Friday Faves

Helloooooo! It’s the freakin’ weekend. FINALLY. Is it just me, or did the week drag on a little bit? Or maybe I was just a little overeager for the weekend, the Pilot being home, and spending time with friends. My good friend Ashley and her husband are in town, and we’re going to spend the day yoga-ing, grabbing breakfast, and heading out to dinner tonight. This weekend we also have a short trip to JAX planned (wahoo!), and time together as a family. I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love hearing about your favorites, too, so please share the goodness in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun.

The girls blueberry picking

Blueberry picking! We caught a bit of sun earlier this week, so the girls and I ventured out to Mallory’s Farm for blueberry picking. P and I shared a bucket, and Liv had her own bucket. I learned very quickly that I needed to put 90% of the blueberries I picked into Liv’s bucket, because here’s what happened with mine and P’s. 

Blueberry bandit

I asked the sweet lady at the desk to charge me double for the blueberries because at least half were eaten in the process, and she said it happens all the time, and didn’t end up charging us at all. We’ll definitely be back to see her.

selfie with the girls while blueberry picking

They also had a beautiful horse,

Liv petting the horse

a cow, and a goat at the farm, which were huge hits with the girls.

We picked the sweetest, most beautiful blueberries.

Live and her blueberries

They lasted less than 12 hours. 

colander of blueberries

PACKED barre classes. Barre is pretty new to Valdosta, and I’m so excited to have such amazing ladies and dudes who have come to take my classes. 

Me at the barre

(leggings are here!)

Date night with the Pilot at Giulio’s. The food is so delicious and it’s such a cute little spot. I got the chicken with lots of veggies, and we shared stuffed grape leaves and Greek salads. 


How Pilates and my mat saved me.

Gut health is SO important. 

I want to go back to Positano every day.

7 reasons to slow down this summer.

All of the random creatures we’ve seen this week. We had an enormous turtle on our patio:

Myrtle the turtle

(Liv and I made him a nice salad)

a toad on the back porch,

Tom and the toad

and stopped to pet a bunch of feral cats outside of Giulio’s.

I can’t wait to make these!

Tips on deciding if you’re meal hungry or snack hungry.

Egyptian licorice tea. This has been one of my favorite teas for a couple of years now, and for some reason, I hadn’t picked it up in forever. When I saw it at Target, I got so excited and have been enjoying a mug almost every day this week. I love the natural sweetness and light spice; it’s absolutely delicious and caffeine-free. 

THIS SONG. If you need a song to pump up your next weights or cardio session, this is it. It’s been my favorite for teaching this week.


Hope you have a very happy Friday!



Workouts for the weekend: 

Total body circuit and HIIT

Resistance band loop

Barre ab workout

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  1. Bethany on June 30, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Love the blueberry picking! So cute! What shoes are you wearing in the gym picture? Yes we all need to slow down! =)

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      they’re the sperry’s i’ve been wearing pretty much every day haha

  2. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on June 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Haha that picture of P with the blueberries should be framed! What a beautiful week, reminds me I need to get my butt to a barre class. Have a fabulous weekend!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      oh my gosh, she’s a nut. and YES! i’ve been missing taking barre, too 😉
      hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Carrie on June 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Yay!!! Your Friday favs post finally showed up in Feedly ON Friday woo! Anywho, blueberry picking sounds wonderful and I love that tea flavor too! Definitely the best one!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      WAHOO!!! i’m so excited that it was fixed 🙂

  4. Amanda on June 30, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Random creatures…welcome to the south! I had to stop for a turtle to cross the road in my neighborhood. He moved so slowly that I had time to take a photo! And don’t even get me started about the giant green lizards that look like prehistoric beasts. Weekend <3 is for going home for the holiday weekend. Enjoy your fam time, too.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      i don’t think i’ve seen a giant lizard yet! i’m intrigued now…

      • Amanda on July 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

        I just sent you an email with some recent pics.

  5. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on June 30, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Those blueberry picking photos are so cute!! You’re such a fun mom!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      thank you, friend <3

  6. Katie on June 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Toads are so creepy! I’m glad it was safe, though! 🙂 My parents live in South Carolina and will often find beautiful (and creepy) toads climbing their outside windows during a storm. I never venture out at night when it rains because of this! 😛

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      they’re so loud, too! it’s hilarious

  7. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on June 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Have you been watching the various celebrities singing songs from Hamilton for the #Ham4Ham fundraiser on Twitter? I thought of you right away!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      YES, i’m loving it!! <3

  8. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on June 30, 2017 at 11:49 am

    This weekend did take forever lol! Hope you have a great weekend.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      thank you! hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend, too <3

  9. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    We used to pick strawberries on my Grandpa’s farm growing up and eat them right off the vine. So good!!! Not a lot planned this weekend, but you know I’m ok with a relaxing weekend. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      amen to that! hope it was a great one 🙂

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    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      thank you for letting me know. sadly, quite a few sites do this. i’ll send the usual C&D email over. thank you <3

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