Sunny & Sapphire

The Perfect Lunch Stop In Downtown Lee's Summit, MO

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Whistle Stop Coffee is in the heart of Downtown Lee's Summit, MO and happens to be one of Kira and I's favorite coffee shops. There are many coffee shops in KC, but this is one you definitely should check out, especially if you want to enjoy some breakfast or lunch as well as amazing coffee drinks! This week, we went out to try their lunch menu. The main options consist of the soup of the day, sandwiches, and salads. Kira and I both got sandwiches. I decided to go ahead and get a side salad and I'm so happy I did. It was very refreshing and the vinaigrette dressing was quite tasty. Of course we both got iced vanilla lattes to go with our lunch. They have other cool drinks too like an Almond Joy latte and a Zebra Mocha. We then headed outside to enjoy the beautful day on the patio. All in all, it's a perfect lunch stop and Kira and I will definitely be hitting it up more than once this summer. 

 

Address: 227 SE Main St, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

xox

 KIra and Alexis 

April Beauty Favorites

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I have 3 products that I used throughout the month of April that I absolutely loved. All 3 products are for skin care and they all helped keep my skin clear and bright. 

I really enjoyed the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm as an everyday face wash. Its's super lightweight but still moisturizing without being greasy. It also comes with so much product that i've barely made a dint in it, and I used almost everyday in April.

The Skyn Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels really came in handy when my under eyes were looking dark and droopy. The Eye Gels feel amazing on and really help get rid of those dark/droopy under eyes. I used these about once a week, even if my eyes are not necessarily dark or droopy, since it helps with keeping my under eyes moisturized and prevents darks circles.

The Perfecting Que Bella Superberry mud mask was a great addition to my skin care routine since it helped so much with keeping my face bright and not so dull looking. It's very easy for your skin to start looking dull and there are many things that can cause dull skin, but this face mask really helped out with adding the perfecting tough tok my skin. 

xox Alexis

Kira's Prom 2017: Get Ready With Me

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Saturday night was prom and it was one of the funnest nights of my life!! The whole week leading up, I was debating whether or not to keep my appointments to get my hair and makeup done because it literally rained ALL DAY, but in the end, I'm glad I did!

My hair appointment was with a stylist named Bailey. I didn't exactly know what to do with my hair because I have these awkward tan lines from track (lol) but I ended up going with a cute twisted half up half down style and it was perfect! 

Next, I got my make-up done by my friend Lauren! She is the nicest and funniest person I've ever met. She is also super talented and knowledgable in all things make up! I just let her do her thing and she gave me this super cute clean look that went great with my dress. 

And here is the complete look!

Senior Prom is definitely a night I will remember forever! 

xox Kira

My Current Go To Snacks

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Snacking is essential. Everyday when I get home from school I have a snack to give me some energy before I go workout or do whatever I need to do before dinner. There are a lot of unhealthy snacks out there, but I'm here to show you some of the healthier snack options that are available. These are super easy and require little to no cooking!

1. Edamame 

I fell in love with Sprouts Ready To Eat Edamame after the first time I tried it. I seriously finished a whole bag in 3 days (lol). What's awesome about Edamame is that its pretty much ready to eat. All I do is pop a hand full in the microwave for 2 minutes and then snack away. Sprouts already seasoned them with some salt so I don't have to add any. I do try and watch my sodium intake but I make an exception for Edamame since salt is like its perfect partner! Edamame is also a great source of protein if you are looking for a high protein snack. 

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2. Sweet Potato Fries 

What's better than a whole sweet potato? If you guessed sweet potato fries, you are correct! Sweet potato fries are the perfect snack because you can vary how much you want due to how hungry you are. I buy Alexia Sweet Potato Fries because I can pop them into my convection oven and they are done in minutes. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. 

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3. Chobani Greek Yogurt Drinks 

These are awesome whenever you are in a rush. They taste great, fill you up, and are a good source of protein. There are other yogurt drinks out there but I prefer the Chobani Greek Yogurt Drinks since the provide more protein and a little less sugar than some of the others. 

XOX Alexis

Summer Season Prep: Kira's Essentials

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Hello!

Between track season and school, spring has really flown by and summer will be here before we know it. It's usually around this time where I start to prepare for warmer weather. Today I am sharing 8 of my must-haves for the summer season. 

1. Chapstick

I'm not a huge lipstick person, but it is important to keep you lips moisturized, especially if your planning to be in the sun a lot. Burt's Bees is one of my favorite brands. If you need some color, they have tinted chapsticks as well as regular.  

2. Off The Shoulder Dress

This type of dress is so in right now! They look especially great with a cute choker necklace and dangle earrings. They are perfect for any occasion as well. I just bought one that I'm wearing to an awards night at school, but you could wear them out for a shopping day or even a concert. 

3. Sunglasses

This is kinda obvious but sunglasses are a must! I like to keep them in my purse or car so they are there and ready for me when ever I need them. 

4. Texturizing Spray

I don't know about you, but my hair is super wavy. During the summer, I try not to blow-dry my hair, but instead use a texturizing to enhance my waves and obtain a more beachy look. Textured hair is also great for braids if you want to get your hair out of your face and off your neck. 

5. Sandals

Everyone knows shoes are a girls best friend. You can't have too many sandals in the summer season. My favorites are the ones with a little wedge heel like I have pictured. They aren't too tall to wear I can't walk, but they still look nice and cute. 

6. Waterproof Mascara

Usually, I prefer to wear normal mascara, but in the summer, the water proof kind comes in handy. I wear it especially on days I'm going to the pool or spending time on the lake. 

7. Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key to having clear skin and feeling great in the summer. I usually take one with me where ever I go. You can also choose to add fruit to you water. This gives a little more flavor and makes it fun!

8. Polaroid Camera

Sure most of us will have our phones on us where we could use the camera on there, but there is something about holding the actual picture in your hand that brings me so much joy! If you plan on many summer adventures, a polaroid camera is definitely essential! 

Comment down below what your summer essentials are!

xox Kira

5 Healthy Habits That Changed My Life

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Looking for a healthy change? Most of us would just run to the newest diet trend and workout routine to just give it up after a couple weeks. Being healthy isn't easy, you cant just rush into it, you have to find what works for you and what you enjoy the most. I have 5 healthy habits I follow to keep me on track for a healthy lifestyle. They are super simple but have a big impact on your health. 

1. Lemon Water In The Morning

Right when I wake up I head down to the kitchen and make me some lemon water to drink while I get ready for school. I used to make coffee, but once I made the change to lemon water, I couldn't give it up. I automatically feel so refreshed and awake! It helps with much needed hydration from going so long without water while sleeping. Drinking lemon water also sets me mentally on pace to eat healthy for the rest of the day since I started with something healthy right when I woke up. 

2. Getting Outside 

Whenever it's nice out I try and get outside as much as I can. Getting sunlight has so many benefits, for me personally it just puts me in a positive mood and motivates me to get active. You can go on a bike ride, a walk, a run, or even go to a park with a friend. Using the outdoors to get active is a nice change from the gym and it keeps things more interesting. 

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3. Getting Up Early 

Waking up can be hard but it has its benefits! If I sleep in I feel so sluggish and become so unmotivated to eat healthy or workout. Consistency is so important when it comes to health,  do yourself a favor and wake up early so there are no excuses to not follow through with your daily goals. 

4. Getting Plenty Of Sleep

Having a bomb workout or having a bomb day in general will not stay consistent throughout the week if you don't let your body recover! Recovery is so important, as long as you allow your body to recover you will have plenty of energy the next day to keep going. So go ahead light a candle, relax, and recover!

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5. Green Smoothies 

I try and get in green smoothies as much as I can to provide the nutrients my body needs. Healthy nutrients helps you feel so much better and energized. If I'm putting the right nutrients in my body I know I can perform my best, and confidence is key when it comes to exercising and staying healthy. If you believe in yourself you will keep going and soon enough start seeing the benefits. 

xoxo Alexis 

DIY Spa Night

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Kira and I decided to head down to the kitchen to try out DIY face masks and body scrubs that we have never made before and see how it goes. The great thing about DIY face masks and body scrubs is that for the ingredients needed to make them you probably already have in your kitchen. We decided to make a turmeric brightening face mask, vanilla latte body scurb, and a simple moisturizing Himalayan salt body scrub.  

Kira was bold enough to try out the Turmeric face mask, and if you have ever seen tumeric powder you would understand why i said "bold" because that stuff is bright orange. To make this face mask you need: 

  • 1 tsb of Turmeric powder 
  • 2 tsb of Honey 
  • 1 tsb of freshly squeezed lemon 

after you have all the ingredients together in a bowl you mix them all together until it's a smooth consistency. After mixing the ingredients it looked really weird but Kira still gave it a go and put it all over her face avoiding the eye areas. She left it on for ten minutes and washed it off. After trying this face mask out we came to the conclusion that were not so sure about the brightening part but we are for sure about it leaving a yellow tint on your face, haha thankfully kira managed to get the yellow tint off before the next day. Maybe it really does brighten up your face after a couple uses but we would just recommend buying a brightening face mask made by a good company, since you wont have the hassle of getting a yellow tint off of your face. 

The vanilla latte body scrub on the other hand was totally worth it and we would really recommend it to anyone who loves coffee as much as kira and i do. it made your skin so soft and smooth while also smelling amazing! The ingredients you need for this body scrub is: 

  • Coffee beans grounded up 
  • brown sugar 
  • coconut oil 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Cinnamon flavor 

we didnt go by any excact measurments we kinda just winged it.

Now if you are looking for a super easy body scrub to make this is the one for you! it only takes two ingrediants. Hemilayan salt and coconut oil. We use coconut oil because we find it leaving your skin super mosturized and smooth but you can always use olive oil instead of cocunut.  

xoxo Kira and Alexis 

 

Bring on the Sunshine: How to Make an Easy Tropical Smoothie

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With only a few months to go till summer, I thought I would share an easy tropical smoothie recipe that will make you wish you were laying on the beach! There are many ways you could make this smoothie so feel free to add/change any items I use. 

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Ingredients: 

  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Frozen Mangos
  • Banana
  • Spinach (if you want)
  • Almond milk (or any milk/juice)

You will need a blender as well. I used my Ninja blender, but any will do. 

Steps:

First, add the bananas, pineapple and almond milk into the blender. If it seems full, blend the current ingredients. Once blended, add spinach, mangos, a little more almond milk and any other ingredients you would like. Blend again and you should have a healthy, delicious treat!

Comment down below if you try this recipe and tell me what you think!

xox Kira

Simple Saturday 03/25/17

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This past Saturday I went down to the River Market in Kansas City, Mo. It was my first visit in a while since I don't usually go during the winter season. In the summer I do try and go every weekend to buy fresh vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Local businesses also come to sell their products so there is a variety of things you can look at and buy. This past weekend I didn't necessarily go for the farmers market I went to check out the City Market Coffee Shop (see picture of menu below). The thing that makes the River Market special is that it has a ton of local small restaurants that are all really neat and perfect for a Saturday brunch or lunch stop. The City Market coffee shop was so cute it had two levels and the coffee was great, I ordered a vanilla latte. My friends and I sat down at a table and relaxed. It was a simple Saturday morning to say the least but a very enjoyable time.  

City Market Coffee Address: 305 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105               xoxo Alexis                                     

City Market Coffee Address: 305 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105              

xoxo

Alexis                                     

Spring Break in Steamboat Springs

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I went to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for spring break and it left a great first impression on me. From the thrilling ski resort, great food, interesting people, and wondrous downtown area it all made it a very special trip!

If you are ever looking for a great ski town I would highly recommend Steamboat. There are tons of slopes and plenty for beginners and experts! I went snowboarding for the first time and I got lessons and the instructors at steamboat were great and helpful! It had this wonderful atmosphere that pushes you to want to be a better snowboarder or skier! I snowboarded the whole time and had the best time ever. I highly recommend snowboarding to the people who are looking for a challenge! Steamboat also has a ton of rental shops so it's very stress free when it comes to renting and the people are very helpful! I rented my gear from Powder Pursuits. They have an awesome selection of skis, snowboards, boots, or helmets for your steamboat trip!

If you are wanting to take the day off from the slopes, that is no problem!  You can head downtown and check out the local food and shops! Tons of interesting shops will keep you entertained and cure that shopping frenzy because, let's be real,  who can't resist a good vacation shopping! If you are in to burgers, you will fall in love with the Burgers at Steamboat. I ate an amazing burger at Backdoor Grill in downtown Steamboat. There are plenty of areas to run and great trails to hit too!
I had a great time at Steamboat this spring break and highly recommend it to you guys to check out for one of your ski trips! Get out there and get going, you won't regret it!

xox 

Alexis

Everyday Workout Routine

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Today I am sharing one of my favorite workout routines. This is one you don't have to go to the gym for, but can do in your own backyard or home gym. 

Warm Up:

  • Run 1 mile (either outside or on elliptical)

Legs:

  • 3x12 (6 on each leg) split squats
  • 3x10 squat with 12 pound. medicine ball
  • 3x25 calf raises with 25 pound weight
  • 3x10 squat jumps

Arms:

  • 3x12 bicep curls with 15 pound weight
  • 3x10 push press with 15 pound weight
  • 3x12 upright row with 15 pound weight

Abs:

  • 3x25 Russian twist with 10 pound medicine ball
  • 25 toe touches
  • 25 leg raises
  • 40 heel touches
  • 60 second plank, then 45 second plank
  • 45 second side plank on each with 12 dips on each side

Adding fruit to water is also a great way to stay hydrated while working out! One of my favorites is lemon water. Strawberries, blue berries and cucumbers are great additions as well!

If you try this workout, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

xox

Kira

March Beauty Favorites

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Today I am sharing some of our favorite beauty products for this month!

First, I am sharing my favorite lotion, Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisture. It smells sooo good and is super moisturizing.  My second product is Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo and Conditioner. This is my favorite shampoo to take out the yellow tones without drying out my hair. The pairing conditioner keeps it moisturized as well. My last favorite product for this month is my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. I love this because I can use it to brighten up my under eyes and it also gives a natural look. It also doesn't leave make-up creases which is awesome! 

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She says, "Batiste Dry Shampoo is one of the best! Whenever you feel like not washing your hair, or just want to touch it up real quick, this product is perfect!"

More favorites to come in April!

xox,

Alexis