Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a lovely morning. Any fun plans this weekend? We have some Halloween-related activities on the menu, as well as getting everything ready for P’s birthday next week. I can’t believe she’ll be 3! Fitness-wise, I’m taking the day off today, catching an Orangetheory class this weekend (Hell Week starts next week. AHH) and going to spend lots of time outside with the fam. Usually the temps in Tucson don’t cool down until after Halloween, so we’re all enjoying the mild weather (even though we’re all bundled in our parkas already haha.). I’d love to hear what you have going on!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds, wears, eats, and reads from the week, and always look forward to hearing about your faves, too. Please shout out something you’re lovin’ in the comments below!

Life + random:

New planner! I’m already booking things into 2019 (especially for the podcast and we have some vacations coming up), so I figured I should get a 2019 calendar. There are so many options out there – I also love the Kit Life planners – but decided to roll with the classic Erin Condren. I’ve still been able to cram all of my blog tasks and kiddo-related activities onto this planner, so I’m sticking with it for next year. If you’re scoping out the Erin Condren site (I order all of our address stickers and stationary from them, too!) my referral link will get you $10 off. 

New planner

A trick-or-treating event with the crew. The onslaught of Halloween festivities has officially begun and I’m so here for it. These aren’t the girls’ actual costumes – they just wore costumes they had on hand so if they got dirty/ruined it was NBD – and we had the best time walking around. P is at the age where she wants to open and eat every single candy she receives. Liv is at the age where she shares her Almond Joys because she knows they’re my fave. <3

Trick or treat

Fashion + beauty:

This Madewell top. I ordered it in white and already want another color. It’s perfect with jeans and mules to look casual but still put-together. (<— my goal most days) Wearing it in the pic below!

Loving the new Beautycounter new nudes lip gloss trio. They were added to the stash last week and I also put some into a little sample bag that I share with friends.

0426gina photographybyjacquelynn

Read, watch, listen:

I started The Book of Essie a couple of weeks ago and can’t put it down. Here’s what it’s about (from the Amazon sales page):

Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?


The storyline is extremely intriguing, the characters are well-developed, and it’s an easy read to break into pieces. I usually read for 15-20 minutes before bed (or on the iPad while I’m lying with the girls before they crash) and am completely engrossed. Highly recommend it so far!

Bring back the siesta.

Don’t forget to listen to this week’s podcast episode all about prenatal nutrition.

Ugh Ina is just the best.

If you watched (and loved!) A Star Is Born, check this out. (I’ve been singing “Shallow” all week, much to everyone’s dismay haha.)


Exercise can change your brain.

5 beginner workouts you can do at home.

A HallowLEAN workout. 

Good eats:

If you make one recipe this weekend, make it this one.

Flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars 2


Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Christine on October 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Hey – I followed your referral link for the planner and picked one and it’s not giving $10 off at check out. I’m not sure what went wrong. Is there a promo code we could enter? Thanks!

    And my daughter is 2.5 and my son is 5.5 and Halloween will be SO FUN this year!

    • Christine on October 19, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Okay – so a promo code was sent to my email – but it’s not working either 🙁 Not sure what I’m doing wrong! I’ll wait and try again later maybe.

      • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm

        i’m wondering if it’s for first orders only. do you want me to try emailing you the referral email?

        • Christine on October 19, 2018 at 4:14 pm

          It’s definitely my first order so ???. I even used the code emailed to me for % off my order and it keeps saying invalid coupon. So neither your link nor the code send when I signed up work.

          • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm

            just sent you an invite and chatted with support. it should work!

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 19, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I’m loving the cooler weather too! Now they’re saying this weekend will be back in the 90s. GAH too hot! Last year it didn’t “cool” down until Thanksgiving here. It gets shorter and shorter every year.

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      WHYYYYY. i thought the cold was here to stay!

  3. Katie on October 19, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Speaking of Almond Joys, I am loving the coconut candy that my mother in law bought at the panaderia when she was visiting family last week. She said she hasn’t had it since she was a kid, and it literally tastes like the inside of an almond joy. I was like, where have you been all my life?!??

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      omg how have i never tried that? guess we’re on a mission to find it this weekend 🙂

  4. Caitie on October 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I got my 2019 planner from Erin Condren already too! I made a collage with all the dog pictures I have, spent more time customizing it than I care to admit but I love these planners 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      ahhh that’s amazing!

  5. Christy on October 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting an Erin Condren planner so this is perfect! Unfortunately, like the other reader when I click on your referral link there isn’t a discount code applying to my order. I even tried adding a planner to my cart first and then following your referral link and there still isn’t a promo code being applied. I’m not receiving an Email link either. Do you have a direct code we can enter?

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      hmm i’m wondering if it’s for first orders only. do you want me to try emailing you the referral email?

      • Christy on October 19, 2018 at 9:46 pm

        Yes please, it is my first order!

      • Christy on October 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        I didn’t receive the referral code yet.

  6. Mari on October 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Finally it feels like it’s fall!! CANNOT believe it’s almost 2019!!! Where does the time go?? It really does go by faster the older we get. I can’t believe your youngest daughter is already 3!! I still remember your posts from when you were pregnant with her and now she’s already 3! That’ll be fun to celebrate with the family!

  7. Melodie on October 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I bet I’ve shared your flourless pumpkin bar recipe 50 times. It’s amazing. My kids love it. And it’s healthy enough that I don’t mind feeding it to them for breakfast. Happy weekend!!

  8. Lauren on October 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I made tour pumpkin bars for Sunday breakfast and they are ! Great recipe!!

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