Fam pics + faves from the week

Helloooooo. Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We have no official plans, and after a jam-packed week, it’s going to be glorious. I’m excited to take Livi to her first swim lesson, enjoy some time outside, and possibly venture back to City Farmers Nursery.

In standard Friday Fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! As always, I love hearing what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout it out in the comments section (and feel free to link away). 

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(Photos by Jacquelynn Buck. She took Livi’s three year photos and some family shots, and I love how they turned out. Check her out if you’re in the Tucson area!)

Yay, Chipotle! Extra guac, please. 

6 healthy bedtime rituals that will make tomorrow awesome.

These shorts and this coverup for our upcoming Hawaii trip!

18 of the most satisfying things that could ever happen to you.

Working out: expectations vs. reality. LOL for days.

BODYPUMP93. I am loving this release so much! (Ok, so I still have a love-hate thing happening with the lunge track. My legs feel like they might explode.) I usually enjoy the releases, but this is my favorite one in a while.

Super saturday

(photo from our launch!)

The surprising thing that could be causing your stomach pain. <— ex gum addict, right here. I used to go through a pack of Orbit a day in high school.

The genius no-dairy trick for turning vegetables into cream. Can’t wait to try this!

24 brilliant new words you should start using. Personal fave: bedgasm. Every night.

10 non-baby-related must-haves for every new mom. All of these.

11 lifestyle factors that could be making you anxious. This is a huge reason why I stopped drinking so much coffee. (Now I stick with half-cat, decaf or tea.)

Kick your yoga practice up a notch.

Three cheers for J&J’s new parental leave policy.

Ways to burn more calories at the gym.

Your amazing workout check-ins for April! You CRUSHED this month and I loved reading what you were up to each day. The May calendar is going out later today (today is an OFF day), so be sure to check your inbox for it and check in with your workouts. Congratulations to our sneaky giveaway winner, Kelster, who will be getting a new lulu tank top and copy of “HIIT It!” The lucky lady has been emailed.  

Happy Friday, friends!


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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 1, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Happy Friday to you, Gina! I like BODYPUMP 93 too, but it’s not my favorite release. I wrote a little track-by-track review last week right here: http://aladygoeswest.com/2015/04/21/les-mills-bodypump-93-class-review/

    As far as your pictures, I mean, LOVE THEM! Livi and her braid and smiles. Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend. I’m teaching a bunch of OTF classes and going to a country concert. Should be a good one!

  2. Bethann on May 1, 2015 at 7:16 am

    I love those family photos! Liv is So grown up! I bet she is so excited to be a big sister!

  3. Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on May 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Ugh I wish there was a body pump class near me! I’ve never taken one but everyone raves about them.

  4. Jenny McDaniel on May 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Are you doing a May workout challenge? I havent received an email for it…

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

      yes! i should be in your inbox by early this afternoon 🙂

      • Jenny McDaniel on May 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

        Great I’ll be looking for it, thanks!

  5. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Gorgeous family photos!

  6. Anna on May 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I totally agree about the lunge track for Body Pump 93! Killer….I haven’t decided how much I like this release. I’ve been doing Body Pump for almost two years now and I think there are other releases that I have liked more.

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      i like it more than any of the recent ones! minus the lunge and shoulder tracks 😉

  7. LindSay on May 1, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Liv is just the most stunning little lady ever!!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      thank you! <3

  8. Hayley on May 1, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Livi is the cutest thing. She’s just a little bundle of joy! The gum article is interesting – I stopped chewing gum because I figured out it was hurting my stomach. Now I have like one piece every 6 months and I used to go through a pack every few days!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      thank you! she is the best <3

  9. Cassie Vaughn on May 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Loving Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth… thanks for the recommendation.

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      o happy to hear you’re enjoying it!

  10. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat on May 1, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I am envious of your gym and how much space you have! I did the 45 min class on Tuesday so didn’t get tri/bi but am kind of meh about this release. I liked back and lunge though.
    To be honest I haven’t like many that much lately I have been doing BP for about 4 years I think! I have one instructor who throws it back and does releases in the 70’s and 80’s quite often which makes me happy!

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 1, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Your family pics are gorgeous lady! Have a great weekend!

  12. Tiffany on May 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Hi Gena,
    Happy Friday! What did you do to kick your gum addiction? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      i started to decrease it slowly and then went cold turkey. i started chewing on mint leaves and that got rid of the habit pretty quickly. now i do occasional spry mints instead

  13. Niki on May 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love these photos, you all look amazing and Liv is just so, so cute!

  14. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on May 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hawaii is going to be UH-mazing!! & what sweet family pics. Liv is just stinkin’ adorable!

  15. Karen on May 1, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Great family pics…. but who’s the photobomber in the top one?!!

  16. Maria on May 1, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Love the JJ’s family leave policy! I wish more companies would do this. I’m a federal technician and I know there were talks of giving federal workers 6 weeks paid which would be wonderful, but we shall see! Fingers crossed.

  17. Tracy on May 1, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Darling photos!!

    So many great Friday faves! The 24 brilliant new word?! Bedgasm? YES! and also Carcolepsy…guilty.

    Looking forward to May’s workouts. I need to change it up!

  18. Morgan @ Managing Mommyhood on May 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Your family pictures are ADORABLE. Thanks for always putting together su h a diverse post of interesting links each week!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      thank you! so happy you enjoy them <3

  19. Jacki on May 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The shoulder track…..if you told me today that you’d give me a million dollars if I could just reach up and grab it, I’d have to curl up in the fetal position. Can’t. Lift. Arms.

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      i was SO SORE after the first time. i went down on my weights for that track haha

  20. Crystal on May 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Those photos of Livi…so sweet. She is beautiful!

    Speaking of beautiful, not sure which island you’re going to in HI, but they’re all beautiful and awesome. Maui is my favorite <3

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      thank you; they’re my favorite!!
      yes, we’re going to maui! i can’t wait

  21. Amanda on May 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Livi is just the cutest!!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      thank you!

  22. Heather@hungryforbalance on May 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I love the one about turning veggies into cream!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      such an awesome idea!

  23. Sam @ grapefruit & granola on May 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Your pics are beautiful!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      thank you!

  24. Jessie on May 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Beautiful pics!! Have a nice weekend!

  25. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I love Livi’s pictures!! She is SO cute!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      thank you! the best 🙂

  26. La. on May 1, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Liv is truly growing up! The pictures look so great! The days are long but the years fly by!

  27. Nikki on May 2, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Who do more people say Liv looks like?

  28. Alex @ True Femme on May 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Love the pictures! They are so beautiful! I did a very bad thing this week and went into Coach to “just look” at the Swagger bag that I’ve been drooling over for about a month. I didn’t end up buying it (yay self-control?) but seeing the purse in person made me fall even more in love with it, so it’s still my favorite thing that I don’t own 😉 I did get Gabby Bernstein’s new Miracles Now deck, which I also really love! It’s beautifully designed and such a great pick-me-up. Have a great rest of your weekend!

  29. Char on May 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I think I we’re actually have chipotle for din tonight. I had heard about the non-gmo route they took but only first read about it via your link. So awesome they’re doing their part! Yup, definitely need to watch my caffeine intake because I get agitated and it actually makes me less productive sometimes! And lastly, I really really really need to do bodypump. I want leg burn!! Haha

  30. Jessica on May 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Congratulations on Baby #2!! I’ve read your blog for a longgg time, just not so much lately, and I’m so happy to see your awesome family is growing! I was pregnant with my first, also a girl, at the same time as you were with Livi, just 1 month behind ya. It was awesome reading along through pregnancy and then the baby stage too. I got pregnant with my second in December 2013 and was secretly hoping you would be too, haha. Your blog is so inspiring to stay healthy and active – super important during pregnancy, obviously. It’s effortless to you, the way it should be, and I feel like I can pick up on that through your pictures and words and can live the same easy, breezy healthy lifestyle too. Anyways, congrats again! Liv’s pics are awesome and the family photos are so sweet!

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  32. Kerry on May 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Aw gorgeous photos!! 🙂 xx

  33. Reenie on May 4, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Love the photos. Livi looks to grown up!!

    • Fitnessista on May 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      i know! it makes me cry haha

  34. Julie on May 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Those pics are GREAT!

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