Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! The weekend is heeeeeere. What’s going on? After being gone pretty much all week last week, it will be nice to have a weekend at home. We’ll probably get into the usual shenanigans: I have a girls’ night planned with friends, we’re meeting up with friends + their kiddos for dinner, church, chores, prepping for the next week. P’s birthday is going to be here before we know it – I literally have to remind myself every day that she’s only 2, because she’s really like a 4-year old trapped in a 2-year old’s body – and I’m excited to start party planning. I’m thinking we’ll do something here at the house but get a jumping castle and a taco truck (necessary). I’d love to hear what you’re up to this weekend!

Now it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds, reads, wears, and laughs from the week. I love hearing what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout out some faves in the comments if you’d like to join in the fun!


– The decaf almond milk lattes from Cartel are A+.

Hey latte

– Last night, I took a baby meal over to a friend who has a lil newborn. All of the usual staples were there: cheesy enchiladas, Instant Pot Mexican rice, beans, salsa, chips, brownie/cookie/Oreo bars, and margarita mix. I pretty much make the same thing for every baby meal, so if you have new ideas, please throw them my way! Even so, I’m cool with being the token enchilada girl. 


Read, watch, listen:

– Tips for better conversations

All the happy tears for Lindsay, Bjork, and Sage.

How to beat insomnia

Won’t You Be My Neighbor. I cried during parts of it because Mister Rogers was such a rare, genuinely kind human being. I highly recommend this documentary as it gives insightful background into his life, his true genius, and is very well-done. 

Wont you be my neighbor pbs

Another reason to get in endurance exercise

36 hours in Tucson

– Don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast interview here! Jess and I are chatting all about injuries: what to do about them, how to prevent them, when to use heat/ice, and cryotherapy. 

Jessica Valant Instagram


– I met Merrick briefly at last week’s CJ event and love her style! She looks so put-together without being over-the-top. (Check out her blog if you haven’t already!!) She inspired me to try a couple of new things in my wardrobe, so I ordered these studded booties (on super sale. Going to wear them with a black top, black jeans, and this long blush cardigan I recently picked up from Express), this pleated skirt ($25! and you can dress up or down), and this tiger dress. The tiger dress is outside of my normal comfort zone, but I loved the way it looked when she wore it with black buckle booties.

I feel like I’ve gotten really comfortable on the fashion front lately and heading into fall, I feel inspired to switch things up a bit. (Stay tuned for a fall capsule-ish wardrobe post since I literally have like 4 articles of fall clothing here. I’m pretty much starting from scratch since I stored and donated so much in Valdosta.) Also, this is a problem that isn’t really a problem but I recently realized how much I was depending on Stitch Fix to pick out clothes for me. It feels oddly freeing to pick things out for myself again after quite a few Stitch Fix duds. 

Tiger dress

Maybe it will look cute. Maybe it will look like I’m wearing pajamas. We shall see. 

Eats + recipes:

– Yesterday was low-carb day, so I thought I’d share my breakfast: 2 eggs, 6 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of guacamole, a Mikey’s Paleo English muffin with butter and cinnamon


Give me this Instant Pot curry

Best services for healthy prepared meals


NEW FIT GUIDES ARE HEADING YOUR WAY! (<— yelling a little because I’m so excited) I’ll have all of the info up Monday,. Be sure to check in if you want first dibs because spots will go very quickly. If you haven’t taken the free fitness quiz yet, check it out here and see what plan I’d recommend. I put so much love and work into these plans and the response has been amazing.

Check out Laura’s results after only 6 weeks:

Laura progress shots

Leave your fitness personality in the comments below and I’ll pick a lucky winner to receive a free Fit Guide on Monday!

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Connie on September 21, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE WOMAN–down a Merrick rabbit hole and now I’m buying all the things!

  2. Nichole on September 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Cardio Queen! AND I just bought those booties from Nordies! SOOO CUTE! I have been eyeing them so thanks for the heads up on the sale! XO!

  3. Ashley V on September 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Home Workout Warrior here! I can’t bring myself to pay for a gym membership, so I don’t think my fitness personality will ever change!

  4. Jessie on September 21, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Home workout warrior!

    I’d love to see your capsule wardrobe! And you are so nice bringing over that baby meal for a friend:)

  5. Becca on September 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Home workout warrior!

  6. Zoe on September 22, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I love ASOS for trying to get out of my boring clothes rut. As much as I try and pretend that my wardrobe is capsule… it feels like I have a bazillion striped tshirts and not much else! So go rock the tiger dress and inspire me some more!
    (I’m a fitness freak, apparently… which if ever someone had said that to me during high school PE I would have laughed myself silly…)

  7. Ellie on September 22, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Lean Machine for sure! The article about having better conversations is so true to my life, I’ve started to do this recently and feel like I’ve gotten to know so many people so much better!

  8. Angela Magdaleno on September 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Lean machine!!!! So excited! Looking for something fun to switch up my workout routine!

  9. Sara S on September 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Lean machine here!

    Also, that Oh She Glows instantpot curry…SO GOOD!!!

  10. Alexandra on September 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Home workout warrior here! I miss the gym and high energy classes but with two little ones, at home during naps or early morning seems to be most conducive to my schedule 🙂

  11. milania on September 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I’m a fitness freak!! I have a wedding in Dec. Would love to be in super tip top shape!! and love that tiger dress!!

  12. Hillary on September 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Fitness freak here! Love that tiger dress too!

  13. Stephanie on September 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Home workout warrior! Thanks for posting the link about improving conversations, interesting read.

  14. Christina on September 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a cardio queen!

  15. Beth on September 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Home workout warrior! I used to have a gym membership to this small boutique place called A Mom’s Village in MA. Check it out if you have a sec, I have a feeling you would LOVE it! Anyway, I’m heading back to work on Monday after maternity leave and will haves two kiddos in full time daycare so we need to save $$ where we can. I was debating whether to get the Peloton app or your Fit Guide!

  16. Rebecca on September 23, 2018 at 6:40 am

    I’m a fitness freak!

  17. Sidney on September 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Home workout warrior

  18. Christine T on September 23, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Fitness freak over here! (Legit)!

  19. Kristin on September 24, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Those enchiladas look amazing. Do you have that recipe on the blog?

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      i don’t have one for this version yet, but will have it up by next week!

  20. Betsy on September 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Cardio Queen 🙂

  21. Nmorris on September 24, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Could you share about your diet a little more? How often do you do a low carb day and what workout would you do that day?

  22. Stephanie on September 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I am Lean Machine!

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