Friday Faves

 Hi friends! Happy Friday! Yay for the weekend. What are you up to? Anything fun on the menu?

I’m mourning the end of basketball season, but we have a lot of fun things going on this weekend: today, I’m headed up to Phoenix to see some of my best friends, tomorrow my MIL gets into town, and Sunday, we’re filming the final two barre bootcamp videos. (Barre cardio and lower body barre.) I’m so excited to see MIL and take her to some of our favorite Tucson spots. 

In standard Friday fare, here are some faves from the week and around the web! It’s always fun to hear what you’re loving, too, so please shout out something you’re enjoying in the comments section below. 

Beauty and the Beast. YOU GUYSSSSSSS. I thought it was going to be good, but I had no idea how much I’d love it. Livi and I took my madre and nana to see it on Monday night, and we all enjoyed it so much. I’d read some articles about how people thought Emma Watson shouldn’t sing and she was pitchy, etc. and I think sometimes haters gonna hate, because she was absolutely wonderful. Also, Gaston. He’s one of the funniest characters at Disneyland, and the actor in the current movie was just as hilarious. (Last time we were at the wishing well in Disneyland, Gaston walked over and said, “No need to wish, ladies. I’m here!”) 

Beauty and the Beast


This quinoa salad looks so good.

I need this chicken tikka in my life.

The Pilot holding sweet Everly. It *almost* gives me baby fever, but #twoandthrough. He looks pretty nice holding babies, though…

Tom and Everly


A good reminder to up your sunscreen game.

Ranunculus flowers at Trader Joe’s. These are some of my very favorite flowers; I think they look like whimsical roses. In my mind, I call them redonkulous flowers.

Ranunculus flowers

Raising girls who are includers instead of mean girls.

The Thai chicken bowl from goodness + lavender kombucha.

Thai chicken bowl and kombucha

goodness is such a cute spot here in Tucson, and they have incredible salads, breakfast and bowls. The Thai chicken bowl had bold, savory chicken, veggies, brown rice, and a spicy peanut sauce. I kind of want to eat it every day.


Random, but I listened to the Missing Richard Simmons podcast, and while it’s fascinating, it also made me very sad. It’s funny because I started wondering about him and where he’s been about a year ago, but never thought it was a *thing*- I just thought he stopped making appearances. The podcast is really well-done, but it weighs heavy on my heart. 

Missing Richard Simmons

The baby balm from Beautycounter. P broke out in eczema a couple of weeks ago, and coconut oil didn’t do anything to help. I ordered this balm, and I’m convinced that it was what made it disappear completely. It’s thick and a little greasy, but she loves it and it’s very moisturizing. She brings me the bottle and says, “AHHHHHH BOM.” (She prefaces everything with “ahhhh,” like, “Ahhhhhh mama. Ahhhhh daddy” and it’s pretty hilarious.)

Some heavy strength workouts. I’ve been back into a more dedicated muscle group split when I’m not taking classes, and managed to get in an upper body, lower body, and total body workout this week.

gym selfie

I got a few questions to write more about the sleep study I had done the other night. In a nutshell, I saw an ENT here when I got water trapped behind my eardrum (when we had to descend so quickly from this flight, it messed with my ears), and he pointed out the fact that I can’t breathe through my right nostril from breaking my nose a couple of times back in the day. I mentioned that I’ve been tired a lot, so they wanted to see if I have sleep apnea.

Sleep studies are the worst ever. I was SO excited because YAY SLEEP, but turns out you don’t sleep much at all. I had about 40 wires stuck all over my body (most attached to my head with this awful sticky wax stuff that is not a picnic to get out of thick, unruly hair), and plastic prongs in my nose to monitor breathing. It’s undoubtedly weird to sleep in a hospital instead of your own bed. I was awake most of the night, and then they really woke me up at 4am to drive home, and I had to wake up an hour later to mom and adult the rest of the day. So, there ya go. Sleep studies: not nearly as fun as you think they’d be. 

The picture of comfort:

sleep study wires

THESE JEANS. They’re pricey, yes, but so cute and comfy. I’ve worn them so many times lately.

Are your workouts too intense?


Happy Friday, lovely friends!



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  1. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on March 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I’m sorry about the end of basketball season! I know the feeling… Temple (my undergrad alma mater) didn’t even make the cut this year

    I hope you have a great weekend! xo

  2. Amanda on March 24, 2017 at 7:10 am

    You and I both had our March Madness dreams crushed last night. University of Michigan lost by one point to Oregon. Enjoy your weekend! I’m going home and can’t wait to spend time with my parents. Also super important, but in a different category, is my beloved hair person for a much-needed hair cut.

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      ahhhh such a bummer! i was hoping michigan would beat them
      hope you have a great weekend <3

  3. Brittany on March 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Oh my gosh Beauty and the Beast was SO GOOD! I think I was more excited to see it than my daughter was:)
    I am making that chicken tikka this week for sure!
    Oh, and my daughter battles with excema too. I think it is mostly due to her being allergic to eggs and also having an intolerance (what they call it) to soy. I bought the body balm though. Hopefully it helps her! Hate to see them all dry and itchy.
    And the mean girls article made me sad. We should all be includers:)

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

      i hope the balm helps!
      have a wonderful weekend <3

  4. Jennifer on March 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Is the sleep study a cover so you can get s nose job without it seeming cosmetic?

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

      insurance wouldn’t have covered a sleep study if it was related to anything cosmetic.
      i’d rather get a tummy tuck than a nose job

  5. Dominique on March 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I haven’t listened to “Missing Richard Simmons” but I did find this article to be a very interesting perspective on the premise of the podcast, on Richard Simmons himself, and having a public persona.

    • Juliana on March 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I was just going to post that article!

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

      YES. this article articulated so many of the things i was thinking. he inspired and changed the lives of millions of people, but also had to carry the burdens of so many. how exhausting it must have been to be richard simmons. i feel like if he wanted to disappear: go on and enjoy your life, and you certainly don’t owe anyone anything (especially this grandiose “goodbye” that everyone keeps talking about). he’s already given so much. <3

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Goodness? Where is that? I feel like SO many good places have opened in Tucson since I moved to Phoenix 3 years ago.

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

      there are two: one on campbell and grant and another on sunrise and campbell

  7. Christina @ on March 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Yikes that sleep study sounds like the worst! I hope they at least tell you something helpful!

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

      i hope so, too! i find out in two weeks

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 24, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hi Gina!! Well the sleep study sort’ve sounds like an anti-favorite, but thanks for filling us in heheh. I mean, did they give you a prescription of what to change or do to fix your issue or just tell you you had an issue? haha Too bad! And I totally want to see Beauty and the Beast, but I can’t get the hubs to go, so I’ll have to drag a friend. We saw Lion last weekend — OMG — I’ve NEVER cried so much. It was good though. Happy Friday, friend!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

      my doc is going to call me in 2 weeks to go over the results and plan. the tech said he couldn’t diagnose me with anything but that my breathing was shallow. so we shall see.
      i’m trying to get tom to see it with me again! hahah
      good to know about lion. i heard it was amazing

      • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        Shallow breathing is a major problem. I have to think HARD to take deep diaphragm breaths most of the time and while working out — so I know I naturally breath very shallow. Hmmm. Anyways, I hope that you get some good advice from the doc and you can apply it. 🙂 And maybe Shawn Stevenson’s book will help too? Apparently he helped Jim Kwik totally overcome sleep apnea. Anyways! Happy Saturday!!

  9. Jamie @ madrediem on March 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I can’t stop eating poke bowls. We have some places in Orlando with awesome poke bowls and while they’re not as good as Hawaii, they’ll hold me until I go back (which can’t happen soon enough). So that’s my current favorite right now. Have a good weekend!

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

      ahhhhh i haven’t had a poke bowl in way too long!

  10. Tracy on March 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I hope you at least gained some useful info from the study?

    And March Madness… you can cheer for the Kansas Jayhawks now!!

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

      definitely! i had kansas and az in my bracket for the championship game

  11. Nathaly @Nathycure on March 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I’m sorry to know that your sleep study wasn’t was good as you imagined!! Hope you can have some good hours of sleep this weekend.

    I’m so looking forward to watch the Beauty and the Beast.

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

      thank you! i definitely caught up last night
      hope you love beauty and the beast!

  12. Ally on March 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    My toddler does the exact same “ahhhhhhhhh” thing! He’s not doing it that much anymore now that he’s two but that’s so funny! I thought it was just him. Great minds

    • Fitnessista on March 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

      that is so funny! i’ve never heard another toddler do it before. great minds indeed 😉

  13. Bethany on March 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I love a love lock! We have a lock in Paris, London and Japan =)

  14. Courtney Bentley on March 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    cool! will check out your recipe!

    Courtney Bentley ||

  15. Carrie this fit chick on March 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

    So odd! My Feedly always publishes your Friday Fav posts on Monday mornings– super delayed! Oh well. I saw Beauty and the Beast and LOVED IT. Kind of want to see it again already– feel goods!

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      yes, it’s been doing that lately- i can’t figure out to fix it :/
      beauty and the beast was SOOOOO GOOD

  16. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on March 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I agree! Beauty and the Beast was sooo good!

    • Fitnessista on March 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      ahhhh it was amazing

  17. Kim on March 31, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Hey, you have mentioned a couple times that you are doing heavier strength training, and I’m wondering if you would be willing to do a post about it. I’ve been wanting to do that myself but I’m finding that the online resources are either way too involved (it’s all you do) or overly confusing. Thanks!! You rock, as always.

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