Friday Faves

Hi friends! HAPPY FRIDAY! What are you up to this weekend? It’s a busy one for us. We have a friend’s bday party, Liv’s ballet class, family dinner at Jess’, and are thinking of taking Liv to LEGOLAND if it isn’t too hot. (<— fingers crossed! I think it would be a fun surprise adventure.) If you have any tips for going, I’d love to hear them! From what I’ve heard, it’s geared more towards little kiddos (preschool age) and since Liv is super into Legos lately, we know she’d go crazy for it.  

Shopping buddy

(My shopping buddy, snoozing on the job haha.)

In standard Friday fare, here are some things I’m loving from this week. I always love to hear about what you’re enjoying, too, so please join in the party in the comments section if you’d like!

When Demi Lovato sings “Take Me to Church.” Dammmmmnnnn, girl.

When you are REALLY hankering for froyo, the Pilot makes a U-turn to head to Menchie’s (MENCHIE’S) and go after those toppings like a mad scientist. 

Froyo night

When Little Lion makes you a faceplant-worthy chia pudding.

Chia pudding

It’s prepared with coconut milk, covered with coconut whipped cream (!), and topped with fresh fruit. No words.

Unsweetened ice passion tea with a splash of lemonade and fizz:

Passion tea w fizzI haven’t worn a watch in years, but as an attempt to look at my cell phone less throughout the day, I picked one up (this one!) and really love it. I also continue to be obsessed with MYHABIT (<— referral link. Be warned: it’s addicting.). They have such awesome brands and insanely great prices. 

Tips for mental fitness and physical flexibility for kids.

Moves for a perky booty. The stability ball hamstring curl is probably my favorite exercise of all time.

The Rumor. I started it last night and couldn’t put it down. It reminds me a lot of Liane Moriarty’s books, and I’m already sucked in. 

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Our 21dayfix group is rocking it out right now! We’re rounding out the first week and the workouts have been a fun way to switch things up. 

Still going strong with barre, and it feels awesome.

After barre

15 books you absolutely need to read in September. 

45 things every girls in the 2000s did. Guilty of so many haha. The sad thing is that it took me a long time to get rid of those velour jumpsuits! Like they’d be making a fierce comeback or something. 🙂

Homemade takes on pumpkin spice treats.

This hipster Barbie Instagram account. It’s so good.

50 fabulous pop culture Halloween costume ideas for groups.

My loves and the sunset

 Hope you have a very happy Friday!



Workout of the day: this treadmill workout! The intervals make it fly by, and it’s an effective way to play with your cardio routine a bit. 🙂

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  1. Jenny @ apples &kale on September 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I am newly obsessed with Elin Hildebrand thanks to How Sweet Eats!! I read “The Rumor” first and loved it, and then “The Castaways,” and just finished “The Matchmaker.” I just love her writing style, and I’m excited to read more of them!!

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

      i will have to check those out next!

  2. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Enjoy legoland!! I love her little watermelon dress!

  3. Amanda on September 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I have a few girls in my current challenge group doing the fix, and they loooove dirty 30- I need to try it!

  4. Samantha @ThePlantedVegan on September 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

    That chia pudding looks yummy!

  5. Jacquelyn on September 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I just read The Rumor too, in like two days haha.. Elin Hilderbrand is my favorite author! You’ll love it! I started wearing a watch a few years ago for work, and now I truly feel naked when I don’t have mine on! It’s a little weird and bulky at first but it is awesome to not have to rely on your phone as much! Happy Friday!!!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

      i could totally see that happening. i can’t wait until today’s reading block of time so i can find out what happens next 🙂
      hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on September 11, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Oh goodness, that chia pudding looks delicious. Thanks for the books recommendations, I really need to get my reading game back up

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

      having the oyster app has been amazing, because when i’m waiting somewhere, i can just read on my phone
      hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Not much planned here. My best friend is driving up from Tucson to spend Sunday with me. Otherwise a chill weekend here. I’ve heard Legoland is even fun for adults. Have fun! I’m sure Liv will be in love.

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

      that sounds like a fun weekend! <3 thank you- hope you have a great one, too

  8. Aimee on September 11, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I first took my son to LEGOLAND when he was ~3.5. He loved it! My only suggestion would be to check the height restrictions on the rides (if she would be into that). My son was able to ride most of them, but not all. I do feel LEGOLAND is geared more towards the 3-5 year age group. We took my son this summer (8.5)…and while it was still fun, it was not quite as fun. OH…definitely walk through “Minitown” (or whatever it is called). They also have the set from the basement used in “The LEGO movie”. If you saw/loved that movie…check that out. Very cool!! Have fun!!

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

      great to know- thank you! liv is really tall, so i’m hoping she’ll be able to go on all of the rides she wants to check out.
      hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Christine T on September 11, 2015 at 8:30 am


    I also just picked up a watch, the first one I have bought/worn in at least 8 years:

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:17 am

      ohhh it’s beautiful!

  10. heather on September 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I am going to have to check out that Instagram Barbie link because it is th secondime today I have heard about it. Do tell what is in the Bath and Body Works bag? I am going to try that chia pudding. Have a great day

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:16 am

      you have to. it’s hilarious. i got a sweater weather candle and a pumpkin pecan waffles candle 🙂

  11. Jessie R on September 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

    That pudding looks amazing… and well fro-yo- always a good choice! Poor Livi, she shopped till she dropped, too cute

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2015 at 9:16 am

      hahah she literally did!

  12. Mary on September 11, 2015 at 9:29 am

    ugh fantastic post hahaha. that socality barbie is AMAZING. and yes, i am guilty of most of the 2000’s girl things. i feel like you had been reading a book that i really wanted to read, but i cant remember the title!! oh well. i’ll have to read through that list of 15 books instead 😉 i hope it cools down for Legoland! It’s 100 degrees here in South Pasadena, which is 20 degrees too warm for me.

  13. Tabatha on September 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I keep meaning to try that passion tea at Starbucks, and the froyo looks AMAZING! I love the infinity bracelet you have on, where did you get it??

  14. Gretchen on September 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Love the book recommendations…but “hipster barbie” is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time!! Thanks for sharing and making me laugh out loud 🙂

  15. Mo on September 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Hipster barbie – I am DYING! Also so guilty of the 2000s girl list – had me feeling all nostalgic :)! Hope the heat breaks for you San Diegans! Happy Friday Gina!

  16. Sam on September 11, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Just in case you really miss it… the velour jumpsuit is still very much alive and well in Jersey and NY! Not in my household, though ; ) This week i’m loving: the new and improved pumpkin spiced latte (grande, coconut milk, 1 pump pumpkin – no whip); cooler temps in NJ; checking out periscope; and La Croix grapefruit flavor.

  17. Christina on September 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Is it too late to join your 21 fix group?! I forgot to sign up! I know I’m a week behind 🙁

  18. Nancy on September 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    How exactly do you order that Starbucks passion tea/lemonade/fizz drink – I want to give it a try!

  19. mary on September 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I just read the sad part of Primates. You definitely will want to not read anymore, maybe for years. She talks about some friends with older kids with tragedies, too. I was in ‘legs up the wall’ pose, reading and crying.

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      oh mannnnn. glad i took a break!!! :/

  20. Jenna on September 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I absolutely love Elin Hilderbrand! I started reading Liane Moriarty after you and pbfingers raved about her books. Now I know what I need to start reading next! 🙂

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