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Blogging starts out as a hobby for many people. We somehow stumble upon the beautiful world of blogging, and fall in love from first Bloglovin’ follow.

But for many, blogging can turn into a side-hustle, if not full-time job. It takes a lot of time, energy, and resources to make an awesome blog. (Interested in starting your own blog? Check out my step-by-step guide to get your blog up and running today!)

Making money while doing what you love (blogging) is not a crime. In fact, I believe that bloggers should be fairly compensated for their work + creativity, just like any other “normal” job. It’s 2017 people, get with the program!

I’m sharing the affiliate programs that I personally use on the blog to be more transparent with you all and to help out my fellow #bloggerbabes. There’s enough room for us all to succeed + make money online!

Top 5 Affiliate Programs for Lifestyle Bloggers

1. ShareASale

ShareASale is a website that allows you to easily become an affiliate for some of your favorite brands + services. I personally love ShareASale because how easy it is to use, and their minimum payout is only $50.

Some ShareASale merchants include:

2. Offerjuice

This affiliate network is very underrated. It is my highest earning affiliate and adds a substantial amount of money to my income each and every month. Offerjuice allows you to become an affiliate for several survey companies, like Opinion Outpost and Pinecone Research. You can apply to become an Offerjuice affiliate here.

These survey sites (Opinion Outpost and Pinecone Research) allow your readers to voice their opinion through a series of questions, in order to get paid real cash. I love sharing these services because I’m all about helping my readers make some extra money! This way, we both get something out of it. (Check out this post I wrote all about Opinion Outpost to understand more!)

3. Viglink

Viglink is a great affiliate to use if you are a new blogger, or are new to working with affiliates. It’s great because it turns your pre-written blog content into affiliate links, without you having to do anything (after installing Viglink‘s code on your site.)

Viglink is extremely passive and I frequently forget that I use this affiliate until I get a notification that I am due for payment! *insert happy dance*

4. Ebates

Another one of my favorite affiliates is Ebates. Mostly because I use Ebates myself almost every time I online shop!

Ebates is a service that allows you to earn cash back when making online and in-store purchases. They also offer special coupons and frequent double-cash back days.

The Ebates affiliate program allows you to earn $50 for every 2 people that sign up and use Ebates under your affiliate link. How awesome is that?!

5. Amazon Affiliates

Amazon Affiliates is an oldie, but a goodie. Any blogger, of any niche, can use Amazon Affiliates to monetize their content. A great thing about this program is that the person clicking your affiliate link doesn’t even have to buy the exact product you are linking to. Let’s say you link to a lipstick, but your reader gets distracted after clicking your link to lipstick and buys a book instead. You will still earn commission from that book purchase!

Affiliate Programs for Lifestyle Bloggers

*This post does contain affiliate and referral links.*


It’s that time of the year again…back to school!

For me, it’s back to college. And junior year, too. I can’t believe how fast the time in college is flying. I remember being a scared incoming freshman, worried about how I would navigate campus + whether I would like my room mate or not.

While back to school can be stressful, it’s also super exciting. Getting everything packed up to move to a new place with new people is awesome!

But let’s face it…sometimes your college shopping list (read mine here) can fail you. You suddenly go to look for a paperclip or ibuprofen and realize….YOU FORGOT IT.

Back to College Essentials with Babbleboxx

I’m here to tell you all about Babbleboxx. I recently got my first Babbleboxx, and it was filled with everything I may need for back to school. The best part? Some of these things are objects I may have forgotten in the craziness of packing.

Casio Vintage Watch

I’m a very busy girl when back to school season comes around. It takes me awhile to get acclimated to a new class schedule + timing everything just right.

There was a beautiful, vintage watch included in my Babbleboxx that I can’t wait to rock on campus this quarter. It’ll help me stay on time, and check to see how many minutes of class are left, sneakily 😂

You can purchase your own timeless Casio Watch by clicking here.

Sour Punch Mini Bites

Okay, so you may be able to survive the beginning of the school year without candy. But if you’re like me, nothing’s better than a little sugar to act as motivation for completing that essay! Or, you can share the mini bites with your new room mate in hopes of getting her to like you (half-kidding.)

I was stoked to see one of my favorite candy brands, Sour Punch, included in my Babbleboxx. Candy is a very important food group 😋

Viv & Lou: Throw Blanket

Perhaps my favorite item in my Babbleboxx was my new Viv & Lou throw blanket. In college, you can never have too many blankets. You never know when a friend will ask to crash at your place after a long night out! #DormLife

I love the fun print of this throw and how comfy-cozy it is. Get your own throw from Viv & Lou here.

And get 25% off your Viv & Lou purchase by using the coupon code EmmaLen25 at checkout! (valid until September 30, 2017.)

BIG AZ® Sandwiches

Another great item included in my College Essentials Babbleboxx was BIG AZ Sandwiches. You seriously can never underestimate the amount of food a college kid will need…trust me. And it’s so nice to have easy, convenient meals in your dorm for when your running to get out the door for class, or just on-the-go.

BIG AZ Sandwiches are available around the country in convenient stores, but you can find where to purchase them by heading over here. And, get $1 off your sandwich purchase here! 

The Princess Saves Herself In This One & The Posh: Happy Living 2017-2018 Monthly/Weekly Planner

Staying on top of everything coming your way when going back to college can be stressful. There’s assignments, essays, social events, and more. Luckily, this Babbleboxx came with a “Happy Living Planner” that can help with keeping things straight. I love how positive the quotes in the planner are, and also the bright colors!

The Babbleboxx also included a poetry book called “The Princess Saves Herself In This One.” I’m excited to read it and plan on doing so when I’m overworked from reading textbooks and want a change of pace! You can buy it here.

Luden’s Throat Drop

Have you ever partied a little too hard and woke up the next morning with a sore throat? (Me too 😂)

Luden’s throat drops are a great secret weapon to keep in your dorm for those days when your throat/voice is over-worked and tired. And, the best part about Luden’s is that they taste SO. DANG. GOOD.

You can save $1 off 2 bags by clicking here.


While I loved everything included in my Babbleboxx, I was truly blown away by this last service I was introduced to…EZneeds. EZneeds is a platform + website that allows you to purchase every needs – like bathroom cleaner, pasta, and toothpaste – at a discount. The best part? There’s free shipping on orders over $50, and the shipping is fast – it arrives in just 1-3 days.

I decided to try out EZneeds and the platform to see if it really was as easy as it claimed to be. (*Spoiler alert – it was.*)

The EZneeds website is extremely easy to navigate and has all the products divided up by category.


You add items to your cart, proceed to checkout when done, and BAM! Your order is complete and will be on it’s way to you soon.

Take a look at my shopping cart below to see what I picked out for back to school (mechanical pencils, CLIF Bars, etc.)


I truly love EZneeds and will definitely be using the website in the future. I love how I can get bulk items, for a fraction of what they would be in-store.

Have a great time going back to college! Best of luck in classes ❤️

*This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx. All opinions are my own and honest.* 


I love the summertime, but if I’m going to be honest…I don’t love the heat. I can’t lay out and tan all day long without feeling like dying (😂) and am normally the one splashing around in the pool.

August is usually the hottest month of the summer here in Chicago, and the heat is getting to me. So, I decided to share a few of my tried-and-true tips with you all about how to stay cool + beat the heat while summer rages on.

Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

  • Carry around a facial spray or mist in your purse/pool bag. My favorite is this one from Evian. These sprays are lifesavers for reviving makeup and giving you a cool blast during a day out.
  • Always wear sunscreen when outside! I like to use a face primer/moisturizer that has SPF already in it’s ingredients.
  • Drink chrysanthemum tea. (Weird, right?) Apparently, chrysanthemum tea is proven to actually lower your body temperature.
  • Take a cold shower for a quick fix.
  • Stick your pillow cases + sheets in plastic bags, and then place into the freezer for a couple hours. By bedtime, you’ll have chilled bed linens! (Totally trying this one.)
  • Stay hydrated! Your body sweats a lot in the summer, and it’s important to replenish yourself with liquids. Drinking water can be boring sometimes, so I drink Spindrift® sparkling water to keep me hydrated + add some fun into my summer days.

I’ve started to drink Spindrift® this summer and have fallen in love. Their drinks are unsweetened + the only sugar/calories in it come from the real fruit they use. My favorite flavor is their Raspberry Lime, but they have a ton of flavors, including Lemon, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Orange Mango, Strawberry, and Blackberry.

And Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Spindrift® = sparkling water + real fruit. Yup, that’s it.

Interested in buying Spindrift® products? Find a store that sells Spindrift® close to you by clicking here, or visit their website.

*This post is sponsored by Sprindrift® and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EmmaLenhart.com possible!*


If you’ve been following me for a couple years now, you may know that I am (what Amelia Rose Studio’s owner Jodi calls) a “blonde-a-holic.” I love my blonde and have been bleaching + lightening my hair for years.

That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get my hair colored by Jodi Shachar at Amelia Rose Studio. Jodi specializes in blondes, and I trusted her with my locks.

The sad truth is that my hair was waaaay overdue for a color. I had been double processing my hair (bleach + tone) for about a year, but “let it go” and my darker roots were overgrown. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my hair anymore, and I was a little lost.

Want to know how I used to dye my hair at home? Read my post “How to Bleach Hair at Home for the White Blonde Look”

But Jodi knew just what to do, and consulted with me during my appointment, suggesting that she add in both highlights + lowlights to give me a softer blonde. I was down for the cause, and in just a few hours, my hair was completely transformed into a beautiful, ashy, blonde.

About Jodie Shachar

Jodi’s story is really cool, and I loved being able to hear it told by her personally. She always wanted to have a baby girl but instead was blessed with 3 boys. Instead of giving up on that dream, she decided to create Amelia Rose Studio, a space that reflects all of the traits she would want her daughter to have: elegance, beauty, confidence.

Jodi’s energy and attitude is contagious, and I had such an awesome time chatting with her during my appointment. She really takes time with all of her clients + recognizes that blonde hair coloring requires a little extra patience + attention.

Another cool thing about Jodi + the salon? It is sustainable + a certified Green Circle Salon; which means that she recycles everything she can: foils, color, and even hair.

Before + After

Before you look at these photos, I’m going to ask you to not judge me 😂 I am well aware that I let my blonde go for far too long, and that’s why I needed Jodi’s help so badly.


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Book an appointment

Interested in getting the perfect blonde? Visit Amelia Rose Studios’ website by clicking here, or calling the salon at 773-519-1336.

*This post was made in collaboration with Amelia Rose Studios. All opinions are my own and honest.*