2/22: Friday Faves

-This week’s surprise snow.

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Snow-covered cacti: not something you see very often.

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-Caroline’s naptime acrobatics taken to an entirely different level.

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(I took that picture before she fell then proceeded to act like nothing happened.)


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They’re not in our usual fruit rotation, but it’s always fun to switch it up and Liv loves them. They were delicious with breakfast this morning.

-Latest SitchFix (more about StitchFix here). I ended up keeping everything -a sweater vest, maxi dress, blouse, cuff and blazer- and am especially excited about the striped maxi dress.

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-Snuggle time. She feels like such a big girl these days, always on the move, so it’s especially heart-melting to get a daytime cuddle sesh. While the Pilot and dadoo were working on the wood floors in her room, I took her into the guest room to see if she would nap. She fell asleep curled next to me, and I stayed awake the entire time just enjoying the moment because it’s so much more rare now.

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-Dessert party! A friend’s daughter recently began studying nutrition and whole foods, so I invited her over to make raw chocolate tarts.

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We enjoyed gluten-free pizza from Renee’s,

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salad with roasted beets, garlic-infused olive oil, spinach and balsamic

and some tart batter ๐Ÿ™‚ The very best thing about vegan desserts: no salmonella worry (even though let’s be real, it’s never stopped me before).

-This facial spray, nestled in between a new nighttime moisturizer (Korres), a fave eye palette, and some bracelets I’m saving for Liv when she’s a little older (from the gem show- yep, $3 a piece!):

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A friend at work, one of the yoga instructors, asked everyone in the locker room if they wanted “a spritz.” The other girls were already walking out the door when she asked, but of course I was the one to say, “what’s a spritz?” She said,”It’s for your skin- come here and close your eyes.” I walked over, closed my eyes, and she misted my face with the most glorious aroma I’ve ever experienced. It was a bright, rose-y, lush scent, and the spray totally refreshed my skin (and energy!). She brought me a bottle the next day and since then, I’ve been walking around smelling like a beautiful spa (which is much appreciated on the non-shower days). I’ll ask her if I can get the mixture ingredients/ratios to share- I know it has rose water in it, which is supposed to be fantastic for skin firmness and under-eye baggage (rejoice).

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I hope you’re all enjoying the start of your weekend! What are you up to? Any new faves to share? Keep the Champion giveaway entries coming! I’ll announce the 25 winners on Sunday with my meal and fitness ideas for the week.



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  1. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on February 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    mango, mmm!

    love the pic of you & liv!

  2. Stefanie on February 23, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Can you give details about your stitchfix? What items did you receive? My fixes are such bummers!!

  3. Lucie on February 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Caroline cracks me up lol ๐Ÿ™‚ and the pic of you and Liv is heart melting!! I just found out how to bake a chicken meatloaf with veggies in and nutritional yeast added. Came out SO good!! Oh I will miss the WSU!! Was so much fun and such a morivation!!

  4. Bonnie on February 23, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Mango=favorite fruit! Would love to know more about your favorite makeup products and everyday look– you always look great!

  5. Shaney on February 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

    What’s the name of your new spray and where can it be purchased?

  6. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on February 23, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Rose spray smells wonderful. I used to use it when I was teaching yoga and I spray it in my dresser to keep my clothes smelling fresh.

  7. Kathleen on February 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Oooh the spray sounds amazing!! Would love to make some. The hubs and I got to go on a date last night. Woo hoo! Was ready to pick up my little men when we were done. I can’t wait to leave ’em and I can’t wait to see ’em!

  8. Jeannie on February 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I love all the pics. Would love to know more about the rose spray once you get the details.
    Also, would love to know more about your current skin and hair products as I know you try to keep it more natural and less toxins. It’s so hard to find more natural soaps, deodorants and toothpaste too..what do you recommend? Would love to see a current post on products. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Monica on February 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

    How much does it cost on average if you keep the entire stitch? BTW LOVE LOVE the sunglasses!

  10. Karen on February 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    OOoooo – really want to know the ingredients of “the spritz”. Sounds divine.

  11. Kim on February 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    After I finally learned the best way to cut a mango, I love them (especially for salsa!).
    Do the StitchFix clothes run pretty true to size?

  12. Naomi on February 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Love that picture of you and Liv! And I would also like to see a post about your current skin and beauty routine. I am in the market for some new products, specifically moisturizers.

  13. Jacquelynn on February 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I just read about some Korres lip products, I was going to check them out at Sephora today…I’ll have to look at the moisturizer too. Do you like it?

    Also, you look so much like Kim Kardashian in that picture with Liv! So pretty! And look at her eyelashes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I would love to find out what’s in that spritz mixture so I can make my own. With all the winter dry air my skin is in need of some serious tlc. That Stitch box looks amazing!! I need to sign up eventually!

  15. Monique on February 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Please get your friends “spritz” recipe! I recently bought some rosewater to turn into a facial spray and hers sounds fabulous. I’d love it if you’d share!

  16. Amanda on February 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    That palette is my most favorite eye palette! I use it everyday.

    So I checked out Stitchfix after seeing it on your blog a couple times and I’m definitely interested but I’m confused – they say it averages $75 but then in another place they say it’s about $75/item. Which is it, if you don’t mind my asking?

  17. Jessica on February 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hi Gina,

    I read your blog everyday and I wanted to say how much I enjoy it! I love your tips on food and fitness, and I know I will look back on your pregnancy posts as a great resource someday. You are such an inspiration, but also truthful and relatable. Thank you so much.


  18. Emily on February 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    That rose water sounds amazing!

  19. Heidi on February 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    There is nothing in this world like baby snuggles!! So cute:)

  20. Tracy on February 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’d love to know the “recipe” for the spritz!!

    Darling pic of you and Liv!

  21. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on February 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The snow actually does look pretty on the mountains and the cacti! It’s not so pretty here, piled up on the sides of roads and half-black now from the dirt. Sometimes it takes seeing it in pics like that to appreciate it more!

  22. Lisa Langenfeld on February 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    My parents live in Tucson and they also sent me pics of the snow – just beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am SOO interested in the ‘spritz’ recipe! I hope you can get it from your friend!
    Have a great weekend!

  23. Emily on February 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I’m so excited (and scared), I get my first StitchFix this week! *happy dance*

  24. Veterinarianess on February 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I love mangoes ๐Ÿ™‚
    One of my new faves that I’ve been addicted to lately is a baked avocado with tabasco, lime juice and parmesan that I found on Pinterest! It’s seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

  25. Kath on February 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    So disappointed with stichfix! I requested an invite after your very first post about it and still have not gotten one!!

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