Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Fri-YAY. What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans coming up?? To all of my friends celebrating holidays this weekend: where are you celebrating?

We have Easter on Sunday, and even though I’m usually pretty good with planning for holidays, I’ve done hardly anything this year with everything going on. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime and being invited to a friends’ house for brunch. (I’ll probably make Nana’s egg casserole + sangria.) I’m also SO excited for Barre Bootcamp! It starts on Monday, and there are a few spots left if you want to claim yours. I’ll send out the 4-week plan later today and all of the details/videos Sunday night.

Join here!

Barre Bootcamp

(Thank you to Julia for the beautiful graphics!)

In the usual Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I’d love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to leave a comment with something you’re loving below. 

WE’RE HERE! I think I’m just so happy that the travel nightmare and canceled flights situation is over. It was a rough weekend, and I’m glad that we can officially start to get settled. Having the madre here this week was a huge lifesaver -it still makes me cry to think about her leaving today- and with her help, we were able to unpack a ton of boxes. We also enjoyed spending time together and taking her around Valdosta since it was her first time here.

I don’t have any fun house pictures to share yet, but I’ll hopefully have everything together next week.

New house


(My only workout sans moving boxes this week: a sweaty Pump class)


Me and p rose

Gardening w liv

Since we’ve been back in Valdosta, we’ve had SO MUCH amazing food.

In the most predictable blog move of 2017, we celebrated Indian Food Wednesday:

Indian food wednesday

(We used to celebrate Indian Food Wednesday every week, usually after I taught Spin and Zumba. I had the baigan bhartha, my ol’ favorite, + some of the chicken tikka masala)

dinner on the patio at Friends (which used to be Two Friends; one of our old go-tos)

Salad at friends

and have also explored some new-to-us places.

We had an awesome lunch at Birdie’s,


and dinner at Steel Magnolia’s on the rooftop.

Steel magnolias

(I later found out that they’re owned by the same person. These two spots are gems here in V-town. Birdie’s was so cute, and they have a marketplace with unique finds in the front + local coffee and delicious brunch. The dinner at Steel Magnolia’s was fantastic; lots of local, modern foods with Southern flair.) 

Check out the cocktail menu:

Steel magnolias cocktail menu

New Fitness Marshall! Thank youuuuuuuu.

Sparkling sake. It has like zero alcohol in it, but it’s a way to turn unpacking 27162836 boxes into a bit of a party. 

Sparkling sake

Simple Mills. I’ll usually order a few boxes of the baking mixes from Thrive Market because Liv is into baking and she can do almost the entire thing by herself. All of the mixes we’ve tried have been so flavorful with a great texture -they’re also Paleo and made with almond flour- but the chocolate frosting was over the top. It has coconut oil and is very low in sugar… and it tastes like real, chocolatey frosting. Win win win. 

Simple mills chocolate frosting

Jammies + bunny ears.


The latest haul. (I also highly recommend the Primal Kitchen Ranch, Epic bone broth, coconut wraps and the lime seaweed snacks.)

Thrive haul

Have my eye on these casual everyday shoes.

10 things I want my daughters to know when things get real.

16 fun Zumba-inspired workouts. (Quite a few *classic* Zumba songs in here.)

70’s dinner party. If you want a good laugh, check out this Twitter account.

Happy happy Friday!



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  1. Nathaly @nathycure on April 14, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Those cookies look absolutely amazing.

  2. Juliana on April 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Oh my god… that twitter account…

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Hi Gina! Happy Friday! So there’s a local gym with BODYPUMP? Think you’ll go back to teaching it? Are you still on autoship? The last couple of releases have been increasingly harder, let me tell you! And I tried all the flavors of that sparkling sake and LOVED IT. Currently not drinking it though. Sob. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your new digs!!

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I love Thrive Market! It makes it so much easier. Now if only Amazon Prime could somehow combine with them. Happy weekend!

  5. Laura on April 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The cocktails are SO CHEAP there!! Haha. In Chicago, I’m lucky to find anything under $13 or $14. Glad you’re starting to find some fun new spots already! I know moving away from SD must have been so hard – I visited once and was pretty much ready to drop everything and move there the next day. I’m sure you’ll be back!

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

      After living in San Diego, everything feels cheap now hahah. The breakfasts are always what surprise us the most. I think we’ll be back eventually

  6. Julie on April 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Can’t wait to see pics of the new house! Just the little glimpse of it in that 1st pic looks amazing! It’s so cool that you guys are already hooking up w/ friends for brunch this wknd. Happy Easter!

  7. Nikki on April 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    4% alcohol in 10 fl oz isn’t zero alcohol, it’s almost the same as a standard beer as defined by the national institutes on alcohol abuse and alcoholism

    (just want to correct the record since you have a lot of mothers-to-be and nursing moms that follow you!)

  8. Christina @ Montessoriish on April 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I love finding new Thrive Market things, can’t wait to try simple Mills!

  9. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-Ups on April 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Those cocktail names crack me up. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  10. Amanda on April 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I am enjoying the long holiday weekend; yesterday was a half day at work so I was able to take a yoga class. Bonus were the hands-on adjustments that I am still feeling sore from today. 🙂 Enjoy your girls’ (and your?!) first Easter in Valdosta! I emailed you with a BeautyCounter product question…just wanted to make sure you got it. 😉

  11. sarah on April 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    so maybe i’m living under a rock, but how do you use the bone broth? do you drink it? cook with it?

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      both! i like to heat it up and drink in a mug. it’s so comforting and delicious
      i’ll also add it to soups and sauces.

  12. Bethany on April 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Epic bone broth is amazingly tasty!

  13. Courtney Bentley on April 17, 2017 at 12:38 am

    those food pics are sooo looking yummy! enjoyed reading this post thanks much!

    Courtney Bentley ||

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      thank you for reading! <3

  14. Juliette From Namastay Traveling on April 17, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Ha those cocktail names are hilarious. Hopefully you’ll have sometime to breath now that the hefty part of the move is over!

  15. Kate @ Kate Lives Healthy on April 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    So glad to hear you are settling in after the move and travel. Have you tried the cookies by Home Free? I just discovered them as they are free of almost all the allergens. I’ve only had the choc chip ones but they are fabulous. Taste just like the traditional store ones. I bet Liv would love them…and grown ups too 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2017 at 8:12 am

      ok i need to find these

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