follow me on INSTAGRAM

learn more ABOUT ME

read about LIFESTYLE

2

Hurricane Harvey and Why I have been MIA

I had an amazing blog plan for this week, and I was so excited to share it with you. My sisters have moved in with me, and they have been encouraging to up my content game, and we had an amazing plan.

But then Hurricane Harvey happened.

As a journalist, this means that I have been reporting non-stop about the absolute tragedy that Harvey has become – and it’s only the beginning.

I have been working non-stop since Friday, and today, Thursday, the coverage has begin to lighten up.

Because I work so closely with viewers on our online platforms, I realize that people really do not understand how breaking news work.

In an event that promised to be a life-threatening as this, we prepare days in advance. Here is a little look about how the week leading up to, and after, Harvey went for my team two hours away from the tragedy.

BEFORE

We first learned about how frightening Harvey could be on Tuesday. At this time, the weather models showed Harvey hovering our area for more than 24 hours, causing 20-30 inches of rain. This prompted a weather meeting on Thursday to discuss the state of the weather event at that time.

Because weather is so unpredictable, it can never be an exact science. However, we want people to be prepared for the worst.

We are not an owned and operated station, so we are owned by a television company that isn’t ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc.

Our parent company has stations along the gulf in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, so those stations were also concerned about Harvey. This prompted more meetings on what the action plan would be to make sure all of the stations affected would get coverage.

Again, this is all theoretical until we got closer to the actual event because weather is so unpredictable.

During our Thursday meeting, it became clear that Harvey wasn’t going anywhere. Our meteorologist told us they believed Harvey had the capability of becoming a Category 4.

DURING & AFTER

On Friday, our meteorologist were speechless about this event. They warned us that this is unlike anything they have ever seen before. The storm was projected to stall for an extended period of time and promise flooding for any city underneath it.

We sent a reporter and a photographer to Port Lavaca, TX. They stayed in a hotel with other major media outlets, and the actual owner of the hotel evacuated and left them a key.

The team at home began stories about our area preparing for evacuees, and our eastern counties were preparing for some flooding.

On Saturday, we all began to work 12 hour shifts, even those who don’t normally work on the weekend. We wrote every story that came in about Rockport and Corpus Christi and their damage.

Then on Sunday, the flooding in Houston became more prominent. News of deaths in the area started coming in, and the rescues efforts became extraordinary.

We wrote over 200 pieces of content about how Harvey was affecting South Texas while not even being there.

WHAT NOW?

However, fortunately for me, I live about 2 hours from Houston, so the only way I have been affected is the temporary shortage of food and gas as it gets transported to help the thousands in South Texas. The shortage is only temporary, and supplies are replenished by the next day.

Monday through Wednesday, I was also fortunate to work a normal shift.

As for my journalism peers in Houston and Corpus Christi, they have been working 24-7 since Friday. Their work has not let up. They have so much going on they can’t even cover it all.

Journalists from all over who came to the area are stepping aside from their reporter jobs, and they are helping rescue efforts.

First responders are working tirelessly to make sure everyone gets out.

People are getting out of their homes that weren’t affected and getting into boats to help people.

I am so amazed by the efforts of humanity and my fellow Texans. I sometimes get jaded and think the world is full of terrible people because I work in the news. This event has shown me that people are still good, despite the horrible things they do and say on the internet.

So yes, I am still here. I am still blogging.

If you want to see what I have been up to, click here to read more about how Hurricane Harvey is affecting my home state.

And if you are able to, please donate to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They really need monetary donations right now, so donate to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. More info on how to donate to the Red Cross here.

The damage the storm has caused is projected to be more than Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina combined. These people are going to need our help.

repressing the crazy

1

The Most Helpful Student Discounts

The best advice I can give anyone is to never get rid of your student I.D. – that thing is the key to so many discounts.

Besides a ton of retail discounts, students can get discounts on things that will actually be vital throughout your college career.

The Most Helpful Student Discounts

Prime Student

Amazon offers Prime Student with your student email. Prime Student is basically Amazon Prime, but half off and includes a trial run! It is great for watching your favorite series and ordering books!

Apple

If you are a student, you can also get a discount for a new Macbook or whatever Apple product you desire. I might be biased, but my Macbook has been my lifeline throughout college and into my career. It is a great investment!

Adobe

If you are a blogger in college or a media student, you can get the Creative Cloud for a steep discount!

Movie Theaters

Everywhere I have lived, there has been a movie theater that gives a good student discount! My current theater, Regal, offers matinee pricing all day for students! When I lived in Denton, the local theater gave away 2 dollar tickets on Tuesdays.

Insurance

Most insurance companies offer a discount to students. Be sure to call your provider and find out! Insurance discounts are extremely helpful in college!

Museums/Zoos

Most museums and zoos offer a special discount for students! Most of the time you just have to show your student I.D. I went to many zoos and arboretums and museums for less than 10 dollars throughout my time in college!

Spotify

If you love music, Spotify offers its premium service for just $4.99 for students! Unlimited skips are very helpful when you are studying for finals!

Overall, contact all of your providers and check if there is a student discount! Every little bit helps, and in a lot of cases, the student discount is not heavily advertised!

Happy Saving!

Where is your favorite place to get a student discount?

repressing the crazy

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#FindYourTone #CollectiveBias

Summer mornings on the weekends always start out slow. In the summer, I live so low maintenance because I can never wear too much makeup because of the Texas heat, and I am always on the go. Summer is the month of no sleep and tons of sweat.

I have been loving the Tone Soothing Care Body Wash and the Tone Blissful Awakening Body Wash, and it has helped so much with the summer stickiness! I am a sweaty girl in the summer, and I need a body wash thats going to keep me fresh all day!

AND my on-the-go lifestyle makes my morning routine so important for making sure I get the little things done and to make sure I am taking care of myself.

I know this is a common problem for most millennials, so I wanted to share the things that have been making my life so much easier on the weekends.

First, I invested in a fitness tracker. My tracker keeps up with my sleep and activity, so it takes a lot of the guesswork out.

On the weekends, I tend to really cut my sleep in half, so I try to make up for it with little naps throughout the day. The fitness tracker really helps with that.

I also go to sleep in my workout clothes, so I can wake up in the morning and go outside. I have to wake up a little early to avoid the scorching heat, and I half my normal run/walk time because the heat forces me to burn more calories, plus I don’t want to hurt myself.

This fitness tracker helps with this also!

When I get done with my workout, I come home and gulp down a glass of ice water. I do this before my shower or anything to refuel from sweating in the humidity.

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

Then my favorite part, jumping in the shower! I love getting clean. It makes me feel positive and refreshed and ready to dominate my day!

Since I have short hair now, I wash my hair after I work out every time. If you wash your hair as often as me, you need to make sure you are keeping moisture in it because you are constantly stripping out natural oils. I use a mask on the weekends, and I spray an oil at the ends of my hair after every wash.

Then, it’s time to focus on my body sweat. In the mornings, I love using the Tone Blissful Awakening Body Wash. It is super affordable, and it can be found in the body wash aisle at Walmart!

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

The body wash is infused with caffeine, and it is scented like vanilla blossom. The scent really gets you feeling energized and awake! It has been my favorite scent to start my day!

The scent reminds me of staying up late at the local coffee shop at my university studying. Although I was so stressed at the time, the smell was so comforting!

It also exfoliates, so it can helps smooth out those summer dry patches that pop up!

I also purchased the Tone® Soothing Care Body Wash. It is infused with oatmeal and shea butter, so it is my favorite thing to use before bed! It is very calming on my skin, so it feels really good in the summer, especially if I have a sunburn.

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

Plus, it really puts me in a sleepy mood, so I go to bed easily after my shower! Scents really affect my mood and day, so this has been so helpful all season long!

#HowITone: When I use the Tone Rainbow, I use the blissful awakening in the morning to feel alive and energetic, and I use the Soothing Care at night to feel soft and sleepy!

Tone® also has many more scents that you can pick and choose for whatever mood you are in!

PLUS if you use iBotta, you can earn $2 when you buy 2 bottles!

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

After showering, I usually grab something small to eat. It is really hard for me to be hungry in the mornings, but I always make sure I eat something. It usually is some fruit or a protein shake.

If I am having a casual weekend, I let my hair air dry, and I put some light makeup on. I usually use a small amount of foundation (I kinda use it like concealer), mascara and powder.

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

When I get dressed, I like to wear something comfortable and breezy. I am really loving t-shirt dresses and espadrilles as the moment! It is only one item of clothing, so it’s super simple to style and switch up!

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

My weekends usually consist of good times with friends and trying to avoid the heat – unless we get brave and decide to do something outside.

Plus, I do all my blog work on the weekends and chores. Honestly, how do I find the time?

What are the little things you do to make your life easier and more enjoyable?

 

repressing the crazy

How to Survive Summer if Your Are Always on the Go

 

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

This post has been compensated by InfluencerHer. and eBay. All opinions are mine alone. 

My sisters have officially moved in with me, and they start their first year of college in less than a month. Being the oldest and a college graduate, they have been asking me what they need, where they need to go and get everything, etc.

My first advice was to go to eBay and find the things you need to stay inspired and focused all year long. You can find everything you need on one site – plus 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and the selection keeps growing.

And my favorite part – 68% of items ship for free!

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

In college, one of the things that kept me going was cute tech accessories and helpful gadgets. If the things you use everyday are pretty, it always pushed me to be more creative and focused.

I created a list of seven tech essentials that you will need for your college experience:

Phone Case

You will need some type of protection for your phone – college isn’t easy on phone. I never cracked my phone until after college, but that is literally just luck.

eBay has a ton of great options for every type of phone. I have an iPhone, and I found this blue gold marble pattern phone case from Kustom Kase.

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

Computer Case

Your phone needs protection, but so does your computer! It will be the thing you are on 24-7, and your life line for all college projects.

My dog also ate my laptop when I was in college, so that wasn’t fun.

I found this Rubberized Marble Painting Hard Case from iClover. I really love the black marble because you really don’t see it as often as the white, but eBay has a ton more from you to chose from.

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

Phone Charger

Who says your phone charger can’t be pretty?

I love this 6ft Strong Braided USB Data Sync Charger Cable Cord. It reaches where ever I am at, and it charges my phone. What’s more to love?

SD Card

In college, I was an RTVF/Journalism student, and my SanDisk SD Card was my life. I used it when I rented out equipment, and I saved files on it.

They are so handy to have, and I would even recommend having a few.

Mousepad

I have a mouse for my laptop for when I am working on videos. Mousepads are an easy thing to get for your desk that adds personality.

I love this MSD Vintage background with hand drawn floral wreath mousepad that I found on eBay.

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

Portable Battery

A portable battery is probably the most important essential. There are so many times that I have forgotten to charge my phone, and it would die.

This little guy stops those problems from happening! I love how sleek the dodocool MFi 2500mAh Charger Backup External Battery Pack Power Bank. It can fit in your wallet or purse.

Selfie Stick

Okay, so maybe a selfie stick isn’t a necessity, but they are so much fun to have.

The one I bought is not only a stick, but it also can be a tripod! This is great for Facetiming your friends and family.

The SumacLife selfie stick also has a button you can hit to take the photo!

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

And those are all of my essentials!

If you are still shopping for college, be sure to check out this checklist for more!

repressing the crazy

Must Have Tech Essentials for College

 

1

Tips to Keep Your Skin Acne Free this Summer

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree. All opinions are mine alone. #AcneFreeSummer #CollectiveBias

It is summer in Texas, and that means no more pants and sweaters – unless you want to be drenched all day.

The last thing you want during this time is to have acne all over your skin – especially on your back when you are wearing tank tops or going out to the pool.

If you have acne-prone skin, you shouldn’t have to hide behind heavy sweaters during the summer months! Plus, if you are like me, the sun sweats off most of my makeup anyways, so I ended up trying to go all natural as often as possible.

I have been trusting AcneFree this summer to help keep my skin clear, and they have so many products that cater to so many skin problems. The brand is a one stop shop for all things acne! You can find most of their line on Amazon.com.

With AcneFree, I have felt so much more confident in my favorite crop top and swimsuit!

I have been testing out the 24 Hour Acne Clearing System, the Complexion Perfecting Cream and the Body Clearing Acne Spray.

ALSO, the photo below is shoppable! Click around!

24 Hour Acne Clearing System

The 24 Hour Acne Clearing System is the twice daily system that includes and purifying cleanser, renewing toners and a repair lotion. The active ingredient in the Purifying Cleanser is Benzoyl Peroxide. The Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates deep into pores to fight breakouts, even after rinsing!

The second step is the toner. The toner is made with Witch Hazel, Aloe and Chamomile – which are my favorite products to find in a toner!

Then, the third step is the repair lotion. This product also has Benzoyl Peroxide to help fight breakouts!

The whole system can be used on your chest and back as well.

If you have never had a skincare routine or if you need something easy, this is perfect for you. You the steps are simple, and all the products come in one kit. Plus, it’s super affordable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank for clear skin!

Tips to Keep Your Skin Acne Free this Summer

Body Clearing Acne Spray

The AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray is a clear, quick-drying spray that delivers acne-fighting ingredients to hard-to-reach places on the body.

The spray contains Glycolic Acid to help exfoliate skin, and Aloe and other plant and root extracts to soothe the skin and even skin tone.

I love the convenience of a spray! If I feel any bumps on my shoulders, I just spray it on and go!

Tips to Keep Your Skin Acne Free this Summer

Complexion Perfecting Cream

Tips to Keep Your Skin Acne Free this Summer

The Complexion Perfecting Cream was one of my favorites! This cream is to only be used at night.

It uses Retinol to gently renews the skin surface throughout the night. When I first used this product, I had a lot of redness the first few days. However, it cleared up and my skin looked refresh and was very soft!

This cream has really elevated my going natural look, and I have been loving it all summer long!

This is my skin after a week of using the cream:

Tips to Keep Your Skin Acne Free this Summer

Final Thoughts

The worst thing is to be feel miserable about yourself when it is 100 degrees outside. Using the products from AcneFree, you can feel more confident and stay on the go!

How do you keep your skin clear during the summer?

repressing the crazy