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O U R  S U M M E R  E S S E N T I A L S 

1 . C O F F E E.
Who doesn’t love an iced cold brew + some coconut milk?
(for those of us with the issue of being lactose intolerant *cries*)
Perfect if you just want some caffeine but don’t want the 30 pumps of sugar that most latte’s have.
2 . L A V E N D E R.
Anything lavender is perfect for some summer (or just life) relaxation!
Lavender tea, Lavender Essential oil, etc. – we LOVE. It’s automatically calming and soothing.
3 . R O M P E R S.
So easy to throw on & it looks like you tried – we’ve said it before but this is our FAV.
Looking like you tried without actually having to.
4 . T H E  B E A C H.
We live in Southern California, so it’s not really summer here until you’re at the beach getting some sun and tanning!
5 . M A K E U P  P R I M E R. 
Hourglass primer is a favorite and a must, so our faces don’t melt off, lol.
This primer may be a little pricier than most, but it’s worth the $$$ girls, I PROMISE!
6 . F L O R I D A  G E O R G I A  L I N E  &  S A M  H U N T. 
You can almost always catch joy & justi in the car, rocking out to these guys….
or any country music at that point * heart eyes *.
7 . S P F. 
We love a perfect sunscreen with an spf of 15 because you can still get tan but it keeps you from turning into a complete tomato… more like it keeps Joy from turning into a tomato because Justi is Colombian and well…she tans a lot better than Joy, to say the least.
8 . B E A C H  B L A N K E T S.
Round towels, tapestries, mexican blankets … we love them all for laying out on the sand!
(Seriously, if you haven’t use a tapestry as a beach towel/blanket, you’re missing out!)
9 . A V O C A D O  T O A S T.
Love, love, love.
You can keep it basic, just seasoned with salt & pepper or garlic salt, or spice it up with some dill cream cheese or cucomber …. or both!
10 . N E T F L I X.
Summer is always a good time to binge watch serval seasons of your new found favorite show on netflix! If you haven’t already, prison break is a must.
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Our last favorite has got to be these pictures by The Pastel Fox. These are seriously SO stunning – we cannot get enough of them. 
XO, JOY & JUSTI

 come along with us on our  f o u r t h  o f  j u l y  journey… and when i say journey, i truly mean journey. L O L .
yes , we went to the beach . . . yes, the beach, in southern california, on the fourth . . . don’t ask why. so , to go along with our crazy day, we decided to  v l o g. we want to start doing more videos for you girls! more vlogs regularly and we have some fashion, lifestyle & beauty videos planned as well! Give us some feedback and let us know if you like the vlogs? and any video ideas you might have!

scroll down to the end of the post to check out our vlog!

 

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thanks for watching dolls! we hope you enjoyed our little blog from the fourth & stayed tuned for more videos & posts.

x o, JOY & JUSTI

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This is our go to recipe for potlucks/summer parties! This salsa is always a huge hit & leaves people wanting more (+ wanting the recipe)! It’s not only delicious but it’s also super refreshing for those hot summer days.

Mango Salsa Recipe //

1 Mango, Diced

1 Papaya, Diced

1 Pineapple, Diced

Small Handful of Cilantro, Chopped

Small Handful of Red Onion, Diced

Dash of Salt

Dash of Pepper

If you make this recipe, be sure to post a picture & tag us on either instagram or twitter.
enjoy! x o, Joy & Justi

1. Do you have any pets? 
Joy : Yes. One dog and his name is Jett…He’s spoiled and wants constant attention haha.
Justi : Yes. Two cotton balls, Misty and Freckles. They bark non stop and think they are guard dogs.

2. Name three things that are physically close to you? 
Joy : My iPhone, disney minnie mouse ears, and a cup of black coffee ( even though i don’t drink my coffee black lol )
Justi : My computer, my phone, my coffee ( made by my bf aka. personal barista )

3. Whats the weather like right now? 
Joy : Well its 8:46pm right now, so dark and slightly chilly but its California so who am I kidding… its pretty warm.
Justi : Bipolar, I don’t trust it. One day its cloudy, next day its sunny.

4. Do you drive? If so, have you crashed? 
Joy : Yes, I do. I have yet to crash ( knock on wood ) but I have come close… I’ve ran into a guard rail while getting on the freeway… No damage done *praise hands*.
Just : I do drive. I have yet to get into a crash, and I’ve also never gotten a ticket… but I’m also not a good driver so…

5. What time did you wake up this morning? 
Joy : 8:30… Im still recovering from Vegas.
Justi : 6:15, I was supposed to shower and take a nap right after, but that nap never happened.

6. When was the last time you showered? 
Joy : This morning, before I worked out… don’t ask why.
Just : Um, this morning at 6:30. I was half asleep, and same as Joy, before we worked out…I’m psycho.

7. What was the last movie that you saw? 
Joy : Allegiant. Im not a big movie person, but that series has me hooked. I really just am living vicariously through Beatrice.
Justi : Allegiant. All i remember was that it was really good but I don’t remember much about the movie lol.

8. What does your last text message say? 
Joy : “Okay sweet! I’m excited to see :)”
Just : “New number titi” ( She’s Colombian )

9. What is your ringtone? 
Joy : “Twinkle” from the iPhone ringtone options haha not very OG.
Justi : Same as Joy…

10. Have you ever been to a different country? 
Joy : If you count crossing the grass at the Canadian boarder, than yes. But I don’t even have a passport yet…
Justi : Yes, Colombia, Mexico. Aruba. Dominica. Bahamas. Canada. Israel. Thats it… HAHA.

11. Do you like sushi? 
Joy : Yessss. I give full credit to my boyfriend for that. Never really was a fan until we started dating and now, Im in love ( with him and sushi HAHA see what I did there ).
Justi : YES. I love it, my boyfriend hates it but slowly learning to love it. It’s slowly feeding my addiction.

12. Where do you buy your groceries? 
Joy : Well, I still live at home so when its not my mom shopping lol Its Barons, Trader Joes, and Roots.
Just : Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.

13. How many siblings do you have? 
Joy : One sister, she’s a senior in high school and it freaks me out that she’s getting older.
Justi : Ok. Complicated situation.. So technically speaking I have two half siblings and three step siblings, but they are all way older than me so Im basically an only child.

14. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Joy : 22… Ill be old & “feelin’ twenty-twoooooo oooh ooooh”
Justi : 20. No comment, its a boring age.

15. Do you wear contacts or glasses? 
Joy : Glasses, but its kind of like a ” My eyes will forever be jacked so I can wear the glasses whenever I want” kinda thing.
Justi : Glasses. Definitely should wear both but Im not feelin’ the contacts.

16. Do you color your hair? 
Joy : Yes. Im a hairstylist so I kind of feel like I’m obligated to.
Just : *asks Joy* “Um, what do I do with my hair?…” Yes, she does. L O L

17. Tell me something you are planning to do tomorrow? 
Joy : Go to work, workout, and probably do some more blogging!
Just : Honestly I have no idea, I have no homework so…

18. When was the last time you cried? 
Joy : I don’t cry very much but while on our drive to vegas someone decided to play a version of “I’m already there” with messages from military family at home and I about balled my eyes out.
Just : While watching Military coming home videos on Facebook last week… who doesn’t?

19. What is your perfect pizza topping? 
Joy : Pepperoni and Pineapple… that sounds so good right now.
Just : Oh my gosh… pepperoni and mushrooms. I have to have that on every pizza.

20. Have you ever had an all nighter? 
Joy : Yes, when I was like 12 and Ive never wanted to do it again. I enjoy my sleep.
Just : Yeah, only one when I was in like eighth grade. I enjoy my sleep.

21. Can you taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi? 
Joy : Yes. I’d say Coke is better… but I never really drink it so don’t take my word for it.
Just : Yes, definitely . Pepsi is disgusting.

Thats its kids, thats our 21 random questions… we’ll have more to come, maybe even including some guests *smirk face*  x o , Joy & Justi

Gluten Free // Vegan // Paleo // Samoa Cookie Bars

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

for the shortbread crust //
2/3 cup of coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil, solid

for the caramel coconut filling  //
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped

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S H O R T B R E A D  C R U S T:

Directions //
1. preheat the oven to 350° F. line an 8×8″ square pan with parchment paper & grease with coconut oil.
2. combine coconut flour and salt in a bowl. add the maple syrup and coconut oil and stir until fully combined and a large dough ball forms – making sure that there are no clumps of coconut oil.
3. press the dough into the prepared pan. bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. – let it cool completely.

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F  I L L I N G:

Directions//
1. combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and heat until all of the ingredients are melted and thoroughly combined.
2. pour over the crust and let cool in the refrigerator until set – cut into 16″ squares.
3. melt 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, and stir until smooth. dip the bottom of each bar into the dark chocolate, scrape off the excess chocolate on the side of the bowl, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet to set.
4. melt the remaining 1/4 cup dark chocolate in the microwave and transfer to a small piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off. drizzle the chocolate over the bars.
5. store in either the refrigerator and freezer!

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 F I N A L  P R O D U C T :

delicious, Paleo, Gluten-Free, & Vegan Samoa cookies!
these are an absolutely great alternative to the infamous girl scout cookies. not only are the absolutely delicious but they’re SO easy to make! it only has about a 20 minute prep time & 20 minute cook time which makes them a quick & easy treat.

enjoy,
x o // Joy & Justi