How to dress your husband

DSC_0288 Sam started a new job this week, which is so exciting! With a new job, you have to get a couple of new clothing items. I think it’s hard to find stylish men’s clothing, but Sam has a hidden talent for finding the good stuff at very reasonable prices.

What I hear most often is you get married and then you sneak into your husband’s closet and throw away all of the clothes you don’t like. I really never had to do that because Sam has a great sense of style (ok there was this one shirt from high school..). Lucky for me, Sam has always enjoyed dressing himself and knows what he likes. When I asked him to share his shopping favorites on the blog, he was very hesitant because they’re top secret, but I finally pried them out of him, so take it away, Sam!

Shirts: I like to wear shirts that are slim fit, that way it doesn’t look all billowy around the waist. Most stores are on board with this trend now and it makes it look like the shirt was tailored just to fit you.

I like to get shirts from H&M, Zara & J Crew. My secret shop is the London based Charles Tyrwhitt. They have unique designs and high quality. You can customize your dress shirt to the exact size, collar style, sleeve style, etc. that you prefer. Just don’t tell too many people because I have yet to run into someone wearing the same shirt as me!

Pants: Oh man pants can be tough. You want to look like a guy that doesn’t care too much, but I also don’t like it when you can see my underwear line because they’re so tight. I’ve found again that “slim fit” really fits me the best. I counted and by far the place where I get the majority of my pants is J.Crew. One thing I know Britt has always hated are cargo pants and shorts. I don’t have any of those in my closet.

Shoes: If I’m among friends, I will admit I’m kind of a shoe guy. So now you all know. They are fun to shop for and I definitely like a nice pair of shoes. I really like Aldo for shoes, it’s where I found the shoes I wore to my wedding, which are still some of my favorites. I’ve also found some casual shoes at H&M that are cool, but not as high of quality.


DSC_0295 DSC_0304 Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt (similar) $59, Pants: J.Crew $75 (they are out of maroon, but come in other colors), Shoes: Aldo $125

DSC_0332 Wedding Shoes: Aldo (similar on major sale for $69)
DSC_0348 Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt (similar $69)

Secret date night for $7

datenight3 datenight2 datenight1   Parker and I have started a new tradition of Tuesday date night. It has been so fun to have a mid week date night that we both can look forward to! We have let a few friends in on our secret, and now I have decided to share it with you all!! Reason #1 – Pad Thai for $2 Reason #2 – Movie ticket for $5 I know that not all of you are in Utah but if you are check out Thai Siam for their Tuesday special and any Cinemark theater on Tuesday. If you are outside Utah check out your local restaurants and theaters and ask the employees about any discounts, that is how we found out about both deals. You really can’t beat $14 for a date night that would normally cost $60! My favorite part of the night is that we go in comfy clothes which makes the entire night relaxed and fun. P.S. This week Parker and I bought a house! (No, it is not next to Brittany. Yes, it is within 10 minutes of her.) More to come on that adventure over the next few weeks! datenight4

My Biggest Regret

twin grammys Brooke and I have been lucky enough to attend the Grammy awards four years in a row to report on the red carpet. It’s always a highlight and we have made wonderful memories. Of course the best part of the entire thing is getting to interview some of our favorite musicians and performers. Everyone arrives in basically a two hour window, so you have a very short time for interviews. You prep all day and then hope that some big names will stop for a chat. We were busy doing interviews last year when a PR girl dressed in head to toe black asked if we wanted to interview a cute British man named James Corden. He was being interviewed at the next booth over by Youtube star Tyler Oakley and seemed like a genuinely nice guy. We were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Keith Urban because we had already set up an interview with his publicist, so we politely turned her down. You guys, we turned down JAMES CORDEN! We big timed him! Several months later, I would realize what a gigantic mistake this was. James has stolen my heart several times since then, namely when he took Mariah Carey for a ride in Carpool Karaoke. He has quickly become my favorite late night host and I really think we would have hit it off. So James, this is an official apology. You are everything and I’m so sorry I wasn’t smart enough to realize that one year ago. Hopefully I can make it out to California to see you live on your new show! (Brooke is headed to Los Angeles next week and is on the waiting list, fingers crossed!) For now I will just enjoy him from a distance and cry/laugh at his fabulous show. If you haven’t seen his amazing Carpool Karaoke videos, please watch so you can laugh right along with me!

 

My most memorable Valentine’s Day {Britt}

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I love Valentine’s Day and thought it would be fun to share my most memorable one. Sam and I have been married for three and a half years, but we’ve been together for seven years! It’s pretty wild to think about. The Valentine’s Day that sticks out most in my mind is the first one we spent together. We were SO young – I was 20 and Sam was 22. We had been dating for about four months. He told me that he had made plans for us and that all I had to do was come :) I borrowed a friend’s cute silk top and did my hair in a loose updo. He picked me up and I was automatically filled with butterflies. We went to his parent’s house and when we walked in it was dark with a bunch of candles lit and a big vase of gorgeous flowers for me. I was of course immediately smitten that he had taken so much time to create such a nice atmosphere. We had an amazing dinner of chicken cordon bleu and yummy side dishes. For dessert, he hand dipped strawberries in chocolate. I found out a few years later that him and his mom had been cooking all day long. So sweet. After dinner, he took me to see the movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” because it was the only chick flick that came out that week. If you’ve seen it, you know it’s the most depressing, negative movie ever. For some reason, it didn’t phase us too much. He topped off the night by telling me he loved me for the first time. I think it will always top the list as my favorite Love day ever!

Our Morning Routines

I love to hear about the details of everyone’s life right as they wake up. I recently met Forbes writer Samantha Ettus and loved reading her article ‘The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders‘. No two people have the same routine. Although we are twins Britt and I have different routines that work for us. We each have different nuances but generally follow the same timeline.

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Brooke’s Morning Routine:

6:07 – I-phone alarm goes off. (Unless it is Friday, when I go to the gym at 5:45 opposed to my usual evening visit so that I can be free for date night.) I press snooze once while I check email and texts that come in overnight.

6: 15 – Wake up. Tip toe out of the room without waking the snoozing teddy bear (husband) next to me.

6: 20 – Put in Visine drops, wash my face and moisturize, apply base layer of makeup: foundation, eyeliner, brows. Straighten, curl, pouf, spray hair. When you work in TV multiple layers of makeup is necessary!

6:50 – Put on outfit for the day. Always laid out the night before if I expect myself to make it to work on time. If I am really desperate I will wear one of the 5 outfits I keep in the office for back-up. Put on warm cozy boots for trip to work while carrying stilettos to wear during the show. Choose a perfume to wear, right now I am rotating between Burberry Britt and Viva la Juicy.

6:55 – Mix together a quick yogurt parfait with berries and granola to go.

6:57 – Kiss husband goodbye.

7:10 – Carpool! Britt and I usually try to ride with each other if our schedules allow.

7:25 – Arrive to work. We are usually the first
ones in our building. Unlock the door, turn on the lights.

7:45 – Finish makeup and hair at the lit mirror in our office.

8:00 – Write and plan final details of the show with our show’s producer and editor. Talk to our floor crew and director about plans for the show. Answer emails.

9:00 – Talk with guests about their upcoming segment on the show (usually 5-10 per day), do mic checks, get on-set and get iPad set up with scripts.

9:15 – Pop in an Altoid mint, offer them to others :)

9:30 – Taping of The PLACE begins

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Britt’s Morning Routine

6:15 – Calm sounding alarm goes off and I immediately get out of bed. I never hit snooze because I like to sleep until the absolute last moment.

6:20 – Wash my face and put on basic makeup. Like Brooke, I do a lot of final touches once I’m at work.

6:30 – Do my hair. I never shower in the morning because I hate blow drying my hair. Instead, I shower at night, loosely blow dry and sleep on it.

6:45 – Get dressed. I am known to wear ridiculous clothing and look somewhat homeless on the ride to work. I always bring a show outfit with me, but many times my only concern in getting dressed is what will keep me warm for the next two hours.

6:55 – Put together a healthy breakfast. My New Year’s Resolution is to not eat cereal every morning. I love it, but it never keeps me full. I am eating a lot of toast with peanut butter & banana, protein smoothies and yogurt parfaits.

7:10 – Carpool. It’s actually really fun to ride to work with Brooke. We get to chat a little bit about our personal lives before we have to focus on work. We also try to listen to either a scripture or an inspirational talk during our 20 minute commute.

7:25 – Arrive to work. I try not to open my email until I arrive to work. Otherwise, I am already anxious and somewhat stressed before I even sit down to start my day.

9:00 – Make sure I look decent and go chat with guests and The PLACE team to make sure we are ready for the show.

9:30 – Begin taping

At this point in time we are grateful for normal schedules that allow us to spend time with family and get a good amount of sleep because that hasn’t always been the case in our TV careers. We would love to hear your tips and tricks for making your morning successful.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

We love this time of year. Here in Utah we are enjoying a white Christmas and time off from work. We have been able to meet so many wonderful people this past year and are truly grateful for all of the experiences we’ve been able to have. It’s been a year full of exciting changes and new adventures. Thank you so much for following along. We are so lucky to have wonderful people in our lives who love and support us.  We have to say a huge thank you to the two boys that put up a whole lot from us. Our husbands trudge out into the middle of snowy fields, carrying mistletoe and wreaths and take photos with us. They are constantly confused as to how this whole “blogging” thing works, but they are so supportive and sweet anyway. We hope you all have a fabulous holiday season! Merry Christmas! Time to go sip some hot cocoa in front of the fire and relax with family.  DSC_0018 DSC_0038

 

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 Both of our dresses are from Shabby Apple. You can find them here.

 

Our Top 5 Favorite TV Shows

We love TV. Which we should, since we host a TV show together. Over the years, we have realized how much hard work goes into having a great show. On each show, there is a huge team behind the scenes that works hard to make something great. That includes producers, directors, editors and assistants. We also have to pick our favorites carefully, because after being surrounded by TV all day there are only so many things we like to watch. So, we scanned our DVR’s and Netflix accounts and came up with a good old list for ya.
1. Fixer Upper: Joanna Gaines is a perfect human and everyone loves Chip. This husband/wife duo makes you smile and laugh at least 10 times per episode. Two things we’ve learned from Fixer Upper: shiplap is the answer to everything and homes in Texas cost around 50 bucks. We haven’t wanted to live on a farm this bad since we read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by The Pioneer Woman. The Gaines have more than 60 animals on their farm and four cutie pie kids. The couple does not own a TV (gasp!) but are great at responding to tweets from obsessed fans (us).
fixer upper 2 {photo courtesy: Country Living magazine}
2. Modern Family: yes it’s been on the air for 7 seasons and yes it is still hilarious! Our top three episodes are as follows: 1-Family trip to Disneyland 2- Cam’s juice cleanse 3- Las Vegas
3. KLG & Hoda: we love these two because they are just basically your crazy drunk aunts you get to see every morning! Honestly though, they do a great job making a really fun lifestyle show! One of Kathie Lee’s first jobs was as a singer on the show “Name That Tune”, while Hoda’s first job out of college was as a news assistant for CBS. Ya gotta start somewhere!
4. Shark Tank: we don’t necessarily want to say we love it, but we sorta do. Robert and Barbara are our favorites, but Mr. Wonderful and Mark keep the show entertaining. According to TV Guide, Mr.Wonderful makes $30,000/episode!
5. Old Home Love: this cute Utah couple just launched their show this Fall. We are so excited for them and their success. They love old homes and restoring them to their original beauty. The show is addicting and a great one to keep on your DVR.
old home love What are we missing? Don’t say The Walking Dead because we are big babies that are most definitely scared of zombies.

9 Last Minute Costume Ideas

It’s the best time of the entire year! We are huge costume fans over here, so we’ve rounded up our 10 most popular Halloween costume ideas from years past to share. They are all super simply DIY costumes that take no longer than 30 minutes to create. What are you dressing up as this year? We are having trouble narrowing it down to one costume!

#1 Pinata

pinata

#2 Unicorn unicorn

#3 Tooth Fairy tooth fairy

#4 Amazing Race Contestant amazing race

#5 Price is Right Contestant price is right

#6 Bat bat

#7 Mrs. Frizzle from Magic School Bus mrs. frizzle

#8 Bank Robber bank robber

#9 Flapper flapper

The 4 Things You Need For Gym Success

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Fun pic from Soulstice Retreat this summer

We are well aware that we are not personal trainers and eat way too much chocolate to be called “gym experts.” However, we have found a few things that make a trip to the gym a lot more satisfying and successful!

1. Well fitting clothing. We all know that feeling when you have on a sports bra that doesn’t quite offer enough support or the shirt that keeps riding up and then your love handles are popping out and you can’t stay focused on doing mountain climbers or whatever it was you were in the first place! Fun and comfy workout clothes make a big difference! A few of our favorites:  these capris are the best and they are only $17! this sports bra is a favorite and you can’t go wrong with anything from Albion Fit!

2. Water bottle & Towel: We know that not all girls sweat buckets like we do (seriously), but even if you are just glistening it is nice to have a towel handy to stay fresh. There is nothing worse than working out with sweat dripping into your eyeballs! Water is always a good idea too. I like the kind that have simple pop tops, so I don’t have to unscrew it every time I want a swig.

3. Motivating Instructors: We are all about group fitness classes. Everything from boxing to pilates is more fun with a group! They give you 60 minutes to be fully devoted to your workout. However, there is nothing worse than having a teacher that does not push you hard enough or is afraid to. Try out different classes and instructors to see who you fit best with. We have found our hardest and most satisfying classes at XCEL Fitness in Holladay. They are not afraid to tell you to do hard things, which is the only way you become stronger! You hate them for an hour and then love them the rest of the time because they whip ya into shape!

4. Pre-gym snack: Banana, cookie, smoothie… anything to keep you energized. We have both made the mistake of going on a completely empty stomach and feeling sluggish during a workout.

Favorite Protein Shake:

1 cup of ice

1 scoop of chocolate protein

1 banana

1 handful of kale (I like to keep mine in the freezer because it blends better)

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 TB peanut butter

We have loved our time at XCEL because they supply all of the above necessities. Remember, if you want to come to classes EVERYONE is elegible for one free week!

Happy Friday Eve!

Fun Food at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii

 

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We had such a blast “working” in Hawaii! We spent four days at the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa on the island of Oahu. It exceeded all of my expectations. Brooke told me it would be amazing, and it really was! One of the highlights was the food. It was different from what you can find at the Disney parks, but also had a fun Disney touch. Here are a few of our favorites:

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This photo is from our “fun food” segment during the shoot. I was forced to try each item and they were all delicious! From left to right:

Spam Musubi: this is a hawaiian delicacy. All of the locals we talked to loved this and regularly ate it. I had never tried spam, and thought this particular dish tasted sort of like sausage, in a good way.

Kalua Pork Bratwurst dog: this was Brooke’s fave. She loves kalua pork and they put it in quite a few of their dishes at Aulani. A much more fun take on the regular old hot dog.

Malasadas: donuts without holes. These are little balls of heaven. I could have eaten all of them. They taste like a glazed donut covered in sugar.

Fried squid: I loved the saltiness of crunchiness of this one. Paired with one of the three dipping sauces, you can’t go wrong.

Sweet Maui Onion rings: I’m not an onion rings lover, but these taste very different from the ones I’m used to. They have thick slices of sweet Maui onions with a thin breaded and fried shell. I’m not sure what they put in the dipping sauce for these, but it is what makes the whole thing work.

Tropical juice in a pineapple: just as good as it sounds! It just tastes like Hawaii and you can’t go wrong drinking out of a pineapple when you’re on the island.

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This is not your average snow cone. They fill the bottom with your favorite flavor of ice cream, then add the flavored ice — I got lychee flavor and it reminded me of a sour starburst, then they top it with sweetened condensed milk!

IMG_6728 This is the Crunch Berry Crusted French Toast from Ama Ama — to die for! It has so many unexpected textures and flavors, I loved it.

IMG_6731 Don’t worry, we found the cookies! They had these delicious cookies waiting for us when we arrived, do they know cookies are the way to our hearts, or what? They were extra chocolatey, thick and chewy. We ate at least one a day, don’t worry! DSC_0359

Things to Know about Food at Aulani

– There’s Dole Whip! It’s only available in one spot in the pool area, but you fill up the cup yourself, which was SO dangerous for me trying to pile it four feet high!

– Ama Ama is one of the fancier restaurants and it is delicious. You can tell everything is made fresh, it is my first choice of place to order fish at Aulani. I ordered the catch of the day (and took a dark flash photo that is too ugly to show you) and was really impressed by the quality.

– Minnie Mouse rice krispy treats: Brooke survived on them last time she was at Aulani and they are SO good! Available in some of their quick restaurants.

– They have mugs available to buy for $18 or $19 where you can fill them up an unlimited amount of times during your stay. If you’re into soda or lemonade, this is a great option because there are filling stations all over the resort.

– Their restaurants have live music in the evenings, so even when you are done eating, you have great entertainment.

If you ever get the chance to go to Aulani, GO! It is a total dream!

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