2016 was…a year. There was a lot of good, a lot of bad, a lot of laughter, and a lot of tears. 2016 was my first time living in another state, my first time holding a real job, my first time being completely financially independent, and my first truly understanding how to take care of myself and put myself first. Of course, with the good came the bad. I spent a lot of the year more stressed than I should have been, experienced the greatest loneliness of my life, and had to deal with the news that one of my favorite humans (ever) is sick again. As always, the good outweighed the bad and I’m thankful for the experiences 2016 brought, and I’m eager to leave the negatives in the past. January January was…a month. If you’ve been here a while, you might remember January as being the month I announced I was taking time off of college. I was depressed, stressed, and overall just overwhelmed with everything going on in my life, and at the end of the day I just wasn’t as passionate about my classes as I was about the things I was doing online. It was a… View Post

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing up I never cared about what kind of food I was putting in my body. I was naturally tall and lanky, and being on the track and cross country teams meant I was running 30+ miles a week, so weight was never a real issue. It wasn’t until my dad ended up in the hospital for heart disease that I ever began to consider food as being anything more than a tasty hobby. When you begin to look at food for what it is – nourishment and a life source – it’s easier to be picky about what you put into your body. Me? I’ve cut out meat entirely, and consume a very limited amount of products that contain dairy and egg. Mostly I try to eat whole foods and homemade meals (so I know exactly what’s going into them!) but, of course, when you’re on the go and out and about that’s a little more difficult to monitor. I do a fair bit of traveling and when you’re spending the day in airports and the sky or venturing… View Post

Essential oils are having their moment in a big way – every time I open Pinterest I see a dozen different oil focused pins, and essential oils have been popping up on my Facebook feed for months. To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. Before I knew more about essential oils and diffusers I thought they were glorified air fresheners. Fast forward to now, and I’m an essential oil convert. Around two months ago I cracked and ordered a Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit thanks to encouragement from my boyfriend’s cousin (thanks, Katie!). Since then I’ve spent hours looking into the uses and benefits of each oil, and I’ve had plenty of time to play around with my starter kit. Now, I’m not an expert by any means, but I think I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can do a good job explaining essential oils to newbies, and breaking down the benefits of each individual oil. What are essential oils? Essential oils come from plants – they are the aromatic liquids that regulate plant function. Essential oils are to plants what the blood and immune systems are to humans. They protect the plants from… View Post

This post was sponsored by Pantene. All thoughts, opinions, and results are my own. Some people might call my beauty routine “lazy.” Me? I prefer the term efficient. I value sleep more than I value most anything else, and my daily routine tends to reflect that. I like saving time getting ready in the mornings but I also like looking polished and put together, so I’m all about sneaky shortcuts so I can sleep in and still look nice. The number one thing I focus on? My hair. I have a mane that is more like a lion’s than a show pony’s, so if I want to wake up looking Beyonce flawless, I need to go in with a game plan. Waking up to a good hair day starts in the shower. The products you use and your scrubbing habits will play a huge role in how your hair looks in the morning. My favorite shampoo and conditioner Me? I’ve been using the Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Collection Shampoo and Conditioner. I have baby-fine hair that is easily weighed down, so the Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume collection does a great job combatting that The Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Collection preps… View Post

It’s that time again, I’m publishing my monthly income report. I’ve been doing these for well over a year now, and in that time I’ve learned a lot about making money online. From increasing my prices to finding sponsorships, I’ve made a lot of strategic decisions that have helped me monetize. Through these income reports I hope that I’m able to help your realize what’s possible in the world of blogging, and answer any questions you might have about monetizing. Now you might be thinking, “Why the heck is this internet stranger sharing how much money she makes with all of us?” And I get you, if I weren’t in the blogging world as deep as I am, I’d find it weird too. When I started blogging I had no clue that there was money to be made, and bloggers like Lindsay at Pinch of Yum, Melyssa Griffin, and byRegina all inspired me with their income reports. Furthermore, blogging has opened my eyes to a world outside of the traditional “college>degree>9-5>retire>die” track that I so desperately wanted to escape and if I can help open other people’s eyes to the potential blogging holds – well that’s a win in my book. WHAT I DID… View Post