Friday Faves

Hi friends! The weekend is here!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far. I feel like it’s been a weird couple of weeks around here -I started to forget what day it was after the hurricane/tropical storm thing- and now here we are, the weekend is here, and WE’RE IN CHICAGO! Wahoo!

Packing

(The standard last-minute packing spree.)

airport sushi

(Airport sushi date in Atlanta. The garden roll had marinated shiitake mushrooms, cucumber, carrots, avocado and mint.)

Heading out with my love

Chicago is one of my all-time favorite places to visit. There’s breathtaking architecture, arts, shopping, insanely delicious food (+ Garrett’s popcorn) and the people are so nice. I’m really looking forward to exploring the city, and spending time with our friends Betsy and Jeremy who met us here for a little getaway. I’ll be sure to share all of the shenanigans on Instagram and in an upcoming blog post! Please let me know if you have any fave spots that we need to check out.

Us with Betsy and Jeremy

For now, let’s head into the usual Friday Faves party! It’s always fun to share some of my favorite finds from the week, and I love hearing about what you’re enjoying, too. 

Barre bootcamp videos

Barre bootcamp! I’ve been so excited by everyone’s enthusiasm for this fall challenge, and the Facebook group is already bumpin’. We still have a few spots left if you want to join in the fun. Check out the details here! The price will jump tonight, and registration closes tomorrow. 

Barre so hard

Kind of a random fave, but we are loving these lunch goodies from Thrive Market. I ordered some ice packs to keep Livi’s lunches cold -she’s really into planets and the solar system right now, so it was cute to see a solar system design!- and these reusable bags. All of the Ziploc bags were starting to feel wasteful, even though I often wash and reuse the gallon-sized ones, but I figured for school we could try using reusable bags. They’re very sturdy and thick, plus they’re easy to wash. (<— I just turn them inside-out to scrub and dry.)

Lunch goodies

This hair dryer. I was curious about this for about a month until I had the chance to try it out. I’m in the Skimm’bassador Facebook group (and love it!), and they’re always sharing cool finds and products. A girl posted about this hair dryer, which is an oval brush with a hair dryer inside, and said it changed her life. Her thick, wavy hair was smooth and straight within 10 minutes, and it looked like she’d gotten an awesome blowout. The Facebook group went crazy for it, and so many girls ordered this styler + posted their before and after pics.

Since my hair is insanely thick and wavy (and much curlier since I had P), I decided to give it a whirl. Blowdrying my hair takes FOREVER, so I’ll usually let it air dry unless I decide to round brush it. I finally snagged one -they were sold out for a while since demand went through the roof!- and tested it last weekend.

Revlon styler

It was such a breeze to use and made my hair super smooth. It was also way easier than standard round brushing, which has a big learning curve and takes a long time. While the drying power wasn’t enough to fully dry my hair since I have so much, I dried it about 70% with my normal hairdryer, and then used this to style it. BOOM.

Here’s what Livi’s hair looked like after I used it:

Blowout

Is anyone else super excited for A Bad Moms Christmas? (Strong language in the trailer. Just a heads up.)

So real, and made me cry.

Pumpkin spice protein bake!

Pop culture Halloween costumes.

This a cappella Moana medley. I thought I might be sick of Moana music by now, but no.

A medicine ball workout to work your entire body.

21 things all Target addicts can relate to.

A great post about finding food freedom. I started eating everything when Liv was born, and it was a game changer.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

What was one of your highlights of the week? Any awesome reads or finds?

xoxo

Gina

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How 10 wellness pros stay healthy while traveling

The struggle to stick to your healthy routines while traveling might not feel so real if you’re staying at, say, a wellness-focused hotel or a resort whose gym has a truly epic view. But for the most part, it’s hard to keep up your HIIT workouts or find maca smoothies while living out of a suitcase. If only there were some globe-trotting wellness gurus willing to share the secrets to how they stay fit while racking up frequent flyer miles….

Enter the Well+Good Council, our handpicked health squad of wellness pioneers, influencers, and pros. They’ll be sharing their insider intel—tips for everything from keeping your pantry stocked with healthy foods 24/7 to cocktails they’d actually order at a bar, plus (most importantly at this moment) their go-to hacks for keeping your travels from derailing your health, digestion, or sleep. (And yes, there are mentions of liters and liters of water.)

Read on to see what our Well+Good Council members do to stay healthy on the road.

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Are laxative teas good for your gut?

When you have a bad bout of bloating and want to, ahem, get things moving, reaching for a detox tea is a pretty common solution. Even Lena Dunham has been known to sip on a hot cup of Smooth Move from time to time. But while they’re meant to be used as a digestive aid, many people see the teas as a weight loss tool. So what exactly is the deal with laxative teas anyway? Is there a right or wrong way to use them?

Here, two nutritionists get into the nitty gritty of detox teas, including whether they’re a good idea to use.

Scroll down to find out the truth about laxative teas.

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15 stylish purses that can double as chic gym bags

Fact: You don’t have to pack your workout garb in a gym bag. Sure, you could go the traditional route when it comes to your exercise accoutrement—and if you do, make sure to pack it like a pro—but there are times when just you don’t want additional baggage. You probably already schlep around more than enough!

Active #bossbabes, the answer to your busy-day prayers comes in the form of a roomy purse that can complement your street clothes without looking like a bulky duffel.

The following options have the space to hold your fitness necessities without screaming, “I just had a sweat sesh!!!” And, the bags look so good with your work leggings that you’ll be be sporting them on rest days, too.

Trade your gym bag for the roomy yet stylish purses below.

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