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. Nicole on August 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been trying to win your macaroons for YEARS! Pick me!

  2. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on August 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    August was pretty awesome! I got to spend tons of quality time with my boyfriend before he left for Switzerland, and I also have been doing tons of work for lululemon (I’m a full-time educator) and helping with opening up our brand new store here in Austin! It’s been such an exciting and super positive time!

  3. Vanessa on August 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I love your blog, and have always wanted to try your macaroons!

  4. Kiersten Outlaw on August 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I am a new reader and enjoy reading all your receipes and about your pregnancy! It is great to hear someone be completely honest about their fertility and what helped them. I am currently trying to get pregnant and got some good tips, so thank you! My August was all about school. I am a special ed teacher and we started school last week. Feeling happy to be settling into our routine 🙂

  5. mac on August 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve never had macaroons,but I hear great things! I hope I’m the lucky reader! I love when you post workouts and I’d love to hear more about how you increase readership and some of the factors in your blog growing a lot that beginners may not know about.

  6. Elizabeth on August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Congrats on getting settled in your new home! I’ve recently started doing the 30-day shred videos by Jillian Michaels and I’ve heard a lot about her other workout videos. Any chance you could review them soon?

  7. Sarah on August 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Oooooh! I would love to try your famous macaroons:)

  8. M on August 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    1016 comments!??!?! Unreal! I can’t even get one follower to my blog 🙂 I look forward to your posts every day 🙂 August is an awesome month because its the month of my WEDDING anniversary…..and each day of August is super special because it reminds us to appreciate every lasting day of summer…. before the fall comes!!! I know I cherished each day….. and here we are the leaves are starting to change where I am !!! I think goals are super important but its important to remember to appreciate the little things too… each little thing eventually grows in to a fabulous achievement. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  9. Anne on August 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Love your blog & recipes! I would love to see more creative healthy recipes like your protein pancakes and breakfast cookie classics :). Roons!!

  10. Joy on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Oh cool giveaway but if I could pick anything more on the blog I love the fashion posts and I’d love more house ones… We bought a house at about the same time and I am always looking for good ideas. And btw I love love love your baby bedding

  11. Meagan on August 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    hi gina! those macaroons look deeeelish 🙂

  12. gina g on August 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I honestly LOVE your blog just the way it is! It is definitely one of my favorites! <3

  13. Ahzahdeh Neshat on August 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I love your weekly/monthly pick-me-ups! They’re just the right amount of motivation for me to be a little bit more pro-active. Getting inspiration from others is so nice especially when you’re in a bit of a creative slump. Perhaps we can see more monthly goals?? I’d also love to see some roons in my hand heading towards my mouth. Just sayin’. 🙂

  14. Nikki on August 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Any new breakfast cookie recipes?

  15. Isela on August 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    As someone who’s always stuggled with her weight, I love reading about your meal choices/ideas! Reading about your meals inspires me to continue to make good food choices, and to try new foods/recipes. Thank you!

  16. Holly on August 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    August was great! Love your blog! I want some ROONS!!!!!!

  17. Candice on August 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I have been wanting your little macaroons for over a year! and would jump for joy if I am selected over the rest of the 1070 + commenters.. aka fitnessista addicts.;)

  18. misty on August 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    August was awesome, because it was my little girl’s first birthday! It has been amazing watching her grow and change this last year and having the chance to celebrate her with family was great. I’m really enjoying reading about your journey to motherhood, it’s such a magical time!

  19. Annie on August 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    You are the cutest little preggie woman ever!!! I can’t wait until that vegan free bun is born!

  20. Kate on August 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I just want you to keep posting after nuggette arrives! You are such an inspiration and a wealth of information. I know you’ll be busy, but we’ll wait for posts.

  21. Ashley M. on August 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Hi! 🙂 love your blog! It’s inspiring me to eat healthy!

  22. melissa on September 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Q: Why did the Tomato go out with a prune?
    A: Because he couldn’t find a date!


  23. amanda on September 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I would lovveeee to see more fashion posts!!!!

  24. tiffany on September 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

    i love reading your blog and all your healthy living advice!

  25. Maggie on September 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My comment is random: you remind me so much of my friend Ashley, both in physical appearance and in personality. And sometimes I confuse you guys, haha.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

      i hope you like this friend ashley? haha

  26. Anne on September 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Hey Gina! I’m dying to try your macaroons! 🙂

  27. Astrid on September 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    LOVE the ab workouts you’ve been posting!

  28. liz on September 1, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love your blog! I would love to get the recipe for your famous macaroons, they always looks so amazing

  29. mariam on September 1, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I have to say thank you, because thanks to you I am now a goat cheese and almond butter lover 🙂 Thank you for creating such an amazing blog! Whenever I’m low on motivation you’re blog definitely helps 🙂

  30. Kim M. on September 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Am I too late to enter? I just started graduate school and I’m having a hard time fitting in my blog reading until late at night! I would love some macaroons!

  31. Lacey on September 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

    My August was awesome, but here’s to an even better September!

  32. Emily Lindmar on September 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I love your vegan gluten-free creations! As a (12 year) vegan who recently found out I have celiac, I appreciate all the healthy creations that are out there. I tend to stick to the same foods day-after-day and your blog incourages me to try new things! By FAR my FAVORITE blog of all time!

  33. Baroque Diva on September 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    <3 your bloggie, girlie!

  34. Julie F on September 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I’m newish to your blog and I just LOVE it!!

  35. Allison on September 1, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I really like your blog! I especially like the focus on posts 😀

  36. Mandiee on September 1, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE some homemade roons. I’ve been drooling over them ever since I found you blog. (Maybe you could post the recipe some time? Pretty please?) I’m getting my wisdom teeth pulled on Friday, so it would be SO nice to have something to look forward to eating once I’m all better. I’m absolutely terrified of IVs, so my goal for September (or at least Friday) is conquering some of my fears. Ready or not, here it comes! Anyway, I really loved seeing your August goals. Maybe you could post them every month? I actually thought about doing some of them myself and will definitely be creating a list of my own soon, too. Also, I love seeing some of your daily eats + recipes. Although I don’t always eat like you do, I think some of your combinations are great.

    Have a lovely day (and thanks for the awesome giveaway! You’re so sweet!)

  37. nicole on September 1, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I definitely checked out fall jeans this month! I’d love to see more fashion posts- I’m so into fashion blogs lately and would love to see new looks for fall.

  38. ezzie on September 1, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Those jeans look amazing! And now I want fondue :p

  39. Kristin M on September 1, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I LOVE your blog and have recommended it to friends. You are amazing! Pick me!

  40. Dawn on September 1, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I love that your blog has so much variety – food, fun and fashion. Keep it up! And I love seeing updates of the house. Looks gorgeous and welcoming!

  41. Lori on September 1, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I love when you have giveaways, they are always the best!! Would love to try the roons!

  42. Socal Rachel on September 1, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Way to keep it real and let us know you didn’t meet all of your goals, and great job on those you did. I did sign up for a half marathon for Oct. I don’t think I’ve ever had roons.

  43. Kristin on September 1, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Your blog is my obsession – family, fashion, food, fitness – I love everything about it, don’t change a thing! Although a single link with all your favorite/recommended baby/pregnancy/fertility-related books would be an awesome addition… 🙂

  44. Marie on September 1, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Love your blog. Personally, I love getting the pregnancy updates. I’d love get some macaroons- they are my all time favorite!

  45. Christy on September 1, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I’m getting married on Sunday and can’t imagine a better way to start my morning with my husband with a cup of coffee and your macaroons!! All the belly pics make me think im ready to start our family too 🙂

  46. katie on September 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I love reading your blog daily… for inspiration on workouts, meals and overall motivation. It’s obvious you work hard on it AND enjoy it! So thanks.. and I sure wouldn’t mind winning some roons 🙂
    OH! The only thing that could help some readers (especially new ones?) would be organizing posts or making it easier to search for different types of things such as some type of catalog. Other than that, love love love. xoxox

  47. Donna on September 1, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Please post information about any health/exercise related conventions/seminars you hear about. Perhaps this info could go under your “FUN” heading. I would like to start attending some, however I usually find out too late to register. Thanks, and I look forward to trying your macaroons!

  48. AmyG on September 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hi gina! Id love to try your macaroons! I am pregnant and due one week before u!, so my appetite is 100% ready!

  49. Maria on September 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Stumbled upon your magnificabulous blog sometime in the wee hours of this morn and I must let you know that from what Ive seen so far is simply stupendous (perfectly good in other words) lol. I like it. Love the way you keep it simple yet sophisticated. Love your sense of fashion and fitness, sista 🙂 I can almost smell the foods you write about. I can almost taste the beautiful roons as I write lol. This is my first time here but will definitely be back because I think I’m in loooooove! Much love for all the beautiful things you do and thank you for sharing a part of your world with the rest of the world xox

  50. Christina W. on September 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I love absolutely everything about your blog except 1 minor thing….the fact that we have to scroll the page to the right to see your blog, otherwise we’d just see the cute pic of you holding the weight + 3/4 of the actual blog.

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