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!


 

 

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

 

 

Our August Goals

Currently, we are already more than halfway done with 2017, and we “can’t even” tell you what our New Year’s resolutions were in January. So, we are going to write + pursue new ones in August to motivate ourselves + kick start the busy holiday months to come!

Our August Goals:

    1. Wake up early. Waking up early, around 6:30AM or 7AM, will energize us throughout the day + we will have more time to get things done!
    2. Going to sleep at a reasonable hour. Getting up early, usually requires us to go to sleep before midnight the night before. We have no desire to be old ladies getting ready for bed at 8PM, but refusing to stay awake in bed on Instagram until 2AM will definitely help in getting our rest for the following day.
    3. Read in our free time. We are not big readers, however, once we start a book, it is hard to get us to stop until we finish it. Reading more in our free time will allow us to escape the world for a little bit + relax our minds. 
    4. Travel locally. Neither of us take advantage of the cities we live in. Our goal in August is to explore Scottsdale + Brea/Fullerton, and to become part of the community. This involves attending events + wandering the streets of our beautiful urban areas.
    5. Eat smaller portions. We do tend to eat somewhat healthy… for the most part. However, it has come to our attention that when we eat, our portion sizes are fairly large. So, our goal is watch for American portion sizes + realistic portion sizes when ordering at restaurants. 

We believe that these are reachable goals to accomplish by the end of the year, which will, hopefully, develop into a lifestyle. But, these are just goals. The objectives to conquer these goals will come with trial + error until we find what works for us, as individuals. But we are excited to get started!

Who else is ready to achieve their Half-Year’s Resolutions with us?

Our “Can’t Live Without” Makeup Products

Any girl has her way of doing things. A routine getting ready every morning + getting ready for bed at night. Certain things that work and some things that don’t. Our routines change quite a bit, but there are some favorites that we simply don’t change. Here’s our top 5 makeup products we use on the daily!

Our “Can’t Live Without” Makeup Products:

  1. Foundation— struggling with troubled skin our entire life, foundation is a must for us to cover our imperfections + discoloration. We love our Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15. We apply it with a damp makeup sponge for an even application. We’ve been using this product for almost 3 years now, and We are still so obsessed with it!

2. Setting Powder—leaving only foundation on our oily skins will only make it look wet + sticky. Not to mention, without some setting powder, the foundation will move around all day. We both love to use Mac Mineralized Skin Finish-Natural in the shade Light. We absolutely love this product! Being so pale to begin with, we had trouble finding the right color match. But this product is a perfect shade and keeps our foundation in place all day.img_1626

3. Brow Pomade— grooming brows to perfection completes the face entirely. We can’t stress enough how important eyebrows are. We’re not saying drawing thick black eyebrows are going to help you. But simply filling in sparse places in your brows and finishing it off with a clear brow gel is going to make a world of difference. The product we use is amazing! It’s the Anastisa Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in the color Light Brown. This product is absolutely stunning and easy to apply with an angled eyeliner brush.  

img_16274. Mascara— make your eyelashes look flawless! Simply placing one coat of mascara on your upper and lower lashes are going to make your eyes pop! As Shelly would say in House Bunny, “the eyes are the nipples of the face”. Adding mascara to your lashes will make you look more awake and flawless. We use Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in blackest black.

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5. Bronzer— being as pale as we are, bronzer is a product we love to use to deepen our faces and add some dimension and color back into our skin. Placing foundation and powder on our face can make us look all one color and pretty unnatural.  Bronzer gives us the life back into our face. We place it in the hollows of our cheeks, our necks + a little bit on our foreheads. The product we love to use is Elf Studio Contouring Blush + Bronzing Powder. This product is awesome because it is super pigmented and super cheap! Only $4!

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What are some of your “can’t live without” makeup products? Tell us in the comments below!

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xoxo

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!

 

 

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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  • 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)

 

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  • 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

 

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

 

 

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  • 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!

Let’s Get Purse-onal

I used to not carry purses, but lately (now that we are transitioning into real grown-ups), I need to carry a lot of crap around. So feel free to learn a little more about me through the things I carry on the daily.

First off, my bag is from JustFab.com. I fell into their sales trap around Christmas time last year, and bought way too many shoes and accessories. But I love this bag because it has a faux leather exterior and a suede-like fabric inside, the color is my version of “bright”, so it makes me feel a little bold (even though it’s such a mundane shade), and of course, who doesn’t love oversized tote bags? File_004(1)Now to the good stuff…

What’s in Becca’s bag?

  1. Willard’s Keys. I can’t go far without my truck’s keys. Yes, my truck’s name is Willard, WIlly for short. And yes, he is named after the famous whale.
  2. My Work Keys. I have to carry my work keys because I am always the first one in the office every day (I get out earlier though).
  3. Michael Kors Wallet. Derek got me this wallet a few years ago, and I have managed to keep it clean and to not lose it. He got it from Nordstroms.
  4. iPhone. I’m sure everyone knows that this item is a piece of the holy grail. I don’t go anywhere without this. Mostly because it has all my random notes + embarrassing screenshots on it. (Not pictured)
  5. Black + Gold Journal. I recently just got this journal from Joann’s, and I am excited to use and carry this around with me to be able to write down my thoughts or doodle when I am bored.
  6. Pens + Pencils. Everyone is always looking for a pen, so I carry a few.  
  7. Sunnies. I have gone through so many sunglasses in my days. So you’ll probably see new pairs every now and then, because I either break or lose them. These rose gold aviators are from Urban Outfitters.

I realize that I really do not have very exciting or interesting pieces, but it is amazing to see the things that I carry around all day , every day to help my day go smoother + organized.

What do your purse items say about your daily tasks?

 

Our Classic Blouse

We are all about the leggings with t-shirt look but sometimes we attend functions that require us to be a little dressier (or just when we feel like it) which is why we love this basic yet fun + affordable blouse. This blouse is as versatile as they come, which is what we love!

Living in California for the summer, I come across crisp chill mornings that turn into blazing hot afternoons, then the day returns to a quiet cool evening. So, naturally, I change my outfit three times just to keep up with the weather. However, this blouse is so light and airy that I can comfortably wear it throughout the day + dress it up for a night out.

This blouse was purchased from H&M for $24.99.

img_1915-1For a business casual look, we paired the blouse with a black pencil skirt + comfortable flats or black booties for some flair. Add some tasteful jewelry, such as small pendant necklace or delicate pearls. This top completely tucked into the skirt accentuates the waist + creates an hourglass figure.

For a casual yet classic look, we paired the blouse with a dark wash jean + strappy sandals or wedge heels. Add some long chunky necklaces to balance the texture + make a statement. To design a more polished look, tucking in only the front of the blouse will give the blouse more shape + look more fluttering.

img_1923-1.jpgFor the ultimate casual look, we paired the blouse with denim shorts + some black booties. For an even more casual look, pair it with simple sandals. Add any fun statement jewelry, but maybe stay away from the pearls for this get up. To add more of a summer appearance, roll up the sleeves + unbutton the last pair of buttons + tie the two pieces of fabric into a loose knot.

We hope these quick easy styling tips help to create new ideas on how to wear our favorite black + cream stripe blouse. Let us know in the comments of your favorite staple piece of the summer!

Holy Ground: Joe’s Real BBQ

Everyone has family traditions that never seem to go away, no matter how many differences + changes occur. A location that has grown to hold a place in our family’s hearts is Joe’s Real BBQ in Downtown Gilbert.

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Joe’s Real BBQ officially opened on January 20, 1998, when we were just four years old. We couldn’t tell you about our very first time experiencing their tasty BBQ sandwich + fresh homemade applesauce, but from what we remember, we’ve been eating BBQ there our entire lives. We would visit after basketball tournaments with our club teams, call it dinner for an ordinary Tuesday night + most importantly, share memories with both sides of our families, as we rely on it to be a common meeting place.

This BBQ joint holds a very special spot in our hearts because it was the memorial spot where we gathered to remember our Grandpa Rudd after he passed in December 2015.  All of our Dad’s side of the family came to Arizona (stayed in our house actually) for Christmas that year, although Grandpa Rudd didn’t get to make it to see everyone. Since there was no funeral planned, we shared a special moment at the place where we all felt closer to him + to each other.

We continue to eat here very often, + enjoy the memories that we have created + continue to create. Joe’s Real BBQ is a place where we gather as family, no matter how long it’s been, or how far we live. This BBQ joint is delicious, but it holds a lot more than just the amazing pulled pork sandwich + homemade Root Beer (which we highly recommend).

What are some of your family traditions that you resort to?

Our Bucket Lists

Some of our dreams come true, some of them don’t. But what makes life special is the chase. We usually have a plan, but sometimes we like to step out of our comfort zone and do the unexpected. Below is our bucket list, or “our dreams to accomplish” list. Some of these dreams are almost impossible + some of them are reachable. But what is life if we don’t dream big, right? 

Becca’s bucket list for life:

  1. Eat breakfast in Paris, France at Restaurant Les Ombres overlooking the Eiffel Tower, lunch in London, England at The Clink Restaurant, and dinner at the Asador Etxebarri, in Spain, all in one day. (Private jet required)
  2. Stay in the heart of Rome for 3 nights.
  3. Get married in Santorini, Greece.
  4. Get promoted to “Director of Production” at AWM.
  5. Have a picnic in Central Park.
  6. Spend a week in Bali at an all-inclusive villa resort.
  7. Watch “Wicked” on Broadway.
  8. Live on an island in the Caribbean for short term.
  9. Go shopping in the Upper East side of New York City. (XOXO, Gossip Girl)
  10. Go to Disney World + stay at the Disney Resort.

Liz’ bucket list for life:

  1. Hike Yosemite all the way to the top.
  2. Shop for my wedding dress in Upper East Side of New York City (try to find Blair xoxo).
  3. Watch Carrie Underwood live in concert.
  4. Meet the whole cast of Friends (+ not freak out in excitement).
  5. Travel to a private island in the Bahamas with the love of my life.
  6. Become Coach of the Year for high school basketball.
  7. Take the Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand (“I’m going on an adventure!”)  .
  8. Marry my best friend in front of our friends + family.
  9. Travel to Africa and take a picture with a wild lion (call him Simba).
  10. Go to all the Disneylands and Disney Worlds. Compare them all + pick my favorite one.

We will keep you updated if any one of these become true! If you have done anything on our bucket lists, let us know in the comments below. Thanks for dreaming with us!