Friday Faves

Hey hey! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? The Pilot has some work stuff to do – he’s jumped into it, which is exciting even though I quite got used to him being around all day lol – so the girls and I are getting together with some friends. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous, so I think we’ll be spending time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. It’s also hilarious that this time last week it SNOWED, and today it’s supposed to be 80. I’ll take it.

It’s been a pretty fun and busy week over here. The girls have had their usual after-school activities, I meal-planned so we had real dinners each night (minus the necessary Taco Tuesday at Calle Tepa) and finished some work projects. Livi was a giraffe in her school musical, which was pretty much the cutest ever. 

W the familia


Livi and p rose

Now it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my fave finds from the week and I always love to hear about what you’re enjoying, too. <3

Fashion + beauty:

I got dressed 

(Took my *new* vintage LV for a spin and wore non-athletic clothes… a t-shirt and jeans.. one day this week)

My faaaaave sunless tanner is back. If I look like I have a smidgen of color to my skin, it’s because of this magic. This is my #1 self tanner because it has natural and organic ingredients and a lovely tone; it’s not orange-y in the least and layers really well. 

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The Shopbop sale is here! (Tiered savings with the code GOBIG19. It ends in 2 days!)

This is when I go usually through and pick a few staples for spring and summer.

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Some of my top picks:

This everyday side knot dress.

The details on this dress is gorgeous for a special occasion, vacation or summer date night. 

A flowy floral wrap dress.

Fit and flare shirtdress.

Sugar skull tank.

Greece slides.

Classic Golden Goose sneakers

Destroyed shorts.

Loving all of the statement earrings!


Read, watch, listen:

My latest post for WebMD about why you shouldn’t neglect your hands and feet!

Babysitters Club fo life.

Watching Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at the Oscars. I probably watched this video 20 times this week. 

(Along with the rest of the internet, I think they’re in love and need to be together but then they released this and crushed my dreams.)

6 years? I think this is full of lies. Liv is 7 and here we are in the same zombie state we were when we had a newborn. (At least both kids slept well from when they were about 6 months until 2ish and they realized they could get out of bed. Then it was all over. We are starting the new sleep plan from our sleep therapist, but have to wait a bit because the Pilot started his job earlier than we expected. This is a good thing! But we didn’t want him to show up on his second day of work feeling horrible and tired.)

Get it, Jack Black.

An interesting article about the death of mail-order meal kits. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one! I’m a huge fan of Blue Apron and Sunbasket, but we haven’t used them in a long time. I stopped after we came to Tucson because it was just the girls and myself, and haven’t started back up. I may change my mind in the spring, but for now, I’m enjoying shopping for our own groceries again and planning out meals.

Southwest is going to start flying to Hawaii! Don’t mind me over here with a lei and a coconut drink, getting stoked about it. 

El Charro and Barrio Bread (the best!) are nominated for James Beard Awards.

Barre bootcamp


A quick barre workout (and video) you can do anywhere.

A resistance band glutes workout.

Keeping active may decrease risk of dementia.

14 things that will be everywhere this year.

Ice cream

Good eats:

We tried Blue Ice gelato and all of their gelato is made fresh in house. This was a vegan sweet potato coconut gelato and it was amaaaaazing. This is going to be a thing this summer, for sure.

To celebrate March, try out this amazing cocktail recipe.

An awesome and healthy meal prep option. 

Brb I need these bars in my life.


Happy Friday, friends! See anything you loved on the internet this week? Feel free to shout it out in the comments section! 



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  1. Bekah on March 1, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Happy Friday! Let me just say I get so very excited for your Friday Fave post every Friday morning while drinking my coffee :).
    Question- do you use the mitt and do you use that sunless tanner on your face as well or a different one? I’m leaving in less than two months for Costa Rica and have fair skin. I’m really trying to find a nice sunless tanner!

    Regarding the “6 years of not sleeping” -HA! I hear ya. I have two boys ages 8 and 5. The 8 yr old has SPD and ADHD. He slept great as a baby but stopped taking naps before age 2 and slept horrible at night for the next 5 1/2 yrs. We tried everything- even OTs and psychologist giving ideas. Weighted blankets helped him a lot during night but nothing helped him actually sleep in past 4:30/5 except maturity. We even used those sleep clocks. Once close to age 8 he finally would lay in bed and just watch his clock turn to 6am and then he gets himself up and closes the door and plays wth legos in his room or gets ready for school. It took three years to get that to happen. My 5 yr old however wakes up all hours of the night and usually gets up by 5:30am. He snuggles with us all night intermittently. He finally got to where if we let him for a minute or two then he walks himself back to bed. He might be back in fifteen minutes or three hours to do the same thing again but at least he walks himself back now. That took over a year to get that to happen. What gets us through is knowing that if our 8 yr old SPD kiddo finally got to where he is now, we know eventually the 5 yr old will. So there’s hope. But my oh my…..I had no idea the sleep deprivation would last this many years.

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      hey girl! yes, i use a mitt and yes i use it on my face. they sent really great instructions on how to use it via email and i follow those. i hope you love it!
      i feel like the SPD definitely contributes to our sleep dilemmas. i bought a weighted blanket but it hasn’t made a huge difference. it gives me hope that your oldest kind of grew out of it. i’m hoping that happens eventually… even though i’m sure we have a while to go for P.

  2. Lauren on March 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I’m SOOOOO ready for BSC on Netflix! Did you have their movies when you were younger?
    Also, I could watch Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance ALL day!

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      yesss i loved the movie! it’s funny – a girl that i danced with growing up was in the movie. super cool 🙂
      can’t wait for the netflix version!

  3. Emily on March 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Yessss to Gaga and Bradley’s performance andddd wishing they were in love. I just need them to be real life Ally and Jack and I’ll be happy (maybe less drama). Nbd. I wish I could see the re release of the movie with extra scenes, but with it only being in theaters a week it prob won’t happen til I can watch it at home.

    I have been on such a meal planning/prepping kick. It was a New Years resolution thing that kind of just stuck. I have done a handful of the pinch of yum recipes you have shared in Friday Faves and loved them all. Excited for this sesame noodle one, but I will probably just make it as a dinner with some leftovers for lunch.

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      so happy you’ve loved the recipes, too! i feel like with pinch of yum, you can’t go wrong 😉
      hope you’ve had a great weekend!

  4. Nicole Kump on March 1, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I loved Babysitters Club so hope this new series is good. Gaga and Bradley was seriously the best live performance I’ve ever seen on TV….the production and their chemistry was unreal. But he’s got a GF and a baby so I’m cool if their love was just for the movie/performance. Does the self tanner have a smell? I’ve tried self tanners before but gave it to cuz I hate weird smelling lotions. But I’m ghostly pale so some fake color would be nice!

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      it smells coconutty – not like weird self tanner!

  5. Jennifer on March 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    haha I should send that sleep article to my husband. He has been complaining that our son keeps waking up lately. He is only 2, and honestly I think we get a pretty good amount of sleep. I am just 99% he is just starting to have bad dreams and waking up because of it (or wimpering/crying/talking in his sleep)

    I am not too surprised about the fall of Blue Apron. I am not sure if they will totally die off. Some people HATE grocery shopping! I briefly working at a supermarket, and I was shocked how many people would go and try and buy a whole month’s worth of groceries at once. I could see how something like Blue Apron would get them to eat more produce. That said I don’t see the appeal personally. I grew up cooking, I grew up making meal plans, so I feel confident buying a week worth of groceries at once. I might give it a try if it weren’t so expensive and there were more vegan options out there. As for as I know there are two major places with vegan options. Also, the waste. Too much waste!

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      that’s a great point. so crazy that people would try and buy a month’s worth of groceries! i strangely love grocery shopping 😉
      blue apron and sun basket are great when i feel like i’m in a rut or really want things to be simplified a bit. for now, it’s been nice taking a little break

  6. Tracy on March 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    omg P’s poses!! I pretty much love her! Happy Friday!

    I’m glad the weather is finally acting like AZ weather 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      she is such a nut!
      haha it’s definitely AZ again

  7. Heather on March 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    omg liv in that giraffe costume is adorable! i hope she had fun. yes i saw that about southwest, so excited!! hawaiiiii!*

  8. Eileen on March 4, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Love that knot dress!*

  9. Sally Blaser on March 4, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I might be able to make a spring break trip to Hawaii happen after all! *

  10. Laura on March 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I love a little sneak peek into your week and thanks for sharing some great articles!! Always interested to see what others are reading! **

  11. Allison on March 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I’m so jealous of all the amazing food in Tucson!! **

  12. Betsy on March 5, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I’m not surprised by the downfall of Blue Apron and the like. It was a fad, and like most fads will die out eventually. Also, all of those delivery services are SO wasteful, as mentioned in the article. Everything is packaged in single use plastic which was one of the biggest reasons why I never ended up trying out any of those services. I understand that not everyone enjoys cooking, but even if you’re just a little bit environmentally conscious you have to see how awful those services are in that regard.

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