Friday Faves + Nalgene giveaway

Hi friends! Happy Fri-yay! What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans?? We have a friend’s birthday party, and I’m hoping to cash in on my Mother’s Day nap. 😉 I hope you have a relaxing and fun weekend ahead!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! I always enjoy sharing some of the latest faves, and hearing about yours in the comments section if you’d like to join along.

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(similar shirt here! love it for summer)

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#1: Having my hand surgery over with! It was Monday, and while the day itself was a little stressful, it was so worth it. They were waiting for my graft nerves to arrive -I pictured someone running down the hall with a cooler, Grey’s Anatomy-style- so it was delayed 4 hours (with a dead phone and IV in my arm…) and our sitter had to leave our house to take a final. So, the Pilot went home to take over for P and pick up Liv from school. I was chilling, trying to ignore the IV, and Jess walked into the room! It was the best. She stayed there during the surgery, and then stayed downstairs with Liv and P (no kids under 14 allowed in the hospital) while the Pilot went up to get me. Jess, you are an angel. <3

The splint on my hand has taken some getting used to (my first diaper change was hilarious ) but it’s NBD now. I get it off on Tuesday! I’m so so thrilled to have had an incredible surgeon. While my hand is sore, the constant throbbing pain is already gone. Also, I HAVE FEELING in my thumb. It’s been numb for over a year, and this fact alone makes me cry because I’m so happy. I thought I’d just have to get used to constantly dropping things and a dull pain where I cut it, but no. I am so thankful. 

To celebrate the end of my surgeries, the Pilot picked up this cactus cake from Whole Foods.

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It’s chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, and the whole barrel cake is already almost gone.  

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Livi and I were equally thrilled. The chocolate-loving apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, that’s for sure.

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Salad a Day in May is going strong! Thank you for tagging me in all of your beautiful salad beast pics! Let’s keep it going. 🙂

Here are my salads from the week:


Sunday (unpictured): Hawaiian chopped salad while riding to the airport

Monday: Whole Foods hot bar. The Pilot made it with greens, garbanzo beans, balsamic dressing, edamame, beets, fennel, and chicken

Tuesday: Tender Greens kale salad with roasted veggies and grilled garlic bread

Wednesday: kale salad with hearts of palm, feta, pomegranate arils, lemon vinaigrette and chicken. I processed the chicken in the food processor since it’s tricky to cut things with the splint

Thursday: leftover kale salad

I’ll keep taking pics so I have more to share in next week’s Friday Faves post! This chopped shrimp salad is on the menu and I’ll share the recipe for my uncle’s chopped avocado salad, too. 

These Steve Madden sandals (in the pic above). They match everything and are super comfy!

 Being healthy means not always being healthy. It wasn’t until I had Liv that I really learned the art of moderation. Life is so much happier when things aren’t off limits. *Raises cactus cake-covered fork triumphantly*

Well this makes me want to improve my chicken scratch. 

Inspiration for meal prep.

Challenge for that peach.

These bedtime stories.

Advice for first-time entrepreneurs.

Emma Watson’s Met Gala dress!

A giveaway from my friends at Nalgene!

Nalgene giveaway

I’m a huge fan of Nalgene bottles because they’re BPA-free and super durable. I have a blue one that I stole from the Pilot, have dropped it at least 100 times, and you would never know. I also love that they hold a LOT of water, which makes it easier to get in the recommended daily amount. They sent me one of their newest Silo bottles, which is the only 48 oz bottle on the market. It doesn’t leak and is dishwasher safe on the top rack.

5 lucky readers will win their own Silo bottle in Cosmo!

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Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The lucky winners will be chosen Sunday night at midnight EST and announced Monday morning.

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Happy Friday, friends! I’ll see you soon with a dessert recipe. 🙂

I leave you with the P smile of the day, dancing with daddy at our cousin’s wedding last weekend.

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  1. Chelsey on May 7, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Nalgene water bottles are the best and last FoReVeR! PS that cactus cake is really something else haha.

  2. Nikki on May 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

    I could always use a better water bottle

  3. Katie R. on May 7, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I’m loving the weather here in TX!

  4. Amy on May 7, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Visiting my sister in chicago! (Though not the fact that my daughter got pink eye on the way here)

  5. Katie L on May 7, 2016 at 5:04 am

    It’s been rainy in Omaha so I’m loving the sunshine!

  6. jessica on May 7, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Loving all the awesome mexican food this week! 🙂

  7. Corinne on May 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I would love a new water bottle 😉

  8. Hilary on May 7, 2016 at 7:22 am

    One of my favorites this week is Justins Hazelnut Butter

  9. Meaghen on May 7, 2016 at 7:27 am


  10. Kori on May 7, 2016 at 7:35 am

    i love Nalgene bottles, keep one at home and at work!

  11. Kate on May 7, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Yay for your surgery!

  12. Stephanie Woods on May 7, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I love that pic of the pilot & P! Adorable! I am always looking for water bottles that go in tbe dishwasher 🙂

  13. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 7, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Gina! Your poor hand. I hope everything heals up quickly and you feel back to yourself again soon, my friend!!

  14. Liz on May 7, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Omg that last picture of P kills me!! Haha:) and I’m so glad to hear your surgery went well!
    A fav of mine this week is moving!! I picked up my new keys yesterday. No more sleeping in an apartment that’s under someone who likes to get it on at 1, 2, 3am. I’ve been sleeping on my couch for a month or so to try to get more restful sleep=/ so yay to getting sleep!

  15. Padma on May 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I don’t drink enough water unless I have a water bottle reminding me how little or how much I’ve drank. So havig a new bottle would
    Be awesome! Thanks

  16. Kylie on May 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I’m loving all the different work outs I’ve been trying (Pop Sugar, Tone it Up, Fitnessista’s workouts :), pbfingers, etc it’s been fun mixing it up!

  17. Laura G. on May 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I’m loving teacher appreciation week! It really helped to get me through this final stretch!

  18. Megan on May 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I am loving my Mother’s Day flowers! And I would love the pretty naglene water botter. I have never owned one! Happy Mother’s Day!

  19. Melissa S. on May 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE P’s smile of the day.

  20. Vanessa on May 7, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Loving the sunny weather here in Vancouver perfect for a hike!

  21. amanda charles on May 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

    That last photo is absolutely amazing. Like so many, frame-worthy!

  22. Annette on May 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I’m loving the peace I’m feeling after completing a couple of tasks I was dreading. The sun is shining and I’m looking forward to enjoy some outdoor experiences this weekend.

  23. Diana on May 7, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I am loving my visit home to see my mom this week!

  24. Colleen C on May 7, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I am loving that the sun finally came out today after 11 cloudy/rainy days.

  25. Verhanika on May 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    This week I’m happy that a major work project is coming to an end. I just entered my 3rd trimester and desperately need to not be working 60-80 hours a week. Mama needs more than just an afternoon nap to keep this train running.

  26. Becky on May 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I’m loving the warm weather!

  27. Katie on May 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This week I am loving the new, summer Polar seltzer water flavors. They are so refreshing!

  28. Julya Reynolds on May 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Anytjing to help me drink more water! I’m looking forward to some downtime with my sweet girls and my mama this weekend 🙂

  29. Ali Celestino on May 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I’m loving all the fresh fruits and veggies the farmers market is coming out with for summer!

  30. heather @Fitncookies on May 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I’m loving getting workouts in while my little one is awake!

  31. Molly on May 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I’m loving running! I was recently sick and having trouble getting back into the groove, but I loved every run this week!

  32. Julia @ Drops of Jules on May 7, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I’m loving that last picture of Pilot and P. TOO CUTE.

  33. Julia on May 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    70 degree sun and puppies!

  34. Jenn on May 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I’m loving finally getting some sun at the end of this week. Indiana’s weather the past week has been miserable:(

  35. Renée on May 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    This is amazing. Perfect for a full day of teaching. Thanks! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  36. Sally on May 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Something I am loving this week is that it is FINALLY getting warmer in New England.

  37. candace on May 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I’m loving sleep this week

  38. Kristin L on May 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I’m glad your surgery went well! And, to get that beautiful cake as a reward is great!

  39. Jessica K on May 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Hope I win the nalgene!

  40. Jaimie on May 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I did a color run this weekend and I LOVED it!

  41. Emily on May 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I’m loving the sunshine! I think spring has finally sprung here in Michigan.

  42. Lynn on May 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The weather has been a bummer this week but I do love how green and lush all the grass is looking!

  43. becky syring on May 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I desperately need a new nalgene – i just lost mine and need all the water i can get!

  44. claire on May 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I’m loving snuggling with my newborn little one. 🙂

  45. Sarah on May 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I’m loving sleeping in

  46. masala girl on May 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm


    I have a water bottle that i LOVE.. but, it’s not very durable. i’ll drop it off a chair (what like, 2 feet?) and it’ll crack. drop it from up high , and sometimes. i’m super careful, but stuff happens, right? i need a new one lol.

    also, do they have filtering bottles?

  47. masala girl on May 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    of course i follow you on IG!

  48. masala girl on May 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    oops! forgot to say. i’m loving that i’m almost done with school! (for this year) (but not that it’s finals week now D: )

  49. Bernice on May 7, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Nalgene bottles are the best. My family loves them too!

  50. Sarah on May 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I used to have a Nalgene bottle and it got lost in a move! Loved it.

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