Healthy Desserts for the average person, even on a budget!

8 Healthy Desserts to Get You In the Summer Mood

With summer on the way, people are all about the #BBG and the healthy lifestyle. In case you are anything like me and had to Google what #BBG means, it means #BinkiniBodyGuide well at least that’s what my research brought me to!

Now, I am graduating soon as most of you know and graduating is very stressful. When most people are stressed, they don’t eat or have to eat. I am of the latter. I tend to crave sweets or carbs, but with Summer on the way, neither are very good for me. So, here is a list of some healthy alternatives to the normal desserts and sweets you crave.

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream 

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April Mood

Happy April! I hope you all are finding a way to get through this, what is suppose to feel like spring, cold front. I swear, I saw hail today, in between rain showers. they did say, April showers bring May flowers, so lets hope that these May flowers are damn beautiful, amiright?

Anywho, we have some fun things coming up this month!

  • Easter was on the 1st – I got to make a HelloFresh Meal for that! Honey glazed pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes fries and green beans. YUM!
  • On Sunday (the 8th) – I went to a Red Sox game with my boyfriend. It was pretty cold, but it was an amazing game! Just when we thought the game was over, we made an amazing comeback and won.
  • This weekend I am hanging out with my best friend from home!
  • This Sunday (15th) – I’m going to try one of the brunch places I mentioned right here! Don’t worry, I will be sure to update you all!
  • The 17th – Charge Out for Graduation. This is where I get to pick up all my stuff for graduation! Whoop whoop!
  • The 29th – I’m going alum for my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. It’s going to be great and sad all at the same time!

Then it will be May! That is both exciting and a little scary. May means I’m graduating college and moving into a new chapter of my life. Also, I hope to be starting a new chapter for this blog as well! 🙈

Also, per usual, I created an April Mood board for you all!

What fun plans do you have for April?

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Why You Need to be Your Own Best Friend & How To Do So

As I’m currently writing this, I’m sitting with head in a sink at my hair salon. Every time I come to get my hair down, It is my time to actually be able to read my book and put myself in deep thought and reflection. I unfortunately never am able to take the time to read like I would like to, but on this day, every 8 weeks, I get to drink red wine and read my book and maybe take a nap when my Head is in the sink 🙈

Moving on, the book I’m currently reading is Girl Boss by Cara Alwill Leyba. I could go on and on about how great this book is, but I don’t want to ruin It for you. So, you’ll just have to pick up your copy right here. OR head on over to my Instagram and enter to win your very own copy. Now, I will share a few things I do love about this book. It really helps you to think about your inner #girlboss and It is basically a work book along with a guide. There are even incredible stories from different empowering women that I, personally, would love to meet.Read More »

Understanding the Instagram Algorithm

So Instagram’s algorithm is always changing and right now there focus is basically bringing down exposure. They are focusing on a whole new world. Fun Fact, it was originally the algorithm with Facebook that changed, but since Facebook owns Instagram, this algorithm changed as well. Thought some of my experience and a lot of research, here is what I have found to help you and help me!

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Your Engagement

From what I am understanding from my research in trying to understand this new algorithm, is that how much engagement your post gets in the first hour, matters the most. Once you post, it will not be shown to everyone right away in a chronological order, it will be shown to 10% of your followers. In that hour, how that 10% engages with your post, is what will determine how it will be shown after the fact. If you get that high engagement in the first hour, Instagram will think that you have this great piece of content. Being engaged with your followers within that first hour, is the most important. You are responding to people, engaging to others and being prompt within that first hour will all play a huge role.

Post engagement is dropping

All I have heard people talk about is the engagement their posts decreasing. Your posts use to be able to get tons of likes and now they are slowly being cut in half. While, I understand why you don’t like this, I’m right here with you, it is probably here to stay. I remember my first posts were getting around one hundred likes and it was increasing and since the change, it has dropped back down to those one hundred!

Content vs. Frequency

So this one is a little funny. I saw people saying you should be posting more often in order to hit more people. If the first hour is the most important, what if your die-hard followers (sounds good, right?) aren’t on Instagram that hour? If you post again later, it helps you be seen multiple times that die and have a better chance of getting great engagement that first hour.

If you have a business profile, you can use the analytics on your page to discover more about your followers. Next to your username at the top, there will be a little graph, which is where you will find your analytics. I promise this will come in a lot of use. Some really helpful analytics that are found in this area are your daily impressions, reach, and profile views. This will show you which days you get the most of each. Under followers, you can see more about how many of your followers are male / female, their age, what locations they are mostly located in, and then one of the most important. This most important is what average time on every day of the week that your followers are on Instagram. You can also see which day they are most active. If your followers are anything like mine, the days aren’t as important as my followers tend to be on basically every day.

The second is to stop worrying about frequency and start to worry about your content. The better the content, the better chance that your posts will get high engagement that first hour. It isn’t by chronological order anymore so if you post something today at 10am, you could still see it three days from now at 6pm, if the algorithm liked your post. Either way, you should always be focusing on the content you are posting!

If you want a better understanding of what your followers want to see, you can head back to your analytics page that I described above and scroll down. The posts area will be your best friend. This will show you which of your posts got the most of the reaction you wanted. You can see website clicks, engagement, impressions, comments, likes, reach and saved for an array of time. This will help you know which content worked best for your brand and for what you were trying to accomplish. The best part, if you don’t know what something means, it explains it to you. The better you know your audience and the better you understand what they like, the better your content can be, which will drive more engagement and more impressions.

People are engaging in a new way

One thing I learned, is that Instagram loves when you use all of its features. People love Instagram stories. Tag people, get tagged, use hashtags, follow hashtags, etc. The more things you are using, the better engagement you will get. How many times have you been on someones Instagram story and you ended up four profiles and a hashtag away from where you started? I can’t be the only one. 

Take advantage of how you can engage with people. You need to focus on real and genuine engagement, that is what Instagram wants. They are trying to go back to their roots of sharing a genuine connection. Make your Instagram friends and support each other, follow your favorite hashtags and go find accounts you love there. When I find different accounts I love, I turn on notifications for them. I then consistently engage with these people. This would be liking and commenting on their posts. Looking through their stories, checking out who they are tagging and hash-tagging. I also message them with questions or just pieces of support. I think this is very important in gaining a following. Everyone loves a fan and support is very important. Without fans and support they wouldn’t have any following. When you support someone, they might turn around and support you or maybe other people will notice your support and they will check you out and if they like what they see, you got yourself a fan / supporter.

How do you feel about the new algorithm? Do you have any tips you have seen to work for you?

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Must Haves – Spring 18′ Edition

One of the best beauty events of the year is the spring 21 Days of Beauty by Ulta. In case this is the first time you have heard of this, it is basically 21 days where each day has a new beauty deal on their website. I would also like to note, that by deal, I really mean deal. They are a steal!

So, I have combined the best of the best deals right here for you! Please note we are into the second week so get ready to hop on the rest of these deals!

Kopari Beauty’s Coconut Melt – This is the holy grail of coconut oil. It can be used as a hair mask, bosy mosturizer, makeup remover, dry shave oil, both boost, under eye mask, baby butter and even belly bomb! March 27th // Was $28, will be $14

 

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Pallette – This palette is the perfect travel size for any bag and has all the shades you’ll want, even if you don’t plan on traveling soon! March 29th // Was $25, will be $12.50

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – This is a perfect matte lipstick that is rich in its color and is rumored to never leave your lips dry or cracked. March 30th // Was $21, will be $10.50

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads – I know, we might be too young to worry about wrinkles, but honestly we should be worrying. These pads have the effects of a professional peel at home and is meant to firm and mosturize your skin and reduce wrinkles. March 30th // Was $45, will be $22.50

Mario Badescu Entire Brand – They have products to match every skin concern. They are known for having amazing products that actually make a difference on your skin March 31st // 25% Off

BareMinerals Foundation Primers – I think a foundation primary really makes a difference in how your skin looks and feels. I also think it will help your skin in the long run. I also have a love for bareMinerals products. April 1st // 50% Off 

MAC Instant Artistry Lip Prep Nude Kit – This kit includes all the essentials to prime, line and define your lips. MAC cosmetics has a name that probably doesn’t need explaining. April 2nd // Was $39.50, will be $19.75

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – This is meant to make your eye shawdow last longer and be more vibrant. It also is a smoothing powder! April 5th // 50% Off. 

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, Creamy Matte Lip Paint, Glossy Lip Paint & Lip Crayon – This stuff is great, it’s opaque, long-lasting shades. You can do a glossy or matte finish. I prefer matte, but you get the option! April 6th // Was $18-$20, will be $10. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer – It is great for a full-coverage look with a lightweight feel. Guaranteed to last all day. April 6th // Was $28, will be $14.

MAC Prep and Prime Fix – It is a well-known and loved hydrating spray that preps, refreshes and sets. April 7th // Was $26, will be $13. 

Benefit Cosmetics – FREE  brow wax with $50 Benefit Cosmetics product and/or service purchase. April 7th // Normally $26 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – I have heard nothing but impressive things about this mascara. Meant for long, luscious lashes that are long-lasting with no smudging. April 7th // Was $23, will be $11.50. 

If these don’t float your boat, I suggest heading over to their website and checking out the other amazing deals they have!

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Brunching in New Haven

Brunch (n): the socially acceptable excuse for day drinking.

So, I have been on the scour to find you the best places to brunch in New Haven. I have found two that I will now be frequently visiting and I’m not even mad about It.

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First on the list is the famous Box 63. They are known for their weekend bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. It’s a little different from other places and that once you have placed your order for them, they just walk around with pitchers to refill your glass as soon as It looks low (in my family, we call this low tide). They even had some live music to accompany our meal and day drinking escapades.Read More »