5 Things Friday

Happy Friday!! I’m heading to the beach later today for an unofficial Tone It Up retreat in Virginia Beach so I am ready for the weekend to start! Before I head out, here are a few things I wanted to share.

fitbit alta pink
1.Have you seenĀ this article about fitness trackers and weight loss? According to the article, fitness trackers don’t help with weight loss. In a small test, the group that wasn’t wearing a fitness tracker lost more weight than the group that did. Personally, I’m skeptical. It was a pretty small study and it doesn’t seem like the researchers even have much of a theory on why that would be the case. I do love my FitBit so maybe I’m biased? What do you guys think?

homemade kombucha diy

2. I’ve been on a kombucha kick this week. We haven’t brewed our own in a while (that photo is from when we brewed some a couple of years ago!) but I’m thinking it might be time to attempt it again. When in doubt, I usually go for GT’s Kombucha. I love the Trilogy flavor as well as the GingeradeĀ one. Have you ever tried kombucha? Do you have a favorite flavor?


3. I was taking it easy on workouts last week to give my body a chance to recover from some stuff and I found the Blogilates videos were perfect for a low impact workout! The Pilates-style workouts are easy to do in the living room and there are so many different videos, I can mix and match a bunch of them until my workout is done! If you live in an apartment and can’t do workouts that involve jumping, then you’ll love these!


4. As much as I’m going to miss the summer produce, I’m pretty excited about apple season. I finally bought some Honeycrisp apples and they were worth every penny. But considering how many apples I eat, I might have to switch to a cheaper variety. Do you think Honeycrisp are worth the hype?

spaghetti squash (1)

5. I’ve been pinning fall recipes like crazy! I’m SO ready for soup and comfort food! I’ll still be eating plenty of smoothies and salads but I’m excited to add some hot foods to the mix! I’m planning to make this spaghetti squash lasagna soon, which is one of my favorite fall recipes! What are you pinning these days?

What is your favorite thing about fall?

What I Ate Yesterday

white bean and chickpea chili

Can someone explain to me how it's already Wednesday? I have no idea. Let's just jump right into the food! Yesterday I was craving all the carbs so I started off with two pieces of Dave's Killer Bread topped with a little butter. Nothing fancy but … [Continue reading]

Coconut Mango Smoothie

mango smoothie with cocout

Now that we're in the middle of September, I thought it would feel a little more like fall. But the temperatures are still high so I've kept my smoothie bowls on repeat in the morning. Maybe I'll switch it up once it starts to cool down but for now, … [Continue reading]

Easy Baked Gigantes (Giant Greek Lima Beans)

white beans with tomatoes

The first time I tried a version of Gigantes, it was at Stella's, an amazing Greek restaurant in Richmond. (If you're in the area and you haven't gone yet, you must go.) Ever since I tried them, I kept thinking I should try making them but honestly, … [Continue reading]

What I Ate: A Day In the Life


I thought I'd do a little day-in-the-life style posts because I haven't done one of these in awhile! 6:41- My alarm goes off and I hit snooze. I've been sleepy lately and I don't really know why. I'd blame the weather changing but it actually … [Continue reading]

Lightened Up Zucchini Bread

sliced zucchini bread

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how versatile zucchini is? It can be spiralized into noodles, sliced into fries, or blended up into muffins. Sweet? Yes. Savory? Yes. Healthy? Of course. Is there anything it can't do? (Ok fine, I'm sure there … [Continue reading]

Basil Pesto Hummus

basil hummus recipe

Have you ever been to Zoe's Kitchen? It's kind of a fast-casual Mediterranean style restaurant and I'm obsessed with their basil pesto hummus. Then it occurred to me... why not make my own? So after a few attempts, I finally came up with a recipe … [Continue reading]

Sweetest Stitch Boutique

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I'm so excited to share this post with you because I'm doing something a little different today! I tend to be behind the camera (and next to the stove... or climbing on a chair, depending on the angle) not in front of the camera. So while this is a … [Continue reading]

Current Favorites

labor day favorites

On Friday I shared some of my recent grocery favorites but today I thought I'd switch it up and share some of my favorites outside of the kitchen! FitBit Alta Alex got me the Alta for my birthday and I love it. I had the Charge HR before … [Continue reading]

Summer Grocery Favorites

summer grocery finds

You guys know I looooove the grocery store. I'd much rather browse the grocery shelves than clothing racks. Not sure what that says about me... but I can't resist trying new products! I've tried some great ones and some not-so-great ones this summer … [Continue reading]