Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We’re finishing putting the Christmas stuff away – it’s taken a while lol- and celebrating Livi’s birthday! I can’t believe this little goose is turning 10 tomorrow. They say time flies and they don’t lie. We brought her home from the hospital to the very house we’re in now, where Bella used to guard over her in her bassinet. Her birth story in on the blog here.

This girl is brilliantly smart, the kindest friend, an incredible gymnast and dancer, loves books, being the best big sister, and I can’t wait to see what she continues to do. 

Bella baby

sisters eating donut

(Someone hold me. And yes, I’ll be making our yearly photo collage tomorrow!!)

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. 

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Fashion + beauty:

I’ve been living in this jacket lately! It’s super warm and cozy and the color makes me happy. I don’t wear pink nearly as much as I used to, and need to bring it back. 😉 

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Sharing my obsession again for these tanning drops. Things were looking a little pale around here, and these add the perfect amount of natural-looking tan. They don’t smell terrible and don’t mess up our white sheets. Wins all around. 

30 stylist ways to wear sneakers 

Read, watch, listen:

This made me laugh so hard I cried. And then I watched it a couple more times.

Where are you right now? The importance of being present.

Are you obsessed with the Encanto soundtrack, too? I often tell Tom that I’m so glad to be alive at the same time as Lin Manuel-Miranda. 😉  If you also adore the song Dos Oruguitas definitely check out the meaning behind the lyrics. UGHHHHHHHHHHHH my heart. 

What books are you reading this winter?

Definitely check out this week’s podcast episode with Dr. Stephen Cabral here! 

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(Pic from date night at Hacienda del Sol)

Fitness + good eats:

How to set up a home gym

I tried Sculpt Society last week and liked it even more than I thought I would. Excited to try another workout this weekend and I’ll share a full review post next week!

How exercise can protect your liver

LOVE chopped salads and can’t wait to try this version 

This gluten-free cornbread! I followed this recipe, but since I didn’t have any yogurt on hand, I used a small container of applesauce and almond milk to fill the remaining 1 1/2 cups worth of yogurt. It worked perfectly– not too crumbly with the ideal amount of sweetness.

gluten-free cornbread

Happy Friday, friends! Have a great weekend and I’ll see ya soon.



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  1. Kristen on January 7, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Omg how is she 10?! I remember when you announced your pregnancy! Happy birthday Liv and congratulations to you mama. I’ve decided that moms need a congratulations and a thank you on their children’s birthday

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2022 at 10:43 pm

      thank you so much – i really appreciate it!
      i can’t believe how quickly the time has gone

  2. Jill on January 7, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    I cannot get enough of Encanto – the movie and the soundtrack. I’ve watched it enough times that I don’t ugly cry all the way through the end anymore. And you are right about Dos Oruguitas – such a touching song.

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      ugh it’s the best ever
      i had a hard time holding it together in the theatre

  3. Tracy on January 7, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    HAPPY Birthday, Liv!! Double digits? That’s a big deal! Hope your birthday weekend is a fun one!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      i can’t even believe it!

  4. Mel on January 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I started reading your blog in dental school, trying to fit in workouts, and it was 11 years ago! Your blog brought comfort especially since my boyfriend was in the marine corp and deployed at the time . Congrats to liv and your family that you get to celebrate her birthday all together. keep being y’all!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

      that is so amazing – thank you for following for so long! <3

  5. Julie on January 10, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Happy birthday to Liv! Both girls are so gorgeous! It’s been fun watching them grow up. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. I’ve Followed a lot of blogs over the years but yours is the only one I can say I’ve consistently read for over 10 years.

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