Moving home is often associated with lots of packaging, planning and also arguing. However, if you live on your own then it can actually be even more difficult because all of the responsibility is placed on you.

If you live an independent lifestyle then you’re probably accustomed to making all of your own important decisions, but there are so many components when it comes to moving home that you’re bound to forget one thing or another. In order to make the entire process easier for you, here are a couple of ways to make moving home on your own a breeze.

the carolove How to Make Moving on Your Own a Breeze

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Declutter your home

Packing up your belongings can take a while if you have a lot of clutter. The first thing to do is clear out all the clutter. Anything that you don’t need needs to be thrown out or else it will follow you like a stray cat to your new home. Don’t carry waste with you because not only does it increase the overall weight of your packed bags and boxes, but it also forces you to use up more space in your new home. Clean out your house, empty all the drawers and get rid of things that you don’t need. This will make it a hundred times easier to move in the future because you won’t need to carry around so many boxes, and it helps to keep your belongings organized so you don’t lose anything in your boxes.

Carry a separate bag for daily essentials

If you’ve got a complicated skincare routine or just love being organized (who doesn’t?) then make sure you pack a separate bag full of your daily essentials. Skincare creams, make-up, medication, toothbrush and paste… the list can go on! Anything that you need on a daily basis should be packed in this bag alongside a spare change of clothes and toiletries. This is especially important if you’ve spent the whole day moving and carrying boxes. The last thing you want to do is unpack all of your belongings, so kick up your feet, relax and pretend you’re on holiday by just relying on your daypack.

Have you shopped around for moving quotes?

Unless you have a vehicle that’s capable of carrying all of your belongings, you’ll want to shop around for the best quote from movers. Prices can vary drastically so it’s important to look at various sites to determine what will be the cheapest and most efficient. You can click here if you want to find out more about movers and to calculate a sample quote. You also have the option of asking friends and family to help, but only if they’re willing to lend you a vehicle of theirs.

Don’t forget your emotions

Moving can be an emotional time especially if you’re living on your own. Make sure you spend plenty of time with close friends and family members that you’ll be leaving behind because you might not be able to see them for a while. Even if you’re just moving across town or a few streets down, you’ll be experiencing some drastic changes that could ultimately change your entire life. In times like this, it’s nice to have someone to talk to.

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Thanksgiving is barely a week away- the holidays are about to be in full swing. This year, Kendall and I are driving (yes, driving) to Baton Rouge after dinner at my parents’ house for a wedding on Saturday morning. It’s a 17 hour drive on a good day. Seeing as how it’s Thanksgiving weekend, I’m guessing we’re going to spend upwards of 40 hours in the car together next weekend. Jesus take the wheel.

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Usually, Black Friday is a girls’ day situation with my mom and Auntie Steph. We go to Columbia Mall, early-ish, have lunch, shop until around 4. It’s relaxed but we definitely have a mission and a list. We never, ever shop on Thanksgiving Day.

Fist of all, it’s family time for us. Second of all, I cannot and will not go into a store staffed with employees who are not able to go home and spend time with their own families. It was hard enough on me working black Friday and the day after Christmas when I was in retail, but thankfully Pier One is one of the stores that shuts its doors completely for the holiday.

Check out my list of retailers who have pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving, and consider giving your patronage to them!

A more complete list and additional information can be found here.

 

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This post is so tardy to the party and I apologize. A few weeks ago, for our October meetup, Bubbles & Bloggers hosted and intimate chat at Mission with Ashlee of Cobolt Chronicals and Contracts for Creatives.

Bloggers are told time and time again that they should have a contract when working with brands. This is something I have ignored the teensy-est bit, and I’ve gotten away with it because the brands I work with an myself have been good at delivering our end of the bargain. Plus, I figured that since our terms are outlined in an email, that’s basically a contract, right?

Wrong.

While I was totally stoked to find out that a contract doesn’t have to be created by a lawyer to make it binding, it does need to be signed and dated by both parties.  Ashlee filled us in with what it takes to have a good contract in the blogging world, and I feel confident that I can put together a contract of my own. However, I would probably have her review it to be safe, which is one of the services she offers. Definitely check her out if you need legal help with your blog!

But let’s go back for a second to “I can put together a contract of my own”. This blog, and the ones that came before it (Getting Warped, Case of the Mondays, and Little Bitty City One) has been a total learning and growing experience. Yes, I was inspired by bloggers to start my own, but I’ve done it pretty much solo since then. This is absolutely not to discredit the friends I’ve bounced content with, traded photo-shoots with, and shared resources with, but when it comes down to it, The CaroLøve is all me.

I’ve figured out how to do a little bit of coding, found the plugins to make my blog go my way, played with what works and what doesn’t. When I grew out of Little Bitty City One, I started The CaroLøve as a blank canvas. Even that has evolved. I don’t want my blog or myself to stop growing and I probably spend about 5 hours a week reading articles on blog growth or technology etc.

So hear this, fellow bloggers- when you’re feeling a little slumpy, look back on everything you’ve done, achieved, created. Be proud of it, but don’t become complacent. Thank the friends who have helped you along the way, but don’t discount how much you really have done on your own.

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Earrings: ADMK||The Sari Necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Tote: Macy’s||Top: Loft||Skirt: Forever 21||Booties: Amazon||Jacket: Amazon

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Millennials do a lot of stupid crap. I would know- I am one. Being a blogger AND a millennial I’m probably extra annoying. I like documenting what I’m doing and what I love and thinking that people will actually care about it. While I don’t use the word influencer to describe myself and would never stand on a chair at a restaurant to ‘gram my food (I have VERY strong opinions on this) I’m just as guilty as the next kiddo born between 1982-2004 of being self-involved.

But we’re not all bad. We grew up with technology- as in it grew with us- and we keep finding fascinating new ways to use it. We want to be better and make the world better. While Snapchat certainly isn’t going to solve any world issues, our involvement in social media means we can share ideas at the speed of thought. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me. And being a generation who grew up hearing we’re special and can do anything we put our mind to- of course we would have our own freakin’ color that is ridiculously hard to describe.

I actually had to Google Millenial Pink to figure out how to actually tell you about it:

It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon.The Gardian

 In general, Millennial Pink is a soft pink with some gray tones to add subtlety and sophistication, and a slight hint of peach, making it a warmer and rosier pink and less a magenta-pink.houzz

 The answer, I think, is that millennial pink isn’t so much a color as it is an idea — hence the great difficulty in pinning it down to a single shade. Millennial pink, whether pale or desaturated or salmon-y, is a kind of non-pink pink, an aesthetic distillation of the ideals of contemporary feminism: unabashedly female, but removed from the constraining associations of the past. It is, in a lot of ways, defined more by what it isn’t than what it is: not Barbie. Not bubble gum. Not princessy.Apartment Therapy

 I use it a little interchangeably with blush and rose gold myself.

As I’m writing this post, within eyeshot (I wasn’t sure if that’s a word but spellcheck is not rejecting it), I am wearing a millennial pink sweater, my phone case is partially millennial pink, and my wristlet with work FOB and important cards is glitter on one side and millennial pink on the other. I know what I like. Also, creepy, I just opened Facebook on my phone and the first ad that pops up is for this bag set from Away only the ad didn’t call it blush. The ad called it millennial pink.

Anyway, I found a millennial pink list on Amazon and wanted to create my own. What do you think of this color?

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I  make fun of myself all the time saying “I don’t know how to girl.” In the age of everyone being offended by everything, this is probably not a great thing to say, but I just mean I’m not awesome at being classically feminine. I whine like a toddler every time I wear anything with a heel, my hair is usually in a topknot or ponytail (and usually rooty af), my makeup routine for every day is a BB cream and mascara on my upper lashes, and I prefer a good graphic t over a blouse. I wouldn’t say I’m a tomboy, AT ALL, but I just can’t always be bothered with the stuff I guess I’m supposed to care about, beauty wise. I definitely have no idea which makeup brushes are supposed to do what.

Whether you’re a seasoned makeup professional or a n00b just trying to figure it out, LiveGlam is a great way to build your beauty arsenal. Check out the details on this month’s MorphMe brushes + KissMe lip colors from LiveGlam and sign up for your own boxes! I like that they tell you specifically what the brushes are to be used for as most of the time I straight up guess!

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? Any you love? I definitely want to hear about them in the comments below!

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