Friday Faves

Hi friends! How are you?? Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans or fitness events? I’ve taught and/or trained clients every day this week, so I’m definitely excited for some downtime with the fam. I’m hoping to head strawberry picking with the girls, and also catch a yoga class. I’d love to hear what’s going on with you!

In standard Friday fashion, here are some fave things from the week and web. Please share some of your faves in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun below!


Petit fours

Dessert with p

(She definitely shares our family’s love for sweet treats)

Being back in the teaching/fitness game. It can be challenging to get childcare figured out for my classes (and I don’t teach nearly as often as I used to), but it’s so worth it. I feel so thankful to have a very small part in the fitness and health journey of others.

Essential oil washcloths

(Making essential oil washcloths for my power class)

When I’m teaching and/or personal training, it keeps me relevant and up to date on what’s going on in the fitness world. I think it helps to prevent staleness and complacency; definitely keeps me on my toes.

Speaking of toes…

Sperrys with joggers

the infamous Band-Aid shoes. If you follow me on IG stories or Snapchat, I’ve already posted about these Sperry’s. I had my eye on a similar style a few weeks ago, and after reading reviews online, I went with these ones. (Reviews said to order a half size smaller since they stretch out. I’m usually an 8 and the 7.5s fit perfectly.) When I took them out of the box, the Pilot said, “Those look like Band-Aids.” I laughed pretty hard at that one, and think of it every time I wear these shoes, which has been pretty much every day. 

I especially love them with joggers (these are the ones I’m wearing above), destroyed jean shorts and a black tee, cropped jeans and a grey tank, or any of my simple t-shirt dresses. They’re SO comfy and I can tell I’ll be wearing them a lot this summer. 

All the mushroom teas and elixirs. When I first hear Shawn rave about the Four Sigmatic products on his podcast, I was hesitant to try them, because… mushrooms. I ended up finally trying the mushroom coffee a couple of months ago, and loved it, so I branched out to their other products. Everything has been amazing. You can’t taste the mushrooms (thank goodness), and the hot cacao mix is BOMB. 

Mushroom mixes

(Everything is from Thrive Market. I’ve been ordering all of our pantry staples from Thrive Market since it’s way less expensive than the grocery stores here)

Caulipower!! My friends at Caulipower hooked us up with some cauliflower crust pizzas, and everyone has been enjoying them. The ingredients are fantastic (no weird fillers/flours/gums), the girls go bananas for them, and they’re getting extra veggies. Liv couldn’t believe me when I said her most hated vegetable is in these pizzas. “Cauliflower?? I hate that smell.” <— she says as she crams another bite into her mouth


The Glass Castle the movie is coming.

So much love for TheSkimm.

A touching, and important post about postpartum depression on Kathy DiVencenzo’s Facebook page.

Can’t get enough of this song right now!! It aaaaallllllllmost makes me wish I was teaching Zumba again….


Georgia rain. It has POURED this week, and the plants and grass are so happy. It makes me laugh because every time it actually rained in San Diego, it was like a holiday. It’s rained so much here already, and it’s been pretty gorgeous. 


Cinco de Mayo recipes!

Jackfruit carnitas tacos

Easy skinny margaritas

10 of my fave recipes

Tres leches cake

Lots of healthy options here

I’d love to hear one fave from your week! What’s your favorite snack, pair of shoes, and hot drink right now?



If you’re looking for a workout, check out this towel workout from last week! <3

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  1. Audrey on May 5, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Haha! I actually really like your “band aid” shoes. They look so comfy and cute.

    P looks adorable with her food!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

      haha thank you 🙂
      hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I’m in love with those caulipower pizzas. So good! Happy cinco de mayo!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      same. they’re the best!

  3. Reenie on May 5, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Cute pic of Livi in her cowboy boots and of Ms. P.


    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      thank you <3 they are quite a pair

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 5, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Yay for teaching and training! I’ve never taken much time off since I started teaching like 8 years ago, but I know that’s coming up when I need a break for baby. I bet it feels AWESOME to be back! Because you do feel connected and you do keep learning new things. As far as the medicinal mushrooms, I got some Four Sigmatic as well after heading Shawn talk about them, but I got them right when I found out I was pregnant, and can’t find any answers on whether I should take them or not right now. So I’m waiting! And I LOVE the band-aid shoes. Enjoy your Georgia weekend, Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      when you come back after baby, it’s going to feel amazing. it definitely gives it that “fresh, new” teaching honeymoon feeling 🙂
      ahhhh right about the mushrooms. i’d prob hold off, too, but i know you’ll like them!
      hope you have a happy weekend!

  5. Theresa Collins on May 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Ummm, is the biebs singing in Spanish?!? He may have just gone up a few points. He sounds good!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 8:21 am

      yes!! when i first heard it, i was like WHAT IS HAPPENING? it’s so so good

  6. Ashli @ Namaste Nourished on May 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

    haha “bandaid shoes” sounds like something my (also military) husband would say! I think they’re cute though!
    My current faves are:
    Snack: Homemade healthy dark chocolate
    Shoes: MK Keatons
    Hot drink: Peaches and Cream tea

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      ohhh i need to find that peaches and cream tea- that sounds delicious!
      happy friday 🙂

  7. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-Ups on May 5, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Love the band aid shoes. I have seen the mushroom teas around, but have been scared to try them. I am glad to hear there is no mushroom taste.

  8. Marah on May 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I’m already missing that Georgia rain a bit…

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      it is pretty amazing <3 you will love those tucson monsoons, though!

  9. Jamie @ madrediem on May 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Can my favorite hot drink be a margarita since I live in Florida and there’s no way I’m drinking anything hot for the next 6 months or so?! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 10:55 am

      hahah YES

  10. Ashlyn on May 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Did you get an Audi? How are you liking it so far? It’s about time for me to get a new car so I’m curious what you’re getting or what you got! Thanks for the fellow mom advice!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

      we did! i’m loving it so far. we went with a sedan since we have a larger SUV. it’s amazing 🙂

      • Ashlyn on May 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        Do you feel like you have enough room in the Audi too with the kids or does it seem cramped? I’m actually considering getting a sedan and the A4 looks great. Did you get the A4 or which one did you go with? 🙂

        • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

          emailed you 🙂

  11. Juliana on May 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I recommend adding that reishi mushroom elixir to the vegan chocolate pudding that whole foods makes (insert multiple thumbs up emojis here)

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 11:08 am

      OHHHH happening <3

  12. Katie on May 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    My fave snack at the moment is avocado toast topped with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning. It’s so good and my 17 month old loves it too. She now wants the seasoning on all her food!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      i LOVE that seasoning!

  13. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on May 8, 2017 at 4:29 am

    That caulipower looks amazing! And those shoes are so cute. I love that those sliders are the style now..who needs laces to be an adult? Ohh and just saw that they have a mesh look to them, ordering now!

  14. Jennifer on May 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Strawberry picking season is about to start up here in NJ! I am so excited, it’ll be my baby boy’s first year doing it… although he is still too young for strawberries- or solids even. XD

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