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.

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.