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 sauté 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. Geeeeeee…..

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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 😉 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. Lisa on November 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    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. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on November 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    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. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Great post & links! Happy Friday! 🙂

  4. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on November 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

    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. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    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. Liz on November 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

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

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      she calls it her luna shirt, since meg and kyle have a little boston terrier

  7. Amy on November 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      whoo hoo! i hope you love it 🙂
      i’ll def be on the lookout for that chili oil

  8. Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician on November 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love hearing about new things at Trader Joe’s!! Sounds amazeballs- I’ll have to try those green beans 🙂

  9. Jackie on November 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    That sounds like a very fun girls night!!

  10. Kristi on November 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      thank you– all fixed now 🙂

  11. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on November 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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

  12. erica on November 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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

  13. Carolyn on November 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      just fixed it! sorry about that

  14. Anna @ Fitness à la Anna on November 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    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!!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      yay, girls nights are the best

  15. Taylor @ Singletrackedmind on November 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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

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

  16. Scott @ The Healthy Eating Guide on November 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      let me know if you try them 🙂

  17. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on November 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    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. Adrienne on November 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    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? 🙂 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 on November 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      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. mary @ minutes per mile on November 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      DUDE. for real

  20. Livi on November 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Liv is the cutest!!

  21. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on November 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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

  22. Emily on November 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      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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