Your Complete Guide: School Life Hacks

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

I'm here with another back to school blog post. I am a huge fan of making my life simpler-- especially when it comes to school.


If it doesn't move, monogram it.

I personally love monograming my "stuff" because I think it looks cute. But, I also like the way it divides my stuff from others. I decided to throw a monogram sticker on my laptop. No one is going to steal a laptop that has someone else's initials on it.

Come up with a color coding system BEFORE the school year starts.

When I was in high school, I always made up my color coding system as I went. (Unless it was Spanish. Spanish was specific. Always.)

Here's my color coding system as of now:

TITLE
VOCABULARY
EXAMPLES
DATES
OTHER

Take notes before class.

I liked to do this before my history classes since it was a lot of memorization. Take notes the day before.

TITLE
SUBTITLE
MAIN IDEAS

Also, take notes of any questions you might have! During class, you'll be able to focus on the lecture as opposed to frantically writing down information. Any notes that you do take, write in a different color. That way, it's easier to make note of what your professor emphasizes on. I did this all the time in high school!

Keep a pack of sticky notes on your desk during class.

Again, I did this all the time in high school and I plan on continuing in college. I'd keep a sticky note on my desk and jot down anything important. Maybe the teacher reminds you of an important vocabulary word, or maybe he/she gives you a quick 10 point assignment. Either way, I want to be the first to write it down. The last time I relied on my brain to remember something, I crashed and burned.

Note cards.

Enough said. Note cards are my best friend when it comes to studying. I've always found notecards especially helpful for history and Spanish classes. (You can get colored ones too to help you stay organized!)

Not only keep an agenda, but keep a to do list.

For the past two years, I've always used printable to do lists. You can find them on Pinterest. I use to do lists to organize my time, whereas my planner keeps track of due dates. I also use my to do list to breakdown different assignments and projects. Checking events off a to do list is a lot more motivating than you'd think!

Get two sets of school supplies.

When you're shopping, pick up sets of two. After the first semester, you can switch out your folders. I know mine began to fall apart in the middle of December. Going back to school in January with fresh folders is a nice pick me up.


Those are my life hacks for this back to school season! I tried to keep these life hacks original. I know life hacks are everywhere: Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. So, hopefully you found some of these tips helpful.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite way to study?  

Thanks for reading!



Fresh and Fast Makeup For Class

Good morning, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my everyday makeup with you: school edition. I'm all about a fresh, dewy look for school. Oh, and fast! At this time in my life, I've decided to pick sleep over eyeliner. Oops!




Step 1: Moisturize

Moisturizer is your best friend. I'm always switching up my moisturizer. For the past couple of weeks, I've been using the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream by Ren.

Step 2: Primer

Benefit's POREfessional will always be one of my favorite primers. I start by applying this to the center of my face, blending it out with my fingers.

Step 3: Concealer

I like to go to town with concealer: under my eyes and on any blemishes. I then let this melt into my skin-- if I have time. #TheBagsUnderMyEyesAreDesigner

Step 4: Powder

I recently picked up a new powder from Sephora: Perfect Setting Powder by Cover FX.

Step 5: Blush

Again, I like to switch up my blushes. I like to go with some bright, yet natural. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and swirl up to your temples for a natural, more awake look.

Step 6: Highlighter

If I have time, I'll go for highlighter. I like Benefit's High-Beam. I think it looks very natural.

Step 7: Mascara

I switch my mascara up every other day. For a more natural, fluttery look, I like to use Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

Step 8: Comb through brows

Sometimes, I find that filling in my brows is much too time consuming. I apply a bit of hairspray to my spoolie to keep my hairs from flying everywhere.

Step 9: Setting spray

Go for a hydrating/finishing mist from Tarte. This 4 in 1 product keeps your skin looking fresh all day long.


That's my makeup! This takes me no longer than 8 minutes.

Comment of The Day: If you could only have one makeup item with you at school, what would it be? 


Shills Natural Sciences Review

Good morning, y'all! 

This morning I am reviewing Shills Natural Sciences, a skincare company based in Taiwan. They were so kind to send me a few sheet masks, as well as their 3 Step Kit for ridding blackheads and other blemishes.




Snail Essence Sheet Mask

I loved this sheet mask. I'm not going to lie, I was a little skeptical about putting this mask on my face. Snail gel isn't necessarily my number one skincare go to. But, after using this, I've fallen in love. My skin was so much brighter.


Honey Gold Lifting & Firming Mask

I didn't see immediate results after using this mask. I'm sure after using it a couple of times, I'll see a difference.



For those of you who struggle with acne and blackheads, like myself, this kit is your new best friend. I love peel off masks, I've found that they get rid of dead skin cells and pull out grime. This kit pulled out twice as much. #SoGross


First things first, cleanse your face. I used my favorite foam cleanser from Peter Thomas Roth. Next, I went in with the Deep Sebum Softener. This sebum softens my pores allowing all of the bacteria to be removed with ease.


After washing the black gel off with warm water, I went in with step two: the Deep Cleansing Black Mask. I applied this with the mask brush. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the brush. It was difficult to apply. Therefore, I just used my clean fingers. I found that I had more control of the product. 

Peeling it off was my favorite part. Also, the most painful part. However, I thought the pain was worth the results. There was so much "gunk" on the mask. My skin instantly felt smoother. It also looked brighter.







After peeling the mask off and rinsing off any excess product, I applied the Clarifying Toner. This minimized the appearance of my pores. It also made my skin feel twice as smooth. 



Overall, I am a huge fan of Shills Natural Sciences skincare products. I'm definitely going to be using the 3 Step Kit once a week, or once every other week. It's the perfect way to detox the skin of any impurities. 

Question of The Day: What's your go to face mask?

Thanks for reading!



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My Favorite Apps and Resources For School

Good morning, everyone!

I hope y'all enjoyed my last post: Lessons I Learned in High School. It was definitely a more personal post for me. Today, I thought we would kick it back with a post on some of my favorite online resources for school.



Brainly

I have a feeling this is going to be my new go-to website. This website is perfect for asking all sorts of questions. The community answers them in no time!

Google Drive

Take advantage of your Google account. You can open your Google Drive from anywhere- home, school, or your study buddy's house. Just remember to log out.

Minimalist

This is my favorite app for creating to do lists on the go. There's also a built in timer. (Which is one of my favorite features about the app!) This app is #ProductivityGoals!

Pinterest

Honestly, Pinterest is the only website you really need. Pinterest is your guide to free printables and finding more study sites. Follow my All Things School board. I'm always adding fun study techniques and note taking ideas.

Quizlet

By far one of my favorite websites for creating flashcards. I also like to print them out and mark the paper up with extra notes. Download the app for studying on the go.

YouTube

Definitely take advantage of YouTube. There are so many channels dedicated to math help and history. Here are some of my favorite channels:

  • Mr. Bett's Class (This is my favorite educational YouTube channel. I sang these tunes ALL year long. Hey, I finished with an A, right?)
  • Teacher Math Help (The only way I survived Honors Pre-Calc.)

That concludes my blog post on my favorite apps and resources for school. I highly recommend browsing Pinterest if you're in the need of something more specific. Anything and everything can be found on there.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite app for school?


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Lessons I Learned In High School

Good morning, everyone!

I'm kicking my Back To School Blog Series off with a more personal post. I'm going to be talking about the lessons I learned in high school. I'm not going to lie: most of them, I learned the hard way. 


*Names changed for privacy reasons.

Fake friends are real.

Friends come and go. In high school, I had a best friend. Let's call her *Nancy. I was always second to her boyfriend, *Alex. I remember, I wanted to hangout with her one day after school. I asked her if she wanted to get together and she had told me she was grounded. Instead, she was hanging out with her boyfriend. And that was just the last straw.

Your first date-- you'll never forget it. 

My first date was with a blonde haired, blue eyed jock. We met up with *Ryan's friends at the movie theater, where we saw Catching Fire. Later on, we walked to Kiwi for frozen yogurt. It was awkward. And uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. But hey, I won't forget it.

You'll do better things than dating the boy on the soccer team.

At first, I didn't know how to explain this. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to write in this block.

Should I write about the time he invited me to a party? The way he asked for pictures via Kik Messenger? Or maybe I should write about the time he didn't get what he wanted? Or maybe, how he subtweeted me? Or how his friends and him would make fun of me? #BloggingForTheBetter

Rumors are unavoidable.

Needless to say, we broke up. And rumors travelled faster than the speed of light. People were making up their own stories and twisting them. He sent me this really long Facebook message calling me out. Saying, I told everyone that I broke up with him and blah, blah, blah. For the record, I didn't tell anyone I broke up with him. I told them the truth. I took pride in standing up for myself.

Grades don't define you.

During my sophomore year of high school, I had a really hard English teacher. She gave me a D or an F on a paper. I was extremely heartbroken because English has always been my strongest subject. It took me awhile to get over it.

Cut the negative people out of your life; you'll be so much happier.

When you cut people off who are just mean to you, you'll feel so much better. Once I cut off *Nancy, I wasn't insecure anymore. In 12th grade, I was in another toxic friendship. *Alexandria made me feel as though every decision I made was wrong. Unfortunately, jealousy gets the best of people. You have to learn how to ignore them so it doesn't get to you. It took me the longest time to learn that one.

Do what you love regardless of what other people think. Easier said than done.

Throughout the years, I got some heat for my blog. But I've kept with it. And I couldn't be happier. Lesson learned: do what you love. It pays off in the long run.

Help someone every chance you get.

During my junior year, I decided to become a Spanish tutor. I had the opportunity to help two people out. I hope they both do wonderful things with their life. I know they're capable of it.

Get involved.

Creative Writing Club, Interact Club, Key Club, Newspaper, Students Against Destructive Decisions, etc. I tried to do it all. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Your parents are always right. Always.

They were right about the player. They were right about his friends, too. They were right about the guy who smoked. They were right about the jealous friends who plotted ways to bring you down for no good reason. They were right about trying your best. They were right about getting into the Honors Program at your dream school. They were right about believing in yourself. They were right about everything.

Time can heal most anything.

Boys. Toxic friendships. Wounds. Just give it all time and you'll figure it out. I promise. I did.

Everything happens for a reason.

I remember being so frustrated in high school. I didn't know why God would put me through such "low" times. Looking back, I see everything so much more clearly. Now, I know. I know what I want in a partner. I know what I need in partner. I know what love is. And I know, that some people aren't worth your time. I know people bring you down just to make themselves feel better. God has better plans for you. However, he may need to test you to make sure you're ready for those big plans.

Question of The Day: What's the most important lesson you learned in school? 

Thanks for reading!

A Wish For You: Thanking My Mom For Being My Mom

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing a special company with y'all: A Wish For You. According to the website, "A Wish For You offers the delivery of a keepsake card expressing your personal and thoughtful sentiment accompanied by a small memento to share with the special people in your life." I couldn't agree with that statement more.



I decided to send a package to my mom. Throughout high school, she has encouraged me in every way possible. 

Step 1: Choose your memento.

For my graduation, my mom splurged on a Lilly Pulitzer dress. It has a gold, starfish zipper in the back. It's absolutely gorgeous. Ever since, starfish have been our thing. When I saw that A Wish For You had a pair of starfish earrings, I couldn't resist.




Step 2: Choose your card.

The card designs are handcrafted using a technique called quilling. They are absolutely gorgeous. I decided to go with a matching card. It has a popping orange starfish on it. I love it!


Step 3: Write your message.

I thanked my mom for being an over achieving mom. But, you can write anything you want on these cards. Say, "Happy Birthday!" or "Thinking of you and your family." 


I absolutely adore what A Wish For You put together for my mom. The quality of the product is wonderful! As for the packaging, it's stellar! It was beyond my expectations. I love how bright and colorful it is. Lastly, the overall process was super easy to complete. I think this is a great alternative, as opposed to just sending a text. That text is going to be deleted in no time. A memento like this lasts forever.

Definitely go checkout A Wish For You. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for reading!



Rose Gal Wishlist

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

A few weeks ago, RoseGal reached out to me asking to do a wishlist and a review on some of their products. I am a huge fan of the white crop top from RoseGal.


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Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Chambray Tunic Shirt Dress

I am currently loving the off the shoulder trend. And this dress is no exception. I also love the little bow knots on the sleeves. #ItsTheLittleThings

Cut Out Skater Dress

If I was a dress, this would be me. I love how classy it looks. I would pair this dress with a pair of pearl earrings and a cute clutch for a romantic dinner.

Cuffed Sleeve Anchor Print Tee

I don't know why, but lately, I've been obsessed with all things nautical. This shirt would look super cute with a pair of cut off shorts and flip flops. Let's go sailing!

Ruffled Contrast Piped Blouse

I think this top would look super cute with some white jeggings and sandals. And maybe some bright tassel earrings for a pop of color? Yes, please!

Pineapple Printed Cropped Tank Top

I'm not much of a crop top person, but I would definitely wear this over a bikini. I love how summery it is.

Spaghetti Strap Handkerchief Tank Top in Lake Blue

I love how bright this shirt is. I'd pair this with a long necklace and jeggings for a night out.

Layered Double Straps Chiffon Cami Top

Again, I am a huge fan of how bright this top is. I'd pair this with some white jeans and sandals for a family BBQ. And, a denim jacket incase it gets chilly.

Trendy Women's Square Neck Lace Splicing Top

I love how dainty and girly this top looks.

Straw Hat

I think straw hats look so feminine. I like this one because of how structured it is. It's perfect for a day of walking around the city.

Hip-Pop Wide Geometrical Printed Elastic Headband in Blue

This headband caught my eye immediately. I love how colorful it is. I'd use this headband to keep my hair out of my face when I'm working out.

Wide Brim Ribbon Bowknot Woven Straw Hat

This floppy hat is calling my name. Enough said.

Tiny Bow Embellished Hollow Out Leg Affordable Polarized Sunglasses

These sunglasses are so chic! I love how big they are! Perfect for a day of tanning at the beach.


Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off!

That concludes my RoseGal Wishlist. Definitely checkout RoseGal for some affordable, trendy pieces.

Thanks for reading!


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USA Name Necklace

Today, I'm featuring my new favorite necklace from USA Name Necklace. USA Name Necklace sent me the Personalized Sterling Silver Monogram Necklace to feature on my blog.

I've always wanted a monogram necklace-- and this one exceeded my expectations. It's the perfect accessory for everyday wear. Whether your hiking or going to a family reunion, this necklace is your new go to.

Here's how I styled it:








I actually wore this to my boyfriend's mom's birthday party. I think it was the perfect outfit-- casual and dressy all at the same time. And the necklace really pulls it all together. 

Later on in the evening, I threw on a crewneck. (It was a little chilly for the end of July!) The necklace, again, looked perfect! Though the oversized crewneck made my outfit appear less dressy, the necklace distracted from it, making me still look put together. 

Overall, I'm a huge fan of the necklace! If you're a monogram-a-holic like myself, go get your hands on this necklace! You won't regret it.

Question of The Day: What's your go to accessory? 


Photographer: Kyle Grater

Plan With Me ft. Lavish Paper Co.

Good morning, everyone!

I am so excited for today's blog post. I'm teaming up with Lavish Paper Co. to show you how I organize my planner. 

This school year, I am using the Jumbo Agenda in Beach Loot by Lilly Pulitzer. So far, I love it! I love how big and spacious it is. It has plenty of room to record blogging assignments, homework, and extracurriculars. 


First things first, stickers! Stickers not only make your planner brighter, but they make it more organized. My personal favorite set of stickers from Lavish Paper Co. is the Small Flag Planner Stickers.

I plan on using these when mapping out my syllabus. I'll use orange for one class, yellow for another, etc. I'll be using the last row for important events at Cabrini University. For example, I used the pink flags for Move In Day and The First Day of Class.




I am also a huge fan of the Trashcan Planner Stickers. I'm going to be using these 1-2 times a week to remind me when it's time to clean my room and change my sheets. 

And let's not forget these adorable Running Shoe Icons. These are going to be perfect to remind me when to workout. 

These Small Soccer Ball stickers were a must for me! Not only am I planning to cheer on the guys and gals at Cabrini University, but I'm also planning to play intramural soccer. I thought these would be super cute!

For those of you who follow me on Snapchat, you know that I practically live at Target. With my busy schedule next year, I thought these would be appropriate to plan when I need to go shopping-- case of water, deodorant, razors-- you know the drill. I'll use a sticky note to keep track of my shopping list and put it right under the sticker for easy access.

Are these Top Bun Up Getting Things Done stickers not the cutest stickers you've ever seen? I love how they're color coded, too! I'm going to use these when I have mega studying to do!



I'm not going to lie, I'm probably going to come home for the weekends. I live relatively close to the campus I'm attending. These weekend stickers are for when I'm coming home and I have big plans to RELAX!


I think self-care is super important. It's okay to say no to those Friday night parties and put a face mask on instead. I'll be using these nail stickers when I'm in need of some me time/pamper time.



Here's how I color code:

School Work
All Things Blog Related
Health and Fitness
Important
Other (Internships, Jobs, Social, etc.)

Use your highlighters for time management:

0-5 Minutes
5-15 Minutes
15-30 Minutes
30+ Minutes


My biggest tip is to remember to schedule self-care! I know I'm going to want to do everything in college-- Honors Program, intramural sports, newspaper, etc. I'm going to be scheduling "Me Time" once every week/every two weeks. 

Don't forget to checkout Lavish Paper Co. on Etsy. All of her prints are super cute and eco-friendly!

Thanks for reading,

July Favorites

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! Today, I'm sharing some products and songs I've been loving this month. Be sure to comment below some products you've been loving this month. I need some new products to try out next month.

Beauvivo Organic Soaps

Beauvivo was so kind, and they sent me their Men's Soap Sampler to feature. This sampler retails for $9.95. First things first: packaging! It's so sleek and elegant looking. I adore the packaging. Within the sampler, there are 10 little soaps, some of which are unscented. I like that the pack includes both scented and unscented. My personal favorite is Midnight Tea Tree.



Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask

While I was in Florida, I purchased a sampler pack of Peter Thomas Roth masks. My personal favorite is the 24K Gold mask. My skin looks so much brighter after usage.

Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda - Beach Loot

While on vacation, I purchased a Lilly Pulitzer agenda for college. I decided to go with the large agenda to manage not only my school work, but my blog work. I've already started decorating it.

Mom Life Box

This month, I was sent the Mom Life Box. Though I am not a mom, the items in this box are really cool! This month's theme was pineapples. How cute, right?

-Wine glass
-2 Paper straws
-Pineapple Sunshine candle
-Gold pineapple necklace
-Pineapple bath bomb
-Pineapple sleeping eye mask



My mom helped me open the package. She loved all of the products, so I agreed to split them down the middle with her. (There was no way I was giving up the pineapple necklace!) If you're looking for a gift for your mom, I highly recommend this box!

"I'm A Lady" by Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor's music is so bold and energetic. This track is no different.

"Praying" by Ke$ha

Ke$ha made a comeback! I can't wait until she drops a track with Taylor Swift. Wasn't that the rumor a couple of months ago?


"Why" by Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter never fails to disappoint.

Top Christian Tracks on Spotify

Lately, I've been falling in love with Christian music. I've been enjoying music by Chris Tomlin and the Newsboys.


That concludes this month's favorites! Remember to comment below some of the things you've been loving this month.


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