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  

 

 

 

First Saturdays at the West Bottoms

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 

Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy: Your Best Morning Ever

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! 

xox Alexis

Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy

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!

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xox Kira & Alexis