Friday Faves

Hi friends! How are you? Cheers to the (long) weekend! Any exciting plans? We will definitely be spending some time on the beach, hitting up a birthday party (preschoolers have birthday parties every weekend it seems), and BBQing with friends. I can’t wait. I hope you have some fun and relaxing on the agenda, too!

My workout buddies

(Pic is from this morning’s PBB newsletter)

It’s time to start the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of the things I’m eating, wearing, reading, listening to, and enjoying from the week. I always love to hear about your faves, too, if you’d like to join in the comments below.

Some food finds from the week:

Food finds

I haven’t had dulse in way too long, and when I saw it at the co-op, I picked up a bag. Something about the saltiness sounded extra delicious to me, and I ate some straight out of the bag. It’s also delicious on wraps and salads. If you haven’t tried dulse, it’s a sea vegetable, and similar to the nori they use to wrap sushi rolls. (I find dulse to have a milder taster than nori, which tastes more like.. the ocean.) It’s high in minerals (calcium, magnesium and iron), vitamins A and C, iodine and fiber. 

I also grabbed some calming tea (Liv loves it, too), pink lemons, and pre-cut butternut squash. As much as I love wrestling squashes and everything, the convenience is A+.

Same goes for these jicama sticks! I LOVE jicama dipped in guacamole, but it’s not the most fun to cut into pieces.


I shared my supplement routine on Snapchat, and quite a few people asked if I would break down what I’m taking.

IMG 9724

(Snap code if you’d like to follow along! It’s mostly random videos of the girls, workouts and food haha.)

I thought about going over each herbal supplement, but I don’t think it would be super helpful, especially since I would only be consulting the Googles. Each herb has specific benefits, and it’s also a matter of how they all work together to treat what’s going on. If you have questions about any herbs or supplements, I recommend talking to a doctor or naturopath in your area. 

I’m working with my naturopath (Dr. Flynn) to boost my hormone levels, because they’re still pretty low after the birth. I had a pretty comprehensive blood test a few months ago, and the results verified that some things need a bit of a boost. (3 of them were flagged in the post-menopausal range. Cool bro.) I’ve been taking many of the same herbs that I took when we were trying to get pregnant with Liv, in addition to these two supplements:


Collagen, and aloe vera juice concentrate. At first I was a little “ew” about the collagen because I’m not a huge gelatin fan. The good news is that this is not like Jell-O in the least. It dissolves beautifully into liquids (you hardly notice it’s there), and I wash it down with a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera concentrate. This is the papaya orange flavor (which is ok), and I recently bought the cherry berry flavor which is not delicious. 

My friend Julie is taking a similar collagen supplement and talked about some of the benefits on her blog here! I’ve noticed that my hair has been growing like crazy and feels much healthier since I started taking it a couple of months ago. I’ve had two haircuts, and usually I have wait forever to get my hair cut.

Love these funny workout shirts.

Well this sweet short video made me cry.

Tips for jet lag.

A simple coffee scrub recipe.

Back at the barre. I start teaching again next week, so I took a class last night to get back in the zone. It killed me. How did I do that when I was pregnant? Muscle memory, please kick in. 

IMG 0333

LOVE these Apolis bags, especially for farmer’s market trips and beach days. I already have the Tucson, Arizona one and added the San Diego one to the collection. Here’s a pic of it from this post! I can’t believe how much Livi has grown since then.

IMG 6941

10-must try Mexican inspired dishes from Tucson via Food Network.

Roses 2

Memorial Day sales! Here are some of the amazing sales going on this weekend:

Banana Republic– 40% off with the code TAKE40

Nordstrom anniversary sale! Up to 40% off. Love this pink dress, my favorite sandals on sale, these cuffed jeans and this quilted bag.

Reebok– 20-40% off depending on how many items you purchase with code MEMDAY

J Crew– 30% off

Old Navy– tanks, tees, shorts and swim are 50% off. I’ll definitely be hitting up the kids’ section for Liv and P

gap– 35% off with the code EVENT

Anthropologie– Extra 30% off sale items. This jumpsuit is super cute.

Happy Friday, friends <3



Post Navigation:


  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on May 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I’ve suffered with hormone imbalances for many years. Finally, I started seeing an ND last year and with her help I got on the right track again but it did take a lot of time aka a year for things to begin to get normal again. She’s the reason why I decided to go to holistic nutrition school because no other doctor was able to help. Good luck to you!

  2. masala girl on May 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    ahh what a coincidence! i was making soup last night and looking for my seaweeds and found dulse from probably, a year or 2 ago!! hah. sadly had to throw it out 🙁
    how are those pink lemons??

  3. Alexis caldwell on May 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’d love to start taking the collagen! But is it made of beef? I don’t know if I could eat powdered meat… I’m not much of a meat eater (I was raised a vegitarian) and I could give it up completly if my hubby would. But, you mentioned it helped your hair grow and I am in the process of growing out a horrible hair cut, (we just pcs’d and finding a salon in this “wonderful” duty station has proven to be impossible lol) so I might be able to look past the beef part…. lol

  4. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    What a cute bag!! I wish they had an Omaha one!

  5. Marissa on May 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Just wondering…for those of us not on Snapchat, would you mind just sharing a list of the supplements you take in the comments? Thanks!

  6. Jennifer on May 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Vital Proteins collagen is terrific!

  7. Katie on May 28, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Hey Gina! I ordered that collagen after reading Julie’s blog post on it. Do you know if there are extra benefits by pairing with the aloe? Just wondering if they work together somehow. Thanks so much for following through with a supplement breakdown post!

  8. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on May 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I know aloe is excellent for many things especially digestive issues. Great sales this weekend. Enjoy the holiday. xo Lauren

  9. Jess @ Keeping It Real Food on May 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

    My horoscope lately has been all, “Put the plastic away, Sagittarius.” The planets must know I’m in need of some retail therapy and salivating over all the Memorial Day sales…

  10. Sarah on May 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I know Nori but I didn’t know about Dulse. Bought it yesterday and prepared a salad, very good and tasty. Lately I’ve been using seaweed once a week, to get my blood iron levels back to normal, and since it contains a lot of protein you feel full for a longer period. Thanks for sharing your food findings 🙂

  11. Kate @ Kate Lives Healthy on May 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I started taking collagen daily last month and love it. I mix it into oatmeal every morning and find it is so simple and tasteless way to take it. I’m intrigued about the aloe vera and will have to look at that. I had great success seeing a Naturopath as well. Have a great weekend Gina! Hope you enjoy some tasty cake at the parties 🙂

  12. Katherine @ A Fit Girl and Her Dog on May 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    OMG, I have to try those butternut squash zig-zag fries. Yum. I finally bit the bullet and got a spiralizer. Let’s just say I foresee lots of fun veggie recipes in the future 🙂
    I hope you and your lovely family have an awesome weekend, Gina!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.