9/20: Friday Faves


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-Not a fave: Livi looking way too grown up. It’s a cliche for a reason: time flies when you’re having fun. She steals my heart every single day <3

-These GF cookies. I had to convince myself to save some for Livi because um, they go down way too easily.

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-The most legendary StitchFix box I’ve ever received. I haven’t been blogging about them much on the Fashion page -I feel like it’s cheating because I didn’t pick out anything myself- but I looooove everything in my recent box. I keep saying each one is the best ever and then I get a new one! Will post some pics on the Fashion page soon.

-Green olives. I recently fell in love with them, and North has the same kind of green olives we had with many meals in Italy. I wonder where I can pick some up?

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-Dumbbells on the way. This means I’ll have a pull-up bar, kettlebell, dumbbells, and no excuse to skip strength training. I only got in half a session this week and I’m convinced that regular strength training helps to prevent injuries when I’m teaching so many cardio classes. I have to keep my muscles, especially those in my quads since I have a history of knee probs, strong.

BuzzFeed hot sauce article aka the story of my life. They know me.

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-This article about the fact that new moms get nothing done, and that’s ok. It’s a feat to keep everyone alive those first few months and snuggling with a newborn > everything else.

-City and Colour. I know I’m way late to the party with this one, but their music is gorgeous. They’re coming to Tucson soon, too!

Soli Beat at lululemon!! Whaaaat?! We are so thankful to our Tucson lululemon friends for their amazing support of our DVD <3

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-And just because every Faves post needs something rose-scented: rose incense from Whole Foods.

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The Pilot doesn’t love incense, so I burn it when he’s flying nights and not at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ It makes the house smell like a yoga studio.

What are you loving this week?

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  1. Brittany on September 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Liv is ADORABLE! I have always wanted to try those cookies. So I assume they are worth it?!

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      um YES. they’re soft and spiced, perfectly sweet… lovely!

      • mi-an dela cruz on September 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        i heart those cookies so much!!!!

  2. Theresa on September 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    OMG. Olivia is so grown up! I also love olives so much so that I would eat some out of a jar when I was a kid. It was my favorite treat! I can’t wait to receive my copy of Soli Beat! I preordered awhile back. When will we get our copies?

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      if you don’t have it by tomorrow, leave another comment or email me. it shouldn’t take this long!!

      • Tammy on September 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        I was wondering about this also, as I preordered, too. Thanks for the info!

        • China on September 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          Same here. Fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow.

  3. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on September 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Oh how I love incense! They totally make the house smell like a yoga studio. I also went through a huge phase with olives and literally ate them every. single. day. I even put them in my draft beers (a big trend in Minnesota) and it makes the beer slightly salty…with a fun snack when the drink is gone

  4. Beverly Aragon on September 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Miss Livi looks like a ballerina princess in that pic! I can’t wait for my copy of Soli Beat to arrive. Every time I check the mail, it’s the first thing I look for. Hopefully it will be in my hot little hands next week. Have a great weekend, Gina ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Stacey on September 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    City and Colour was one of the best live shows I have ever seen. Dallas Green’s voice is magical:)

  6. Annalisa on September 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love City and Colour!!!!

  7. Leanne on September 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    You HAVE to go to to City & Colour!! They played an outdoor show here in July, and it was AMAZING!! He is just so talented, and sounded exactly the same as on the albums (but, without being suspicious that he’s lip-syncing).

  8. Julie @ A Better Life with Burgers on September 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats on getting Soli Beat into Lululemon! That’s huge!

  9. Theresa on September 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Wonderful song! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Livi does look so grown up in that picture, where does the time go?! Have a great weekend my friend!

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      thank you- you too! xo

  10. Floey on September 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Her BUN!

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm


  11. amelia on September 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Gina, the olives are castleveltrano (sp)?. WF may have them, although I have found them at target and Wal-Mart cheaper!

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      awesome- thank you for letting me know!!

      • Deanna on September 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        They’re castelvetrano olives.They’re the best, especially warm or marinaded with some orange zest! They’re definitely have them at WF, but I normally get mine at Cost Plus World Market.

  12. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on September 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I grew up with black and green olives out of a can. When I tried my first “different” olive my mind was blown. Who woulda known that they can taste so amazing? Livi is a cutie pie!!!

  13. Carolyn on September 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    those olives are called castelveltrano- you can pick them up at whole foods:)

  14. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on September 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’d be curious if you could share what price ranges you’re choosing for your fix items? I changed my price ranges and was disappointed in the pieces I got sent so I ended up cancelling my monthly fixes. I guess in some ways it makes sense, the higher quality stuff was more to my liking, but I didn’t want to pay so much for a dress or top. Anyway, just curious.

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      i said 100-150 except for the jewelry and accessories (the cheaper the better). most of my items are far less than that, though– i don’t think the ranges have too much to do with it. the average price is $50-80 for the stuff i choose

  15. Melanie on September 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    It’s not cheating, I LOVE reading about your stitch fix boxes : )

  16. Jackie on September 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Livi is getting so big!

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Some great stuff in here!
    — I love Liv’s top knot! Such a little lady!
    — Those cookies — I’ll add them to the list of reasons I wish we had TJ’s in Canada ๐Ÿ™‚
    — Love Dallas Green! Yeah Canadians! ๐Ÿ™‚
    — Congrats on your dvd in lululemon! That’s amazing!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on September 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Liv is turning into such a little later! SO ADORABLE!

    Things I am loving this week:
    -Having to slow life down
    -Enjoying the little things
    -Counting my blessings
    -Looking forward to cheering my husband on in his marathons next month!

  19. Melodie on September 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I love viewing your stich fixes! Im loving my new fall Yankee candle- pumpkin buttercream. Mmmmm. ๐Ÿ™‚ also love the cool front that blew into these parts last night. We’ve had a wonderful, rainy day in the 70s.

  20. courtstar @ starsystemz on September 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Liv is such a cutie she is growing by the minute! Love how lululemon is supporting you what a great company lots of love and I hope you have a great weekend love + shine Courtstar

  21. Mari on September 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

    what a beautiful picture of your daughter!! she’s a mini you!!

  22. Liz on September 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’m having knee probs too! What else besides quad strengthening should I be doing?

  23. Andrea on September 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t blame the pilot ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t stand incense, and especially flower scents….headache city.

  24. Jay Scott on September 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Those olives look great. What kind of dumbbells did you order?


  25. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on September 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    It doesn’t matter if you’re late to the City and Colour party or not, just as long as you joined in! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Alex @ Kenzie Life on September 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Olivia is such a cutie!! Congratulations on the success of Soli Beat!

  27. Anna @ Fitness ร  la Anna on September 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    That is so cool to see your Solibeat dvd at lululemon!!! Congrats! Also, olives to me are like pickles to a pregnant lady. Love them!

  28. Tracy on September 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see the Stitch Fix!

  29. Jacquelyn @justjacq on September 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats on Lululemon! That’s amazing. My DVD arrived Saturday and I have plans to try it tomorrow! I’m so excited to virtually shake my bonbon with you!

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