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College Laundry Etiquette

College is full of changes, the biggest being you are living away from your parents and have to become independent (that is, if you are going away for college)! For…

College is full of changes, the biggest being you are living away from your parents and have to become independent (that is, if you are going away for college)! For a lot of college kids, this means that you have to start doing things like grocery shopping and doing your own laundry. Even if you did your own laundry at home, college laundry is a totally new ballgame, or so I hear. Here are some tips on how to become a college-laundry pro that I learned from my college-student buds.

  1. Do some prep work: Sort your clothes out in your room before you go down to the laundry room. It is crowded in there and having to sort it out in there can make people aggravated with you for taking up space. Sort your loads out by color before you go down to save yourself lots of trouble.e513731f00b63fac4248314b813bfddfb326b820803a96ba2d8b7dcc1d7a3a35
  2. Don’t let your laundry pile up: Procrastination is something college students are pros at, but that shouldn’t apply to laundry! You may THINK you have enough clean clothes to last you through the week, but the longer you wait, the more it will pile up, and the longer it will take you to get it done. Doing laundry makes you feel like you have your life together and relieves that small part of your mind that was worried about all of that laundry you were going to need to do.
  3. Set a timer: While your laundry is in the washer or dryer, set a timer so you don’t forget about it. Odds are, you will go back to your dorm room and start homework or eat, and forget about your laundry. Setting a timer helps you remember to go grab it and also keeps people from getting mad at you for hogging the washer when your clothes are just sitting there waiting to be moved to the dryer. Also, this is never preferable, but if you see someone’s clothes have been sitting in the washer for a long time and are done, you may need to move them. If you do, leave a note for the person telling them where you moved their clothes, whether it be to a dryer or somewhere else. You never know when you may forget to move yours, and you would want someone to show you the same courtesy.

Laundry is just a small part of college in the grand scheme of things, so don’t sweat it!

XOXO, Chels

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20 Items for your College Shopping List

As most of you know, I will be heading off to college in California the fall. I am so so excited, but also a little nervous. I want to be…

As most of you know, I will be heading off to college in California the fall. I am so so excited, but also a little nervous. I want to be prepared for college as much as I can be, and I want to make the transition as easy as possible. That is why it is never too early to start the planning process. One of the biggest things for me is knowing what to get for my dorm room and for classes. I want to be ready for anything! Here are the top 20 items on my college shopping list.

  1. Cute bedding: there is nothing like a cute comforter to brighten up a dorm room!
  2. Comfy sleeping pillow
  3. A nice towel set: this needs to include a bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloths!
  4. Shower shoes: like flip flops. These are VITAL.
  5. All bathroom essentials: like mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, face cleanser and makeup wipes, hair straightener, curling iron, etc.
  6. Bath robe: for walking to/from the shower, or just for lounging in your dorm room
  7. Mirror: A floor-length mirror that you can prop up against the wall is a good idea, or one that hangs over the door
  8. Laundry bin9015-2
  9. Mini fan: for those days when your dorm room is downright stuffy
  10. Scarf hanger, regular hangers, shoe organizer, jewelry organizer, all closet organization
  11. Cute lamp for your desk
  12. Pain meds like Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  13. Cough medicine, allergy medicine
  14. First aid kit
  15. Tissues
  16. Planner: I love my planner and live by it. In college it is especially important to have a daily planner to keep up with school assignments and social events!
  17. Binders, notebooks, paper, folders for class
  18. Power strip or extension cord: for all of those electronics you and your roomie will be sharing!
  19. Alarm clock: unless you use your phone as your alarm, of course
  20. Stain remover, lint roller, germ X, anything you think your mom would have handy!

Now this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means. Just a little something to get your brain thinking about what you will be needing here in a few short months if you are like me and going off to college.

XOXO, Chels

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Graduation Party 101: Gifts & Outfits

It’s not only the start of summer and the end of the school year but the beginning of many, many graduation parties! Especially if you’re a senior, like me, you’ll…

It’s not only the start of summer and the end of the school year but the beginning of many, many graduation parties! Especially if you’re a senior, like me, you’ll have dozens of parties to attend! If you’ve never been to one, it’s hard to know what to wear and what type of present you should bring. Here’s my take on it :)!

If you’re attending the party with your parents, most of the time your gift will be from your whole family. If you’re in this boat, your Chelsea Crockett - DIY Dorm Decorparents will usually give the graduate a card with money or a gift card. Most of the time, it’s your closer friends’ parties that you’re going to, so you should have an idea of what they like or don’t like. If you know their plans for college, you can make or buy a gift that could go in their dorm room! There are plenty of DIYs that are perfect for dorm décor. If you’re not on the crafty side, buy something that they can take to college with them or simply something that they’ll enjoy for their next chapter in life!

As far as outfits go, you don’t need to be over-the-top dressy, but you do need to look nice. I suggest a casual dress or jeans with a nice shirt. As for shoes, sandals or a small wedge are perfect!

I hope that’s helpful! – Chelsea

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How to Survive the First Day of College

This past weekend I went on a college visit with my parents to California. It was amazing and made me soooo excited to start my college journey! But, it also…

This past weekend I went on a college visit with my parents to California. It was amazing and made me soooo excited to start my college journey! But, it also made me super nervous. I have so many questions about what college is going to be like and so many fears, so I go to my college friends for advice. They said the first day of college can be a doosie, so they gave me some advice on how to conquer it! Here is what they told me:

  1. Leave your dorm room door cracked: An “open door” policy is always a good one to have. It gives people the opportunity to come in and introduce themselves. An open door = a friendly person living in the room. People are more likely to come in and ask you to go do stuff!trying-to-find-your-class-on-your-first-day-in-college_gp_2079063
  2. Don’t spend your first night alone: Have a girls night with your roommates and some gal pals in your dorm room. Being around people will ward off homesick-ness and will help you make friends.
  3. Get acquainted with the campus beforehand: Not knowing where your classes are on the first day is a recipe for disaster, mostly because most college campuses are big and your morning classes could be on the total opposite side of the map than your afternoon classes. Know where you’re going, it seriously helps relieve first-day stress.
  4. Wear something you are comfy in: Be comfy and confident on your first day! Dress like yourself. Show people who you are.
  5. Don’t get discouraged: If you don’t make friends right away, don’t worry! If you don’t feel “at home”, you will eventually! If your first day is pretty bad, don’t let it get you down. It only gets better from here!
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Embracing Change: Things I’ve Learned Throughout High School

Change is scary. It can be good or bad, hard or easy, little or life-changing… Since I’m graduating high school this year, I’m expecting a lot of change within the…

Change is scary. It can be good or bad, hard or easy, little or life-changing… Since I’m graduating high school this year, I’m expecting a lot of change within the next few months. Throughout high school, I’ve learned some valuable lessons that can help me in the next chapter of my life and simply life in general. Hopefully they can be of use to you, too!

As a senior, I’ve seen myself change in ways I didn’t think I would. I’ve realized one of my big mottos throughout the years was always “Everything happens for a reason.” Chelsea Crockett - Change QuoteAlthough that quote may be a little cliché, I’ve always trusted God’s plan in knowing that whatever happens is supposed to. With recent college decisions, I’ve had to accept and trust different aspects of the future. I’ve prayed for guidance and confidence, and God has shown me the way every time.

Another thing I always remind myself of is to surround myself with good people. My friends throughout my high school career have changed from time to time, but my best friends today have always been there for me. It is so so important to surround yourself with people who are encouraging, trustworthy, and have a good sense of humor :). They make change easier by always having your back!

My favorite verse of the Bible, as you all know, is Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” These are good words to trust full heartedly when embracing change, whether it be big or small!

Love, Chels

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Quick Tips from College Freshmen

I am heading off to college soon (yikes!!), and while I am crazy excited, I am pretty nervous too! I am leaving my friends and family behind (and my dogs,…

I am heading off to college soon (yikes!!), and while I am crazy excited, I am pretty nervous too! I am leaving my friends and family behind (and my dogs, can’t forget them!), and starting a new chapter of my life. I asked a few of my college buds to give me some tips on what they learned their freshman year of college to help me out with the transition. Here are a few things I learned from them.

  1. Don’t bring all of your worldly possessions with you. Your dorm room won’t fit them! There are lots of things you will learn to live without, and you will be so busy with college life that you won’t even notice you left them behind! Things like, oh I don’t know, your entire closet?other3
  2. Don’t let the freshmen 15 get you. Just because you are away at college and don’t have your mom on your back about eating healthy doesn’t mean you should start eating junk! It will be tempting to eat pizza and chicken tenders 24/7 now that your mom isn’t there to tell you that you can’t, but do yourself a favor and eat healthy. It will keep you from getting sick and keep you in shape. Also, make gym dates with your roomie to help you stay in shape!
  3. Keep in touch with your family: You may live away from home, but that is no excuse to lose touch with your family! Give them a call at least once a week to keep them updated. Your parents, siblings, and even grandparents would love to hear how things are going!
  4. Actually go to class!: So many of my friends tell me that they know a lot of people that barely go to class in college. When school comes to about $50 a class in college, why would you waste that money and skip? It is only a few hours a day. Studies show that those who go to class get higher grades, not surprisingly. Just go to class, dude!

There are so many more college freshmen tips, and I will write about them as college gets closer!

XOXO, Chels

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Quick Tips: Applying for College

One of the most daunting of all the college related tasks is the applications. They can be long, tedious, and daunting! Here are a few tips on how to make…

One of the most daunting of all the college related tasks is the applications. They can be long, tedious, and daunting! Here are a few tips on how to make them more manageable and less miserable.

  1. Start early: This may be the most important tip of all! Starting the application process early will ensure you don’t feel crunched for time and stressed. It will also give you more time to proofread your essays and make sure that your work is A+.download (1)
  2. Find a proofreader: If you have a grammatically gifted family member or a favorite high school English teacher, have them proofread your essays before you submit them. This will help ensure your essays are grammatically sound and that the content is good.
  3. Apply smart: Don’t apply to Harvard if you don’t picture yourself going there. Only apply for schools that you are interested in. Don’t waste your time with others.
  4. Keep track of deadlines: Staying organized during the application process will keep you sane. Use a planner or an excel doc to help track when applications and letters of recommendation are due. The worst thing in the world is realizing that the application to your dream school is due tomorrow and you haven’t even started it!

Hopefully this helps my fellow seniors out there to prepare for college aps!

Good luck,

XOXO, Chels

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How to Save Money in College

For me, college is just around the corner. Let me tell ya, I’m a little nervous! My biggest fear is monetary. College is crazy expensive as we all know. How…

For me, college is just around the corner. Let me tell ya, I’m a little nervous! My biggest fear is monetary. College is crazy expensive as we all know. How do I save money when I have to pay for textbooks, food, tuition, and more! Having a job is almost a must, and it is difficult to do that and balance your course load at the same time. So, to ease your (and my) worries about saving money during college, here are a few tips.

  1. Buy used textbooks: And then sell them back! Or rent them. Chegg.com is a great resource for this. Or you can even post the books on Facebook when your class is over and see if any of your friends need that book and can buy it from you! This is a much cheaper option over buying new textbooks.y-u-no-meme-00061
  2. Sell unneeded things: Do you have a closet full of old bags, clothes, games, or anything of value that you just don’t use anymore? Sell it! Every few dollars helps.
  3. Shop & spend less: I know it is tempting to do a little retail therapy, especially after a tough exam, but resist the urge! There are other way more important things to spend your money on, like savings and tuition. When you do shop, shop with a purpose and only buy the thing you came in the store for. Also, shop at discount stores like Tj Maxx and Marshalls! I love those stores. And another thing, when you are out shopping, ask if they offer student discounts before you check out!
  4. Apply for scholarships, buy your own food, and make your own coffee: Scholarships are free money, so apply for as many as you can! Also, instead of going to Chipotle for dinner, eat on campus or buy your own groceries and make a bunch of meals with them to save money. This goes for coffee, too. You can find yummy coffee “recipes” online that taste just as good as Starbucks, and for a fraction of the price!

Making small changes in the way you live during college can really help your wallet out! Only spend what you have budgeted, and keep track of what you spend. Saving money, no matter what amount, is so beneficial to you in the long run, and your future self and student loans will thank you!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Struggles of College Apps & Essays

As most of you know, it’s college application season! Although it’s exciting, it can be exhausting on top of school, YouTube, sleep, and a social life. There are certain struggles…

As most of you know, it’s college application season! Although it’s exciting, it can be exhausting on top of school, YouTube, sleep, and a social life. There are certain struggles that come along with applying for colleges and I’m here to help you out with them! I know how you feel :).

Alright… let’s talk about the main complaint of college apps: the amount of time they take! Although some colleges’ and universities’ applications only take about ten minutes or so, some can take fooooorever! When I saw that a majority of the colleges I was applying to required essays, I wasn’t too excited! If you’ve come across some tricky or confusing prompts like me, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s my suggestion: get help from your English teacher! They’ll help you more than you think. They can not only give advice about how to write your essay but how to minimize the amount of time you put into them too. Perfect!

Another Chelsea Crockett - Jeremiah 29:11struggle is paying the price to apply to a college. You might be thinking, “Why do I have to pay if I might not even go there?” If money is tight and you don’t have a lot to spend on apps, write down the pros and cons of each college and narrow it down to your top three. This won’t only save you money but stress in the long run too!

Since hours spent on applications and essays isn’t enough, why not spend hours stressing about where you’ll end up for college too? My comfort for this comes from God and knowing that his plan is better mine. Just have faith and trust that everything will turn out right, wherever you end up. Just sit back and relax and let God take control!

Good luck! – Chels

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Transitions

Transitions can be tough. I’m currently going through one myself. It’s a challenging period of change and growth. I sometimes find myself lost and unable to deal with everything going…

Transitions can be tough. I’m currently going through one myself. It’s a challenging period of change and growth. I sometimes find myself lost and unable to deal with everything going on. Between college searching, thinking about being away from my friends and family, and balancing a social life and YouTube, life can be overwhelming! While transitions are scary, they are ultimately a blessing in disguise.Chelsea Crockett- trusting God

Transitions are a time to better understand yourself. When faced with decisions that seem impossible to make, you have to weigh your pros and cons. Things that you thought were your first priority may seem little. Making big life decisions and transitioning to my college years has really made me realize who and what are important.

Trusting in God has been my saving grace. Praying to Him and knowing he’s got a plan for me keeps be hopeful for the future. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

TRUST IN HIM

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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Take College Dining Hall Food to the Max

College dining halls can be a bit of a letdown. I mean, nothing beats momma’s cooking! One way to make the food more bearable is to build your own concoctions…

College dining halls can be a bit of a letdown. I mean, nothing beats momma’s cooking! One way to make the food more bearable is to build your own concoctions out of it! Here are a few ways you can make college food your own.

  1. Ice Cream Creations: Pretty much every college dining hall has a soft serve machine. And most have a cereal bar. What does fca99fa70641549749a95e8daf0c26f22dfedd40_600this mean? Endless ice cream toppings! Cocoa Puffs, meet vanilla ice cream.
  2. DIY Trailmix: Take a plastic baggie with you when you go to the dining hall to eat and fill it with chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, and seeds from the salad bar and ice cream bar. Mix all of your findings and take them to class for a snack! Genius!
  3. Pizza Bagel: Microwave a toasted bagel with sauce from the pasta line and cheese from the salad bar! Deeeeelish!
  4. Ice Cream Floats: Ice cream machine? Meet soda fountain. Endless ice cream floats = heaven.
  5. Breakfast Burrito Bliss: Combine scrambled eggs with cheese and beans from the salad bar to concoct yourself the ultimate breakfast burrito!

 

There is no shame in getting creative with cafeteria food! You gotta make the best with what you’ve got to work with. 😉          

XOXO, Chels

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3 Realities You Face When You Leave Home For College

Quite a few of my friends are going away to college in the next few months, and I will be going away myself in a year! Wow, that is a…

Quite a few of my friends are going away to college in the next few months, and I will be going away myself in a year! Wow, that is a scary thought. Even though you are excited and anxious to start your new life, there are a few hard realities that you get hit with early on when you move away from home and take on the world all by yourself. 

1. Staying in touch with friends and family back home is not easy.

When you move away you promise your family and friends that you will keep in touch, and tell your mom you will call twice a day every day. You don’t realize how hard that really is until real life kicks in. You start class, you join College-Just-Aheadclubs, you meet friends, you get a job, all of these things start competing for your time. Before you know it, it has been a week and you haven’t called your mom! It is so important to let people back home know you are thinking of them to keep those relationships strong. 
 

2. Grocery shopping is hard!

At home, the cupboard and fridge is always fully stocked complements of mom. In college, you have to do your own grocery shopping! Gasp! Figuring out what food is in what isle and how much food you can buy with your grocery budget all while trying to keep your meals on the healthy side is harder than you think! 

3. Your roommate will eventually drive you crazy, no matter how much you like her!

Yes, roommates are great for sharing clothes and class notes and for venting your latest boy troubles, but eat sleep and breathing in the same place as them 24/7 can sometimes be a bit much. Her messy habits will start to drive you nuts, and that toothpaste clump that she clogged the sink with will make you want to scream with frustration. But, remember, you probably do things that driver her crazy too! 🙂

One last tidbit.. Always remember that your parents are your biggest cheerleaders and are always there when you need them. I know the hardest thing about moving out is that I will be away from my mom. It is the worst part of growing up! But, it has to happen some time, so make the best of it when it does. 🙂

XOXO, Chels 

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How to Stay Healthy in College

Now, it is common knowledge that I am not yet a college-goer. But, I will be in one very short year, AND I have a ton of friends who are…

Now, it is common knowledge that I am not yet a college-goer. But, I will be in one very short year, AND I have a ton of friends who are in the college-sphere, so think I have a pretty good idea what it is like. My college friends are always trying to give me tips about when I go to college so that I can be the best little college freshmen I can be. One BIG tips they gave me was to stay healthy when I go to college, and here are the tips they gave me on how to do so.

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks 8659c050bba411ffa9f8865262ca3f2b-620x610around. When you are sitting in your room studying or hanging out with friends or have just had a stressful day, it is easy to reach for some comfort food. Keeping HEALTHY comfort food around can help keep you on track to keeping your freshmen 15 at bay.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heavens sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big nono. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through stats is not an option!
  3. Don’t get lazy: Most colleges have really nice work out facilities, so USE THEM! Grab your roommate or a new friend you met in art class and hit the gym. Most people gain weight in college because they reduce their sleep and exercise and raise the amount of food they intake. Don’t be that girl!

These are just a few tips on how to stay healthy during college. Best of luck to all of my off-to-college Insiders!

XOXO, Chels

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Conquer Finals Like A Champ

Whether you’re in high school or college, finals week is always a scary time.  Between studying for multiple classes and trying to keep your sanity, the last week of school…

Whether you’re in high school or college, finals week is always a scary time.  Between studying for multiple classes and trying to keep your sanity, the last week of school can get hectic.  In order not to lose your cool, check out these tips for a smooth finals week!Chelsea Crockett- studying for finals

  • Put your phone on silent and set it across the room! I know this may sound impossible to some, but it’s totally worth it. Every 30 minutes allow yourself to check your phone! You’ll be super focused!
  • DON’T study too much! Sitting at a desk for 7 hours reading the same material won’t do much for you. Instead, study for an hour and then take a snack or TV show break. You’ve got to allow some time for yourself.
  • Get a good night’s sleep! If you think staying up till 4a.m. is the way to go you’re wrong! Try closing your books at 10p.m. and hitting the hay.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. It’s easy for our minds to wander, so being in a quiet environment will help with that.
  • Eat brain foods like bananas, blueberries, and almonds.
  • DON’T stress out! If you start to panic about an exam it will be harder to study! Believe in yourself!

Good luck Insiders!

Chelsea

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Tips on Picking Your Perfect College!

This topic may not be on your radar yet, but some day it just might be.  It’s time for me to start looking at universities to attend after high school! …

This topic may not be on your radar yet, but some day it just might be.  It’s time for me to start looking at universities to attend after high school!  Crazy, right? I can’t believe how quickly my high school years are flying by. College is a major decision, and most teenagers don’t even know where to begin!  I’ve been reading about how to choose a college that’s 100% right for me. So… I’m going to share some tips that might help guide you as well! Chelsea Crockett - Colleges

First and foremost, you’ll need to decide if you want to stay close to home, stay somewhat distanced, or go far away.  You also need to consider if you want to go to a big school with 40,000 students or a smaller campus around 1,500.  Then comes COST!  Obviously the price of a university matters greatly and can most of the time be the deal breaker. You’ll need to consider your ACT score, class rank, GPA, any service projects, and other things that will help when it comes to scholarships.

Other thoughts to consider are sports, Greek life, arts, cultural groups, and community service.  I’ll want to know what the extracurricular activities are at the university I choose.  Everyone tells me that the best way to decide is to narrow down my search by looking at the above items and then to make sure I go on at least five different college visits.  Make sure to keep an open mind at each visit and see which one has that special “feel” for you!

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve been through this process! XOXO, Chelsea

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How to get Good Grades in College

  College is said to be the best time of your life. It is also one of the most important! There are so many big decisions to be made, and…

 

College is said to be the best time of your life. It is also one of the most important! There are so many big decisions to be made, and so many life changes going on. It is super important to stay on top of your grades during college, because many of your future employers will look at your college transcripts. It can be a little difficult to get good grades in college because of everything going on, and because of the difficulty of the courses. Here are 3 ways to get good grades in college!

  1. Budget your time: Laying out a schedule for everything you have going on can be a life saver. Once you have down all of your classes and appointments you may have, then you can know when you have time to sit down and knock out some of your homework. Definitely write down EVERYTHING that you have to do that day, so you know just how much time you can allot to each activity. There is no worse feeling than sitting down at the end of the day and realizing that you got nothing you needed to do done!
  2. Stay up to date on assignments: SOOO important! Procrastination is something that plagues a lot of college students, especially when it comes to big projects that you have a lot time to work on. Write down every due date in your planner, and get started right away on every assignment! You cannot afford to cram the night before something is due or the night before an exam in college. It just doesn’t work! If you work on your project or study a little bit each day, it makes life so much easier. All nighters are no fun, or so I have heard from my college friends!
  3. Prioritize: Like I said before, college is said to be the best time of your life. You can easily get caught up in the partying lifestyle and start bad habits very quickly. Give yourself one or two “free” nights a week where you can go out with your friends and hang out so you don’t get burned out on studying and homework. They also give you something to look forward to during the week! You need to make school a priority, even more than you did when you were in high school!

I cannot wait for college, and I bet you can’t either! I know you will be successful in whatever you do.

XOXO, Chels

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