A Peak Into Our Daily Lives

30th November 2017

While we haven’t talked about our lives outside of Exercise with Extra Fries much, we both have incredibly busy schedules, juggling our blog and school / work. To manage stress and to make the most of our times, we love to use essential oils from Saje Wellness.

Here’s how we both use them and fit them into our daily lives.

Joanna:

Monday-Friday, I wake up at 6:40 am and the first thing I do is post our Instagram photo and I spend about 30 minutes liking and commenting on other people’s accounts. After, I usually rush to my morning workout with a pre-workout in my hand.

After my workout and post-workout smoothie, my day always varies. Besides running Exercise with Extra Fries with Grace, I have my own short term rental business and I work with a restaurant in Downtown LA handling their social media and marketing. Sometimes I rush to a meeting (without showering.. gross!) or I have work related errands to run.

Great reminder to BREATHE while driving.

This means I’m in my car 24/7 and always dealing with LA traffic. When I’m in my car, I like to diffuse Liquid Sunshine in the Saje Car Scenter Diffuser to keep my road rage in check. I tend to be a bit of an aggressive driver so diffusing an uplifting essential oil blend is a must or things can get ugly.

Time for bed!

Since I work from home and also have my own business, I don’t have set work hours and sometimes work really odd hours. When it’s time for bed, I have an extremely difficult time unplugging and unwinding. 30 minutes before bed, I diffuse about 8-10 drops of Tranquility in my Saje Wellness Aromatime Diffuser to help me relax and fall asleep.

Grace:

I am currently a 2nd year JD/MBA student (I have 2 more years of school after this one!), so I am currently taking my first-year MBA courses while still having to balance any law school activities I have. My law school and my business school are also on two separate campuses on different ends of the city.

Love waking up to the smell of Saje’s Energy blend.

Typically, my day starts around 6:30 am. I love to use my Saje Wellness Aromatime Diffuser to wake up with Energy. I feel that it helps me get started on my day.

After texting back and forth with Joanna and catching up on our Instagram and our emails, I check my to-do list and my bullet journal. (Side note: Does anyone want a blog post on how I do my bullet journal?) Then I head to a morning workout.

Afterwards, my days are always different. Because I need to stay on top of my MBA schoolwork, Exercise with Extra Fries duties, law school activities, and personal life, I usually carry everything with me on a regular basis. You should see how many bags I normally carry!

For me, anywhere can become a workspace. Even though I have a great little set-up in my apartment with a standing desk, very often, I need to study at Joanna’s office in between shooting content, at a coffee shop in between appointments, or at the library before class. My absolute favorite essential oil blend is Peppermint Halo. I love to apply it to my hairline in a halo, adding it to my temples if I have a headache or anywhere I feel any soreness or pain. It’s so cooling and soothing. It also really helps me focus better.

Addicted to Saje’s Peppermint Halo.

I also love that I can easily carry around a mini diffuser I can plug into my laptop via USB. I diffuse either Liquid Sunshine to keep me happy or more Peppermint Halo.

 

November Favorites

22nd November 2017

This blog post is in partnership with Crest 3D White, but all opinions are our own.

We can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I swear we say this every year, but this year has flown by. We’re slowly shifting into hibernation mode and the one thing that’s always on our minds right now is what we’re going to eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

One of our goals this year was to blog regularly, but balancing all our social media channels and life has been a bit difficult. So in an effort to force ourselves to blog more, we’re starting a new series and every month, we’re going to introduce three things we’re currently obsessed with. Tell us some of your current favorite things!

  1. Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy Enamel Care Toothpaste
    We’ve both been using the new Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy toothpastes for about a week now, and we love it. Being frequent coffee and wine drinkers, we always need to use a whitening toothpaste. But we love this one because it does more than just whiten, it also repairs weakened enamel. Grace has been using the Sensitivity Care one because she has sensitive teeth and most whitening products hurt her teeth. However, this one doesn’t hurt at all. Click here to purchase yours!

Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy Toothpaste

  1. YumEarth
    Grace recently discovered YumEarth gummy bears and candies at Whole Foods and we’ve both been hooked ever since. Grace has a major sweet tooth and is obsessed with gummy bears so she was excited to find a product with no artificial flavors that still tasted good.

    Our favorite gummy bears and candies

  2. Kaged Muscle BCAA and Cellucor C4 Ripped
    Our friend Amanda aka MeowMeix recommended Kaged Muscle BCAA before a workout to help reduce muscle soreness and recover faster after workouts. We workout almost everyday and since taking BCAA everyday, we haven’t been as sore. The unflavored one doesn’t taste great so we mix a scoop of it into our Cellucor C4 Ripped and chug it 20 minutes before our workout.

    A scoop of BCAA and pre-workout is a must before every workout.

  3. Bonus: TEQUILA!
    Joanna will always be a vodka girl, but she recently fell in love with good añejo tequilas in Mexico. Her favorite tequila right now is Heradura Añejo since it goes down smoothly without needing to be chilled.

    Guac and a side of tequila.

Tone It Up Tour: Los Angeles

6th October 2017

On Friday, September 15, we had the opportunity to attend the Tone It Up Tour at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. We had such a blast, getting our butts kicked by Jillian Michaels and K&K. We could barely walk back to our car…especially since we accidentally parked like a mile away.

Watch our recap video!

Bumped into some friends — @laurenlivesinleggings & @mallory_tiu_la

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels (IG: @jillianmichaels) led us in a 30-minute workout. Guys. This was so ridiculously hard. We were already sore from a session with our trainer the day before and Speedplay LA that morning… But we could not keep up even if we weren’t sore…

The most insane move was a donkey-kick burpee with a tuck jump. But of course she (and the girls on stage with her!) made it look so easy and effortless. Legit GOALS. We kept looking at each other going “uh….” after every move and every circuit. Definitely did not help that we were in the front and center of the crowd…

K&K

Karena & Katrina led a full-body, butt-kicking workout. It was so much fun being able to workout with them in person and with hundreds of other strong ladies. We loved how the workout seemed to go by so quickly since it was such a dance party. But omg those squat tuck jumps KILLED us!

Our fave was ending with a quick yoga session. We definitely needed to stretch after how hard the workouts were. But it definitely showed how much we need to do more yoga (yes, we’re like a broken record with that lol).

But watching them… how is it possible for 2 people to look SO good while working out?! We looked so gross and sweaty during and afterwards. Someone teach us pleaseeee.

Event

Overall, the event was so well put together. We loved how there was so much cold Core water available for anyone to grab. They also had the best sponsors like Healthade, Krave, Coola, and REBBL, aka all of our favorites!

Love our Cotton:On Body workout clothes.

Also the VIP Rosé Garden was so cute. They had the cutest seating and rugs set up so we could lounge and drink rosé… or more water and kombucha, since we skipped rosé that day.

There was even a Wheel of Fortune, where you could potentially win the cutest Goldsheep Tone It Up tour exclusive rose printed leggings. Unfortunately we didn’t win…. 🙁 But thankfully we didn’t win burpees either…because they would have been the saddest burpees ever.

Hanging out in the Rosé Garden!

There are still more Tone It Up Tour events happening! Let us know if you’ve attended or will be attending one! We wish we could go all over again.

Hangover Prevention

5th October 2017

What a typical hangover meal diary looks like for me.

If you know me, you know I love drinking. After one too many shots of Grey Goose chilled, I’m guaranteed to wake up with a hangover. But when you’re in your 30s, hangovers are 10x more painful and last a minimum of 2 days. No one has time for that! I’ve pretty much tried every hangover prevention and remedies known and I’m counting down my top 3 favorites. And no, Pedialyte is not on this list. That’s amateur shit!

FYI, these hangover preventions won’t work if you mix every alcohol at the bar. And please remember to drink responsibly! I’m not responsible for drunk texts to exes or other decisions you make while intoxicated.

3. LyteShow
$15.78 on Amazon
LyteShow is a concentrated drink that’s packed with electrolytes. You mix a bit of the concentrated drink with water and it’ll keep you hydrated. It has a bit of a salty taste, but suck it up and chug it. When I’m too lazy to drink a large glass of water with it, I’ll take a shot of LyteShow and chase it with a little bit of water. It’s mainly intended for athletes or people that are dehydrated, but I use it to prevent hangovers. Drinking counts as a sport, right? I’ll drink some before drinking and right before I go to sleep. You can never be too hydrated!

2. Condition
Hard to find in Los Angeles, but about $6/bottle if you’re lucky enough to find it in a Korean grocery store.
I was introduced to Condition a few years ago in South Korea. Koreans are the world’s biggest consumers of hard liquor and drink more than Brits, Russians, and Americans combined. So naturally, companies in Korea came up with anti-hangover drinks. Every convenience store you walk into, you’ll find rows of hangover prevention drinks. After trying almost every one of them, my favorite is Condition. Up until recently, I found out I was drinking Condition incorrectly. I always took it before I started drinking, but the proper way is to drink it before bed. I went on a 10-day Asia trip earlier this year with friends and we drank heavily every night, but none of us had hangovers thanks to Condition.

My favorite anti-hangover drink from South Korea.

Left to right.
1. Condition
2. Morning Care
3. Dawn 808
Other popular anti-hangover drinks.

1. DHM Depot Dihydromyricetin
$19.95 on Amazon
I can’t take the credit for finding this. My friend Joann found that the main ingredient in Condition is Dihydromyricetin and found it on Amazon. These pills are so effective, I recently went on a crazy 36-hour Vegas trip, which involved club, nap, day club, nap, and club and I wasn’t hungover at all. Just take 1 before drinking, and 2 before bed and you’ll wake up with no hangover. It’s just as effective as Condition, easier to find, and much cheaper.

 

Tell me if any of these hangover preventions worked for you!

– Joanna

Flywheel Sports

14th September 2017

We were gifted classes, but all opinions are our own.

Everyone knows that spinning is our favorite cardio and that we take classes at least 3 times a week. There’s something therapeutic about being in a dark room with loud music and sweating your butt off.

Grace’s goal is to hit 300 total power. She was SO close and hit 280.

For September, we decided to commit ourselves to one spin studio, Flywheel Sports. It’s been awhile since we took classes at Flywheel so we were worried. Will we like the instructors? Will it be challenging enough? And most importantly will the studios be clean and the bikes well maintained?

Flywheel Santa Monica carries these super cute Ultracor leggings.

All our worries were put aside after our first class at the Playa Vista location. Not only is the  studio beautiful and extremely clean, but we felt that the instructors were challenging. We didn’t “dance” on the bike like we usually do, but the high resistance and hills worked different muscles we weren’t used to. Also, it was fun to compete with our friends to see who would have the highest total power at the end of class. A little competition is always fun!

Tell us your favorite spin studio!

Use code: “FLYEXTRAFRIES” for your FREE FIRST CLASS.

August Nail Art

19th August 2017

Because we work out so much (and because we’re both klutzy), we love to get gel nails since they don’t chip so easily and last 3-4 weeks!

We both go to Marie Nails every month and love to get something fun done on our nails. There are multiple locations of Marie Nails, but we go to the one in Koreatown. We usually make our appointments about a month in advance.

We get inspiration for our nail art from Pinterest and different nail artists on Instagram. Some of our favorites are Nina Nailed It, Get Buffed Nails, and Rice Kitty Nails.

For August, we chose something bright, fun, and summer-y for our pool party.

Joanna’s nails. Pineapple and watermelon nails!

Grace’s nails. Perfect pool party nails.

Do you like getting nail art done? Let us know!

Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival

9th August 2017

*This post is sponsored by Propel, but all opinions are our own.

Propel Co:Labs event at Playlist Yoga

Last week, we were able to attend the Propel Co:Labs event at our favorite yoga studio, Playlist Yoga (actually, more like the only studio we go to when we very occasionally do yoga). Playlist is already usually so fun because of the music, but for this event, there was a DJ, which made it even better.

Goofing off post Playlist Yoga

All last week, there was a series of workout events, hosted by Propel Co:Labs at different studios in LA. And all leading up to the big Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival, which is this weekend August 12-13! Think music festival but with fun workouts and great music like AlunaGeorge.

Cheers! Rehydrating with Propel after an intense Speedplay workout.

We’re so excited to be attending because all of our favorite LA studios will be there (Playlist Yoga, Speedplay LA, Prevail Boxing). Plus there will be celebrity trainers like Gunnar Peterson (who doesn’t want to train like the Kardashians?!) and celebrities like Grace’s biggest girl crush, Shay Mitchell. But we’re most excited to be getting a taste of different studios in country like New York’s Tone House! We both have been wanting to go to a Tone House class in New York, but have been scared and unable to find the time for it.

While we’re so sad we can’t make it on Saturday, we’ll be there on Sunday (potentially hungover oops)!

We’re signed up for:
– 11 am Scott Foley x Gunnar Peterson
– 12 pm Speedplay
– 2 pm Prevail Boxing
– 3 pm Speedplay x Tone House

Let us know if you’re attending, and if you’re going to be at any of the events we chose!

Tickets are on sale here, $50 for one day, $75 for the whole festival. But we have 7 FREE passes to the festival! We’re doing a giveaway on our Instagram today, so check it out for the details!

We’ll also be going on Instagram Live for the event. We’ll be posting the times on our Instagram Stories, so stay tuned!

Park Beach Club with Truly Sparkling

28th July 2017

It’s almost August. You know what that means… Park Beach Club! Every year we throw a huge pool party and invite all our friends. As soon as the weather gets warm, we start planning the party. It’s a day filled with floaties, tacos, and delicious drinks. We have some exciting things planned for this year’s party, so be on the lookout for our video recapping the event toward the end of August!

Here are some of our absolute essentials for Park Beach Club:

Park Beach Club essentials.

  1. Unicorn floatie
  2. Pineapple reusable plastic cup
  3. Burger beach towel
  4. Pineapple and flamingo straws
  5. Flamingo floatie drink holder
  6. Truly Spiked & Sparkling
  7. Panda speaker
  8. Watermelon cooler bag

This year we’re excited to add Truly Spiked & Sparkling, a spiked sparkling water which is just 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar! We plan on consuming a lot of tacos, so we love that Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a great light and refreshing alternative to beer and cocktails.

Truly Spiked & Sparkling.

Ready for Park Beach Club!

We’re still planning out the menu for the party. Below are some dishes we found on Pinterest. Tell us what you think we should serve!

Lots of colorful healthy fruits. (IG: @the_sunkissed_kitchen).

Strawberry mango popsicles are a perfect way to cool down. (Recipe from: Half Baked Harvest).

Skincare Essentials

13th July 2017

While we love to be healthy by exercising and eating balanced meals, we’re both huge on skincare also. It’s all about being healthy inside and out!

Summers can be so hard on our skin especially when at the gym sweating or when traveling and being exposed to all the different elements and climate changes. So we love to find products that work for our skin. We definitely don’t neglect this self-care.

During the summer, Joanna’s biggest skincare issue is her eczema, so staying moisturized is super important. Grace’s biggest skincare issue is preventing breakouts but not stripping moisture with face washes and toners.

If you follow our Instagram (which you should be if you are – @exercisewithextrafries), you’ll know we love absolutely love Korean skincare products! We both swear by the Korean 10-step routine. Here are some of our favorite products at the moment.

Joanna’s must-have skincare essentials

  1. Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution – Joanna’s current favorite face mask. She’s currently obsessed with all Dr. Jart products.
  2. Innisfree Second Skin Mask – We both love Innisfree masks and wish they were available in the US. We always stock up on these when we travel to Korea.
  3. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – Joanna usually uses affordable skincare products, but this is her one splurge.
  4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Joanna’s favorite body lotion. She keeps several as a backup so she never runs out. Their whole line of products is great for people with eczema.
  5. Dr. Jart Liftra – Night cream that’s on the heavier side, but still feels light.

Grace’s must-have skincare essentials

  1. Innisfree Volcanic Pore Toner – Grace is so obsessed with this toner. It doesn’t strip your skin of oils, but it controls sebum.
  2. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – One of the best acne products! Dab it on at night, and your pimple is significantly smaller the next day. Tip: Do NOT shake.
  3. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask – Another must to control excess oil. Grace uses this about 1-2x per week.
  4. Neogen Bio-Peel+ Gauze Peeling – We absolutely love this for exfoliating. It’s not too harsh on your skin.
  5. Dr. Jart Rubber Mask – We’re both obsessed with everything Dr. Jart at the moment. This mask looks a little creepy, but it feels so great.
  6. Dr. Jart Porecting Solution – We both love to use sheet masks. Tip: Store them in the fridge! It feels so good in the summer.

While these are our favorite products, it’s too hard to carry all of them with us when we’re going to the gym or traveling. So we like to carry just the essentials and usually small, travel-size or sample-sized products.

Some of Grace’s gym bag essentials.

Sunscreen and moisturizers are always a must! This Dr. Jart sunscreen is super light and protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Joanna’s gym-bag essentials. Body wipes are a must if you can’t grab a shower immediately after a class.

We’ve both been using Biossance 100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil as part of our post-gym routine. These mini duos are so easy to throw into our makeup bag for the gym or for travel. We love that they moisturize our skin so well without being too oily. Plus the 100% Squalane Oil is a multipurpose oil that you can use to moisturize all over your body after your shower!

Planes are so dry, so we always carry extra moisturizing products in our carry-on.

You can grab FREE samples of the duo: here. All you have to pay for is the shipping!

So easy to apply the Biossance 100% Squalane all over to moisturize!

Let us know what your biggest skincare concern is, or what skincare product you swear by!

Recipe: Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl

20th June 2017

Our friend Food Wonted sent us an amazing Paleo Korean Beef Bowl recipe from Fake Ginger last week. We modified it to make it Clean Program-complaint and paleo by substituting the beef for ground turkey and adding some extra veggies.

Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl
Recipe modified from Fake Ginger
Clean Program-compliant

Ingredients
1/3 cup coconut aminos
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 bunch scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds organic ground turkey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3 cups cauliflower rice
1 pound broccoli florets, steamed
Any other vegetables of your choice

Instructions
1. In a small bowl,  stir together the coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white scallion parts, pepper, and chili paste.
2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the cooking oil. Brown the meat for 5 to 8 minute, break it up with a spatula as it cooks. Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Add the sauce to the skillet, bringing it to a quick boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 4 minutes.
3. Serve warm, sprinkle with the green scallion tops and sesame seeds over the cauliflower rice with steamed broccoli on the side.
4. Add any other vegetables! We added snow peas and baby zucchini.

Share with us your favorite healthy recipes!