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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with CORT Furniture. My review was sponsored by the brand in exchange for a blog post and social media shares. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog! 

I honestly can’t believe it’s been four entire years since I put on my cap and gown and was handed my diploma. I was 21-years-old when I graduated and left school feeling so unsure of where life was going to take me. I graduated with a degree in Supply Chain with emphasis in oil & gas, and being in Houston, you would of thought “you got this girl”….no. I applied to like 3-4 places and they all ‘required’ like 4 years of experience, a masters degree, and left leg. I shortly realized the supply chain world wasn’t for me, I was very fortunate to receive my first job offer a couple weeks after graduating. That was only the beginning

College is a safety net. I place where you can sleep until 10 or 11 and wake up just in time to get to class. College is the best, so enjoy it, but graduating can leave you with a million questions. Graduating was the moment where I realized that what happens next was completely up to me. Here is what comes to mind when I think back on same of the things I wish I would’ve known when I graduated college.

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

  1. Your first job will most likely not be your last: Have your parents worked at their same job for 30 or 40 years? Yes, mine to. One thing I urge you to do is talk to your parents about their career path, you might be surprised. When I knew my first job wasn’t for me, I had quite a few questions. Am I just being a baby? Is this what the real workforce is like? Will I like any job? What I can tell is trust your gut. I was a top performer at my first job, and made very good bonuses, but I was always pressured to stay until 6, 7, 8 PM…and it was for nothing. All of my work was completed and I was just sitting there because their philosophy was the longer the hours you worked, the more you “cared” about your job. One piece of advice to any college grad: this is not normal. One thing is does teach you is to look into other companies before you apply to see what their work/life balance is like.
  2. Making your own money is way better than spending your parents: While it’s wonderful having someone else pay for your housing and meal plan, it’s so much more rewarding being able to do it for yourself. Being fully responsible for your finances really forces you to grow up and hold yourself accountable. Plus, it leads me to number 3 🙂
  3. Splurge on that purse/shoes/etc.: You know that designer purse or nice pair of shoes you’ve been dreamingggggg about forever? If you’ve been saving from you big girl job, or you have extra money to spend now, splurge on that item! It seriously feels so rewarding to know you can buy you own items and that you’ve worked for them. My big splurge was my car!
  4. College doesn’t prepare you for the workforce: Don’t freak out, but it doesn’t. College classes are great for honing your writing skills, learning time management, practicing critical thinking and working in groups etc. but honestly it’s impossible to learn what a job entails without actually doing it.
  5. Rent furniture: This the biggest piece of advice I could give anyone in college or newly out of college. You know that Pinterest board you’ve had of all your home decor ideas and your dream house? Reality doesn’t hit until you go shopping for furniture and realize it’s $$$$. So what’s next, you settle on cheap furniture that you know is really not your style (but in your budget) and make it work until you can buy what you really like. Thennnn when you can afford the furniture you like, you try to sell that couch and realize people are literally offering you $20. *this has actually happened to me. If I would have known about renting from CORT Furniture. With CORT, you can rent the essentials and buy accessories to make your space your own. CORT has packages starting from $99 a month for a full apartment.

Here are a few design boards I created for a living room all with CORT furniture!

Sofa | Accent Chair | Ottoman | Fiddle Leaf | Pillows | Lamp

Sofa | Accent Chair | Coffee Table | Pillows | Fiddle Leaf | Rug

I’d love to hear things you wish you knew in the comments below!

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Froot Loop Sorting for Toddlers

This post has been sponsored by Kellogg’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I hope you’re having a great week so far, friends! As Ava gets older, I can’t wait to share more activities and developmental games we are playing with her. As she is almost toddler (crazy!), I love seeing her learn new skills! I also know it is my role as a mom to encourage her to learn new things, such as shapes and colors, and to keep learning FUN! During our last trip to Walmart, I was walking down the toy aisle and realized we needed to start incorporating more visuals into Ava’s development. We are currently focusing on letters but shortly will be moving to colors and shapes. Here are a few of the items we are currently incorporating into our daily schedule:

Sing Songs: Adults learn easily through music. You know that song you’ve listened to twice and know all the words already? Guess what, toddlers learn the same way! We are currently listening to the ABC’s and while she doesn’t say any yet, she moves back and forth like she’s dancing and claps! It is THE CUTEST!

Read Alphabet Books: We love having an evening reading time. After being at daycare all day, she loves laying with us as she winds down. We are focusing on alphabet books currently and will point out each letter and trace her fingers around the shapes of the letter.

Learn with Alphabet Sheets: Ava has a pretty simple name, A-V-A. We thought it would be fun to teach her the letters of her name using food. To do this activity, you need 3 items, all of which can be purchased at Walmart.

    1. Large Letter A,
    2. Kellogg’s® Wild Berry Froot Loops® Cereal
    3. 3 Bowls

Another fun activity for toddlers is sorting. For this, you can print out a simple sorting mat or create a rainbow sensory bin with cupcake liners.  

Stimulating a little one’s noggin can wear you out. Since the Wild Berry Froot Loops were already open, I decided to treat myself to a bowl. Sometimes cereal just tastes better in the afternoon, am I right?!

I’d love to hear more about the tips and tricks you use to teach your little ones in the comments below!

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2 Year Wedding Anniversary

Full Wedding Video: click here

Some of you may have caught on to this earlier if you saw my stories from yesterday, but today is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. It’s our second wedding anniversary. I still can’t believe it’s already been two years. On one hand, there are days where it feels like it was just yesterday that we were dancing the night away with our closest friends and family. On the other hand, we have an 11 month old who woke up at 6 AM ready to party.

We’ve been together since 2012, got engaged in 2015 and married in 2016. You can read more about our London proposal here.

Over the past two years, we’ve made big changes, from bringing a little girl into the world, moving (twice…love you!), and building a solid foundation to grow on, but in all of this, you’ve been my rock. It hasn’t always been easy and sometimes I look back at our wedding photos and think about how carefree our lives were. The only thing to focus on was us and that’s exactly what we did.

So on our two year wedding anniversary, I can say that a lot has changed. As much as I loved the days before, I wouldn’t trade this life we have for anything in the world. Learning to be parents with you has been the most humbling and hilarious experience. I fall more in love you everyday, watching you be a dad to Ava. I am so proud of the person that you are – you are driven, you are kind and you are selfless. You are the ultimate girl dad.

I don’t know how I got so lucky to be your wife but spending forever with you won’t be enough. Happy Anniversary!

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Bare Necessities Grand Opening & Review

I have to admit to not being particularly frequent with facials. My skin care regime is pretty meticulous, and I take the time when I can to spend a little more time on a deeper cleanse once or twice a week, but generally I struggle for time and to put myself before work when it comes to heading to a salon for something a little more targeted.  However when Bare Necessities invited me to try the Firm, Plump, Lift! Treatment at their new Tanglewood location, I couldn’t wait!

The Tanglewood is a lovely salon close to The Galleria. Their goal is to make the experience as comfortable as possible, and they certainly did that! After I arrived, my appointment began with a consultation and skin analysis in order for my therapist to help me to find exactly where my skin is currently at, what it’s lacking in and what products and treatments will help me to improve it. We had a chat about my current regime and lifestyle, and any concerns I had skin care wise. I was honest and told her I use a soap/water and the occasional exfoliation.

I had my last facial before Ava was born, so the Firm, Plump, Lift! intrigued me because its meant to detoxify and hydrate for the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles by feeding your skin phytonutrients and antioxidants. I’ve included a full list from the facial service I received:

  • Pear & Poppysead Microderm Polisher: relieves congested skin and helps increase microcirculation
  • Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel: plumps and rejuvenates as well as minimizes fine lines
  • Arctic Berry Peel: deeply exfoliates and decongest pores
  • Blueberry Detox Firming Peel: minimizes pores and detoxifies skin
  • Citrus & Kale Masque: high in antioxidants, increases collagen production

There was slight redness when I left, but was gone within 30 minutes. My skin feels so refreshed and I will defiantly be back!

Make Up Free Selfie (minus mascara)

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Bare Necessities. My review was sponsored by the brand in exchange for a blog post and social media shares. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog!