Friday Faves (and Livi is 9!)

Hi friends! Happy Friday and happy birthday to my sweet Livi goose.

This girl has a heart of gold, an imagination that soars, and is the kindest, sweetest big sister. She’s witty and bright, makes friends wherever she goes, has some pretty awesome dance moves, loves riding horses, and asks the best questions. She stays up late reading (the best) and writes funny notes for us to hide throughout the house.

It’s funny because while I absolutely miss the snuggly part of the newborn stage, I never wish to go back in time. The girls continue to reveal more and more of their amazing personalities and I continue to enjoy them more each year. Can’t wait to celebrate this girl all weekend!

(We got her a Cameo from Milo Manheim, one of her fave Disney actors. She lost her mind!! The best.)

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Fashion + beauty:

These Uggs for the kiddos are a yearly staple. The waterproof ones last so much longer and I don’t have to worry about the rogue puddle or rainstorm. <— rare in Tucson but still somehow manages to happen on the days they’re wearing these.

Ordered this pink-toned version of one of my fave palettes.

Fitness + good eats:

Join the Home Workout Warrior FREE fitness challenge here! I’m so excited to start this with you all in a little over a week.

Got a Sakara delivery this week and as usual, everything was so fresh and satisfying. These have been a special treat, especially when we’re busy with distance learning and the usual to-dos all day. I’ll prob get a shipment every 4-6 weeks or so as a little something special. You can read about why I love Sakara here and use my link for $50 off.

(Isn’t this goji berry donut beautiful?!)

Lean, strong legs workout

A week of daytime meal prep

Strength and plyo 45-minute workout

LOTS of plant-based meal ideas here

Read, watch, listen:

I feel like I’m the last person in the world to know about this but omgggg Brigerton. I’ve only watched two episodes but I’m INTO IT. Can we just talk about the Duke for a second? And Julie Andrews narrating is just the icing on the cake.

Loved this week’s episode of the Model Health Show (as always).

A great gift idea for kids (Liv has a magic kit and is obsessed).

4 things to let go of in the new year.

Happy Friday, friends.



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  1. Molly W. on January 8, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I’ve been reading your blog for years and years, and it’s always a bright spot in my day and week. But after this week, I’m disappointed to see a “Friday Favorites” post that doesn’t address any of the horrific, awful, shaking events that happened over the past few days. I’m still processing what happened, and maybe you are too, but as an influencer with a lot of followers, I expect you to say something to acknowledge what happened. Staying silent on these issues is being complicit. And although making a political statement on a fitness blog might cost you some followers, I think this is the time to make those choices. Staying silent is costing you followers and readers too. – Best, Molly

    • Anne Reardon on January 9, 2021 at 5:20 am

      I don’t think Gina has ever got into discussions about political issues. That’s not what this blog is about. There are plenty of others if you want to discuss.

      • V on January 9, 2021 at 1:05 pm

        She commented about the unrest this summer and had a thoughtful discussion in the comments, too. Simply pretending White Supremacists actively did not try to subvert democracy goes way beyond politics. Her lack of even acknowledging one of the most significant events in the 21st century is highly disappointing, to put it mildly.

        • V on January 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm

          *Did not actively try to subvert

    • Mari on January 9, 2021 at 9:22 pm

      Perhaps she needs a couple of days to process and collect her thoughts. Or she wrote this post several days ago before publishing it on Friday. You mentioned that her not writing about the news is costing her followers and readers – curious what that’s based on? Do you have a data source that shows that?

    • Amanda on January 10, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      I agree. Longtime reader, and I’m really disappointed to see this.

  2. Tracy on January 8, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    HAPPY Birthday, Liv!!! I can’t believe she’s 9. Wow. Double digits next year!

    Bridgerton.. isn’t it fun?? Can’t wait for another season!

    Have a fun weekend with your sweet girl!

  3. Jessie R on January 8, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Happy Birthday to Liv! I hope you all find so many special ways to celebrate this weekend :).

  4. Mari on January 8, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I can’t believe she’s 9!! When I saw the pics from each year, it was so crazy to think how time is just flying by! I’ve read your blog since maybe a year before you were pregnant with her so it’s just crazy to think that she’s already 9! Those are such beautiful pictures! That is so awesome the gift you got her via the Cameo with Milo Manheim. To be honest, I’m not familiar with him, but I can only imagine how excited she was when she got that gift!! Based on those pictures from over the years, it looks like you two have such a close bond which is so beautiful. Not to make you cry but this all reminds me of that Taylor Swift song called “Never Grow Up”. Hope you enjoy celebrating her birthday with your family!

  5. Julie on January 8, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Happy bday Liv! Hope u have a wonderful wknd! Love the pics u 2 take each year. ❤️

  6. Anne Reardon on January 9, 2021 at 5:17 am

    Happy Birthday Livi – I have thoroughly enjoyed following all your adventures and experiences over the years! Love and best wishes from Tasmania!

  7. Sue on January 10, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Happy Birthday, Liv! I too have read your words for 10 years! Love love love all that you share and teach us! Keep doing things the way YOU want!

    • Nicole on January 10, 2021 at 8:55 pm

      Ditto. Happy birthday Liv!
      Most important to celebrate you & also use any reason to celebrate given current events.

  8. Tiffany on January 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    that donut looks to be EVERYTHING. Happy b-day Liv!!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2021 at 6:12 pm

      it was so delicious!!

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