Friday Faves (+ a power yoga sequence and playlist)

Hi friends! Happy Friday! YAY THE WEEKEND IS HERE. What are you up to? Anything exciting going on? We don’t have much on the agenda, but it’s going to be a scorcher. I have a feeling we’ll be spending some time at the pool. 🙂

Pool days

I’m also excited to hang out with my little family this Mother’s Day. I’ll be missing my madre, nanas, stepmom and MIL, but am looking forward to catching up with them soon.

I’d love to hear what’s going on this weekend or anything you’re loving. It’s always a blast to put this little list together and share some of my fave eats, reads, wears, and naps (I wish) from the week.

Coloring with Liv. To be honest, I never got into the adult coloring book thing even though I secretly wanted to. Ain’t got no time. BUT, I love coloring with Liv. Since she’s been home from school (it was silly to think about her starting a new school a month and a half before the school year ended), I’ve been looking for fun things just to do with her while P is napping. We usually play dolls or practice reading, but she’s also into coloring, which is something I enjoy, too. I totally get why it’s a hobby for many adults; it’s so calming and peaceful. We picked up this coloring book a couple of weeks ago and have had fun cranking away at the flowers and designs.

Coloring with liv

Pentatonix’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. AHHHHH.

Mac and Mia! Here’s my referral link, which gives us each a $20 credit. (If you sign up, you also get your own referral link to share!)

Mac and mia box

Mac and Mia is like Stitch Fix for kids. At first, I was like, ok this is a little ridiculous, but decided to try it a while ago as something new (and maybe Liv would like her clothes more if I didn’t pick out everything). Our stylist nailed it, and Liv ended up wearing everything in her box over and over and over again. The prices are average -I prefer to shop sales and buy sizes for later- but the quality and brands are excellent, so it’s worth the price. I requested another box for this summer, and once again, our stylist picked out adorable, fun pieces. We loved everything so much, I requested a box for P, which is below:

Mac and mia

Forget calories. Exercise for awe.

Spotify, especially the This Is: Disney channel. I’m anti Kids Bop, but not a total scrooge, because I love Raffi, Animal Playground and Disney music. I love that the This Is: Disney station plays a ton of recent and old-school Disney music, and it’s making all of us even more excited for our Disney World trip. 

I’m finishing up First Comes Love, but as soon as I’m done, I’m cracking this open. Can’t wait to dive it.

Confessions of a domestic failure

This made me laugh so hard.

Yogaaaaaaaa. Man, I missed having yoga as a regular part of my life. I’m so happy that it’s a part of my weekly schedule here, and that I’ve been able to start teaching. While it’s definitely the teaching mode where I need the most improvement, I’m enjoying it so.much. It’s challenged me an entirely different way, and I’m so fortunate to have found an awesome studio while we’re here. <3


Here’s the flow I used to Wednesday’s class:

(Fellow yoga instructor friends, please let me know if you see anything that I could have done differently! Apologies in advance for my chicken scratch)

Power yoga flow

and the playlist is here: 

(Thank you so much to those of you who shared your suggestions in this post!)

(the songs at the end are to play while everyone is coming in and getting settled) 

This is my fave on the list right now:


This chicken soup looks amazing. 

PREACH. Loved this post so much.

Arm song workout.

Blast from the past: tips for setting up a strength plan.

All about adaptogens.

Happy, happy Friday!



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  1. Jeanne on May 12, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I like seeing your yoga plan! Thx for sharing.

  2. Kristin on May 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for sharing your sequence (and playlist!) I’m heading out of town this weekend and I’ll look forward to practicing in my hotel room, perfect!

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

      yay, hope you enjoy!

  3. Lynn on May 12, 2017 at 5:41 am

    It’s always interesting to see how people put their flows together.

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

      yes, it’s fun to see! i love getting ideas from other teachers, too

  4. Laura @FitMamaLove on May 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Coloring together is a great way to spend time! Emme and I color a Barbie coloring book to pass the hour of my son’s gymnastics class. My adult coloring book is more fun, but so time consuming that I rarely do it. Love the vibrant colors you’re using!

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

      yeah, i’m surprised how long it takes!

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Happy Friday, Gina! (And greetings from your favorite old home in SD right now!) First of all, THANK YOU for sharing my post all about life timelines. Seriously! And second of all, I truly miss yoga. I’ve only gone once since pregnant, and it didn’t feel good at all. Maybe it was because it had been a few months since I last went to CorePower and I lost some strength and flexibility, but I walked out of the class feeling like I didn’t want to go back for a while. But anyways, I agree — something about a good yoga sesh just fuels the soul. And as far as a subscription clothing for the little ones — that is amazing. I love it! Hope you have a fab Mother’s Day with your fam! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

      have the best time in SD this weekend!! <3 i feel ya on the pregnant yoga. during my first pregnancy, it didn't feel as great for me.
      hope you have a wonderful weekend! and happy mother's day 🙂

  6. kylie on May 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I wish I could go to your yoga classes! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

      ME TOO 🙂

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Oh Imagine Dragons always steel my heart. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day friend!

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

      yes, they’re so good!!

  8. Liz on May 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Sounds like your flow was fun and dynamic – perfect for power! I love getting into other peoples playlists thats why I <3 spotify. Happy Fri!

    • Fitnessista on May 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

      thank you, friend! LOVe spotify 🙂 happy friday!

  9. Pooja on May 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Your writing is so neat! My class plan usually looks like a 2 year old doodled it 😀 The only thing I would modify, if any, if to do Bridge first before Legs up the Wall / Shoulder stand. Loves <3

  10. Stefan Smith on May 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Happy mother’s day
    Your kid looks cute
    Thanks for sharing your sequence and playlist

  11. Jamie @ on May 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Your chicken scratch is way better than my nice handwriting – I usually can’t figure out what I’ve written half the time! Jules is recovering from croup (the worst!) so we’re going to be keeping this super low-key this weekend. I’m just hoping I can get in a bath with a nice giant glass of wine. Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. Sharon on May 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I love seeing your Friday links and the yoga flow. I do a lot of strength and circuits but feel so good after yoga. Any suggestions of where to find a 15-20 min flow for someone new to do during nap times?

  13. milania dela cruz on May 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    first, your leggings!! where are they from???
    second, yes so loving thunder now too!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      they’re old- i got them from hautelook 🙂

  14. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-Ups on May 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this yoga flow, its perfect for some at home practice!

  15. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on May 15, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Great flow! I like how each student can cater it to what they feel they need that day, challenges or just to stick to low-key stretching. Wish I could take the class!

  16. Eva on May 15, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Starting yoga classes real soon now, thanks for the motivation.

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