Simple Science Juices: Review

Simple Science Juices in KC was another place I tried out while back home for fall break. I've been wanting to get into drinking Juices and smoothies more often, but that is a hard habit to do while in college. I thought being back home would be the perfect opportunity to try out some and see if I liked it or not! I decided to try out Simple Science Juices since they use raw, organic, and local fruits and veggies. They have a pretty good selection of Juices and I got to sample most of them. The staff was super friendly and helpful with letting me try samples and deciding which ones I liked best. I bought a package of six juices because you get five percent off when you buy six, and my mom wanted to try out three Juices as well. My favorite was the compound juice that I have pictured, it was definitely one of the best tasting ones and if you drink it over a period of time it can improve your hair, nails, and skin. The compound juice also has great anti oxidants, since it is made from pineapple and oranges! Another really popular one is the anti inflammatory juice, which isn't quite as tasty but has awesome ingredients and really does help with inflammatory issues. They also had a few green based juices, which were pretty good and contain great ingredients as well. I really enoyed the juices and want to buy more when im back in kc. I think my plan is to drink them in the morning or while on the go. This is a great way to get nutritious ingredients that I wouldn't get normally, and I really recommend trying to get juices into your diet on a more daily basis to really see the benefits. 

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Saturday Coffee

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To start of my fall break, my mom and I decided to go to a coffee shop Saturday morning. We tried out Monarchs Coffee in downtown Kansas City, MO. We both got a vanilla latte to sip on and enjoy. The place itself was super nice and the staff was friendly. 

We took this time to catch up, since I have been away at college. It was a great way to start off my morning, I really recommend coffee dates with your mom. This coffee trip made me realize how much I miss my coffee shop time. At college I usually just get Starbucks to go, so I really appreciate it when I have time to sit down and enjoy my coffee. If you are ever in Downtown KC you should stop by Monarchs and enjoy!  

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Pumpkin patch

My sorority sisters and I got to go to the pumpkin patch this past Monday, and it got me so excited for fall! I love fall for so many reasons and can't wait to work on more fall posts for you guys! 

Going to the pumpkin patch is a great thing to do during the fall and a great place to get photos. My favorite part is the pumpkins and I thought these white pumpkins were so pretty!  

The pumpkin patch is also fun to dress up for. My outfit consisted of a green sweater, blue jeans, and my favorite booties that I also wore to the Dallas game. I wore my fringe earrings for an accessory. I got a ton of compliments on my outfit, and hope to bring you guys more fall outfit ideas and posts! 

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Rock on my friends

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My sorority had a function this Thursday and the theme was rock n ride. I decided to wear this dark grey washed Metallica shirt from target with my light pink skirt. I did a darker eye shadow look and wore red lip stick, which is the first time I've ever done a makeup look like that and I loved it! I will soon tell you guys what matte red lip stick I wore in another post:). My accessory was a simple black choker. 

I kept my look pretty simple and cute since we were rolling skating, lol you gotta be somewhat comfy when you're roller skating! And don't be afraid to wear high socks! I got a ton of complements on mine and had no blisters on the back of my ankles!!! 

I had a great time and hope you guys enjoyed this simple rocker look. 

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Gameday

This past weekend I went to Dallas for the annual Arkansas vs. Texas A&M game. I love dressing up for gameday and wanted to share my outfit with you guys! I wore a cute bright red blouse with a jean skirt and booties. Blouses are great for game day because they are super light weight but very cute. The booties were my favorites part, they went really well with the outfit. I hope to share with you guys more outfits soon!  

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College: First Week

 I've officially started college and it's a little crazy/stressful, but I know I can push through it.  I went through recruitment the week before college started and it was a long 9 days, but I am in a house and I couldn't be happier! I am also  happy with my classes but it's not gonna be easy. 

I like to stay ahead with my schoo work and try and get into a productive routine so I can be apart of things like Greek life and other organizations on campus! Keeping grades up and being in activities is hard but very rewarding.

I'm gonna share with you some of things that have helped me stay focus and positive through these stressful times.

1. Surrounding myslef with positive people: my roommate and I have different majors but we have already helped each other with homework, we do our homework at the same time so we can motivate each other. My sorority sisters have been so sweet and welcoming, they really help me get involved and also help me with school work!  

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2. Coffee: it's just a must have. Your gonna be up late and your gonna be tired! Go ahead have more the one cup, but make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well! You need energy to be able to put in your best effort. 

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3. Popcorn: Okay so popcorn isn't the healthiest thing in the world but I love snacking on it when I'm reading or studying. It is very tasty and helps keep me focused on my studying   . 

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Hope you guys enjoyed this short post! More college adventure stories will be up soon:) 

 

XOX Alexis 

KC Pet Project

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/ 

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post! 

XOX Alexis  

Skin Rescue Purifying Mask Review

Hey all,

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!!

xox Kira

You Gotta Try This Bread

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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! 

xox Alexis

Must-Have Mascaras

 

Hey there!

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! 

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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!

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If you would like to check out other great mascara, click here!

xox Kira and Alexis

Fresh Start Breakfast Plate

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:

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  • 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! 

xox, Alexis