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


#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


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!

Why You Should Follow Your Dreams


We seem to have tricked some people into thinking that we were just magically placed on their television screen and that it has been a dreamy walk on the yellow brick road. While we know we have the best jobs in the world, we want to share a little bit of the back story on how we got there.

First, we grew up in a family that allowed us to make our own decisions. From the time we were 16, we told our parents we wanted to host our own lifestyle show. I’m sure in the back of their minds they thought we were crazy, but instead of warning us of the possibility of failing miserably or telling us we might embarrass ourselves in the process, they told us it was a great idea. (they laughed right along with Brooke after the fainting incident)

Second, we had each other. From our dating days when I made Britt call boys acting like she was me to find out why they stopped calling (face palm!!)  We have repeatedly put each other in uncomfortable situations and learned a lot in the process. It is a lot easier to take a giant leap of faith when you have a twin sister pulling you or at times yanking you along. We have both been that person for one another. During our first year reporting on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards I completely froze during an interview with a celeb (I’m not telling you which one), Britt didn’t miss a beat and finished asking a much more coherent question. Definitely one of the perks to working with your twin sister!

Third, we sought out incredibly supportive mentors and friends. Our high school counselor and neighbor Carol took special interest in our careers and helped us get the experience we craved. Carol had never had students come to her with our career aspirations before so she created a brand new internship for us at a news station. As naive 17 year olds we were handed a camera and microphone on our first day and told to come up with some stories. Although looking back now we can laugh at how terrible they were (i.e. shaky camera, shaky voice, etc) it provided great hands on experience we could not find anywhere else at the time. We started to live by the motto, “The worst they can say is NO”. By doing this, we took responsibility for creating our own success and got the guts to just ASK.

However, in the midst of all this positive support, there were still plenty of people who told us not to try. There are people out there who feel like it is their responsibility to give you a “dose of honesty” or to “lower your expectations”. DON’T LISTEN. There have been so many amazing experiences we never imagined were possible. We have always followed the thought process of “someone has to do it” when it comes to any career goal. Why shouldn’t that someone be you?  Go for it because you believe in yourself and because you know you are capable.

So, how do you go for it? Here are three ideas.

1. Find a small group of people you can fully trust, tell them your ideas and aspirations and keep them updated on your successes and failures.

2. Work hard. Like really, really, really hard. This involves doing the beginner jobs you don’t want to do, most likely to include terrible shifts, long hours, and tasks you are not fond of. Once you commit to trying your best, good things will come. One of my favorite mentors constantly stressed that consistency is the most important quality a person can possess. Consistency in the quality of your work, in the energy you bring to your job and in your work ethic.

3. Learn from the haters. If there is anything good that comes from people being mean, it is that you have to find strength inside yourself. Over the span of our careers we have learned to be assertive, confident, and honest (and to go cry in the bathroom and buy yourself a chocolate chip cookie on the hard days).

Now, the real words of wisdom. I asked some of my greatest friends and inspirations to share their advice on following your career dreams.

Tori Dumke: mid-twenties, just finished business school and landed her dream job at Adobe in San Francisco.


I have adopted Thoreau’s aspiration: live deliberately. You make your life. It is up to you how you want to spend your time, effort, and talents. Be proactive in your approach–no one cares more about your career than you do.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

Enjoying the process, not just the achievement
You make your life – live deliberately
Don’t hold yourself back

Mary Bevan: a lawyer and brand new mom


Growing up, I told myself I could do whatever I put my mind to. Some goals just require more hard work and dedication than others. I pushed myself to accomplish things outside of my comfort zone causing me to be prepared to overcome the many challenges I faced in law school and in becoming a lawyer.

Kristin Rocke: an interior designer and mother of two


I judge my success by the quality of my work and both the personal and client’s satisfaction. I subscribe to the mantra that every time I touch something I take it as far to completion or resolution at that moment in time as possible. I love my work and I love the people I get to work with. I am fortunate to work in a time when I have access to so many artisans, amazing product and inspiration at every turn.

Aubrey Nelson: a mother and hair painting genius

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My career in hair started when I accidentally fell in love with the chemistry of color and the opportunity to connect with women in my chair. It was a combination of my life long dream to live in New York City and competitive drive that led me there to work and train with the best artists in the industry. I learned early, that no amount of success comes without hard work and years later with the news of a surprise baby on his way into my life came my very purest inspiration. I started my own business with nothing but love for the tiny baby in my belly and that same love is what continues to motivate me today. I am a better mother because I work in an industry I am passionate about and I am better at my job because I am inspired by my son. I believe in dreaming big and working hard, with a good heart inside you and a lot of love behind you, you will find success.

For more inspiring words check out our interviews with Martha Stewart and Blake Lively!

And if you still need more, check out these quotes from 17 inspiring entrepreneurs.

The 8 treats you should buy at Trader Joe’s


As most of my friends and family know, I {Brooke} am a Trader Joe’s junkie. I allow myself 2 new items to try each week during my regular shopping trip. By doing this I have discovered some pretty amazing products! I decided I should share, in hopes that some of you have some secrets you want to share as well.

1. Milk Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups: Hands down, best item in the store.

2. Overnight Chocolate Croissants: My dear friend told me about these. All you have to do is let them rise overnight and pop them in the oven in the morning. Voila! Fresh pastries for breakfast.

3. Miniature rose bush: these are a treat in the “treat yo self” sense. Mini flowers that come in a tiny pot. Doesn’t get much cuter. (The hydrangeas are also gorgeous!)

4. Chocolate Milk: I’ve searched long and hard and this is the most chocolatey, satisfying drink you will ever find.

5. Strawberries: Always fresh and pretty. I get all my produce at Trader Joe’s.

6. Greek yogurt guacamole dip: A lighter option for guacamole that still tastes delicious.

7. Chocolate covered pretzels: No explanation necessary.

8. Cat cookies: No these are not for your pets, they are just delicious, chocolate, graham crackers that are a tad addictive.

I still have a few things I want to try like their cold pressed watermelon juice, uncured bacon ganache bar, and salted caramel bread pudding.

What are YOUR favorites?

How to Pack for two weeks in Europe in a CARRY ON


The prettiest store front in Rome

When Sam and I were planning our trip to Europe last year, we decided to only bring carry on bags. Sam fit everything in a large backpack and I brought this rolling carry on, which Sam carried over cobble stone streets 90% of the time. If you plan to fly any budget airlines in Europe, you can only take a carry on bag, which is another reason why we did this. You should also make sure to check that your bag measurements work for the different European airlines. We were so glad that we chose to pack light. I’ve been asked a few times how we did it, so here is a packing list.


2 jackets – one active/workout and one for sightseeing

1 pair of comfortable leggings (I wore these on all travel days- planes, trains & everything in between)

2 comfortable lightweight dresses (good for hot weather and can be packed very tightly)

1 pair of pants (I took these navy blue pixie pants from Old Navy because they are stretchy and not too hot)

1 embellished top (for when you want to class things up a bit)

1 cardigan sweater (lightweight)

1 short sleeve top

2 comfortable t-shirts

1 swimsuit (this is HARD for me as I love to have options, but seriously worth saving the room)

1 pair of athletic shoes

1 pair of walking shoes (I will swear by these Keds until the day I die because they were so comfortable!)

1 pair of flats

7 pairs of underwear (we bought laundry detergent and washed them halfway through our trip in our sink in our tiny room in Florence, Italy)

2 normal bras (cuz let’s be real, you’re gonna get sweaty)

1 sports bra

10 pairs of socks (I packed a lot of super thin ankle socks to wear with my walking shoes and was so glad I had them so my shoes didn’t smell and I didn’t get blisters)

1 money bag (this is a small pouch you wear around your neck and keep credit cards and cash in. After seeing a girl get her purse stolen in our first couple of days, we were so glad we used this)

1 small over the shoulder purse with some kind of locking clasp (I found my small bag (similar here) at Forever 21 and it was perfect. A great bag makes all the difference)


1. Pack in like colors. I picked cream, blue and gray as my main colors so that I could mix and match all of my pieces. This really helped and I would highly recommend doing it.

2. Don’t pack any jewelry. I had one pair of earrings in the entire time and I was so glad I didn’t bring my wedding ring or anything else that could have been misplaced.

3. Less is more. If you leave a little space in your bag, you can buy clothing on your trip, which is the best part!

If you can’t fit everything in your bag, just sneak the extras into your husband’s backpack and he won’t notice until you’re already in Europe!

Hope this helps if you’re planning a trip!

10 SUMMER Date Ideas



c/o Jessica Janae Photography @ Soulstice Retreat

This summer is flying by waaaaay to fast. In the midst of prepping and launching our new show the summer has started to dwindle away. Now that we are a month into the show it feels as if we are finally getting into the swing of things and finding a little time for fun. That being said we wanted to share a few of our favorite things to do with our significant others when we can be together.

1. Pool time: No explanation is really needed here. Although these are few and far between there is nothing that beats laying in/around/near a pool and relaxing in the sun. Our new favorite is Stein Eriksen where they serve you chilled pineapple pops! Our favorite suit this year is the flamingo one-piece (so flattering!). Or a fun group date that we have been wanting to do is play a game of slip-n-slide baseball, have you seen THIS video?

2. Hiking: Nothing is more soothing than being in the mountains enjoying some quiet time. Some new trails we have tried this year are: Lake Blanche, Blood Lake, and Big Water. Please share some of your favorites with us!

3. Developing a new hobby: We both married husbands that are pretty obsessed with golfing. Britt has taken lessons, while I have just started my attempt at hitting the ball. Overall, it is usually pretty entertaining and you can’t beat the scenery. Our favorite course right now is Wasatch Mountain in Heber.

4. Sunset scooter rides: they may seem immature, but they sure are a good time! We have gone up the canyon or to a sunset point. Hit me up if you would like to start a scooter gang!

5. Outdoor concert: we love heading up to Deer Valley for their concerts on summer nights. This summer’s favorite was definitely Kristin Chenoweth! She is hysterical and mega talented.

6. Snow cones: we have decided it is our personal mission to find the best snow cones in the Salt Lake valley. We have agreed that Hokulia are the biggest and by far the best! If we’re missing something fabulous, tell us! I have major FOMO when it comes to the best snow cones.

7. Outdoor movie night: grab a projector and a sheet and your good! This has become a favorite summer tradition because for some reason watching a movie outside is WAY better than watching one inside. Just make sure you pack lots of blankets and pillows! (and just watch Heavyweights because it’s the best movie to watch in the summer)

8. Baking: this goes against all things summer since it’s hot, but we’ve still found plenty of time for baking. Thanks to Si at  A Bountiful Kitchen I have found my new go-to recipe. Best cookies I have ever made! Her recipes are always good.

9. Farmer’s market: SLC has one of the best downtown farmer’s markets. The produce is local and amazing, plus a bunch of other fun vendors with creative food and drinks. Don’t forget to stop by the Drake Family farm booth for some goat cheese, it is our favorite! Then take all of your goodies and go on a picnic.

10. Star gaze: this is different from the kind of “star gazing” I did in high school, this is where you actually look at the stars :) But really, summertime skies are so beautiful and all you have to do is ask Mr.Google to help you download an astronomy app and you have a fun little date! This app is our favorite and we’ve found that it works a lot better than the free versions.

Hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer! Thanks again for all the kind words about the show, we are really loving it.
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