Friday Faves

 Hi friends! Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the long weekend? We are headed to a concert and enjoying some time grilling with frieda. The Pilot is off today, so I’m excited to see what adventures we get into. 🙂

Thank you so much for all of your sweet wishes about the fun news yesterday. (I’m sorry the post wasn’t showing up properly!! It’s on the Family page and the 2nd Trimester tab.) We appreciate your kind words so much, and I read all of your Facebook, Instagram and blog comments with the biggest smile on my face. I can’t wait to see those two little sisters together. <3 

In the usual Friday fashion, here are some fun reads and finds from the week. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout it out in the comments section!

Getting Summer Shape Up stuff together! Get ready for it— I think it will be a good one. 🙂 4 weeks of free fitness plans and meal ideas coming your way June 15th!

Gina britt 8

(Photo: Danny Chan. Thank you to Brittany for being my high-impact/intensity friend, while I did the pregnancy-friendly and low-impact modifications.)

Mistakes you may be making setting up your spin bike

These egg chairs at the Westfield UTC mall. Liv and I are kind of obsessed with lounging in them. I kind of want one for the patio haha.

Egg chair

The go-to, 10-minute recipes of busy, healthy women. 

Healthiest cities in America. (Do you live in one of these? San Diego was #3!)

These gorgeous carrots from Trader Joe’s. 


 How lack of exercise can disrupt the body’s rhythms. 

Peace Pies. Brittany and I met for snacks/lunch yesterday and it was everything I had been wishing for. I had the kale and kelp salad, which had a savory nut dressing and chopped olives with raw onion crackers + a green juice. I kind of want to go back… today….

Raw salad

Which fitness tracker is right for you?

Healthy one pot meals.

Liv’s obsession with guinea pigs.


Livi and guinea

(“Mama, he is smiling at me. That means we need to take him home.”)

Photos that will make you weep for the future. So many LOLs.

The Nordtsrom sale is here!!! They have an amazing selection of reduced-price items, from fitness gear (like these gorgeous crops, tanks, sweaters, and sports bras), purses (oh I love thee), and shoes. I’m looking for a pair of nude heeled sandals to wear to the wedding next weekend and am thinking about this pair. Let me know if you have any recommendations for nude, pretty heels that you can also walk in. 😉

Hope you have a very happy Friday!

See ya later today on the Family page with the 17-19 week update.



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  1. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on May 22, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Those carrots are SO Cool!! and I seriously need that chair- how cute!

  2. kristin | W [H] A T C H on May 22, 2015 at 7:41 am

    that egg chair is rad!

  3. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on May 22, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love egg chairs! so fun!

  4. Amanda on May 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I just ordered those shoes a few days ago for summer weddings!! They haven’t come yet, but I’m happy to keep you posted on how they look in person! Also found some cute wedges at Steve Madden: but I thought the stacked heel made them look a little too casual.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      yes, let me know!!! and i might need those wedges just for summer 🙂

  5. Maria on May 22, 2015 at 7:48 am

    That chair looks absolutely perfect to sit in, curl up and read a good summer book! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      right? i just want to hide in there with an iced tea and curl up with a book 🙂

  6. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on May 22, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Love those egg chairs! I want one. Also, I saw that buzzfeed article the other day, too fjnny!

  7. Rochelle on May 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I have to ask how you did Livi’s hair in that pic? It’s super cute and I’d love to do my daughter’s hair like that!
    Those chairs look so comfy, perhaps we need one on our back porch as well for lounging this summer

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      super easy- i jut twisted her bangs out of her face and then brought the twist into a little french braid. i did one on each side

      • Rochelle on May 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        It sounds easy, but looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing! <3

  8. Katie A. on May 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Stay strong against the guinea pig pleas! I BEGGED for one as a child, and it was seriously nuts. It bit someone and we had to say buh-bye.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      haha oh no! i’m staying strong. i don’t want to clean a guinea pig cage.

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Those carrots are beautiful! And I want that egg chair! Happy Friday!

  10. Monica on May 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I’m in Minneapolis, which is #2! I love my city, but I’m always amazed that we rank at the top of all these lists. Yet we’re still considered flyover country (sad face.)

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      especially during the cold months people find ways to be active. it’s amazing!

  11. Diana on May 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Oh my gosh! Are those carrots forreal?! Also, thank you for posting that Fitness tracker article because I’ve been googling like mad recently trying to figure out what the heck I should get.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      right? i couldn’t believe how pretty they were!
      hope you find a tracker you love 🙂

  12. Kelsey Halena on May 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I was excited to see my city, Minneapolis, at #2! for healthiest cities! Too bad you recently visited during the worst part of the year – you weren’t able to fully appreciate the goodness we have to offer 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      girl, i’ll be back. i loved it!

      • Kelsey on May 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        You’ve got a tour guide available! 🙂

  13. Jessie R on May 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Guinea pigs! I had one when I was little, her name was Ashley – haha oh the 90s!

    That chair is awesome, carrots and hummus, yum!

    • Kelsey on May 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Ha, I named at LEAST 4 of my hampsters Sarah growing up. Guess it was popular to name rodents human names! 🙂

  14. Ashley on May 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I didn’t post on the news yesterday — but yay girls! I have two that are two years apart, they are 9 months and 2 years, 9 months. It’s so much fun! Sisters are so sweet. Happy for you guys!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      thank you so much, ashley!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      oh, those are gorgeous! how are they to walk in?

      • Laura @FitMamaLove on May 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        I have only had the opportunity to wear them around the house so far, so it’s hard to tell. They’re really similar to the ones you posted, but the heel is higher which may not be as comfy while pregnant.

  15. Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy on May 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    There are lots of awesome sales going on this weekend! I wish I had a nordstrom near me.

    Congrats! I have one sister, and we are super close. I’m sure the same will go for Liv and #2!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      yes, so many good sales!!
      thank you!

  16. Amanda on May 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Those carrots are like art! I wonder if Fresh Thyme (the midwest version of Trader Joe’s) has them?

  17. Amber on May 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I have those heels from Nordstrom and love them! The heel is the perfect height and they are pretty comfortable. Only thing is you probably need an extra hole in the strap as there are only three. My hubby made a couple extra for me:)

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      yay happy to know they’re ok! going to order now 🙂

  18. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on May 22, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    The UTC mall is SO nice! I cooped up with a good book there once in an egg chair, and I am itching to go back. Living in San Diego, I can see why we made the top of the list! Everyone around me has at least some concern for their health, and it is refreshing! I love seeing the people I care about looking out for themselves.

  19. Heather@hungryforbalance on May 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Love these posts- you always have such fun favorites! Thanks for the Norsdstrom info!

  20. Alex @ True Femme on May 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I want an egg chair! That’s awesome! I don’t have anywhere to put it but that doesn’t matter, right? 😉 I’m surprised they didn’t differentiate Boulder and Denver in the healthiest cities list but I’ve lived in both (currently Boulder for another few weeks until I move to the east coast again). Despite how healthy Boulder is and how much more into fitness I’ve gotten since I moved there, the people don’t know how to drive. I’m pretty sure the bad drivers have taken five years off my life. I’d much rather live in San Diego though! It’s so beautiful there! However, I’ll probably be moving to Boston after grad school 🙂 Still healthy though!

  21. Julie on May 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I cannot wait for Summer Shape Up!

  22. nutrition mate on May 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Sooo excited about the summer plan :))) You look cute on the pic with your belly 🙂

  23. Jeana on May 23, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Woohoo! Minneapolis!! My hubby and I adore our city and I could see how it has #2 potential.

    It is beautiful.

  24. Samantha on May 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Don’t know about an adult version but these egg chairs for kids are awesome! My now 3rd grader, his kinder teacher in Japan had a few in her classroom for the kids to snug up in and read.

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      ahhh i love it!!

  25. Bethann on May 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    The nude heels you are eyeing are super classic! I just got the Steve Madden ‘Semona’ Suede Ankle Strap Sandals for spring! They are pretty similar (okay, a little trendier, but you know me!) and they are super comfy and versatile!

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      ahh i will check those out! can i enlist you as my shoe expert please?

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