What I Got For My Birthday - 2017

I had SUCH an amazing birthday and am so thankful for all of the love I received. I did not expect all of these perfect gifts. I am going to share them today so I can remember to thank the people who gave them to me again! My favorite places are: Sephora, Starbucks, Bath & Body Works, and Kendra Scott..and I now have items from each of those places!

Bath & Body Works Candle // Sephora Belif Kit 

 I love candles and this one is so so cute! Thanks Laura for the Instagramable candle ;)

My friend Nikki gave me this Belif kit filled with amazing skin care products that I already LOVE and use on a regular basis! Thank you so much.

My bff Nicole secretly had me pick out my own gift! She gave me the Tarte Pro Palette and I think the colors are soo beautiful! I am having fun trying out new looks.

I also love Starbucks and my friend Jonny gave me this clear Starbucks mug, giftcard AND a cake pop! Now I can't wait to drink more tea.

I freaked out when I read a sign outside of my local Kendra Scott that said, "February birthdays get 50% one item." Yep. The girls inside saw my reaction and told me how much they loved it! I absolutely love the current Elisa pendant I own in rose gold, and I thought this super shiny druzy necklace would be another wonderful addition. Anddd it was half off! I wish I could have purchased more!

I've seen these journals everywhere and I am so thrilled that my sister bought one for me as a birthday present! I can't wait to keep filling in the journal as the weeks go on. What a cute way to document life events. 

Some Polaroids with my friends!
I still love my Instax Mini 8 Camera and it's on sale for under $70 at the moment. 

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Check Out My Birthday Gifts!

Mustard + Floral Print Maxi Dress

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ross (Similar HERE, and HERE)

This is what I wore for a birthday dinner over the weekend! I love the color of this dress (similar one) because it's so unique and definitely nothing I currently have in my closet. I found this dress in Ross, which is one of my FAVE stores ever, and it was...$9! Such a steal. I also think the high neckline is super cool. This dress will be worn quite a few times during spring, too. My earrings are by Kendra Scott and I wear them all the time. Her pieces can be SO versatile! My lipstick is another thing I want to point out. It's a drugstore find by NYX. Its the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bedtime Flirt. It is a great formula and glides on so nicely. And it's under $7! Thanks so much for all the birthday love over on Instagram, too! Have a wonderful day.


Easy Ways To Save Money Using Coupon Apps

Who doesn't love getting free money back every time they shop!?

There isn't a secret to saving money, there are strategies. I shared on my Instagram account how I saved major money at CVS the other night and it inspired me to write this post. I just recently started becoming more aware of spending money. I started to consider if what I was buying was a necessity or a want. I also have started using a few super life-changing phone apps that have helped me learn to save even more!

I love this app for giving me cash back when I shop online and in some stores. You simply go to ebates.com, search for the store you want to make purchases on, and you receive a small percentage back! It's completely trusted and is not a scamming site at all. For example, on one of my Sephora purchases I spent over $70 and was able to get 4% cash back! They send you a check every so often in the mail and you can deposit it into your bank account. They have so many stores to choose from which makes shopping and receiving cash back even more fun. 

I've had the Target coupon/discount app for awhile now but if you use it wisely it can help you save anywhere from 5% to 20% off certain items. They usually have the coupons up for a few days to weeks at a time. It's free money! They love to promote their own Up & Up products a lot, so consider trying out their store brand in exchange for your name brand items. 

-ADVICE: wait until you buy the Sunday paper, cut out manufacture coupons to use, and COMBINE them for the best possible discount. I've done this with razors, toilet paper, face washes, tons of items!

Don't toss out those grocery receipts! You could be getting money back on shopping trips to Publix. In the same way that ebates works, you can earn straight up cash back with this app. You simply upload your receipt to the app, choose which items on the list you bought, and it magically scans for the items you purchased. Earn up to $1 off each item.
This app has tons of stores! It works for clothes, shoes, electronics. You get not only cash back with this app but access to hundreds of coupons for all your favorite stores. This app is also a part of the Ebates company! Every single weekly ad is also here so if you don't pick up the Sunday paper you can still see what deals are going on. 

Start your saving TODAY!

23 Things in 23 Years

23 Things in 23 Years. 

The years are flying. by. And I really need to just stay this age for a little longer than a year. I turned 23 (what!) on Tuesday and it was such an awesome birthday. I went to the mall, scored some major deals at Forever 21, drank some tea, ate some delicious brunch, and enjoyed time with family. I wanted to list 23 things that I've done/learned so far in this life of mine..

I have had the courage to start my own blog. I have lived through hurricanes (literally and figuratively, speaking here). My eyesight has worsened but at least I own cute glasses. I've lived with my best friends. I have inside jokes with my closest friends and I've cried from laughing too hard. I have failed. I have been tested by forces out of my control and I am learning how to conquer living with anxiety. I have spent hours watching TV and falling in love with characters that only exist on the screen, but have had an impact on my real life. I figured out how to cook at least one thing. I learned how to be a leader for a team. I still haven't quite mastered the 'driving without yelling at people' thing, but I'm trying. I discovered that you can mix multiple hobbies and come up with your own version of a career path. I learned how to take care of a cat! (Thanks, Rio+Kayla). I became more social media savvy (it's such a time consuming and constant process for everyone). I decided to take time to focus on my own version of working out. I consistently believe that what you do in your own life should not matter to anyone else (and I try to hold myself to it). Before you love someone else you must learn how to love yourself. I will always love Taylor Swift even if people don't. I learned how to save $ and stop spending it on dumb things. I drank so much tea it's probably swimming in my veins by now. I learned how to value time spent with others because you never know when you'll see them again. I'm working on saying 'thank you' instead of 'it's ok' because most of the time the situation is not 'ok'. 

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