Friday Faves

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Hi! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Last chance to enter this week’s giveaways! You can enter to win a holiday gift pack + my new book, gorgeous flats, an awesome desk chair, mala beads, and White Plum gift cards

In typical Friday fashion, here are some of the things I’m loving the week. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, so please shout it out in the comments section if you’d like!

This is glorious news: ALL 3-wick candles at Bath and Body Works are $8 today ($14.50 off). It was POURING this morning, but that didn’t stop Liv and I from heading to the mall to fuel my candle hoarding. I got 9 candles (4 big, 5 small) for what I’d usually spend for two. Amaaaaaazing. 

Hot cocoa dates with my favorite girl. It’s been a fun way to enjoy a holiday treat together. I’m excited to start our Christmas baking next week, too!

EW! I have to be living under a rock, because we just started watching Jimmy Fallon’s “Ew” a couple of weeks ago, via YouTube. We laugh so hard. Channing Tatum is my favorite surprise guest… he make a very convincing teenage girl haha.


Clothing tips every girl should know.

This chocolate. Like peppermint bark,  minus the white chocolate (which isn’t my fave aspect of the peppermint bark. But don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat a thousand pieces of it.). I’ll definitely be including some of these in the holiday goodie packs I send out!


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Yoga inspired tricks to fall asleep.

The trailer for “The Last Five Years.” Omgggg it’s going to be so good (I hope).

11 acts of fitness kindness to do today.

Hard things you have to do to be successful.

Every famous dance scene combined. I can’t even explain my happiness while watching this.

A friend of mine posted this blog post on her feed. It’s a great one, and worth the read.

Well + Good’s wellness trends of 2015. Happy to see that barre and Orangetheory should continue to increase in popularity! 

To the young woman who noticed us when I hoped no one else would. This brought tears to my eyes; random acts of kindness can have a huge impact on someone’s life.

Book guide for the women in your life. “Look of Love” is on there, which I’m currently sucked into. And just like all of Sarah Jio’s novels, I’m trying to savor it because I blitz through quickly and am sad when it’s over.

Just to change things up, here is one Friday FAIL: this wine.

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That would be Fifty Shades of Grey wine.

The Pilot gave me the side eye when I told him we should drink it. I’m a puppet to marketers everywhere haha. Appropriately (and unfortunately), the wine was EXACTLY like the books: intriguing, then kind of sour, and so bad it was hard to finish.

Any Friday Faves from the week? Any fails? 🙂

Have a lovely night!


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  1. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on December 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve already munched through a few of those Theo peppermint bars 😉

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Friday, Gina! His facial expression in that photo is killer. But hey, it’s clever marketing. 🙂 Hope you pop that open tonight. I’m heading off to teach an evening BODYPUMP class and then grab sushi with the hubs.

  3. Kara H. on December 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Haha I love that the wine was terrible. Gotta love marketing. 🙂

  4. Crystal on December 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    My Friday fave is the simple fact that today is Friday. It’s been a loooonnggggg week, and I can’t wait to sleep past 6 am tomorrow ha.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I am a puppet for marketers too. 🙂 I often buy wines based on name. I have been eyeing up that chocolate! Glad to hear it was good. Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Sarah on December 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    The Last 5 Years is going to be amazing!! I can’t wait, and I can’t stop listening to the trailer on repeat at work!

  7. Linda @ TheFitty on December 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Love your reads lately, Gina. Especially the 11 fitness kindness acts; I was just thinking of doing something similar this weekend.

  8. Jessie on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I love your fri faves! I too love bath and body work candles! Have a nice weekend:)

  9. connie harney on December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Never tire of the beautiful lights as you drive through the neighborhoods. Makes me think of the true Light of the world.

  10. Jen on December 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hahaha so bad it was hard to finish omg. too funny.

    I’m loving TJs pepperment hot chocolate and need to stop the fixation. But its sooooo good lol.

    Evan and I LOVE Sbux hot chocolate dates. I love that he tells me, “Momma. I like Hot Chocolate.” <3 heart melts.

  11. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on December 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Peppermint stick dark chocolate?! I’m in!

  12. Yaara Leve on December 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Happy Friday! Ok–I waited all week to share this for Friday faves!! You’ve probably already seen this–but this amaaazing mashup of the pop songs of 2014:
    This DJ ear worm is incredible–his 2009 is really good too! I seriously can’t listen to full songs anymore–I’m constantly on soundcloud downloading mashups–they are addicting!
    Fresh products–seriously the best! Their soy face wash is like none other and their lips glosses are so pretty.

  13. Yaara Leve on December 12, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Oh and that dance youtube is my everything! I saw it a few weeks ago and it seriously is the best thing ever! SO glad you found it! 🙂

  14. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    That post of your friends was incredible! Where do I find my guy like that? I’m 37 and it’s happened for a my friends but not me.

  15. Jenny @ apples & kale on December 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I tried and loved that chocolate bar last year, so I’m glad it made a return! 🙂 I made a trip to grab candles this evening also–they were out of my favorite (ski lodge), but I couldn’t pass up the deal and grabbed a few new scents to try as well as a few Fresh Balsam!

  16. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on December 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    HAHA I love that EW video!! the music video with is even better!

  17. Monica on December 13, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Haha, that is EXACTLY how I would describe Fifty Shades of Grey. I forced myself through the first book thinking ….there’s gotta be SOMETHING about the plot that keeps people reading these….right? Nope. Apparently not.

  18. Kali on December 13, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for mentioning Sarah Jio! I knew a favorite author was releasing a new book Thanksgiving week and my new mom brain could not remember who it was!

  19. Brittany @ Fun on a Budget Blog on December 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    That dance video was so fun!

  20. Tracy on December 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Love the book list!! I just finished Look of Love.

    I wish I would have read this post yesterday… 3 wick candles for $8?? Waaahhh!

  21. Emily on December 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I too am obsessed with the Theo Peppermint Stick chocolate. I’m convinced it tastes even better because it’s not available year round!

  22. Alex on December 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    The Theo Holiday bars are delicious! The gingerbread is my favorite. Next time you’re in Seattle, you should check out their cute factory tour!

  23. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine on December 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Love your description of 50 Shades! I could barely finish it, it was so bad!

  24. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on December 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I can’t believe I’m just finding out about the wood wick candles being that inexpensive! You can always send me one or two and I wouldn’t mind 😉

  25. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate on December 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Scott and I were Ew Girl and the stepdad Gary for halloween! I love Jimmy Fallon!

    • Fitnessista on December 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      you win halloween

  26. Becky @ on December 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I snort-laughed at the Ew video. Thanks for sharing since I don’t have cable

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      hahah! so good!!

  27. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on December 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Haha, laughing about the wine!

  28. Kate on December 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Your description of the wine being exactly like the book made me laugh! 🙂

  29. Erika on December 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I went to Bath & Body Works after I got off work on Friday and oh my goodness it looked like Black Friday in there. The line was almost out the door! Haha I love the 3-wick candles so I can see why the sale was so popular.

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      it was so glorious!!

  30. Cassie Vaughn on December 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I want all the candles!

  31. Maggie @ Veg Fiend on December 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Just read the 2015 fitness trends! Activated charcoal. Whaaa? And also the nightlife yoga / fitness classes sound awesome. You should try it out and do a recap 🙂

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