How to Do New York in 3 Days

How to Do New York in 3 Days

New York absolutely has my heart. When I went the trip happened so fast. It was a spur of the moment type of thing so I tried to enjoy it as much as I can. Since I had one week to go to both Washington D.C. and New York I had to be really strategic on what I did and how I did it.

Determine the Non-Negotiables

There are for sure things to do and see for everyone. On my last day in NY I had tickets to see Hamilton at matinee. This was a bit tough because it was in the middle of the day so I had to plan around that. Other than that, I was game for anything. So make sure to list what your for sure must do’s are and start from there. This will determine how you travel and what days you do things.

I feel like this is one of the things you will struggle the most with because it’s hard to pick and choose what to do. But there’s so many factors like distance, fatigue, and of course, picking what everyone will enjoy if you’re traveling with others.

If You Want to Sightsee

I know people tend to not look like tourist but trust me, use the tour buses you see around. Usually you can easily get a deal out of them. The one my family went with was really cheap because we kept talking to the guy and he gave us a good deal plus ferry tickets for the Statue of Liberty. A lot of these have direct stops at all the big landmarks so it’s easy to hop on and go. At some point we just used it as our transportation to completely different places since we had already payed for it. It worked out!

But just like any city, remember that all the landmarks are not all close together, so like the first point, determine which things you for sure want to see. It’s the best bet to getting things done.

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You Have to Go with the Flow

The key to getting a city done in a short amount of time is to realize that you can’t do everything. Trips are frustrating enough when you have itineraries and things planned. The best advice I can give you for doing a city, especially New York, is to just roll with it. On my second day I found myself down by Wall Street but really wanted to check out Central Park but it just wasn’t going to happen. But my family had a free ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty so we ended up doing that and it was amazing! Just remind yourself that you are in a new city and that in itself is pretty great. Always anticipate the worst but go with it like it is the best.


If you want to see a post like this for Washington D.C., let me know! Checkout how my trip went here.

What are your tips whenever you’re doing a short trip?

How to Get Ready for Summer

How to Get Ready for Summer

I was provided Harry’s product but all my opinions are my own.

Summer is among us and as the temperature starts to rise, there is tons of ways we can get ready for it. We may think that it’s just switching out our closet and putting our sweaters away but there’s so much else you could do. So make sure to take care of everything with these helpful tips! Here’s how to get ready for summer.

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Sunscreen Makeup

It gets hot, we all know that. Everyone wants to rush to get waterproof makeup, but make sure your makeup has some SPF or ingredients that will protect your skin from the harsh sun. Trust me, I hate makeup that melts in the sun, but make sure to get things to protect your skin too! Take care of yourself. I’m a weird person who loves sunscreen and the smell of it, so I’m stoking up.

Smooth Skin, Check

Get your legs or your face ready with Harry’s shaving set. Smooth skin is an absolute must for the summer! Thankfully Harry’s has a trial so you can try their Truman set (including a travel sized shaving gel and blade cover) and all you have to do is cover shipping! I’ve been using this for the last month and I’ve seen a difference compared to my last razor.

No Heat Summer

Every summer I stop applying heat on my hair (only for special occasions) so I can let my hair be it’s natural self. This gives my hair a break plus, why use a hot tool when it’s already hot outside! I usually get products that help my hair during this time and let my natural waves shine.

Out With the Old

I know spring cleaning is a thing but I feel like deep cleaning during every season is important, especially during summer. I feel like summer tends to linger longer, I do live in sunny California after all. Get rid of everything you genuinely don’t need from clothes to makeup. Make sure to start off fresh!

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What are some ways you prepare for summer?

How to Stay Cool in the Summer

How to Stay Cool in the Summer

I live in a very hot part of California. I’m so close to the desert that staying cool is a full on job. It’s kind of ridiculous. If you’re anything like me, the heat makes me super lethargic. I honestly love summer but the heat just tires me out! So thanks with the help of Outshine, I am bringing you different ways to stay cool in the summer!

Take Advantage of Late Afternoons

It’s going to be hot all summer so it’s all about playing smarter, not hotter. (I hope y’all see what I did there) If you want to do more activities, avoid the middle of the day and push things to the late afternoon. Thankfully the days in summer seem a lot longer so you still have time to get things done. Plus, you get breezes and you get to see the beautiful sunset as it goes down. Win-win, I think.

Snack Brighter with Outshine

I’m all about yummy treats and Outshine is the perfect healthy alternative. It won’t make you feel guilty and they’re so refreshing. They have tons of fruity flavors available (my favorite is coconut) and they also have yogurt bars if that’s what you’re into! They’re perfect and you’ll probably keep eating them on a warm day.

Make It A Day In

I know that summer is about going out and having fun, but having a day in is just as good! Stay in and have a movie one with your loved ones. There’s tons of classic summer movies that you can watch.

Think About Your Clothes

I wear black year round, but that’s not the point of this. Maybe I’m getting older but I’ve gotten to the point that I prefer wearing truly cooling clothing instead of trying to look cute. Sometimes you have to sacrifice looks so you don’t melt in the sun.


Check out where you can buy Outshine here! Also, check out their Instagram to get some summer inspo!

Let me know how you stay cool in the summer!

How to Get Back in the Groove of School

How to Get Back in the Groove of School

Guess who is going back to school!? Me. Grad school has always been on my mind so I decided to jump in and do the thing. I was excited. The thought of getting a new planner and supplies but soon enough, the excitement of getting accepted died down. School is a big deal. I have so many things going on that I began to think of all the stressful things I will have to somehow make time for. Not to mention, I graduated from undergrad in 2015 so I forgot about homework and formatting. I’m a bit overwhelmed but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. Here are some things that have helped me out!

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Find a Good Support System

This time around it feels very different. It’s not undergrad where people just see it as a thing you’re supposed to do. I had second doubts pretty much every step of the way and I still do. I have people encouraging me all the way. But it’s also important to find people that get that your time is going to be extremely measured and won’t pressure you. Good people will cheer you on the whole way.

Plan Ahead

I feel like I’m always trying to beat the clock and planning is the only way I can stay on track. I’m still working full-time, blogging (I have so many posts written and scheduled!), and freelance writing. It’s tough and that’s what also overwhelms me. But thankfully I got blessed with some pretty amazing professors that give me all the information for the class weeks ahead of time. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

I’m so ridiculously rusty it’s almost funny. I’m usually the kind of person that likes to figure things out on my own. But asking questions to everyone that can help will make things so much easier. Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Remember, work smarter not harder.

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Do you have any helpful tips to share?

Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Blogging full time would be a dream. But for me, and many other bloggers out there, that’s not the reality. Blogging in itself is a job so when working a full time job, there’s a lot more energy that goes into running it. It’s definitely an extra challenge we have to work through but it’s not impossible.

It’s tough and I know it gets really tiring trying to make it pan out. Let me go through some of our struggles and give some tips on how to make it work.

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Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Let’s talk about some struggles:

Time

Probably the biggest and most obvious one. In between commuting and working, there’s little time to dedicate to the blog. It’s hard to sit and write post when we have to be at work. Or finding a good time to just unwind and blog. It’s the biggest challenge we face and one that we have to work with. If only there were more hours in a day. 

Community

With not having ample time, it gets tough to connect with others. Blogging is awesome because we can be a click away from someone in another part of the world, but having times of our day booked up makes it hard to bond, especially with different time zones, it gets a bit hard to connect.

Opportunities

I live in California pretty close to Los Angeles. Sometimes I get invites to great events but can’t make it due to work, and if you know California, traffic. I tend to miss out on opportunities because I don’t have the time and access to them, it gets frustrating. 

Try these tips:

Planning, Planning, Planning

The most obvious but one that’s honestly the most important. I was never a planner but once I got an editorial calendar, things changed. There’s sadly no way around this. Scheduling everything will keep you on track and show you how much time you can spend working on something. This is the best way to doing both.

Treat this like a job…

If you really want to be serious about blogging, treat it like a job. I know that doesn’t sound fun when you already have a job, but it will help you keep deadlines and be wise with your time. It all goes back to planning. If you see it as a job, you will allow the ample time to work on posts and create good content.

…Or Not

 

Sometimes the other perspective is not to see it as a job. There are always other priorities that come first and it’s okay to take breaks from blogging. This way you’re not rushing and posting posts written with half the effort. But it also releases the stress of feeling like this is a must. Your blog will still be there at the end.

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What are some ways you manage blogging and a 9 to 5?