If you wait until the last minute….

it only takes a minute.

We did SO much today! We were all over Tucson, running from doc appointments, elf errands, BX, grocery store, PetSmart… and I only took a few pics throughout the day :/

My lunch from Renee’s Organic Oven:


Tonight’s dinner:


(rotisserie chicken, Alexia fries and salad with beets, arugula, goat cheese, walnut oil and balsamic)

and Bella meeting her new porcupine toy.


She was in love 🙂

I did make it to the gym today, but only for a quick cardio sesh. It was a good little workout quickie to get some endorphins going and felt nice to shake my legs a bit- lots of standing in lines today. I’m still pretty shocked that I don’t have to run around buying ALL of my Christmas presents on Christmas Eve in typical Gina fashion, but I thought I’d post some last-minute gift ideas for some of my last-minute friends.

Because as we always say in this house,

“If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute.”

Last-minute holiday gifts


Homemade lotion bars

lotion bar

Cookie butter or any homemade nut butter


(Chipotle almond butter that Heaby sent to me.. and I will never forget how glorious it was)

Chocolate truffles or amazeballs for your fitness-y friends


Cookie in a jar kit

In a pinch:

Flowers: perfect hostess gifts

A “basket” based on a theme for the person you’re giving it to. We make these in the squadron pretty often for raffles or gifts- you could do a “movie night in” basket with popcorn, DVDs and candy, different types of teas with a unique tea set, sea salts, or a wine and chocolate basket. These are also fun gifts for the people who are more difficult to buy for. I’ll go to World Market, buy a basket, and load it up with goodies from there- it’s an easy and fun last-minute gift.

Gift certificates for spa treatments or tickets for a show or event they might enjoy. This always seems (to me) more personal than money or gift cards with fixed values.

Need more ideas?

Here’s this years holiday gift guide, plus one for the mamas and one for the dudes.

I’m off to watch episodes of My Drunk Kitchen with the Pilot and drink hot chocolate almond milk.

See ya in the morning! <3



A lovely reminder for kindness: My friend posted this video on her Facebook wall- an excellent example of the impact of positive actions. I especially needed this after my road rage this afternoon. I never let anyone know that their driving sucks, but I could have been more patient… and let’s just say the baby needed some earmuffs. 😉

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  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I hate terrible drivers. I’m horrible at using my horn to let them know they’re being stupid though. I just yell to myself in my car. Love Bella playing with her new toy! She is adorable!

  2. Rebecca on December 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

    That was so inspiring. I teared up watching it! Haha I’m such a sap.

  3. Anna B. on December 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I LOVE that you posted this video! My dad put it up on his Facebook. I cried! It made me so excited for my 21 days of amazing random acts of kindness event in June to celebrate my birthday!

  4. Ali on December 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I love your saying, and I LOVE the idea of a themed gift basket! Thank you Sista!

  5. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on December 24, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I have been wanting to make Cookie butter or another Nut butter but I totally wasn’t thinking about it as a gift idea!! That will be perfect!! What did you get from Renee’s? It doesn’t look like pizza, but it sure does look delishhh!

  6. Yaara on December 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Love this so much!! It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing!! And I love the song. Matisyahu is one of my faves!!

  7. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on December 24, 2011 at 1:12 am

    your dinner looks so comforting and delicious — love the salad. gotta try walnut oil.

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 24, 2011 at 1:22 am

    From the title of this post I was like whoa…minutes in the title..maybe she’s going to be talking about contractions? maybe? Then I read it, false alarm 🙂

    The Chipotle almond butter sounds awesome and Heab is a doll. And I am loving the way the amazeaballs look right about now!

    And I am obsessed with cookie butter. I found authentic Dutch Speculoos cookie butter spread here in Aruba (a Dutch island) and it’s so good!

  9. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on December 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Homemade gifts are always perfect for last minute options!! Thoughtful and quick~! 🙂

  10. Kathy on December 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My lab chow mix Sammie has that toy and loves it so too! Hers is a little bigger version (because she is 54 lbs)and we thought it was a hedgehog She runs to find it when we excitedly ask her “Where’s your hedgy??” Bella looks adorable with her new do!

  11. Food for Todd on December 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Cute video – I love the song, too! Love productive days like that! I just have to be careful not to wear my husband out with all my errands – got to remember to feed and hydrate him to keep him going!

  12. kalli on December 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    that is a fabulous video! thank you for sharing it and have a lovely holiday weekend with you family.

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      thank you, kalli! hope you have a wonderful weekend too <3

  13. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on December 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Our pup has a larger version of that porcupine toy!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      viesa used to have one of the bigger ones, too! she LOVED it

  14. Bee on December 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    that video made me well up! so inspiring <3

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      me too! i didn’t think i was going to cry, but by the end i totally was

  15. Jess on December 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Perfect video for this time of year. Not gonna lie it made me tear up a little haha. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  16. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on December 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Ha, I absolutely love that phrase! Merry Christmas to you and the Pilot 😀

  17. Alexandra on December 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I cried while watching it. I think we all need a reminder sometimes to be kind to each other. The world is a harsh place and little bits of love are what connects us to the people that we live amongst every day. Have a delightful holiday with much love.

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      thank you, alexandra- hope you have a wonderful holiday <3

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