real. She HATES them. P has pretty fair skin so we usually spend most of the time under the umbrella or in our beach tent.)

The weather was perfection, and we had a blast paddling around the bay. The rest of the day included walking around and oysters at the Liberty Station market,



and dinner at Stone Brewing.


I’m glad that we’ll see them again soon next month when we make the drive to T-town. 

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Some more faves from the week:

Your amazing Summer Shape Up check-ins! Don’t forget to tag me in your sweaty workout and healthy food pics. I love seeing your beautiful faces. 🙂 @fitnessista #summershapeup If you’d like to join in the challenge, or at least get some new workout inspiration, check out all of the details here!


Newsletter friends, you’ll get all the week 3 info in your inbox later today. I’ll also have the prenatal mods up earlier this weekend on the PBB site for my mama friends who are following along. <3

I think I mentioned this on here before, but I’m a huge fan of The Skimm.

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The Skimm is ONLY daily email I receive from a company that I actually check. I love that it’s a (for the most part) non-biased approach to news, and they break complex issues down into a concise, easy-to-understand format. They remove a lot of the fluff and opinions from world news, and I really enjoy reading it. Also, a Snapchat friend let me know that if you share The Skimm they are having a contest TO GO SEE HAMILTON IN NYC. I almost never enter contests, but I’m entering this one haha. So if you’d like to help a girl out, sign up for The Skimm here and enjoy the daily news blast in your inbox. (You’ll also receive your own referral link to share with friends and enter fun contests like this one. If I win, which is a long shot, I promise the most excited Snapchat videos in the history of Snapchat.)

Bombas! Always a fave, and I love that Liv can fit in their socks too. The family that Bombas together, stays together. 😉 We all share a preference for these awesome socks.

Bombas(Also, don’t forget that you can use the code FITNESSISTA to get 20% off!)

Simple yet intense total body slam ball workout.

Quinoa nutrition fun facts and recipes.

Best running songs for summer.

Thank you to my friends at POPSUGAR for sharing my “Fitness for vanity” post.

I read this book a few years ago, and just saw that the movie is coming out in the fall. Excited to see it and cry haha.

I need this cake in my life.

In not-so-fave news, we officially found out where we’ll be living next. I want to make sure everyone knows what’s going on before I spread the word on the blog, but I should be able to post the details here next week. 

And now, the P smile of the day:

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(These two are just the sweetest together. The U of A dress used to the Liv’s.)

Have a very happy Friday!



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  1. Aww, I hope I can have a couple girls so they can wear hand me down clothes <3 I'm excited to find out where you guys are moving to!

    • Fitnessista says:

      it’s the best! i feel like each time i open an enormous bag of stored clothes, we have almost everything she needs. the tricky part is that p is wearing clothes that liv wore when she was a year and a half, so we’ll see how this continues to work haha

      • Lol well that will be funny if they ever do catch up. I don’t know if I’ve missed it or not, but do you have any sister matchy outfits for them? Something cute like little watermelon dresses would be adorable 🙂

  2. Chrissy says:

    The Sunday Afternoons brand hat is the ONLY one that my 1 year old won’t rip off. And it’s great because it has a ton of coverage over his face and neck. We cinch it tight around his head and tend to leave the chin strap loose enough so that it doesn’t bother him. He’s only taken it off once or twice in the past few months, while all the other hats we’ve tried were off in a matter of seconds.

    He’s 13 months so we bought him the kids hat instead of the baby hat even when he was under 1 – but his head circumference is also in the 98th percentile, so….labor was fun.

  3. They are so cute! We spent last weekend at Start Pass and it was perfect, monsoons and all. Getting back to the gym this week after a not fun back injury. Good luck on the move, has to be hard to leave San Diego.

  4. I am very excited to find out where you’ll be headed to next! I’ve been reading your blog daily since you lived in Georgia 🙂 I’m sure it will be bittersweet for you, but an adventure for sure.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much for reading for so long! Yes, it’s definitely always an adventure 🙂

    • Jacqueline says:

      Same, reading since GAI was so excited we finally live in the sane state now, but you’re going to move and we still haven’t miraculously run into each other… never mind the fact that I’m near SF…

  5. Jessica W says:

    Thank you for talking about Hamilton!! I finally listened to the soundtrack (why did I wait so long?!) and it’s the absolute best! Fully obsessed. I’ll stand in line for 24 hours with you to get tickets 😉

  6. What a fun and relaxing summer week! I wished my family lived closer. You are lucky! Have a great weekend!

  7. Looks like such a fun week with your brother and sister-in-law! Can’t wait to find out more about your move! I feel like I’ve followed you guys all over the country. I know it must be hard to leave San Diego, but it’s also cool to have new experiences and adventures in a new city. Hope you have a great weekend! <3

  8. Gosh – look at that little smile! The whole world is going to be in trouble right around age two, haha!

    My Friday Favorites this week include an INCREDIBLE hydration drink (think, coconut water that tastes good) called Nooma and two amazing sales starting today. Hellooooo Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

    Hope y’all have a great weekend!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista says:

      right? it cracks me up
      i will be on the lookout for noooma and CAN’T WAIT to check out the anni sale

  9. Can I just say that I normally read your blog daily at work. (Super busy mom here). And all of a sudden your site is blocked!! What?! So upsetI miss it and just have to do my best to catch up at home

    • Fitnessista says:

      what a bummer! i wonder why they blocked it
      thank you for still checking in even though it’s harder now!

  10. The Light Between Oceans has been on my reading list forever – I’m going to have to prioritize it now!!

  11. We are loving pool time! Wish I could post a picture of her of my little. 🙂
    We are in Tennessee, and summer is here with a hot vengeance this week!

  12. Try the iPlay hat that ties for P!

  13. So my in-laws took me to Extraordinary Desserts last time I was down knowing what a sweet tooth I have, and believe it or not – we didn’t get anything and ended up going elsewhere for dessert. At the time, the lines were super long and all of the good stuff was picked over. 🙁 I did enjoy perusing though. Clearly you need to go back before you move. Happy weekend, Gina!

    • Fitnessista says:

      ahhh no way! it was pretty busy when we were there, and it was a wednesday night. it’s probably insane over the weekends.
      hope you had a great week <3

  14. P and Liv, so cut together! and i remember that squat burner, so good 😀
    a fav: this came up in my timehop that i shared, and i’m glad i got to read it again!
    a not fav: i’ve been sick for a week 🙁 haven’t been able to workout as i’m coughing almost non stop like 20 hours a day haha. ugh 🙁

  15. Michaela says:

    Hi, Gina! OK, I need to ask a question. You make it look so effortless to take your girls out to eat. I have two little ones also (4 and almost 2) but taking my kids out to eat tends to overwhelm me (I admit part of it is probably due to the fact that we don’t do it very often!). Do you have any pro tips as to how you keep your kids occupied at a restaurant, especially for those moments you’re stuck waiting to be seated/to eat/to get the bill? I’d love to know your secret!

    • Fitnessista says:

      we love to go out to eat, so it’s always been one of those things that we were like “i hope the girls can hang, because this is happening” haha and thankfully they’ve done really well. liv is a pro, and p has been awesome so far.
      some of the things that have helped:
      going to eat early. p goes down at 7, so we’re usually at the restaurant by 5 for dinner
      zero expectations. we’re always ready to get food to go if needed and head home, but knock on wood, i don’t think we’re really had to do that. when i take the girls by myself, if i didn’t get to eat a ton of my food, i’ll pack the rest up to go
      for liv: crayons, and a couple of dolls to play with. she has always loved small doll figurines and will play with them really well. we also order her food, or an appetizer, with our drinks so she has something to snack on right away.
      for p: i’ll bring puffs with us, a pouch and some toys. we’ll usually walk around with her, or let her sit on one of our laps until the food arrives and then put her into her high chair. then she’s happy eating puffs, bits of my food or a pouch while we eat our entrees
      usually a little while after we get our entree, if we’re not getting dessert, we’ll hand our server our credit card. the girls are usually getting ready to go at that point, so at least we know the bill is paid when everyone is done eating
      hope this helps a little!!

      • Michaela says:

        Thank you for the tips/perspective! And I love your approach, in sharing with the girls something you & your husband enjoy rather than cutting it out of your activities. Have a great weekend!

  16. Meredith says:

    I LOVED the Light Between Oceans!! I didn’t know they were turning it into a movie. Definitely would need to bring a big wad of tissues!

  17. angie kilar says:

    Im sooo excited to hear where y’all are pcs’ing too. but soo sad that you wont be there so we can hang out 🙁

    Ahh that water at Mission Bay looks sooo clear and gorgeous. I cant wait to be back. I grew up on the bay. My grandparents had a house on Mission Bay facing the rec center. Its still there.

    • Fitnessista says:

      don’t be that excited hahahaha
      i’m hoping we’ll be back still for vacations. we love is so much
      and so awesome about your grandparents house. it’s one of our life goals to have a house on the bay that we can rent out

  18. hey hey hey! Please post P AND Liv smiles of the day. We don’t want Liv to take the backstage. 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      i just call them the p smile of the day because they started out as her huge gummy newborn smiles. liv is usually in the pic too. 🙂 i like to share different photos of the girls, but there is usually one p smiley pic each week that cracks me up, so i like to share it

  19. But seriously, who is going to make me that cake from PBFingers?! NOM.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i think i’m making it this weekend. it’s SO EASY too

      • Fitnessista says:

        i might eat the whole thing though haha

        • We always did icebox cakes in my family growing up but it was always just graham crackers and homemade chocolate whipped cream… it NEVER occurred to me that I could totally change it up and make an icebox cake with any flavors that I want.

          I should probably make a tiny one because I know I would totally lose control haha.

  20. Sounds like a fun visit from M & K!!

    This weekend we’re (all 6 of us in my family) going to Omaha to visit my 98 year old grandma 🙂

    I’ve been so interested to hear where you’ll be living next! I’m sorry to hear it’s a “not so fave” 🙁 Hopefully it will still be a good experience!

    TGIF! Have a great weekend!

  21. theSkimm looks cool. Signed up. Your daughters are SO cute. They always make me smile.

  22. adrianna says:

    i LOVE theSkimm! (and the email and i share the same birthday 😉

  23. I’m sorry you’re moving! But hopefully it’s to somewhere fun!

  24. Those socks look so great! I think I should ask for some for my b’day coming up! Looks like a great week–especially the paddle boarding! I haven’t done it yet this summer and I realllly want to! I love that you rallied for dessert, haha. 🙂

  25. Bethany says:

    Cannot wait to hear where you’ll be next! Till the PCS season!

  26. I am sure leaving SD will be hard for a variety of reasons, but I am also sure that the blog will help you to have built in friends/readers/gym buddies wherever you end up!

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