Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday to ya. What’s going on this weekend? We just have a date night planned, and the rest of the time we’ll be taking it easy. I’m excited to catch a morning walk/run and paint pumpkins with the girls. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

It’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. It’s always fun to share the best finds of the week, and hear about your favorite things too. Please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section. 

My favorite girls

One of the most exciting faves of the week is the blog has an editor! (And it’s different than me nudging the Pilot before bed asking him to check a paragraph for errors.) Janice is helping me keep my grammar and punctuation in check. The Pilot and I have been laughing for years that writing is my job because it’s not exactly my forte. (I’ve always been a math girl, and while I did well in school, English was never my favorite or strongest subject.) When I told him that I was hiring an editor on a trial basis, and explained all of the ways she said she could help me, he laughed so hard that he started choking. He’s been trying to help me on the grammar front for a while now, but he said at this point in the game, it’s almost endearing. So needless to say, if my posts aren’t as much of a mess from now on, we can all thank Janice for helping me clean things up around here.


Halloween decor has been out and about for a couple of weeks now, and it makes me so happy. I unearthed some of our Halloween decor early this month, and the Pilot helped me find the rest. 

Some little spots around the house:

Halloween stuff

Halloween stuff

Boo basket! We had girls’ night on Tuesday, and I put together this Boo Basket as a way to spread some Halloween cheer. There are so many ways to do this, but here’s how this one works: you keep as much or as little as you want from the basket, and then fill it up with some new treats/goodies. Write your name on the back of the sheet inside (so the same people don’t get BOO-ed over and over again) and drop it off on a friend’s doorstep. The fun continues for the rest of October. 

Boo basket

(Pinterest has some Boo Basket signs you can make to hide inside, but I just made a quick one on Canva since the rules of ours are a little different. You can do this with friends, neighbors, or colleagues.)

I hit up the dollar spot at Target for a cute mug, candle, and also added some bath bombs, a nail polish, mini bottle of Prosecco and a face mask. 

These little spider cupcakes are the cutest.

Easy and amazing Halloween DIYs.

A Hogwarts sorting candle!

Beauty and Fashion:

This top.

Fave top

Shirt <— 40% off // jeans // flats

It’s still 85+ degrees here and super muggy, but I’ve been trying to pretend it’s fall, at least a little bit. I ordered this shirt from Express about a month ago, and wish they had more colors. The ruffle detail gives it a little something-something, and the fabric is very soft. It’s perfect for layering! I paired it with my favorite AG destroyed jeans and some animal print flats from J. Crew factory (<— on sale, and super comfortable).

Leopard flats destroyed jeans

So many of you let me know that you ordered and love the Revlon styler I posted about a couple of weeks ago! We are still using it and LOVING it. I blow dry the girls’ hair so quickly, and it’s awesome for smoothing the last-minute bumps out of my insanely thick and unruly mane.  

Good reads:

On pregnancy and body image.

Love this post with Beautycounter faves. The rose mist, face oil, and sunscreen stick are used daily in our house.

A helpful post about transitioning after the birth of a sibling.

Mamas out there: you’re doing an incredible job.

I love a sarcastic social media article haha.


Everything you ever wanted to know about 200-hr yoga teacher training. This was one of the most transformative experiences in my personal and fitness journeys, and I love the way Jen explains everything. Definitely check it out if you’re interested in YTT.

Tips for posture.

The best exercise is the one you’ll do and that you enjoy.

Eats and recipes:

Healthy lunches for the whole family.

These sweet potato veggie burgers look bomb.

Thank you to Buzzfeed for including my sweet potato egg bake in this post!

I need this chocolate pumpkin granola in my life.

Happy Friday!

What’s something you’re loving this week??

Fave fall shoes or booties? I kind of want some furry slides



I’m thinking about all of my friends affected by the California wildfires, and I hope you’re staying safe. <3

A couple of ways to help: you can donate to the local credit union’s relief fund here, and help the homeless and displaced animals here. If any of my San Diego friends are looking to volunteer, please let me know and I can send appropriate contact information.

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  1. Christina @ on October 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    LOVE the idea for the boo basket! I’ve never heard of that, but what a great way to make someone’s day 🙂 My Friday favorite is that I’m leaving for my sister’s bachelorette weekend today…cannot wait!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

      ohhh have the best time!

  2. Lori on October 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

    What are the details on your bag?

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

      here ya go! it’s on sale right now, too. 🙂 i just take the straps off when i want to use it like a clutch

  3. Janice on October 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I really like the idea of a boo basket – I’ve never heard of it – what rock have I been living under? Adult trick or treating meets surprise gifting, I’m starting this with friends today!

    Fave for the week is doing your editing! Thank you for the mention in your post, I’ve been in a lovely mindset all week knowing I am supporting someone amazing whose mission matters and is making a difference in the lives of others! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

      yes! i hope you love it!
      thank you SO MUCH for helping me out. it has been such a gamechanger. 🙂

  4. Carrie this fit chick on October 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    That ruffle top is SO cute. You look so great in that! Going to catch up on those links you posted!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

      thank you, friend!

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on October 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

    A BOO basket is such a cute idea, how fun! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

      hope you have a great one, too!

  6. LeeAnn Benesh on October 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

    That is possibly the best Boo Basket So fun!

    Love all of your Halloween decor 🙂

    It is supposed to be 38 degrees here tomorrow, I feel like we skipped fall and are headed right for winter :/

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

    You always have the cutest clothes. Will you shop for me? I’m too busy to shop or clean these days. LOL

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      that’s why i shop online 😉 (also because we only have like 2 cute stores here)

  8. Virjinia Harp on October 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve heard about the boo basket and I think that’s so cute! We’ve done some decoration around our house too but I’d like to get a few more goodies soon! My weekend will be pretty calm. I am attending Wanderlust tomorrow and just relaxing on Sunday! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      hope you have so much fun!

  9. Mary on October 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I too bought the Revlon blow dryer and like it. My second fav hair tool is the spinny curling iron you recommended years ago, also.

    That top is cute. Can you go bra-less these days in a top like that? I used to be small enough weight-wise to go bra-less pretty often, and am trying to get back to it. I miss it!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      so glad you like it, too! and YES. that curling iron is the best ever
      i can go bra-less, but i rarely do because i’m not used to it at all. it feels weird to me after all of these years!

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Okay, LOVE that you have an editor! Always good to do a little housekeeping around the site hehehe! And as far as the California wildfires, the smoke is SUPER thick where I am in the Bay Area, and we’re supposed to stay indoors. It’s so sad what’s happening in wine country. Anyways, love your Express top. Happy Friday, Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      i can’t imagine. the pics look like it’s terrible. 🙁 enjoy the time indoors snuggling that sweet baby!

  11. Juliana on October 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    If anyone reading would like to help with the fires, I was just told by a nurse friend that stores are completely out of air purifiers in Sonoma County, not sure when they will get more, and she is concerned about pregnant mamas breathing smoke (even with a mask). If you would like to help please contact me and I can put you in touch with a mama to help. Gina has my info. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      thank you for posting here, too, juliana! please let me know if there’s any way i can help from afar

  12. Michelle M on October 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Love your decor (as usual)! What’s the gold thing behind the witch’s hat? I’m Catholic, and it reminded me of the beautiful monstrances I’ve seen for holding Holy Communion.

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      it’s from world market! that’s what it reminded me of, too. it’s a picture frame, but i haven’t put pic in there yet

  13. Michelle M on October 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    LOVE your decor (as usual)! What’s the gold thing behind the witch hat? I’m Catholic, and it reminded me of the beautiful monstrances used for holding Holy Communion.

  14. Beth on October 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    LOVE that sorting hat candle! I love sending care packages to my friends – we are all spread across the country these days. Plus it puts my baked goods to good use since I live alone and can’t finish a full batch of anything. Can’t wait to order a bunch of these candles to include in them!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      that is such a great idea! hope you have a happy weekend 😉

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