California Travel Diary & VidCon 2017

Hey guys! Nathan and I just got back from California and wanted to share some of our favorite memories from our trip. We mainly went for VidCon, but since it was my first time there we had to do the whole touristy thing.

We stayed at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Anaheim because it was within walking distance from the Convention center where VidCon was being held. The hotel was really nice, as well as the room we stayed in and the beds were super comfortable. If you’re a Disney Land fan then this is the hotel for you because it’s also within walking distance from the theme park. We saw tons of kids with their Mickey and Minnie mouse ears and you knew exactly where they were headed. Another bonus about the hotel (besides their delicious chocolate chip cookies) is that certain rooms have a perfect view of Disney Land’s firework show each night! And don’t worry if you go to bed super early like me haha, the fireworks stop by 10pm.

Our first tour was the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This was by far one of the coolest things we have ever done. If you’re a movie buff or just love any of the TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory or Friends, just to name a few… then this is the tour for you! If you can, make sure to request Noah as your tour guide because he was Ahh-mazing! His personality reminded me of Jim Carey a little, and he was full of knowledge about the entire studio. We got to walk through the studio where the Big Bang Theory is currently being filmed and unfortunately weren’t allowed to take any photos or video due to spoiler alerts. We also got to see sets from La La Land and Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls. We did see a few celebrities while on the tour, Michael Campion from Fuller House and Adam Hagenbuch from the Freeform show Switched at Birth.

The following day we did a 10 hour Best of Los Angeles City Tour which was nice because we got to see so much in one day without having to worry about fighting the L.A. traffic. The bus picked us up from our hotel along with several other hotels near by, and our first stop was at The Hollywood Walk of Fame where we also stopped by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. After that we walked through The Grove and The Farmer’s Market which is great for shopping and trying fresh new foods.

After 3 hours there, the bus picked us back up for our last stop which was The Santa Monica Pier. Although it was crazy busy on the day we went due to a free concert, we still made the most of it. We got some amazing ice cream and walked up and down the pier mainly people watching. We wanted to do a few rides like the famous Ferris Wheel, but we were strapped for time so we’ll have to save that for our next trip.

On our final day there we spent the majority of our time at VidCon, attending as many panels as we could just soaking up all the information about filming and editing and youtube etc. It was so nice to connect with so many people from around the U.S. and everyone was very encouraging and supportive of one another.

And for all the foodies out there… you HAVE to go to the Anaheim Packing District. It’s basically a two story food court with tons of funky and unique restaurants. Crepes, Cali Tacos with fresh tortillas, and desserts infused with liquid nitrogen. Everything is pretty much Instagram worthy at this place!

Make sure to check out the video, and give it a thumbs up if you like it! And if you haven’t already please subscribe to see more videos in the future! Also, comment down below if you want any more info on a few other places we visited while we were there for the week.

 

xo, morgan

Earn Cash Back for Shopping!

Hey guys and happy Monday! To start the week off I thought I would share a new app/website that I have been using a lot this month called Ebates. If you’re a big online shopper like myself then you should definitely consider signing up. Ebates helps you earn cash back on purchases made through their website. They have thousands of stores like Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Target, Wal-Mart, Academy, Nordstrom, etc. To be honest I’m normally kind of skeptical when it comes to things like this, but I was pretty surprised with how easy the whole process was.

All you have to do is login to their website, find the store you want to purchase from, click on it and it will re-direct you to that store’s website. From there you can shop just as you normally would and once your purchase has been confirmed you’ll earn cash back. Each store offers a different percentage of cash back, and some even have in-store offers. Plus Ebates has a variety of online and in store coupon codes, so it’s kind of like a one stop shop!

You’ll also earn $10 just for signing up and making your first purchase.

And once you’re ready to cash out it’s super simple. You can either send yourself a check with your earnings, transfer your money to a PayPal account, or use your earnings to buy gift cards.

Click here, or the picture below if you’re interested in signing up! 🙂

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

TIP: After signing up I highly recommend that you download the Cash Back Button to your browser. This will alert you anytime you go to make a purchase and may have forgotten to stop by Ebates first to earn your cash back!

Morphe Brushes X Jaclyn Hill’s New Eyeshadow Palette!

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It’s happening again my beauties! Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Brushes announced today on social media that they have been working on a brand new eyeshadow palette coming soon in 2017. This palette has been in the works since February 2015 and will contain 35 shadows that Jaclyn helped personally create. Jaclyn mentioned that herself and Linda the owner of Morphe, had a vision to create a palette that had the best pigmentation and the best blendability for an affordable price, which hello what more could we ask for? The palette will include shades suitable for all skin tones, and will contain your neutral shades, cool tones, highlight shades, smokey shades, etc.  Their goal was to create a product that had every shadow you need all in one palette.

Make sure to follow her on snapchat Jaclynrhill, to see swatches and hear more information about their new collaboration!

 

Update June 5th, 2017 –

The Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow palette will be launching on June 21st, 2017 and will retail for $38.

You Are A Badass

Hey guys, this year is quickly coming to an end and I think we can all agree it’s been a bit of a tough one. Before it’s over I wanted to share something that I’ve recently discovered that has changed my life for the better! I’ve never been much of a bookworm, but it has been a personal goal of mine to start reading more, so my husband Nathan introduced me to this wonderful little site called Audible (I’m sure you’ve heard of it). They have hundreds of thousands of audiobooks, you’re bound to find something you like. The great thing about audiobooks is how you have the option of listening to it basically anywhere. I’ve downloaded the app as well as to my iTunes account, so I can listen to my audiobooks in the morning while getting dressed, around the house while I’m cleaning, or my favorite in the car when I’m on my way to work or stuck in traffic. It makes getting through books so much quicker and enjoyable, especially if you can find one narrated by the actual author of the book. One of my personal favorites so far has been You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. You Are a Badass is a self-help/personal development book that shares awesome tips for improving your life and creating one you love. The author shares witty quotes, hilarious stories, inspiring messages and daily exercises to help you be the best you you can be! If you’re interested you can click the link below and start a 30 day trial with Audible, and you’ll get your first 2 books for free! Make sure to comment below if you have any audiobooks you would recommend.

Dew Berry Christmas Tree Farm

Hey guys! A couple weeks ago my husband Nathan & I, my brother-in-law Nick and his fiancé aka my best friend Lindsay all took a mini road trip to Brookshire, Texas to visit the Dew Berry Christmas Tree Farm. It had just finished raining for two days straight, and the farm was a muddy mess but we still made the most of it. We even saw a few little shoes stuck in the mud… it makes me laugh to think what all the parents  said when they got back to the car and noticed their child lost a shoe a few acres back 😄. The farm itself had so many cute Christmasy things to do from a wreath barn, antique and gift shop, and a petting zoo for the little ones. We will definitely be making a trip back next year and will have to plan for a prettier day with better weather. Hope you guys enjoy the video. If you do, please make sure to give it a like! Thanks, and happy holidays! xo, Morgan

Hello Fall – Free Download

Hey guys, I just started my own Etsy shop called Shop XO Morgan where I’m designing custom invitations, announcements, labels, stickers, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you’re in need of a custom design for a special event. 

To kick off my online store opening, I decided I would give a freebie for Fall (since it is my absolute favorite season). Download, Print, and pop it into a pretty picture frame and you’ll have a cheap and easy DIY fall decor. Enjoy! 

Hello Fall

Click on the image to download it. For personal use only. 

Tahoe Born Hair Products Review

Fresh, natural, and unique are the three words that come to mind when I think of Tahoe Born Brand. Hairdresser and cosmetic chemist Nicholaus Augustine has taken hair and skin care products to the next level. Each product is versatile and contains organic ingredients to keep your hair healthy and easy to manage. Below you’ll find a review of some of the products I’ve tried so far. 

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Calypso Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo:

Talk about volume! I’ve tried many sea salt sprays in the past and most just leave my hair dry and sticky, but Calypso does just the opposite. It smells so fresh and truly gives that “just left the beach” feel. My favorite way to use this product is on damp hair. Just a few sprits and then i’ll scrunch it with my hands to give it some volume and wave. 

Calypso Sea Salt Texture Cream & Cleansing Cream:

These two have the same fresh scent as the Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo and help give my hair some texture and volume. Pair it with the Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo for the perfect hair cocktail. 

Ylang, Shea, Coconut Smoothing Cleanser and Smoothing Oil:

These two products are great for helping me tame this frizz from all this Texas humidity. It helps smooth my hair and prevents me from needing to straighten it some days. 

Sunday Morning Rebalance Cleanser:

The Sunday Morning Cleanser is a definite fave! Normally I’m not a fan of 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioners because they leave my hair feeling dry and super tangled… but not this one! The Sunday Morning Cleanser is perfect for stripping all of the dry shampoo and other hair products left over from a couple days before. It is a tad bit watery compared to most shampoo’s and conditioners, but I don’t mind it. My favorite time to use it is actually on Monday morning’s when I’m running late. Having only one product to wash & rinse saves me a lot of time and it has a citrusy smell to it that’s perfect for waking you up and getting your day started!  I’ve never used a 2 in 1 that makes my hair feel so clean, refreshed, and soft! 

Silk Hydrate Hair + Skin Serum:

Talk about obsessed! I’ve already gone through half of my bottle and I’ve had it less than a month. This product is extremely versatile and can be used on wet or dry hair to help smooth hair, or apply it your skin to help tighten and moisturize. It smells so amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever smelt before. The serum starts off really silky and then dries quickly without feeling sticky or heavy. My favorite time to use it is when I get out of the shower when my skin feels the most dry, or on the ends of my hair while it’s still damp. 

 

For more information on Tahoe Born Brand and their products, make sure you visit their website. You can even create your own profile page and add products your most interested in to your wish list. You can connect with other Tahoe Born lovers and see tips on their favorite way to use the products! If you sign up today you’ll get 50% off! 

Oliver + Otis

I recently had the opportunity to work with one of my new favorite online clothing stores Oliver & Otis.  I’m all about being cute yet comfortable, and one of my favorite things about their shirts is how soft they are, yet still really good quality. These fellow Texan ladies have a ton of cute southern apparel from t-shirts, to hats, koozies, and more. Keep scrolling to check out some of my favorites! 

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Yes Way Rosé t-shirt | Cactus t-shirt

Click here to shop Oliver & Otis, and use the code FREESHIP75 to get free shipping on orders of $75 or more! 

Tori Kelly & THIRDSTORY | Unbreakable Smile Tour 2016

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Last week I got the chance to see one of my favorite artists, Tori Kelly in concert for the second time. I’ve been a huge fan of her since she was posting cover videos on YouTube and singing at small coffee shops in California, so you can only imagine my excitement to be able to see her career grow into what it is now. The last time I saw her was back in 2012, and since then she’s released her first album Unbreakable Smile, opened for Ed Sheehan’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden, and was even nominated for a Grammy. The concert was absolutely amazing and so different from her first show I saw. This time she came fully equipped with a band and a lot more frills than the first show which was basically just her and a guitar.

If you know me at all then you know I love music and finding new artists so I was super stoked about her new opening act called ThirdStory. These guys are pretty much my new obsession! They harmonize like nobody’s business, and have such a unique look and sound. I had never heard of them before her show, and was extremely impressed. I attached a video below of one of their original songs (not sure the name of it though) if you want to check them out. I’m also glad I hit record when I did because after coming home and searching all over YouTube, Google, and iTunes I sadly could not find any of their original music. If you watch/listen and are new fans of ThirdStory, then go Like & Share the video to help give these guys the recognition they deserve! 

Austin, TX Video Diary

Nathan planned this entire trip to Austin for our 1 year anniversary. We stayed at the South Congress Hotel which was so amazing. The hotel is super eclectic and totally gives you the whole “Austin” vibe. We ate at several of Austin’s top rated restaurants, which we highly recommend Magnolia Cafe & South Congress Cafe for breakfast and brunch. For lunch, Guero’s Taco Bar for the best ritas and fajitas in town, or Hopdoddy if you’re feeling burgers and a nutella & pretzel milkshake (yea.. that’s a real thing). For a late night dinner we went to Searsucker which was a little more pricey and upscale but totally worth it. If you go, you have to try the duck fat fries, trust us! Besides stuffing our faces with delicious food, we also walked up and down South Congress Street and visited a ton of cool little stores and antique shops. The great thing about our hotel was how much we were surrounded by. 

On our last day there we took a drive to Fredericksburg, Texas to visit a couple wineries. Surprisingly Texas has some of the United States top rated wineries. We stopped at Becker Vineyard first for a tasting and had an amazing experience. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the different kinds of wine and blends. Our next stop was about 10 minutes up the road at Kuhlman Cellars. Nathan and I were able to get a last minute reservation for a wine and food pairing within 20 minutes of leaving Becker, talk about luck! The pairing was one of the coolest experiences. They gave us 6 bite sized gourmet appetizers to pair with 6 different wine tastings, it was so amazing and unlike anything we had ever tried. If you’re interested in taking a trip to Austin, we both highly recommend all the places linked and listed. If you try any of them out we’d love it if you’d comment and let us know how you liked it. 

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