Oh, I Have Bean Here Before!

If you have been following along on SnapChat, then you know that I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Chicago again two weeks ago (for more than 27 hours!). This time, however, it was not for TSP, but for school/life/work.

I am really interested in entering the Consulting industry and a group of students from my school decided to take a networking trip to Chicago, visiting firms and finding out what they look for in the people they recruit. It was great to finally learn what consulting is really like, but I really loved being able to bond with some of these amazing people a bit more.

Chicago is truly an amazing place where anything can happen. Let's hope a few things do - who knows, maybe I will find myself back in Chicago?

Catch you next time.


Tech Necessity: The jimmyCASE

*This post and giveaway is sponsored by jimmyCASE. All opinions are my own.*

One of the things I have really noticed about being in college is that you are constantly busy. Busy with school, busy going to meetings, and really so busy that sometimes you do not pay attention to where you are walking or if you have everything you need from where you just left.

I cannot give you the secret to not forgetting things, but trying out this handy little wooden phone case actually helped me out quite a bit towards the end of last semester when I was freaking out about Finals. The number of times I walked out of a study room with neither money nor my phone is too high for me to count. You can kind of see where this is going, right? It was quite the coincidence when I was contacted to try out the jimmyCASE and boy, was it a good one.

When I was first looking at it, I was really impressed by the design choice of wood – I had seen cases like this before, but this is a step above the basic. Not only is the case classy, but the aspect that really sold me on the case is the elastic pocket attached on the back. If you shop around, there are a few iPhone wallet cases, but they are pretty bulky or clunky. This case is pretty slim, not super bulky, even with a few cards and cash inside. Even better, you can get the pocket with some customized colors (university colors, anyone?!).

Before this new Spring semester started, I was spending time with one of my best friends and his family. You see this awesome guy? One of my friend’s brothers, Tucker! Tucker was really impressed with the case and even helped me out by taking a few photos of me and letting me obnoxiously take a few photos of him. (Shameless plug: he does awesome graphic design if you are looking for some help!).

Want one of your own? If you are one of those people who cannot wait, your own iPhone 7 card holder case here. Or, if you want to try your luck, jimmyCASE and I are partnering up to give one of YOU lucky readers your own! Enter in the Rafflecopter below.

Catch you next time.


2016 Highlights

Happy New Year's Eve, y'all! 2016 has really been something, huh? I have been so lucky and blessed to have met some amazing people, given into my wanderlust a bit more, and really learned more about who I am as a person.

In many ways it has been a rough and challenging year, but I really want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who have been following along and supporting TSP.

Now on to the quick highlights!

1. Life hit me hard (school, working, trying to improve TSP) and I have not posted online as often as I have in the past, but I did work to keep up on Instagram! I was not sure if I wanted to do the "Best 9" again, but I realized it is really the best way to gauge which posts y'all really liked. I will work hard to top them all in 2017 - thanks for the 17, 319 likes!

2. I was able to cross 2 amazing cities off of my wanderlust list - Chicago and New York City! In 2016, I visited Chicago thanks to Kraft Heinz (for TSP) and I visited NYC twice (once for school, the second for a family Christmas). In January, I will also be making another quick trip to Chicago (for school)!

3. TSP has seen quite a few changes this year, from a handy-dandy personal URL to a facelift and redesign.

4. Here is a quick shoutout to all of my wonderful friends, who put up with me 1) taking pictures of their food, 2) taking pictures of them, 3) me asking them to take pictures of me, 4) taking pictures with me. Sometimes I say it is all for the blog, but honestly, the pictures are because I want to save those moments with me forever. Thank you for your friendship.

 (Unfortunately, I don't have a picture with all of my friends, but here is a cute one with a couple of them!)

5. Music is a big part of my life and I knew I had to share this. I honestly did not know Spotify was doing this "Your Top Songs 2016" thing (re: this year is the year I finally gave in and started using Spotify!) and I thought it was pretty funny. I have always told people that my music taste is eclectic but oftentimes people laugh and don't believe me - well, here's a small piece of proof!

Once again, THANK YOU, my readers, for being there for me. I hope y'all have a wonderful night tonight - be safe!

Catch you next year!


Go-To AZ Fall/Winter Outfit

Fall and Winter in Arizona is a blessing and a curse! This is one of my absolute favorite sweaters and I've been wearing this outfit like crazy since the sun stopped burning up Phoenix in November. I love how lightweight this sweater is, and it's really easy to throw a leather jacket or cardigan over it when it gets a little chilly in the evenings.

Catch you next time.


Chicago with Kraft Heinz and Stop Hunger Now

*Thank you to Kraft Heinz for my trip to Chicago for the meal packaging event! All opinions are my own. *

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to fly to Chicago and participate in one of the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation’s expanding initiatives to eliminate world hunger and malnutrition, especially in developing nations. Y’all have seen some of the photos from off-time spent with the other bloggers, but I want to focus on the main reason we were there: fighting world hunger!

Kraft Heinz is one of the largest food companies in the world, and their philanthropic arm, the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation, which has done a lot of work within the company, is now working to invite others to take part of the conversation and action.

KHCF has partnered with Stop Hunger Now for their current signature program: The Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign. Kraft Heinz developed and now donates the micronutrient packets that go into every Stop Hunger Now meal pack. (How cool is that?!) These little packets give 19 essential vitamins and minerals for health and development.

Our group of 8 bloggers participated with over 400 Kraft Heinz employees to pack over 130,000 meal packs. During the shift we participated in, our group packed 45,000 packs in two hours, but it didn’t seem like it because we had music blasting and we were having a great time talking to the Kraft Heinz employees, too.

When I was contacted about this opportunity, I was extremely excited because y’all know I’m all over philanthropy events, especially those involving hunger! I am a huge advocate of giving back to the local and global communities, and I think events like these are a perfect and easy way to do just that.

Pictured: Sarah of The Bella Insider, Olivia of A Drop in the Ocean, Jessie of HungryGrl_BigCity, Nicole of Do Stuff, Kayla of The College Dish, Megan of Bowtiful Life, Me, Alayna of Embellish Your Dish

When it came time to leave Chicago, I was extremely sad to be leaving all of these amazing ladies. That being said, please check out their blogs and their updates on how the trip and packing event went! I know that we all left the city feeling inspired to help spread this movement and encourage more people to get involved. So now it’s YOUR turn! Be sure to check out http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/ to learn more about this cause.

I had an amazing time on this trip: I made some wonderful new friends and I was able to do volunteer work! When was the last time you volunteered or left somewhere feeling inspired?

Catch you next time

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