Friday Faves

Hi friends!! Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is off to a great start. I apologize for the blog down time yesterday. We had some server issues and the site crashed, but all is back to normal here.

What are you up to this weekend? We have Livi’s school carnival, a breakfast date with friends, a birthday party and a date night on the agenda. I’m also hoping I can catch Orangetheory and yoga sometime in the pretty jam-packed schedule. 

I’d love to hear what you’re loving in the comments section this week and what you’re up to! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. <3

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(Family Tiki Port run)

Some faves from the week and around the web:

This is always a fave, but I love seeing these two start to *really* play together.

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They’ve always interacted and had what is obviously a very special bond, but it’s amazing to see little glimpses of how they’ll play together in the future. They’ve started playing with dolls and Liv’s kitchen together, and in the back seat of the car, I can head P laughing at her sis as they make funny faces and sounds together. I feel very lucky to watch them grow and see how they continue to enjoy spending time together. 

Liv’s first Mac & Mia (<— referral link will give you $20 off) box! The WHOLE family is getting into the box fashion subscription game hahah. When I first saw a friend post about how much she loves Mac & Mia, I wasn’t sure if it would make a lot of sense to get a personalized box of clothes for Liv. I like to hunt for sales and deals, and knew that it would likely be more expensive than what I’d usually buy at gap kids, Old Navy, or Target. 

To my surprise, the prices weren’t out of control, and the stylist picked out THE CUTEST stuff for Liv. I love that it all felt very unique.

How adorable are these dresses?!

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She loved everything, and I think it felt like a special treat to receive new dresses since she often sees me open my Stitch Fix boxes with jubilation. It probably won’t be a regular thing -more for seasonal wardrobe refreshers or upcoming travel plans- but I love the idea, and was very impressed with the whole process. Similar to Stitch Fix, you pay a $20 non-refundable styling fee which can be used towards any purchases. You pay what you want to keep and send back the rest. The link is here if you’d like to check it out for your little(s).

This is Us. So many people recommended it, and said it was so good. Does “so good” mean that I cry like a dinosaur? Yes. I’m not going to give you any spoilers or anything like that, but you can watch it on NBC On Demand. 

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Lots of delicious home-cooked dinners this week. We’ve had takeout once! YEAHHHHHH. 

Dinner made easy

A squat and burpee workout.

I also created a special recipe for a little project.

Blackened tempeh

This is blackened tempeh Rueben with kimchi, Thousand Island aioli, and vegan tomato soup. I can share the entire recipe next week if you’d like!

Blackened tempeh with vegan taomto soup

Core strengthener for more advanced yoga poses.

Hilarious, but not quite as hilarious because #somuchtruth.

Why your life is not a journey.

The Shopbop sale is HERE! (Use code MAINEVENT16 to get 25% off.) Some of my faves are this plaid dress, bell sleeve dress, jeans (I have one pair of this style and love them!), cardigan (too pricey but this style is beautiful) and backpack.

Have a happy Friday, friends!


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  1. erin on October 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    yes! to This is US! i am pleasantly surprised with this show. I really love it a lot. this show really hit me to the core right from the start.

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      same! i was crying so fast haha

  2. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on October 14, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’m not sure how I feel about This is Us yet, but still giving it a chance. I’ve really liked Designated Survivor (I highly recommend it for the 24/Keifer Sutherland fans!).

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      ohhh i haven’t even heard of it!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 14, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Yeah for home cooked dinners. I’m looking forward to getting in the kitchen and
    Asking areal dinner this weekend. It’s been a lot of leftovers and takeout since my surgery.

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      ahhh that feeling is rough. thinking of you <3

  4. Rachelle on October 14, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I’ve been going dairy free because any dairy has been upsetting my stomach. Would love the recipe to the Vegan Tomato Soup and Tempeh Reuben!

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      k i can definitely do that!!

  5. Melissa C on October 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

    My hubby and I love This is us along my two of our three teenage sons! So nice to actually be watching the same show TOGETHER! Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Also, can’t wait for the Blowdry video!!!! I was thinking about it last night as I was groundbreaking my hair here in Humid South Louisiana! Love the girls and piano pic:)-

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      oh that’s so nice you can all watch it together 🙂
      thank you for reminding me of the blowout video! hopefully i’ll have time to film it this weekend
      have a great weekend!

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 14, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Happy Friday, Gina! We’re getting the rare rain this weekend, so I’ll be indoors mostly. Here’s one of my latest faves … 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      LOVE THAT SONG and everything bruno mars 🙂 i’ve used it for warm up in spin all week- just a happy,fun song 🙂
      hope you have a wonderful rainy weekend <3

  7. Kate M. on October 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Would love the Vegan Tomato Soup and Tempeh Reuben recipe! Always looking for more yummy meat free recipes 🙂 Going to be another beautiful weekend in San Diego – hoping to maybe take a drive up to Julian to check out the fall weather and have some apple pie!

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      i will definitely share it!
      thank you for reminding me about julian, too. i can’t wait to go!

  8. Crystal on October 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Omg that stuff about your girls…melts my heart and brings back happy memories of growing up with my little sister.

    My husband was actually the one to tell me about This is Us, which is weird because he never watches shows like that. Officially hooked.

    Have a great weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      that is so wonderful to hear. i only have brothers, so it’s really cool to see glimpses of the bond that they have
      tom doesn’t usually either, so it’s fun to have a show we can watch together! we also love chef’s table 🙂
      hope you have a great weekend!

  9. april on October 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    i LOVE this is us! it’s so good and has been giving me all the feels.

    yes, please share the blackened tempeh reuben recipe! i’m so intimidated to make tempeh for some reason, but i just might have to give it a try for this recipe 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      it gives me ALL THE FEELS. i think i was crying within 10 minutes? hahaha
      i definitely will share! xo

  10. Teri on October 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    “This Is Us” is sooo good. I haven’t cried yet, but my husband did last night while we were watching it. LOL! I can totally relate to Kate and her body image issues.

  11. Tiffany @ GreaterThanYesterdayNutrition on October 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Please share the Tomato soup recipe. My last tomato soup was a #fail so I need a new recipe.

  12. Wendy Heath on October 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    You’re not populating thru to Feedly… 🙁 I realized and came over to see what I’d missed!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      thank you so much for checking in! i hope feedly fixes it soon

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