Treat Yo Self With Palmer's This Winter

Note: This post was graciously sponsored by the lovelies at Palmer's through HerCampus Media. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Happy Arkansan possible!

When I learned about this opportunity to work with Palmer's I was so excited and I knew I had to jump at the opportunity to be a part of this campaign. Just a quick fun fact about me before we jump into today's post, I hate dry skin, so you can probably imagine that this post was right up my alley.

Treat Yo Self With Palmer's This Winter

Winter is here, my friends, and surviving the winter is kinda horrible. Palmer's makes surviving a little easier with amazing and well-tested products. As I stated before I hate dry skin. Whether it's a Palmer's product or some other lotion, I always have to have something to keep my skin feeling great every day of the year (but especially during the winter time.

Give you skin a break this winter and pamper yourself, or as I, and my favorite duo from Parks & Rec likes to say, treat yo self!

I am obsessed with this photoshoot that I did for this post on Palmer's. Just a little behind the scenes on this shoot, it started raining while we were shooting. I swear I checked the weather before we left and rain wasn't in the forecast, but I wasn't letting a little rain stop me from showing my love for this awesome brand.

So, why is Palmer's such a great brand to treat yo self with? Simple: Palmer's uses amazing ingredients that help you heal and soften your skin. What's better than a hydrating body concentrated cream or lotion on a day when you are feeling blue because the cold didn't lead to a snow day (and instead led to just another cold day)?

To break it down Palmer's is made with two key ingredients: Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. They have a whole slew of amazing products available on their website and I was lucky enough to be sent their:

  • Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Lotion
  • Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Concentrated Cream
  • Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick

Each of these products feels amazing and does an amazing job making me feel totally moisturized and treated after using the products, plus after I smell like hot cocoa so that is definitely a plus in my book.

The lotion and concentrated creame are great for long lasting protection for my body, hands, and feet. The swivel stick has to be one of my favorites though because it is great to wear under my favorite lipsticks and it also works as an amazing spot treatment to keep my skin feeling extra soft if I have one or two problem areas on my skin.

These products solve all of my winter moisture problems and they are definitely my favorite product to put on in the morning after my morning shower.

So, the next time you are in need of some products to help you kick winter dry skin to the curb, head to the store and look for Palmer's. They are in so many of your normal stores that you can't miss their awesome products whether you love to shop at Walmert, Target, or any cool place that sells similar products like Walgreens, Dollar General, and Rite Aid. You seriously can't miss these awesome products, and you don't want to either.

I hope that you loved learning a little more about Palmer's with me today. I adore this brand and I think you will to. In 2017 let's strive to leave our dry skin in 2017 and add more moisture into our daily routine with Palmer's.

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8 Steps To Amazing Travel On A College Budget

I’m a college student who spends most of the semesters counting down to my breaks. No homework, no classes, no stress and possibly a vacation? Yes, please! Sign me up! I love to travel. I love driving, flying, taking the train, I’m up for anything! I think travel is something all college students should experience. Spring break is one of the best times to get up and go. Unfortunately, spring break just happens to be one of the most expensive weeks of the year for traveling. As a college student, some can only work part-time jobs, if that, so you must be more diligent when it comes to booking a vacation that qualifies as affordable. Traveling has some of the biggest and best loopholes but also some of the worst. Below I’ve listed some simple, yet awesome traveling tips. I swear by them. Save your money and you can still take that awesome vacation!

8 Steps For Amazing Travel On A College Budget

Step 1: Plan ahead

You should track prices and flights for as long as you possibly can.

The minute you decide you’re going to go on vacation is the minute you should start looking at prices, trips, etc. Being on your toes is always the best strategical plan when you are trying to save some money. I recommend checking as often as possible. You can figure out what this destination’s “regular” price is and sometimes you find an awesome deal at a random hour during the day/night. 

Step 2: Compare all airline costs

 I totally understand some of you prefer flying on United or JetBlue (for example), but sometimes it’s so much easier to forfeit the airline flight and fly based solely on cost. Look at every airline your airport provides before settling and booking. Unfortunately, you might not be getting that JetBlue television for the trip, but you might be getting there way faster and at a more reasonable price! Look at all airports around you (even if it means a 3+ hour drive to get to it). Sometimes driving those three hours means you saved $400.00 on a ticket. I’m serious! It does happen. You really need to take everything into consideration before booking.

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Step 3: Check Expedia and Kayak

These two websites I work with regularly at my job and for personal use. They are reliable and the horror stories you hear usually end up being the customers fault, NOT Expedia or Kayak’s. My family has used them and so have many of my coworkers. By booking on Expedia, you can sometimes save up to $500.00 on your tickets, hotels, cars, etc. If there is a possibility of changing or canceling your flight, I would avoid these websites. That is usually where the issues come into play. They do charge steep change fees (as do most airlines), but sometimes these charges are a deal breaker for travelers. If you know you won’t be changing you flight times or days, then Expedia and Kayak may be your ideal money saver! Make an account today and track your destination daily. The prices change regularly. 

Step 4: Use Hotels.com

This is also a 3rd party booking website like Expedia (but for hotels instead.) It provides you with several options for the area you are going to, detailed information, and great prices and rewards! If you plan to change and/or might cancel your trip, avoid this website as well. It is awesome if you are 100% positive about where you are going and when. I use Hotels.com at my job and they offer great rewards. It is entirely worth it because you can save hundreds on bookings. 

Step 5: Compare your hotel prices

Hotels.com makes a great reference page even if you don’t plan to book on it. This allows you to see what really happens (they show you reviews) inside the hotel and it often times provides evidence if it is a sketchy/unsafe place that you should avoid. If the hotel on the direct website is $376.00 a night (for example), Hotels.com often times allows you to book the same hotel for up to 40% cheaper (maybe even more if you get lucky.) Compare these costs! I can’t stress that enough. Again, even if you don’t plan to book on this website, this provides you awesome information and insight on the place you’re planning to rest your head at night. Compare & contrast, people!

Step 6: Read reviews, Seriously

I always want people to be aware of where they’re going, where they are staying, what they’re driving, etc. Always check them out because you never should put yourself in a location that has bed-bugs, has dirty sheets, and doesn’t provide you security in areas where you might need it. The reviews that websites provide you are your friends. Always, always, always be aware of where you’re going and what the quality and concerns are. Don’t travel and be uninformed and uneducated! College students looking for a quick, affordable, and easy spring break often overlook this. Plan everything correctly and you can avoid an issue and have a perfect trip. 

Step 7: Driving is sometimes the best choice (make sure you look into this option)

I know, I know. Flying makes everything quicker and easier. However, driving sometimes saves a massive amount of money. So, if your location is only 6-8 hours away, maybe consider splitting the drive amongst your friends and winging it. Make sure you calculate the possible/estimated cost of driving; you might be shocked with how much money you can save! Gas split between you and your friends is so much cheaper than a plane ticket for all of you. Be smart and watch your wallet. I know people who have driven up and down the country and they track their mileage and gas to the exact destination where they will need to re-fill. This gives them advanced notice to save the money quicker and they knew exactly what everyone needed to chip in for the cost. Driving can also be so much fun when you’re with friends!

Step 8: Food and drinks rack up the quickest (make sure to calculate it)

I love food and I love drinks (don’t we all?). When you’re going somewhere for a vacation and it’s a well-known and/or a fairly popular tourist destination, the food and beverages will quickly make you feel like you’re running out of money much quicker. When you’re spending all that money on your food, sometimes it’s easier to simply buy some basic grocery items and avoid eating out all the time. Some restaurants charge up to $6.00 for a soda because once you start getting re-fills, you’re in trouble. I always recommend planning/prepping for food and drink charges. They sneak up and get you when you’re not looking!

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Wrapping this up

I think the #1 thing I always stress to college travelers has to do with the buddy system. I always recommend that when you or someone you know is traveling somewhere new, take a friend. Going alone is scary (especially with the world we live in), and going together and splitting the cost can make for a much more affordable, safe and fun trip! 

While you plan everything out, I can’t stress to you enough the small bills you should be considering too! You need to calculate your food, your drinks, your luggage prices, etc.

When you need to buy traveling accessories such as luggage tags, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. TJ Maxx, your local Dollar Store, Marshalls, and more will offer you GREAT deals and you can get them for a cheaper price than usual! Shop around on Amazon if you have Prime (if you don’t, shipping can rack up fairly quickly), it has saved me SO much money and SO many trips to the store!

AVOID buying your food and drinks on a plane! They charge you so much more! Sometimes opting for the yucky airport food (which is also pretty pricey) will save you $20.00-$30.00 if you plan it all right.

Lastly, if you are choosing to fly to your beautiful destination and your flight ends up being canceled, delayed and/or completely screwed up in some small way that causes major damage, don’t be the traveler who admits defeat. I can’t stress to you how badly it is to just quit and walk out of the airport. It sounds stupid, but SO many people do it! If you do want to leave, do NOT leave the airport until you have a receipt for a guaranteed refund, a new ticket to get you to your destination, and/or your flight was rescheduled and you know you will be on it when the time comes. Leaving the airport often is the biggest way to lose all of your money! Be smart travelers and enjoy your trip.

Have fun on your budget-friendly vacation!

About Anna

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My name is Anna Elyse and I am a full-time college student, full-time blogger, and full-time travel & event coordinator! I’ve been an aspiring writer since I was a child and could hold a pen and paper! I spend as much time as possible with my two goldendoodles, George & Bitsy! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I live as far upstate in New York State as you can get (just below Montreal, Canada.) I love a good adventure, I live for fabulous parties & events and I take pictures of everything. Flowers & gold are my go-to décor choice and I find so much inspiration from HGTV’s Fixer Upper! When I’m not writing, you’ll find me pinning my life away on Pinterest and/or watching Hulu/Netflix on my couch with my dogs. My life motto that I use almost every day: “enjoy the little things in life, for someday you may look back and realize they were the big things." I try to bring as much passion and honesty to my writing as possible. 


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6 Ways To Find Content To Pin

When you are first starting your Pinterest journey, one of the first things you need to do is load up on all of the pins. I love BoardBooster, and one of it’s best features is the fact that you can loop pins, but you can only really loop pins once you have a good amount of content flowing through your Pinterest account. So, while we wait on the time where we can officially start looping our pins and growing our account on auto-pilot, let’s pin some stuff! Today’s post is going to teach you all about the 6 places that I look for pins.

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin

1. Use The Smart Feed

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use The Smart Feed

The smart feed is your friend, y’all. It knows you, it knows what you love, and it can provide that content for you. The Smart Feed only works when you do, though. We all want to be loved, so we follow lots of people as soon as they follow us, but more than likely that will mess up your Smart Feed. 

Last week we talked about the importance of relevant boards and the Smart Feed is another reason having relevant boards is important. Not only does the Smart Feed pull content from people you follow, but it also shows you pins that it thinks will be relevant based on your public boards. So, if you have a bunch of irrelevant boards on Pinterest, you will have a bunch of irrelevant pins in your Smart Feed.

A lot of the pins that I pin to my own boards are from the Smart Feed, I spend a significant amount of my time pinning just scrolling through my Smart Feed. If you have a well managed account you can spend a lot less time worrying about content to pin because your feed will provide you with a plethora of content.

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2. Use The Related Pins On Any Pin You LOVE

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use Related Pins

Did you find a pin that you just ADORE? After you get through pinning that pin, scroll a little further until you get to the related pins section. You can scroll so much in the related pins part that it feels like an extra Pinterest feed tailored to your new favorite pin. So, if you find a super juicy and amazing pin, go see what Pinterest suggests as your next step.

I don’t spend too much time in the related pins section because honestly I think Pinterest really needs to up it’s related pins game, but it can be interesting to scroll for a minute or so just to see if you can find anything interesting. I am not 100% sure how Pinterest finds related pins (sometimes I think it’s image based but then other times I think it is description based) but some of the related pins do seem to be a bit off. Related pins are a hit or miss, but you can find some interesting things that may never cross your actual Pinterest feed by looking at the related pins.

BONUS: Check Out The Pinterest Account Of The Pin You LOVE

If the site you are browsing with the amazing content uses rich pins, you can usually find their Pinterest profile pretty easy as it’s usually linked to the pin you LOVE.  Go to their brand board and pin more of their blogs and then just go through their entire Pinterest profile and look for content that you want to pin from that as well. Use what they are curating, because obviously they have great taste!

Related Reading: One Hack To Get More Pinterest Clicks

(P.S. This strategy helped my 9x my click rate in one year!)


3. Go Through Any Group Boards You Are A Part Of

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use Your Group Boards

If you are a member of any group boards you should be going through the boards to repin content that catches your eye anyways. Repinning from group boards is just common courtesy, and for some boards it is a rule that you should be repinning a few pins for every pin you make to the board because this increases the boards popularity and success.

I usually go through my group boards every week or so to just go on a pin spree from them, your group board members probably have a lot of awesome posts they are trying to share that will be amazing. 

I personally have two group boards I am collecting contributors for if you would like to be invited. Shoot me an email to be invited to either The Happy College Club (for college bloggers) or The Happy Blogger Club (for bloggers who talk about social media, blogging, and biz.) If you are interested in joining any other types of group boards I really encourage PinGroupie or BoardBooster’s Group Boards To Join feature.


4. Go Through Any Facebook Threads You Are A Part Of

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use Your Facebook Threads


Do you market in Facebook groups? If you do, then you have a PLETHORA of content to pin, and this content is probably pretty new too if they are marketing it in daily Facebook group threads. That means you more than likely haven’t pinned it yet, which is the best kind of content to pin because you should probably be looping older pins with a program like BoardBooster instead of repinning stuff like that on your own.

So, when you get the chance, go through all of those daily threads you have joined in during the last week and pin some of your favorite content from those boards. You will appreciate just how easy it was to find new content to pin this way.

Related Reading: One Hack To Get More Pinterest Clicks

(P.S. This strategy helped my 9x my click rate in one year!)

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5. Pin Random Content From Your Favorite Blogs and Pinterest Accounts

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use Your favorite bloggers

Do you have a list of your favorite bloggers? Make a nice list of your favorite bloggers and when you are running low on content, go check out some of their recent blogs and some of their recent pins of other people’s content. Pin some of their content as well as some of the pins they are pinning from other people. Don’t repin EVERYTHING they pin, but a few pins here and there won't hurt, and Pinterest has a notification system that is so wacky right now that they probably won’t even notice that you pinned a bunch of their content.

When I am running low I love to go check out my FAVE college and blogging bloggers to see what they are pinning and what they are loving. I will take a few moments to go through their boards and find the content that works for my boards.


6. Don’t Forget Your Own Content

6 Ways To Find Content To Pin: Use Your Own Content

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to pin your actual content. When you are pinning your content, are you spending enough time pinning your content everywhere that it’s relevant? Before I started taking Pinterest seriously I would only post my blog in about 1-2 places, but now I pin to every single relevant board and this has really helped me increase my pins as well as increase eyes on my blog The Happy Arkansan.

I have a brand board and on some boards I am a member of my BoardBooster source board is just my brand board so those pins are constantly reaching the audiences I care about in the larger Pinterest community.


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Final thoughts:

Pinterest has really grown my brand and a large part of that is because I find great and relevant content to share with my readers. You don't have to solely be focused on growing your account, so take your time and use these places so you can fill up your boards with amazing content.

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