Comparing Four Popular Gym Chains: which gym is right for you?

    As much as I loved using my college’s gym for four years, there’s no way you’ll catch me working out there now that I graduated. I don’t want to be that girl who just can’t move on, you know? So while I was in search of a new job, I was also in search of a new gym. Right away I started comparing gyms for me to join.

    Originally, I was just trying out one gym that I thought I’d love and then switch to immediately. But then I realized basically every gym gives 1-5 day passes and I could go to the gym free for almost three weeks. Fine by me!

    After trying out the second new gym though, I realized I could write a post comparing all the chain gyms I was trying out. I’ve never seen anyone do anything like this, and I love putting out content that I know can help you guys. So, today I’m going to be comparing four popular gyms that operate around the US: Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness, and Anytime Fitness. (People really need to get more creative with their gym names it seems)

    Related: How to Get Motivated to Hit the Gym

    Planet Fitness

    Planet Fitness is the one gym on here I’ve used the most. My mom, my sister, and my boyfriend all have (or had) black memberships here so I used to tag along with them as their free guest. I’ve been to at least three different locations as well.

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    Taking Advantage of Back to School Sales as a College Graduate

    *This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. Also, if you click on a link I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I would never share something I didn’t love myself. Thank you for supporting brands that support Life with Caitlyn.

    I may never have to show up to a classroom at the end of summer ever again (hopefully) but you bet I’m always going to be shopping those back to school sales. We are a bargain hunter in this house and will always accept a discount. Gotta take whatever we can get now that we can’t get a student discount anymore, right?

    I’m super excited about today’s post because it’s sponsored by Kohl’s and y’all I used to shop at Kohl’s all the time for BTS clothes. I’d go with my mom and we’d use all her Kohl’s Cash and it was a good time.

    Speaking of back to school and saving money, right now (from 8/2-8/18) Kohl’s is running a back to school offer where you can get $10 off your $50 purchase and can be used on all Mudd apparel! Whether you’re actually buying clothes for going back to high school or college, or just wanting to take advantage of the sales as a broke college graduate, Kohl’s has you covered with cute pieces that won’t deplete your hard-earned summer cash.

    I teamed up with them to showcase some of their pieces from their juniors Mudd line. Which spoiler alert, you may have to size up since it’s juniors, but it’s usually cheaper than shopping in the women’s section. What a fun life hack am I right?

    Now let’s get on to these back to school outfits!

    Loose Button Down and Jean Skirt

    wearing mudd button down and jean skirt
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    Job Search Resources for Post-Grads

    Job searching is rough. I’ve been looking for a full-time post-grad job since about April now. I was having such a hard time even getting emails or phone calls back until I started ramping up my search and using all the job search resources available to me.

    It’s easy to fall into the mindset that because you’re graduated someone will just want to hire you. While this might be true, and something might just fall in your lap or you may get offered the first job you apply for, it also may not happen. And it’s good to prepare and learn now that not everything goes as planned and to recognize that you may have to work harder than you did in school to get what you want. Real life is brutal my friends.

    yellow t-shirt blue and white striped palazzo pants with tan mules

    *Some of the links and codes in this post are affiliate links. If you click on a product link or use one of my codes, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love or use myself!

    So today I wanted to share all of the job search resources I’ve been using and hopefully make landing your first post-grad job, or maybe just another new job, easier for you!


    First up, we have the forever reigning LinkedIn. You’ve probably heard about using LinkedIn as an online resume since high school by now. It’s got to be the most known job search resource but how popular it is. I remember making one was a class assignment in one of my freshman seminar classes. But the thing is, no one ever really taught me how to use it?

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    I Wore a Fake Lip Ring and Something Happened I Didn’t Expect

    Something people notice about me right away is how many piercings I have. As of when I’m writing this, I have nine piercings. Eight of them are on my ears and I also have a nose ring. But a couple of weeks ago, I also had a lip ring… for a couple days.

    You see, my little sister had told me about how she bought some fake nose rings and I had the thought to use one as a lip ring and pull a prank on my boyfriend. I set the whole thing up to make him think it was real and even texted him about how I was planning on getting a new piercing one day before work. Then I sent him this photo and the charade began.

    selfie with fake lip ring

    I wouldn’t see him for at least another 24 hours so I actually wore the ring to work and classes the next day to get used to how it felt. It took some time to realize what I couldn’t do with it in. I couldn’t laugh really big or smile wide because it would pop off. It fell off while I was eating ice cream and putting on chapstick was impossible with the position it was in. I had to learn all these things so it seemed real when my boyfriend finally saw it in person.

    But the thing is, right away I noticed this was more than just a prank. It had turned into a social experiment.

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