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Do something good for your mind, body, soul this 2019.

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As a long time fitness fiend–spending time training for marathons and even owning memberships at two gyms–I finally found my groove in a consistent workout routine. All thanks to ClassPass.

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I LOVE ClassPass and been a member since 2015. It’s a fitness membership that lets you enjoy diverse and exciting ways to work out at local fitness studios. It suits my interests because I like variety and trying out new things. I’ve been doing hot yoga, spinning, circuit training, ballet barre, stand up paddle boarding and been meaning to try boxing and aerial silks.

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2018 Year in Review

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Another year flies by. By God’s grace and love, 2018 was another momentous year. This is our 2018 Year in Review.

2018 Year in Review Highlights

  • Spending most of our free time putting our DIY/renovation skills to the teston our fixer-upper
  • Canoe camping with friends in the Hoover Dam Canyons
  • Singing our hearts out at Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour concert
  • Wayne catching loads of yellowfin tuna while fishing in San Diego/Mexico
  • Jennifer booking commercials for UBER, Panda Express, Chewy.com, Motorola, Dyson, Tomorrow Sleep
  • Dancing our hearts out and scoring gifts at the ellen show’s “12 Days of Giveaways”
  • Celebrating our 5 year anniversary
  • Harvesting heirloom tomatoes, satsumas, beans, and kale from our community garden
  • Staying active and serving our community
  • Spending quality time with friends and families

2018 Highlight Reel using 1SE App

Here’s our 1 Second Everyday (1SE) modern day video diary creation from 2018. (First one created was back in 2016). This is quite possibly our favorite app purchased–it helps us see the beauty in our every day.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! We hope you had a beautiful year as well. Cheers to a bountiful 2019!

2018 year in review // one second snapshots from another blessed year.

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Jou Fixer Upper – Recap Part 2

Another Jou Fixer Upper Update

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There’s a lot to catch up with our Jou Fixer Upper and it’s hard to keep up. Our previous recap post focused on the repairs and installation behind the walls. This installment will touch upon our design style, inspiration, and a couple project repairs.

More Of What We’ve Been Up To Since…

Design/Inspiration

Wayne and I share the same aesthetics and design style. I guess you can best describe it as mid-century modern meets Scandinavian with a laid-back vibe. The architecture of our house doesn’t naturally lend itself to mid-century, so we have show our style through furniture and design elements by incorporating clean lines and minimalistic details. Our color palette falls within white, grey, a pop of color, and natural wood elements.

We’re definitely channeling our fave fixer upper couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines!

We’ve been eyeing these Evan Dining Chairs from Room & Board and Wayne wants to make a similar dining table. We’re also currently installing a similar modern base trim throughout the house.

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Jou Fixer Upper – Recap Part 1

Fixer Upper Update

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last updated on our fixer upper. We’ve been spending our weekends and weeknights giving it much more than a facelift. In the beginning process, the majority of our time was spent in demo-mode. We had some #demofail, but made some progress with removing the carpet, kitchen appliances, and countertop.

So this is what we’ve been up to since…

We hired licensed professionals to do big projects: asbestos removal, all new repipe/plumbing, all new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), all new windows, installing drywall, and all new main floor tiles and bathroom tiles. It was nice to hire professionals to do these projects because they would finish in a few days to a few weeks. Since the majority of our budget went to those big projects, it leads us to DIY the rest of the projects. And DIY = takes time.

Removing kitchen Soffit

We guess back then it was the style to have a dropped kitchen ceiling for the soffit lighting. We wanted a more open feel, so we raised up the soffit lighting area to be flush with the ceiling.

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Before // The kitchen ceiling soffit is lowered compared to the rest of the kitchen/dining area.

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After // The kitchen ceiling is now flush with the rest of the room.

Removing Drywall

We call this OCD drywall demo. It took months for us to remove all the drywall from the exterior walls of the house. Removing the drywall from the exterior walls enables us to install insulation and keep our home energy efficient. We also discovered an unexpected surprise: termite damage on some of the wood studs.

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Living Room // OCD drywall removal

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No Bake Hazelnut Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

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It doesn’t get easier than this four-ingredient No Bake Hazelnut Rice Crispy Treats dessert. Hazelnut spread is an indulgent addition to this classic kid treat. Perfect for party finger foods, bake sales, or an afternoon pick-me-up.

Rice Crispy Treats always bring me back to my childhood school lunchbox snack and it’s been ages since I’ve had the iconic metallic blue wrapped treat.

Recently, I’ve been on a baking kick and craving this nostalgic dessert. I’m putting a twist to this classic treat by adding my (other) favorite indulgence, hazelnut spread! The one I’ve been loving is Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread*. (Warning: This creamy spread will be your favorite condiment. Think: spread on toast, drizzled on ice cream, dipped with pretzels.)

I find Trader Joe’s carries the most affordable Crisp Rice Cereal and mini marshmallows (seasonal). If you can’t find mini marshmallows, try Whole Foods 365 brand.

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No Bake Hazelnut Rice Crispy Treats Recipe

It doesn't get easier than this no bake hazelnut rice crispy treats dessert! Hazelnut spread is an indulgent addition to this classic kid treat. Perfect for party finger foods, bake sales, or an afternoon pick-me-up.

Course Dessert

Prep Time 15 minutes

Servings
squares


Ingredients

Course Dessert

Prep Time 15 minutes

Servings
squares


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until well-blended and completely melted. Remove from heat.

  2. Add cereal and hazelnut spread. Stir until well coated.

  3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly and firmly in buttered 13x9 inch pan. Cut into 2x2 inch squares when cool.

The ultimate guide to my favorite birthday freebies 2018

Celebrate with loads of birthday freebies

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Birthdays are synonymous with party gatherings, being one year wiser, and of course, free stuff! The cherry on top is celebrating with birthday freebies from your favorite dining and shopping establishments. I can’t believe I scored a free brow wax sculpting service, a free Sugarfish sushi meal, a free 18″ pizza, free beauty goodies, (lots) of desserts, and many more.

As always, I love sharing good deals and freebie offers I discover. Here’s my ultimate guide to my favorite birthday freebies this year.

Please note: Each rewards program is different and usually in order to qualify, you must sign up for their rewards program at least 30 days before your birthday. Check their terms and conditions for more information.

My favorite birthday freebies picks

Clothing

Anthropologie | Receive a 15% off coupon by email to use during your birthday month on any one purchase, even on sale items. Free to sign-up for their Anthro Perks Loyalty Program. These coupons are hard to come by!

Madewell | Receive an email for $25 off your next purchase when you join their Madewell Insider loyalty program. Free to sign-up.

Beauty

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Hourglass Abbot Kinney Flagship Store | Complimentary brow sculpting service when I joined their loyalty program at a special event I attended at their Abbot Kinney Flagship Store in Venice. I received a personal consultation on my best brow shape along with a professional brow sculpting. It was my first time getting my brows waxed and it was painless and made such clean lines.

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Sephora | Free choice of Caudalie or Tarte when you become a Beauty Insider. Free to sign-up.

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Ulta | Receive a beauty goodie when you join their Ultamate Rewards Program. Free to sign-up. I received the Cranberry & Pomegranate Lip Oil & Mask. The beauty gift may change from each store.

Dining & treats

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Baskins Robbins | Free one scoop (2.5 oz) or one 3 oz soft serve swirl when you join their The Scoop program. Free to sign-up.

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Chick-fil-A | Get a special birthday offer when you join their Chick-fil-A One rewards program. Free to sign-up. Note: The freebies are at the discretion of the franchise owner, so check with your local store for details. In the past, I’ve received a free cookie or free soft serve cone.

Denny’s | Free Grand Slam breakfast meal. No sign-up required. Must show ID.

Godiva | $10 gift card to use during your birthday month when you register for their Godiva Rewards Club. Free to sign-up.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria | Free 18″ traditional pizza of your choice when you join their eFamily e-newsletter. Value up to $21, so you can upgrade and pay the difference. Free to sign-up. Dine-in only.

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The Habit Burger Grill | Free Charburger with Cheese when you join their CharClub. Free to sign-up.

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IKEA | Free Meatball Entree Meal with dessert (Almond Cake or DAIM cake) from the IKEA Restaurant and a $15 off your total purchase (no min purchase required!) when you join their IKEA Family program. I chose their Swedish Meatball and the Daim Cake. This was my first time dining at IKEA. (What have I been doing with my life?) That Daim Cake–chocolate cake with crunch caramel–is heavenly. Free to sign-up.

Pinkberry | Free small Pinkberry with toppings when you join their Pinkcard Loyalty program. Free to sign-up.

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Sprinkles | Free choice of cupcake when you join their Sprinkles Perks Rewards Program. Free to sign-up.

Starbucks | Free Birthday Reward (usually a beverage or treat) when you join their Starbucks Rewards program. Free to sign-up. To qualify you must join 30 days before your birthday.

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Souplantation | Free lunch or dinner dine-in meal (or to-go combo #2) and 20% off the entire check for the rest of your group when you join their Club Veg program. Free to sign-up.

Sugarfish | Free Trust Me or Trust Me Lite (value $32) on your birthday when you dine in twice before your birthday. To receive a birthday Trust Me meal, each registered guest needs to check in using Sugarfish check-in card on at least two separate occasions and at least 24 hours before his or her birthday. CHECK-IN MUST BE MADE ON SITE during your visit. I advise using the same e-mail address when completing the check-in card because that is how they keep track and send you e-mail confirmations. Must dine-in on your exact birth date. More details here.

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Veggie Grill | $5 off any item from the core and seasonal menu when you join their VG Loyalty Program. Free to sign-up.

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Yogurtland | Free 3 oz of froyo and toppings when you join their Real Rewards Card program. Free to sign-up.

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Demo day part 3 // Kitchen edition & challenges we faced

Out with the old – Kitchen demo days

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BEFORE // The original kitchen cabinets, appliances, and tile counter. Who remembers those automatic can openers attached under the cabinets?

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AFTER // What kitchen? Removed almost everything. It was hilarious rolling the old school kitchen stove, microwave, and dishwasher to our sidewalk for bulk pick-up.

After taking a break to handle the landscaping, it was time to get back to demo. Up next was to completely gut the kitchen. This includes removing all of the cabinets, lighting, sink, and appliances.

We didn’t have a full-size sledgehammer so we weren’t able to just smash everything like they do on TV. That probably worked for the better since we were forced to take things apart piece by piece, therefore minimizing the amount of debris flying around the house. Even with our small 3-lb sledge, we were a little timid about swinging it. It was definitely a ‘gentle’ demo at first, but soon after making very slow progress, we started swinging the hammer with more gusto and it sped up the demo process.

Our biggest kitchen demo challenge

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Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2018 // Part 1 – Food Edition

Exploring Natural Products Expo West 2018

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Made it to the Natural Products Expo West 2018 – the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event (aka the mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products)

Last month, we had the delightful opportunity to attend the 38th Annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event. As always, we excitedly countdown the days to this mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products. We were among the record-breaking 85,000 attendees perusing 3,521 exhibitors, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. We sure logged in some serious miles during this multi-day event packed with tasting delectable foods, getting our learn on with educational seminars, and meeting innovative brands and their founders during March 7th-11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Integral ingredients

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 – Full Spoilers

Limited Edition Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 – only $36 ($161 value)

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Summer + Smiles + Sunblock

It’s that time of year again! With summer around the corner, the popular Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit hit the shelves for only $36 for 16 products and a makeup bag (retail value $161). Added bonus? Sephora will donate $25 from the sale of each kit to skin cancer research and education. Double added bonus? Included in this kit are two full-size products, a tropical-inspired makeup bag, and removable tassel. This limited edition bag is in stores and online, while supplies last. Tip: I’d recommend you call your local store first to see if they have stock.

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Summer is coming, but first, sunscreen

I love everything about summer and that means enjoying the great outdoors and cool waters responsibly. Here are a few of my sun protection tips:

  • Use broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 or higher – Since spending time in the sun increases skin cancer and early skin aging, I use a broad spectrum (UVA + UVB) sun protection of at least SPF 30 for my face and SPF 45 for my body. I use a higher SPF because I have fair skin and burn easily. Use what’s best for your skin type.
  • Limit sun exposure during 10am-2pm – If you also live an outdoor and active lifestyle, and staying indoors isn’t always optimal, try to protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeve everything. Yea, I do this when I remember and I pretty much look like a beekeeper.
  • Use a water-resistant formula when in the water – Apply a water-resistant sunscreen liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and, as always, reapply every few hours. Note: this kit includes three water-resistant sunscreen formulas, including a mousse.
  • Reapply every few hours – Whether you’re in the water or running errands, it’s highly recommended to reapply sunscreen every few hours. That is when the spray sunscreens come in handy since it doesn’t involve disrupting your makeup. Just make sure it’s applied evenly.

So naturally, as a lover of Sephora + SPF, I always buy Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit every year. It’s a curated collection of everything SPF to protect from head to toe. This is a perfect introduction to try various products carried at Sephora, like tinted sunscreen, BB cream, self-tanner pads, sun protection mist, and new this year–sunscreen mousse, a rescue mask, and two full-size sunscreen products. What I’m most excited about this bag is the handful of green and natural brands’ sunscreen products.

It’s also a wonderful way to try different types of sunblock products–physical (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) and chemical-based (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate) sunscreens. The sizes are perfect–airplane-friendly and compact enough to place in my purse.

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Products in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 & Reviews

AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen // Haven’t tried this yet, but look forward to retouching my face with this spray throughout the day without having to rub sunscreen on when I’m out and about. This comes in handy because we’re supposed to reapply every few hours.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 // Haven’t tried this yet.

Coola Rōsilliance™ Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30 (Light/Medium) // Haven’t tried this yet, but I love BB creams to even out skin tones with a glow. I also tend to gravitate towards mineral-based sunscreens. If this formula is like their other products, I remember it being light and a barely-there feel.

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DIY Landscaping

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One of the big changes of owning a single-family home is having to handle all of the landscaping. At our previous condo, all of the landscaping was managed by the HOA so we didn’t have to worry about fixing sprinklers, mowing the lawn, or trimming the hedges.

Using the reel mower


We decided to take a break from the interior of the house to mow the lawn and check on the sprinkler system. I grew up mowing the lawn at my parent’s house so it wasn’t anything new to me. But J had never done it before and wanted to give it a try. We purchased an updated version of the old school manual reel mower since our yard is small and doesn’t require something more powerful. The reel mower is also very quiet since there is no motor. After showing J the basics, I let her finish up the front yard while I watched. Back and forth she went, occasionally mowing the same area over and over and over, but overall, a great job for the first time.

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