Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday, and happy Christmas weekend! I’d love to hear what you have planned for the weekend. Did you travel or stay home? I’m looking forward to the weekend at home with the fam. We don’t have a lot of official plans, but will likely enjoy some Christmas movies, a drive around to check out the lights, and some delicious food.

Christmas tree

(Some holes have mysteriously been poked into the bottom of the presents haha.)

I’s time for the weekly Friday Faves roundup! This is where I share some of my favorite things and finds from the week. If you’d like to join in the party, please comment below with something you’re loving. 

Fitness + fashion:

Still obsessed with this black sweater. I wear it all the time, and just ordered another one in grey. It’s the perfect throw-on top that matches everything.

black sweater

The workout advent calendar is coming to an end! 4 days left! Here’s the link if you want to sprint out the finish with us.

Intense leg workout.

A workout you can do anywhere.

 Love + life:

The kindest surprise. Monday was a pretty hard day for me. I’m not going into detail at this point, but we’re dealing with a challenging and emotionally exhuasting situation. By the end of the day, I’d hit the wall. I was weepy and overwhelmed, so I headed to the gym for some endorphins when the Pilot got home from work at 8pm. He knew that it had been a stressful day, and when I got back from my workout, he gave me a much-needed hug, and led me to the bathroom, which he’d transformed into a spa. He had the bath running, tons of candles lit, a glass of Prosecco, a plate of strawberries and little chocolates, spa music playing, and my robe hanging nearby. I almost started crying again. It was the most beautiful surprise, and something I had no clue I needed. I haven’t used our garden tub since we’ve been here (usually I take quick showers with P watching me haha), and it was amazing. 


Sweetest surprise

Cheers to winning the man lottery. 

Man lottery

The Neflix proposal. It has strong language, but had me crying like a giant goober. So cute!
A quick trip to Jacksonville. We went for a day last weekend and it was so much fun to shop around at St. John’s,

Jax trip

enjoy some Mexican food at Cantina Laredo,

Lunch date

Mexican food
and hit up Trader Joe’s. We stopped at the park before driving back, and it was the perfect way for the girls to shake out their legs on last time before promptly crashing out as soon as we got on the freeway.
Nicole’s Viral Content Summit! I signed up for this course as a way implement my business-related goals in the New Year. If you have a blog or social media presence, I highly recommend Nicole’s courses and trainings. She’s worked with me on a lot of my post baby bod plan launching, Facebook ads and social strategy in the past. I can always learn from her and I’m so stoked to learn more for the lineup of powerhouse presenters. This is my referral link for the Viral Content Summit if you want to check it out!
Viral content summit
Good reads:

Trader joes haul

Eats and recipes:
A giant Trader Joe’s haul. I totally packed our cart in Jacksonville because I’m not sure when we’ll be back. Some of my favorite finds: herbed olives, sriracha cheese (perfect for a cheese board), cranberry kombucha, vegan cashew pesto, pumpkin-squash soup (by the hummus) and some new wines. I also grabbed all of the usual faves!
Happy Friday and happy Christmas weekend to my friends who are celebrating. 
Have a wonderful day.
Congrats to the winner of the RetailMeNot $250 VISA gift card giveaway: Lesley! The lucky winner has already been contacted. Stay tuned for LOTS of fun giveaways coming up.

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  1. Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness on December 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Merry Christmas! My husband and I are staying home this year so I’m excited to just relax and enjoy some movie time. We’re planning on watching Star Wars this evening and doing a Christmas Buffet for lunch at the Aquarium! I’m sorry to hear you had a bad day this week. It’s so sweet that your husband set that up for you!

  2. Gina on December 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Merry Christmas to you & the family!! Also sending a giant hug for the challenges – OX Gina (from Mass)

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      thank you, friend. merry christmas!

  3. Amanda on December 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    <3 for your recent struggles. My heart melted just reading the Pilot's surprise to you! How does the TJ's cranberry kombucha compare to GT? Is it a worthy contender?

    Wishing you a very merry Valdosta Christmas with your 4-person (+2-dog) family!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      yes, it is a worthy contender! you would love it
      hope you had a very merry christmas <3

  4. Nicole Kump on December 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Sorry you had a tough day, but so glad you have a hubby like Peta to make it feel okay. What a nice treat! Hope you have a great Christmas weekend with the family!

  5. Katie @ Live Half Full on December 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    That Monday scenario is amazing, I hope you had a better rest of the week. Holiday hugs to you and your family!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, I hope everything is ok friend! You really did win the lottery of men. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

  7. Lauren on December 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I’m glad you have him for support. During tough times of struggle make it seems better with supportive husbands or family to help.

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      so so true <3

  8. Jen on December 22, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This time of year can be crazy, especially for children. Their schedules are off leading to major meltdowns and challenges. So, if your struggles are of the dealing with children kind, I am with you. The struggle is real! : )

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      thank you- i really appreciate it <2 the struggle is so real

  9. Janice O'Kane on December 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I knew it! The Pilot is Prince Charming IRL! Surrounding you with love and light and peace and hope during your challenging time.
    I Love Santa Clarita Diet; the Netflix proposal totally made me cry!

    Merry, Merry Christmas Gina!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      thank you so much, friend. hope you had a wonderful christmas!

  10. Melissa Caulfield on December 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! I pray you and your family have a most blessed peaceful Christmas and a Joyous New year. Thank you for blogging all of 2017- sharing life with us and Inspiring us as well! Your a gift to social media and I’m thankful for you!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      merry christmas! thank you so much for the sweet comment and for being here! xo

  11. Katie on December 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    What a beautiful surprise!! <3 I hope things get better for you!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      thank you, friend

  12. Leah on December 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Merry Christmas! Sorry you are having a hard time. You have an awesome hubby!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      thank you! yes, he’s the best <3

  13. Kylie on December 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I hope everything is okay. XOXO

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      thank you <3

  14. Emily M on December 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I always open new windows of whichever of your Friday Faves intrigue me, and by the time I got to the T-shirt dress, I had to click back to your site to make sure it wasn’t an “Oh my goodness, buy this now!” bc it was so awful lol. But there were no reviews when I clicked! I was really looking forward to reading those comments (insert crying laughing emoji).
    Totally agree though that your hubs is a keeper and glad to hear he’s taking such good care of you through the stressful days! Happy holidays!

    • Fitnessista on December 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

      ahhhh i’m so sad they deleted them! you would have gotten a kick out of them.
      hope that you’ve been enjoying the holidays <3

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