friday favorites

Friday Favorites: Ladies, Cat Clothing, and Summer Fruit


So let’s talk about all of our favorite things from the week. Mine are below, a ton of others can be found here, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments. 🙂

Friday Favorites


ladies weekend in san francisco

I didn’t really give any sort of recap from my ladies weekend in the city (of San Francisco) because it’s been a hectic week and I didn’t want to just throw something half-assed together, but the 3 days I spent with this group of women were some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

ladies weekend in san francisco

We talked, brunched, shopped, drank, danced, posed, laughed, cried, and ubered our way around the city. I love you guys and can’t wait to do it again next year.


Eggs Benedict at Sparro (San Francisco, CA)

Eggs Benedict at Sparro San Francisco, CA

The ladies and I ventured out for brunch one morning last weekend, and found ourselves at Sparro on Haight St. While the service (and attention to drink order detail) left a lot to be desired, the food was top notch. Four out of five ladies ordered the eggs benedict because of something the menu listed as “avocado butter”.

Are you craving eggs benedict now? Weekend brunch is just around the corner, so here’s an exceptionally easy hollandaise sauce recipe that is bulletproof executive-approved.

Bulletproof Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks
1 T lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 cup Melted grass-fed unsalted butter (Kerrygold) or ghee (dairy free)
Small bunch fresh parsley (optional garnish)

Mix egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne in a blender on low for about 30 seconds, then slowly pour in the melted butter or ghee until fully emulsified. That’s it!




We bought a pack of cherries Tuesday and had finished them off by Thursday. The lesson I learned was that you’ll need to go buy another pack on Thursday.


Personal Trainer dog shirt

personal trainer dog shirt

Because really… dog shirt, cat shirt, what’s the difference?


These bananas…

ripe bananas

That will soon become brown butter banana bread.


Links from around the webs:

Tara Stiles’ daily routine [Mind Body Green] Looks pretty great.

Texting hat [This is Why I’m Broke] People who don’t pay attention to those they’re with because they’re so enthralled in what’s happening elsewhere is a huge pet peeve of mine (and maybe many of you?). This hat made me laugh because at least the guy is trying.

This freed circus lion is overjoyed at feeling grass for the first time [Mashable] Get ready to feel some serious emotions.

Are you in a smoothie rut? Here are 21 Healthy Smoothie Recipes [Ambitious Kitchen] that all look pretty great.

I’m digging this series of multi-media illustrations [Tumblr].

Charity Miles is a free app that donates 25 cents to a charity of your choosing for every mile that you run. Great concept.


Have a fantastic weekend!



Question: What are you loving lately?


farmers market strawberries

WIAW #35: All NASM All The Time

Good morning friends,

How is everyone’s week coming along so far? Is anyone else feeling extremely tired and still missing that hour of sleep that was stolen from us when we sprang forward last weekend? Oh well, I suppose that’s what coffee is for. Just make mine “bulletproof”. 🙂

Speaking of bulletproof coffee, the beverage I consume more consistently than water (almost kidding), let’s dive right into this week’s edition of…

What I Ate Wednesday


For those of you who are new around here (Hello!), What I Ate Wednesday is a weekly post where I overshare everything I ate over the course of one full day. The eats vary greatly from week to week, but what’s consistent is that I don’t edit the menu. What you see in this post is really and truly everything I ate, for better or for worse.

Like so many of these WIAW posts, yesterday started off with a hot mug of…

Bulletproof coffee! Surprise, surprise. What is it about fresh coffee, organic grass-fed butter, and MCT oil that wakes up my brain and keeps me full and focused until lunchtime? You guys are laughing, it’s obviously the butter! #butteroneverything


bulletproof coffee and nasm flashcards


While sipping my coffee, I flipped through my deck of NASM flash cards. It takes a long time to get all the way through the deck since there are 104 cards in total, with anywhere from 4 – 7 terms and/or concepts on each one.

I really shouldn’t complain, seeing as being a good student is practically my full-time job right now. This would be a lot of material to learn while working full-time, but I know people do it, so props to those who do!

It’s also hard to complain when you’ve got these cute little guys to help with the studying.


alpaca erasers


Around 11:30am, I peeled a grapefruit to eat while prepping lunch. And when I say I ‘peeled’ a grapefruit, I mean I really peeled the hell out of it.


red grapefruit, fully peeled


On the lunch menu yesterday was a shredded kale salad with carrots, sunflower seeds, and a heaping scoop of tuna with a couple pieces of cheese on top for good measure. It was good and quite filling.


kale salad with tuna


And now I’m cracking up because the cheese on top totally looks like butter. #butteroneverything

I spent some more time studying after lunch until Andrew was ready to take an afternoon walk, around 3pm. It’s always so nice to take a break and get outside for even just a few minutes. It helps keep my brain awake and focused on long study days.

When I got back, I washed and cut up a few more deliciously ripe strawberries from our farmers’ market stash.


farmers market strawberries


And then studied some more…

I finally closed my books when Andrew got home from work. We drove to LA Fitness for a gym date, where I completed most of this arm circuit (the gym was crazy busy and half the free weights were missing) followed by some sprints on the treadmill.

We threw together a couple quick acai smoothie bowls for dinner when we got home, and called it a night!


acai smoothie bowl


Now I’m off to bake some cookies to take to a friend of mine who just became a new mom!

Have a great Wednesday 🙂


Question: What’s something that you eat every single day? I’m guessing the number one answer to this one is ‘coffee’.


Per usual, you can check out what others are eating today over on this awesome blog.