10 Things I Loved This March

Millennial blogger's 10 things i loved in march featuring past blog posts and life update - the confused millennial
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In case you didn’t know, April is National Stress Awareness Month! Seriously, I love how this month always gives us the chance to reground and prioritize self care. But before we can look forward we have to look back.

ICYMI, here’s what I am loving from March:


With the move, it certainly felt like all the things were beyond chaotic (not to mention we’ve basically gone 1 week without internet or TV!). It definitely gave me the chance to reorganize my life though. I fell in love with these planners from Samsill and how they’ve helped me customize  & make my own planner.

DIY planner with samsill

Cactus | Candle c/o | Binders


March felt like the month of community and I loved answering a reader Q on the blog on all the secrets behind my blog’s growth! Since that post, my inbox has been flooding in with questions and I can’t thank you guys enough! Sometimes blogging can feel so lonely. Like if a tree falls in the forest, does any one here it? I love hearing from you guys!

Chatting with hit TV Writer Diana Snyder!

My husband love Young & Hungry, so when Diana stumbled upon The Confused Millennial and wanted to submit a guest post, I was so excited! Her story of how she went from no connections living in New York, to writer for a hit TV show in LA is so inspiring! Plus she shares some super valuable & actionable tips in her post on “How I Went From Nothing To My Dream Job

The Bachelor Finale

Thank g-d that ish is overrrr! I wrote all about it in my Bachelor Finale Recap, but it was just painful to watch by the end. Plus with this season over, it means we are getting closer and closer to my favorite reality show, Bachelor In Paradise! Plus it also means we are getting closer to The Twins getting their own show, more Raven, and *fingers crossed* more Corrine! #TeamCorn


ICYMI, TCM turned 1 last month!! I honestly am still so blown away by the respond to my post on “10 Lessons From My First Year Blogging“. I still get random grins on my face from the outpouring love y’all have shown me this year. I can’t say it enough, but thank you all so much for helping me turn my blog into my career. I never thought I my dream career would be blogging, but it truly is and it’s now becoming a reality which is amazing!


Setting harder boundaries on guest posting.

While March was certainly the month of my new favorite guest post, it almost felt like a joke from the Universe in my inbox… You see, after I wrote this post on reasons no one is responding or posting your guest post submission, my inbox became flooded with emails for guest posts! Normally I would take the time to respond to every single one with reasons why it wasn’t chosen, however this month was different. Instead, I either deleted (if it was so grossly out of left field) or I responded with a link to that article which felt oh so good! It still surprises me when people use the contact form to ask if they can guest post, when literally the sentence above the contact form says “click here to guest post” #SMH.

Starting the decorating process.

Many of you know by now that E and I literally moved without owning a single piece of furniture (okay we owned my desk and a tv stand). So I couldn’t be happier to start pinning things to my vision boards for our home and sharing with you all how we are creating the vibes we crave (without breaking the bank), like in this post on “How To Affordably Make Your Bathroom Feel Like A Luxury Hotel’s“.

The “Oops” Moment of the Month:

Okay, maybe I don’t “love” this but it’s worth sharing: The week I wrote this post on the best email marketing provider I’ve ever used, I got an email from a subscriber saying she wanted to be removed my list because she was getting too many emails. This was odd to me since I only send 1 email per week. I looked into her account a little more and it turns out there were 3 emails sent that were unaccounted for. I was in a total panic, “It would happen the week I finally decide to write this post there’s a massive glitch in my mailing list #SMH”. I literally felt like my credibility was shot, I was so upset and embarrassed. Mailerlite did sort it out, and I realize glitches happen, but again if you got those random autoresponders from me, I am so sorry! <— Although, I guess in a weird way this is another example of the community I was feeling this month, since thank goodness someone told me!

Our Wedding Video!

We finally got it back from our videographer and I was thrilled to have it on repeat this month! I am so happy we decided to get a videographer for our wedding and loved sharing my tips for choosing a videographer with you as well as our wedding video!

3 Tips For Choosing A Wedding Videographer plus millennial bloggers wedding video - the confused millennial




Forbes Articles From March:

How To Balance Work, Life, And Moving

6 Tips For Working From Home With Your Partner & Maintaining Balance

10 Millennials Share Their #1 Tips For Creating Work-Life Balance

Millennials, This Is How To Use Goal Setting To Cultivate Work-Life Balance

How This Millennial CEO of 3 Companies Handles Work-Life Balance


How was your March? What are you looking forward to in April?

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  • Cristina
    April 5, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Congrats on the blog anniversary! I see a lot of people celebrating this kind of anniversary, but I never thought of it.

    Cristina | *janded

  • Wendy Tomlinson
    April 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Loved this post until I saw those awful words “decorating” – I have the pain, have the tools needed, even took the stepladders out ready (5 weeks ago). Looks like it’s not going to get done again this week. I’m kinds hoping that I’m just going to get the urge to jump in and get started one day.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Haha I know it’s going to be a year long process for me at least! I also feel like I like way to many hybrid . What are you redecorating??

  • carl stanley
    April 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    i have never used a mailing list for my blog. i guess i just dont now how ? or why i would ? i know they can help my blog but just no clue on how or why or when to use them. sorry o hear you where sending out more then you though glad you fixed it

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

      I wrote another post on the how (linked above in this section) – and the why is different for everyone. Some people use it to sell products, others use it to build a deeper relationship; but everyone will tell you they wish they started their list sooner. For me, a lot of my readers aren’t bloggers and work full time so they keep up with my weekly posts via the newsletter rather than social.

  • Jolina
    April 5, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Oh I know all about the stress of moving! When we did a few years back we literally lived out of boxes for months. It was awful. But then we sorted it out and the fun part started – decorating! Have fun! And wishing you a lovely April!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

      YES! And we just got a puppy last night … and everything is on the floor haha so i am feeling the pressure even more to hurry up and get furniture haha

  • Annissa Slusher
    April 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Congratulations on the one year anniversary of TCM! It’s not easy to make it a year–especially with all kinds of other things going on.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Agreed! But cheers to many more!

  • Sydney Power
    April 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I really loved your wedding video, it really captures the love and your special day!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Awe thank you so much Sydney!!

  • Joseph Hendrix
    April 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    March was nice, but hopefully this April I’ll finally get to my house put on the market.

  • Adriana
    April 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I still cannot get over how amazing your wedding video is!!! I’m so excited to see how you guys decorate, too!! 🙂

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Awe thank you so much <3

  • Kaitlynn Charalambopoulos
    April 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Not sure how this is the first time I am stumbling upon your blog but I love it!! This post is a great idea. The optimism is contagious. Thank you for sharing. I got married last July and moved to a new home with my husband….we’re still decorating our house and it has been months now lol definitely a slow process but at some point I hope I can finally say we’re done!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Awe thank you!!! I think that’s whats scaring my a little TBH, we are in a rental and it’s not our “forever” home – so I really want the space to be complete, but am so nervous that by the time it’s done we will move again haha And congrats on being newlyweds and getting a house!!

  • Hannah Stark
    April 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Congrats on your blog turning 1! I felt like I learned so much in my first year! Also your wedding video is incredible!!!

    xoxo, Hannah

  • Greta Hollar
    April 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Loving all of your march picks! Happy 1 year anniversary on your blog!

    Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

  • The How-to Guru
    April 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    This post is so interesting. Love hearing round-ups like this 😉

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! It was something new I tried! I keep playing with the first post of the month format and I think this one is my favorite so far

  • Jenny
    April 5, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    March sounds like it was such a great month for you! Here’s to an even better April.

  • Santana Bland
    April 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Moving is so stressful and decorating also! I moved into my new place almost a year ago and still have nothing on my walls. I just have SO MANY IDEAS. My pinterest board is full of stuff. It sounds like you had a busy month though, hopefully your April is wonderful! I’m glad i stumbled upon your blog, it’s very lovely!
    Santana | http://www.santanasays.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

      YAS! It’s so hard to narrow all of the ideas!!! And (based off of what I’ve been pinning) I’m apparently obsessed with house plants haha and they are SO expensive!! I’m going to stalk your pinterest now haha Nice to “meet” you!! <3

  • Life in ATX
    April 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Firstly, congrats on a year! Yay! And there’s nothing better than decorating a new place…have fun, I can’t wait to see everything!


    Lee Anne


    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thank you!! It’s definitely a bit overwhelming and feels like it’s going to take forever! Do you have any tips or hacks for how you decorate?

  • Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken
    April 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Those are the cutest blogiversary photos! Sounds like you’ve had an awesome month! 🙂

  • Katie
    April 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    What a fun recap post! You had a lot of great content in March. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for April! 🙂

  • Anna Hubbard
    April 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Loved all your posts in March! Congrats again on one year of blogging 🙂
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • Rachel @ STCL
    April 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Lots of great things in March! I thought The Bachelor got pretty painful at the end too – I’m excited for BIP. I think I’m officially on board with all of the Bachelor/Bachelorette things, haha.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

      BIP is the only reason I watch all the other seasons! It ties it all together haha — and YAY! haha it’s honestly such good comic relief after a Monday haha

  • Silvia Marquez
    April 6, 2017 at 12:47 am

    You had such a great month! I loved your post on your 1 year anniversary and I also loved your wedding video!

  • Greta Hollar
    April 6, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Happy bloggiversery! So exciting girl. Happy April!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Kiara Catanzaro
    April 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Loved organization as well for last month and the bachelor finale! But seriously cannot wait for Rachel’s season because she’s going to kill it!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:02 am

      I am SO excited! But i hope it’s not as cheesy as AFTR!

  • Kristin C
    April 6, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the email thing. I think most people understand that no matter what platform you are on or who you are, glitches and mistakes will happen.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 9:02 am

      True; the email i got from a subscriber making me aware of the issue wasn’t very nice though so I was freaking out haha

      • Kristin C
        April 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

        Oooo! That’s understandable.

  • Casually Christiana
    April 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I love this post! I LOVE being organized and the bachelor finale, too. 🙂 Two great things that happened this month!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Haha definitely! BTW did you see Corrine launched a clothing line?!? haha

  • Janelle Reeves
    April 6, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Sounds like an awesome month! I’ve been pinning lots of home decor inspo too!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      What styles are you into?

  • Madeline
    April 6, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Sounds like you had a great month! and congrats on 1 year of blogging! <3

  • Audrey Knizek
    April 6, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Oh decorating is so much fun! I would love to see some posts on how you’re decorating and styling your home 🙂

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

      I am planning on it! It’s going to be a slowwww process though!

  • Mimi HomewithMimi
    April 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Looks like you’re enjoying lots of interesting things, these days. “Organization” was the one that resonated with me. I think it’s always a challenge to stay organized.

  • Kristen
    April 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    i loved this post! My april goals are organization! whew, it is time to get things together! And thank the lord in heaven above that Nicks season is OVER. Good riddens.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thank you! Corrine recently said that nick and vanessa are only together for the press attention haha

  • Candice Nikeia
    April 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I can not wait till Bachelor in paradise! It will be so entertaining for sure. Super excited for Rachel’s season as well! So much good tv! YAY!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

      It’s SO good! I am excited for Rachel’s season to start, but I havent been hearing the best things about her guys! she is so awesome though that I think she’ll make the season!

  • Casey
    April 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I had no idea that April was Stress Relief Month – what a cool time to focus on self care! And I’m so sorry to hear about your mailing glitch. It’s always so frustrating when mistakes happen at THE WORST times…but we’re only human, and they’re only technology, so it happens.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Yup!! Hope you’re getting some self care in! – yeah I just wish other people understood that too and weren’t rude!

  • Elly Leavitt
    April 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    so with you girl, praise the lord the Bachelor is over haha I was getting tired of it. I loved your wedding video- so gorgeous! x

  • Alix Maza
    April 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    March was kinda slow, but this April feels like a whirlwind!


  • Brittnee Miller
    April 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Congrats on the blog 1st bday!! Beautiful wedding video!


  • Alex Carreno
    April 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Congrats on your first year of blogging, so exciting!

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    April 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Decorating a home is so fun! It is seriously one of my favorite things! One of the best decisions I made with decorating was to take my time. That way I don’t make a mistake with decorating that is super expensive to fix or a complete waste of money. Happy decorating!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:46 am

      I loveee the industrial shelving you put in! Our bedroom is industrial and we are trying to figure out a bookcase/shelves now actually! How we just don’t want to put holes in our place since it’s a rental

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel
    April 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Such a great post! Very entertaining! Love your skirt too!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Bella B @ xoxoBella
    April 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Happy blog birthday babe!!! Your wedding video is incredible!!

  • Elizabeth Ghekiere
    April 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    March sounds like a mostly awesome month!! I also love some of those, like decorating and organizing!

  • Courtney Connolly
    April 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Ahh I really want to see your wedding video! I’m sure it was the most beautiful day! Going to watch it right now!

  • Jordyn Upchurch
    April 6, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Yay for sharing your wedding video! That was one thing we went back and forth on before we got married and I’m so thankful that we decided to go with a videographer-it holds some of the best memories from that day!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

      We went back and forth too and I am so happy we did it!

  • thesofieyahdiaries
    April 7, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Congratulations on all the moments! Even the oops ones 😉 It’s all about learning from it <3


  • Brittany @ Grace, Love, Life
    April 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I’m glad you got your email sorted out. That would stress me out too!

  • ashortblonde
    April 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Our wedding (9 years ago) was recorded on my dad’s camcorder! HA. It’s still on “tape” so I really need to get it transferred.

  • Shobika Santhalingam
    April 7, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I’m not going to lie, it’s been a real productive March month for me as well! First off, I must say, I love your floral arrangement in your wedding video picture. Absolutely gorgeous! I have to agree with you on decorating and organizing. As much as I want to do everything and anything that is already in my PINTEREST BOARDS, I can never find the time to do it. sighs.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Awe thank you!!! I found a similar one on pinterest and our florist recreated it!

  • Rachel @ My Urban Oven
    April 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    LOVE this post! First time I stopped by and I will be back 🙂 Aren’t Blog Anniversaries so fun??

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Thank you!! They really are!

  • fairyprincessjord
    April 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Wow March was such a big month! I also loved the Bachelor finale (Paradise is my fave so looking forward to that).

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

      it’s getting so much closer!!

  • Victoria Stacey
    April 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I love this 10 things you loved post! I think this is one of the first I’ve read of yours, and I love the idea! 1 year of blogging – so exciting! The photos are great 🙂

  • Seersucker Sass
    April 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Reading your post about guest posting right now! I get so many requests, and it’s frustrating because so many of them wouldn’t make sense on my blog OR the email is full of grammatical errors.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

      I love the one’s that aren’t even in english! #SMH – or the ones that literally follow up with me every week after they submit, even though it says allow 4-8 weeks for a response! I end up telling those people no

  • Ash Neverson
    April 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    these are all so interesting! sorry about your “oops” moment, also im moving as well and i know how stressful it is!
    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

      haha thank you! and good luck with your move!

  • Cameron
    April 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Love this Rachel! Glad you’re finally getting settled after the move – definitely on the same page about the organization obsession haha. And definitely don’t worry about the email thing – mistakes happen. It is pretty ironic that it happened to occur the same time as your post though! Glad it’s sorted out!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Cameron! Lol it always happens with timing like that!

  • Sami Mast
    April 7, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Love hearing what you loved this past month! And that sucks about the email list, but at least everything got figured out!

    The Classic Brunette

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! Happy it all got sorted out! just super embarrassing timing lol

  • Jiawun
    April 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Ahh March sounded like an amazing month for you! Happy 1st bloggiversary, and can’t wait to see your decoration project! x

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thank you!! It’s going to be a very slow reveal!

  • Saprina | Hustle and Grow Girl
    April 8, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I couldn’t help but giggle at the guest post part. I’m always amazed at how people fail to follow or read directions.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      It literally drives me crazy! I just send that post to people now

  • Maegan Clark
    April 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

    How fun! Sounds like you’ve had a great month!

  • Greta Hollar
    April 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Your wedding video turned out so well! It brought tears to my eyes!

    Carly | http://www.thecarlycollective.com

  • Alexis
    April 13, 2017 at 8:47 am

    March was definitely a busy and exciting month for you. I loved your wedding video so much!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Awe thank you! yours is so close!

  • Ashley Mason
    April 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I totally feel you on that email thing! A subscriber sent a rude email telling me to take her off my list and that she “never signed up for it” – I looked back at her subscriber history and saw that she opted-in for my free content calendar, so i sent her a screen shot of that and she apologized. LOL

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      UGH That’s the worst! that’s happened to me too and I am just like WTF?!?

  • Marie Ernst
    April 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Girl I love Bachelor in Paradise too!! Can’t WAIT!

  • Katherine @ Slightly Savvy
    April 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Ah can’t wait to follow your decorating process! We move into a new home in like 2 weeks, so I’m faced with the new challenge of decorating an entire house. I’ve been realllyyyy getting into organization, too!

    You should check out The Skinny Confidential’s pantry organization – it’s 100% goals.


    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Love it! Yeah we literally own nothing and have to decorate an entire house too! It’s going to be a SLOW reveal! We are like halfway done with the first room, but SO far off with everything else!

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