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AUGUST 2016 IPSY BAG

Hi y'all! I'm sorry I got this post up a little later than I wanted to. My first day of classes was today, and needless to say I'm already feeling pretty stressed out by everything that this next semester will entail. I know that I can do it if I keep myself driven and focused though, so I'm trying to stay positive. 

Anyways, in other news I received my August Ipsy bag about a week ago, and I am loving it! 

For those that don't know, Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription beauty bag that is filled with 5 full sized or sample sized products. To read up about it a little more check out my post here. It's a fun inexpensive way to try out and discover new makeup. 

The reason I haven't posted about Ipsy in a while was because I honestly wasn't too impressed with the last couple bags I received. However, I think they got their stuff together because this bag was a hit! So, without further ado, here are the goodies I got this month! I hope you enjoy! 

5 BACKPACK ESSENTIALS

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the last little bit of summer. I FINALLY finished my summer classes Saturday so I'm really enjoying this last week of relaxation. While I'm happy that this stressful summer has come to a close, I'm thankful for all the fun times I had with my family and friends the last few months. 

 Sticking with last post's back to school vibe, I thought I'd make a quick post to tell y'all all about 5 essentials that I always have in my backpack with me to carry to class. These are 5 must-haves that I consistently make sure to pack along with all my books, folders, etc. 

I hope y'all enjoy! 

THE BEST PLANNERS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Hi everyone! Well, it's that time of year again. Everyone is getting ready to go back to school in a couple weeks, and so the madness of school supply shopping has begun.

While I love picking out pretty colored pens and highlighters, my absolute favorite must-have for every new academic year is an awesome planner. In high school, I would always buy a planner and never end up using it, but I find it essential to have one in college. There's always so much going on, and planners just make it so easy to stay on top of everything. From college to work to mommy duties to blog planning, I have a lot to keep track of, and my life would be in utter chaos without a beautiful planner to bring some structure to my days (a little dramatic, I know). 

But seriously, I think every college student should start the year with a planner they love. I, unfortunately, tend to be a bit picky and want a lot out of a planner, so it's often times hard to find one I love at a decent price. I don't know about everyone, but I know that most college kids don't have $60 to dish out on a planner, which is the price tag I have seen on some of the ones I have looked at in the past. 

So luckily, last year I was thrilled to discover a planner collaboration between Day Designer (the planner brand of my dreams) and a company called Blue Sky that was available at Target. The planner line they put out is seriously beautiful AND affordable. I am totally obsessed with it. I'll put the link with some of the different planners they offer here so you can check them out. This is not a sponsored post, I just am honestly in love with these.


In this post I'll mostly be sharing this specific planner from the Day Designer x Blue Sky collab that I bought for this upcoming academic year, along with the larger one I used last year that is identical to this planner with the exception of the front cover. I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into what is, in my opinion, the best line of planners for college students! 

MY FAVORITE DRUGSTORE HIGHLIGHTER

Hi everyone! I know it's been a hot minute since I've posted. It's just hard to find the time these days, especially when I know I should really be working on upcoming assignments for my summer classes (ew). Luckily, there's only a few more weeks of that and then I'm done! That is, until fall semester starts...ugh. How many days until I graduate again? 

Anyways, I hope all of you have been having a fabulous July! Mine has been quite the roller coaster, but overall things are going great, and the summer is seriously flying by. I can't believe it's almost August! 

One of my favorite things this time of year is fun, glowy, sun-kissed makeup. And in case some of you didn't know, I absolutely love makeup and beauty products. That's why they're such a big part of this blog! So naturally, whenever I discover a product that I absolutely love, I have to share it with all of you! 

Allow me to introduce you all to this gorgeous Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in "Radiant." I had heard good things about this product from one of my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube, and, after hunting for it for a while, I finally found it at Ulta in the shade I needed.

Guys, this highlighter is only $7, and it is SO GOOD.

SALTY AIR & SANDY HAIR: OUR LITTLE BEACH TRIP

Hi everyone! 

Last week my family and I went on a short little beach trip to Rockport, Texas. It was so nice to get a break from the daily grind of work, schoolwork, cleaning the house, etc to spend some time soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach and by the pool. 

We spent a good portion of our time at the beach, and had a blast. Lilah (my daughter for those who might not know) loved building, (and destroying) sand castles. We even found a tiny blue crab that Lilah called a "bug" and proceeded to try and squish (it lived, don't worry).

Along with beach and pool time, we got to take Lilah to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi which was seriously such a fun experience! I think I was just as excited to go as she was. We all agreed that the Jellyfish, or "Jellies" as she calls them, were one of our favorite parts. 

I normally don't tend to do too many personal posts about what my family and I do in our everyday lives, but I love to make an occasional one about special holidays and family trips. These posts will be really fun to look back on in a couple years! 

So, I thought I would whip up this quick post to share some of my favorite pictures from our time at Rockport. Instead of writing a long post about what we did during our time there, I thought I'd show you with pictures. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my life! 
 


JUNE FAVORITES


Hi everyone, and Happy Fourth of July! I'm sorry that I've been MIA on here for a couple weeks, my summer classes are seriously kicking my butt. But, I'm back and excited to share my favorites for the month of June! 

I can't believe that it's July already! This summer is flying by, but I'm honestly okay with that because my favorite seasons are right around the corner. I'm already checking out the pumpkin scented candles in the stores and planning some awesome fall and winter blog posts. I can't wait!

Anyways, last month I discovered some awesome new products that I have been loving, so I thought what better way to share them than in a monthly favorites post? 

So, without further ado, here are some things that I was loving in the month of June!

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WHY I'M GRATEFUL FOR GETTING MARRIED YOUNG

Nowadays, society loves to tell people what they're too young for. 
Too young to do this. Too young to do that. Too young to get married. Too young to be parents.
Most people view being young as going hand in hand with not being mature. 

While that might be true in some cases, a lot of times it is not. In my case, it is not.

What people don't understand is that maturity is developed through life experience, not by age. What we go through shapes how we view things and our mind set. While we tend to gain more life experience as we age, sometimes it doesn't quite work like that. 

I married Ryan, my high school sweetheart, in July 2014 at the age of 19. And yes, I know that's young. I've gotten the surprised "Wow you're married?", "How old are you?", "You're so young!" comments countless times.

But just because my husband and I are in a young marriage, does not mean that we are doomed to fail. It doesn't mean that we can't establish a loving, mature relationship that will hold strong and last until we are gray haired and weathered. 

Sure, we have certain challenges that older couples might not have. But, I also feel like we have certain advantages in our marriage that older couples don't. Looking back over the (almost) two years I've been married, I am so grateful that I didn't wait to get married until the age that society deems "appropriate," and I wanted to write this post to tell you a few reasons why.


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