May 9, 2017

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Hey y'all!

I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of the "Freshman 15", but if you haven't...
Freshman 15 : when a first year college student comes back the following year and appears to have gained about 15 pounds from eating too much and not enough exercise. - Urban Dictionary
I think a lot of people think it's a myth, but it really isn't. I have so many friends that have felt discouraged because they gained weight during their freshman year (or the sophomore 30). A lot of the time, weight gain sneaks up on us and it's not until we look back at a picture and think "wow, I used to look like THAT?"

Well, I'm lucky enough that I actually lost 5 lbs when I was a freshman in college! So I hope that you take my advice because it's a lot easier to be proactive and avoid gaining weight rather than to gain it and try to work it off!

May 3, 2017

5 Free Mother's Day Cards

Hey y'all!

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and that makes me so so happy!! Not only do I get to celebrate one of my favorite people, but I get to go home and see her -- ya know, the whole college out-of-state thing is fun until it comes to holidays where you can't spend them with your fam.

I think we can all agree that our mothers are the coolest people around. They take care of us when we are sick, help us wipe away the tears when we are sad, and are always cheering on the side lines when you're kicking ass at life. Moms seriously rock!!

I would consider my mom one of my best friends and I tell her everything that's going on in my life -- that basically means if I hate you, so does Lenore, sorry!! I'm not even exaggerating when I say that I FaceTime her at least once a week, and I'm constantly calling her asking how to cook something (your girl is trying to be #housewifematerial but I had no clue how to roast garlic in the oven last week...) 

So I hope that like me, you're making/getting/planning something special for Mother's Day. To make your life a little easier, you can download one (or all, I don't judge) of these prints to be the perfect little side-kick to the main attraction for your mom. 

If you're interested in more of these cute prints, check out PicMonkey! They have tons of free templates to customize. I hope you and your mom have a great Mother's Day! Don't forget that she gave birth to you, which I can only imagine is one of the most painful things ever, so you owe her like 1000x's more than you could ever imagine.

April 26, 2017

Improve Your Photography Challenge - Part 2

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Hey y'all!

As mentioned in my original Improve Your Photography Challenge post, I teamed up with CreativeLive to take an online photography class on "How to Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR". And boy, did I learn a lot!

A quick little recap! My boyfriend, Michael, and I challenged ourselves (and you!) to learn how to take better pictures using a DSLR camera. It's so simple to just put a camera in auto mode and take pictures, but at that point, you might as well just use your iPhone camera. We really felt like my blog photos could improve so we set out to take this class and actually learn how to use a camera in manual mode.

The class that we chose to take offered great insight on how to work with natural lighting, studio lighting, how to pose a man or a woman, how to style food for photography, and so many other things. I genuinely feel like I learned a lot by taking this class. Each section is thorough and very easy to follow along with. We watched a few sections each night, which was perfect for our busy schedules.

If this course sounds like something you'd be interested in, then sign up! And use the code ISHARE20 to receive 20% off. (expires 5/31/2017)

CreativeLive also has other courses like money + life, crafting, and even music verticals. Definitely check it out if you're someone who loves being creative!

Now onto the exciting part -- our picture reveals! (You didn't think I forgot, did you?) While the original car was moved, we did the same sort of idea for our second photoshoot!

 ↑ My picture! 

↑ Michael's picture!↑

As you can (hopefully) see, we definitely learned a lot more about focusing and working with better lighting. Let me know who you think won our little challenge in the comments below! It was such a fun experience getting to know more about photography and I can't wait to apply it to my blog. I hope my readers really notice a difference!

April 21, 2017

11 of the Cutest Accessories to Spruce up your Work Desk

Hey y'all!

I'm a huge sucker for #aesthetic and who doesn't want a fun and creative work space? I think it's super important to love the space that you're in because if you like your space, you'll enjoy working. Plus it helps with inspiration! For this post, I went with a rose gold and acrylic theme because I feel like it's totally on trend.

How stinking cute is this? A stapler is always a must-have for me on my desk, and I think this is totally one I'd want to keep out for decoration too! Bonus points if you have rose gold staples!

Everyone needs a place to store their pens and pencils. This one is totally perfect because you can see all of the pens through the side of the cup which means no more having to search through an entire drawer for your favorite pencil.

I hate whenever a great thought or idea pops into my head and I have nowhere to write it down. This little notebook is perfect for random inspiration. It's a great size, but won't take up too much space in your drawers or even on top of your desk.
This may or may not be a little over the top, but hey, it's all about the decor sometimes. These pens are such a unique addition to a desk. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

I have had my eye on one of these for so long! I think they are such a cool gift idea that's super customizable. You can change it depending on your mood or whenever the seasons change. It's a cheap and fun way to decorate!

I know a lot of people don't even have a mouse anymore, but if you do, this is a great choice. It gets the job done and looks pretty while doing it. (now if only I could be that way too...🤔)

If you're a DIY type of girl, then this wall decor could easily be done at home. But if you're lazy or don't trust your crafting ability, this pendant is super affordable. I personally love the look of pendants because they are really easy + cheap to make, but take up a lot of space on the wall!

Staying ahead of deadlines and due dates is so important. I'm a huge organizer so a calendar is always on the top of my list. I actually usually have a couple of calendars just because I'm that crazy organized.

Do a lot of people have business cards? Is that a dumb question? I don't know honestly. But I thought this piece was too cute not to include in this list. It kind of looks like a little sofa for your cards!

Because this picture frame has two sides, you don't have to pick between a picture of your family or a picture of your dog. It's the best of both worlds.

Flowers help any area feel more comfortable. Opting for a fake option is much better because then you don't have to constantly replace them or have to clean up the mess from dead ones. 

I hope this inspired you to decorate your office space! 


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