Friday Faves

Happy 4th of July! Hope you’re enjoying the day relaxing with those you love. I hope it includes some Vitamin D, s’mores, something grilled, and some fireworks. Maybe some sangria in there, too.

Loved this:


Some favorites from the week and around the web:


Beachzza. May we always be stationed near a Pizza Port 😉


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13 Spanish phrases that would make no sense to anyone else. 

Caroline’s new sass. This dog is learning more and more from Bella every day. She even came into the kitchen to beg for chicken last night.

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Attempts at a family photo.

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How to breastfeed appropriately. 

24 things we unexpectedly become obsessed with in our 20s.

This feature in Spry Living with 7 healthy bloggers they love

Favorite 4th of July song:


Your amazing check-ins! We’re getting into the last week of Summer Shape Up! Last one, best one- right? 🙂 You still have a couple more chances to enter the White Plum giveaway here.

Have a happy weekend!


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  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Caroline is such a sweetie! Happy 4th of July!!

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      happy 4th! 🙂

  2. Michelle on July 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    i love your sandals and dress in your family picture! where are they from?

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      thank you! the dress is stitch fix and the shoes are just fab

  3. Sue Faunt on July 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Happy 4th Gina to you and your family!! Looks like a nice sunny day (again) today, enjoy!!

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      happy 4th to you too! 🙂

  4. masala girl on July 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    this is a first for me, but all those bloggers in the fav blog article look good! i will be checking them all out; and love that you & anne are featured on there! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      thank you so much!!

  5. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Haha as a 20-something I totally love that list!

  6. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I love that dress. Happy 4th to you guys!

  7. april on July 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    ha i love the picture of caroline begging for chicken. she reminds me of my two dogs – they run into the kitchen when they hear me chopping veggies (they’re obsessed with carrots!).

    hope you & the fam have a wonderful 4th! =)

  8. Kar on July 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Wow! That breastfeeding post is harsh, BUT I can totally see how it can start a desire in a man’s head and is actually the reason why I don’t breastfeed in public. Men are wired cery differently than woman. Love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      oh my gosh, that post is satire; not meant to be taken literally at all!
      thanks for reading 🙂

      • Karla on July 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        I later got the satire of the article as I was reading it ; )

  9. Sarah on July 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I usually love the articles you post, but the breastfeeding article is offensive. Women who breastfeed are making the choice to do what’s best for their baby and should not ever feel ashamed or embarrassed. Our society is one of the few societies in the world that pretend breastfeeding is provocative. Women who breastfeeding, no matter where or how they choose to do so, should be applauded and praised for the good they are doing for their baby.

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      it’s a satirical article, demonstrating that the people that have a problem with breastfeeding in public are ridiculous. i was cracking up the entire time i read it

      • Meagan on July 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

        I was CRYING while I was reading it. I sent it to all my girlfriends and they loved it. The author is so funny and clever. I’m so confused how anyone would think otherwise?! 🙂

  10. Emily on July 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Happy 4th! I bet pizza on the beach never gets old. I’m looking forward to bbq at the rooftop pool today! 😀

  11. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Happy Fourth! Love the family photo faces 🙂

  12. Ka on July 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I saw that breastfeeding post elsewhere around the web and most definitely read it as satire. Wondering if commenters objecting to it as offensive actually read past the first three or four paragraphs. . .

  13. Morgan on July 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Workout 1 and 20 min hills done! Happy 4th!

  14. Maggie on July 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I have to comment and say I am completely appalled at the breastfeeding article linked in this post. I normally love your posts – and obviously this article isn’t your own, but I hope you can see how offensive it is, and how it is the REASON there is still such a need for feminism in today’s society…

    “Just knowing that your nipples may become visible at any time is offensive and a temptation to married or newly engaged men.”- I’m sorry, is this a joke? Are we still this far behind that we think men are incapable of controlling themselves? There are so many reasons to be angry with such a statement, but I’ll leave it at that.

    The stories of the men who were so affected by women feeding their children are the problem with this! Female bodies are amazing in that we can grow, carry, and deliver children – and then feed them afterward. The reason that breastfeeding in public is a topic of debate is that, unfortunately, our society has sexualized breasts. But come on, even if it has, not being able to feed and nourish your children when it is necessary – yes, even in public – is the problem here, not that men cannot keep their eyes off.

    I was expecting this article to be some kind of sarcastic piece, but when I reached the end and realized it had signed off with, “In conclusion, breastfeeding in public is for lazy, exhibitionist, thrill-seeking, husband-stealing mothers who have nothing better to do than to make the rest of us shrivel in disgust. So cover it up.” I was livid!

    I hope you realize how completely anti-feminist and offensive this article is, and how closely it relates to the stories of victim-blaming for sexual assault, and you will seriously reconsider posting this on your website that reaches so many great women.

    • Brook on July 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Bunmi is the author of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. This is a parenting humor book for LOLs.

      Parenting HUMOR book. Hope you didn’t waste a lot of energy getting worked up over nothing.

      • Maggie on July 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        Thanks for your concern, Brook, but I don’t consider time spent talking about a prevalent issue wasted at all! I’m glad to hear that the article was a joke, but it’s scary to know that there are actually people who think this way!

        • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

          it’s a very prevalent issue, and one that i’m thankful to see discussed. and yes, totally horrifying that people think that way and i’m glad the article pointed out how silly and ridiculous it is

          • kath on July 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

            The article was a hilarious satire! I totally related to so much of it having BF for 14.5 months

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      that post was pure SATIRE. i was laughing so hard the entire time… it’s all a joke!

  15. Kar on July 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t think Gina meant for the breastfeeding article to be offensive to us, she is a positive person. She probably just wanted to show a different take on the topic?

  16. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Love the Pilot and Livi in your family pic!

    And wow, that breastfeeding post is obviously not meant to be taking seriously. As someone who is still breastfeeding my 19-month-old, I found it hilarious. Someone posted it on the Extended Breastfeeding Group I’m a part of on Facebook. Lighten up people!

  17. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on July 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    awwwww Livs hair!!!!!

  18. Courtney Bentley on July 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Love it! Happy fourth of July!! xo C

  19. Amy on July 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I love the attempt at a family photo! I totally know how that goes!

    Hope you enjoyed the holiday!

  20. shannon rose bell on July 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

    haha, the breastfeeding post is hilarious…esp b.c i’ve had some eerily similar conversations w my friend’s husbands (note: husbands of breast-feeding moms!!) and what they say is ridiculous! anyways, obviously its a joke, and its a hilarious one at that 🙂 “stop being selfish and hogging all of the feedings with your teats” hahaha!!

  21. Julie on July 7, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I need to get myself to Pizza Port.

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2014 at 11:37 am

      yes you do!

  22. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on July 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I love the family photo attempt. I think that’s the one for the Christmas cards! lol

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