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,…

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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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What I Wish I Knew My First Year of College

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with BabbleBoxx. All opinions are my own. It’s that time of year again—all of my college posts have tripled in traffic and my inbox is full of questions from new college freshman who found my blog and are looking for guidance. While I’m past the college chapter of my life, I was looking back at my freshman year and asking myself how I’ve changed and what I know now that I didn’t know then. While I’m not a college blogger anymore, I want to share the ten things I wish I’d known my first…

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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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NYC Must Visits: Little Choc Apothecary

I lived in New York for a lot of 2016, and visited a dozen times for work since hten. Whenever someone asks me what I miss most about living in the city, the answer is easy. The food. Living in New York means you have access to whatever you want to eat. Even more, just about anything can be delivered to you in 25 minutes or less. Whenever I visit I feel like I discover a new hidden gem and I want to start sharing my must see’s in New York. With that said, it only felt natural to start off…

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