Friday Faves

-Your amazing Winter Shape Up check-ins!!

Wsu week 1 checkins

This first week has been such a blast!! Anne and I have absolutely loved reading your check-ins on Twitter, our blogs and the WSU Facebook group. The pics (especially the sweaty workout pics) are always my favorites πŸ™‚ I can easily say you rocked out the first week of the challenge! You have two more days to enter our White Plum giveaway on the intro page. (Two more days for the discount code, too! “WINTERSHAPEUP20” for 20% off.) If you’d like to join in the WSU fun, check out the intro post for all of the details!Β You could start with us for Week 2, then go back to Week 1 as your fourth week.

The Week 2 schedule will be up on the intro page later today. Keep up the amazing work!! <3

-I tried out the banana, egg and flax pancake that was part of the Winter Shape Up meal plan, and have become a huge fan. Livi loved it, too!

Puppy pancake

She went crazy for her puppy dog pancake, and I rolled mine up like a burrito after filling it with sun butter and sliced strawberries. It was SO GOOD. Can’t wait to make it again!

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-This little blog was featured in Zulily’sΒ 10 favorite health and fitness blogs. I’m so honored to have been included, and am in great company with some of my friendsΒ Katy,Β MadelineΒ andΒ Kristin.

-New barre slippers! When I visited the Reebok headquarters I was able to preview some amazing new product. These barre shoes were on the mental list of things I couldn’t wait to try. This past week, Reebok surprised me with a pair, and I’m already obsessed.

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They’re extremely light, mold to my feet perfectly and have nonstick bottoms, similar to barre socks that I’ve used, but much sturdier. I tested them out for a quick Barre3 workout:

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and I can tell that I’ll be using them a TON. If you are a barre fanatic, I highly recommend them. They’re much more affordable than some other versions I’ve seen.

Some links I loved this week:

The secret to raising a kind daughter.Β 

Things people swear they’ll never do until they have kids.

A different way to look at selfies.

Things to do after checking into a hotel room.

Caitlin’s post about her parenting philosophy.Β 

21 paintings that look like pictures.

A Full House reunion on Jimmy Fallon, which basically made my life. (Uncle Jesse. Have mercy!)

Hope you have a very happy Friday!

See ya later on the Family page <3



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  1. Those shoes are so cute – is it wrong that I would want to just wear them around the house? πŸ™‚

  2. Your’s is the second post that I have read this morning that has mentioned Jimmy Fallon, I am going to have to start DVRing (is that even a word?) that show. Great links.

  3. Those Barre slippers are giving me dance class flashbacks!

  4. Woohoo! My feet on a treadmill pic made it in your collage! Love Winter Shape Up!

  5. Thanks for having me on the collage. Love the workout and cant wait for Week 2 schedule

  6. ArenΒ΄t those shoes just ballet slippers without the ribbons stiched in?? What makes them different to normal ballet slippers? Could you post a picture of the sole? Seems like Reebok just took something that has existed for a long time and put a new name on it…

    • Fitnessista says:

      no, the bottoms are different. (should have snapped a pic!)
      reebok has shoes for a variety of sports, so you could kind of say that about pretty much everything. all athletic brands are re-inventing the wheel, with a twist on the original version.

  7. Those pancake burritos look delish.

  8. Amber Schumann says:

    Hubby showed me that Jimmy Fallon video last night. We are diehard FH fans…still watch reruns at night before bed πŸ˜‰

  9. I love me some Uncle Jesse!!! <3 And Livi's breakfast= too cute.

  10. Love the link to the 8 things to do after you check into a hotel room! I’ve done all those things and people always think I’m crazy but I’ve found bed bugs, a leaky ac, and other things that could put a damper on your vacation. We’ve even been given key cards to the wrong room and walked in on someone taking a shower. Best advice is to check everything before you bring your luggage in case you have to switch rooms or hotels and always use the extra lock on the door!

  11. I love the idea of rolling up the pancake! Sounds so simple but totally makes breakfast feel different! πŸ™‚

  12. I loved the full house thing! And why does no one every make me puppy dog pancakes?

  13. Massive dance flashbacks… Glad you love the shoes! Barre workouts are such a killer πŸ™‚

  14. Love the barre slipperrs!

  15. Congrats on the Top Ten! No one is more deserving =)

  16. Those barre slippers are awesome! I need to get a pair.

  17. I love banana/egg pancakes! I will have to put flaxseed in them next time πŸ™‚ I’m strongly considering those barre shoes. The only reason is because I go to a studio that also offers, cardio/barre combo classes and it often involves jumping and I’d like some support. How supportive would you say they are?

  18. I want a pair of those barre slippers. Are they true to size?

  19. Loved that Full House reunion! So perfect πŸ™‚

    Happy Friday!

  20. I love the idea of making my pancakes into delicious breakfast burritos…why didn’t I think of this sooner?!

  21. I love the little pancake face! Your wrap looks awesome, love the idea of strawberries and sun butter. πŸ™‚ Haven’t tried barre yet but it looks like fun!

  22. Really love those shoes – they look adorable and so comfortable!

  23. How cool to be featured on Zulily!! Hope you have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  24. Oh my sweaty pic! πŸ™‚ I did workout 1 on Monday and again last night with the plank burner. It was a little easier the 2nd time but my thighs and booty were a little sore! But I feel so energized with the work outs!!

  25. Kara Heckaman says:

    I had to share the “Things people swear they’ll never do until they have kids” on facebook. Its totally me… Embarrassing but true. Am I naive to think I’ll be able to do the homemade organic food for him as a full time working mother? I hope not!

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha it’s funny the things you think you’ll OMGNEVERDO but when you get there, it happens. for me, if helped to make a ton of food and freeze it on sundays.

  26. That barre slipper looks great! I can’t do anything barefoot yet on account of the plantar fasciitis, but these might fit the bill (with some added support from KT Tape). I’ve been doing some barre3 workouts at home in my sneakers and it’s a bit hard to do some of the moves in them. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Congrats on the top 10. Your one of my favs. I loved the link about what people will never do when they have kids. I thought some of these before I had my son but I know a few people who are currently prego or just had a baby who are like this and I always want to check in at the 6 month mark and ask them about everything they said they wouldn’t do.

  28. Gahhh, I keep forgetting to check in! I’ll have to be better about that next week.

    Seeing those barre shoes makes me SOOO want to try a barre class! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but it seems so intimidating haha.

  29. Great things indeed!. I guess I’m loving the weather here in Puerto Vallarta. Been here 3 months and now moving on to Guatemala for a month in a few days. Training and traveling…it is a great day! Mud race this Sunday then’s gonna be a good weekend.

  30. ahhhhhhh those pancakes! THE BEST! I remember my Mom always made mine into Mickey mouse hahaha – oh both of yours look so great

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