Friday Faves (+ happy birthday, Pilot)

Hi! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We have a fun event this Saturday, and today is the Pilot’s birthday! Livi and I are going to make a cake, and per her request, we have a piΓ±ata ready to go. Last year, his birthday was pure shenanigans. We had a surprise party at the house, with lots of tequila-soaked fruit sangria, piΓ±ata, and the infamous cork on a fork game. So, so good. This year, I have a feeling it will be a little more low-key, but Liv and I still have a couple of celebrations planned πŸ˜‰ 

Happy birthday to the love of my life, and an amazing daddy to our baby (and fur babies). 


At disney




Some faves from the week and around the web:

The Ocean Spray PACt event. I’ll have a recap up next week, but it was even more fun than I could have imagined. Thank you so much to the blog friends who came out to work out with us! And the cranberry. It was even bigger and better than I could have imagined.


(To get an idea of the size, check out the man, who looks like a tiny ant, standing next to it. It was HUUUUUUGE!)

A special “thank you” to POPSUGAR for including my slow cooker steel cut oats recipe. It tastes like fall in a bowl; highly recommend it for a make-ahead breakfast πŸ™‚

105 slow cooker favorites

How Kara Goucher finds time for her family, marathon training, and herself

Makeup tips for big events

What veggies can be noodle-fied

25 fantastic bodyweight exercises

β€œHIIT IT!” is now available through Barnes and Noble. <3 I’m very excited and beyond thankful that they’ll be carrying the book I’ve worked so hard to create and share! A little heads up: I’ll be sending everyone who pre-orders (through B&N or Amazon) a little something to say thank you. The details on that should be up in a couple of weeks, and I am so very thankful for your support and the amazing response so far. 

Hope everyone has a very happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any faves or awesome/hilarious/inspiring posts that you came across? Feel free to link it up in the comments!




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  1. Happy Bday to your hubby! Also, that photo of you jumping in front of the giant cranberry is classic! Have a good weekend!

  2. Hi, just pre-ordered your book for when it launches in the UK!! Excited!

  3. Wishing you a very happy and warm birthday, Gina!


  5. Happy b-day Pilot!

    Can’t wait to hear all about Zumba-ing on the beach (in the sand???).

  6. Happy birthday to the hubs!

  7. Happy Birthday to the Pilot! Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating πŸ™‚ Congrats on the book being available for pre-order! I’m heading over now to check it out!

  8. Happy birthday to the pilot! Congrats on the Pop Sugar article & the book, and look forward to your event recap! πŸ™‚

  9. Happy Birthday Pilot! I hope all of your girls spoil you!

  10. So exciting about your book! And happy birthday to the pilot! XOXO

  11. Happy Birthday Tom, you guys have a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  12. No fair Gina πŸ™‚ LOL – I thought that meant my pre-order from Amazon was shipped or was about to but no, I’m not getting it until December. I got all excited to have it now! But all great things come to those who wait – sometimes πŸ™‚ Enjoy celebrating your pilot!

    • Fitnessista says:

      awww! i hope it’s the case with this one- i hope you love it!! πŸ™‚ have a very happy friday, and thank you so very much for pre-ordering!! xoxo

      • Oh I’m sure I will! What I meant was sometimes waiting leads to nothing without some action – as in I Will What I Want πŸ™‚ But for the book, I’ve done my action – so I must wait. Cheers!

  13. I love that pic of you girl! This post is hilarious.
    Happy birthday to the hubs!

  14. happy birthday to the pilot! i hope the 3 of you have fun celebrating this weekend πŸ™‚

  15. Okay wait… I need the details on this cork on a fork game stat! It sounds like so much fun and the perfect party game!

    • Fitnessista says:

      ok.. so you know the game where there are two lines of people facing each other, and you have to “walk” an egg on a spoon to your partner across from you? well, we were out of eggs, but we have a TON of corks. so we balanced corks on forks hahah. after the sangria that night, it was especially hilarious

  16. Wow so many great favorites this Friday!!

    Happy Birthday to the Pilot! I think low-key celebrations are the best. More intimate and special!

    I just pre-ordered your book!!!!! πŸ™‚

    This weekend: KC Royals in the World Series!!!!

  17. Congrats on your book success! So insanely exciting I can only imagine what other amazing things you have planned!

  18. Happy Birthday Pilot! I pre-oreded in May, cause I’m that excited πŸ™‚ Congrats!

  19. Thanks for the link to the noodle-fied veggies. I have the Vegetti (ugh, that name…), and I’m obsessed! I do zucchini and cukes all the time, but those are some good ideas for sweet potato! Happy Bday to the Pilot πŸ™‚

  20. When will your book be available for preorder on Amazon?

  21. If only I lived on the West Coast, I would have loved to attend your event! I am excited for the weekend because traveling to the beach to see my best girlfriends from college and celebrate her upcoming nuptials with a bachelorette party.

  22. Your Friday Faves are always MY friday fave. πŸ˜‰
    Just pre-ordered your book as a Christmas gift to myself! Congratulations on all of your successes and I can’t wait to read it.
    And happy birthday, Pilot!

  23. Happy Birthday Pilot!

    That cranberry is so amazing. I love ridiculous photo ops!

  24. Happy birthday to the pilot! Congrats on your book! Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  25. Happy Birthday to Tom! It’s my youngest sister’s birthday today too;))

  26. Wow, that is one big berry, hehe πŸ˜€ This has been making me laugh all week:

    Happy Birthday to the pilot!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      omg i have tears rolling down my face. thank you for sharing!!! hahahaha
      thank you for the pilot’s bday wish, too!

  27. Happy Birthday to the Pilot! I love that picture of him and Livi.

    And omg that cranberry! It’s huge! Haha I’m glad you had fun!

  28. Happy Birthday to the Pilot!!! Love the family pics… miss you guys!! xoxo

  29. I plan on pre-ordering the book! Happy birthday to your husband and I would’ve loved to attend the workout event! Looked so fun.

  30. Happy Birthday to the Pilot! Hope you guys enjoy your time together πŸ™‚

  31. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pilot!!
    And congrats Gina on the book, it must be so nice to see your hard work coming into fruition.

  32. Hope the Pilot had a great day!

    Can’t wait to get the book!

  33. Happy birthday to your hubs! And I agree with everyone else… that is one big cranberry! lol. Can’t wait to read all about it. Happy weekend!

  34. Happy Birthday to your main man! I hope you have great celebrations this weekend. And congratulations on the book sales … I’m looking forward to reading it. Have a lovely night! I’m in Florida visiting my parents and going to an engagement party (by way of San Francisco) — yay for family and friends time! πŸ™‚

  35. Happy Birthday to your husband! Bet he will have a blast! The pinata request made me laugh my older bro who is 32 always loves a piΓ±ata!

  36. milania dela cruz says:

    I just pre-ordered gina!! i’m so stoked for you! i know you have been working on this project for the past several years!!! congrats!! i may order some more later as xmas gifts! :))

  37. Gina….congrats on your book! Did you include the recipe for the macaroons as promised? LOL.

  38. Congrats Gina on your book!! How awesome!! I just pre-ordered through Barnes and Noble and I can’t wait to read it!! I’ve been wanting to add HIIT to my workouts, just been a little intimidated, lol!

    • Fitnessista says:

      tess, thank you so much!! <3 it definitely breaks down how to incorporate it into your routine; i hope you love it! xoxo

  39. I’m definitely pre-ordering your book. I’m thinking of ordering one for my daughter also, as a Christmas present.

    I just loaded my crock pot with your steel cut oats recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

  40. Congrats on the book!

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