Friday Faves

Hi hi! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? We have Livi’s dance recital (can’t wait!) and I’m getting everything ready for Summer Shape Up. Buckle up, friends – it’s going to be a good one! It’s been an interesting week getting back into the swing of life, but so worth it. I still haven’t unpacked our suitcases and we’re still moving pretty slowly in the mornings. Lesson: I’ll never sign Livi up for an 8am camp again lol. 

I’ll have a full recap of our cruise up on Monday!!


(Checking out a stream after a salmon bake feast and s’mores over a campfire)

For now, it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re lovin’ in the comments section.

Beauty + fashion:

Love this everyday pocket tank and obsessed with this dress.

Got this hat to wear to the pool! It rolls up and has sun protection. 1600 positive reviews don’t lie.

These sporty sandals are super cute!

Got to try the newest Beautycounter line for the first time this week and I’m so stoked for the launch! I can’t share a ton of details right now but will let you know as soon as I can. Hands down, it’s their best line and the night cream is bananas.

Read, watch, listen:

The Bachelorette. I felt like I missed the boat on this one because I missed the first episode, but Meg told me we need to catch up. I binged a couple of episodes last night and am so glad! I like Hannah B. even more now and can’t wait to see who she ends up picking. 

Create a little bit of bliss every day.

Thank you so much for all of your feedback on this week’s podcast episode! I’m so excited to be back and congrats to the winner of the re-launch giveaway: Liz! (comment #135) Be sure to check your email later this morning so I can get your prizes on the way. 🙂

Good eats:

Alaskan salmon! We brought back a few packs of smoked salmon from Ketchikan and I WISH we would have brought more. Customs would be like “Ma’am, why do you have an entire suitcase of smoked salmon?”

I only brought back three packs and that was a rookie move.

Goodbye salmon love

We had some said salmon last night on Caesar salads with parmesan and croutons and it was life.

Hail salmon caesar

Cheese boards are baaaaack. Our little cousins are here from Florida, so some of the fam came over for Wednesday night dinner. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Meg with cake since we missed her bday, and the Pilot grilled a feast of turkey burgers, beef burgers, and chicken thighs.


(+ all the burger fixins)

There was also a giant cheese board,


vegan artichoke dip, 

sweet potato fries and sweet potatoes. 

Excited to try these recipes:

Dark chocolate quinoa bars.

Vanilla cookie smoothie.

Thai chickpea burgers.

If you’re looking for a workout this weekend, try this Cardio Barre workout. It combines classic barre moves with cardio elements to get your heart rate up and break an awesome sweat.

Cardio barre workout

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Christina on June 7, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I love your blog, can’t quite figure out what it is but for sure feels less fake/trying to just make money off any random sponsors compared to the other big HLB blogs. And your food always looks amazing!

    Also I need to know what that backpack is!

    • Fitnessista on June 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      that means a lot to me – thank you! <3 always try to keep it real over here 🙂
      the backpack is dagne dover!

  2. Nic on June 7, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Alaska cruise packing list?!?!? I’m leaving Wednesday and trying to figure out how to narrow down everything I need to just one bag. Like, do I need wellies?? Will waterproof hiking shoes be ok? Looks like you guys went with the wellies… did you also bring waterproof pants?

    • Fitnessista on June 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      ahhh i’m going to post a packing list but prob won’t have it done until the end of next week. do you want me to email you the google doc with all of our packing stuff?
      i’d check the weather. the girls had waterproof hiking shoes they wore for most excursions but the day it rained, i was so thankful we had wellies. otherwise their pants would have been soaked!
      didn’t bring water proof pants. just jeans for me and fleece-lined leggings for the girls. i brought tights to layer with our pants but we didn’t end up needing them

      • Nic on June 11, 2019 at 10:47 am

        Thank you thank you! I mostly was just wondering about the shoes. Glad I bought some packing cubes, will squeeze my wellies in 😉

  3. Beth on June 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Wait that hat sounds life changing! I’ve been looking for a hat that rolls up forever! On a separate note – I just launched my blog last week. Check it out when you have a time 🙂 I’ve been reading tour blog foreverrrrr (pre your cute little kids!) and would love any feedback. Thanks!

  4. milania on June 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    love that backpack!! the trip looks aweesome!!

    • Fitnessista on June 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      thank you! yes, it was amazing!!

  5. Megan on June 9, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I’d love to see the hat you linked to but it doesn’t work for me- directs right to google

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