Friday Faves

 Hi friends! HAPPY FRIDAY and cheers to the weekend. What are you up to? Livi has a birthday party, we are having friends over tonight, a date night, and spring cleaning around here. The weather is absolutely amazing and I’m really excited to soak up an awesome weekend with family and friends. 



In standard Friday fashion, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout it out in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun. 🙂

Trying out Rent the Runway unlimited. (<— referral link. We each get a $20 credit!) I canceled my JustFab subscription because I haven’t been using it a ton, and figured I would try this instead since we have so many weddings coming up. With the unlimited, I was able to get two dresses for Tucson weddings in a couple of weeks, plus a date night dress, for less than it would have been to buy one at the mall. Excited to see how it works out!

Has anyone tried wearing orange sunglasses before bed to help with melatonin? I think this is so interesting…

A tea for everything. 

“Cards Against Humanity” for parents.

Family walks! I’m very slowly adding in time, and for now, I can make it around the block very comfortably. Next week, I’m going for two blocks. Baby steps. 

Walks w liv and bell

P’s tiny ballet slippers.

Ballet slippers

Almond joy chia pudding.

Betsy has this slow cooker and I think I need it. It does a combo of high heat cooking in addition to steaming and slow cooking, My mind is blown. 

Your amazing comments on this post! So much great advice here. 

Making this egg white pizza bake asap.

Per Caitlin’s suggestion, I downloaded this book. I’m excited to dive it. 

Do what you want to: this doctor’s advice for living. I’ve seen Slomo quite a few times, and have always wanted to learn more about his story. So awesome. 

How to eat for running.

The P smile of the day:

I just cant

Happy Friday, friends! What’s something that you’re looking forward to this weekend?

I’m off to do some PBB work, and getting things ready for tonight’s little dinner party.



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  1. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on April 15, 2016 at 6:45 am

    We’re spring cleaning this weekend too and I’m super excited about it! Also my husband is taking an 8 hour exam today… I’m so happy that it will be over so he will be stress free. We are going out tonight to celebrate!

    Happy Friday 😀

  2. Sana on April 15, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Livi and P are the cutest!!! Good job on making such beautiful tiny humans 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      thank you! they are amazing

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 15, 2016 at 7:19 am

    P has such a big smile! I don’t think I could ever imagine her with a sad face. Off to check out that crockpot because I use mine all summer when it’s too hot to turn the oven on!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      i think that’s what made the reflux even worse, because when she feels good, she is the happiest little thing

  4. melodie on April 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Baby girl is such a beauty. It always blows my mind when chocolate milk is suggested for post run nutrition. Just a sugary drink. Might as will have a milkshake. But i do struggle figuring out preworkout and post workout eats. Im up really early to workout so i never feel like eating much. Today was 2 cutie oranges.

    • melodie on April 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Specifically to aid in weight loss. I mean if that wasn’t an issue maybe I’d also be gulping down chocolate milk. But i still feel like it wouldn’t be a healthy option.

      • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        i can’t get on board with it, but i know a lot of people who swear by it. i’m just not a cow milk fan in general though

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 15, 2016 at 7:51 am

    What a happy baby!!

  6. Taylor on April 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I have been spring cleaning lately too! feels so great!! I am looking forward to our visitors coming in town this weekend and just relaxing! have a great weekend!

  7. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on April 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Love P’s ballet slippers! And I’ve got some weddings coming up this year, so I think I’ll join you this summer for Rent the Runway!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      i’m so excited about it! the first round of dresses should be here tomorrow

  8. Cassie on April 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Quick weekend getaway… first one with the baby. Wish us luck!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      good luck! i hope it surprises you (in a good way) <3

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Hi Gina! My weekend includes fun with my Momma, who is visiting from Florida! And LOVING those little ballet flats. Hope you are getting stronger every day, lady! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      thank you, friend! hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Erin on April 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Have you seen the Instant Pot?

    It’s amazing!

    I’m looking forward to my nephew’s Christening!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      that looks so awesome!!! ahhh you guys are telling me about all of these creations i didn’t know existed!

  11. Leslee @ Her Happy Balance on April 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I’m attending my first blogging conference this weekend so I’m pretty stoked for that 🙂 And P’s little ballet slippers are precious!!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      which one are you going to?!

  12. Lauren S. on April 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hi Gina! The combination slow cooker from Cuisinart looks awesome. This start up actually is creating something similar but it can bake and convection bake and broil instead of just slow cook. I am ordering one to replace my microwave!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Whaaaaaaat. that looks incredible!

  13. Ginette on April 15, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I always love P’s smile of the day! You can just feel the joy radiating off of her and can’t help but smile with her. She is definitely a special little girl!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      thank you! she is out of control. i’m a lucky lady to have such amazing girls <3

  14. Chelsea@RunningWithaWhisk on April 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Oh! Cute smiles (: What a happy Friday. I am enjoying some California sun with my husband. We are getting ready to move out here and are here prepping for the move. YAY!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      yesss! enjoy!

  15. S. on April 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I’ll be spending time with my parents who are in town for the weekend. 🙂

    In terms of the orange-glasses, here’s a slightly less weird way to get a similar effect – <– Software that changes the lighting on your computer screen (less blue, more orange) as you get closer to "bedtime"! I've been using it for a while and sort of forget I even have it until other people ask me what's wrong with my screen. haha

    Have a good Friday!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      i’ve been meaning to download something like that. thank you!

  16. Sam on April 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Ah, I wish I would have known about Rent the Runway when I was a senior in high school–PROM!!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      right?! for proms i always managed to find a dress that was on an awesome sale though

  17. Tracy on April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I’ve been wanting that slow cooker for a while now but I’m having trouble justifying it since I have a perfectly good slow cooker already! The browning option is a game changer!

    Happy TGIF 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      that’s how i feel. ours works perfectly fine! but browning in the same container would be AMAZING

  18. april on April 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    p has the absolute cutest smile! she’s a little ray of sunshine 🙂

  19. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on April 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    OMG Liv’s ballet shoes are so adorable. I am definitely going to try the chamomile tea skin saver. Great idea. xo Lauren

  20. Janice on April 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hello lovely! I have that Cuisinart slow cooker and can assure you it rocks all functions! Fortunately my old one died so I didn’t have to justify the purchase!

    I’m also loving De La Terre Skincare herbal teas. The blends are based on the seasons and are delicious and healing but can also be used as a skin treatment. Actually all of their products are wonderful and very gentle.

  21. Andrea on April 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this slow cooker…|electrics-slow-cookers|
    Trying to decide if I’d use it enough for the price. Think the one you posted could be a good option though, and a better price, too!

  22. Erika S. on April 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Omgosh…Livi is growing up so quickly…looking like a lovely lil lady with luscious locks (and toned lil arms)!

    Love P’s ballet flats & that smile!!

  23. melissa on April 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I was wanting to thank you for talking so openly in your previous post about ppd. It gave me courage ti start seeing a therapist, and not feel ashamed or embarrassed. Also had blood work, all was well, and my Dr prescribed Lexipro ( the generic) . I wanted to know if u would be willing to do a follow up post as to how u r feeling. I’m wondering how did u know it was helping? Any side effects? I respect your right if u choose not to- thank you for your transparency thus far- it gave me the courage to seek help .

    • Fitnessista on April 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      that makes me so happy to hear. i hope you’re feeling much better! i’ll send you an email now <3

  24. Errign on April 17, 2016 at 4:03 am

    You need an instant pot! Sautéing, slow cooking, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker all in one! Love mine!

  25. Grace on April 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I love the philosophy behind Slomo. When he says, “I thought I was crazy because I was so happy”, that resonates with me. As a society we’re taught to always be striving for more and accomplishing more. I think it’s a foreign feeling for many people to just “be” and experience happiness.

    John/Slomo does have a lot of privileges that allowed to him to transition to this new lifestyle fairly easily. He’s a college educated white man who lived most of his life on a doctor’s salary. We can all take aspects of his philosophy and incorporate them into our lives, but rollerblading 24/7 is not financially realistic for most people.

  26. Katie O on April 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve been super curious about the blue light blocking glasses. Just haven’t taken the plunge yet!

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