Shopping Sustainably for Beginners (Even if You’re Broke)

I’ve spent a long time ignoring that nagging voice in the back of my head reminding me how important converting to a more ethical lifestyle and shopping sustainably is. Truth is, I’ve been comfortable ignoring big issues and living my life worry free. As I get older I realize how irresponsible that is. A few big realizations I’ve had are: my decisions has consequences, my decisions do make a difference, and I am responsible for making decisions to live my life in a way that causes as little harm to others as possible. And a big slap in the face was realizing how…

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5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Makeup Looks

I love Halloween. I’m 100% unashamed of that fact. I trick-or-treated until way past the “socially acceptable” age, love Hocus Pocus with all of my heart, and am all about ghouls and ghosts and goblins. Another thing I love? DIY-ing costumes. It’s infinitely more fun for me to get creative and come up with a fun costume with Halloween Makeup and clothes I already own than pick something up at the Halloween store. I have a few Halloween posts coming this year, but I wanted to kick things off by polishing up this post that was originally published in 2015…

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Thrift Shopping: A Beginners Guide to Finding Hidden Gems at the Thrift Shop

Thrift shopping can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for. I used to always see girls finding incredible pieces at places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I, on the other hand, was finding windbreakers and high school spirit shirts from 2002. Now?When I go thrift shopping I’m confident that I’ll find cool pieces that fit well or can be DIY’d. It took me time to figure out, but I wanted to minimize the learning curve and give you my tips. But first… Why thrift shop?  A lot of people think that thrift shopping is overrated, or…

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Summer Traditions: The Freight House Farmers Market

Summer is my jam. I actually love being what others would consider to be uncomfortably hot and I don’t mind the sticky sweaty mess that comes with my favorite season. Summer traditions I have a handful of summer traditions that make the season that much sweeter. Sundays spent on the river with my dad, Friday afternoons at my grandparents, and going hiking as much as humanely possible. Another one of my favorite traditions? Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market. The Quad Cities has been growing so much in the past few years, and one of the best additions (in my humble opinion)…

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How to Save Money While Traveling

This post has been updated and republished since it’s original debut in August 2017. I’ve been traveling a lot lately. Since May I’ve gone to New York twice, Seattle once, I leave for Omaha on Friday and the week after I get back from Omaha I’m heading to Buenos Aires so I’m all about finding new ways I can save money while traveling. Full disclosure: New York and Omaha are business trips, so my major expenses (flight + boarding) are covered, but other expenses add up if you’re not careful! I love to travel, but my wallet isn’t nearly as fond…

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