Think Style Bloggers Are Perfect? Think Again! // 10 Favorite #OOTD Outtakes from 2018

In the spirit of full disclosure, style blogging is far from perfect. It takes a lot of effort to get that perfect outfit capture that you see on Instagram, or here on the blog. In fact, if you go back into my archies, you’ll see my outfit photos weren’t always so glamorous. (And I’d still argue they aren’t today, but they’ve definitely come a long way!)

I used to be terrified to take photos out in public, so I’d make Dave snap a few photos in the backyard of the condo he used to own. As I got more gutsy, I would shoot right outside the condo complex on the sidewalk that ran along a busy street. When I got really brave, I would sometimes have him take photos of me on side streets and alleyways.

The longer I’ve done this, the more confident and comfortable I feel taking photos in public. Honestly, practice makes perfect. The first few times you will do it you might think everyone is looking at you or judging you. The truth is, that most of the time 1. no one is paying any attention, or 2. they are and end up complimenting your outfit or are just curious! It’s pretty rare that I get any hate, but I’d be lying if I said it never happens. Remember this story about the mean shop owner? I’ve had others, too. But the good honestly far outweighs the bad!

Ok, ok. If you’re here just to see the cringe-worthy photos, I’m getting to it, I promise.

I’ll let you see those and give you a true behind the scenes look at the less-than-glamorous shots that happened las year. In no particular order, here are my favorite outtakes from 2018!

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What to Buy at Sprouts Farmers Market (and How to Save BIG!)

Maybe you’re an old pro at shopping Sprouts Farmers Market. Or, maybe, just maybe you’re like me and you’ve recently discovered Sprouts supermarket. I know, I know. Where have I been?! The truth is, that Sprouts is actually still pretty new to the Pacific Northwest. In fact, there’s only one store open right now north of Seattle, but in just about 3 weeks, everything will be changing. Sprouts will be opening up their second Washington location in Lynnwood on February 6th! 

What to Buy At Sprouts Farmers Market // Seattle Lifestyle Blog

Disclosure: Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

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If you walk into Sprouts and get overwhelmed, I feel you. My first shopping trip was a little bit of a shock (in the best way possible!) because there was just SO much to see. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place because I crowdsourced and asked my readers and followers for their top recommendations on what to buy at Sprouts, and they delivered. Even better, I have some great tips and tricks from Sprouts themselves on how to save BIG next shopping trip.

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My Journey with HPV + Why HPV Screenings are SO Important

This post is sponsored by Nurx, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
10 years ago, one little word printed on a piece of paper changed my perspective on my health forever.

Abnormal.

Today, I’m grateful to share my story in partnership with Nurx, a company who is doing something major to help more women have easier access to life-saving screenings for HPV (Human Papillomavirus). The timing couldn’t be better, as January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month. While I’m fortunate that my HPV cleared and didn’t lead to cancer, the reality is that some are not so lucky.

My Personal Experience + Journey with HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Cervical Dysplasia

At some point in their lives, 80% of sexually active men and women will have HPV, and most will not know it. Not all HPV strains lead to cancer, however, each year 34,000 new cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV are diagnosed. Because pap smears are not the only way to check your risk, Nurx’s in-home testing kits offer a safe, convenient, and affordable way to determine your risk for cervical cancer. Those with and without insurance can screen themselves quickly and easily for HPV, and get life-saving treatment sooner.

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10 Things I did Before I Quit My Job To Become a Full Time Blogger

Quitting your job to become a full time blogger sounds really glamorous… that is unless the reason you’re in that position is that your job can’t pay you anymore.

Yep, that’s essentially the position I found myself in last year.

I hesitated writing about the situation I found myself in because it was embarrassing, it was weird, and I wasn’t sure what I should or shouldn’t share. But the fact of the matter is that it happened to me, it’s happened to other people, and what came out of it was probably for the best anyway. It forced me to decide whether or not I wanted to become a full-time freelancer. I had to choose if I wanted my blog business to be just that, or if I wanted to step back, find a new job, and go back to treating my blog more like a hobby that occasionally brings in a little extra spending money.

How to Quit Your Job and Become a Full Time Blogger
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2018 was rough. It challenged me, it forced me to take leaps when I wasn’t necessarily ready for them, and it made me realize that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for. I won’t sugar coat it and pretend that some days my anxiety and stress levels were almost unbearable. Some days, I couldn’t write because I couldn’t get out of my own head about every what if under the sun.

But, fortunately, so far those “what if’s” haven’t materialized and all the time spent thinking about them? A total waste.

But honestly, this post isn’t about what happened to me. What happened to me could happen to anyone, whether you work for a startup like I did or you work for a big company. Employment is never a guarantee, and neither is the income I’m able to make from this blog. I learned that pointing fingers, rehashing the past, and “could have/should have/would haves” weren’t going to change anything.

What I want to share with you is that if you’re sitting around waiting for a sign, for a kick in the pants to do something different, then stop. If you want to be doing something different, do it. Don’t wait for destiny to smack you in the face and set you up with a new host of problems. Take a step, make a move, and just do it.

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5 Reasons to Get Excited About the NEW Sprouts Farmers Market coming to Seattle

Have you heard the news? There’s a new grocery store in town! Yep, Sprouts Farmers Market is here in Seattle, and I for one couldn’t be more excited to have a new healthy and budget-friendly grocery option.

Disclosure: Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

New to the Sprouts family? Me too! I had only heard and seen Sprouts Farmers Market stores when visiting Southern California on vacations. Just shy of 6 months ago, the very first Washington location opened up in Mill Creek, about 30 minutes north of the city. Next month, Sprouts will be welcoming it’s second Washington location in nearby Lynnwood! Located conveniently off Highway 99 at the corner of 196th Street in the Lynnwood Crossroads Shopping Center, residents and commuters can easily access the market for quick stops or for stocking up!

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