Hobby of necessity (giveaway)

*This giveaway has ended as of 12/16 midnight. Stay tuned for more giveaways soon! Winner’s info at the bottom of this post, along with the details on the lotion bar I’m so obsessed with 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone for entering!********************************************************************

For me, there are two types of hobbies:

1.) the kind you really, really love and

2.) the necessary ones.

When I was younger, I decided I was going to knit. Some of my friends could knit, I thought it was cool and decided to give it a whirl. It lasted about 4 seconds. I have the patience of Bella waiting for chicken and knitting wasn’t something I needed a reason to do. It’s hot in Tucson and my beanies and scarves get worn about twice a year.

The hobbies I really enjoy: teaching fitness, Zumba, cooking, reading, dance, etc

Necessary hobbies: photography and scrapbooking

Photography is a necessary hobby for the blog… I don’t really like it, or know what the heck I’m doing. I take a picture in “P” mode, auto-adjust the colors if it looks weird, and post. Some people get warm and fuzzy talking about aperture and shutter speed, and alas, I am not one of them. Scrapbooking has become another necessary hobby since the Pilot has been deployed 3 times and we always make scrapbook pages, and since we have a little one on the way, I’ve taken to online scrapbooking. The day we got our maternity photos back, I made photo books for madre, nana and baby, and had them shipped out. Was it fun? Not at all. Am I glad I did it? 100%.

I could see the same thing happening with the lotion bars I was trying to figure out how to make.

lotion bar 

I had a sliver left, needed to replenish the stash, and couldn’t get a hold of the amazing woman who makes the lotions and soaps. So, I headed to the health food store for ingredients…. and then she called me back. Thank goodness making lotion bars didn’t have to become a necessary hobby 😉

I ordered an extra one for a lucky blog friend <3

lotion bar

To make the giveaway a little sweeter, I’d also like to share my #1 pregnancy must-have with the winner:

snoogle (2)

A snoogle!

The bonus about this giveaway is that you don’t have to be expecting a little one to enjoy. Everyone could use a rich, buttery, lotion bar made with real ingredients and the comfiest body pillow ever invented.

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Congratulations to the winner!


For those of you who were curious about the lotion, I talked to the woman who makes them today to make sure it was cool to share her info, since she doesn’t have an Etsy shop or anything like that. She makes AMAZING products (lotions and soaps) and my fave is the bitter almond lotion bar. You break off a piece, heat it up with your hands and rub it on 🙂

Here’s her email address if you’d like to order something from her:


Her name is Giselle and she can ship in the US, in the winter, as the bars will melt in the summer heat.

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  1. Alex on December 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I would LOVE one!!!
    My hobbies that are a necessity are school work, cleaning, and weight training. <— i dont love it.
    The hobbies that I DO love are running, cooking, shopping (of course), and hosting get togethers 🙂

  2. Jen on December 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    My hobbies are running, reading for fun, and watching awesome TV. I also am really enjoying exploring the new city I just moved to. I’m single so a body pillow would be a great guy replacement 😉

  3. Jenny on December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    My favorite hobby is baking, and exercising is a necessary hobby– not only to counteract the baked goods, but to keep me mentally and physically healthy.

  4. Candice @ Sailing on Paper on December 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite hobby is actually knitting! It’s somewhat hard to get the hang of–but totally worth it once you can start making cute things.

  5. Jillian on December 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    My favourite fun hobby is youtube vlogging about mommy stuff! Necessary hobby is grocery shopping, it used to be a fun one but has become more of a challenge since having my 2nd baby! I have 2 girls, 20 months and 2 months 🙂 Busy, busy!

  6. Kattie B on December 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    This would be perfect for my BFF who is expecting in May. My favorite hobby is scrapbooking…love it and have considered it as a career in the future.

  7. Jamie on December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    My favorite fun hobby is hot yoga. It’s kind of a love hate relationship. I hate going when I’ve been out for a while, but I love the clear mindedness afterwards.
    I am due 1.23.12 and can’t wait to meet my little one. There has been no hot yoga for me since May, but I have been staying active and am feeling really great this time around.
    It’s been great being able to read along with your pregnancy journey. Very inspiring how you have kept up with your workouts, but listened to your body and rested when necessary. Hard to find balance in these things, but great to know others are going through it too.

  8. Allison on December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Fave hobbies: cooking, shopping [for anything!], scrapbooking, and working out. Necessary hobbies: cleaning and organizing, planning lessons for my students, and checking emails.

  9. Gina (Yogattude) on December 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Favorite hobbies: yoga, hiking, trying new restaurants and cooking/baking. I love the idea of being a great photographer (and blogger), but I never seem to prioritize time to play and learn my camera settings and/or write. My sister is due March 3 and I’d totally give her the pillow, she’d LOVE it!

  10. Katie on December 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I have lots of hobbies! Reading food blogs, reading books on my kindle, yoga, not so much running since it’s cold and I’m 4 months pregnant…..but they’re all necessary AND fun! 🙂

  11. Sam on December 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    My favorite hobby is hanging out with my boyfriend of 5 years. 🙂 We can have fun no matter where we are or what we do. Other than that, I love being outdoors, watching TV, reading blogs and going on Pinterest <—-addict. AND….without a doubt, my necessary hobby is schoolwork/studying (but it doesn't bother me that much because I'm a school-loving nerd). 🙂

  12. Elizabeth P. on December 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I would say doing my hair is a hobby of necessity… I like getting done up but I would be so happy if I never had to blow-dry my hair every again!

  13. Becky on December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love cardio, dance, and zumba classes…they are my fun hobbies. However, abs exercises are my necessary hobby:)

  14. Sarah on December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite hobby by far is cycling. I teach RPM cycle (by Les Mills) and LOVE it! It’s how I met my husband years ago (he teaches too) and my passion!! We have two rugrats – a 7-year-old and a new little baby who just turned 6 months! I cycled throughout my entire pregnancy (all the way until the night before I gave birth – I could barely reach the handle bars anymore – it was cycling over a basketball!) and now if my son gets fussy, I just have to put on cycle music and he totally mellows out! I bet your little girl will be the same with all your Zumba music! 🙂

  15. Jillian on December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    My favorite hobby has to be knitting. I started when I was 14 and just kept going. I also paint, draw cartoons and caricatures, and do crafts with my younger sisters. A necessary hobby is cooking. I love it! And now it has become my job!

  16. Amber on December 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    My fun hobby is baking and shopping. I have a hot and cold relationship with cooking.

  17. Laura on December 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My favorite hobbies are necessary…running and cooking. Running to maintain my weight and cooking because I’m married to the Human Garbage Disposal that must eat constantly. My favorite pleasure hobby is sewing and redecorating my house!

    Great giveaway Gina, can’t wait to (cyber) meet your sweet girl in just a few weeks!


  18. taissa on December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Some of my favorite hobbies are baking and cooking, skiing and tennis, and I actually do like to knit! My not so favorite hobbies are laundry and ironing! 🙂

  19. Rachel on December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    My favorite hobby is running. Others may argue, but I think it’s necessary (and my husband does too… it keeps me sane!)

  20. Jessica on December 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    My favorite Hobbies are baking, reading, yoga, music and running. My necessary hobbies are strength training and cleaning. My sister is due in April 2012 with her first – a boy! – I am so excited! I would love to give her the pillow and the lotion bar!

  21. Liz on December 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    My favorite hobbies are reading and running! I haven’t been able to run (I’m 9 months preg and can barely walk at this point) but I have been reading a lot lately and love it! It makes for nice relaxing time before the baby comes. Oh, and I am due Dec. 31st. So almost done with the pregnancy, but would still love love the snoogle…I have a feeling it is something I could use post pregnancy and then in my next!

  22. Katie on December 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    My hobbies include reading, cooking and lavishing lots of love on my yellow lab. I’m 11 weeks pregnant (due July 5th!) and have been coveting the snoogle- haven’t needed it yet but I believe I will soon! 🙂

  23. Melanie on December 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    My most loved hobby is probably cooking and spending way too much time looking at recipes for inspriation. I love it though!

  24. Stephanie on December 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hobbies I love include yoga, reading, and cooking!

  25. Holly on December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    My favorite hobby is reading! and a close 2nd is running (which started as a hobby of necessity). Running is my ‘me’ time!
    My kids ages are 4 1/2 and 3!

  26. Kristen on December 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Swimming, reading, and cooking!

  27. Dee on December 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    My favorite hobby has to be running, and out of necessity, I collect holiday and birthday cards all year round and have a stash to go to when an event comes up. Not sure that’s actually a hobby. It was a necessity, because too often I’d forget the card and not have time to stop and get one. Or else, I wouldn’t find something I liked. So I always browse cards, and snatch up good ones I come across.

    I have no due date, or any kids, but I am actively trying to change that! 🙂 So your pregnancy must-haves will hopefully come in handy!

  28. Lori on December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Catching up on my favorite tv shows, shopping (mostly online) for great deals! 🙂

  29. Sean on December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love this giveaway! My hobbies include reading, exercising, travelling, and volunteering. We have no children at the moment.

  30. Megan on December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    My favorite hobby is playing soccer! No kids but I have a 4 year old nephew who is my whole world!

  31. Zinta on December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve been reading blogs for about a year now, but this is the first time I have ever posted! I read your posts daily, and have been especially interested since you guys have decided to have a baby! I have a 19 month daughter and I am 18 weeks with our second. My husband is a cruise ship officer, so he’s gone for three moaths at a time. This is the first time he’s taken a contract since our daughter was born (I’m Canadian so I had a year maternity leave) and I confess, I’m overwhelmed. Running after a toddler and working full time and growing a new baby doesn’t leave much time for my fun AND necessary hobby – Bikrams. Bikrams is the only thing that makes me decompress, so while I sometimes dread going, I am always so happy I have made the effort. No bikrams also means my hips and back are really getting sore! I borrowed my sister in law’s snoogle during my first pregnancy, but as she is also pregnant now, I sure could use one. And when you posted about that body bar, my dry and stretched skin gave a big sigh of envy…

  32. Dana on December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I love to bake for friends. I love to read. I like to bike ride. I dont really like to clean but ill just call that my necessary hobby!

  33. Kathryn @ Flopoodle on December 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    My favorite hobbies are cooking exercising, which I definitely consider necessary. I guess I’m lucky I enjoy both of them!

  34. Casey on December 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    My favorite hobbies are to go to the beach, read your website while I’m at work (haha), make good things to eat, and hang with my family. My due date is June 28, 2012!!! And I have two 4 year old twin girls who are sooo much fun! I would like to win very much! I need a pregnancy pillow!

  35. Wendy on December 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love baking, and go through fits of loving knitting/crocheting. No kids, just my furry 7 yo puppy.

  36. Amanda on December 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    OMG I want a Snoogle : )

    My favorite fun hobbies include reading and running, especially 5k races! My necessary hobby would be cooking, I don’t love cooking but I am constantly trying new things and hoping that I get better!

  37. Becca on December 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    My hobbies are scrap booking, reading, and hanging out with my kids. I have a 4 and 5 year old and also I’m due with number 3 on July 4th! 🙂 I would LOVE a snoggle! 🙂 Hope you are feeling good!

  38. Sameera on December 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    My fav hobby is spinning, yoga,baking and watch movies &stay home with my hubby. My due date would be august end, if i get pregnant this cycle(2ww), so this pillow and the lotion bar will be of great help for me.

  39. Coco on December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hobbies are working out, cooking/baking and I kind of like dancing 😉

  40. Tricia on December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    My hobbies are tennis and running. I am due in May with my first child!

  41. Jessica on December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’m pretty simple! I loveeeee reading and cooking….running & working is USUALLY in the same category, but sometimes crosses over into “neccessary”. 😉

    & I don’t have any kids yet but the hubby & I are trying!! So I could (hopefully soon!!!) put those to good use!

  42. Mandiee on December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Yoga is for sure my favorite hobby. It always clears my mind and makes my body feel good. Double whammy!

  43. Les on December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Gina!

    My favorite hobbies are cooking, hiking, and playing with dogs. I have one fur kid – a 2.5 year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua.

    BTW, thanks for the great workouts you post! I learn alot from you.

  44. Katherine on December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My hobbies are cooking, reading, and fitness. Sometimes fitness becomes a necessary hobby though! I don’t have kids of my own yet (getting married 9/22/12/!) but I have a brand new nephew that I can’t get enough of!

  45. K Brady on December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    My favorite hobbies are: cooking, working out outdoors (walking, kyaking, skiing, running), and reading (every night before bed!).

    I live in Alaska — and could REALLY use all the lotion I can get for our dry, long winters!

  46. Jourdan on December 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    my absolute favorite hobby is to cook! love it! also love working out!

  47. Jess on December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Favorite hobbies are reading, zumba and baking <3 Necessary habit- cooking regular (non sweets) meals.

    I'm not pregnant but one of my bff's is and I'd love to give this to her!! 🙂

  48. stella on December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    id say my favorite hobbies are working out,reading, and shopping. Necessary ones would be running (i never NOT feel like im about to die and red tomato face isnt a good look for me) and probably food shopping (i hate crowds and somehow get pushed out of an aisle :p)

  49. Lisa Gay on December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hi! I love your blog and check it every day!
    My favorite hobbiess are: writing on my blog, writing songs, reading and collecting fitness tips, articles and knowledge, singing and having snail mail pen pals!
    My hobbies of necessity are: (Just like you) taking pics and putting them up on my blog, (I am NOT a computer person!) as well as putting pics up on my facebook page. I also out of necessity like to make cheap crafty gifts for holidays and birthdays but wish I could afford to buy people nice things because I love to give.
    I don’t have any children yet, but I was pregnant for 7 weeks and suffered a miscarriage last Sunday 12-11-11. We will be trying again soon though! Wish us luck! 😀


    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      sending lots of luck and love to you <3

  50. mary e on December 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hobby of necessity: cooking. Hobby of fun: reading kicky little blogs like yours! My sweet baby girl is 3 months old today! One of our body pillows accidentally got thrown away by the hospital staff when she was born, so a Snoogle would fill a snuggly hole in my life (twss)!

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