Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend! I hope you’ve had a great week. How is it Friday already?! I’m definitely not complaining… and also pretty stoked about the rain/snow because mom and nana’s flights home were canceled THREE TIMES. I mean, I felt really bad they didn’t get to go home on time. And were stuck here.

Madre making tortillas with P

I was hoping they could stay forever, but they did end up heading back to Tucson. The girls and I cried all the way to Brusters ice cream, as we usually do. 

I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve caught up here on the blog since it’s been an avalanche of fitness, meal ideas and workout videos with Winter Shape Up! I’m loving all of your amazing check-ins here on the blog and on Instagram. Be sure to enter the Sunbasket giveaway – you can do so every day from now until Sunday.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! It’s always fun to share some of the things I’m loving each week, and hear about your faves, too. Please comment below with one of your faves if you’d like to join in. 

Fashion + Beauty:

New goodies from Fabletics. They sent me a couple of outfits this month – I’ve been ordering consistently for the past year – and I was blown away by the fabric of the new powerhouse leggings. They’re buttery soft and I can’t stop wearing them. This is the Rhiannon outfit!

Fabletics Rhiannon outfit

This lotion. I was looking for a body lotion with more natural ingredients that wasn’t too heavy or greasy. When Sephora recommended this one – they know me so well – I decided to give it a whirl. The scent is a little powerful at first but fades, and the texture is light but super moisturizing for dry, wintery skin.

I also ordered a couple more of the Belif products and have been really impressed: this aqua bomb and this compact with SPF 50.


(It gives a light coverage, which is perfect to combine with the Tarte BB cream or Beautycounter dew skin.)

Still loving these purple tights from Nike. The color is different without being too intense, and they fit perfectly. I’ve been wearing these sneaks for workouts and for teaching Zumba. (<— that happened again last week. If you have any Zumba songs you love, please let me know! My super old playlist needs a serious refresher.)

Nike leggings


All of your incredible Winter Shape Up check-ins! Our Facebook group is rocking. Thank you for all of your awesome feedback on the workouts + meal ideas. The pics are my favorites; especially the sweaty selfies and workout buddies.

WSU week one sweaty selfies A resistance band glutes workout.

Read + watch:

The Greatest Showman. YOU GUYS. This is the best movie I’ve seen in so long. It’s a feel-good movie, with fantastic music, elaborate costumes, beautiful cinematography and the dancing is amazing. It reminded me a little bit of Moulin Rouge (which I also LOVED), minus the Baz Luhrmann avant-garde, plus a better storyline. (Ok, plus Hugh Jackman. Swooooooooon.)

Madre, nana and I went to see it the other night after the girls were in bed, and I’m definitely taking Liv back to see it this weekend. 

This song. AHHH it’s just so good.


Loved this honest post about motherhood.

Lovely, nameless feelings.

“Be ruthless for your own wellbeing.” So many heartbreaking important lessons in this post.

Eats + recipes:

This Instant Pot Mexican rice. I almost always make rice on the stovetop since I’ve had a couple of Instant Pot rice fails. (Recently, I forgot to make sure the valve was closed and LEFT THE HOUSE. So I came back to rice water all over the Instant Pot, countertop and floor. Nice move.) I decided to give it another try and am so glad I did! 

Instant pot mexican rice

Here’s the quick how-to:


Instant Pot Mexican Rice


  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 3 cups long-grain jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for serving


  1. Heat the Instant Pot to the saute setting, and drizzle in a little olive oil or butter. Add the onion, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Saute until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the oregano, the rice, and the tomato paste. Add a splash of water and scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot. Season with salt (don’t go too crazy because you can add more later if needed.)
  3. Add in the rest of the water or broth, cover (and seal!), and set on manual, high pressure, for 11 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally. Stir, season with more salt if you’d like (a squeeze of lime juice is great, too!) and serve with chopped cilantro on top.


Taco night

This tea! Sometimes I pour chocolate chips into the almond butter jar and dig them out with a spoon, but since I’m doing No Sugar January (<— = no added sugar. Let’s not get carried away here), I’ve been sipping on hot tea or snacking on berries at night. This tea seriously tastes like biting into a lemon loaf. Maybe there’s some artificial magic that went in there, but I just roll with it. They have it at Target and I highly recommend it. 

Tazo glazed lemon loaf

Can’t wait to try this hummus recipe.

This shrimp stir fry salad looks super delicious. 

Hope you have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya tomorrow with another WSU video!



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  1. Janice O'Kane on January 19, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Stellar list Gina! I’ve got to see The Greatest Showman, everyone raves about it. And that tea looks divine, shopping at Target today so it’ll be in my cart. I really appreciated the link to Why Is Everyone Else Making it Look Easy parenthood post. I don’t have children but this line, “Parenthood is tough ‘ish.” summed it up beautifully for me. Life is tough’ish’ at times. We do the best we can, knowing that our best can change moment to moment.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:31 am

      yes, you would love it!
      love that quote. so, so true <3

  2. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on January 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

    i LOVED The Greatest Showman! The soundtrack has been on repeat every day since I saw it!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:29 am

      same! obsessed with the music <3

  3. Melissa @fitnessnycblog on January 19, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Miss P is so big! Your rice looks amazing! Thanks for the leggings recommendations, I have been looking for a new pair!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:29 am

      she is so big, it’s crazy. she feels like a kid now and not a baby 🙁
      hope you love the leggings, too!

  4. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on January 19, 2018 at 10:16 am

    You are teaching Zumba again?????? I keep thinking it’s going to die, but it keeps on keeping on! Can’t wait for zumba videos?!?!?!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:25 am

      zumba is dying the slowest death ever hahaha. it’s surprisingly still really popular here! i’m debating posting a video haha. we shall see 😉

  5. amy on January 19, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I loved The Greatest Showman, too! Took my 13 yr old and we both loved it. I’ve been taking Zumba classes from Gina Grant and she’s such a good dancer! Super fun

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:43 am

      gina grant is one of the best ever! so amazing you get to take live classes from her

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 19, 2018 at 10:39 am

    My parents left two weeks ago and I cried like a baby for 2 days. My boyfriend was so sweet about it and spent an entire afternoon on the couch watching movies and eating pirate’s booty.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 10:43 am

      aww that sounds perfect. i always feel depressed for the day or two after they leave. :/

  7. Samantha on January 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    OMGGGGGG that video!!! Just something about seeing someone’s soul open up when they perform makes me happy! 🙂 I got chills!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2018 at 11:18 am

      i’ve watched it so many times. SOOOOO good

  8. Katie on January 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I’m LOVING Fabletics lately! It had been awhile since I ordered but I ordered a few outfits at the start of the year and then they just sent me another and I swear I want to live in them all!

  9. Milania Dela cruz on January 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I so wanna see this movie! Thanks for always giving legit reviews in all things relevant to me and I’m sure to others too! I love your blog esp the Friday faves! Going to gym after work woot and yay for the weekend!

  10. Harley on January 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    LOVED The Greatest Showman, too! I have the songs stuck in my head!

  11. Nicole on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm


  12. Lynn on June 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    This is my go-to rice recipe. It comes out perfect every time. I also add a can of drained corn at the end. Thanks!

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