Chelsea Crockett

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Summertime Health Myths

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this…

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this is true, it doesn’t mean that we can slack on taking care of ourselves and protecting our body! Here are some common summer health myths that cause some people to stumble up when it comes to self-care.

  1. The sun will clear up your acne: I have had friends tell me that they go to the tanning bed because it helps them manage their acne. That is not the right way to treat acne! The sun, or tanning bed, won’t dry out your zits. A tan may help camouflage them, but so does concealer.2220101
  2. The sunscreen in your makeup is enough protection: Relying on the SPF in your makeup is a common mistake. The SPF in beauty products usually isn’t high enough to really protect your skin. Use a daily moisturizer with SPF in it in addition to your makeup for full protection.
  3. You are only sunburnt if your skin is red: Not true! Sometimes it can take hours for your burn to actually start showing. So, if you are laying out in the sun and it looks like you aren’t burning, you won’t always spot it is burning until it is too late. It can take up to 6 hours to start to show redness!

If you don’t know if something is true, ask your doctor or a trusted medical expert. Better safe than sorry!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Summer Swim Fixes

Swimming at the pool or beach is all fun and games most of the time.  But those long days in the water can sometimes pose a problem to your hair…

Swimming at the pool or beach is all fun and games most of the time.  But those long days in the water can sometimes pose a problem to your hair and skin.  I found some tips that are super beneficial to recover from a day at the pool.  There are many swim fixes that can make your summer much more enjoyable and worry-free!

As teenage girls, most of us like to shave our legs, armpits, and sometimes our bikini lines.  Sometimes we end up with the much dreaded razor burns and bumps.  Chelsea Crockett - SunBum Hair SunscreenFor these, they can be relieved with a little aloe vera and lotion.  To prevent them from coming back, wait a few days before shaving over the area again.  This will stop the bumps from getting irritated and flaring up.

Sometimes day’s spent in the water can put your hair and skin in chlorine overload.  It’s known for drying out the moisture in your skin.  In order to hydrate it, rub raw coconut oil on your skin a couple times a day.  This should help restore any missing moisture that was taken!  As far as hair goes, being in the sun can lighten it dramatically, especially if you dye it.  There are many brands that actually sell hair sunscreen that protect your locks from sun damage!  Just spray it on and you’re set for the day!

I hope these make you less worrisome when it comes to long days of water exposure.  Do you have any extra tips that work for you?  Let me know insiders! 🙂

XO – Chels

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How to Have a Pool Party…Without a Pool!

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite…

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite things about summer is going to my friends’ houses that have pools because my family doesn’t have one! In light of my pool-lessness, I decided to come up with a few ways to have a pool party…without having a pool! Sounds a bit silly, but read on to find out how!

  1. Location: When you are having a pool-less party, make sure you have it in a place that has a hose and electrical outlets nearby. Also, have it in a place with plenty of grass to give your feet a break!f91108_bb07717e7ada4fd9bda8bd83b29f3558
  2. Pool alternative: Go to Walmart and buy 3 or 4 little kiddy pools and have those sitting out! People will love being able to dip their feet in without having to get their whole body wet. Fun sprinklers are also a must! You can also play slip and slide kickball, which is a total blast. You can also have a water balloon fight, or even just have a volleyball net set up! Give people lots of things to do.
  3. Food and beverage: Have lots of refreshing, juicy fruit cut up and ready to serve. People love fruit on a hot summer day! You can also get fun flavors of soda and lemonade for a nice summer beverage.
  4. Décor: Because you don’t have an actual pool, give your party a “pool party” feel by blowing up inflatables and using them as décor! You can also put up pool umbrellas to give your guests some shade. Use beach balls instead of volleyballs to give your party and even more “pool-ish” feel!

Just because you don’t have a pool doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool party!

XOXO, Chels

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Road Trip Hacks!

Summer is the perfect time to get a group of friends together and check something off your bucket list.  Road trips aren’t hard to plan.  All you need is a…

Summer is the perfect time to get a group of friends together and check something off your bucket list.  Road trips aren’t hard to plan.  All you need is a little money, a map, and good company to explore with!  If you’re down for the adventure, here are some hacks to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable!

  • Take a phone adapter.  Since we’re all guilty of relying on our phones for directions, it’s necessary to keep it charged!  Adapters aren’t too expensive and can be extremely useful.
  • Download Gas Buddy on your smartphone.  This app is genius for long car rides!  It detects your location and lists all the nearby gas stations along with their prices.  This way you can easily find the cheapest place to fill up!
  • Download Venmo, too!  This app helps you split prices and totals between you and your friends, which is helpful when getting gas, meals, or supplies.Chelsea Crockett - Road Trip Map
  • Make or buy a portable trashcan.  There are plenty of ways you can do so, and it’ll come in handy more than you think!
  • Use a shower caddy to store all of your emergency car tools/fluids.  You never know when these could be useful!  A shower caddy will keep all of your supplies separated and organized.
  • Buy or print out a map to plan out your stops and must-see destinations.  This is the fun part!  Circle or star all of the places you plan on visiting, and connect the dots to find your best route!

Let me know where you and your friends go this summer!

Have fun! – Chelsea

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FabFitFun: Get Yours Today!

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the…

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the idea of it and came across another organization that does something very similar!  FabFitFun sends a box straight to your house four times a year.  Keep reading to find out why you should sign up!Chelsea Crockett - FabFitFun Box

Here’s how it works.  First, you sign up online to receive your seasonal FabFitFun box every three months.  Of course, it’s not free.  For $49.99 four times a year, you’ll receive your box each season.  It may seem expensive, but each box contains over $200 worth of products inside to maintain a healthy, fabulous lifestyle!  All of the products revolve around “fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear.”  And another positive?  Free shipping!

One of the pluses of each box is that the products are full sized, not just little samples.  Last summer’s box included lip gloss, perfume, a towel, nail wraps, sunscreen, and much more.  It’s like Christmas but four times a year!

Go to fabfitfun.com to sign up to get yours today! 🙂

Love, Chels

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Sour Gummy Worm Popsicles

I love candy. That’s a fun fact about me. My favorite kind of candy, though, is sour candy. I have a weakness for everything sour, from gummy worms and beyond….

I love candy. That’s a fun fact about me. My favorite kind of candy, though, is sour candy. I have a weakness for everything sour, from gummy worms and beyond. I found a way to mix my love for soNational-Gummy-Worm-Day-2014ur candy with a refreshing way to stay cool this summer. Introducing sour gummy worm popsicles!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite fruit juice
  • Sour gummy worms

Grab your favorite popsicle molds and get to work. Add worms to the molds and press them towards the bottom and sides of the molds. Freeze the molds ahead of time to help the worms stick better. Next, pour in your fruit juice of choice. Freeze these pops overnight, then take out and enjoy! Every bite is filled with fruity, sour goodness!

Ready to try the most fun popsicles you will taste all summer? Give this recipe a whirl!

XOXO, Chels

 

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The Look for Less: Summer Edition

During summer, it seems that all of the hype revolves around pricey brands and products that empty out your wallet.  You have to save up your money and then spend…

During summer, it seems that all of the hype revolves around pricey brands and products that empty out your wallet.  You have to save up your money and then spend most of it on one product.  I’ve taken note of the most popular trending products and put together a “look for less” guidebook so you can save money but still be up to date with the cutest trends!

  • Birkenstocks.  Don’t get me wrong, these shoes have become a major trend.  Chelsea Crockett - Triangl SwimsuitBut each pair is usually around $100!  Kohl’s, Payless, Target, etc. all sell sandals with the same exact styles as Birkenstocks for prices as cheap as $15!
  • Triangl Swimsuits.  These swimsuits can be super pricey but tons of stores have started coming out with similar styles!  Target, Victoria’s Secret, and several online stores are all good places to look.
  • Rayban Sunglasses.  Raybans are usually very long-lasting, high-quality products, but if you want a cheap pair with a similar wayfarer or aviator style, check out Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, or H&M.
  • Ripped/boyfriend Jeans.  Although it’s useful to invest in a good pair of jeans, you may just want a pair to wear every once in a while.  Forever 21 sells quality jeans for much cheaper than other stores like American Eagle or Express.
  • Boho Jewelry.  Jewelry that has a Boho feel to it isn’t very hard to find!  My favorite places to look are Francesca’s and Urban Outfitters.

What’s your favorite trend of the summer?  Let me know below!

XO – Chels

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Pool Party Essentials

I’ve always loved a good pool party. Nothing says “summer” like a pool full of family or friends! If you have a pool and you are wanting to throw a…

I’ve always loved a good pool party. Nothing says “summer” like a pool full of family or friends! If you have a pool and you are wanting to throw a killer pool party, there are a few essentials to make the experience as easy and as memorable as possible! Your guests won’t want to leave!

  1. Fun pool floaties: I am sure you have seen photos of your favorite celebs floating around in pools on big swan or flamingo floaties. Well, bring those inflatables to your pool! There are tons of fun options out there, from giant inflatable ice cream sandwiches to flamingos and swans and beyond.2011-03-15-double-rainbow-pancakes-skewers-500
  2. Twinkly lights: Run twinkly Christmas lights around your deck or pool area. That way at night you can flip on the lights and have a cool whimsical vibe.
  3. A Bluetooth speaker: This is definitely an essential in my book! I love having tunes playing when I am swimming with friends. It sets a fun, carefree mood. Having a Bluetooth speaker allows you to be able to have your phone anywhere and still play music since it doesn’t have to plug into the speaker.
  4. Fun beverages: I’m talking pink lemonade, root beer, Kool Aid, the works! Have a few pitchers of cool drinks made so that people can refresh in the tastiest way possible.
  5. Fresh fruit: My favorite poolside snack is a big slice of watermelon. It is cool and refreshing which makes it the perfect summertime snack! Have some fresh fruit sliced and ready to go so your friends can munch away.

Pool parties are one of the best things about summer, wouldn’t you agree?

XOXO, Chels

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Sunscreen Myths Uncovered

You may think that sun protection is as simple as putting on sunscreen and BAM, you are protected. There are a lot of sunscreen myths out there, and I am…

You may think that sun protection is as simple as putting on sunscreen and BAM, you are protected. There are a lot of sunscreen myths out there, and I am about to clear them up for you so that you can be sure you are doing what you need to keep your skin safe this summer.Products_Banana_Boat_Sport_Performance_Sunscreen

Myth #1: You only need sunscreen when it is sunny out. Even when it is a cloudy day, that doesn’t mean you are being shielded from the sun’s rays! UV light comes through the clouds and rain, so don’t skimp on lathering on the SPF!

Myth #2: SPF 100 sunscreen blocks everything. Just because it says SPF 100 doesn’t mean it blocks 100% of the sun’s rays! SPF is the number that reflects the amount of time you can stay in the sun, so it is recommended that you reapply every 2 hours.

Myth #3: If you have a tan, don’t worry about burns. Not true! Tans are a sign that your skin has been damaged by the sun, so it is vital that you reapply sunscreen often.

Now that you know some truths about sunscreen, you can protect your skin the right way this summer.

XOXO, Chels

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Sand Cloud Towels & More

I love companies that donate some of their proceeds to a good cause.  That way, my purchase not only helps a cause in need but makes me feel better about…

I love companies that donate some of their proceeds to a good cause.  That way, my purchase not only helps a cause in need but makes me feel better about where my money is going.  Sand Cloud is a brand that donates 10% of their sales to marine wildlife organizations that share their same mission! Chelsea Crockett - Sand Cloud Towel

Sand Cloud doesn’t work alone.  They’ve partnered with companies that work to preserve marine wildlife as well such as Oceana, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Surfrider Foundation.  For example, they partnered with San Diego Coastkeeper to host a beach cleanup to continue protecting the beaches they love!  Tons of Sand Cloud fans joined the team and helped to eliminate trash such as plastic wrappers and styrofoam cups.

As far as their merchandise, their several different patterned towels are the focus of their brand.  They also offChelsea Crockett - Sand Cloud Toweler water bottles, backpacks, and phone cases, as well!  Their towels, like the one on the left, are sand resistant and good for laying out at the beach.  They have tons of different colors and patterns that have a boho feel to them.  If you’re super interested in the brand, you can even sign up to become an ambassador and receive discounts and other rewards.

If you’re hittin’ up the beach this summer, I urge you to sign up today and order your own Sand Cloud towel!

Love, Chelsea

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Summer Camp Essentials

Packing for summer camp can be tough.  Depending on how long you’ll be there, you’ll need to have a packing list of all your camp essentials.  There are certain things…

Packing for summer camp can be tough.  Depending on how long you’ll be there, you’ll need to have a packing list of all your camp essentials.  There are certain things that you may not even realize you need but can be very helpful and make your camp life a lot easier!  Here are some things to make sure you include on your packing list! 🙂

  • Bug spray.  This is crucial!  Getting eaten up by a bunch of mosquitos on the first day of camp will make the rest of your experience much worse (and lots itchier!).
  • Disposable camera.  If you’re not allowed to have your phones, taking a disposable camera is a good way to still capture the memories (especially if you can’t have any electronics!).Chelsea Crockett - Camp Essentials
  • Rain jacket.  Weather can often be very unpredictable.  Pack a rain jacket and maybe even rain shoes for those rainy camp days.
  • Ziploc/plastic bags.  Sometimes your clothes will get dirty or wet.  Take some disposable bags to store any wet swimsuits, muddy shirts, etc.
  • Deck of cards/board game.  Once again, the weather may not be perfect!  Take a deck or cards and your favorite board games to play when boredom strikes.
  • Labels.  You may want to consider doing this before you leave.  Label anything that might get mixed up with other campers’ such as phone chargers, shampoo, face wash, etc.

Hopefully this helps you feel prepared for your camp this summer! 🙂

–          Chelsea

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Sweet Summer Treats: Cake Batter Popsicles

In Illinois, where I live, summers are H.O.T. The best and most enjoyable way to cool yourself down and beat the heat is to grab a cold treat! Here is…

In Illinois, where I live, summers are H.O.T. The best and most enjoyable way to cool yourself down and beat the heat is to grab a cold treat! Here is one of my favorite sweet summer indulgences that cools me down when the Illinois inferno gets the best of me…Popsicles that taste like cake!FunfettiCakeBatterPopsicles_2

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

In a blender, combine the ice cream, vanilla extract, cake mix, and milk. Blend on medium until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix in the sprinkles. Next, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for four hours or more. When you are ready to gobble these sweet treats, run the mold under warm water for about 30 seconds to loosen the popsicles out of the molds.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://just-add-sprinkles.com/2015/07/27/cake-batter-popsicles/

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10 Things For Your Summer BFF Bucket List

This summer is my last “hoorah” before college and I plan to make it count. Summer means extra time spent with your BFF/Boyfriend, and in order to make the most…

This summer is my last “hoorah” before college and I plan to make it count. Summer means extra time spent with your BFF/Boyfriend, and in order to make the most of every minute, you need to make a list. You need to make a list so you don’t forget or miss a single fun thing this summer! Here is my top 10 things on my bff bucket list this summer.

  1. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck together.img-thing
  2. Go to your state fair.
  3. Do a huge puzzle.
  4. Have a picnic.
  5. Go to a wedding together.
  6. Go strawberry picking. And then to a farmers market!
  7. Go rollerblading or bike riding.
  8. Run through sprinklers, or buy a kiddie pool and soak in it.
  9. Have a water balloon fight.
  10. Go kayaking or canoeing.

What are some things on YOUR summer BFF bucket list?

XOXO, Chels

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Internship Pointers

For those of you jumping into a new internship, it can be pretty nerve-racking, especially if you’re new to the interning world. You may not know the rules and guidelines…

For those of you jumping into a new internship, it can be pretty nerve-racking, especially if you’re new to the interning world. You may not know the rules and guidelines to follow, like how to act, what to wear, etc. I came up with some pointers that will help you be successful when you begin your new internship!Chelsea Crockett - Internship Advice

  • Of course, good first impressions are important. But even more importantly is keeping that first impression throughout your entire internship! Throughout the entire time, keep offering your help and treating everyone in the office with respect.
  • Stand out! Reach out to your coworkers and make yourself memorable. If you have ideas of your own, speak your mind when the time is appropriate!
  • Pay attention to details. If someone is teaching you how to do something, take notes! Remember the little things people mention to you. You’ll not only gain experience but it’ll help you in the long run!
  • Lastly, make sure you keep in touch with people at your internship, especially those with connections. If you don’t get offered a job, there’s always a chance you could get referred to another company. Email those who got you the internship even after it’s over, and something may work in your favor!

Whether you’re in the middle of your internship or about to begin one, I hope these pointers help you out!

-Chelsea

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Quay Australia Sunglasses

Born in the land down under, Quay Australia has been manufacturing sunglasses since 2004. They started roadside on the festival circuit only to windup selling their line of sunglasses internationally…

Born in the land down under, Quay Australia has been manufacturing sunglasses since 2004. They started roadside on the festival circuit only to windup selling their line of sunglasses internationally in 2009. Their brand has spread throughout the world and all of social media. Even celebs have been spotted rocking their shades!

Quay Australia is not like other brands of sunglasses. They offer tons of unique styles that aren’t like the classic looks such as aviators or wayfarers (although they do offer those as well!). Chelsea Crockett - Quay SunglassesA handful of celebrities have been seen wearing them including Shay Mitchell, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevingne! The shades and even the rims themselves come in different colors and patterns.

One of the most popular styles is called “my girl.” Even in this single style they offer four different color combos! The girl on the left is wearing them in the black/pink combo. They also have black/blue, clear/silver, and brown with speckled rims.

Another popular style is called “muse.” If you like simple and the aviator look, then you’ll love these! They also come in four different color combos as well. If you like more of a unique look, Quay offers tons of these too! Most pairs are around $60 which isn’t a bad deal when you compare their prices to other brands.

Especially since summer is in full swing, I urge you to buy a pair for days in the sun! 🙂

Love, Chels     

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3 Swimsuit Cover-up Styles for Summer!

Whether you live by the beach or the pool, you’ll not only need cute swimsuits to wear while spending your days in the sun but stylish cover-ups to go along…

Whether you live by the beach or the pool, you’ll not only need cute swimsuits to wear while spending your days in the sun but stylish cover-ups to go along with them! There are three styles that are unique, trendy, and perfect to quickly slip on over your suit.

  1. Wrap cover-ups are one of my favorite trends this summer. The picture on the right shows an example of a stylish wrap dress that’s super easy to throw on for days at the beach. I love how simple and light it is for long days spent in the sun!Chelsea Crockett - Wrap Cover-up
  2. When I think of a cover-up, I want something that’s light and can bear the heat. Lace cover-ups fit this description perfectly! Such as the one above, lace allows a breeze to cool you off much easier than other cover-ups. It’s my go-to for a hot day in the sun :)!
  3. Tunic cover-ups are more on the fashionable side. You can find them in all different colors, materials, patterns, etc. These are more common and easier to find throughout the mall, at department stores, etc. Along with lace cover-ups, they’re light, cool, and easy to throw on!

Which style is your favorite? Let me know below!

XO – Chelsea

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