Friday Favorites | 4.17.15

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully it’s warm and sunny where you are too! This week went by fast but I’m ready for a (somewhat) relaxing weekend with the fam.

Here are a few of my favorite things from this week:

Stitch Fix #7 was a home run

I received my 7th Stitch Fix a little over a week ago and was blown away by all the cute stuff that I received. Check out my April Stitch Fix Review to see what I got and what I kept, as well as my tips for getting stuff you actually want in your fixes.

Tone It Up Bikini Series starts this week

If you haven’t heard about the girls over at Tone It Up, you seriously gotta check them out. Karina and Katrina are the fitness gurus (and besties) behind Tone It Up, a workout/nutrition program and community. Their philosophy is all about loving yourself and being the best you can be inside and out. Now don’t get me wrong, they’re beyond gorgeous with perfect bodies but I promise they rock.

I started doing their workouts last January and really loved it. I lost about 20 lbs in 6 months and kept most of it off by following them. They post weekly schedules, have lots of youtube workout videos (great for busy moms to do at home) and are great motivators. They have a nutrition plan (that I have not purchased but will probably eventually get around to) that is all about eating ‘lean, clean and green’.

The Bikini Series is an 8 week challenge to help get into shape before bikini season. I love following along with them and other TIU girls on Instagram (which is a great support system). I do their daily workouts/schedule and follow my own lean and clean diet. If you’re looking to get into shape before summer, head over to their website and register for free.

Smoothie time

Smoothies are a big part of my clean diet (and are great food for on the go). They help me get in a couple of servings of fruit and veggies as a meal or snack. They’re also a great way to sneak vegetables into my kids’ diet, since niether of them really willingly eat veggies (except french fries). My two favorite smoothies right now are strawberry almond butter and mango colada. I usually drink one as either my breakfast or as an afternoon, pre-workout snack.

Vacation Prepping

I always look forward to prepping for vacation because A) I’m a planning freak and B) because that means vacation is right around the corner. And as a working mom of two, I really need a vacation!!!

Because I live in the PNW and I’m fair skinned, I always try to tan a bit prior to vacations. Yeah I know that tanning is all kinds of bad for you, but I don’t do it all the time and it’s better than turning lobster red on day one of my vacation and being miserable.

I also look forward to figuring out my clothes situation and paying extra attention to my skin. These two things rarely happen in my daily life because I’m usually splitting up a fight between my daughters while making pb&js. It’s nice to take a little extra time for me before vacation to make sure I look and feel my best while I’m away.

Garth Brooks Concert

I grew up in Idaho, so I’m no stranger to country music. I grew up listening to George Straight, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks. When my husband and I found out Garth Brooks was coming to Portland, we knew we HAD to go. And I’m SOOO glad we did. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to (definitely top 3). He played all of his old stuff, despite having a new album out and his lovely wife, Miss Trisha Yearwood, came out and did a few songs as well. If you get a chance, you must go while he’s on tour (plus it gives you a good excuse to buy some cute cowboy boots).

This weekend we’re headed to my nephews’ birthday party and packing for next week. Have a great weekend everybody!


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