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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 »

Is GrandeLASH MD Worth It? An Eyelash Serum Review

By now, most of you know my struggles with my eyebrows. I’ve written about semi-permanent tints, microblading and the products I use on a daily basis. But my eyelashes are just as blonde and sparse as my brows. I’ve tried all sorts of mascaras, from drugstore to high-end, and have even had them tinted once or twice. But nothing was ever a real solution – mascaras clumped, looked spidery or didn’t do anything at all and darkening the lashes only lasted a few weeks at best. So I set out to find a serum that wouldn’t cost a ridiculous amount of money and would actually work. Enter: GrandeLASH MD Lash Enhancing Serum.

GrandeLASH MD promises longer, thicker-looking lashes in just three months. The formula includes amino acids, hyaluronic acid, botanical extracts and glycosaminoglycans for strengthening and conditioning. But does it work? Read on to find out how I fared with GrandeLASH MD Lash Enhancing Serum!

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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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