Friday Faves

Hi friends! The weekend is heeeeere. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! I’m excited for the long weekend with the fam and the chance to head to the beach. I’m ready to splash in the waves with the girls and drink a margarita with the Pilot. Are you staying in town or heading out for a roadtrip or vacay this weekend?

In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout out your faves in the comments below.

Pool party

W my babies

(pic from Livi’s kindergarten graduation. I only cried a little.)

 Fashion + Beauty:

Beautycounter is having an awesome free gift promo! Spend $125+ and get a body butter or travel-sized cleansing balm for free. The cleansing balm is one of my all-time favorite products – it removes makeup beautifully and you can leave a thin layer on overnight for a moisturizing mask – and the little travel-sized jar lasts forever. Check out all of the goodies here! (If you need help picking out products, I highly recommend the charcoal mask, the rejuvenating serum, the dew skin, and the lip glosses.)

Free gift time

(If you sign up for Band of Beauty, you get an even sweeter deal with 15% product credit back and a free full-sized sugar body scrub. Let me know if you have any questions!)

My fave one-piece is ON SALE. I lived in this suit last summer! It’s sexy without being over-the-top and is super flattering.  

Good reads + random:

I’m currently listening to Big Magic on Audible and am enjoying it even more than I expected. I found that fiction books don’t usually translate as well for me on the audio version – for some reason, I prefer reading the pages myself – but for nonfiction, audio tends to win. This is also because I usually read *real* books before bed and if the subject matter depends on using my brain too much, I fall asleep. 😉 My brain power seems to dwindle as the day goes on.

Anyway, I highly recommend it and like listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice.


I feel like I need a Shameless support group. We’re only on Season 3 and just when we think there’s NO WAY something crazier can happen, it totally does. 

This is where I put on my sleep mask and say “goodnight.”

A simple checklist for the day.


A lower body Tabata superset.

Let’s all get up and dance with our favorite guy.

A circuit that will leave your legs on fiiiiire.


Reunited with our beloved sourdough. Last year up until this winter, we were enjoying homemade sourdough (Jen’s recipe!) at least once a week. I’d slice it up, freeze whatever was left (sometimes it wasn’t much) and enjoy it with my daily egg scramble in the morning, or in the afternoon with butter. The girls are obsessed with it, and between the 3 of us, we’ll easily demolish a loaf within a day or two.

Sometime this winter when we were out of town, I unintentionally killed my starter. I left it on the counter so I’d remember to feed it, and when we returned, it was a nasty mess. It was destined for the trash can, and I didn’t order another one since we’d be traveling a lot this summer. When Liv was talking about homemade bread in her Mother’s Day card (she said she loves when we bake bread together), I ordered new starter that night. And now it’s back in our lives and everything feels right in the world again.

Homemade bread

These tacos are happening ASAP.

Can’t wait to try this spin on chia pudding.

Blast from the past: why I love collagen so much.

Memorial Day sales!

So many awesome sales this weekend. Hands in the air if you’re wearing your shopping pants. (I feel like I never take them off haha.)

Here are some fave finds:

J. Crew 40% off with code GETAWAY. About a month ago, I ordered this swimsuit in red and love it. It’s in a bold, bright color and fits really well. Also obsessed with this tunic, this racerback dress, and this button-front dress.

Express everything up to 50% off. Love this gingham off-shoulder top, this floral romper, and this striped midi.

This dress is less than $50 right now:

Express polka dot dress

Old Navy: so many different deals off tees, tanks, dresses, and swim.

gap up to 50% off everything + extra 20% online. WHAT. I’m definitely going to order some summer play clothes for the kiddos. 

Crate and Barrel: up to 40% off outdoor furniture.

Banana Republic is 40% off + free 3-5 day shipping with orders over $100. Code: BRSHIP

Kate Spade extra 30% off sale with code GREATFIND

Madewell 20% off dresses with code PRETTYPLEASE. This one is my fave!

Nordstrom half-yearly sale is here! I’ll be sharing some of my top picks next week, but in the meantime, here’s the link for amazing shoes, activewear, and accessories all on sale.  

Happy Friday, friends. I’ll be taking some off time from the blog for the long weekend, but will be back here on Tuesday. 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!



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  1. Mari on May 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Wow can’t believe your eldest daughter is already done with kindergarten!! I still remember when you used to post pics of her as a newborn with the monthly shirts (1 month, 2 months, etc). Time flies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family! I’m going to Vegas for a bachelorette – we have brunch reservations at Herringbone since you recommended that place in a previous post. Can’t wait to check it out!

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

      right?! it happened so quickly. when i look at her, i still see little hints of what she looked like as a newborn and it’s so crazy how time flies
      have THE BEST time in vegas! you will love herringbone! it’s smaller, but quality over quantity for sure. xoxo

  2. Christina on May 25, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Where do you order your starter from? I tried to make my own and failed!

  3. Lindsey on May 25, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Happy MDW! Same question- where do you get a starter? Would love to make homemade bread.

  4. Katie on May 25, 2018 at 9:43 am

    That circuit is so GOOD! I do it often! 🙂 Pinned on my boards 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

      so happy you like it! happy friday!

  5. Amber schumann on May 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

    OMG! I’m dyyyyying for the next season of Shameless. My hubs and i binge watched it on Nextflix a year or two ago. When we finished, we were like, What are we supposed to do with ourselves now???? Netflix is taking FOOORRREREEEVVVEEEERRR to release Season 8… and I’m really upset about it

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2018 at 10:28 am

      wait there are more than 7 seasons?! you just made my whole day

      • Amber Schumann on May 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

        YES!!! Season 8 already aired on showtime, and I believe Season 9 airs before the end of this year. But we only watch in Netfix, and only through 7 is released on that so far.

        • Fitnessista on May 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

          omgggggg this is amazing. YES YES YES

  6. Juliana on May 25, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Oof I tried collagen in pill form and didn’t notice much of a difference, maybe I should try powder instead of giving up. It was a bummer because it was recommended to me after my shoulder surgery to help heal things (and I’m always down to try anything that will make me look 27 forever). Do you still use it regularly? Does it still have the effects it did back when you wrote the original post? Enjoy your long weekend! I’m heading to Portugal myself.

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

      ahh have the best time in portugal!
      yes, i still take it almost every day. usually in my smoothies 🙂 my hair is the longest it’s been in forever (and still growing) and my nails are super strong. i’m not sure about the 27 forever aspect though, but i’m willing to try anything lol.

  7. Milania Dela cruz on May 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Shameless gets crazier!!!!! That sourdough bread though…. yummmmm!!!

  8. Katie on May 26, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I made those tacos you linked to a couple of weeks ago! They were fantastic (not that I’ve met many tacos I don’t love)! I am in London for the long weekend…long trip for a weekend, but I’m not complaining!

  9. Melissa Caulfield on May 27, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful pic of you & the girl! Luv is so photogenic and Ms.P looks exceptionally adorably sweet in this pic! All of you are so pretty!

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