The lip balm that [almost] got away

A few months ago my newest favorite beauty brand, Root Pretty, had an offer: free lip balm  + shipping. Sorry… what? Like… a free lip balm? Okay, I’m totally in. Especially because I’m in LOVE with Root Pretty these days. Not only is the packaging 100% my kind of thing, but so are the products – all organic, vegan, gluten + paragen free. YES PLEASE.

So I picked out the Pretty Balm in the Ballet shade, because HOW PRETTY IS THIS?


and I LOVED it.

and then…

one day…

I was pretty sure that I dropped it in the garbage. I waded through as much of the garbage as I could stomach before I gave up. I admitted defeat and went about my life.

Recently, I discovered a bag of random stuff in my room. I decided to go through it and put it all away, and there… at the bottom of the bag…. was my ROOT PRETTY PRETTY BALM!


root pretty pretty balm //

If you’re in the market for some really good beauty stuff, I highly recommend Root Pretty. I personally use their Pretty Booster and Mineral Foundation every single day. I LOVE that they allow you to buy sample sizes so you can find the right color for your skin tone.

This isn’t sponsored or anything I just really love Root Pretty and I want everyone in the world to love them, too. If you use this link you can get 10% off your purchase and if you spend at least $25, I’ll get a $10 gift card (which I’d appreciate, but I’m cool if you just get the 10% discount).

Have you heard of Root Pretty? If you checked out their site, what would be the most excited to try? 

August 24, 2016

How to follow blogs

Pretend we are in a classroom, one with a big white board and the squiggly border on the holiday-themed bulletin board. You can choose if your desk is the kind with the pull up lid or the little cubby underneath it.

Now pretend that it’s story time. but I’m not telling you a story.

Instead, I am Teacher Stephanie gathering around my little non-blogging ducklings to teach them.

Grab your juice box and goldfish crackers because I want to teach y’all a little something about ways to subscribe/follow blogs.

How to follow blogs //

First let’s sort these systems into two categories: blogger and blog. There are some platforms for blog-following that connect a reader with the BLOGGER more than the blog. These platforms include:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Newsletters
  • Snapchat
  • Pinterest

Most bloggers will link to their blogs from these various platforms, but will also use them as ways to share and promote other things they are interested in.

If you’re specifically interested in following just the blog posts, these are the best ways to do that:

  • Bloglovin
    Bloglovin is one of the most popular ways to follow blogs. Let’s say you love my blog and you also (naturally) love Susannah, Robyn, and Julie’s blogs. You can create an account on Bloglovin and follow all of our blogs. When you sign in, you can easily scroll through the feed of blogs you follow and catch up on blogs. You just have to get in the habit of remembering to check Bloglovin!
  • Facebook
    Many bloggers have Facebook pages for our blogs where we share our blog posts. Here’s the thing. Facebook’s algorithms often work against Facebook pages (because they’re primarily used for businesses). After you “like” a Facebook page, take a minute to make sure you do this:


    See where it says “All Off”? Switch that to “All On.” That means that when that blogger has posted something on Facebook, it will show up at the top of your feed. If you’re not doing that, Facebook is hiding the crap out of that blogger’s page. They have this algorithm that is set up to force pages into paying for ads so that people who already like their page can actually see their posts. Fight the system. Request the notifications. ps that super cute blogger is one of my good friends, Susannah.

  • Subscribe by e-mail
    Many bloggers have a “never miss a post” option where you can submit your e-mail address and receive a notification in your inbox when a new post goes live.
  • RSS feeds
    According to Justen Martian, somehow you can follow blogs with RSS. I don’t really understand it and it seems really dumb to me, but if you want to know how this works give him a holler on Twitter.


If your friend has a blog and they’ve told you about it… they want you to follow them. They want you to be a part of their support team, their movement and their creative dreams. Take a minute and figure out the best way for you to do that – it will make more of a difference than you know.

Does this help at all? If you’re a blogger, feel free to share this with your friends so they have less of a reason to not follow you. and let me know if I forgot anything!

August 22, 2016

Back To School Capsule Essentials

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NYFifth Apparel for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The last time I went Back-to-school shopping was 14 years ago, but every time summer begins to close up shop and stores roll out their school supply sections, I get this itch to go back to school shopping. Anyone else?

My job includes working with students, so the back to school itch is REAL. I’m also currently imagining that I’m the kind of person who could pull off a capsule wardrobe. Though I’m not sure if I’m disciplined enough to embark on that, I think we could all agree that the basics are really important. NYFifth Apparel is a great website for the basic, important back to school clothing essentials. In addition to popular brands such as American Apparel, Bella + Canvas, and Champion, they offer a variety of bags and backpacks,  and a popular uniform brand.

If I were to be creating my own Back to School Capsule Wardrobe, a few items that would definitely stay in current rotation throughout the year would be these three:

Bella Flowy T-shirt Dress

Tassel Print Komono (by far one of my favorite recent trends, because they can be dressed up or down)

Leggings (there’s a limit to how many leggings you can have… said no woman EVER!)

Those are three of the things I would absolutely add to my Back to School Capsule Essentials – I could see myself wearing them not just for the Fall season, but through Winter and even into Summer.

What would three items would you put as essential for your hypothetical return to the hallways? Do you get the BTS shopping itch?


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August 19, 2016

Katie + Chad’s wedding

Y’all, I freaking love weddings.

First, I love the ceremony. I love sitting and watching as two people make a huge promise that will completely change their lives. It’s a really cool thing to be able to know that you bear witness to the beginning of a new family.

I love that I watched as Katie walked in with the name she was born with and walked out with a name she chose and promised to wear for the rest of her life. From that day on, people who meet her will know her as Chad’s wife – as the sharer and bearer of his last name and promise to walk through whatever life has in front of them together.

and THEN! There is dancing. Sometimes. Usually. Hopefully. I love to dance and let loose and celebrate what we saw. I love to laugh with my friends, bust a move and forget the troubles of the world for a few hours.

What is really cool about life, and especially the one I’m given the gift of living every day, is that so many people are connected. I get to live life within this big community that loves, supports and celebrates each other. So weddings are AWESOME because not only do we get to sit or stand next to each other and bear witness, but we get to see each other.

Please. Invite me to all the weddings. If I can go, I will make it. Especially if there’s dancing.

I’ve been working on my photography skills, so I had my camera out to snap some photos. I love all of these humans so much. As a side note: a lot of the people in these pictures were kids I used to BABYSIT! What!

What’s the best wedding you’ve ever been to and what made it so fun?

August 18, 2016

Currently // August 2016

I can’t believe we’re already in August. 2016, you are fast.

I’ve been wanting to participate in the Currently link ups for awhile and finally this month was like… you know… screw it. I’ll do what I want, and I want to do this link up with Anne and Dana. So here I am. Let me tell you about some things I am currently…

currently / august 2016 //

hearting //

I’m currently OBSESSED with off-the-shoulder thing. Like. OB-SESSED. Here are some that I would L-O-V-E to own… and they’re all under $25 because I’m cheap frugal 😉

Also? Not gonna lie I’m also hardcore hearting Pokemon Go .


watching //


Now that I’ve suffered through JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette, it’s time for some BACHELOR IN PARADISE!!! I’m hoping that we get an ultra cute couple like Jade and Tanner. I’m all about Nick + Amanda, anyone else? Nick reminds me of a cuter Michael Buble. Amanda is just the cutest. SO IS CARLY. Ugh I love it. I love all of them.

EXCEPT. Josh is the worst. Literally the worst. Maybe not literally, though.. because can we get #evangohome trending? He is actually the worst. Carly’s commentary of her date with Evan was SPOT ON. I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet so no spoilers!

I finished binge watching all 11 seasons of Criminal Minds and wanted another similar show to watch. I read the synopsis of The Following and was like YEESSSSSS. Oh man it’s SO GOOD so far. Except it only has a couple seasons. Already taking suggestions to a similar kind of show.

exploring //

Nashville. with Justen. <3 I’m SO EXCITED to introduce him to the teeny tiny loves of my life. Layla said she’s nervous to meet him. We’ll arrive on their second full day of KINDERGARTEN. WHAT! How are they so big? Why are they so big? STOPPPPP IT GIRLS.

creating //

currently //

Blog posts. Call me butta cuz…. you know. I’m on a roll. I’ve decided to just start blogging about whatever I want to blog about. Like yeah it would be cool to be one of “THOSE BLOGGERS” who makes a quadrillion dollars a month, but I will make next to no dollas a month if I never blog, you know?! So that’s what I’m creating. BLOGZ. Not sure why this whole section was typed like a middle school girl. Sorry.

eating // 

ALLLLL the sweets. Oops. Major oops. But I recently made this Tone It Up Crockpot Coconut Curry Chicken and that + quinoa is SO GOOD!


What are y’all hearting, watching, exploring, creating + eating these days?  Comment below!

August 10, 2016