11/8: Friday Faves

-Girls’ night!

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A couple of my friends were interested in checking out the classes at the National Laser Institute, so made took a road trip to Scottsdale to check out one of their events. Not only did they wine and dine the heck out of us, we all had a blast. We spent the night here at a beautiful hotel and enjoyed some time together. As much fun as it is to get together with all the kids, there’s definitely something special about being able to talk in complete sentences. 

-This truffle oil. I always love scoping out the new products at Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a whirl since we’re huge fans of truffle fries in our house.

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It helped me to make the best green beans of my life, and green beans aren’t usually a veggie I go crazy over.

1) Wash and trim green beans

2) Boil for a few minutes then drain and shock with cold water

3) Add back to the pan with a little butter, salt, pepper, 2 cloves of minced garlic and sautรฉ for about 5 minutes. (Make sure they don’t get mushy)

4) Toss with 2 t fresh lemon zest, drizzle with truffle oil, and serve. O. M. Geeeeeeeโ€ฆ..

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-Our new living room set. You can see it pretty well in this video -thank you to everyone who has tried the workout so far!- and I love the new fresh pieces. I got the couch and chair from World Market, the rug from Crate and Barrel and still made $ after selling the old stuff on Craigslist. We need a coffee table in there, but I’m going to skip it since we’re moving and will most likely (definitely) be in a smaller space.

-Vitamins. I got some blood work done a couple of weeks ago, and while everything came back great, the nurse suggested taking a vitamin again since I’ve been slacking. I kind of figured since I wasn’t pregnant anymore I could stop taking my prenatal, but I guess it doesn’t work that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ashley recommended this plant-based liquid vitamin and I love it. It doesn’t taste like candy, but I like the fact that it consists of whole foods and is highly bioavailable, meaning the nutrients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. 


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-Loving life at 90. An incredible inspiration, and great reminder to keep dancing and yoga-ing.

-This aerobic video is the best thing ever made.

-21 habits of happy people.

-55 things only 90s teenage girls can understand.

-Cooking with Livi. She fully understands that beaters are for testing purposes.

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Have a very happy Friday!



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  1. I feel like a total foodie fraud in that I’ve never ever had truffle oil. So weird.
    And girls nights are always the best. I’m having one tonight and can’t wait.

  2. I looove truffle fries. If they are on the menu, I’m getting them. I didn’t know Trader Joe’s had it. this is too exciting.

  3. Great post & links! Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Truffle oil literally makes everything better! One time I had a bunch of people over for Super Bowl Sunday and needed something else to serve. I grabbed a bag of chips and drizzled the truffle oil over them. Everyone went nuts!

  5. I have never tried a liquid vitamin but it looks interesting! I always try to stay up on vitamins as much as I can just in case I am missing anything in my diet!

  6. Oh my gosh I love Livi’s shirt!!! lol

  7. Your daughter—too cute, every pic:)
    I so have to buy this truffle oil! Trader Joe’s has a 3 pack of olive oil they sell around this time of year, one is a chili oil…….I must pick it up–soon!
    So happy I got my dvd solibeat, in the mail yesterday—-going to try it out this eve!

  8. I love hearing about new things at Trader Joe’s!! Sounds amazeballs- I’ll have to try those green beans ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. That sounds like a very fun girls night!!

  10. Truffle oil sounds delish!

    For some reason your last link (55 things only 90s teengage girls can understand) isn’t going to the right page. Just a heads up ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I posted that aerobics video today, too!! It is the best!

  12. I’m confused…your “55 things” link goes to Sweet Petals fragrance. I got really excited about this link!

  13. I’m also having a problem with the “55 things” link.

  14. I’m gearing up for a ladies night tonight with some of my besties that I haven’t seen in a long time – so pumped to be all together again!!

  15. That last picture of Liv – omg she’s getting so big!

    TJs sells truffle oil now? BRB, gotta go buy some!

  16. Uh…did NOT know they had truffle oil at TJs. Definitely adding to my shopping list this weekend. Those beans looks fantastic, Gina.

  17. Girls Nights are a MUST! My girlfriends and I get together every Thursday night – we switch houses and food we bring – it’s great! I’ve never had truffle oil – I suppose I should look into it. I don’t take a MV, but I drink Shakeology, so I plan on that being enough Vit/Min intake! Have a good weekend!!!!!!

  18. I’m surprised the nurse saw your good bloodwork results and thought you needed a multivitamin. When you’re a healthy eater and healthy overall (even get the natural Vitatmin D dose most of us don’t get!).

    It’s a pre-natal, not a post natal, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Something to think about when the studying the benefits of taking daily multivitamins are so mixed.

    As a healthcare professional I felt I had to offer that perspective. Thanks, Gina!

    • Fitnessista says:

      that’s interesting! yeah, they always seem to recommend a multi even if you eat well. i’ve been low energy lately, so i’m trying to see if it helps

  19. truffle oil = key to my heart. i love it on pizza, too!

  20. Liv is the cutest!!

  21. I LOVE using truffle oil on just about anything that makes sense to put it on!

  22. What kind of classes do they offer at the laser institute? Sounds interesting!

    • Fitnessista says:

      they do laser hair removal, photo facials, botox and a few other things. i had a blast even though i have no intention of ever getting trained haha

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