Travel Guide: San Antonio + Galveston, Texas

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As I'm sure you know, last summer I moved to Texas for four months and had the greatest adventure of my life living in Austin. I'd only been in Texas once before last summer for a wedding, and we were only there for two short days. My mom and Madi hit the road with me last May, and we made a vacation out of it. We stopped in St. Louis, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Houston (only for a few hours), and Galveston Island before heading back to Austin. After that, my mom and Madi flew home and I started my summer in Austin. 

I was so impressed with San Antonio and Galveston Island, so I wanted to put together this little travel guide of my favorite places and things. We were only in each city for a few days, but I feel like we got a well-rounded experience in both San Antonio and Galveston. 

4 Ways to Have The Ultimate Self-Care Day with Dial®

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What does self-care mean to you? We see the term all over the internet almost daily, but have you ever really stopped to consider what it is? For me, self-care is taking a day (or even just an hour) to do something for yourself and only yourself. There are thousands of products out there to use in the shower, and it can be hard to find the best ones.  Even though Target has dozens of body care products, Dial® brand is always my go-to - especially when I’m shopping for my self-care essentials. 

Travel Guide: A Local's Guide to the Wisconsin Dells

*This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dells Convention and Visitor's Bureau and The Palace Theatre. All photos and opinions are my own. 

When you think of the Wisconsin Dells, you probably envision happy families with small kids hanging out at waterparks and shopping downtown. This "family" side of the Dells is often talked about, but did you know the city has tons of fun things for adults too? I've lived a just a short drive away from the Dells my entire life. I've worked in the city for over 6 years, and I love exploring it in my free time. The Dells has a lot to offer that many people overlook - like the fact that it isn't just for families with little kids! The Wisconsin Dells would even be a great place to try your hand at a solo trip if that's your thing. As a 23 year old unmarried woman with no kids, I set out to find the best things for adults to do on a visit to the Dells. So grab your friend, significant other, or even your furry friend (the Dells is very dog-friendly) and hit the road towards the Wisconsin Dells; you will not be disappointed!

9 Money Mistakes You're Probably Making

Refinery 29 Money Diaries by: Lindsey Stanberry, The Automatic Millionaire by: David Bach, Rich Bitch by: Nicole Lapin, The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by: Suze Orman, You Are a Badass at Making Money by: Jen Sincero, The Broke Millennial by: Erin Lowry, Start Late, Finish Rich by: David Bach, Nice Girls Don't Get Rich by: Lois P. Frankel, You've Earned It, Don't Lose It by: Suze Orman,  The Money Class by: Suze Orman, The Money School by Nicole Lapin

I'm so excited to be introducing more finance posts into my blogging schedule. You probably know that I love everything finance - I also have a fresh new degree in finance, and I'm headed to grad school in the fall to get my MBA in finance. My end goal is to become a financial planner. I have learned so many things about personal finance from college, my own personal experiences, and the books and research I've done. I'm not an expert though, and I'll tell you now that I can't be held legally responsible for the advice in this post. BUT, these tips have changed my financial situation in the best way possible.  Personal finance is pretty complicated, and there are a lot of moving parts involved. I've recently realized that so many people my age know nothing about retirement, taxes, or investing. That used to be me, too! The good news is, if you're reading this post, you're likely ready to make some changes to get on top of your finances. Here are the 9 money mistakes I see a lot of young people make, and some advice on how to fix them:

Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Chicago

Tropical fish at Shedd Aquarium Chicago Summer
The Bean Cloud Gate at Milenium Park Chicago in the Summer

Back at it again with another Travel Guide! I'm so excited to write this post because Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Since it's only a 3.5 hour drive from my house, I visit a few times a year. Lately, I've been finding myself heading to the city for just one day. There's so much to do that it can be really overwhelming, but I've compiled a list of my favorite "must-do's" when you only have 24 hours in the city!