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

Breaksgiving. It’s the time of year where long distance relationships notoriously crumble. For most people Thanksgiving means coming home to see the ones you love, but for college students especially, Thanksgiving can be a bitter time of year. I’ll be completely honest – the first time Chris and I were ever long distance it was our freshman year of college and of course I’d heard the folklore around Breaksgiving and I was a bit uneasy coming home for the holiday. Fast forward a few years and needless to say, Breaksgiving didn’t break us, and I think that’s because we were very intentional about maintaining a strong and healthy relationship despite the distance. Long distance relationships are tricky. I’ve written about them before and I’ll probably write about them again because I’m a believer that if anything, distance can strengthen your relationship and I thought I’d share a few of Chris and I’s tips for surviving a long distance relationship. Quick FAQ Before I dive into things, I’ll answer a few questions that will clarify why I think that Chris and I are qualified to be giving this advice. How long have Chris and I been dating? Just over four years – our relationship survived… View Post

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. I’ve gotten used to long distance relationships by now. Freshman year of college I was in Illinois, my boyfriend was in Iowa, my best friend was in Texas, and a brother-like friend was in Ohio. Fast forward and I was living in New York away from everyone I knew for half a year and I’ve got this long distance thing down pat. I’ve mastered the handwritten letter (with beautifully decorated envelopes to boot!), and I can express myself over Facebook message like a champ. With everyone moving back to school now, I’m brushing up on my long distance game with care packages and notes to remind my people how much I love them. If you want to make a care package for your college gal, I teamed up with Babblebox to give you a few suggestions! They sent me a few gift ideas, and I wrote a few notes you can include in your package. A little overview… FUJIFILM’s INSTAX Mini 70 GreenPan Mini Ceramic Non-Stick Square Egg Pan Zebra Pen Assortment Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Flip Balms Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths The FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini 70 Instant cameras are… View Post

I’ve been through a lot of changes in the last year: battling depression, leaving school, moving to New York City, working at a tech start-up, moving back to the midwest, and now adjusting to working remotely and balancing blogging in the midst of all of it. I look at how stressful the last year has been but I also realize that this time of change is just a part of growing up and everyone my age has either experienced that stress or will be very soon. I’m by no means an expert at handling stress (I’m known to hole up in my room and listen to Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis album on a loop to hid from any and all stressors) but I have gotten pretty good at handling change. I’ve learned a lot, and while I still have a lot to learn I’m sure, I wanted to share my top five tips for dealing with change in your early twenties: Focus on quality The quality of the people you spend time with, the things you own, and the effort you put into the things you do. When I was younger I was so focused on having as many friends as possible (including… View Post

College blogging has a special place in my heart – I got my start college blogging, afterall! While I’ve moved on from college, I know a lot of my readers (let’s be honest, most of them!) are in college or going to be in college and could benefit from fresh college posts. That’s where the blogging community comes in! I’ve got a few great guest posts lined up from stellar college bloggers, and Samantha is up first telling you all about different tools incoming freshman can use to make their lives easier! Hello lovely! If you are an incoming freshman, then you are probably worried, nervous, and excited about starting your first year of college!  Because I know how crazy the transition from high school to college is, I want to give all of you incoming freshman a few tools and resources that will help you throughout your entire college career. So, here are ten things that you are going to want to use in order to have a successful start to your next four years of college. 1. Scholarship search engine Since you will be entering college soon, you are going to have to begin the search for college scholarships.… View Post