June Favorites!

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This past month has been jampacked full of all different types of things, new experiences, adventures and things I have fallen in love with! So here are some things I loved during the month of June!

Beauty/Haircare

Now that it is summertime it is so important to make sure your skin is protected, especially the sensitive skin on your face! I have been using this sunscreen on my face for years and recommend it to anyone! It is not greasy at all and does not feel heavy on the skin! It also allows your skin to breath and still get a good tan without burning!

I was in search of a new leave-in treatment for my hair and I am so happy I found this one! This Mist is amazing for when you get out of the shower, it detangles and hydrates your hair as well as takes away frizz! You can also spray it on dry hair to refresh it when you are in between washes!

 

Books

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

Image result for where the crawdads singI have a full review of this book on my blog which you can read here! This book was absolutely amazing and definitely sparked my love for reading once again!

 

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I recently finished this book and will be posting a review next week! This book was an amazing murder mystery and thriller, I finished it within a day because I just could not put it down!

 

Podcasts

  • Gals on the Go

This podcast is perfect for any girl bosses looking to get tips and tricks on how to be the best they can be. Brooke Miccio and Danielle Carolan are college lifestyle YouTubers, their podcast is absolutely amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is in need of some motivation and insight on various topics! Check it out here!

  • Young & Ambitious

I have been watching Siena Mirabella for years now and I have always loved her videos! This podcast talks about various things and is the perfect podcast for girl bosses! Definitely, go check and out here!

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  • Music

All of the songs I loved in the month of June can be found on my June Spotify playlist! If you want to check it out you can click here!

  • JBL Flip 3 Speaker

Image result for jbl flip 3 blueI have been using this speaker for a couple years now and it is absolutely perfect for the summertime! It is splash resistant so is perfect for lounging by the pool or going to the beach! The sound quality is amazing and the bass on the speaker is pretty good for such a small speaker!

 

 

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What have you been loving this summer?

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Summer Wishlist 2019!

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There are SO many things I want to buy this summer! Here are a few things I have saved in my cart and will hopefully be purchasing!

These are literally the cutest sandals ever! I have been needing a pair of new shoes because I only typically buy 2 a year so I think these would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe for the summer time!

 

 

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Recently I have been loving the color yellow and I have always wanted a pair of slip-on vans! I think these would be the perfect shoes to spice up an outfit and make it that much cuter!

 

 

Rompers are my favorite thing to dress up in during the summer! This romper is so cute and old navy is known for their amazing deals and high-quality clothing! This with the checkered yellow vans would be such a cute summer outfit!

 

 

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This is probably the most expensive thing I want right now but I have been eyeing an Apple watch for so long now! They are so useful, especially now that I have been working out lately and getting back into a fitness routine, and just for the simple fact that they are useful in general! I think I just might have to treat myself to one of these for my birthday in August!

 

Anklets are perfect to show off in the summertime and this one from Pura Vida is so cute! I have ordered from Pura Vida before and it is such an amazing company to buy from, I will definitely be investing in this Anklet before the end of summer!

 

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I have followed Whitney Simmons for years now and because of her, I have always wanted to try the GymShark brand! Since I have started working out I have been wanting to invest in some more workout leggings and sports bras so I will definitely have to try these out!

 

 

There are some things on my summer wishlist! I will definetly be doing a part 2 of this and when I purchase these products I will do a review! Don’t forget to follow my blog for updates every week!

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What is on your summer wishlist?

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Current Music Favorites!

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I have been absolutely obsessed with listening to music and discovering new artists and genres lately! I have been making a separate playlist for each month in order to prevent myself from listening to the same things over and over again! So here are some of my favorite songs right now! Don’t forget to follow me on Spotify! 

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Here is my June Playlist!

 

 

Favorite Songs:

Alaska– Maggie Rogers

Motion Sickness– Phoebe Bridgers

High Horse– Kacey Musgraves

Grow as We Go– Ben Platt

Free Animal– Foreign Air

La Song– Lewis Watson

Not What I Meant- Dodie (ft. Lewis Watson)

Up, Up and Away- Chance Pena

Rose-Colored Boy– Paramore

figure it out– Faith Marie

21– Mitch James

bad guy– Billie Eilish

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There are my current music favorites! What have you guys been listening to lately?

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My Alternative Break Experience!

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So if you guys follow me on Instagram then you would know that this spring break I participated in something called an Alternative Break. My college, Central Michigan University, sends out over ten groups each break to focus on an issue and work to better that issue through service! My group’s issue was Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, something I am very passionate about.

My group consisted of 11 other people, two of those people being my site leaders which are basically “in charge” of us during the break. When I found out I had gotten the issue I had really wanted I was so happy, and what made it even better was the fact that we were going to Tallahassee, Florida.

After weekly late night meetings consisting of issue education and getting to know our group, we departed Saturday, March 2nd. The program provides two vans to each group, in our case there were 6 people placed in each van and we all had to take turns driving. The car ride there was really an opportunity to bond with people and get to know them, being in a van with 5 people for 19 hours allows for a lot of different conversations.

Once we got down to Florida we met our housing partner, in our case we were staying inside a recreation center at a church. I was nervous about not being able to sleep mainly because I tend to get homesick and miss sleeping in my bed whenever I stay the night somewhere. Not to mention I was going from a spacious full-size bed to a twin size air mattress.

The first night was hectic, tornados were coursing through the south and heading right for us, so we all piled into the church bathroom in order to stay safe. The way my site leaders handled the situation really made me feel safe despite all of the chaos going on outside. Thankfully the tornado ending up going around us so besides some very heavy rain and strong winds, everything was okay. That night was our first dinner together, we all just got to sit down and relax and really begin to talk to each other and form bonds which were something I had wanted to get out of going on an Alternative Break.

The next morning we had to be up bright and early to go on our first day of service. The first company we were working with was called Ability 1st, they worked with those who had disabilities and didn’t have the accessibility needed to do something we often take for granted, leave their house. That morning I volunteered to paint the back laundry room for this family, another girl came with me and we really bonded through working together in order to get the room painted to the best of our abilities. After we finished painting we were able to join the rest of our group outside to help with the bigger project, building a wheelchair ramp.

This was something a lot of us had never done before so it was a little intimidating. Our contractor was thankfully very understanding and patient and he worked with us and taught us how to use all the different power tools. During this time we had all begun to form very close bonds, we were able to have fun while still being serious about the task at hand which made it that much better and more fulfilling.

The following day we went to the second service project for our break which was volunteering at an all special education school. It was very eye-opening to work with the teachers and see the ways they run their classroom in response to their children’s needs. I requested to work with preschoolers, an age I had always loved to work with growing up. A majority of the kids in the class had no disability at all and were simply just attending preschool, but some of the children had disabilities of all types. Through working with these children, I was able to really grasp how to approach situations and what the best way to connect with children with these disabilities is.

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Wednesday came faster than we all could have thought and we returned to the same project we had worked on the first day. This time I was able to use the drill to screw in nails, use the power saw to cut wood to the correct lengths and we also did some yard work to help out the family. We didn’t end the day until around 6 at night and it was amazing to be able to look at all the progress we had made during the week and really reflect on the difference we were making in these peoples lives.

The next day followed the same as Tuesday, I returned to the same class I was in and helped out the teacher. This day was different in the sense that I really got to work and interact with the kids, one of them had a little crush on me and didn’t leave my side throughout the course of the day which was adorable. At the end of the day, I was sad, I didn’t want to leave the kids knowing I would probably never see them again. They all gave me big hugs and thanked me for coming and playing with them during the week and that in itself made what I was doing worth it.

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Friday we were tasked with building another wheelchair ramp but this time at a different location with different contractors. Now that we had known how to work all the power tools and the basics of ramp building the day seemed to go smoother. A moment I will never forget is when I was drilling screws into the boards and I looked up, an older man in a wheelchair was sitting at the door, watching all of us. Earlier that morning we had watched his family struggle to get him out of the house, having to use old wooden steep stairs in order to get them into the car. Knowing they had to do that every time he wanted to leave the house motivated all of us to get the ramp done to provide them with the accessibility they deserved. Although we didn’t get the entire thing done, we still got a good portion of it put together which was something we were all proud of ourselves for.

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Saturday was our excursion day, an opportunity to do what we wanted as a group, so naturally being in Florida, we decided to go to the beach. Our original plan was to go to Panama City Beach, but unfortunately, it had not yet been rebuilt from the devastating damaged caused by the recent Hurricanes. So instead we decided to travel to St. George Island where we spent the day on the beach, after that we went to a souvenir shop and ended the day with some much-needed ice cream. This day was amazing, it was fun to just relax and have fun with the group, I had bonded with so many people and it was fun to make memories with them.

Overall this trip had such a positive impact on me, although we had a few bumps in the road, it was still such an amazing and fulfilling trip. Every night following dinner we would have something called reflection, which really allowed for us to reflect upon the day we just had and discuss what types of things each of us was feeling. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the break and it was something I looked forward to each and every night. It made me realize just how privileged I am, to be able to go on a trip like this, to go to college, to be able-bodied, it was all things I took for granted. My site leaders really inspired me to get more involved, not only in my community but in the Alternative Breaks program. I want to be able to provide and facilitate the best possible breaks for each and every group so everyone can have an as amazing as an experience as I did on my break.

If you go to CMU, check out Alternative Breaks and sign up for one, it is an experience you will never forget and will provide a lifetime of memories and life lessons! Search your school’s website to see if they have an Alternative Breaks program, a lot of colleges do but students may not know about them! Get involved, make a difference in your community and most importantly don’t take what you have for granted, there is always someone in need and we are all privileged in our own ways.

A special shoutout to my group, thank you for being the best group I could have ever wanted! Thanks for putting up with me all week and contributing to some amazing memories!

Check out Central Michigans Alternative Breaks program here!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have any of you ever been on an Alternative Break?

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Reflecting On 2018: highs, lows, college, and growing up.

 

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2018 is finally coming to a close, and it has definitely been a year to remember. Throughout the past 12 months, I have experienced so many different things, both good and bad. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the year and everything it has brought to me. 

Starting off with the beginning of the year, I wanted to start fresh and make 2018 my year, like every year. I set goals and resolutions but didn’t really stick to them and I ended up carrying a lot of negativity with me into the new year. My freshman year of college was rough, it was a period of figuring out who I am and what I want to do in my life which is overwhelming for anyone.

In addition to that, I experienced falling outs with multiple people in my life that I considered my best friends, my people. There is something about seeing different sides of people, the sides that you never knew existed. So, instead of starting 2018 with a fresh and positive mindset, I allowed that situation to influence me and really impact the way I lived my life.

I went through a very low point in my life where I was considering dropping out of college and going back home because I truly thought I could not pull myself out of this funk. Continuing onto the spring, things got better, I grew my friendship with my now best friend and she made me realize what true friendship was, and how I deserved to be treated.

I took a leap and joined a club centered around my major, and ended up falling in love with it that much more. It allowed me to focus on what I was going to college for, not for friends, I was going for myself to ensure I lived the best life I could. From touring hospitals to attending different workshops to become more educated about my field, it was all such an amazing experience.

Heading into the end of spring I was more than ready to get out of my dorm, final exams zipped by and I finally packed up all my things, loaded them in my car and leaving that dorm allowed me to leave behind all of the negativity that took place that year. I remember on the drive home I just took a sigh of relief, knowing I was finally done with the year and could finally begin to recover and build myself back up from the year.

During the summer I took a nannying job, and I can truly say I am blessed to have met such an amazing family. This summer was one of the best summers I have ever experienced, I got to go to the movies, the zoo, amusement parks, arcades and the beach with such amazing kind hearted kids, and I am excited to do the same this summer.

The end of summer brought my birthday, my brother and I usually celebrate our birthdays together because they both fall in August so we took a trip to an amusement park. This day was fun in the beginning, I conquered my fear and rode a roller coaster and had a day of fun in the amusement and water park. The day ended on a sour note, one I don’t like to linger on, so my 19th birthday wasn’t what I wanted it to be, at all.

Going into my sophomore year of college I was so excited, move-in day came fast and before I knew it I was moved into my own apartment. Living alone has been pretty bittersweet, I love the independence of living alone but it is hard to deal with my depression being alone for most of my time.

This semester has been one of the happiest, stressful and just fun times of my life. I joined a sorority and met my amazing big, Zeta Theta Pi has definitely changed my life in so many ways and I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing group of girls. Being in a sorority has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and really embrace making the best out of this year.

The end of the semester ended on a high note, I managed to earn a 3.7 this semester which brought my cumulative GPA up. I worked very hard in my classes this semester, mainly because they were classes involved in my major and minor and I was passionate about getting to learn more about the health care field.

Going into 2019 I am going to start with a clean slate, I want to get back on track with fitness, eat healthily and really just embrace everything this new year has to offer. I know I can stay positive this year and really work to improve myself and my mental health.

I know this post was lengthy and wordy but I really wanted to reflect on the year and everything I have gone through. Take this opportunity to start the new year off right and embrace everything it has to offer, get closer to your friends and family, step out of your comfort zone, pick up a hobby and just live the best life you can live!

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My Goals For 2019!

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So last year I did the same post but for 2018 and I actually accomplished some of those goals! So I wanted to do the same this year to give me something to look at and hold myself accountable for! So here are my goals for 2019:

  • Reach 2,000 Followers on this Blog

As of right now, I am at almost 1,300 followers on this blog which I am so thankful for! But as I head into the new year I want to begin keeping to a weekly upload schedule in order to really grow my blog! I also want to start different series like a weekly Q & A and advice post, what do you guys think? If you want to follow or subscribe for more of my content click here or to the side of this blog!

  • Reach 500 Followers on Blog Instagram

So I have recently started a new Instagram for my blog in order to connect with fellow bloggers and really promote my content! I have been on the fence about doing this for a while because I always link my personal Instagram but sometimes I feel weird posting my content to there because it has all of my friends and family on it! So with that being said my Instagram for my blog is liveitwithkarla!

  • Begin My Fitness Journey 

So for a while, I have been wanting to lose weight but with class, work and sorority it has been super hard to eat healthily and work out. But this year I am not using any excuses and I am going to start eating good and working out! I want to try intermittent fasting as it fits in perfectly with my schedule and I have a terrible snacking at night problem that I need to get rid of! If any of you have tried intermittent fasting and have tips please comment them below!

  • Develop My Photography Skills

Yesterday I made the decision to finally invest in a camera, which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time now! So I bought a Nikon D3200 from a friend, and I am so excited to get to learn all of the ins and outs of photography and really just develop the passion I have always had! If any of you have any beginner photography tips please comment them below I would really appreciate it!

  • Continue Doing Well In College

I have been doing pretty well throughout my college career and this past semester I ended up with 4 A’s and 1 B-, I will do a separate post reflecting on this semester and my classes but going into the spring semester I want to start off as strong as I did this semester in order to end up with the same success.

  • Connect With Other Bloggers

So recently I joined the Gals on the Go facebook page which was developed from the gals on the go podcast which I highly recommend you guys go give it a listen, you can listen here. It has given the opportunity to connect with other girl bosses and just air out my struggles, getting tips, and just networking in general! So with that being said if any of you want to connect and just have someone to talk to my email/dms are always open! My email is lifewithkarla@gmail.com and all of my social media is listed below!

These are just a few of my goals for 2019 and I hope I can accomplish all of them! Comment some of your goals down below!

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Christmas Wishlist 2018!

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I can’t believe it is already almost December! I have 3 weeks left of this semester and then I am on Christmas break for 3 weeks! My family has been asking for my Christmas list for this year and I posted one on my blog last year so I figured I do it again this year! Here is my Christmas wishlist for 2018:

  • Black Rain Boots(Size 8.5)– It rains so much around the spring and fall time and my college campus is notorious for puddles and flooding. I am sick of going to class with wet feet and decided maybe it is time to invest in a pair of rain boots like everyone else!
  • Image result for north face jester black laptop 15North Face Jester Backpack in Black– I have been needing a new backpack for so long, the one I have now is from my sophomore year of high school so I have been using it for quite a long time!
  • Vera Bradley Iconic Zip ID Case (Indio)– Recently after 4 years of having it my Vera Bradley ID case finally broke, in the meantime, I ordered a cheap version off of Amazon but I would love to have another one of these, they are so useful and convenient to carry around!
  • Brita Water Pitcher(5 Cups)– I am a big water drinker and would love to have a pitcher to store in my fridge to keep it cold and filtered!
  • Anything Sorority related: A tote, Sweatshirts(Medium), Shirts(Medium), Ect. My sorority is Zeta Theta Pi!
  • Sports Bras(Small) and Black Sports Leggings(Small)- I have been in need of some new sports bras and leggings and I want to start working out again so these would be a perfect motivation!
  • Anything Harry Potter- Obviously being a potter head I would appreciate receiving anything Harry Potter related.
  • Anything CMU: Sweatshirts(Medium), Shirts(Medium), room decor, ect.
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be– I have heard nothing but good reviews about this book and have been looking for a good self-help book to read and really get into!

    The Hate U Give– I have a thing about not watching a movie before I read the book and I have been wanting to see the new movie The Hate U Give. Then I found out that there was a book and I absolutely have to read it before I go and see the movie!

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– Of course being a huge Harry Potter fan I need to read this book and can not believe I haven’t done so yet!
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child– Again being
    a huge Harry Potter fan this is a book I have been wanting to read since it came out and am super excited to finally get my hands on it and read it!
  • Every Breath– This is a Nicholas Sparks book, whom of which I am a huge fan of, and I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on it!
  • Gift Cards: Target, Meijer, Walmart, Kohls, McDonald’s, Culvers, Subway, Panera, Taco Bell, TJ Maxx, Bath and Body Works, and Visa Gift Cards.
  • Fuzzy Socks

I just want to take a moment and acknowledge the holiday season is not about getting gifts, my favorite part of the holidays is, in fact, giving and spending time with my family and friends! Don’t take the holidays for granted and remember to be thankful!

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What is on the top of your Christmas List?

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