Over the past few years I’ve started using Goodreads more and making reading goals for myself to try to complete. I made it my goal to read 25 books in 2016. In 2015, I finished a whopping 20 and figured I could read 5 more. Well, that seemed to be a little bit harder for me to accomplish this time around! I ended up finishing 2016 having read a total of 17 books and 5,310 pages. Not too shabby, but obviously I was a little discouraged I didn’t reach my goal. I’m trying again to read 25 books in 2017, and so far at 6 days into the new year, I’ve read 2! I always read a lot over winter break (typically because Ryan and I do a lot of beach travel and I loveeee to read on the beach!) so this year was no exception.

Around this time last year, I recapped my year of blogging. Sharing my favorite posts, most popular posts, and my social media stats for the year. I debated on whether to write the same type of post this year, but I decided to do it because it’s always nice to have these sorts of things to look back on. I also hope that by sharing my numbers with all of you, it’ll inspire you to keep track of your own growth! I don’t think it’s a good idea to obsess about numbers (I’ve stopped keeping track of my day-to-day numbers entirely), but I do think it’s important for you to see your own progress in a quantified way! But before I get into numbers, let’s talk about the most popular posts in 2016! Most popular posts. 1. Must Have School Supplies for Every College Freshman I wrote this post around the time I started this blog (almost 3 years ago!) but it only just started getting action this year after I cleaned up the post and created a pinnable photo. I’ll never stop telling people how important the pinnable photo is. I’ve seen posts go from getting 2 pins to 12,000… View Post

As 2016 comes to a close, I can’t help but want to reflect on everything that has happened this year. 2017 is going to be a big year (graduating college & hopefully starting grad school in an unknown city?!) but before we get to all that, I wanted to hit the highlights on my favorite parts of this year! Cancun, Mexico Ryan and I kicked off 2016 in Cancun which was a lot of fun! I enjoyed being able to sunbathe, swim, and read to start the year and I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be starting 2017 the same way (but more on that later). We stayed at a resort that was absolutely stunning and I wish I could have spent every day in 2016 there! 2016’s Epic Food I’ve definitely indulged in some great food this year! When compiling these photos for this post, I’ve actually felt impressed with the different places I’ve found this year. Pics in order from first to last: MacMart, Green Eggs Cafe, El Vez, Green Eggs Cafe (all in Philadelphia), Black Tap (NYC), Hundred Acres (NYC), Jonathon’s (Dallas).  21st Birthday I was excited to celebrate my 21st birthday in West Chester and Philadelphia with… View Post

Merry Christmas everyone! This year I was really excited to participate in the Blogger Secret Santa hosted by Abigail and Cathleen! I had a blast shopping for Abigail, my Secret Santa pal. I’m so excited she loved the gifts I sent. You can check out her post and see the gifts I ended up purchasing for her! My Secret Santa was Gabby from The Swirl and I was SO excited when I found out my package was from her. I pretty much screamed when the box arrived and I saw her name on the return address. I ended up filming a video of my reaction to each of the gifts because I know I love seeing people’s reactions so I wanted Gabby to be able to see that I really, truly loved everything! Now, let’s get into the loot. The first thing I opened was the card because I’m a good person and I actually low key love cards. Gabby wrote me a really sweet note inside that I’ll definitely be keeping forever in my “box of cards”! I laughed when I saw the card because she had featured it on her Instagram a few days prior and I thought it… View Post

This post is sponsored by Wacom and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Kayla Blogs possible! As the Christmas season kicks into high gear, I can’t help but want to share some of the best gifts you could possibly get for the college students in your life. These items are perfect for the male or female student, and I’m sure they’d put a huge smile on their face. If you know someone who is passionate about school and getting good grades, this is the gift guide for them! Wacom Bamboo Folio Most college students are either a laptop person or pen and paper person. The Wacom Bamboo Folio is a perfect compromise. You can leave your laptop at home while you recharge and take notes by hand. My Bamboo Folio allows me to be completely present in the classroom. When I took my laptop to class I almost always got distracted and was unable to focus. But if I bring my Bamboo Folio I know I can unplug for class and get those notes right onto my laptop once i get home! I can transfer my handwritten notes to PDF form… View Post