Shrimpsgiving, Black Friday and Faves


Pancakes  1 of 1 6

Egg casserole  1 of 1 2

Dessert table  1 of 1

Shrimp scampi  1 of 1



Tom and livi


Me and livi

Hi! Happy Black Friday. 🙂 I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed a beautiful holiday. Ours started off with breakfast at the madre’s, and then we spent the day and evening with my dad’s side of the fam, then back to madre’s for mulled wine and dessert. We loved being with our Tucson family for the holiday, and I definitely missed my buddy Kyle. Usually we’d be in the kitchen together joking around (and he’d be making fun of my chopping skills) and he was up in MA with the snow. My favorite moment of the day was when Liv fell asleep in my arms after dinner. This rarely happens, and I got to soak up some wonderful snuggles. I’m thankful every day for the blessings in my life, but it’s not every day that we get to spend surrounded by family; it’s the best.

My contributions to the feast were both a la Ina Garten, who can do no wrong. The baked shrimp scampi (pic above) was SO GOOD -I’ll definitely be making it for future parties- and the mulled wine is one of my all-time faves. As far as the shrimp goes, it reminded me of my pescatarian days and madre would make me shrimp on Thanksgiving. Shrimp still made an appearance. 😉

Today, Wildcats play ASU (our rivals to the north) and I’m excited to take a Zumba class. 

As far as Black Friday shopping goes, madre and I went out late last night. Part of me loathes the fact that the stores are open on Thanksgiving -the retail days are too fresh in my mind- but it is nice to check everything out at night and sleep in the next day. My usual plan of attack: I like to see the chaos, see what they have, and then make holiday gift purchases online. 

Some faves from the week and around the web:

6 things new parents need to stop doing

Stretches in one spot.

An amazing post from my friend Anne about how to enjoy holiday feasts without stressing yourself out.

Kale Yeah shirts are here, and they’re beautiful! I’ll have them packed and ready to send out early next week. 

Black Friday deals!

Black friday deals


Here are some of the things I’ve found around the web:

Express: 50% off EVERYTHING. I got the green utility shirt above for $14 the other day.

gap: 50% off with code “BLKFRIDAY” (this is when I like to stock up for Liv. I get her clothes in bigger sizes for later on super sale)

J Crew Factory: 50% off everything with the code “THANKS”

Lucy: 30% off site wide

Madewell: 35% off with the code “GIFTON” (my fave booties are Madewell)

Reebok Black Friday sale: lots of awesome gear on sale, and you can get Skyscapes for $29.99! (code: “BLACKFRIDAY”)

Saks Off 5th: 40-50% off with code “BLACKOUT”

This blog post has a fantastic breakdown of deals, too. 

Hope you have a very happy Friday! Coming up next week: favorite things giveaways (so many awesome giveaways) + lots of workout quickies.



Something to do: this Black Friday Frenzy workout!

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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on November 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

    What a wonderful feast Gina! I love Liv’s outfit. Too cute. Happy Black Friday!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      thank you! hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on November 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did too. And no Black Friday shopping for me this weekend, because I’ve got too much exploring to do in Coronado and San Diego. Enjoy the rest of your trip! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      how was your vacay?!

  3. Emily on November 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  4. Tracy on November 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Liv looks darling in her cute outfit! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday…we did too!

    I just pinned the baked shrimp…sounds amazing! You’re so right about Ina.

    I’ll be doing my black friday shopping via the internet, so thanks for the links!

    Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      it was SO GOOD. i hope you love it, too!
      happy to hear you had a great holiday <3 xoxo

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Fish always goes well with Thanksgiving and turkey. Happy weekending!

  6. Alex @ get big, go to work on November 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Looks like such a lovely Thanksgiving! Livi is too cute. She looks adorable in her pink shirt. Have a wonderful time in Tuson with your family.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      hank you! hope you had a great weekend 🙂

  7. Kris | on November 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    You have such a cute family, Gina!

    Us Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving in Oct, but I love seeing all my friends and bloggers sharing their good eats over the last 2 days 😉

    Sending love! xxoo

  8. Kristen on November 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Ugh! I hate that stores open on Thanksgiving now. I admit, I definitely put my tree up a week ago and have been 100% in the Christmas spirit, but Thanksgiving is still a day I cherish and try to only focus on that day. I know it’s so tempting to hit up the stores as soon as they open, but I wish people would resist. This year they opened at 6 PM. If consumers give in, it won’t be long and until Thanksgiving is no more than “Black Thursday”.
    Sorry about the rant. It just makes me a little sad.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      i totally agree. i feel like thanksgiving doorbusters are ruining thanksgiving

  9. Anne @ fannetasticfood on November 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you for the link love, my friend! Love the “shrimpsgiving” 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      happy to share- it was an awesome post! xoxo

  10. Kelly {the Centsible Life} on November 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like a lovely time! I am definitely going to try that mulled wine this season.

    Thanks for linking to my post-appreciate it!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      happy to spread the love. awesome post!! any coming up for cyber monday?!

  11. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on November 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I love Livi’s Thanksgiving outfit! I’m glad you had a good holiday with family!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      i want it in my size! 😉 hope you had a great weekend, too

  12. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on November 29, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Looks like a happy thanksgiving!!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      thank yoU! xoxo

  13. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on November 29, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Livi’s outfit is beyond adorable. Looks like an amazing feast!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      thank you! hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  14. Verhanika on November 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Gina! I miss your Sunday food + fitness plans! They were such great inspiration for the week!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      i can bring them back if you’d like! i felt like they were one of those things that got kind of stale, and i didn’t hear much about whether you guys enjoyed them so i ditched them. maybe i’ll bring it back next week and see what happens?

  15. Cassie Vaughn on December 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Today is my first day hearing of Ian Garten… I’m going to have to get with it!

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