SAVING MONEY… when shopping for Christmas!

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^^ man I really should make a new hello gif… the font on this one doesn’t work with my blog 😦

Anyway, hi guys! How has your week been? Mine has been good! Today’s post is all about saving money when shopping for Christmas! Let’s get started 🙂

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why save money 1

  • You’re saving up money for something
  • You have a lot of people to buy gifts for
  • You don’t have a lot of money in the first place
  • You want to buy really special things for several people (like immediate family or really close friends)
  • You have to pay a lot for shipping because of your location so you need to budget less on products

That last one was kinda random… haha! Anyway, saving money is great even if you don’t really want a specific reason!

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Tip 1- Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale… but sales are awesome too!

A lot of stores have sales during this time of year that may seem huge. Think “Our Biggest Sale Ever” “We can only afford to have this sale once a year” “This Sale only lasts one day”… yeah, that’s not always true! Sometimes these sales are fake… the prices aren’t really lowered at all! Another problem with sales- impulse buying! I am totally guilty of buying an item literally just because it was on sale. It comes in the mail and I’m like “Wait, I bought that?”.  Guys… DO NOT DO THIS. I am literally so so guilty of this… it’s so hard not to! Just don’t!

Don’t think I’m saying sales are awful! They are great… but go in with a plan! Before you open the website or enter the store, make a list of what you want to come out with. This can be super detailed- “yadayada green mug for mom, YadaYadaYada brand” or very general- “mug for mom”. If you have a good reason to stray from your plan, like you found exactly what mom is asking for on sale, then totally do so, but be discerning about when to do that.

Sales are kinda my bff, and they should totally be yours too- but don’t impulse buy and make a plan!

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Tip 2: Don’t be scared to shop clearance/used!

A lot of people stay away from the clearance section… let alone used! This is actually pretty silly since with good judgement, clearance or used buys can be great.

In most stores, clearance is basically a section of marked down buys. You can ask the particular store’s staff why certain things are in clearance, but generally clearance contains items that are:

  • almost out of stock/no refill
  • not going to be sold anymore
  • a “clearing”- more room for new goodies!
  • just a special section for marked down items!

Clearance shouldn’t be scary! Generally, the items in it are the same quality as regular buys… just a better price!

The next step  from clearance is the “messed up” section. This sounds SUPER scary (I just made up the name, that’s not what they actually call it) but don’t freak out. Generally, this section contains items that are:

  • packaging is broken/messed up
  • item has smudge, small crack, or is a little dirty

The prices in this section are generally awesome! Before shying away from here, think about what you don’t like about it. If you’re going to unwrap the item before gifting, then messed up packaging doesn’t matter! If there’s a little dirt or dust on something, you can wash it off!

The highest step from clearance is the used section. Used buys vary! Some are great quality, never really used, but others are pretty messed up. Here are a couple rules of thumb when buying used:

  • don’t buy something unless there are pictures/VERY detailed description
  • look at ratings and reviews for the person you are buying from
  • go through a company like Amazon or Ebay
  • compare the price used to the price new (at different stores)
  • don’t be afraid to message the seller and negotiate/ask questions
  • look at the shipping/processing costs!

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Tip 3- Use coupons!

Coupon codes are really helpful when shopping! They can give you a special price on an item. They seem quite scary, though, because they’re really hard to find! Googling coupons for “yadayadashop” will provide tons of coupons… but pretty much none of them work! I have had places that NEVER provide good coupons ask for money to see more coupons… not happening! Don’t spend hours looking for coupons, guys! Try honey!

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Wait… what’s honey?

Honey is a 100% free browser extension that tries every possible coupon code for pretty much every site! It takes them about 5 seconds. Honestly, they haven’t ever saved me $45 (the most is probably $10 or $20) but that is still something! Plus it saves all the time of googling coupons.

Honey not only finds coupons, it “pays you back” for many stores. Most of the time this is 5-10% of your purchase. They pay you in honey gold (1000 pieces of honey gold= $10) that can be redeemed in the form of a gift card… to basically every store on the planet.

Honey has a TON of other features as well, like a droplist (you can save items and view if their price changes) and the ability on amazon to switch items out. If Honey finds the same thing for a lower price, they will let you know! It is SO helpful!

Guys… check honey out!

TRY HONEY OUT NOW!

this is not an ad BTW… honey is just that awesome 🙂

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Our Florida Winter: Photoshoot

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How has your week been? Mine has been good, but busy with school. I can’t wait for Christmas/New Year’s break! Do y’all like the Christmas “redesign” of the blog? It’s not as good as the regular one, because Mukta designed that one, but I like it. It’s fun to change things up! 

Anyway, today’s post is “winter” photography. If you could call it that… I’m a Florida gal, so our winter is basically the same as summer (except we kinda freak out at 65 degrees “It’s so cold! It’s going to snow!”- and yes, that is a real conversation). Plus the majority of these photos are of my cutesy little sis Em. Hey, I won’t complain if you won’t!

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I decided to split the post into two categories: nature/outside and Emily/sibs (my siblings). So…. let’s get started!

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I don’t really know why I took this photo (maybe it was a lighting test) but I actually kinda like how it came out. The quality isn’t great, but I like the different elements. The stones are so pretty, and I love the layering of the steps and the plant.

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This picture is weird… I like the detail of the cherry tree’s trunk, but the angle is really crazy… what do you think?

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There were a couple of tiny flowers by our sidewalk, so I tried to take a picture of them. Believe me, it’s harder than it looks! I was literally lying on the ground hoping that none of our neighbors were watching me… the things we do to get a picture!

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THIS PICTURE IS SO PRETTY. I literally have no idea why I like it so much… but I love the pine cone.  Plus we have some bokeh in the back… yaaaaaassssss!

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I can’t decide which I like better- the pine cone in focus or out of focus. In this picture, I really like how sharp and clean the grass is, plus I like the bokeh.

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BEHIND THE SCENES/// I moved the grass so I could focus on the pinecone… it was way harder than I thought! Steadying the camera was MUCH harder with only one hand…. plus I was lying on the ground.

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I don’t love this picture, but I wanted to show y’all how huge our cherry tree is. It might not be super big, but we planted this thing from when it was TINY. It was about the size of a marigold, I kid you not. It’s so huge now! We planted it at the end of February in 2017, so we haven’t even had it for two years.

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The light was so pretty coming from the top of the tree, so I had to take a picture!img_3318

I love the way the light is coming in through the leaves! This picture is so pretty 🙂

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Now for the part of the post that you OBVIOUSLY came for… my cutsie patootsie sister Em plus my brothers! Plus an overload of camera mirror selfies (that sounds weird) of me!

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C: Make me a cool rapping singer. Here I’ll sing for you “BOOM BOOM BOOM I’M A RAPPER”  I obliged. 

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C: Take a picture of my eye… with sunglasses on! 

Okaaaayyyy?

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Em’s face the entire time that C was posing “as a cool rapper”

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I don’t normally like color contrast like this, but this is adorable! I love her expression… J was posing for me like this, and she decided to copy him.

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OH MY GOODNESS I’M FRAMING THIS… How cute, though? I love it. 

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Wouldn’t you love to knock on a door and have this cutie answer? How adorable! 

BTS (behind the scenes): She was actually trying to slam the door on me while I was taking them. She was literally saying “Out, Tina! Out, Tina! Chris-tin-a, get out!”. 

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If you look past the blurriness, she’s adorable! 

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“And what are you doing here, my good friend?’ (not what she was actually saying lol)

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I tried to capture pictures of her running… and failed.

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I told her “Pose for me”  and “be a model” (she doesn’t know what a model is lol) and this is what she gave me. 

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I love her messy face… She looks so deep in thought.

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She was mad at me when I wouldn’t let her “see it, see it, see picture”… I haven’t taken the picture yet!

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But when you tell her to smile for the camera… CUTENESS ALERT! I love this picture!

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Need I say more?

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She found this random green ribbon… and she loved it!

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Selfie of me! Probably not the best part of my fave to take a picture of… hello acne + freckles 😦 

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I have no idea what he was doing…

 

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They have ganged up against me! I took both these pictures within 10 seconds of each other…

 

 

MIRROR SELFIES

These were so fun to take! I might make one my profile picture!

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Sorry for the long post… I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what picture was your favorite!

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Lula Boo Christmas Giveaways, Part 1 | ft. TheHungryJPEG

This is a repost for a giveaway 🙂

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HappyInternational Ninja Day!

I cannot believe how fast Christmas is coming! 😮 I feel like November just began. To celebrate the Christmas season, I’m going to be hosting two giveaways! This first giveaway is sponsored by the TheHungryJPEG, a fantastic site for graphic designers that ishome to the latest premium bundles, fonts, graphics, crafts and many other design resources. I’d like to give a HUGE thanks to TheHungryJPEG for sponsoring this giveaway!

What can I win?

This is the fantastic bundle that I am giving away:

The Massive Clipart Bundle By TheHungryJPEG

This bundle is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Below, you can see an overview of what’s included in this bundle. Altogether, there’s a total of 4200 graphics! 😮

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You can click here to get a closer look at the bundle!

How can I win?

This giveaway will have five winners! To enter, you must first make an account on TheHungryJPEG, and then fill out the…

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Holiday Break Schedule

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How was your thanksgiving week? Mine was great! 

Like most bloggers, I’ll be taking a break for the holidays. I love blogging, but with traveling, family, and the relaxation of a break from school, I’d like to take a blogging break. As most of y’all know, I took a week off for Thanksgiving break (and I just realized that I actually only announced that to people that read my email list… sorry!). This break is actually going to be for an entire month! Hopefully I will actually get some blogging done during this break (like YLFC posts and scheduling things ahead).

Here’s a fun little graphic I made that I will be putting up on the home page of C & C (plus get ready for some fun Christmas-y design changes to the blog!)

See you guys next Friday! Are you taking a break for the holidays?

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! When you read this, I’ll be on the home stretch- the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. Yay!

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Idea 1: T-Shirt and jeans

This is SO comfy and also really casual. A thanksgiving t-shirt would be super cute!

Belle Lily has a ton of cute thanksgiving themed shirts on their site. They’re really inexpensive and they also have a Black Friday coupon code right now, so definitely check that out. Here are some of my favorites:

  

How cute would any of those be with jean and ankle booties? It’s super effortless too! They also have a ton of long sleeved options for all of you lucky ones who actually have a temperature change during the fall season.

Idea 2: Sweater Dress

Sweater dresses are GENIUS! They’re a great choice for thanksgiving too.

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This sweater dress (picture credit) is a great idea! It mixes sweaters and dresses so well. This is the perfect choice if you don’t want to wear jeans.

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This sweater dress outfit (picture credit) is also super cute. It’s simple and effortless but it looks adorable.

Idea 3: Coordinate!

This awesome compilation is perfect for families. There are lots of color schemes, and they’re so cute! Coordinating with your family is SO adorable. Plus, you can use all of these ideas for your own personal outfit too!

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I hope you enjoyed this short (but hopefully sweet) post! I’m off to go make yummy goodies for thanksgiving!

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Decorating for Fall: 3 simple ideas + inspiration

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I’ve been trying to decorate for fall lately, so I thought I’d share my ideas with y’all! Fall is my favorite season based on weather, and I love decorating for fall (and spring).

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IDEAS

  • Fall Quotes Printables  – You can find adorable printable fall quotes for free online, and it’s a great way to decorate for fall. You can put them in a frame, hang them with washi tape if you don’t want to damage your wall, or add magnets to them and display them on your mirror or fridge. The one below is adorable!

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  • Use Thanksgiving Decor- Fall means thanksgiving, right? If you’re American, Thanksgiving is a HUGE fall holiday. Pumpkins, gratitude quotes, and turkeys are part of Thanksgiving and fall, so use them when decorating for fall!Image result for thanksgiving decor

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This fall/thanksgiving decor is so cute!

  • Use Candy

Candy corn and fall colored M&Ms actually look super cute as fall decor! Plus, little kids love them.

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These fall colored m&ms are so adorable in a Mason jar!

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This spread includes both actual candy corn and the colors of candy corn- so cute!

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INSPIRATION

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How cute is this? It looks pretty easy, and you could make lots of variations on it. Plus, everything could be found at the dollar store, so you could make the entire project (4 frames) for less than $10!

Toilet Paper Pumpkins!!! How to make pumpkins out of toilet paper. I LOVE THIS! #toiletpaperpumpkins #pumpkincrafts #DIYfalldecor

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Ummm… yes! I’ve done this before, and it’s really quite easy. I’m guessing that it would probably be $10 to do maybe 6-10 of these pumpkins. It really depends on the fabric you choose and if you have any extra toilet paper that you could use so you didn’t have to buy any.

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This is a great idea! If you have paint and mason jars around, you could do this for free, but you could add the knobs and fake leaves to make it extra adorable. I’m sure you have some sort of jars around (they don’t have to be mason, either) so I think the maximum cost is $5 (for just paint, in at least 4 colors). This is adorable, and I think that I’m definitely going to try this.

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I hope you like these ideas! I’m going to go make some fall decor DIYS now!

What is your favorite fall decor idea?

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The Blogger Box Blog Tour!!

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I’m super excited to be a part of Clara’s new business tour- The Blogger Box! The Blogger Box sounds very useful and helpful for bloggers, and I’m really excited about it. Today’s post will feature an interview with Clara and lots of fun information about the Blogger Box… just in time for the release on November 12! Let’s get started with the interview.

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The Interview:

My questions are in black, and Clara’s answers are in orange (fitting with her current blog theme lol).

1. What inspired you to create the Blogger box?
When I first started blogging, I saw a lot of bloggers posting about subscription boxes and got interested in them. I began to wonder if there was a box made specifically for bloggers, so I started searching for one. After being unable to find anything, I was inspired to create my own!
 
2. Will you, as a blogger, be using the Blogger Box? If so, how?
I will not be personally using the items included in the boxes, because I want to save them for my customers! However, I can’t wait to see how they help other bloggers. 🙂
 
3. What was/is the hardest part about being a teen entrepreneur and business owner?
I didn’t have much prior experience about how a business works, so starting The Blogger Box was a big learning process for me. It was definitely a struggle to find the best prices on items I needed, to come up with the branding I wanted, etc. However, I’m so glad that I pushed through because I have a much clearer vision now as to where I want this business to go.
 
4. What was/is your favorite part about launching your own business?
I love that this business is something that I personally would use and that I can use it to inspire fellow bloggers. It’s been a very exciting endeavor, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future!
5. What is your biggest tip to teens looking to start their own businesses?
Don’t give up! You may not see right away how to make your idea a reality, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Research, brainstorm, talk to successful business owners – do anything you can to figure out how to make your business work. Stick with it and you’ll be so glad that you did!
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Soo… What exactly is the Blogger Box?

I’m glad you asked! Here is a snippet from Clara’s original blog post about the Blogger Box:

“The Blogger Box is a box created for bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers, and pretty much any other online creator looking for some inspiration. Each box will contain a variety of creative, fun items to help creators spark new ideas, think outside the box, and create better content than ever before. 💡🎉

The idea for The Blogger Box began after I discovered the world of subscription boxes. I thought the whole idea was super cool, but I couldn’t find what I wanted most – a subscription box created specifically for bloggers. Just like that, inspiration for The Blogger Box was born. My goal with these boxes is to inspire bloggers to make their blogs unique and creative and have fun while doing it!”

Awesome, right? Here’s a little sneak peek at the first blogger box:

 

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All of those things sound awesome… fellow bloggers, you need this!
Here’s a little sneak peek at the actual box:
I love the sleek, modern, and minimalist design! Plus the backdrop in the pictures is so cute! *heart eyes*
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I WANT ONE!!!

Sorry, you’re going to have to wait until November 12- only 4 days! You can do it!

In the meantime, check out:

the Blogger Box Instagram

Clara’s Blog (exclusive blogger box giveaway going on RIGHT NOW)

^^^click those links^^^^^

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Thanks Clara for letting me be a part of this! This is awesome, and I can’t wait for the official release!

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p.s. a friend told me that lol is actually a person drowning (waving their arms), and i literally can not look at it the same way. plus my computer puts a little blue line under it (grammatical error symbol) which looks like water. i will never see lol the same way again!

The Blogger Box Blog Tour + WIN A FREE BOX

This is a repost 🙂

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Happy weekend, friends! I’m so excited for today’s post, because I’ll be kicking off the blog tour announcing the launch of The Blogger Box! 😀 In case any of you didn’t see my previous post, The Blogger Box is my brand new business: an innovative box for bloggers of all levels and niches. Each box is designed to help bloggers make their posts unique and creative – and have fun while doing it! I am so, SO excited to finally be launching this, and I really hope you guys will love it!

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The boxes will be $30.00 + free shipping in the U.S. They will available for purchase on November 12th. I will be posting on the 12th with a link to the shop and the winner of the giveaway (see below)!

Several wonderful friends from around the blogosphere are participating in The Blogger Box launch tour! If…

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My favorite Fall looks// Fall aesthetics

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Now that it’s finally 70 degrees in Florida (yes, that is cool for us Floridians, but I can’t wait for cooler weather!) I’m proclaiming it fall. lol When fall officially started, it was still 90 degrees, so that doesn’t count, right? Today I wanted to share some cute, modest fall outfits. I credited all my pictures with links to where I found them!

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I love this look! It’s so fun and cute, I would totally wear this. Plus it’s very easy to recreate. I probably wouldn’t go with the ripped jeans, though.

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Very adorable! I love the scarf and the boots 🙂

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I love the layering! This look is so cute, and the cardigan is adorable.

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I like the dress (that print is so pretty!!) and the scarf looks comfy.

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This works for the fall that Florida gets, haha, but you could add a cardigan (turquoise would be fun, it would match that adorable statement necklace!) if you get a cooler fall.

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So cute! I am not really a fan of ripped jeans, but the purse is #goals and I love how the Starbucks drink is an accessory (plus it’s an excuse to get #Starbucks so that you can have the perfect outfit picture… who can pass that up?).

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I love this outfit! The sweater covers the back of the jeans, which is adorable and modest.

Soo… you guys know my idea of fall style now, lol. I love riding boots and little ankle boots, jeans are awesome with long cardigans, and I love blanket scarves. Such a pity that I never get to wear them 😦

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Now, I’m going to share some of my favorite fall asthetics from Unsplash. Yay!

white ceramic mug on top of brown Maple leaf inside tray

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winding road near mountains and forest during daytime

mug of chocolate drink on top of book beside fringed shawl

white ceramic coffee mug beside cowboy hat

Pretty sure some of these are from the same photoshoot… #whatcanisay

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Anyway, thanks for reading! This was so much fun to do 🙂

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Calling All The World Changers

This is a reblog 🙂

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Calling All The World Changers!.pngI live in a world where every 40 seconds, somebody takes their own life.

I live in a world where there have been 154 mass shootings this year, so far.

I live in a world where every hour, at least two people hear the words “you have cancer”.

I live in a world where 50 unborn children die every hour from abortion.

I live in a world where 160,000 teens skip school every day due to bullying.

I live in a world where there are nearly 210 million orphans waiting for a home.

I live in a world where 350 million people are fighting depression.

I live in a world where it’s normal to see another murder on the news.

I live in a world where 1.6 million people go into hospice in America every year.

I live in a world where $276 billion dollars is spent on drugs and…

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