Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend! What are you up to this fine Friday?? Livi and I are off to a check-up appointment -excited to talk with the midwife about our following steps and get answers to a long list of questions- and then hitting up Whole Foods and the park. It should be a lovely morning. <3

In the classic Friday spirit, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love hearing what you’re enjoying, too, so please feel free to join in the fun in the comments section. Newsletter subscribers: stay tuned for your August workouts and some meal ideas later this afternoon. If you want in, sign up below!

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(Freesia in a vibrant hue)

Me and liv at true

(Before dinner at True Food)

Sleepy bell

(Bella snuggles)

Friday Faves

-These popsicles! I mentioned that I was on a popsicle kick, and picked these up at Sprout’s the other day. They taste almost like a coconut milkshake. So so good. 

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-16 things every pregnant woman thinks in her last trimester. 

-Tucson friends, rejoice: Prep & Pastry is opening another location!

-Chocolate protein dessert recipes.

-When barkTHINS knows you had a rough day. (Ok, I don’t think they knew last Friday was a tough one for me, and the chocolate fairy left this package on my doorstep.)

Bark thins

 Liv and I have sampled all of the flavors. The pumpkin seed with sea salt is probably my fave , but I love all of them. I mean, it’s called, “snacking chocolate” aka everything I believe in in the world. 

JULIE HAD HER BABY!!! This is definitely a fave, and makes me smile so much when I think of them. I’m so so happy for their little family, and Baby Chase is absolutely perfect. <3

Well this gave me goosebumps

-Do you have to sweat to get in a good workout?

-Tomatoes from our garden. It is SO weird to be able to walk outside and pick a couple of tomatoes every other day or so. I could definitely get used to this whole “not killing plants” thing. 😉 We’ve been enjoying caprese frequently, and the tomatoes are perfect for salads, but if you have any other ideas for what to do with them, let me know!

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Many BLATs have been consumed.

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(Mayo, romaine, turkey bacon, tomatoes and avocado on a brown rice tortilla)

-These hair ties (from Target). 

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The struggle is real lately with trying to get my hair into a bun, and I’ve found that these ones don’t crease my hair but have better staying power/tightness than the ribbon variety. 

Funny Kim Kardashian crying hair tie


Speaking of hair, I got mine freshened up yesterday and it feels 1000x better. *Insert head massage and hair cut emoji girl*

Fresh hair

-Anniversary sale goodies. Part of me wanted to build a fall capsule wardrobe now, but since I have no clue how clothes are going to fit then, I stuck with a few of the classics. Some of the goodies included two of these tops, and this adorable TOPSHOP shirtdress. (All of my fitness faves from the sale are here!)

-50 pre- and post-workout snacks. This is an old list, but I refer back to it when I need a little inspiration. 

What are you loving this week?? Any fun plans for the weekend?

Have a wonderful Friday and I’ll see ya later today on the Family page with the 29-week update.



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  1. Amanda on July 31, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Your hair looks great! Love the snacks list 🙂 I’m always in search of new snack ideas!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 31, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Yes! I’m flying down to your ‘hood for the weekend with my hubs and puppy. We’re visiting his parents on Coronado, and I can’t wait to hit up the beach! Are you teaching at all on Saturday or Sunday??? 🙂

  3. Carrie on July 31, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’m struggling with your capsule wardrobe references vs. Stichfix boxes and Le Tote posts. They seem contradictory to me. How are you reconciling the concept of capsule with these other two services you use?

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 7:38 am

      I haven’t been doing the capsule wardrobe during pregnancy since something that fits me one week doesn’t at all within a couple haha. I definitely want to get back into it this fall!

  4. Alexandria @ Al2getherfit on July 31, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Those Popsicles look amazing! I MUST find them near me!
    I haven’t tried the Bark Thins, but see them a lot. I think I was so disappointed when I tried Brownie Brittle, and those give me the same vibe. I guess I should try them before I knock them tho! Happy Friday!

  5. Liz on July 31, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I thought the point of a capsule wardrobe was that you build it once and then don’t shop again for quite a while? Or do you build a new capsule every season? Maybe I’m confused.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 7:40 am

      You build a new one each season, but can definitely re-use from previous seasons. There’s been no way for me to stick with it during pregnancy since things fit me differently each month

  6. Alex d on July 31, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Those hair ties, I need them! Also I’ve been wanting to try the barkthins for so long, maybe I’ll give in! Have a great weekend!

  7. Katie on July 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

    OMG all the tears watching the NYC Ballet video!! The sweetest <3

  8. Kati Anne on July 31, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Did you have a favorite flavor of BarkThins? They legit are on my shopping list for today and I don’t know which to try first!

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      i love the pumpkin seed and sea salt and the almond and sea salt. liv goes crazy for the pretzel version 🙂 basically, they’re all amazing

  9. Katie R. on July 31, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I had sooooo many tomatoes last summer that I had to figure out recipes that would use a lot of ’em before they went bad. I made pioneer womans’ salsa with it! Amazing!! Also, tomato soup and spaghetti sauce.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      tomato soup! it’s happening 🙂

  10. Ashley on July 31, 2015 at 7:55 am

    MMMMM I can’t wait to actually have a garden and be able to pick food fresh from my yard! Your tomatoes look incredible!

  11. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 31, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I love Bark Thins!! And that NYC ballet piece was so touching! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on July 31, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Okay, those BarkThins? Need them in my life. Like, yesterday. Nothing is better than some “snacking chocolate” on a rough day.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      amen to that 🙂

  13. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

    My herbs are dying a slow death here in Phoenix because we’ve basically had zero rain this monsoon. They keep saying it’s going to rain & it’s doesn’t. Insert sad emoji. Yeah for Prep & Pastry addition in Tucson!

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      that’s so weird you haven’t gotten any rain! i guess tucson has had a ton! hope you’re feeling well <3

  14. Kim on July 31, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Hi Gina! Love your blog! Question…does Liv still nap? Do you base your appointments, work, playtime etc around her naps?

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      she doesn’t- we do “quiet time” now for an hour and 15 minutes each day. she plays in her room with her toys or reads books, and i crank through work stuff. i get most of my work done when she’s sleeping or at preschool (she goes 3 half days each week). for appointments, i’ll usually book them while she’s at school, and for teaching, tom is usually home by then.

  15. Diana on July 31, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Ha, that Kim Kardashian photo/meme is the best!

  16. Sagan on July 31, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Those flowers are so pretty!

    I’d make bruschetta with the tomatoes. Or can them! It IS canning season, after all 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      i’m so afraid of canning!

      • Sagan on July 31, 2015 at 1:08 pm

        It’s so much fun – and awesome to have home-canned goods year-round! After your first time it’s not scary at all 🙂

  17. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on July 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

    BLATs are a common occurrence over here too. I cannot get enough! It’s such a good combination. Have a fantastic weekend, Gina. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      best combination!

  18. Jessica M. on July 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Hi Gina! I am new to SD and would love the name of your salon and stylist. Any chance you would email me his/her info? Thank you. Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      sent!! xoxo!

  19. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 31, 2015 at 9:34 am

    That Kim K meme is the TRUTH!

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      it’s right in my heart haha

  20. Alyssa Warren on July 31, 2015 at 11:02 am

    What kind of brown rice tortillas do you buy? I’d love to hear anyone’s suggestions! The kind I buy always break when I roll them, and turn crispy (but not good crispy) when I warm them up.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      i do the trader joe’s brown rice ones and freeze them. when i want one, i heat in the microwave for 10 minutes

  21. Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy on July 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Your hair looks beautiful!

    I have to get my hands on some barkthins. They look yummy 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      thank you, friend! yes, so good!

  22. Jen@jpabstfitness on July 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Ok- I need those hair ties!

  23. Amy S on July 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    The NYC ballet video was absolutely beautiful. I love ballet and it was wonderful to see those children find so much joy in dancing! It was amazing to see how enthusiastic and capable they all were! Loved it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      so happy you enjoyed it too. so beautiful!

  24. masala girl on July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    ohh at the spoon member summit we got brewla bars popsicles, mostly all fruit mixed wit h tea. i’m normally not a popsicle person so i cant compare, but they were so good!

  25. Yaara Leve on July 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Your hair looks awesome!!! I’m in desperate need to get mine trimmed and highlighted. My hair is literally down to my waist now and it’s just way too long! I just need a clean-up for the dead ends and I love your highlights! I think I want mine highlighted similarly. Like caramel/golden highlights streamed through.
    OMG–that NYC Ballet video had me crying my eyes out!! What an amazing workshop! Man–I wish the dance world was actually accepting and compassionate like that in real life. When I lived in NYC for college–there was a time I tried to “make it” as a dancer and it was just impossible. So competitive, bitchy, and just mean. I met a bunch of ballerinas from the NYC ballet and Alvin Ailey and the Martha Graham company and they were just brutal. But this video was so hopeful and sweet! Maybe things are a bit different and more progressive? I hope so.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend at home with your fam! I know how much you love going back home.
    And PS: your bump is adorable! That pic of you cooking with your bump yesterday just made me smile.

  26. Kelsey on July 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Discovering these on Oh She Glows and making them tonight may very well be the best moment of my weekend

  27. Mary on August 1, 2015 at 5:02 am

    LOVE barkthins!

  28. Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet on August 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I’ve been on a Popsicle kick! Those toasted coconut ones sound yummy 🙂

  29. Andrea on August 1, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    The hair tie meme is sooo me. I have taken to buying the Scuncii ones for thick hair, but have some similar to the ones you pictured and they work great!

  30. Charuta on August 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I built a capsule wardrobe for fall with Nordstorm sale, after reading your previous posts about capsule. It was an “investment”, especially since I work in an office instead of out of home this fall, (hubby doesn’t much like the big box in the corner of the room :P) upfront but I feel so happy knowing that I am going to walk out the door in great quality outfits everyday without much hassle for the next few months.

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      that is so awesome. i’m hoping i’ll still be able to build one for the fall/winter months when i know things will consistently fit again 🙂

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