Friday Faves + Wild Friends giveaway

 Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. I’m SO excited for this weekend. We have nothing officially planned, the Del Mar fair is in full swing (happening), and I feel like I can get caught up on life a little. As I mentioned, we had some rough sleep/nap days, so fingers crossed that we’re back in the game. Our house is a disaster, we’ve eaten a lot of takeout, and my inbox is giving me the sweats. But, FRIDAY! You’re here. It’s so nice to see you again.

bella boo

the lot liberty station

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! It’s fun to share some of my favorite eats, wears, reads, and adventures from the week, and I always enjoy hearing what you’re loving, too. Please shout it out in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun, and also enter this week’s Wild Friends giveaway.

Summer is officially here, since Livi goose is out of school for the summer. She’s going to be doing a couple of camps, we have some family vaations planned, and in the meantime, we’ll all be heading to the beach, Kid Ventures, the museum, zoo, cooking, and playing together here at home. I can’t wait. I can’t believe how much she’s grown this year. 

first and last day

Ok time, you can slow down a little.

The Pilot and I enjoyed a date night at the new LOT in Liberty Station the other night. We had the opportunity to check out the La Jolla location when it first opened, and were so excited that they brought it to Liberty Station. It’s the perfect spot for date night as it’s a restaurant, bar, and swankypants movie theater in one spot.

us at the lot liberty station

They have an outdoor patio overlooking Liberty Station, with bonfires, tables and lounge chairs.

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We shared a margherita flatbread and for my entree, I had an incredible salad with salmon, kale, quinoa, goat cheese, strawberries, and almonds.

I’ll definitely be recreating this combo at home.

eats at the lot liberty station

We had originally planned to see a late showing of Neighbors 2 (has anyone seen it?) at 9:30, but when we went to buy our tickets, we found out that it was 9:30 AM. The only thing playing was Jungle Book, so instead, went to Target to pick up some essentials, including wine and tiny pajamas. #parentsgonewild

A fun highlight of the week was when Liv and I were invited to check out the ivivva store in UTC.


If you haven’t heard of it, ivivva is owned by lululemon and they make activewear for girls. I swooned over the catalogue when we received it in the mail over a year ago, and am so excited that Livi is old enough to wear it now. (The smallest they go is size 4, but many styles begin at size 6.) It’s everything you’d find in a lululemon, in brighter colors and smaller sizes. Each piece has a functional design for the girls’ sport of choice, whether it’s swim, gymnastics, dance, running, or tennis. A lot of the pieces were in UPF protective fabric, lightweight, wicking material, and all of the fun classic designs. It was SO CUTE to see Liv in the kids’ version of a Power Y and Run swiftly shorts.


Thank you again to ivivva for the fun visit and for Liv’s new gear; she loves it!

After our shopping trip, we grabbed lunch and rode the train. Not a bad afternoon girls’ date. 🙂

on the train

On a more personal note, a huge favorite for this week was finding a new pediatrician for P. I kind of mentioned this on the Family page, but we haven’t had a lot of luck with her peds. We saw a new pediatrician and he was kind, caring, knowledgeable, and genuinely wants to figure out what’s going on with her reflux and the choking incidents. He’s everything a doctor should be. We’re seeing an ENT, and are also getting some testing done. FINALLY. 

Always smiling:

happy goose-2

Trader Joe’s, back at it again. I go crazy for the new crinkle cut butternut squash fries, and they came out with SWEET POTATO NOODLES. YASSSS. I lightly boiled them and then sautéed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Topped with turkey meatballs and marinara sauce, and they were fantastic. I’m excited to play with these a bit more!

sp noodles


Anthony Bourdain, I like you a lot. 

I want to dance like this.

WILD FRIENDS nut butters! (I’ve partnered with them for the remainder of this post.) As we all know, I’m a huge fan of all things nut butter and have tried so many brands over the years. I was recently introduced to Wild Friends.

You guys. It is my new favorite, hands down. The texture is super smooth, and the flavors are delicious.

wild friends

They also have Protein + nut butters, which are the Pilot’s favorite. They took their delicious flavors and added high-quality whey protein (non-GMO and hormone free). These nut butters have 50% more protein, which make it a great clean protein option with a dose of healthy fats.

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The chocolate coconut peanut butter (it tastes like coconut Nutella) is my very fave, and Liv loves it too. It’s what she wanted for dessert last night! The jar is almost gone…. 

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Oops. hahah. 

Some more info about Wild Friends:

Wild Friends was started by two peanut butter loving college roommates. They were looking for ways to spice up their favorite food, and Wild Friends was born. They are based out of Portland, Oregon.

All of the ingredients are things you can pronounce, without any additives or preservatives. They use organic and non-GMO options whenever possible, and are produced and packaged with the planet in mind.

You can check out their store locator here to find some near you! They’re located in many natural health food stores including Whole Foods and Sprout’s, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, and now in select Target stores.

The Wild Friends nut butter fairly kindly offered to hook up two very lucky readers each with 2 jars and a pack of 10 single serve packets in the flavors of their choice. All you have to do is leave a comment below with something that’s making you happy this week. 🙂 I’ll announce the winner in Monday morning’s post!

Cheers to the weekend,


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  1. Katie on June 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    It makes me happy that I’m flying down to Miami to visit my family tomorrow morning!

  2. Melanie on June 10, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Happy to have spent a great Friday evening in the park and eating pizza!

  3. Allison on June 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I’m happy that its almost summer and I get to spend it at home with my 2 and 4 year old!!

  4. Leah on June 10, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Watching my sweet girl graduate from preschool. Ok, it’s a little sad but mostly happy. She’s grown so much and it was such a wonderful year for her. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for her future.

  5. Leah on June 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I wanted to comment on Miss P too. I’m glad you found a new pedi. Has she ever had a barium swallow study done? That was the first step both my kids had done for their reflux. Hope you get things figured out. She’s just as cute as can be.

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2016 at 7:53 am

      They’re doing it on Wednesday! I’m so happy that this ped has the ball rolling

  6. Eric on June 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Having family come visit us in Singapore this week!

  7. Katie B on June 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    It is finally HOT in MN! I love this weather!

  8. Jodi on June 10, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I’m happy that I have almost no plans this weekend and that it is supposed to be beautiful and sunny! I’m excited to spend lots of time outside.

  9. Kristina on June 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    A new relationship is is making me me happy this week! Love at first sight.

  10. Stacey on June 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    It made me very happy that my daughter Sarah graduated from high school and my daughter Tessa was promoted from 5th grade to Middle School! Big week around our house!

  11. Kristin Bowers on June 10, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    It makes me SO happy that my little boy (almost 1) took his first few steps!!

  12. Emily s on June 11, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I’m happy to spend the weekend with my husband (we are currently long distance ).

  13. Julie on June 11, 2016 at 2:03 am

    The great weather is making me happy this week!

  14. Amy on June 11, 2016 at 2:45 am

    finally feeling like summer!

  15. Holly M on June 11, 2016 at 2:46 am

    A special date night with my boyfriend!

  16. Blake Showalter on June 11, 2016 at 3:10 am

    My hubby and I have been married almost one year! It’s flown by…I can’t wait for many many more! I know that may sound cheesy, but it’s what is making me happy/joyful!

    I hope you’re weekend is full of relaxation and FUN!

  17. Lindsay on June 11, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I love Wild Friends. All of their peanut butters are amazing. I am happy because the other day I took my toddler to the aquarium and she got to feed the turtles. I am also happy because yesterday I had a day date alone with my husband to celebrate our five year anniversary!

  18. Jen @nutcaseinpoint on June 11, 2016 at 3:29 am

    We booked flights home!!

  19. Jaimie on June 11, 2016 at 3:44 am

    The weather has FINALLY been beautiful this week and I was able to wear some fun new summer clothes!

  20. Nikki on June 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

    My almost 2 year old smooching his new girlfriend

  21. Reid on June 11, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I got to have dinner with one of my best friends and her new boyfriend who I really liked, so it was a fun evening!

  22. Claire on June 11, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I’m happy to be going to yoga again after a long post-baby hiatus!

  23. Katelyn S on June 11, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Paddle boarding date nights are making me giddy this week 🙂

  24. Beth on June 11, 2016 at 5:37 am

    LOVE the chocolate one! Yum. Haven’t had their other flavors yet.

    I’m happy to be in the home stretch of my pregnancy. 36 weeks and sipping red raspberry leaf tea like it’s my job.

    Happy Weekend!

  25. Vera on June 11, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Something that makes me happy is being with my kids – we have had some great quality time lately, and there is nothing better!

  26. Alex on June 11, 2016 at 6:26 am

    The fact that the weekend is here and we have zero plans but to relax! 🙂

  27. Molly on June 11, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Getting to spend time with my friends!

  28. Corinne on June 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I’m happy summer is here 🙂

  29. Leah on June 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Things that make me happy this week: out of town visitors and baseball games!!

  30. Karlie on June 11, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Grilling out for the first time this summer made me happy this week!

  31. Jade on June 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Having so much time now that it’s summer so I can cook and create new recipes!

  32. Jackie on June 11, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I’m happy for the gorgeous weather we had all week!

  33. Brittany on June 11, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I’m a teacher so I’m really enjoying these last couple of weeks with my kids, it has been a great year!

  34. Sarah on June 11, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I’m happy that it finally feels like summer and getting to enjoy the sunshine this weekend! Even though I have work to do, at least I can do it outside!

  35. Tina sneed on June 11, 2016 at 7:23 am

    School’s out,
    Summer’s here,
    Backyard’s blooming . . .

  36. Michelle on June 11, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Currently getting ready for a 25 mile bike ride with my husband! Perfect Saturday

  37. Amy on June 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Picking up my kids after they spent a few days at their grandparents. I sure did miss them!

  38. Chelsea on June 11, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Swimming in the olympic-sized pool at my hotel every morning (was on work travel) made me SO happy!

  39. jessica on June 11, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Weekend trip with my husband!

  40. Olivia on June 11, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Going to the Keith Urban concert!

  41. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie on June 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Love seeing the beginning of school year and end of the school year picture of Liv — she has grown so much!! This weekend I am enjoying a weekend with no plans, which is making me so happy after quite a few busy weekends 🙂

  42. Candy Horton on June 11, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I am happy to have a break from the rain in this humid Houston weather!

  43. Katie on June 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Excited to see my family next weekend!

  44. Jen on June 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I’m excited to get organized this weekend! We just moved across the country to the Bay Area two weeks ago and we have a bunch of boxes to unpack, which will definitely help us settle in (as would some new peanut butter…)

  45. Morgan on June 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What’s making me happy is the summer weather! Perfect to relax by the pool this weekend!

  46. Cristal on June 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hi Gina,
    I just saw your comment about P having reflux and choking issues. My daughter was diagnosed with Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) at 2 1/2. One of the signs for this is choking. It might just be worth it to mention to her doctor. I hope you find answers soon.

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      thank you- me too. i just googled that. what was the treatment like for you? how did they diagnose it? did they have to do an endoscopy and biopsy?

      • Cristal on June 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        They did an endoscopy and took a biopsy bc they were checking for celiac. She was negative for celiac but they found eosinophils in her esophagus. We had to put her on an oral liquid steroid and they did further allergy testing. So after 3 months of steroids and an elimination diet of the 3 foods she tested positive for, they did another scope and she has 0 eosinophils.

  47. Meredith on June 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Getting back into running and enjoying the perfect running weather!

  48. Neena on June 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I’m so excited to have a date ugly with my hubby this weekend!

    • Neena on June 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      OMG date NIGHT!!!

  49. Kaleigh on June 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Last weekend of maternity leave- back to full time this week so I am definitely not looking forward to that! But we are having a great weekend so that’s what I will focus on!!

  50. Laura on June 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Something that’s making me happy this week is being back home for a bit (I just graduated college and am moving to Boston to start my job after July 4th) and spending lots of time with my family and high school friends!

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