Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start. I’m a late-night blogger tonight because we’re spent the day celebrating and enjoying having the Pilot’s side of the fam here in town. They came in yesterday, and ever since then it’s been non-stop party time…and it’s the best. It’s been so amazing to see his dad, mom, stepmom, sis, our niece and nephew again, plus meet his Aunt Kathy for the first time. She’s a real-life angel.

Everyone was stopping by our house before we headed to Salty Snapper for dinner, so the girls and I made chocolate chip cookies. 


After we got to catch up and say hello to everyone, we headed out to dinner. We were in one of the side rooms so the small kiddos could shake their legs out a little – they got really into dancing to the music that was playing – and shared appetizers. I got the usual salmon for my entree, and shared a half-dozen oysters with Liv. Add oysters to the list of foods that Liv is obsessed with that I didn’t try until my 20s.

This morning, everyone came over for brunch at our house. I made cinnamon rolls, a fruit bowl. bacon, 


and of course, Nana’s egg dish. 


We headed to base to watching the jets do target training (it was SO cool to see them up close, even though the loud blasts sufficiently freaked out all the kiddos), and had a small ceremony since the Pilot is pinning on a new rank.  


I feel like I don’t mention it much on the blog, but the Pilot works SO, so hard. He goes and goes all day at work, and then the second he comes home, he puts on his “dad hat” until the girls are in bed, and then works some more until he goes to sleep. His job is demanding and complex, and he’s accomplished some incredible things. I’m excited that his family could all be here and that we can spend the weekend celebrating and enjoying their company.

Pinning on

The fam 

(Red dress is here //  heels)

patriotic Cookies

And now, it’s time for some Friday Faves! These are some of my fave finds, wears, eats and reads from the week. I’d love to hear yours if you’d join in the party in the comments section!

Fashion + beauty:

This sleeping mask. A sample arrived in my last Sephora goodie box, and after one use, I needed the whole bottle. I love that you can add a thin layer before you go to bed and wake up with bright skin in the morning. It smells absolutely beautiful – every time I wear it to bed, the Pilot tells me I smell good…and he pretty much never notices how I smell haha – and it makes my skin noticeably smoother and brighter the next day. Love, love, love it. 

Watermelon mask

These jean shorts. They were in a recent Stitch Fix and I’ve worn them so many times already. They’re a perfect everyday pair of jean shorts.


Finding Kite Hill at PUBLIX. I thought this was a Whole Foods-only thing, so when I saw it by the cream cheese, I started cackling and grabbing handfuls of the stuff to throw into the cart with wild abandon. Ok, no I didn’t, but I bought a couple with a creeper smile on my face.  

Kite hill cream cheese style spread

Low-sugar breakfast ideas.

Cucumber dill chicken salad (YUM).

Kale and quinoa salad with soft-boiled eggs.

Read + watch:

What happens when kids set the rules. I can’t help but wonder what it would be like with Liv and P. I think I’m going to try it one day and report back…even though the thought of no official bedtime makes me break out in hives a little. 

Happy to be aligned with a company fighting for change in the cosmetics and personal health industry.

Can I crash this family’s musical numbers?

An interesting perspective on self care.

To the thirtysomething moms. 


Try this barre leg workout! 

Another use for this deceptively evil fitness tool.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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  1. Janice O'Kane on April 7, 2018 at 5:38 am

    What happens when kids set the rules had me laughing out loud. I don’t have children but if I did, I don’t feel I would be brave enough to try this! (I so want you to though!) An interesting perspective on self-care is such a great article. I always feel a lot of times self-care is closely linked to self-discipline.

    Congrats to the Pilot; enjoy having his family around for a while!!

  2. Tracy on April 7, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations to the pilot! You must be so proud of him. So impressive.

    Have an amazing visit with his family! Happy weekend!

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      thank you so much! yes, i’m so proud of him 🙂
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  3. Jennifer on April 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    How did you like the almond cream cheese? I found it on sale at a magical price of $3.30 and HAD to get it (it was almost 50% off) otherwise I can’t afford that stuff. It was really tasty. Not sure when they stopped being an exclusive Whole Foods thing.

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      i was shocked to see it at publix! i LOVE all the kite hill products i’ve tried so far

  4. Lisa @ Lisa 3D on April 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I have to try that egg dish someday. It always looks and sounds so good when you blog about it!

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      yes, you would love it! it’s my favorite food 🙂

  5. Olviya on April 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I love how you feed your family & loved ones with what seems to be a perfect mix of healthy/indulgent food. Food brings people together, and I think it’s extra special that you take the time to cook/bake even though I”m sure you have so much on your plate & can easily order takeout—although, there’s nothing wrong with that on occasions. 😉 You inspire me to cook more for my family/friends.

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      thank you so much! that made my heart so warm 🙂 i love cooking for others – it’s definitely one of the ways i show i love them- so it makes me happy to cook when people come over

  6. Reenie on April 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Congrats Pilot!!

    (I should have read this post before today’s. I told Pilot Happy Birthday!! Ha!! 😀 )

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      haha no worries! it was like his birthday 😉

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