Friday Faves

 Hi friends! Happy Friday! Sorry to for the lack of blogging yesterday. It was one of the rare occasions when I didn’t have anything to say, and didn’t want to post only for the sake of posting.

What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully we’re having a baby around here, but last time I checked, she was a little too comfy in her dwelling quarters. 😉 If I could live in house with endless chocolate supply, I would stick around, too. Patience is not my virtue, so I wake up each day with major excitement and have to distract myself to keep from going crazy. We’re officially 41 weeks today.


(The girl in Starbucks, “We’re going to have a baby in Starbucks!!!” That would be the best story ever since I met the Pilot there.)

At the same time, I’ve allowed myself to get a little “bored” this week and enjoy extra relaxation before things are significantly busier: reading books and magazines, watching way more TV than usual, and napping. The Pilot took Liv to the gym one night, and I turned out all of the lights and napped for two hours. I can’t even explain how delicious it was. 

Me when I woke up.

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This little snugglebug is enjoying the extra downtime, too. 


Wednesday afternoon, we made a trip back to Pumpkin Station

W livi at pumpkin station

Petting the goats

and headed to Old Town for dinner. #alltheMexicanfood

Some more faves from the week and around the web:

The best thing you can do for yourself and all of the women around you.

Sephora finds! I used this super hydrating mask the other night -LOVE- and picked up some new eyelash goodies.

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I had been wanting to try the Tarte eyelash fibers for a while, but was a little apprehensive because my eyes are super sensitive and the online reviews weren’t fantastic. I only usually wear mascara for date nights or when I want to look put-together, and covet eyelash extensions even though last time my eye was hacked and they were glued onto my eyelids. Anywayyyyy, I tried out the fibers and when I pulled out the wand, I said, “WTF” aloud because it looks like a furry mascara wand. I just rolled with it, and loved the way they looked; like a natural version of eyelash extensions. The fibers didn’t bother my eyes at all, so wins all around. 

Tarte eyelashes

Oh Pentatonix, I love you. They also make me think of Christmas because we listened to their CD on repeat last year.

Daily Harvest! They sent me some smoothie packs to try out, and they are SO GOOD. They’re packed with superfoods, don’t contain funky ingredients, and taste amazing. I’ve tried two so far, and they’ve both been excellent. You just add almond milk and blend. I love that they’re not too sweet, and they don’t contain protein powder so you can add your own. (I’m stoked to try them with some Shakeology in a couple of weeks.) The only bummer? They’re $$$. 

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Chicago Marathoner lands a date from the ad on his back. Smoooooth.

52 thoughts you have as an adult while watching “Hocus Pocus”

Halloween costumes you can make using workout clothes.

An at-home Physique 57 workout:


(Love their online classes, which are just as challenging as taking a live class)

The science behind yoga and stress.

My favorite sneaks are on sale for $65

This Barbie ad, doing it right.

Vegan Thanksgiving classics.

Hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real. #12 and #15 made me laugh out loud. 

I’d love to hear what you’re enjoying this week! Anything exciting happening this weekend? The Pilot’s birthday is tomorrow (!) so Liv and I are off to play birthday fairies.

Hope you have a very happy Friday!!



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  1. Amanda on October 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I hope YOU have something exciting happening this weekend 😀

  2. Alexis Belbel on October 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Loved reading this! I didn’t know you met your husband at Starbucks. So fun! Have a great weekend!

  3. Katie @ Live Half Full on October 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I admire your patience!!! I’m 40 weeks + 4 days today and every day has been so hard! I’m hoping for some action for both of us this weekend!

  4. Jody on October 23, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Aw, I hoped your not blogging yesterday meant your were having a baby. While I was waiting for feedly to load I popped over to Instagram to see if you’d posted there yet.

  5. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on October 23, 2015 at 7:22 am

    omg I just read through those comics and if #12 and @15 reminded you of you and Liv, then I would say I was quite a lot like Liv as a child 😉 Ohhhhhhh the tags!!!!!!!!!!

    Praying for you love – I want to “meet” that cutie pie 🙂

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 23, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Hi Gina! Ohhh you are SO ready. I can’t imagine what that waiting game is like. However, moving on to your favorites — your eyelash story is what keeps me from trying eyelash extensions, because I really want them — and no product seems to come close. Secondly — you should get in as many naps as you can, so it’s good you’re taking it totally easy. And third — I’m hosting some local bloggers tomorrow to try OTF for the first time, so that’s my big weekend excitement. Happy Friday, friend! I hope you have a new family member this weekend … 🙂

  7. Sagan on October 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Smoothie packets?! WANT!

    Eyelash extensions freak me out. I mean, they always look nice on people – but the IDEA of them makes me squirm. I’ll stick with regular old mascara 🙂

  8. Melissa Caulfield on October 23, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Curious to know what u ordered at Starbucks. I love iced coffee , I usually get the same skinny vanilla latte with coconut milk.

  9. Emily R on October 23, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Sending you some D Day Vibes and all goes well =0)
    I loved the P57 Prenatal workout. It was so hard but man did it hurt so good =0) I even stated my postnatal workout with the same video.
    My niece is also 41 weeks and hopping that baby girl makes her arrival this wknd!

    Have a Fantastic weekend Gina

  10. Jessie R on October 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Aww what a great week! Positive thoughts out to you and the little one! HBD Pilot!!

    I’m going to a charity holiday shopping event with my mom, the Royals are playing here at home, and I’ve got a million and five things to buy before we leave for Vietnam next Friday. EEK

  11. Carolyn on October 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I went into labor with my son at 41 weeks and he was born the next day. That last week of waiting was so hard! Everyday I’d wake up and think, I’ll have a baby today! Good luck to you, it has to be soon now!

  12. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Hocus Pocus has a lot of surprisingly inappropriate references for kids when you watch it as an adult. They all went over my head as a kid!

  13. Crystal on October 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hmm, would be kinda neat if the new baby and Pilot ended up being bday twins! It seems like you’ve been pregnant forever since I read your blog almost every day lol. Miss thang must be super comfy in there…soon enough it’ll be her time. Hang in there and enjoy your weekend 😀

  14. Julie on October 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Here’s hoping the Pilot gets a special b-day pkg from the stork!

  15. Dominique Bain on October 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for linking to the Elizabeth Gilbert article. It is exactly what I needed to read today. Normally, I don’t compare myself to other moms/women/etc., but I am terrified of failing. We had our second daughter over the summer and I’m a Ph.D. student. I need to drop a class this semester which is really messing with my sense of self (I’m a good student, I’ve always been a good student, how can I be a good student if I have to drop this class?). The article was helpful in making peace with that decision and truly understanding that is best for me and my sanity and my family.

  16. Courtney on October 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I am sending calming positive vibes to you from Washington state! My daughter made me wait eight days past her due date so I empathize with you! You are already prepared for the moment to come and all of us that read your blog every day are with you in spirit. Take care strong mama!!!

  17. Tracy on October 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Omg the pilot’s birthday is tomorrow? My husband and oldest son share the same birthday. We always have fun celebrating them together. It’s really special for both of them!

    You always have the best FFs!

    Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!

  18. jean on October 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I thought the silence yesterday was because you were at the hospital… 🙁 There’s a full moon on Tuesday, so that baby should be on its way soon! Thanks for the tip on the eyelash fibers – I have to make a Sephora run tomorrow so will check them out!

  19. Catherine on October 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Ah I had hoped no blog = new baby! Hang in there! It seems the little lady already knows how to make an entrance!
    And yes, it would have been a crazy story if you had given birth in the Starbucks

  20. Alicia on October 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Well the first pic is creepy. Is that a road kill fox that has been taxidermy to sit in a chair?!

  21. queenoffitness on October 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    well Gina, you haven’t lost your sense of humor! there were some major zingers in this post!

  22. Cassie on October 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    You still look so beautiful! At 38 weeks, I was crawling out of my skin with anticipation. Of course, I’d already been having sporadic contractions for a week that probably contributed to my hope that things would get real already. She’s been here 6 1/2 weeks now, and it still doesn’t feel real. The sleep deprivation does, however.

  23. Ali on October 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    That fox. Too much. <3

  24. Jenn@Mark My Miles! on October 25, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Thinking about you this weekend! Enjoy the down time (I know everyone says that) but trust me…do it! As a new mother of two kids and my hubby out to sea here and there, take this time to store up energy!!!

  25. heather on October 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Wishing you the best of luck this weekend!!! I love the eyelashes. You look great!!!

  26. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on October 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I love Tarte makeup, especially their mascara! I usually use the Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara, but I’ll have to try out this new one after mine runs out!

  27. Lilly on October 26, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Just ordered some Daily Harvest smoothies, they look so good! Thanks for blogging about them.

  28. Meagan on October 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

    My sister sells Younique makeup and they have similar a mascara fiber product. I had the same reaction when I first opened it. “Huh?” But I love the results! Yours look great 🙂

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