8/23: Friday Faves

-Hula-ing with these lovely ladies at the dance show last night. We did a hula/Tahitian dance, and the costumes were SO fun. I kind of felt like a rainforest fairy… or something.

Hula girls

The pizza and cocktails after the show weren’t too shabby, either πŸ˜‰


-This LUSH face mask. I’ve tried out quite a few of the different types, and this one if my favorite so far. It has a green tea and papaya, and my skin feels brighter and tighter the next day. It actually kind of makes me look like I’m not tired + it smells glorious.

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-Serious monsoon action. After a lackluster storm season, we’ve had a few incredible ones this week. Our orange tree says, “thank you.”

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-Vega Sport Chocolate Coconut bars. I tried my first one at the IDEA conference at the Vega booth and was so excited. It kind of tastes like one of those “fake but really good” protein bars. I also had one of those at the IDEA conference and my stomach was ruined from the sugar alcohols. The Vega ones are delicious and have real ingredients, like dates, pumpkin seed butter and sprouted vegan protein (pea + brown rice). The only bummer is that they’re kind of pricey (around $3 per bar) but worth it to have a substantial snack if I’m in a pinch.

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-Livi playing with my old Dorothy dolls. When I was little, I was obsessed with Wizard of Oz –it’s one of my all-time favorite movies since I loooove Judy Garland- and would watch it over and over. I’d also skip around with my dog singing “We’re off to see the Wizard” and hide every time the creepy Wicked Witch music would start. I had an entire set of dolls, which my mom kept stored in a box along with some other treasures. While we were cleaning the garage, I found a box of the dolls. Needless to say, Livi saw them and HAD to have them. She’s been toting around her “Dorothy babies” ever since.

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-Also in the box of treasures? Some old photos of my parents. Oh, how I love the 80s.


My mom is gorgeous.

We’re off to do something fun. (<– I have no idea what that is yet) 

Have a happy Friday!



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  1. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on August 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

    that pesto drizzled pizza is making my mouth water, yum!

  2. Molly on August 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    i am PSYCHED to try those vega bars! i just switched to their protein powder (HUGE improvement over both muscle milk and isopure), so thanks for sharing.

  3. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on August 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve seen those Vega Bars at Whole Foods! I really want to try the protein powder.

  4. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Looks like a fun hula night! That’s so adorable that Livi is playing with your Dorothy dolls now. I lived in Kansas for a few years, and I even had a pair of sparkly red shoes to complete the experience πŸ˜‰
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Caitie @ twentytwofit on August 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    you and your mom look SO much alike! gorgeous! where can you find vega bars other than online?

  6. Michelle on August 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    You look so much like your mom! Jealous of your rain…it’s dry as a bone in L.A., as usual.

  7. Brynn on August 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the bar review! It’s such a bummer to pick up a new bar and have it be a flop.

  8. Mary on August 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    You look just like your Mom!! We are getting some pretty cool storms up here in Colorado too. I love monsoons, I could do without the tornado warnings we sometimes get though!

  9. Jackie on August 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Happy Friday!

  10. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on August 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    LOVE Lush products! I’m intrigued by those Vega Protein Bars – they sound great! Have a fab Friday gorgeous girl!

  11. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Oh the 80s <3 Your mom is definitely looking all sorts of fabulous. And I've actually been meaning to try those bars for a while now – I think you may have just twisted my arm into picking one up the next time I'm shopping πŸ˜‰

    Happy Friday!

  12. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on August 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Your hula costumes are so cute! Looks like you had fun! I mean, how could you not when you have such a delicious-looking pizza πŸ˜‰

    If only 80s hair styles were still in fashion…that’s my hair when I wake up in the morning lol.

  13. Emily @ The Good Era on August 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    OK, that’s it, I officially NEED to go to Lush.

    Happy Friday!!!

  14. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh the hula dancing looks like so much fun! We did a little bit of hula last year when we were in Hawaii but I would love to do more! Maybe they’ll have some in Zumba soon!? A Lush just opened up near me and I haven’t been there yet. Am thinking about going. Maybe I’ll try the mask you recommended. Happy Friday!

  15. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on August 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Fun stuff. Happy Friday!

  16. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on August 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Hula’ing sounds fun! Something this dance-impaired girl would struggle with, but fun…at least with a few cocktails. πŸ˜‰

  17. Alyssa Warren on August 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I love the picture of the Dorothy dolls! When I was little, I went through a phase where I refused to answer to anything other than “Dorothy” – which obviously is not my name. πŸ™‚ I also called my cat Toto.

  18. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on August 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    That pizza looks pretty good.

  19. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on August 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    You look so much like your mom! I love seeing family resemblances in people.

  20. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on August 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Wizard of Oz was my all time favorite movie when I was little! I would ask my mom to watch it multiple times a day! LOL

  21. Tracy on August 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    You look sooo much like your mom!! How old is she in the pic? Seriously so similar!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      i think she was 27 in the pic, and i’m 28 πŸ™‚

  22. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on August 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    That dance sounds like so much fun and I love the costumes. Mmmm…the pizza also looks fantastic! Love the pic of your mom. She’s so pretty!

  23. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on August 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    LOVE the hula costumes!! haha πŸ™‚ I want to try those vega protein bars!

  24. Abby on August 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Your mom was such a hottie!

  25. Lydia on August 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    You look like your mom when she was younger.. I love the Wizard of Oz too.. My mom kept all my barbies from my childhood and my first daughter enjoyed them now they are stored again so my 2 year old can play with them when she’s older.

  26. Sheena on August 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Wowza…you and your 80s mom could be twins! LOVE the hair. I think you should host an 80s theme dinner party and recreate the look. πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      i think that’s an awesome idea πŸ™‚

  27. Annette @ FitnessPerks on August 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I LOVE those vega bars too!! SO so tasty.

  28. Kim McDevitt, MPH RD on August 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Gina! I’ve been a long time reader of your blog…seriously got me through the long days of grad school studying! I’m now a dietitian and nutrition educator for VEGA! Seriously a dream job:) I was so excited to see you got to sample one of our bars at the IDEA conference. Were you able to try anything else? Message me if you have any questions about our products:) Be Well, Kim

  29. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on August 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    That pizza is making my drool!!! I love those bars but they seriously make me cry by how expensive they are!

  30. Ashley on August 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    omg, if I hadn’t read (and didn’t get a clue from the 80s hair), I woulda TOTALLY thought that was you!!! Incredible family resemblance!

  31. kimberly on August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I think its awesome that in the picture of your mom from the 80s her bed comforter matches the drapes.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      right?! i have no idea where they are in the pics, either. it looks like a hotel?

  32. Alexandra on August 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my gosh Gina you and your mom look so alike. It’s sometimes harder to see when there is an age gap. But when you compare each other to what you look like around the same age its uncanny. Such lovely and gorgeous ladies!

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

      thank you!! πŸ™‚

  33. Megan on August 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    That pizza looks gooood! πŸ™‚

  34. Denise on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I have to agree-you and your mom are gorgeous! And yes-you look exactly alike. It’s so adorable to me that you, your mom and grandma do so much together-I love it! Thanks for maintaining your blog! Your beauty is evident but your heart is even more beautiful. Enjoy your weekend

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

      wow, thank you so much denise! hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  35. Sarah Anne on August 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    LOOOOVE that face mask! I use so many LUSH products and that mask is in the top faves!(I also love their ultrabland for a makeup remover, eau roma water toner and I Love Juicy shampoo!!

  36. courtstar @ starsystemz on August 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I too was obsessed with the wizard of oz I had a yellow brick road painted in my room and a dog just like Toto! I love reliving old happy memories and. Cant wait to share them with my little one!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ have a great weekend! Love + shine Courtstar

  37. Ryan on August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Wow!! You look just like your madre!!

  38. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate on August 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I love the chocolate coconut Vega bars also, and I am a fan of the company in general!

  39. Josie on August 25, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Cute dolls! I also loved the Wizard of Oz when I was little. How cute that you get to pass on ur favorite dolls to Livi.

  40. Ali on August 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I was obsessed with the Wizard of Oz too!!!! My mom said she couldn’t get my red slippers off of me for months πŸ™‚

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