Our Pumpkin Patch Debacle 

It’s time for pumpkin pickin’! We look forward to the pumpkin patch every year. We love the cool weather, the pumpkin smells, the fun activities, and of course the pumpkins!

Robbie + I, living in the heart of Orange County, aren’t blessed with many pumpkin patch farms that we are used to in Arizona. But nonetheless, there are pumpkins patches in parking lots of super markets + on the side of busy streets.

We were fortunate enough to find one big pumpkin patch farm called Tanaka Farm in Irvine at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club. It is known as the biggest pumpkin patch in Orange County.

Without a second thought, Robbie + I made plans to go Saturday afternoon on October 14th. Our thought process was “it’s too early for a lot of people to go”, being a couple of weeks before Halloween.

The trip getting there was a fiasco in itself. Being in So Cal, yes there is going to be traffic everywhere you go. But this traffic was at a new level! The parking lot at the venue was completely full, so we had to park 1.5 miles away from the club in a nearby neighborhood.

Sure, the walk wasn’t so bad. Robbie + I enjoy walking. However, when I think of attending a pumpkin patch, I think of a cool, crisp cold day, hot chocolate in my hand, + wearing a comfy sweater to keep warm. Nope, not this year. On this day, the weather was 94 degrees with the sun pounding on our backs. Why California?!

So we finally get to the pumpkin patch entrance after hiking through a sea of cars + people, + this place is packed. (We suspected that given the amount of cars trying to park).

Despite the crazy adventure getting to the pumpkin patch + the outrageous weather condition, it was a great time! Robbie found me the most perfect pumpkin + we got our hands on a homemade loaf of pumpkin bread for the trip home. We also participated in some activities on the farm such as a corn maze + a petting zoo!

Even though we made the best of it, we left with some valuable lessons. (1) Try not to go on a weekend, just don’t do it. (2) Plan our the time of day to go, mid afternoon probably not the greatest idea. (3) Go with someone you love with all your heart, because they make it that much better.

We might have hit some situations on the way, but we have a blast together + love the fall vibe of going to a pumpkin patch!

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Pumpkin Season 

Fall is our all time FAVORITE season! The months of October and November are filled with orange and brown hues, pumpkin flavor everything, + nice cool weather. Here are a few of our favorite things about Fall! 

“We love Fall season because…”

1. Hot chocolate is socially acceptable to drink, with a little hint of Rum Chata. 

2. It’s sweater weather without dying of heat exhaustion in the middle of the day.

3. Pumpkins are everywhere!

4. It’s the official season of eating delicious food + not giving a crap about our weight. 

5. It’s the time for haunted house date nights. Because we can’t go alone. 

6. Our personal color palette turns to oranges and neutrals. 

7. Our homes smell like Pumpkin Sweet Cinnamon at all times. 

8. Outdoor activities are encouraged because it’s not as hot as satan’s lair outside. 

Nobody Likes You When You’re 23 

Wow, we are getting old. It’s so strange to think we turned 23 this year. For the transition into our “Michael Jordan year”, we spent it apart from each other, but still had a lot of fun!

Becca | Since Derek + I have the same birthday, we don’t get each other presents, but we like to go on a trip or do something together. This year, we had a fancy staycation at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. We checked in on Friday afternoon + left Saturday afternoon. The Biltmore is an amazing resort + we were very fortunate to have been able to stay there!

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Lux Room | We booked the Cottage Suite with the Garden view for our one night stay. It was a quaint “mini-house” with a small patio. It was so cute and luxurious + we felt super fancy.

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Poolside | The resort has 8 pools. EIGHT! We stayed at the big “Paradise Pool” over the weekend because it had the swim-up bar and water slide.

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Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner is Served | We got the “Summer Inclusive” package, which allotted us each a free breakfast, lunch + dinner at the on-site restaurants. For breakfast we had the buffet at Frank Albert’s, which served an abundance of yummy food! For lunch, we enjoyed  burger and grilled cheese at Frank Albert’s. And last, but not least, we shared a fancy meal together at Wright’s. We had an amazing food experience all weekend, and could not say better things about Wright’s. Absolutely delicious!

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Overall Impression | Overall, Derek + I had a great time at the Arizona Biltmore. We got to enjoy each other’s company in luxury + I was able to enjoy a staycation at one of the best Arizona resorts. I would say that Year 23 is off to a good start!

Liz | Robbie + I took a trip to Castle Rock, Colorado for our birthdays. Those of you who do not know, Robbie’s birthday is two days after mine, so we like to combine our celebrations. Robbie’s family owns a vacation home in Castle Rock + love to visit as much as they can. This was my first time going + it was an absolute blast!

We first flew into Denver + had lunch at a rooftop bar ViewHouse Eatery while having the best view of Coors Field.

After food + drinks we drove about 45 minutes to Castle Rock + had a night in with pizza at the Riach’s vacation home.

The following day, Saturday, we drove about 2 hours towards the Rocky Mountains + spent the day in Breckenridge, Colorado for a fun filled day at the Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest. At the Oktoberfest, they give you the option to buy tokens for drinks + a beer stein actually made in Germany! [The steins are pretty heavy cups]. After a couple of beers + glasses of wine, we decided to call it a day + head back to Castle Rock for more birthday festivities for Robbie.

Today, Sunday, we went on a beautiful hike. Roxborough State Park, about 30 minutes out of Castle Rock. It was about 2 miles round trip + had amazing views at the top!

Even though it was a quick trip, it was the most fun we’ve ever had! Twenty-three could not feel better. Thank you to the Riach family for a great birthday vacation! Until next time Colorado!

Becca + Liz | Even though we didn’t get to spend our birthdays together this year, we went on some pretty great adventures with our significant others! Cheers to 23!

September Goals

Our September Goals:

1. Cook at home at least 3 times a week. Cooking at home will save us money + will allow us to control everything we put into our bodies. This way we can monitor our portion sizes + quality of food.
2. Walk 30 minutes every day. Because work + school are starting to pick up, we are limited on our free time. Taking just 30 minutes a day to walk + be outside with nature can satisfy our physical + mental needs.
3. Clean out our closets + donate/sell! We love to shop, that’s no secret. But our closets are starting to fill up with old + worn styles. Cleaning out our closets for the new fall season will allow us to have only the pieces we will actually wear + create a positive + clean environment in our wardrobes.
4. Travel locally. We are going to keep this on the list since we didn’t meet it last month. Perhaps scheduling a time/day to explore will allow us to reach our goal this time!

Happy September! 🌺

Netflix + Chillax

Without sports, we have come across a lot of free time recently. And we like to fill it through Netflix + TV shows. Here is a list of some of our favorite TV shows + where to watch them! Pass the popcorn!

  • Friends | Netflix
  • Gossip Girl | Netflix
  • One Tree Hill | Netflix
  • Supergirl | Netflix
  • Game of Thrones | HBO
  • Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise | ABC
  • Pretty Little Liars | Netflix
  • Riverdale | Netflix
  • Stranger Things | Netflix
  • Walking Dead | AMC

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Behind the Scenes | Seperate Lives

Our previous post described a brief timeline of our years as classmates. This week’s post is our college years at a glance. We warn you, these were some dark days + contained a mixture of emotions. Here’s our behind the scenes look at our college experience. Warning: It’s a long story.

 

Freshman Year. [Liz] We attended freshman year together, lived in the same room, and even had just about the same class schedule (give or take a few separate classes). Just like growing up, we were also teammates. Becca + I received basketball scholarships to Concordia to play on the women’s team. We prepared ourselves for the upcoming season the summer before, but we definitely had our work cut out of us. Becca + I put our full focus into our studies + basketball. Our first year of college, Becca + I studied together almost every single day and had a blast going on adventures. We went to school plays, sporting events on campus, + community events happening in cities around us. We had each other + it was great!

A couple of days before finals week is when it got pretty hard. On top of our studies, more emotional distress came our way. Our coach came to the decision to remove Becca from the team. As shocked as we were, we still to this day do not understand her decision. But ultimately, it was a blessing in disguise.

[Becca] Liz + I went home that summer unsure of the possibilities + decisions we had to make. Liz wanted to stay in California because her dream was to play college ball there, but she also didn’t want to leave me. Four days after being home, we went to a Mesa Community College open gym. MCC started recruiting us a while before we committed to Concordia + as soon as they found out I got cut from CUI, they offered us both a position on their team. Liz still hadn’t decided where she wanted to go next year, so she just considered it an option. I, however, did not want to waste any time. I committed myself completely to every workout, every sprint, every open gym that summer.

Late that summer, I signed my Letter of Intent with Mesa Community College, + Liz signed hers with Concordia University. As soon as those pens left the pages, our lives were forever changed. (I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but they were).

 

Sophomore/Junior Year. [Becca] Moving back home meant that Derek + I weren’t in a long distance relationship anymore, but now, Liz + I were. We talked every day through text and sometimes over skype. Our phone conversations lasted, on average, about 3 hours. But it was hard.

Being a twin, I never had to make friends by myself, I never had to go to the first day of school by myself, I never had to go to practice by myself. I felt like a kindergartner again. Luckily I spent most of the year going to 5 classes a day, practice for 6 hours every day, + then going home to eat dinner, do homework + sleep, then do it all over again for two years. I was so dedicated to this sport, no one will ever know. Junior year started to pick up a bit. I had more friends + played well in basketball. But not gonna lie, I struggled my sophomore + junior year because I just didn’t know what to do without Liz.

[Liz] Becca pretty much said it. It was the hardest thing we ever had to go through + continue to go through. I spent my sophomore + junior year trying to figure it out. I made new friends + began to branch out a little bit by going on my own adventures. It was a tough two years but we grew so much as individuals so quickly. I don’t regret our time apart because it created new lives for us that turned out to be wonderful. Even though I miss Becca so much, I began to live an entirely new life for myself. As independent as I became, I never felt more alone.

 

Senior Year. [Liz] My senior year was the wildest experience to this day. Not only was I entering my last year of college but I was also starting a new serious relationship with Robbie. We began talking at the end of junior year + became official during the summer. However, we were long distance for the first three months of our relationship. Being back at school, we were only 25 minutes away from each other. This was new for me because I never had to balance school, basketball + now a boyfriend. As patient + supportive as he was, we made it through!

With the most difficult + frustrating basketball season coming to an end, I was so anxious to graduate.The week of graduation, it was a relief to finish and pass all of my finals. It’s the most rewarding feeling walking out of that class and not having to look back. To think back to the last four years + not even believe how you managed to get through it all. On graduation day, it really hit me not when I walked on the stage, but when I initially walked to my seat. The first time entering the arena + seeing all the families/friends cheering + waving to the graduates. I looked up + saw my entire family standing up + cheering their heads off as I walked to my seat. I had to look away from them because I didn’t want to cry. But this was all for them. They were the biggest supporters + my biggest fans. They made all my hard work worth it.

Super Senior Year. [Becca] Three colleges + four years later, I have just nine more classes + I get to walk across that stage + get that little piece of paper. When I was younger, I always thought that after I graduated, my life would be so “grown-up” + new + exciting. But honestly, now that I’m older, I don’t expect a lot in my life to change after graduation. I am just looking forward to not doing homework after/during work anymore. That’ll be nice.

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There you have it! Our personal college experiences weren’t all about going out + drinking until we pass out, although sometimes those nights occurred… It was more of our individual exploration + independence, + learning about ourselves, while maintaining our relationship with each other.

Pretty Girls Smile

There’s nothing more aluring about a girl than her confident smile. Constantly being a happy woman can be difficult these days because we live in a world full of competition. Thanks to social media, we constantly compare ourselves to others by simply clicking on an app. We believe social media can be a place for raw, confident, supportive, + loving people. However, it can also be full of negativity + inaccurate representations resulting in feeling self-conscious + not good enough.

Becca + I have felt that way before. We felt like we needed to change our clothes, make up, hair, lifestyle, things we had, or big steps we felt like we had to take just to feel a tiny bit of satisfaction of inclusion. But in the end, we still felt like outsiders. We realized it’s not about the way we look, what we buy, the places we travel to, or what job we have. None of that matters. We always compared our lives to the ones we saw through a screen + judged our own.

We believe we have recently grown away from that + started to see + feel our self-worth. We are here to tell you that you are beautiful, just the way you are. As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. The way we live our lives are never going to be the exact same as someone else’s, so why judge it? It doesn’t mean that one is behind or ahead in life, it means we are on different paths + that’s OK! We embrace the flawed, weird, quirky, imperfect, beautiful, magical people that we are. We encourage you, our readers, to do the same.

Here’s a list of ideas to how to get our beautiful readers smiling, because pretty girls smile.

  1. Stay focused on yourself. Do not compare your life to anyone. Live your own life + be confident of your path. Everyone’s path is different.
  2. Live a stress-free lifestyle. Relax, go on adventures, + try new things.
  3. Learn to love yourself. Embrace the person you are + the person you want to be.
  4. Have a positive outlook. Mistakes are going to happen, learn from them + move on. There is good in every situation.
  5. Do what you love. This life is too short to waste your time doing anything else. Take the risk + have some fun!

Just so you know, you are enough! Treat yourself like you are + share your smile to the world, pretty girl.

Behind the Scenes | Life as Classmates

We were fortunate to always have a partner in crime with whatever trouble or success came our way. Whether it be walking to + from school, helping each other with homework, or switching classes to mess with the teacher, we were always at each other’s side.

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Let’s go back to Kindergarten. Our first class together + we’re pretty sure the teacher retired after having us in her class. I cried on the first day of school because I wasn’t sitting right next to Becca. The teacher had to switch me seats with some other kid just to get me to get a grip. My parents never imagined one of us were going to react that way, but it worked out. Ultimately, our parents decided to keep us out of the same class to hopefully let us grow individually + make our own friends without the other.

Fast forward to junior high school. The most embarrassing stage of life for anyone. Our junior high stage was pretty generic, braces on our teeth, growing into our bodies, + figuring out that there is more to a hairstyle than a ponytail. But the best thing about it was having a class together. Remember, we haven’t been in the same class since Kindergarten, so this was exciting for us. Our first day of 8th grade, in English class, we sat in alphabetical order so I sat in front of Becca in our row. Let me tell you, we talked the whole time, commenting on everything! The teacher had to switch us seats away from each other (opposite sides of the room actually). However, we still managed to communicate from across the room. We also dominated in PE class together.

Now high school. High school to us, took forever to end… We had English + weights together again during freshman year. Freshman year was really an extension of 8th grade, because we really didn’t change much. We did make sure to meet each other somewhere on campus between every single class to make sure we were okay.

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Sophomore year was a struggle for me because I had knee surgery towards the end of basketball season. Liz was very supportive + my bodyguard during that time. I was on crutches for 5 months, so she escorted me in the crowded hallways + left classes early to accompany me in the elevator. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any classes (besides weights) together sophomore year, but we made sure to meet at our “between class” spots throughout the day.

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Junior year was our anticipation year. We COULD NOT WAIT to become seniors. We only had weights class together again. It was also the year our older brother moved to California. He was one of our best friends, so it was like a piece of us was missing. Not gonna lie, for the first three years of high school, it wasn’t what we expected. But it started to turn around a little bit for our senior year.

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The summer before our senior year, I dragged Liz to a Concordia University Irvine basketball camp (just for fun). And Liz ended up earning “Camp MVP” + we both were offered basketball scholarships to play there our freshman year of college. If that wasn’t motivation enough, I don’t know what is. We trained almost every day for basketball, made sure to have 5 classes a day (so we could leave campus early + managed to have 4 of the 5 classes together) + actually had fun leading us into our first college experience.

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Freshman year of college was something else, let me tell you.

Stay tuned for our college experience next post!

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!