10/11: Friday Faves


-Random Thursday night family BBQs. Until we find out our assignment, I’ve decided to pretend we’re not moving. Good plan, huh? Haha.

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-These coffee drinks! THE BEST pre-made stuff I’ve ever had, and since the price at Whole Foods was cray, I ordered a bunch from Amazon. A can is glorious with a tiny bit of almond milk and Stevia.

-Get ready for this one: polenta fries. 

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As much as I wish I could say this was my idea, it was a total Pinterest-ism. Just take a tube of polenta, cut into “fry” shapes, season to your liking (I used olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper) and bake on a cookie sheet at 450* for 20-30 minutes. They were crispy and fantastic– I can’t wait to make another batch.

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-Hobby Lobby. It was my favorite store in Valdosta, and I was beyond stoked when we finally got one in Tucson. The decorating bug bit me in a fierce way, so a toddler room may be happening sooner rather than later. And no, I didn’t buy any Christmas stuff while I was there. πŸ˜‰

Naomi’s piano! (And if you’ve never read her blog, it’s one of my absolute favorites.) I’ve been wanting to paint our piano for quite a while, but the sanding and priming process intimidated me since there are so many small grooves and crannies. I was so excited to hear that this paint works well.. looks like I’ll have a fun project to work on. 


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-Feeling 1000x better after my spill the other day. A trip to the chiropractor, along with a lot of rest -I’ve taken 3 days off now- has worked wonders. Bonus: since I’d referred some friends to our chiropractor, I got a free aqua massage! Gold star.

-This article about what super successful people do before 8am. Motivation for me to keep waking up a little early, even though it’s tempting to stay in bed until Liv wakes up. 

30 signs you’re almost thirty and as much as I loved those, this list is even better. 

-Livi in her wagon. A Craigslist find, and Caroline likes riding in it almost as much as Livi πŸ˜‰


What are you loving this week?

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Hope you have a very happy Friday!



Lastest post on the Fashion page and Family page!

Something to do: This jump rope superset workout! The jump rope intervals keep things exciting and keep your heart rate high as you go through the strength portions. It’s a quick and super effective one πŸ™‚

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  1. Rachel on October 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    When do you find out about the next assignment? Are you going to sell the house? I’m so excited for you, I hope it’s Europe or someplace equally fabulous.

  2. Sonia the Mexigarian on October 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I turn 30 in exactly 2 days. Those links were hilarious. so true. πŸ™‚

  3. Parita @ myinnershakti on October 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Ooh – great share with the polenta fries. Going to make those soon!

    And I am seriously loving Lindsay’s Freezer PB chocolate cups. SO good! http://www.theleangreenbean.com/freezer-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups/

  4. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’m loving that I have a long weekend — it’s Canadian Thanksgiving!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Mary Jane on October 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    This week I am loving my 16 month old practicing saying new words. My favorite is “eyes.” We point at our eyes and he says “heye….s.” It is about the cutest thing I can imagine. Almost as cute as him pointing at a picture of my dad and saying “grampa” for the first time last night. It’s making me tear up a little as I write it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on October 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Someone sent me those links just yesterday, too funny!! Is it sad that I am only in my mid-twenties and still relate??

  7. Lisa on October 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wow those polenta fries look great!
    I’ve actually never tried polenta before, not sure why!
    I’m pretty excited that it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend! Should be a great time.

  8. Jen on October 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    those fries look so good. Caroline looks so royal with her head held high!

  9. RachelG on October 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling better after your fall! πŸ™‚ When you fell did you scream out your husbands name like it was his fault? I’ve been known to do that, especially when falling in public places. lol. Have a lovely weekend!

  10. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on October 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Polenta fries are a genius idea!

  11. Amanda @ Sistas of Strength on October 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better!!!! My son LOVES his wagon too!

    Those polenta fries….yum. Happening asap over here.

  12. Danica @ It's Progression on October 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I’m crazy about that Buzzfeed article about underrated things for late 20s…love love love it.

  13. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on October 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Those fries will be making an appearance in my kitchen very soon – yum! I’m loving the weather…perfect Fall temps, 68-70, it’s gorgeous out. Oh, and all things PUMPKIN, of course! TGIF!

  14. Katie @ running4cupcakes on October 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    OMG polenta fries – totally making those this weekend!! And I LOVE hobby lobby too – although it is rediculous that christmas decorations are out already!!

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I LOVE IT haha

  15. MissMolly on October 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, both of those ladies in the wagon! Too cute!

  16. Justine Duppong @Upcycle You on October 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I’m turning 30 in January. Top of my list? Having our first baby, a little girl, around the New Year!

    I REALLY miss Hobby Lobby. We should be moving back to our hometown this summer though, so I may have it again soon enough. πŸ™‚

  17. Lizzie on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Polenta fries! Genius! Also, totally unrelated note…as a very long time reader, I always love reading the Pilot’s posts almost as much as yours. I feel like you guys have so much going on right now, would love to hear about life from his perspective πŸ™‚

  18. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on October 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve been 30 for almost a year now (my birthday is in November). It’s hard to believe I’m this “old” already!

    That orange lily is so pretty.

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      november birthday twins πŸ™‚

  19. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m loving the fact that it’s Canadian Thanksgiving up here this weekend, which means an extra day off and ALL the food πŸ˜€ My only complaint is that Thanksgiving isn’t as huge of a deal here as it is down in the States… why do you guys always have to do everything bigger and better than us? πŸ˜›

  20. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Love Livi’s smile in that picture πŸ™‚ Such a pretty girl!

  21. kate marrin on October 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I second waking up early-what a difference in my day it makes!

  22. mary on October 12, 2013 at 10:54 am


    Try that in place of the expensive canned coffee. It’s easy and delicious. I divide the recipe by 8. Illy makes ground coffee or espresso you could use, too.

  23. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I’ve never been to a Hobby Lobby! They look fun!

  24. Britt on October 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    So so sad to think of you havng to move ! I’m wishing for you that you stay close !! Livi is sooooo cute in her wagon what a good puppy to stay IN the wagon with her πŸ˜€

  25. Haley@Cupcakes and Sunshine.com on October 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Lovetaza is one of my favorite blogs! I love it! And that piano…adorable.

  26. Karissa on October 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Wooo you are strong- I can’t go to Hobby Lobby this time of year without walking out with some Christmas goods! πŸ˜‰
    I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  27. Jay Scott on October 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Those fries look fantastic!

    We have a Hobby Lobby here in KY as well – I paint and that is where I buy supplies – but I never get out of the store without looking at 100 more cool things (and trying to keep from buying them).

    Great article as usual!


  28. Reenie on October 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

    The pic of Livi and Caroline is adorable. I hope Caroline loves the wagon enough to go on nightly walks. =*}

  29. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    polenta fries sound uh-mazing… dipped in pesto or marinara, yum!

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