Friday Faves (+ back from Canada!)

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Tabata video. I’m so excited to be back to posting videos here on the blog, and have some ideas for upcoming workouts. Please let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see!

What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun or exciting on the agenda?

Many feet in the grass

Table setting

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I’m returning from a whirlwind trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba to check out the General Mills oat farms. It was my second time in Canada, and while it’s obviously a huge country and I’ve only seen tiny pieces of it, I always love an opportunity to visit. General Mills invited some blogger friends and myself to learn more about how the oats are harvested and processed into oat flour to create their cereals. It was pretty incredible, and I’ll share more details in an upcoming post. I’ve always been interested food sources, and it was fascinating to see their full supply chain in action.

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A few pics from the trip:

In the oat field with Taralynn, Tina, Julie and Brittany

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Case, the farm dog

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Cereal milk macarons

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The setting for a picturesque farm-to-table dinner

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the unique interpretation of s’mores we couldn’t stop gushing over

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and this lovely campfire sour cocktail (with Canadian Rye, lavender, lemon, and birch syrup).

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While it’s fun to enjoy a little getaway now and again, coming home is the best part. <3 While I was away, these little noodles had a blast spending some quality time with their dad. 😉

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He took them Pokemon hunting with friends, out to dinner, to Liv’s swim class, and hung out at the house. I missed them so much.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party, where I share some of the things I’m loving + good reads from the week. I love hearing about your faves, too, if you’d like to shout them out in the comments section!

Arsy and I are hosting a webinar on Wednesday (noon PST) if you’d like to join in the fun. We’re going to talk about safer skincare and share some of our Beautycounter favorite products if you’d like to register here. It will be less than an hour, and we have a little surprise for those who are joining in, too. 

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This is my newest favorite lip gloss in Ruby. (I’m a bit of a lip gloss fiend.) The color is PERFECT. At first, I was like, “Whoa, red” when I saw the bottle, but it’s extremely sheer. It just adds a nice pop of color and shine. It’s not sticky, and is scented with real vanilla bean. Love.

Everyone’s getting excited about pumpkin season and I’m like apple cider jello shots.

A real life Notebook kind of story.

Tips for running farther.

Love keeping up with what my favorite celebrity chef is doing.

This Bronwin CD. I’ve been listening to Hamilton on repeat for… a while now… but I always like to listen to Bronwin on flights. She has an angelic voice, and it instantly calms this nervous flyer. (<— Who’s married to a pilot. I don’t understand it, either.)


The Hamilton posters that didn’t make it.

This Alex & Ani ring. I got it as a gift with purchase with my hamsa necklace that I often wear, and love it next to my stacked “O” and “P” initial rings. 


This explains so much.

Can’t wait to try this easy protein waffle.

Starbucks is FINALLY getting almond milk. Yes! 

After 3 days off from the gym, I’m excited to hit up the weights and cardio this morning, and then take the girls on a little park picnic later today.

I hope everyone has a happy Friday! Newsletter friends, your 15-day fitness plan will go out today.



Looking for a workout? Try this treadmill workout, or yesterday’s Tabata video!

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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on August 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Loved your boomerangs in the oat field! 🙂 Happy Friday! I bet your people are glad to have you back home!

  2. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on August 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I’m a Canadian reader, and although I’ve never been to Winnipeg, it’s where my boyfriend is from. Looks like you guys had some amazing food while you were there. That cocktail sounds delicious.

  3. Katie on August 12, 2016 at 6:39 am

    So happy to hear that you had a great trip to Canada! I am from north eastern Canada and it is my fav place on earth! I hope that one day you get to see Canada’s east coast because it is amazing happy Friday!

  4. Sara @ saralouyoga on August 12, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I was wondering why you were in Winnipeg, I saw it on my IG feed! That sounds like a beautiful trip…and that smore’s dessert looked incredible!

  5. Hilary on August 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    That sounds like an awesome trip! Those cereal macaroons look to die for!

  6. Brittany on August 12, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Still dreaming about the s’mores dessert!!! <3

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    What a fun trip! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  8. julie @ peanut butter fingers on August 12, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Seriously loved every second with you. I missed my blogging BFF WAY too much! <3

  9. s on August 12, 2016 at 8:33 am

    that looks like a fun trip with amazing food! apple cider jello shots sound amazing (and kind of dangerous) and OMG, almond milk at starbucks – i cannot wait!

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    What a fun trip! Those cereal milk macaroons look yummy!

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Happy Friday. Looks like an awesome trip. So interesting. Your daughters are the cutest ever.

  12. Heather @ Life In Leggings on August 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

    That trip looked so fun! And yes to everything related to s’mores and cereal milk macaroons. Yes to Hamilton (let me know when you want to come stand in line all day with me! Ha) and almond milk in Starbucks. Enjoy your weekend home, friend!

  13. Taralynn on August 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I had such a blast with you guys! Loved meeting you all & your photos look GREAT! Glad you made it home safe!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      loved hanging out with you this week! such a fun trip 🙂 hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  14. Jill on August 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I live in Winnipeg. Nothing like a prairie sunset. Glad you enjoyed your trip here!

  15. Kathy on August 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Is it strange that I’m coveting P’s dress? So cute!

  16. milo on September 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Video suggestion: I just did your take 10 to stretch videos (remember those?!) this morning! I think they’re perfect for mornings after I wake up (since they’re quick – less than 15 mins or so, and gentle -without lots of inversions or power moves, obviously, haha). Anyway, I’d love an under 20 minute stretching/gentle yoga video meant for rest days/early mornings that isn’t so much a workout as a gentle way to wake up or stretch your tired, sore body. I love the stretching ones you already have (and use them since they’re the best I know of!), but would love a video like them combined into one with a couple yoga moves thrown in.

    Glad you had fun in Canada – it looks amazing!

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