Friday Faves

Hi friends! How are you?? HAPPY FRIDAY! The weekend is heeeeere. Sorry for disappearing on ya yesterday. It was a bit of an extra crazy day, but all is back to normal (<— is that a thing?) around here. What’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans? We might make a quick trip to Atlanta to see the Pilot’s dad and aunt, and other than that, we’re planning to grill and pool it up.

I feel like we’ve really hit a sweet spot with the girls now that P is a bit older, the moving is done (for now), and we can just enjoy time together. We’ve been living it up this summer, and I’m really trying to savor it since Liv starts Kindergarten in the fall. Someone hold me.

The girls and me Wild Adventures chair

(Favorite jogger pants are here, and the infamous Band Aid shoes are here)

We went to Wild Adventures the other day, and it was a BLAST. We had a couple of hours before it started to rain, and it was enough time to pet the animals in the petting zoo,

Livi at the petting zoo

and ride quite a few rides.

girls on volcano ride

Livi on a huge pink slide

The girls at Wild Adventures

In standard Friday style, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to shout it out in the comments below.

Latest reads. Reading is one of my very favorite things, and even when life gets extra hectic (like with the move), I still try to set aside at least 10 minutes each night. I usually pick through books slowly, and read multiple books at a time, unless I find a gem that sucks me in. The Nightingale was exactly that. I couldn’t devour it fast enough, and sobbed, with my entire body heaving, when it was over. I’m glad the Pilot was sleeping because it probably would have freaked him out a little. It was definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s so well-written, intense, and tugs at your heart. I also found out THEY’RE MAKING A MOVIE, and while it can never be as good as the book, I’m sure it will be excellent. 

The other two I’ve been reading are No Bad Kids, and Meditations from the Mat. No Bad Kids is an excellent resource for toddler discipline, and includes tips for parenting in the most loving and effective way possible. I’ve learned so much from Janet Lansbury, and one of my favorite tips from the book is to talk to your kids like you’re the CEO, and they’re respected underlings. Does a successful CEO get hysterical/angry/frantic/loud? No, they calmly and collectively take care of business in a way that encourages respect. BOOM. So whenever we’re venturing into tantrum city or an opportunity to set limits, I take a deep breath and try to put on my CEO hat.

Meditations from the Mat is focused on daily readings to expand on the 8 limbs of yoga. While my asana practice has been stronger than usual since I’m teaching and taking classes,

8 limb pose

(Pants are here! LOVE the print)

this has allowed me to dial in and remember the teachings and philosophical aspects of yoga. The passages are short and powerful; the perfect thing to read before meditation, or starting the day.

My giant coconut oil jars aren’t going anywhere.

These golden milk popsicles look awesome. 


The tweets about Man Bun Ken give me life.

P’s first French braid.

Ps braid

19 things you didn’t know about Shaun T. 

We keep meeting new and awesome neighbors. Just as the welcome cookies and cupcakes started to trickle down, our neighbors around the corner stopped by with Smallcakes. 


We are so lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful families.

Smallcakes cupcakes

Happy Friday, friends! I’d love to hear about something you’re loving this week 🙂

Atlanta friends: anything new/awesome that we need to check out?? YOU KNOW if we go I’ll be hitting up a barre or Orangetheory class. I miss OTF so much.



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  1. Bethany on June 23, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I am going to have to read that toddler book. My little one’s is the most loving little boy and also is getting one heck of a temper. So disheartening!

    Sadly, I have seen that article about coconut oil on Facebook <—-insert huge eye roll!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      the book is awesome- lots of great tips
      right?! coconut oil isn’t going anywhere

  2. Pam A on June 23, 2017 at 7:33 am

    You have to eat at the good shoppe downtown. Tiny place but the food is incredible.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      we’ll check it out- thank you!!

  3. Amy on June 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

    OH MY GOODNESS so excited to hear they’re making a movie of The Nightingale!! It was seriously the best book I had read in a long long time. I might just have to go by myself though to that one…I feel like I’ll be a sobby mess 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      haha good idea. i might have to do the same

  4. Lily on June 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

    OMG I LOVE Smallcakes! There is one right next to my neighborhood in NC. Dangerously close. Ours does GF cupcakes on Thursdays and Saturdays, also.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      they were SO GOOD

  5. Juliana on June 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Will you post pics of your new house sometime?? It looks amazing from the few we’ve seen!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      yes! i have a house tour post ready to go- i just need to take pics 🙂

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on June 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

    P has so much hair! I have been craving an OTF class as well, I need to make that happen soon.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      she has a ton! hope you get to catch a class soon too 🙂

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

    It’s been 120 in Phoenix all week. The BF and I are playing hooky today and going to the pool. Be thankful you’re not here for this!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      that is CRAZY. my mom said it’s terrible right now. not missing that heat at all

  8. Vicky on June 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    i’m not sure if it’s just me but for some reason your posts always show up in my Feedly a day late. Just this blog though. Curious if anyone else has this problem.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      hey vicky! yes, it’s been happening for a while and we can’t figure out why. hopefully we’ll get some answers soon- just reached out again. thank you for reminding me!

  9. Jill on June 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Those tweets about man-bun Ken made me laugh out loud! I sobbed through the last quarter of The Nightingale, too. The 2 things I’m loving most this week are: starting a new job and undergoing our embryo transfer for IVF. Have a great weekend!

  10. Christina @ on June 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Loved the Nightingale! I get in and out of the habit of reading before bed, but it is so relaxing and I sleep much better when I do it. Have a very happy weekend!

  11. Elizabeth on June 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

    We love the children’s garden at the Atlanta botanical gardens, the zoo, and the aquarium. Also lots of fun splash pads in Atlanta – old fourth ward is especially nice.

  12. Elizabeth on June 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

    There’s a new outdoor play area at Fernbank natural history museum which is neat too

  13. Audrey on June 25, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Your girls are SO cute. I love little P’s French braid!

  14. Kathy on June 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, P is just the cutest little nugget!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      she is just ridiculous <3

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