Blogging

Blog Traffic Report | November 2016

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Hey there! I know I skipped October's traffic report, and I'm so sorry that I did. I know y'all love reading these traffic report. I got very caught up with school and work and I really needed a break with the blog. However, the school year is just about over and I am ready to get back into Creatively Lauren! So, I wanted to share a traffic report for November, even though I didn't really post anything. I wanted to see how well my blog did without being updated every week.


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Holiday Wishlist 2016

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It's December and that means that it is time to share my Christmas Wishlist! I don't know why, but I don't really know what I want, and no matter how hard I try I can't seem to really think of anything, except clothes. Can I just go back to wanting a bunch of toys?

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Life Update November 2016

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Hey guys!

Wow, it has been a hot minute since I wrote a blog post, and I'm so sorry for that. At the beginning of October, things were really starting to pick up with school, and although I was confident in once a week postings, I was still struggling to come up with quality content. Taking one week off turned into taking two weeks off, and school continued to pick up. I'm glad I've been able to take a break because I've really been able to focus on school, which is what I will continue to do for the next couple of weeks, but after that I will be jumping right back at it!

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Blog Traffic Report | September 2016

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Hey there! It's already the beginning of October and that means that it's time for another blog traffic report! Every month I share my traffic stats to show what my numbers are, how I use social media to drive traffic to my blog and to share that it's okay to have lower numbers. Many traffic reports show these big numbers and make newer bloggers feel disappointed about their numbers. Remember, it's not always about the numbers. You can have lower numbers but a tight-knit community. Stop comparing, and do you!

Blog Traffic Report | September 2016

Career

Learn to Manage Your Time Management Skills

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Hey hey! I want to talk about something that isn't really talked about much in college but is something that you need to learn before you graduate. That my friend is time management. Time management is something that will help you succeed in your academic and professional career. It is also something that you should begin to train yourself on as quickly as possible.

Learn to Manage Your Time Management Skills

College

Why You Should Take Advantage of Your School's Health Services

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Hey, friends! I want to share with you something that I believe is vastly overlooked when it comes to college life, healthcare. When searching for posts on college when I first began, I rarely saw posts on going to the doctor while away at college. That could partly be because when you first start college, you go back home more often so you see the doctor when you go home. However, what happens when something happens mid-semester? Or, when you don't go back home as often and need to see the doctor for a regular checkup? You'll most likely go and visit your school's health services.

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How to Combat Impostor Syndrome

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Hey friends! I wanted to talk about something that was brought to my attention by a fellow blogger that I have admired since the beginning of my blogging journey. I'm not going to share her name, but I remember I posted something in a group and she had mentioned that she currently battles "Impostor Syndrome". Now, I was surprised, she's an established college blogger and loves what she does, yet she is afraid of being found out as a fraud. She's not the only one, many, many bloggers face this fear.

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Blog Traffic Report | August 2016

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Hey, there friends! With another month gone by, it is time for another monthly traffic report! I share my traffic report because I want to share my numbers, and how I use certain social media platforms to drive traffic to my blog. Now, I also want to share that traffic is not the end-all-be-all by any means. You can have lower numbers, but also have a tight-knit community of loyal readers that support you. However, I know that when many are beginning, bloggers are focused on their numbers. I want to share that low numbers does not mean low success!

Blog Traffic Report | August 2016

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Build Your Own Blogger Blog Email Course

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Here we go, it's finally here! I'm so excited that Build Your Own Blogger Blog is finally here! As you may or may not know, I currently run my blog and others that I have started on Blogger, a free platform. I definitely believe that this is a good option for a college student who may want a space to blog about whatever, especially since there is no cost to set one up. Now, that can be the hard part, setting it up. This is where the awesome thing comes in! I have created a free five-day email course called Build Your Own Blogger Blog!

Career

Why You Should Visit Career Services as a Freshman

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So, we all know that the main reason people go to college is so that they can land their "dream job/career". Which is true. We go to college so we can learn the skills and knowledge needed to get us on our way {because we do not know everything about our career when we graduate. That's when the real learning begins}. In today's society, it's not enough to have just a Bachelor's degree anymore, employers are looking for more. This is where career services comes in.

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How I Use Google and IFTTT to Automate My Social Media

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Being a full-time student, part-time worker, and blogger means that my time is stretched in many different directions, and that means that when I'm working on Creatively Lauren, I can only focus on tasks that are really going to help advance my blog and achieve my goals. Let me tell you, scheduling social media posts is NOT one of the things that I have time to spend doing. That is why I learned how to use IFTTT {If This, Then That} and Google Calendar.

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What I've Learned Over the Past Two Years

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On July 31, my blog officially turned two years old! In the past two years, I have learned a lot, and to be honest, I'm still learning A LOT. This blog has also gone in a very different direction than where I had wanted it to go two years earlier. To be honest, I didn't really know what I wanted two years ago, this was really just a place for me to write.

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Blog Traffic Report | July 2016

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It's a new month and that means that it is time to review the traffic that Creatively Lauren has received over the past month! This month was more about me and having some time to myself. Matt and I took a week vacation this month and it was so awesome, but then worked pulled me straight back to reality this past weekend. It's crazy how things can change like that. Anyway, let's get into this month's traffic report!

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What I've Learned From The Consistent Canva Course

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*I was chosen to be a beta tester for Lindsey's e-course "Consistent Canva" course. I took this course beginning to end and all opinions are 100% my own. This post will be updated as new information about the course becomes available. As of right now, you can sign up for early notification and early bird pricing which I 100% recommend! 

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Today, I wanted to share with you why I believe every blogger should take the Consistent Canva e-course from Lindsey of Hazel Haven! So, Canva is a free design software, hosted on canva.com so there is no program for you to download. It is based in Australia {which is something I always forget} and has an amazing team behind them. Although Canva is free, which is all you need for this course, there is also Canva for Work, which is what I use. The price for Canva for Work is $9.95/month paid annually or $12.95/month paid monthly. I love Canva, I even wrote about why you should be using Canva for your blog post graphics. Now, I want to share why you need to take this course!

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The Secrets Behind The Success of The Young Hopeful

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Today I'm doing things a little differently on the blog. I wanted to share with you a guest post, which is not something that happens often here on Creatively Lauren. Today, I'm sharing a post written by Hope Young, founder of The Young Hopeful. She crafted this post detailing how she grew her little blog into a major hit in a year! I've watched Hope grow TYH, and even been a part of it, from when it was just a little college blog. I'm so proud of Hope and what she has done with her site. So after y'all read this, you need to go to her site and see what she has to offer! She is awesome, y'all will love her! So let's get to her secrets!!

(Update September 2016: Hope Young has put The Young Hopeful on an indefinite hiatus. She will not be uploading any new posts. However, The Young Hopeful will still be live so you can view the archives anytime. View her announcement here.)

College

How to Combat Senioritis

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I hope y'all had a great weekend. It may be the middle of summer but I know that some students will be starting {or finishing} their senior year of college. With that exciting fact, comes the not-so-exciting issue of senioritis. Bleh! Senioritis is something that can get the best of students, but there are ways to combat it, you just have to keep at it for the year!

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Why You Should Start a Blog

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Today I wanted to talk about why you should start a blog. Even though it isn't always easy, I love Creatively Lauren and I love the opportunities that it has provided for me! I definitely think that if you want to start a blog, even if it is just for fun, then you should. You don't have to start a blog with the intention of making money. If you want to go for it, then do it!

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Blog Traffic Report | June 2016

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We are already halfway through 2016! Can you believe it? Since June is over, it is time to share my blogging statistics from the past month! This month, I will admit I slacked a lot. I feel really bad about it. With the start of the second half of 2016, I'm looking to ramp back into high gear and get things off the ground!

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Web Development and Design: Final Update

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I have made it through my six weeks of class and I have come through on the other side! I'm so happy I've made it through, but I'm actually pretty bummed that it's already over! So I wanted to do a final update/check in and show you guys the final product of my web development and design class. I'm so proud of this project, however; I do hope to make it even better than it already is. Beware, this will probably be a long post because of all of the screenshots. I hope you like my site!

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Why I Quit My Honors Program

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Today I wanted to talk about something that I have wanted to share for awhile. At the beginning of the year, if you follow me on Twitter, I was talking about quitting my honors program, but I was on the fence about it. Basically, I didn't know if I wanted to continue to struggle and be miserable, or drop that part of my college experience and be free to be happy. Well, if you read the title of this post, it is clear that I did that latter. I wanted to explain why in case anyone else is feeling the way I felt and doesn't know where to go next.

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Why Creativity is Important in Today's Society

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I hope you have had a wonderful week! This is the first week in a really long time that I'm posting three days a week! It feels so awesome to be on somewhat of a "track" again. This week was pretty good; I really am trying to find a way to get my creative juices flowing. Since I have been having some trouble with my creativity, I figured that I could write a post on why creativity is important in today's society!

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Web Development and Design Class Update: Halfway Point

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Happy Wednesday!

I'm already halfway done with my web development and design course! Yup, I'm already three weeks in! I'm really enjoying the class, I've definitely learned a lot so far! I've even began to play around in Blogger's custom CSS spot in my template. The only downside is that I'm learning CSS3, the most advanced and up-to-date, so some things I learn in class don't translate well, if at all, to Blogger. Regardless, here is how I have done this first half!

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Blog Traffic Report | May 2016

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Happy Monday!

I know I haven't been on the blog in a hot minute, last week I was busy with fun and a family visit! I went with Matt and another coworker to Redmond, Washington on our new route. Thursday I flew to L.A. and went to my little brother's high school graduation! Wait, WHAT?! Yup! My little brother is not so little! Then Friday, I flew back to Phoenix and then went to work! So I've been quite exhausted! However, with a new month, it is time for another blog traffic report! So let's get to the good part!

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Why I Decided to Take a Web Development and Design Course

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Happy Wednesday!

Today I wanted to talk about why I decided to take a web development and design course from ASU over the summer! When I saw that this course was being offered, I immediately got excited. At first, I just had to figure out if I was going to take it in the fall, or over the summer. I finally decided to take it over the summer, to help alleviate some of my course load for my final semester. Now that I have started, I'm definitely glad that I jumped in!

Why I Decided to Take a Web Development and Design Course

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Four Reasons Why You Should Get a Job in College

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Happy Monday!

I haven't posted on a Monday in so long! Whenever I've been trying to, the post was never ready in time and I had to post it on Tuesday or wait until Wednesday to post it. Regardless, today I wanted to talk about why college students should get a job when they are in college. Now, this may not be right for every college student, say the honors student studying to get into med school or something. There are certain degree programs where getting a job outside of studying just does not work. However, for most students, it is possible to fit a part-time job into their schedule.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!

I hope you had a wonderful week! On Wednesday, I went to Oakland with Matt and one of the other ramp managers to see the A's stadium. It was an interesting experience, I may go through what went down on my personal blog because it was definitely hilarious! Anyway, I wanted to jump back into doing Friday Favorites. So, today I'm going to share my favorites from around the internet this week!

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Why You Need to Unplug Sometimes

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Happy Wednesday!

I hope you have had a great weekend, and got a chance to unplug from your cell phone and/or computer! The reason I say this is because in our technology fueled world, it is so easy to get caught up in social media and get lost in your phone. It's easy to get caught jumping from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram to Pinterest and then start the cycle over, and over, and over, until you've spent most of your afternoon doing nothing but cycling through social media channels. This is why you need to unplug from your phone sometimes.

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Why It's Okay to Take a Break

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Happy Friday!

If you had not noticed, I had taken about a two week, unplanned, break from posting on the blog in April. It was not intentional, and it was not something I had wanted to do, at first. I say at first because halfway through, although I was stressed with school, I was beginning to feel refreshed with ideas. I had begun to come

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Five Tips to Help You Excel in Online Classes

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Happy Wednesday!

I was happy to be getting back to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule, but this past weekend went downhill too fast and I could not get this post done in time. I'm sorry! Hopefully I'll be able to get next week's posts up before work this weekend and I can finally get into the Monday, Wednesday, Friday, posting schedule. Even though the semester is ending for most, there are some that are taking online classes this summer {myself included!). I've been taking online classes almost every semester, and it is definitely can be difficult.

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Why I Changed My Blog Name

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TGIF!

You may have noticed that the blog has taken on a new name. Formerly, I blogged under the name The Arizona Prepster, yet I decided to change it to Creatively Lauren. It was hard for me, and it was definitely a process. I did it without any announcements, I just up and changed. I definitely feel like I should explain to y'all why I changed my blog name out of the blue. So here we go.

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Blog Traffic Report | April 2016

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Happy Wednesday!

I'm so happy to be back to posting! I've missed posting on the blog! This post was actually supposed to go up yesterday, but at 1:30 in the morning after cramming for my economics final is when I realized I hadn't written this post yet {oops!}. Now that April is over and I didn't post this month, it's time to go over the traffic report!

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How to Blossom in College E-book!

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Hello!!

Wow, it feels good to be back! I know, I know I went AWOL on y'all and just dropped off the map. Well, school got a little crazy and I was in a big blogging slump for a bit. I needed a break from posting on the blog and I also needed a refresh. {Did you notice the name change?} Even though I haven't been posting here, I have been working on some awesome things for y'all! One of those things is How to Blossom in College! {Which you can sign up for here!}

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15 Must Have Apps for College Students

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Happy Tuesday!

I hope y'all had a fantastic weekend and that your week is starting off on the right foot! I had a pretty decent weekend, work went pretty well. I'm about to get in the mix of finals though for the semester so it's going to get a but crazy! So, I wanted to share 15 apps that college students definitely should have!

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50 Things That Make Me Happy

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I hope you're having a great week so far! Things are starting to pick up for school so it's getting a little hectic for me. Since it is getting a little hectic for me, I decided to do a more personal post today and let you get to know me!

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Blog Traffic Report | March 2016

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Happy Tuesday!

I was pretty happy with the results of last month's traffic report, which was also my first! {You can check that out here}I also got great feedback from other bloggers with around the same amount of traffic. I kept hearing that they were so glad someone with the same amount as them was sharing their traffic!

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Friday Favorites

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TGIF!

I hope you have had an awesome week! I had a pretty good week! Matt and I went to the last Dodgers spring training game for the season! I love having spring training in Arizona, but I'm also excited for the regular season to start on Sunday! With that, let's get to this week's Friday Favorites!


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Where You Can Find Awesome Student Discounts

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Happy Thursday!

I've definitely had a pretty good week so far, however, the next two weeks are going to be difficult with projects and tests. The end is near, but so are the finals! Anyway, today I wanted to share with you some awesome discounts to some great places with your student ID.

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Blogging Wishlist

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Happy Tuesday!

I hope you are having a great start to your week! Today I wanted to talk about my "wishlist" of blogging things that I would like to buy this year some I would probably buy soon, some I know that I would have to save for and would probably buy later this year.


There are so many great resources for bloggers and ways to help up your blogging game. These items range from ecourses to photography items to books to technology. I'm defintiely trying to take my blog to the next level and I believe that these things will help me do that. Hopefully I'll be able to get these things sometime this year!

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!

I hope you've had a wonderful week! I feel like this week went by pretty fast. It always feels that way when I jump from school to work and back with no real "down time". I guess it is what it is! I've been thinking about some awesome things, plus I've been working on something special! I'm currently writing an ebook! Yes! It's going to be a free ebook, and it's titled How to Blossom in College! If you want to get notified about its launch, you can sign up here for emails! Alright, now for this week's Friday Favorites!


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Why You Need The Successful College Student Workbook

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*I received this workbook free for reviewing purposes. The signup link is a referral link which I do make a small commission off of. Thank you for supporting the people that support Creatively Lauren

Happy Thursday!

It feels so weird to be posting a post on a Thursday. I just felt so exhausted on Tuesday and couldn't finish this post. Anyway, I'm hoping to either get back to my old regular schedule, or make a new regular schedule for blog posts. I'm so into consistency and I hate that I'm struggling with it right now; but that's not what this post is about today. Today, I wanted to share with you an awesome workbook created by a fellow blogger to help college students be successful!

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How I Balance School, Work, and Blogging

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Happy Tuesday!

First off, I wanted to share that I think I may begin posting on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays now instead of Mondays. I just feel like it is way too much for me to get a post up on Monday. However, this may change after this next weekend because after this weekend, flex nights are over. We'll see though! Today, I wanted to talk about how I balance work, school, and blogging; which can be very difficult sometimes.


Trying to balance these things can seem like the most difficult juggling act. Going to school Monday nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays; working Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; plus finding time to squeeze in homework, and blogging. {Oh and going on vacation or day trips with Matt? Basically non-existent.}

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!

This week actually felt a little longer than two days, which was nice! Matt started his new schedule this week so we actually had three days in a row off together! What? I definitely think that has some of what to do with why this week seemed to go by much slower than usual. I don't mind though, it was nice getting to spend time at home and actually make dinner!


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10 Things You May Not Know About Me

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Happy Monday!

Today I'm back at school to finish the second half of the semester. I only have my night class tonight, but still Spring Break is over and it's back to school! I'm going to be doing something a little bit different today, at least I feel it's different. I'm getting a little more personal and letting you in on a few "secrets"!


So, do you really know me? Probably not, but that's okay. I want you guys to know me, I mean it's helpful to know about who is talking to you about beauty products and college tips and whatnot! So, let's get to know me!

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!

I can't believe this week is already over! This spring break week has flown by and I'm so bummed. On the other hand, I had a fantastic week off traveling and spending time with Matt. Even better, starting next week, Matt starts his new work schedule which means more than one day off with each other PLUS my day off of work and school coincides with his day off too! I'm so excited! Alright, now let's get to this week's Friday Favorites!


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College

Should You Stay Home or Vacay for Spring Break

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Happy Hump Day!

Currently, I am in the middle of Spring Break and I am so happy about it! This Spring Break I'm doing a mix of staying home and going out on vacation and it's pretty awesome.I'm always excited for Spring Break; it's like a little teaser of summer break and always gets me motivated to finish out the semester!


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Blogging Traffic Report | February

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Happy Monday!

I've decided that I'm going to be starting something new, and share the traffic that my blog receives. I'm pretty nervous because I feel like my traffic is low and not really anything special, but I also want to share the things that I've done throughout the month to get the traffic that I've got.

February is over and that means that it's time for my blog traffic report! I'm sharing my traffic and what I do to get it on the blog!

So, first I want to share my reason behind doing so. I feel like I always see "bigger" bloggers share their blog traffic reports and they have such a high number of views and I start to feel discouraged and I'm sure others do as well. That's why I wanted to share my numbers, to show that no matter the traffic, it is important!

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!!

I hope you guys had a fantastic week! This week for me was midterms, but I am done and officially on Spring Break! Woo halfway through the semester! Anyway, I have some pretty fun plans for Spring Break! Enough about that, let's get to this week's Friday Favorites!


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College

Why You Should Care About Financial Aid

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Happy Wednesday!

I know I didn't post on Monday, but I have been crazy busy with midterms, which have taken up all of my free time when I'm not working. I just couldn't get a post together and I didn't want to just throw something up here without really putting my effort into it. Anyway, today I want to talk about financial aid, since the deadline to file your FAFSA was yesterday! {did you do it?! You should have!}


I know when this time of year comes around, and your school starts hounding you about your FAFSA, you moan and groan and wonder "what is the point?". Don't worry, I do too, every single time. Financial aid and I have had a very stressful relationship during my college career, and you may have had one with it as well. That doesn't mean that you should give up completely on it though.

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday!

I hope you have had a fantastic week! I'm not really looking forward to next week {hello midterms}. The week after though is Spring Break so I guess it isn't too bad! Hopefully it all goes smoothly. Anyway, I'm taking my mind off of that by going over this week's Friday Favorites!


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Aircraft Boneyard

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Happy Wednesday!

The past two out of three Mondays have been pretty awesome. {Last Monday was not awesome, Matt was sick}. Two weeks ago Matt and I went out to Pinal and saw some of the planes at the Pinal Air Park and this past Monday we went out to Goodyear! It was pretty cool!


Matt and I are what some may call aviation geeks {#avgeeks}. In my defense {do I even have one} he is the one who opened my eyes to the world of aviation, beyond annoying travel in cramped planes. Ever since, I have found airplanes to be fascinating, it's weird. These planes go out here to basically die and seeing it is quite interesting.

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