Blogs to Follow

20 Blogs to Follow ASAP

Of course, I’m of the opinion that you should be following For the Sake of Good Taste.  But it’s just one of the countless blogs that you seriously need to be following to get the most out of your internet life. Here’s a selection of some of the best blogs to follow (in my humble opinion).

Future Jules here!  It’s now November 2018 and I’m giving this post a quick makeover.  Some of these lovely bloggers have rebranded and a few are no long in the blogosphere, so I’m adjusting accordingly.  Even better?  I’m including even more amazing bloggers! 

A Little Ashley

Ashley recently graduated from Clemson University and is now getting her master’s in marketing research as well as blogging!  She describes her blog as being “about college tips, life advice, and other random ramblings.”

Check out:

Galveston Island Travel Guide

Simplified Planner Organization

Formal Dresses Under $70

July Highlights & Birthday Post

A Little Guide: Gameday

Julia Does

Julia’s blog covers sustainable living, mental health, college life, travel, and more!  She’s also the founder of The Empathy Collective, which I didn’t realise for far too long.

Check out:

Things My Anxiety Makes Me Do

How to be an Active Citizen

How to Make the Most of Your Syllabus

Why I Became Vegetarian

The Truth About Therapy

Living in Full Bloom

Alyssa from Living in Full Bloom describes her site as “a college advice blog focused on helping you have an amazing college experience!”  And she’s so right!  From organization advice to book recommendations, there’s something here for everyone.

Check out:

How to See Paris in Three Days (On a Budget)

8 Must-Have Summer Break Essentials

Adulting Hack:  I Tried Habit Trackers

How to Deal with Your Student Loans after College

How to Practice Self-Care in Your Twenties

Patience and Pajamas

In sharing her life with chronic illness, Peyton is one of the bloggers I relate to the most.  She’s incredibly honest about the struggles she encounters, but she still manages to be absolutely inspiring.  She’s also a college student and shares her college experience, too.

Check out:

3 Podcasts I am Loving Right Now

Flying with POTS: How I Prepare and What I Bring

Three Ways to Help Save Hundreds Shopping for Your College Dorm

What’s In My Hospital Bag? Infusion Edition

10 Things Not to Say to a Service Dog Handler

The Wise Willow

Another Alyssa and a fellow vegan!  She introduces herself as ” a third-year college student passionate about writing, minimalism, vegan living, and coffee.”  Is it any wonder we get along?  Plus, she’s got the best menu headings on her site, from “Literary Love” to “Inspiration and Musings.”  So creative—I love it!

Check out:

Your Comprehensive Guide to Cruelty-Free and Vegan Brands

DIY Gratitude Journal

The Art of Abandoning Your Comfort Zone

Traveling on a Tight Budget:  Tips & Tricks

Toothbrushes Made Out of Bamboo?

Lauren’s Journey

Lauren’s Journey is a mental health and lifestyle blog–with frequent appearances by some of the cutest furry friends!  Lauren is one of the sweetest people I’ve met through blogging and I’m so happy to call her a friend!

Check out:

Self Care While Studying Abroad

Updated Everyday Makeup Routine

The Most Picturesque Place in Edinburgh

The Daily Self-Care Bag I Never Leave Home Without

The Difference Between Emotional Support Animals and Psychiatric Service Animals

This Girl Knows It

Charlotte recently rebranded her site and I am so excited to see where this new direction takes her!  I love seeing our old group of college bloggers go off into the world and do amazing things! This Girl Knows It’s tagline is “Travel More, Blog Often,” and I absolutely love it

Check out:

7 Must-Have Tips to Successfully Tour London in Under 24 Hours

5 Steps to Requesting and Receiving the Best Recommendation Letter Ever

My Disney College Program Bucket List

The Display Dorm Room vs the Real Dorm Room:  Why You Need to See Both

The Must-Have Guide to Conquering Long Reading Assignments

Scarlett’s Scribbles

I met Scarlett fairly recently through a blogging group and we’ve hit it off beautifully!  I was fortunate enough to guest post on her blog, too.  Scarlett’s a fellow English B.A., but blogs about a whole array of fantastic topics.

Check out:

My 5 Top Tips for University

The Room Where It Happened: Hamilton, A Review

Introduction: 100 Bucket List Films

Review #1: 100 Bucket List Films

Review:  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Kim is “a San Diego based bullet journalist who’s been Bullet Journaling for over 2 years. I share how to optimize your Bullet Journal® through ideas, insight, and advice.”  Tiny Ray of Sunshine is without a doubt one of my go-to sites for bullet journal inspiration, as well as her posts on BulletJournal.com!

Check out:

The 8 Stages of the Bullet Journal Addiction

Highlight Lines to make your charts and trackers easier to read in your Bullet Journal

What are Some Things That Make You Smile?

Happy NaJoWriMo:  Some thoughts on Journaling

Free Bullet Journal Reference Guide

A Word with Liu Miao

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Liu Miao a few times now, most recently on guest posts for her National Adoption Month and Spoonie Series! She blogs about college, chronic illness, adoption, and more.

Check out:

College Life Lessons

What’s in my Purse: Spoonie Edition

Snacks to Bring to College Classes

What’s On My iPhone

My Spoonie Story

GenTwenty

GenTwenty is actually a group of contributors, but it “was founded in 2013 by Nicole Booz and Gina Oursler, two friends passionate about dispelling myths about Gen Y while providing their peers with support and reassurance during the crazy twenty-something years.”  You’ll find anything from (physical AND mental) health to financial tips.  There’s truly something for everyone!

Check out:

Keep the Avocado Toast:  Here’s How to Really Save Money

5 Things to Purge at the End of the Year

How Working Abroad Can Accelerate Your Career

How to Gain Respect When You’re the Youngest in the Office

5 Holiday Self-Care Tips to Use this Season

My Lifelines

I’ve gotten to know Abby the best out of the three wonderful ladies who run My Lifelines, but the entire trio is absolutely fantastic!  They are the most incredibly supportive people and are so passionate about empowering other women.  Their enthusiasm is contagious!

Check out:

Examining Gender Roles

F.T.L.: Breed Compassion

Women Wednesday:  Top 10 Inspirational Women of 2018

Insecurities

Q&A with ALJ

Jessica Dimas

Jessica writes:  “I mostly write about utilizing the law of attraction and the importance of self-care .” She’s such an inspiration!  Her site really teaches you to follow its tagline:  dwell in magic.  I love how open and sincere she is about her life!  I recently got far more into the law of attraction than ever before and Jessica’s site has been my top resource along the way!

Check out:

Creating Abundance When Surrounded by Lack

Getting Started with Self-Care

Why & How I Use Crystals

Practical Tips for Manifesting Your Goals

10 Spiritual Items I’m Loving

There Might Be Coffee

Nat is another blogger I’ve gotten to know through our little group of collaborators and she’s so sweet!  She loves all things geeky, which I, of course, love!

Check out:

Jennifairy x Sour Attitude Club Pika Sweets Cafe Pin Badges

November Wish List ’18

Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops – Review

London Adventure – What I Plan To Do

Another 10 Facts About Me!

Productive & Pretty (currently unavailable, 1/12)

Another go-to for bullet journal ideas.  Jen and Liz are “passionate about productivity in all forms, so you’ll see a variety of posts around here from general productivity, organizing, DIY projects, and of course our current favourite, Bullet Journaling!”  Even if bullet journaling isn’t your thing (which, really, you should give it a try!), you can find posts on productivity, organizing, crafts, and more.

Check out:

Simple Strategies to Help You Do It All

How Dot Grid Paper Will Make You More Productive

Small Changes for a Better Life

10 Ways to Get More Time (So You Can Have a Life)

10 Easy Steps for a More Organised Life

The Happy Arkansan

You might recognise Amanda from her guest post here on For the Sake of Good Taste!  Amanda is one of the most positive people I know and she’s also one of the most incredibly productive bloggers and freelancers.

Check out:

5 Things Freelancers Have to Stop Telling Ourselves

Leaving Academia for the Hustle:  Finding My Version of Financial Freedom Online

Style File:  Learning to Love Leopard Print

10 Extra Ways to Get Your Organization Noticed On Campus

11 Shows That Will Soothe Your Quarter-Life Anxiety

Cozy Stylist

Lindsey is a fellow blogger here in PA with a fantastic fashion sense (and a love for cats!). Her comfy, cosy outfit picks are fantastic–I’ll never turn down something that’s both cosy and cute!

Check out:

What to Pack for a Fall Trip to New England

Stylish Olive Green Jacket Outfits

How to Dress for Work When It’s Hot Outside

From Couch to 5k – My Workout Outfit

How to Shop for Clothes on Amazon

Lavrax

Lav is a blogger from London who I’ve only recently gotten to know, but I’ll already call a favourite!

Check out:

How to Deal with Imposters Syndrome

Learning Your Partner’s Native Language

How My Dad’s Veganism Affected My Life

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Hangover Day: Lavrax Style

Kay at Home

Kay is the fourth blogger in our little group chat!  She’s a craft and lifestyle blogger from Cornwall with excellent taste!

Check out:

Inspirational Gifts for Kids – Quentin Blake and the Science Museum

*Date Night* – 8 Years, 8 Things

My Upcycled Craft Room – Statement Cork Notice Board with Crown Paints

Days Out – A Doorway to Wonderland at Antony House

In the Kitchen – Not So Spooky Shortbread Bats

Coffee with Summer

Summer is another PA life & style blogger, and a fellow INFJ!

Check out:

How to Develop a Creative Process for Your Blog

Edgy Outfit for Fall

World Suicide Prevention Day – Part of My Story

5 Nashville Murals You Must Visit

How to Grow in Confidence & Positive Self-Talk

You’re still here? You have a whole list of new blogs to follow!  Which one is your favourite?

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6 Must-Have Beauty Products

Like so many young women, I’ve got quite the collection of beauty products.  Nevertheless, there are a few I absolutely couldn’t live without.  I’ve been working on making sure my collection is cruelty-free and vegan wherever possible, so my product recommendations are changing fairly often lately.  I’ll be sure to return and update this one regularly.  But, for now, check out my must-have beauty products below!

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Moisturiser

I have super sensitive skin and have suffered from eczema throughout my life, so dryness is extra uncomfortable.  A good moisturizer is critical!  Not only is this good for the sake of my skin, but it’s also a key step in my regular beauty routine.  By making sure I moisturise regularly, I’ve noticed that my makeup looks a thousand times better.  A happy, healthy (moisturised!) base is practically guaranteed to improve your overall look.

I always make sure to use my moisturiser on my face, but also on my neck and hands, and even my elbows!

I was lucky enough to test out a few bliss products as part of my work with Her Campus.  I’ve fallen in love with their Drench & Quench moisturiser*!

Red Lipstick

Whatever you may think of Taylor Swift, she’s got one thing right:  red lipstick is the perfect accessory.  It might not go perfectly with everything, but it’s remarkably versatile in general.

Whenever I need a pick-me-up, red lipstick is my go-to.  It instantly makes me feel more put together (even if I’ve done little to nothing with my look otherwise).  I’m convinced that my day becomes infinitely better when I’ve put on a bit of red lipstick.

My go-to brand for most lipstick is wet n wild* (keep an eye out for a post soon to come featuring some of their best products!).  Right now, I have their Raging Red and Hot Red shades on hand.

Brow Brush

When I want the bare minimum of makeup, my brows are my top priority.  I love to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn to make my face just a little more polished.  Simply brushing them makes such a difference!

For months, I used a brush like in this set to save the day, but I recently started using a spoolie, like the one that comes in this EcoTools starter set.

When I have a bit more time and want to put a bit more effort into my brows, I use this clear brow gel from elf, then follow it up with a pencil (I’m currently using this Marc Jacobs Beauty crayon in Earthquake).

Clear Nail Varnish

I can’t stand chipped nail polish, but I love having my nails done.  I’m all for a budget-friendly, at-home manicure, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a day or two without my polish chipping.  An easy clear coat keeps my nails looking polished (pun intended) without the seemingly immediate disappointment!

Currently, I utilise this wet n wild clear polish more often than not.  If I don’t have the time or energy to use a coloured polish, this is absolutely perfect.

A Great Perfume

My biggest disappointment in returning to the States was the casualty on the plane ride:  my Royal Mist (since unavailable).  Until I can get my hands on a replacement,  I’m currently rationing a bottle of Victoria’s Secret Strawberries and Champagne* (which has also been discontinued since my falling in love with it–apparently I’m just not meant to have a signature scent!).

I picked up a bottle of Victoria’s Secret’s Love Spell Lace not long after first sharing this post…and they no longer carry it.  So, as I use this one up, I’m once again open to suggestions!  What’s your favourite perfume?  Let me know in the comments!

Water Bottle

“Jules, I thought you were listing beauty products…?” I promise, I am!  There are SO MANY beauty benefits of staying hydrated.

Since originally posting this list, I’ve improved my own hydration significantly.  While I’m still far from perfect, I’ve made enough improvements to see a distinct difference.  Like moisturising your skin directly, drinking plenty of water (and having that water on hand in your favourite water bottle) will keep you hydrated and keep your skin healthy and even more moisturised.

Check out our list of ways to stay hydrated to make this just a bit easier!

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What are your must-have beauty products?  Let us know in the comments!

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101 in 1,001 Take One

This is my 101 in 1,001 Take One. Check out Take Two here

When I was still at my previous blog, I formed what’s known as a 101 in 1,001 list.  My inspiration came from Kate of Living Colorfully in Copenhagen, who describes it thus:

[101 in 1,001 is] a happy medium between a to-do list and a bucket list. Over the next 1,001 days (or 2.75 years) I will be crossing and checking each item off of my list, making regular progress towards meeting my longer term goals.

After reading her list, I completely fell in love with the idea and have been working on mine ever since!  Naturally, I felt I should share it with you all.

Notice that one of my items is to inspire three others to write lists of their own!  If you find yourself inspired, why not sit down and write one?

101 in 1,001 Take One| For the Sake of Good Taste

Start date: 21 August 2015

End date:  18 May 2018

  1.   Write my 101 in 1,001.
  2. Visit at least five museums I’ve yet to check out in Gettysburg. (1/5; Seminary Ridge Museum)
  3. Try 15 new restaurants.  (15/15 The Ragged Edge (Gettysburg, PA), VLife (New York, NY), White Castle (New York, NY), Waldo’s (Gettysburg, PA), Christine’s Cafe (Gettysburg, PA), The Green Rocket Cafe (Bath, UK), Zizzi Italian (Stratford-Upon-Avon and Cardiff, UK), The Boater (Bath, UK), The Orchard (Frederick, MD), Jane Austen Regency Tearoom (Bath, UK), Acorn (Bath, UK), Boston Tea Party (Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Kazbar (Oxford, UK), The Varsity Club (Oxford, UK), The Swan (London, UK).
  4. Visit a place for the first time.  (About a dozen or so spots throughout the UK!)
  5. Edit a book.
  6. Post 150 blog posts.
  7. Get an internship
  8. Take a dance class.
  9. Try at least 3 new clubs/activities.(3/3; The Mercury Literary Journal, Her Campus, Active Minds)
  10. Update journal at least 60 times.
  11. Take 101 pictures (of actual neat things, not just 50 candid pet shots).
  12. Write 25 letters.  (11/25)
  13. Keep in touch with at least 3 people from freshman year.
  14. Try twenty new recipes.
  15. Get Nanny and Pop back to Gettysburg.
  16. Have a non-journalistic piece published. (Check out my writing website to see for yourself!)
  17. Make Dean’s list again. (Spring 2017)
  18. Make and keep at least five new friends.
  19. But a really nice pair of shoes.
  20. Own something from Tiffany and Co.
  21. See another show on Broadway.
  22. Finish War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
  23. Rewatch the Harry Potter and original Star Wars series.
  24. Finish (or be caught up on) five TV series. (5/5; F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Bob’s Burgers, The Tudors, How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars)
  25. Help Rachel transition to high school.
  26. Officially declare my public history minor.
  27. Get a smartphone.
  28. Play a game of Monopoly properly.
  29. Have a 21st birthday party.
  30. Find a signature recipe.
  31. Get business cards made.
  32. Have $1,000 or more in savings.
  33. Go on a solo trip.
  34. Get my gun license.
  35. Finish at least 101 books.  (52/101; The Red Pony – John Steinbeck, After the Lost War – Andrew Hudgins, History is in the Land – T.J. Ferguson, Allegiant – Veronica Roth, Social Media – J Wolf, The Hospital on Seminary Ridge at the Battle of Gettysburg, Notes and Views of the War – Dr. James Fulton, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine – Alexandra Kleeman, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling, Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote, Vegetarian Quick & Easy – Jonathan Vine, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child – John Tiffany, Vegan:  Delicious Low Carb Italian Recipes – Sam Kuma, Self Help:  To Be Me at My Best – Odelia Alexandrovitch, Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Anderson, Andrew’s Brain – E.L. Doctorow, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon, Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus – Clifton Crais, The Time Machine – H.G. Wells, Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen, The Two Gentleman of Verona – William Shakespeare, Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen, The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare, All Quiet On the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque, Othello – William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare, Hamlet – William Shakespeare, King Lear – William Shakespeare, The Tempest – William Shakespeare, Une Tempeste – Aime Cesaire, Draft No. 4 – John McPhee, Storm of Steel – Ernst Junger, Gregor the Overlander [Books 1-5] – Suzanne Collins, New American Best Friend – Olivia Gatwood, This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, How Race is Made – Mark Smith, For Cause and Comrades – James McPherson, The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson is Dead – Jane Langton, Country Sentiment  – Robert Graves, Fairies and Fusiliers – Robert Graves, The Love of the Last Tycoon – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur, Natural Disaster – Ginger Zee, Depression and Other Magic Tricks – Sabrina Benaim, Daddy Long Legs – Jean Webster)
  36. Visit the Cashtown Inn.
  37. Go abroad.
  38. Learn a new skill.
  39. Be ready to graduate from Gettysburg College.
  40. Successfully run a 5K.
  41. Meet someone famous.
  42. Take a group of friends on a paranormal investigation.
  43. Make a really good batch of cookies.
  44. Make someone’s day.
  45. See five “must-see” movies for the first time.
  46. Beat a video game.
  47. Stargaze.
  48. Find out my blood type.
  49. Ride a horse.
  50. Take a self-defence class.
  51. Adopt a rescue pet. (read all about my kitten, Fitz!)
  52. Give a waiter a great tip for a job well done.
  53. Make pasta from scratch.
  54. Go to an MLB game.
  55. KonMari my life.
  56. Watch a sunrise.
  57. Buy something without looking at the price tag.
  58. Memorise at least three poems.
  59. Make homemade hummus.
  60. Go to the farmer’s market.
  61. Take a formal tour of the battlefield again.
  62. Visit a new historic site. (Stonehenge, UK)
  63. Feature three guest posts.
  64. Guest post on two other blogs.
  65. Solve a health issue.
  66. Go to church at least 10 times.
  67. Attend a reading at the Ragged Edge.
  68. Write & send thank-you notes.
  69. Be in top 20 of Gettysburg reviewers on Trip Advisor.
  70. Comment on 25 different blogs.
  71. Make homemade salad dressing.
  72. Get a passport.
  73. Go to three Bullets sporting events.
  74. Vary passwords and update log accordingly.
  75. Buy an “actual” lottery ticket.
  76. List items in my dorm and at home.
  77. Send someone flowers.
  78. Tour the Yuengling brewery.
  79. Go to Knoebel’s.
  80. Successfully wear heels.
  81. Back up my computer to an external hard drive.
  82. Read Jane Austen’s complete works.
  83. DIY something.
  84. Get a credit card.
  85. Eat an orchard-fresh apple.
  86. Learn how to ride a bike.
  87. Make a Pinterest recipe (successfully).
  88. Make a (real) will.
  89. Have my name legally changed.
  90. Learn how to play chess.
  91. Return to the Renaissance Faire.
  92. Go to a concert.
  93. Complete photo albums.
  94. Get a period photo taken in town.
  95. Spend a day watching Disney movies.
  96. Pet-sit for someone.
  97. Put $5 into savings for each item crossed off.
  98. Blog about a minimum of 50 of these.
  99. Try five new hairstyles.
  100. Inspire three others to make a 101 in 1,001 list.
  101. Finish all 101 items.

So, ready to make a 101 in 1,001 list of your own?  Let me know!

Want to help me with mine, but don’t feel like writing your own?  If you’re a blogger, why not guest post here on For the Sake of Good Taste, or ask for a post for your site?

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6 Ways to Drink More Water

I have a confession to make:  I don’t drink enough water.  Even when I try my darnedest, I struggle to get as much as I’d like.  Granted, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which naturally increases my water intake.  But, nevertheless, it’s something that I continue to work on.  In my efforts, I’ve come across countless ways to drink more water.  Try one or try a few and see what works for you!

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Since first sharing this post, I have gotten significantly better at incorporating these tips into my own life. And it really has made a difference in my life!  I feel better in general, my skin is clearer, my lips are chapped less often…the list goes on!  I reference this post all the time, both on the blog and offline, because I cannot vouch for the importance of hydration enough.

Find a water bottle you absolutely love. 

Carry it with you.  Decorate it.  Love it.  Drink out of it constantly.

I use this Brita bottle*.  It’s simple, but I love it (and it makes me think of Britta from Community, which always makes me smile!).  It’s the perfect size to carry around with me, and the filter helps me to be confident my water will be as clean as can be.

Since originally sharing this post, I’ve also found a ginormous 50-ounce bottle (with a built-in straw!) that I keep by me while working. It’s a bit too bulky for me to regularly use it on the go, but it’s perfect for reminding me to drink something other than coffee throughout the workday.

Want to read more about how I take care of myself while working from home? Check out my best self-care tips for working at a computer all day!

Make it fun!

Use that favourite bottle.  Get a fancy straw (my sister loves these fish straws*!).  Whatever it takes to make it seem a bit more fun, do it!  The less you make it feel like a chore, the easier you’ll find it to stay hydrated.

I started using my Brumate* winesulator to drink some more water, too!  There’s nothing like making your “boring” water a bit more fancy to really motivate you to drink up.

Add some healthy flavours.

Add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber.  Throw in some fresh mint.  Test out your favourite fruit or vegetable! You can even buy special bottles (like this one*) for infusing the flavour into your water.

You can even include your favourite (safe for consumption!) essential oils! Just make sure you do so properly to avoid unintentionally making yourself ill.

Check out our resource library for some of our favourite flavour ideas!

Mark up that bottle.

Divide your bottle into increments and mark each with the time by which you’d like to drink it.  Challenge yourself to meet that goal each day!

While I don’t utilise this tip myself, I try to keep track of how much is left to drink in my bottle throughout the day.  Knowing the approximate amounts is a good motivator, too, it seems!

Keep track.

Use a bullet journal?  Add a spread for your daily water intake!  More technologically savvy?  Try an app like Plant Nanny or Daily Water or set yourself reminders to take a few swigs.

I’ve incorporated a water tracker into my bullet journal a few times, but I’ve found that using my Fitbit app’s built-in tracker has worked best for me, personally.

Add it to your routine.

You’re going to eat sometime today, right?  Why not plan to drink a cup of water just before. One just after? How about one right before you wake up or right before you go to bed?  Make it a habit and you won’t have to think about guzzling!

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Try any of these ways to drink more water?  Let us know how it went in the comments!

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