• holiday fitness
    Fitness,  Lifestyle

    Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

    When you’re in your routine and the days blur together, it’s easy to stay healthy and fit. You meal prep, you work, you go to the gym — boom. But, when it’s this time of year, it can be a lot harder to squeeze in gym time and say no to the extra sweets around the house. With the holidays in full-swing, keep these helpful tips in mind for staying fit, but also enjoying time with friends and family. It’s essential to not lose sight of your healthy lifestyle and goals during the holidays, but it’s also important to live life to the fullest, which sometimes means indulging in a Christmas cookie…

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    Food,  Lifestyle

    Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

    Carbs are one of my favorite things to eat, and they are also one of the easiest things to prepare in my opinion. But sometimes it’s hard to take spaghetti and parmesan cheese on the go. For those occasions, I have settled for this fast, easy pasta salad recipe. This is one of my favorite recipes to make as meal prep for the week because it takes under 15 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, and it’s super easy to take to work with me and eat between meetings. Let’s get cooking! Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: 6-8 Ingredients 1 box of farfalle pasta 1 carton of grape tomatoes…

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    Lifestyle

    Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas

    Christmas is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I am so excited! I absolutely love getting gifts for people — it’s my favorite part of the holiday — and when I know I’ve got an amazing gift, I can’t wait for my loved ones to unwrap it. Even though I nail some gifts on the first try, I still struggle with finding something just right for other people. Here is a fool-proof, last minute gift guide that can work for anyone in your life, for any holiday! 1. Create a personalized print. Everyone always loves a homemade gift, right? I graduated from hand-painting canvases (because…

  • diy holiday decor
    Crafts,  Lifestyle

    5 DIY Holiday Decorations Under $50

    Between buying gifts, picking out the perfect Christmas ornaments, and partaking in special holiday treats, this time of year can get pretty expensive. So, instead of spending my hard earned cash on new holiday decor for my home this year, I decided to save some money by doing DIY crafts that can last for years to come. I made all of these crafts for under $50.00, and you can too by utilizing items you already have in your house or borrowing from friends and family. These are mainly holiday-themed, but definitely lean more toward the Christmas side of the holidays. BUT they are adaptable! Change the colors of the ribbon…

  • Lifestyle

    Music Monday: “Hamilton”

    You all knew this was coming. You had to know this was coming! Thank you to one of my best friends for turning me on to this AMAZING, truly life-changing musical. If you haven’t heard it yet, go listen to it right now — you don’t need to see it on stage to get the full story and appreciate Lin Manuel Miranda’s genius, I promise. I know almost every lyric and turn it on almost every morning on my way to work. I have a problem, but I think there are worse problems to have. I can tell you almost anything you want to know about American history from 1776…

  • Lifestyle

    Music Monday: "Hamilton"

    You all knew this was coming. You had to know this was coming! Thank you to one of my best friends for turning me on to this AMAZING, truly life-changing musical. If you haven’t heard it yet, go listen to it right now — you don’t need to see it on stage to get the full story and appreciate Lin Manuel Miranda’s genius, I promise. I know almost every lyric and turn it on almost every morning on my way to work. I have a problem, but I think there are worse problems to have. I can tell you almost anything you want to know about American history from 1776…

  • drugstore makeup
    Beauty,  Lifestyle

    Everday Drug Store Makeup

    I love doing my makeup everyday. I know a lot of people only like to spend the time getting ready on special occasions or only pop on some mascara before running out the door, but I love putting on a full-face. It’s like putting on a cute outfit — it makes me feel like my best self and I wouldn’t know a better way to start my day than at my desk with my mirror and eyeshadow brush in hand. Below are my favorite everyday makeup products from the drugstore. As a preface, I enjoy using cruelty-free products (that’s why you’ll see a lot of NYX and some Essence), so…

  • pork chops
    Food,  Lifestyle

    OnePan Ranch Pork Chops

    I love to cook. Well, let me be clear. I love to eat, so therefore, I love to cook. But I don’t always love how long it takes to make a meal. That’s why I absolutely love 5-ingredient recipes, one pan wonders, and one pot and you’re done concoctions (crockpots are my godsend). When I found this One Pan Ranch Pork Chops recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it out. My mom loved it, it fed us for more than one meal, and it only took about thirty minutes. What’s not to love? Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 30 Minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients 4 Pork Chops (You can get…

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    Lifestyle

    Top 10 Tips to Landing Your Dream Job

    Looking for a job can be one of the most exciting, or stressful, times of your life depending on how you look at it. I recently graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and minors in Business Administration, Literature, and Professional Sales. My degree did not get me a job, but working my butt off applying to companies, saying “yes” to every opportunity that came my way, and asking friends and family for help when I needed it got me a full-time job in my dream city fewer than four months after I walked across the stage. Whether you’re still in college looking for the…

  • fall crafts
    Crafts,  Lifestyle

    Fall Crafts: Pumpkin Painting

    Happy Fall! Okay, I know I’m pretty late to the game, and I could give you every excuse in the book (moving, starting a new job, having friends visit, etc,. etc.), but basically I am just now accepting that it is fall and starting my fall festivities for the year. Last weekend, I had a fall-filled adventure day visiting a farm, eating yummy pies, and picking pumpkins out at a pumpkin patch and carving them with my brother and his girlfriend. While picking out pumpkins to carve, I also saw these adorable baby pumpkins for a dollar and couldn’t resist picking them out. I decided the best way to kick…