Disney blitz + Friday Faves

Happy Friday from the happiest place on earth!

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Thank you for all of Livi’s wonderful birthday wishes. I read many of them to her during the drive here, and she had a huge smile on her face.

She woke up to streamers hanging from her doorway,


(I decorated the dining room with Disney princess stuff and a tiny piñata)

we had the birthday donut tradition, 

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and then got on the road.

Instead of throwing Livi a traditional birthday party -I took cupcakes to her preschool class so she could celebrate with her little friends-  we took her to her favorite spot. She asks to go to Disney pretty much every.day. and I figured it would be more fun for her than anything I could plan. Turns out, that prediction was correct. Multiple times throughout the day she’s said, “THIS IS AMAZING! I LOVE THIS.” 


We are soaking up some awesome family time and fun adventures. I’ll be back with a full recap, and am also scoping out some spots for a “Eat Healthy at Disney post.” 


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(Wearing a version of this shirt. Words to live by haha.)

In typical Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web:

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Core40! I took a class on Sunday, and loved the spin/Core40 combo. We did 30 minutes on the spin bikes (with an incredible playlist) and then took it inside to the Megaformer. Usually classes like Core40 and barre lack the sweaty cardio element I enjoy, so it was a perfect way to fuse strength and cardio for a balanced (and HARD) workout. My goal is to finish a majority of Core40 class without needing to take a break. I know it is possible because I’ve seen it happen.



Moscow mule mugs. We picked these up a couple of weeks ago since we’re both huge Mule fans. We mix Grey Goose with Reed’s ginger beer with a squeeze of lime, and it’s a delicious and refreshing cocktail.

This stressed out yoga teacher is hilarious.

9 reasons to drink tea every day.

The return of green juice.

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I got out of the juice habit for a while, but at the farmer’s market, I was reminded of how much Liv loves green juice. This blend had green apple, cucumber, spinach, lemon, celery and to mine, I added an enormous hunka ginger.

19 perfect resolutions for lazy slobs.

This Shiba Inu jumping for joy at the sound of kibble hitting his bowl. 

10 health rules you should swear by for 2015, and forever.

15 things travelers should know when planning a trip for 2015.

This made me want to try yet another fitness tracker.

 “HIIT It! love! Thank you so much for helping me celebrate launch week of “HIIT It!” I am so thankful for all of your tweets, emails, Instagram posts and pictures! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying it; I put my heart into trying to make it as awesome as possible for ya. <3

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Please keep the awesome “HIIT It!” selfies (and pet pics!) coming. Best ever. 

We have a blogger book tour happening right now, and here are the links to posts from this week.

Thank you so much to these lovely friends for helping me spread the word:

Courtney shares two amazeballs variations, her review + a giveaway

Brittany posted my channa masala recipe + her thoughts on the book

Monica shared her amazing review + a giveaway here

Kath posted her review + bfast cookie love and a strength/cardio circuit

Katie’s thoughts + breakfast cookie dough cereal love

Katy’s review and giveaway are here!

Ashley shares one of my favorite new recipes from the book + a giveaway here!

Thank you to all of you who have ordered or picked up the book at Barnes and Noble! It means a lot to me, and I send lots of love and gratitude.

As always, I’d love to hear some of your faves from the week <3  See ya later today with a post about healthy sleep!



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  1. Nicole on January 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I love your sneakers in the Disney pics! Are they converse?

  2. April on January 9, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Have fun at Disney! We were there last Friday and it was so crowded you couldn’t move…you picked a better day to go:) I found healthy snacks in Toddler Town – hummus, fruit and veggies! Happy Birthday Liv, 3 is SO much fun!!!

  3. Linda @ TheFittys on January 9, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Livi is so pretty in eye shadow!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      her eyes are just naturally gorgeous. i told her she can’t wear makeup until she’s 21 haha

  4. Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit on January 9, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Congrats about your book launch, that’s just so cool!!

    Love the donut birthday tradition, never heard of that!

    Have fun, keep smiling! 🙂

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on January 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    What a fun surprise for Liv! I love the birthday don’t tradition too! So fun.

  6. char eats greens on January 9, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I need to use my juicer again (especially since I have a half next weekend and my nose is stuffy – the body knows doesn’t it!?!? haha). I forget, do you have a high speed juicer or low speed? I need to suck it up, bust mine out, and just face the fact that it has a million parts to clean but so worth it! Disney looks like it was fun. Now that we live in Orlando, I picture a pleeeeeenty of Disney trips in our future!!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      it’s a high speed. i cheat and throw most of the parts in the dishwasher

      • Char Eats Greens on January 10, 2015 at 4:09 am

        That’s actually really clever. Why didn’t I think of that before?! Haah

        • Fitnessista on January 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

          i think you’re technically not supposed to.. but i don’t have time to hand wash it all, especially in the morning haha

  7. alexis on January 9, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I love your grey sneakers and have been looking for a pair for spring and summer. Where did you get yours from? Have fun at disney!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      thank you! they’re keds. i got them a few months ago at nordstrom rack

      • alexis on January 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

        Thanks so much! I snagged the last pair in my size! You’ve saved me months of searching!

        • Fitnessista on January 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

          wahoo!! enjoy!

  8. Cassie Vaughn on January 9, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Looks like you’re having a bunch of fun!

  9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Yay for green juice and Disney! It looks like Liv had the best time. Enjoy the weekend!

  10. Sagan on January 9, 2015 at 7:02 am

    OMG her little outfit. So cute!!

    <3 green drinks.

  11. Carrie on January 9, 2015 at 7:08 am

    First, Happy Birthday to Liv! So nice that Disney is close enough for a fun day trip!

    Second, I am very jealous of the ability to wear shorts and t-shirts in January. This week, I have walked into work from the parking garage in 3 layers on top and bottom. I need to move ASAP.

    Third, my husband and I made your spicy turkey meatball recipe from the book this week, and we LOVED it! I wish I made a double or triple batch … maybe this weekend.

    Fourth, I have now taken two Orangetheory classes after reading your review on it, and I am hooked. I bought the 2x/week membership. Last night’s workout was a rough one, but great!

    So, I just want to say thanks for having great content on this blog, and know that you are positively influencing people every day!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      ahhhh i was cold just reading that!
      so happy you like the meatball recipe! one of my faves, too 🙂
      and thrilled that you’re loving OTF. the best!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  12. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I love going to Disney. Think I’ll plan a trip this year for my birthday! Glad to hear she had a great time and that your book had had so much success! So much to celebrate.

  13. kayla on January 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Disney birthdays are the best kind of birthday!

  14. Reenie on January 9, 2015 at 7:32 am

    throughout the day she’s said, “THIS IS AMAZING! I LOVE THIS.” ….. adorable!!

    Happy Belated Bday Livi!! 🙂

  15. Catherine on January 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    How cool that Liv’s love for green juice inspires you to drink more-ha! Hope you enjoyed your family time!
    Thanks for the puppy video link-that made my morning! I am a sucker for dog videos! Have you seen this one, with a dog comforting his pal who is having a nightmare? It’s short but cute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTy_wUkWpkM

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      awww i loved it!! thank you for sharing! xoxo

  16. Alex @ True Femme on January 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

    That looks like such fun a day!! What a great way for Livi to celebrate her birthday! I just got my copy of the book in the mail so I’m going to try and make today my first HIIT workout day! It’s really apparent that you put so much time and energy into the book. I love how thorough it is and you look amazing in every picture!

  17. brittney on January 9, 2015 at 7:56 am


  18. Michelle on January 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

    What a fun birthday! I’m looking for casual gym shoes like you are wearing, what brand are they?

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      thank you! they’re keds

  19. Kay @ Kay Bueno on January 9, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Love your shirt, and looove Livi’s dress. Such a cute mother-daughter combo. 🙂

    I’ve been reading a bunch about the new book. Sounds amazing!

  20. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I’m planning to try Core40 this weekend! Can’t wait, because I really don’t know what to expect. So glad you guys had fun at Disney! Have a lovely day:)

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      let me know what you think!

  21. queenoffitness on January 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Nice Dinosaur magnets on your fridge…LOL! This is my 2nd snow day this week so I am looking at your photos of shorts and tees with a sense of longing. Happy birthday livi!!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      it makes me laugh that liv LOVES dinosaurs… and i don’t like them AT ALL. jurassic park was the scariest movie i’ve ever seen

      • Kat on January 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        Where did you find those dinosaur magnets?? I love them 🙂

        • Fitnessista on January 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

          my nana got them for liv. they’re melissa and doug

  22. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on January 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

    That shirt is fantastic! I love your donut tradition. I’m trying to keep a list of all the fun traditions parents keep with their kiddos. I think the ones that might seem the simplest are what the kids end up remembering the most 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      i think you’re totally right.

  23. April on January 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Liv’s little mermaid dress is SO adorable! And surprise birthday trip to Disney? I think you win Mom of the Year 🙂 have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Brynn on January 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

    What a fun birthday! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to visit Disney and share such a fun experience.

  25. mary on January 9, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I bet this is ideal DL crowd sizes. I’m jealous. I might take my daughter spring break but I hate the crowd sizes then. : (

    OMG- the Adler Vivofits!

    You asked how my homemade bitchin bowl came… Must’ve been pretty good. I’ve had it for dinner 3 nights running! ; )

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      hahah amazing! i will definitely be making it this week!

  26. Les @ The Balanced Berry on January 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    That sounds like an awesome birthday for the little lady. She’s so precious 🙂

    A healthy eats at Disney post is an awesome idea! Sounds weird but I loveeeee the smoked turkey legs…probably my favorite Disney food (even though they are sodium city).

  27. kristin | W [H] A T C H on January 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    have so much fun at disney!

  28. Mary Beth on January 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    So a friend of mine was at Disney yesterday too! She wanted to know if you saw Vanna White too. She said she saw Vanna White on the Dumbo ride lol.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      i did see her! she was gorgeous as ever! she and pat were being filmed in front of the castle

      • Mary Beth on January 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

        It’s a small world!

        • Fitnessista on January 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm


  29. katie M on January 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Awww love this post!! She is so excited to be at Disney! I am super envious! What a great birthday surprise! Thanks for including Abby my cav in the post! We were so excited to see it today! Maybe a trend with start with other Cavs posing with HIIT It!!! So adorable! I have been cooking and working out up a storm! Happy Friday!

  30. SarahF on January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Aww- that looks like an amazing 3rd birthday! I love when little kids act all adult (and comment how something is “So amazing”). Just melts my heart!

    Happy (belated) Birthday to Livi. She looks like a sweetheart!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      i love it, too!
      thank you- she’s the best <3

  31. Traci on January 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I love the idea of streams on the door, and congrats on the book!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      thank you, traci!

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