Lifestyle

My 2015 Favorites

9:00 AM

Happy New Year's Eve!!! I cannot believe that it is already the end of 2015, this year just flew by! Hopefully, I can slow down next year and really take time to enjoy all of the little things of 2016! With the end of the year, comes my favorites from 2015!! If you'd like, you can check out my 2014 favorites here!


One | Free Flying: Being able to fly free {space available} is really awesome! Although sometimes you really have to plan ahead, and definitely be flexible, it's great not having to pay so much to go somewhere!

Lifestyle

2015 Top 10 Highlights

9:00 AM

Happy hump day! The last day of 2015 is tomorrow so I figured that it would be fitting to go through my top 10 highlights of 2015! 2015 was a pretty exciting year, so here are my top 10 from this year!


One | Dallas: For my birthday, Matt took my to Dallas so we could eat Freebirds. That was the only reason we went to Dallas. We took a repo {reposition} flight, meaning it wasn't an actual flight with passengers. It was just two pilots and us on a CRJ-900. It felt really weird being the only two people on a plane but it was so cool! Even though we were only in Texas for an afternoon, it was great to see a different state.

Blogging

2016 Blog Goals

9:00 AM

Happy Tuesday!

After revisiting my 2015 blog goals that I set last year and seeing how much I accomplished, I realized that I need to think about what I want to accomplish with The Arizona Prepster in 2016! {If you're curious about how I did with my 2015 goals, check out this post}


Platform Switch | Hopefully sometime next year I can {and will} make the switch from Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress. It's not that I don't like Blogger, there are just so many more possibilities with plugins and whatnot with a self-hosted blog!

Blogging

2015 Blog Goals Revisited

9:00 AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year, or is it? It's the time to revisit the blog goals that I set for myself and the blog last December!


At the end of last year, I made goals for The Arizona Prepster for 2015! {you can read up on those here} I was very excited to see what 2015 had in store and I came up with five goals that I wanted to achieve with this blog!

Blogging

The Arizona Prepster Reader Survey 2015

9:00 AM

I can't believe that 2015 is almost over and so is my first full year of blogging! This year has been so exciting for my blog and I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for The Arizona Prepster as I'm sure you are as well! I want you to have some say about what happens next year! Yes, I want to hear what you think and what you want to see!


I've created a survey to gather your valuable feedback and comments! Your readership means so much to me and I want to continue to curate the information that you want to see next year! There is no sign-up form necessary for this survey, just click this link and answer as many questions as you want! {there are two required questions, everything else is optional}

Lifestyle

Where Are You Christmas {Spirit}?

9:00 AM

Happy Tuesday!

I don't know about you, but to me it seems 2015 is the year of minimal Christmas spirit. I mean Christmas is in three days and I'm not feeling like it, at all. 


Around the country, this is what I've been seeing. I mean, the temperature is late fall temperatures at best, it has barely snowed in many usually snow-filled places. It's almost like "is this a joke? Are we really twenty-two days into December?" Yes, yes we are.

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

9:00 AM

Happy Friday! There is one week left until Christmas! {and it really doesn't feel like it, at all} That being said, this is going to be my last gift guide post for the holiday season! I've enjoyed doing these posts for you and I hope you have enjoyed reading them! {and have found a great gift for someone special}



If you need a last minute gift, think about getting a stocking stuffer! Stocking stuffers make quick gifts and you can find them at Target {who doesn't love Target?!} Home Goods or other shops. I personally enjoy stocking stuffers, they are small and can be so cute! I feel that many times, the stocking can be overlooked and basically forgotten about.

Fashion

Holiday Party Outfits

9:00 AM

Happy hump day!

School is wrapping up for most and that means that holiday parties and celebrations will be kicking into high gear! That means figuring out what to wear and that can be difficult when there are so many options!


I wanted to share some holiday party outfits ranging from dressy casual to full-on glam status. There are so many different dress codes for holiday parties, depending on who is hosting, so I wanted to be able to share a range of options, depending on the party that you are going to this holiday season! Who knows, you may be going to enough parties to use all of these suggestions!

Blogging

Blog Redesign Sneak Peek

9:00 AM

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe there are only ten days until Christmas!! Oh my goodness! I hope you have all of your Christmas shopping done because I'm sure the stores now are going to be insane! Anyway, there is something much more important that I want to share with you!


If you read my post from November 13, then you know that the blog is going to be going through a revamp! It includes a color palette change, a logo change, and little tweaks on the sidebar! I'm very excited! This change will probably be happening in the coming weeks, either around Christmas or after New Years {we shall see}. I'm so excited about the redesign that I wanted to give y'all a sneak peek! So today I'm going to let y'all peep the color palette!

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty - Save

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Happy Monday! Eleven days until Christmas! If you're still looking for gifts for women, here are some beauty picks that you can find at Target, or other drugstores, today!

Lifestyle

Friday Favorites: Gift Guides

9:00 AM

Happy Friday!

I haven't done a Friday Favorites post in awhile! However, recently I have been seeing slews of gift guides, my own included, and figured I would share them with you if you are last minute gift shopping next week!

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

9:00 AM

It seems like men are the hardest people to shop and buy gifts for, maybe it's because they don't really care what they want? Who knows, I don't think we'll ever get an answer!



Until the day we actually get a helpful answer, we can just use this gift guide as a helpful resource to get the man in your life something special.

College

How to Ace Your Finals

9:00 AM

I can't believe that it is finals week {for me} already! I feel like it has been forever since I've done a College Tips post, but here it is!


If you're anything like me, you're probably freaking out already over finals {and have been for awhile now} but that is completely okay! Finals are stressful, and there is nothing wrong with admitting it, but I want to make it easier for you!

Lifestyle

Motivational Monday #12

9:00 AM

Happy Monday! It is the twelfth, and last, Motivational Monday of 2015! 


I cannot believe that it is the end of 2015! Here is this month's motivational Monday posts to help you stay motivated and happy through the holidays!

Lifestyle

Starting New Traditions

9:00 AM

It's the time where holiday traditions make their way out of the woodwork and into our homes! But, what if you're not home this year and need to make your own traditions? Starting traditions on your own can be pretty difficult, especially when you try to please every single voice.


Starting a new tradition means coordinating schedules with your family or friends, and finding a time so it can happen annually. Starting a tradition also means having to do something that all members will agree with {and we all know how difficult it can be to get family to agree}. It also means communication and a lot of it. Traditions are something that should make you and your family happy, meaning it's important to make sure everyone's needs are met.

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty - High End

9:00 AM


It's December, and that means it is time to buy some gifts! Are you ready, because I sure am! I wanted to share some gift ideas for a makeup lover in your life! Although these are higher end products, I will be sharing some lower end products soon!

Lifestyle

November Resolutions Update

9:00 AM

Happy Monday!

I can't believe that it is already the end of November and almost the end of 2015! I'm so excited for 2016! Anyway, here is my November resolutions update!


One | Fall 2015 Dean's List: This semester has been going pretty well! I haven't really checked my grades too much this month, I just don't really want to. I think however that I'm doing pretty well this semester.

Lifestyle

Happy Thanksgiving!

9:00 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!


I'm so thankful for my family and their support with me in college and the decisions I have made! I'm also incredibly thankful for the blogging community! I have met so many wonderful women through blogging and I wish them all the best in their work!

Fashion

Black Friday Deals 2015

9:00 AM

Happy hump day! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and then Black Friday will be here! {yes, I believe in Black Friday, not Thursday. I'll eat my turkey and celebrate one day at a time, thank you!} 


So, I wanted to put together a list of stores that will be having some kind of Black Friday deal! Clicking on either image will take you to a Black Friday website which will give you a complete list of stores and access to their Black Friday ads!

Beauty

Fall Beauty Finds

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Fall is here and that means that we need to find those perfect fall beauty products! Fall means a lot of cool tones, darker colors, and maybe some neutrals but you can still have that sparkle and flare!

Fashion

Three Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

9:00 AM


There's just about a week and a half until Thanksgiving! {I can't believe we're already halfway through November} That means that it's time to think about one of the most important things, what you're going to wear! Here are three cute ideas that will be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner!

Blogging

Coming Soon: Blog Revamp

9:00 AM


Yes, you read that right! The Arizona Prepster is going to be revamped! Lately, I haven't been feeling as inspired or really liked the color palette of the blog, and I don't like feeling that way towards something that many people enjoy reading! Hence, this update!

Lifestyle

An Open Letter: Arizona Weather

2:15 PM


I always see these "open letters" and I thought it would be fun to try one. I decided to do this one to the weather because it is on some kind of roller coaster right now.

Lifestyle

What I Did For My Birthday!

9:00 AM


I know my birthday was awhile ago {Oct. 25} but I never got the chance to update y'all on what I did! Thankfully that Sunday I didn't have to work, someone picked up my shift! So Matt planned something and wouldn't tell me what; all I knew is that we were going to Dallas. I only knew that because he had to have my print out our boarding passes for the return flight.

Lifestyle

Motivational Monday #11

9:00 AM

It's the second to last Motivational Monday of 2015! This year really has flown by!


This month I'm going to share motivation to get and stay healthy. The holidays are coming up and many people become dissatisfied with themselves after this time of the year. Instead, I want to share motivation to get healthy now so you can give yourself those splurge days and not feel bad about it!

College

Staying Cute On Game Day!

9:00 AM

It's the end of October and college football is at it's finest and the weather is finally turning cooler {depending on where you may live!} If you attend a D1 college football university, or even if you don't, you know how big this time of year is. It's almost like school spirit is oozing out of every corner and crack available and Adidas is here to help you!

Whether you're heading out to the game, or just trying to look cute on campus, these three Adidas styles give off that great school spirit.

Style 1: Casual


Lifestyle

Five Things to Do Halloween Weekend

9:00 AM


Halloween is just around the corner! Besides trick-or-treating {which is always acceptable!},you may be stumped without any plans for next weekend. Here are some things you can do around your city {if these are available} to stay in the Halloween spirit!

Lifestyle

When It Rains...

4:00 PM


I love when it rains, and it doesn't rain here often. However this year El Nino us going to be big and that means it's going to rain more often! It's rained the past several days and I've felt like doing absolutely nothing. However, there are some things that you can do that will help maximize your enjoyment of the rainy weather!

Lifestyle

It's The Final Countdown!

5:00 PM

*Picture taken by me at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Oct. 2014*
I know this post is coming a little late this afternoon, however, I've been spending time with Matt before he has to leave for his overnight shift {yes overnight shift}. Tomorrow American Airlines and US Airways {finally} become on airline and tonight he has to stay overnight with others and make sure things will go smoothly okay tomorrow.

College

How to Manage Your Midterms

9:00 AM

Just the word midterms can send a student into a whirlwind of emotions, myself included. Thankfully, I haven't really had many midterm exams in my college career, I've mostly had midterm-type papers. However, I have had a few midterm exams myself, and I have one this semester.


Midterms can be tricky and can seem like they pop up out of nowhere. Although you shouldn't worry about them from the first day of class, don't forget about them as you're making your spring break plans! Here's how to manage your midterms and study time so you can have a relaxing spring break afterwards!

Fashion

Fall Into Fashion: Outerwear

9:00 AM


It's getting to the time of fall where it's actually starting to feel like fall, even here in Arizona! One thing many people overlook is outerwear, so that's what we're talking about this week!

Creativity

Staying Organized and Creative: The Happy Planner

9:00 AM

Hello there! Today I am going to talk about something that I love, planners!


Decorating my planner is something that allows me to be creative yet also be functional. I recently got the Me and My Big Ideas from Hobby Lobby and I'm currently loving it! This planner is a monthly/weekly layout and the weekly layout is a vertical layout. I've never used a vertical layout but I think it will be great!

Arizona Designs Co

My Etsy Shop!

9:00 AM


Yes you read that title right! I now have my own Etsy shop! It is called Arizona Designs Co and I'm very excited to share it with you all! The shop sells only printable items right now, I hope in the future I can sell physical stickers. However right now we sell printable planner pieces and printable stickers.

Lifestyle

Motivational Monday #10

9:00 AM

It's the first Monday of October and that means that it's time for the tenth Motivational Monday of 2015! 


This month is about staying motivated through midterms and the calmness of fall!

Fashion

Fall Into Fashion: Boots

9:00 AM


Are you ready for boots? I know I am! Last week was about shoes other than boots because there are just too many cute boots to pick from! I just had to make a whole post dedicated to boots! Boots and fall are nearly synonymous; when the fall weather comes around you see floods of boots around. Whether they are ankle boots or thigh highs, boots are an integral part of the fall fashion world!

Lifestyle

September Resolutions Update

9:00 AM

Happy Wednesday!
It's the end of September and that means that it is time for my September resolutions update!


One | Fall 2015 Dean's List: My first full month of this semester is over! It's felt like it's gone by pretty fast actually. I can't believe I'm already a month in! I've been doing pretty well in my classes but we haven't gotten into the meat of the grades yet, and by that, I mean all of the papers.

Lifestyle

September 2015 Favorites

9:00 AM


I can't believe it's already the end of September! With that, it's time for my September favorites!

Runescape

Runescape is an online game that was the precursor to Minecraft {one of my favorite computer games}. For the past week, Matt has been teaching me how to play and it's been pretty fun! We have a memberhip {that is paid through coins on Runescape} but you can sign up for a free account, you just won't access to all of the cool features.

Fashion

Fall Into Fashion: Shoes

9:00 AM


Ah shoes, one of my favorite parts of fall! It gets cool enough to wear sandals aren't the only option to wear outside if you want to be comfortable! This week it is about shoes! Do note that boots aren't in here, that's because they get their own whole post! I love shoes, as many women do! So here are some cute shoes that I found for you! {I know #2 is Christian Louboutin but, come on, we all can dream can't we?}

Lifestyle

Birthday/Holiday Wishlist

9:00 AM


It's just about a month until my birthday and a little over three months until Christmas {yay!} so I figured I would put up this year's wishlist! I wanted to share the things that I have my eye on this year {and because my family wants to know. They used last year's wishlist do I figured I'd do it again!}. This year I'm doing it on Amazon Wishlist so everything is in the same place!

Fashion

Fall Into Fashion: Pants

9:00 AM


Last week, I did my first of this little series "Fall Into Fashion", it was on tops! This week it's about pants!

College

Why You Should Getting Involved on Campus

9:00 AM

Happy hump day!


Between homework, projects, and adjusting to a completely new place, sometimes the last thing on a student's list is to get involved in clubs or organizations. However, this is something you really should think about as soon as you possibly can. Most colleges have an abundance of clubs that students can choose from {plus you don't have to choose just one!}.

Fashion

Fall Into Fashion: Tops

9:00 AM

Happy Friday!


Labor Day has come and gone and that means that it's {basically} fall meaning it's {basically} time for fall clothes! I'm thinking of doing this "mini-series" every Friday! This week is going to be about tops!

Lifestyle

First Three Months as a Customer Service Agent

9:00 AM


As many of you know, for the past three months I've been working as a gate agent {customer service agent}. This past weekend I wrapped up my 90-day probation, without any discrepancies or write ups! I cannot believe that it's been 90 days already, it feels like it's been so much longer. Even some of the other agents feel like some of us have been on the floor for much longer.

Lifestyle

Motivational Monday #9

9:00 AM

Happy Monday! I can't believe this is the ninth Motivational Monday of 2015! 


We are three-quarters of the way done with the year! This month's motivation is going to be about staying motivated after the fun of summer!

Lifestyle

Friday Favorites: Back to School

9:00 AM


Happy Friday! {I can now say that and mean it because I don't work Friday mornings anymore!} I've been in school for just over two weeks now and it's been going pretty well. So for this Friday Favorites, I'm going to talk about my reasons why I love back to school time.

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