I T ‘ S  T H E  F O U R T H . . . already.

We really cant believe the 4th is already here again, and this year seems like it flew by, but with that aside, we love this time of year and what better way to celebrate that, than with food, obviously 😉

We are all about cool & refreshing snacks and this one was pretty dang good! It is super easy and perfect for those hot days . . . cause we all know your 4th of July will most likely consist of some heat!

We hope you girls enjoy this recipe just as much as we did!

I N G R E D I E N T S ::

– yogurt ( we used a lactose free vanilla yogurt, but use whatever flavor or milk base that you prefer! )

– fresh strawberries

-fresh blueberries

– sliced almonds ( we used almonds, but again, feel free to use granola too! )

– cacao

D I R E C T I O N S ::

It is as simple as it looks but the fun part is layering it however you’d like!

We first put a layer of yogurt, then topped it with strawberries, then a layer of blueberries followed with another layer of yogurt, and repeat!

Repeat those steps as many times as you’d like and then finish the top off with the almonds and cacao!

We then stuck our jars of goodness into the freezer for about 30 minutes to let them set and chill! Once they were chilled, without hesitation we ate the whole thing! They were so good, we had to hold ourselves back from making seconds! haha

H A P P Y  4th O F  J U L Y

X O

JOY & JUSTI

Summer is right around the corner & that means it’s crunch time (literally) to get those summer bodies ready. 
Although, we do believe that you’re the best version of you already & that you’ve been created by a God who loves you & has made you in His image, which is the  most important thing of all- there’s nothing like a little motivation to get you healthy + ready for this upcoming summer.
As many of you might already know, (especially if you follow us on instagram) we recently just came off Whole30 & although it was SO hard, it was also SO rewarding. It’s safe to say that Whole30 definitely jump started a new season of healthy living for both of us. Not only is eating healthy one of the most crucial things to a healthy lifestyle, but working out obviously goes hand in hand with eating healthy.

One of our biggest motivations when it comes to working out is getting super cute workout clothes. Ladies, I don’t know what it is– but getting new (& cute) workout clothes is one of the biggest motivating factors, for us. That’s why today we want to show you some of our favorite workout looks from Onzie!

+ read till the end to see how we keep our skin looking like we’ve been sun bathing all winter long, without actually going out to get a glowing tan. 

JOY’S OUTFIT

Joy’s outfit is a super cute combination of this stone (grey) & white outfit. These leggings have the cutest mesh cutout’s that you will not be able to walk out without getting compliments on. (legitimately, have gotten over 10 compliments on them)
Not only is this outfit adorable & so comfortable + it’s so cute because you’re capable of wearing them to workout or just to run errands.

leggings– fierce legging / white combo

bra top– chic bra / stone

long sleeve– seamless long sleeve mesh top / stone

 

 

JUSTI’S OUTFIT

Justi’s outfit includes the cutest bra/crop top which also happens to be the most comfortable top. The white/snakeskin combination is super unique + the strappy wrap back is super secure. The stone leggings with mesh cutout’s are amazing because they’re not see through at all so there’s no worrying about if you’re showing!

leggings – high rise bondage legging / stone fishnet combo

wrap bra –  jedi

Lastly, our getting summer ready essential is self tanner.

 Loving Tanis always our go to self tanner. We’ve rant & raved about it before but loving tan has some of the best self tanner on the market. It goes on dry & gives you the most glowing color (+ isn’t orange at all). Self tanning is also the healthier alternative to tanning-  tanning beds or sun bathing can be so bad for you, so if you want that glowing look- self tan. 

xo,

Joy & Justi

 J U S T I ‘ S  B R I D A L  S H O W E R

Joy here, H I! First off, I just want to say how fun it was to plan this shower for Justi . . . she has been the best bride. S O easy going, and so fun to spoil! She gave full control of the shower and I tried to keep it a surprise for her ( but lets be honest, I couldn’t hold anything in lol ). Honestly, I was stressed because I wanted everything to turn out perfect ( perfectionist over here ) but I just had to wait and see it all come together, and it did!

Special thanks to E V E R Y O N E who helped, I couldn’t have done it all without everyones help!

& special shout out to my mom because she seriously helped out with everything, she even built the wood wall that the favors hung on *heart eyes*.

So lets start the, tour de Justis shower . . .

the F O O D :

Me & Justi loveeee cooked carrots and onions together, so random, but that is basically where this meal plan started haha. We said “definitely have to have carrots and onions . . .” so thats what we had! + some meatloaf and mashed potatoes cupcakes and a couple salads! Everything was so delicious! We also had Hummus and veggies, and chips & onion dip ( Justi’s fav ) for appetizers!

 . . . for dessert, we had donut holes! These donut hole trees were so cute & again, easy! They hold about 35 dozen donuts haha! So, easy to say, you could have caught me near the donuts at all times lol.

the B R I D E :

Had to include the bride in this tour because she was obvi the center of the party! She looked S T U N N I N G. We found this dress the night before, so she ditched her original dress because this one definitely won the show. She looked like a true bride and honestly brought tears to peoples eyes . . . so dramatic, yet so true lol.

d r e s s // nordstrom

s h o e s // steve madden

“l o v e” b a l l o o n // amazon

the T A B L E S :

Eucalyptus. Thats all I’ve got to say. AMEN for eucalyptus. It made everything! We ran it down the center of the tables, on top of a white paper runner, filled with some wax flowers for some added pizzazz & through some rose gold candle sticks in the mix and it came out looking gorgeous! The candle sticks were found at many different places, and then we spray painted them and we are obsessed.

The plates were bamboo & seriously made the table scape! I just found them on amazon, and they came the next day ( shout out to amazon prime for saving my life ). The pale pink napkins were found at party city ( literally the day of because I had a blonde moment and forgot napkins . . .  YAY JOY. Not. haha ). And lastly, the rose gold forks were also found on amazon!

l a r g e  p l a t e s // bamboo plates – amazon

s m a l l  p l a t e s // bamboo plates – amazon

n a p k i n s // party city

r o s e  g o l d  f o r k s // amazon

w h i t e  t a b l e  r u n n e r // amazon

the L O U N G E :

Now this, I can give all credit to my mom for this vision. We created a few “lounge” seating areas that really brought the whole vibe/look together! We brought in some rugs, lots of pillows, candles, greenery, and decor accents and it was adorable!

t a b l e // made by my momma ( she’s literally the best )!

p i l l o w s // target, pottery barn, homegoods.

c a n d l e  h o l d e r // homegoods.

r u g // target

the F A V O R S ::

It took me a while to decide on what to give as favors. I am always struggling with wanting to be original and different & it takes me a while to figure out exactly what I am envisioning but, again with my moms help, we came up with these adorable mini macrame plant hangers. They were a hit and I am so glad! They also doubled as a center point for the party, as well as decor! We, last minute, through some left over eucalyptus on the top of the board the night before, and overnight it draped perfectly * thank you Jesus *

We will do a blog post soon on how to make these, because they are so simple ( once you got the hang of tying a million knots haha ) and perfect for even just decor at home! The pots were just from the hard wear store, the rope was ordered on amazon (shocker lol) and the plants were ordered from a nursery in Fallbrook, CA!

 . . . the ” Y E S ” sign was another creation that came together with the help of momma Jetton . . . the marquee letters were found, left over from construction going on near my house. My mom literally drove up to a construction site, asked for the letters and they gave them to us! They are now our buddies because that was a gold mine! haha We filled the letters with foam and stuck moss & eucalyptus inside, and hung it on a rope!

and that is a little overview of Justi’s shower! I am so happy with how it turned out, we had such an amazing time with friends and family, celebrating the lovely bride! Up next, the bachelorette weekend!! *hint hint* *Santa Barbara* . . .

X O

joy & justi

We’re all about good eats, coffee, chai tea latte’s, & good vibes.
It’s definitely safe to say, we spend a good part of our money grabbing coffee + going out to eat, “just to kill time”. Granted, yes, we are a little pathetic- but we figured we would take this pastime of ours to show you some of our favorite places to grab coffee + find new ones to show you babes!

We’re so excited to announce that this is the beginning of our new series called, “Coffee Crawls with Joy & Justi”.

In our new series, we’re going to include a checklist that we look for whenever we go to a new coffee spot. This is the mental checklist that we’ve always made in our heads that determines if a coffee shop is “good” or not- but we’re finally taking it from a mental checklist to a physical checklist so we can share it with all of our bff’s (you guys).

COMMUNAL COFFEE + NATIVE FLOWERS
san diego, ca

The home of the infamous “Coffee + Flowers” that floats around pinterest all of the time.
When we found out that this adorable coffee shop was only about an hour from our home towns, we made a drive down to beautiful San Diego to see what all the hype was about + to take some instagram pictures, if we’re being honest!

One of our favorite things here at Joy & Justi are businesses that combine & collaborate with other small business/business owners. It’s one of the raddest things to see the collaborations between two completely different companies that end up creating a uniting + unique vibe & a creative atmosphere that your generic coffee shops or stores aren’t going to have. Granted, we just thought the Coffee + Flowers sign was cute.. but we didn’t realize that they actually sold coffee and flowers!!!

Now, let’s go through our checklist & see what we thought about Communal Coffee!

AESTHETICALLY PLEASING – 10/10

As pathetic as we sound, in our current day & age.. this is a legitimate issue! In our generation, we’re always wanting to go to the newest or cutest coffee shop. & We’re no different than anyone else + if we’re being honest, we will drive the extra 5 miles to go to a place that has cute decor!

Communal Coffee passes our “aesthetically pleasing” checklist with FLYING colors. I don’t think there’s anything we would change about the vibe or aesthetics of the place but we definitely want to transfer everything about it into our house!

OK TO CHILL

Seating is a big issue with a lot of coffee shops! There are coffee shops that have a great ambience + great drinks but they don’t have any seating! It’s definitely hard when you go into a coffee shop with the intention of studying or working but there’s no place to sit… so you just end up walking out.

Communal Coffee is loaded with tons of seating & chairs! The maximum sitting occupancy is probably 50 people, with plenty of individual tables, tables for parties of four, & also a long farmhouse style table that will fit about 10 people. If you’re looking for a place to work or do homework, you’re almost always going to be guaranteed seating here!

 

GRAB A BITE TO EAT

Imagine you’re working on a project & you’re halfway done, so you obviously don’t want to leave to stop your workflow but you’re starving.. if you leave you’re going to have to start all over.  But having the option to grab food at a coffee shop is always a great thing because you’re able to work & eat! Talk about convenient. 
Communal Coffee has an extensive yet simple breakfast & lunch menu to chose from, so there’s something for everyone!

LET’S TALK ABOUT DRINKS

JUSTI’S DRINK OF CHOICE:

Vanilla Latte w/ Almond Milk.
Would definitely give it a solid 7.5/10, the espresso was great but the only thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was how sweet it was! That may just be a preference of mine but I prefer when the espresso takes more of the front seat instead of the vanilla, if that makes any sense. 

JOY’S DRINK OF CHOICE:

Iced Chai Tea Latte w/ Almond Milk.
I would rate it a 7/10 just because it was a little too “chai-y”, aka there was so much cinnamon I felt like it was kind of burning my throat. I prefer coconut milk sometimes as well, so it’s nice when coffee shops have both options for your drink!

 

NATIVE POPPY

This is the cutest little floral + gift shop that is in the same location as Communal Coffee. Not only do you have the opportunity to eat, dine, & study but you can also shop + stop to get some florals! We’re obsessed with the combination of the two ideas. They have the raddest brands + unique things that you won’t find at your average mom & pop shop! If you’re in the area, I would definitely suggest stopping by & getting some shopping done – especially if you’re looking for gifts!

Native Poppy’s Instagram

 

INSTAGRAM WORTHY

I know what you’re thinking, “these girls are pathetic”, but this is something we totally think about! Either way, Communal Coffee + Native Poppy have tons of different photo op’s plus adorable backgrounds to snap some pictures of. We love being able to look around while sipping our coffee or eating our breakfast & thinking “let’s snap a picture of that!”

They win with a 10/10.

   

 

COMMUNAL COFFEE OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10

Hope all you babes loved this post + stay tuned for our monthly “coffee crawls” series! If you have any suggestions/recommendations for places that we should try, be sure to comment them below. Until next time!

xo,

JOY & JUSTI

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A lot of you guys have been curious as to how my engagement story went down. – Let’s start with some of the details + a little bit of the history between TJ & I. TJ & I had been dating for 4 years & I didn’t see an engagement coming any where in the near future. My guess was that I would be getting engaged the fall of 2017, therefore I was completely thrown off when he got down on one knee & asked me to be his wife.

BACKGROUND OF THAT DAY:

One of the questions that I get the most is, “didn’t you see it coming throughout the day?” & the answer is, I had not the slightest clue. This was our anniversary weekend & typically whenever we celebrate something, TJ always plans the entire day or weekend & I have no idea what we’re doing – so I just go along with the plan. He had already given me the heads up that my gift was going to be different this year (still didn’t have a clue.. I though it was actually a year away) & that part of it was going to be large & handmade, another part was going to be a “medium size”, and lastly that he was going to read me a letter that he had written me. + According to his plan, part of my gift was that one of our best friends Roman was going to take pictures of us for our anniversary.

Basically, he set me up so that I would not have the slightest clue..

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We get to Laguna Beach & our friend Roman was there ready to snap some pics of us “for our anniversary”. He took this picture before we headed down to the beach to see my big present, read the letter, and take the rest of our anniversary pictures.

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We got down to the beach & I saw this super rad pallet, with a bunch of pictures of us, that according to TJ were either some of his favorite memories of us together or his favorite pictures of me. Not only that, but in the center he added Song of Solomon 3:4, which is the Bible verse that we believe the Lord confirmed our relationship with.

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After I got my “big present”, he had me unwrap my “medium present”.

I unwrapped the present, but low & behold- it was an empty iPad box. (lol) TJ grabbed his letter from the empty iPad box & began to read it, making it very clear that he didn’t actually get me an iPad. He read me the sweetest letter, mentioning things about our relationship, my character, & things that the Lord has shown him in regards to it. + Not only that, but he even threw in a joke about how “we’re not getting engaged anytime soon.” 

To say the least, we were both in tears. It was the sweetest letter & that in and of itself was the best gift I’ve ever gotten.

THEN, He told me.. “close your eyes, it’s time for your actual anniversary present”.

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I opened my eyes, & he was down on one knee. It felt totally unreal & I couldn’t even believe it was happening!
My first words were, “are you joking” haha, but after I realized that he wasn’t, I made sure to say yes! It was totally perfect & unexpected + the best anniversary gift/gift in general that I could have ever gotten.

TJ ended the night after the engagement with a surprise engagement dinner with our family.
Overall, I wouldn’t have wanted to change a thing & it was absolutely perfect!

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Thank you all so much for stopping by & reading about my engagement story. + can we give TJ a round of applause for making/planing the perfect engagement & making sure that I didn’t have the slightest clue?
Let us know if you guys want to read more about our planning process & everything Joy & I are going to be setting up for the wedding. We can’t wait for you guys to see our engagement pictures + be a part of our entire planning wedding process!

xo,

Joy & Justi