Wedding Day Photos!

I have split my wedding photos into two categories: wedding and reception. I love them all! A huge thank you to Travis J Photography for capturing our day. Every time I look at them I am reminded of how lucky Parker and I are to have shared our day with so many supportive family and friends. Thanks again to everyone who helped make it the perfect day! Now onto a fabulous weekend filled with warm weather and a mini getaway!

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Twin Tested: New Workout Orange Theory Fitness

orange theory 1 Orange Theory Fitness has made its way to Utah! It’s the only workout we know of that focuses on your heart rate to get results. We decided to test it out. Here’s 10 things to know about Orange Theory Fitness: orange theory 2

1. You wear a heart rate monitor during the entire workout

2. The workouts are developed by a team of doctors in Florida.

3. Each workout is 60 minutes.

4. Any skill level can take the classes.

5. The average calorie burn is between 300-600 calories per workout for women. (Brooke and I both burned more than 600!)

6. The workout is split into three parts: treadmill, rowing machine and strength training

7. Everyone’s heart rate is displayed during the entire workout on a big screen in the front of the room.

8. The trainer gives you a “target heart rate” to aim for during each part of class

9. There is fun music and the equipment is brand new.

10. After every workout, you get an email with all of your stats from class (your heart rate, how many calories you burned, etc.)

The first location is at The District. We had so much fun trying out this workout and were so sore in the days that followed. Our favorite part was the rowing machine, because it was something fun and new that definitely made us feel the burn! Tonight is the Grand Opening and they are offering all kinds of great incentives and deals to sign up. If you want to switch up your workout, you should try it out! Everyone that works there is so friendly and really helps motivate you to work your hardest during class. They have classes that range from 5:00am to 8:15pm. For more information, you can go to  www.orangetheoryfitness.com or call (801) 758-0500.

We loved it and are definitely going to sign up when the new Salt Lake locations closer to our houses are finished!

Let us know what you think.

Wedding Dress Dilemma

Now that I have officially been married for 3 weeks (yay!) I wanted to post a wedding photo. But before I share the photo I wanted to share my WEDDING DRESS DILEMMA story! My wedding day was truly the best day of my life and everything went perfectly… my dress was the only major hiccup along the way.
So to begin the story, a couple of weeks before Parker and I got engaged I was able to snag a gorgeous Reem Acra gown that had just gone on sale and had the exact bodice and skirt that I was looking for. Thanks to Pinterest I had an idea of what I wanted the top to be built up to look like. I found a seamstress and handed the dress over with pictures and instructions of what I wanted. Here is a picture for the top of the dress from Pinterest that I gave her: STUNNING, right? All of my wildest fashion designer dreams were about to come true! (And no I never wanted to wear pants, just that top!)

photoI went to some fittings for the dress and nothing really changed with the dress over time. Then one day I arrived for my appointment and the top of the dress had been cut off and replaced with a flimsy thin fabric. What the heck? That is when I realized this dress making thing was getting a little fishy. However, I still wanted to give the seamstress the benefit of the doubt so I scheduled another appointment for the next week. As I arrived for my final fitting 3 days before my bridal pictures I walked into the room and saw the top of the dress in shreds. Some {tacky} ribbons had been haphazardly pinned onto the flimsy top and the edges were frayed with no sleeves in sight. This is the moment that I began to panic and hope that some kind of fairy godmother would show up. I immediately went home and showed Britt this picture I had taken during the appointment:

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Thankfully she kept me calm and successfully convinced that I would be able to find another dress in 2 days! Little did I know she was also freaking out inside (how could you not be?!?).  We were finally able to track the seamstress down after being blown off countless times. Planned out a little tag team approach and left with some cash, but NO DRESS.

This is the point when my fairy godmother/BFF Bailey came to the rescue! She told me she had a friend who bought a few extra wedding gowns for her big day and she thought I might like one of them. So… long story short I went over to the girl’s house to try on the dress and it fit like a glove. It was meant to be and I am so glad! I loved the dress I got to wear and now could not imagine things going any other way. Crazy how things always work out, right?

Here is a sneak peek my photographer Travis J sent me of our wedding day photos of the dress in all it’s poofy glory!

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Bridal Photos

Now that we have officially been married for 2 weeks I wanted to share some of our bridal/groomal photos. I know a lot of people go to the state capitol for pictures but I couldn’t resist – it is just so darn pretty! The lighting, the columns, the tile work…  I just love it all. Thanks again to Travis from Travis J Photography for the pictures. Now I am counting down the days until we get pictures back from the big day! Tomorrow I will be posting the crazy story about my DRESS DILEMMA. But for now here are some of my favorites. I sure love my groom!

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We just happened to be at the capitol when a large tour bus dropped off dozens of Asians who decided they wanted to take pictures of the bride and groom, it definitely made us laugh.

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The Container Store + Giveaway

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Brooke and I are very different when it comes to organization/cleaning. Brooke’s closet was always color coded while mine had absolutely no sense of order at all. So, Brooke has always been the first one to tell me I need to get a shoe organizer and better hangers and this thing that makes your clothes smell good… Needless to say, I’m glad one of us has our crap together when it comes to the organizing realm. I’ve always thought it was kind of a hopeless idea to think I would ever love organizing my things, but then I walked into the Container Store. It is amazing. It made me want to literally organize every inch of my living space. They have the most genius ideas that you realize you can’t live without. We picked a few of our favorites to show you here:

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Magnetic BulletBoard (can use both pins and magnets) It’s not too big, which we have found to be the problem with most bulletin boards. This one is fun to keep meal plans, grocery lists and random thoughts & pictures on. Great for the home or office.

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Information Central Mousepad meets notepad! This is saving me. I am SO much more efficient when I make to do lists. I also tend to be much less forgetful when I have it written down in front of me. Love the dual use of this notepad!

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Muffin Mover cute + functional. I have honestly thought about how much this is going to change my life when it comes to storing muffins and cupcakes. Bring on the sugar!

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Navy & Ivory Rugby Stripe Bins these are great and fit a ton of stuff inside of them! I love them for filling with throw blankets or putting magazines and books in. They would also make a great little toy bin for kids.

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Eagle Creek Blue Pack-It Wallaby Organizer the perfect pack for traveling with your makeup… or if you work in TV… for bringing your makeup to work! It can hold an obscene amount of products, while of course keeping them all organized!

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White 2-Drawer Mesh Organizer

If you live in Utah, the Container Store is opening a brand new location at Fashion Place mall on October 18th. It is going to be amazing! We decided it would be fun to give away a $50 gift card for one of you to spend at the new store! All you have to do is comment below by telling us the word that best describes your organizing style (i.e. messy, scattered, orderly, OCD, etc.)

Thanks for reading and happy organizing!

***Update: As of October 7, 2014 this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Turell Woodbury on the $50 gift card, we will be contacting you soon!***

Costco Top 3 Treats

While Brooke and Parker are having a blast on their honeymoon, Sam and I are enjoying trips to our favorite store, Costco. We’re obsessed with Costco and we don’t care who knows it. It does seem kind of ridiculous that a couple would grocery shop at a bulk wholesale store, but we have found the quality of almost all items is better at Costco. We have been pleasantly surprised by how many hidden gems there always are and let’s be honest, nobody hates the abundance of amazing samples. So we are sharing our three favorite sweet treats with you, we apologize in advance because you will get addicted.

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Cake balls are such a great party dessert, but they take a serious amount of time and commitment. You have to bake the cake, cut it up in tiny pieces, mix it together with frosting and then roll it into balls and dip them in chocolate. Then a genius created Cakeballz. Already made and already packaged. You may have seen them on Shark Tank. Now they sell 30 packs in Costco and each cake ball ends up costing $.35 That is amazing! And so much cheaper than you can find anywhere else. They come in red velvet, chocolate or birthday cake. Red velvet is my fave, but they are all super tasty. Best part, each one is under 100 calories so you don’t even have to feel guilty.

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We just discovered these a few weeks ago and they are amazing! The best part is you only need to eat one because they have so much flavor and so rich. If you like chocolate dipped pretzels, you will love these!

#3 Dark Chocolate Coconut Almonds
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These are like chocolate dipped almonds turned up 25 notches. The only problem is that you can’t just eat 1 or 2 or 3… let’s just say the bag gets emptied really quick. But they are so tasty! Definitely a must if you are a coconut fan.

So there are our three favorites, now we want to know yours! What’s your favorite thing to buy at Costco?

In case you need to stalk us on the weekends, we are usually at one of these three locations:

Murray, UT
5201 Intermountain Dr, Murray, UT 84107
 
Salt Lake City, UT
1818 SOUTH 300 WEST
 
Sandy, UT
11100 AUTO MALL DRIVE
(There are also locations in Spanish Fork & Orem)
Have a great weekend!

Long Staying Makeup

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We have been scouring makeup counters for makeup that stays on for more than 2 hours. In preparation for Brooke’s big day TOMORROW, we want to share all of our favorites that we have found. They have made a significant difference in not only how our makeup looks, but how long it stays on our faces!

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- Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer: We actually mix this super soft formula with our foundation and it creates a perfect texture. This makes a huge difference for how your entire face absorbs makeup and gives it a much smoother finish.makeup 2

- Tarte Cream Blush in Fearless: The perfect pop of pink. We’ve always been scared to use cream blush, but once Vivian used this makeup on Brooke for her bridals, we knew we had to have it. Instead of adding a matte pink pop to the cheeks like powder blushes do, this one adds a natural looking flush. makeup 3

- Anastasia Pro Pencil: This is a game changer in the makeup world. This tiny pencil has SO many uses! We use it for under eye concealer, eyebrow definer, and overall face perfector. You can apply it anywhere you want a little highlight. Extremely easy to use and just brightens up the face overall. makeup 4

- Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray: This is like hairspray for your face (minus the stickiness). It is amazing and makes your makeup stay in place. We noticed when we used it our makeup stayed looking pretty perfect for about 8 hours! That is a long time! It also is super refreshing and feels great when you spray it on your face, but leaves no kind of residue.

We got all of the products at ULTA because it is just too darn convenient with how many new locations they have in the Salt Lake valley. Well we are off to do some last minute prep for the wedding tomorrow! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all of the fun pictures from the big day :)

Downeast Home Giveaway

downeast giveaway 1 downeast giveaway pic no textWe were so excited when Downeast Home asked if we wanted to work together to get some fun home decor items for Brooke’s new home. Have you been in Downeast Home lately? It’s amazing. They are making life so much easier for us since we are definitely decorating challenged (which is why I live in a fully furnished apartment, but we’ll save that for another post :)) Downeast Home recently created their own line of furniture and it is so beautiful. It is basically the perfect mix of clean lines and fresh colors. Walking around that store just made both of us fantasize about buying huge houses to fill with all of the fantastic items. I guess we’ll have to start with decorating our little apartments first. We settled on this beautiful white tile tray along with a few other trinkets and pieces. We have found that the white tray looks great on basically any surface: on a coffee table, bathroom counter organizer, bedside table, etc… The best part is that you can tell it is super high quality and is going to last a long time. We were thrilled to buy it for about $45 when we went up to the register and found it was about $10 cheaper because of a sale they had going on. Awesome. I went to another much more expensive store later and found a similar looking tray for $115!!

So now we get to give one of you a $50 gift card to spend at any Downeast Home store! All you have to do is follow both of us on Instagram and comment on our posts (Brittany here, Brooke here). Then you also must follow both Downeast accounts @downeastbasics and @downeast_home. Entrants need to have access to a store because it is an in store gift card.  You can find a list of all Downeast Home locations at www.downeastbasics.com
Brooke needs some decorating advice! Where do you find your favorite pieces?

PS. She is getting married in 3 days!!!

The Best Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

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Homemade ice cream has been a summer favorite forever. We love classic flavors like raspberry, cherry chocolate chip and peach but have been wanting to try something chocolatey (duh). So our lovely mom surprised us by making the most heavenly homemade Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream ever! It’s better than any store bought or restaurant made ice cream I’ve had. It’s so creamy and rich without being super overpowering. It is also best when made in my mom’s ice cream maker, which is literally from 1975. For some reason, it mixes so much better than the new kind do. So, I have now made it twice in two weeks. You’ve got to try it!

Chocolate Marshmallow Homemade Ice Cream

4 eggs

2 1/4 Cups sugar

5 Cups milk

4 Cups heavy cream

4 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

Add sugar gradually to beaten eggs. Continue to beat until mixture is very stiff (you will beat for about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into gallon freezer and add 1/3 Cup of your favorite chocolate syrup. Makes 4 quarts.

*There is not actually any marshmallow in the recipe, it just tastes like there is. Try it and let us know what you think!

Enjoy!

Showered in Gold: Brooke’s Bridal Shower

I know every girl claims to have the best friends in the world, but I really do! My BFF’s threw me a bridal shower right out of a Martha Stewart magazine. It was catered perfectly to me and my weird preferences. Everything was mini and petite – which is just about my favorite thing in the entire world. Plus, the color scheme was gold which also happens to be my favorite. I had best friends from childhood, high school, college, work, and in between there. It was so fun to be all together again (we missed you Mary!). I cannot express how much these girls have done for this wedding. It would not be happening if it wasn’t for them. They honestly think of things and do them before it even crosses my mind. I treasure each one of them! Here are some fun pictures from the party. It was held at my dream house – thank you Gina! Sadly, we didn’t get any pictures of the thoughtful, classy, fun, and adorable gifts! (wink,wink)

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