Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans? I’ll be earning some cool mom points by taking Livi to the Jojo Siwa concert. She’s SO EXCITED about it and I’m looking forward to an adventure with Liv (She even gave me permission to do my “mom dancing” at the concert, lol.) She had such an amazing year at school and I thought it would be a fun little treat to celebrate the end of 1st grade.


We’ve had a bit to celebrate lately. The Pilot has had good news on the commercial airline front and we’re beyond thrilled and thankful. He’s worked incredibly hard his entire aviation career, and I’m so proud of him. Kyle, Meg, the kiddos, and Madre came over to hang out last night, and of course, we had cake and sang, “For He’s Jolly Good Fellow.” 😉 More details to come soon!

There was also cheese board,

Cheese board life

Uncle Eric’s famous pasta salad,

Pasta salad

and Kyle made some trout his friend had caught the previous day at Mt. Lemmon, and roasted some veggies we had in the fridge.

Trout and veg

Madre also brought a variety of delicious desserts from Beyond Bread.

The cousins all ran around playing together and we had a wonderful dinner. Much of the evening was spent huddled around the cheese board, talking, and drinking wine. It got late and baby August was tired, so I did the bounce walk with him in the formal living room and he crashed like a sleepy noodle in my arms. These nights are my very favorite.

Baby august snuggle

The rest of the weekend will undoubtedly include more celebrating with the rest of the family, and finishing our packing for the cruise. I made a list but haven’t actually packed anything because I felt overwhelmed, but there’s no more avoiding it.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! Here are some of my favorite eats, reads, wears, etc. from the week – I’d love to hear about anything that’s making you smile in the comments section. 

Fashion + beauty:

These shoes look just like the Gucci loafers but way less expensive.

– My favorite army green jacket got a giant tear in it, so I picked this one for a replacement.

– I have just a little bit of an obsession with Color Intense lipstick. All five of these were in my purse. 

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Good eats:

– Trying recipes from “Cook Once, Eat All Week.” It was such a breeze to spend an hour-ish cooking on Monday and then assemble dinners for the next few nights. The Pilot was out of town, and I was surprised by how much the girls loved the meals. The chicken tettrazini and it was a huge hit: 

Chicken tettrazini

– Organifi golden milk latte. This has become my new favorite before-bed ritual. It has magnesium, which helps me sleep, and reishi, which is my favorite mushroom for combatting anxiety. I’ll make a cup of hot almond milk, stir in a scoop of this, and read in bed until it’s time to crash. 


Chocolate chip meringues from Trader Joe’s. They’re so light and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. 

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A simple summer pasta salad recipe.

Can’t wait to try this Instant Pot recipe.


Random and read, watch, listen:

Really enjoy the new Snapchat filters, especially the ones that will filter you to look like the opposite sex.

I’m pretty much a missing Jonas brother:

Geno jonas

and the Pilot looks like the nicest mom ever. 

Tom the mom

Our friend Scott had some fun with this filter and has gone viral! Check out the hilarious video here. It’s at 5M views right now. 

How to make the weekend seem longer.

I’m on board with this.


Les Mills On Demand. I’ll share a full review in an upcoming post, but I’m loving the updated Les Mills On Demand. Since Tom was gone, I worked out at home a lot this week, and it was a fun way to shake up my usual workouts. I took a BODYATTACK class and it crushed me! I can’t wait to try another one. If you want to check it out, my referral link is here!

Fascinating insight on why some people may be able to stick to their health goals more closely.

Bad to the Barre Weekend! I’m teaming up with my friend Erin from Bad Yogi to share some barre and barre-inspired yoga moves on Instagram this weekend. The first one starts on her page today! Make sure you’re following us to join in the fun and also enter to win a pretty awesome prize pack.

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P and I are off for a little nature walk and then going to head to the museum. Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon!


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  1. Morgan Rand on May 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I’m taking my first grader to JoJo next week in Seattle. I’ll be looking forward to an update on how the concert went for you and Liv so I have an idea what I’m in for!

  2. Mary on May 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Congrats on the job! My sister retired from being a pilot for United for decades, last year. She spent the last few years working from Tucson, commuting to LA. She’s about an hour from the Tucson airport, too, so not a fun commute. Hopefully his is better.

  3. Melodie A McGarrah on May 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I’m afraid you and the pilot may have never found one another had your genders been swapped according to these photos.

    • Melodie A McGarrah on May 17, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Clearly that was a joke…. My laughing emoji didn’t attach. 🙂

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  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Gina! Shawn sent me some of the Organifi a while back and I never thought to add it to almond milk like that — thanks for the tip! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend celebrating!

  5. Colleen on May 20, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Such a big congrats to the Pilot! My brother is also a retired military pilot who now flies for Delta Airlines and he’s loving it. Have a great week!

  6. Kirsten on May 20, 2019 at 10:33 am

    My husband & I just returned for an Alaska cruise. Our weather during the week was pretty mixed. Juneau & Skagway were rainy and pretty cold. Ketchikan was sunny & quite warm. Try and pack layers! We packed thermal base layers, winter hats & gloves and rain pants and jackets. We did not regret packing any of that! And wore it all while in Juneau & Skagway. Not sure where you are going in Alaska but just a heads up – we spent the day at Glacier Bay and when we were leaving we experienced about 5 hours of really rough seas which made most people really green and sick! We were fine and weren’t affected by it but you might want to bring some medication if you guys get sea sick. Hope you guys have a great time! Can’t wait to read about your adventure!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      it sounds like we’re stopping at all the same spots! thank you for the heads up! i have some dramamine packed… really hoping we don’t get seasick.

  7. adrianna on May 21, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    omg you and tom’s face swaps…so good! you are a seriously attractive man, my dear! like, HOT jo bro 🙂
    also, les mills on demand is the jam! i love a lot of those classes and its nice when i’m traveling. my gym primarily teaches those (along with HIIT, cycling, total body training, etc); big fan! and congrats to the pilot on all his new accomplishments!

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