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Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday!! What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun going on?

It was a week of just the girls over here! We had a lot of fun together, but it’s always nice to have the man of the house back home.

Here’s my best attempt at a selfie with the 3 of us haha.

The girls 8

This weekend, we don’t have a ton of plans! I’m shooting a workout and also hoping to get a couple of videos done, cranking along on PBB advanced, and going to enjoy some relaxing with the fam. Speaking of videos, I’m so excited for the updated breakfast cookie page and recipe video! Please check it out here and let me know if you’d like to see more like this. 🙂

Breakfast cookie

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! It’s always fun to share some of the things I’m loving each week, and also hear about your faves. Please shout out any favorite reads, eats, fitness or fashion-y finds in the comments if you would like to join in the fun.

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P is 10 months old today! In 2 short months, this little lady will be smashing into a cake. She is a constantly smiling/giggling, snuggly, sweet star. Just like with Liv, I knew she’d be amazing, but really had no idea. 

P the mermaid

An interesting post about burnout.

I’ve been wanting to check out Stranger Things since I’ve heard so many people rave about it. Does it need to happen?

Can’t wait to try this workout!

Kyle was in Tucson Foodie twice this week. #crushingit

Tucson foodie

What group fitness instructors are actually thinking. 100% to all of these things. My confessions of a group fitness instructor are here.

A great article about HIIT.

These baby dress-up pics are too much.

Healthy summer salad recipes.

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In love with this beach towel.

Chocolate cherry smoothies are my fave; this version looks fantastic.

I’ve been working my gluteus mas o menos.

How to balance CrossFit and running.

Gap sales. I get almost all of the girls’ clothes at gap, Old Navy and Thred Up, so I’ve been stoked for all of the back-to-school sales going on. Liv ready for when school starts! Even with all of the cute dresses, tops and shorts that arrived, she was the most excited about these kitty cat ears.

Applications!! Thank you so much for all of the kind and lovely comments when I mentioned that I’m looking to hire a part-time employee. I was not expecting the flood of incredible applications that came in. THANK YOU! <3 I’m currently sorting through everything now, and will have it figured out by early next week. I’m really excited to have some help with the behind-the-scenes stuff so I can focus more on creating content, virtually hanging out with all of you here and on my social channels, and working on the post baby bod plan.

BOB membership. Only a few days left to take advantage of this SWEET promo. It’s only $25 to sign up for Band of Beauty, and you’ll get this amazing travel set for freeeeeeee.


BOB members get a lot of awesome perks, and the free travel set is worth it alone. You’ll also receive free shipping on orders over $100. For any of my friends this month who place a $55+ order, I’ll send you a mascara or charcoal bar as a little gift. Just forward me your order confirmation and let me know if you’d prefer the mascara or charcoal bar. (Also, if you’ve already placed an order this month over $55 and would like the gift, please let me know!

Happy Friday, friends! Hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. <3



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  1. Shannon Crenshaw Rhoads on August 26, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Laughing so hard at the cholo fit. Also wherever that board of vegetables is from, I need them.

    Have a happy weekend!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      it was from bo-beau kitchen! they were EVERYTHING.. especially with a little rose 😉
      and yes, cholo fit was hilarious!!
      hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Laura @FitMamaLove on August 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

    That cozy mermaid outfit! <3

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      the best 🙂

  3. Jessie on August 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Mermaid P, too cute!! That beach towel is gorgeous, makes me wish I lived close to a beach.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      thank you!

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

    That is awesome about your brother! I’ll have to remember to visit his food truck next time I make it down to see friends. You know Phoenix is so far! Have a great weekend lady!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      yes, you should definitely check it out if you get the chance!
      hope you have a great weekend, too <3

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on August 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Hi Gina! Happy Friday! I can’t even describe the cuteness in the Mermaid pic. And LOVE the breakfast cookie video you posted. Nice job, friend! Hope you enjoy your weekend. I’m back after an awesome Vegas trip and will be teaching BP in the morning and hanging out with my Mom, Hubs and dog. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      i am so jealous of all of your fun vegas adventures! so glad you guys had an amazing time <3
      hope you're enjoying the weekend back home!

  6. SS on August 26, 2016 at 8:31 am


    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      ahhhhh we started watching it tonight!

  7. Juliana on August 26, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I didn’t really get into Stranger Things, until this:

    Jean Ralphio is my favorite character on any show of all time.

    • Lindsey on August 26, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Ha-ha this is hilarious:D Stranger things is awesome!!!

      • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm

        it’s on right now!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      i will check it out!

  8. Liz on August 26, 2016 at 9:06 am

    As an instructor, what do you think when people leave class early? I hate to do it, but sometimes I have to for whatever reason. Like the other day I had to leave bodypump half way through because I felt like crap and realized I couldn’t make it through, but felt SO awkward putting away all my equipment. Any way to make it less awkward?

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      i totally feel ya. if i’m taking a class, i always like to give the instructor a heads up that i have to leave early, but i find that if you sneak out and at least give a little wave and mouth “thank you!” to the instructor, they figure you’re leaving for a reason other than you hate them and their class haha. when participants do that to me, i don’t feel weird if they at least look over and give me a smile or wave before heading out.

  9. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on August 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That recipe looks delicious! Breakfast cookie?! IN!

    I was sending that baby dress up article to everyone lately. Baby Joey is adorable! I started following her on Instagram and they do cute behind-the-scenes footage, too. Two thumbs up!

    My favorite this week is the new direction I’m taking my blog starting next week! I talk about it a bit on SST today, but re-branding is scary. But one of my favorite things about blogging is that they need to change with us. Changes and re-brands are scary, but exciting and rejuvenating at the same time. Hooray!

    Have a great weekend!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      rebranding is scary, but exciting! i’m excited for you <3 your site looks beautiful!

  10. april on August 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    We are heading to Julian this weekend (I also live in SD), and I forget if you have been there but the hard cider mill is AMAZING! They have it all on tap. Then you can go and get pie after 🙂

    Also can I maybe request a topic? I am in the stage of trying to conceive and I am trying to get myself into shape geared towards helping my body carry a baby and doing all the exercises that you can’t do during pregnancy. I have a general idea but I’m wondering what other input you may have!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      i still haven’t been, but we are definitely checking it out this fall! i need that pie haha
      i can definitely do a more thorough post on that! also, i have quite a few on the site if you want to check them out. a comprehensive post would be a good idea!

  11. Nathaly on August 26, 2016 at 10:05 am

    That mermaid outfit looks so cute on your baby!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      thank you! she is so sweet <3

  12. Erin on August 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Gina, P dressed as a mermaid was the cutest thing I’ve seen!! She’s adorable!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      thank you!!

  13. Michelle on August 26, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I was skeptical about Stranger Things at first (not really into aliens/weird monsters) but picked it up again last night and binge watched two episodes back to back – now I really like it!

    PS, sending in my application today! How exciting that you’ve gotten so many. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      i’m the same way! i started it tonight and it’s pretty good so far <3
      hope you're having a great weekend! and THANK YOU so much for applying! i'll be writing back to everyone in the next day or so

  14. Taylor on August 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Love the mermaid outfit!! Omg.. I started Stranger Things the other night and had to turn it off lol.. I’m a wuss! I am going to try to watch it again soon lol.. during the day! Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      haha i’m watching it now and already a little scared

  15. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Love Old Navy and the Gap. Back to school sales. Time to stock up!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      yes! they have such great stuff

  16. Wendy Heath on August 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    You MUST watch Stranger Things. It is the neatest little storyline and the acting in it is just amazing. Those kids are phenomenal. It’s a hell of a rollercoaster- be prepared to be driven to binge watch… 🙂

    I *loved* it. And I hate horror themed stuff, but this is much more classic sci-fi with a side of the coolest squad of adventure geeky kids…

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      you definitely convinced me! we started it tonight! on episode 2. i’m definitely intrigued so far

  17. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    That is SUCH a good deal on BC Band of Beauty!!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      yes! such an awesome deal!

  18. Melissa c on August 26, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Mermaid! Adorable. And u have beautiful teeth:) how do u keep em sooo white .?between coffee and wine, I’m I need suggestions on this!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      thank you! i just use the tom’s whitening toothpaste. it works well because i chug a lot of coffee.. and wine 😉

  19. Holly Boswell on August 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Yes to stranger things!!! It’s a good little thriller and is really weird, but good! But I will admit, I watched most of it with my thumbs over my ears and peeking through my fingers hahaha

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      i’m on episode 2! just started it tonight 🙂

  20. milania dela cruz on August 27, 2016 at 11:22 am


    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      i’m watching it now!

  21. Jessica on August 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Just popping in to make a quick comment – I’m a long time follower and I don’t comment as often as I should but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog and content. Its been a pleasure to “watch” you and your beautiful family grow over the past 4-5 years. I can always count on you to be both positive and “real” and your health and fitness outlook is so grounded and healthy. You’ve clearly got your priorities straight and you and Tom are building a wonderful life for you and those darling girls. And recently, I have been enjoying your video content as well – something I had not investigated much before. But, I’m loving the fitness videos! Great work. Anyway – just wanted to give you a long overdue compliment and thank you for BEING YOU!

  22. Allison on August 29, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Thanks to the intro to Beauty Counter! Just placed an order – where do I send you the invoice? Thanks so much – love your blog!

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