Friday Faves

Hey hey! Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a great week. I loved reading all of your mom hacks yesterday! Thank you so much for chiming in with your awesome comments.

What’s going on this weekend? We don’t have anything planned and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend here at home. I always say that, but then we often end up taking an impromptu road trip or finding some type of adventure to get into. 😉 I’m excited to catch a yoga class, and am going to work on finishing up all of my tax stuff. Adulting is real.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of the things I’m loving each week, and get the opportunity to hear about your faves, too. Please shout out something you’ve been enjoying in the comments if you’d like!

Road trips: 

We’ve gone to Jacksonville twice within a month just for shopping, eats and Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s. Last weekend, we had an awesome lunch at Corner Taco. They make their tortillas and chips in-house, and everything was extremely fresh. I had the chicken jerk taco + the tempeh taco,

Corner taco

plus lots of chips, salsa and guacamole. Everything was so good!

After lunch, we headed to the mall since the girls had Build-A-Bear gift cards from their Aunt Shannon.


It was a fun New Years Eve activity and P was really into it. We grabbed boots for Liv, ice cream for all and stopped at the beach.


It wasn’t too terribly cold, but way too chilly for any of us to go in the water. Besides Liv.

Running at the beach

She insisted on running in the surf and collecting seashells for about 10 minutes, and we had warm blankets and a change of clothes for her in the car. 

On the way back, we stopped by Whole Foods for hot bar dinner + groceries. It was the perfect little day trip. 

Beauty and fashion:

I’m not sure I’d call this “fashion,” but I need one of these blanket sweatshirts. My home outfits have gotten more and more ridiculous as it’s gotten colder. (The other day I was wearing the Pilot’s U of A sweatshirt, cactus-print pants and mid-calf thick Bombas socks. #ootd.)

This spray. This is the Quiet Mind mist from L’Auberge de Sedona (check out my recaps here and here) and I’ve decided to start using it more often rather than trying to savor it. It’s a blend of calming herbs from the property and makes me feel like I stepped into a spa. It instantly gives me a sense of relaxation amidst the daily chaos, so I spray it in our room in the morning before beginning the day. You can order online, but last time I ran out, I just called the spa and paid over the phone. 

Quiet mind

The cutest little Tarte lipsticks (on sale).

Tarte lipsticks

Eats and recipes: 

I need this kale salad in my life.

The Greek chicken soup! I’m going to make a batch this weekend (in the Instant Pot) since the girls go crazy for it, too.

The PaleOMG Thai Green Curry Shrimp. We had this on New Year’s Day (just added in some extra veggies: red bell pepper, carrots, water chestnuts and baby corn) and it was SO good. I wanted to swim in it. Try it if you’re looking for a hearty and delicious dinner.

I can’t wait to try this veggie dinner option.

Not faves: these crackers. Like WHYYYYYY. I’ve been seeing them all over social media lately, and thought I’d give them a try since they have a ton of fiber. It literally tastes like biting into a tree. I did almost enjoy a couple with almond butter and honey, but then again, you could put almond butter and honey on a shoe and I might eat it. I regret the fact that they only came in like a pack of 5 on Amazon. I hate wasting food, but I just can’t do it. 


Marathon training plan.

Ways to get more out of your leg workout.

Playlist additions for this month.

Still obsessed with this song.


Good reads:

So many tears.

I finished The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and while it was heavier than I was anticipating, it was incredible. I blasted through it and cried when it was over. Hoping to start something new tonight. (I’ve also been listening to Proof of Heaven on Audible and have really enjoyed it so far.)

3 simple habits for mental wellbeing.

A wonderful article about one of my favorite bloggers.

When I did the blog survey, I got some thought-provoking and awesome questions. I thought I’d answer some of them in upcoming Friday Faves, and if you have any you’d like to add to the mix, please send them my way! ( subject: QUESTIONS)

Tina from Carrots N Cake had done a great post recently about how she finds balance in eating if she knows she’ll be indulging over the weekend. I think it would be interesting to see some other healthy living bloggers’ perspectives on this topic!

This is such an interesting topic, and one of those things I think about without realizing that I’m thinking about it or planning if that makes any sense. It’s kind of like if I notice my jeans are feeling a little tight. I’m not constantly thinking, “Stop eating so much peanut butter cups! Drink less wine! Get on the treadmill for goodness sake” but I just make small tweaks along the way. I think it’s what’s helped me maintain my initial weight loss (40 lbs in college, then 35-ish lbs. twice to grow two small humans) over time.

Cheese board of my dreams

Here’s what I usually do if I know I’ll have an indulgent meal or party later:

-Fuel up with protein first thing in the morning. This is usually easy because I either have a smoothie or eggs + egg whites at some point every day. (Eggs are my very favorite food.) I find that when I start the day with protein, I’m less likely to have a crazy sweet tooth the rest of the day. I feel satisfied and energized.

Some of my favorite high-protein breakfasts:

This egg casserole

These breakfast burritos

Protein oatmeal

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

Breakfast salad

Lots of ideas in this post, too.

-I also load up on fresh fruit and veggies during the day. I try to do this anyway, but will try to have a giant salad and lots of colorful nutrients when I get the chance.

-I don’t have a lot of starchy meals during the day. If we’re going out, chances are that I’ll want bread, wine, and dessert (or at least 2 out of the 3), so I just take it easy on the starches/sugars during the day. I’ll still have oatmeal, a sweet potato, or a piece of homemade sourdough, but I kind of save the more indulgent stuff for later on. It would be different if I was a marathon runner and needed to store a ton of fuel for my 20-mile runs, but alas, I am not. (I’ve done half marathons and at the end of each one, it felt like a cruel joke that people would run TWICE THAT FAR. It still mystifies me. #superhumans)

-I get in some type of movement. It might be a more formal gym workout or a quick Soli Beat blitz in the living room. Just something to get moving.

That’s pretty much it! In a nutshell, if I know I’m going to have a lot of the fun stuff later on (wine! cheese board! dessert! bread!), it’s kind of like taking my vitamins early in the day…in food form. 

Do you have a strategy if you know you’ll be indulging over the weekend? What’s your philosophy? I like to do about 80-20 (mostly healthy clean eats because they make me feel amazing + the soul-hugging fun stuff in there, too), but I find that the “20” is usually over the weekend.

Happy Friday!



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  1. Kristen on January 5, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I live in NYC, and apartments are too small to really have people over, so girls nights are always out. If I have sinner out, I’m not skipping the good stuff for the salad, so I make sure to get in a morning workout (even if it’s a 15-20 min blast at home), drink lots of water, and keep it clean leading up to dinner. It also helps to split the really indulegent items – like the cheesy pasta or chocolate delicious thing. We all want it, so we might as well order one for the table and all get a few bites.

    PS – my home outfits are just as embarrassing, don’t you worry haha

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      that’s a great way to do it! love the idea to split and try different things. also, totally having NYC fomo right now 🙂

  2. Maeghan on January 5, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Just a thought on the crackers since you don’t want to waste them–you might be able to blend them in a food processor into a coarse-ish meal and then use it as sort of dried bread crumb for meatballs or meatloaf. Maybe they are salvageable haha

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      ohhh that’s a great idea!

  3. Janice O'Kane on January 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Mmm, that room spray sounds heavenly. I love creating my own sprays so I’ll be checking out my essential oil stock and seeing what I can come up with. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      i’m sure you could whip up something similar!

  4. Sara S on January 5, 2018 at 10:34 am

    The crackers!!!! I knew exactly which ones you were talking about before I even clicked the link! I am tempted to try them too but I have heard they are pretty rough to get down. Im still on the lookout for them in a store…I don’t want to get stuck with extras if I can’t stand them 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      omg, they taste like sawdust and cardboard. if you can add toppings to take the sadness out, that’s apparently the way to go

  5. LJ on January 5, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Just WOW, when did Penelope turn into a big girl. Or did you just Photoshop the same face on both the girls on the first photo?

    My Friday fave goes to Shawn Blanc (The Focus Course guy) for reminding me to get a bowl of fruit to sit in the kitchen counter. When I just need something good to munch on, the first thing I see is the fruit bowl and I suddenly crave for an apple instead of what I might find in the freezer section.

    Also a fave: Friday night movie date! We have been married approximately forever and instead of arranging date nights we watch a movie almost every Friday evening. Usually at a local theatre but if there is nothing good, then Netflix.It is an easy way out but then again it is something that we do together instead of hiding behind our schreens at home.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      right?! she’s SO BIG. i can’t even believe it
      love the tip about the fruit bowl, too! i might use that, especially for all of the apples and oranges we have in the fridge!
      that’s the perfect way to do date night.. plus you get all the wine and snacks you want, and can wear pajamas 🙂

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 5, 2018 at 10:53 am

    That question is such a tricky one! I actually get a pain in my stomach when clients and readers ask me this because you just don’t know if they’re someone who’s 50 pounds overweight or someone who’s super restrictive because either they use it to restrict more or binge. I’ve found just eating healthy during the week then allowing myself flexibility on the weekends works best for me. That doesn’t mean I binge on the weekends, but I don’t watch everything as carefully as I do during the week.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      i feel like the people in those situations genuinely want to hear what works for real people, but yes, it’s important to consult with the experts in extreme cases.
      hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

  7. Juliana on January 5, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Omg, I feel the same way about half marathons. I’ve also run 2, and 2 is enough for me, ha. I’ve learned that for me anything beyond a 10k is no longer fun. Also, I have some dietary restrictions and have gotten in the habit of looking at menus before going someplace so I already have an idea of what I want to order when I get there.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      i agree- 10k is the perfect distance!

  8. Vallie on January 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Apple Watch and Fitbit Alta: I don’t actually know much about either*. Do you have a preference. i would love to know how much walking I get done each day chasing kids but don’t know which would be better.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      i just did a review post! check out the main page of the blog and it should show up for you 🙂

  9. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on January 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Those tacos look amazing!

    I’m right there with you on the 80-20 thing. Eating healthy and being active makes me feel great, but those little indulgences are also fun to do.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      yes! it’s finding the balance and method that works best for you 🙂
      hope you’re having a great weekend!

  10. Samantha D on January 5, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    The first time I heard Mi Gente I started hoping you’d post a zumba video to it ha! Do iiiiiitttttt!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      that is so funny because the first time i heard it, i was like “this is the best thing since despacito! i HAVE TO ZUMBA TO IT”
      maybe it’s not too late haha

  11. Kelly Franks on January 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I just received an Indtant pot for Christmas!! That soup
    Looks delicious. How would you cook it in the Instant Pot??

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      i would saute all of the veggies (not tomatoes) and the chicken on the saute function with olive oil and salt and pepper. add the tomatoes, broth and herbs, seal it, and cook on soup for 20 minutes. let it release manually, the add lemon juice and the feta!

      • Kelly Franks on January 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Thanks!!! It’s on my meal list for next week.

  12. Allison on January 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Ha! I’ve bought those crackers. They really only do taste good if you put delicious things on top. Otherwise, you’re just eating saw-Dusty cardboard. I’m sure they are full of fiber, but if you have to eat them covered in butter you lose some of the benefits.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      hahah so true! i was thinking about that as i was coating it in almond butter and honey 😉

  13. Leigh on January 5, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    I tried those crackers too! I felt like I was eating cardboard…I just can’t.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      i feel like they shouldn’t be allowed to be called food haha

  14. Angel on January 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    On the crackers, if you go to the F Factor website there are recipes for them. My favorite way is to put ham, turkey or chicken with a little cheddar cheese and melt them in the microwave. Protein and fiber supper filling.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      that sounds good!

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