Finance

What to Do When a Bill Goes to Collections (It Happened to Me!)

No one ever wants a bill to go to a collections agency. But what happens if it does…and you had NO idea you even owed a debt? Yep, that happened to me. Disclaimer: I am NOT a financial advisor and the following is not financial advice. I am just sharing my personal experience. Always seek advice from a qualified professional before making major financial decisions. Here’s the story: Back in May 2019, I moved out of my apartment in Florida.…

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Living

My Nightmare Auto Transport Story: Read This Before You Ship a Car in the U.S.

When I moved, I needed to ship my car from Arizona to Colorado. Simple enough, right? They’re bordering states. A straight drive would take about 10 hours. That’s a day’s drive! What I thought would take a maximum of four days from start to finish ended up taking over two weeks because I went with the wrong broker. After getting several quotes from an auto shipping quote aggregator, I decided to consider the bottom two. Hey, the cheaper the better…

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44 Gift Ideas for Millennials Based On Science (A List, NOT a Slideshow!)

Coming up with gift ideas for millennials in your life might seem daunting, but I’m here to help you out! Millennials, also called Generation Y, consist of anyone born between 1981 and 1996. As someone born in the early 90s, I’m a bonafide millennial. 🙂 Most of these items are actual items I’ve been hoping someone would get me, so I’m confident your friend will love them. I’ve also backed them up with SCIENCE and STATISTICS—yay! Below, I’m going to…

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Wellness

Pepper Review: Is This The Best Bra for Small Busts??

I’m not the type of person to write about bras since I know close to nothing about them. Case in point: Before discovering Pepper, I had been wearing the same Maidenform bra for the past three or so YEARS! That thing had long lost its wires and was peeling apart, but it trucked along, mostly because I don’t have a lot of boob to support, you know what I’m saying? So when I came across Pepper, which touts itself as…

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Living

7 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners (That Will Make Your Apartment Look AMAZING!)

When I started furnishing my studio apartment, I became OBSESSED with filling it with plants! There’s something special about bringing nature indoors, having some life in your home. Plants are proven to improve air quality and boost your mood. Plus, they look pretty darn cute! Below, I’ll go over seven of the best indoor plants for beginners that will make your apartment look AMAZING. All of the plants below are ones I have actually owned, so I can tell you…

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Living

How to Decorate a Studio Apartment on a Budget

Scandinavian minimalist studio apartment with fiddle leaf fig tree

Last year, I rented the cutest little studio. It was a 400-square-foot cottage house (above a garage). I had a tight budget, though, and I wanted to furnish the entire unit for under $2,000 in a Scandinavian minimalist style. Below, I show you how to decorate a studio apartment on a budget, including photos and links to the EXACT furniture and decor I bought. Tips on How to Decorate a Studio Apartment on a Budget Create separation with bookcases and…

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I Found Termites in My Apartment! Here’s How I Handled It

My Scandinavian minimalist apartment, pre-termite swarm

Growing up in Florida means a childhood brimming with creepy crawlies: from lizards to ants to mosquitos to roaches, I thought I'd seen them all. But it wasn't until I moved into an apartment in the Tampa Bay Area that I became all too acquainted with an insect that can cause damage to your home and your mental health: the termite.…

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Finance

What to Do If Your Credit Card Application Gets Declined or Put on Hold

Getting a credit card when you’ve never had a credit card before is a struggle. But it can be done! I started with no credit history and I’m self-employed, so that makes it even tougher. If your credit card application gets declined or is put under review, I’ll show you exactly what to do! But first, here’s my history of credit cards: My First Credit Card: A Secured Credit Card From My Local Credit Union Date opened: Sometime in 2013…

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Wellness

Best Makeup for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

I’ve had mild to severe acne for 15 years and counting. So I know a little thing or two about how to cover it up. I’ve tried SO many cosmetic products, and below, are my tried-and-true, best makeup for oily, acne-prone skin. Best Moisturizer for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid for Extra-Dry Skin Yes, even your oil-slick face is desperate for moisture. In fact, you may be making your skin more oily by failing to…

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How I Cleared My Acne After 15 Years (WITHOUT Accutane!)

Hello, my dear fellow acne sufferer. If you’ve arrived at this post, I’m sorry—because it means that you (or someone you love) is going through a hard time with acne, and it truly can wear down your hope and your self-esteem. I know the pain, and I know it can be extremely isolating. You are not alone. In this post, I’m going to give you a detailed history my acne, which I’ve had for 15 years, and how I finally…

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