Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! How was the week? It was a great one over here because the Pilot is back after being gone for a while. I feel like I’m always writing that… and it’s pretty much the story of our life right now. He was gone six days, home for two, and gone six days again, and now he’s home for a bit. 

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(Went for a hike while the girls were at school the other day and it was magical.)

The girls and I kept busy as usual while he was away. Last weekend, we checked out the Luminaria Nights at the Botanical Gardens and were absolutely enchanted. The gardens is one of our favorite places to visit and I feel like everything we love about it was amplified. The gorgeous plants and walking paths were illuminated by hundreds (thousands?) of luminarias, and they had Christmas lights, gorgeous light statues, musicians, activities for the kids, food trucks, artisan stands, and beverages.

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P was elated because they had a real Grinch. Liv and I found him borderline terrifying and P wanted to hug him as many times as possible. 

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She also spent the evening pretending her hot cocoa was coffee and telling me I’m on the naught list, so there ya go. 

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I had the BEST bowl for dinner while we were there but took an awful photo of it, so I’m not going to post it. But their website is here and if you’re in Tucson, I highly recommend it. I had the love-abowl with chicken, brown rice, and no cheese. 

The girls fell asleep within five minutes of being home, so I’m calling it a win of an evening. 😉

We also went to paint bells at Ben’s Bells (they have a video about their beautiful mission here) and can’t wait to go back.

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I’ve been trying to brainstorm ideas to volunteer with the girls and it’s been tricky because I want to find something that’s meaningful to them and keeps their attention (not saying that volunteering is always “fun” but I want to choose something that they can understand), and it’s also just me wrangling both of them. Something we always do together is go to the Humane Society and pay the adoption fee for a couple of animals (usually the ones who have been there the longest. They don’t advertise that their cost has been covered but it’s a nice surprise/gift for those who decide to give these animals a home), but I’d love any more ideas you might be able to share!

We had lunch at Sinbad and I didn’t even know how much I’d been missing falafel in my life.

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The Pilot and I had a date night and went to see the Arizona Theatre Company production Cabaret. I wasn’t sure if he’d be into it but after about 5 minutes of people dancing onstage in lingerie, I figured he was intrigued lol. We drank wine, shared a pack of Reese’s and enjoyed the performance.

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The rest of the week has been spent on a behind-the-scenes project I’ll share after Christmas, and getting things ready for Liv’s class holiday party. 🙂

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 loving in the comments section below!

Read, watch, listen:

Top shows of 2019 (and I haven’t seen any of them).

I enjoyed looking at the photos so much.

Random acs of kindness to implement today.


Made me cry.

Fashion + beauty:

This jumpsuit! It’s so hard for me to find jumpsuits because they’re usually made for tall people with long torsos. I have a super short torso, and short legs. Two friends have the same jumpsuit and they’re taller than me, and it looks amazing on them. It’s very rare to find one like this and since they’re 50% off, I ordered one in black. Check it out here! 

Express jumpsuit

Beautycounter flash sale ends tonight! 20% off select holiday sets. I have a little gift for those who order from now until Sunday, so be sure to check your email for the deets.

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Fitness + nutrition:

Holiday strength circuit workout.

Total body HIIT workout.

Why yoga is good for your brain.

What’s the story with complete and incomplete proteins?

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Nicole Kump on December 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Dog walking at the animal shelter is what I do for volunteering. Both times I was in Tucson, I did it at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). I love it!

  2. Amy on December 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I volunteer at my local food bank. We pack backpacks for kids, sort thru food donations, make care packages for the elderly and participate in a farmers market drive-thru that hands out food to anyone that shows up.
    It’s an awesome experience for my family and friends. Here’s a link to your local chapter.

    • Crystal on December 13, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Omg that jumpsuit is so cute on you!

      That’s so nice that you’re teaching your kids about the importance of giving. Besides being generous and helping people (and animals!), there are so many valuable lessons to learn from volunteering. I’ve never regretted giving my time or money to someone in need!

  3. Katie on December 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So funny to see what you wrote about jumpsuits because as a tall person with a long torso I always feel like they’re made for short people with short torsos! Haha I guess they’re made for regular people with regular torsos

    • Jessie R on December 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I was thinking the same thing! As a tall person, they never fit me correctly either 🙂

  4. Amanda on December 13, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Another way to volunteer is to bake (or purchase) sweet treats and deliver them to one of the many community helper organizations in your area that are open on December 25th such as Fire Stations, Police Departments, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, etc. This will be my 4th year of taking to the fire station that’s within walking distance from my house. Last Christmas, it was a quiet day at the station — they were washing their chief’s SUV! (It’s also a great way to share an abundance of holiday treats that you’ve baked/received.)

  5. Reenie on December 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Those food bowls look so good. That jumpsuit looks great on you.

  6. Kelly on December 13, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Watch Fleabag! It’s only 12, half-hour episodes so you can do it super fast. It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen. Has completely ruined me for every other show! Even if you think the first season isn’t your cup of tea, (some people get turned off by some vulgarity), the second season is an absolute masterpiece. Peloton has significantly reduced my TV time this year since I used to watch everything during workouts!

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