Today I would like to introduce all of you you to someone very special: My Zumba instructor, IK, who is going to be the latest woman I am featuring in my You Go Girl! Series. If any of you have ever done Zumba, then you know that it is energizing, fun, and powerful. Coincidentally, I would use those same words to describe I.K.. I was fortunate enough to meet I.K last October when my mom and I were invited to her class by my boyfriend’s mom. We were both hooked, and lets be honest – as fun as Zumba is, half the reason we keep coming back was for I.K.’s magnetic personality. Originally from Nigeria, I.K. has lived here in the United States for quite some time now and she works advocating for immigrants at the Quad City Alliance for Immigrants. I asked I.K. who her biggest role model was, and unsurprisingly she said that she was. After you read our interview, I’m sure you won’t be surprised why, and you yourself might walk away with a new role model. What was your motivation in moving to America? I moved to America with a dream. I knew I was coming to the land of opportunities,… View Post

So, my last post was all about saving money – today I am going in the opposite direction and talking about spending money. I love clothes and fashion as much as the next girl, but as previously discussed – I hate spending money. Which is why I am always on the look out for good deals and steals. I get so excited when I hear about new places to shop, so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you! Online shopping is definitely a weakness of mine – it’s so easy and so fun! When I’m online shopping it’s great to just fill my cart and imagine actually buying everything in there – but I control myself (usually.) If you’re like me and you love online shopping but don’t want to spend a ton of money – I compiled a list of the shops I use to get the most bang for my buck! Hautelook Oh, Hautelook. I absolutely adore this website. Everyday it has a bunch of new sales on the best brands that I normally wouldn’t be able to afford. I have gotten Steve Madden boots for just under forty dollars, Urban Decay foundation for five dollars, and a few… View Post

I have always been good about saving money, ever since I was a little girl. Back then saving money made me feel like a ‘big kid’ and now not much has changed. I thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of purchases before I make them – even over silly things like an eight dollar tube of mascara. With that said, over the years I have come up with some pretty great ways to budget and save my money, and considering that 85% of my readers are college aged females there is a good chance that you might be looking for ways to save money. Right now this blog is my only source of income and if you know anything about monetizing a blog you’re probably aware of how unstable blogging income is. Which makes saving money extra important for me because who knows what next month will bring! Right now I am saving up to study abroad in New Zealand this summer, so I have an increased motivation and I’m following all of these tips, but even just following one or two, that is a great start to building up your savings account! Open a savings account. This might be obvious and I’m… View Post

So, lately I have had a lot of lovely ladies reaching out to me for advice on how they can start their own blog. While I have a step by step guide detailing how to actually set a blog up – there is so much to actually blogging successfully than just making the blog itself (obviously.) But what’s not so obvious is how to attract readers, build social media, and create buzz about your little corner of the internet. I’ve been blogging for a little over 7 months now (crazy!!!) and I have learned so much in that time. I sort of jumped into blogging blind and there was a huge learning curve for me and I definitely still don’t know everything but I’ve come so far and I feel that some things that I’ve learned might be able to help other bloggers who are still trying to figure everything out! Social Media & Blogging Ask any blogger and they’ll tell you that networking is just as important as actually  blogging. For my first four or five months I only used facebook and pinterest sort of – I’ve since added twitter into the mix and I’ve been working on google plus and I’ve seen a ton of growth! Because I… View Post

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita. All opinions are 100% mine. So, I go back to school in two days. TWO! I only finished my back to school shopping yesterday and that’s when I realized there are probably a ton of back to college essentials that many students forget. If you’re living in the dorms as I am, there is so much you need that most students simply don’t think of. To help out fellow students who are rushing to their local stores in a last-minute panic I wanted to provide a list of items that you need, but might not remember. I am glossing over items like notebooks, pens, and pencils because let’s be honest – if you forget those basics, then perhaps college isn’t for you. (Totally kidding, we all have our air-headed moments!) So with that said, let me quit my ramblings and present my list of necessities to you! Brita® Water Pitcher There is good chance that if you are living in the dorms that you won’t have a sink in your room – although I know some lucky ducks do get spoiled with one – but it’s not likely! I wasn’t so fortunate to have a sink… View Post