OOTD {Off-The-Shoulder Top}

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I’m loving this whole off-the-shoulder trend happening this year! Just add it to the list of reasons I’m happy I chopped my hair off this season. It really adds something different to your outfit!

Everyone knows by now that I’m not a super trendy girl. Not that I don’t like some of the trends of 2017, but I really have more of a casual style. It’s what I feel most comfortable in. So I keep my personal style, but just add in a little bit of trend and flair here and there. Today it was the off-the-shoulder top that I wore.

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It’s Gap, of course, because I love everything Gap. It’s super comfortable and light, which is perfect for fall days. It can easily be layered under jackets for cooler days, or worn alone for the warmer ones. It’s currently on sale for $19.97 online, with an extra 40% off your purchase!

I posted these jeans in a previous post, but these are also from Gap and I scored them on sale for $9! There’s no link for them anymore, but I’m sure there are similar ones on Gap’s website.

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My bracelet is from Francesca’s and it’s one that I’ve had for several years, but it remains my favorite gold bracelet. It has a unique design and is cute alone, or layered with several other bracelets.

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I couldn’t find a similar one to link, but if I ever find one somewhere I will be sure to add it in later!

My boots are from Old Navy and I have them linked in my previous post Fall Staples You Must Have In Your Life. They’re really comfortable and you can score them on Old Navy’s website right now for 40% off! Or if you’re in the Tulsa area I know the store on 71st has them marked down right now with an extra 40% off your purchase! They come in several other colors as well.

Hope everyone is having a fun weekend! I’m about to head out for my first girls night in months, so I am pumped! I’ll share some outfit pics on my Instagram tonight, so be sure to catch those on my Insta Story!

 

{Spooky} Halloween Desserts Your Kids Will Love

I’m sure you all know by now that I love Halloween! Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat a bunch of candy and dessert, right? All those Halloween parties are right around the corner and I bet you’re all looking for fun spooky dessert ideas so you aren’t the 10th parent bringing candy to the party. Am I right?

Well, I’m here to alleviate some of that stress for you with 10 perfectly creepy dessert options that will make all the kids squeal! (With excitement, not fear…Maybe.)

1.Ghost Pretzels

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2. Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

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3. Witch Fingers Pretzels

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4. Ghostly Brownie S’mores

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5. Creepy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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6. Spooky Mice Cupcakes

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7. Eye Scare You Donuts

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8. Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

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9. Poison Apples

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10. Cookie Dough Mummies

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All very cute and frightfully delicious! Get creative this year and try something new! Your kids will be so excited to bring these to their parties!

What is your favorite Halloween goody to make? Let me know in the comments!

E.l.f. Makeup Haul {And Reviews}

I’m determined to try every E.l.f. Product that comes out because they have yet to disappoint. I mean, HOW ARE THEIR PRODUCTS SO CHEAP?!?! Someone please tell me! AND they just released a lot of new products, so I had to do a makeup haul, obvi. I got 5 of their new products to try out and review for you guys. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and settle in. We are about to begin.

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{Eyelash Curler}

It seems like any old eyelash curler should do the trick, but I had been using a Revlon curler these past few months and I wasn’t impressed. I felt like it didn’t fit my eyes well enough to give a good curl to my entire lash line. WELL. Let me be the first to tell you that the e.l.f. Eyelash Curler is small enough to get all of your lashes! It actually curls the lashes on the inside of the eye so they look longer. And the curl seems to last, which usually is a problem for me. My lashes are naturally straight so the curl usually fades within 30 minutes. I don’t know if it’s the combination of my new e.l.f. mascara and the e.l.f. eyelash curler together, or just the curler on it’s own, but the curl is lasting longer! I think I’ve finally found my match made in eyelash heaven.

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{Lip Liner}

I got the Natural Lip Pencil to use on a friend of mine of whom I was doing makeup on for her wedding. I actually ended up really loving it on her, and we didn’t even have to use a lip color on top of it because the color was so flattering. I had to try it out for myself, as well, before deciding that I really did like it. It doesn’t FEEL really smooth on, but most lip liners don’t anyway. It seemed to last long enough, especially for a $2 liner. The color is what I love about it. It’s called Natural, but sort of has a coral undertone to it. One side is matte and the other is shimmer. The shimmer side is more of a nude. If you just put a clear gloss over it it would look like a lip stick. Really pretty for fair-skinned ladies.

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{Eyeshadow Primer}

I first tried this eyeshadow primer on the same girl that I used the lip liner on for her wedding makeup trial. It goes on very smooth and feels super light! It’s not cakey at all. There’s a white one and a natural toned one, which is the one that I purchased. As someone that used it for heavier makeup I would say that it did it’s job pretty well. It isn’t the best eyeshadow primer that I’ve ever used, but it did help give the eyeshadow a bolder appearance than if I hadn’t used a primer.

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{Brow Pencil}

I usually use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz but I ran out a week ago and thought I’d try out the e.l.f. one to see how it measured up. The colors are a bit limited, with just 3 available for brunettes, while ABH has one for basically any skin tone and color. The fact that it’s only $2 though is pretty amazing! It goes on really well and looks pretty. It can be easily wiped off which can either be great for some people or annoying for others. I think it’s definitely worth trying out, though! I actually really love it, and am mastering making it look very natural.

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{3-In-1 Mascara}

I’m picky about my mascaras, which you probably remember from my past post {Mascara} The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. This 3-in-1 mascara is supposed to be defining, lengthening and volumizing. I agree with the defining and lengthening part, but it doesn’t seem to add much volume to mine. Maybe I just have bad lashes for this product, since they’re naturally so straight and thin. Maybe it just adds volume to lashes that are already a little voluminous. I don’t know. But I still think it’s worth the $3. I mean, compared to other more expensive brands that are around $20, I’d say it’s definitely comparable! Try it out for yourself and see how it measures up for you.

 

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I think we can all agree that e.l.f. products are amazing and easy to fall in love with. I’m super excited to try out more of their new products that they just released this past month, skin care included! What have you tried and loved? Leave it in the comments! I’d really love to hear from you.

 

Homemade Apple Spice Body Scrub

Welcome to one of my favorite months out of the year- October! With the changing of the seasons come all of the things that I love: cool weather, sweaters, pumpkins, scarves, warm socks, the best smelling candles you’ll ever find. The only downfall of cooler weather is the dryness in the air. It always makes my skin dry and flaky and not so smooth. In order to restore my skin back to a good state I have been using a body scrub! I made a cinnamon body scrub last year that makes my skin feel amazing, but I have been in the mood to change it up. I came across this recipe on Pinterest (of course) and immediately needed to make it ASAP. So that’s exactly what I did. It’s probably the best smelling body scrub I have ever smelled! It’s like fall in a jar. Seriously, you’ll probably want to eat it. It smells like pie. So go to your kitchen and pull out all of these yummy ingredients and try it for yourself!

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Ingredients:

2 C brown sugar

1/2 C coconut oil

2 Tbsp. apple pie spice

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. vanilla essential oil (Although, I like to use more because I love vanilla.)

1 tsp. vitamin E

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Directions:

Set your coconut oil out to the side first so it can begin melting, so when you add it in later it will mix easier. Get a large mixing bowl and add in all of the ingredients, saving the coconut oil for last. Mix well until it gets to a good consistency. Spoon into a glass jar with a lid, so it will stay fresh until you’re ready to use it!

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Not only does it SMELL amazing, but it makes your skin FEEL amazing! If you love it as much as I do, you should share the love. This body scrub would make for an awesome gift for any teacher, coworker, or family member! One batch fills a few jars, so it should last you awhile. Now go make the scrub! Enjoy.

xo

 

 

 

 

One Pair of Jeans, Five Outfits!

If you follow me on social media then you saw a few days ago that I scored some jeans from Gap for only $9! They’re super cute and have several places of patchwork on them that I LOVE. The thing is, I immediately thought I could only wear them with with certain types of shoes and shirts, based on the way other bloggers wear theirs. But that’s silly, because I don’t have to dress like other bloggers. I can pair them with whatever I like and already have in my closet. There’s really no need for me to go out and buy certain sweaters to wear with them just to be like everyone else. (Although I am always down to buy new sweaters…I just mean I don’t HAVE to!)

Here they are. My new favorite jeans.

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$9! I still can’t get over that part.

So since I am a busy mother of two, also working part-time, training for a half-marathon and running a blog, I don’t have a ton of time to shop. I wish I did, but I don’t! I went through my closet and found 5 outfits that I put together using this one pair of jeans. I found that these jeans can be super versatile and are not just meant for over-sized sweaters!

{Outfit 1}

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Paired them with wedged boots and a flowy jersey top. I can add a hat or a necklace to add a little more to the outfit if I want.

{Outfit 2}

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Paired them with black ankle booties and a leather jacket. I could add a scarf to this look on colder days.

{Outfit 3}

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Paired with this adorable Trendy Bubs Mama shirt and some casual sneakers. This is more of my every day wear so this will probably be mostly how I wear these pants the most!

{Outfit 4}

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This is the outfit that I got the most questions about! Sweatshirt is from Nordstrom and says “relax”, and these ankle booties are from Old Navy. I love this look because it looks cute but it’s also really comfortable. This sweatshirt is one of my favorites right now.

{Outfit 5}

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I paired them with black Steve Madden ankle booties and a black and white plaid from Old Navy. I’ll probably wear this on an evening out, with a dark colored lip. I am a pretty casual styled girl, but this can be dressed up a little when I want/need to!

 

I shared this with you so you know that you don’t HAVE to go out and buy certain types of clothes to go with the new shoes you just bought. There are always outfits in your closet, just waiting for you to put them together! I bet there are plenty of cute tops hanging in there just waiting to be worn this season.

You’ll Fall {In Love} With This Eyeliner

I will be the first to admit that I’m a little obsessed with makeup. I want to try it all! Mascaras, blushes, highlighters, lip colors.  Lately I’ve been searching for an easy-to-use eyeliner that stays all day and doesn’t smudge. Sounds simple enough, right? Actually I tried 3 different ones before finding the love of my makeup life.

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B+

First I tried Kat Von D Ink Liner ($20 at Sephora) and it was great. Stayed all day and definitely didn’t smudge. The only thing about it was that the tip was a little thick, so even when I wanted a very thin, subtle line it looked thick. It took a lot of practice to be able to perfect applying it. I give it a B+.

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(Top line is Kat Von D liner and bottom line is STILA liner.)

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C+

Next I tried Sephora Collection Classic Line 24 HR Felt Eyeliner ($14 at Sephora) and it was quite difficult to use. The tip was thin like I wanted, but the liquid liner came out too runny and too fast. It became messy and then the cleanup wasn’t worth the time. When I could apply it appropriately, it did stay all day and I really liked it. But those days were few and far between. I give it a C+.

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A++

So my new absolute FAVE eyeliner is STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22 at Ulta)! I am in love with this and after trying it YOU WILL BE TOO! It’s perfect. Being rated Ulta’s Fan Fave, I decided to try it out. It didn’t take long at all to apply a beautiful thin line, complete with the perfect wing. It wasn’t too runny or watery, and it lasted all day long! I love that I can use it for a subtle liner during the day or a dark thick liner when I want a more dramatic look! If you haven’t tried it yet, get it when you’re needing a new liner next. It does not disappoint! I give it an A++.

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What’s an eyeliner that you can’t live without? I’m always willing to try new things! Leave it in the comments!

 

 

A Definite Way To Get Rid Of Dark Spots

Some people get them, some don’t. If you are one of the unlucky ones that have dark spots then you understand just how hard it is to get rid of them. They’re usually not very noticeable to anyone but yourself, but finding a way to fix the discoloration will make you feel so much better about your skin. Plus you won’t be wasting a ton of money on concealer anymore!

What Causes Dark Spots

Well, there are two types of dark spots: ones that appear from sun damage and ones that appear from the overproduction of melanin, thanks to the hormone progesterone.

Too much sun on unprotected skin will eventually cause the damage to become noticeable on the top layer of skin.

Hormones are always messing with our skin, causing breakouts and clogged pores, but too much progesterone in our bodies can cause an overproduction of melanin causing an uneven skin tone.

Both types of hyperpigmentation can appear to look the same and take form as large or small discoloration spots on your face, neck or decollete.

Definite Way To Fix Them

First and foremost I want to say that it will take weeks to completely fade these spots. There is no miracle product or treatment that will erase them after one use! It will take time and patience, but if you follow these guidelines you can have your beautiful, even skin back. (Trust me, I am JUST NOW getting rid of mine, and it works.)

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  1. Protect your skin every. single. day. Wear a light sunscreen under your makeup, even if your foundation contains an spf. You won’t make much progress if you aren’t blocking out harmful rays.
  2. Use the appropriate skin care. You can find entire skin care lines that focus entirely on evening out skin tone, and brightening the complexion. USE THEM. It will only help your skin heal faster. I recommend SkinCeuticals. It’s what I use, and they have specific products that have great reviews and are for pigmentation issues.
  3. Use a Retinoid. It is the fastest proven way to get rid of discoloration. You can get a prescription from your dermatologist if you want the strong stuff. Retin-A is a powerful form of vitamin A, that is known to speed up cell turnover. When you’re doing that you’re not only renewing the top layer of skin to remove dark spots, but you’re boosting collagen production as well! You can use it on your fine lines and wrinkles, too! Bonus!
  4. Don’t stop caring for your skin. It’s easy to say, “Okay, they’ve all disappeared!” and think that that means you can go back to using your bar of soap for a cleanser and not using moisturizer anymore. No. You have to continue a daily skin care regimen to maintain the healthy skin that you’ve established. You don’t have to continue using the Retinoid, but you should continue to use the skin care. Otherwise you’ll notice those spots returning and all of that time and money will have been wasted.

It also doesn’t hurt to get regular facials from a licensed esthetician. She will be able to help direct you to certain treatments to speed up the dark spot removal process.

Feel free to visit me at Ihloff Utica Square Tulsa for a free skin consultation!

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5 Simple {Fall} Looks

I know we haven’t officially entered into fall yet, but it’s my favorite time of year and I have already begun the transition into fall clothing. I just recently wrote a post on some must-have fall staples, so I thought I’d follow up with a few outfit ideas involving several of those fall staples.

Outfit 1

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This look is super easy to create. Skinny jeans are pretty much the only thing I’ll wear because they make me look taller and smaller. All you need to create an easy fall look is a 3/4 sleeve neutral colored shirt to pair with your favorite jeans, and finish with ankle boots. Very easy, and doesn’t look like you just quickly threw something together. Add a scarf to this look and it will dress it up a little.

Shop this look: Shirt (Exact one is from last year, but this one is perfect.), Jeans, Boots

 

Outfit 2

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Picking a shirt that has something different about it can make a simple outfit look like you put more thought into it than you really did. I love how comfortable this shirt is. It is a little thicker, so it feels more like a sweatshirt. Perfect for cool fall nights! Paired with skinny jeans (obviously), and ankle boots.

Shop this look: Shirt, Jeans, Boots.

 

Outfit 3

Photo Sep 15, 4 17 50 PMPlain long sleeve shirts are my thing. I love that you can dress them up or keep them casual. This one also happens to be from the A-New-Day brand from Target, which seems to be a new favorite of mine. Grab a scarf for cooler days, and pair with your favorite jeans and boots or flats!

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Shop this outfit: Shirt, Jeans, Boots.

 

Outfit 4

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Plaid! Plaid is THE perfect fall style. It’s my personal favorite of all fall attire. Wear it on it’s own or wear it over a tee. You simply can’t go wrong. I love that Old Navy has lots of different colors and styles of plaid shirts this season so I can go stock up for cheap! Pair your plaid with laid back jeans and sneakers, or dress it up with jeans and some boots. It is perfect for cool Autumn weather.

Shop this look: Shirt, Jeans, Shoes (similar style).

 

Outfit 5

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Sweater season! Fall wouldn’t be fall without sweaters and hoodies! I am so in love with this sweater that I found at the end of the season last year. It fit me while I was pregnant last year, and since it’s an open front I’ll be able to continue to wear it this year. It couldn’t be any cozier and comfortable. Paired with jeans and boots but could easily be worn with dress pants and heels for a fall work look as well!

Shop this look: Shirt (similar style), Jeans, Boots.

OOTD + {Anniversary Giveaway}

I am so in love with casual shirts that can be dressed up, and this a+new+day shirt from Target is perfect for that! It is flowy and can be tucked into the front of your jeans or just worn without tucking. Today I paired it with my skinny American Eagle jeans and black Steve Madden ankle boots, which are a classic favorite of mine! Also a go-to fall staple! (Read  my list of must-have fall staples on this previous post.) 

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A+New+Day is a brand new Target brand and so far I am super impressed! They have the cutest clothes at amazing prices! If you haven’t seen their clothes yet, go check their website RIGHT NOW. This shirt comes in 2 other colors and is only $20!

 

{One Year Anniversary Giveaway}

Celebrating my first year of blogging this month and I want to thank my followers by giving away some of my favorite products! A few months ago I tried a few products from e.l.f. for the first time and was immediately impressed. I tried their makeup. I tried their skin care. I loved it all! So I want to give one of my followers a chance to try some of my favorite e.l.f. Cosmetics and fall in love like I did!

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How To Enter The {Giveaway}

Follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

Like this post or leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite beauty product and your Instagram or Twitter username! You may leave several comments! Each comment counts as one entry. 

The Specifics

I can only ship to residents from the US or Canada.

I’m giving away a Blending Sponge, Volume Plumping Mascara, Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Brow Gel in Clear, and Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick in Touch of Nude.

Entrance into the drawing to win the e.l.f. products will be open from 9-8-17 through 9-13-17 and will be announced on Instagram and Twitter anytime between the 13th and 14th. You MAY enter more than once! Each comment equals one entry.

{So tell me, what is one beauty product you can’t live without?}

{One Year} For Brown Eyed and Blushing

Exactly one year ago I started building my website and getting things all prepared to launch my brand new Beauty, Life, and Style Blog- Brown Eyed and Blushing. I cannot believe it’s been a year already, with so many big things happening to me since the beginning. I had my second child, switched job locations and hours, celebrated my 5 year wedding anniversary, celebrated my daughter turning three, and have made many great connections with other bloggers and companies. It has been harder than I imagined it would be, but it’s also very rewarding. Everyone needs a creative output to stay sane, and this has been mine.

I spent the morning looking back at all of my posts from the year and thought I’d reflect back on the three most popular ones.

Achieving Your {Ideal} Brows

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This was my first ever blog post and is still the most popular one to this day! In this post I give pointers on how to get the eyebrow shape that you desire. I show you some guidelines to follow, showing you where the brows should start, arch, and end. And then I talk about the correct way to use a brow pencil when touching them up. For it being the first post that I ever wrote, it was a pretty good one! I have grown a little in my writing since then, but overall it was one of my personal favorites!

 

My Top 5 Beauty {Must Haves} of 2016

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The name pretty much speaks for itself, but in the post I go over my favorite products that I used in 2016. It’s kind of random, which I like. I don’t like things to be too predictable. There’s a few skin care products on the list, a few hair products, and even some hand soaps. I use all of those products still to this day and I would still recommend all of them to you!

 

Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask Review

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This was one of the first product reviews that I did, and I still feel the same way about this product as I did when I wrote it. I really enjoyed the benefits that my skin saw from using this product, and I still think it’s my favorite charcoal mask that I’ve used to this day. I go into more detail on the original post, like ingredients, full list of benefits, and where you can buy it. Since this post did so well it made me excited to start reviewing more of the products that I’m using regularly. So look forward to more posts like it!

 

My Personal Favorite

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From the 60 posts that came from my first year of blogging I’d have to say that my personal favorite is the birth story of my son, Ellis. It’s called The Road To Childbirth {Literally}. It is the longest one I’ve written, and it’s filled with all of the exciting details of the craziest night of my life! And what mother doesn’t love looking back at her birth stories? I loved writing about it, and I got some great responses from other mothers about it.

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I have really enjoyed blogging, and I hope to grow even more in the next year! Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this adventure and kept up with my blog!  I want to hear what you all would like to read more of! Any and all suggestions welcome! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.