Fashion, Fitness + Health, Personal


It’s that time of the year where people are health conscious and trying to get in tip-top shape. I’ve been hitting the gym since the start of the New Year and have more drive than ever to change my body for the better! I just feel so much better in general when I’m active and in shape. Plus I like the challenge that comes with working out, as well. Here are my workout bag essentials!

The Bag: I use the Avia Sport Tote With Slip Pocket For Yoga Mat or Towel cause it gets the job done and is only $10 free shipping. Hard to beat that! It’s smaller, but still holds all of the below with ease and has a spot for a yoga mat, which I like.

Water Bottle: Probably the most important things in your bag is your water bottle! I couldn’t find the exact one that I use online, but I like the ones with a straw. Makes it easy to quickly grab a drink while you’re working out.

Extra Thick Yoga Mat: I like my yoga mats extra cushy. I’ve found that TJ Max, Marshalls, Ross, etc have good prices on a variety of yoga mats.

Tarte Gym Bag Grabs Athleisure Essentials: This includes a full size lifted sweatproof mascara in black brown, travel-size brighter days highlighting moisturizer, deluxe quench lip rescue in nude, and some fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes. I often wash my face after a workout, so this set comes in handy for that.

Tarte No Shower Happy Hour Athleisure Essentials: This includes a travel size clean queen vegan deodorant, travel size hair goals dry shampoo, travel size tarteguard 20 tinted moisturizer in medium , deluxe tarteist glossy lip paint in goals (rosy nude), and a deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in insightful (peachy pink). The deoderant and dry shampoo are a lifesaver and the makeup is great if you have to run errands or something after you hit the gym.

Headbands: These are great for whisking away sweat and keeping your hair out of your face. My mom and I just tried out these from Amazon and like them quite a bit!

Small Towel: For when you’re very sweaty and need a little extra something-something.

Hair Ties: I mean, duh.

Small Combination Lock: You need a small lock if you’re using the lockers at your gym! Keep your stuff safe while you’re getting your sweat on.

Gym Shoes: I use my old running shows ats my gym shows. They are a pair of Saucony that I was using last summer but decided I wanted something different for a running shoe and transitioned it to my gym shoe. I will probably be replacing them soon, though.

Barbell Pad: Yes, I bring my own barbell pad, because the ones at my gym are way too thin for hip thrusts, especially, and squats. I got this one for ~$12 off Amazon and it’s been a lifesaver. Highly recommend it if you’re building a booty and doing hip thrusts.

Fitbit Blaze: Okay, this isn’t really IN my bag, but still essential for my workouts. I love the Blaze so much. It looks like an awesome digital watch but is super useful when you’re working out for steps, heart rate, calories, and timing yourself. It even has workouts ON the watch that you can follow along to. I highly recommend it!

One thing I know I’m missing is a pair of good bluetooth headphones. I would LOVE some recommendations on headphones or anything else you have in your gym bag that I don’t have listed. Comment and let me know!

Hair + Beauty, Personal, Videos

Purple Smokey Eye | GRWM | It’s My Birthday! | Video

Hello everyone! I decided to do a little chatty GRWM video while I got ready to go out with my friends for my birthday! Hope you like it!

Smashbox Photofinish Primer
Urban Decay Naked Color Correcting Primers (Peach + Green)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
Kat Von D Lock It Creme Concealer
Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder
Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette
Urban Decay Spectrum Palette
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Tate Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light
ABH Browiz in Dark Brown
Sephora Contour Powder in Los Cabos
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Nars Blush in Orgasm
Becca Champagne Pop
NYX Setting Spray
Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Eyeliner
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Dior Show Mascara
Covergirl Lash Blast Fushion Mascara
Jouer Liquid Lipstick in Snap Dragon

Hair + Beauty, Personal, Videos

How I Did My Makeup In High School | Video

How I did my makeup back in high school. :O This was fun!

Clinique Super Balanced Foundation
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
Hourglass Dim Light
Milani Coralina Blush
Colourpop Whip Highlighter
Buxom Gloss
CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara

Personal, Videos

Harry Potter Tag on Youtube | Video

Favorite book?
Favorite movie?
Least favorite book?
Parts of the books/movies that made you cry?
If you could hook up with any HP character who would it be?
Favorite character?
What would your Patronus be?
If you could have the Resurrection Stone, Invisibility Cloak or the Elder Wand which one would you choose?
What House would you be in?
If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?
Have you played any of the video games?
If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play?
Were you happy with the ending?
How much does Harry Potter mean to you?


Date Ideas in Peoria

Do you ever feel in a rut with nothing to do when you’re trying to think of something fun? I know I do! I sat down and really thought about some of the fun things you can do around Peoria during certain seasons and all-year-round. Besides dinner and a movie, ya know? I’m sure I missed some, so please comment with your suggestions!


Peoria Zoo – The zoo is often overlooked, but a fun way to spend a mild spring day! The animals are much more active when it’s not hot, so this would be a good fall activity, too. The Africa exhibit is the heart and joy of the zoo. It was completely redone some years back and looks amazing. I can spend hours here, mainly taking photographs of the animals.

Wildlife Prairie Park – Another activity for animal and nature lovers! Wildlife Prairie Park focuses on the native species to the Peoria-area. Again, the animals are more active when it’s not too hot or too cold so go in the Spring or Fall. You can walk a ton and see bison, bears, bobcats, farm animals, and more.

Dog Park – Do you have a pup? Head to one of the dog parks in the area and relax and let your dog have some fun. I love the Pekin dog park. There always seems to be an abundance of wiener dogs whenever I go, so of course I love it.


Riverfront – The Riverfront is great Spring through Fall and has many activities going on! Check their website for music, art shows, festivals, and more!

Taste of Peoria – Typically in August, the Taste of Peoria is a great way to get outdoors and try lots of food from local restaurants!

HOI Fair – Catch some rides, eat some carnival food, and see some bands! It’s a fun way to spend an evening in Peoria when it comes around in the summer.

4th of July Fireworks – Go Downtown 4th of July and see the fireworks. There are usually some activities going on during the day, as well, but the big show starts after dark.

Peoria Chiefs – Go see a minor league baseball game! They have Thirsty Thursday specials and promotions that go on throughout the season.

Luthy Botanical Gardens – Gorgeous greenery! There is both a greenhouse and an outdoor area with beautiful flowers and plants.

Wineries – The Peoria-area has several wineries to choose from. You can do tastings all the time and they frequently host events throughout the year.


Fine Art Festival – The Fine Art Festival is held downtown on the Riverfront. I love seeing all the different artworks from both local, regional, and national artists. You can buy items there, so bring money!

Grandview Drive – Drive along the “World’s Most Beautiful Drive” and admire the view and the houses as the leaves change color. There are public areas with benches and tables, so why not bring some snacks and have a little picnic!

Tanners Apple Orchard – I love this place! This is a great, all ages activity to spend a few hours outside in the amazing Autumn weather. I like to hit up their market and buy some food and apple cider. Oh, and obviously the apple cider donuts are where it’s at. Seriously, get a half dozen and pig out. You can also pick apples and pumpkins. My boyfriend and I have started a tradition of coming here to pick out our pumpkins to carve. They also have some barn animals that you can pet and feed, like goats, bunnies, ponies, and more!

Haunted Houses – There are many haunted houses that happen every year around Halloween time. I love haunted houses. Try to go before it gets too cold or dress in lots of layers if you can’t avoid it. Most haunted houses in the area are outdoors.


WinterFest – Head down to WinterFest and skate on the outdoor ice rink! Last year there was an ice slide and a little shop with coffee and hot chocolate. I will warn you that the ice was pretty choppy, so just be aware of that. Otherwise, it’s a fun thing to do that puts you in the winter spirits!

Festival of Lights – Hit up the parade (but please dress very warmly) or go through the driving-through attraction (my preference). It’s something unique to the Peoria-area and screams Holidays.

Fired Up – Again, Fired Up is great all year, but I particularly love doing it when it’s too cold to be outside. It’s great for marking special occasions or for creating a one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one! And you can bring your own booze to drink while you paint! Can’t beat that!

Peoria Rivermen – The Rivermen are Peoria’s minor league hockey team! They play at the Civic Center and frequently have promotions going on for discount tickets or ticket/meal deals.


See a show – Check out the local music venues and see if you recognize any names. There’s the CivicCenter, The Limelight Eventplex, The Rail II, Crusens on Farm, Pizza Works, and many others!

Jukebox Comedy Club – Get your laugh on with your honey.

UFS Wine and Beer Tastings – They frequently have tastings at UFS! Some have an entry fee, but they always go towards a purchase.

Peoria Riverfront Museum – With permanent and traveling exhibits, the Riverfront Museum is a nice way to have fun and learn in the process.

I’ll add to this if I think of anymore, but I’d still love to hear your suggestions! Comment below!


Tips for First Time Homebuyers

So, I’ve officially been in my house about a year now! Looking back, the whole home buying process is pretty overwhelming, but I can definitely romanticize it now that it’s in the past. During, however, it is tedious and annoying, but once you find THE house, it doesn’t seem so bad.

Set a budget and stick to it. Your bank will give you a max and I recommend looking at houses slightly under that, because extra things will come up. It’s important to make sure you can handle the monthly expenses for the house itself and your utilities. It sucks, but you don’t want to fall in love with a house that is out of your budget.

Come up with your top 5 things a house HAS to have. Mine were attached garage (I didn’t want to , brick (tends to hold value longer), basement (extra space, woo!), at least 3 bedrooms (bedroom, spare bedroom, and office) , and a ranch (no stairs for my pups). Things that were nice but we’d do ourselves if necessary were a fenced in yard and hardwood floors throughout.

Make sure the house is in a good area. You don’t want to be in the sketch part of town. You want to feel safe at home. Make sure the school zone you’re in is good, too. This might not seem important when you don’t have kids at the moment or don’t plan to while in that house, but it’s very important for reselling. I had SO many cute houses that I had to pass on because they weren’t in a good school zone. It sucks, but keep looking!

Get a great Realtor. I lucked out because I come from a family of Realtors. My grandma, dad, and aunt are/were all Re/Max Realtors. My grandma and dad were both tremendous in helping me and being honest with the houses. My dad wanted me to buy a home that I would make money one when I resold it. We planned to redo quite a bit of the inside and/or outside of whichever house I got to increase the value and make it nicer. Realtors do this all the time and can help you throughout the process. They can tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly about the house you’re looking at. Trust me, especially for the first time, get a Realtor you can rely on for buying a home. Realtors get a lot of their customers from word-of-mouth referrals, so ask around and see if any names get repeated. If you’re in the Peoria-area and need a Realtor, seriously call my dad, Ric Krupps, at 309-208-8579. He continually goes above and beyond and he rarely stops working. Sometimes it’s annoying as a family member, but I still appreciate his dedication to his work.

Check for grants for first time home buyers. If you have a Realtor, they’ll do this for you. A lot of places have grants in place to encourage buying homes. Mine had the requirements that it was in a Peoria zip code and was vacant at the time of purchase. I also have to live in the house a few years and have it in my name for five. So if I find a different house after the 3 years, I’m just going to rent it out in the mean time.

Be patient. I started the search for my house in May 2014 and closed on Halloween of that year. Long time! I perused the different home buying apps all the time searching for new listings. It truly is a waiting game. Checking frequently will ensure you can act quickly if you do spot a home that fits your criteria.

Don’t feel like it needs to be completely decorated as soon as you move in.
If it’s your first house, you will probably be buying a lot of furniture for it, or at least some. It bothered me so much to have a half-decorated house, but doing it slowly is the way to go. You can find better pieces at better prices if you hold out for things you love. It takes time to fully decorate.

Now what’s funny, is I got such a great deal on my house that I actually broke my top 5 things. It was half of what the bank told me my max was, so I wavered a bit there. My house is not brick and there is no basement, sadly. But I got a steal on this house, so it’s okay. My next house will for sure have a basement, though. And the closing, I swear I’ve never written my name so many times in my life. You’ll sign your signature about 1,389 times… or at least it feels that way. Anyways, I hope this was helpful! Please comment if you have any questions and I’d love to hear YOUR tips for purchasing a house for the first time!