This Is 30

This is 30... A look back at turning 30.

I did a strange thing last year. I turned 30. I’d been counting down to 30 ever since I was 21. A friend once told me that when you turn 25 you might as well be 30. He said it with such dread that it stuck with me. Although, at the time I thought it […]

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Why You Need A Paper Planner

Apps are great, but here are a few reasons why you need a paper planner. Plus, I'm sharing thoughts on my Erin Condren LifePlanner and a coupon code!

Dentist at 2 p.m. Buy new glasses. Look up Slytherin costumes. I’m the kind of girl who needs to write stuff down. Whether I’m making a brain dump list or scheduling appointments, filling a page of paper helps me see the bigger picture. Plus, I just really like the touch and feel of paper. With […]

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Behind the Scenes of Pageant Weekend

Wondering what it's like to compete in a pageant? Here's a peek behind the scenes of pageant weekend.

This summer I’ve been sharing my pageant prep, so naturally, I have to tell you how the pageant went. Of course, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you already know the ending… Behind the scenes of pageant weekend… Contestants stayed at Hilton Columbus at Easton, a beautiful hotel with terrible parking. It’s conveniently located […]

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I Try

This is a story about how I became a #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honoree. Sometimes done is better than good. I try, and you should, too.

I almost didn’t submit the picture. I almost didn’t even post it. The picture wan’t the most flattering, and the angle was off, but I kept coming back to that picture and to how happy we looked. Last summer, my cousin and I participated in The Color Run. It was one of our last hurrahs […]

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10 Ways to Make August Awesome

Don't know what to do this month? Here are 10 ways to make August awesome!

Don’t know what to do this month? Here are 10 ways to make August awesome! Why don’t you…? 1. Start a collection? Vintage sunglasses? Cocktail rings? Charm bracelets? 2. Step out of your comfort zone? Enter a pageant? Take a salsa class? See a movie by yourself? 3. Celebrate Happiness Happens Month? Do something nice for […]

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Currently: Summer Box Swap Edition

Currently... Pageant preparations, latest reads, and a summer blogger swap!

Currently… Preparing for: Pageant weekend. I’m so excited to be representing the Great Lakes next month. I wrote about pageants here and here. Follow me on Instagram for more pageant fun. Reading: Most of the books I’ve read this summer have been for the BookSpark’s Summer Reading Challenge, but I’m currently reading The Shell Seekers after […]

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I’m Not A Nurse But I Played One On TV

You never know what will happen when you work as a background actor. While I'm not a nurse, I did play one on TV.

This happened in 2008. One of my dreams is to write a memoir, so from time to time, I’ll be sharing stories with you.  My new, white sneakers are dirty, but my scrubs are freshly pressed and hemmed perfectly for my petite frame. I pass by a woman in a white lab coat and sit down at […]

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Sweet Links

Catch up on the best of the Internet with these sweet links featuring Jennifer Aniston on body shaming, a Gilmore Girls' season one refresher, and fried guacamole!

Catch up on the best of the Internet with these sweet links featuring Jennifer Aniston on body shaming, a Gilmore Girls’ season one refresher, and fried guacamole! July Sweet Links Doesn’t this look like the perfect summer treat? A fascinating look behind the song  “California Girls” by the Beach Boys. Make your summer easier with […]

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45 Blog Ideas For When You’re Feeling Uninspired

The blogging blahs strike at the worst time, so this post is for those in need of inspiration. Here are 45 blog ideas for when you are feeling uninspired.

The blogging blahs strike at the worst time, don’t they? I’ve not been feeling inspired this week, and while I had posts planned for Monday and Friday, today was nothing more than a blank space. This got me thinking that I can’t be the only one looking for a little blogging inspiration, so today’s posts […]

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Creatives Box Swap Reveal

This snail mail Saturday I'm showing off my Creatives Box Swap package from Mrs. AOK!

This week has been full of packages in the mail, which is my kind of week. In between my boxes and bags from Ulta, Gap, and H&M, came the best package of all – an envelope stuffed full of goodness from Dean (Mrs. AOK)! Last month, I participated in the Creatives Box Swap hosted by Dean and […]

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