Friday Faves

Hi guys! Happy Friday <3 Sorry for disappearing yesterday. I was hit with a nasty virus and spent most of the day sleeping. 

I finally moved from the bed to the couch during Liv’s nap time for some kombucha and magazine reading. Feeling much better today πŸ™‚


Some faves from the week:

41 random facts about New York.

This Trader Joe’s salad + iced almond milk coffee. What lunch dreams are made of:

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(this is the “crunch chopped salad with a kick.” The perfect combo of sweet + spicy)

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30 things you need to know about Tucson before you move here.

Butter is back. 

This shampoo and conditioner:

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This song:


Being included in the “How We Do” series on Roo’s amazing blog. You can check it out here! I recently met Roo at the Reebok event in NYC, and she’s become a great friend <3 Check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Yoga shirt:

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This just makes me so happy.

Hope you have a very happy Friday! Any faves this week?? Something fun you’re doing this weekend? Livi’s off to fly in the simulator for the first time!



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  1. Annalisa on April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Butter is back!! hahah. Great article, thanks for sharing. My husband and I are making a big move out of state in May and to be honest I think I’ve decided Tucson would be a better fit. I’ve never been, but it sounds like a great place. Not too big I am assuming? Get well soon!!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      it’s big, but with a small town feel. of course i’m biased, but i love it so much here

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    My favorite Trader Joe’s prepackaged salad is the Shrimp Louie. Hope you feel better. There’s been something going around my group in San Francisco too. Not fun!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      i love the shrimp louie, too!

  3. Melodie on April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    My husband works on the f35 simulator (creating codes and such to make it do what it does. i think he’s genius πŸ™‚ ). We are not allowed on site where he works. So he was at our local children’s science museum a couple of months back to let kids fly the simulator. Both of our boys loved it. It was a very rare opportunity to see what daddy is working on when he’s away from home.
    Have a great weekend! !

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      that is so cool! i’m hoping tom can get into the f35 when the a-10 is no longer around πŸ™‚ livi had a blast flying it today, too!

  4. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    glad you’re feeling a bit better.

    yay for kombucha! a friday treat for me πŸ™‚

  5. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on April 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    That salad looks amazing!!! I was craving one just like that last night but had absolutely no ingredients in the house. Thankfully, today is grocery shopping day πŸ˜€

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on April 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Happy Friday!! The weather is going to be in the 70s this weekend so Josh and I are looking to get in some couples runs. We just signed up for a 10k this summer so I really need to start training!

  7. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on April 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve had sinus issues for a few days now. I hope they pass soon! LOVE the yoga shirt!!! I want a Buddha just like that for our landscape this year πŸ˜‰

  8. Danielle on April 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hoping you might know of a dentist in the Tucson area (know you are military but thought I would ask)? Thanks for any recommendation.

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      dr badie. he’s wonderful!

    • Carolyn on April 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Dr. Richard Davis on Campbell 795-9202 is also great

  9. Abi@AbsofSteel on April 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve got a 5k, some baking, and a bridesmaid dress trying on appointment this weekend. Should be lots of fun! Glad to hear you’re recovering from your sickness πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      sounds like a great weekend ahead of you πŸ™‚

  10. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on April 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better!!!

    I have a friend that swears by that shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been looking for some new stuff, so I need to check it out – thanks for the recommendation!

  11. Tracy on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Stay well!!

    I’m watching 2 of my boys race in track meets and meeting friends for dinner…other than that chilling! Should be a good weekend πŸ™‚


  12. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better. Stinks that you’re sick at this time (not that it’s ever a good time to be sick). Yes, I’m loving Food Should Taste Good chips! I was recently able to try some of their newer flavors and they’re so good (and all gluten-free for me!).
    Hope she enjoys the simulator! Sounds fun!

  13. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on April 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hope you feel better!

    That NYC article is interesting! I don’t believe No. 11 at all- I think those musicians can just decide to play! I totally believe No. 16- The Puerto Rican day parade shuts down the city! I read No. 19 while eating lunch-gross! No. 28 is definitely true! I’ve seen No. 40 and it is way cool! So fun, I’m sharing this with friends.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      thank you, hope you have a great weekend too <3

  14. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love your Tucson favs, but of course that one holds a special place in my heart since I lived there for 10 years. Hope you feel better!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      thank you!

  15. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on April 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I had a plain kombucha at lunch today and it was so so tasty! Well, except when I sucked down a huge chunk of kombucha mushroom toward the end!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      haha i never drink that part!

  16. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Re: “This just makes me so happy” — I knew that was what it was going to be before I even clicked on it — such a great video!

    The first time I saw “The Lion King” musical, I was totally unprepared for how beautiful that opening number was going to be & how much it would affect me! And let’s be honest — I still get a bit teary watching that video πŸ™‚

  17. Mia on April 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Pictures of your dog always make me smile!

  18. Amelia @i_heart_kale on April 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Ooh, that salad does sound good! I too like that shampoo and conditioner. Whole foods had it on sale a couple weeks ago and I snagged a few bottles. Happy Friday! Glad your feeling on the up!

  19. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on April 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    LOVING the yoga shirt! Hope your feeling well!

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      thank you! i’m doing much better today <3

  20. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on April 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    My favorite thing is that I’ve been teaching Pilates for a whole month now! πŸ™‚ Feeling lots more confident in my teaching abilities.

    Glad you are feeling better! We are all about the natural remedies these days–especially raw apple cider vinegar mixed with EmergenC.

    Now I’m ready for my 3pm latte. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      that is amazing! the first month is the most challenging, and you’ll just keep getting better now πŸ™‚

      • priya on April 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

        What does raw apple cider vinegar ith emergen C do?

  21. Erica Chavez on April 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Great article and very well written. Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you are feeling well. Happy Friday!

  22. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Love the yoga shirt! Good luck with your move this weekend!

  23. Megan on April 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I loved the “Butter is back” and Tucson articles. I am moving to Tucson in the fall and this list just made me that much more excited!

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

      it’s a great place. i hope you love it!

  24. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on April 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    mmmmm kombucha! can’t wait to have some with you some day πŸ˜‰ mmmmm <3 i hope Livi had fun!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  25. Pua on April 5, 2014 at 3:16 am

    That salad looks amazing! I’m all about salads this week… my favorite is my bbq shrimp & corn salad with salsa. So good! My weekend is uneventful because I have to work on Sat. πŸ™ But I hope to have a great Sunday with my husband! Maybe lay out by the beach or catch a movie. Have a great one!

  26. Amy on April 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Happy Weekend!

    Love your blog!

    Where did you get the yoga t shirt? I am loving it!


  27. Mila on April 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

    “Every night, I have a glass of wine after dinner. It’s like a high-five for making it through the day”

    LOL you rock my world, Gina! this is hilarious! πŸ™‚

    p.s. glad you’re feeling better

  28. Mila on April 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Also wanted to comment on your inbox issue: have you tried setting up automatic filters in Gmail?
    (it takes like 5 seconds)

    This way, you can “re-route” certain pieces of mail into their own folder (skips the inbox), and then you’re seeing those emails grouped together; you can batch read them later.

    for example, I do this for a folder I call “Shopping and Coupons” and *all* shopping-related emails/offers go in there: gap,, cole haan rather than “cloggin up” my inbox

    other folder categories include: Chase, taxes (any relevant online receipts), Family (so it doesn’t get lost among all the other stuff!)

    • priya on April 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Can you reroute for yahoo?

      • Mila on April 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

        Yes, you absolutely can forward just some messages to another account.

        Example (for Chase emails):

        1. Click on an email in your inbox you want to filter – open it.
        2. In the top right hand side, you have the Reply arrow, and then another “down” arrow (if you hover over it, you will see it’s labeled “More”), click on it.
        3. Select the third option: ‘Filter messages like these’
        4. Then you will see at the top, “Filter From [email address] ex: “”
        5. Delete “notifications” and leave just (this will filter all emails with this ending)
        6. Click on “Filter messages like these” link and then select your options (I usually do SKIP INBOX/Archive it) and then assign a folder in Gmail, otherwise, here you can forward it to another email address.

  29. Livi on April 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I miss Kombucha, I need some back in my life!

  30. Kristen @ Vitamin K Girl on April 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    There’s nothing like a ‘buch when you’re not feeling 100%:-) Glad you’re feeling better! I haven’t used that shampoo and conditioner, but I have used the leave-in treatment and loved it. I enjoy these posts because I get ideas for new things to try–thanks!

  31. Kirsten | Fit + Fab on April 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    That salad looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve had that one yet (must do it now). Trader Joe’s makes some of the best ready to eat salads ever.

  32. Karissa on April 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better! Moving PLUS being sick = no bueno. πŸ™

    I got the green bottle version of that conditioner – LOVE it, been using it a couple times a week in conjunction with my special treatment shampoo.

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