Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday to ya. How was the week? Ours went by in a flash since we were on a little getaway to Sedona. It was everything I needed: fresh air, time outside, and time with the fam. We found out that the girls really love hiking! We did three amazing trails while we were there and even hiked up to Birthing Cave. I can’t wait to take them on more hiking adventures. I’ll share a recap next week with all of our favorite spots!

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, so please join in the fun in the comments section below. I always love hearing about your faves, too.

Congrats to the winners of last week’s book giveaway:

Kelly J.


Sara C.

Amy D.

and Layla!

All winners have been emailed and I’ll ship everything out this weekend! Of course, I’ll throw in a couple of extra goodies, too. 🙂 For more giveaway fun, be sure to check back on Monday.

Read, watch, listen:

I picked up this book at New Age while we were in Sedona. I’m a huge fan of Deepak’s work and this book called to me, so I bought it, along with this heart carved into a red rock. It looks perfect in my office and is such a great reminder of the grounded and peaceful energy I feel while we’re in Sedona.

Do you have a secret family recipe?

My friend Tina’s new book is out! Check out the details here.

My latest post for WebMD: Signs you’re pushing too hard.

Fashion + beauty:

Really love this simple black dress.

If you’re looking for a new sunscreen, definitely check out this one. It’s mineral-based and reef safe, and it’s very gentle on the kiddos’ skin. I was using another brand with higher SPF for their faces and found that their cheeks were getting red and dried out. I switched back to Beautycounter for their faces (we use Coola on our bodies) and their cheeks cleared up right away. I do need to reapply it a bit more often – every 45 min to an hour- but it’s worth it.

APL dropped their new collection. These are the sneakers the girls and I wear almost every day! The techloom phantoms are my fave.

Fitness + good eats:

Easy bbq meatloaf.

Aerobic exercise could help fatty livers.

Spicy tofu burgers. YUM.

Can’t wait to try this broccoli salad recipe.

Did you try this week’s wild card barre workout yet?

Happy Friday!


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  1. Katie on August 7, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I LOVE Sedona! Where did you guys stay? My mom and I take a girls trip every year there and stay at the Kimpton Amara. Absolutely love the hiking and the town. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2020 at 11:23 am

      we stayed at l’auberge! that’s where we usually stay and love it 🙂
      so fun that you do a girls’ trip every year!

  2. Mari on August 7, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Beautiful pictures! I visited Sedona for the first time a few years ago and loved it so much. It was so peaceful, had so much fresh air, and gorgeous scenery. Really made me fall in love with Arizona!! Hoping when I retire I can move there!

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2020 at 11:24 am

      so happy you love it, too! that’s what i told tom – i would be totally happy retiring there

  3. Jessie R on August 7, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Sedona looks beautiful! It is high on our list for next year, would you say it is a pet-friendly place? You’ll have to let us know if you like the book, I’ll add it to my list 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

      oh my gosh, SO pet friendly. the hotels are usually pet friendly, there were dogs eating on the patios at restaurants, and many hiking trails are pet-friendly. the only bummer is that some hotels don’t allow you to leave the dogs in your room. our dogs actually stayed at a very small pet hotel (like an airbnb for pets with an awesome owner) so if you decide to go, let me know and i can give you the info!

  4. Anne on August 7, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    We are going for the first time in October with our kiddos. They are young so I think we’ll be doing a lot of backpack carrying them. But we are still excited! Looking forward to your more in-depth post

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