Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday!! Three cheers for a long weekend, and for packing up the kiddos for a surprise Disney trip. Liv will probably figure it out as soon as we get on the freeway, and I can’t wait to see the look on their little faces. I’d love to hear what you have going on, too. Any BBQs or fun events going on?

I was cleared to work out again (wahoo! No heavy weights yet) so I’m excited to do a Physique 57 online class (skipping the push-ups and core work) and maybe go for a walk-jog. 

Barre socks

(Old pic. Excited to get back in the swing of things!)

Some faves from the week and around the web: 


(Just having a picnic on the driveway)

Your amazing comments on my last post. Every time I put myself “out there,” your comments, messages and emails are so reassuring. I’m beyond thankful for those of you who chimed in with your kind wishes and positivity. I was also so surprised that so many of you have been reading since the birth of the blog! Thank you so so much for your love and support. I’m a lucky girl to have you all as my virtual BFFs.

Having Ariana here!! Since I couldn’t lift P until last Friday, and the Pilot had an out-of-town work trip leading up to that, she came to help me out with the girls while he was gone. She was our beloved babysitter when we were in San Diego -we consider her part of our family- and I was so pumped when she said she’d come out here and hang out with us for a while. The girls were ecstatic, and we loved taking her to our favorite V-town spots.

P with ariana

At night, we drank wine and watched Grey’s Anatomy

Speaking of Grey’s Anatomy, it definitely deserves its own Friday Faves spot. I hadn’t watched it for YEARS, and Ari got me back into it. We started season 13, and she gave me the up-to-date info on all of the characters. I’m almost done with the season, and what do I watch when it’s over?! It’s been SO GOOD. 

Greys anatomy season 13 episode 3 nathan meredith


Shopping for Chicago outfits. I’m kind of in love with this dress and this dress. 

All of these years later, we still want a goat. Or five. One day.

W the goats

tom and a goat

THIS CEREAL. So back when we were in Tucson, I was obsessed with the Julian’s Bakery Paleo cereal. It’s basically coconut flakes, but tastes like coconutty corn flakes. Thrive Market discontinued it, and I’m pretty sure I cried. 

Coconut flakes

Looks like they were spending that time coming up with their own version and it’s AMAZING. I’ve had some for dessert (after watching Grey’s) almost every night this week.

How to be an expert yoga teacher.

If you’ve been scared to try a cauliflower smoothie -I was, too!- this looks like a great starting point.

This kale salad needs to happen ASAP.

Some ways to change up your core training.

New workout features on the Apple watch.

Tuna salad in a coconut wrap. I’ll make the tuna salad with Safe Catch tuna, Paleo mayo, chopped cornichons, onion and carrots. Then I’ll wrap it up in a coconut wrapper (also from Thrive Market) with spinach. So simple and so good. 

Tuna wrap

Labor Day Sales! So many awesome sales happening this weekend:

J Crew– 30% off with code YESPLEASE (this is the perfect fall jacket and I loooove this top)

LOFT– 30% off full-price items

Urban Outfitters– 30% off sale items

Banana Republic– 40% off (<— solid collection of men’s shirts right now)

Etsy– up to 60% off

Nicole Miller sale– 40% off

rag & bone- 30% off sale items with code LABORDAY30

Express– 40% off everything. Love this top, this dress, and these jeans)

Happy Friday, friends.



****** I’ve been shocked and saddened by the Hurricane Harvey devastation, and am praying for all of my friends in Texas. For the month of September, all of my Beautycounter commission will go directly to the Red Cross. 

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  1. Sara J on September 1, 2017 at 6:42 am

    When are you coming to Chicago?? Are you doing any meet ups?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:17 am

      at the end of the month!
      it’s going to be a fast trip but maybe i can set up a happy hour meet up somewhere!

  2. Karen on September 1, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I meant to respond on your last post, but life got in the way. I’ve also been reading since before you were pregnant with Liv! I love that you’re doing what’s right for you. And you look adorable with a small chest, you’re right it does suit you! Are you planning on posting before and afters of your new flat tummy? I’m doing the same in Nov (mini tummy tuck with muscle repair) – come to the point in my fitness journey where I cannot get to the next level, and I’m sick of a protruding pooch. Are you happy? How’s the incision/scar doing?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:17 am

      thank you so much 🙂
      i’m not sure if i’m going to post pics yet. we’ll see. i just feel like i did it for myself, but at the same time, when i was researching it was so helpful to see pics of other people and their recovery. if i don’t end up posting them, i can email them to you
      i’m SO GLAD i did it. mine was a full tummy tuck since my loose skin and separated abs were above the belly button. with a mini, i heard recovery is even easier. incision/scar is doing well so far- knock on wood. i have a little dog ear on my left side that might have to be revised at my next appt but that’s it

  3. Mara on September 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

    YOU’RE GOING TO BE HERE SO SOON!!!!! Weather has been strangely cool, make sure you have layers. And comfy shoes. And elastic waistband pants or a dress for our brunch.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

      hahah perfect. can’t wait to see you!!!!!

  4. Jen on September 1, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Chicago!!! Yay! Hopefully it’s soon while our weather is good.

    So happy you are healing and your girls are getting so big! Whhhhyyyyyyy does time just like – poof!

    Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

      yes, i’m so excited! LOVE chicago 🙂
      and so true. time goes by way too quickly

  5. Sara on September 1, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I’ve only been to Chicago once for work but loved it! Have a fantastic time in Disney…we have been talking about a Disney trip but think we might wait until our youngest is at least 1. I have not been since I was 10 so let’s just say it’s been over 20 years since I’ve been Can’t wait to go back!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:14 am

      ahhh it will be so much fun for you to go back! it’s even more fun with kids and seeing everything with them for the first time 🙂

  6. Amie on September 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    When are u coming to Chicago? You just never know what you’re going to get with the weather here!!its been 70’s but gets pretty cool in evening! Also, random, but have you stopped eating rice? Or are u completely paleo now? I’ve been noticing a lot more coconut products on the blog. That cereal is $7.49 for a box

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:14 am

      i’ll be there later this month and am so excited. it’s one of my favorite places!
      and nope, not paleo. i like grains and cheese boards too much 😉 i just really like coconut

  7. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on September 1, 2017 at 9:08 am

    So funny that you’re going to Disney this weekend – so am I!! I haven’t been since 2015 so I’m extra excited to go.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

      are you doing disneyland or disney world?? i can’t wait!!

  8. Carrie this fit chick on September 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Those wraps certainly sound intriguing! I can’t wait for some Labor Day sales!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

      yesss i’m excited to hit up the sales, too

  9. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on September 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I can’t get over how much P looks like the Pilot and Liv looks like you!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

      it blows my mind, too!

  10. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on September 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Are you coming to Chicago?!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

      yes, in september- i can’t wait!

      • Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on September 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

        So fun! Let me know if you need any recommendations. Or if you need a friend for coffee or a drink. 🙂

  11. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on September 1, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hope you have a great weekend! What a fun surprise for the girls.

  12. Christina @ on September 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I can’t wait to read about your surprise Disney trip, that sounds like pretty much the best thing ever!

  13. Sneha on September 1, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Greys anatomy will be back soon enough with the new season and in the meantime, if you have not watched it, This is Us is a great nbc show to watch…cue ALL the tears, especially the second half of the season (for me at least) . It is also in between seasons ( season 2 starts late September) but it is SO GOOD

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      i looooooooove this is us. i’m so glad it will be back soon! even though i cry every episode

  14. Georgina Dench on September 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Have you tried goat yoga yet?! I did it a couple of weeks ago with a group called Shenanigoats in Nashville TN and it was everything I didn’t know I needed in life haha

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      no, but i need to find this! i’m so excited you’ve actually done it! i thought it was a youtube thing but not actually real.

  15. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Glad to hear you’re getting back into the fitness game and recovering well. Have so much fun in Disney this weekend!

  16. Amanda on September 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Enjoy your Disney getaway! Next time let me know before you go, and perhaps we can do a meet-up at the park or brunch or yoga in Orlando or all of the above. Disney is only 3 hours from me, and we have family friends whom I love visiting when I’m there.

  17. Erin on September 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I have been waiting for Friday Faves to share this with you!! You’re going to love it!

    I hope you enjoy this! I was dying! It was filmed in the Target by my house and I cried laughing. Big. Ugly. Kim Kardashian Tears. HIIIILARIOUS!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      omg this was AMAZING. thank you so much for linking to it! i’m laughing so hard

  18. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 1, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Happy Friday, Gina! I LOVED seeing all the love on your post from earlier in the week too. Hope you have a great weekend, and that’s awesome your SD babysitter came to help out! 🙂

  19. Sarah on September 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Happy friday! That’s so generous of you to donate your commission. Is it a BC official thing, or are you just doing it on your own? If the latter, you might consider donating to a different organization- local ones like the Texas Food Bank put more resources and help on the ground & faster. Or national orgs like Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon are also really great.
    I’m speaking from experience as my family and I went through Hurricane Sandy in NY 5 years ago- Op. Blessing and Team Rubicon were a few of the organizations that actually stayed MONTHS and even YEARS after the storm. The Red Cross, unfortunately, was not very helpful, and much of their money goes to overhead costs.

    Just food for thought. I figure if you’re donating, you want your contribution to have the most significant impact.

    Happy LDW! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      hey girl! no it isn’t an official BC thing- just something i thought i could do to contribute. i’ve been donating to the texas diaper bank -they posted a helpful wish list on amazon- and would love to contribute to a cause that would directly support those who need it. i’ll check out to texas food bank now- thank you <3

  20. Vivian on September 1, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Dr.Bailey from Greys Anatomy was a customer at my previous job.She was nothing like her character on the show! She was quiet, timid and very nice.Her kids are ADORABLE! They talked more than she did haha. Have a nice weekend.

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      i could totally see her being like that. such an awesome story <3

  21. JEannie on September 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I just went to Chicago in august for a solo trip for my 40th bday and I loved it. I saw all the sites and it was amazing! Have fun!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      so so awesome. we can’t wait!

  22. Katie on September 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    You great + glowing in that picture with the goats! So glad you’re healing up!

    • Katie on September 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Look Great***

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      thank you so much, friend!

  23. KATIE GLENDENING on September 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hi Gina – I’ve got the coconut wraps in my kitchen. Are they good? I’m scared you open the package.

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      yes, they’re so good! i love them for wraps

  24. Lexi on September 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hi! A couple weeks ago you posted green joggers from stitch fix. Can you please share the brand?? I’ve been searching for a similar pair since 🙂 Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      yes! they’re monrow 🙂

  25. Bethany on September 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Get a goat! Just do it =)

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