Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday. I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Thank you so much to those of you who left heartfelt comments on my last post. Your kind words boosted my spirits, and many of them brought me to tears. It was sad to hear that some of you have experienced something similar and know the anxiety and stress I’ve been feeling, but at the same time, your stories helped me feel less alone. Thank you for being so amazing.

So, what’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans? Any Mother’s Day activities? I’m *supposed* to run a 5k tomorrow (will I wake up with my alarm and actually do it? Stay tuned) and am looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday and spending time with our little nuggets.

eggs and sweet potatoes

(Liv and I had a brunch date the other day when she was out of school for parent-teacher conferences. It was such a fun treat to get to take her on a day date to the park and grab breakfast at Birdie’s afterwards.) 

I went to a super cute Muffins with Mom event at Liv’s school, and then went to celebrate with P at her preschool. Their little handmade gifts were the sweetest ever. Apparently I need to make bread and bagels more often for Liv.

Mothers day card

P was so proud to tell me that she painted the animals on the flower pot by dipping her fingers in the paint. I just can’t handle it. 

Flower pot

If you’re still shopping, there are some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in this post.

Now, it’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. Here are some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout them out in the comments below if you’d like to join in the fun. 

Fashion + Beauty:

Let’s talk about facial rollers. I know that Lauryn from Skinny Confidential is a huge fan, and I’ve definitely I’ve had my eye on this one. Have you tried them? Do you think they work? I’m all about anything that will help with the fact that I wake up a liiiiittle groggy. 

This romper!

Floral yumi kim romper

It arrived in one of my recent Stitch Fix boxes, and I was kind of unsure about it at first. The floral print is a bit more bold than something I’d usually wear, but in the end, the fit and fabric sold me. I LOVE rompers (it’s a whole outfit in one fell swoop) and this one isn’t too short. 

Floral yumi kim romper

The fabric is extremely light and luxe, which makes it perfect for spring and summer nights. I’ve worn it out to dinner and to a girls’ night, and both times I got a surprising amount of compliments on it. It’s really flattering and comfortable.

Floral yumi kim romper

(Romper is here! You can also find it here in black, and on Amazon in a gorgeous navy color. It runs true to size.)

Food + recipes:

Lots of Trader Joe’s staple ideas here! Quite a few of my faves on this list, as well as things I want to try.

I need all of these bowls.

If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day brunch idea, definitely try this egg casserole. It’s the best ever. It pairs perfectly with these cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit. 🙂

Read + watch:

Audiobook suggestions for kids.

So much real life.

Thank you so much to Jess for including me in this Forbes article about making time for healthy eating and fitness. 

Forbes article


SO many amazing Fit Guide check-ins this week! Some pics of the inspiring ladies who are crushing the new plans:

Fit guide ladies

Fit guide testimonial

Fit guide testimonial 2

Fit guide testimonials

(If you join in, you’ll get everything you need in your inbox immediately to get rocking on the first month. Also, I still haven’t increased the price because #life, just in case you want to treat yoself this Friday!)

Lower body step bench workout.

Upper body superset workout.


I’m so excited that so many of you said, “YAY” to a potential podcast. I’m going to attempt to record my first episode this weekend, and if it isn’t terrible, I’ll have it up for ya soon. But, I need a name! If you have any suggestions, please send them my way. If I end up picking yours, I’ll hook you up with a fitness goodie pack + an unlimited Fit Guide subscription.

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Michelle on May 11, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I emailed this to you as well since I was shy to leave it on your FB thread but I think you should call your podcast something like Fit Freedom. As a longtime reader I def feel like I come here and get a ton of different suggestions on how to be fit (mind and body) and you never want to push anyone to do anything they dont love. I also feel like i’ve watched you grow into someone who feels free to try lots of different things rather than stick to to the latest fitness trend!

  2. Jessica on May 11, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Hi Gina! I LOVE the idea of a podcast! I’m a longtime blog reader and think you provide information in such an easy to understand way that I (and so many others) really appreciate. Would love to listen to a podcast! Some name ideas – sorry there are so many, super fun procrastinating activity for a Friday morning 🙂

    The Fitness Forecast
    Fitnessista Favorites
    Fit to Try
    Finding Your Fit
    Focused Fitness
    FItnessista’s Focus

  3. Amy on May 11, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Some name ideas to throw into the mix:
    -Sister (or “Sista”) Fitness (maybe the S’ in a different order works?)
    -“Harney, I’m home!”
    -Gina’s Gym Chat
    -Gina’s Jabber
    -All the F’s I Give (Fitness, Fun, Fashion, Friday Faves…)

    • Samantha on May 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I was going to leave a suggestion, but I think “Harney, I’m home” takes the win. 🙂

    • Jen on May 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Harney I’m home! is AH-Mazing!

      • Janice O'Kane on May 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        Harney, I’m home = AWESOME!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      omgggg so good!!

  4. Nicole Kump on May 11, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Some ideas for your pod cast: Chattin’ with Gina, Fitnessista Live, Fitnessista Life, You, Me, and the Fitnessista Life, Kickin’ it with Gina, Hangin’ with Miss Gina, Got a Breakfast cookie?

  5. Molly on May 11, 2018 at 10:14 am

    G-Fit ! The G stands for Gina and it sounds like be fit!

  6. Anne on May 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

    That romper looks great on you!

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I use a derma-roller with micro-needles. It sounds scary, but really it’s not. It does the most amazing job at exfoliating my skin. I do it while watching tv at night with a glass of wine.

  8. Mama on May 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Fitnessista on Air
    Fit ‘n fun Mama
    Chattin’ with Gina
    Life with @Fitnessista
    The healthy Harney

  9. Colleen @ Frenchie Farm on May 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my goodness that romper is amazing!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      thanks, girl!

  10. Beth on May 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    What about:

    Hi Friends!
    Conversations with Gina/The Fitnessista

  11. Jen on May 11, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    How on earth did I miss an initial mention about a podcast? But…so exciting! I don’t care what you call it, I will listen!

    I may be in the minority on this one, but you could always just call it The Fitnessista for consistency, and also so you don’t box yourself into something specific like just fitness, or something. Though some of the suggestions above are pretty great. <3

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      thank you so much! yes, it’s in the works! 🙂

  12. Chris on May 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Focus on Fit
    Focus on Fit with Gina Harney
    Focus on Fit with The Fitnessista’s Gina Harney

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      love the “focus on fit” 🙂

  13. Elizabeth on May 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm


    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      i like it!

  14. Hannah on May 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Podcast Names!
    The Fitnessista Confidential
    Fitnessista Style Watch
    At Home with the Fitnessista

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      these are super cute!

  15. Alaina on May 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Oh yay! How about Fitnessista Sassy Chat? I like the flow

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      ohh i like it!

  16. Janice O'Kane on May 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Facial rollers – yes, yes, yes! I love mine and use it daily. I keep it in the freezer and it is the most refreshing thing ever. Seriously, it’s foot massage good, only in a different way! I definitely feel like it improves the circulation in my face and neck. Bonuses – it feels great on sore throats, sinus pressure, tired eyes (very gently), and if you have any sort of toothache. Super lovely to use as a stress reliever. Treat yourself with all haste! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      ok you’ve convinced me 🙂

  17. Laura Mcmahon on May 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Gina, I just HAVE to say that romper is one of the most divine outfits I’ve seen on you! That pic with the crossbody bag is supermodel! X

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      you are a sweet angel 🙂 thank you!!

  18. Amanda on May 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

    The ‘Ness Cast
    From Fitnessista Gina

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      love these! thank you!

  19. Courtney on May 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

    From a branding perspective, I think it should be simple, easily searchable, and consistent with your other platforms. Fitnessista Radio, The Fitnessista Show, On Air with Fitnessista, Fitnessista Chats, Chatting with the Fitnessista, or even just The Fitnessista!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      thank you for sending these along! <3

  20. Angela on May 12, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Fit Living with Gina: the Fitnessista Podcast

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      love this!

  21. Melissa Caulfield on May 12, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Okay, Your GORGEOUS! That romper is perfection! Annndd your hair looks ah-mazing with those long curls!:)?…maybe a hair tutorial since you have nothing else your. busy with, supergirl I’m loving the idea of a podcast! Happy Mothers Day to you and all the other lovely readers who are apart of this blog.

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      thank you so much, sweet friend. i can definitely do a tutorial sometime soon!
      hope you had a wonderful weekend <3

  22. Melissa Caulfield on May 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Would also love to know more about dermarolling but unsure where to start. I have some acne scars/ indentations on my left cheek from cystic acne when I was pregnant with my son.

  23. Liesl on May 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I would definitely check out your podcast. So many that I have listened too I just can’t get behind, they all sound the same.
    Advice I would have for the podcast…not that you asked, but here it goes anyways:
    – keep your podcasts short and to the point (like 25-30 minutes) much longer than that and I feel Iike the host is just going over the same stuff again in a different way
    – vary your topics, family, fitness, healthy eating, fun (I think we all read your blog for all those things)
    – and be yourself, SO MANY women’s podcasts I have tuned into they all sound exactly the same. Same lingo, same tone of voice (woman podcaster), same questions, same responses. I’m still looking for that different, challenging, entertaining podcast that I just can’t get enough of…
    And I think you are totally capable of that, so I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      thank you x 10000000 for sending all of these thoughts and tips. i really appreciate your advice and will take all of this to heart!

  24. Kristen on May 13, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Fit + Guide + Life Cast with Gina Harney

    Simple. Easy to remember. Applicable to your message and content. ??

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      love that!!

  25. Jodie on May 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Hi Gina,

    That romper looks awesome on you. I love rompers but still don’t own one.

    Gina’s wellness and lifestyle podcast
    Chillin with Gina
    Wellness with Gina
    Fitnessista comin at ya
    Gina’s fashionably fit podcast
    The fitnessista life happens podcast or the fitnessista life
    Gina’s joys (this entails, family, fitness, fashion, Life etc

    I have more . Cannot wait to listen and subscribe. All the best Gina!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      thank you so much!
      LOVE all of these name ideas, too. thank you for taking the time to type them out for me!

  26. Reghan on May 14, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Love that romper! I also love them but always laugh when I have to go pee and find myself naked LOL
    Ready to crush week 3 of the fit guides. Already seeing and feeling changes. Can’t wait to keep going! 🙂
    Hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day weekend! xo

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      right?! you always feel cool in a romper until you have to go to the bathroom
      so awesome you’re feeling and seeing changes already! keep it up! i love all of your check-ins 🙂
      hope you had a great weekend 🙂

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