11/10: Friday Faves

-Before I go into the following randomness, I have to say thank you so much for all of your incredible support with Sweets for Sandy. From spreading the word, to bidding, to my fellow blog friends who donated such wonderful items and everyone who cheered along the way. We raised a TON of money thanks to all of your efforts and I’m sure it will be appreciated by those who are in a time of intense need. Thank you for being so amazing <3


It feels kind of weird writing a Friday Faves on a Saturday, but here we go:

-Waffle with almond butter and chocolate chips. No words to accurately convey the glory:


-Guess who is actually sticking with Namaste November? After the first few days, and the great scorpion fall of 2012 (I actually carpet-burned my face a little), I could feel my practice starting to slip. When a friend from work invited me to join her for a Friday night yoga class, I called it destiny and had a great time. We even practiced handstands on the mat and I didn’t eat it.

Every time I practice yoga, it reminds me of how much I need to make it a priority in my life, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Mentally and physically, it does a body gooooooood. Also, I have some pretty sweet news regarding the prizes for Namaste November (yes, it changed from “prize” to “prizes”) so be sure to keep checking in via the app and or the website! I’ll announce the fun on Tuesday 🙂

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-Sushi. My love for sushi tends to ebb and flow, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve never lived near the ocean (where does Arizona sushi come from? Don’t even tell me). Right now, the sushi love is on:


I especially love the sushi bowl (salad greens, 1/2 avocado, 4 types of sashimi and cucumber) and will try a couple of each of the Pilot’s (since he averages 4-5 rolls).

-I am already scary stoked for Arizona Basketball. Basketball is one of the few sports I really understand and enjoy – after the first game this week (with 3 SLAM DUNKS!) I’m quite the rowdy Wildcat. 


I wasn’t able to go to any basketball games during college (to get tickets, they had a lottery, and I worked nights and weekends anyway) so it’s been a really lovely treat.

-Liv saying “dad.” She’s been able to say “mama,” “dada,” and “nana” for quite a while, but not consistently to the respective person. Then, the other day we were looking at photos and I said, “Look! It’s Dad”


“Yes! Great job! Dad!”

“Dad” (points to the picture)

I don’t even care that he wins because it’s so dang cute 😉 

-Your awesome pics!

So many of you have already tried out the new Knockout November Workout and Ab Burner– I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying them! Per your requests, I’ll be making a HIIT video for next week to join into the mix. For even more fun, try doing the November workout, a Tabata workout and the Ab burner- it should take be less than 45 minutes total and quite the trifecta of sweatiness.

Nov checkin

I’m off to work. World Beat this morning! YEAHHHHH.

See ya soon!



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  1. diana on November 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I am so excited for my cookie dough balls….(balls…OMG I still giggle at that). Looking forwward to the email on the next step to donate.

  2. RachelG on November 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

    The yoga challenge has reminded me that even if I can’t do a physical practice everyday I should at least take a few minutes to meditate and do some breathing practices. 🙂

  3. Brooke (beinvivacious.blogspot.com) on November 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Oh my goodness. I just ate a chocolate chip waffle with peanutbutter this morning. I have to agree. So very yummy.

  4. Romy on November 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

    mmmmmmm those cookies!!! Post the recipe!

  5. Catherine Crain on November 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    loving namaste november so much! 🙂

  6. Lisa on November 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats on raising so much money for Sandy relief! You’re so inspirational!

    This November I’m trying to do 30 days in a row of SOME kind of physical activity and making this the month that I really start eating right and stop all this weight gain that’s been happening.

  7. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin on November 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I haven’t had a waffle in so long! That looks so good. I sadly haven’t been doing much yoga this month 🙁 But I did try my first Tabata workout yesterday and loved it. I first heard about it on your blog so thanks girl!

  8. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Aww how cute, dad was my first real word too!

  9. Leah o on November 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That waffle looks amazing, I’m tempted to have a second breakfast today…. The challenge loop app/website hasn’t been loading for me but I have been doing yoga! Taught a 60 min class last night. Such a nice way to wind down from the week! Hopefully I can check in soon!!

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks on November 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats on your Sandy fundraising, Gina! And the waffle with almond butter and chocolate chips would make a great breakfast on the fly – need to remember that!

  11. Rachel Boller - Busy Mama on November 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Favorite snack find – this amazing squash pumpkin bread from a local bakery smeared with peanut butter. SO GOOD!

    My son said ‘dad’ first too. I was a teense hurt, but more overdosing on cuteness to care too much!

  12. Sylvia on November 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Dad is easier to say than mom! That’s why it’s a lot of babies’ first word 🙂

  13. Ashlee on November 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    So cute when babies say “adult” words! I would love to see a video of that 😉

  14. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    It’s so true that even a few minutes of yoga is enough. I did it for 10 minutes yesterday and felt so much better afterwards!

  15. Emily @ www.main-eats.com on November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Way to go with your fundraiser!!! That waffle looks outta this world!!!

  16. Elizabeth M. on November 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I LOVING Namast November!! Every day I’ve done at least 10 minutes usually a full class, and it’s amazing. I can really tell a difference in my body but more importantly, I’m feeling so much calmer and in a better state if mind. Lovely. The new HIIT workout will be perfect, because my other goal for November was to incorporate more of that. With the 6+ inches of snow we just got, it’s hard to get outside to sweat, but I need to push myself!

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