Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a lovely morning. It feels like fall here in Tucson and I am The mornings have a hint of coolness to them and it’s perfect weather for hiking and playing outside. I’m looking forward to a walk with P and the puppers this morning. This weekend is the Greek festival in Tucson (OPA!) and we’re heading to Phoenix to check out the new Great Wolf Lodge. I think the girls are going to love it! I’d love to hear what you have going on.

Here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love hearing about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re lovin’ in the comments. 

Adventures from lately:

The Pilot and I attended Roundup for a Cure last weekend, which is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We went with a large group of friends and also had the opportunity to connect with some inspiring CF families. It was really incredible to learn about the new treatments that are being offered and I keep praying that these incredible doctors and researchers are able to develop a cure. 

Roundup for a cure

The theme was Greatest Showman -esque (like turn-of-the-century carnival) with acrobats, aerial silks, carnival games, people walking around on stilts, and a Tarot card reader. They also had a silent auction and the Pilot and I are notorious for having a couple glasses of wine and going bid crazy. We walked away with 6 prizes lol. It was a great date night, especially since the Pilot was only in town for a couple of days. 


A voice lesson! You guys. I was blown away by all of your kind, supportive, and inspiring comments about my choir roadkill post. It was so awesome to read your thoughts and similar experiences. I always feel a bit nervous when I put myself *out there* here on the blog, but you always make me feel thankful I did it. Since I’m trying out for the choir again in a few months, I booked a voice lesson with a local coach. We did tons of warm-ups and scale work, then I got to sing some fun songs, which was a nice break after drilling my Italian aria back into my head along with the classical excepts. I sang Shallow, On My Own (cliché but I’ll always love it) and some old showtunes. It was an hour out of my day that I didn’t need to spend since I had two deadlines due the following day, but it was SO worth it. 

Read, watch, listen:

This Is Us. I’ve been impatiently waiting for This Is Us to return all summer. The first episode back didn’t disappoint. No spoilers or anything, but it reminded me of the pilot episode. I was sobbing with chills all over my body, so amazed by how it all came together. It was so good I might have to rewatch it this weekend. 

Definitely check out this week’s podcast episode about plastic surgery! This was one of my highest-downloaded episodes yet, and it’s a fun one. 

12 book suggestions.

What we can do about climate change.


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Good eats:

The fam came over for dinner on Wednesday night and we basically had a mini Thanksgiving. Madre brought turkey, ham with pineapple, mashed potatoes, gravy, and bread. I made an enormous cheese board (as usual),

Giant cheese board

Skinnytaste turkey pumpkin chili (one of my fave fall recipes!),

and Kyle brought over the best green goddess salad from August Rhodes. Nani brought pumpkin pie.


It was an epic feast and the kiddos all ran around playing while the adults drank wine and chatted. The only thing missing was the Pilot, but it was a pretty great night. 

You need these brownies in your life

Easy pumpkin spice granola.

Still loving this chickpea scramble.

Chickpea scramble

Just for kicks:

The Pilot sent this to me and I cried a little laughing. 


Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. <3



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  1. Reenie on September 27, 2019 at 10:36 am

    That cheese board looks awesome

    • Fitnessista on September 28, 2019 at 1:00 am

      thank you!

  2. Sarah on September 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Yogurt-covered pretzels on a cheese board!?!? OMG… droooool. What an amazing idea!

    • Fitnessista on September 28, 2019 at 1:00 am

      yessss i had them in the pantry and was like “these work” 🙂

  3. Melissa Caulfield on September 29, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful pic of you & your hubby. Cheese board looks amazing! Do you have any thoughts on the Blood type Diet. I just read the book and found so many true things that I experienced before reading the book. Would love to know your professional opinion? Thanks Gina

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      i haven’t read it but i’ve been curious about it! will definitely check it out

  4. Melissa C on September 30, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Ok great, look forward to hearing your thoughts. I think I will try it out and experiment with it.

  5. Coleen on October 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I already downloaded the song at the end of This Is Us from last week and have listened to it many, many times.

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