11/29: Black Friday and Faves

-An amazing Thanksgiving with the fam.

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(such a gorgeous view!)
To start off the morning, we hung out here at home in pajamas for as long as possible, watching the parade while eating scones, eggs and turkey bacon. Nana, madre and my friend Marisa came over to hang out and look at sales fliers and then Livi took her afternoon nap. While she was crashed, I did a GPP workout in the garage -the Pie Burn was INSANE- and watched Scandal. After she was awake, we headed to my aunt’s house for part 1 of the Thanksgiving feast.

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It was everything I had been dreaming about:


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After my aunt’s house, the guys went golfing over at my uncle’s and then we met at my cousin’s for poker tradition.

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After poker, we headed back to our house, where more desserts and drinks were waiting.

Pecan pie bars and white chocolate chip cookies, along with hot chocolate and mulled wine.

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Baking with Bella, the night before:

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(you can always count on her to passively or aggressively beg the entire time, depending on her mood)

Getting three humans and two fun children into a shot with the self timer:

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The evening ended making our family gift list with the Pilot, drinking mulled wine (this recipe is incredible) and watching We’re the Millers

-Black Friday Soli Beat Flash Sale! Say whaaat?! The price is the lowest it will ever be.

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Grab yours before they’re gone, and at the price ($9.99!) it makes an awesome gift for anyone who loves to dance. Use the code: “shakeit” at checkout for the awesome deal!

 A little clip from the live event we did a couple of weeks ago:


-Oranges on our orange tree! Each year we’ve been here, the orange tree has surprised us with more and more beautiful oranges. (Remember when I thought they were limes?) It’s overflowing now…we already told our neighbor to pick as many as he’d like. 

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-Homemade shower and tub cleaner. Just equal parts white vinegar and dish soap, plus some drops of lavender. It still smells a little vinegary, but I love the fact that it’s all natural and the aroma dissipates quickly. 

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-This song. Haunting and beautiful:


 One of my favorite yoga teachers has played it during class, and when I heard it on Pandora the other day, I downloaded it immediately.

-CHRISTMAS EVERRRRRYYYYYTHING. My “respect the bird” Pilot gave me full Christmas reign starting today πŸ˜‰ Excuse me while I snowman-ify the entire house. Muahaha.

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Hope you have a wonderful Friday! See ya later today with the last holiday gift guide: for the kiddos!


What are you doing for cardio today? Black Friday shopping totally counts πŸ˜‰

Any awesome deals? 

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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football on November 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I got official permission to get the Christmas decorations out as well – and the tree is already 1/2 way set up. πŸ™‚ It’s a short season so I need to make the most of it!

    Still trying to decide if I’m going to venture out in a bit – now that most of the crazy shoppers are done and back to bed. Who knows! I do way more shopping online now.

    Your hair really looks cute at that length! Oh and the pecan pie bars – look delicious!!!

  2. Candice@Hungrymotherunner on November 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Pie Burn was ROUGH!
    Glad you had such a great Thanksgiving! Looking fab as usual! xoxo

  3. Christa @ Edible Balance on November 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I LOVE Birdy! Such an amazing, unique talent.

    I can’t wait to put up our tree! Definitely happening this weekend… I need to make that mulled wine and those pecan pie bars. Yum!

  4. Alex @ Kenzie Life on November 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I’m so excited–I just ordered Solibeat and it looks like so much fun! I’m definitely going to have to spend time on that “Learn” section though! I think it will be a great workout to keep me energized while studying for finals! I did an intensive pure barre class yesterday and today woke up coughing (I don’t think the two are related!) but I think I’m going to skip the cardio today and do some yoga inside instead. Have an awesome day!

  5. Natalia on November 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Soooo excited! I just ordered the DVD and can’t wait for it to arrive.

    Greetings from Puerto Rico!

  6. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on November 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    That song is beautiful, thanks for sharing! She has a beautiful voice.

    Looks like you had a perfect Thanksgiving! I love the self-timer shot with all of you- it came out really good!

    I’m on call at the hospital so I’ll likely get my cardio pushing stretchers today. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      thank you! the bloopers were pretty amazing πŸ˜‰
      hope work goes well if you have to go in. xo

  7. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on November 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I did a round of Black Friday shopping this morning and then I’ll take the dog for a long walk. Other than that I’m chilling today. That song is gorgeous, I’d never heard it before!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      sounds like a wonderful day! enjoy the rest of it πŸ™‚ xo

  8. Sarah on November 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Ok, I finally caved and bought Soli Beat. Can’t wait to do it πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      wahoo!! please let me know what you think πŸ™‚

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Looks like you have quite the day on Thanksgiving! Ours was much quieter πŸ™‚

    We are going to shop a little bit here soon. We have nothing to look for, but it is nice to get out and walk around!

  10. Meagan on November 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Your dance video preview looked AWESOME! How fun. Must be cool to do that for a living right?

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      i’m very fortunate that none of my jobs feel like “work” <3

  11. Kat on November 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Nice cover of Bon Iver’s original. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      of course!

  12. Julie on November 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    No Black Friday shopping here! I’m still in bed and relaxing before getting a workout in later today.

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      sounds like an amazing morning πŸ™‚

  13. Jackie on November 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m in full Christmas mode too!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      bring it onnnnnn πŸ˜‰

  14. Julianna on November 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Just got my Soli Beat!!!! Thanks for doing such a great sale!

    I did a Turkey Trot yesterday so today I’m going to stretch and take it easy. I did take a long walk this morning– we have so much snow here already! I am SO looking forward to getting my tree up.

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      wahoo! thank you so much for ordering πŸ™‚
      can’t wait to get our tree up too!

  15. Naomi on November 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    We watched We’re the Millers last night too! Lots of swearing, but it was funny. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      the one-liners were amazing though haha

  16. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on November 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Skinny Love is such a good song, you know the original right?

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      no! it’s funny that i’ve heard the cover a few times, but never the original

  17. char eats greens on November 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I really want to go all out and decorate for Christmas BUT we’ll be gone down south to Florida. So my plan is to buy everything after Christmas when it’s on extra markdown and do a nice decorating next year πŸ˜‰

  18. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving!

    I haven’t braved the stores yet, but I’m hoping things might be a little quieter later in the day… we’ll see! πŸ™‚

  19. Jennifer on November 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Never heard that cover of Bon Iver before. I like the piano in place of guitar. Check out the original if you haven’t – but it’s pretty harrowing!

  20. jodie on November 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Cool song

  21. Brittany on November 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    That family pic came out great! (Christmas card?). You have such a beautiful family. You and Mr. Pilot are very fortunate to have found each other. I hope I can be as happy as you two some day. You two are living proof that you never know what can happen at a Starbucks!!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      thank you!! xo

  22. Alycia on November 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Your family pic turned out great! Thank you so much for the discount code, I just ordered mine. Cant’t wait to get it!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      yay, thank you for ordering!!

  23. Chrissy on November 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Soli beat looks fun! I recognize a lot of Zumba dance moves. I just bought world party for the kinect, dance fitness is addictive lol

  24. Louise on November 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the discount code, Solibeat is winging its way to Australia πŸ™‚ I love that song, but hadn’t heard this version. It’s beautiful isn’t it.

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      whoo hoo!! πŸ™‚ thank you!

  25. Colleen on November 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Gina! I’m a huge fan of your blog and I’ve been an silent reader for quite some time now… I bought my mom Soli Beat for hannukah and we tried it today and really enjoyed it… unfortunately the “bellydance cool down” section seemed to be messed up and kept stopping.. we had to fast forward through a good chunk of it. Wanted to give you a heads up… also I’m pretty bummed I bought it before this sale haha!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Email us and we’ll send you a new one!
      Sagedancefitness at gmail

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

      hey girl! i’m so glad you liked the dvd but bummed that the last one didn’t work for you. that’s really strange. email us at sagedancefitness at gmail dot com and we’ll send you a new one

  26. Michelle on November 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I shopped from 7:30 last night til 1:30 this morning, then at 8 when my kiddo got up he & I started decorating the house. My cardio for the day was carrying 50 or so boxes up from the basement and then back down also trying to keep calm while my 3 year old “helped” decorate. It is done and my house looks so cheery and bright.

  27. Yaara Leve on November 30, 2013 at 1:21 am

    That dress is so pretty!! Where’s it from? And OMG I looked up that pie burn workout–200 freakin burpees!!! Crazy. I bet it was a great workout. And I just have to tell you–I hadn’t heard about madewell until you posted those booties–they’re gorgeous. So I finally looked on their website–wow their denim looks incredible. I’m tempted to get the stretchy skinnies–they’re so cute and they actually look comfortable–like lululemon legging jeans. Have you tried their denim? Glad you had a nice Tday with your family.

  28. Courtstar on November 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Love your holiday eats so delish! I had a less than traditional Thanksgiving since my husband and I decided to take off to Ho Tran Vietnam so we had Peking Duck instead of a turkey, both birds so it works right? Happy Holidays, enjoy the decorating! Lots of Love C

  29. Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple on November 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Looks like a really fun day and a great burn! I went for a 4 mile walk on the beach with a friend. Tide was coming in some there was some sprinting, and then the hundreds of steps back UP to the cliff top at the end. That was some burn.

    I love seeing pictures of your area. My husband’s aunt and cousin live in Tucson. Lovely place. Little hot in the summer though.

  30. Renee on November 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Your outfit was so cute for Thanksgiving! Looks like the food was amazing too.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      thank you!!

  31. Liesl on December 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ordered Soli Beat for my friend Katie for Christmas! Hope she loves it.
    Also, your boots are adorable! Where did you get them?

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

      yay, i hope she loves it too!
      thank you! i got them when we were in italy. the brand is altariva

  32. Katie on December 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Can you post the pecan pie bars recipe?!?

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