10/17: Friday Faves

-Livi’s Harvard shirt.

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She can be anything she wants to be when she grows up… after going to Harvard. (Kidding! Of course, all ll I want for lovebug is a happy and healthy life.)

-Pumpkin seeds!

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(It’s all about the stem.)

I made some pumpkin puree last night -if you’re looking for fun pumpkin ideas, check out this post– and had to roast the seeds. They were perfect with some olive oil, sea salt, smoked paprika, garlic and lime juice. The key to making awesome roasted pumpkin seeds: don’t wash the pulp off.

Things happy people do differently.  

-A 2-mile pain-free run.

New brooks

I tested the waters yesterday by doing a quick and easy 2-miler, and thankfully my knee behaved. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to complete this week’s long run with my running group. 

-Dinner date with my lovely friend Sasha 


and a fun lulu event with friends.

They had an after hours R&D event, and it was a blast. Ashley met up with us, and we loved talking about the new products while doing a little shopping. 

Heavy truths. This shocked me in the best way possible… definitely worth a watch.

5 mistakes coffee drinkers make.

-Selling our formal living room furniture and rug on Craisglist. We bought some new pieces to replace the old ones, but after our Craigslist sale, still came out ahead! Boom.

Empty living room

I’m excited to give the room and new look… before we move. Haha. 

High protein breakfast ideas.


Egg sandwich

-Friday. I vote for more Fridays, or at least an effort to bring a little bit of that “Friday spirit” into the rest of the week. 😉



Off to enjoy it with Livi! 

Have a wonderful day <3



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  1. Captain Competition on October 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Love pumpkin seeds, make them every year after we carve the pumpkins. I never new not to wash them, will try that this year.

  2. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    A pumpkin must have a good, green stem 🙂

  3. Lisa on October 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I can’t wait to roast my pumpkin seeds from our pumpkin. Probably my favorite part about Halloween.
    And I adore Olivia’s little Harvard shirt, that’s adorable.
    Have a great day with Livi and enjoy the weekend!

  4. Kaitlin on October 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Great way to end the week and start off the weekend!

  5. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on October 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I second the vote for more fridays!! Have a great weekend, girl!

  6. Kim @ BusyBod on October 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    That heavy truths video is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Friday <3

  7. Emily @ The Good Era on October 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Happy Friday!!

    I love selling things on craiglist. People bring you money and haul away your junk/unwanted thigns…what’s not to love 🙂 Can’t wait to see the new furniture!

  8. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Great links!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on October 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Happy Friday!

    I love pumpkin seeds! I bought a few small pumpkins last weekend and tomorrow on plan on making puree and roasting the seeds. Can’t wait!

  10. Nicole on October 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Ohhh pumpkin seeds. My absolute favourite thing, I eat them all year long haha

  11. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Love Fridays!! Livi’s t-shirt is pretty adorable. I haven’t made roasted pumpkin seeds in years – maybe it’s time to try again this year. I definitely miss how good they are fresh. Hurray for a pain-free 2 mile run. I have a feeling you’ll do awesome in your half marathon coming up.

  12. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Have a great weekend! I started my weekend off by getting sick so hopefully it gets better 🙂

  13. Paige@FitNotFad on October 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Yay pumpkin seeds are my favorite! I’m so excited Tucson finally got a Lululemon but La Encantada is a little far for me….I’ve been there twice so far though!

  14. Mari @ Living with Purpose on October 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Yay for pain free running! Good luck on your long run.
    Btw, that high protein breakfast picture looks amazing!

  15. C. on October 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Have an amazing weekend!

  16. leigh @ beach and back runner on October 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Have a great weekend! Still need a pumpkin for this year … running out of time!

  17. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on October 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Love pumpkin seeds! They’re one of the best ways to cope with Halloween being over (and sugar withdrawal!)

  18. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Pumpkins are definitely all about the stem! I came across one with a little swirl on the end that totally stole my heart. Nothing like an impulse pumpkin buy, right? 😉

    Enjoy your Friday!

  19. Alyssa on October 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    It’s funny, i’ve always joked about my daughter going to Harvard (and she is 6 now!)… I still do have high hopes – just not sure how we’d pay for it! But i would certainly find a way if she got accepted Lol!! Enjoy your Friday – Love your blog 🙂

  20. Jenni on October 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    When my brother and I were kids, my mom would always roast the seeds of the pumpkins we carved! It was one of our favorite parts of the whole ritual. We’d eat them straight from the oven. So good!

  21. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on October 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Livi’s shirt is too cute! Thank GOODNESS for Fridays!! Woo! I’ve been needing weekend 🙂

  22. april on October 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    your friday faves post always makes me so happy and excited for the weekend. 🙂 hope you & your family have a great one! xo

  23. Tracy on October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Excellent job on the furniture switch!

  24. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    That shirt is adorable. Yay for Fridays and the weekend!

  25. Lucie@FitSwissChick on October 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t even dare to say how many pumpkins are hoarded in my homes currently. I love them roasted, and have them with a little ‘healthy chocholatesauce’ for dessert!
    Protein Breakfast looks delicious!

  26. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The poem the girl wrote really hit me. I consider myself strong, self-sufficient, and a proud feminist, yet I start my questions with apologies. I have no idea how I never realized that before!

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      super powerful stuff

  27. Angelica on October 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    you should encourage her to go to Wellesley College instead 😉 Best four years of my life.

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      or ARIZONA 🙂 heh heh

  28. Ashley on October 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve been traveling and haven’t caught up in a couple days – have you announced the move yet? I know you were saying that you’d find out “any day now” and that was about a week-ish ago!? I’m dying to find out where you guys will be moving!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      we have an idea but will know for sure next thursday!

  29. Kate on October 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm


    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      NO! haha! i repin things and read the captions afterwards sometimes hahahaha. not preg! (even though the baby fever is real right now)

      • Kate on October 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

        aw man! i just read emily’s birth story for graham so i got a little too excited that you would be next! i love these posts too, they always make me look forward to fridays

  30. Helen on October 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Holy cow is that video amazing!

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      right?! she taught me so much in that short video

  31. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on October 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    you look RADIANT in that picture, babe

  32. Lindsey on October 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I hope you have an amazing weekend! I just wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and I’m a huge fan! I really love all of the workouts, shape-ups, and advice you post and I am actually a freshman at the University of Arizona this year. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      thank you so much for reading!! BEAR DOWN 🙂 hope you’re loving u of a!

  33. Cady on October 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Love the article…thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend 🙂

  34. courtstar @ starsystemz on October 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Love these posts! I love Craigslist and became such a huge seller and buyer for many years! The first thing I do when I move to a new country is browse craigslist that is actually how I found our apartment out here in Bangkok hope you have a great weekend love and Shine Courtstar

  35. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on October 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    As a Harvard grad, of course I love the shirt :). I got one for my niece, in fact! But I’m most glad that your real goal is for her to be happy and healthy – SO many hundreds of times more important than college choice! I’m glad for your pain-free run, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Molly on October 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    What GF bread is in the egg and salsa picture? I’ve been trying a few different ones. Any you recommend?

  37. Sable Weisman on October 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    that shirt is adorbs. for real. i am newly pregnant and am adding this to my baby clothing wish list =0)

  38. Runner Girl Eats on October 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I have been obsessed with salsa on eggs lately. Its such a great combo!

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