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Where Have We Been?

Hello friends! It seems like it's been a long time since I was last on this space, sharing our go-to stores for cute workout wear. How have you been? I hope June is treating you well. This post is going to be kind of a mish-mash of things. Part studio update, part life update, part cool things we think you should know about. So, here goes...

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Come walk with us! We're starting a weekly walking group and our first walk will be this Tuesday, June 26th at 9:15am at Wright Park, at the corner of 6th Ave and South G Street in Tacoma. If you're in the area, come join us! And bring your health and fitness-related questions. A personal trainer (or two) will be leading the walk and it's a great opportunity to get your burning exercise questions answered. It's completely FREE and You can find details on our Facebook page here

We're jumping in to YouTube! Nikki and I are a good working team in that very often the things I'm not good at, she is. And the tasks that she hates doing, I actually enjoy. But one way in which we are the same is that we both struggle with being on camera. Unfortunately, exercise kind of requires a visual. It's much more difficult to write out how to do a plank than it is to show someone how to do a plank, for example. So, we're ordering vlogging equipment and will be wading into the wild world of YouTube very soon. Wish us luck on that!

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Speaking of YouTube, I saw this video recently and loved it. There are so many great things about summer, aren't there? But it also brings with it renewed opportunities to be critical about our bodies and to compare ourselves to the curated images we see on social media. But let's not. Let's be kind to ourselves. Let's dress the way we want. Let's show ourselves the same grace we show others. Let's take full advantage of everything we love about this season. Let's be creative with solutions to the things that make us uncomfortable in summer, physically or emotionally. That's what this video is all about.

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Badminton is making a comeback at the studio. Nikki is always trying to think of ways to make workouts a little bit less like work and more like play, and badminton is just one of the new things we've got going on. I remember playing this game for hours in the backyard with my brother. It was so much fun! And I'm telling you, people play this game in the studio and they look like kids again. It's so much fun to watch. I'm tempted to buy a new set for myself...

Dry lips? You might need a lip sleeping mask, like this one from Laneige. It might sound ridiculous to buy a mask for your lips, but I struggle all year round with my lips drying out at night. It's especially bad when the weather is cold and dry outside. But it's also a problem when it's hot outside and I've got the air conditioning going inside, drying out the air. This stuff smells like bubble gum and a little goes a long way. So even though it's kind of pricey, it will last you a while. 

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Any of you as clueless as I am about applying eye makeup? No one ever really showed me how to do it, so I mostly just avoided it most of my life. But, I discovered Kate at The Small Things blog earlier this year and have been devouring her tutorials on everything makeup and hair. One of my faves is this one on the basics of applying eyeliner. But they're all great! She's got loads of videos on YouTube as well, so check her out for all the things you wish you'd had a big sister to teach you about being beautiful.

Game-changing sauces. I've been throwing this delicious sweet chili and garlic sauce on almost everything lately. I started with edamame, as the recipe suggests. But, really, it's good on vegetables, rice, you name it.  It would probably be good on meat too, if I ate meat. As simple as the recipe is, I've made it even simpler. I literally only use garlic and the sweet chili sauce. And I buy the already minced garlic, so it's just a matter of sautéing that for a minute, adding in a couple of tablespoons of the chili sauce and heating it up for a minute. Done.

As always, thanks for reading the blog even when we go AWOL for a month. Always feel free to post in the Comments below if there are topics you'd like us to tackle, exercise or otherwise. Take care and we'll see you again here soon!

Health, Fitness, Beauty and Food Hacks You Need in Your Life

We love hacks that make life easier or less expensive, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Those things just feel so difficult sometimes, don't they? Anyway, here are a few little things we've discovered that make taking care of ourselves so much more doable. 

Swap out shave gel for conditioner. Depending on which brand you choose, it's way cheaper per ounce than shave gel. I love the scent of a particular $2.99 bottle of Herbal Essences conditioner and now I buy it exclusively for this purpose. An added bonus is that I've noticed that if I forget to put on lotion after shaving my legs, when I use conditioner, they don't get itchy and irritated. I think because of the moisturizing ingredients in the conditioner...Shampoo is a good substitute for more expensive body washes too. 

Build your workout one minute at a time. When you're new to exercising, maybe you can only do 5-minutes at a time. But try adding 1-minute each day until you reach 30. An extra minute usually feels doable and you'll be at your target minutes in no time.

Swap a music playlist for the clock. If you find yourself glancing at the clock every few minutes, willing your workout to get done faster, you know it does the opposite. It makes the time drag even more. Instead, build a playlist of songs that's exactly as long as you want to exercise and use it as your timer. It's way more fun to let songs mark the time than the secondhand on your watch.

Want your perfume to last longer? Spray it behind your knees, inside your elbows, behind your ears or in your hair to get the best wear time out of your scent. 

Want to sneak some movement into your work day? Try walking meetings. How many Friday afternoons did I spend trapped in an office or conference room for meetings that could have just as easily been mobile? Too many. Get outside, breathe some fresh air and get some work done. 

Dry your hair with an old t-shirt instead of a towel. It dries faster, I swear. 

Tennis balls and frozen water bottles make great foot massagers. Fill the water bottles about 3/4 full and then freeze them. Rolling your tired feet over tennis balls or frozen bottles of water is so soothing. 

Now for some food hacks...

Rotisserie chickens are your friend. Already cooked chickens are a great time-saver. Pull the meat off of them when you get home and store it in the fridge, ready to be tossed on top of a salad, rolled up in a burrito, or thrown in a stir-fry. Nikki does this a lot. 

Buy some bagged salad mix. You can get greens in your system in a matter of seconds. I used to take them to work with me and store them in the fridge for lunches. 

Swap pasta for spaghetti squash. This is a relatively painless way for those of us who struggle with liking vegetables to get more of them in our diets. If you've never tried it before, spaghetti squash is a yellow, oval-shaped squash that when cooked, can be scraped out into spaghetti-like strands. Smother it in your favorite pasta sauce and enjoy. 

Convenient food can be healthy food. There are so many healthy foods that are also easy to prepare. I often buy pre-cooked brown rice, so I can get a whole grain on my plate even if I haven't thought about dinner until I'm ravenously hungry and don't want to wait an hour for it to cook from scratch. Trader Joe's has a bunch of rice options in their frozen section that can be ready in minutes. I also love substituting riced cauliflower for real rice sometimes. And again, Trader Joe's sells that stuff already riced and ready to use. 

Any hacks you've found recently that you want to share for the good of the blog? You can do that below. Hope some of these were helpful! 

April Awesomeness

Every month we try to collect the things that are making our lives easier, better, funnier, healthier, etc., and share them with you in this space. Here's what we've come across this month. Hope you enjoy!

This Inhale-Exhale Tank from Not by Sight Co. Because sometimes we just need to wear a reminder to breathe. 

These colorful leggings from Zella. They come in several colors and a wide range of sizes. Love the green ones!

SNL Leggings Sketch. I do actually workout in leggings, but I also sometimes eat tortilla chips in them. It's about balance, people.

Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cake. Nikki made this cake recently and raved about it. She found it in the Costco magazine, I believe...

Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. Okay, so I am really pale. Like translucent. And sometimes I want a little color on my legs, especially on days when I'm wearing cropped workout leggings. Which is pretty much every day, if I'm honest. This stuff isn't like tan-in-a-can though. It's subtler and more forgiving than that. After a few days of using it, I ended up with a really nice, natural looking, light bronzing to my skin. And it smells good too.

Aveeno's Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial. I LOVE this stuff! My skin looks brighter on days when I use it, I swear. 

My favorite hairspray of all time. It holds well, but doesn't make your hair stiff and helmet-like. And it smells amazing. I never pay full price for it though. It goes on sale fairly often, so I stock-up then. 

I always forget about how good Neutrogena's lip products are. There's this color stick, which I have in Sweet Watermelon. It's a nice color and feels moisturizing. Kind of like a lip balm consistency with the color payoff of a lipstick. And then there's their Revitalizing Lip Balms. I have mine in Petal Glow. I've been using both of these a lot lately and wondering why I don't use them more.

The book, Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. A great read for any entrepreneurs out there. 

Okay, that's what we're loving this month! Feel free to share any of your current recommendations in the comments below. Happy Monday, all!