Friday Faves

Hi hi! How are you? What are you up to this holly jolly weekend? We have an Elf party with friends – all the kids are wearing pajamas and watching Elf – a birthday party, I teach barre and train a few clients, and making tamales at my mom’s house. In my brain, it’s January already, but I’m trying to enjoy the last few weeks of this year as much as possible. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

Friday Faves 12.10

Obligatory yearly tree pic! This one is a GIANT – a 15-ft beauty.

15ft Christmas tree - Friday Faves 12.10


Soooooooo when I first saw this tree, I told the Pilot that it was the one. I then proceeded to wrap my arms around a few branches in a joyful embrace, but my bubble was quickly burst when I learned the price of said (disposable) tree. We walked around for a little while and found a couple of 10 ft ones we liked just as much, and then one of the employees came back over to us and said, “We’ll give you a deal on the huge one.”

Sold to the lady in the Sakara sweatshirt with the ballerina and astronaut lol.

ballerina and astronaut - Friday Faves 12.10

We had to get the tree delivered since it wouldn’t fit on our SUV. It took four guys, including the Pilot, to hoist the tree. There were needles everyone and it takes up half of our living room. It’s perfection and we’re living it up in pure Griswold fashion. While I can’t say this will be an every year thing, it’s AWESOME to have this year. I should have taken a video of the Pilot and myself attaching the star using a 16 ft ladder, an 8 ft ladder, a Swiffer, and a broom. 

setting up the 15ft Christmas tree

Worth it and the house smells amazing.

15ft Christmas tree at home

Another random adventure: one of the Pilot’s work Christmas parties. It was late 1800s Western theme, so lots of fancy dresses, fake mustaches, and cowboys….

and wigs?

late 1800s Western theme party - Friday Faves 12.10

Ok the Pilot was the only one in a wig. His costume inspiration was the thespian from Tombstone. It was definitely a hit!! 

Some more faves from the week and around the web:

Good eats:

Peppermint chocolate amazeballs

Vegan egg-less egg nog 

Crunchy almond butter truffles (LOVE these as a unique addition to holiday cookie platters)

Naughty cocoa

Madre’s famous grammies

EPIC list of Christmas cookie recipes

Slow cooker holiday mulled wine

Fashion + beauty:

Dede’s Instagram. I love every single outfit she posts and definitely recommend checking out her profile if you’re looking for style inspiration!

Bombas slippers! I ordered a pair a couple of years ago and always look forward to wearing them around. They look like ridiculous elf socks but it doesn’t matter when your feet are this warm and cozy.

Beautycounter holiday flash sale! 30% off select gift sets. If you’ve been waiting to get some clean beauty gifts, or want to treat yourself, I would definitely do it now. Once these sets are gone, they’re gone. 

Beautycounter holiday flash sale

If you’re holiday shopping, my gift guides are here!

For Her

For Him

The Kids

For your fitness-loving friend 

Read, watch, listen:

Starting this book tonight and can’t wait to dive in. Thank you, Jenny for the rec!

Love this version of “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

As anyone seen the new West Side Story yet?? Taking Liv to see it next week!

12 ways to beat the winter blues

Happy Friday, friends! See ya on Monday with the annual Favorite Things giveaway 😉 



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  1. Connie on December 10, 2021 at 11:31 am

    I love that you went so huge on a real tree!! i was impressed seeing you up on that ladder. my husband and i both don’t love heights so we could never, i’m living vicariously through you!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      i don’t love heights either! but i was like, there’s only one way to do this and i’m going for it haha

  2. Crystal on December 10, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Dude that tree is AMAZING

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      thank you!!

  3. Amy on December 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful tree! I love how your daughter just casually wears an astronaut costume to the Christmas tree farm 🙂 Kids are the best!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      she wore it all weekend! i was just like live your life. 🙂 the best part is that everyone was so cute about it, asking her which planet she was visited, what she thinks about earth, how long has she been an astronaut, etc. the best ever

  4. Julie on December 10, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    There are so many things I love about this post! That tree is EPIC! And the story surrounding it is even better. P in her astronaut costume is my absolute fave!!! Your costumes for the pilot’s holiday party are great too. I bet that was so much fun! I’m taking my daughter & my mom to West Side Story tomorrow.

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2021 at 10:31 pm

      ahhh thank you so much!
      and yes, i love that p just casually wears an astronaut costume wherever. 🙂
      what did you think of west side story?!

  5. Jenny Share on December 10, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Yay Gina! I hope you love this book series. It’s totally light, easy to read, and perfect for this time of year! I’m on book 3 and want to live in this adorable town! Thanks so much for the shoutout, Xo

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2021 at 10:30 pm

      i LOVE it so far! thank you again for such an awesome rec!

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