I’m sitting down to write this at my new desk, in my new office, in my new apartment, in a new state. Everything feels so… new. It’s odd, isn’t it? How moving somewhere new just feels like a completely different chapter of your life, because it is? It’s weird to see Austen here, living a space we share. It’s weird to see our dog follow us from room to room. My life looks so different than it did 6 months ago. Actually, barely 6 days ago. It’s all new, and it’s all different.
Oh. My. GOODNESS, you guys. I am so excited for y’all to meet Paisley Raine, the newest addition to our family! Paisley is a four and a half month old Golden Retriever, and she’s so, so, so beautiful. We adopted her on Sunday in Tampa, Florida while we were touring apartments and the school that I’ll be attending in three weeks!
Paisley has such a sweet, calm nature and she’s extremely low-key and observant. Nothing like her cousin, Gunner! Lol. Everyone remarks on how dainty and elegant she is, and let me tell ‘ya. She definitely has that elegant gal vibe going on.
Ever since I’ve seen the first advertisements for HelloFresh, I’ve wanted to try it. While I wouldn’t call myself a bad cook, I definitely would say I only know how to make about five solid meals really well. I love finding new recipes on Pinterest. However, I can sometimes be intimidated by trying “fancier” recipes since buying different ingredients can get pricey. Plus, I don’t really know how I’d use those ingredients just yet, so I stick to what I know! However, I’d really love to branch out and try new things, and HelloFresh is literally the perfect way to do that.
HelloFresh is a subscription service that basically sends you all of the ingredients you need with instructions on how to make the food. It’s an entire meal packaged up and ready to go — while, besides washing produce, of course. There’s really no measuring involved, which is really nice. It doesn’t take a ton of time to go to the store, find everything, portion it out, etc. etc. It’s sent right to your doorstep ready to rock and roll.
Summertime is all about resetting my health for me. Whenever I come home to Georgia, my family is always hyper-committed to eating healthy, hiking, working out and drinking water to reset all of our systems. That’s why I was so happy when Care/of reached out to me to try out their personalized vitamins, boosts and protein powders this summer! Just a week ago, I took a quiz that totaled maybe 10 minutes of my time. I detailed the different health concerns I had and voila! A curated list of the best vitamins for me and my needs was recommended to me, and on its way. I’m very excited to try these out for the next month.
Care/of was kind enough to send out these materials to me, but in no way does that change my opinion of them. If you’d like more information on my transparency practices, please visit my Disclosures + Codes page for more information.
My first CauseBox came in the mail! Are y’all fans of the subscription-based services happening nowadays across beauty and fashion brands? I personally think it’s so much fun! I’m so guilty of repurchasing the same things over and over again, not because I love them, but because I’m comfortable with them. As an (upcoming) law student, I don’t have a ton of money to splurge on products I may or may not like. That’s why subscription boxes are a great alternative; these products are curated by stylists and industry professionals.
You guys know I’m such a fan of brands and products that are made mindfully, meaning that they are either fair trade or artisan trade and empower the lives of those who make them instead of perpetuating poverty. So, when CauseBox reached out to me to send me their summer box, I was super excited. My love for subscription boxes combined with ethically and sustainably made items is my dream come true.
I just finished Gen Z Goes to College, a book by Corey Seemiller. I recommend it to literally everyone; it’s so, so important for us to understand the characteristics of this generation for a plethora of reasons. First off, Gen Zers are set to outnumber Millennials within the year (Bloomberg). We’ll (I see ‘we’ because I am a Gen Zer. I was born in 1996) will be the largest generation in the world. There are so many nuanced characteristics of this generation that differ so greatly from the generations before us.