“User Not Found” | Why Instagram Deleted My Account and How I Got it Back

Fair warning: I’m going to try to make this post as dramatic as possible, not that I really have to try very hard. Losing my Instagram for 3 hours was terrible and stressful and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

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I’m Back! And I Moved to New York City!

Hi,Pepperminters! I’M BACK! Did you miss me?! 🙂

The Past

When I first started a blog back three years ago, my goal was to share my ideas about food, fitness, fashion and frugality in the amazing city of Chicago. My little sister and I came up with the name “Pepperminting” to describe that best friend phenomenon in which we knew precisely what the other one was saying/thinking, and I was off! I have made lifelong friends through this blog, experienced amazing restaurants, and collaborated with incredible companies. My experience as a Chicago blogger was a fabulous one and I was sad to see it go.

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Attention Botox first-timers: I did it, here’s what to expect

Ah, Botox. The lovely, inexpensive love chemical that many women and men pump in their foreheads and crows feet to look younger and more refreshed. I’ve heard that Botox can be addicting, but I’ve also heard that it will change your life. So, in preparation to look my freshest for Angelina’s wedding this September, I visited the amazing Maggie at Lincoln Park Aesthetics to clear up and prevent future wrinkles!

The lovely Maggie, physician’s assistant at Lincoln Park Aesthetics! Make an appointment today!

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How to Create an Instagram Feed You (and others) Will Love

Ah, Instagram, my favorite social media platform (although Snapchat is making a case to beat it). I love taking pictures, editing pictures, posting pictures, and seeing other people’s pictures, so clearly, Instagram and I have a wonderful and loving relationship. I used to use Instagram to keep up with friends, stalk the Kardashians, and post sunsets with every filter available. When I started blogging, my entire Instagram-ing vision and purpose changed. Followers are everything, and your followers want to see high-quality, intriguing, unique & useful pictures. I wasn’t just posting for me anymore, I was posting for those I feel honored enough to share my stories and life with. So I was determined to start givin’ them all I’ve got!

A few days ago, I got lucky and Old Navy reposted my picture!
A few days ago, I got lucky and Old Navy reposted my picture!

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What to Do With Old Clothes

What to Do With Old ClothesHappy Earth Day, my fellow conservationists! The idea of saving the planet can be really overwhelming, but I’m one to assume the belief that EVERY little bit helps, no matter how small. The statistics are mind numbing – according to the Council for Textile Recycling, in the U.S. alone, we generate 25 billion pounds of clothes, shoes and bedding each year. Billion – with a B! And the worst part is, we only recycle around 15% of that, which means a whopping 85% ends up in landfills.Read more…    

5 Reasons to Watch Broad City. Like… TODAY.

You guys. Broad City is THE best comedy show on TV right now.

If you haven’t heard of this Comedy Central show, allow me to expand your horizons, and ultimately improve your life by sharing reasons why you NEED to watch it ASAP!

Broad City stars two real-life besties named Abbi and Ilana – Jewesses living in New York City trying to make ends meet and getting into lots o’trouble along the way. It started off as a web series with 2-3 minute YouTube videos chronicling Abbi & Ilana’s goofy friendship and hilarious (and usually inappropriate) conversations. But Comedy Central made the best decision ever and picked up the show, and their jump to the small screen will have you lol-ing for 30 minutes straight – I’m so glad my sister turned me on to it. Here’s why you should start watching Broad City. Like… today.Read more…