Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Fri-YAY. What are you up to this weekend?? Anything fun or exciting? 

Some of our Tucson fam is coming into town (WAHOO!) and we’re all ready for P’s party this weekend. I can’t wait! Today, I’m elbow-deep in sangria and guacamole-making, and putting the goodie bags together. In addition to our fiesta + time with the fam, I’m also planning on catching an Orangetheory class and a Spin class at PURE. 

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web!


The highlights by far, were celebrating the Pilot’s and P’s birthdays. For the Pilot, Liv and I got to work making a double-layer chocolate cake with homemade buttercream frosting. (Pro tip: I’m a huge believer that it’s hard to tell if a cake is homemade. I almost always use boxed mixes for cakes -don’t tell Ina- but almost always make the frosting. The frosting is what gives it that homemade feel.)

Pilots cake

We went to dinner at Fish Market,

Blackened salmon

(Blackened salmon)

W p rose

(I had just taught spin, hence the hot mess hair)

and came home for cake.


Happy bday pilot

P’s birthday evening was pretty low-key here at home. When we took her bday pictures, she was surprisingly not into the cake. She took a couple of bits off with her finger, ate it, and looked at me like “WTF just happened?”

For her birthday night, we sang “Happy Birthday” using the same cake (a vegan one from Whole Foods),

Birthday cake

and when I cut into it, I saw that it was chocolate and not vanilla like I’d anticipated.

Singing happy bday

Of course, the thought of giving any child caffeine close to bedtime = sheer horror, but I couldn’t show it to her and not give her any. So, we cut her a slice, and she LOST HER MIND over it. She was giggling and cooing like the cutest little thing ever. 

Eating cake

So there we go. Another chocoholic in the family.

Since this post already contains more pics of cake than any post in the history of the blog, I have to show you guys this.

Sugar skull cake

A SUGAR SKULL CAKE. When I saw it, I was blown away. I showed the picture to the Pilot and he was like, “Why did’n’t you buy it?!”

It’s already cake extravaganza around here between his bday, P’s, and her party, so I didn’t think we needed another one in the mix, but I swim in regrets.

Some more faves:

Menchie’s date with Livi


(Their pumpkin flavor tastes like Thanksgiving in a cup.)

Moon drops! 

Moon drops

They’re long, super sweet grapes, and we’ve all loved them. I took that pic of the bag before the rest was gone. 

Can’t wait to try these sweet potatoes.

PURE cycling class!

With my teaching schedule + weekly OTF, it can be a little tricky for me to coordinate outside classes. I was so excited when it worked out with my schedule to try a class at PURE cycling studio, a new studio that opened downtown.

Some of the things I loved about it: 

they have a cute little boutique,

Pure cycling

you borrow spin shoes for free,

Pure cycling 2

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