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Movie switcheroo + a Vitamix winner

Hi friends <3 Thanks for all of the sweet comments about Livi’s birthday party. She had a blast! She was EXHAUSTED from all of the partying and jumping, too. When we were packing everything up to leave, we caught a glimpse of her simultaneously checking out her gifts and trying to snooze by the gift table.

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While we were unpacking, I found a treat bag for one of the kiddos who couldn’t make it:

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After the party, we did a little movie switcheroo. My MIL and I brought Liv back home for her nap, while the boys went to see Lone Survivor. When the Pilot got home from their movie, the girls all went to see Saving Mr. Banks. Such a beautiful movie! I had no idea that it was a crier though, and found myself holding back dinosaur tears for most of it.

This is what happens when I got my own popcorn:

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After our movie, Livi and the Pilot were on the way to meet us all for dinner. We decided to take my MIL downtown for her last dinner in Tucson, and went to Proper, which has become one of our favorites.

MY OTHER RECIPES


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My nana was telling us that a long time ago, Proper was a drugstore. Now, they serve a variety of dishes with Mexican and American flair, and use local ingredients.

I tried the Proper salad, which had duck, goat cheese, pomegranate arils and a light vinaigrette:

Proper salad

It was amazing.

The rest of the evening was spent walking down Congress, checking out the little shops and restaurants, then back home for the train wreck that is The Bachelor. (That KISS!! WHAT?!)

My MIL leaves early this afternoon, so we’re off to enjoy one more morning with her! Be back later today with a post on the NASM Weight Loss Specialist course 🙂

Have a happy Tuesday.

xo

Gina

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered the Vitamix giveaway!! I loved reading your comments and tweets to enter… I can’t believe we had over 5,000 entries. If you did not win, be sure to participate in this year’s Winter Shape Up (starts Monday!) to enter some awesome giveaways we have set up.

Congratulations to the lucky Vitamix winner: TORY! (Check your email- just sent you one!)

 

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48 Comments

  1. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    We saw Saving Mr Banks last week and it was so much better than I expected! Loved it!

    Congrats to the Vitamix winner! how exciting!

  2. Julie @ Better Life with Burgers on January 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

    It sounds like you guys have had a wonderful visit with your MIL! How fun for Livi to get to spend time with her whole family. And that restaurant looks awesome. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      yeah, it was so much fun!!

  3. Alison C on January 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi Gina,

    Proper just adds to the list of reasons you’ve provided to visit Tucson. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I’d love to be added to your newsletter list.

  4. Lindsey on January 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I saw Lone Survivor this weekend, it was very good!! How did the Pilot like it?

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      he said it was very intense

  5. Emmeline@RunForThePizza on January 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    That salad looks so yummy! I haven’t seen either movie yet but I think my husband wants a Lone Survivor date this weekend. I only wish it came with popcorn that looks that good 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      raid the nacho bar. that’s what i do 😉

  6. Julia on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The Winter Shape Up sounds like tons of fun! Do I need to sign up?

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      nope, but we’ll have a Facebook group with info soon!!

  7. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on January 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I love jalapenos as much as the next girl but I’m not sure I would enjoy it on popcorn! 🙂 Saving Mr. Banks looks really good. I keep seeing previews. I’ll probably wait for it on demand though!

  8. Kara Heckaman on January 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    What a great giveaway! That popcorn looks like something my husband will love. I’ll have to add it to his next bowl of popcorn. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      at the pilot’s squadron, they cook the jalapeños with the popcorn, so they get CRUNCHY. it’s out of control

  9. Kylie on January 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I’ve seen both those movies and liked them a lot 🙂 Are you talking about the kiss when they’re sitting in the middle of the soccer field?! Bahaha.

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      YESSSSS. it was horrifying

      • Amie on January 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Yes, there is a lot of kissing on the Bachelor. But that kiss was AWKWARD a and just looked so yucky

        • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

          i don’t mind the kissing, but THAT KISS made me squirm haha

  10. Cassie Vaughn on January 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I’m already doing the Tone It Up Challenge, but do you mind if I integrate yours too? I’ve got a beach vacation this summer that I am working towards!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      you could totally do that!

  11. Crystal on January 21, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I love that picture of Olivia with her toys. She’s such a beautiful child!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      thank you <3 she is amazing

  12. Beverly Aragon on January 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Movie popcorn twinsies 🙂 That’s exactly how I enjoyed mine when the hubby took me to see Ride Along yesterday. Movie was good, but not as funny as I was expecting. Oh well, the popcorn was delish and I’m always down for an impromptu movie date!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      same! i love going to the movies… and love popcorn with jalapenos even more 🙂

  13. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I didn’t expect Saving Mr. Banks to be such a heavy movie either! I was blown away by how good it was. I definitely cried at the end.

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      it broke my heart. i’ve been reading about the author, too- what an interesting life she had

  14. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on January 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I still can’t believe Livi is TWO – her party looked so fun! – I’m a big fan of Frank’s Red Hot on my popcorn!

  15. Amber Schumann on January 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    What a great idea for catching a movie!!! Gunna have to try that method out…

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      it worked beautifully! i think we’re going to do it again very soon 🙂

  16. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on January 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love pepper on my popcorn & sprinkles of m&m’s! Loved Liv’s bithday cake by the way. Whole Foods is amazing!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      LOVE chocolate and popcorn 🙂

  17. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on January 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Favor bag is super cute!

    Looking forward to reading about the NASM Weight Loss Specialist Certification!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      thank you! post just went up 🙂

  18. Sara on January 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t wait for Winter Shape Up! I’m a newbie here though, so is there anything I need to do to sign up for it?

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      nope! everything will be here on the blog. we’ll have an options Facebook group too

      • Sara on January 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        Awesome! Looking forward to it 🙂

  19. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on January 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Ok, yeah, was The Bachelor crazy or what??! It’s a kiss, not a dental cleaning! I normally do a Bachelor recap each week on my blog (just for kicks), and this week I decided to live-tweet instead…so fun, and people were going WILD!! And then at the end of it all, Chris Harrison even ended up responding to one of my tweets, and that’s when I started freaking out. 😛

    And that popcorn? Yes. When jalapenos are involved, always yes.

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      so i just read your blog and i was dying laughing.

      • Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        Hahahaha I’m glad you liked it! <3 Those are some of the most fun posts to write!

        • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm

          i’m excited to read your blog more often! you crack me up 🙂

  20. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I loved “Saving Mr. Banks” — Emma Thompson is so good in it! And I loved that during the credits they played the actual recordings of the creative sessions — her acting was spot on!

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      right?! it was amazing

  21. Jess on January 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I loved Lone Survivor, although the book was way better. I bet the Pilot had interesting perspective on it being in the military. When I first got to SD I had a job helping a wounded warrior who was a Navy Seal. It was so interesting and sad to see such a strong young guy so injured. I have so much respect for the military! Sorry major tangent. Nice your MIL is in town for Livi’s party and gets to spend time with you all.

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      he didn’t talk much about it, but said he was glad i didn’t see it with him. he thinks it would have messed with me.
      hope you’re having a great week <3

  22. Livi on January 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    El Bachelor Juan was seriously feeling crazy this week! And all those girls…crying… ugh! I love it so much haha

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      it’s trash.. but the best kind. so good haha

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