Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy weekend to ya! Before we get this Friday Faves party started, how about some giveaway winners??

10 Year Blogiversary Logo


Vital Proteins: 

Jenn Y.



Suja (blog):

GeeAnn P.

Amy F.


Suja (Instagram):




Bose (blog):

Kacey L.

Allison G. 


Bose (Instagram):





Rebecca M.



Podcast launch giveaway:



Comment 228

Betsy’s Best (blog):

Anne W. 

Byrd G. 


Betsy’s Best (IG):



I still have TWO more giveaways to post from my friends at Four Sigmatic. There was so much happening on the blog the past week, I didn’t want to post it and have you guys miss it. The blog giveaway will be up on Sunday, and the Instagram giveaway will be up next week. I’ll announce those winners in next week’s Friday Faves! If you didn’t win any of the prizes above, you have two more chances to win something fun next week!

So, what are you up to this fine weekend? I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the house and enjoying some family adventures. I’m thankful that our AC was fixed this morning. It broke on our second night here because it CAUGHT FIRE (not even joking), so we had to buy portable AC units for the upstairs to make it through the heat. We have a date night planned, a birthday celebration for my brother’s GF Alexus (YAY), and swim party on the horizon. The girls start camp next week, so I’m excited for them to meet some new friends and enjoy some extra fun stuff. (I’ll also have a block of time to work during the day instead of staying up balls late, so stoked for that, too.) 

Now, how about some Friday Faves? This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web, and love hearing what you’re enjoying, too. Please shout out any faves in the comments section to join in the fun. 🙂


– We were looking for a random adventure early Monday evening and decided to check out the Tucson Petting Zoo. The girls had the best time ever. Ok, we did, too. I LOVED petting this adorable pig. (When they walk around squealing, I want one so badly. The cutest ever.) 

In love

We got to feed and pet a capybara,



a porcupine named cuddles,

and allthegoats.

I need you


Feeding the goats

The chickens were obviously a fan of the Pilot.

Bird man

(#birdman lives again)

We’ll definitely be back. 

Thankful for the Ergo. I still use it with P aka my baby koala. I think she’s understandably confused about our change in location, so she’s been extra clingy. I just put her on my back in the Ergo, and everything is ok again. 

Baby koala

Read, watch, listen:

The podcast! AHH you guys. Thank you so much for all of your support this week! I’m so thankful to those of you who have listened, rated, and reviewed the podcast so far. I’m thrilled for upcoming episodes and can’t wait to feature your awesome topics and suggestions. An episode with the Pilot will be live next week.



(You can listen on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play.)

Thank you, Barbie.

2-minute meditation for b*tches who don’t meditate.

Thanks Pixar, for making me cry about a dumpling.

Fashion + beauty: 

New lululemon finds. I’m obsessed with their align crops. It took me a while to try them since I’ve been pretty much living in Zella leggings, but had to give them a try for the soft, buttery fabric. They’re not quite as flattering as wunder unders (I like fabrics that, but they feel like nothing. The fabric is insanely soft and breathable. I’ll probably end up getting another pair since I like them so much. (Note: since they’re not as compressive as the wunder unders, I think you can go down a size from usual lulu sizes. I’m right in between sizes and rolled with the larger, and they’re a little big.)



(Wearing them with the twist and toil tank)

Just ordered these slides in white. I think they look fresh and cute, so hopefully they live up to the good reviews.

I posted about this toner a while back, and I couldn’t believe how much of a difference it makes in my skin. I didn’t get to use it for a couple of weeks while we were living in hotels in Valdosta and then here, so when I finally found it in our packed stuff and used it, my skin REJOICED. I do the 7-skin method (you can read more here) and my poor dry skin soaks this stuff up.  

Food + recipes:

New Trader Joe’s finds! It still hasn’t hit me that I can shop at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Natural Grocers whenever I want, instead of having to drive two hours. It’s such a beautiful thing. I grabbed a couple of new finds during our last TJ’s trip, including this poke bowl (it was SO good), and cauliflower gnocchi. (<— haven’t tried it yet.) I also picked up some grapefruit LaCroix after so many of you recommended it in this post! I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it. It was so delicious and refreshing. The lime and coconut are still my faves, but grapefruit is #3. 

New joes


Thrive Market goodies! We got our first Thrive delivery here in Tucson and stocked up on pantry essentials. Here are some of the goods.

Thrive market

(Use my link to get 25% off your first order!)

It feels fantastic to cook real dinners at home again.

Girls dinner

(The girls’ plates with BBQ chicken, asparagus, zucchini, watermelon, and homemade sourdough.)

Hope you have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya Sunday with that Four Sigmatic giveaway.



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  1. Anne on June 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Are you in your same exact house from before?? That balcony looks the same. Also I guess I missed the post where you said you were moving, all the sudden it was like ‘we’re unpacking!’ Whoops! Hope all is settled now.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      yeah it was kind of a quick decision! thank you – we’re finally feeling settled after a crazy month

  2. angie on June 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    You are back in your Tucson house??? Awww i am sure that feels good. I thought someone was renting it?
    This post makes me want to go to the SD zoo. I havent been in years and my kids have never been….maybe once it cools down this year. LOL
    Do you not shop at Sprouts in Tucson? I love Sprouts…more then WF. I literally have Sprouts and TJ within 5 mins of my house in SD

  3. Amy on June 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I wondered that too, is it your house you guys are moved into in AZ? If so, how great!!! TJ’s, aka, Trader Joe’s is a great store! I pass the closest one to me daily but don’t stop after work, because it will end up being a thing—also, it’s next to a Total Wine, also a good+bad thing, haha!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      haha i love that there’s a total wine next to it. best combo ever 🙂

  4. Anne on June 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    AC of FIRE?? That is crazy! Glad to hear its fixed! I have been meaning to try the TJs poke bowl – I will have to put it on the list for this week 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      yes, it was charbroiled! slightly terrifying. and yes, you will love the poke bowl 🙂

  5. Lindsey on June 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    The Align pants are my fav too, but they pill so quickly! I have four pairs and three of them I can’t wear anymore bc my husband put them in the dryer. So be careful washing them! I love that poke bowl too! Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      OOH thank you for the warning! i’ve let them air dry so far, so i’m hoping i don’t forget and throw them in the dryer
      hope you’re having a great weekend

  6. Veronica on June 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I love how you all are adjusting. I have been following for about 2 months on I Instagram & enjoy your blog. I love your podcast, it was very informative. I would like hear a podcast on how to stay motivated on one’s health journey. The pictures of your family are beautiful. Congratulation on the podcast and the 10 year blogiversary.

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      thank you so much, veronica! i’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the podcast 🙂 xoxo

  7. Nicole Kump on June 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I gotta try that poke bowl! Love the animal pics! I am glad you went, and they have new baby capybaras, so you’ll have to go again 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      omg we LOVED it. we’ll definitely be back!

  8. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on June 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    What’s your secret to getting your houses decorated so fast when you move across the country? I know you’ve had practice, but it’s a huge job!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      we BLITZ haha. it was nice that for this house i knew exactly where i wanted everything to go, so it made it much faster 🙂

  9. Amie VV on June 22, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    How did you get your Tucson house back???! You must be so on top of things? You’re wonder woman!!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      we found out our tenants would be leaving (they were here 2 years but are buying a house), so we figured we’d hop back in here

  10. Katie on June 22, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Omg I totally get how the aligns don’t hold in as well as the wunder unders, but my mom, sister, and I are obsessed. They feel like you’re wearing nothing!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      yes! they’re weightless!

  11. Sarah on June 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! I never win anything, so this is AMAZING! Yay! Let me know what I should do next!!!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      wahoo! send me an email with your shipping info, please 🙂

  12. Kate on June 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    As someone who clearly values family, I’m hoping that you will speak out against the fact that there are now thousands of recently separated children with no apparent plan to reunify them with their parents. The systematic separation and not telling parents where the kids are or having a plan for reunifying them is beyond horrifying, regardless of how you feel about immigration. My heart breaks for the permanent scars being inflicted on the kids and for the families. I think we each bear responsibility if we don’t stand up against this.

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2018 at 2:16 am

      hi kate,
      thank you so much for reaching out and for your comment. as a mom, and as a HUMAN, it’s something that affects me and saddens me to my core. i think about those poor children who are suffering and literally feel sick to my stomach. this blog is something that many readers view as a fun escape from the tragic events of the real world. does that mean that we should put our heads down and ignore what’s happening? not at all, but as someone who is extremely sensitive to what i read and see, i like to know what type of information i’m getting when i visit a certain site. for that reason, i try to keep this blog very neutral regarding world events, government policy, political views, etc. just in case others aren’t expecting that. those who want to discuss politics and current events have their favorite sites to receive and share that type of sensitive information. this particular example isn’t something i’d ever think there would be two sides to (it makes zero sense to me that anyone is ok with this), but i’ve seen it on my person Facebook page where i’ve written about it, and the heated arguments that have transpired on my personal page and others i’ve read online.
      i’ve cried and prayed a lot about it, but figured i needed to take action. for now, i’m focused on calling our state representatives, and last week, i donated to ACLU. i can definitely add some more info for people to donate/help in my instagram stories.

      • Kate on June 25, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Thanks for the reply. I totally agree that this is something that saddens me to my core as a human. Thumbs up for calling reps and the donation and love the Instagram stories idea.

  13. Blair on June 25, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I am so curious about your move? Will you be going back to GA? I know right none of my business (which I totally get) I just need all of the information 🙂 Ahh we don’t have a local Trader Joe’s and it kills me. We do have lots of really great options though including CSAs, organic markets and locally produced resources … But some convenience items that are semi healthy would be nice too!

  14. Jennifer on June 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Thank god you love coconut Lacroix! I’ve only heard people bashing it as of late. Why do people hate it with a passion?

    My air conditioning broke too! We are trying to tough it out this summer with portable air conditioners to save up for one next year…. or much later down the line. It is one of those central air units that are part of the heating system, and is better to replace togethers, and you know… boring house stuff. Luckily New Jersey is much cooler than Tuscon. Glad to hear it is fixed for you though!

  15. Elizabeth on June 25, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I have a recipe for carrot gnocchi and it’s awesome! Kind of labor intensive though haha.

  16. kandi on June 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    That picture of the pilot KILLS me! hahaha

  17. schimiggy on June 28, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Happy 10 years!!! 😀

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