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Monday, January 9, 2017

Favorite Blog Posts of 2016

I promise that this is the last 2016-centered post! I thought it would be fun to look back on my favorite blog posts of the year, and maybe share some ones that y'all didn't get the chance to read. I'll be going over a few of the most popular posts from this year, as well as few of my personal choices.

Most Popular Posts of 2016

The Ultimate College Packing List

This post was a huge hit! I had parents and students asking questions and making comments about the list and how much it covered, and am so excited it was so helpful. I wish I had found a huge comprehensive list before I went to college that didn't over-include. On all the lists I looked at when I went to school there were so many items that I ended up not using at all. I made this list so that it was everything I absolutely used, and parents and students could truly count on when doing their school shopping. This list is great for incoming freshman, but really it's a great thing to double check for every year!

Tips And Hacks To Get The Best Price For College Textbooks

Another favorite from this year, both in numbers and personally. I have spent WAY more money on textbooks than I care to admit, but that's because I was a very naive freshman who thought you could only buy textbooks at the textbook store...After a few years, I've found ways to basically get my textbooks either really cheap or free! This post has ALL my tips that have saved me tons of money since my mistakes in freshman year.

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List For 2016

Everyone loves a good bucket list! In fact, my bucket list posts are consistently some of my most viewed, probably because they've gone viral on Pinterest. It's winter now, but definitely keep this post in mind once summer rolls around!

How To Use Instagram Like A Pro

Y'all, my Instagram exploded this year. I don't mean it in a bragging way, but I want to say that hard work seriously pays off! I made Instagram the social media channel I wanted to focus on this year and I'm so proud of myself for how far I've come. This post outlined the actual strategies I used to grow my account. I also wrote a follow up post to this one later in the year that shared how to get more engaged followers on Instagram.

Personal Favorites

Traveling To Ireland And Scotland

This is one of my favorites because the trip I took to Ireland and Scotland was one of my absolute favorites. Dublin is now one of my favorite cities, and I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful place than the Scottish Highlands. There aren't too many photos from the trip on there, but it's one of my most loved posts just because it reminds me of the great memories from the trip.

Behind The Scenes: What Goes Into Making A Blog Post

It feels like forever since I wrote this! I think my number one pet peeve is when someone thinks that blogging is either 1. stupid or 2. ridiculously easy. I could go on entire rant, which, I'll admit this post has a little bit of one. But if you read the post, hopefully those of you who don't blog will learn a little bit more about how the process works!

Blogging Tips From Gossip Girl

Alright, so I've seen Gossip Girl all the way through 5 times. It's one of my favorite shows, and for the longest time I was oblivious to the fact that Gossip Girl was basically a blogger. (I know, I honestly don't understand how I missed it.) So this post is all about my favorite tips that I've learned from watching Gossip Girl that have made me a better blogger.

Top Ten International Travel Destinations You Have To Visit

I've been lucky enough to travel to many places in recent years, with most trips being some sort of study abroad class. These are all my favorite places that I've been to, in addition to a few locations I've visited in my past or recommendations from friends.

Hope you have fun going through these posts! Let me know which types of posts you want to see more of this year in the comments!


  1. SO many great posts! I cant wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!!

  2. Jeez! I wish your blog was around when I was in university! Your tips would have really helped me. A lot actually transfer well to anyone looking to get organized and save a little cash! Well done, Sami!

  3. A great collection of posts! I've never actually seen gossip girl!! It's one of the million shows on my ones to watch list. It's great that you have had such a good blogging year, I hope 2017 is even better!
    Lianne @

  4. Ah, what a wonderful roundup of some really amazing posts! Keep up the great work!
    Happy Monday xxx

  5. I love seeing these types of round up posts. I just found so many posts I want to read of yours! I'm so excited! I hope this year is just as great for you as last year!

  6. These are all great posts of yours! And way to go with growing your Instagram last year!

    xo, Chelsie @ Hey There, Chelsie

  7. Great posts! I love that included your personal favorites and not just reader favorites.

  8. Love seeing all these posts. Going to check out the Gossip Girl post right now! I always love seeing what bloggers fave posts from the year were.


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