Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a lovely morning. I am SO excited for the weekend. The week feels like such a blur, and the weekend is a chance to slow down a bit. It’s nice to get to sleep in (the Pilot and I take turns), hang out with friends, and enjoy time with the family. During the week, the Pilot’s schedule is pretty hectic, so it’s a treat when the four of us are together. I don’t get a ton of alone time with Liv, so I asked the Pilot if it would be cool to take her on a girls’ date on Sunday. I’ve been planning a couple of fun things we could do, and I think we’ll probably go to Build-A-Bear, have lunch, and see a movie. 

Before we get into this week’s Friday Faves party, a huge congratulations to our Owlet winner: Martha! (Check your email <3) It is such an awesome tool, and I hope you love it.

Here are some faves from the week and around the web. As always, I love hearing what you’re enjoying, too, so please join in the fun in the comments section if you’d like.

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Winter Shape Up check-ins! This is by far my favorite part of WSU. I love seeing all of your beautiful sweaty faces! Keep up the amazing work, and check out the intro post here if you’d like to join in the fun next week.

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A good reminder to chase some dreams.


55 healthy Superbowl snacks. I’m just excited about the Puppy Bowl.

This new book. I just started it, and I’m already sucked in. My friend Ashley saw it on Instagram and tagged me. She said, “Have you read this?” Nope, and thanks to Amazon Prime, it was on my doorstep the next day. It’s one of those books that I can’t finish fast enough. It’s very spiritual -more than I was expecting- but I’m devouring it. 

Carry on warrior

30 blog post prompts.

Not that I need another reason to snuggle my babies all day.

Better Buzz. I went to get some writing done the other morning, and got my beloved Best Drink Ever and a counter space since it was PACKED. Funny story: I couldn’t reach my computer! Sitting on the stool, even at its highest point, I basically had to reach my arms overhead to type. So, it turned into a standing desk. 😉 

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The new Suja vegan probiotic water. They sent me a case to try, and it is so good. It tastes like the flavor-infused water I’d make at home, with bonus probiotics. It’s not sweet (no sugar added), and they use fresh herbs and fruits to flavor the water. I taught two barre classes the other night, and this was the perfect refreshed in between classes.

Suja probiotic water

YOGAAAAAA. I’ve been taking (and LOVING) classes at Yoga Six. The studio is immaculate, the teachers and kind and knowledgeable, and I’ve enjoyed every type of class I’ve tried. My friends at Yoga Six offered an incredible discount for my reader friends, available just for you only! New students can use the code fitnessista6 to get 6 weeks for $49 (!!!!!!!) and current students can use fitnessista20 to get 20% off their next purchase. Store locators are here if you want to see if a studio is near you!

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 Tank // crops // headband // mat

Getting a doctor’s appointment early! The new specialist that I’m going to see (who will most likely be doing my surgical procedure and is supposed to be wonderful), had a cancelation today, so I was able to get in an earlier appointment. While I’m super nervous about it, and everything really, I’m excited that things are happening. I just want to get it out of my life and start the healing process. So that’s where I’m headed right now! Fingers crossed for me pleeeeeease.


Happy Fri-YAY!



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  1. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on February 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Sending you good vibes for your doctor’s appointment! Speaking of yoga, my fiancee has recently gotten into it, which has been such a huge surprise, but it’s doing wonders for his physical and mental health. Yoga all the way!

  2. Sana on February 5, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Good luck with everything! Sending you lots of positive energy and vibes!

  3. ellen on February 5, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Mommy daughter dates are the best – no matter how old you are 😉 !!! I remember last year I surprised my mum with tickets for her to come visit me in NYC and I had an amazing 3 weeks planned for us! We got to spent all this time together (well i was working as well but still having my mum there was INCREDIBLE!!) and then a few REALLY fun weekends. We went for a spa day, massages and all, we had hight tea at the plaza and saw the ballet at the met! She was so happy and she said it was a gift she will never forget! Sorry for all the bubbling its just that mum-daughter time is precious and its so nice to see you and Liv do it too 🙂

  4. Sagan on February 5, 2016 at 6:42 am

    That yoga pose! <3

    I like impromptu standing desks 🙂

    Have a fun girls' date!

  5. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on February 5, 2016 at 7:09 am

    You got this! Sending you many good thoughts for speedy procedure and recovery!

  6. Mary on February 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    If I had known you hadn’t read Glennon’s book I would have suggested it. She is an awesome person. You have to follow her blog too!

    • Julie on February 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

      I 2nd all of this! LOVE that book & her blog. Glennon is absolutely amazing.

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 5, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Good luck with the doctor! I’m positive everything will be just fine and then you can go eat a big acai bowl and hug your girls. 🙂

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 5, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Hi Gina! I heard about that Suja water and would love to try it. Hope you get some good down time this weekend with your fam, lady! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  9. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on February 5, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Happy Fri-YAY!! #1 – how cute is the fam jam? #2 – how have I not seen this Suja yet?! Maybe it can be a replacement for my obsession with Greek Yogurt….:D xo Jill

    Latest Post: Ultra Light Down – The Best Winter Travel Jacket!

  10. Katie on February 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Gina, would love to hear how you cope with having a hubby that has a very demanding work schedule. Mine is a firefighter and marine and I feel like I never get to see him! So hard sometimes! I don’t know how you do it with two children. You are a warrior indeed! I love your blog, your honesty, and the wonderful recommendations you make. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  11. kimc on February 5, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Mommy daughter dates are the best, enjoy! Sending lots of positive vibes and hugs for you appointment <3

  12. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on February 5, 2016 at 8:07 am

    My friends and I are making a trip out to Better Buzz later this afternoon! Praying for your afternoon. <3

  13. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on February 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Oooh thanks for the blog prompts link! I’m thinking happy thoughts for your appointment!

  14. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on February 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    That book is great! I read it last year and I love her blog as well. It’s always inspiring and uplifting!

  15. Julie on February 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing the Monica Lewinsky article. Such a good point the author made – something we should all keep in mind as we interact w/ others.

    Sending good thoughts for your appt. Also, have a fun date w/ Liv this wknd!

  16. melissa on February 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Oh no 🙁 I didn’t realize you had to have the prolapse surgery after all. I thought it was improving?? I’m so sorry to hear that but just remember these things are fairly routine for doctors and you will be so much better for it!

  17. Anna @ THE POSH BODY on February 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

    That suja probiotic water totally caught my eye… Do you know what strains and amounts of probiotics are in it? Thanks, Gina!

  18. Megan Little on February 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I have seen a few people post about how great this book is, thanks again for another recommendation.

  19. Cara on February 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Sending some prayers your way mama…one on one dates are the best! I have 3 girls, so we try to do something with each of them a couple times a month.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  20. Tracy on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Happy Friday & Happy weekend!!

    Good luck with your appointment! Happy you were able to get in early!

    I have 1 girl and 3 boys so I absolutely cherish my one on one time with her! Enjoy your girl date!!

  21. Meagan Leanne on February 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve been testing out the Kevita probiotic sparkling drinks lately and actually really enjoying them. Have you tried them out so that maybe you can compare it to the Suja drink? Hoping your appointment goes well!

  22. Cassie on February 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Hope your doc appointment goes well!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      thank you!

  23. Jessie R on February 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Adding that book to my GoodReads list! YAY for weekends, sleeping in, family time, and mommy- daughter dates. I’m 27 and still love spending special time with my mom! Good thoughts your way for your doctors appointment.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      i’m the same way! dates with my mom and nana are my favorite

  24. Lori on February 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Good luck with things at the doctor! Hope all goes well and it’s filled with good news.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      thank you <3

  25. Erin M. on February 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Good luck!!

  26. Kara on February 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I heard Glennon Doyle Melton speak last March in Ohio. She was such a dynamic speaker and her story is so inspiring! Unfortunately I just couldn’t get into her book, and I wanted to love it! Her blog is and worth checking out.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      i will definitely check it out. thank you!

  27. Calista on February 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I hope your appointment goes well! Good luck! Quick question on your yoga mat: when your hands and feet get the least bit damp, do you slip? I have had such a time finding a yoga mat that allows me to hold downward dog without slipping.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      thank you! YES. that’s why i use the manduka mat towels. they keep me from sliding around 🙂

      • Calista on February 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

        Ahhh, wonderful! Thank you! I’m putting one of those on my Christmas list!

  28. Lisa on February 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I am having trouble using the yoga six code. I want to buy my daughter a gift in St. Louis. There is a yoga six right by her apartment. As a busy grad student this would be wonderful. But it is not letting us use the code ?? Any help ?
    Good luck w the dr appt.
    Enjoy your babies. My girls are 29mand 24. Seems like yesterday. Namaste

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      hi lisa! try again- my contact said that it was fixed. if it doesn’t work, please let me know and i’ll email her again!

  29. SK Bell on February 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Good luck with your doctor’s appointment! Wishing you excellent news… and I loved Carry on, Warrior! Such a good one!

  30. Victoria on February 6, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Love your Friday Fave posts, keep them coming!

  31. Paolo U on February 6, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I wish you good luck on your new pursuits.

  32. Kate on February 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Just bought the book on Amazon – thanks for the recommendation!

  33. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Sending good doctor vibes your way!

  34. Bethany on February 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Healing prayers being sent your way!

  35. Meg on February 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    How long will the Yoga Six promo last? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      i’m not sure! i think it’s until the end of feb but i will verify for you

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