Was August Awesome? [giveaway]

*******************************This giveaway ended Sept. 1, 2011 at 10:30 EST. Stay tuned for the next one!

At the beginning of this month, I posted a list of 10 Ways to Make August Awesome. It’s always fun to have some monthly motivation and goals, so I’ll probably do similar lists for each month 😀

Bella’s August in a snapshot:


Here’s what was on there and how I did with my own personal list:

1. Have something to look forward to. For me, it was Healthy Living Summit – just as amazing as I anticipated it to be. The best part? Getting the Pilot away from work for a weekend so he could join me 😉

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2. Create a goal for the month. First my goal was to practice more yoga, but it just didn’t happen. I just feel awkward and uncomfortable, especially since I can’t rock out handstands or arm balances right now, so I didn’t practice as much as I would have liked. [Looking back, it’s such a lame excuse. If I want to do it, I should do it, that’s all there is to it] Instead, I began to work on another goal that may come into fruition, but I’m superstitious and won’t post about it until all is bueno 😉

3. Plan a dinner party. Done and done! Now that our house has been “warmed” and 99.9% of our stuff is unpacked, we can start to have frequent smaller dinner parties like we used to. I’m so excited 😀

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4. Go through your summer clothes and determine which ones you’d like to get rid of before storing the rest for fall and winter. I actually did this one before I posted this list, and my closet feels SO good! Bonus: room for new clothes! Heh heh.


5. Go for a swim! This didn’t happen. I thought it would motivate me to do it, but nope. I’m a floater, not a swimmer 😉

6. Pick up a new cookbook to try this month, or borrow one from a friend. This was exciting because I unpacked all of my cookbooks, including 3 new ones that I didn’t get to use before we moved from Valdosta. I can’t wait to bust into them!


[We have another shelf full of cookbooks, too. Forgotten treasures!!]

7. Sign up for a fitness event with a friend. I haven’t done this one yet, but am seriously considering the spring half marathon here in Tucson. I was supposed to do it this past year, but didn’t since I went to LA instead for Gatorade. This one will be about 12 weeks after the baby is born, so I’ll walk/run it, but really want to add some running back into my routine. I miss the “ex boyfriend” – it’s funny how you miss things when you can’t do them 😉 I ran a little first trimester, but it felt weird after a while so I stopped.

8. Scope out some new jeans for fall. This one happens on an almost daily basis. My pick for fall:

image J Brand

Love the cut, wash, length, everything 🙂

9. Go out for a girls night 😀 I’m lucky to be surrounded by girls in the squadron who always want to hang out-  we did quite a few dinners and movie nights 🙂

10. Eat a pizookie. This one actually didn’t happen! The Pilot and I were planning a pizookie date, and then he had to work late that night and we just didn’t go. I did have fondue this month, though 😉


So was your August Awesome?

Here’s one more way for that to happen:

You see, I bought a boatload of macaroon supplies for HLS and didn’t have time to make them before our trip.

roon supplies

I love almonds, but I don’t think I need 3 lbs 😉

So I’d love to make a custom batch of macaroons for a reader- any flavor: Meyer lemon lavender, blonde, chocolate, mocha, chocolate almond butter, super roon [Of course, other things may sneak their way into the package, too]

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*******************************This giveaway ended Sept. 1, 2011 at 10:30 EST. Stay tuned for the next one!

See ya later today with a Fashion post <3



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  1. Allison on September 1, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Yay roons!!!! I cant believe August is done already!! I wish i was home in jersey to experience the change of seasons instead of only having 2 seasons here in florida:(

  2. Claire on September 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Your blog is an integral part of my morning routine. Your workouts that I can do at home keep me sane. With a 3 year old toddler and a working partner there isn’t really too much time to go to the gym but I love that you have stuff that you can incorporate at home. I love the recipes. The Raw movement is yet to make an impact in Scotland but I’ve been hankering for a dehydrator since seeing your macaroons.
    Plus your little pics of Tuscon makes me remember that not everywhere is dreary as here and that not everyone relies on a diet of deep fried mars bars.

    Wishing you happy and healthy pregnancy

  3. Gina on September 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I would love to see a post about beauty products you use. I am wanting to start using more natural and/or vegan products and would love to see what you use on a daily basis!

  4. Jordon on September 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Hope this isn’t too late to comment… I always think your ‘roons look so good, and I’d love to try some! I’ve really enjoyed reading about your pregnancy so far, and I think you’re going to make an excellent mom. Also, I think your relationship with The Pilot is adorable. When (if) I ever get married, I hope we’re as happy as you two are!

  5. Rebecca on September 1, 2011 at 6:35 am

    august was awesome for me too! but i am excited for september 🙂 i love september’s weather, not too hot, not too cold!

  6. Vicky on September 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Hi Gina, wow look how many comments you have on this post! You are a very popular blogger 🙂
    I’ve started reading your blog about 6 months ago and i really enjoy reading it. Must say that i have learned a lot reading your posts about fitness, food and your pregnancy. I hope that you will keep up the good work when the little princess is here, looking forward to read about your first adventures as a mother and your post-pregnancy work outs! Love from Holland X

  7. Beth on September 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I’m so excited for fall! Pumpkin, riding boots, layers, fall scented candles, apple picking…. gosh I love it so!

  8. Allison Wy on September 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I would absolutely love to try your macroons! I’ve been gawking at them ever since I found your blog a year ago!

  9. Libby on September 1, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Would you ship to Sydney? Haha. Overseas for the year on a working holiday visa, but still following along. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

      i ship worldwide 🙂

  10. Running Betty on September 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I don’t like macaroons, but I do like taking my girls shopping for back to school. Even erasers can be fun when you are excited about seeing your friends again! And my older daughter is out of uniforms for the first time in 10 years so she is ALL ABOUT fashion now.

  11. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on September 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Yay a giveaway! I love the goal of picking up a new cookbook to try new things. I always forget about them.

  12. Jess on September 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I love the Family and Fashion posts…keep those coming!

  13. Carolyn C. on September 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I need a TON of help in the fashion department, so keep it coming! Thank you!!

  14. Sara on September 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I can’t believe summer is almost over. Next week the crazies of the school year start up. I can’t wait….but I’ll miss those lazy summer days.

  15. Wendy on September 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Much of my August was spent wrapping up camp and getting ready for the new school year. Most of the children are back this week, and it makes me so happy to have the classrooms full again. Preschool starts next week, and I can’t wait to meet them all!

  16. Caitlin on September 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I went to Seasons 52 2 weeks ago and thought of you and your blog!

  17. Rebecca on September 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Feedback: can you write a book? : ) I’d buy it! But really, any posts that show how you stay motivated and keep up your routine and your positive attitude on a daily basis I find really helpful and love to read. Love your blog!

  18. Natalie on September 1, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hey Gina! It was nice to meet you at HLS. You are just as sweet in person as you seem on your blog. Love reading your blog!

  19. Bridget on September 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Maybe today will be the lucky day I win some roons?? I need to organize my closet/clothes in the worst way! Also really bummed I didnt get to say hi at HLS! I did see you though (not to sound like a total creeper!) you were just always in the midst of conversation 🙂

  20. April on September 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    yoga! <3

  21. MorganAK on September 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I would have to say Aug. was a good month but September is going to be AMAZING!!!
    iI leave in 10 days to drive across America with my mother and land home in Alaska!!! i cant wait to be with my family again after 7 years being away!!!

  22. jesi on September 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I figure if I keep entering to win these infamous ‘roons, eventually I will win right?!!

    Love love the fashion and family posts! Speaking of, any idea on watch trends for fall 2011??

  23. Laura on September 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Baby girls??? They ROCK!!!!!! (I have three of them although they’re not babies anymore, they are 5, 6, and 7!!)

  24. Sara on September 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Your blog is PERFECT. So enjoyable, honest and informative all at the same time-thanks for keepin it real!

  25. Lauren on September 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Hope I’m not too late! Loving the belly pics, you are one adorable preggy lady! (will compliments get me extra luck to win? 😉 )

  26. Racheal on September 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I love your blog. I live in Phoenix so it’s super nice that you’re in the same state. Love ya

  27. sara @ the foodie diaries on September 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I love reading all about your experience while being pregnant, and I can’t wait to find out what the babies name is going to be!!! 🙂

  28. Monica on September 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

    August was awesome for me because I succesfully made a veggie burger from scratch! it was delicious 🙂

  29. Kate on September 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love the family and fashion posts!

  30. Sejal M on September 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Hey Gina,
    So I started reading your blog after I had me son 22 months ago. I found you by searching Healthy Living Blogs ( I was trying to loose the baby weight)> And guess? what I did, all of it. Well, now I am preggo with #2 due next month and will continue to read your blog for ideas and inspriration.

    Good luck with your little one!

  31. Carrie on September 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’ve been meaning to try my hand at the ‘roons for a while! Having some already made the hubby can try before I pick up the ingredients would be a very good thing (as eating an entire batch by myself would not!).

  32. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland on September 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

    My August was awesome! There was trips to both coasts and I ran my second half marathon. September has it’s work cut out if it thinks it can top August!

  33. Janet on September 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I finally started losing weight again in August. First time in 2 years. I started acupuncture to treat my thyroid and it worked! no meds for me 🙂

  34. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on September 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Whoops, I may be too late for this one, but might as well throw in my entry! August was awesome…I think? Honestly I’m not sure where it went! Irene was less awesome but I can’t complain. 🙂

  35. Tasha on September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    august was full of spoiling my nephew, cycling and discovering cacao powder.

    I was wondering if your weight loss story is still posted on the site. It’s very inspiring 🙂

  36. Kristen on September 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    My august was awesome! I started a new job, found new running trails, and signed up for two races in September!

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