Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend to ya. What’s going on this weekend? We’re looking forward to swimming with the fam, a birthday party, and catching a couple of fitness classes. We’re getting things ready for school and just enjoying chillin’ in the AC… far away from the insane heat. I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I find some of my favorite finds, wears, reads, and treats from the week. Please share any faves you’re loving in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun.


The euphy!! I ordered this little beauty during the Amazon Prime sale and for real. It’s changed my cleaning life. I’m a huge fan of our Dyson cordless, which I use for spot-cleaning daily, but I hate dragging out our *regular* vacuum. This magical creation quietly zooms around the house capturing every speckle of dust, crumbs, and dog hair. REJOICE. I thought our floors were clean – we’d had professional cleaners a few days prior and I’d used the Dyson a few times – and then I ran this thing, and the ENTIRE CANISTER was full of dog hair. (Thanks, Caro.) Every time I open the canister, I feel like such a weirdo because I get genuinely happy to see everything it picks up. It’s the little things, right?

Bell and the euphy

Poor Bella doesn’t like the euphy quite as much as I do. 

– Playing tourist. I’ve had to get creative with activities for the girls because it’s so hot outside, so we’ve been playing tourist and visiting local attractions.

Miniature museum

It was our first time checking out the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. It was SO COOL, and the girls loved it! They have various exhibits of contemporary and antique miniatures. There are ornate dollhouses with fully decorated rooms, an entire Christmas village, and a mystical fairy/troll.dragon area. They also have a scavenger hunt for the kiddos; you try to find their miniature fairy, Caitlin, who is hiding in five different areas of the museum. We found three of the fairies, and spent quite a bit of time checking out the exhibits. 

Mini museum

– We also checked out the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium at the U of A, which I haven’t visited since I was in elementary school. We were there for over 3 hours! The girls kept wanting to go around and around, and after tons of learning/exploring, we watched the laser light show in the planetarium theater. P fell asleep after about 20 minutes, but Liv was especially into the stories of Greek mythology and learning about constellations. She’s said she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up since she was like 3, so needless to say, we’ll be going back.


(P’s dress is 100% on backwards because she dresses herself now.)


These Spanx leggings arrived from the Nordstrom sale and they’re a dream come true. Warning that they look very small out of the package – as most Spanx products do.. I find myself wondering how the heck I’m going to sausage myself into them – but they slide on and feel like nothing. They’re insanely flattering and soooo comfortable. I’ll definitely be wearing them a ton once the weather chills out.

Speaking of the Nordstrom sale, they’ve restocked quite a bit of my faves and still aren’t sold out of some others.

Here’s what’s left of the good stuff:

More colors and sizes in my fave leggings ever

A perfect V-neck tee

Lots of sizes in this hooded long cardigan

Lovin’ the mesh detail on these cropped leggings

This dress would look so cute with booties

These plaid pajamas look amazing

Lots of colors and sizes in my fave bra ever. I got two more 🙂

Super cute neutral flat bootie 

Perfect time to stock up on Hanky Panky

Amazing deal on this wallet

Love this delicate bracelet as a gift idea

Eats + fitness:

– Bahama Bucks. I mentioned this before, but if you’re in Tucson, you HAVE to go. They have so many flavors and you can add ice cream and sprinkles. I decided to venture outside of my usual birthday or wedding cake shaved ice and went with the fiesta flavors: cucumber, mango, and melón with chili salt. I want another one riiiiight now.

Bahama bucks

– Sheet pan dinners for the win. I haven’t felt much cooking gusto lately, but still managed to cook all week this week (minus Panera last night) with super simple dinners. For this one, I boiled the potatoes for about 10 minutes, then added them to a sheet pan with salmon, and asparagus.

Sheet pan

Everything was seasoned with avocado oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then I added the Trader Joe’s vegan pesto on top of the salmon and baked everything for 15 minutes. Dinner: done. Clean-up was a breeze.

32 smoothie ingredients from Trader Joe’s

– If you’re looking for a leg workout, check out this one! It’s similar to the one I did the other day

Working out


– The Mamma Mia soundtrack. We’ve been listening to it all week, and Super Trouper is an instant mood booster. 

– If you missed this week’s podcast episode, check it out here! My blog BFF Julie gave it such a great shout out in her post (+ lots of podcast suggestions).

– The Babysitter’s Club is coming back! Who was your favorite character? I was 100% team Claudia.

– This Motherhood Around the World series is fascinating

– Kind of obsessed with this random IG account

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Kelly on July 27, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Ohhhh gotta love a good legging! I definitely plan to step up my legging game this fall/winter…I used to wear them mainly because of “duh” comfort because I was heavier. But as I lose weight I’m excited to wear them in cuter fashion 🙂

    I had my first snow cone this week in FOREVER this week and I have forgot what I have been missing. Nothing compared to the one in your post though….DROOL!

    I really want to start getting into podcast, yours will be first on my list 😉 Happy Friday!!!

  2. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on July 27, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I read loads and loads of The Babysitter’s Club books as a kid. I had quite the collection of them at one time. It’ll be interesting to see who they cast.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2018 at 1:18 am

      yes, i’m excited to see, too!

  3. Sarah on July 27, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Mmmm now I want Bahama Bucks again! Love that you’re back in Tucson! SO fun to recognize the restaurants and museums you mention. Any chance you’re teaching a class in Tucson soon? My normal gym is closing for THREE MONTHS of remodeling on August 3rd (sob) and after working out to your youtube videos for years now, I’d love to actually try a class with you! (And no worries if you don’t want to reply to this kind of thing in as public a setting as your blog comments. I am totally happy to email you about this!)

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2018 at 1:20 am

      ahhh it’s SO good. we might go again tomorrow!
      what gym are you at right now? send me an email 🙂

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I literally can’t imagine living in your heat, because it’s not as hot here, and I basically do everything to avoid being outdoors for any amount of time. It’s really putting a damper on my walks hehehe! 🙂 Happy Friday, Gina! Enjoy your weekend!

  5. jordan @ dancing for donuts on July 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    okay I neeeeeed to start doing more sheet pan dinners – you can make so many healthy meals and it’s easy as anything!! also that article about the smoothie ingredient’s at TJ’s? GENIUS.

  6. Kyla on July 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I was obsessed with the BCS back in the day from the Karen books to the BCS series and all of the fun, special books (one of my favs was when they traveled across the country in RVs). Naturally I was obsessed with the movie and the mini series too. So this just made my day!!

    Stacey McGill was my home girl. I was nothing like her except blonde which also was the reasoning behind why I liked Dawn.

  7. Molly on July 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Love these favorites Gina! Spanx question. I’ve never tried them. Are they more of a look good, go out, attend an event pant; or comfy pant? I’m thinking they aren’t necessarily for lounging but looking good. I also need sizing help 🙂

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

      YES you could totally go out in them. they look luxe but are definitely leggings/tight so i would just wear a longer sweater with them or button-up top. i think they’re true to size! they feel amazing and are SO FLATTERING. i’m going to lurk more of their leggings now. now if they could only make jeans…

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