Friday, September 22, 2017


What a year 24 has been. It has been one of the hardest years of my life and has brought upon a lot of changes. Fortunately with these changes has brought upon a lot of personal growth.

I spent my 24th birthday in tears. I was alone in a new town, missing my friends and family, knowing deep down that something had to give. Through the next couple months I kept going through the motions praying for a change. In December I went home for my Dad's 60th birthday and being around my family proved to me what I had already believed. I needed to come home and start over. I needed to put myself first and chase my dreams, whatever those may be. As 2017 began, I started to make plans to come home. I reconnected with a career I loved and began to take the steps to transition back into it. On February 1st I came home and made the leap to fall back in love with myself and find my personal happiness. As the months went on I began to get my joy back. Some days were difficult, but through Christian fellowship, supportive family, and a lot of journaling, I added more and more into my plan, including completing my teaching credential. I began to peel back the layers as I rebuilt my life, which meant removing people I truly cared for. One day I looked back on it all and realized I was falling in love with myself. By the grace of God I regained my independence, my self worth, and began unlocking my dreams.

24 was a hard year, but I would not change a thing. I can't wait to see what 25 is going to look like. Something tells me that the trials of 24 set me up for success and joy in the coming year.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Simply Classy Cassie is a lifestyle blogger based in Los Angeles. She started blogging when she was pregnant with her daughter because she lived far away from her family and wanted them to be able to follow along with her pregnancy. But being a mommy blogger is not all she is great at. Prior to blogging, Cassie was working on her PhD in Biomolecular Chemistry.

Cassie has a great sense of style and an eye for beauty that is visible throughout her blog posts. She shares looks that are affordable and practical for moms and other readers. Her favorite places to shop are budget friendly stores such as Target, Forever 21, and Old Navy.

For fall she recommends a big chunky sweater, a felt hat, leggings, and thigh high boots.
And her go to beauty products? iTCosmetics, iTCosmetics, iTCosmetics! She swears she is not sponsored, just a big fan! Her top 3 are their CC Cream, Bye Bye Undereye Concealer, and their Lip Treatment.

Her advice for new bloggers? Do not get discouraged! Social media can be hard sometimes and it is important to just keep doing you. Be persistent and do not compare yourself to others.

For more of Cassie, visit her site and add her at the following social media handles:
Instagram: @simplyclassycassie
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Fall is here in a couple days, but in my heart it starts September 1st

Here are 10 things I want to do this season:
1. Attend a football game.
2. Go to the pumpkin patch.
3. Watch Hocus Pocus.
4. Go to a haunt house. 
5. Go apple picking.
6. Bake pumpkin bread.
7. Have a bonfire. 
8. Read more.
9. Binge Stranger Things season 2.
10. Donate to food bank. 

What is on your fall bucket list?