30 Trips to Take Before 30: My Travel Bucket List

Growing up, I didn’t travel too much. I’ve been to 10 states/territories in the U.S. (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and D.C.) and a total of two countries (the U.S. and Australia). I’m grateful for the traveling opportunities I’ve had, but I’m eager to go on even more adventures. Now that I’m in my 20s, I’m planning on traveling a lot more. I decided to create this travel bucket list so I can make my way around the world and see all sorts of different places. Now, all I need to do is save up and book some flights!

I plan on eventually visiting each location on my list. I’m definitely more of a city person than an outdoorsy person, and as a Floridian, I dislike the cold. My list might reflect this.

Here are 30 trips that I hope to take before I turn 30:

 

Perth, Australia

 

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When I visited Australia, I never got to see the western end. So, that means I have to go back!

Things to do in Perth:

  • Walk along the Swan River
  • See the Bell Tower (one of Perth’s unique tourist attractions)
  • Visit Cottesloe Beach
  • See Marmion Marine Park
  • Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean
  • See the Carnarvon blowholes
  • Swim with whale sharks

Melbourne, Australia

 

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Melbourne was my favorite city that I visited in Australia. I definitely want to go back at least once!

Things to do in Melbourne:

  • Visit the Eureka Skydeck
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Shop at Queen Victoria Market
  • Get some awesome gelato at Gelato Messina
  • Watch penguins at St. Kilda Beach
  • Check out some street art

 

Auckland, New Zealand

I didn’t get to see New Zealand when I was down under, so I’m planning on checking it out the next time I’m on that side of the world!

Things do to in Auckland:

  • Eat, drink, and shop at La Cigale
  • Travel to Piha Beach and Lion Rock
  • Hike the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
  • Jump off the Sky Tower via SkyJump
  • Visit the North Wharf

Bangkok, Thailand

 

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Thailand is a place I hope to travel to soon. The main expense for my trip would be the flight, but I’ve heard that everything else is relatively inexpensive. Since traveling can get pricey very quickly, I figured Thailand would be a good trip to take in the next few years while I’m still on a budget.

Things to do in Bangkok:

  • See some temples!
  • Shop at Siam Square
  • Experience the Skytrain
  • Visit Lumpini Park
  • Get drinks at the Sky Bar
  • Take a bike tour around the city or through the Green Lung

Paris, France

There are so many amazing things to do in Paris! I’ve never been to Europe. Paris is high up on my list of places to visit while I’m in Europe.

Things to do in Paris:

  • See the Eiffel Tower
  • See the Louvre
  • Visit the Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Visit the Musée d’Orsay
  • See the Sainte-Chapelle
  • Shop at the Galleries Lafayette
  • Visit the Palace of Versailles
  • Enjoy French cuisine!
  • Too many to list- when I visit Paris, I’ll write a travel guide.

London, England

 

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Another destination that’s high up on my Europe bucket list.

Things to do in London:

  • Visit Buckingham Palace
  • Watch a West End musical
  • Check out the markets
  • Take a tour of the Royal Opera House
  • Visit the Harry Potter Studios
  • Visit the British Museum
  • Ride a double decker bus
  • Visit Covent Garden
  • Visit Abbey Road
  • Once again, too many to list.

Ibiza

 

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An iconic island in the Mediterranean Sea!

Things to do in Ibiza:

  • Go to a hippie market
  • Visit the Old City
  • Check out the smaller islands and coves
  • Enjoy the beach
  • Visit the beach bars
  • Watch the sunset!
  • Go to Pacha (a famous club in the area)

Budapest, Hungary

 

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A city with lots of history.

Things to do in Budapest:

  • Check into the Aria Hotel Budapest (voted the #1 hotel in the world by TripAdvisor)
  • See the Hungarian Parliament building
  • Walk across the Chain Bridge
  • Visit Buda Castle (the Royal Palace)
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Stroll along the Danube River
  • Visit the Hungarian National Museum

Florence, Italy

 

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So many treasures await in Florence, including history, art, and incredible pizza!

Things to do in Florence:

  • Visit the Palazzo Strozzi Museum
  • Walk along the Arno River
  • Eat pizza and gelato!
  • Visit Santa Maria Novella
  • Visit the Palatine Gallery
  • Go to the Boboli Gardens
  • Visit the Bargello National Museum and experience art by Renaissance sculptors Michelangelo and Donatello

Santorini, Greece

The place for breathtaking architecture, beautiful views, and amazing sunsets!

Things to do in Santorini:

  • Watch the sunset
  • Take a boat tour
  • Shop at the local stores and markets
  • Party in Fira
  • Eat some amazing food!

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Home to the Anne Frank Museum and lots of Dutch culture, Amsterdam is another destination that is high up on my Europe bucket list.

Things to do in Amsterdam:

  • See Dam Square
  • Visit the Anne Frank Museum
  • Cruise on the canals
  • See the Vondelpark
  • Visit a windmill

Berlin, Germany

 

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Berlin is a must-see destination on any European tour!

Things to do in Berlin:

  • Visit Brandenburg Gate
  • Walk along the East Side Gallery
  • Visit museums on Museum Island
  • Go shopping
  • Discover Berlin’s nightlife
  • Visit the Holocaust Museum
  • Bargain at a flea market

Cusco, Peru

The capital of the Incas!

Things to do in Cusco:

  • Take a day trip to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Plaza de Armas
  • See the Cathedral of Santo Domingo
  • See the Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
  • Visit Sacsayhuamán, the ancient military fortress of the Inca
  • Shop at the San Pedro market

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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Home to the 2016 Olympics and beautiful beaches, Rio will be on my list of destinations to visit in South America.

Things to do in Rio de Janerio:

  • Visit Christ the Redeemer
  • Go to Copacabana Beach
  • Watch the sunset on Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Take a tour of the local communities
  • Visit the Lapa Steps
  • Take a scenic helicopter ride

New York City, NY

As a United States citizen, I feel like I must see New York City. With 8.6 million people, it’s the most populous city in the United States.

Things to do in NYC:

  • Tour the Empire State Building
  • Visit the many museums in the area
  • Visit the 9/11 memorial
  • See the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit Times Square
  • Visit Chinatown
  • See a broadway musical

Los Angeles, CA

 

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Los Angeles is another city in the United States I need to visit.

Things to do in Los Angeles:

  • Visit Griffith Park
  • Go hiking
  • See the Hollywood sign
  • Go to the beach
  • Drive up the coast

Las Vegas, NV

The city of life.

Things to do in Las Vegas:

  • Enjoy the legacy of Elvis at the Westgate
  • Enjoy the Vegas view at Ghostbar
  • Drive around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Party at OMNIA
  • Visit the world’s most famous pawn shop
  • Get married (I’m half joking)

The Grand Canyon

 

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Everyone should try to see this geological wonder before they die.

Things to do at the Grand Canyon:

  • Take photographs!
  • Walk the South Rim Trail
  • Watch the sunset
  • Stargaze
  • Enjoy the wildlife

Niagara Falls

Another one of North America’s natural wonders.

Things to do at Niagara Falls:

  • Visit the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a walk through the Niagara Botanical Gardens
  • See the Falls for free at Queen Victoria Park
  • Visit Hyde Park, the largest city park in New York
  • Visit the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is full of exciting and interesting things to do. A wonderful vacation spot!

Things to do in Dubai:

  • Visit the Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest fountain
  • Visit the Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping mall in the Middle East
  • Go to the beach!
  • Visit the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
  • See the Dubai Miracle Garden

Tokyo, Japan

 

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I’d love to visit the capital of Japan and experience the rich culture of Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo:

  • Visit a Buddhist temple
  • Take a ride up to Tokyo Tower
  • Jog around the Imperial Palace
  • Visit the Tokyo National Museum
  • Go to a hanami party
  • View Tokyo’s beautiful gardens and parks
  • Go shopping in Ginza

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

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With scenic views and beautiful beaches, Hawaii would be an excellent vacation spot.

Things to do in Honolulu:

  • Hike Diamond Head Crater
  • Visit Iolani palace
  • Visit Lanikai Beach
  • Enjoy Hawaiian cuisine
  • Visit the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Visit the US Army Museum of Hawaii

The Bahamas

 

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I would love to go on a cruise to the Bahamas sometime soon!

Things to do in the Bahamas:

  • Visit the Atlantis Bahamas Resort
  • Take a trip to Blue Lagoon Island
  • Book a City Island Tour
  • Enjoy the beach!
  • Explore Ardastra Gardens and Zoo

 

Fiji

 

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Fiji is a place full of adventures and life changing experiences. It’s a beautiful destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is perfect for travelers who want to escape from their day-to-day lives.

Things to do in Fiji:

  • Go surfing, paddle boarding, or canoeing
  • Go for a swim in some of the local waterfalls
  • Go scuba diving in the Pacific
  • Stargaze
  • Go zip lining through the forest

Cayman Islands

 

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A trip to the Cayman Islands would be another amazing tropical excursion.

Things to do in the Cayman Islands:

  • Go exploring in the Crystal Caves
  • Watch the sunset
  • Visit the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
  • Stroll along the Seven Mile Beach
  • See the blow holes in East End
  • Stop by the Fish Market in George Town
  • Swim with turtles!

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

 

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Bora Bora is my dream honeymoon destination!

Things to do in Bora Bora:

  • Go for a hike in the mountains and valleys
  • Snorkel in crystal clear water
  • Swim with reef sharks and stingrays
  • Go on a jet ski tour
  • Visit the Lagoonarium
  • Go on a Jeep tour

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the second most populoous urban area in South Africa. It is full of culture and unique things to do.

Things to do in Cape Town:

  • Experience the V&A Waterfront
  • Go on a sunset cruise
  • Visit Robben Island
  • See the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Go whale watching
  • Go on a safari

Montreal, Canada

 

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I’ve never been to Canada, so it’s only natural to want to see what my neighbors are up to!

Things to do in Montreal:

  • Walk on Saint-Paul Street
  • Visit one of the markets
  • Visit Basilique Notre-Dame
  • Browse the boutiques of the Mile End
  • Visit the biodome
  • Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

 

Brussels, Belgium

 

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Known for its rich culture and vast green spaces, Brussels would be an awesome place to check out while touring Europe.

Things to do in Brussels:

  • Go on a walking tour
  • View some incredible comic murals
  • Drink beer!
  • Visit the Grand Place
  • Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
  • See the European Parliament

Singapore

 

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Things to do in Singapore:

  • Visit some World Class Zoos
  • Go to Universal Studios
  • See the famous Merlion
  • Ride the Singapore Flyer
  • Go on a river cruise
  • Explore the botanic gardens
  • Walk up Emerald Hill
  • Visit East Coast Park

 

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What’s In My Bag? || 2017 College Student Edition

New video is up! In this one, I show you the bag I carry every day and the things I typically keep in it. If you haven’t already, please check out my YouTube channel and subscribe if you like what you see!

From now on, I’ll try to upload at least one video per week while still consistently posting on my blog at least twice per week.

As always, thanks so much for the support!

How To: Everyday Glow Makeup + A YouTube Tutorial!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to announce the launch of my YouTube channel. I’m looking forward to exploring video as a medium of content creation.

Today, I’m going to share my “Everyday Glow” makeup look. I wear this look almost every day, and it uses some of my favorite products!

My video tutorial is embedded above, but I also have the steps written out in this post if you’d like to follow them by reading instead. Also, I provided all the links to the products I used in this post if you’d like to go purchase them yourself!

So, let’s get into it!

(Note: this post contains affiliate links.)

Everyday Glow Makeup Tutorial:

Step #1: Apply the Philosophy ‘Take A Deep Breath’ Moisturizer all over your face using your hands.

Step #2: Apply the Laura Geller Spackle SPF 30 Under-Makeup Primer all over your face using your hands.

Step #3: Using a Real Techniques Stipple Brush, apply the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full-Coverage Foundation all over your face. Blend into neck.

Step #4: Using the same stipple brush, apply the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in the shade ‘Moonlight’ over your foundation to add a luminous glow to your face.

Step #5: Using a beauty blender, apply the Laura Geller ‘The Real Deal’ Concealer underneath the eyes and to any problem areas on the face.

Step #6: Apply the Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ Brow Gel to the eyebrows to make them appear more defined. Use the applicator that comes with the product.

Step #7: Using an angled brush, apply the shade ‘Rewind’ from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette (limited edition) to the brows to make them even more defined.

Step #8: Apply the Urban Decay Primer Potion in the shade ‘Original’ to the eyelids to prime them for eyeshadow. Use the applicator that comes with the product.

Step #9: Using a Real Techniques eyeshadow brush, apply the shade ‘Vermeer’ from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette to the entire area above the crease of the eyelid. That means the browbone and everything below it until you reach the crease.

Step #10: Using the same palette and the same brush, apply the shade ‘Primavera’ all over the lid.

Step #11: Going in with the Vice 2 palette, take the shade ‘Ambush’ and apply it to the crease of the eyelid using a Real Techniques crease brush.

Step #12: Using the edge of a beauty blender, clean up the edges of the eyeshadow.

Step #13: Using the brush that comes with the product, line the upper lashline with the Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Eyeliner. Clean up any mistakes using eye makeup remover and a q-tip.

Step #14: Use the excess product on the brush to line the lower lashline, but only line the outer half of the lower lashline. Smudge the product using your fingers.

Step #15: Using the brush that comes with it, contour the nose using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

Step #16: Using a Real Techniques contour brush, contour the cheeks, forehead, and jawline.

Step #17: Using an EcoTools powder brush, apply the Nars Blush in the shade ‘Orgasm’ to the apples of the cheeks.

Step #18: Using the applicator that comes with the product, apply the Benefit ‘Sun Beam’ highlight to the cheekbones, center of the forehead, chin, and cupid’s bow. Blend the product out with a beauty blender.

Step #19: Set makeup using the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray.

Step #20: Apply 2-3 coats of the Maybelline Falsies ‘Black Drama’ Mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step #21: Apply the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in the shade ‘C211’ to the lips.

FINISHED!

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50 Ideas for Printables to Create or Use Yourself

It’s official: printables are AWESOME.

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with printables. A printable is just a document you can print out and use for a certain purpose. Printables can be used to keep you organized, inspire you, help you track your goals, etc. The possibilities are endless!

I compiled this list to give myself future ideas for printables. If you’re a creative like me, you can use it to come up with ideas on what to make. However, if you just want to start using printables for yourself, you can also use this list to come up with ideas on what to search for on Pinterest, Google, or whatever you search for stuff on. Keep reading to discover how printables can be helpful to you.

Creating printables to help your readers (and drive traffic to your blog)

In my previous blog post, I created 15 printable inspirational quote posters that you can hang anywhere. I really enjoyed creating them, and I want to make more to share on my blog in the future! Currently, I am using my printable inspirational quotes as an opt-in offer. That means that only people who subscribe to my blog through email can get access to them. Using printables as an opt-in offer has worked well for me. They help others, and they also help me because people are willing to subscribe to my blog to download them. It’s a win-win!

Also, there are people who make money from selling printables. Who ever knew? I’m not selling mine right now, but I might consider it in the future. If you think you’ve got some really awesome printables that people would pay money for, you should try selling yours! You might just make a decent profit from it.

Using printables to make your life easier

Maybe you’re not a blogger. Printables can still help you! Read the list below to discover all the awesome printables you can download:

  1. Grocery list
  2. Habit tracker
  3. Posters/wall art
  4. Goal setting worksheets
  5. Meal planners
  6. Weight tracker
  7. Daily/weekly/monthly calendar
  8. Stickers
  9. Pregnancy tracker
  10. Bullet journal pages
  11. Stationary
  12. Greeting cards
  13. Artwork
  14. Stencils
  15. Hand lettering practice worksheets
  16. Origami patterns
  17. Gift tags
  18. Basically any type of list
  19. Vision board materials
  20. Labels
  21. “Assignments due” planner sheet
  22. “How to” worksheet
  23. To-do list
  24. Checklist for anything
  25. Finance tracker
  26. Exercise tracker
  27. Water drinking tracker
  28. Sleep tracker
  29. Appointments list
  30. Coloring pages
  31. Ideas list
  32. DIY project
  33. Recipe
  34. “Cheat sheet” (a lot of information about a specific topic or skill jammed into one sheet for reference)
  35. Word search
  36. Crossword puzzle
  37. Maze
  38. Word scramble
  39. Password organizer
  40. Favorite quotes fill-in list
  41. List of journaling prompts
  42. Bookmarks
  43. Packing list
  44. Wishlist
  45. Blog schedule
  46. Social media schedule
  47. 5 year planning goal sheet
  48. Style planning worksheet
  49. Bucket list worksheet
  50. Self-love worksheet

Thanks for reading! If you know of an awesome printable that you want to share with me, leave a link to it in the comments below.

15 FREE Printable Inspirational Quote Posters!

 

We can never have too much positivity in our lives.

I like to spread kindness and positivity whenever I can. I’m very excited to post today because I get to share a project that I have been working on for the past few weeks.

I created 15 printable inspirational quote posters just for you.

That’s right. I created 15 posters for you that you can print out and hang wherever you’d like. I love having wall decorations in my room, especially ones that make me smile when I see them. Because I love my readers so much, I decided to create posters of my own and share them!

In the posters I created, the watercolor textures, roseswatercolor flowers, feather designs, and wreath designs are courtesy of the lovely Angie and her blog called Angie Makes. She’s amazing. Please check out her work and send her lots of love!

Want to know how to get your posters?

It’s very simple. To gain access to your printables, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog by email! You can use either of the subscription boxes on this page (the one in the sidebar or the one at the bottom of this post), or you can visit the Subscribe page and enter your information there.

Once you have entered your information, please check your email to confirm your subscription. The confirmation link in the email I send you will take you to the page that has all the access information for the printables.

So, to access your printables, make sure you do three things:

  1. Enter your name and email into the subscription box.
  2. Confirm your email.
  3. On the confirmation screen, follow the link to download your posters and enter the password provided to you.

I really hope you enjoy the posters! Thanks so much for checking them out. If you love these printables, don’t forget to pin this post.

John Masters Organics Green Tea & Calendula Leave-In Conditioning Mist Review


Today, I want to share a wonderful product that I discovered this past week while perusing Ulta. My hair is naturally very dry, so it sometimes needs extra moisture to protect it from damage. I picked up the John Masters Organics Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist because I wanted to try something different. This product is made with 70 percent certified organic ingredients, which I like because I am drawn to more natural products. It is a blend of organic oils and extracts that are supposed to strengthen and revitalize hair.

Since I started using this leave-in conditioner, I have noticed a great difference in the look and feel of my hair. It’s softer and shinier, and it appears much healthier. Unlike some creamier leave-in products, the John Masters Organics one is a liquid that you spray onto your hair after you shower. I have fine hair, so heavier leave-in conditioners don’t work for me because they weigh my hair down. Thankfully, the John Masters Organics leave-in is very light, and the guar gum element in the product actually helps to boost volume. It detangles while adding shine and moisture.

I don’t have any complaints about this John Masters Organics leave-in conditioner. This is a great product overall, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an amazing leave-in conditioner to add to their hair routine.

Click the image below to get your own John Masters Organics leave-in conditioner!

(Note: The link below is an affiliate link.)

 

Recently, I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like to, but I’m currently working on an awesome project that I’m excited to share with all of you. It should be finished within the next week or two. Look out for it!

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90 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Singles, Couples, and Friends

Valentine’s Day is coming up in just under 2 weeks. While it is widely regarded as a day for couples to appreciate their relationships, I think everyone should be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you are single or in a relationship, why not have fun on such a special holiday? If you’re single, try either going out with a group of friends or treating yourself to something special. (You deserve it!) If you don’t have a sweetie on the 14th, don’t let it get you down. You can still have an awesome day by loving on yourself!

Here are some Valentine’s Day activity ideas for singles, couples, and groups of friends:

Couple Date Ideas:

  1. Go to dinner.
  2. Go to a movie.
  3. Travel somewhere and stay in a hotel for the night.
  4. If you love the outdoors, go on a romantic hike.
  5. Go for a bike ride together.
  6. Try an obstacle course.
  7. Visit a museum.
  8. If you live in the city, hang out downtown.
  9. If you live in the country, go for a scenic walk.
  10. If you live on the coast, take a romantic walk down the beach.
  11. Go to the zoo.
  12. Go to the farmer’s market.
  13. Stay in and cook a nice dinner together.
  14. Stargaze.
  15. Go for a scenic drive.
  16. Catch a standup act at a local theater.
  17. Have a picnic in the park.
  18. If you both like sports, attend a sporting event!
  19. Go ice skating.
  20. Volunteer together.
  21. Go to a concert you would both enjoy.
  22. Relax in a hot tub.
  23. Take a dance class together.
  24. Take a painting class.
  25. Visit the aquarium.
  26. Write a relationship bucket list together.
  27. Go window shopping.
  28. Go to a drive-in theater.
  29. Watch the sunrise or sunset together.
  30. Stay home all day and enjoy each other’s company.

Friend Date Ideas:

  1. Go to a nice dinner with friends.
  2. Either go out to a movie or stay in with friends and watch your favorite comedy.
  3. Have a stay-in wine night!
  4. If you like going out, hit the club with your besties.
  5. Bring a group to play laser tag.
  6. Have a slumber party.
  7. Go out for ice cream.
  8. …or get giant tubs of Ben & Jerry’s and bring them home to enjoy.
  9. Take on a photo scavenger hunt (or create your own), split into pairs or teams, and have prizes for the winners!
  10. Host a game night. (Play cards, board games, etc.)
  11. Go bowling.
  12. Bring a group to play mini golf.
  13. Go see *insert musician here* in concert. (Miley, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, or whomever you would enjoy seeing in concert with your friends)
  14. If it’s warm enough, host a pool party.
  15. If it’s warm enough, host a beach party.
  16. Go to trivia night. (Or host one!)
  17. Bake some holiday treats.
  18. Have a coffee or tea date to catch up with your girls.
  19. Go to a dessert cafe.
  20. Go to an amusement park.
  21. Have a Bachelor marathon (or marathon your favorite TV show!)
  22. Craft something together!
  23. Bake cupcakes.
  24. Go to the pet store and play with the animals.
  25. Make homemade ice cream.
  26. Have a scary movie marathon.
  27. Have an at-home spa night.
  28. Take a trip together.
  29. Get smoothies (or make them yourself)
  30. Make homemade pizzas.

By Yourself Date Ideas:

  1. Have a bubble bath.
  2. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.
  3. Have a spa day.
  4. Get your hair done.
  5. Order your favorite takeout and watch your favorite movie.
  6. Get your favorite dessert.
  7. Go shopping! Get yourself an adorable new outfit or that Pandora charm you’ve had your eye on for a while.
  8. Attend a speed dating session.
  9. Get some exercise.
  10. Do some yoga.
  11. Go to a poetry reading.
  12. Spend a quiet night reading a great book.
  13. Go for a walk in nature.
  14. Spend time decorating your home.
  15. Write in your journal.
  16. Travel somewhere new by yourself.
  17. Go on a photography adventure.
  18. Take a class for something you’re interested in.
  19. Create a mood board to put in your room.
  20. Find a recipe or DIY on Pinterest and make it!
  21. Write, draw, paint, sew, or do something creative.
  22. Hang out at a bookstore or library and catch up on your reading.
  23. Have a Netflix marathon with lots of snacks, pillows, and blankets.
  24. Explore your neighborhood or town.
  25. Check out the local live music scene.
  26. If it’s warm enough, tan by the pool.
  27. Learn how to make a new recipe.
  28. Take on a new hobby.
  29. Visit your family.
  30. Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

What are your plans for the 14th? Let me know in the comments below!

January 2017 Favorites!

Today, January comes to an end. I’ve tried so many different products this month, and I’m excited to share my favorites from January!

Here are some great products that I’ve been loving this month:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer


This Smashbox primer is absolutely awesome. It’s the perfect consistency, it’s highly effective, and it’s light enough to still feel like a primer. It doesn’t break me out or feel weird at all on my skin. My foundation actually goes on a lot smoother after using this product. I know there are many variations of this product available for different skin types, but I just use the regular one since I have normal to dry skin. If you’re looking for a reliable foundation primer, I highly recommend the Smashbox Photo Finish one.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush 

The Tarte Amazonian Clay blush is possibly the most pigmented blush I have EVER tried. I always forget how pigmented it is and accidentally apply too much. (Oops!) However, with cheek products, pigmentation is never a bad thing. That’s why this product is on my favorites list for this month. This Tarte blush is super long-wearing and super awesome. I have no complaints about it at all.

I’m so happy to have found the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush because it actually works for me! I have naturally rosy cheeks, and I’ve purchased many blushes in the past that haven’t shown up on my skin at all. This Tarte product is very vibrant and stays on all day. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to add noticeable color to their cheeks! Right now, the only shade I have in this blush is ‘Dollface’, which is a light pink, but I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

 

Prada ‘Candy’ Perfume 

This Prada ‘Candy’ Perfume smells DELISH. It has a super sweet and flirty scent, but it’s not overwhelming at all. I’ve received so many compliments on it since I started wearing it. This perfume is a new favorite of mine because it’s perfect for everyday wear. If you like sweet perfumes, I definitely think you should give this one a try.

 

Benefit ‘Hoola’ Bronzer

The Benefit ‘Hoola’ Bronzer is hands down my favorite bronzer ever. It is amazingly blendable and buildable, which are two must-have traits when it comes to bronzers. Nobody likes streaky, fake-looking bronzer, but Benefit ‘Hoola’ is the opposite. It is more olive-toned than orange, which is important because it provides a more natural look. I contour using this product with a contour brush, although I like to use the tiny brush that comes with the product to contour my nose. I know there is also a liquid version of ‘Hoola’, but I haven’t tried it yet. When I do, I’ll definitely share my thoughts.

 

Philosophy ‘Amazing Grace’ Whipped Body Creme

The Philosophy ‘Amazing Grace’ Whipped Body Creme really is amazing. It’s like a whipped moisturizer that you can use on your whole body. I like to apply it right after I shower so the moisture sinks into my skin. My skin can get very dry, especially in the winter, so moisturizing daily is important for me. I would recommend this product to anyone searching for a high-quality, nourishing moisturizer or body creme.

 

Philosophy ‘The Microdelivery’ Exfoliating Wash

The Philosophy ‘The Microdelivery’ Exfoliating Wash is a gentle, yet effective exfoliator. I like to exfoliate once or twice per week to make sure that my skin stays healthy and clean. This product is the best exfoliating wash I’ve tried. My skin always feels so soft after using it. I make sure to moisturize after exfoliating to keep my skin from drying out. (Tip: the Philosophy body creme I mentioned above goes perfectly with this exfoliator!)

 

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

My last product favorite of this month is the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. I knew I needed this palette when I saw it. At first sight, the shades in this palette were amazingly gorgeous. I was even more impressed when I actually got my hands on the palette. It’s mostly mattes, but it has a couple of shimmery colors mixed in to glam things up. Every single shade in this palette is extremely pigmented, which is awesome. I’ve been a fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows for a long time, but I have to say that these Anastasia shadows are way better. The best part about this palette is that I use every single shade in it. Most palettes I have purchased have at least one or two shades I don’t use, but every shade in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette is very wearable. They’re just gorgeous!

 

That’s it for my January favorites. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to pin it, share, and subscribe.

What were some of your favorite products this month? Let me know in the comments below!

30 Awesome Free Fonts for Creatives

As a creative, I’m always looking for some gorgeous new fonts to use in my work. Since my primary creative focus right now is blogging, I use fonts mainly for my WordPress featured images and Pinterest images. Today, I want to share 30 of my favorite creative fonts. While I use these for blogging, I’m sure they would suit many different types of creative projects. And even better, they’re all FREE. I always appreciate when bloggers share their resources, and I love sharing mine too! Blogging is all about showing support and sharing the love.

Here are the links to download each font:

Arabella // Angelface // Bakery // Ballerina Script // Bromello // Cavorting // Channel // Chasing Embers // Debby // Gardenia // In Screaming Color // Journal // Lily Script One // Magnolia Sky // Marguaritas // Marker Felt // Mightype Script // Milkshake // Modesty // Morva // Noteworthy // Nouradilla // Pennellino // Savoye LET // Shoreline Script Bold // Signpainter // Smoothie Shoppe // Snell Roundhand // Sophia // Zapfino

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60 Self Care Ideas to Incorporate into Your Everyday Life

 

We should all find time to take care of ourselves. If you have a busy lifestyle, it might be easy for you to get caught up in your hectic schedule and forget to practice self care. Trust me, I understand what it’s like to have a long to-do list. I’m currently taking 15 credit hours while completing two internships, so every single day is busy for me. Since the start of this semester, I’ve realized that I need to take better care of myself. I’ve been to the gym every day this week because I want to get into better shape and live a healthier lifestyle. To live better, all I had to do was incorporate some more self care practices into my everyday life. You should do the same!

Here are 60 self care ideas to incorporate into your routine.

Morning Self Care Activities

  1. Don’t hit snooze– get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.
  2. Drink a whole glass of water right after you get out of bed.
  3. Make your bed.
  4. Stretch or do 10 minutes of yoga after you wake up.
  5. Get some light exercise. Even a 20 minute walk will do.
  6. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes.
  7. Wash your face.
  8. Sit down and eat a healthy breakfast.
  9. Opt for tea instead of coffee.
  10. Take a multi-vitamin.
  11. Fill in your planner, and make sure to schedule some “you” time for each day.
  12. Listen to your favorite music while getting ready. (Bonus points if you sing along!)
  13. Take the time to do your hair.
  14. Wear an outfit that makes you feel unstoppable.
  15. On the way to work, call your loved ones and tell them to have a good day.

Afternoon Self Care Activities

  1. Work on a passion project during your lunch hour.
  2. Try to go outdoors for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
  3. Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  4. If you are stressed, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that it’s going to be okay.
  5. If you make a mistake at school or work, forgive yourself and don’t let it ruin the rest of your day.
  6. Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  7. Go with the flow– don’t get stressed out about things you can’t control.
  8. Ask questions about things you are unsure of.
  9. Practice positive affirmations.
  10. View your challenges as opportunities.
  11. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  12. Try to learn one new thing every day.
  13. Smile.
  14. Focus on the positive.
  15. If you aren’t doing what you love, quit what you’re doing and pursue your passion.

Evening Self Care Activities

  1. Write down 5 things you love about yourself. Fold the paper up and keep it in your wallet. If you start to feel bad about yourself, take the paper out and read it.
  2. Cook a hot dinner. (No microwavable dinners!)
  3. …or go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.
  4. Take a relaxing bath.
  5. Exfoliate!
  6. Deep condition your hair.
  7. Turn off your phone for 1 hour and take time away from technology to relax.
  8. Watch the sunset.
  9. Create a gratitude list.
  10. Color in an adult coloring book.
  11. Free write in a journal.
  12. If you’re feeling down, talk to someone about it.
  13. Watch one of your favorite movies.
  14. Pray (or if you don’t pray, meditate).
  15. Do your best to get 8 hours of sleep for as many nights as you can.

Weekend Self Care Activities

  1. Before your weekend begins, plan it out and set aside time to work on a passion project.
  2. Go on a grocery run and purchase only healthy foods.
  3. Treat yourself and go shopping!
  4. Try a new activity.
  5. Spend time with family and friends.
  6. Exercise in a way that you enjoy. (Yoga, pilates, walking, running, swimming, weightlifting, etc.)
  7. Go through your closet, clear out things you don’t wear, and donate the unwanted items to charity.
  8. De-clutter your desk.
  9. Go for a stroll in your neighborhood or in a nice park.
  10. Travel, even if it’s to a destination just an hour or two away.
  11. Remember to relax.
  12. Read a great book.
  13. Write yourself a love letter.
  14. Organize your closet.
  15. Take some time to reflect on the past week. Did you accomplish your goals?

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