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.ย 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:


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.

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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 andย 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.ย (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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a happy Tuesday.



Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered the Vitamix giveaway!!ย I loved reading your comments and tweets to enterโ€ฆ 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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  1. 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. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

  7. I love jalapenos as much as the next girl but I’m not sure I would enjoy it on popcorn! ๐Ÿ™‚ Saving Mr. Banks looks really good. I keep seeing previews. I’ll probably wait for it on demand though!

  8. Kara Heckaman says:

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

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

  9. I’ve seen both those movies and liked them a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you talking about the kiss when they’re sitting in the middle of the soccer field?! Bahaha.

  10. 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!

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

  12. Beverly Aragon says:

    Movie popcorn twinsies ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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 says:

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

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

  17. Favor bag is super cute!

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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 says:

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

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