Chelsea Crockett

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5 Picture Editing Hacks for the Best Quality Pics

I love taking pictures and updating my Instagram feed.  It’s something that I find fun and entertaining!  Every time I post a picture, I like to make sure it has…

I love taking pictures and updating my Instagram feed.  It’s something that I find fun and entertaining!  Every time I post a picture, I like to make sure it has the best edit and quality it can have.  So, if you’re like me, here are 5 picture editing hacks to ensure you the best Instagram worthy pics! 🙂

  • Play around with the exposure. When it comes to taking pictures, lighting is everything.  Adjust the exposure and brightness of your photo to make sure you can clearly see the quality of the picture!
  • Try out VSCO. VSCO is a pro editing app that has all your photo editing needs! There are tons of different filters that edit your picture in a variety of ways so you can pick your favorite one! You can change anything on your picture from brightness to color.Chelsea Crockett - VSCO
  • Sharpen it up. The sharpening tool should become your new best friend!  It can make a picture go from blurry to sharp at the click of a button. I use this tool on almost all of my pictures!
  • Enhance the highlights and shadows. Although you may be more unfamiliar with these effects, you can increase or decrease the highlights and shadows in your pic to your liking!  These can even help sharpen up your picture by eliminating too much highlight or too many shadows.
  • Turn up the saturation. If you want some more pop of color in your photo, turn up the saturation!  I love bringing out the bright colors and making the picture more fun!

Have any other creative tips for me?  Share with me below!

Xoxo – Chels

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5 Easy Lifestyle Boosts to Try for Yourself

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry…

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry through with it?  And how long do we actually keep it going when we do?  Here are a few lifestyle boosts that are easy to keep up with and will benefit both your body and mood!

  • Drink more water. Chelsea Crockett - Water I’ve always heard this and thought “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever,” but it really pays off and makes your body feel all-around better!  Carry around a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and you won’t even realize how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
  • Make daily to-do lists.  Checking off tasks on a to-do list is scientifically proven to boost your mood.  It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and success even if it’s completing something super small!
  • Stick to a bedtime and wakeup time.  Once again, science proves that this will benefit both your mind and body greatly.  You’ll feel less tired and more motivated to take on the day!
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee and some time with God.  I know for me, starting the day out by talking to God refreshes me more than anything (and some caffeine doesn’t hurt either!).
  • Don’t use your phone an hour before bed.  Your phone screen gives off blue light that actually keeps your brain awake and alert.  So when you lay down and play on your phone to “make yourself tired,” it’s actually doing the opposite!

I hope you consider giving these a try!  With a little determination, you can make all of these lifestyle boosts an everyday habit!

XO – Chelsea

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College Starter Pack

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college…

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college close to home or moving into a school across the country, everyone could use a college starter pack to take along with them!  It’s a perfect gift idea for upcoming grad parties. That being said, here’s what you’ll need to put in it!

  • Gum.  Chelsea Crockett - Freshman Starter KitOkay, but really… You can never have too many packs of gum, especially as a college student!  Having gum at-hand to pop in during class or after the dining hall is essential!
  • A pic of you and them.  Get your favorite picture of you and them developed for them to put it up somewhere in their dorm room.  You can even frame it so they can use it as decoration!
  • Advil.  This is essential considering your mom won’t be there to take care of you when you get sick!  It helps to start you off with some medicine in case you get a head or stomach ache.
  • An adhesive phone pocket.  If you don’t know what these are, they’re a stick-on pocket you stick to the back of your phone.  This is perfect for holding your dorm access keys, college ID, money, etc.
  • Microwavable meals/snacks.  These are crucial!  Having food you can make right in your dorm are one of the most important must-haves of college.  Late night snacks will come in handy!

I hope this makes your college transition a little easier! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Ways to Break Your Cell Phone Habit

So much of what we do revolves around our phones.  What we post on Instagram, knowing what the temperature is outside, and getting directions somewhere are just a few things…

So much of what we do revolves around our phones.  What we post on Instagram, knowing what the temperature is outside, and getting directions somewhere are just a few things we rely on our phones for!  If you find yourself constantly wanting to check or be on your phone, follow some of these tips to break your cell phone habit!

  • It’s sad to say most of us won’t go to sleep without checking our phones.  Put your phone in another room!  If you rely on it for your alarm, then put it out of reach so you’ll still wake up but not be tempted into checking it.
  • Pick two hours a day to go without your phone. Chelsea Crockett - Phone Meme I know I easily get distracted by checking social medias or watching YouTube videos on my phone.  Turn it off for an hour or two and work on homework, clean your room, or go for a run! 
  • Set in on “do not disturb.”  A lot of times I can’t get off my phone because I’m constantly getting notifications from social media, group chats, etc.  Putting your phone on “do not disturb” means you still get the notifications without them popping up on your screen every two seconds!
  • Don’t check your phone first thing in the morning.  After a while, it becomes habit to check your emails, social medias, etc. as soon as your alarm goes off.  Studies show that automatically waking up to sit on your phone for a half hour is a bad start to your day and can cause added stress or anxiety!

Do you have a tip that helps you stay off your phone?  Share with me in the comments below!

Chels

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Old Fashioned Dating Advice

If we compare dating nowadays to how it used to be, there are too many differences to count.  In our society, “talking” is the new dating.  Even marriage rates have…

If we compare dating nowadays to how it used to be, there are too many differences to count.  In our society, “talking” is the new dating.  Even marriage rates have dramatically decreased since decades ago!  There are so many dating pointers we could learn from couples that have been together for years.  Here are some old fashioned dating tips that should be put into action today!

  • Put down the phone!  That might sound lChelsea Crockett - Date Listike something your mom tells you but trust me, it’s so refreshing!  Putting your phone down during dinner with your boyfriend or girlfriend is so much nicer than watching each other stare at your screens. 
  • Talk face to face.  Talking out your problems in person instead of over the phone or through text solves things much easier.  Technology is great, but being able to talk about touchy subjects face to face will make you much more comfortable in your relationship.
  • Go on real dates.  This doesn’t have to be every weekend!  Picking a night once a month or even a couple nights is a good way to keep your relationship fun and a priority!  You can even make a list like the one on the right.
  • Meet each other’s parents.  Meeting the fam is a good way to show you’re serious about each other!  It also shows your polite and committed to your relationship.
  • Commit, commit, commit.  I can’t stress this enough!  If you’re in a relationship with someone, devote yourself to them and only them.

If you follow these steps, they might help you better your relationship and make it last much longer!

Love, Chels

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Study Tips for the Social Media Addict

Social media can be addicting.  Always wanting to stay up to date with what everyone is doing can become routine!  I sometimes find myself having trouble putting my phone down…

Social media can be addicting.  Always wanting to stay up to date with what everyone is doing can become routine!  I sometimes find myself having trouble putting my phone down during homework or studying, so… I came up with a few tips on how to block out social media when you need to get the job done!

  • First off, start simple.  If you know you can’t stay off your phone, then turn it off or put it in another room! Chelsea Crockett - Social Media Addict That way you won’t even see your phone light up or feel it vibrate.  It’s a simple solution and you wind up distraction free!
  • If you like to check your social media on a computer or laptop, then I highly recommend you check out this website if you get distracted easily when studying.  I know I’ve mentioned this in another article, but KeepMeOut.com blocks you from any website you tell it to!  You can also pick the amount of time it’ll lock you out for which is really cool!
  • Put your phone on “do not disturb” so your phone isn’t constantly vibrating or going off every time you get an Instagram like or Twitter notification!
  • If you really can’t keep your hands off your phone, set a timer that goes off every 30 minutes, hour, etc.  When the timer goes off, treat yourself by checking your phone but limit yourself to only so much time!

What study tips do you have for me?  Let me know below, I could use them!

XOXO – Chels

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Must-Know iPhone Hacks!

This generation is the generation of smartphones.  We don’t want to admit it, but we love our phones and depend on them for more than we realize!  I’ve written many…

This generation is the generation of smartphones.  We don’t want to admit it, but we love our phones and depend on them for more than we realize!  I’ve written many articles and have even made videos about various beauty and fashion hacks, but what about some iPhone secrets?  You can thank me later! 🙂

  • Faster charging.  If you need a quick charge for your iPhone, put it on airplane mode while it’s plugged in.  This turns off all of its features so it’s using minimal battery while trying to charge up!Chelsea Crockett - iPhone Timer Hack
  • Fall asleep listening to music.  If you like a little background music while you fall asleep, you can set a timer to turn off your music for you!  As long as it’s through Apple music or Spotify, you can go to your clock app, select the timer tab, and select “Stop Playing” in the “When Timer Ends” setting like the picture on the right.  It’ll shut your music off for you when the timer is done!
  • Better selfie editing.  If you download Facetune for $0.99, you can get rid of annoying pimples and blemishes.  It also has tons of cool features to perfect your pic.
  • Improving battery life.  If you’re phone is running low on battery, you can go to the battery tab of the settings app and switch on the “low power mode” setting.  It turns off unnecessary features to stretch out your battery life for up to hours at a time!

What hacks do I need to know?  Let me know in the comments section below!

XO – Chelsea

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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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Phone Rescue!

Have you ever dropped your phone in water?! It’s the worst! It’s easy to quickly grab your phone, run around in a panic looking for a solution, and end up…

Have you ever dropped your phone in water?! It’s the worst! It’s easy to quickly grab your phone, run around in a panic looking for a solution, and end up making the damage worse. My phone is my life (okay, dramatic, but you know what I mean) so ruining it in an accidental water run-in is not an option! Recently, my phone almost fell in my hot tub, so I looked up the best ways to save a water damaged phone. Check it out!Chelsea Crockett- phone in rice

  1. If you drop your phone in water, DO NOT press any buttons to see if your phone works. Water will run under the buttons!
  2. If your phone has a case, battery pack, and/or SIM card, remove them immediately! Dry all with a towel.
  3. Sounds crazy, but if water gets in the speaker or battery area, use a straw to try to suck out any excess liquid!
  4. Rice is your best friend! Submerge your phone in a bag of dry rice to suck out any water that’s on the inside of your phone. Leave it in the rice for 24 hours.
  5. After you’ve completed steps 1-4, turn your phone on and wish for the best!

While these steps don’t revive all phones, it’s worth the try! I hope I’ve helped some of you save your phone!

            Chelsea

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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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Enjoy Life, Don’t Just Capture It

Our generation is obsessed with social media.  It’s almost become a competition of who can show-off their life better or who can post the most fabulous photo on Instagram.  Unfortunately,…

Our generation is obsessed with social media.  It’s almost become a competition of who can show-off their life better or who can post the most fabulous photo on Instagram.  Unfortunately, it’s not about enjoying life anymore, but capturing a photo or Snapchat video of the moment.  It’s time that we put our phones down, turn off social media, and soak in the incredible life God has given us. Chelsea Crockett- family

Too often, we don’t enjoy what we are doing with our friends or family, because we are too focused on posting everything on Snapchat and Twitter, and waiting around to take an Instagram picture of the new outfit we got or the cool place we are at.  Instead of sitting around on your phone or social media waiting for the perfect moment to capture, capture the memory in your mind instead.  Soak in every second spent in a beautiful place with friends and family.  You can always take a picture, but you can never get back moments in your life you wasted or didn’t enjoy.  Next time you catch yourself too focused on social media and posting what you are doing, put your phone away, sit back, and live in the moment.

XOXO,

Chelsea

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