Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday. I hope you had a wonderful week. It’s the kids’ Rodeo Break (it’s a Tucson thing!) so it’s been so nice having a break from virtual school and dance classes for the crew. It reminds me of the slower days of summer and I’m LOVING it: sleeping in, taking lots of walks and bike rides, and hitting the pool whenever we wanted. (We might go for a swim this weekend!) I’m going to soak up the next three days. I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead.

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!

Good eats + fitness:

Blue Apron!! (They’re a partner for the blog and we’ve loved their meals for years.) We enjoyed Blue Apron dinners this week and it really streamlines the evening routine. The meals are always fresh and flavorful, and since the Pilot was gone this week, I got the two-person serving, which is the perfect size for the girls and myself. (The servings are always very generous!) For all of our dinners, I’ll often cook the rice or chop veggies during the day so that I only have to do a couple of steps during the dinner rush. (When the kids are hangry and start invading the pantry for bars and snacks, it’s so helpful to get dinner done FAST.)

We LOVED this chicken curry with rice. I cooked the rice in the Instant Pot and had pre-chopped the veggies, so it was on the table in 15 minutes.

If you want to try Blue Apron, their flash sale ends on the 28th and you’ll get $100 off your first five boxes!! Check it out here.

Peanut sauce stir fry with shrimp.

I want to try this chopped broccoli with brussels sprouts salad!

We FINALLYYYY updated our dishes and silverware for the first time in our marriage. After much deliberation, we went with the Mercer collection and this silverware. We’re happy with the change and I have to say, it’s super weird to open the pantry and all of the dishes match, instead of the hodge lodge days of yore. #adulting. The low bowl is definitely the most-used option; it’s the perfect size for giant salads, or any type of curry or bowl meal.

(This was a Mediterranean-style bowl from a baby meal I made last weekend and it was a dreaaaam.)

Barre, but make it extra spicy.

Lower body strength circuits workout.

How muscle can help ward off inflammation.

Read, watch, listen:

Is the Western way of raising kids weird?

Check out this week’s podcast episode with my friend Big Ron Jones!

Learned a lot during this week’s podcast episode from the Model Health Show. 

I’m almost done with the Britney documentary and thank you to those of you who helped me find it! (It’s on Hulu under New York Times Presents. I thought it was a standalone documentary and that’s why I couldn’t find it!) So far, it’s super sad and has also made me remember all of the reasons why I love her.

My latest post for WebMD is here: how to get strong, toned legs without squats or lunges.

Just for LOLs:

From Strange Planet, by Nathan Pyle

Fashion + beauty:

This Light Stim for Wrinkles. It’s been in its little pouch for a long time, but I finally decided to give it a whirl. I’ve been using it at night while reading, and while I don’t notice a HUGE difference, my skin does feel smoother. (Apparently it can take up to six weeks to really see results.)

Join us tonight for a virtual Self-Care Soiree! Some friends on our Beautycounter team (including Ashley and Heather!) are hanging out on Zoom tonight to chat about self care, tips for making safer skincare and beauty choices, and also share some giveaways. It’s at 4:30 PST/7:30 EST and should last an hour or a little less. Just wear your comfies and bring your favorite beverage! Let me know in the comments section if you can make it and I’ll send you an invite.

Ordering a couple of goodies from Madewell since it’s 25% off! This slip skirt, this babydoll dress, and this puff-sleeve dress are my faves.

Happy Friday, friends!



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  1. Tracy on February 26, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Was intrigued by a book I saw in a local bookstore yesterday and the article you shared about Western parenting techniques reminded me of it. It’s being formally released in March and is called, “Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans” ( The author explores Mayan parenting techniques, how they differ from our own cultural customs, and what we can learn from them. Looks really interesting!

  2. erin on February 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Gosh that “Western Way of Parenting Weird?” article… No. It’s not weird. It’s Western. Definitely interesting! They use India as an example of co-sleeping and sleeping in the same room. I’ve spent lots of time in India and I can tell you, the majority of people in India do NOT have a bedroom for each child (as implied in the article), and quite possibly only have one bedroom total. Those types of cultural characteristics mold how things are done- it’s not weird or unusual- it’s just how it is. We have to be able to accept differences like that without calling them out as “weird”.

    • Lindsey on March 1, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      I think you are confused about the title of the article… they are referring to US (in the states, etc!) as the weird ones! I actually thought it was a refreshing take on the fact that maybe we are all a little too rigid over here 🙂

      • Fitnessista on March 2, 2021 at 12:08 pm

        yes, exactly! i think it’s perfectly fine to call the US weird, because what we do is absolutely different than other parts of the world.

        • Lindsey Callahan on March 2, 2021 at 2:26 pm

          Agree 🙂

  3. Crystal on February 26, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Crate & Barrel dinnerware is the besssttt. I have the Marin collection and love it so much. Isn’t it so nice to have matching dishes? Lol

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      it feels very adult haha!

  4. Inge Buchterkirchen. on February 26, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I just purchased the Mercer appetizer plates today ! I love them!

  5. MJS on February 27, 2021 at 9:14 am

    How do the “Mercer” dishes work in the microwave? I find that so many dishes get HOT in the microwave but the food doesn’t.

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      yes, that’s a pet peeve of mine! it doesn’t seem to happen but i haven’t microwaved them much yet

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