Friday Faves

Hey hey! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had an amazing week. It was a quick and busy one over here, and I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit this weekend and enjoying a couple of slow mornings after the back-to-school rush. I’m catching a barre class, subbing a class, P starts ballet/tap, and we’re meeting up with some friends for dinner. Can’t wait!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves fiesta over here. This is where I share some of my fave things from the week and always love hearing about your faves, too. Please shout out something that’s making you smile in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun.


First Day of School! Kiddos everywhere are meeting their new teachers and running around with school friends friends, while mamas everywhere are high-fiving each other and whispering, “We made it.”

I had the best summer ever with the girls and feel like each year is even more fun. At the same time, I crave routine, and feel excited to settle down a bit after lots of instability this spring/summer. It’s also glorious to know I’ll have blocks of time to crush work stuff each day so I don’t have anything hanging over my head at night. 

Madre brought over donuts for the usual First Day of School tradition. (My nana used to always surprise us with donuts before our first day of school!)

We took pics outside:

First day

 (P’s dress // Liv’s dress // both backpacks and lunch bags from Pottery Barn kids)

and did the drop-off fun.

After drop-off, I met up with some new mama friends for mimosas and breakfast at Gavi. It was perfection. Thankfully, the girls both had amazing days and talked a mile a minute when I picked them up. 

Bose noise-canceling headphones. The Pilot and I each got a pair of these during the Amazon Prime sale, and we’re equally obsessed. I love using them to work – I’ll play the Chill Hits station on Spotify – and when I take them off, I feel like I’m assaulted by noise. They work insanely well and I can’t wait to use them for air travel next month.


Fashion + beauty:

Beautycounter is having a CRAZY AWESOME sale. Everything on the site is 20% off! They’ve never done this before, and it’s such a perfect opportunity to try out some products if you’ve been curious about this incredible line.

Beautycounter sale

Here are my current top 5 faves:

  1. Lipgloss! You will never find me without a Beautycounter lipgloss in my purse. They’re not sticky, smell lovely (with the lightest hint of real vanilla) and completely nontoxic. We essentially eat our lipgloss (ew, but true) and I like to know mine’s made with the safest possible ingredients. 
  2. Face oil. Their face oil is so luxurious and really makes a difference in my skin’s texture and shine. I like to mix it with the Dew Skin, or put it on at night after moisturizing. 
  3. Cleansing Balm is the bomb! This is a best selling, multi purpose balm, that will last you forever!! It’s a cleanser (think oil cleansing), makeup remover, overnight mask and so much more!! It leaves your face feeling super clean and soft. 
  4. Charcoal Balancing Mask – clay mask that balances the skin by absorbing excess oil, draws out impurities and reduces the size of pores. 
  5. Dew Skin is a lightly tinted moisturizer with SPF 20. This is my face sunscreen that also provides moisture and a bit of color. This also won Allure’s Best of Beauty! 
Keep in mind that they have a generous 60-day return policy. If you don’t like your products for any reason, they’ll refund you. Please let me know if you need any help along the way or if I can provide skincare suggestions.

Fitness + recipes:

-Summer Shape Up starts this Monday! I’ll be sending all the info to newsletter subscribers later today, and will post the sign-up here on the blog on Monday. Can’t wait to hit these next 4 weeks hard! I have tons of workouts and lots of new meal ideas headed your way. 

Summer shape up

 – Core and leg burning workout.

Pros and cons of joining Equinox.

10-minute outer thigh workout.

Easy meal prep recipes.

Read, watch, listen:

Loved reading all of this and the comments section is fantastic.

I’m going to start doing everything functionally.

Check out this week’s episode of the podcast about healing mushrooms!

Have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya soon.



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  1. Jill on August 11, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I think I’m going to do SSU this time, excited to start!

  2. Emily on August 11, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Love your workouts!

  3. Linda on August 11, 2018 at 8:07 am

    How is P already starting school? Wasn’t she just born two days ago? They look super cute though, and so nice that they’re excited to go back.

  4. Emily K on August 11, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Happy Back to School!

  5. Emily on August 11, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Love Friday Faves and am excited for shape up!

  6. Missy Dieli on August 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Perfect timing for the Shape up Honestly! Ready to reset. Love the full color PDF!!

  7. Marissa on August 11, 2018 at 8:20 am

    So excited for summer shape up!

  8. Vee on August 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for posting a tidbit about the Bose headphones. I’ve wanted some but keep putting it off. Can’t wait to try Shape Up!

  9. Crystal on August 11, 2018 at 8:40 am

    The girls look adorable as usual! Can’t wait for summer shape up. I just moved into my first house and my eating/workouts have completely changed to whatever I can eat and nonexistent!

  10. Elena on August 11, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Summer shape up came at just the right time! I’ve been feeling I need more structure to my workout plan, so printing out the schedule and going all in!

  11. Melanie on August 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I agree with everyone else saying it’s the perfect time for summer shape up!

  12. Morgan on August 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I’m ready for SSU!

  13. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on August 11, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Happy back to school and yeah for summer shape up 🙂

  14. Jessie on August 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I can’t believe my son starts first grade this coming Wednesday! I’m looking forward to having more structure in the day like you mentioned. Thanks for all the work you put in to the summer shapeup! Looking forward to it:)

    • Lucy Elis on August 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm


  15. Jessie on August 11, 2018 at 9:14 am
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  16. Melanie on August 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Ready for the summer shape up!

  17. Melanie on August 11, 2018 at 9:35 am


  18. Beth on August 11, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love it when my kids go back to school, but I seem to forget how much stuff comes along with that. Like remembering to sign things and send in field trip money, etc. My youngest two just brought home the first fundraiser packet of this year. Even more things to keep track of now. 🙂

  19. Sara on August 11, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Thank you for the SSU! I love the workout links to old San Diego posts.

  20. Gabriella Allen on August 11, 2018 at 9:48 am

    So ready for summer shape up!

  21. Jayne C on August 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Loved reading all those comments about books! ??

  22. Kady on August 11, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I’m excited for summer shape up!

  23. Julia Novoa on August 11, 2018 at 10:22 am

    What is it like with both girls in school? I’m loving your Tucson posts. Always gives me ideas of where to go when we are there.

  24. Nancy on August 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I’m getting ready for SSU! Thank you Gina!

  25. Stephanie Woods on August 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I need SSU!

  26. Stephanie Woods on August 11, 2018 at 10:29 am
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  28. Cait on August 11, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Looking forward to the summer shapeup workouts!

  29. Lori on August 11, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I really can’t believe that it’s back to school time already. Where did summer go???
    I’m really excited for SSU this year!

  30. Liz S. on August 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Summer Shape Up will be awesome!

  31. Liz on August 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for doing SSU as always!!

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  34. Jackie on August 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Happy back to school! Glad I still have a few weeks! (I’m a teacher not a mom ) excited to start the shape up!

  35. Jackie on August 11, 2018 at 11:10 am
  36. Erin on August 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    SSU is starting at just the right time for me!!

  37. Faith on August 11, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I always look forward to Summer Shape Up! PS- What are your favorite colors in the Beauty Counter glosses?

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Dahlia and bare shimmer!

  38. Meaghen on August 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    A sneaky comment! I just subscribed to your podcast – can’t wait to give it a listen!

  39. Amy on August 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm


  40. Amanda H Hengel on August 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Excited to try Summer Shape Up!

  41. Margot on August 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Can’t wait to get started with these next four weeks! Thank you!

  42. Lindsay on August 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Hooray for summer shape up!! I’m finishing up the last 2 weeks of my current program, so I’ll jump in and join everyone halfway through!

  43. Kristi on August 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Looking forward to SSU! Also Friday favs posts are my favorites- I look forward to them all week! 🙂

  44. Veronica on August 11, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Im excited to start the work out. I dont like back to school this year. Its my sons senior year Im excited & scared for him

  45. Rachel on August 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Love this, and so excited to start SSU!

  46. Steph on August 11, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Can’t wait to get started!

  47. Amanda Caston on August 12, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Can’t wait for SSU to begin! Thank you!!

  48. Bethany on August 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

    They are so cute and growing up fast! Love there outfits!

  49. Bethany on August 12, 2018 at 7:48 am
  50. Alissa on August 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Excited for SSU!

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