A Few of our Favorite Things {March}

Welcome to a new series! This is something we hope to keep up with monthly. The title pretty much explains it all… We’re just going to write about our favorite stuff. Hannah’s answers will be in this color. Kerri will answer using this color

♥Beauty♥

I have pretty sensitive skin, and I recently learned my eyes are very sensitive as well. After wearing mascara for a few hours, my eyelashes would feel like they were trying to pull themselves out. It was pretty annoying. SO I tried a hypoallergenic mascara and eyeliner from Target, called No7, and I like them both a lot! They work well, and don’t bother my eyes. 

I really love NYC eyebrow kit & Rimmel eyebrow pencil. They both fill in my eyebrows really well yet still make them look natural and not look like I drew them on. I’m still trying to find a powder/foundation that looks natural and matches my skin tone. I really like Rimmel & right now I’m using the moose foundation in the color Ivory. Really love this foundation because its great for just everyday wear or performance wear (stage make) because it stays on all day though all my sweating and grossness. B U T I’m struggling with  finding a color that matches my face as well as my neck.

 Clothing♥

I got to visit Anthropologie for the first time this month and I fell in love. After maybe half an hour of looking around I found the clearance section. Thank goodness for that little piece of the store, am I right? I fell in love with many things, but decided on one pretty blouse.

Since it was on sale I was not able to find it online. I will link you to their Meadow Rue collection, which is where my shirt is from. They have many more beautiful pieces (although very expensive).

My absolutely favorite clothing right now is a dress that comes with a  matching coat. ♥ I just bought it and my heart is strongly attached to this outfit. It is from my favorite antique store, Red Feathered Nest, over in Hilton Village, Newport News VA. If you live in that area or even around the area this is place you MUST go! 

♥Meals♥

Lately one of my favorite meals has been Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, with toast or some kind of vegetables on the side. It’s easy + perfectly warm and cozy for these last Winter months. 

Smoothie Bowls all the way fam.

♥Snacks♥

Protein Cookie!!! I really want to blog about this sometime soon so keep an eye out for it. But basically its a thick peanut butter/oat mix with a lot of other things shaped in the form of a cookie. Literally I have it all the time on the side with a smoothie or juice or just a quick snack to go. They’re so. Freaking. Good.

These 5 ingredient Blender Peanut Butter Banana muffins. They’re really quick and a great little snack. 

Tea or Coffee♥

I’ve been loving Celestial’s Sleepytime tea before bed, and sometimes in the morning too. It’s a warm and comforting blend of chamomile, cool spearmint, and lemongrass.

I’m obsessed with coffee.

♥Music♥

I’ve been listening to Pure Heroine by Lorde a lot lately. I kind of forgot about this album for a long time, and then remembered that it exists and should be listened to. 

Definitely my favorite escape from life is music. Especially when it comes to Frank Sinatra. I am constantly listening to Sinatra on vinyl (the best way to listen to music) and his music basically speaks to my soul & gives me life. 

 ♥Tv or Movies♥

Kerri and I have been watching Parks and Recreation together! I’m pretty sure we laugh every two minutes while watching this show. Most of the time it takes me a couple episodes to enjoy a show, but I’ve loved this one from the first episode. 

Yeah, what she said. . .↑

♥Books♥

This March I finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbertand I thought it was very interesting and inspirational. Some of her ideas are a little “out there” but it challenged me to look at creativity in a different, healthier light. 

Does the subtitles on Netflix count as reading? I really don’t like reading. . .

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excuse my no make rough look. but Netflix accepts who i am so i don’t care. 

♥Quotes or Verses♥

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

Jeremiah 29:11 & Psalms 149:3 (basically live by that verse) 

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8 Essentials for Athletes

Kerri Anne and I both dance many times a week, doing a bunch of styles from Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, etc. We also enjoy other forms of exercise like yoga and pilates. So we have some essentials that can be useful for almost any sport / form of exercise.

A Tennis Ball

A tennis ball is a must have in your gym bag/dance bag. During breaks in class I sometimes will break out my tennis ball. The places I tend to use my tennis ball is my feet, (this is one of the best because it breaks all the soft tissue & prevents injuries)   hip sockets, upper back, lower back, calves, and the booty. I’ve attached some links below of youtube videos showing you how to use the tennis ball properly.

Icy Hot

Icy hot is kind of like magic. If you struggle with a reoccurring injury, chronic pain, or even just recovering from a pulled muscle, icy hot will be your best friend. It comes in a few different forms (gel, spray, balm, etc.).

An Outfit You Love

It’s a fact of life that when I like the clothes I’m wearing, I dance better.

Well… It may not be a fact, but I think it’s true. Make sure you feel good in your workout clothes, but also make sure they don’t interfere with what you’re doing. I love to wear leggings, shorts, tank tops, and sometimes a light sweater. Find out what works best for you!

Drugs. . .

Yes, I am just a dancer BUT I very much consider myself an athlete. Albert Einstein did say, “Dancers are the athletes of God,” so i’m gonna go with it. So moving on, any form of medicine you can think of…i have in my bag. I will admit though that it is the worst for you. You never want to immediately go to pills when you strain a muscle or your back hurts.   The B E S T option for you and your body is STOPPING whatever you’re doing, put any form of icy hot on it, use an ice pack, use a heating pad, roll around on a tennis ball, etc. Any of the more natural ways to relieve your pain is always the best option.

A Chiropractor

A human being that cracks your backs in places you didn’t know could crack is must have for an Athlete. Like seriously fam…If you don’t have a chiropractor you need to freaking
get one. It is very common for athletes & dancers to have issues with the neck, back, hips, knees, etc. If not just one of those then all of them..like me.. Some are worse than others but no matter how serious it is a chiropractor can help. I go to one at least once or twice every two weeks. It improves my movement in class and my body feels better overall when my body is aligned.

Cross Training

This could be an entire blog post in itself. Here’s the dictionary definition for cross training: “training in two or more sports in order to improve fitness and performance, especially in a main sport.” Most people pick a form of exercise and tend to stick to that, whether it be soccer, tennis, running, or for us, dancing. The problem with this is that we often become   unbalanced, working certain muscle groups much more than others. This can become a major problem, and can lead to injury. Kerri and I often do things like yoga, pilates, and we take a stretch/strength class at our studio, which is designed to cross train us dancers.  Research cross training specifically for your sport –  it prevent injuries, but it will also enhance your performance!

Fun

One of the most important essentials is to really enjoy what you’re doing. If you hate playing your sport, find something else! There will always be days when you feel lazy and don’t want to do it, but overall you should be happy with how you are spending your time. If you hate going to class or practice, you won’t perform as well and will likely quit eventually. Maybe you love the sport, but hate the environment you are in. So find a different team! Make necessary changes in order to love what you’re doing… but also understand when you just have to wait out a bad season.

Good Snacks and Nutrition

We are planning a whole blog post all about our favourite snacks, particularly on busy days. Healthy eating is an important aspect of anyone’s life, but even more so if you are training. If you struggle to have a well-rounded diet, meal planning is a great tool! Research and consider what your body needs, and plan accordingly.

Philippians 4:13

Philippians 4:13.

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”

This is such a well-known verse to people. Athletes are known to use this verse to help them get through their rough game/practices, you will see it multiple times on shirts, keychains, etc & people will tend to use this verse to give them power to accomplish a tough task or to defeat the enemy.

BUT does anyone really know what this verse means? Why it was written? Who it was written by and the reasons for him writing? What situation was the author in when it was written? I definitely did not know any of that until about a week ago when I was enlightened (have you noticed that this is my favorite word? I use it quite a lot in these blogs)  by a fantastic pastor of mine. (His name is John Ware & he’s the youth pastor at Bethel Church)

The Apostle Paul is the one who wrote Philippians & to understand what this passage actually means we have to read the verse in its context.

Lets take a look at the verses that surround the one I’m talking about today.

10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, [d] who gives me strength.

Philippians can also be called, “Recourses through Suffering.” This book is about our strength + our goals being in Christ, for Christ to be in our lives & mind, & to be joyful in times of suffering.

 Paul stated (in the verses above) that he learned to live with everything & nothing at all, with food & without food, & in any situation good or bad. I could imagine it’s a challenge living with hardly anything. Especially when it comes to food & money. I have been so blessed all my life to always have food in my fridge & pantry. I’ve also been blessed with money in the times that I needed it most. (I also have wonderful parents who buy me things when I have burnt a hole in my wallet because of the liquid drug called coffee in which you get at Starbucks. It literally takes all the bucks from me. okay, sorry for being stupid. moving on.) However, life isn’t that sweet. There will be times where you will have nothing. B U T  living on nothing will not be so hard because you can do all things through christ who strengthens you.

Paul was a very courageous man who was given many opportunities to do momentous things for the Kingdom of God. However, like everyone, Paul had somewhat of a troubled side.  Back then preaching the Gospel was “unlawful” & before he became a Christ follower he would kill and imprison Christians because he thought they were blaspheming God & what was written in the Old Testament. Then he was actually placed in prison because he preached the Gospel. He even wrote this book from Prison.

Paul definitely lost a lot & gained a lot. He was, at points in his life (like stated earlier in the blog), poor. Then at other points he was wealthy and had everything he could ever ask for. He never knew what place or situation in life he would be in. Though whatever path God set him on he could walk until the end because he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him.

If he was rich, he could handle it

If poor, he could handle it

In ANY situation (good or bad) he could handle it. and ( . .bout to get real cheesy here. . ) so can you.

So what are you facing right now? Are you in a good season in your life? Bills are paid, you have great kids, & you don’t dread going over to your in-laws? If so, great! Lucky you. . .  Or are you in a bad season? You’re out of your job, bills aren’t paid, and your in-laws are the last people on this earth you want to see but you can get away from them? Obviously, I’m being idiotically funny for some parts of this but in all seriousness. . .Whatever it is, good bad, & ugly. .It’s nothing you can’t handle….because you can do all things through Christ!

∼ Kerri Anne

Beginner Yoga Sequence

Abs + Arms + Legs

Targeting all 3 in 1 Yoga workout.

I usually do this sequence at night because it is not a difficult routine. Though it is also a good morning routine to do before a shower just to get the heart rate up and your muscles engaged.

NOTE: this whole sequence only takes 10 – 15 minutes.


First: Start off in a standing position making sure your abs are already engaged, your ribs are closed, shoulders relaxed, and taking deep breaths. For the whole yoga routine you really want to focus on flowing from move to move & engaging your core and glutes in each move. 

ALSO breathing should be a main focus during this exercise.

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Standing position.
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Step out into Warrior pose. Hold for 16 counts.
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Arch back in Warrior pose in a high release – hold for 8 counts
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Bend forward and twist toward the sky *still keeping abs engaged* -hold for 16 counts
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move to plank + go into 12 plank dips.

 

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Stretch into downward dog into – hold for 8 counts

 

 

 

 

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Stretch one leg up an open up hips. – hold for 4 counts
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From there you take the leg that was up and move into a plank position with the your knee to your shoulder. Then take your leg back up to previous pose. Repeat that 8-12 times on same leg.

After you have finished the last move you go back to downward dog and make your way up to the standing position. Repeat again to the left. Then again to the right. . .then again to the left. So in the end you have done 4 sets, two on each side. 

NOTE: All moves can be adjusted to your own skill level. 

Jeremiah 30:8-9

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The other night my journal began with the words: “Can I take a moment to talk about how sometimes life just seems mostly awful?” And I did just that. I took a few moments and wrote down different aspects of my life. All the negative emotions. Eventually I decided that I should probably pick up my Bible and read something that would hold me together and keep me from falling apart. Maybe I’m really dramatic and emotional, but we totally warned you in our About Us section.

I’ve been doing a lot of devotionals and online reading lately, so it had been a while since I picked up my actual Bible. My bookmark was holding Jeremiah 30, and I think it was holding it for that very moment. As I read through the chapter, verses 8-9 stood out to me. As I thought about these verses I broke it down into three parts, and realized why it meant so much to me.

The first words are: “And then I’ll enter the darkness.” This part really grabs my attention, for the simple fact that He enters. I think that there are times when every one of us feels completely engulfed in darkness. It’s almost as if the black smoke around is too thick for Jesus to get through. Or maybe you just feel lost. This verse shows that those thoughts aren’t accurate. He will enter the darkness. It’s going to be okay, because He will never leave you alone, no matter how dark it is. It’s not too much for Him.

The next part says: “I’ll break the yoke from their necks, cut them loose from the harness.” I love this, because it’s an excellent reminder of His ability. These words are so powerful because He is powerful. He can and will set you free from absolutely anything.

And the final part is: “No more slave labor to foreigners! They’ll serve their God and the David-King I’ll establish for them.” This part brings me so much hope because it shows His plan. A while back Kerri posted about Jeremiah 29:11, and that’s what this part reminds me of. Israel was in a dark place, and this verse was written to them at that time. God entered the darkness Israel was in, set them free, and formed a plan for their future.So here are the three points this verse made to me…

1. He enters. He enters darkness. He did so for Israel, and I believe He does so for each of His children, all the time.
2. He breaks. He sets us free.
3. He plans. God has a beautiful, intricate, and perfect plan for each one of us. I hope this fills you with as much hope as it does for me!

An important lesson I’ve learned from my youth pastor: the Bible is best read in context. I looked specifically at verses 8-9, but there’s a lot to learn in Jeremiah 30, and reading the verses before and after what I highlighted will help you understand them even better. If this post spoke to you, I would encourage you to look at even more of the book Jeremiah!

-Hannah Scott

Our Favorite Breakfasts

Kerri Anne and I really love breakfast. It’s our favorite meal of the day, so we decided to share some of the breakfasts that we make pretty frequently. We hope to inspire you to never skip breakfast, because that’s kind of a tragedy in our opinion.

The first four breakfasts are by Hannah, and the second three are by Kerri Anne.

  1. 1 Minute Banana Bread

You’re probably rolling your eyes since we kind of just blogged about this. But it is seriously one of our favorite breakfasts, and you should definitely try it.

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2. Yogurt Bowls

This is a very versatile breakfast that you can really make your own. You can start with a flavored yogurt, or just a plain, homemade greek yogurt. Yes, I really said homemade yogurt, it’s possible and one day we will blog about it. I love Chobani and Siggi’s for a flavored option (although they have great plain and vanilla options too!). Some of my favorite toppings include: honey, bananas, berries, nuts (specifically pecans and almonds), cinnamon, dried fruit, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, and granola. There are hundreds of delicious combinations you can come up with!IMG_4573

3. Granola

Neither of us are big fans of cereal, but granola is a totally different story! We like sprinkling it on our yogurt and smoothie bowls, but it’s also great as a cereal. I like the Vanilla Almond Granola from Trader Joes, the Raspberry Clusters with Chia

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Seeds from KIND, and sometimes I like to make my own granola. This is probably our easiest breakfast, because there’s literally three steps and you can’t mess it up.

Step one: Pour your granola into a bowl.

Step two: Pour some kind of milk over your granola. Whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, whatever you prefer.

Step three: Add toppings. This step is kind of optional, because granola is great on it’s own, but I really love to add fruit. That’s it. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

4. Coconut Milk Quinoa 

This might sound weird, as quinoa is usually used as a savory grain. Quinoa contains iron, B-Vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, fiber, and protein… So it’s really good for you. Plus it’s very trendy right now, just ask Whole Foods. It’s delicious on salads, with roasted vegetables, in soups, etc etc etc. If you enjoy savory quinoa, I’m willing to bet you’ll love it as a sweet breakfast. Here is the recipe I base my breakfast quinoa off of. It’s a very customizable recipe, you can use whole milk or almond milk instead of coconut milk, and you can be totally creative with the toppings.

5. Simple Toast & Fruit

On days when we have no time to actually put effort into breakfasts this is a perfect solution! It gives you the nourishing calories you need for your day from the peanut butter and bread. (I use Ezekiel bread from Trader Joes)  And fruit is just an awesome side to any meal.

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6. Smoothie Bowls

Now this is our personal favorite to do. So many different smoothie recipes and so many toppings! For this there is nothing really to it. You just make your smoothie (with less liquid, so it’s more of an ice cream consistency) and add toppings. Some of our favorites are down below. My top favorite smoothie bowl concoction is my strawberry shortcake smoothie bowl. Which are shown in top left & right picture then the bottom left picture. In this smoothie we have:

  • One thing of Yoplait 100 Strawberry Shortcake greek yogurt. (it is the most healthy, quick & easy flavored yogurt out there.)
  • One frozen or regular banana (best when frozen)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • tsp of Vanilla
  • Coconut water or coconut milk

Then you blend all together until it’s a very thick, creamy substance. Pour into a bowl and top away! On this smoothie I love to put my DANG coconut chips & fresh strawberries. OR i’ll put my banana bread crumble, granola, chia seeds. . .the possiblities are endless.

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7. Oatmeal 

SO simple but SO good! Oatmeal is such an easy breakfast that you can do anything you want with. One of my personal favorites is Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal. It is so healthy but doesn’t taste like it at all! If you are an oatmeal lover then this is a must try for you!