Friday Faves

Hi! Happy Friday to you. <3 Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. We’re meeting up with our cousins for dinner tonight, Liv and the Pilot have a fun adventure planned, and we’re so excited to celebrate this guy on Father’s Day.

W tom at fire station 15

Sisters 5

Also, I’m taking an Orangetheory class (AHHHHH! I’m coming back!), and hoping to sneak in some paddle boarding.

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love hearing about the things making you smile, so please feel free to join in the party in the comments section.


Everything you could ever want bars

Betsy brought these over on Sunday -after I had just returned home from teaching Zumba and barre- and they are probably my new favorite dessert.

Get this:

chocolate chip cookie on the bottom

brownies stuffed with Oreo on top of that

with an animal cookie layer.

I just. can’t. even. 

Here is a profile “bite” view:

Everything you could ever want bars 2

It was around 14038 grams of sugar, and they were everything. I request these for all future birthdays and holidays.

Reading this post is making me sad because one would go really well with a cup of coffee right about now…

13 children’s book that encourage kindness. I ordered this book for Liv, and we had a great talk about how we can fill others’ buckets and that sharing kindness can also help fill our own bucket.

Lace bralettes. I know I’m late to the party here, but I think they look so cute and unexpected peeking out of a simple tee. They’re definitely more for style than support, but are comfy just for hanging out or running errands.

Well this was just amazing. Maggie Rogers may be my new very favorite. 

Rope workouts! This is one of my faves, but I love addingn 30-second blitzes of rope work after upper body workouts. 


Looks like we need this beach blanket.

Uhhh I guess I should let my coffee cool down a bit before chugging.

Tips for workout fueling.

Breakfast tacos! I gave P some bites of bean (I would just peel it and smash a little into her mouth) and she giggled with each bite. She LOVED them, and it was pretty darn cute to watch her enjoy them so much.

Breakfast tacos

This moon charm bracelet is adorable.

Cheers to kombucha.

And now the P smile of the day. She looks so sneaky crawling away from me haha.

Check out her little messy bun. 🙂

P rrose

Happy Friday friends!



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 17, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Miss P always has the biggest smile! How can you not be happy looking at that face?

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      it’s not possible. every time she smiles, it melts my heart (and makes me want all the babies)

      • Kathy on June 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        she’s making me want all the babies too…tell her to cool it!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Her “bun” officially makes my day. Thanks, Gina. I needed that after the Warriors loss last night!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      haha thank you! AHHHH i thought of you last night. i’ll be cheering for the next game! it’s going to be intense

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on June 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Adorable pictures of the fam! I’m certain you guys will have an amazing Father’s Day. It’s hard not to with those two adorable little ones!

    What I’ve been loving this week is up on the blog, too – but to shorten it up with the 600+ words. Pink Peonies. I can’t even. I’m LOVING them in Denver this season!

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      hahah i thought you were talking about the blog pink peonies. i was like “i love that blog too!” then i was like, oh yeah. the flower. one of my faves 🙂

  4. Allie Denault on June 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

    So cute! What is orange theory fitness?

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      i linked to the focus on post above, but it is a combo of strength circuits, treadmill intervals and rowing. I LOVE IT

  5. angie on June 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Ahhhh those brownies!!! I need some. Please ask Betsy to give you the recipe to post for us readers.

    Those tacos look soo good. Where did you get them? I need to add that to my places to eat when I move back. I keep telling my husband I am going to gain 20 lbs when I move back to SD cos I plan to eat at all my fave places.

    OMG that pic of P with the pony/bun. LOVE IT. I love putting my Bellas hair in ponytails/buns. Its soo fun to have a girl

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      i’m pretty sure she found it on pinterest! i’ll look for it
      they were from naked cafe. SO GOOD. and you need to try all of the new places that have opened!
      have a great weekend <3

      • Jane on June 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

        Just Google “slutty brownies.” 🙂 (sorry, I didn’t name them!)

        • Fitnessista on June 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

          hahahhahaha 🙂 done

  6. Mollie K on June 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I am a school psychologist and I am the BIGGEST proponent of gratitude and kindness! Love the Fill My Bucket book….Also, the book ONE…is incredible! xo

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      i will check that out!! i really enjoy reading books to liv that have a lesson attached to them, especially about being kind to others.

  7. Chelsea Anthony on June 17, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Happy Friday! I’m spending my morning with my little P at the zoo, grilling salmon for dinner and making your southwest salad… Oh, and turning 30!!! Yikes!! Saturday the birthday festivities will be spent with girlfriends Loews Venata at the pool and dinner at The Flying V. Sunday is all about CJ and how amazing he is as a dad to P!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      that sounds like a perfect day! HBD to you lovely friend! i hope you all have an amazing weekend together. please get a prickly pear marg for me at the v 🙂

  8. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    This makes me so happy I’m odd and let my hot drinks almost completely cool before drinking them! Haha I don’t know why but I’ve never enjoyed very hot drinks.

  9. Jessie Reeves on June 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    P is just the cutest thing, and her hair, precious!! I hope you all get that beach blanket, it would be the best :). I’ve been loving summer salad eating and then finishing off with this yummy crisp – – at least once a week, topped with coconut milk ice cream. We can’t find any rhubarb though!! So I just use strawberries.

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      thank you! she is a nut. we all have so much fun together <3
      i will have to try that crisp this weekend with strawberries! YUM
      happy friday!

  10. Julia @ Drops of Jules on June 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Okay I can’t handle those bars. The animal cookie layer sealed the deal for me. Whoa.
    Happy Friday and have a lovely Father’s Day weekend, Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      the animal cookies took it over the top!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend, too.

  11. Kailey on June 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing that list of kindness books! I taught “bucket filler” lessons with my students using that book and it did wonders for our class! We had “buckets” (cups) with each student’s name on it and everyone put kind notes in each other’s cups throughout the year. Fun to see you using it with Liv!

  12. Tracy on June 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Looks like P will have hair as beautiful as yours and Liv’s!! So cute!

    Just catching up today after being on a family vacation in Puerto Vallarta (so fun!). Congratulations on your great news from the GI test! Such a huge relief!!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      thank you so much! she has SO much hair already. i kept waiting for it to fall out and it never did
      so happy you had a wonderful family vacay 🙂 thank you for the sweet words about her test, too. we’re very relieved

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