Friday Faves (+ Pilot is back!)

 Hi friends! HAPPY FRIDAY 🙂 Any fun plans for the weekend? We don’t have anything crazy going on, but I’m excited to hit up the farmer’s market and watch some of the Oscar winners that we haven’t seen. (The Theory of Everything is happening tonight.)

Something exciting about today: the Pilot is home! He was gone this week for work. Liv and I had a blast during our girls’ week, but we definitely missed him. At night, especially after Liv is asleep, it feels pretty lonely. We were so excited to see him again. <3

Tom is home

In standard Friday fare, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love hearing your faves, too, if you’d like to shout them out or link them up below!

Goat cheddar. Picked this beauty up at Trader Joe’s and it’s amazing on a brown rice tortilla with marinara, zucchini and red pepper flakes. 


Like I needed another reason to love Xtina.

Pink Peonies. I live under a rock because I just found this blog this past week, and it is gorgeous. Next time I need outfit inspiration, I’m heading here.

Coconut milk at Starbucks! I got this delicious decaf coconut milk latte with one pump of vanilla. I’ve read some online critiques about the coconut milk they use, and while I love fresh homemade coconut milk as much as the next person, STARBUCKS HAS COCONUT MILK. I’m not kicking a latte horse in the mouth. 

Coconut latte

The most confusing emojis explained. (What I thought was the “twinsies!” emoji is so wrong haha.) 

17 times fitspiration was so wrong, and this Buzzfeed author fixed it. I totally did the Meryl while reading. 

meryl hell yeah


25 habits of amazing fitness instructors.

Feeding babies food with peanuts appears to prevent allergies.

7 kettlebell moves that burn major calories.

Queen of the couch:


“I was on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made.”

Bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere.

This face scrub. I’ve mentioned it here on the blog before, but I’m still obsessed with it and about to replenish the stash. It smells absolutely lovely and isn’t too harsh. 

At old town w liv

What are you loving this week? Any new Trader Joe’s finds? Read anything awesome on the web? Please link it up below! Have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya later today with a Fitness Fashion Friday post.



Congratulations to the book and cookies winner, Janelle! (Winner was emailed last night) <3

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  1. You’ve blown my mind with the coconut milk at Starbucks! Do you know if this is in all Starbucks? I’ll have to swing by mine today to check it out! Wow…I was definitely surprised by the emojis as well.

  2. That peanut allergy study is so exciting! Major nutrition nerd boner over that.

    I work part time for the green siren, and it is SO nice to have a non-soy/non-dairy milk to offer now…as well as to use. 😉 I used to bring a shaker bottle of almond milk with me to pour in my iced coffee, but no mas! Also pretty good with one pump toffee nut, or 1/2 tn and 1/2 mocha.

    Speaking of the ‘bucks, I’m off to work. Have a great weekend!

  3. Love the Fitspo article! I have tried the coconut milk in a cup of black coffee and wasn’t overly impressed but want to try a latte as that seems to be where the love is at. Happy Friday!!

  4. It is the best feeling when Josh comes home after being gone for a while. Welcome home Tom!

    Pink Peonies is one of my favorite fashion blogs. Everything she wears looks like she stepped out of a fashion magazine!

  5. The theory of everything is phenomenal! Of course it’s a movie but it shows the “behind the scenes” of his life and the details I didn’t know. I liked it more than the Imitation Game, although Benedict Cumberbatch was great in it. Maybe its just because of the physical limitations of Eddie Redmayne’s character and the fact he did such a phenomenal job?

    Also, I think it’s pretty new but I found these Pecan Quinoa Caramal clusters covered in milk chocolate yesterday at TJs – so. good. I had to hide them 😉

  6. I’ve got lots of snow day related Friday favorites! Check it out on my post 5 for Friday –

  7. Haha I LOVED that emojis article. I use the “twinsies” one so much, but now…… lol. This week I’m loving being on Vacation, triathlon training in Vegas (so nice to get out of the Canadian cold!) and my dinner last night from Whole Foods. Roasted beets for the win!!

  8. I can’t wait to find out the truth behind my favorite emojis!

  9. I love/hate reading some of the blogging feedback about Starbucks new coconut milk. I get that it isn’t just coconut and water, but what were people expecting? I mean their other options are great. I mean you have cows milk that has been pasteurized, factory farmed (hormones, antibiotics) and maybe altered for skim or 2%. Soy milk is probably going to have just as many fillers and such as the coconut milk.

    Truthfully the reason why Starbucks did what they did was for two reasons. One being shelf stability and consistency. And the second reason is texture for lattes. I’ve been to some coffee shops that serve coconut milk, and they aren’t very good. Part of the reason is because when heating the milk up for a latte it reacts differently than soy milk or dairy milk. Starbucks worked around that, though I think it tastes TOO coconut-y for my taste. Although I bet it tastes great with a hot chocolate!

  10. Xtina on Jimmy Fallon was awesome! I was telling all my friends about it this week

  11. woah woah woah, starbucks has coconut milk?!

  12. I heard about the coconut milk in Starbucks but then found the ingredients fro what’s in their coconut milk. Very little actual coconut milk and lots of other stuff 🙁 That’s Starbucks for you. That goat cheese is amazing! I’ve been avoiding the cheese section at Whole Foods lately as it tends to suck me!

  13. Glad others are liking the coconut milk. I tried it and it tasted like death. Very sad..

  14. I am so thankful that it is Friday and that it is the Friday before my university spring break! I am not traveling anywhere or going anywhere warm. But I do plan to enjoy this magical snowy winter that we are having here in North Eastern Canada! Snowmobiling, sliding, snowshoeing… Yes please 😀

  15. Haha I pulled a Meryl reading that fitspo article too! Sometimes the health & fitness section of pinterest makes me super sad. We all need more love!

  16. I just downloaded the Theory of Everything and I can’t wait to watch it!!

  17. Everytime I go to TJs I expect to find marvelous things but am usually disappointed. They definitely have delicious candies and chocolate covered everything, but I haven’t found their actual food selections that appealing. That being said, I keep giving it more chances and I did find a marinated pork tenderloin the other night with good ingredients so I made that for dinner. I think I need to go and closely inspect everything they have to offer because theres so much I may just miss it, you know?

    Im waiting for Starbucks to get Almond Milk, but if it’s anything like the coconut milk they have it probably won’t be the best quality.

  18. I am SO glad you included the post about feeding babies peanut butter. They have done some amazing research about allergies in kiddos and I spend a lot of my day (as a doctor) trying to dispel myths and encourage Moms to introduce all foods (except honey) before a year of age. Have a great weekend!

  19. Glad you shared that article via Buzzfeed! I get easily suckered into pinning those types of images without really thinking about it!

  20. The emojis!! I will keep using the sassy/hair flip girl as I always have .. I don’t care!

  21. Hadn’t been to Starbucks in AGES and got a latte on Monday in the CLT airport after a LONG day of traveling and delays (and still trying to get home at that point!). I had totally forgotten about the coconut milk – their sign was at the wrong end of the counter! It was where you pick up your order, not where you place it. Maybe next time…

    I REALLY try to like goat cheese. We have an Earth Fare and my favorite person there usually has lots of samples out. It’s usually too ‘gamey’ for me. But I’ll keep trying to find one that I like.

    I love the Caro photobomb in the first pic!

  22. I need to swing by TJ’s this weekend. I haven’t been paying it enough attention and I always find great things there. This weekend I’m re-reading your e-book!

  23. That emoji link just blew my mind! Haha too funny. I’m going to TJ’s after work to pick up my beloved Quinoa Pesto and I’ll have to grab some cheese while I’m at it (Friday, wine and cheese night, duh!) 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!!

  24. Shaina Anderson says:

    goats milk cheeeeeese, I miss cheeeeeeese. Had to cut dairy for Ryleigh and it was a sad day haha.

    Welcome home Pilot! 🙂

  25. I don’t usually post comments like this, but I didn’t think there was anything wrong with those original “fitspiration” photos. People get motivation in a variety of ways, and I don’t think one way of motivating yourself is worse than any other. I sometimes look at that section of Pinterest when I need a boost before a workout, and it works like a charm. Okay, so some of them are dumb/ridiculous, but if they get people moving, what’s wrong with that? Especially considering the rates of obesity, diabetes, etc. in this country.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i think that for those who have never had body image or eating disorders, that’s totally the case. i can look at them objectively and even find some of them extremely motivating, but can see how someone with a shaky history with their health and perception of themselves could find them damaging. my main philosophy is do YOU. whatever works for someone else isn’t going to work for you, and it’s up to all of us to find what messages, techniques, and types of motivation work for us

  26. Amber Schumann says:

    OMG, those fitspo corrections are AMAZING!!!!! Doing the Meryl FOR SURE!!!!! Hahaha! Where’s the emoji for THAT?!

  27. Gina, your links totally hit home for me today. I really appreciate them.
    I was so with you on the fitspo article, pulling a Meryl. So good. I also loved reading the Biggest Loser article. Although I never watched the show, I saw it in the media constantly and felt like something was wrong. Thanks again for sharing. There are so many signs we are heading into a more loving direction about body image and health, and these articles are totally proof.
    Have a great Friday! Thanks for brightening up my day!

  28. Hi Gina! So glad your little three-some is back together again! I haven’t tried the coconut milk at Starbucks but definitely plan to. This weekend is a big one for me — wine tasting event in the city tonight and my husband and I are hosting our housewarming party tomorrow. We’re having 30 people, so I’ll be in the kitchen prepping the food all day! Here are my Friday Favorites: 🙂 TGIF!

  29. I had the exact same response about coconut milk at Starbucks!

  30. yum… is your dog smiling?!?!? I love it!!!

  31. So your Xtina post reminded me … please watch Ed Sheeran’s version of Dirrty. It’s amazing! 🙂

    • Yaara Leve says:

      Yess!! I saw it and it’s incredible! I love Ed Sheeran. Everything he does is so damn good! He has the best voice.

  32. I have a lot of mixed feelings about the Biggest Loser. It’s a pretty raunchy setup the more I think about it, and I certainly don’t like that the emphasis is on weight alone – in my opinion, that’s about the least helpful indicator of a person’s health. I watched the former contestant’s interview on that link you shared and it was really interesting! Regardless, I can’t imagine the show will be around for much longer.

  33. I just found shelf stable almond milk at Trader Joe’s today that did not contain carrageenan! So happy to have it as a backup to our refrigerated almond milk in our pantry!

    Have a great weekend!

  34. I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s “Inner Bean” black bean crisps!

  35. Glad your hubby is home! Loved the 25 habits of amazing fitness instructors! Thanks for the great, stimulating reads! Xo

  36. Yay for the pilot being back, I completely understand, I miss my man when he’s at work for the day haha. Liv is just too adorable. I’m going back to australia this weekend, wooh! 🙂

  37. I love the article about peanuts and actually introduced my son to some peanut butter and jelly this weekend. He loves it as much as me!!!

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