Friday Faves

 Hi friends! Happy happy Friday to ya. Today is already a great one because I’m writing to you from fabulous Las Vegas. We’re here for the Pac-12 basketball tournament games today and tomorrow and I CAN’T WAIT. There’s something so magical about Las Vegas (ok, even though in some ways it’s kind of a grimy adult Disneyland haha), and we always have a blast when we’re in town. 


I’ll be back on Monday with lots of adventures, but in the meantime, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout it out in the comments section if you would like. 

Flowers 2

This beautiful bowl from my friends at General Mills. They sent it in celebration of National Cereal Day, along with some cereals. Their new versions do not contain artificial colors and flavors, and Liv had her first bowl of Trix. Needless to say, she went crazy for it. The bowl was such an awesome personalized gift, and it’s now my favorite vessel for morning oats. 


Well this gave me all the feels. 

Post-run stretches.

Return of my favorite self tanner! While I am still use the not-so-natural stuff every now and again, this is my all-time favorite tanning product. It’s vegan, not tested on animals, doesn’t contain freaky ingredients, and is a perfect brown shade. No oompa loompa colors. 😉

Self tanner

Speaking of natural beauty products, I picked up this lip crayon from the new Honest Beauty line (in rose, natch). As a lip crayon connoisseur, I’m obsessed. The color is perfectly sheer, it lasts, and is made with coconut oil. 

My friend Mike in this Buzzfeed video! We used to work at Abercrombie back in the day. It was so cool to see him in this video, but I don’t love how the cracking sound in the video is way louder than real life. It made me flinch a few times.

Get in my belly.

Michael Phelps’ new inspirational Under Armour ad. 

The best running memes.

WHAT. Caleb Marshall, you are my new favorite guy. Making it my new mission to try as many of his videos as possible.

Why it’s so important to be honest during your postpartum checkups.

Livi’s deep love for Peeps.


This heartfelt post from my friend Janae. I often wonder how the heck she does it all, and feel like all moms can relate to this post, no matter what their unique situation may be. We’re all working hard and trying to give the best to our babies.

Using Snapchat more often! So I found out why so many of you couldn’t follow me: my username was something totally random. Brilliant. I changed it to Fitnessista if you’d like to follow along. 🙂 Most of my snaps are from workouts, pics or videos of these little noodles,

Little sisters

playing around with the effects, and recipe fails. 

Livi’s first piano lesson! I took a terrible blurry picture from far away, but it made my heart so happy that she loved it and already can’t wait to go back. They’re starting off with the very basics (high notes and low notes, black keys vs white keys, finger position), but I’m excited to see how it progresses. 

Healthy portable breakfast ideas.

Last, but certainly not least, your amazing support of PBB. I am so so thankful to all of you, and sending lots of gratitude to my new mama friends who have purchased the plan, and those of you who have helped me spread the word. I’m so excited to be a part of the PBB team with all of you! Current plan subscribers will receive updated versions from now on, in addition to any bonus videos or workouts I create. 

Post baby bod postpartum fitness plan

The weekly P smile of the day 😉

Smiley p rose

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. RachelG on March 11, 2016 at 6:27 am

    We have the same bjorn toy! Of course. lol. As of now Sophie has not interest in it…she prefers to stare at the ceiling fan for an hour. 😉

  2. Sana on March 11, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Happy Friday! I hope we all smile as big as sweet little P today!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

      amen to that!

  3. Linda on March 11, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I am a long time follower of your blog. Snap chat is so fun, but I am still unable to receive your snaps. When I type in Fitnessista, it shows up as Gina. Don’t know what the problem is. Anyone else?

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

      that should be me 🙂

  4. mary on March 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

    No more lip crayon recommendations! I must have 20, and I just picked up the Neutrogena one you liked! lol

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

      hahaha i’m sorry! even when i was buying it, i was like “you don’t need another one” but i use all of them 😉

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 11, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Have fun in Vegas! It’s been a few years since I’ve been (too many injuries to go anywhere) so have some fun for me too!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:17 am

      i definitely will!! <3 hope you are still healing and feeling better

  6. Janelle on March 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Hahaha omg I am in love with those Caleb videos! Thanks for sharing

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

      omg they made me so happy!!! i love him

  7. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on March 11, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Ah the smile <3
    I've never used self tanner…but I am SO pale! Haha! Maybe I'll have to try it!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

      hahah! it makes a huge difference

  8. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on March 11, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Have fun in Vegas!!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

      thank you, friend <3

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Have a great time in Vegas, Gina! And I agree that those Under Armour ads that just came out are SO good. I love the women’s gymnastics one the best. Happy Friday! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:11 am

      thank you, friend! yes, they are amazing!
      hope you have a great weekend

  10. Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things on March 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Have so much fun in Vegas! I’ve seen those Under Armour videos floating around and when I’m not at work I gotta watch them!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:11 am

      they’re so good! xoxo

  11. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on March 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I’ve never been to Vegas but I SOOOOOO want to go! I hope you have a great time! And thank you, as always, for the Miss P smile 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:11 am

      thank you! hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  12. Taylor on March 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I want to try that self-tanner!! Loved Janae’s post too 🙂 Have a great weekend~!!!

  13. JoHannah on March 11, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I have been searching for a good self tanner for so long. I have a few questions about the one you suggested. What shade do you use? How long do you wait before you put on clothes after application? Does it have a strong odor? Personal reviews are always the best! Thanks!!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

      i use medium and put it on before bed. i just wear loose clothes and let it dry before going to sleep. we have light sheets and i’ve never had a problem with streaking

  14. queenoffitness on March 11, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I don’t think anybody can smile bigger or wider than Miss P! I have never met a baby with such a large smile and I’ve been around a lot of babies since my mom ran a day care in our home for many years.
    Also, how odd is it that I can’t find you on Instagram?!?! I was following you and then one day poof you were gone. When I search for you, I can’t locate you that way either.

  15. Robin Morehouse on March 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Have fun in Vegas- go Cats! I am obsessed with the Under Armor commercial – I even did one leg toes to bar this morning to inspire myself!

  16. Cara on March 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

    My husband just got back from Vegas last night! (I think there was a pizza convention?? He was there for work…) I personally don’t like Vegas, too busy and kind of dirty for me, lol. I too have snapchat, but really don’t get it. I just ordered Dr. Dennis’ Glow Pads for my face and am anxious to try them! I just recently had a chunk of skin taken out of my stomach (they had to remove twice because they didn’t get it all the first time) so I’m much more aware of staying out of the sun now…boo.

  17. Jessie R on March 11, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Your girls are just too precious, P is just the happiest :)! I’m digging Liv’s fro-yo bowl too. I’m in desperate need of self tanner, it’s down right scary! St Patty’s Parade today, and the Big 12 tourney is in town as well, so people are EVERYwhere!

  18. Crystal on March 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I’m right there with Liv on the Peep love; I like to let them get stale and chewy before eating them lol. I love how P smiles with her whole face!

    Have a fun weekend in Vegas 😀

  19. Tracy on March 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Happy TGIF!!! Yay for the first day of spring break for my kids:)

    Have an awesome fun time in Vegas and good luck to your Wildcats!

    Big smile back to P!

  20. Amanda @ Cheers to the Weekends on March 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Happy Friday! Vegas will always hold a special place in my heart! I love it and I’m not ashamed to say it! 😀

  21. masala girl on March 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    i love seeing P smile 🙂 and the UA gymnastics ad is my favorite, but they are all STUNNING! have a fab weekend!

  22. Jen Villa on March 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Yay! Snapchat! I’m recently obsessed myself mostly stuff with the boys. I just added you 😉

    This social media thing is insane, time hop told me I’ve been following your blog for *gasp* four years! Geez! Good thing we look even better with those glowing years and less sleep from those sassy kiddos we have 😉 Thought it was appropriate to post on your blog because apparently you’re my friday Fav! haha Happy weekend!!

  23. Catherine on March 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    What are your thoughts on sunless tanner and/or spray tanning during pregnancy? I can’t seem to find solid, scientific, reputable data anywhere! I asked my OB and his reply was “what’s wrong with being pale?” Which didn’t answer my question!

    • Fitnessista on March 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      hahah! i stuck with the true naturals while i was pregnant, and only used it occasionally

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