Friday faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. What are you up to this weekend? We are hoping to catch the fair before it’s gone, and also celebrate 4th of July with friends. I’m teaching Zumba on Sunday and also checking out a new fitness class tonight! I’m excited to try out something new. 

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of the things I’ve been loving during the week (food, fitness, fashion finds, good reads, and life haha) and I always enjoy hearing about your faves, too, if you’d like to play along in the comments section.

This chile-lime seasoning from trader Joe’s. It’s the perfect mix of slightly spicy with a bright citrus zing, and is perfect on protein (especially chicken and shrimp) and I’ve also been sprinkling it onto fruit. Mango + chile-lime seasoning = everything.

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(Not a fave from the week: beware of the Trader Joe’s black bean pasta. It was a mess. I Snapchatted the whole ordeal, but basically you boil the noodles and they turn into bean mush. It smelled bean-y too. Can’t say I recommend it haha.)

My first time teaching Cardio Barre class is in the books! That ish was HARD. haha. I had to do most of the class to get a feel for it, but it was similar to this video, but a full-length version.  The tricky part is doing enough so that they don’t feel like you’re watching them, but not too much, or you’re huffing and puffing into the mic.

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This face oil. My makeup artist BFF Michele is obsessed, and I finally got some. Why did I wait so long? It smells glorious and works so well. It’s replaced plain Argan oil in my routine. (I also signed up with Beautycounter and love that they create luxurious products that are good for the earth, and good for your skin.)

Lustro face oil

Things no one tells you about having a second baby.

This list of the best summer books. I’m excited to download something new tonight!

My favorite chef continues to do amazing things.

Livi got a kick out of her little puppy dog plant hair.

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THIS SONG. It’s so good for sprints: 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. It’s also good for impromptu dance parties.


LaCroix cocktails?! YAS.

Skinny PB dip.

I thought I couldn’t love this Adele song more, but now I do.

How becoming a mom made me a better person.

10 make-ahead breakfast recipes.

Making this July 4th recipe.

Summer Shape Up is coming! I’ll have some ideas for Shape Up success in Tuesday’s newsletter -it had to wait because Mailchimp won’t let me send emails from my gmail anymore, so I’m working on getting my account figured out. Boo technology- and the fun will officially begin one week from Monday. Get ready!

I leave you with the P smile of the day.

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That tiny bun, tho.

Happy happy weekend, friends!

What’s something you’re loving this week?



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  1. Brianne on July 1, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Lime LaCroix & Tequila. try it. it’s amazing.

  2. Debbie on July 1, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I actually liked the black bean pasta from trader joes! I think I under cooked it a little bit and used salsa as a sauce topped with shredded cheese & avocado (:

    • Meredith @ cookie chrunicles on July 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

      I too like the black bean pasta! I think you need to cook it less than regular pasta to avoid the mush maybe. I enjoyed the texture for sure, but wouldn’t recommend eating a ton of it the night before running!

      • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        good to know! it said 8-10 minutes and i cooked it for 8.. and by that time, it was a hot mess

  3. Alaina on July 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

    That seasoning blend looks delicious! As far as TJ’s Black Bean pasta, I found cooking it 1-2 minutes less than recommended made it perfect! In case you ever wanted to give it a second chance…. 😉

  4. Aneeta on July 1, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I am obsessed with the chili lime seasoning…I’ve been putting it on everything!!

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      same!i base my meals on whether i can put the seasoning on it or not 😉

  5. Shannon Crenshaw Rhoads on July 1, 2016 at 7:24 am

    That Adele cover is amazing!

    Love P’s toothy grin!

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      thank you! it’s the best <3

  6. Lisa Matarazzo on July 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

    You have such a beautiful family! Love your site!

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      thank you so much for reading! <3

  7. Cait @ S U G A R & S A V A G E on July 1, 2016 at 7:28 am

    that chili lime seasoning?! just added it to my TJ’s list for this weekend’s grocery shopping, ha! I’ve been on a major chili / spicy kick lately (spicy margaritas are where it’s at!) but have never thought to add it to fruit for a snack — that’s genius! thinking I’ll try it on pineapple…. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      it is everything! you’ll love it 🙂

  8. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 1, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I need to try that Le Croix flavor. I usually just buy the original. Need to venture out more. Happy 4th girl!

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      happy 4th to you!

  9. Chelsea S on July 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

    We bought a season in similar to that in Mexico! We put it on jimaca with some lime juice. Try it!

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      yes!! i want to make a fruit cup with jicama, mango, pineapple and cucumber with the seasoning and lime juice. ahhhhh

  10. Nic on July 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I just bought that seasoning too! Made a chicken marinade with that plus lime juice and lime zest and some peach balsamic I had in the pantry and it was so freaking amazing. Spicy and sweet and awesome.

    • Fitnessista on July 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      YESSSSS. that sounds amazing!

  11. Hilary on July 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I have been loving the chili lime seasoning from trader joes too! So good on avocado toast too!

  12. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on July 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I got so many ideas from that summer reading list! And seriously, I freakin love that Adele song!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      right?! there’s so much i want to read now

  13. candace on July 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Love that TJs chili lime seasoning, unfortunately I’m about to run out and Tucson has been sold out for weeks 🙁

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      AHHHH no way! tucson would be sold out :/ hope they get more in soon!

  14. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on July 2, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Love seeing pictures of your daughter. Her smile makes me smile!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      thank you so much, friend. hope you’re having a great weekend!

  15. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I love that song!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      it makes me so happy!

  16. Kasey on July 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    La Croix cocktails for the win!! I just found my 4th of July drink! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      yesssss. we’ll be drink twins 🙂

  17. Becky on July 4, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Thanks for the La Croix post! I will be bookmarking for post-baby! 4 more weeks! 🙂 I’m so sad I will have to skip the SSU this year!!

  18. Christy L. on July 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Oh no, I love the black bean pasta. I also cooked it for about 7 minutes. It was a bit mushy, but I had made a casserole-type-throw in everything I have sauce, and it worked. I’ve only had it the once. I’ve been looking for that seasoning! I saw it once at TJ’s and have never seen it again… glad they didn’t discontinue it. I have a fish taco seasoning from WF that I think is probably similar, and we love it.

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