Maple Carrot Salad Scaled

Friday Faves – The Fitnessista

Hey hey! Happy Friday! Have a nice weekend to you. What do you have going on? We have a Christmas dinner at a friend’s house, a squadron Christmas party, a birthday party and two birthday brunches. So many fun activities packed into the weekend! I’m hoping that between events we can catch up on house stuff (and that I can finally tackle the laundry mountain that has taken over our bed. I did a load every night, and things just got out of hand very quickly…).

Something exciting on the way: Favorite things start MONDAY! Be sure to check back here.. the prices are SO good and I can’t wait to join 10 reader friends in some of my all time favorite things.

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It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds of the week and around the web. Also, I always love to hear about things you love, so please shout them out in the comments section below.

Friday favorites

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One of my big goals for 2023 is to invent TikTok. I fought it for SO long, but the reality is that’s where people hang out now. And as a consumer of the platform, I love it. It took the algorithm a while to *know* me, but it definitely knows me now. (Bring on all the amazing choreography, behind-the-scenes chef life, singing videos, interior decorating, fashion tips, and quick recipe videos.) I really want to start creating content on TikTok and provide value in a new way, but I feel overwhelmed by the platform, especially with the different editing methods and features.

Luckily, my friend Amber – we were in Jill’s mastermind together – just created a course ALL about TikTok, complete with a masterclass, and I’m so excited to do it. She’s been crushing it there (274,000 followers!), and she’s going to share her tips and strategies. I know this may not apply to everyone, but also know that many reader friends have online businesses and are involved in social media, so if you want to join me on her TikTok course, the link is here!

It’s now $200 off and the price jumps on Monday when the course starts.

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(Amber is on the far right of this photo from our Scottsdale trip about a month ago)

We’ll be live on Instagram today talking about TikTok if you’d like to join in too – I’d love to see you there!

Read, watch, listen:

This Josh Groban video popped up on my YouTube playlist while I was working. What a banger lol. But seriously, this is one of the songs that made me love him in high school. This is very good!

Speaking of favorite songs, what was your most played Spotify song in 2022? It’s mine! I have listened to it SO many times this year:

Sabastian Yatra

Started this book and although it took me a while to get into it, I’m enjoying it so far.

Fashion + Beauty:

This sweater arrived and it is even better than I thought it would be. The material is of high quality and I chose the heather camel colour.

Dark picture, but you can get the idea:1669985014 304 Sweater

LOVE this cheek palette.

I loved Vuori for everyday casual wear, and had my eye on this half zip. I think I’ll go for it this weekend and pop it under the tree. 😉 If you’re still gift shopping, I have tons of ideas here:

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide and Favorites Under $50

For the men

For her

For the children

Fitness + good food:

A dessert plate. We had some friends over for dinner last weekend, and I used this Ina Garten tip and made a dessert plate for dessert. It made it so easy and everyone could get what they wanted.

I made some chocolate peanut butter bars, then added different cookies and chocolate pretzels from the Whole Foods cookie bar, along with some chocolate mousse bars from Trader Joe’s. The kids had hot cocoa, and the adults had tequila sangria.

For the meal, we had appetizers (a huge, beautiful charcuterie plate that my friend passed on, sun-dried tomato dip and crackers), my favorite fall salad, fried chicken, potatoes, and fresh sourdough.Dessert Board

Maple Carrot Salad

Sangria

I am so grateful that our children have introduced us to some of our closest friends. Making friends as an adult can be difficult and awkward, and I feel so grateful that our children have the sweetest friends with wonderful parents. 😉 We’re having a family dinner tonight and a Secret Santa exchange for the crew – it’s going to be a blast.

Hope you have a happy Friday and I’ll see you soon with favorite things!
xo

Gina

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