Helloooo, Friday + faves from the week

Aquarium with liv

Hi friends! Happy happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Iโ€™m excited to spend some time with the fam (especially since the Pilot is back!), teach Zumba, yoga, and take Liv to a school beach party. Itโ€™s going to be a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚ This morning, Liv and I are off to the midwives, and Iโ€™m so excited for her to hear her little sisterโ€™s heartbeat for the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚

In standard Friday style, here are some faves from the week and around the web! This is where I share some delicious things, random/hilarious/health-related/tearjerker reads, new beauty product or fashion-y finds, and some of the highlights of the week. As always, I love hearing what you ate/wore/danced to/read too, so please shout it out in the comments section if youโ€™d like!

The tacos at Puesto.

Puesto tacos

 I mean, just look at them. 

White Plum is hosting an AMAZING giveaway right now! Iโ€™m a huge fan of their products, especially since theyโ€™re trendy and great quality for reasonable prices. Iโ€™m especially loving their selection of summer dresses. One lucky winner will receive $1200 in White Plum clothes, and to enter, all you have to do to enter is click here and submit your email address. The giveaway ends June 8th at 5pm PST.


Thank you to my Fit Bottomed friends for sharing the โ€œHIIT IT!โ€ love and a workout from the book!

July 8 canโ€™t come soon enough

Ways to become a stronger runner.

How to become gluten-intolerant.

Qia pudding

Qiโ€™a cereal (chia, buckwheat and hemp) mixed with oats, almond milk, topped with berries, cinnamon, honey and peanut butter.

Amen to drama-free friendships, and Iโ€™m so thankful for the tribe of awesome ladies in my life.

Healthy copycat Trader Joeโ€™s recipes.

These Michael Kors heels. I tried on a few pairs for the wedding last weekend, and for the strappy sandal heels Iโ€™d been checking out, my instep didnโ€™t match up with the shoeโ€™s. What this resulted in: me awkwardly stumbling around like a baby giraffe. I figured these nude heels would work for the occasions where I need to dress up a little, and bonus: I can walk in them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wedding outfit

BlogFest!! I had an amazing time at BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention last year, and am really, really hoping I can swing it for this year. Itโ€™s such an awesome opportunity to flood myself with fitness knowledge, and BlogFest is the spot for learning blog-related tips and meeting up with blog friends (my favorite part of blog conferences). There is an early bird pricing code that expires tonight if you want to join in the fun! The link is here and the code is โ€œBLOG100โ€ for $100 off registration. 

At idea

This kitchari recipe! Need to try this.

Congratulations to the winners of the WYCWYC giveaway: Maeghan and Stephanie W.! Both winners have been emailed. Speaking of giveaways, we have a little celebration to look forward to next year: Iโ€™m hosting a week of giveaways! Stay tuned for some incredible prizes from some of my favorite companies. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Have a wonderful Friday!


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  1. Jamie on June 5, 2015 at 7:17 am

    One of my favorite things growing up was the end of the year beach parties for school. I definitely need to try that Qiโ€™a cereal. Nothing beats a pair of comfortable pumps! I have the most amazing pair of Stuart Weitzman.. they have a Nike air sole in them.. they’re the first and only pair of pumps I can wear all night long! Hope you have a fabulous Friday! : )

  2. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Happy Friday! Those tacos look amazing! And those heels are super cute!

  3. amber conger on June 5, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Ummm yes please to those tacos!

  4. Stephani on June 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Can’t believe I won! Thank you!!!

  5. Jacquelyn on June 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Omg Gina.. That amazing bowl of chia hemp berrie pb goodness…can u tell me exactly how u did that!? Must try!! Xoxox

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      i put the qia, oats and almond milk in a bowl and let it set overnight. in the morning, i added the berries, honey, cinnamon and peanut butter so easy and soooo good

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Guess where I’m headed this weekend? T-town! I have to go to a funeral ๐Ÿ™ but at least I get to see my friends. I’m going to have such a hard time deciding where I want to eat!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      no way! excited you’ll be there, but sorry to hear the reason. you need to go to prep and pastry if you can ๐Ÿ™‚ let me know if you need recs!

  7. Amanda on June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Hahahah I hate stumbling around in heels!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      me toooo

  8. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 5, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Those tacos look delicious and I love those new heels!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      thanks girl!

  9. Stephanie on June 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I was so excited when I read “Stephanie W” won because I thought it was me… =( Happens so often with such a common name! I love the heels!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      awww!! sorry about that! hope you have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cindy on June 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love that half of the women in your BlogFest photo are now pregnant! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      hahah! i noticed that too ๐Ÿ™‚ courtney, heather and monica need to get on that haha

  11. Lydia L. on June 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Hey mama! I entered the White Plum giveaway and was just curious- it says in the fine print the credit has to be used in-store. Does that mean it’s only for people who are located near the store?

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      hi! i’m almost positive it means their online store. i don’t think they have a physical store. xoxo

  12. Maggie [Eat Pray Lift] on June 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the heads-up on the WP giveaway – done and done! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also…that gluten-free video is freaking GOLD. Even as someone who’s currently GF, I thought it was perfection. So much truth hahaha

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      hahaha! glad you enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jane on June 8, 2015 at 8:28 am

        I actually have to disagree. I found it incredibly annoying as a person that has Celiac Disease. I have an autoimmune disorder that doesn’t allow me to eat gluten and the effects gluten have on my body can actually cause severe damage to my digestive organs. So I found the video pretty offensive.

        While I get that there are a lot of people that choose to be gluten free and act annoying about it (which is also an issue for me), I have to be very strict and I think the video is making fun of a serious medical condition. In my opinion- it’s pretty tasteless to post, Gina. It makes you seem rude and very clueless.

  13. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I’m also making my plans now for BLOGFEST and hope to make it happen. If so, can’t wait to meet you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      ahh i would love that!

  14. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on June 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I’ve seen that article on drama free friends floating around and I love it. Especially the park about nor stressing about flaking hahsh

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm


  15. Jessie R on June 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Aww the aquarium! I love aquariums so much ๐Ÿ™‚ This week I’ve been loving the Victoria’s Secret beach wave sea-salt spray, it’s awesome! It’s been CRAZY humid and rainy here in KC, so I’m not about to blow-dry my hair, it would just be a frizzball. I’m hoping we get some sunshine soon, so we can spend a day at the lake swimming and boating ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      i’ll check it out!! love the one by lush, so that sounds awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Stacey on June 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I love the Q’ia cereal. The Coconut one is my favorite!!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      i’ll have to look for that one!

  17. Caitie @ {that} BARbelle on June 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    amen to the drama-free girlfriends!

    those tacos have me rethinking the cuisine for my happy hour date with the hubs! good tacos > pizza! provided we don’t get blown away in a tornado…we just moved to Denver and are experiencing our first tornado and flash flood warnings today :O

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      ahhhh! i’m thinking about you. stay safe!

  18. Katie @ Operation Happier on June 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Aww, we just went to the aquarium in San Francisco last weekend. It was a really fun way to spend the day and pretend to be a tourist for a bit.

    Thanks also for the heads up about BLOGFEST! I will be about 8.5 months pregnant then, but it would be amazing to go next year!

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      ahhhh! wish you could make it! totally understand though haha. i will be like 27 weeks preg (?) and it’s going to be interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ so excited for you!

  19. Mo on June 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    THE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE VID!! hahahaha!! THANK YOU – that made my Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend Gina! xoxo

    • Karina on June 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      If you make it to IDEA, you have to check out Haley Stone & WERQ Fitness. Its the best dance workout ever!

      • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

        ahhhh that sounds so fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      glad you got a kick out of it too ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo!

  20. Jessie on June 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    If you’re ever in the Long Beach area, their aquarium is awesome! We used to go to the Birch one a lot when I lived in SD though. I love that dressy outfit that you’re wearing. Have a nice weekend! Oh and those tacos looks phenomenal- so good:)

  21. Christina on June 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

    literally could not stop laughing at the video of “how to become gluten intolerant”

  22. Jen@Jpabstfitness on June 7, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Not sure what I love more, the tacos or the heels ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on June 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I’ll be at Blogfest this year! If you are going it’d be great to meet you! Hope you can go ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies on June 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Love your heels and love your skirt you look amazing, such a beautiful and kind woman!

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