Friday Faves

Hi friends! How are you? Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday! Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I missed you all. <3 I hit up an early Orangetheory class and then we hit the road for a little weekend getaway. I’ll be back with a recap of our adventures on Monday! 

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans or adventures on the horizon? Summer is officially here, and I find that the days are moving in slow motion. I absolutely love it, but it makes me wonder how the heck I got us dressed and Liv to preschool in the morning. We have been enjoying the relaxed schedule, and find it’s been a nice change of pace.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. It’s fun to share some of the things I’ve been enjoying over the week, and I love hearing about your faves, too, if you’d like to play along in the comments section. 🙂

P (and Liv!) smile of the week:

my hearts

Toes in the sand with dad:

toes in the sand

 Tiny rock climber:

rock climber

P saying, “Mama”

I posted this one on my Snapchat (username: fitnessista) last weekend, and it was kind of a hoot that it happened over Father’s Day. The Pilot and I have had this friendly competition with both kids to see if they’d say “Mama” or “Dada” first. P has been babbling like crazy and saying mamamamama for a while now, but now if you ask her to say it, she repeats it back to you, along with the biggest 4-toothed smile. (She has her two bottom teeth and both top “fangs.” #vampirebaby) It is the sweetest ever. 

Summer Shape Up is on the way!

summer shape up starts july 11-2

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So excited for this one. <3

New candles

I think I was kicked out of the NCH (National Candle Hoarders) club because I had zero candles in the house. I’m pretty sure this has never happened before. I love running the oil diffuser with lavender during the day, but there’s something so peaceful about having a few candles lightly glimmering throughout the house. P and I were at the mall, and I was so excited to see that Bath & Body Works brought back the Henri Bendel candles, which they’d stopped carrying for a while. I still like the Rewined candles the most, but love the fig and rose scents from this brand. 


Hamilton soundtrack

My inner musical-obsessed self is a little sad that I’m so late on the bus, but better late than never, right? YOU GUYS. The hype is for a reason. I started listening to the soundtrack a couple of weeks ago, and it’s seriously incredible. It gets better every.time. I can’t wait until the next time I make it to NYC because this has to happen. 


AHHHHH. It’s just so good. Has anyone seen it live? Please tell me everything. 

A celebration purchase.

valentino rockstud sandals

When I was through the depths of PPD, my own medical stuff, being worried sick about P and her reflux, and when a family member was out of the woods with her scary diagnosis (a portion of the year we can go ahead and erase), I decided to get myself a little something. I finally ordered a pair of Valentino rockstuds. I’d been wanting some for years, and figured it would be the perfect way to celebrate after making it through the challenges of the past 8 months.

Yesterday I had my last big doctor’s appointment to verify that everything is indeed ok after my repair surgery, and it’s also the day that these arrived. I had been scoping them out for a long time at Nordstrom, but they didn’t have many sizes left. Bergdorf Goodman has a ton of sizes. 

valentino rockstud sandals-2

I’ll definitely show them a lot of love. 🙂 

Can’t wait to try this leg workout.

Head to toe running workout.

Watermelon sangria? YAS.

Cheeky sayings on the mirrors at Orangetheory:

hakuna masquata

“Hakuna Masquata. It means nice booty for the rest of your days.”

How I feel after squats. 

These cauliflower rice stuffed peppers look amazing.

Healthy snack ideas.

Sesame soy tofu salad. 

Hope you have a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend. What’s something you’re loving this week? Hands in the air if you’re excited for Summer Shape Up!



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 24, 2016 at 7:06 am

    That is too cute about P saying mama! Both the girls are adorable as always. No plans this weekend except a ton of homework for my nutrition school & trying to stay cool. Hopefully it won’t be 120 in AZ like last weekend. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2016 at 8:00 am

      thank you, friend! ahhhhh when i hear about the temps it’s hard to believe that used to be NBD for me. now it’s SO HOT

  2. Shannon Crenshaw Rhoads on June 24, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Dang, nice celebration purchase! I’ve been wanting the pumps for basically forever. Have a nice getaway weekend, those girls are too cute!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2016 at 7:59 am

      thank you, friend! i LOVE the pumps, too, but figured i’d wear the sandals way more 🙂

  3. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on June 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Those shoes <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2016 at 7:59 am

      <3! have a great weekend :)

  4. Taylor on June 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Love those shoes!!!!! Have a great weekend!!

  5. mary on June 24, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I feel a lot better about the $800 sectional I bought yesterday, if those are $900+ sandals! ; )

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 24, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I’m DYING to see Hamilton!! And love the shoes. Enjoy your getaway, Gina! 🙂

  7. Michelle A. on June 24, 2016 at 8:39 am

    HAMILTON!! I managed to snag tickets for December, and I’m so excited! Best of luck getting your hands on some — it’s already sold out till next May! 🙁

  8. Katie on June 24, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate! Cheers to amazing shoes and happy and healthy days ahead!

  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on June 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I think that Fig scented candle is calling me :O

  10. Sara on June 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Ahhh, Rockstuds are my dream shoe! I want the kitten heel. Congrats and show us what they look like on, please! I want to live vicariously through you. 🙂

  11. Tracy on June 24, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Congrats on winning the mama/papa race! 😉 And many many congrats on making it through this challenging year!!

  12. Sam @ barrister's beet on June 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Hope you have a nice getaway weekend! And those shoes… Gorg! It’s great that you rewarded yourself after such a challenging time. We all need a pick me up sometimes ; )

  13. Sara @ saralouyoga on June 24, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hakuna Masquata…

    That is the cutest! Looking forward to a chill weekend enjoying the beautiful weather here, heading out to the beach and maybe doing some yoga videos 🙂

  14. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Love the shoes. Love the candles. So glad that everything is good with you.

  15. queenoffitness on June 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Awesome shoe splurge!!! I would love the rock stud heels, however I don’t think my hobbit feet would fit. Lots of fun shoe photos please!!!

  16. Alexandra on June 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Can’t wait for summer shape up!! And awesome celebration purchase!! You deserve it after all that you’ve been thru! Have a great weekend!

  17. Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on June 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I’m glad you’re back in the candle hoarders club so I’m not in it alone! I have WAY to many candles! I probably have 20 right now which is really out of hand but you never know when your favorite scent will go out of stock!

  18. Cara on June 25, 2016 at 7:15 am

    So excited for SSU!! Although I’m still 2 weeks away from being cleared to work out after baby! I’ll be hitting up the PBB first and then joining in on the SSU a little late, but I can’t wait!!

  19. Bethany on June 26, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Love celebration presents! I also get a PCS present <—–just an idea for ya! =)

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      hahaha i told tom about that and he was like NO NO NO NO

  20. Kim on June 27, 2016 at 7:02 am

    If anyone is looking for a similar (cheaper) pair of sandals, Rebecca Minkoff has a similar style at nordstrom

  21. Anna on June 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    HAMILTON. It was…ridiculous. I live in NY and was determined to see if before LMM leaves on July 9th. I entered the lottery every day (and had my husband and my grandmother and my mom, etc do it, too to increase my chances. I stalked StubHub daily. I called in every favor. I came up with nothing. My hopes were down, and I decided I would sell one of my nice bags to have a disposable 1,400.00 for a seat via a line sitter (you can hire – totally legit – a person to stay the 36 hours in the cancelation line for you to wait for a ticket). I almost did it…and chickened out bc I felt like first of all, I couldn’t spend the money without extreme guilt…and then…second of all, I felt weird paying someone to do something I wouldn’t/couldn’t (two toddlers at home who would not do well with a 36 hour street camp out) do. So I cancelled my spot, and had a broken heart. I called back to re-hire the company that does this and my spot had already been taken for the day. That day, my husband won the lottery (the Hamilton ticket lottery) at 4pm and we went that night and sat in the front row for 10.00 a person. My expectations were incredibly high (my family members are in the industry) and I have to say, the show exceeded anything I could have ever hoped for. My husband, who is a total skeptic and doesn’t want to love anything trendy or with hype (he is a super serious pediatric oncologist) was blown away, too. LMM and Leslie Odom’s sweat and spit fell on us (front row, lol) and it was breath-taking from beginning to end. I cannot come up with one single flaw. There are aspects of it, like…Stay Alive (the second one) which have a visceral feeling that doesn’t come through all the way on the CD. Same with Quiet Uptown. Neither of those were my favorites from the album, but they become something else in person. He truly does “save” something for you as a live theatergoer even with the full show sung through on the CD (minus one small scene not on the CD)…Every single part of this show is spectacular, from the aspects hidden throughout it from popular culture and history…to the thought he put into every part of how it weaves together (such as how Daveed Digs goes from a Frenchman having trouble mastering the English language to having the fastest raps by the end of his scenes, or to how Alexander’s part during the first song is so much more intense then the other men in order to allign the audience with Alexander’s genius from moment one…) He says it took him a full year to write MyShot and I believe it. Although, in person, it feels so natural like it just happened all in one breath. The theater is intimate and perfect for the show, we were lucky enough to get almost the entire full cast that night. The sound is beyond. Every single thing. I could go on and on…I will say this. If you have any way to get to NY before July 9th, do it. It will change your life. It certainly has made me re-evaluate every aspect of my own life (as a 35 year old married, Psychologist mom of two this was very unexpected). GO SEE IT.

    • Anna on June 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Same goes with “Say no to this” which for me, was not something that drew me in. The drama of the moment on stage is something that you can’t pull yourself away from. So you end up at home with a whole new album to listen to…only this time you have all this imagery and emotion to go with it!

      • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        AHHHHH that’s why i love actually being able to see the shows. it makes the soundtracks so much more meaningful.

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      oh my gossshhhhh. reading your comments gave me serious chills. amazing. what an incredible experience, and DESTINY that you were able to go that very night (and sit in the front row, no less)! thank you for sharing with me, and making me even more excited! my chances of going before the 9th are basically nonexistent, but man. i want to see it SO BADLY.

  22. Michelle Rae on June 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I miss your snap stories! I think you blocked me after my 2 year old somehow sent you some gibberish snap chat messages 🙁

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      that’s so weird! usually i only block people if they constantly screen shot like my face haha or send me inappropriate stuff. what’s your snap name? i can add you!

      • Michelle Rae on June 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm


  23. Erica on June 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Good luck with the Hamilton tickets. You can probably purchase tickets now for next summer.

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      i saw that. totally burst my bubble hahah

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