Friday Faves

Happy Friday! Happy first day of our Workout Advent Calendar! Today’s challenge is to get in a 1-mile walk or run. Are you going to do yours inside or outdoors? I’m looking forward to a fresh air walk later today!

How’s the morning going? Thanks to our travel days, the week flew by. I’m definitely not complaining. School drop-off has been a bit of a hot mess this week haha. I’d love to hear what you have going on this weekend! We have a Christmas party, birthday party and The Nutcracker. I’m also pumped to catch a yoga class and spend some time relaxing.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! It’s always fun to hear about the things you’re loving, too, so please shout them out in the comments below.

Food + recipes:

This turkey! I picked it up at our last Whole Foods trip, and it includes the 3 necessary herbs to make a delicious turkey: sage, thyme, and rosemary. The little turkey statue on top is super cute. While I didn’t use the herbs for Thanksgiving, they’ve been awesome to have on hand for dinners + roasted veggies, plus the upcoming Christmas turkey.

Lil turkey herbs

This dressing! I was excited to see it at Trader Joe’s (by the salad greens) and appreciated the simple ingredients. I definitely want to make a copycat version at home. It was smooth and creamy, with the perfect hint of turmeric and ginger. 

MY OTHER VIDEOS

Trader Joe's almond butter turmeric salad dressing

Wine tasting with friends. 

Wine tasting

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I took the Tipsy Transit out to two local wineries. Can you believe that despite my love of wine, I’d never been to a *real* wine tasting? (I know, tragic.) I felt like it would be kind of pointless since I like ALL wine. I rate wine on whether it’s red or white, if it tastes good (spoiler: it usually does), and how warm and fuzzy it makes me feel. 

It was really cool to try out some of the local Georgia wines, featuring the muscadine grape. I found that I liked some of the whites more than the reds, which was surprising, and took bottles of the Jockey and Ponderosa home with us. Also, THEY HAD WINE SLUSHIES.

wine slushies

You could get a mix of flavors – they were sweet but not over the top – with a shot of port on top. Aka this may be my favorite drink in my entire life. 

Fashion + beauty:

Speaking of wine, I totally got this sweater. You know it’s a good one when your husband notices your attire. He got a kick out of it, and I’ve worn it more than a few times already. 

I'm dreaming of a wine Christmas

Fitness:

Filming Winter Shape Up.  

filming winter shape up 2017 with Katie

To be totally honest, I was kind of worried about how I was going to film the WSU videos. I LOVE offering videos for you guys, but I’ve had a really tough time tracking down a videographer here, or nearby that’s a good fit. When I found out we’d be in Tucson for a while, I randomly texted Grant to see if he’d be around (<— he usually travels during the holidays). When he said he was in town and totally down to shoot, I was so excited! My friend Katie offered to join in and help me with modifications, and my friend Todd let us use his beautiful studio.

Katie and Me

All of the pieces fell into place, and we were able to shoot 4 awesome videos for you! (Katie also leads an intense Pilates core workout.)

We had the best time filming (together againnnnn) and I really hope you enjoy the videos!

Workouts:

20-minute beginner interval workout.

At-home cardio HIIT workout.

25 best ab exercises.

Good reads:

Well this just made my heart so warm. 

Elf on the Shelf CHEAT SHEET. WINNING.

I survived. Barely.

Black Friday sales may be over, but there are still some fantastic online sales this weekend.

Here are some of the best ones:

LOFT extra 50% off sale (this pretty plaid dress is only $33)

Sephora up to 50% off select items. This one isn’t on sale, but I have my eye on this new Tarte set

J. Crew extra 30% off select with code BUNDLEUP

Express up to 50% off (so many beautiful sweaters!)

Williams-Sonoma 20% off with code MERRY

ASOS 30% off party wear (this skirt is so SATC)

Happy Friday!

xoxo

Gina

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13 Comments

  1. Tanya on December 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I love WSU! Can’t waittttt

  2. Blair on December 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Oh yay for some beginner get back into shape videos, this once exercise fanatic couldn’t get it together after #3 and now that everyone is finally a littler older, getting back in shape to Half Marathon train is so important to me. Can’t wait to try some of these today!

  3. Brittany on December 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    This T Shirt is my new obsession!! I’m going to a wine tasting with my BFF and we both got these shorts for it!
    https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/tshirtsandtanktops/gallerytees/shiraz-tee/H4540

  4. Carrie this fit chick on December 1, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Ah so cool on the videos!!! I know they will look great! I totally saw that dressing the other day and was a littler weirded out by the color, hah!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    My best friend and I went on an Italian bus tour when we graduated college. We were the youngest ones on the tour (everyone was 50+) and we became known as the booze hounds because we drank so much wine at every tasting/dinner.

  6. Brittany Taylor on December 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Wine tastings are so fun! We just got back from a week in California earlier this month and did TONS of them. I loved that they were more laid back and faster moving than a tour (even though I liked the tours too!)
    My sister and I are going to the 98 Degrees concert tonight! (90’s fangirl here!) I’m coming for you Nick Lachey!!! This is our Christmas present to each other! Other than that we have a Christmas Cookie decorating party we are going to with our girls (6 and 21 months). They are excited about that!

  7. Sarah on December 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I bought the sweatshirt for myself and as a birthday gift for my Godmother! Thanks for the tip!

  8. Lori on December 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I can’t wait for WSU!!

  9. Lindsay on December 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    If you find a DIY recipe for that dressing, please post it 🙂 It looks so good

  10. Shlomo on December 4, 2017 at 4:03 am

    That Trader Joe’s salad dressing looks great. My wife has been making our salad dressings for several months. She starts with a base of apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and Dijon mustard. Then she tries different herbs and spices. It’s never the same two times in a row!

  11. Nicole @ Bento Momentos on December 4, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I usually avoid salad dressing because of all the fillers/chemicals but this trader joe’s type looks delicious. Please recreate!

  12. Lisa on December 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Will definately check out that Trader Joe’s dressing, how have I missed seeing this in the store? 🙂 I love the purple capri leggings w/the designs on the back in the 1st filming picture, where are they from? I’m obsessed, haha.

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