The Friday 5

Hi, friends! Happy Friday and Labor Day weekend to you!

And just like that the summer is over. I’m truly sad to the core because summer is my favorite season of the year, BUT I’m excited to get back into a routine again. I always thought I was someone who enjoyed not having a schedule, but I actually kind of like the routine of the school year. Anyone else?

I know Mal is more than ready to get back to a routine. He’s SUCH a creature of habit and thrives on a schedule. I make fun of him because he’s literally eaten the exact same breakfast (eggs with toast, a Greek yogurt, and iced coffee) before school for 13 years now, but it works for him! 🙂 And, of course, we’re excited for Quinn to start Kindergarten next week. I can’t believe our sweet boy is already off to school! Oh, my Mumma heart…

I also wanted to tell you guys about an awesome local event called the Ride for Kids, which benefits Rodman for Kids, an umbrella  charity raising funds for youth-focused social-service organizations that support at-risk children in Massachusetts. Rodman for Kids and its affiliated charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride for Kids event, a 25 and 50-mile noncompetitive cycling tour, each fall. Their mission is to have every kid in our community live as we would want our own kids to live.

Affiliated Charities raise funds through corporate sponsorship, foundations, individual donors and ridership. The expenses associated with the Ride for Kids are about 2% of the total revenue, and they are all underwritten by Rodman Ford. When you donate to the Ride for Kids, 100% of your donation will directly benefit at-risk kids! It’s the #1 single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk kids.

Riders have the option of the 25 mile route or the 50 mile route and can ride as an individual or as a team! Each rider must raise a minimum of $1,500. They could also register as a “virtual rider” (some examples are taking X number of spin classes leading up to the ride, walking X number of steps each day, doing 50 push-ups a day, etc. – anything goes really!) They just ask that virtual riders raise a minimum of $500. Here are more details about the ride: 2018 Ride video! If you’re local and looking for a fun fitness challenge this fall, I hope you decide to check out the Ride for Kids!

Rodman Ride for Kids riders ready to start

Teeccino Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee – A reader actually told me about Teeccino… loving it… drinking it instead of my morning iced coffee somedays. I love the vanilla nut flavor! Definitely a great option if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine and/or coffee. Tip: The grinds taste so much better than the tea bags – much stronger and more flavor. Just brew the grinds like you would coffee in your coffee pot, but just use fewer grinds.

Vanilla Nut Teechino chicory tea

Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder – Funny story about ashwagandha… I actually tried it a few months ago and had great results with it. I definitely felt more relaxed, felt more energized, and just happier over all. I ran out and then never bought more. I kind of forgot about it until chatting with a bartender at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. He mentioned how much he liked ashwagandha for the same reasons I mentioned, so I decided to order it again. (Plus, I was starting to having crazy anxiety again!) As soon as I started taking it again (I add it to my morning Teeccino), I felt better. I didn’t realize how much affect it had on me! Ashwagandha is definitely here to stay this time! I like this particular brand because it’s organic, not crazy expensive, and easily absorbable in powder form.

Feel Good Ashwagandha Root Powder

Quinn microwave popcorn – We lovvvveee Quinn microwave popcorn right now. It’s organic, non-GMO, not made with any funny ingredients, and sooo delicious! Quinn and I especially love the cheddar, but the butter, rosemary + Parmesan, and maple kettlecorn are all seriously delicious! We love snacking on Quinn popcorn for our movie nights!

4. AMEX high-yield savings account – It’s free to open an account, and it’s definitely one of the highest yields (1.9%) I’ve seen for online baking. If your savings account is just sitting there doing nothing, consider moving it over to AMEX. It’s so easy!

5. Fullstar Cutter-Veggie Spiralizer + Vegetable Pro-Food Chopper and Dicer – I know I’ve mentioned this handy-dandy tool in the past, but it truly deserves another mention. Plus, I honestly didn’t think I needed yet another kitchen gadget, but my friend convinced me I needed this chopper. And honestly, it’s been the best $20 I’ve spent in a while. It is a game-changer for meal prep, cutting the time it takes to cut veggies by more than half! You can see it in action in this video.

Flashback Friday

Sales of the Week

Labor Day Dales

50% sitewide (Online only, select styles)

Ann Taylor 
Extra 50% off all sale styles (ends 8/31)
40% off full-price styles with code LASTHURRAH + extra 10% off full-price tops & sweaters

Extra 50% off sale items
20% off furniture, decor, bedding and more

Banana Republic 
40% off purchase, no code needed

50% off summer essentials

Up to 50% off 1000s of styles + extra 25% off

40% off your purchase with code SUNSET

J.Crew Factory
50% off everything
Extra 60% off clearance with code FALLFUN

Old Navy
40% off everything


P.S. If you’re ready to get your diet on track after a fun summer, check out my FREE 5-day macro bootcamp. It’ll teach you the ins and outs of macros to get you started! If you’re interested in working with a coach 1-on-1, our next group of Master Your Macros starts on Monday, September 9th. Registration is now open!


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  1. Mal– i’m a routine nut, too! love a schedule/regiment. i eat the same breakfast (between 2 choices), lunch, and basically dinner (varies vegetable amongst like 4) every single day. no shame 🙂
    also i cannot believe your baby is going into K! loved reading about all your summer adventures, Tina!

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