Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend to ya. I hope you had a wonderful 4th!

We’re here in San Diego for a few days, and loving being back at the beach and back in all of our usual spots. The fresh ocean air feels amazing, and I’m looking forward to spending time with our SD friends for a bit.

(Maxi is here)

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Swim day

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Ocean beach

(Dress here and my fave everyday sneakers are here)

I wanted to say thank you for all of the lovely and heartfelt comments, DMs, texts, and emails in response to my last post. Whenever I go out on a limb, it surprises me to know how many of you feel the exact same way. So many of us are juggling a lot of tasks, feeling the pressure to always accomplish more, and the constant need to stay busy and moving. I hope you’ll join me in simply evaluating what’s important, what’s fun, what’s worth it, and take some time for yourself each day. I think a lot of the pressure I was feeling was self-imposed; always adding more onto my plate because I could, and not necessarily *should.* 

I’ll still be here blogging and doing my thing, but I’m taking the next couple of weeks to see what tasks I can outsource or eliminate. Taking care of the girls is my #1 job, but for so long, I’ve been rolling along in this space without respecting the fact that it’s also a full-time job. Beyond writing posts, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into this little blog, including never-ending emails, social calendars, sponsored content, brand partnerships, editing and recording the podcast, producing videos, creating graphics, Beautycounter, etc. 

Also, my posts around here might change! I’m going to focus on writing more about the things that excite me and that I think you’d like to read about, and not necessarily posts that I think will be pinned a ton or shared. There will still be lots of fitness and life content, but I’d love to focus more on some topics like the following: mom hacks, quick workouts you can do anywhere, quick staple meal ideas, daily casual uniforms, meditation, budgeting, etc. If you have any requests or anything you’d like to see, please let me know!

For now, it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my fave finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying too, so please shout out a fave in the comments below.

Read, watch, listen:

Just in case you needed to read this, too. (Thank you to Heather for sending this my way during her DM pep talk)

Keanu Reeves as every Disney prince.

Advice for new parents.

Which movie chef makes the best food?

Fashion + beauty:

The new Countertime collection launches on Tuesday! I’ll have a full post up with all of the details, but I.can’t.wait for you to have it! I’ve been using the new line for about a month now and am completely obsessed. The night cream feels just like La Mer and the new plant-based retinol is a dream.


  (This is from the sample they sent after LEAD and I’ve hardly made a dent in it, despite using it every night. A little goes a long way! It’s super luxe and moisturizing.)

So many amazing 4th of July sales this weekend!

J. Crew up to 50% off with code BIGGEST. Love these heart hoop earrings and this red shirtdress.

Madewell 25% off with code FIREWORK. The have a short-sleeve version of my favorite side tie dress.

Everlane choose-what-you-pay sale. I recently ordered this shirt and the fabric is a dream.

Loft is 60% off with code HBDUSA. A couple of friends have this jumpsuit and it fits them perfectly, so I might have to go for it.

Athleta swimwear is 40% off. This rash guard is super cute.

Express up to 50% off everything.

Old Navy up to 60% off everything. It’s hard to believe that back-to-school shopping is just around the corner.

Tory Burch extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30. How gorgeous is this tote?


ALL Fit Guides are $30 off this weekend with code FREEDOM. Take the quiz here and see which Fit Guide is the best fit for you! (If you have any questions, please let me know.)

Fit guides

Get in a short burst of energy for brain health.

How strength training impacts metabolism

Good eats:

This vegan peach baked oatmeal is one of my summer faves.

Can’t wait to try these zucchini muffins.

Happy Friday, friends. Thanks for hanging out with me here on the blog today.



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  1. Whitney on July 5, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I’d love for you to write a blog post about meditation. I’ve read a couple of books about the benefits recently and I’m trying to incorporate it into my morning routine.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

      yes i can definitely do that!

  2. JC on July 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for keeping your blog authentic. So many bloggers start writing random/money making posts that no longer reflect why they started to blog and you can tell. We all evolve and that’s okay.

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

      <3 thank you.

  3. Tracy on July 5, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I love your ideas for future posts! I’m especially Interested in quick workouts, staple meals & casual uniform. It all sounds great and yay for you! Write about what excites you 🙂

    Have a great weekend and lots of fun in San Diego!

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:32 am

      thank you! hope you had a great holiday weekend 🙂

  4. Lauren on July 5, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I love the idea of quick meals especially quick healthy meals for picky kids!

    • Tanya on July 6, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      I love ALL those blog ideas. Especially mom hacks and the every day hacks (staple meals, outfits, tricks and tips). Keep up the amazing work. You are doing a great job!

      • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

        thank you so much <3

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

      thank you! sounds good 🙂

  5. India on July 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I really loved your last post & all the reflections. I’m about to work from home (while taking care of my baby) and it was helpful for me to read. You’re doing SUCH a great job. Honestly, being a single parent for any amount of time is hard and you’re loving on your girls so much. Glad to be reading and glad you moved close to family – that’s everything!

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

      thank you so much. xoxo

  6. Leah on July 8, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Hi Gina! Love the future blog topics. I love that you keep it real. I enjoy reading every day life stuff, mom hacks, workout tips, etc.

  7. Carrie on July 8, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Would you be able to share any hotel recommendations for San Diego? We are headed there in September and have no idea where we should stay.

  8. Kristin on July 8, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I would love to hear more about each of those blog topics you mentioned. I think those are all awesome ideas! I’ve been a long time blog reader here and I feel like most of us in this community are going through some kind of struggle just in different ways. And reading about the realness of life from your blog lets us all relate on some level and helps us all feel at peace with what we are struggling with. As I watched our kids play outside the other day I turned to my husband and told him these are the best years of our lives but they are also the hardest. Thank you for everything you put into this blog.

  9. liz on July 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I’d love to hear more about what you eat in a day, how to make quick and healthy meals for multiple people or for the week!

  10. Stephanie on July 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Great ideas for blog post! Those are the type of post I would want to see also! Thanks for the work you put into this blog.

  11. Jennifer on July 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    ” I’m going to focus on writing more about the things that excite me and that I think you’d like to read about, and not necessarily posts that I think will be pinned a ton or shared”

    YES! I feel like when people just write what makes them happy they come off as being the best- even if I wasn’t initially interested in the topic.

  12. Katie on July 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for keeping it real! Yes, I’d love to know some more life hacks that you seem to do so well. The budget thing is always tricky, especially when buying good food. Also, any life hacks you have on keeping a clean house with two kiddos running around would be helpful!

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