Chelsea Crockett

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You Are Who You Surround Yourself With

Do you ever hang out with someone and eventually find yourself talking and acting like they do? It could be in the simplest ways like catching onto their unique phrases…

Do you ever hang out with someone and eventually find yourself talking and acting like they do?

It could be in the simplest ways like catching onto their unique phrases or picking up on certain mannerisms.  Regardless, in the littlest ways we start to become the people we surround ourselves with.

In high school, when I would hang out with girls that gossiped and indulged themselves in drama, I started to do the same. I’d catch myself participating in conversations I had no business participating in.

Throughout my life, I’d have friends that constantly brought me down and continuously brought negativity to every situation. I noticed that bad moods are contagious, and moodiness can have a domino effect.

God encourages his followers to pick their “teammates” wisely. Choose the people who are going to make you enjoy life and spur you on to be a better follower of Christ.

This verse puts it perfectly.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this firsthand. When we surround ourselves with those who are wise and have a good head on their shoulders, we are influenced for the better. When we surround ourselves with those who’re foolish, we are more likely to stumble and fall off our path.

Booker T. Washington said it best: “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

God didn’t create us to be alone. He wants us to have fellowship with other believers more than anything! When you find people that click with you and encourage you to be a better person, that’s when you know you’ve found good people to surround yourself with.

You should have a good balance of people around you who are a positive influence on you and people who you can be a positive influence on them. As much as we want to be around people who make us a better person, we should also be that person for others who need a good influence!

Lastly, take a look at Hebrews 10:24. It says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”

Everyone in your group of friends should be responsible for spurring one another on. God tells us to do it, and encourages us to be the change we want to see in others. Motivate each other toward love and doing good things for others. It takes one person to make a difference, and the rest will soon follow!

Choose your team carefully. Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Surround yourself with people who have contagious positivity and encouragement.

Surround yourself with people that make you fall in love with God even more. These are the people that are going to help YOU become a better person in all areas of your life.

– Chels

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3 Closet Organizing Hacks Every Girl Needs to Know

Keeping my closet neat and organized isn’t one of my best strengths… With lots of clothes and shoes, a girl can get a little overwhelmed with finding space for everything,…

Keeping my closet neat and organized isn’t one of my best strengths… With lots of clothes and shoes, a girl can get a little overwhelmed with finding space for everything, especially when space is limited.  I discovered a few organizing hacks that I find really helpful when it comes to keeping my closet together!

  • Use soda tabs to hang two shirts at once. Chelsea Crockett - Closet RackYou can place a hanger through one hole of the soda tab and a hanger through the second hole.  This serves as a double hanger for your shirts leaving you more hanging room in your closet.
  • Use a hanging shoe organizer for multiple purposes. You can hang one of these on your closet door or somewhere else inside your closet.  Of course, you can use it to store your shoes, but you can also store things like underwear, socks, bras, shorts, swimsuits, etc. in it, as well!
  • Purchase a second closet rack like the picture on the right. These can act as another storage space and as a piece of décor for your room!  If you have limited closet space, hang your thicker sweaters, jackets, and coats on your second rack to free up some more space.

Are you going to try any of these out?  Let me know how they work for you!  Also, share with me any organizing tips of your own below! 🙂

Xoxo – Chels

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Monthly Ipsy Makeup Bags

With social media booming, there are so many new online companies coming out to promote a new way of online shopping.  I’ve written articles about similar companies, including Faithbox and…

With social media booming, there are so many new online companies coming out to promote a new way of online shopping.  I’ve written articles about similar companies, including Faithbox and FabFitFun, that require a subscription to receive monthly boxes of products and/or apparel.  Ipsy is another company that has a similar idea but has new ideas to offer to the table! 🙂

The main concept of Ipsy is to inspire girls to experience beauty focusing 100% on themselves and what they want!  Ipsy thinks that beauty and makeup should be accessible and affordable for everyone, and their vision was first created from YouTube. Chelsea Crockett - Ipsy Makeup Bag Beauty gurus were making beauty their own and reinventing it to find their own unique makeup style.  Ipsy’s sole focus is on personalization and finding your beauty personality!

Ipsy is a monthly box of 5 different makeup products that is delivered right to your door!  For only $10 a month, you can try out different products to find out what you prefer and what works best for you.  All you have to do is take an in-depth beauty test so Ipsy knows which products will go best with your skin tone, eye color, hair color, and preferences.  They also ask for your familiarity with makeup and which makeup brands you would love to try out!  They then create your boxes based on your preferences, how awesome is that?  Did I mention it’s free shipping, too?!

Are you going to subscribe?  I encourage you to try it out!  Hey, it’s worth a shot right?

XO – Chelsea

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Do’s and Don’ts of Breaking Up

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or…

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or heartbreaking and miserable.  Either way, I have a few helpful do’s and don’ts that I think I could offer!

  • DO be respectful.  Make sure you are always considering their feelings and their side of the story.  Try to put yourself in their shoes and know it can be just as hard on them as it is for you.
  • DON’T forget your worth.  Oftentimes, it can be easy to forget your worth and make excuses for the other person, especially when you’re going through a rough patch.  Know what you deserve and don’t settle for anything less!
  • DO put yourself first.  There’s a huge difference between being selfish and putting yourself first.  It’s okay to consider your own feelings and to value what you need out of a relationship over your boyfriend.  At the end of the day, you have to look out for yourself!
  • DON’T forget what you learned.  You can learn so much through dating and breaking up.  It teaches you valuable lessons that you can use the next time you date someone.  You can observe what worked, what didn’t work, and what traits you’re looking for in the next person you date!

I hope this helps you out next time you go through a break up, which I hope isn’t any time soon for you!

Xoxo – Chelsea

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How to Get Rid of Toxic People

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in…

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in your life can be both draining and exhausting.  Most of us leave these people in our lives because we simply don’t know how to get away from them.  Here’s how you can separate yourself from these people in a kind and mature way!

  • Distance yourself.  Although this doesn’t always work for every situation, it does work for some.  Slowly backing away from the situation really can work.  It’s a good way to get some air and realize what you really want, whether it be in a relationship or with a close friend.
  • Pray for strength.  Prayer is powerful and I’m a strong believer that God provides when you ask him for something.  Sometimes we just need the strength to cut ties with someone and know that it really is for the best.
  • Surround yourself with people who build you up.  Surrounding yourself with good people while trying to distance yourself from the opposite is one of the best distractions.  It shows you the people you deserve to have in your life!  Know your worth!
  • Be bold and determined.  I know it’s easier said than done, but having the courage to know what you deserve in your life is something we should all believe about ourselves.  Changing your mindset to having the boldness to get rid of toxic people in your life is one of the most freeing feelings ever!

I hope you have enough courage to break away from the people bringing you down in your life! 🙂

Love, Chels

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5 Reasons to Go Through Sorority Recruitment

If you’re going off to college, especially at a big school, then I’m sure you’ve heard all the hype about sorority rush.  I questioned it at first, until I heard…

If you’re going off to college, especially at a big school, then I’m sure you’ve heard all the hype about sorority rush.  I questioned it at first, until I heard all of the awesome experiences my friends had within their sorority.  I thought I’d tell you some of the great things you can get out of a sorority if you give it a chance!

  • You meet your best friends.  Chelsea Crockett - Sorority PictureWhether you’re at a big school or a small school, you’re going to meet some people regardless.  You will be spending a lot of time with these girls, and you’ll get so close to them over your four years!
  • You can get more involved.  Most sororities have an executive board that you can serve on to make a difference in your chapter.  You can be president of your whole sorority or something less intense like a chair position!
  • You get to have social events.  Formals, exchanges, date parties, BBQs, you name it!  There are so many fun events throughout each semester for you to meet people, dress up, and have fun!
  • You’ll get more out of your comfort zone.  Going to college as it is will make you more outgoing, but joining a sorority will make you meet new people and help shape you as a whole!
  • You get to volunteer for amazing causes.  Most, if not all, sororities have a certain philanthropy they support and raise money for.  There are so many ways to volunteer throughout your chapter to support these causes!

So what do you think?  Are you going to give it a try?  A lot of my friends have and they say it’s one of their greatest decisions ever!

XO – Chelsea

 

 

 

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5 Roommate Struggles Every Girl Understands

When you have a roommate, you start to notice every little detail about them.  You know their pet peeves, their cleaning habits, their unique characteristics… literally everything!  Sometimes you leave…

When you have a roommate, you start to notice every little detail about them.  You know their pet peeves, their cleaning habits, their unique characteristics… literally everything!  Sometimes you leave the year as best friends, other times you leave wanting nothing to do with one another.  If you’ve had a roommate, you’ll understand these 5 struggles!

  • Walking in the room and she’s wearing your clothes.  This can either be something to laugh at or one of the biggest triggers for an argument!  It actually happens so much more than you think it would. 
  • Hitting the snooze button over… and over… and over again.  If you’re this roommate, then come up with some different ways to force yourself out of bed.  If it’s the other way around, this can drive you absolutely crazy!
  • Having lots of friends over when you’re trying to study.  Ugh, this is the worst!  You may want them to stay because it’s so much more fun than doing homework, right?  But when you get that test grade back, you may think differently!
  • An hour after you clean and the room’s already a disaster again.  I’m sure both of you can take a little bit of the blame on this one, but it’s usually pretty one sided!  It may help to pair yourself up with someone who’s just as organized as you are.
  • Trying to get ready at the same time.  As girls, this can be super fun or super hard.  It seems like you always need to shower at the same time, use the blow dryer at the same time, etc.  Come up with a game plan to eliminate this problem! 

What other struggles did you face with your roommate?  Share with me below! 🙂

Xoxo – Chelsea

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5 Types of Friends Every Girl Needs

My girlfriends are the people that hold me together.  They’re the people I run to when I’m having a good day, a bad day, or just want to kick back…

My girlfriends are the people that hold me together.  They’re the people I run to when I’m having a good day, a bad day, or just want to kick back and binge watch One Tree Hill with.  Although all of my BFF’s have a lot of things in common, they’re also extremely different, too!  Here are 5 types of friends every girl needs!

  1. The Best Friend.  Every girl needs that friend that is their go-to for everything.Chelsea Crockett - Best Friend  If all else fails, you know you have that one best friend that will always, always be there for you in any situation.  This friend is so important!
  2. The Mom Friend.  This friend is someone who won’t hesitate to correct you if you’re wrong.  She’ll make sure to take care of you when you need it, but to also help steer you down the right path.  (She also gives the best advice!)
  3. The Fun Friend.  Having a fun, adventurous friend that’s always down for anything and everything is the perfect person to pull you out of your comfort zone.  Maybe this friend will convince you to go skydiving or on that rollercoaster you’ve always chickened out of.  Let her tag you along on her crazy adventurous!
  4. The Sister Friend.  This friend is the one you go to for all your advice.  She’s the one who will sit and listen to you at any hour of the night!
  5. The Stick-Up-For-You Friend.  We all need that friend that will stick up for us when we can’t defend ourselves.  You know this friend will have your back in any situation!

Which friend is which in your own girl squad?  I know each type of friend is a good one to keep around! 🙂

XOXO, Chelsea

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The Info Guide to College Formals

If you’re still in high school, you may be unfamiliar with the term “formal.”  Formals are kind of like the college version of a homecoming dance put on by a…

If you’re still in high school, you may be unfamiliar with the term “formal.”  Formals are kind of like the college version of a homecoming dance put on by a fraternity or sorority!  If you’re new to the college world and need some advice on an upcoming spring formal, here are some tips and pointers!

  • You don’t have to have a date in order to go to formal. Chelsea Crockett - Romper More girls go solo than you think.  Get dressed up, grab a group of friends, and go have fun by yourself!
  • Although you should dress up, dresses aren’t a must.  You can rock a fancy romper and heels (such as the picture on the right) or a stylish jumpsuit.  Unlike high school homecomings, you’ll see tight and loose dresses, dresses and rompers, wedges and heels, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor.  Unlike high school dances where it can sometimes be awkward to dance, most people will be dancing at formal!  No one cares what you look like or whether or not you have a date.  Get out of your chairs and dance like crazy!
  • You can make plans before and after just like you did for high school dances.  Get ready with your friends beforehand, make dinner reservations, and host an afterparty! 
  • Formals are a lot more laid back, and a lot less stressful, than prom and homecoming.  Like I said, you don’t have to bring a date or make a day full of plans surrounding the event.  Just simply have fun! 

Have fun at your formal and make lots and lots of memories! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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8 Essentials Every College Girl Needs

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or…

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or bringing with me.  Whether it be food, school supplies, etc., here are some college essentials that you should add to your list as well!

  • A shower caddy.  If you’re living in a community style dorm, this is a must-have!  It makes it so much easier to take all of your things to and from the shower.
  • Microwaveable food.  Dining halls are great but sometimes you need something quick and easy.  Stack up on some microwaveable mac and cheese for those time crunch days.
  • But also healthy food!  Microwaveable meals are great but not always the healthiest option.  Grab some apples, bananas, etc. too!
  • Sorority rush essentials.  If you’re going through recruitment, make sure you have all of the necessities such as mints, a hair brush, lip gloss, etc.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee!  I’m telling you, coffee will be your lifesaver!  It’s essential for those late nights in the library or 8 am classes.
  • To-go coffee cups.  Along with coffee, you’ll need some cute to-go coffee cups!  Target sells packages of them for a great price (they’re also super cute!).Chelsea Crockett - Planners
  • A stylish planner.  Taking multiple classes different days of the week can get confusing, especially when you have tons of due dates and exams!  Purchase a planner like one of the ones above to organize your assignments, meetings, events, etc.
  • A prayer partner.  On a more serious note, having a friend that you can talk and pray with is extremely important.  College can be tough and sometimes you need a trustworthy friend to be there for you.

If you check these off your list, you’ll be set!

XO – Chelsea

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5 Hacks for Making Your Period Better

Ladies, our time of the month is never fun.  It’s annoying, painful, and sometimes we even have to plan things around it!  It’s just a part of life that we…

Ladies, our time of the month is never fun.  It’s annoying, painful, and sometimes we even have to plan things around it!  It’s just a part of life that we have to deal with.  That being said, there are certain things we can do to make them a little less awful!  Here are 5 hacks that will make you think differently about your period.

  • Buy a heating pad.  Heating pads work wonders when it comes to cramps. Chelsea Crockett - Exercise I suggest getting one that doesn’t have a cord so you don’t have to deal with the hassle.  Most are microwavable so they’re quick and easy!
  • Cut out the caffeine.  Caffeine can cause your body to retain more water which will make your bloating worse than it already is.
  • Start taking Advil/Ibuprofen two days before your period starts.  Your body starts releasing hormones a couple days before your period actually begins.  Stay ahead of all of the cramps and pain!
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise.  When you work out, your body releases hormones called endorphins that make your body feel good.  They work on canceling out the bad hormones from your period!
  • Go to bed early.  Periods often cause fatigue which leads to long, tiresome days.  A little extra sleep is never a bad idea!

Let me know what hacks you use for when you’re on your period!

XO – Chelsea

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10 Steps to Becoming Strong-Minded

As young women, we try our hardest to be strong, brave, and independent. We want to be our own person that’s able to stand up for what we believe in….

As young women, we try our hardest to be strong, brave, and independent. We want to be our own person that’s able to stand up for what we believe in. Yet this seems almost impossible to do in a society full of standards and expectations. I know how hard it can be, so I put together 10 steps on how to become more strong-minded.

  1. Keep control. Having control over yourself in situations allows you to respond confidently, without worrying or overthinking.  
  2. Focus on the positives. Ever since I started keeping a positive mindset, I’m able to control my thoughts and attitude. It makes a bigger difference than you think!Chelsea Crockett - Strong Minded Quote
  3. Think ahead. If you focus on what’s in front of you, then you won’t have time to worry about the little things.
  4. Don’t stress about the past. Worrying about what’s said and done is pointless. Make progress by living in the now!
  5. Accept other’s success. Comparing yourself to others will never satisfy you. Be happy for them and rid yourself of jealousy.
  6. Embrace change. Change will happen throughout your life. Knowing how to accept it with an open mind is comforting!
  7. Build confidence. Confidence is key! Feeling strength and self-assurance will change your whole view on things.
  8. Set goals and reward yourself. Achieving goals you set your mind to is one of the best feelings ever. See if you can and reward yourself!
  9. Keep a good perspective. This goes hand in hand with focusing on the positives. Be content and appreciative of your situation.
  10. Accept your flaws and weaknesses. This step is one of the most important. God made you without mistakes. Each flaw and weakness has a reason behind it!

Write these steps in your planner, in your phone, on your wall… anywhere! Learn to be strong in your decisions and throughout your life!

Love, Chelsea  

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“Gal”entine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is something someone came up with for all the single ladies out there! If you don’t understand, the first part in GALentine’s Day refers to your gals that…

Galentine’s Day is something someone came up with for all the single ladies out there! If you don’t understand, the first part in GALentine’s Day refers to your gals that are in the same boat as you! Celebrate this holiday with your BFFs by having a girl’s night! Here are some ideas to make your night the best Valentine’s Day yet!

  • Make a reservation at a nice restaurant and make a night out of it! Dress up and take lots of fun pictures to capture your night.
  • If you’d rather stay in for the night, have a baking night and make tons of Valentine’s Day treats. After they’re done, put on a movie and pig out :).Chelsea Crockett - Ice Skating
  • Wherever you live, there’s always something to do if you think outside the box. Where I live, there’s an ice skating rink that all of my friends and I like to go to every year! Think what’s different to do around your area that’ll be fun for you and your friends!
  • If you’re able to, treat yourself and take a weekend trip somewhere! Maybe you’re old enough to road trip to a nearby big city depending on where you live!
  • This idea is my favorite! Instead of doing secret Santa like you do around Christmas time, do secret valentine! Draw names at least a week before the holiday to give your friends some time to get their gifts. Maybe grab your valentine some chocolates and candy! Set a price range and have fun :).

Let me know what you and your BFFs do for Galentine’s Day!

XOXO – Chels

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Legging Hacks for Every Girl’s Struggles

Leggings are a girl’s best friend. We throw them on with an oversized t-shirt, a big sweater, or basically anything we can make them work with! Depending on the brand…

Leggings are a girl’s best friend. We throw them on with an oversized t-shirt, a big sweater, or basically anything we can make them work with! Depending on the brand or type you get, they can sometimes attract dust or stretch out more than others. That’s the worst! I’ve found some genius ways you can stretch out the lifetime and keep them clean and fitting!

First come first, where is all this dust and buildup coming from on my leggings? Believe it or not, it’s mostly dead skin. Of course, it could also be other alternative. Particles from clothing can latch on to your leggings and create buildup that way too. Obviously washing your pair of leggings can get rid of dust or other particles, Chelsea Crockett - Leggingsbut let’s be real… wh has time to wash their leggings after every wear? Here’s the solution: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Hydrating your skin can lessen these effects. Apply lotion daily especially after you shower. During the winter months, our skin gets much drier so these tips are extra important throughout the cold season.

Sometimes our leggings tend to run and stretch which is not what we paid for! I read online that lightly spraying them with hairspray helps prevent this. It actually works, too! This doesn’t mean you have to coat your leggings with hair spray. Just lightly mist them before putting them on or after a wash.

Do you have any secrets to preserving the life of your leggings? Share them with me below!

-Chels

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Girl Code: What Does It Mean?

As girls, we should always have each other’s backs when it comes to boys, stupid arguments, etc. There are too many times where I see girls tearing each other down…

As girls, we should always have each other’s backs when it comes to boys, stupid arguments, etc. There are too many times where I see girls tearing each other down instead of building each other up. We have enough of that from society! I get so many questions and comments for advice on what is considered “breaking girl code.” It’s simple and you shouldn’t be hesitant to follow it!Chelsea Crockett - Girl Code

The whole concept of “girl code” is pretty basic. For starters, if something feels wrong that you’re doing behind someone’s back, then it most likely is! Going with your gut is totally underrated in my opinion. For instance, some girls think it’s not a bad idea to do as little as flirt with someone in a relationship. Listen closely: stay away from anyone in a relationship! DO NOT be the girl that messes up something great between two people. This comes with lots of drama and guilt!

I have a lot of girls asking for my advice on what to do when you and your friend like the same guy (or something along these lines!). The first thing to learn about girl code is respect. Have respect for your friend and realize you’re both in the same boat. In my opinion, you should both back away from the situation. If I’ve learned one thing throughout my life, NEVER let a boy come between you and your BFF!

To wrap this up, I’m going to share one of my favorite quotes: “You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up, instead of tearing each other down!” Can I get an “Amen?”

XO, Chels

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DIY Spa Day at Home

Having a spa day at an actual spa can be extremely expensive. Of course the treatments and messages are fabulous, but can be super overpriced! A DIY spa day at…

Having a spa day at an actual spa can be extremely expensive. Of course the treatments and messages are fabulous, but can be super overpriced! A DIY spa day at home is just what the doctor ordered. Here’s what you need:

One of my favorite things to do with my mom and sister is getting manicures and pedicures. It’s fun to do every once in a while but can start to add up. By doing a few simple steps at home, you can get almost the same turnout! Start off by using a small paintbrush to apply a layer of Elmer’s glue around your nail. This way you won’t get polish on your skin, it’ll just peel right off! Also when painting on your polish, don’t only apply a clear coat after, but before too! This will give your polish a good base in order to last longer.

What’s a spa without a facial? Chelsea Crockett - Banana MaskThis is a great recipe that’s simple to make so all your friends can enjoy. As you all know… I LOVE bananas! This face mask calls for plain yogurt, honey, and a banana. Mix together a ¼ cup of plain yogurt, a couple tablespoons of honey, and a banana and apply it to your face for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off and enjoy your smooth skin :).

Do you and your friends ever have a relaxed day at home? If you do something along these lines, let me know so I can try it out myself!

Love, Chelsea

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