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Taxes 101: The Revenge Guide to Slaying Your Taxes

Let’s talk about… taxes… I just rolled my eyes. If you’re like me, tax day is quickly approaching and it’s just now on your radar. I put this stuff off like I used to wait to write term papers or study for finals. It’s not fun. Not only does it feel like homework, but if you’re self employed like me… you know you’re going to owe money.

As many of you know, I have my degree in Finance. Meaning… I’m fairly good with money talk. Whether it’s your first time filing your taxes, or you’re an old pro – everyone can use a few good tax tips. So I thought I’d share a rundown of “Taxes 101” for you guys. Continue Reading

Oatmeal Toffee Chipper Cookie Recipe

oatmeal toffee chipper cookies

Looking for an easy cookie recipe that tastes like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours? One of my favorite tricks is buying Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix and adding in other ingredients to make them even better.

I’ve never tried the other cookie mixes, but I’m sure they’re great as well. I really like the consistency of the oatmeal cookies because they’re not super chunky. They’re more of a ground up oatmeal texture. 

You just follow the directions on the bag, but add in your own mix ins to make them extra tasty. I like to add Heath/Toffee bits & mini chocolate chips. I use mini chocolate chips because they’re about the same size as the Heath Bits, giving the cooking a balanced texture. 

I love them because they’re a little salty, sweet, chewy & a total crowd pleaser!

SXSW Guide & Playlist


Festival season is upon us! So many awesome music and entertainment festivals coming up – starting with one of my all time favorites, SXSW (aka South by Southwest). I get a lot of questions about shows and which festivals I recommend, so I thought it would be fun to start by doing a breakdown of SXSW and my “pro tips”.

SXSW is a massive festival/conference filled with music, networking, and inspiration in Austin, Texas! This year’s event includes expanded access for all badge types with a ton of new opportunities for learning, networking, and discovery. There are a ton of different way’s to experience SXSW and there’s a ton of information online. I highly recommend starting by browsing Pinterest. There are tons of tips, recaps & ideas. But where do you begin?

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24 Hour Vacation: Minneapolis Edition

Radisson Blu Minneapolis

At the end of my trip to Canada, I decided to spend a day in Minneapolis. So random, I know. But it was the easiest flight back to San Diego. I’ve never been there either, so it seemed like a good opportunity to cross it off of my bucket list! 

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