Blogmas Day 10: My favorite YouTube channels

Who doesn’t love watching YouTube videos? Whether you’re trying to learn how to contour your face, put an outfit together, or just peek into someone else’s life, there’s tons of channels and millions of videos out there to look at. Today, I figured I’d run through some of my favorite channels for y’all, in case you’re looking for somebody new to check out!     Fashion   Clothesencounters Jenn is a bubbly personality and has such a unique sense of style and positive viewpoint on her channel. Her lookbooks always give me inspiration and her videos are fun to watch…

Blogmas Day 9: Finals Week — 5 ways to destress with your friends

For many people, finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year. However, you’re not going to be doing your best on your exams if you’re super stressed and unfocused. I think it’s important to schedule in time to destress. Most people will tell you to make time to sleep and eat, which are obviously important things to do, but I think it’s important to make time to do something fun too. Finals week doesn’t have to mean studying non-stop, it can also be some of the best time to do fun things with your friends to…

Blogmas Day 8: Friday Favs No. 1

It’s Day 8 of #HBJblogmas and I figured it was time to introduce a brand new series: Friday Favs! This is a series I’ll be doing every Friday in Blogmas (and maybe even beyond if y’all enjoy it) where I’ll share some of the things I’ve been loving that week with you. It might be a funny video, a makeup product, or a moment from my life, but whatever it is you’ll get to learn more about me and get a recommendation out of it too! A lot of bloggers do similar posts to this and I’ve always thought about…

Blogmas Day 7: How to organize a Secret Santa

So I’ve given you tips for white elephant gift exchanges, ideas for what to get your parents, and some budget gift ideas, but I haven’t talked about my favorite gift giving method around the holiday season: the Secret Santa. If you’re not familiar with it, in a Secret Santa gift exchange, everyone in the group is randomly assigned to another person, who they get a gift for. Who your “Santa” is (who bought the gift for you) is only revealed when you actually get the gift! The reason I love this gift exchange format so much is that it means…

Blogmas Day 6: What I’m listening to Wednesday — songs for a rainy day

Something you might not know about me is that I love making playlists on Spotify! I’ve posted before about the best music for studying, but in the spirit of Blogmas, I’ve decided to start a series called “What I’m listening to Wednesday,” where I can share the songs I’m loving this week with y’all. Keep reading to find out what I’m listening to now.     So my music taste is pretty eclectic. I’m not picky and I love music from all sorts of genres. I like to make new Spotify playlists based on a mood or feeling and try…

Blogmas Day 5: How to be productive when you have a spare hour

Sometimes you only have an hour to spare, but tons to do. It’s Blogmas Day 5 and today I’m going to try to solve that time management problem for you. How do you make the most of a spare hour? When you only have an hour between classes, how can you be productive? Check out my tips below!     Answer emails Y’all, if you know anything about me, you probably know I live and die by my email. Inbox zero is my perpetual life goal and I use my unread email list as a to do list (if you…

Blogmas Day 4: Monday Motivation — FREE White Christmas desktop wallpaper

Today is day 4 of #HBJblogmas and it’s the first “Monday Motivation” day! Monday Motivation means I will be giving you something that I find motivating. That might be something to share on social media, a challenge for you, a story from my life, or (as with today) a desktop wallpaper with a motivational quote.     My favorite Christmas movie is, without a doubt, White Christmas. If you haven’t seen it, you should certainly check it out! It’s an old school musical movie and the music and visuals are just awesome. Although the most famous song in the movie is…

Blogmas Day 3: Gift guide — what to get for your parents

I think it’s a generally accepted fact that your parents are some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for. They often the most important people in your life (giving birth to and raising a child is no easy feat!). If you’re in college, most likely you’re still financially dependant on them. That means that you might want to give your mom the world, but you probably want to show that you’re financially responsible enough not to waste money on extravagant gifts. In this installment of my gift guide series, I’m trying to help you solve these problems by…

Blogmas Day 2: Gift guide — white elephant gift exchange

Here we are for day two of #HBJblogmas and today I’ve got a gift guide for y’all! Today’s post is all about ideas of what to bring to a white elephant gift exchange. If you’re not familiar, in a white elephant, everyone brings a gift to put in a common pool. Then, people draw numbers to determine the order people will pick gifts. Depending on the exact rules you’re playing by, people can swap gifts a certain number of times if they pull one they like less than a gift somebody else has. White elephants are a pretty fun type…

Blogmas Day 1: Announcing Blogmas!

Hey y’all, I hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving. Whether you sat down to a huge homemade feast with extended family or went out for Chinese food, I hope you had a great day. I had a lovely Thanksgiving meal with my family and spent a lot of time thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. Today begins the time when it’s socially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music and I’m pretty darn excited! The holiday season is my favorite season (other than summer of course) and this year I’m going to be doing a…