8/9: Friday Faves

-Livi’s first french braid.

Livis braid

If someone could just stop the clock, that would be nice.

I braided it pretty quickly, but she sat super still and was so patient. I love that it can keep her bangs out of her face, but she looks so grown up with a braid!

And speaking of her getting older… and wiser… I have to tell you about “Bubble Butt.” If you aren’t familiar with the song, it’s catchy but brainless as most radio picks tend to be, but it came on “Top 20 on 20” while we were driving around. I could hear Livi’s tiny voice from her carseat saying, “Bubble butt. Bubbble butt.”

“Wait, what did you say??”


I was laughing so hard, I had tears rolling down my face. Of course, this only egged her on to continue since I obviously thought it was hilarious. And horrifying. Looks like I’ll have to keep playing her Animal Playground and other kid-appropriate CDs in the car 😉

-Rose macaroons from Whole Foods.


It’s the perfect size for a sweet bite 🙂

-Getting to see some of my Zumba faves: Eric Aglia and his beautiful wife, Corrie. They’re Zumba presenters (Eric is a ZJ) and I’ve taken a Master class with their family in Tucson. It was so fun to see them again, and I’m saving some energy for the Zumba Mexican fiesta later today.


-Giant buddha statue while exploring downtown LA:


-Hanging out with amazing blog friends! Here I am with Monica and Julie at Cassey‘s oGorgeous booth at the Expo. Cassey and I have been virtual friends for years, so it was so awesome to finally meet her. (And yes, she’s beautiful and sweet in real life, as you’d expect) She gave us each tank tops, too!


-This sushi roll. Every raw fish you could wish for (tuna, salmon, crab) and a spicy ponzu sauce. The only problem was that after the day of workshops, I felt like I could have eaten 14.


-LOVING the IDEA sessions, expo and lectures. Here I am shaking my booty at the Reebok booth:

Dancing at reebok

I’m having a blast but I’m excited to kiss that sweet baby and handsome Pilot when I get back to Tucson on Sunday 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying your Friday! What are some of your faves from the week? Has anyone tried the August Workout yet?!



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  1. Sara on August 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Wow! Her hair is so long. Riley’s hair is finally starting to grow in, but it’s still pretty thin. Maybe I will finally learn to french braid once she has hair. 🙂

  2. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats on August 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I was babysitting some cousins a few years ago and the youngest boy started singing ‘I ain’t no hollerback girl’. My aunt had no idea what he was talking about lol

  3. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on August 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Her little french braid is so, so cute! And that macaroon is looking pretty good as well (;

  4. Shari on August 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, how cute is her little French braid?!

  5. Amber on August 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    OMGOSH, I died when I read that she repeated Bubble Butt. That is hilarious!!!!!!!

    Baylie is beginning to repeat things we say now too… Daddy’s been contributing less and less to the “Butterfly Swear Bank” (Baylie’s “piggy bank” that’s gunna make her rich one day with Daddy’s potty mouth) now that we are seeing firsthand how good she’s getting at repeating what we say!! Yikes!

    In other news, the August Workout is pretty rad. [through gritted teeth] HURTS SO GOOD!

  6. kyla on August 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt….I can’t get it out of my head. Maybe I’ll use it as inspiration when I squat?

  7. josie on August 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    That’s so cool that you met Cassey! I LOVE her workouts!!

  8. mi-an dela cruz on August 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    where is that reebok cf place of heavenly goodies!!??

  9. Brooke @ denaultstudios.blogspot.com on August 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    First French Braid= Big. deal.

    And it looks like you had a great time at the Expo

  10. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on August 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Awww Liv is growing up! Her hair must be getting pretty long- that’s a sizable braid for a munchkin! Love the new workout tops you guys got!

  11. Rebecca on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I think I fitness fangirl-ed a little when I saw the picture of you and Cassey. You guys are both great, healthy role models, it’s cool that you got to meet in real life!

    Awesome August workout was really fun! I did it in an air conditioned gym and still walked out covered in sweat. (Gross, but true.) I’m really enjoying the calendar you made. I was stuck in a rut of running and the same ol’ strength routine, so it’s been great to shake things up.

  12. Sarah on August 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    The August workout was awesome!! I loved the mix of strength and cardio!! Would love even more workouts!! Thanks!

  13. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on August 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love her braid! It looks like the Idea conference is a lot of fun!

  14. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on August 10, 2013 at 12:06 am

    WOW Liv has grown so much! So sweet!! I wish I was at Idea but my hubs and I are moving this week to Thailand so attending a conference is not happening! It is literally 20 minutes from my house too, nuts I know! I hope you have fun! Love + Shine CourtStar

  15. Hilary on August 10, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Love the munchkin’s braid! I’m very impressed that she sat still for it. That’s one patient lady.

    Also, is your blue top in that last photo where you’re dancing it up by Reebok? It’s such a pretty color.

  16. Tom T. on August 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Looks like so much fun at the IDEA Expo. I’m sure it is great to meet/hang out with the other bloggers that you read so much about.

  17. Lauren on August 10, 2013 at 1:51 am

    The August workout was SO TOUGH! It was awesome. I’m still sore! (5 days later). That’s the best kind of workout 🙂

  18. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Ah, Livi with the braid, so sweet!!
    And the IDEA looks like so MUCH fun, so jealous! Love the tanks from Cassey!!

  19. Jackie on August 10, 2013 at 7:01 am

    That braid is precious!

  20. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on August 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

    i want to have sushi with you some day! <3

  21. Ashley on August 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’m loving the August workout schedule! I was so bored with working out in general this summer and this has kicked me back into gear! Thanks!

  22. RunEatRepeat on August 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I want you to braid my hair, is that weird?

  23. Amy Risner on August 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hey Gina,
    I tired to sign up for your newsletter and workouts but I still haven’t received them 🙁
    What are the correct steps, because I am ready to get my butt whooped by your workouts!!!!!


    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2013 at 12:22 am

      hi amy! did you click the box to sign up when you left a comment?

  24. Kara Heckaman on August 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Those tanks are adorable!

    Just did the awesome august workout and it kicked my booty. I loved every second of it.

  25. Danica @ It's Progression on August 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    That braid!! so precious. And I love that she sat still for you even, cute 🙂

  26. char eats greens on August 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I seriously better get my cursing out of the way before my 8.5 month old is repeating things. Maybe that’s why I have such a potty mouth right now? Cleansing the system?! haha

    Enjoy the rest of your time at IDEA. Such a cool experience!!

  27. Jenny on August 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    oh the macarons look so good! I have to try them from whole foods I haven’t had any since I was in France, the ones I had there I got in Marseille from a little patisserie called Meresse they were amazing especially the fruity flavors.

  28. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish on August 11, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Aww, I love Livi’s braid! Great job, mama!

    From all the posts and pictures I’ve seen, it sounds like IDEA has been a total blast. How fun that you were able to meet Cassey – I love her oGorgeous line!

    Safe travels back to Tuscon tomorrow!

  29. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats on August 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Those macarons looked great as did that sushi!! You’ve made me really want sushi now 🙂

  30. Krystal on August 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Just did the awesome August workout, and I was dripping sweat! I added some jumping jacks, an extra plank, and 400m run at the end! Hell yeah…now time for some yoga!

  31. Olivia @ runtowardszen.wordpress.com on August 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

    That macaroon looks beyond tasty. Wish my nearest Whole Foods wasn’t 2 hours away!

  32. Eileen on August 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    August workout is awesome! Love that it is under 40 minutes (took me about 35 min. plus 5 min stretch cooldown) and very effective. Thanks for taking the time to put these together!!

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