Since I've had so much engagement lately, I decided to join Angie from My So-Called Chaos (along with some other fabulous bloggers and creatives)to bring one lucky winner a big pack of phoneography things. What's phoneography, you ask? Well it's photography you take with your phone! Get it? Phone + photography = phoneography. I don't know who coined the term, but it makes sense and there are even some great Instagram hashtags related to it. While everyone always recommends investing in a DSLR, I know what it's like to not be able to afford one, and your photography doesn't have to suffer just because you can't afford a huge investment right now. If you are a blogger, shop owner, Instgrammer, or just someone who wants to take better photos with your phone-there are things you can use to improve it, and that's what this giveaway is all about!
One might say that to be considered a classic novel, it must also be unanimously classified as a great literary creation. I disagree. I believe that classic novels are those that you are able to make a connection with, and after reading they have shaped you in such a way that you start to question the world around you. They are the ones that even fifty years after publication, people are still picking them up to read and falling in love with them all over again. Along with being able to stand the test of time, a classic novel must also be easily readable. Sure, there can be some parts that are just downright confusing, but for the general public, who are not English Lit majors, the novel itself should be at least at a 9th grade reading level. Today, I am sharing ten of my favorite classic novels that every one should read in their lifetime.
I've always hated the saying, "the grass is not always greener on the other side." In a world full of YOLO and FOMO, it seems to give the wrong idea- like don't try new things. But unfortunately, even though I hate the saying, sometimes it's right.
When I first applied and was hired into my position as a Tutor in Juvenile Detention in March 2015, I was so excited. The majority of my undergrad career was spent studying juvenile recidivism (a person's relapse into criminal behavior), and I was going to be witnessing the concept first hand. It was like an internship, but I was getting paid and didn't have to write a term paper on it. I knew the position was part-time (30 hours a week max), but I believed that it was going to give me a starting point into county government. I believed in the position so much, that I decided to quit my previous job as a supervised visitation visit supervisor. A job that I had loved for two years, but the reason I couldn't stay was because they couldn't give me the hours that I wanted.
I love summer. Even though I hate the heat & humidity, I love the sun, the warmer weather, the summer storms, the beauty of nature, the easy living, the longer days, and so much more. And there are some things that I just love doing, and have a need to do during the 100 happy days.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people" (source). It is proven that "about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun" (source). The best way to protect your self from the sun's harmful UV rays is to use SPF, or commonly known as, sunscreen. Fun fact: SPF actually stands for sun protection factor, and it's measured on how long a sunscreen will protect you in the sun. For example, if used right, if you generally burn after 20 minutes in the sun, a SPF 30 product will protect for roughly 10 hours (source). Of course, with all sunscreens, you will need to reapply every 2-3 hours.
Summer is definitely here, and so is the sun; and I know that putting on sunscreen can be a buzzkill sometimes. I mean, we all want that nice bronze color, right? But what we don't want is a horribly burned face, because let's be honest- that stuff hurts! And so does skin cancer. So today I am going to share five sneaky ways to add SPF to your beauty routine, and bonus: all of the products I am going to mention DO NOT smell like sunscreen!
Monday, June 20, is the official start of summer, and being a "seasoned" blogger, I will be going into my second blogging summer. Since I am a bit experienced, I am going to share some truth with you right now: your page views are going to go down until about August. It happens. And it happens because while everyone is out having fun in the sun, the reality is: they aren't reading your blog as much. But you don't have to be discouraged about summer blogging, because I have five tips on how to make the summer work for you!
Lemonade, hibiscus, chocolate brownie and more, did you know that Starbucks just released some new drinks for Summer 2016? If you haven't heard, Starbucks's new Sunset Menu will include hand crafted Granitas and Trifles. They are all hand prepared with layers of whipped cream, and drizzle in either mocha or strawberry. And they are available in the following flavors, including Teavana Youthberry White Tea Granita, Starbucks Caramel Espresso Granita, Starbucks Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita, Chocolate Brownie Trifle, and Strawberry Shortcake Trifle. Sounds yummy, huh?
In celebration of the new drink flavors, I have joined a bunch of people, and we are giving you a chance to win $100 to Starbucks! Details below! Good Luck!
Pinterest is the catch all of everything; and for bloggers, it's not only a important social media tool, it's also an incredible resource. From posts that cover things like starting a blog, to gaining readership, to maintaining that readership, to making money, to working with brands, and everything in between- SEO, social media, stock photography, newsletter, etc. Simply, when it comes to blogging posts, there is a vast wealth of knowledge out there. I mean, I personally have several Pinterest boards full of blogging tips, how-tos, social media engagement, newsletter information, and more, but today, I have rounded up ten of my favorite "must read" posts that focus on all aspects of blogging.
Father's Day is quickly approaching- it's this Sunday if you didn't know (June 19), and for all those women out there that have been procrastinating, I have complied a list of different choices to make that special man in your life feel appreciated. But do remember, whatever your budget, Father's Day is always about that special Dad/Grandfather/Papa/Hubby in your life, and as long as you make the day about him, he will be a happy camper.
So it's over halfway through the week, and boy, I am dragging. I feel so beaten down, and I still have one (technically two) more day till the weekend. But spoiler alert: it's going to be like 90 this weekend, and I am looking forward to spending some much needed time with my parents pool. Mmmmm......
Ok... back to reality and since it kinda sucks right now, let's do a little confess sesh, huh?
Every now and then, I like to talk about myself. I mean, who doesn't? I generally bear my soul on here, and today is no different. Instead of the normal, get to know me, post, I am going to dive a bit deeper and tell you about the ten things that people really don't know about me.
Last week, a powerful four-part miniseries named Roots premiered on three separate channels, (History, A&E, and Lifetime) and slavery once again was thrust into the limelight. Originally made in 1977, and based off of Alex Haley's novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, this contemporary remake tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a teen kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery, and seven generations of his descendants. First considered "Faction" due to the conversations and activities, there was controversy when when book was released, as Alex Haley said that the novel was actually a history of HIS family. After much debate, Haley finally said that most of books's portrayal of slaves, were actually based on facts of what surrounded the slaves in the South. And critics now consider the novel Historical Fiction.
In my opinion, if the story is real or not, it doesn't matter. Sure it was wrong of Haley to go around saying that it was HIS FAMILY'S story, but it's still a good book, and historians say that it was an accurate description on what slavery in the South was really about. And through watching the miniseries last week, I learned five valuable lessons about life.
For the past six-ish months, I've been toying around with the idea of talking about cruelty free beauty products. I've always been an animal advocate and really don't like the fact that some poor little bunny had to have his eyes burned off just because I wanted some damn mascara. I'm sorry for the visual, but it's true. But we don't see it. It's the "out of sight out of mind" principal that we as a society choose to enact. Just like we have an idea of how out food is processed, but we choose to not think about it due to the fact that we would all throw up. *I watched videos on YouTube, and was sick to my stomach for almost a week. I don't recommend following my lead on that one.
But today I am not here to talk about the issues that society has, I am here to enlighten about cruelty free beauty products that are available.
I've decided that maybe monthly goals really aren't that bad... I know that after my May Goals post, saying that is really hypocritical, but here's the thing: short-term goals are better to make than long term ones. They are more attainable. Like I have alot that I want to accomplish personal wise and blog wise by the end of the year, but I can't really do everything that I want to do, because there are necessary steps that I have to take. In example: in January, I wrote a post about seven things that I hope to accomplish in 2016, and buying a house was one of those. The goal itself is attainable, but not something that can be immediate. There are steps that I must take to achieve such a goal. So making monthly goals and posting them here on the blog seems like a perfect place to hold myself accountable for the simple steps. Therefore, when December 31 comes around, and I am asking myself why the heck we aren't in a house, I can look back and figure out what went wrong.
Since I just gave you some round-about logic about goals, I'm going to recap my May goals, and let you guys in on my June ones.