This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. First off, let’s address the elephant in the room: At 22 do I really need to be focusing on anti-aging in my skincare routine? Short answer: Yes. I could give you all sorts of platitudes about how it’s never too early to prevent wrinkles or that it’s easier to prevent aging than it is to reverse it. But instead let me say this: While anti-aging products do a fab job preventing avoidable signs of aging, they typically also come with incredible… View Post

Travel is something that I have a steep interest in, but until recently I didn’t necessarily have the resources or freedom to pursue it. I’ve been able to visit a handful of incredible places in my 22 years, but I’ve got a bucket list a mile long of other places I’d love to go, too. Because I don’t have the experiences to offer travel guides for some of the coolest locations in the United States (yet!) I thought I’d turn to some of my blog friends and share their travel guides for cities all over the country. p.s. I’m heading to Seattle in… View Post

As bloggers, we’re always celebrating silly and fun “national holidays” like National Donut Day or Batman Day with fun Instagram posts and themed round ups on our blogs. More important holidays often go ignored, though. Case in point: Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th.  While it didn’t come with photo ops like posing with pastry-shaped pool floaties, MH Day has a bigger mission and one that can actually make a change for the better. Every year on Menstrual Hygiene Day people come together to raise awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights… View Post

*This post has been edited, refined, and republished. Originally published in August 2014. Blogging has effectively changed my life in the best way possible. Starting a blog completely changed the trajectory of my path in the best way possible. Since starting a blog over three years ago I’ve had so many doors opened to me, from landing my dream job as a content marketer at a tech startup in New York City to being flown around the country for press events. And the crazy thing? Anyone can do it. When I started blogging I was a freshman in college and my posts were bad.… View Post

I interrupt your usual June travel–related programming to share an exciting update… I was interviewed on Live TV today! Locally, we have a talk show called Paula Sands Live that I grew up watching after school. Paula is as much of a Quad Cities staple as John Deere Headquarters or the Mississippi River is, so when I was invited to be on the show I had to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Paula Sands Lives features local people, events, charities, businesses, and everything in between and gives them a platform to talk about whatever it is that they do. Blogging… View Post