Protein fruit yogurt

Hey guys! Happy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ Anything fun planned for the weekend?

We have a party to go to on Saturday, along with a return to tapping. <— So random, but exciting. My boss is an incredible instructor and is teaching some fitness and dance classes at a local studio. When I saw her the other day she said โ€œGina! You tap, right?โ€

โ€œYeah, I used toโ€

โ€œGood- you have to come to my class!โ€

The thought of landing flat on my face is a little scary โ€“itโ€™s been years since this girlโ€™s done a time step- and who knows where my tap shoes areโ€ฆ.

shoes (1)

(I somehow found them when we lived in Valdosta, so hopefully they made the trip out here)

but it should be awesome.

Also awesome?

This CAKE.


Liv and I went to a friendโ€™s baby shower last night, and I was blown away by the cake. One of the girls made it (lemonade cake with a cranberry lemon mousse- she used to own a bakery) and my favorite part:


a wee mouse! So presh.

The shower was around dinnertime, and I didnโ€™t know if it was just going to be desserts (I took a chocolate fruit tart). To ensure substance to go along with the sugar, salad a la mixing bowl:


I also utilized some new goodies from Sephora:

sephora stuff

Iโ€™m kind of weird about buying makeup. As in, I almost never do it. My makeup routine is pretty basic โ€“on the days I teach, Iโ€™ll just wear SPF moisturizer, concealer and eyeliner. I tend to wear the same eyeshadow palette and bronzer, and replace eyeliner when it gets down to a too-short-to-sharpen little stub. It got to the point where I needed to replace quite a few things at once, so I got some old faves (NARS orgasm blush, tarte eyeliner) and a couple of new things (Korres night moisturizer and a tarte eyeshadow palette) to play with. LOVE the rose moisturizer so far.

For bfast this morning, I defrosted some fruit (Very Cherry Berry mix from TJs) and stirred in a container of goatโ€™s milk yogurt, half a scoop of Sun Warrior


an enjoyed it in a waning almond butter jar.


Homemade fruit yogurt with a little extra boost of protein + healthy fat ๐Ÿ™‚

Off to take Bell for a walk and heading to the squadron for a fini flight.

Have a wonderful day and Iโ€™ll see ya later!



How often do you branch out with makeup products? Do you stick to old standards or switch things up a little?

Whatโ€™s your party eating style? I usually like to try little bits of everything and really eat the things I love. Last night, I was all about the goat cheese-stuffed dates. So good.

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  1. Kelsey on March 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I don’t wear much makeup, so if i ever run out, i get a bit excited to try a new product! I almost never stick to the same thing, always looking for something new to try, especially in terms of mascara, there is so many different kinds and advertisements that i love trying them all!

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on March 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Oh wow, that cake is phenomenal!!! And the flavour sounds delicious too! As far as makeup goes, I despise buying it because it costs soooo much, but like you I generally stick to a few staples each day – foundation, blush, lipstick/gloss, and eyeliner. I’ve been using Vichy Dermablend foundation for about 5 years now and I absolutely adore it – I’ve got very acne prone skin but it doesn’t seem to cause breakouts at all. As for other products, I like to experiment with whatever strikes my fancy at Sephora!
    Have a lovely afternoon Gina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Krystina (Krystina Zena) on March 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Most of the time, if I put on make up, it will just be some moisturizer, foundation, and mascara. When I want to go fancy, I put on some eye shadow and bush. Some of my favorite products are: Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Tarte lights, camera, splashes! mascara, a NARS eyeshadow palette a friend bought me in Australia and Almay liquid foundation that I’ve been using for years (it’s not the best, but it works, and once I find something I like I don’t want to branch out much).

  4. Negar M on March 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    My makeup collection….is vast. I broke a drawer by cramming too much makeup in it once. I wanted to be a makeup artist, but my husband made me go to college instead :-/ okay maybe that’s not how it was, but it’s my story! I’m not afraid of color, I have dark hair and eyes so it’s fairly easy to pull off (hint hint ๐Ÿ˜‰ purple works well on Brown eyes).

    I love party food! Everything is in tiny portions, so even if something is mcnast, you can power through it and just get something else.

  5. Negar M on March 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    My makeup collection….is vast. I broke a drawer by cramming too much makeup in it once. I wanted to be a makeup artist, but my husband made me go to college instead :-/ okay maybe that’s not how it was, but it’s my story! I’m not afraid of color, I have dark hair and eyes so it’s fairly easy to pull off (hint hint ๐Ÿ˜‰ purple works well on Brown eyes).

    I love party food! Everything is in tiny portions, so even if something is mcnast, you can power through it and just get something else.

  6. Krista @ A Belle in DC on March 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I love branching out and exploring new makeup– except for my foundation. That’s the one thing I never vary. I even have a subscription to Birchbox and Sample Society to get new deluxe samples to try out. I have found some really fun things through them, plus they’re great for travel. This reminds me I need to buy eyeliner this weekend actually!

  7. Moni'sMeals on March 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    HOLLY CAKE! Stunning for sure, too pretty to cut up, right!

    have so much fan tapping, that is awesome, I have always wanted to do that. I am just stoked I have just stuck with my Hip Hop classes for know, hehe.

    Have a great day Gina. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Brittany on March 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Gina, I want to thank you for posting about Irish soda bread on your march post. I am making some now and I would have never thought about it if you hadn’t posted about it! Smells AWESOME!

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

      omg… warm with butter. life changing ๐Ÿ™‚ enjoy!

      • Brittany on March 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you. I will try the butter. I LOVE it. So amazing.

  9. Caroline @ After Dinner Dance on March 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Coolest cake ever! Wow. I never switch up my makeup – I’m a person of habit.

  10. Paije on March 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Ah I tapped for about 7 years so I can’t wait to hear how your class goes!
    My makeup routine is so lame. I wear the same stuff everyday – tinted moisturizer, blush and mascara. BOORING!

  11. Vanessa on March 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I like to think I switch things up with makeup, but I really just stick with a couple of basic looks. I love watching “beauty gurus” on YouTube.

    And my party eating style is a little of this and a little of that. I sometimes hate getting invited places if I’m really trying to watch what I eat. It’s easy to say, “Oh, just go for the healthier options,” but I’m powerless against delicious, unhealthy food. Haha.

  12. Destini on March 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    My day to day makeup is just mascara and spf with a slight tint(I am ghostly white…red head). When I go out I will add some eyeliner and foundation. But going to the gym after work I don’t like wearing a bunch of make up. I will look like a raccoon otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love that cake, its adorable.

  13. Clare on March 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    My makeup routine is pretty simple and I rarely branch out, but I’ve been wanting to get some new products lately! Need tips!

  14. sarah b. on March 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I am in love with that korres moisturizer! I have twin 10 month olds and have another one on the way – needless to say, sleep is a precious thing – but you would never know I’m tired when I use that stuff! Seriously, holy grail, life changing product!

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      exactly! i don’t look tired today.. it’s amazing

  15. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on March 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a cake! I stick with tried and true skin care stuff, but make up I buy as I go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Alicia from Poise in Parma on March 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I need a serious makeup intervention. Been using the same stuff for far too long!

    I randomly found my old tap shoes last month – I wish I had an opportunity to put them on again!

  17. faith @ For the Health of It on March 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Do you find that stirring protein powder into yogurt makes it chalky? I tried it once with Spirutein and OMG almost gagged…I’d like to try it again but haven’t gotten up the gumption!

  18. Megan Infantino on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    That cake is fabulous!!

  19. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on March 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’m an old standard type of girl when it comes to basics. However, I try every new eyeliner and mascara that comes out! I am obsessed!

  20. Mellissa on March 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I love makeup. Have a big drawer of it and am constantly trying new products. I really should do a beauty blog too. Current obsessions: Mac Foundation, Make Up for Ever Pigment Eye Shadow in Orange (yes orange, and it looks great with blue eyes), Mac Blush in Peachykeen.

  21. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    That lemonade cake with a cranberry lemon mousse…now THAT’S a cake! I want to go to parties with ladies who used to own bakeries ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on March 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    That cake is SO cool! Looks to good to eat! The flavor is so unique too! I love making pretty baked goods like that…the process is so artistic and fun!

  23. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on March 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I’m sorta random with my make up routine and some days I wear none. If I’m into it, I’ll do up my eyes with some shadow, liner, and mascara… but my face is usually naked, except maybe some bronzer or blush.

    I use whatever moves me at the time from Target’s make up section, I am not very faithful to any one brand haha.

  24. kara on March 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    aw, i’m jealous.. i miss tap so, so much! those shoes give me major flashbacks.

    what bronzer do you use? i don’t even know how to put on bronzer… i know that the people at sephora are there to help, but when the lovely girl assisting me with foundation said “you use bronzer, right?” i just said “yep!” and went on my merry way. embarrassing…

  25. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on March 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Breakfast looks yummy! I love Nars blush.

  26. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on March 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Tap class sounds like so much fun!! I haven’t tapped in years (and years) but would love to try it again! I recently bought a groupon for ballet classes (which I also haven’t done in years) but I think it will be fun to try it again! And that cake is seriously AMAZING!! I cannot believe that someone made that and the flavor sounds delicious too! Yay for the new make-up products! I really need to stock up on some myself since all of mine are running out too! I generally stick to my faves but am thinking of switching it up this time!

  27. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on March 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    that cake is incredible!! not to mention super adorable too.
    your protein fruit yogurt in an almost empty nut butter jar sounds so tasty! does goat’s milk yogurt taste differently than regular yogurt or greek yogurt?

  28. Julie S on March 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    That cake is fabulous! Wasn’t it hard to cut into such a masterpiece?!

  29. AR on March 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    If you’re into palettes you HAVE to try the urban decay ‘naked’ eyeshadow palette. Total game changer ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. [New Balance] Nicole on March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my goodness that cake is crazy awesome!! How fun!

  31. helene @healthyfrenchie on March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    That cake looks absolutely amazing! My make up routine is pretty simple, blush, eyeliner, mascara and sometimes eye shadow.. Nice and simple..
    Though I do wish we had a Sephora nearby, I love switching things up with their brand colored liquid eyeliner

  32. Roselyn @ A Balanced Fit on March 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I used to buy all kinds of different makeup products just because they were pretty, but nowadays I stick to my basics and only buy when I’ve run out of something. I love NARS Orgasm blush too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on March 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’m really bad at changing up my makeup routine too. I’m just not one of those people that gets excited by or creative with make-up so I get a bit stuck in a rut. But sometimes I’ll discover a new product that blows my mind! Haha. That cake is AMAZING. Throwing my sister’s shower soon, so am getting ideas…!

  34. Hillary on March 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I am so jealous that you will be tap dancing. I danced for fourteen years, and I miss tap more than anything else. I’ve looked for adult classes near me, but I’m too lame to bite the bullet! Enjoy it!

  35. Michelle on March 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    VS eye brightening pen.. now that is life changing. My daughter is teething and I have been getting very little sleep these days. I think the pen helps me look a bit more wide awake ๐Ÿ™‚ Or I would like to think so!

  36. Ali on March 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    WOW! That cake was incredible! I wish I had skills like that sometimes. I am like you with make up. I pretty much know what I like, and I stick to it. I don’t wear much anyways, so it is never really high on my list of things I think about.

  37. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on March 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love that cake!!! So cute and colorful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Alexandria on March 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I too have an exremely basic make up routine. Most days I just wear Aveeno Moisturizer with spf, some BareMinerals foundation, and black eye liner. I wish I was more creative and brave in the make up department. I have so many friends who are cosmetologists and I love looking through all their make up and stuff but if I bought it for myself it would probably never get used.

  39. Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves on March 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Nars orgasm is a staple in my make up bag. So is bare essentuals foundation. Evertything else is pretty random. Usually cheap from the drugstore. I am always on the search for the perfect mascara and eyeliner.

  40. Laura @ She Eats Well on March 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    That breakfast looks really good, actually! Random but delicious! I am with you on the stuffed dates; the stuffed dates are the way to go. On my blog I have a recipe for chorizo stuffed dates wrapped in bacon…I DIE.

  41. aneessa on March 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    i have the tarte eyeshadow palette and love it! palette’s make it so easy to play with colors without committing to one before you know you love it.

  42. Talia @ Bite Size Wellness on March 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Wow! That cake is jaw dropping good. Breakfast looks good and simple:)

  43. Kristi @ Sweetly Fit on March 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    When it comes to the face stuff, I buy the same exact thing every time. But I always buy a different lip product, ha!
    Have a great time tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Joss on March 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t wear makeup often at all – but I recently signed up for this to mix up my routine a little and will help me find out some new products ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s called the (loose button) luxe box. Each month I will receive a box of samples and products that are up and coming or popular and I think it’s only available in Canada. Anyways…I’m excited to find some new products and hopefully teach me about make up ๐Ÿ˜›

  45. Kristin Taylor on March 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I wanted to thank you so much for your amazing recipes and workout ideas!! I came home from coffee shop studying last night and me and my roomate made the breakfast cookie for the first time. My roomate is addicted and has already made tonights cookie for tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

      yay, i’m so glad you girls like it!

  46. Missy on March 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Gina:) Did Heather make that cake? She made me the coolest cake for my bday last year! Next time you see her at the resort ask her about Missy’s cake:) it was soooo cool!

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

      no, susan made it. heather made some GORGEOUS cookies, though! she is quite the talented little baker- i’ll definitely ask her about your cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    That cake is seriously impressive! Lately my mom has started making cakes like that for her friends’ birthdays and weddings, so I’ll have to show her this picture. She would go crazy over it!

  48. Natalie Rae on March 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I tapped in fourth grade for a season and think I still have those shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

    I use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer almost daily; with mascara and some sort of color always on my lids- most of my eyeshadows tend to be basic colors of MAC or samples. I have a billion MAC lipsticks, that I have had for years (worked for Nordstrom and indulged a little too much*), and rotate- I also rock basic cherry Chapstick for a little color sometimes.

    Right now I need to find a good blush- pregnancy has changed my skin color and a little splash on my cheeks makes me look so much healthier I have found.

  49. Lina on March 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    That Cake looks amazing!!!! Such a talent!
    I don’t wear a lot of make up, and probably should branch out a little more then I do… I kind of get stuck buying the same brands and products over and over! ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Amanda on March 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I rarely branch out with make up, but then I rarely wear it. When I do, it’s usually pretty basic. The “wildest” I might get is a funky color of eyeshadow.

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