Writing Your Way to Your Best Blog Life

Hi Friends!  Today I was thinking to myself that writing seems to be such a struggle sometimes.  I have so many things to say but the words never come out at the right time!  I wanted to share some of my tips that help me the most to write down whatever I need to do.

  1. Set aside time.

On the days when I think “Oh I can just fit in writing sometime in between my crazy schedule”, I usually don’t end up fitting it in at all… I’ve found that if I set aside an hour or two, I am able to get so much done for my blog from coming up with ideas to even planning out the content for one or two blog posts.  I highly recommend making a note to yourself when you’re going to work on writing content for your blog because it will definitely help you stay on track.

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  1. If you have an idea, write it down immediately!!

I actually cannot stress this tip enough.  I started down writing down ideas on a piece of paper when I think of something at work and then I would start bringing them home and working on them later.  If you just tell yourself you’ll remember it for later, you might not if you’re as busy as I am and can barely remember what you have to do next.  At the end of a school or work day, I’ll end up having a full list of things that I can work on for my blog and I always feel super inspired!

  1. Write, Write, Write

Make notes in your phone app, write down when you see a pair of cute shoes that you like, make notes that are completely irrelevant when you’re working on a group project at school.  When I get myself in the habit of writing stuff down, I’m more likely to write my ideas down later in the day when I actually need to work on a blog post.  It’s all about getting outside of your head and having the courage to write down all your ideas, even if you think they’re not too good when they first pop in your head.

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  1. Give yourself time to relax.

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you probably know I’m obsessed with listening to podcasts.  Almost every podcast interview that I have listened to stresses the importance of giving yourself a break.  You can’t be thinking about your job all the time or you’re not going to improve and grow.  It’s the same for blogging.  If it’s your full time job or just a side hustle, you can’t expect to be able to think of new ideas when you’re thinking of it 24/7.  My best ideas come to me when I’m working out!

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Hope you enjoyed all my tips and tricks for writing!  Make sure to start writing and go get started on that blog post that you’ve been putting off!

Xoxo,

Liz

 

 

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Blogger Beauties, My Favorite Blogs to Keep Up With.

Hi Friends! I am back from a little bit of a break while finishing up school and honestly just being a little unmotivated to blog at the time.  Today I wanted to share a couple of my favorite bloggers that I like to read and keep up with.  Some of them focus on fashion while others are more of faith or food blogs.  There’s a little something out there for every corner of my life.

 

Real Liphe with Steph

First up is this girl who I have known since birth! She just recently started blogging and the recipes she blogs about actually make me want to go out right away and start making them.  You can follow her blog here or her Instagram

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Manda Carpenter

I’ve been following along on her Instagram for a while and have loved all of her honest posts about everything from finding happiness to God and marriage.  Recently her and her husband became foster parents to two twins! She shares all the happy moments and the struggles and keeps it super real which I love.  Checkout her blog here!

Witty n Pretty

Number one, we share a name so that is pretty freakin cool!  She was pretty much the first blog that I found when I started blogging a while ago.  She shares her Dallas lifestyle, lots of budget friendly gift guides and her take on the mental health world.  I highly recommend checking her out!  Checkout her instagram here! Screen Shot 2018-05-06 at 10.06.49 AM

 

I hope you check out some of my favorite bloggers!! I always look forward to when they share new posts and I think that everyone else will too!

xoxo,

Liz

Latest Drugstore Makeup Finds

Hi everyone! Lately, I have decided to try some new products from cvs that my sister and I picked up and I’m letting you know here whether or not I think they’re worth the purchase.  We usually stick to drugstore products rather than higher-end products because neither of us really have the budget to spend $30 on just one product.  Here is what I was and was not a fan of!

Wet n Wild Dewy Face Primer

I really like this because not only can it be worn under foundation but you can also wear it alone.  It gives a nice tinted glow to the skin when worn alone, which I’m always looking for since I am extremely pale!  I did notice that when I wore it with foundation, my foundation stayed on longer and for the whole day which is always necessary when I’m running from class to work after.

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Wet n Wild Makeup Stick Highlighter

Shade for this was When the Nude Strikes

I was not a fan of this highlighter.  From my opinion, it highlighted blemishes on my face and didn’t blend too well into the foundation.  I think that there are a lot of other highlighter options in the same price range that I would prefer over this.  I definitely would still pick my NYX Liquid Highlighter over this option.

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I have been hearing for a while that this is a good drugstore concealer that is comparable to Tarte Shape Tape but not necessarily a dupe for it.  I went ahead and bought it in the shade Classic Ivory.  It still seems a tad bit dark for me but it still works better than my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer that I was previously using.  The only complaint that I have about this line is that it only has eight shades.  There is obviously room for improvement in this in developing more shades so that this line can be available for everyone.

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xoxo,

Liz

Super Simple Snacking

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share some of the foods that I am always reaching for and that are super easy to make when I’m extremely busy being the busy bee that I am! Some of these could work as apart of a meal or just a snack depending on what you want it to be.  Let me know if you’ve had any of these or decide to try any of them out!! Enjoy!

Black Bean Burgers

Since I don’t eat meat on Fridays in Lent, these were an absolute lifesaver.  Normally I would be reaching for the mac and cheese but these work as a much healthier option.  Sometimes I cut them up and put them on a salad and other times I just eat them plain with some ketchup.  I definitely recommend these chipotle black bean burgers.  They are my favorite!  Lent is over and I’m still eating them all the time!

Peanut Butter and Bananas with a sprinkle of chia seeds

I’m not sure how I stopped eating this combination for so long because it’s definitely one of the best.  I’m used to always reaching for ice cream at night but this definitely satisfies my sweet tooth and the chia seeds keep me feeling full so I don’t eat everything in sight.  I like to have this as a snack throughout the day or sometimes at night for something a little sweeter.   Bananas are soo inexpensive for the college budget too! (Win, Win!)

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Avo Toast & PB Toast

Avocado Toast

This has been the new thing to post Instagram pictures of for the last couple years or so and after recently trying it, I can see why!  It’s not difficult to make at home so you can easily have a quick snack that actually makes you feel full!  My favorite place to shop for avocados is Aldi’s because you can definitely score a good deal on these and still get your favorite food!  I also like to sometimes switch it up and throw some peanut butter and chia seeds on instead.  It just depends what I’m feeling like in the morning.

If you have any other quick and easy healthy options, let me know in the comments, I need all the help I can get because this is Day 1 of eating healthy for me!

 

Xoxo,

Liz

Wednesday Wonders

HI Friends! Here’s another week of Wednesday Wonders.  This week’s wonders are a little random but I wanted to share a little bit with y’all on what I have been up to lately since I haven’t posted too much since I have been so busy.

Jane the Virgin

If you’re not already watching this show, YOU NEED TO.  I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this show in a previous post or not but it is definitely worth the second mention.  It’s on Friday Nights on CW but I usually catch up and watch it on CW.com sometime later on.  It’s so hard to wait until the next week of watching because you literally never know what’s going to happen next.

Dunkin Donut’s Girl Scout Cookie Flavors

I recently stopped drinking coffee from Starbucks, Dunkin and such because I realized how much money I was wasting each week when I could just drink coffee from home.  I recently tried the Thin Mints Iced Coffee on a day when I forgot my coffee at home and it was awesome! I think that this is going to become a weekly splurge for me.  If you’ve tried any of the other Girl Scout Coffee flavors, let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

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Slime Videos

Okay, this one is a little bit strange.  As an education major, I always feel like fun crafts and slime videos will be super helpful as a teacher so I am a little obsessed with watching them.  I’m actually going to make different kinds of slimes for a sensory activity in preschool this week!  I’m obsessed with watching Talia Tossell and Courtney Lundquist.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Wednesday Wonders!

xoxo,

Liz

 

Money Saving Apps for iOS

Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to share a little bit about all the apps that I have on my phone that help me save the most.  As a college student, I am so serious when it comes to saving money.  I work and go to school and I am trying to avoid having a massive amount of debt after I graduate.  Here are some of the apps that I’ve downloaded on my phone and have been using recently to accumulate cash back/ gift cards and organize my finances altogether.  Let me know if there’s anything else that you use that’s super helpful!

Shopkick

I’ve seriously been using this app for so long now so I mean it when I say that it’s an easy way to accumulate points and then gift cards over a period of time.  I’ve talked about this in a blog post before so I’m not going to go into too much detail here.  You can check that post out here.  This is one of the top apps on my list.

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Ibotta

This is a new app that I have just recently downloaded.  You get $10 when you first sign up and use my link! Sign up here!   With this app, you can link your credit card or take pictures of your receipts and upload them.  I’ve found that this is great for grocery shopping because most of the items that they are offering cash back on, are items that you’re probably going to be buying anyway.

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Unidays

This is actually a new app that I have never heard of until my friends introduced me to it last night! This app is made for college students so that you can find out what brands will give you a certain percentage off for being a student.  All you have to do is sign up and verify you’re a college student with your college email, and they will give you discount codes for checkout!

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Mint

This app helps you keep track of where your money is going.  It will show what you’re spending your money on all in one place! This makes it easier to realize what you should be spending less on.  As a college student who works multiple jobs, it’s easier to have everything in one place to make sure that I’m not overspending.

 

Hope you all enjoyed today’s blog post!

 

Xoxo,

Liz

Easter Weekend and OOTD

Hey friends! Today I thought that I would share a little weekend update and what I wore this past weekend and what I have been up to. On Saturday, my cousin and I got together to have a little Easter photo shoot with all the rabbits that my cousin has because she breeds bunnies!  We took a ton of photos which you can see here.  If you live in the New York/Northern PA area and are looking for a pet rabbit, then she definitely has some of the best that you can find.  I was wearing a coral shirt but had to wear my jacket for most of the pictures because it was so windy out!  I am dog sitting a puppy named Fluffy so she joined us for a couple of the photos and I am seriously obsessed with her, she is only three months old!!

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On Easter, I wore my chambray dress that I previously blogged about here!  I wore it with a long gold tassel necklace and some coral and light pink earrings that I have had for a while.  I am definitely going to wear this dress again soon.  I have been thinking of wearing a scarf with it soon since it’s still a bit chilly here in Upstate NY, considering it snowed last night!

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ALSO if you haven’t already checked out J Crew Factory recently, they are having super great sales right now that come with free shipping so check it out!! J Crew Factory Sale 

Have a good Monday!

xoxo,

Liz