Friday Faves

Hey hey hey! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? Anything fun? I’m super excited because a friend from years ago (OG blog readers: remember Tinkerbell??) is coming over this afternoon to drink wine with us. I can’t wait to see her and catch up, plus she finally gets to meet the girls! They’ll obviously love her as much as we do. We also have a BBQ for the Pilot’s work, a date night, and are having some friends over for dinner. (Good motivation to really get this house together.) I’m also starting training at the gym, so I’m doing all of the fun orientation stuff. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too.

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to shout it out in the comments below.

Livi's hair

 (Livi is letting me braid her hair again, and I love it)

the girls at Ice cream


Barre Bootcamp! I have been BLOWN away with the enthusiasm for this fun, impromptu challenge. Our Facebook group is rocking, and I’m so pumped to hear you’re enjoying the videos. You can still pick up the combo pack here if you’re looking for new workout inspiration, and you’ll get the remainder of the daily challenge emails.

Bootcampin collage

Mara Hoffman leggings. I ordered these a few weeks ago, and the fabric is dreamy. I love the fun pattern -it’s exciting enough without being *too much*- and as a leggings connoisseur, I will say the quality is amazing. (Not see-through, either. <— v. important.)

Mara Hoffman Leggings

Skinceuticals tinted moisturizer. When my friend Michele did my IPL photofacial, she chuckled when I told her I put Babyganics sunscreen on my face every day. (So it kinda makes me look like a ghost. NBD.) I told her that my beloved Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF was pretty low, so I’d been combining it with the Babyganics for more sun protection. She recommended this and I LOVE IT. It’s just enough coverage to smooth out my skin tone, and it’s SPF 50. Win, win, win. 


When the Pilot cooks. I got home from yoga class and THIS was waiting. Zucchini and cauliflower with curry turkey meatballs. It was so delicious, and it’s always a special treat when he takes over in the kitchen. The girls crushed it, too. 

curry turkey meatballs

Speaking of healthy dinners, I can’t wait to try this one.

I’m so sad we didn’t get to try this in Tucson.

Super strong language, but awesome message. Do it for YOU, and don’t worry about what others think.

I’m a little afraid of cauliflower in my smoothie, but this looks awesome.


Deck of cards (I just wrote carbs) dumbbells workout.

Happy happy Friday, friends.



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  1. Alana on April 21, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Ha! I haven’t been able to get myself to try cauliflower in my smoothie. I love cauliflower for all the other ways to use it but do I want my smoothie smelling like cauliflower? I can’t commit yet. 😉 Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

      i heard you can’t smell it. we shall see…

  2. Christina @ Montessoriish on April 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

    That’s exciting that you’re getting back into teaching so quickly, good luck with orientation!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:35 am

      thank you!! yes, it’s so fun! the classes are stacking up hahah and i’ll be training clients again too

  3. Stephanie B. on April 21, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I remember Tinkerbell! I think you trained her and did some meal prep for her? That’s exciting! I can’t believe you’re already having people over for dinner – super impressive!! Liv’s braid is so pretty! I’m loving the Barre Bootcamp 🙂 It was exactly what I needed and has been so motivating. Thank you for doing all of that!

    This weekend I’ll be down with my fiance (he lives 2 hours away from me, so one of us travels every weekend) and I’m going to try to convince him to do the HIIT workout with me, and maybe a barre workout! We’ll see how that goes. He’s 6’7″, so I’d really love to see him doing some barre moves 😉 We’re going to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants tonight (super fresh food, vegetarian/vegan-friendly, menu changes fairly often – I think you’d love it!) so I’m really looking forward to that!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

      i did!! thank you! i’m so so happy you’re enjoying it <3
      sounds like you have an incredible weekend ahead. enjoy! xoxo

  4. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on April 21, 2017 at 7:32 am

    So funny that you said that about motivation to get the house together. I read once that you should schedule a friends or family gathering at your new house about 1-2 weeks after move-in so that it’s motivation to get everything put together! Have a great weekend : )

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

      hahah it was definitely the kick in the pants we needed 😉
      hope you have a great weekend, too!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

    That’s awesome that the Pilot makes such healthy meals. Ugh I can’t even get my boyfriend to eat hardly any vegetables it’s a constant struggle and makes meal planning real interesting!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

      it was a sunbasket meal. maybe not a recipe he would have chosen on his own, but everyone loved it

  6. RR on April 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I HATE cauliflower but adding frozen cauliflower to my smoothies is awesome. It managed to get to back into smoothies.

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2017 at 8:19 am

      that’s exciting to hear. i’ll definitely give it a try!

  7. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on April 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I was wondering about the cauliflower in smoothies to and planning to give it a try this weekend. Hope you have a good one!

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      did you try it? how was it?

  8. Jamie @ madrediem on April 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I can’t wait to be able to braid Julianna’s hair! I think we’re almost to the point where I could make one work, but it would just look ridiculous. So we’ll stick with pigtails for now. Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned!

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      that’s how p’s hair is. it’s SO CLOSE to being braid-length, but not quite there
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  9. Elissa on April 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    How do you manage so many dates nights? Please share your secret lol Defintiely need to fit in some hubby and I time…(with a 1 & 4 year old)

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      we hadn’t been on one in at least a few weeks, but we usually try to go once a week. we have to plan something with just the two of us, or it feels like we’re aways just high-fiving and switching off taking care of the girls and don’t have a real conversation
      the key is finding a couple of babysitters that you love!

  10. Jacquelyn on April 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

    What a surprise to myself featured in your Friday favs!! (I’m the girl second to top left) I’m IN LOVE with these Barre workouts. I did the booty barre this morning and I almost died, in the best way possible!! Knowing I was having cookie dough cereal for breakfast helped me from not dying! LOL. I saw you post Livs braid earlier this week, she has the best hair and your girls seriously get cuter and more beautiful by the day. I hope you have an amazing weekend Gina! Thanks for all you do for us gals!

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      wahoo!! love having you in the challenge group <3 i'm so so happy you're enjoying the workouts
      thank you for the sweet words about the girls.
      hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  11. Tracy on April 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Don’t fear cauliflower in your smoothie! It’s my new fave ingredient. Makes a super thick & creamy smoothie and you truly can’t taste it. I promise!

    Happy Friday!! We have 25 girls spending the night tonight for my daughter’s track team sleepover. Should be fun!

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      ok, i will try it!
      how did the sleepover go?!

      • Tracy on April 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        Sleepover was a great success! I led a short yoga class for them which was fun. I’m not sure how much sleeping actually went on tho!!! lol

  12. Michelle on April 21, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Gina, I have been reading since your original Valdosta days back when I was a single girl in my 20s, and the Pilot was deployed, so it’s exciting to see this new (old ;)? ) journey unfolding for you. Funny how life brings you full circle? Lots of love xx

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      so so crazy! thank you for reading for so long!!! and yes, it’s so funny how life can bring you full circle

  13. Audrey on April 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I love Livy’s braid! Hope your family has a great weekend. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      thank you! hope you had a great one, too <3

  14. Katie on April 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    How fun that Tinkerbell is still there!! Didn’t you used to train a funny quotes lady too?? Have a great weekend! I am sure that it will feel like your new “normal” in no time 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      yes!! i need to text her!
      hope you had a great weekend, too

  15. Lisa on April 22, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Loved loved seeing you all!! Missed you guys.

    • Fitnessista on April 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      missed you so much!! so happy to see you again <3

  16. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on April 24, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Ah I love reading everyone’s responses to cauliflower in the smoothie! I have yet to actually try it…but I have riced cauliflower in my fridge now per Julie @ PBfinger’s suggestions to make it a smoother (#punnotintended) transition. Fingers crossed!

  17. Barb McLaughlin on April 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi hi!! Any idea why yours posts show up “late” for me. I subscribe on Bloglovin and your Friday post shows up on Monday?

  18. Jennifer on April 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

    You should totally try out that smoothie! I saw someone else use the frozen cauliflower in a smoothie and thought “hey I have cauliflower stalks… I should try that!” I chopped up the stalks and added it to my smoothies instead of greens and it is GREAT! It gives a nice texture (like how a banana or avocado would) and helps keep the color. Cuz sometimes you don’t want a green or brown smoothie you know?

  19. milo on May 22, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I’m behind on my blog reading, but I remember Tinkerbell! So cool that you get to see her again! Hope you’re settling into the new place!

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