Top 7 Tasks To Do Before 9am

Let’s face it, sleeping in is a must from time to time. However, it creates a better feeling of accomplishment after getting morning tasks done early. It’s a great kickstart to anyone’s day!

[We are warning you, a lot of these tasks were part of our August goals as well, however lets see how we implement them into our morning routines!]

Whenever Becca + I have to be at work/class by 9am, sleeping until the latest moment possible was always our thing. Lately, we’ve been getting up earlier + doing these 7 things before heading off to work + #LetMeTellYou, we’ve changed as morning people. These simple tasks are so effective + give us more energy to continue the our entire day.

Top 7 Things To Do Before 9am

    1. Don’t Touch Your Phone! We have a horrible habit for checking our phones the second we wake up. Checking text messages, emails, social media. We know we’ve all mastered the one eye squint to look at our bright screens in the dark. Lately, we’ve tried to refrain from using our mobile devices or any technology right when we wake up. It gives our bodies a chance to wake up + perform more important things.
    2. Stay Hydrated. Drinking a glass of water right when we get out of bed keeps up our metabolism + energy throughout the day. Not only does the cold water wake us up, it gives our bodies a quick cleanse before we give it more fuel .
    3. Eat a yummy + nutritious breakfast. Even though this is a no-brainer, we still struggle with this one. When we are rushing out the house, we aren’t thinking about making a healthy meal, we need to grab something quick + get the heck out of there! However, the saying does go, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” + they have a point. Our favorite quick breakfast option is simply a bowl of fruit. file_001-1.jpeg
    4. Get the Body Moving.  A workout to start your day is beneficial for the body + mind. Going to the gym, jogging around the block, or doing yoga in the family room are a few of our workout options. We just want to get moving in the morning. One thing that motivates us is having your workout clothes already out the night before so when you wake up it haunts you to put them on. We try to perform activities that challenge us to get a good sweat in + get our heart rates going such as a yoga or spin class!
    5. Relax in a Quiet Place. Sitting outside on the porch + reading a chapter of our favorite books is the time to relax the mind + body.  Taking a few minutes out of our busy mornings to just do nothing + relax. We as individuals stress out about many things so these calming moments restart our focus + begin a clear mind for the day.File_002
    6. Perform Small Simple Chores.  Make the bed. The easiest task to do in the morning + we still manage to be too lazy to do it. Simply making the bed makes us feel complete + ready to do more simple tasks. It literally takes 1 minute to make the bed, so this task should be a must. Other simple chores may include starting a load of laundry, or placing the dishes in the dishwasher. Again, simple tasks we are still too lazy to do but after doing them, we feel accomplished. Bonus points for having less work to do when we get home.
    7. Create A To-Do List. Write a simple to-do list + plan out the day. This keeps us organized + helps us complete our tasks. We love to be organized so this task is a fun one for us!File_000 (34)

Hope you enjoyed our top morning tasks! Tell us your favorite morning tasks in the comments below!


 

 

Truths of College

“College is going to be the best time of your life” – said every adult trying to relive the glory days. And they’re right! There is a lot to enjoy about the whole college experience. We learned a lot our freshman year that ultimately helped us both in the long run. Here are our truths of college that we wish someone told us before we started our first semester.

  1. Coffee + wine are your best friends.
  2. To-Do lists and an organized agenda makes everything easier.
  3. Failing happens, it isn’t the end of the world.
  4. Always have cereal + milk on hand
  5. Your intentions + attitude make a world of difference.
  6. Books may be expensive but they are worth it. (Resale them when you are done).
  7. Weekends are meant for catching up, sleeping in, + having fun.
  8. Go on adventures + explore, it’s not gonna hurt.
  9. Money is going to come + go, plan accordingly but splurge sometimes.
  10. Just have the salad if chicken nuggets was your diet for 3 days.
  11. An afternoon nap when you have time is always a good idea.

Hopefully these tips are useful for college students starting a new adventure! Tell us your tips about going back to school!

 

 

Game Night

College life allows us to learn more about ourselves + what kind of person we wish to become. It also allows us to find great friends + create memories + traditions with them. Sometimes we enjoy creating memories with our friends by skipping the raging parties + crazy bars & staying in + playing board games (nerd alert). It makes for a fun night in + is less expensive. Below are some untraditional drinking games that will switch up “Game Night”.

So grab your friends, a cheap bottle of wine + let’s get competitive.

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Scattegories | This game starts with 12 random categories, and one random letter from the alphabet. The objective is to fill in all 12 categories with a word that starts with the picked letter + fits that specific category in under 2 minutes.

Once the time is up, each participant reads off what they wrote for each category. Players get one point for each category that is filled (and actually makes sense). If there are multiple players with the same answers for each category, neither player gets a point + has to drink. So it is important to be random + creative in order to get the most points, or you’ll get tipsy! The player with the most points at the end of the game wins + everyone else must finish their glass.

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Charades | There is an app that can be used for this game, or you can go old school + pull slips of paper out of a hat. Either way, this game gets everyone involved! There is one guesser, and the rest of the participants are the hint givers. There are categories to choose from + random words are selected from each category. Only the hint givers are allowed to see the clue words.

The guesser must guess which word or phrase the hint givers are trying to describe. Hint givers cannot say the clue word. If anyone says the clue word, they must drink + move to another word. The guesser has 45 seconds to guess as many clue words as possible! Be aware of your surroundings during this game, it gets intense!

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Keeping It Casual: College Outfits

A new fall semester of college is so exciting because of the new campus, new roommates, new classes, new profs, new homework, new tests, new papers, new projects…Let’s face it, college has its good + bad moments.

It’s all fun + games, until we have to pull an all-nighter for that research project due the next morning. And those 8am accounting classes are sometimes a struggle to get through, especially when you aren’t comfortable + self-assured, because you’re wearing your old black sweatpants + hair in a messy bun. Don’t get us wrong, we are all about the “ we woke up like this” look. However, sometimes we want to look a little more put together, without sacrificing our comfort.

Below are some outfits we suggest to feel relaxed, yet confident to get through those econ + biology lectures.

 

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Jeans: H&M | Top: Forever 21 | Sandals: Forever 21

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Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters | Top: American Eagle Outfitters | Sandals: Charlotte Russe | Bag: Forever 21

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Dress: Creations on Mill Ave | Sandals: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe |

Bag: Forever 21

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Shorts: TOBI | Top: Forever 21 | Sandals: Forever 21

 

 

Cocktail Hour

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Becca + I are not the typical party drinkers, but do appreciate an alcoholic beverage every once in awhile. Whether we are mingling at a Rudd family BBQ, eating dinner at a sophisticated restaurant, or even sitting on the couch watching TV, a cocktail is the way to go. Here are a few of our favorite drinks and recipes for the summer.

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Red Sangria  (Pitcher)img_2081

  • 4 cups of frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • Two 750-ml bottles rosé
  • 8 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes (optional)

 

Classic Margarita (2 servings)img_2085

  • 2 cups sweet and sour mix
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1 1/2 cups gold tequila
  • 1/3 cup brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt on the rim

 

Cherry Vodka Sour  (1 serving)img_2091

  • 1 tablespoon cherry grenadine syrup
  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • Ice cubes
  • Sugar on the rim

 

 

Malibu + Coke (1 serving)img_2096

  • 1 can of Coke
  • 1 ounce of Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1 slice of lemon for taste

 

 

 

Let us know in the comments below your favorite summer drink!