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    Good Reads

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    Our dad was an avid reader. It was not uncommon for him be simultaneously supporting a sporting event or practice and reading a book. One eye on the kids, one eye on learning. He would repeatedly say “Reading is the gateway to knowledge and knowledge is power.” I don’t know if this is an original Mike Akin phrase or a famous quote.

    He would write quote, one liners, words found in the pages of his latest book and then study them. He had “3 by 5” cards (as he called them) nearly everywhere. In his pockets, in the visor of his car, in a ziplock baggie in the shower. Always learning, always growing.

    I didn’t always share his passion for continual growth and knowledge until I was much older. I think I got the Cluff Notes on most reading assignments in high school and college. I wasn’t passionate about it. I later realized that the more info you can gather, the more likely you are to have the right words or comment to say to someone in a time of need or council. I think this was my dad’s main purpose in reading all the books he read.

    When my dad moved into a different house in SLC, UT we helped him box up all his belongings. The book shelf and the meticulous order in which to box these prized books was quite a task. I think all of us kids gave up on him and moved to different areas of the apartment to help and let him deal with “the library”.

    When I got married I realized quite quickly I needed more help and information to make a happy, healthy and successful marriage. This is where I started reading-not for assignment or projects but sheerly for information to enhance my life. I had embarked on a brand new adventure and I needed other’s experience to help navigate.

    Some of the best books for me at that time were, “The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Another was, “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts.” by Gary Chapman. This book single handily changed my marriage. Well…not my marriage but how I viewed my marriage which is a huge part of your marriage.

    I had grown up feeling loved by certain acts and words. As described in the book there are 5 main love languages. I was words of affirmation and gifts. This book made me realize that there are so many different ways someone shows their love for you not just roses and praise. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย Once I let go of my ego, I saw the many things Brian did for me (he’s acts of service and quality time) and appreciated all that he was as a husband. Every once in a while I will tell him that he’s behind in the old flower department or that I am having a bad day and just need a compliment. lol. Communication is key with us.

    As my life shifted and I became passionate in my career in health and fitness in particular Zumba Fitness, I once again was embarking on new territory and have since read some great business, motivation and success story type books and have learned a lot.

    The two I am in the midst of are “QB My life in the Spiral” by Steve Young and “Unshakeable” by Tony Robbins. These are two men I find fascinating for different reasons and think their stories and knowledge is so applicable to us all.

    I also have listened to a number of amazing audio books. I think my husband is shocked when I pick up a paperback book as I have turned mostly digital these days. However theres something about being able to make notes, dog ear your favorite pages and whip out a book on a trip. Both are good for different reasons and convenience.

    A few audio books I LOVE:

    The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary—Incredible insight on raising children to be what THEY need or ought to be and not raising them to be what WE think or decided they should be. Helping them to find their best self. Yes yes and Yes.

    The Small Big by Steve J Martin, Noah J Goldstein and Robert B Cialdini—Small changes you can use in business and life that make big differences in the outcome.

    I feel better when I am filling my brain with tips to make a happier life. I feel more refreshed after reading or listening to a book rather than on Facebook or instagram. I spend a lot of time there too, believe me but one of my goals is to read more and learn as much as I can to pass that on to my kids, attendees of events of trainings, but mostly to myself. I realize that I need all the info I can get to steer me in a good direction for a balanced life.

    -Kass

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    Cadberry eggs in everything please!

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    Hey loves!! Hope you’re having a wonderful Easter weekend spent with family and friends, doing all the fun holiday traditions!! Man this one snuck up on us! Ha We love this weekend and all it represents. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฐ

    We wanted to share a classic treat with you with a genius twist, Rice crispy treats with Cadberry eggs! I mean… talk about taking something to the next level!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป It’s in the small details folks that makes life so sweet!!๐Ÿ‘…

    If your weekend is as crazy as ours has been, don’t fear, you can still come to the family dinner with something festive that everyone will love! I think it’s our human duty to love ย Rice crispy treats, and some sort of evil curse that has gotten us all addicted to Cadberry eggs so, yeah these will do the trick!!๐Ÿ˜‚

    1 box rice krispy’s- use 5 cups

    1 bag large marshmallows -use 2 cups

    4 tbsp butter

    Like , crazy how easy these are to make yet taste so Devine!! Anyway…

    -pour marshmellows in microwaveable bowl

    – throw butter in there too

    -microwave 1 minute- stir

    -add rice krispy’s-stir quickly

    Then the ultimate ย finale is throwing a bag of milk chocolate cadberry eggs in there!!! Stir

    Pam your 9’13 baking dish like crazy- pour in the goods, press, cover and chill for a bit in the fridge. Just like that you’re festive and prepared to make everyone smile!!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‹

    We love you and Happy Easter from two crazy sisters!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

     

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    Workout buddies, and why you need one

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    We are big fans of group fitness. Our love for Zumba is apparent in our posts and instragram,ย as we are instructors ourselves. Our love for group fitness starts long before we knew about our favorite workout class.

    Growing up with our mom being a group fitness instructor (step, toning, silver sneakers) we saw that working out in a group is often far more about the benefits you get socially, emotionally, mentally and the calories burned are the GREAT side effect. This was a driving force for her trying to convince us year after year to take over her class so she could retire (never happened…she’s still teaching at 65. Yes, 65 years old). She saw the other bonuses of working out in a ย group. The changes in her and her students.

    If you haven’t yet jumped on the group fitness train but are still looking for more benefits in your workout. Consider a workout bud. Grab one person you can set goals with, answer to, motivate and be motivated by. This could be someone in your neighborhood, family, group of friends… You don’t have to eat lunch with them everyday, this is just someone to keep you on track.

    Here are some top reasons for working out with a buddy:

    1. Working out with someone else makes it more fun! Studies have proven that EVEN with all the greatest intentions, you still won’t have long lasting “stickiness” to a program UNLESS you’re having fun! More people adhere to a program that is fun and social.
    2. You now have a plan. You’re talking about what workouts you want to try, new ways to challenge yourself. You are thinking forward which makes for better results. Results keep you going back.
    3. They’re counting on you! You are much more likely to stick to your plan when someone is there waiting for you.
    4. You will workout harder and safer. You have a built in trainer that can check your form, keep you on target and push you to go harder and faster.
    5. You feel happier. Studies have proven that working out with a friend does more than benefit you physically. You actually feel happier! Those who worked out 30 minutes on a stationary bike next to a friend left their workout less stressed, more relaxed and happier rather than going at it on your own.

    Grab a friend, make a friend, workout with a friend. Friends are good for just about everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

     

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    Easy Peasy T-shirt DIY

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    We have major love for a great t-shirt! It’s so comfy, yet you can still look put together. It can be dressed up or dressed down. Restricted fabrics can just pain put you in a bad mood!!haha Ain’t nobody got time for dat!๐Ÿ˜

    I’m sure you have been seeing all the cute patches on clothing and accessories everywhere?! From bags to jeans, jackets and button up shirts, slides and boots, and of course t-shirts! It’s fun and playful! It gives the clothes some personality which we love! We wanted to jump in on the trend, so with today’s diy we thought we’d start with the easiest peasiest thing we could, a t-shirt!

    We are lipsense addicts (awesome long lasting lip color ๐Ÿ˜‰) ย so we decided to add some cute little lips to our basic white tee. What’s also rad, is the tee was bought second hand so this project cost us a few dollars.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸปI’m sure we all know how to iron on a patch so there’s no need for directions here!! Haha You could go the extra mile and add a few stitches to it for extra security. We think this tee went from basic to original and fun in just a few minutes! Now that this turned out so cute, ย we shall move on to adding patches to hmm maybe a jacket next?!! We shall see!! Remember, it’s in the little details in life that make it sweeter!;) โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

    Have an awesome day! We โค๏ธ You!!

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    Small changes can make a big difference!

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    Happy Hump day friends! This is a short but sweet post, but hopefully very helpful!;)

    We will never claim to be cooks because we are very aware of our strengths and VERY aware of our weaknesses!! Maybe, just maybe you can be fitness instructors but hate spending time in the kitchen?!

    Maybe we have ants in our pants and cooking just takes too long!! That’s doesn’t mean we can escape it completely because we are both moms with a lot of mouths to feed, so we do our best! ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Growing up with a very health conscious mom, who is also a fitness instructor, we have picked up a trick or two to make small changes and substitutes to our recipes to eliminate calories, fat, or just over all make it healthier!

    We thought being mid-week why not share ย a few and see what you think! Yes some substitutes can alter the taste a bit, but heck we are all in if it means more food we can eat!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ At the end of the day, maybe it doesn’t taste exactly like the original recipe, with all the fat and calories but we don’t want them anyway because “nothing tastes better thanย healthy feels!” ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    Here are the “fabulous 5” small changes that will make a BIG difference in your recipes!!

    Butter/oil—applesauce

    Mayonnaise/sour cream—plain Greek yogurt

    pasta— spiral ย zucchini noodles ( I bought spiral zucchini grater on amazon)

    Rice–grated steamed ย cauliflower

    Tortillas—lettuce leaves

     

    There are definitely more options you can do but we felt like these are a great place to start! Give it a try! I think you’ll feel great!! Keep smiling right along!!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

     

     

     

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