Friday Faves – The Fitnessista

Hi friends! Happy Friday! How’s the day going so far? I’m a little later posting today because I had a podcast interview this morning. The kids are on spring break (just a long weekend), so after I hit publish, we’re off for some adventures.  I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead!

Some highlights from the week:

– Replanting our garden. We lost a couple of plants to frost, so I took everything out – we ate a ton of carrots!- and planted okra, cantaloupe, more carrots, and saved a spot for a tomato plant. Our veggie greens are still going strong with chard, kale, romaine, and arugula, so I added some spinach into a large pot.

– St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The fam came over last night and we had a blast celebrating together. I made corned beef + veggies, garlic knots, madre made grilled cabbage, my dad and stepmom brought over Nothing Bundt Cakes, we had appetizers, soda bread, more desserts, and green beers for days. The cousins all ran around and played in the playroom and it was the best ever.

(6 lbs of corned beef! I cooked everything in two batches in the Instant Pot and kept it warm in the oven)

A new egg chair! I’d been wanting an egg chair for our upstairs balcony for a while and finally went for it. I didn’t want to spend a lot because this area gets a ton of sun, and found one I loved at Walmart. We very rarely shop there – I’ve turned down partnerships for years because I didn’t want to promote a place that we didn’t use frequently – but from what I’ve heard, they’ve really stepped up their game in the grocery department. I’m absolutely going to explore their grocery delivery, and LOVE the egg chair. I’ll share a pic when we get the house put back together. We’re in the process of having our entire house painted and it’s a big ordeal, but will feel amazing when it’s finished… just in time for summer pool parties.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love hearing about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below!

Friday Faves

Fashion + beauty:

New Reflect Effect AHA mask! This is only available to Band of Beauty members right now (you can join here for $29 and get a free gift!). Simply log into your account and add to your bag!

Not a member yet? Join today and you can add it to your bag! All of the membership details are outlined here.

Here’s a little bit more about this powerhouse mask:

This supercharged exfoliating facial mask instantly transforms dull, tired skin into a complexion so smooth, it glows. Its bouncy gel formula features a hardworking blend of chemical and physical exfoliants: AHA glycolic acid and bamboo particles for added exfoliation, plus hydration boosting saccharide isomerate to soothe skin.


Smooths skin in just 10 minutes

Improves skin tone and texture

Leaves skin soft and glowingR

esurfaces dull, tired skin

Formulated with a multi-acid blend of 10% AHA + 10% phytic acid

You smooth it onto your face (you can use this tool!), let it set for 10 minutes, and rinse away. It feels AMAZING and it’s now one of my very favorite products.  Check it out here!

Parker dress. This came in my RTR Unlimited last week and I wore it to Sunday brunch with the fam. I looooove the style and fit of everything Parker that I’ve worn and this is a perfect summery everyday dress.

Heading to Athleta today to get the girls summer and spring clothes. They live and play in them all spring and summer, and the girls especially love their shorts, tank tops, and rompers.

Fitness + good eats:

Ice cream from the Hub! They always have an amazing vegan flavor and when we went, it was cookies and cream. SOOO good.

Hacienda del Sol brunch. We’ve been to Hacienda for dinner and cocktails quite a few times, and it was our first time trying it for brunch. It might be our new Tucson fave. It was smaller than the brunch at Loews (which is one of our go-tos), but the quality of everything was incredible. Let’s be real, though – we love any brunch buffet.

How to make homemade mayo.

How many steps do you need? Does the speed of the steps matter?

Half marathon prep checklist.

Fit Team feedback on the March workouts! If you’re interested in joining us, you’ll get instant access to the March workouts and the April plan will go out on the 28th. The difference between Fit Team workouts and the ones I post here on the blog is that they’re designed into a full plan for body composition goals. The focus of the workouts changes each month, so you can see yourself getting stronger and improving over time! Each 90-day cycle includes strength, endurance, and power elements, and lots of bonus materials for my Fit Team friends. All of the details are here.

Read, watch, listen:

This was beautiful.

Fool-proof tools to boost your mood.

Lots of lunch ideas in this post!

DIY garden bed tutorial, plus a PDF plan.

Happy Friday, friends!


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