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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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!

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 Most Annoying Habits

Over the years, we both have developed some annoying habits that sometimes help us get through the day, make us who we are, or are just unexplainable. Here is a list of our annoying habits, as we know of…

  1. We make lists for everything.
  2. We type too many exclamation points when we text!!!
  3. We call each other “sissy”.
  4. We sleep on only one side of the bed, even if there’s no one on the other side.
  5. We usually don’t finish drinking our water bottles, and leave them lying around half empty.
  6. We listen to our favorite song on repeat for 4 days until we are finally sick of it.
  7. We sometimes think and say the same thing at the exact same time.
  8. We say sorry a lot.
  9. Becca can only eat one section of her meal at a time.
  10. Liz eats with her left hand, even though she’s right handed.
  11. We have the wimpiest, least professional-like handshakes.
  12. We stress out if we are late. Even just 2 minutes late.
  13. We like to keep our hotel rooms clean, even when housekeeping comes.
  14. We are lightweights when it comes to drinking.
  15. We have to mix our hot chocolate with hot milk, water just isn’t right.
  16. We tend to confuse others when we try to explain things.
  17. We keep flowers long after they’ve died.
  18. We always feel like eating popcorn after we swim.
  19. We never stop talking + laughing when we are together.
  20. We eat large meals, then 20 minutes later have another meal.
  21. We are obsessed with desserts + sweets.

 

What to Expect from Spin Class

With being athletes most of our lives, working out at a gym became part of our daily routine. Even though on some days the most difficult part was getting there, we managed to push each other to go. We typically had a workout plan with us during training for our basketball seasons, so we never felt it was necessary to try the fitness classes offered at our local gym. Man, do we regret that. A couple of months ago, both of our basketball careers came to an end but physical activity was still part of our lifestyle. Instead of pushing hard on the weights, we decided to start taking classes the gym offered. Spin class became one of our favorites. If you are interested in trying out these classes, here’s what you should know

What is it: The best way to describe Spin class is indoor cycling. Members sit on stationary bikes and perform variations of speeds and resistance. Certified “spinning” instructors are the only ones who are allowed to lead this specific class + are used as a guide throughout the 40-60 minutes. This activity is a cardio/aerobic workout sequence that is set to music. If that’s not fun enough, the rooms are usually filled with mirrors on the wall + the only source of light are black lights mounted at the front by the instructor. Wear a bright neon shirt + you’ll be the life of the party!

What to expect: The instructor is there as a guide. If you want to go at your own pace, so be it! The instructor should give you general tips on amounts of resistance, how fast to pedal, how hard you should be working, and when to perform various movements (standing, sitting, sprinting, etc.) Depending on how hard you want to work, you can recover, slow down, add or take away resistance at your pace. For beginners, it will take a few tries to get it down at first. Spinning will make you feel fatigued in your leg muscles but no matter what, don’t stop pedaling! Yes, you will be sore, even from sitting in the saddle. That’s normal, but that soreness generally goes away after a few times. Remember to always bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!

Who can do it: Spin is a great activity for those who want a motivating workout at their own controlled  pace. It is low-impact, which is perfect for those who have knee problems (any athlete), joint pain, or would like to balance out higher impact training, like running.

Where to go: Spin is pretty common in most areas. They are offered at almost every gym or fitness center, as well as spinning-specific gyms. Two spin-specific places I recommend are  The Madison  in Tempe, Arizona +  Bike 2 the Beat in Newport Beach, California . Both are great places + we had great experiences and instructors!

What to wear: any workout clothes is suitable for this class. However, I recommend wearing leggings as bottoms because it is more comfortable on the saddle. Also, if you have them, padded cycling shorts would be ideal + will increase your comfort. Workout shoes or cycling shoes (that clip into the bike pedals) will be perfect!

Our tips: If this is your first time, show up early! Let the instructor know you’re new + ask them any questions you may have about the class, and if they can help you set up on your bike (which can be tricky). The main thing to gather from this class is to monitor your intensity + work at your own pace. Everyone is different. Be your own judge. Another tip is every instructor is different. So if you didn’t enjoy the first time, try a different instructor or location. Give it a chance with a few different classes before you decide it’s not for you!

Happy Spinning xoxo