Friday Faves


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Happy Friday! Anything exciting happening this weekend? I can’t wait to get back to the Pilot and Liv this morning. I missed them like crazy, but they had a blast enjoying some quality daddy-kiddo time. They visited the zoo, had a beach picnic, and went to an event at Liv’s school. I’m so excited to see them today! Also, my dad, stepmom and brothers are coming in from Tucson this morning. We can’t wait to show them around and play at the beach <3

This week’s Stitch Fix adventure was another incredible one, and it was inspiring to be surrounded by so many hardworking and inspiring ladies (and dudes!). I have one more recap on the way with fun pics, shenanigans from the Hizzy,

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and our last dinner in SF, but in the meantime, here are some faves from the week and around the web.

This grain-free granola.

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I made some for a giveaway winner to mail out before I left, and also saved some in the fridge for us. I’ve been trying to keep book recipe photos to a bare minimum around here, but I’m SO excited to share this one with all of you, as it’s become one of my staples. December, hurry up, mmm k? (I say that, but it will be here before we know it.)

Dry Bar! 

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I knew this was a *thing* but yesterday was my first time at a blowout salon. Usually madre takes care of my hair -and usually, I’m a hurry or have Liv with me so she’ll kindly cut my hair while it’s wet from the shower and I’ll just put it in a bun instead of the whole styling shebang- but I think this would be a fun treat for a special night out or event.

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(The whole scalp massage and shampoo part is worth it alone. THE BEST.)

The atmosphere was unique and inviting, and I especially loved the fun touches, like the cocktail-inspired hairstyle names (I got the Cosmo-Tai), drinks and cookies. They also had Mean Girls up on the TV. It will never get old 😉 The Dry Bar products smell amaaaazzziing and I couldn’t help but notice their branded version of my beloved curling iron, which sadly bit the dust during our Italy trip. (I got a converter, but it still popped and was dead forever.) Even though I look a little worse for wear this morning at the airport, dat hair do. It’s still curled and feeling fresh 😉

Sneaky reasons why you’re bloated. I feel like I see a lot of gimmicky “do this to reduce bloating!” articles, but these are legit reasons + easier fixes.

5 minutes in a mom’s head.

Taking a new class!

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Whenever I travel, it’s fun to check out at least one new-to-me studio or class. I’m a barre fanatic, but there are still quite a few methods I haven’t tried. None of us had experience with Dailey Method classes, so early yesterday, morning Julie, Nicole, Brittany, Sarah and I went to check it out. Since it was my only exposure to this type of class, I don’t have a solid opinion, but it was definitely a challenging workout. We did a plank variation that was KILLER, but it wasn’t as much barre work as I was expecting. We were only at the barre for one set of exercises, and the spent the rest of class standing, prone, in high “C” (a crunching movement seated with feet flat on the floor and the spine rounded) and a low “C,” on our backs, crunching with a rounded spine).

18 incredible things you didn’t know about Trader Joe’s. (Apparently our store has a turtle and not a lobster. We had to ask.)

Unexpected and unusual animal sounds.

36 cardio workouts.

SUMMER SHAPE UP! Be sure to check back here Monday for all the details 🙂 Fit Tips subscribers, you’ll get your first week of workouts in your inbox today, too.

Hope you have a happy Friday!


*Sadly, I wasn’t able to track down the recipes online for the cooking party and wasn’t given permission to publish them :/ When I recreate them at home, I’ll certainly post the recipes! There were also some comments asking where I got the skirt in this post. I picked it up at Banana last weekend; everything was 25% off, and it was glorious.

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  1. karla @ finding my fit on June 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    A blow dry bar just opened up in my town too and I’d love to go sometime…. if I can justify spending the money!

    I’m mega rooting for time to go fast too– I always love returning to your blog and reading the military posts. My boyfriend is currently overseas.. one month down 8-9 more to go and some days it is so difficult. But reading your advice, experiences, and knowing that he WILL come home and time will keep passing helps =) happy Friday!

  2. JennP on June 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Blowout salons are ingenious! My favorite part about getting my hair done isn’t even the cut or color, it’s the soft, perfect hair that’s IMPOSSIBLE to achieve when I style it myself 🙂

  3. Maria on June 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’ve been wanting to try out stitchfix for so long but I wear a uniform every day to work and usually when I get home it’s into workout gear or yoga pants 🙂 Maybe I’ll try it out for the summer though since I tend do be more social after work!

  4. Brynn on June 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I have plans to hit up a Dry Bar when I go to Chicago with my girlfriends later this year. I’ve heard great things! And like you, I love to hit up new studios or try a new workout when I travel. Especially when you can talk a friend or two into joining!

  5. Alex @ Kenzie Life on June 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Those macaroons look amazing, I REALLY want to go a Dry Bar, and I totally know what you mean about Europe eating hair styling mechanisms. I had a converter for my flat iron and a hotel in Athens killed it (we’re talking sparks and smoke). I love the concept of Dry Bar and though they sell the products at Sephora, I want to try the real thing! I’m awful with styling my hair. Have a great weekend!

  6. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on June 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’ve never done the blow dry bar. I’ve always wanted to. My hair is ridiculously thick and difficult to deal with so I just let it grow long so I don’t have to actually do it. In a way I’m blessed, in a way I’m not. Lol… I was invited to go to the Y tomorrow for instructor overview and to sign up for training. Wish me luck! It’s been 15 years since I did this.

  7. yunah on June 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    hey! that’s the dailey method i go to!! (i recognize the tank top in the corner!)
    who was your teacher?-they’re all great!
    i’m glad you enjoyed the workout-
    i still get sore –
    come back to sf soon!
    (you really did an effective whirlwind tour of sf!!)

  8. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I definitely want to try a dry bar salon sometime; for some reason, my assumption was that they didn’t wash/shampoo your hair — hence the dry bar?

  9. Tracy on June 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Sounds like another fun weekend ahead for you!!

    Fun fact: In yoga this morning our teacher told us today is a full moon and Friday the 13th. That won’t happen again until 2049! Kinda cool, right? We saluted the moon to celebrate 🙂

    Enjoy your family this weekend! We’re having family visitors this weekend for a graduation party. I’m planning to make your sangria to have with tacos! Fun times!

  10. Tracy on June 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    And SSU!! Excited to get the email today!!!

  11. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on June 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Forget dry bar, now all I want is the scalp massage…well, maybe a full body massage… 😉

    Also, that bowl of succulents is so beautiful. That’s my kind of decor!

  12. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on June 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Looks like you had a great time in San Francisco! I’ve never been to a dry bar before but it looks like a great experience. There is one near me but I’m sure it’s pretty expensive!

  13. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on June 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Can’t wait to try that granola! Been following along on Insta and you guys look like you’re having a great time!

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Those macaroons look fabulous! And I love that photo from your book! I’m so excited to see the whole thing!

  15. Leah on June 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The blow out sounds amazing! Have a great weekend!

  16. tina on June 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    hi gina!
    i’m a long time reader (although very frequent if ever commenter), and i actually own a TDM studio here in the Chicagoland area. I would be happy to try to set you up with one of our San Diego studios to try another class and get a full feel of what we do, or would be happy to talk to you more about the Method! Knowing some of your health & fitness background here with the blog, I think it would be a great fit for you!

  17. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve only been to a blowout bar once and it was awesome. There’s nothing like being pampered and looking good after it. 🙂

  18. Jessica on June 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    That girl to your right looks like a fitter & prettier version of u Gina, time to step up your game, girl

    • Fitnessista on June 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      She’s also about 4 inches taller- do you have any tips for that? I’m a huge believer of inner beauty, which seems to have missed its mark on you. Would you ever say something like that to someone in real life? Shame on you; not only for your lack of manners, but also for perpetuating the infuriating mentality that looks are everything.

      • Fitnessista on June 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        Ps. You can keep renewing your IP address to leave hateful comments, but ill continue to blacklist them. Find something else to do with your time.

    • yunah on June 14, 2014 at 12:30 am

      why do you read this blog?

  19. Allison on June 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Gina! If I just read correctly, I think Anne said on her blog that she has the recipes from your cooking class to share. Might help with your at home re-creation! 😉

  20. Barb on June 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Yikes…some people! Anyway, completely jealous of the Dry Bar experience. I LOVE having someome else do my hair, and joke with my husband that my big extravagance if we won the lotto woukd not be a new house or car, but a full time stylist to do my hair everyday 🙂

  21. Valerie on June 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    5 minutes in a mom’s head made me laugh so hard. I swear I could’ve written that myself. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks like that!

  22. Michelle on June 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Way to stand up for yourself! People can be so rude and hurtful and have no manners! Love, love, loved the 5 minutes in a moms head. I enjoy the I tried scent as well. It made me laugh, because it is so true of my thought pattern and my hubs wonders why I have to write stuff down in order to remember it (not saying I haven’t gone to the store with a list and still have forgotten some things on that list!). PS. I want a trader joes.

  23. gracekelle at leangirlsclub on June 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Can’t wait to try the granola recipe when it’s up.

    I LOVE Dry Bar here in NYC. I have hair that’s easy to deal with, but I love the pampering. It’s a nice treat after a long run. Makes me feel like Super Woman.

    Hope you had a safe trip!

  24. Pua on June 14, 2014 at 3:03 am

    How long did your blowout last? I’m always curious about getting it done. 🙂

  25. Cassy @ On The Inside on June 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Trader Joe’s will open up any item to let you try it?! That’s some seriously handy information right there.

  26. Teresa Melendez on June 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Gina 🙂
    The grain free granola looks delicious!
    So glad you enjoyed your trip!

  27. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections on June 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Ooh really excited to hear about the shape up challenge! I really need a change in workouts these days and want to use this summer to amp up my game!

  28. Allie on June 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Okay, I don’t know what those macarons are doing up there, but when I saw them I got super excited and was like, “I need to comment on them. I need to talk about macarons!” Also, my mouth started watering so much. So, I love macarons! And thanks for the picture! haha!

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