Almost a month into the new year and 2016 is off to a good start. Hope everyone is still sticking to their new years resolution. Today’s post will be short and sweet because there really is no need for a lengthy explanation. I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with 23 other bloggers to provide our readers with an amazing giveaway. I believe every year should start off strong and there is no better way than celebrate a new year and a new beginning than with a giveaway. One lucky reader will win an incredible prize package consisting of a $150 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette, and an Origins Charcoal face mask. Are you thinking that this grand prize can’t get any better? Well, SURPRISE, there are more items included in this prize package. Us, bloggers are so lucky that three brands are taking part in this giveaway. Our three sponsors include The Sugar Creek Shoppe, Courtney & Courtnie, and Cassidy’s Monograms. All three sponsors are super excited to be taking part and providing us with an adorable mug, a custom keychain, a custom koozie, and three stackable wire wrapped…

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After a week of exams, writing lengthy final papers, and sleepless nights, a month-long break from college life is very much needed.  I can’t believe I’ve been home for a month. It has been nice catching up on sleep, hanging with the family, and spending more time on my blog.  However, my life at school is so different than life at home.  I find myself having more free time, and if you are a person like me who can’t sit still, I need to keep myself busy. Over my month-long break; I have kept myself busy by working part-time at a popular retail store, taking Zumba and Spinning classes, a lot of shopping, and watching a new TV series I found on TV Land. Although, I don’t like to just sit around and do nothing, spending the evening staying cozy and relaxing while watching TV is a nice change of pace because I know once I return to school I’ll have little time to myself. Over break, I got hooked on the first season of TV Land’s Original Show, Younger. I consider myself a fan of the show, so I am so happy that I received an official Younger t-shirt…

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Dear 2015, Thanks for an amazing year. A year filled with ups and downs. A year filled with successes and fails. A year filled with challenges. But most importantly a year filled with lessons. I am very hopeful for 2016, but before I enter into the new year, I want to reflect on 2015 and what I learned. 1. Be present I have always heard to live in the moment, to stop and look, and take time to reflect. However, it was not until this autumn, I knew the real meaning of those phrases. The long walks to class have always been my time to think and to admire the beauty of my campus. When the fall season arrived, I remember taking time to look at the changing leaves, to admire the rich, bold colors and to start appreciating the little things. Now, whether I am with family or friends, whether I am in public or in my bedroom all by myself, I try to let go of my racing thoughts and just be mindful of my surroundings and most importantly be thankful. 2. Acknowledge your inner beauty This has always been a challenge of mine, but in 2015 I…

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Who knew that three words could cause so much anxiety…back to school. Although summer has not officially ended on the calendar, my summer ended when I walked into my first class. From elementary school to middle school to high school and now college, I always experience back to school jitters, especially the night before classes start. College is a different experience because I find you don’t need many school supplies. In elementary school you needed markers, crayons, glue sticks, and much more. In high school you needed a binder and notebook for every subject. Luckily, I only take five classes in college and most of them allow us to use our laptops for note taking. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t need any school supplies. I found all of my back to school essentials at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores and online at officedepot.com. Their brick-and-mortar store and online shop offered all the supplies I needed to gear up for my junior year of college. Office Depot and OfficeMax had a huge variety of supplies, allowing students to pick items that fit their styles and needs at prices they will love. In this post, I am giving tips on how…

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Enough is enough, from thigh gaps, to bikini bridges and now the belly button challenge. The belly button challenge is a new body trend flooding social media. I am not talking about a stylish, fashion trend that everyone should follow. Instead the belly button challenge proves that society sucks. It’s believed that this trend started in China. No matter where it started it has made an unwanted appearance on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. The idea of this challenge is suppose to indicate if you need to lose weight. If your right arm is able to reach the left side of your navel from your back, you are thin and healthy. Completely bogus! I am not a health or fitness expert but I do have a brain and I know that touching your belly button does not prove if one is healthy. What girls fail to realize is that flexibility and long arms are the only things that determine if you can touch your belly button.          Today, the pressure to become thin is stronger than ever. From personal experiences, it can be hard to get rid of the negative thoughts about your body. Constantly, one is bombarded with thoughts…

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