Monday, December 17, 2018

Sites That Will Send You Free Stuff (Even If You Have A Small Following)

One question I get asked a lotttttttttttttttttt especially on my insta is how I'm collabing with all of these brands. How and why and when and can I be you, you're so cool (well no but I know that's what y'all are thinking haha). Because I've gotten this question a lot I thought it would be perfect to do a post on it! I'm going to be listing some of the sites I've worked with in the past and would most recommend for working with brands! Let's get started!

*some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means I might make a small commision if you use the service with no extra cost to you

I would really recommend heartbeat! It's an Instagram service and I honestly love it. They have paid campaigns and (free) product campaigns and also both (so you get a free product and get paid for posting about it aka a win win). It's one of the main ways I've made money but Instagram. My pay rate is only $10 (and how much you get paid depends on your following) so it's not that much but everything adds up. :)

They work with a lot of big brands and the instructions and stuff for posts are a lottttttttt more specific. It's just overall really professional. I was actually able to work with Clarisonic and Kielhs through them which is so cool to me!! Some of the requirements are for bigger accounts but some don't have requirements and all of the campaigns always sound cool. 

I've gotten multiple samples from Pinch Me! One was this hair mask thing that actually worked really well. And you don't even have to have a following or share them (although you can). You just have to write a super short review. I've also gotten a lot of free magazine subscriptions through them. And you don't even have to put your credit card number or anything it's totally free. A lot of people get whole boxes of samples. 

I've never gotten anything through this site but that is onlyyyyyyyy because I'm not that active on it. It is very good for people who like writing reviews on the products they've tried and reading other peoples reviews. The more reviews you do and interact with everything the more likely you are to get a box of goodies! I know a lot of people who have gotten stuff through this and it's really cool. You get full-size products. 

I got a really good book through she speaks that I only had to do one Instagram post about. There are also a lot of reviews and giveaways on there! You can take surveys to see if you qualify for campaigns. 

Collabor8 is an app and I quite like it! It's one of the first ways I ever got to collaborate with brands. It's different from the other things on this list because instead of applying to participate in campaigns that are already planned out you actually talk to the brands themselves. I would recommend requesting to work with everyone as some people might not except you and when they except you, make sure to reach out first.

I really hope that was helpful! I would have loved a list like this when I first started. :) I'm definitely not an expert at all but if you ever need any help with anything blogger/social media related feel free to email me at or dm me on Instagram! 

Have you ever used any of these sites? Do you have any other recommendations? 


Thursday, December 13, 2018

6 Items Perfect For Stocking Stuffers (Or Smaller Gifts!)

Christmas is getting superrrrrr close and that means gifting season is upon us. One of the things we forget to do a lot is get stocking stuffers! Sooo I thought I'd make a little list of recommendations. These also work as smaller gifts. :)

*some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means that if you buy something through the link I will get a small commission with no extra cost to you

Nail polish is always a good stocking stuffer because it's small but also cute and useful, and I thought this pink shade was really cute. Fun fact Ella + Mila is a totally cruelty-free brand which means they don't test on animals! Places like Sally Hanson and Essie actually do. 

I've been getting into bath bombs a lot lately and I know a lot of people who have as well! This is perfect if you know a person who takes baths on a regular basis or is always complaining that they need to relax. Taking a bath with a bath bomb is a perfect way to do that!! This is also a good birthday gift. :)

Lipstick is a perfect gift for someone who wears makeup and also for people who don't. For example, I almost never wear makeup but I do wear lipstick actually quite a bit! Plus this color is very much a nude pink so it's perfect for even the people who aren't trying to be that bold but just want to spice up there appearance a bit (aka me!!). 

Sheet masks are becoming more and more of a thing and it's definitely for a reason! They are perfect for anyone who wants to improve their skin. They moisturize your skin and are just super useful. :)

Cute Socks

Cute socks are pretty much the best thing ever. They're fun, they make things instantly cute, and pretty much everyone will appreciate them as a gift. I found these little sloth socks and thought they were the cutest ever! 

What are your stocking stuffer recommendations? Are you excited for Christmas? 

Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Christmas Wishlist / Teen Gift Guide

I did a Christmas wish list last year which I thought was fun and I also find these kinds of wishlist posts really helpful when I'm getting gifts for people. Let's get started!

*some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means I will make a small commision if you buy anything through them with no extra cost to you

I've been wanting a polaroid camera for a while cause they just seem so cool! I want to get cute photos of friends and things and be able to hang them up on my wall. :)

A lot of my friends have these small speakers that they bring places and I always think it's the coolest thing in the entire world. We have a Sonos speaker at my house which works really well but you can't really bring it outside or anything.

People always have those van slip ons and I always think they're so cute!! I know it's kind of basic but it's fine haha. I would also love a pair of there mickey mouse shoes specifically this one, this one, or this one. 

4. Subscription Box

There are so many fun subscription boxes! It sounds so fun to receive a box full of surprise goodies every month. I've seen so many on Instagram and ahhhh they all look adorable. This would be such a good gift. I would probably either want a book/food/fashion one. 

Rompers and jumpers are just the cutest thing to me! I have one pink one (which you've probably seen on my Instagram) and it always makes me feel cute when I put it on. 

6. Camera/New Computer

These are both bigger presents and they're kind of similar so I'm putting them together. I've been wanting both of these for a whilllllle and it would make me soooo happy if I was able to get either of these things. :)

I have a couple of jackets that I actually like now (well more like two) but you can never have to many cute jackets. I mean right?!

I am suchhhhhh a sucker for soft things that I can touch so I would absolutely love one of these blankets. They're so cute and also just amazing??

I really like harry potter but I have nothing from it! No shirt, no socks, no nothing. There are soooooo many adorable stuff that is harry potter themed it's actually crazy.  

I've been wanting pins for forever!! I can put them on my lanyard for school and next year I can put them on my backpack. I just think they make everything super cute. 

These are also a bit on the expensive side but it's just one of the cutest ways to decorate a room ever! There are so many different signs that say and look like different things and I love it. 

I've decided you can never get enough chokers, You just can't. They're so versatile and so cute! Layered ones are my fave.

I'm always asking for earrings and I seem to lose them just as fast as I get them. I think I have a problem haha. Earrings are one of those accessories though that can totally lift my mood.  I would especially love an ear cuff. They just look so cool!!

Whenever I see the fairy lights in movies or online, they always look like the cutest thing ever. I've been wanting these for a while and I think it would be super cute in my new room. :)

I've been wanting combat boot ever since mine totally broke. Dr. Martens would be actually amazing! I've had two pairs of combat boots in the past and they make me feel really confident. 

I absolutely love Jessie Peage! She just released some merch with hot topic that I would love to be able to get. :) I would love this shirt or one of her pins. 

Cavetown is one of my favorite artists ever (I'm going to see him in February!!!!!!) and I would love some of his stuff. He has this little lemon icon and ahhh it's so cute. I would love the socks, this, this, or this.

I've been wanting this shirt since I saw it the first time! It's super cute and supports a message and I can also never have too many cute t-shirts. 

I always see these things like at friends houses and online and ahhhhh they seem the cutest ever. You can change what they say and they can have cute reminders and it's a fun accessory. 

Recently my popsocket one hundred percent broke. Like it just came apart. I was extremely not happy. I use my popsocket like a lotttttttttttttttttttt. It broke at just the right time though and now I'm just asking everyone to get me one haha. 

I'm going to end this here! If you want more gift ideas feel free to refer to my birthday wishlist or this post where I list 8 super cute and cheap gift ideas. 

What is something on your wishlist? Do you celebrate Christmas? 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Weekend In New Orleans | Photo Diary

I got to go to New Orleans a bit ago and I had soooooo much fun! This post would have been up earlier but I went on my birthday aka october so I didn't have time to work on this cause I had to work on all of those collab posts for last month. :) Now though I do have timmmmme. Get reading for a bunch of pictures and everything we did!

I also did a vlog of the trip so make sure to check that out! If you aren't already subscribed to my channel it would make me super happy if you could do that as well! 

One the way we stopped at the rest area on the border and it's so nice! They also had this cool star so I had to snap a little pic. :)

The first thing we did when we got there after checking in the hotel was go to the famous Cafe De Monde. It was my first time trying a beignet and I was definitely not disappointed! 

The view from our hotel! It was gorgeous and it was so cool to look over the city. 


The first thing we did on our first full day was go to the world war two museum and y'all. This museum IS AMAZING. I loved it so so so so muchhhhh. I always love museums but this was the best one I had ever been to. Basically when you walk in you are assigned a dog tag and a real life person who went through world war two. Then as you walk through the museum there are little stations and you can scan your card and it tells you what your person was doing during the battle. They had such cool videos and the decorations and just ahhhhhh I could not recommend it enough. 

Around lunch time we got hungry and decided we had to go get something to eat. Note the museum does take about 6/7 hours to really go through it. For lunch we went to Cochon Burger and everything was really good! I had a sandwich and some mac and cheese which were extremely excellent. Plus the place itself was quite cute!! They had little star wars figures and indiana jones and just pretty much every geeky thing you could think of. In the entrance they had this table where they basically made a model of the store and put a bunch of characters from different movies in it and it was kind of the best thing ever. 

There was like at least four buildings and one of them was this hanger with just a bunch of airplanes! They looked so cool! 

Once we were done with the museum we went to preservation hall which is this crazy famous place in new orleans! They had this band playing jazz and they were really good! 

For dinner we went to Acme Oyster House and got these absolutelly amazingggggggggggg oysters!! They were the chargrilled oysters and they had cheese and butter on top and just oh my gosh. Those things were amazing. 

The next day we went on a little walk along the river. 

And went shopping! My sis got a couple of things there that I included in my birthday haul video if you want to check that out. :) 

After lunch (at some place which I very much forgot) we went to this amazing cemetery! It was so cool to look at everything. Because new orleans is so far down all of the graves are above ground and it was really cool to see all of these super old graves. 

Doesn't this look so cool?? There were so many cute shops that we stopped in. :)

And then it was time to go home! 

It was a really fun trip and I'm so happy we got to go!! Make sure to check out the vlog I did of the trip here. 

Other photo diaries:

Have you ever been to New Orleans? What's your favorite city you've ever been to? 

Monday, December 3, 2018

My Current Music Faves | 50 Songs You Need To LIsten To

I'm doing another post sharing my music faves cause honestly I just want to haha. Alsooooo I think y'all liked the last one a lot! I'm going to be listing 50 songs I've been super duper loving in the past. :)

feel something - jaymes young
night knuckles - cavetown
here with me - susie suh & robot koch
landslide - oh wonder
outrunning karma - alec benjamin
suburbia - troye sivan
like that - bea miller
bellyache - billie eilish
river - bishop briggs
control - halsey
if we have each other - alec benjamin
bottom of the deep blue sea - missio
calpol - cavetown
when the party's over - billie eilish
here comes a thought - steven universe
blue - troye sivan
insane sometimes - grace vanderwaal
hostage - billie eilish
weak - AJR
this is home - cavetown
let me down slowly - alec benjamin
irrational - cavetown
no. 1 party anthem - arctic monkeys
house of memories - panic! at the disco
spend some time - tessa violet
lemon boy - cavetown
livewire - oh wonder
&burn - billie eilish
breezeblocks - alt-J
can't help falling in love - hailey reinhart
banana bread - cavetown
wake up - eden
bg noise - cavetown
colors - halsey
toes - glass animals
bottom of the deap blue sea - missio
white blood - oh wonder
new americana - halsey
mr. sandman - SYML
moondust - jaymes young
gooey - glass animals
old fashioned - panic! at the disco
someone like you - adele
human - dodie
wake me up - avicii
hall of fame - the script
say something - a great big world
back to december - taylor swift
generation why - conan gray
little do you know - alex & sierra
florets - grace vanderwaal
bridges - broods
i'll be good - jaymes young
panic room - au/ra

I really hope y'all liked this and maybe found a new song or artist that you like!! It would make me so happy if I could be able to start your love for a new artist. :) :) :) I would also love some suggestions from y'all!! Comment down below some of your fave songs and artists at the moment/artists or songs you think I will like! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

My Top Ten Tips For Instagram Everyone Should Know

I've had instagram for over a year now and just wow. That is actually crazy. I remember when I first got it and it made me sooooo happy. Since then I've grown my account to almost 1.5k and I've started doing collabs with brands which makes me super happy. :) People ask me a lottttt for tips for insta which has made me realize I still haven't done a blog post on it???? Um what???? So today I am collabing with the awesome Grace and we will both be sharing our top ten insta tips. After you read this post make sure to go check out her post over on her blog. :)

7 Things I Have Learned About Instagram So Far
17 Instagram Accounts I'm Loving Right Now
1. Post Good Quality Photos

I know this is so duhhhh and at the top of everyone's tips list but seriously!! I am not saying what pictures you have to post because of course the unique photos makes your account unique but they should be good quality. This means:

-not fuzzy
-you can actually see the main focus of the photo
-it's not dark 

How to help that:

-don't use the front facing camera
-natural lighting is always best
-golden hour is a real thing, photos are soooo good when the sun is setting/coming up

2. Use all of the hashtags

Instagram allows you to post 30 hashtags per post and not using absolutelly alll of those is a waste! Hashtags are one of the best ways for people to find your account. 


-the more specific the better 
-relevant to the photo and to the audience you want to attract 
-don't make them to long
-always have more words in your caption then hashtags or else it's just annoying 
-put the hashtags in the post itself (not the comments) but at the end of the post 

3. Post Consistently 

You need to actually post more than once a month. If you don't post a lot then it will be a lottt harder to get people to follow you. Plus when you do post they will have already forgotten about you since they followed you like two weeks ago so they will either unfollow or just not be engaged. I would recommend posting every other day more then every day cause I think it's just the right amount of posting consistently but not the spammy amount that might annoy people. 

4. Be Active On Other Peoples Accounts

This and hashtags are basically the main ways to grow your account. Set aside time every day to actually engage with your followers and comment nice things on there posts. When people comment nice things on my posts it makes me sooo happy and definitely makes me want to follow them. 

5. Only Follow Accounts You Enjoy

There are a lot of people that will follow back there followers or do follow for follow and follow/unfollow and hey that works for some people. I personally believe though that you should only follow accounts you reallllllllly enjoy. This makes instagram more fun and makes it so much easier to be active because you genuinely enjoy what's on your feed. 

6. Make Friends

Friends are pretty much the best things in the entire world. They just are!! Making friends on instagram is sooooo essential for both growing your account and also just having fun. If you make a lot of online friends there will always be someone online even at like 3 in the morning when all of your irl friends are asleep because time zonessssss. If you think someone is super cool just reach out to them! Even if they have a bigger following than you I promise they are not as scary as they seem. :) 


7. Make your captions personal

I've noticed that when my captions are talking about my day more then just my new blog post they do sooooooooooooooooooo much better. I never thought people would be interested in my life but they for some reason are????? Your followers want to know you and who you really are! You might have amazing photos but if you don't engage and share, then it basically means nothing.

8. Post On Your Story

This one hundred percent goes with the one above and just being personal with your followers! Especially if you're more of a niche account and share actual facts/tips/something in your posts and less your life it makes it even more essential to use your stories. Share little bits of your life and use all of the cool features like questions and things like that! 

9. Make Your Photos Go Together

I'm not saying necessarily have a super rigid theme and only post one color but to make your feed as a whole, look good. Maybe for you this means taking more photos outside and maybe having kind of a greenish theme or using one filter for all of your posts. Personally I use the filter P5 on VSCO and it gives all of my photos a blue tint and I love it. I would recommend planning out your photos in advance with an app like UMUM to make sure all of the photos work together and everything. 

10. Have A Good Bio + Username + Profile Pic

These are all super important because they are the first thing that people see.

For bio: Share a little bit about you and use that link!! If you have any other social media accounts this is a perfect place to put it.

For username: 
-make it something that kind of shows what kind of posts you have
-easy to remember
-not to long
-either interesting or have your name

Profile pic: 
-of your face
-close up

I really hope that that was helpful to y'all!! If you liked it make sure to also check out Grace and her post! I would super love to follow all of y'all on insta so if you have an account make sure to link it down below! If you don't follow me you can find my account here. Also feel free to share all of your tips in the commmmmmentssss. :)