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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.

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

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!

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).

Park Sisters Scream for Ice Cream at Museum of Ice Cream

9th June 2017

To be perfectly honest, we came here just for the photos. After seeing this on everyone’s Instagram and Snapchat, we knew this would be the new “basic b*tch” spot to go to.  Also Joanna just really wanted to be a 5-year-old and jump into the germ-filled sprinkle pool (Grace’s words). But we really did have a great time running around and touching everything, when we weren’t supposed to, in the museum.

Unfortunately because of all the people who came in before, 2 of the installations are now roped off so people won’t touch or climb on them! (Way to ruin it for us, guys…) But that didn’t stop Joanna from grabbing the popsicles. (We are in no way condoning touching and ruining art. Joanna is just a rule breaker. Please don’t follow suit. Bad Joanna!!! -Grace)

Surprisingly the sprinkle pool room was pretty fun. Joanna was the first to jump in even before all the kids got in. Whereas, Grace stood awkwardly off to the side until Joanna forced her in at the end for some photos.

If you do go, the sprinkle pool room is timed. You get a few minutes in there with your group. So plan your photos out since those minutes go by really fast!

Our favorite ice cream was the Salt & Straw salted caramel. Our least favorite was the charcoal cookie dough…although that was probably because we thought it was ice cream, not cookie dough and didn’t understand why it wasn’t cold. Our bad haha.

If you have the opportunity to go while the Museum of Ice Cream is still in LA, come prepared to snack and take LOTS of photos. We were so impressed by the girls who came in the cutest outfits with each room pre-planned so their Instagram boyfriend could get the perfect shot.

Let us know if you’ve been and what your favorite room was!

Coachella Packing + Tips

10th April 2017

I absolutely LOVE going to music festivals. This is my 4th year in a row attending Coachella, and I usually go to a couple more every year. This year I’m planning on going to FYF Fest also. Maybe also Hard Summer and CRSSD!

As you may have seen in our first “about us” post, I have an Excel spreadsheet and a checklist for items to take with me to Coachella and other festivals.

Here’s what I normally pack:
Packet of tissue, also to use as toilet paper if needed in porta-potties.
Wet wipes.
Hand sanitizer.
Sunscreen. I personally love this one because it protects from UVA and UVB rays and it’s super lightweight: Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++ 50g Sunscreen
SEALED lip balm, 1 per day. Sometimes they’re not strict on the “sealed” policy, but can never be too careful or prepared!
SEALED packets of gum, 1 per day.
Full charged external phone charger with cord. So necessary if you like to Instagram, Snapchat, text, and take photos as much as I do! This is the one we use: Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More
Body wipes like SweetSpot Labs, especially if camping! SweetSpot Labs Vanilla Blossom on the Go Wipettes, 30 Count
Bandana to wrap around your face. Dust is constantly kicked up inside the tents. The first year I got pneumonia and had a 1-month long cough because of all the dust. I wear my bandana as much as I can, even just walking around the grounds. Last year I put a medical mask underneath my bandana, and it was even better! Also bandanas help with the smell inside porta-potties and help you from losing your voice since you won’t scream as much, well at least for me it does.
Sunglasses!
A flannel or sweater. It can get pretty cold at night especially the long walk back to your car. Also if you have eczema or sensitive skin, it also works as a blanket to sit on instead of the grass or dirt.
Earplugs. So important! If you have ringing in your ears at end of night, you didn’t wear them enough! These earplugs are great because they protect your ears but don’t muffle the sound completely like foam earplugs do. If you have normal sized ears, these are great: Etymotic Research ETY Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs; Standard Fit, Blue Tip, Polybag If you have smaller ears like us: DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts, Music, and Musicians (Clear Ear Plugs, Black Case) or Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for Musicians

I pack this all in a fanny pack to keep my hands free! I love the Herschel’s ones because they’re cute and pretty large. Herschel Supply Co. Seventeen, Black, One Size

Also for me: I pack this knee strap because I have patellar tendonitis, so walking around all day usually makes my knee hurt. This helps a ton. Mueller Jumpers Knee Strap BLACK

I also prefer to wear Nikes or other comfortable sneakers instead of boots or sandals even if they’re not as cute because my knee can’t handle running around for over 12 hours. Also if you go into a crowded tent like Sahara, it’s super easy to get stepped on by accident, so I would rather not deal with bleeding toes.

Additional tips:
1. Take an Emergen-C before starting drinking and before Coachella.
2. Eat!! It’s so important to eat! You’re spending so many hours outside in the heat, walking, and dancing so much. You burn a ridiculous amount of calories. It’s so easy to forget to eat when you’re having fun and trying to catch different acts (or if you’re taking a *ahem* “supplement” that has a side effect of suppressing your appetite).
3. Post-Coachella: Another Emergen-c and EAT even if it’s not healthy or you may not be hungry! A Hot Pocket / Lean Pocket or Cup Noodles is super easy to heat up.
4. Additionally, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HYDRATE! It’s so so so hot in the desert, plus you’re sweating so much. And if you’re drinking, it dehydrates you even more! CamelBaks are great to have for festivals for this reason! Plus there is always a free water refill station.
5. And finally, HAVE FUN! Coachella is so fun. Even when the lineup isn’t your favorite, it’s such a great time in the desert with your friends! I absolutely look forward to it every year.

Let us know what you pack with you! And let us know if you’re attending this year! I’ll be there weekend 1, and Joanna will be there both weekends!

-Grace