Getting Ready for the New Year in PinkBlush's Navy Floral Chiffon Fitted Dress

Getting Ready for the New Year in PinkBlush's Navy Floral Chiffon Fitted Dress

Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing you all a fantastic holiday filled with lots of love and laughter. I'm spending the day with my husband's side of the family. We'll be eating a delicious Christmas brunch (featuring my husband's delicious homemade cinnamon rolls), opening gifts and then relaxing a bit before dinner. I love this time of year because it allows me to get dressed up for so many fun occasions. From holiday parties at work to Christmas eve church service and then New Year's Eve on the 31st, there's always something to look forward to during the last few weeks of December. 

As I've gotten older, I've become more selective when it comes to asking for gifts and presents. Since I'm almost always on my phone or my computer, I've definitely been converted to an online shopper. I bought more than 95% of my gifts for others this year online. It's just so convenient to browse around and find the perfect thing - whether it be a piece of clothing, a new gadget or something for your home - without ever having to step foot in a mall or department store. 

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6 Must-Have Winter Home Essentials

6 Must-Have Winter Home Essentials

Brrrrr! Winter weather is officially here! Living in the Midwest, I'm used to having all four seasons throughout the year and I'm no stranger to cold and snowy winters. As much as I love the snow and the pretty scenery this time of year, I wish I could go into hibernation mode and just wake up during the Spring. If only, right?!  With snow, ice and cold temps in the forecast for the next few months, I wanted to round up my favorite products and put together a post containing all the winter essentials you need for your home to stay comfortable and cozy this upcoming winter. Read on to see my picks!

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Mixed Berry Green Tea Recipe + Capresso Iced Tea Maker Review

Mixed Berry Green Tea Recipe + Capresso Iced Tea Maker Review

When I was growing up, my grandma always had a decanter filled with freshly brewed iced tea in her refrigerator. I can remember sitting on the back porch at my grandparents house with my family drinking iced tea during the summer months. Now, my parents are the ones that always have iced tea in their fridge. My mom loves to make sun tea and serve it over ice. It's the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. 

Through my grandparents and my parents, I've definitely become fond of tea. When I'm sick the first thing I reach for is a cup of hot tea with lemon. On chilly winter mornings, I'll also warm up with a cup of tea after arriving to the office and reading emails. 

Out of all the types of tea out there, I love green tea best since it's packed with nutrients and it has many health benefits. As much as I love green tea, sometimes it can be boring to drink without adding something extra. I love adding slices of lemon to add more flavor to hot tea and lately my go-to add-in for iced tea has been mixed berries.

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Road Tripping in the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Road Tripping in the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Growing up in Michigan I’ve been around cars my whole life. My grandpa was a car salesman and both of my parents worked in the automotive industry for their entire careers. Having the Motor City in my backyard and being able to attend events like the North American International Auto Show and the Woodward Dream Cruise every year was and still is so special.

Before landing the job that I have now, I worked at an advertising agency with a few different automotive clients. I used to develop social media content for major car brands and I helped with different advertising initiatives as well. While I held this role, I was able to learn a lot about cars. I used to read owner’s manuals to try and find content to pull from for my projects/tasks. So, since that job exposed me to tons of automotive tidbits, it’s safe to say that I know a lot about cars, especially automotive maintenance and vehicle features.

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What I've Been Up to This Fall

What I've Been Up to This Fall

I cannot believe that it's already mid-November and the holidays are coming up soon! I've been seeing tons of Christmas commercials and Black Friday ads which makes me so excited for the most wonderful time of the year. I'm planning on decorating my house for the holidays this weekend and putting up the Christmas tree once Thanksgiving passes. With winter right around the corner, I wanted to write a more personal post today and update you all on what’s been going on in my life this fall. So many of my posts are centered around certain topics and I wanted to take a step back to make sure that my readers get to know me a little. So, read along and see what's new with me! 

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How I'm A Girlboss on the Go With HBO

How I'm A Girlboss on the Go With HBO

Sometimes I feel like "busy" is my middle name. I spend my weekdays at my day job working full-time and my evenings are spent juggling a million and one things. Luckily, I've become a pro at multitasking and finding ways to do two things at once. Since I always have a lot going on in my life (there's seriously never a dull moment) I like to think of myself as a Girl Boss on the go.

On a typical morning I wake up at 7 a.m. so I can get ready for work. Each morning I shower, get dressed, do my makeup and eat breakfast. I've learned to move quickly in the morning so I can make it out the door and head to work by 8 a.m. After a 35 to 40 minute commute, I pull into the parking lot at my office building, walk into the lobby and head to my desk. Next I power up my computer and get ready for the workday!

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What To Do When You're Running Late For Work

What To Do When You're Running Late For Work

One of the most important parts of working in a professional setting is being punctual. Being on time and arriving to the office, meetings, or other work obligations is important no matter who you are or how long you’ve been part of the workforce.

Just the other week my alarm clock went off signaling that it was time to wake up and get ready for another workday. I sleepily pulled back my covers, got out of bed and walked into the bathroom to shower. After turning the faucet, I noticed that water wasn’t coming out. I stood there, scratched my head and wondered what was going on. I then remembered that there was a water main break in the area surrounding my house that happened the night before. Sometime during the night, the water supply for my entire town was shut off.  

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How I Keep My Skin Clear With the Clarisonic Mia 1

How I Keep My Skin Clear With the Clarisonic Mia 1

In middle school and high school – the time when most of us experience significant changes in our bodies – I was lucky enough to have clear skin. Once in a while I’d get a blemish, but I never suffered from extreme breakouts or severe acne. It seemed that once I entered my college years, acne wanted to finally make its appearance and start popping up out of nowhere on my face. Back then I didn’t realize that my bad habits were ultimately contributing to my breakouts. I used to go to bed with makeup on, I didn’t have the healthiest diet and I was often stressed about homework and exams. It’s no wonder that acne eventually caught up with me.

Since then I’ve changed my lifestyle and adopted healthier habits (thanks to reading plenty of articles in beauty magazines that detailed the damage that sleeping in your makeup and having a poor diet can do), but I still struggle with acne from time to time. Most often I’ll go to bed with a clear face just to wake up the next morning and be surprised by a big, red blemish staring back at me in the mirror. I’m generally a confident person, but nothing makes my confidence plummet more than having acne. I'm the type of person that'll notice a new pimple and obsess over it until it's gone. From treating it with different products to covering it up with concealer, I want every blemish on my face to be hidden.

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