Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Fri-YAY! What’s going on this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to. 

We’re still fighting through the post-vacation blur, but have some fun things to look forward to: a date night, taking P back to gymnastics (she’s missed two weeks, and she loves it!), a movie with Livi, and spending time here at home. Maybe I’ll finally unpack our suitcases, too. 😉 I’m also excited to catch a yoga class and enjoy brunch somewhere delicious. Should be a simple, low-key and relaxing weekend. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

Now, it’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. This is where I share some favorite reads, finds, wears, and fitness goods form the week; I love to hear what you’ve been loving, too.

Homemade bread

at the beach with P

Kale salad

Poke bowl


(Many above pics were from San Diego! Take me baaaaaaack.)


Spring on the way! I’ve heard a lot of people complaining that it’s in the 80s already, while I’m spinning around in shorts, arms open wide, with a creepy smile on my face. Goodbye, winter. I won’t miss you at all.


So many flowers are blooming in the yard, so I picked these gorgeous daffodils.

The Pilot was like, “Did the daffodils die already?!” I was like, “They died right onto our kitchen table. In a Mason jar.” #usingmyresources #basic

These guys’ rendition of the Olympic fanfare. We’ve caught glimpses of the Olympics when we can, and the girls have been surprisingly into it. It’s the perfect way to wind down with popcorn at the end of the day.

Try this blast from the past TRX workout. It’s super sweaty and challenges your core in an entirely different way. 

TRX Superset Workout

Pros and cons of Class Pass.

I tried it: Youtube Exercise Videos.

The Nike React Epic Flyknits are officially here! My full review + an all-new workout in this post.

Nike React Epic FlyKnit


Tea, tea, all the tea… but especially this one. I feel like I have a new tea love each week, but this one may be my top tea of all time. (<— a bold statement.) It combines all of my faves into one! Tulsi, licorice, rose, + ashwaghanda. It has a floral, lightly spiced taste, and is just as delicious iced with some sprigs of fresh mint. (I ordered it from Thrive Market, but you can also get it on Amazon.)


This protein oatmeal bake! I can’t get enough. It’s been such a great breakfast option, especially since I usually don’t have the chance to eat until both kids are at school (P goes a couple of half days each week) or P is napping. I can heat some up in 20 seconds and smear almond butter on top. 

Healthy breakfasts in a jar.

Good reads:

Crushing it 

This new Gary Vaynerchuk book. He’s one of my all-time favorite resources in the social media and entrepreneurial space, and always provides a ton of value. I’m learning a lot on his recent book, and it’s been extremely helpful as I’ve been working on a behind-the-scenes huge blog project. (I’ll be able to share the news in the next month! Be sure you’re on my newsletter list to get the info first.)

We’re all in this together.

One of the most brave, honest, and vulnerable posts I’ve read in a long time.

Fashion + beauty:

Countermatch serum. I hadn’t tried the Countermatch collection yet, but was intrigued because it adapts to your skin and provides moisture according to how much and where you need it. I decided to start off with the serum and was pleasantly surprised. Serum is thinner than moisturizer, so it can more easily soak into your skin instead of coating it. It makes my skin feel bright and smooth. Winner, winner. (PS Beautycounter is offering a Clean Swap promotion right now as a chance to try out some deluxe samples and switch at least one of your conventional products to a safer option. Check out the details here and if you make an order over $50, let me know and I’ll send some more samples your way!)


These popular booties are on sale right now if you’re looking for next fall’s pair at an awesome price.

Spring fashion finds! This spring fever in the air has my shopping love in full gear, lurking some new finds for spring. Here are some of the things I’m loving:

Embroidered jean shorts.

These fringe slides.

This dress is gorgeous for any upcoming weddings.

Perfect vacation dress (with hair up, strappy sandals, and hoop earrings).

This neutral jumpsuit.

Ordering these low-tops!

Wedge sandals. So excited these are back in style! Gimme dat height.

Any spring trends that you’re into? What’s something that you enjoyed from the week?



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  1. Elizabeth at Reserved for Running on February 23, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I must read the book, Crushing It! I actually listened to his podcast with BIggerPockets a couple of weeks ago. I am not a huge podcast person, but I love the financial advice and Gary’s talk with them was great. He really has a lot to offer. Thanks for reminding me of the book.

  2. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on February 23, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Hey Gina! What are your all time fav Beauty Counter products?

  3. ML on February 23, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Hi Gina sorry this is off topic – did you take Collagen supplements while nursing? It’s so hard to find any resources to address supplements and bf. thank you so much for all you do!

  4. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on February 23, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Visiting San Diego is almost cruel, every time we got there I get some hardcore depression when we leave. Luckily I live in AZ so it’s not that far! We tried to move there but the business taxes are insane, I don’t know how you did it!

  5. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on February 23, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I’m excited to hear what the big blog news is! I hope you have a great weekend.

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on February 23, 2018 at 10:18 am

    That mom/airport story is so sweet! I now want to head immediately to San Diego, will need to plan another trip soon.

  7. Jennifer on February 23, 2018 at 10:33 am

    “They died right onto our kitchen table. In a Mason jar”
    XD No Daffodils here, But I did enjoy the 70 degree weather a few days ago! I love winter, but I think when you have kids you appreciate the warmer weather more. I’ll be complaining about how it’s too hot in the summer though lol

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      same. i’m not ready for scorching hot, but this in-between time is amazing. the girls play outside no matter what, but it’s nice to not have to bundle them up completely haha

  8. Amber on February 23, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Ugh… up here in PA my daffodils came out of the ground bc it’s been so nice and now it’s raining and 40 degrees and they are going to DIE 🙁

    I love that story about the women in the airport <3

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      awww that’s a bummer! hope you enjoy a cozy rainy day <3

  9. Virjinia on February 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I’m kind of done with this weird Winter/Spring mix Texas has been doing. My allergies are driving me wild! I’ll have to check out that book because I’ve heard great things about Gary V!

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      right? i think it’s why everyone keeps getting sick; the weather can’t make up its mind

  10. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 23, 2018 at 11:19 am

    It’s full blown winter in AZ. Cold, high 50’s, low 60’s. It’s been nice since it’s been so crazy hot the rest of the time. Not ready for spring and summer yet at all.

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      that’s what my mom was saying! so bizarre. it’s like we switched places. it was so cold here and it was crazy hot in az, and now it’s backwards

  11. Stphanie on February 23, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I placed a beautycounter order over $50 last night, does that count for samples?


    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

      yes, absolutely! please let me know if there’s anything particular you want to try

  12. milania dela cruz on February 23, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    always love your Friday faves. that midi dress! and yes i’m sooo ready for spring summer give it to me!! it was 32 today rainy and messy. gahh. running over the weekend and getting a massage! yayy for self care. can’t wait to hear your big news! #fitnessistafan

    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

      32! AHHHH
      hope you’re enjoying the weekend! i’ll email you the news- i’m excited to hear your thoughts

  13. Beckie on February 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Just bought some goodies from Beautycounter! I am still on the search for the perfect green mascara and keeping my fingers crossed for this one! Plus I have been itching to try their shampoos and this was the push I needed! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      i hope you love everything!! 🙂 i’ll definitely get some samples on the way to you

  14. Nicole on February 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Ah, wedge espadrilles- my favorite! Did they ever go out of style? Because I’ve been wearing them for the past 15 years 🙂 Speaking of fashion, I have a random question- do you have any recommendations for a favorite t shirt? I like V-necks with a front pocket, and I am having a heck of a time finding one that I like. Many are not long enough or are hand wash only (who hand washes a tshirt??).

    And, your San Diego pictures are amazing! What is better than the poke and acai bowls, not to mention those beaches.

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