City Guide: Traverse City, MI

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About a month ago, my family took a 4-day road trip up to Traverse City, Michigan. I’m no stranger to Michigan, but my family and I typically frequent Southwestern Michigan. Even though we were only up North for 4 days, we sure crammed a lot of activities (and driving) into that short time. In today’s post, I’ve listed everything we did, ate, slept and whether or not I would do it again.

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My Fall Essentials + a Giveaway!

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Happy first day of fall everyone! Today’s post is in collaboration with the absolutely wonderful woman behind the blog Savvy Southern Belle, Tiffani. Tiffani reached out to me asking if I wanted to collaborate on a post and giveaway centered around our favorite season: fall. Of course, I was all in. Today, I will be sharing with you the things that are necessities for me during the fall season and, if you stay tuned until the end, there is a giveaway giving away some of the things both Tiffani and I deemed essential for the fall season. Without further ado, here are my fall essentials and, to those who enter the giveaway, good luck!

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Tips For Baking Your First Pie


Why yes, you’ve assumed correctly. I, Kristine, have successfully baked my first pie from (semi-) scratch! Its been a long time in the making and it wasn’t as disastrous as I was expecting. That being said, there was a bit of improvisation and problem-solving, but man, did the pie turn out yummy. I have spoken to many people about baking and my pie experience and thought that any first-time-pie-bakers out there could benefit from my learning experience. Start preheating your oven, it’s time to bake a pie!

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What I’m Looking Forward to About Senior Year

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Hi friends – welcome! It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted on the blog, but with good reason – I have officially started my SENIOR YEAR of college. How did this happen? I’ve already had a few crying spells over finding potential future employment and moving. Don’t worry, today I’m going to focus on the positive. I already have a lot of exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to take you along with me. Without further ado, here are the things I am most excited about for this upcoming year.

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Benefits of Owning a Dog

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Growing up, my sister and I could never get a dog or a cat because my mom has severe allergies. It didn’t really bother me (I’d prefer that my mom breathe comfortably in her own home), but it always puzzled me how my friends with pets could call their dog, cat, iguana, guinea pig their best friend. Enter this post. I would like to introduce to you all the apple of my eye: Jacey Cooper (pictured above and throughout the post). While I got to borrow Jacey from Tucker’s family for a year, I have never come to love another being so quickly. If you are curious about owning a dog and have the means to do so, I highly urge you to do so. Here are all of the benefits I’ve seen in just a short year of having a dog.

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How I Make Money By Taking Online Surveys

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Back in February, I had a one-week series that talked about different ways to save, make better use of and make money. Today, I want to expand on that last one a bit – making money. This semester, I will be working two part time jobs in addition to being a full-time student. Believe it or not, but between paying for rent, utilities and groceries, some months I am a little shorter than I’d like on spending money. Since high school, I’ve been taking online surveys for extra spending money. Today, I will be sharing with you more information about the websites I use to take surveys as well as how the rewards system works for each of the sites. If you have any questions about these survey websites or want to see more money-related posts, let me know in the comments down below, on Twitter or shoot me an email at!

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