Last Sunday I took a road trip to my new home, the University of Kansas! Here's a playlist of songs I listened to on the way. There's a mix of my current favorites and also some oldies but goodies. Enjoy!
This summer I decided I wanted to volunteer at the KC Pet Project. I'm so glad I decided to volunteer and I'm honestly going to miss it while I'm away at college. I had such an amazing experience volunteering so I wanted to share it with you, and maybe inspire you guys to volunteer or even better, inspire Kansas City locals to volunteer at the KC Pet Project.
Before I get right in on what volunteer work I did and the memories I made, I wanted to give you guys some background on the KC Pet Project. It is a no kill animal shelter in Kansas City, and the 3rd largest open admission shelter in the United States to achieve no kill status! So to sum it up they've been doing some pretty great things for the animals!
Everyday was a new adventure. I remember the first day I volunteered we got a pig in and I thought that was so exciting, some days I even filled up the pig little water pool. The pig did get fostered out which made me really happy because it would have a lot more living space! The foster progam is one of the great things about the KC Pet Project. It gives the animals a more ideal environment to live in while they wait to be adopted out!
Specific duties I did while volunteering was make doggy popsicles (you fill the the dogs stress toy with dog food and cover the top with peanut butter then freeze it). I also kennel calmed which is were you reward calm behaved dogs in their kennel by clicking your clicker and throwing in a dog treat! You eventually can work your way up to walking the dogs which is always fun and the dogs really appreciate it, more walk less bark!
If you are more of a cat person you can volunteer and work with the cat and kittens, but I was more of a dog person so I stayed over with the dogs.
I also liked doing garage work! I cleaned dishes and laundry some days when they needed the help.
I had a wonderful time and the staff members were so friendly. I gained a new friendship with the animals and the staff!
Now onto a more serious note. Even though I had a great time, the KC Pet Project also shows you a side to things that aren't so happy and great. Like I said earlier, it's an open admission shelter so we get animals who were neglected and abused, some even come in malnourished. Because some animals have had such a rough life they are very scared when they come in. We do our very best to fix all these issues, it's very rewarding to see dogs gain the nutrition they need and become more friendly with the staff. What the most rewarding thing to see I personally think is seeing an animal get adopted out to a loving family and home!
Here is a link to the KC Pet Project website if you want to look into volunteering, adopting, donating or just want more information! https://kcpetproject.org/
Hope you guys enjoyed this post!
Today I'm sharing some of the new makeup I purchased recently at Beauty Brands. I've never worn a lot of high end makeup but I decided that going into college, I wanted to get nicer makeup than just the typical drug store makeup from Target.
My friend Lauren is a beauty specialist. She did my makeup here for prom so I went back to her to help me find some more high end makeup. I don't have everything I got pictured, but these are my favorites out of what I bought.
- Stila Foundation- Amazing coverage, this was the main thing I wanted when getting an expensive foundation. Blemishes will be hard to see when wearing this foundation.
- Stila Concealer- This stuff does the trick! If I have any stubborn blemishes after I put my foundation on, this concealer easily covers the blemish. It's also great to wear on its own for a more natural look!
- Pixie Book of Beauty Blush- I got this for a cheap price at TJ Maxx and I love it because it has pretty pinks that are shimmery too.
- Tarte Translucent Powder- Lauren mentioned that this powder is to help set your makeup and it doesn't make your face look cakey. She tested it on me and I loved the look! She also said it will last a long time.
- Tarte Bronzer and Highlighter- I had never really tried bronzer before but when she put it on me I had to get it! The change it makes in the way your makeup looks is amazing. The highlighter is very pretty too.
I really enjoyed shopping for my makeup! If you have any questions about the products listed above let me know!
Recently, Alexis and I went shopping at Ulta for some make-up goodies before we head off to college. While we were there, I ended up picking up a new face mask I wanted to try. It's from the brand First Aid Beauty and it's their purifying mask with red clay.
I've been using it for about two weeks now and have absolutely been loving it! I usually take one squirt and put it on the bottom half of my face. I take another squirt and put it on the top half, making sure to go all the way to my hair line and around my face. I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then you can start to feel it hardened on your face. It's usually pretty easy to pull off or I use a wet wash cloth to rub it off. It leave my face feeling clean and refreshed.
You can pick it up at your local Ulta store or even on amazon.com. I purchased the other parts of the set too which include a cleanser, blemish pads, and face cream. I haven't started using them yet, but I'm excited to try them out!
Have any of you tried any products from First Aid Beauty? Let me know in the comments below!!
I've been making some new diet changes and one of them is switching to Ezekiel 4:9 bread. The reason I switched is because it's a no flour complete protein bread. The bread is made from sprouted whole grain which contains complete protein. It is also all natural and contains no preservatives. It's my ultimate no regret bread because I know I'm putting good things into my body!
If you are use to flour bread switching to this bread will be a bit of a change for you, but its not bad tasting at all, just not the same flour consistency. I like to toast mine and top it with peanut butter for a morning toast.
I also tried out the Silk almond dairy free vanilla yogurt. If you are trying to cut out dairy but love yogurt, then turn to silk yogurt alternative!
You can find this bread and yogurt at Sprouts. I hope you enjoyed learning about these new breakfast items and get to try them out for yourself!
This week, Alexis and I are sharing our favorite mascaras that help us complete our make up look.
Alexis tried out the Benefit Roller Lash and loved it. The applicator is not big or bulky, so you don't get random globs of mascara everywhere. It separates my eyelashes without clumping and lasts all day. It is a little costly if you are use to drugstore priced mascaras but totally worth your buck, and does last a long time, since you don't have to use a ton of mascara to get those long looking lashes!
I tried out the Maybelline water proof mascara. It's a good alternative to the mascara above if you are on a budget. I have been using this mascara for a while and I absolutely love it! It hardly ever clumps and goes on smooth. I uses multiple layers to get my lashes big and flirty. Another perk is that it is, of course, water proof!
If you would like to check out other great mascara, click here!
xox Kira and Alexis
Hey, It's Alexis here with another post for our Fab Fit Fun series! Today's post is about a breakfast plate that is super healthy and nutritional. It's very simple and easy to make, you can also swap out some of the fruit and veggies I used for other fruit and veggies that would fit to your liking!
The ingredients I used to make this plate:
- 2 hard boiled eggs (I took out the yoke)
- Handful of cut up strawberries
- Handful of organic raspberries
- Handful of organic blueberries
- Handful of Natures Path Organic Summer Berries Granola
- Half of an avocado (I cut my avocado into tiny square pieces)
- 2 slices of cucumber (I cut my slices into smaller square slices)
- 2 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- A dab of Peanut Butter
This plate tasted great and was super filling/energizing. Pairing my eggs with the avocado and cucumber gave the eggs an exciting flavor and tasted great. Berries are always great to have in the morning, sometimes I dip my strawberries in the peanut butter to change it up a bit. The granola also paired well with the fresh berries, but also tasted just fine on its own!
Health benefits from this plate include:
- Lean Protein from the hard boiled egg whites
- Dietary fiber, vitamin C, and Manganese from the blueberries (blueberries also promote good cardiovascular health)
- Anti-Oxidants from the raspberries (raspberries are also anti-inflammatory and can help fight diseases)
- Iron from the strawberries (strawberries also promote healthy skin and hair)
- Omega 3 fatty acid from the avocado
- H2O from the cucumber
- Health whole grains from the granola
Hope you guys enjoyed this plate!
Hey girls! It's Kira here.
It's summer in Kansas City, which means the heat and humidity is at it's highest! I never feel like straightening my hair and because of this, I needed some way to style my hair and somewhat tame the frizz. I had heard a lot of good things about Not You're Mother's Sea Salt Texturizing Spray and so I decided to give it a try. It was not a disappointment! Here's my steps on how I use the spray to get effortless beachy waves.
- After you shower, comb through your damp hair to make it untangled.
- Spray it on one side, scrunching your hair after a few sprays.
- Do the same to the other side of your hair.
- Either blow dry or let your hair dry naturally for the best wave results!
If you have any questions or want to see more hair style tutorials, let me know in the comments below!
I recently purchased a FitBit HR 2 and wanted to give you guys a review. After using it for a couple of weeks I totally fell in love with it. The features that come with it makes it super easy to track my health and fitness, plus keep me motivated! My favorite feature is the active minutes because it really shows me the length of time I was active for the day. The battery life is amazing, I can go about 4 days without having to put it back on the charger. If you download the Fitbit app to your smart phone you can customize goals, track your sleep, and record food/water intake. And people might think the Fit Bit is only good for recording your steps but they are wrong! The FitBit HR2 comes with a workout mode, elliptical mode, treadmill mode, run mode, weight mode, bike mode, and interval workout mode. Basically you can pretty much record any kind of workout you are doing for that day and track your progress over time! I would highly recommend this to anyone, it is well worth the money.
If you want to check out other fitness trackers, head over here to see some of the best out there!
This is another post to go with our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy series. I've been reading a lot of health magazines lately and I just recently found the "Health Shot" recipe in a Women's Health magazine. I was curious to know, do these health shots really work? Kira and I decided to try the Tart Cherry Juice shot to see if it would help with a speedy recovery after a workout.
The Science Behind it:
If you are looking for something to help with recovery after a hard workout or run, this health shot may be your answer. There has been a ton of research on if cherry juice helps with recovery, especially recovery with distance runners. The research has been positive showing it does help! But the recipe didn't just call for cherry juice, it called for chia seeds and salt to help the body out with electrolytes. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes and if you don't replace them, it will be harder to recover and even worse conditions could occur because your body needs them to function properly. The chia seeds help absorb electrolytes and keep them in, while the salt helps put them back in to your body. It is wise to take this shot 15 to 30 minutes before your workout and then you're good to go!
As much as Kira and I were scared to taste the tartness of the cherry juice, it wasn't too bad at all! Overall, it the tartness was manageable and sweeter than I thought it would be. The only thing I would say though is the texture of drinking chia seeds wasn't the best, but it was a shot so it was over and done quick. The shot was super easy to make and the ingredients shouldn't be hard to find at your local health market. Now it's your turn to put this health shot to the test and find out if it helps you recover well!
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on how big you want your shot to be) of tart cherry juice (try and get a all natural organic juice)
- 2 tsp of chia seeds
- pinch of salt
tip: put the salt and chia seeds in first so when you pour the cherry juice in, it mixes the chia seeds and salt around
Let us know if this health shot helped you like it helped us with recovering!
This past weekend, Alexis and I went down to the KC West Bottoms for First Saturdays to buy some goodies for our dorm rooms. This was our first visit down together, but Alexis went down earlier this summer. You can check out her post here.
Today we are sharing the things we purchased. We both bought little key wristlets so we won't loose our keys, a KC shirt to represent our home town when we are away, and little map quotes to keep us motivated. I also had to test out the vanilla lattes down there because what's new, I need coffee to live. Alexis tried an Italian soda for a quick refresher and loved it!
Overall, our quick trip to the West Bottoms was a success! We plan on going again before we head to college to get some more little knick knacks.
xox Kira & Alexis
It's been a pretty busy week with the Fourth of July and having a few days off of work. I'm finally able to share some of the items I got for my dorm last weekend. I could not be more excited to start college at KU in the fall. My roommate and I decided we wanted our colors to be coral, teal, and gray. As you can see, most of the things I've purchased so far are teal (because it's my favorite color). All of the items on this post were either purchased at Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond. Another great store is TJ Maxx. I found this amazing mattress pad I can't wait to use on my bed. The lamp I have featured in this post I'm super excited about too. It even has a little usb for my phone charger which I think is neat. The next time I go shopping, I'll be looking for more decor items so stay tuned! I would love to find cute little things for my desk or even cute prints to hang on the walls. If you know of any cute decor websites or stores, let me know in the comments below!
Hope you're having a great weekend!
Lately I have been feeling so unmotivated to work out. Since it's summer, I've been staying up later than I usually did while in school, and that makes it harder to get up in the mornings. One thing I do love to do is plan though. I love using planners! So I had this idea, what if I got a fitness planner? I thought it might make me more motivated to work out. Me and My Big Ideas sells these awesome fitness planners, so I decided to give it a try.
The planner is so cute! The package I got came with the planner, some stickers, and a little page holder. Each day you have to write the date, but then you can fill out what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. There is a spot to add your calories too, but I don't really worry about those. On the bottom, there is a spot to write your workout for the day, as well as my favorite part, your water totals for the day. I love drinking water just to fill in the little bubbles! Each one counts for 8oz of water; 64oz is the recommended amount daily.
If you love to plan, love to track your progress and want a little extra motivation to work out and eat right, using this planner might be just what you need! I'm going to continue to use it through the summer and maybe even in collage. Comment down below if you have a fitness planner!
The way you start your day off can be really important to how the rest of your day plays out. Thats why I try and have an awesome and healthy morning, since it helps me stay on track for the rest of the day and not get lazy or unmotivated.
Here are the things that I do at the start of my day that will hopefully help lead you to your best morning ever!
1. Waking up at the same time every day
This helps your body recognize your daily schedule and also prevents you from sleeping in on accident. When I sleep in, I begin to feel so unmotivated/lazy and I do not have a healthy or happy day. So really try and wake up to that alarm without hitting snooze because it will pay off in the end.
2. Eating a Healthy Breakfast
There are a ton of healthy breakfast options out there and it's super important not just to eat breakfast, but a healthy one because it will help energize your body for the day and it also motivates me to eat healthy for the rest of the day.
3. Let Sunlight In
There no super crazy health benefit to this, but it is super helpful to wake your body and brain up, so your not temped to hop back in bed. It's as easy as opening up your window blinds; I do this in the morning and it lets in just the right amount.
4. Stretch and Move
There nothing better than a little morning stretch and it's one of the things I look forward to when waking up. Having something to look forward to is always a great motivater to get you out of bed. I try and run or get some kind of exercise in every morning since it makes me feel so accomplished and happy. It also motivates me to stay healthy and to push myself for the rest of the day since I started out so strong. This past morning I even hiked on a trail with my cousin and it was a fun way to get exercise in and something you could do maybe twice a month to switch things up so you don't get bored!
If you're anyone like me, you always go to the gym right before you have to be somewhere else. This summer, I nanny for a family all day, and so instead of waiting until after the day (when I'll be tired), I like to wake up and get my morning started by going to the gym. Since it's summer, I don't put a ton of make up on, but there are a few items I like to keep with me. Here are my Top 5 Gym Bag Beauty Essentials that will be perfect for any touch up or refresh.
1. Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes
These work just like a basic face wash only are in the form of wipes which make them very convenient and portable. I usually use these after my work out in the mornings to get any dirt off my face. They can also be used before a workout too. These came in handy during track season when I wanted to whip off my makeup.
2. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer
Most of the time after the gym, I don't even mess with a full cover of foundation. I like to stick to something simple and this concealer is perfect for covering any blemishes showing. A beauty blender comes in handy for rubbing it in on your face. It will give a natural look which is perfect for any summer day!
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo always comes in handy, especially after the gym. My hair can get sweaty and greasy and most of the time I don't have time to take a shower afterwards. This dry shampoo will refresh your hair right away and it also smells great! You can even get this dry shampoo tinted your hair color, for extra color of course. You can check out where I featured that dry shampoo here.
4. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Mascara is an easy way to make you look nice, even when you don't have a lot of make up on. I usually just put it on with my concealer and go! This mascara in particular I love because it makes my lashes look super long. It looks effortless and natural.
5. Lady Speed Stick Deodorant
This is an obvious one, but deodorant is essential for your gym bag. I don't know how many times I have forgotten to put it on in the morning before I go to the gym, but it's always helpful to know I have it with me and in case I feel I need to reapply.
Those are my top 5 gym bag essentials!! If you have any essentials, let me know in the comments below.
Sunny and Sapphire is bringing you a new health series that involves Kira and I's fitness journey. Health and fitness plays a big role in both of our lives and we want to improve it and inspire others to live a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Getting healthy can be very hard, but it is so rewarding! Kira and I want to share tips, workouts, and healthy recipes with you to keep you motivated and to also challenge us to be healthier. We don't follow any extreme diet; we just like to eat healthy, nutritious foods. We also don't go to the gym everyday because that can get boring. Instead, we challenge ourselves with different and fun ways to workout and hope that we can inspire you to do so too!
Being fit, being healthy, and being happy can be easier than you think and more enjoyable than you would have ever thought. Stay tuned for tips and tricks we will have a post for this series once a week!
xox Kira & Alexis
The first day my family and I made it to the resort, we all ran down to see the beautiful ocean. When we got there, we saw these giant parachutes floating over the ocean attached to boats. I knew right then and there that I had to try parasailing.
On the second day of our stay, my cousin and I decided to go. I talked to the guy in charge and was able to convince him to give us a discounted rate. We first had to go on boat to get out to the boat that had the parachute attached. Once we got on the boat, we immediately got hooked up and we were ready to go. The guys never even said a "3..2..1", it was just take off right away. It was the most amazing feeling being carried into the sky looking over the beautiful ocean!!! I did get a little sick when we would go down a bit and then right back up high, but it definitely was worth it! My cousin loved it too. At the end, the guys dropped us in the ocean and then reeled us in. 10/10 recommend going if you ever get the chance!
Comment down below if you have been parasailing before.
This past Saturday Kira and I decided to get brunch at The Farmhouse which is a local restaurant in KC near the river market. I'm personally a huge fan of brunch, so I was really looking forward to trying out a new place! I ordered the Veggie Egg Benedict which was very good. The poached eggs were cooked just right and the sauce tasted great with it. My favorite part was that they didn't just put the poached eggs on toast they put it on a hash brown then put the hash brown on toast. It was super filling and I ate it all. It was just too yummy!
Kira enjoyed Granola French Toast. She said, "It was absolutely to die for! The french toast was cooked to perfection. The addition of the berries on the side made the meal complete. They even had whipped cream on the side to add extra sweetness. If you're looking for an amazing brunch treat, I would definitely recommend this!"