All in Everyday Life

How I Made $200 Just Cleaning Out My Closet

My Nana has always said whenever you buy something new, you should get rid of 10 things sitting in your closet. If I come home after a shopping spree, she’ll say, “Well, what are you getting rid of?!” I can’t say I live by this rule all the time haha I definitely am guilty of buying more than I get rid of, however I am pretty good about cleaning out from time to time. My rule of thumb is that if I haven’t worn it yet this season, then I likely won’t… so it’s time to say goodbye!

What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a MOH

As soon as my sister got engaged, I knew at some point she would ask me to be her Maid of Honor.  My sister and I have always been close and it was a no-brainer that she'd want me beside her for this very exciting time!  As much of an honor it was to have this opportunity, I had no idea what I was getting myself into considering this was my very first time being in a wedding, let alone being a MOH.  Luckily, my sister also chose her best friend as the Matron of Honor so I had someone to fall back on and learn the ropes from! (Thank you, Laura!!)

Summer Reading List

As much as I love a good romantic novel or a book that provides comic relief, I absolutely love reading mystery thrillers. Here are I’ve rounded up 5 mystery thrillers that I’ve read recently that I could not put down! Headed to the beach or hanging by the pool? These page-turners will have you hooked!

Best Breweries in Philly

After living in Charlotte and Denver, both craft brewery hubs, I came back to Philly in high hopes for that cool, brewery vibe. I mean can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon other than stopping by a brewery for some craft beers and good company?! I was happy to find out that Philly is actually ramping up their brewery scene.  Here are some places I’ve been that you should definitely check out… Cheers!

Favorite BYOBs in Philly

If you’re from Philly, you might be aware of the fact that many restaurants in the city consider themselves BYOB— meaning they don’t serve alcohol, so they encourage that you bring your own bottle of wine or beer. At first, I thought the concept was a little weird, but quickly got onboard because it is such an affordable way to dine out! If you can save on the drinks, then more money to spend on the meal, right?! At least that’s what the restaurant is banking on. Here I’m going to share some of my favorite BYOBs in Philadelphia by cuisine.

Essential Oils I’ve Been Using

Lately I’ve been so into essential oils.  I put them in my water, rub them on my skin and diffuse them throughout my house.  I have found they really work for natural remedies, oftentimes even better than drug store products! Here I’m going to explain my five favorite oils and what I use them for! 

Weighted Blanket, An Honest Review

I’ve been wanting to get a weighted blanket for awhile.  I first heard of them about a year ago. My mom’s friend said her daughter got one to help get a better night’s sleep by reducing stress and anxiety.  I had never thought of the possibility that a blanket could have a mental effect, but let me tell you, now that I have my weighted blanket, there is no going back! 

5 Things I Keep In My Purse At All Times

Why is your purse so big? LOL. This is something I get questioned a lot tbh. But actually, I do carry a large tote bag and it is truly a wonder my arm hasn’t fallen off.  I just love to carry a big bag because I love having things with me just in case.  You never know when you might need something, so may as well just have it with you. At least that’s the way I see it.  However, whenever I explain this to people, they’re like, “What could you possibly need?”  So for those that are curious, here are 5 things I keep in my purse at all times. 

Blog Post Round Up: Top 5

Here I’m going to round up my top 5 blog posts in the past year based on traffic and number of reads.  Click the links below to check them out.  And, of course, thank you all for following along!  I love sharing all my tips with you guys!

25 Things I’ve Learned

This past week I celebrated my 25th birthday. It kind of hit hard that I’m getting old, but I used it as an opportunity to think about all of the things I’ve learned in my recent post-college, adult life. So here I have laid out 25 things I’ve learned in honor of my 25th birthday.

Lessons Learned from Living On My Own

Exactly one year ago, I moved out of a 3-bedroom apartment that I lived in with my best girlfriends in Philadelphia to move to Charlotte for a 6-month job placement in one of my company’s regional offices.  In February, they transferred me to Denver for another 6-month placement.  I knew full well what I was getting myself into prior to my first move, but what I didn’t know was how much I would learn about myself in this year of traveling and living alone.

Why I Love To Travel Alone

When I first proposed the idea of traveling alone to my Mom – she thought I was absolutely insane.  “Traveling alone?!” she said, “but what will you do by yourself?”

I feel as though many of you had similar reactions when watching my stories & posts last weekend when I told you that I was planning a road trip by myself to Santa Fe.

Keep reading to find out about how I’ve discovered a love for traveling alone.

Tried & True Trader Joe’s Finds

Something I love about Trader Joe’s is that everytime I go I seem to find something new to try.  With that, there are a few items that I’ve discovered over the years that are tried and true (some through my own discovery and some through recommendations from friends!) Keep reading to find out what they are!

Let’s Get Tech Savvy

I can still remember the day I got my first flip phone… and the day I got my first phone that had a keyboard. I remember thinking how cool it was to have a full keyboard instead of using T9 mode. I was able to text all my friends – well within reason, I had to be careful I didn’t exceed the monthly text limit or else I’d be grounded.  With my new “smart phone” I was able to get on the internet, but never really did since my parents would kill me since we didn’t have a “data” plan.  That was 2008.  Now, 10 years later, my iPhone 8 Plus can do what my “smart phone” did times a million.  It’s incredible how quickly technology has advanced – and just how quickly we’ve all adapted.

The Highs & Lows of My LDR

Here I’d like to share with you my personal experience of being in a long distance relationship (LDR).  Life right now is a little crazy – I’m in a development program with my company that has placed me for 6 months of training in North Carolina and now for 6 months in Colorado, and during this time my boyfriend, Anthony, has been in Air Force pilot training.  We have been keeping to a routine of visiting each other at least twice a month, but now that he started UPT and I’m in Colorado, we will most likely only be able to see each other once a month... if that.  What keeps us going is knowing that eventually both of our trainings will be complete and we’ll be able to continue with our careers together in the same place!  As for our present situation, we face the everyday struggles of being in an LDR.

Balance & Budgeting

I will be the first to admit I enjoy living the typical millennial lifestyle. I buy $4 coffees from Starbucks and treat myself to charcuterie boards, however I buy my groceries at Aldi and most of my clothes from the TJ Maxx sale rack or J. Crew Factory… this my friends, is called balance. I know it may seem like all I do is spend, spend, spend – but all of that spend is within my budget. 

Last Minute Valentine Gifts

For those that don't know, here is your friendly reminder that Valentine's Day is this Wednesday, and if you haven't snagged a gift for your mom, sister, or best friend - or haven't dropped any hints yet to your significant other, I have compiled a list of last minute gifts that would be perfect for your Valentine.