Friday Faves

Hellooooooo. 🙂 Happy Friday! What are you up to for the long weekend? The Pilot has some time off work, so I’m excited for some family adventures, like beach time, swimming and grilling with friends. The weather cooled down a little bit, so I can be outside without dying. (Things that don’t make sense: I grew up in the sweltering desert of Arizona, and I’m having a hard time this summer with the heat in such a temperate spot. I call it on humidity.)

Soccer at the park

Some pics from lately:

Little Italy with my favorites

Little italy dessert case

Flower cart

Little italy w liv

When your 3-year-old takes a sip from your Thai coconut and says, “This is mine now.”

Coconut bandit

Livi started her new preschool! We’re so happy that she’s absolutely loving it. I was worried the first day -and feeling super emotional- and this week, she’s been telling me school is “so awesome.”

First day of preschool 1 of 1 3

And some faves from around the week and web! It’s always fun to shout out some things I’ve been enjoying (wears, eats, reads, songs I worked out to, etc.) and love hearing your faves, too, if you’d like to shout them out in the comments section. 


Cotton candy grapes 1 of 1

I’ve seen these floating around the internets for at least a month now, and thought, “There’s no way a grape tastes like cotton candy.”

Well, on a fruit frenzy in Whole Foods yesterday, I decided to swoop some up and give them a try. Liv and I have eaten almost the entire bag already. They really do taste like cotton candy!!! How did they do this?!?

Also in the food world, I finally picked up some gf soft pretzels (in the frozen section) and they were everything I’d been wishing for. 

Gf pretzels

Of course we had to test them out immediately, and they were awesome. 

Gf pretzels2

Barre love is still going strong. It’s one of the few things that feels really good right now, so I’m thankful that I’ve still be able to take a teach classes. 

34 weeks barre

Thank you to Mediakix for featuring me in their blogger spotlight!

Game-changing tools for bloggers and social influencers.

Healthy foods to have in your fridge.

Totally forgot the new Naked palette is out! Going to check out the colors this weekend. Does anyone have it?!

A stretch for better posture.

21 things everyone who does BODYPUMP will understand. 

Kanye dancing to “Fruit Salad.”

Happy Friday, friends!

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  1. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on September 4, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Happy weekending!! Liv is so cute 🙂 Love your Friday recaps!

  2. Jacquelyn on September 4, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Love little liv.. This is mine now.. I mean come on, can she get any cuter!? I checked out the new naked pallet and wasn’t to impressed. I guess maybe I’m not into the smokey look so much anymore. Naked 3 is my favorite. I’m curious to see what you think! Have an amazing weekend with your precious family!!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      thank you! she is too funny. yeah i’ll have to see how dark the colors are. naked 2 is my fave (the 3 was too pink for my skin tone) but they make awesome products. have a happy weekend

  3. Amanda on September 4, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Those cotton candy grapes are usually gone between the grocery store and home- so, so, good! I was also happy to learn that they are not genetically modified!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      right?! i thought some type of science experiment had to be involved, but no

  4. Heidi Kokborg on September 4, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Such cute photos! 🙂

  5. Samantha @ThePlantedVegan on September 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’ve yet to try the cotton candy grapes, but I’m going to have to now!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      YES. they are seriously incredible

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    OMG…Liv is adorable and I love her little board too! I haven’t tried the Naked palate, but I spotted it online then talked myself out of it because I always buy a ton of makeup and never wear anything but mascara. I wish I knew how to wear eyeshadow and do fun stuff for going out.

  7. Kariann on September 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Liv is too cute! Yay for the blogger spotlight! 🙂

    My partner and I are both from Hawaii, and he loves surfing. He just came back to WA after summer vacation back home and he’s missing surfing so much! We’re heading out to the coast tomorrow morning so he can get some waves in 🙂

    Happy long weekend & labor day to you and your fam!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      well that sounds like an amazing weekend! have so much fun!

  8. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on September 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

    It sounds like you need to have that Thai coconut while she’s at school… 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      haha i like sharing.. but giving the whole thing up is rough 😉

  9. Erin on September 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I was on Pinterest and I saw a pin for the top 7 Fitness blogs and you were featured!! I got so excited because as I was mindlessly scrolling through my Pinterest feed I stopped and was like, “That’s Gina! She is the best fitness blogger!” I just thought I’d let you know 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      no way!! that’s so awesome. thank you <3

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Congrats on being featured! I need to check out those cotton candy grapes!!

  11. Renda on September 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Gina…Livi is adorable! I have a 3-yr old little girl starting preschool next week too! So exciting! Love Livi’s backpack and shoes. May I ask where you bought them?? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      so exciting your little one is starting too! backpack is from pottery barn kids (you can have their name embroidered on there): and the shoes are from gap: everything on sale this weekend, too!

  12. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on September 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Humidity can definitely be a beast. Living in the northeast where I am, we rarely get heat without a TON of humidity at the same time. It’s been a sweaty summer!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      yes!! so sticky :/ you’ll have an awesome fall, though!

  13. Cara's Healthy Cravings on September 4, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Ha! I love the Body Pump Buzzfeed, sooo true.

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      the “scrambling to get the weights” seriously cracked me up

  14. Leah on September 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    How cute is Liv? Love she’s liking preschool! My daughter starts PreK next week and can’t hardly wait! I think I’m going to have to get those gf pretzels for my son. He’d love them. Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      ohhh i hope she loves it, too! have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Yaara Leve on September 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    That 1st day of school pic is pricelessLove it! Have a great weekend girl

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      thank you! you too, lovely!

  16. Carrie on September 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    That’s my favorite stretch using the foam roller! We call it the “snow angel” stretch. Also, humidity is no joke! I think that’s why I am so ready for fall this year – temperate weather with little humidity 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      it feels amaaaaazing. amen to that! bring on some cooler weather 🙂

  17. Julie on September 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    You’re extra hot this summer b/c your pregnant. I remember feeling about 10 degrees hotter all the time the summer I was pregnant. My due date was around the same time as yours. 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      i’m like WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
      good to know i’m not alone. my body temp is definitely up

  18. Barb on September 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    LOVE the new Naked palette! Super versatile, and I use it all the time…I love how you can do a little lighter for work, and then full on smoky for going out.

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      ahhh! i can’t wait to check it out in person

  19. Missy on September 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Liv! That preschool picture–such a grown up girl! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      right?! i can’t believe it

  20. Tracy on September 5, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Such a pretty preschooler! Love her braid. My kids loved preschool. So glad she likes it, too!!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      thank you! i’m so happy she loves it, too. her teacher is wonderful and i love hearing about all of her little friends

  21. Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More on September 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Cotton Candy grapes are the best! I loved my girls faces the first time they ate them. I wish I had taken a picture!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      same! liv was instantly obsessed

  22. Amanda on September 6, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I love the Body Pump list. The first bicep curl vs. the last bicep curl totally rang true! So did “this is my jam” when a new song comes on!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      yes! so good 🙂 hope you enjoyed the weekend

  23. Kim Cantrell on September 6, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Love the pics! Cotton candy grapes???? What, what? We are going to try them stat.

    I’ve never seen Kim & Scott’s pretzels before. Must be named after my husband and I. (I wish…) Too funny. Thanks for introducing us to pretzels named after us. 🙂 I’ll have to pick some up. Looks like a Whole Foods trip is in our near future.

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      haha! now you have to try them!

  24. Melissa Caulfield on September 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Love Livs braid! So pretty! And u look beautiful in your photo too! My boys love to share my cold pressed juices! And other healthy treats. Sometimes I don’t wanna share, lol, but of course I always wind up sharing( it is the grown up thing to do, right) lol lol thanks again as in for the keratese nectar therminique cream,I ordered it yesterday, I’m excited to try it! Your always so sweet to answer the comments. I can’t imagine how busy you are, and yet u m as me time to answer questions and leave lovely replies! You make all of your readers and followers, feel like a dear friend! (Even though we’ve never met) Praying for a wonderful delivery of your new bundle of joy- healthy , peaceful and fulfilled:)

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      thank you so much, friend!
      i hope you love the kerastase. it seriously smells gorgeous, and works really well! happy to hear you like my silly replies, too. i like talking with everyone! 🙂
      sending love to you for an awesome week. xo

  25. Jennifer on September 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I guess I should pick up those grapes at the grocery store! I keep seeing them and thinking about it, but I get so much produce from my CSA (lots of watermelon, ground cherries, and peaches) But I’ll go for it now.

    And yeah humidity is horrible! My parents moved out to Saint George Utah and they would talk about how you could feel the temperature go up each degree when it gets so hot in the desert. And I was like “Whateve! It’s so dry and I’m in love~!” I would take a desert any day over humidity!

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      YES! i can’t wait to go back for more of those things. they did not last long 😉
      and totally agree with you. i always thought it was silly when people said az was a “dry heat” but i get it now

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