december raves + rejects

december raves + rejects

All I have to say is that the Christmas hangover is r e a l this year, you guys! This Christmas was a little different than most because my grandparents got to spend their holiday with my cousin on the west coast. I can definitely speak for the rest of my family when I say their presence was missed, but we had a really good time celebrating just the five of us. It’s certainly left me feeling so so so blessed.

But now it’s time for another month of raves + rejects! The raves were certainly easy to do, but the rejects were hard to decide on since I’ve been in Texas – away from Oklahoma where all the items I consider a “reject” are – so I couldn’t simply sort through my things and go, “oh yeah, I don’t like this” lol. But somehow, I managed. this post includes affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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how being a dog mom has changed my life

how being a dog mom has changed my life

Today is National Love Your Pet Day! And for any of you that follow me on social media, you know I treat every day like it’s Love Your Pet Day. My little Arlyn Wyatt (who’s not so little anymore!) has changed my life for the better in ways that I didn’t think he would. When I first got him (read that story here) of course a lot of me thought “oh it’d just be so much fun to have my own dog!” But I didn’t anticipate just how much joy + life he would bring into my life.

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a young professional’s guide to figuring out finances: free budgeting template + money saving life hacks

a young professional’s guide to figuring out finances: free budgeting template + money saving life hacks

There’s just something about money that has the power to make you or wreck you, huh? Especially as a young adult – you’re just graduated, probably drowning in student debt, trying to find your footing in this professional world while trying to maintain your sanity. But that feels hard to do when more experienced adults constantly say “it never gets better.” I wouldn’t know, but I’m assuming they’re right – there are always going to be new bills, new expenses, new financial surprises as time goes.

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christmas 2017 gift guides for her

christmas 2017 gift guides for her

T-11 days until Christmas! Granted, that’s incredibly intimidating when you haven’t finished all your shopping, let alone figure out exactly what you’re getting. And let’s be honest – women are challenging to shop for, whether it be for your sister, a friend, or a girlfriend. However, I have partnered up with my amazing friend + graphic designer Kate to bring you my Christmas 2017 gift guide for the different girl(s) in your life; and a HUGE thank you to Kate for putting together the graphics for the post. It would not have been nearly as easy to put together (or as pretty) without her!

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7 confessions of a dog mom

7 confessions of a dog mom

My decision to get a dog in the first place was kind of sudden. Every so often I would look around the animal shelters in town and make myself sad that I don’t have a dog. But a couple weeks ago, I found a puppy at the shelter that I felt incredibly drawn to. I went and looked at her during my lunch break, crunched some numbers, and realized I’m more capable of being able to own a dog than I previously thought – so I planned on going back and getting her after work. However, she was adopted not long before I got off. I was a little bummed, but knew deep down it was probably for the best.

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