Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Three cheers for the weekend. What do you have going on? Any fun fall or fitness events?? Livi has a birthday party to go to and I’m dragging out all of the Halloween decor, but other than that, we’re just hanging out here. I’m excited to get caught up on life and work stuff, and maybe do a Physique 57 online class here later today. I’ve been working out at home a lot lately since I can’t yoga yet -2 more weeks!- and it’s amazing how much you can do when you don’t have to factor in transportation time. Our little home gym is cranking along, and I’ll share some pics of it soon.

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about what you’re enjoying, too, if you’d like to join in the party in the comments below.

Liberty Station Bazaar posted this pic from last year’s event. (If you’re in San Diego, go!!! There are so many unique gifts, and it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit.) It made me lol. I look like such a candle creeper. Apparently I don’t hide my love for pumpkin candles.

Candle creeper

(Photo source)

Barre Bootcamp is going strong! We started on Monday, and this challenge group is ROCKING it. If you missed out of registration, you can still sign up here and get the remaining challenge emails, plus all of the videos and Facebook group access.

Barre bootcamp

This pic. We were at Wild Adventures when madre was here, and they had some Halloween areas set up for the kiddos. They had bags of free popcorn, which P was stoked about, and in this pic, she’s feeding popcorn to the decorative pumpkin.

P feeding the pumpkin

Madre stayed with the girls while we were in Chicago, and I asked her if she’d mind hanging out a couple of extra days so I could see her, too. We love having her here, and Monday night, we made chicken tacos with homemade tortillas. Livi is quite the tortilla rolling pro.

Liv making tortillas with madre

When we dropped her off at the airport, Liv, P, and I were all crying by the time we drove out of the parking lot. Then we had our usual post-airport donut tradition. 

This made me LOL so hard.

This Express dress! (<— on sale right now) I always tell myself I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and try new styles, and then I wear shirtdresses 97% of the time I wear *real clothes*. They feel like pajamas and still look put-together, so there ya go.

Express dress

Livi falling in love with reading. She’s always loved having books read to her, but now that she can actually sound out words and knows a ton of sight words from school, she’s been reading to herself more often. It’s incredible to see, and I’m so thrilled for the day when she discovers how it feels to get sucked into a really good chapter book. It’s right around the corner.

Livi reading

Girls night! This week was cooking club -we had last month’s here at our house– and the theme was Italian. This means it was a lot of garlic, and a lot of carbs.

Oh, and plentiful sangria.


Our friend Kellen hosted, and as usual, we were each assigned a meal component: main dish, side, appetizer, or dessert. I got main dish, and instead of going with my go-tos like lasagna and eggplant parmesan, I decided to try a new recipe. Ina never disappoints, so I made her shrimp scampi with linguine. I used gluten-free spaghetti for the noodles, and everything else exactly as she suggested. It was magical. If you’re looking for a hearty dinner option, I highly recommend it.

Ina shrimp scampi

This eyebrow pencil. I use and love Anastasia products for my brows, but this was the first time I’ve tried this pencil. I really like the triangle shape for the edges!

This dinner recipe looks amazing.

Check out this video with my top sustainable healthy living tips here. 


Steps to creating happiness.


Hope you have a very happy Friday!

What’s something you’re loving this week? 



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  1. Katie on September 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I’m not sure how to feel about that…a new Hocus Pocus but with a whole NEW cast?! I feel like it won’t just be the same but I’ll try to go in with an open mind. That’s definitely a favorite movie, so I’m sure I’ll be a tough critic. 😉

    This week I’m really loving yoga! That’s not new by any means, but after a rough day yesterday, it felt nice to just come home and do a little yoga and meditation to bring myself back to center. I also start yoga teacher training in less than a month so needless to say, I am SUPER excited!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

      yes, a new cast! i just wish they would have re-cast the sanderson sisters.
      so happy to hear you’re doing YTT! you will LOVE it <3
      happy weekend!

  2. Jennifer Hoffman on September 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Girl, if you love shirt dresses go for it! Nothing wrong with being comfortable with your style 🙂
    We are going out with friends tomorrow night and putting finishing touches on fall decorating. Gonna grab some pumpkins and stuff for the front porch!
    I am loving the return of fall weather! Finally able to wear my fall capsule!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I actually just bought that dress at Express. Can’t wait to see what it looks like on!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 11:28 am

      you will love it!

  4. Lauren on September 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Any beautycounter updates? I have been looking at changing up my makeup routine but feel a little lost at what to order!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

      yes! i’m sending an email out today because they’re having some crazy deals the next 2 days. do you want me to add you to the list? <3

      • Lauren on September 29, 2017 at 11:04 am

        Yes, please! <3 <3

      • Jessie R on September 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

        Me too please! I’ve been thinking about ordering some and haven’t pulled the triggered yet.

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on September 29, 2017 at 10:36 am

    That picture of P is so cute, hope you guys have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 11:28 am

      thank you! she is so fun and funny

  6. Amanda on September 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

    This week I’m loving the start of barre boot camp and that my mom is still visiting me! She flies home on Monday, and it will be my turn for airport tears.

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 11:28 am

      ahhh have the best time!

  7. Jen on September 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I can’t believe how big your girls are getting! So adorable! Also…your mom looks like the Barefoot Contessa in that pic!

  8. jordan @ dancing for donuts on September 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Sangria is soooo delicious in the fall! I mean anytime really, but something about the apples and citrus scream autumn. I need to make some soon! And that shirt dress looks so good on you! I don’t have any like that, but I’m all about dresses since they make you look 10x more put together with at least half the effort! Have a great weekend 🙂

  9. Laura @FitMamaLove on September 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Go Liv! Seeing Reece learn to read has been one of my favorite things about parenting. <3

  10. Tracy on September 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    We’re going to the rodeo this weekend! Have you ever been to a rodeo? So fun. They even have a junior rodeo with kids riding. I think your girls would love it if you have a rodeo in your area!

    What color is your eyebrow pencil? I feel like we have similar coloring.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. LeeAnn Benesh on September 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Not even joking when I say that your post made me throw together Sangria for dinner tonight 😉 Thanks for the inspiration 😉

  12. Virjinia Harp on September 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I really need to get a few shirt dresses. I tried wearing them when I was younger and my mom would say it looked like I was trying to hide a baby bump. She doesn’t understand “American” fashion lol.

    We’re having a low key weekend with plenty of crockpot meals! Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  13. Bethany on October 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I swear fall is just more fun with kids!

  14. Tracy on October 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Sorry to bug you, but what color is your eyebrow pencil? I need a new one and there are so many color choices!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      hey girl! it’s medium brown 🙂

      • Tracy on October 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm

        Thank you!!!!!!!

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