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24 Jan

1. Polar Watch

We have had our polar watches for over six months now but have not had the chance to blog about them yet! We love that they monitor our heart rates, keep track of our calorie burn, and time our workouts. It is so helpful to watch your targeted heart rate go up and down during HITT workouts, body pump classes, and runs around the neighborhood. If you are interested in monitoring your own heart rate and exercise when you work out, then we suggest you purchase one of your own! The only thing we wish our Polar watch had was a built in GPS feature, to track miles when completing our long distance runs. But thankfully we both have Iphone apps that can keep track of the mileage for us.

2. Naked 2 Palette 

Neutral eye colors are kind of our thing. Although we love fun and bold eye colors, we tend to lean towards wearing basic colors everyday. This is why we absolutely love our Naked 2 palette so much. Naked has three different versions of these eye shadow combinations and although we only have the 2, we have heard great things about the first and most recent palettes. Our mom purchased our palette’s at Sephora last year around the holidays. We know they can also be found at many department stores, Ulta, and online!

3. Toasted Coconut Coffee 

After a few weeks of drinking Folgers coffee we have come to the conclusion that flavored coffee is just so much better. We have been debating for a while whether or not buying flavored coffee was worth the increase price tag because we can buy a huge container of Folgers at Costco for around $10. After picking up a $5 bag of toasted coconut coffee at Marshalls, there is no going back. We can justify it by thinking about how much it would cost to get a cup of flavored Dunkin’ each day before class. Coconut coffee > buying coffee on the go.

4. Fitness Blender

One of the best things about blogging is finding out what other bloggers are doing and love. A few weeks ago we were scrolling through one of our favorite blogs (we can’t remember whose) and came across a link to Fitness Blender. We have been using it so much lately, especially for early morning workouts when the roads are bad and we just don’t feel like driving to the gym. The website has 100’s of workout videos ranging from yoga, HITT videos, plain old cardio videos, ab workouts, warm up, cool downs, and so much more. We are not exaggerating when we say we LOVE this website and have tried over 10 different workout videos and loved them all. Next time you feel like changing up your workout routine make sure to check it out!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have some fun events planned over the next few days. Check back on Monday to see what we got ourselves into over this weekend.

WIAW Bali Style

6 Nov

Hey Guys!

Since it is Wednesday and I just recently got back from a week long holiday in Bali, Indonesia I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all my eats from the trip.

Before coming to Australia I had absolutely no desire to ever go to Indonesia.  About a month ago I was discussing with a friend about planning a trip to New Zealand when she suggested visiting a place completely opposite of Australia. When Indonesia came up I started thinking. I casually suggested it to my friend Casey who is also studying with me in Australia when her parents were visiting. Her dad overheard us talking and encouraged us both to consider Indonesia as an option. Before I knew it we were booking our flights to Indonesia. I am definitely glad we choose this location because it was awesome!

I had high expectations for the trip especially in the food area. I was looking forward to tons of fresh fruits and vegetables for a fraction of what they cost in Australia! Luckily my expectations were met! The food during this trip was fabulous.

Our hotel provided breakfast which was great and super convenient. Breakfast was buffet style with an egg station, multiple hot items, a toast station, and lots of fresh fruit!  Although I never actually snapped a picture of breakfast my typical plate usually included 3 poached eggs, 2 small pieces of whole grain toast (they actually called it healthy or brown bread in Indonesia!) and tons and tons of fresh fruit, especially watermelon!

Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite meals in Indonesia. I was definitely happy because the majority of the meals were made with fresh and local ingredients! Beware the pictures may make you hungry…enjoy!

Sandwich

Our first meal in Indonesia! I had a chicken, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with fresh fruit.

BBQ

 

One night for dinner we opted to take part in the BBQ our hotel was hosting. On the menu was grilled tuna and chicken, salad, vegetables, and baked potatoes!

Boost

When we realized that there was a local Boost nearby we knew we would have to find time to make a pit stop. $2 smoothies by the pool = best thing ever.

 

Buffet Lunch

Another buffet lunch during one of our day trips. Salad, steamed white rice, tofu, and vegetable and tempeh curry.

Typical Fruit Plate

With tons and tons of fresh fruit for dessert. Literally my plate looked like this x2 after every meal.

Dunkin'

When we spotted a Dunkin’ Donuts during one of our day trips we knew we needed to ask the driver to make a pit stop. My friend and I had not had Dunkin’ Donuts in over 4 months. Let’s just say that the iced coffee was basically the greatest thing….ever.

 

Fish

Another evening we found this romantic restaurant that had the greatest food ever. We loved it so much we went back twice and both ordered the same thing! Grilled fish, steamed vegetables and potatoes for less than $6!

Fish Tacos

Another night we were felling Mexican and we found this awesome place down the road from our hotel. As soon as I saw that there special was mango shrimp tacos I knew what I was ordering. Paired with a corona and lime it was probably my favorite meal of the whole trip!

FRUIT

On our second day trip we stopped at a fresh vegetable and fruit market where a nice woman let us try all the different local fruits. Not sure what this one is but it was fabulous!

Fresh mango

The fruit was so good we ended up buying some to bring back to the hotel to have later. Fresh mango by the pool was awesome.

Meican Salad

We had such good luck with Mexican the first time that we opted to try another Mexican joint. This was a mexican salad with greens, onions, avocado, corn, fresh cilantro, and homemade dressing. I literally watched the cook make the dressing in the blender right in front of me. It does not get much better than that folks! To make it even better the salad was fabulous and less than $3. Isn’t that crazy? CHEAP.

Romantic

Another fun candlelight dinner. I had a papaya filled with shrimp, mushrooms, and avocado and topped with more shrimp! So unique and different from anything i’ve ever eaten before.

water

This trip definitely included lots and lots of bottled water. You can’t drink the water in Indonesia and we both definitely did not want to get sick so we were extra careful while we were there. Is this not the fanciest bottle of water you have ever seen?

Welcome Cocktail

 

Finally, the trip included one or two..or three alcoholic beverages. Because hey, it’s vacation!

I hope you enjoyed my pictures from Bali. It was definitely a trip of a life time. I feel so blessed to have been able to make it over there! Now go check out Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else has been eating lately!

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What’s your favorite part about vacation? The food, the sites, the relaxation? 

Back to the Grindstone

26 Aug

Today I am headed back to college to begin my junior year of classes!
I am officially an upperclassman, and over halfway through my undergraduate degree!
And what is even more exciting about the start of classes for the fall?
I am now pursuing a degree in psychology!

After lots of long talks about what Devon wants to really do with her life, I realized that whatever I wanted to do in the future no longer involved working in a classroom full of 3rd graders, or even in a school setting.
So I did lots of research.
Thought about my options.
Questioned my current career choice.
Asked lots of questions.
And realized that I could actually pursue a degree is something I am so interested in.
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY!
I love health, and I even had thoughts about becoming a registered dietitian or nutritionist up to this point.
And now I think health psychology is an even better fit for me!
So you may be thinking, “what does a health psychologist even do?”

There are so many different settings a health psychology can work in. But basically, they typically work in a clinical setting to help prevent illness and promote healthy behaviors. Health psychologists also influence public policy on health care issues. An example of this would be promoting that all nutritional data is listed on the menu at fast food restaurants. Health psychologists can even take part in research on health related issues.

Although now I have to get my Ph.D. and continue onto graduate school after I complete my undergrad, I am so excited to find something that I have so much passion for.  And what is even better than having tons of passion for it? My twin sister shares this passion with me! Upon telling her of my decision to change my major and purse a psychology degree to later get into health psychology, she was right there with me. We hope to some day open our own practice together, helping others find the joys of living a healthy lifestyle.

So although I have to get back to the grindstone today and begin going to classes, studying, and working hard, I am also beginning my new career path as a psychology major.
And that is pretty marvelous if I say so myself.

Here’s to another marvelous Monday thanks to Katie’s link-up over at Healthy Diva Eats.
And here’s to Kayla, who is already underway on her 5th week of classes in Australia!
How crazy is that?!?!

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So I would like to know: What are you studying in college? What are your career goals? If you already graduated college, what field are you currently working in?

It’s the Small Things on a Friday

2 Aug

Today is one of those days that is worth celebrating.

I completed another full week of Body Pump, and I am loving the results this new workout class has had on my body. I feel stronger, more confident, and proud to say that I lift weights. Heavy weights!

I had a photogenic breakfast bowl! It was overnight oats, topped with a peach, strawberries, cinnamon flax granola, and unsweetened coconut. Plus some creamy peanut butter! Can’t forget about that part!

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After a long day at work, I also got to participate in some retail therapy with my momma.

New finds include a 70% + another additional 20% off a maxi dress from Banana Republic, a stripped J.Crew sundress, and a fabulous new J.Crew bracelet to add to my collection. My mom scored a cute pair of nude J.Crew flats for $19 [go mom] and a stripped Banana Republic dress that works for both work and a fun day out and about. We also enjoyed some quality time to catch up, stroll the outlets, and to get some fresh air.

She even brought me a little surprise! A “super sized”  salad they were going to throw away at her work. She knew I’d love it!

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And the rest of my evening was spent skyping my other half, catching up on blogs/emails/magazines, and enjoying some me-time. It is so nice to spend a night doing absolutely nothing but pure relaxation!

So I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure today is definitely worth celebrating.
What did you do today worth celebrating? 

Marvelous Muffins

20 May

We.
Have.
Perfected.
Our.
First.
Ever.
Muffin.
Recipe.

That’s marvelous in itself.
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Marvelous enough to share with all of our blog friends linking up for #MIMM over on Katie’s blog Healthy Diva Eats.

But want to know what’s even better?

Our perfect muffins over soy yogurt.

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Our perfect muffins over a smoothie in a bowl.
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Our perfect muffins crumbled on-top of overnight oats (with sunbutter).
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Our muffins eaten plain, by themselves.

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You get the idea.

Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins
Makes 12 scrumptious muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp iodized salt
2 large bananas, mashed (over rip bananas work perfectly for this!)
1 tbsp blue agave nectar
1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 egg white
4 oz blueberry Chobani greek yogurt (or another flavor of your choice)
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
cinnamon, for sprinkling on the tops of muffins before placing in the oven

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tray with coconut oil spray or place cupcake liners into the 12 spaces. You do not want your perfect muffins to stick to the tray after they are finished baking.
First, combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Next, combine mashed bananas, agave, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Then add in the egg and the egg white to the mixture and beat using a mixer until well combined. After combined, slowly add in the almond milk and the Chobani greek yogurt.
Next, slowly combine the wet mixture to the dry mixture until mixed. Be careful not to over mix the ingredients.
Spoon the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups. We used a 1/4 measuring cup to ensure each muffin had the same amount of matter. It works out almost perfectly if you do it this way. We just added the extra batter into the muffin cups we thought needed a little extra loving.
Sprinkle cinnamon on the tops of the muffins before placing in the oven.

Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes. Stick a toothpick in the middle of a muffin to check if they are finished cooking. If complete, the toothpick will come out of the muffin bare.
Let muffins cool for 10-15 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to finish cooling. Be careful when moving them to the cooling rack. Use a knife to help cut the muffins out of the tray.

And finally, enjoy the muffins one of the ways listed above. Let us know what is your favorite way to eat a freshly baked muffin.

**The muffins can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or placed in the freezer to use at another time. Individually wrap muffins so you can grab one and quickly defrost it in the microwave on a busy morning!

Summer Break

7 May

So it’s official. We are doneeeeeeee with finals and ready to start our summer break!

During school we usually tried to have a blog post daily Monday through Friday. However for the summer we have decided to move away from our standard Monday through Friday posts. Instead, we decided to blog whenever we have something marvelous to share with you all. That may be everyday some weeks or only a few days another week depending on our schedule, vacations, work, and how creative we are feeling in the kitchen!

You can look forward to recipes, healthy tips, what we ate Wednesday posts, recap’s of our day trips, and whatever else we find exciting enough to share!
 

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Do you have any exciting plans for this summer?

Pancakes In A Jar

19 Feb

Happy Tuesday! Today we have a new breakfast recipe for you guys! Pancakes are a typical American breakfast food. Yummy, yes. Healthy, no. That statement changes with these new pancakes. They are so easy to make and only require 2 ingredients! (3 if you count the dash of cinnamon you can add if you prefer) The jar part comes in a little later.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 banana

Directions:
1. Take a banana and mash it in a bowl with a fork. Once mashed, crack an egg into the bowl and mix.
2. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Once hot make tablespoon sized pancakes and cook 2-3 minutes on each side. They will be easy to flip once ready, so if you’re having trouble flipping them they probably are not ready to be flipped yet.

Once you are finished making all your pancakes you can move onto the fun part. Making your pancake greek yogurt parfait. We layered ours with the following ingredients but the combinations are endless and completely up to you.

Jar Ingredients:
6oz strawberry chobani greek yogurt
1 teaspoon chai seeds
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 tbsp granola

Jar Assembly Directions:
1. Our layers looked like this. Pancake, greek yogurt, strawberries, chai seeds, repeat. All the way up to the top.
2. Put in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning take out 5 minutes before consumption. Top with granola and enjoy. Trust me, they are going to become a basic in your breakfast meals.

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Look at those layers! We love making greek yogurt parfaits. What is your favorite yogurt parfait combination? We would love to know!