Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are enjoying some beautiful and much-needed rain. Just when I was missing the Arizona monsoons, we got hammered last night with a huge downpour, complete with wind, thunder and puddles galore. Needless to say, it will be a cozy and rainy day. As far as the weekend goes, we have an event for Livi’s school, I’m going to teach Zumba and get in an orangetheory class, and am also working on getting Summer Shape Up stuff together. The party starts on June 16; mark your calendars for 4 weeks of free workout plans, meal ideas, group support and giveaways. I’ll definitely have more details and ways you can prepare for a successful Shape Up as we get closer.

Since we’re heading into the weekend, it’s time for the usual Friday Faves: a little collection of some fun links, eats, wears, eats, and adventures from the week. As always, I love to hear things you’re loving, too, so please feel free to play along in the comments section.  


Kettlebell moves that burn major calories.

This crossbody. I’ve been in the market for a new one, and love that this one is a little larger. 

More love for orangetheory. A year later, I still look forward to class every week. 

Nighttime beach walks and ice cream with the fam.

Beach walks

Pilot ice cream

W liv at lighthouse

The latest lip gloss obsession.

This sleepy baby polar bear.

Sleepy bell

Pitaya bowls with peanut butter. This one was from Cafe By the Bay and I love that they let you choose your pitaya blend (almond milk, soy milk, or apple juice). This is pitaya blended with almond milk, topped with fresh fruit, coconut, granola and peanut butter,


This squirrel, burying a nut in this indifferent dog’s fur. I laughed way too hard at this, especially when he pats it down. 

All my fellow coffee-loving friends can say “bottoms up.” 

Winning a giveaway from the Cravory (<— they do online delivery, just sayin’)!! This actually happened a little while ago, but we finally finished off the cookies last night. I don’t usually win or enter giveaways, but when I saw “free box of cookies,” I mean, I had to enter. I won this box of beauties on their Facebook page and picked them up after OTF that night.  

Cravory pack

We got the chance to sample some of their newest flavors, and they make THE BEST cookies I’ve ever had. They were just as amazing as they look, but I think my favorite was the vanilla malt milkshake. 

Cravory cookies

This is also the last post where I have to depend on my iPhone. Wahoo! 🙂 Real camera is back in the game. (I decided to go for T5i ,since my T1i lasted for so long.)

Have you ever won a random giveaway? Who makes your favorite cookies ever?? I’d love to hear something fun about your week or something you’re loving, too. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy, happy Friday!



Something to do: this plank burner. It burns, but it’s over in 5 minutes and your abs will thank ya all day. 

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  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 15, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I won your Stitch Fix giveaway and was so so happy! And LOL at that squirrel! Too funny! Happy Friday!

  2. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on May 15, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Those cookies look great! Today is national chocolate chip cookie day so I think I will spend some time trying to track some down.

  3. susan on May 15, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I keep entering your giveaways, they always look,amazing! I won a pair of custom Reebok shoes a couple of years ago from another blog giveaway.
    My favorite cookies are power cookies from the Vancouver BC Whole Foods. They don’t make them down here in San Diego, but they are so good! I miss them!

  4. Britt@MyOwnBalance on May 15, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I won a keurig about a year or so ago. It was awesome except I had zero space for it so I gave it to my mom. She is pretty happy about that one!

    I’m loving fabletics! I don’t know what took me so long to get on board with that one!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      wow, that is awesome! and yes, i love fabletics 🙂

  5. Amanda on May 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The most random giveaway I ever won was just after I just turned 18, and my sister used my name to enter to win a trip to meet the cast of “Party of Five.” Yes, I/we won, so my sister and I went on an all-expense paid trip to LA, CA for some charity benefit that the cast had to attend. There were other winners and guests, too. My parents were cool about it, too – they allowed their 18- and 12-year-old daughters to travel to LA alone for the weekend. Years later, we still laugh about that contest. If that doesn’t win as random, I don’t know what does!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      you definitely win. that is amazing!!

  6. Tracy on May 15, 2015 at 8:09 am

    We have a super busy weekend ahead! My parents are coming to visit, a district track meet, a graduation & party plus a wedding! Phew!

  7. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on May 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I win random giveaways all the time (I enter every one I see…but sometimes I don’t even remember doing so, hahahahaha!)
    And omg crossbody bags are the only “purse” I can handle! I got one with year for college (walking in the city + heavy backpack) it was needed and I will never go back to a normal purse!
    Yay for coffee! <3

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      cross bodies are the best 🙂

  8. Meredith on May 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Phew! Just did your plank burner, the 5 minutes did go by fast but it sure did burn. I usually try not to eat cookies but those look soooo good!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      happy you liked the plank burner!

      • Meredith on May 17, 2015 at 7:10 am

        I made my husband do the plank burner with me this morning because he wanted to know why my core was so sore. He knows now 😉

        • Fitnessista on May 17, 2015 at 11:10 pm

          heh heh. i love it!

  9. Anita on May 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I LOVE the original Sugar lip treatment, so that shine version is definitely now on my shopping list. I swear there is something magical about what they put in their products!

    It was raining cats and dogs up here in LA too! I’m training for a race later this month so I need to run today, but I’m hoping a little rain might just be motivation for a faster time. 😉

    Have a good weekend!

    Always, Anita

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      i love the original too and the shine is even better 🙂
      love that about the rain; always makes me run a little faster too
      have a great weekend!

  10. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on May 15, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Loving this video so much (total sob fest over here).

    Couple surprises family with triplets at gender reveal:–7137.html

    • Angie on May 15, 2015 at 11:49 am

      I just teared up like a baby watching this video! Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      watching it now. i’ve seen 40 seconds and i’m crying already hahah

  11. Rachel on May 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    If you’re looking for a super light, bigger crossbody, my mom and I both have and LOVE this one (that comes in different sizes):

  12. Heather@hungryforbalance on May 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Those cookies look so, so good! There is an iced lemon cookie that a bakery here in Knoxville makes that is amazing!
    Our weather this week has been fantastic- I have loved getting to take advantage of it!

  13. Amanda on May 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Yayyyy for the news about coffee!

  14. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Gina! TGIF! California needs the rain! And that OTF article from POPSUGAR made my day when I read it this week! The best cookies? The jumbo ones from the confectioner at Disney World in Orlando. For sure. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      ahhhh! i need to try those

  15. Jill on May 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    There is a local bakery here in Texas called Tiff’s Treats and they make cookies and brownies only. They deliver and their cookies ALWAYS arrive warm. They are amazing. Their classic choc chip is fantastic, as is the PB choc chip. Since today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I may be placing an order tonight!

    • Fitnessista on May 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      i think cookie delivery may be one of the best ideas ever 🙂

  16. Amy S on May 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I broke down and ordered a mix of cookies from The Cravory. Your pictures just looked SO DARN GOOD. I live in Chicago so there was a bit of a shipping fee, but I have a feeling it’s going to be worth it 🙂

    I won the Chocolate Covered Katie cookbook from you and I love it! Thanks again!

  17. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on May 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    In the picture of you and Liv with the ice cream, I can really see the resemblance! Love it!

  18. Dede on May 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Love the way Belle is looking at the ice cream.

  19. Alli O'Neill on May 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    My sister and I just opened a juice and smoothie bar last weekend on the east coast and we serve Pitaya Bowls! No one really knows what they are here but we’re hoping to help change that because they are SO delicious!

  20. Kristina on May 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I love Crossfit and next weekend Ill be at the San Diego Del Mar Fairgrounds watching the fittest people ever competing in the Regional competition. You should check it out! It’s always so inspiring!

  21. Katie O on May 15, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    TRX class at my gym is my new fave! It’s 5:30am, so our energy is kinda meh, but I’m already seeing awesome new definition!

  22. Nikki on May 16, 2015 at 5:17 am

    When I was 9, I won a $500 gift certificate to Fashion Bug

  23. Alex @ True Femme on May 16, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Oh wow those cookies! Vanilla malt milkshake? Yeah, I’d eat that. One day I hope to win a Coach giveaway. Or a Chanel giveaway. Or a BMW giveaway. I don’t dream big or anything…lol. Have a great weekend, Gina!

  24. Kelster on May 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I just won your April giveaway! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book. Pretty excited about that. As for cookies, if the cookies have chocolate, I’m happy. Love chocolate chip cookies. I also go crazy for Maria cookies. Those things are addictive. I’m eating some now.

  25. Liz on May 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Oh my gosh summer shape is right around the corner, I’d forgotten about it. I always look forward to them. Bring it on Fitnessista!! haha =)

  26. RachelG on May 17, 2015 at 5:56 am

    The BEST cookie is the peanut butter cookie from Olive’s in Princeton, NJ. My one bridezilla demand for my wedding was that a plate of them be at the head table, aka in my face. 😉

  27. Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) on May 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Monsoon season is amazing, I’m so excited for it! Those storms are what make Arizona summers bearable…. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      GAHHHHH. i miss those monsoons 🙂

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