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Nobody’s Perfect and Why Nobody Should Be

It’s officially fall where I am! School is in full swing (I even made it to a tailgate for football this weekend!), it’s starting to get chilly out and Halloween is just around the corner. While I’ve been enjoying my cinnamon scented candle and pumpkin flavored-everything, I have also been super busy with school and work. I hate not having the time to write, but I have to prioritize the less-fun aspects of my life sometimes.

To keep my busy life in order, I stay super organized. I use a bullet journal/planner, I stay on top of my schoolwork and I participate in class. Sound easy? It isn’t. Streamlining my academic and extracurricular responsibilities takes a lot of work and it can definitely overwhelm me sometimes. But I had an enlightening conversation with a friend recently. She told me that, from her perspective, my life appears pretty great and stress-free. Say what?

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S’mores Cupcakes: A Tribute to Summer

Between the ages of eight and 15, I went to a sleep away camp each summer. Whether it was for four weeks or eight weeks, I always spent part of my summers in rural Wisconsin. I sailed around the lake, made too many friendship bracelets to count and went on my fair share of camping trips (canoeing through Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada; hiking Isle Royale and the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan; sea kayaking on Lake Superior….just to name a few!).

My favorite part of camp, though, was sitting around a bonfire under the stars, making s’mores and singing camps songs. I know it sounds so cheesy, but camp is one of the things I miss most about being a kid. And now that this summer is coming to a close, I’ve been reminiscing more often about my camper days. So what better way to celebrate the good old days of summer than with s’mores cupcakes?

My mom and I have made various s’mores-themed goodies over the years, but these cupcakes (and cake!) might be my favorite. They use real Hershey’s chocolate and homemade marshmallow frosting, toasted to a perfect golden brown (anyone who burns their marshmallows is wrong!). Read on for the recipe – and fair warning, this is what I call a project. It’s pretty involved, but each step is super easy and the results are so worth it. I highly recommend them for your Labor Day celebrations this weekend if you want to impress your guests!s'mores cupcakes Read More »

How I’m Getting My Financial Life Together

I have a confession to make: I was never good with money. I understood the basic concept of income vs. spending, but I was never any good at saving. My real wake-up call, though, was when I got myself into trouble with my first credit card. It was summer after my senior year and I was finally old enough to get a credit card. The plan was simple: use it once or twice a month on small purchases to build good credit history. But like many young adults, I got in way over my head with spending my “free” money. Thankfully, I’ve since dug myself out of that hole and learned a whole lot more about finances along the way. For example, I now understand how a 401(k) works! But more on that when I start my post-grad career. For now, check out how I’m getting my financial life together!

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