Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? I’m definitely looking forward to some time with the fam and getting the info together for the new fitness plans. I’ll have all the details posted on Monday and will send it to newsletter subscribers as soon as it’s ready. 

Other than that, I’m excited to get some small projects done around the house, get in some workouts, and hopefully catch a nap. Party animal over here. 😉 I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

nap time with P

(We cut out P’s nap because she was falling asleep WAY too late at night. But now she just falls asleep mid-afternoon on the couch instead of an official nap…so there ya go.)


(Breakfast! Plain coconut milk yogurt with oats, blueberries, cinnamon and chia seeds + 1 egg and 2 egg whites with leftover artichoke dip)

Family park night

Aloo gobi

(Aloo gobi from Sunbasket. It was soooo good…and it made a ton of servings. I ended up freezing half for a rainy day.)

Deer friends

(Our deer friends are back!! We haven’t seen much of them since the hurricane, which had me a little worried. I was so happy to see their furry faces again!)

Friday Faves

It’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. This is where I share of my favorite finds from the week, and get the opportunity to hear about some of the things you’re loving. Please share something that’s making you smile in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun. 

Fashion + Beauty:

Shopbop sale is going on now! This is when I usually order a couple of things I’d had my eye on for spring/summer. Since the price points on Shopbop can be higher, I’ll often wait until they have a sale.

Here are my top picks:

This daisy jumpsuit

This floral cold-shoulder dress

Floral dress

This tie-waist casual dress

This one piece with pom poms

This Maaji suit

This sleeveless shirtdress

This yoga crop top

This vintage style dress

APL sneaks!

Read, listen, + watch:

An interesting article about spirulina.

The Chill Hits station on Spotify. I like to listen to music while I’m working, but can’t deal with a lot of lyrics or my brain gets confused haha. At the same time, if it’s too Zen, it makes me tired. The Chill Hits station does have lyrics, but isn’t too distracting. It’s also perfect “around the house” background music. 

A beautiful story and reminder that small gestures can go a long way. 

Good eats:

THIS POPCORN. I found it at Target and opened it during an afternoon movie last weekend. We demolished the entire bag. It’s lightly sweet with a hint of salt, and the mildest coconut oil flavor. 

Himalayan pink Buddha Bowl popcorn

Easy no-cook breakfast ideas.

Creative cauliflower recipes. This sticky sesame cauliflower looks ridiculous.

Thrive Market has meat now! I mentioned on the blog that I’m trying to focus more on plant-based proteins and seafood, with occasional chicken here and there. I was so excited to see that they’re offering sustainable seafood options in addition to other meats. It’s definitely worth checking out and you get a lot of servings for the price. Finding organic at Publix can be hit or miss, so I’m pretty stoked about this. (If you haven’t tried Thrive Market yet, my link gets you 25% off your first orderAll of my favorite products are in this post.)


Tips for working out in the morning. 

Check out this circuit workout using a stability ball. 

Momentum Fest is coming!! If you’re a fitness fanatic (especially if you love Pilates, yoga, and barre), definitely check out this all-new fitness festival, founded by my good friend Jess. She’s a rockstar instructor and Physical Therapist, and has assembled an incredible team of presenters for the event. Momentum Fest is a three-day Pilates and movement festival: three days of Pilates, yoga, barre and fusion classes, vendors, reformer classes, music, a reception, and a party Saturday night. I’m so sad I won’t be able to make it this year (IDEA is the following week and finding childcare for two weekends would be too challenging), but if you can go, it’s going to be an incredible event!!! Use the code mfgina10 to get $10 off any pass: 1, 2, or 3 day.

Momentum fest

Happy Friday! Hope you have a beautiful weekend. 



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  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    That event looks so cool! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Kirsten on April 13, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I think that I might have to put that popcorn on my list for my next Target trip!!! Along with that Red Lentil pasta from Trader Joe’s that you featured on your IG stories – yum!

    My husband & I are taking a little road trip this weekend to see Cirque de Soleil! I’m excited!

    Hope you have a great weekend.

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      ohh hope you have the best time! which one are you seeing?
      and yes, the pasta is amazing, too!

  3. Dominique on April 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    We have a similar situation with our almost 3 year old. We do two things that revolve around the same idea – helping her stay in her room/bed even if she is not sleeping. She gets a “quiet time” in the afternoon – which is one hour where we play a Moana+lullabies CD. She knows she needs to stay in her room until the CD is finished. She reads books and plays in her room and often (4 out of 5) times falls asleep. And even if she doesn’t fall asleep, we both get a break. We play the same CD at bedtime and she knows she can sing, play with stuffed animals, etc, in her bed. She’s up until 9 most nights, but since she gets up at 7 well, I’m not that worried about it.

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      i can’t get her to stay in her room. she just walks out and i explain to her over and over… so lately she’s been falling asleep on the couch, but the days she naps, she’s up until 10. i hope this weird limbo phase settles soon

  4. milania dela cruz on April 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    that article about spirulina is interesting! because i love spirulina! the cauliflower recipes look so tasty!!! have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Interesting that Thrive is carrying meat now. I just cancelled my membership because honestly I was getting everything I needed cheaper at Sprouts. They say their products should be cheaper, but I never snagged enough deals to keep my membership. Glad you love it!

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      i thought that was interesting, too! we don’t have any health food stores here, but i feel like the prices are better than whole foods

  6. wendy on April 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Gina you posted a picture of some shorts you liked within the past week but I cannot remember what post they were in They look super comfortable. Do you have the name of them? Thanks so much.

  7. Juliana on April 16, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for that spirulina article!

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