Helloooo, Friday + faves from the week

Aquarium with liv

Hi friends! Happy happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Iโ€™m excited to spend some time with the fam (especially since the Pilot is back!), teach Zumba, yoga, and take Liv to a school beach party. Itโ€™s going to be a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚ This morning, Liv and I are off to the midwives, and Iโ€™m so excited for her to hear her little sisterโ€™s heartbeat for the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚

In standard Friday style, here are some faves from the week and around the web! This is where I share some delicious things, random/hilarious/health-related/tearjerker reads, new beauty product or fashion-y finds, and some of the highlights of the week. As always, I love hearing what you ate/wore/danced to/read too, so please shout it out in the comments section if youโ€™d like!

The tacos at Puesto.

Puesto tacos

 I mean, just look at them. 

White Plum is hosting an AMAZING giveaway right now! Iโ€™m a huge fan of their products, especially since theyโ€™re trendy and great quality for reasonable prices. Iโ€™m especially loving their selection of summer dresses. One lucky winner will receive $1200 in White Plum clothes, and to enter, all you have to do to enter is click here and submit your email address. The giveaway ends June 8th at 5pm PST.


Thank you to my Fit Bottomed friends for sharing the โ€œHIIT IT!โ€ love and a workout from the book!

July 8 canโ€™t come soon enough

Ways to become a stronger runner.

How to become gluten-intolerant.

Qia pudding

Qiโ€™a cereal (chia, buckwheat and hemp) mixed with oats, almond milk, topped with berries, cinnamon, honey and peanut butter.

Amen to drama-free friendships, and Iโ€™m so thankful for the tribe of awesome ladies in my life.

Healthy copycat Trader Joeโ€™s recipes.

These Michael Kors heels. I tried on a few pairs for the wedding last weekend, and for the strappy sandal heels Iโ€™d been checking out, my instep didnโ€™t match up with the shoeโ€™s. What this resulted in: me awkwardly stumbling around like a baby giraffe. I figured these nude heels would work for the occasions where I need to dress up a little, and bonus: I can walk in them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wedding outfit

BlogFest!! I had an amazing time at BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention last year, and am really, really hoping I can swing it for this year. Itโ€™s such an awesome opportunity to flood myself with fitness knowledge, and BlogFest is the spot for learning blog-related tips and meeting up with blog friends (my favorite part of blog conferences). There is an early bird pricing code that expires tonight if you want to join in the fun! The link is here and the code is โ€œBLOG100โ€ for $100 off registration. 

At idea

This kitchari recipe! Need to try this.

Congratulations to the winners of the WYCWYC giveaway: Maeghan and Stephanie W.! Both winners have been emailed. Speaking of giveaways, we have a little celebration to look forward to next year: Iโ€™m hosting a week of giveaways! Stay tuned for some incredible prizes from some of my favorite companies. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Have a wonderful Friday!


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  1. One of my favorite things growing up was the end of the year beach parties for school. I definitely need to try that Qiโ€™a cereal. Nothing beats a pair of comfortable pumps! I have the most amazing pair of Stuart Weitzman.. they have a Nike air sole in them.. they’re the first and only pair of pumps I can wear all night long! Hope you have a fabulous Friday! : )

  2. Happy Friday! Those tacos look amazing! And those heels are super cute!

  3. Ummm yes please to those tacos!

  4. Stephani says:

    Can’t believe I won! Thank you!!!

  5. Jacquelyn says:

    Omg Gina.. That amazing bowl of chia hemp berrie pb goodness…can u tell me exactly how u did that!? Must try!! Xoxox

    • Fitnessista says:

      i put the qia, oats and almond milk in a bowl and let it set overnight. in the morning, i added the berries, honey, cinnamon and peanut butter so easy and soooo good

  6. Guess where I’m headed this weekend? T-town! I have to go to a funeral ๐Ÿ™ but at least I get to see my friends. I’m going to have such a hard time deciding where I want to eat!

    • Fitnessista says:

      no way! excited you’ll be there, but sorry to hear the reason. you need to go to prep and pastry if you can ๐Ÿ™‚ let me know if you need recs!

  7. Hahahah I hate stumbling around in heels!

  8. Those tacos look delicious and I love those new heels!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I was so excited when I read “Stephanie W” won because I thought it was me… =( Happens so often with such a common name! I love the heels!

  10. I love that half of the women in your BlogFest photo are now pregnant! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lydia L. says:

    Hey mama! I entered the White Plum giveaway and was just curious- it says in the fine print the credit has to be used in-store. Does that mean it’s only for people who are located near the store?

    • Fitnessista says:

      hi! i’m almost positive it means their online store. i don’t think they have a physical store. xoxo

  12. Thanks for the heads-up on the WP giveaway – done and done! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also…that gluten-free video is freaking GOLD. Even as someone who’s currently GF, I thought it was perfection. So much truth hahaha

    • Fitnessista says:

      hahaha! glad you enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I actually have to disagree. I found it incredibly annoying as a person that has Celiac Disease. I have an autoimmune disorder that doesn’t allow me to eat gluten and the effects gluten have on my body can actually cause severe damage to my digestive organs. So I found the video pretty offensive.

        While I get that there are a lot of people that choose to be gluten free and act annoying about it (which is also an issue for me), I have to be very strict and I think the video is making fun of a serious medical condition. In my opinion- it’s pretty tasteless to post, Gina. It makes you seem rude and very clueless.

  13. I’m also making my plans now for BLOGFEST and hope to make it happen. If so, can’t wait to meet you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I’ve seen that article on drama free friends floating around and I love it. Especially the park about nor stressing about flaking hahsh

  15. Jessie R says:

    Aww the aquarium! I love aquariums so much ๐Ÿ™‚ This week I’ve been loving the Victoria’s Secret beach wave sea-salt spray, it’s awesome! It’s been CRAZY humid and rainy here in KC, so I’m not about to blow-dry my hair, it would just be a frizzball. I’m hoping we get some sunshine soon, so we can spend a day at the lake swimming and boating ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love the Q’ia cereal. The Coconut one is my favorite!!

  17. amen to the drama-free girlfriends!

    those tacos have me rethinking the cuisine for my happy hour date with the hubs! good tacos > pizza! provided we don’t get blown away in a tornado…we just moved to Denver and are experiencing our first tornado and flash flood warnings today :O

  18. Aww, we just went to the aquarium in San Francisco last weekend. It was a really fun way to spend the day and pretend to be a tourist for a bit.

    Thanks also for the heads up about BLOGFEST! I will be about 8.5 months pregnant then, but it would be amazing to go next year!

    • Fitnessista says:

      ahhhh! wish you could make it! totally understand though haha. i will be like 27 weeks preg (?) and it’s going to be interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ so excited for you!

  19. THE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE VID!! hahahaha!! THANK YOU – that made my Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend Gina! xoxo

  20. If you’re ever in the Long Beach area, their aquarium is awesome! We used to go to the Birch one a lot when I lived in SD though. I love that dressy outfit that you’re wearing. Have a nice weekend! Oh and those tacos looks phenomenal- so good:)

  21. Christina says:

    literally could not stop laughing at the video of “how to become gluten intolerant”

  22. Not sure what I love more, the tacos or the heels ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I’ll be at Blogfest this year! If you are going it’d be great to meet you! Hope you can go ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Love your heels and love your skirt you look amazing, such a beautiful and kind woman!

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