Category Archives: Life

The Ones That Got Away // My Biggest Fashion Regrets

It was my first designer handbag purchase. It was too much money for me to pay retail for, so I stalked eBay auctions, learned all about authenticating designer bags, and read up on verified sellers.

Photos by Megan of Diary of This Girl and Ana of Northwest Blonde

I paid $350, or maybe it was $450, for my first (and at present, only) Louis Vuitton. I was 16 and was using one of my first tax returns ever on a Speedy 25, a bag I thought I’d keep forever.

Only, forever didn’t exactly happen.

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Rigby’s Favorite Fresh Food // Freshpet Dog Food Review

One thing I’ve learned about pet ownership? Expect the unexpected. Like humans, it seems that all pets have a health issue at some point in their lives. Whether it’s allergies, a digestive sensitivity, an autoimmune disorder, or something else, it can be hard to figure out and manage since our pets can’t speak. 

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Freshpet. All opinions are my own!

Early on, I learned Rigby has a sensitive tummy. That means he’s a little high maintenance when it comes to meal time, and traditional dog kibble fed as his main diet doesn’t agree with him. A few years ago, I was introduced to Freshpet at the grocery store. I accidentally forgot to replenish his normal food so he was a little short on dinner.

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5 Easy Personalized Gifts for Pet Lovers

With the week starting off with National Dog Day, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate our best furry companions! Having a dog has changed my life for the better, and I’m happy to celebrate Rigby any day of the year!

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own!

Earlier this month, I was thrilled when Snapfish reached out to me about working on this sponsored post featuring some of their fun and unique pet gift options. I have so many photos of Rigby, from puppy to now, that having them on my phone or in a photo album doesn’t seem like enough. Meaningful gifts reflect the time spent with family and pets, and having a reminder of this reflected in our home means a lot to me.

And really, with all that has happened over the past couple of months, the timing couldn’t be better. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then you may not know but we had a bit of a health scare with Rigby. He was having some digestive troubles and the vet said he felt a mass.

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What No One Told Me About Blogging // A Life Update

Last week something kind of weird happened to me. I talked about it on Instagram, and I was honestly shocked at the number of comments, messages, and overall feedback I got about the whole situation. I want to share a bit more about it today because I feel like I’ve had a hard time being completely transparent lately for a multitude of reasons.

So first off, I should probably address what I think is the elephant in the room: sponsored content.

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When I started blogging, I had no idea that you could make money from it, or make close to a living on it, unless you were essentially a superstar blogger or celebrity. The truth is, that over the past several months, I’ve seen a steady increase in the amount of paid projects I’ve been offered. I call them projects because often these are things that take hours to carefully plan, come up with an idea or concept, pitch, photograph, write about, send for approval, and then eventually share with the world. Often, these projects have a quick turnaround time, like in a matter of days, not weeks or months.

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Swizzle into Summer the ANGO Way with these Easy Cocktail Recipes


Recently, I’ve found myself hosting more and more gatherings at our house, which means I’m even more motivated than ever to find new recipes to try out when we have guests over. All of our guests are 21+ and, with the summer heat, it’s hard to beat an ice-cold, refreshing summer cocktail!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ANGOSTURA® bitters. All opinions are my own!

With cocktails, I’ve found that being adventurous leads to the best flavors. There’s always a lot of experimentation that happens, but sometimes when you find a recipe that’s just right, you don’t need to tweak it a whole lot. I mean, with a good tropical beverage, if it’s not broken don’t break it! That’s my tiki motto.

Today, I wanted to share a couple of cocktail recipes I really enjoy, and that all share something in common: the swizzle! If you’re unfamiliar, swizzling is the process of stirring a drink with crushed ice with a swizzle stick. It’s the perfect way to ensure ice is distributed evenly throughout a drink for the perfect degree of dilution. After all, why not play bartender and swizzle into summer?

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