Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Under $50


1. Coffee Mug

2. Polka Dot Socks

3. Lip Balm

4. Bath Bomb

5. Mini Emergency Kit

6. Nail Polish

7. Charm Bracelet

8. Christmas Candle

9. Bubble Umbrella

10. Scented Hand Sanitizer

11. Perfume Rollerball

12. Boot Socks

13. Decorative Note Book

14. Agenda

15. Makeup Bag

16. Blanket Scarf

17. Gel Pens

18. Dry Shampoo

19. Body Lotion

20. Hair Tie Set

21. Body Scrub

22. Face Mask

23. Monogrammed Necklace

24. Wall Calendar

25. Statement Ring

26. Birthstone Necklace

27. Tassel Key Fob

28. Cozy Sweater

29. Jewelry Case

30. Portable Phone Charger

31. Headphones

32. Novelty Animal Shaped USB Flash Drive

33. Beauty Blender

34. Moroccan oil

35. Luggage Tag

36. Coffee Table Book

37. Trinket Box

38. Bow Stud Earrings

39. Mascara

40. Throw Pillow Cover

41. Cookie Cutter Set

42. Cupcake Cook Book

43. Sleep Mask

44. Koozie

45. Poster Print

46. Sunglasses Case

47. Candy

48. Cute Bandages

49. Ring Dish

50. Pink Pepper Spray






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DIY Makeup Brush Cleanser


Hey y'all!

I have a confession to make. Instead of cleaning my make up brushes, I usually just use them until they are all kinds of dirty and then I end up tossing them out. A lazy girl's way of getting "clean brushes". That was until I realized how much bacteria and disgusting germs build up in your brush each time you use them. So fear not, readers, I have cleaned my brushes by using these simple ingredients!

{ WHAT YOU NEED }
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dishwashing soap


{ INSTRUCTIONS }

  1. mix all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. swirl brush for about 10 seconds in mixture
  3.  rinse brush until water runs clear
  4. reshape brush and lay at a downward tilted angle
  5. wait 24 hrs for brush to completely dry





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Do's And Don't's for High School Freshman

Hey y'all!

I'm finally a senior in high school. As cliche as this sounds, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was a freshman. I can thankfully say that I have made it this far and I am ecstatic to be graduating in less than a year now.

Throughout my entire high school career, I have learned very important lessons (good and bad), but I really wish someone had told/warned me about certain things. I've complied a list of a few things that I believe every student should know before they graduate high school.

LIFESTYLE }

𝥷 DO get lots of sleep : waking up early for school is one of the most dreadful experiences about high school. As much as we all love Pinterest, it can wait! Make sure to get all of your zzz’s (about 6 - 8 hours a night).

DO eat healthy : okay so I might be a bit hypocritical here because I eat Chick-fil-A pretty much every day for lunch and I drink diet coke like it’s going out of style, but eating healthy and keeping fit makes you feel so much better. You’ll have more energy throughout the entire day, which is beneficial to keep you awake during math class.

SOCIAL LIFE }

DO get involved : join clubs, play sports, or even be a part of student council! It’s a great way to hang out with friends and meet new people.

DO be yourself : Being popular may seem important, but it’s not. It’s not bad to have a lot of friends, but don’t strive to be someone you’re not.

DON’T feel pressured :If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, don’t just sit around and wait for someone else to intervene. Do something about it. Whether that be leaving a party or saying no to drinking and driving, it doesn’t make you look stupid. Saying no is so much better than “FOMO”.

ACADEMICS }

DO work hard : This was something I struggled with a majority of high school. I didn’t really take my grades seriously. Keep in mind that from the day you start freshman year, YOUR GPA MATTERS. So do your homework and study for tests. You’ll be thankful you did once you get a full ride to your dream college.

DO apply early for colleges : it allows time for all of the kinks to be worked out of your application. Plus it means you’ll get back the decision sooner!

DON’T be afraid to ask for help : take advantage of tutoring opportunities if your school offers it. Start a study group with your friends so that you’ll actually want to go. Struggling with a class doesn’t make you stupid, but not doing anything about it does.


Just remember that although high school may seem like it has just started, it really is only a small four year part of your life. So make the most out of it and enjoy it! It'll be gone before you know it.


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How to Prep for Less


Hey y'all!

We all have issues spending 'too much' for a piece of clothing. I am very guilty of this--I mean, $70 for a skort is a little steep--but hey, it's all for fashion, right? Well, the typical 'preppy' brands can some times rob your bank account and then some. But, what if I told you there are alternative ways to get almost the exact same look for much less?

Second hand items - I cannot stress this enough. Plenty of girls would turn their head at something just because it was gently used (or in some cases, worn once). It may take some time to weed out the good deals from the bad ones, but it can end up saving you some major cash. But, BEWARE OF FAKES. (I also recommend not buying more expensive or designer brands second hand unless you are one hundred percent certain of its authenticity.) There are plenty of great websites where you can not only purchase, but sell your items too!
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Clean out your closet - As mentioned above, you can actually make money selling your own clothes. Everyone has items in their closet that they haven't worn in ages or maybe even things that don't fit you anymore. Not only can you make some cash to reinvest back into your closet, but you also make room for more clothes. It's a win-win situation.
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Staple items - It makes sense to pay a bit more for things you will wear for years. These items are not purchases, they are investments. Personally, I am willing to spend more money on my purses and shoes rather than clothing items.
Ex: L.L. Bean Boots, Jack Rogers, Longchamp

Investment Pieces

Dupes - Every season, I swoon over J. Crew's gorgeous jewelry, but I can never justify a purchase because of the price tag. But, many stores have started to create the almost exact same pieces for more than half of the price! The best part? Some stores even have started to create dupes for popular  clothing pieces (like the Old Navy Quilted Vest).
Ex: J. Crew // Old Navy, Target, Marshall's, TJMAXX,  Forever 21

Discount websites - By now, most people have heard of discount websites that help companies sell leftover products at discounted prices. If you want to get your hands on the good stuff, setting an alarm is a must. Because girls love their sales! These websites can discount items sometimes up to 50% off the original price. 
Ex: ruelala

A few questions to ask yourself before you purchase an item:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Will it be classic in 10 years?
  • How often will I wear this piece?

Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Hey y'all!

Not only is it officially fall, but it's also my pup's birthday! He's two years old today, and he still acts it. So in honor of the little rascal's big day, we made him some home made treats.

Beaux is my first dog I've ever owned and I was even lucky enough to adopt him as my sixteenth birthday present. Since I absolutely adore this pup, I had to spoil him with some home-made goodies! I really hope your dog enjoys these treats as much as mine sure did!

{ INGREDIENTS }
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup canned, pure pumpkin
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 eggs

{ DIRECTIONS }
1. preheat over to 350 degrees
2. whisk together flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water if necessary but dough should be stiff and dry
3. roll out dough flat and cut into desired shapes
4. bake in oven until hard (about 35 minutes)

Fall Excitement


Hey y'all!

Normally, I would be the last person to gush over fall sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, but this is the first year that I have actually been excited for the leaves to start changing color. Now, granted, in Texas, you can't exactly bundle up in puffer vests and riding boots 24/7 during fall because some days it will go from 50 degrees in the morning to 85 in the afternoon. But despite the weather, I try to still participate in fall activities!

The first two photos in this post are of an adventure to a pumpkin patch. We had a blast picking out pumpkins and of course, didn't miss out on the great photo opportunity. Although our carving skills weren't the greatest, it was definitely a great experience.

Next up, I found a wonderful dupe for the Frye flat riding boots by Carlos Santana! They are almost the exact same boot but for a much nicer looking price tag. They're such a classic staple piece that you really cannot go wrong.

Last but not least, my friend, Megan, and I decided to be your typical 'frat boy' for Halloween last year. But instead of trick-or-treating, we handed out the candy to all of the adorable kiddos that were dressed up.


Five Easy Tips on How to Relax


Hey y'all!

Back to school is usually a stressful time for everyone. I actually have just begun my senior year of high-school, and although my classes may not be super challenging, applying for colleges/scholarships can really stress a girl out. So I figured, why not share with my readers a few ways that I relax when my mind is on overload?

1. Create a "zen zone"- A designated clutter-free, quiet space where you can go to just think is surprisingly helpful. Sometimes having an area all to yourself is just necessary.

2. Get organized - This can also go along with number one. Whether it be clearing out your desk, closet or even old school folders, organization can help you keep on top of things. It makes it a lot more simple to follow tasks and assignments. TIP: try buying an agenda or desk calendar to mark important dates!

3. Exercise - By exercise, I don't mean you have to do a full cross fit circuit or even a marathon (unless that's what you're into, then by all means, go ahead!). Yoga, stretching, and even just dancing around your room to your favorite songs are fun examples. 

4. Try a few breathing techniques - Here are three simple examples that you can do at home! It is surprising at how calming this is.

5. Sip on some green tea - Unless you've been living under a rock, everyone knows the simple health benefits of drinking green tea. Not only does it taste delicious and mellow you out, but it helps fight skin impurities all at the same time. (Bonus points if it's from Panera!)