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REAL LIFE WITH HALEE

REAL LIFE WITH HALEE


As I share often, one of my favorite parts of blogging is the connections I make with other bloggers. I get to know women from so many different walks of life that I otherwise wouldn't meet. What always fascinates me the most though is when I find someone in the blogging sphere who I would possibly run into in other areas of life one day! 

Today's featured blogger is Halee, has had a career in ABA therapy and is a preschool teacher! For those who have been following me for awhile, you know that I am in the midst of getting my BCBA and my teaching credential, so I basically met my match with Halee! Some of her blog posts are about Trader Joes, wine, and tacos, so yup, basically the same person.


Halee started her blog Real Life With Halee to share her life with others. She gives tips on living a full life without spending extravagantly. She is relatable and wants her readers to feel inspired and know it's okay to be living the life they are living!

A little more about Halee:
Favorite blog post? Wine tasting hacks! In this post she shares how to enjoy this often expensive habit while keeping within a tight budget.

What keeps her motivated? Knowing that people are waiting to see and read what she is going to write!

How she has fun? The 3 B's: brunch, beach, & binge watching TV

Favorite place to shop? Target, Trader Joe's, & Forever 21

Top 3 beauty products? Olay night cream Ouai Wave Spray, Shea Moisture Overnight Face Oil

For more of Halee, peep her personal Instagram and her blog Instagram. They're equally awesome.




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SUMMER WEDDING STYLE

SUMMER WEDDING STYLE


Summer weddings can be difficult to dress for because you want to look your best, but also need to beat the heat. Wearing bright colors and cool fabrics can help to combat the heat while you still look stunning. This full look including dress and accessories, is perfect for a summer wedding!

This nail polish, Odeme Dance Hall Days, is a beautiful, bright color. It is a stunning hue for summer, but is not too overwhelming. It costs $12, is quick drying, and is easy to apply. This polish didn't need 2 or 3 coats to look good, one swipe was plenty with Odeme. Odeme's polishes are made without harmful chemicals. There is no Touluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Resin, and Camphor.
Wearing white is the coolest color for summer but an absolute no-no when it comes to a wedding! Unless instructed by the bride, please do not wear white! That is HER color! However to stay cool, wear bright, light colors. This stunning floral printed dress from London Times is perfect with nude heels and dangling earrings. I rented this dress from Le Tote and you can rent it for free here


Dangly neutral toned earrings are a perfect combination to the bright outfit you are wearing. They are subtle, adorable, and add a classy touch to the outfit. These earrings are by Kendra Scott and can be rented from RocksBox for free with code kickbackwithcatexoxo which allows you a month of free jewelry rentals!

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SHE'S THAT NEW GIRL (BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT)

SHE'S THAT NEW GIRL (BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT)


When I learned about Talisa from She's That New Girl, so much of her story resonated with me. She started her blog as a creative outlet to express her thoughts and navigate post graduate life, but continued writing as a way to give young women a voice. As an educator, and aunt to a tenacious little girl, I believe this world needs more positive female role models. Talisa is just that.

Talisa is an open book about her personal struggle with social anxiety and mental health setbacks (I feel you girl) and gives personal, effective advice to readers on how to improve their quality of life. A favorite post of hers (and mine!) is Three Effective Ways the Everyday Girl Improves Her Mental Health. Talisa will also soon be sharing her personal struggle with social anxiety. Her bravery and vulnerability is something that inspires me as I toy with the idea of sharing my personal struggles.

"I feel motivated by the fact that someone out there will benefit from what I have to say," said Talisa, "The best moments have been when I get emails from young women saying that one of my posts helped them through a bout of depression or lifted their spirits."



Q & A with That New Girl!

Advice for new bloggers?
Do it for the right reasons and be patient. Your success would depend on your relationship with your readers.

What do you enjoy outside of blogging?
Anything outdoors! I love going for walks in open green spaces and I enjoy outdoor sports too. I am a huge bookworm as well, so put me near some sunshine with a good read and I'll be a happy camper!

What are your top 3 go to beauty products?
Mascara, a red hippie, and a lightly floral scent

For more of Talisa & She's That New Girl, visit her website, her YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.


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YOU ARE LOVED


I have spent the last couple days trying to put my thoughts about the death of Kate Spade into words. She was a designer I admired, an inspiration to women everywhere, and someone I never knew struggled with depression. Then, this morning when I heard about Anthony Bourdain I was angry. In our society we hear about people battling cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, but we don't hear about people battling depression. It's something we as a society don't discuss. And that needs to change.

My heart aches for the family of every individual who has taken their own life. My heart aches for everyone who has struggled through depression, anxiety, and the feelings of self doubt. We need to make it okay to talk about the reality of mental healthy We need to make it okay to ask for help.

As someone who has battled severe anxiety and depression, I can promise you that when you ask for help, it gets better. It doesn't make the hard days go away, it doesn't make the pain any lighter, but it gives you hope. It gives you something to hold on to. It makes you feel better knowing that someone is there for you. I am grateful to have family, friends, and a therapist who have held my hand on the darkest days. But none of them would have known my struggles if I had not asked for help.

So many people loved and admired Spade and Bourdain. I wish they could have understood the power and inspiration that they had on everyday people. What we see is not reality. On the surface, these two people had everything, but inside they were lost.

Please know that it gets better. Please do not be afraid to ask for help. You are worthy of love, support, and living this life.

Please know that help is just a phone call away. Call 1-800-273-TALK if you need it.

YOU ARE LOVED.
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LOVED + BLESSED REVIEW : PERSEVERANCE

LOVED + BLESSED REVIEW : PERSEVERANCE


Each month I receive a box of love and encouragement on my front porch. This month's Loved and Blessed Box had the theme PERSEVERANCE.





This box included:
-a highlighter, pen, and paperclip set
-magnets
-a theme card
-a mini poster
-a reminder sticker
-a scripture card
-an encouragement kit (to share the love with a friend!)

Loved and Blessed is a Christian subscription box service with a goal to help women share their testimony. For only $19.99/month (even cheaper if you buy in bulk!), each box includes a mini poster, reminder sticker, scripture card, and small gift. 



I enjoy receiving the Loved and Blessed Box because it provides me with encouraging reminders to remain strong in my faith. It is different than any other box I have received. It is full of meaning, heart, and joy. Place your order quickly to receive your own box of encouragement next month!
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