How To Deal With Grief

Let me just stop you right there. You don't really "deal" with it. Sorry to spoil the ending of this article for you, but the truth is everyone is different and react differently to things. The truth is, grief is a very powerful emotion and there's not a three-step process to feel better. It's a lifelong feeling and all we can do is muddle along until it hurts a little less.

How To Deal With Grief
How To Deal With Grief


Gifts For The Foodie

Let's kick off the 2019 gift guides with a popular one! I have noticed that a lot of people really enjoy cooking, but buying cooking supplies is expensive and tedious. Luckily, I have just the right list of gift ideas for the chef in your life!
Why Numbers Matter & How You Can Help

Some of the most asked questions I get about blogging is, "Do you get paid? How much do you get paid? How do you get paid?" Even though I am very transparent with this answer, there's a lot of numerical work that goes behind it that most people don't really understand, which is okay because for a long time I didn't understand it either. I would work on my blog as a hobby and in the past couple years it's turned into my own side hustle. Except, I'm still very, very small. I am a very small fish in a very large pond filled with other wonderful and more well-known creative fish.

Christmas Wishlist

It's that time of year again! I love Christmas time and now that all of my Black Friday shopping is out of the way I can share with you all what's on my Christmas wishlist. Some of these items I've had my eye on for a while and some are just wishlist items. Either way, I hope this possibly helps you when you're thinking of your wishlist this year!

Christmas Wishlist
Christmas Wishlist
Christmas Wishlist
Christmas Wishlist
Christmas Wishlist


Skincare Products // This category is kind of hefty. There's just a ton of skincare products that I want to stock up on because one of my goals for 2020 is to perfect my skincare routine and these products will help me do just that, so here we go; Ice Roller, Under Eye Masks, Facial Serums, Lip ScrubAcne Spot Stickers, Lip MasksRose Quartz Roller Kit, Sheet Masks, At-Home Facial Steamer and Laneige Sleep Mask Set.

Vinyl Records // I swear there are always some vinyls on my wishlist. I love that some of my favorite records from back in the day; Backstreet Boys Millennium, The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack, The Best of Hannah Montana, Hilary Duff Metamorphosis and Ariana Grande Thank U, Next.

Fashion // I have some shoes that I have had my eye on for a while, but these are definitely some splurging items; Chloe White Logo Strap Slides, Vince Platform Slip-On Sneakers, Sam Edelman Loraine LoafersBring MySpace Back Hat, Black Silk Headband, Princess Polly Transparent HandbagPink Satin ScrunchiesBoohoo Tiffany Blue Suit (Blazer + Pants) and All-Black Prive Revaux Madeleine Sunglasses, Tiffany & Co. Micro Tote Purse in Tiffany Blue, and Abercrombie & Fitch Nude Slippers.

Jewelry // Going off of fashion pieces, I have some staple jewelry pieces on my wishlist. Most of these are actually from BaubleBar, but can you blame me? Their stuff is awesome. Let's start with The Alidia Rings, I love so many of these it's hard to pick just one. My favorites are the Topaz and Peach colored ringsThe Mini Alidia Ring is also on my list in the colors Pink Ombre, Fuchsia, Tangerine and Rainbow. I also love The Lina Bracelet Set and The Gold Plated Stacking Ring Set. Then, from Adina's Jewelry I love their Evil Eye Collection especially the Sapphire Stone Gold Evil Eye Bracelet and Gold Evil Eye Hoop Huge Earrings.

Makeup // What's a Christmas Wishlist without some makeup items? Too Faced Gingerbread Eyeshadow Palette, ColourPop Oh La La Eyeshadow Palette, ColourPop It's My Pleasure Eyeshadow Palette, Tarte Fake Awake EyelinerHuda Beauty Neon Pink Eyeshadow Palette and the Benefit Cosmetics Browvo Eyebrow Conditioning Primer and an Ipsy subscription.

Random // A few random items on my wishlist are; "Friends" Monopoly, Reusable Glass Straws, New Phone Who Dis? Card Game, "To Grandmother's House We Go" Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen DVD, Game of Thrones Winterfell Coffee Mug, Glamorous Wash DIVA Scent Laundry Detergent, Slip Sleep Mask, "When's Happy Hour?" Book"The Office" Guess Who, Saint Daenerys Targaryen Candle, Sleep Light Bulb, "Fancy AF Cocktails" Book, New York City Airline Ticket Phone Case, Papermate Felt Tip Markers, Olly Sleep Gummies, Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, Taupe Fringed Journal, Travel Coffee Mugs, How to Skimm Your Life Book, Clear Cups With Straws, LadyGang Subscription Box, Aesthetiica Preset Bundle, Sunday Chapter Mobile Preset Package and a Weighted Blanket.

Apple Watch // Okay, this is my "big" item for Christmas. I would seriously love the newest Apple Watch in gold and then a Replica Louis Vuitton Apple Watch Band and a charging dock for all of my Apple products.


xoxo, Michele



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Little Ways I Like To Save Money + All Of My Discount Codes

With the holidays coming up, everyone wants to get the best deals while shopping. Most of my shopping is done online and I make sure to make the most of my dollar. Some of these include apps, some include plugins for websites and others are things that I do in my everyday life. Here are some little ways that I save money and I'm sharing all of my discount codes with you!

Little Ways I Like To Save Money + All Of My Discount Codes
Little Ways I Like To Save Money + All Of My Discount Codes
Little Ways I Like To Save Money + All Of My Discount Codes

Cash Back Apps // I've shared this tip before but I'll just recap. There are a ton of apps that get you additional cash back on your purchases. Take advantage of those apps and plugins. View that blog post by clicking the link here to see my favorite ones.

Don't Round Up For Gas // I used be that person who round round up my gas bill. If gas was $29.90 I'd keep going and add that 10 cents to my bill. Do you know how silly this is? It's not like you're getting anything else but a couple drops of gas and yet you're spending more money just to round that bill up? That's silly! Just pay the bill and keep that extra change.

Avoid Name Brands // This was another thing I had to learn as an adult, but I realized that I didn't need to buy name brand items all the time. Some brands are more expensive for a reason, but sometimes not. Just compare prices and find out what you like. It's a trial and run time period, but once you figure it out you realize you don't need the name brand milk, or cheese, or paper towels, or ziplock bag.. etc, etc.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales // It's also important to take advantage of the holiday sales that are coming up. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even just the daily discounts that websites and stores have. Things like free shipping and BOGO sales. Keep an eye out for these deals.

Money Into Savings // Does this one sound obvious? It's because it is and it's one that I wasn't following for a long, long time. I just kept all of my money in one place and called it a day. Now, that's changed. I won't say I take 10% from each paycheck like you should, but no matter what I always put money from my paycheck straight to my savings account. It's been a life saver when things come up.

Discount Codes & Coupons // Another easy way to save some money is to coupon. I'm not saying join the "crazy coupon" show, but at least browse around to get a few before making a purchase. If you have a grocery or membership card, most of the time you can get coupons from the store. If you're shopping online check out your favorite influencers or friends to see if they have any discount codes you can use. I have a list of my own discount codes that I'm sharing with you today!

Use my AIRBNB LINK and get $40 off: $40 OFF

Use my UBER LINK & CODE and get a free ride: michelek761ue

Use my FAB FIT FUN LINK & CODE and get $10 off: PUMPKINSPICE

Use my FACETORY LINK and get 7 free masks: 7 Free Masks

Use my BARK BOX LINK and get a free box: FREE BOX

Use my HONEY LINK and get $5 on your first purchase: $5 USING HONEY

Use my DOSH LINK & CODE and get a $5 bonus: MICHELK196 

Use my MERCARI LINK and get a $10 off your first purchase: $10 OFF


Do you have any other money saving tips? Share them with me by commenting down below!

xoxo, Michele


My Thanksgiving Break To-Do List

Since the holidays are rapidly coming upon us, I always make sure to carve out some time to tackle my to-do list. I know not everyone has the same "time off" when it comes to the holidays, but if you do find that you have more time than usual you should take advantage of that and get some stuff done. Spending time with family and loved ones are top of the list, but instead of binge watching Disney+, get some of those household tasks you've been putting off. File the paperwork, donate those clothes, start a Poshmark.. I don't know.. whatever it is you just need to do before you go into the new year with the same to-do list as the one before.

I take a whole week off for Thanksgiving to go to North Carolina with my family, I have some things I'd like to get done. What's nice about this trip is that I'm sort of disconnected from everything else at home. I'm able to not only focus on myself, but I have time to get shit done.

My Thanksgiving Break To-Do List
My Thanksgiving Break To-Do List
My Thanksgiving Break To-Do List

Content, Baby, Content // I have so much content that I want to work on my head is kind of exploding. The holidays always inspire a lot of content and it's just a matter of getting organized and creating all of it.

Get Some Reading Done // I have some serious reading to catch up on. Is it absurd to pack a bag just for books?

Switch Banks // I'm not going to go too much into this one, but let's just say I'm over my current bank provider. Thank U, Next.

Keep The Change Program // During one of my recent interviews for work, Jonni Parsons told me about a program that her bank does called "keep the change" where they round up your purchases to the nearest dollar and put the "spare change" into a savings account for you. When I do switch banks, I'm looking into this, because I think this is a great program!

Lightroom Mobile // I would love to learn a bit more about how Lightroom Mobile works. I use Lightroom now to edit all of my pictures, so to be able to utilize it on my phone as well as I do on my computer will make picture editing a lot easier for me.

Christmas Shopping // This one is an obvious! Black Friday here I come!


Here's what I have on my to-do list, what do you have on yours?

xoxo, Michele


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Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder

Fans of the iconic Bravo TV show "Vanderpump Rules" will know exactly who Stassi Schroder is. With her snippy one-liners, "I don't know what I did to you, but I'll take a Pinot Grigio," and her flare for the dramatics, Stassi has truly made a name for herself. With the rest of the world, you either love her or hate her, or you hated her at one point and now love her. I think Stassi has really come in her own and I love that she's turned the word "basic" into a positive word. In the beginning chapters of Stassi's book she discusses how it's okay to love things that are categorized as "basic," but the truth is basic just means popular. It wouldn't be deemed as basic if it wasn't something that millions of people love.

What's the book about?
This is part biography part self-help book. Stassi does talk about her life, from the beginning to Vanderpump Rules and after, but it's also about how her experiences shaped her to be who she is today. She also knows that young girls are going to go through some of the same things she did and instead of trying to change who they are, she wants those young girls to embrace who they are. She takes a term that has been deemed as an insult in today's society and turned it into something positive.

Who would enjoy this book?
If you're a fan of Stassi you will for sure enjoy this book. You can hear her voice with each line you read. Or if you're looking for a fun light-hearted read that can identify as a self-help book in a way.

How long is the book?
It's not that long. I got through it in just a couple days. The spacing of the text is quite large and there are a lot of doodles and pictures too. You could easily get through 2-3 chapters a night.

Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder
Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder
Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder
Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder
Currently Reading: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroder
Quotes That Guided Me Through Life

Everyone has their favorite quotes. It's a little motivational perk that can push you to a different mindset. I love posting quotes on my Instagram stories and I get a lot of responses from them too. People sometimes just need a little dose of inspiration and it's nice to know that someone else is going through something too. I think sharing an inspirational quote is very personal and shows people that you're vulnerable.

That being said, I've heard thousands of quotes throughout my life and there are a handful that really stuck with me throughout the years. When I hear these I get this instant fire in my belly or shivers down my spine reminding me.. oh yeah this one resonates with me the most. Maybe they'll resonate with you too. Here are some quotes and tidbits that have truly guided me through life.


Quotes That Guided Me Through Life

Quotes That Guided Me Through Life

Quotes That Guided Me Through Life

Quotes That Guided Me Through Life

What I Spend In A Week

I rarely jump on these posting trends, but when a good one is floating around I want to test it out and see how it goes. The only other time I did this was when I did the Ugly Photoshoot Challenge with my friend Danya a couple years ago. There's this new trend going around called "What I Spend in a Week" and I am so here for this trend. Not only does this show you a crazy insight to how everyones spending habits are different, it in a way keeps you accountable for your own spending. I decided to do this week because I knew I had to go to the grocery store so I thought that be a good thing to factor in, but besides that I didn't change anything else about my typical routine. This is a pretty honest what I spend in a week.

What I Spend In A Week
5 Apps You Need To Download
I remember when "apps" were really starting to pop out everywhere. Everyone and everything had an app and let me just say I'm so glad that's over. It was exhausting trying to keep up with which app to use for what. I feel like the main core apps that are out there everyone has, which is great! At least it's not all confusing like it used to be. Just incase you don't have these, I highly suggest you download these 5 apps immediately.

5 Apps You Need To Download

My Honest Review Of Disney Plus

It's been a few days since Disney Plus was released. Whether you bought the streaming service right away or started a free trail, just about everyone has started to stream Disney+. For those of you who haven't yet, I'm breaking down my experience with the streaming service so far.

My Honest Review Of Disney Plus
My Honest Review Of Disney Plus
My Honest Review Of Disney Plus
My Honest Review Of Disney Plus

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