Monday, December 12, 2016

Sidney's Healthy Chocolate/Banana/Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Sid here. So, last month my team did a no-sweet November challenge and let me tell you, the struggle was real. The hardest part for me was overcoming my ice cream addiction. Unfortunately, my husband is equally if not more addicted to this heavenly stuff. Anyways, somehow I convinced him to go without it for the month of November with me because, you know, misery loves company.

To help us cope, I made up this healthy Chocolate/Banana/Peanut Butter "Ice Cream" recipe, and it's seriously so good! Couldn't have survived without it. 


It's super simple, and I want to share the recipe with all those who are also struggling with a deep love for ice cream...or simply want to be healthier :).  The key ingredient is the powdered peanut butter, and I recently discovered my new favorite brand for helping with portion control (I might be addicted to peanut better too)..crap! Crazy Richards 100% Natural Peanut Butter is my new go-to for smoothies, on top of toast, or just eating plain. I like to use the powdered peanut butter for smoothies or ice cream, and I love grabbing a single serving size packet of creamy peanut butter on the go when I'm in a hurry.  



All you do to make the ice cream is:

- add 1-2 frozen bananas to your blender
- pour in a packet or one serving size of powdered (or regular) peanut butter
- about a tablespoon of pure cocoa powder
-and 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, depending on preferred consistency

Use the pulse setting on your blender to slowly pulse while stirring with a spatula until everything is mixed (see video below). And that's it!  Sometimes I'll put it in the freezer in a tupperware for a half hour or so if I'm doubling or tripling it to make the ice cream harder.  



Stay strong over the holidays people! You will NEVER regret choosing something healthy over something unhealthy. I feel dang good when I skip the sweets and go for nature's sugar instead ;) 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Hello all! It's that time of the year! Yay! We may or may not have been listening to Christmas music since Nov. 1, but we decided to at least wait a respectable amount of time before posting our gift guide this year (we know not everyone likes to celebrate Christmas 2 full months out of the year).

Anyways, we've got some good stuff for you this year, and we hope to continue to do what we do best…help you spend your money on the best stuff out there! So here goes…

For Women:

Lululemon

You really can't go wrong buying almost any woman something lululemon. Whether she loves to work out or not, these two staples are something woman needs as part of her weekly comfy wardrobe:

Pace Rival Crop


Our favorite legging from lululemon. Not only do they make you look at least 2 sizes skinnier, but they're so comfy and have plenty of pockets to store your phone, wallet, keys etc.

Energy Bra


This sports bra is padded, comfy, and the perfect fit! The criss-cross back is also so cute!

Slip on Nikes


These Nikes have a stretchy back and finger strap so you can slip them on and off so easy. We all have a pair and love them!

Moto Jacket

You can't go wrong getting your girl a cute moto jacket (which are so in style this year!) Here are a couple of our favs:





For Men:

Amazon Echo




Because what man doesn't like the newest tech gadget? Read all about it with the link above.

Steele


This magnetic phone mount is the best way to store your phone in the car, or anywhere for that matter! Great gift for men or women!

Ocean for Men by Bath & Body Works


Ok ladies, this might be more of a gift for US because it'll make your man smell so amazing! Pick it up at any Bath & Body Works store, or get the full set with the link above on Amazon!



If your guy is anything like our husbands, they may question these at first.  But once they wear them one time, we promise you'll have a hard time getting them to wear anything else!  Our husbands even wear them to church.  They come in regular or tall which is a plus!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Regan's Baby Shower

Last weekend we got to celebrate Regan and her baby boy.  It was the perfect morning visiting with friends and family, and spoiling Regan and her baby. 

We wanted to incorporate the subtle safari theme Regan is doing in baby boy's nursery (coming soon!).  Kristen from Cap + Crown designed the cutest invitations and stationary that went perfectly with the theme (see her designs in the pictures below).  

The shower was in the morning, so we served yummy breakfast foods including our Baked French Toast and Pumpkin Bread in muffin form. The quiche was from our favorite cafe in Park City - always a favorite! And for the guests to take as they left, Noelle from Noelle's Bake Shop made and packaged the most delicious snickerdoodles.  Seriously so yummy! Be sure to check out her shop if you need to order cookies for anything. 

Huge thanks to our sweet friend and favorite photographer Brittni Willie for capturing the morning perfectly.  

We can't wait to meet Regan's baby boy in January! All shower details pictured below :)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks!

Hi! Regan here :) I am officially in my 3rd trimester, and wanted to share a fun little pregnancy update!

Leggings: Albion Fit (get 15% off through Nov 14th with code SALTYBLONDES)

How Far Along: 28 weeks!

Weight Gain: +23lbs (and I still have almost 12 weeks to go so I'm kind of freaking out, but trying to embrace it)

Sleep: It's getting more and more uncomfortable, but not terrible. I wake up a lot more throughout the night (to go to the bathroom or change positions) and by 10:00 at night I am done for and am usually in bed :)  I also can't sleep in anymore, which is probably a good thing. 

Best Moment This Week: I had my first baby shower down in California! It was so perfect and I got to celebrate baby boy with some of my favorite people! 

Movement: Lots of kicks and moving around. My husband can feel the baby kick now as of the last few weeks and it's the BEST seeing his face when he feels baby move. 

Name?: No name yet! Daniel and I can't agree on any names, so we may be waiting until he comes to decide! Send boy names my way if you have any :)

Food Cravings/Aversions: No aversions. No cravings. I've always had a sweet tooth and that definitely hasn't gone away, but I feel like I've been eating pretty normal my entire pregnancy. 

What I Miss: Running! I ran my half marathon at 20 weeks then took a couple of weeks off from running. A few weeks later I tried to go on a run with Daniel and after a mile I was DONE. I started cramping and just felt too pregnant to be running.  Haha

Stretch Marks: Nope. I haven't been doing anything except lotion-ing up like I always do. 

Belly Button: It's basically an outtie at this point, which is so strange...

Mood: HAPPY! Nervous. Anxious. I couldn't be more grateful to be carrying this little boy, but so worried about him being healthy. On one end I am so content with whatever the Lord has planned for us with this baby, and am prepared for anything, but not knowing also gives me anxiety. 

What I look forward to: Thanksgiving & Christmas! I think the holidays are going to make this last trimester fly by, and then I'll look forward to meeting our baby boy!

Workout Routine: I have been able to workout my entire pregnancy, which has been such a blessing! I started going to a workout group that Sidney's BYU track coach is doing. It is SUCH a good workout. I am sore every time. It's so nice having a group to workout with and Sid's coach is so awesome. It's at 6:30am Mon/Wed/Fri at BYU and is FREE for any of you locals who want to join!

Baby: So far everything has looked normal on ultrasounds with the baby. We have been seeing a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor since I was about 15 weeks and we LOVE her. I go to her about once a month (now every 3 weeks) and then follow up with my OBGYN who will be delivering. Because my situation is so rare, and there are actually NO recorded cases of babies being born with what our early cell-free DNA test told us our baby has, it's hard to know what to look for. BUT my MFM doctor always looks closely at all the major organs, brain, and for any physical features that might be a sign of a chromosome abnormality, and so far he looks like a healthy baby. At least that means there hopefully aren't any major problems that will require surgeries or anything like that when he's born, and as of right now my delivery plan hasn't changed. We still haven't decided to do an amniocentesis to know for sure if something's wrong, mostly because of the risks, and we just feel like it won't change anything, so we might as well just wait until he's born. We love him so much already and can't wait to meet him!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Autumn Neutrals

One of the greatest things about living in Utah is experiencing the changes in seasons!  Fall is most definitely the prettiest time of year in our opinion.  

One of the reasons the change in seasons is so fun is because we get to change out our wardrobes with each season! Wearing neutral colors and transitional shoes is a great way to start to transition your wardrobe into fall. 

Anthropologie has some great pieces that can be paired with so many different things!

Paige's navy & cream skirt (unfortunately not available anymore, but we linked a similar one) is so comfortable and can easily be dressed up or down.  Regan's olive green vest is the perfect layering piece for the warmer fall months, and she paired it with one if her more summery tops (which is currently on sale for under $20!) - gotta get as much use out of those summer clothes as possible before it's too cold!

P.S. Regan's faux leather tote is a new favorite for fall - it's reversible from brown to black, and is under $50! All of our outfit details are linked at the bottom of this post :)


Paige: Top | Skirt (similar) | Necklace | Shoes

Regan: Tee | Vest | Denim | Shoes | Bag | Watch

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Healthy Banana Peach Muffins Recipe

2 c whole wheat flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1-2 ripe bananas
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 TBS honey
½ c plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 c almond milk
1 Peach, diced

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a 12 standard-sized muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
2) In a medium bowl, whisk together ingredients. Gently fold in the peaches or add them to the tops of the muffins before baking
3) Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups, and bake at 350°F for 20-30minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Perfect Fall Flannel


You know we love our flannels! We've talked about them before and shared two of our favorite ways to wear them HERE, but we're back with another post on this wardrobe staple because…FALL! What better time to bust out a flannel than the season of crisp air, colorful leaves, and PUMPKIN everything?? Plus, we just found the perfect one that's a new MUST-have in our opinion, and wanted to share it with our readers :)


The flannel we're both wearing in this post is a new one from BP that we're so in love with. It easily rivals the expensive Rails and other to die for name brand flannels out right now, but is only a fraction of the price! 


This flannel fits great (not too boxy), is super soft and comfy, and is such a great price you don't even have to limit yourself to one color… it comes in 6! (We may end up with them all)


Thanks for reading, and if you take the advice and purchase one or two (or five) of these babies we hope you love it as much as we do! Flannels and full outfits linked below :)  

Paige: Flannel | Denim | Top | Shoes (similar) | Necklace | Watch

Regan: Flannel | Denim | Shoes | Bag | SunglassesWatch | Bracelets (here, here)