Back-to-School Essentials

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I don’t know if I’m the only one- but I LOVE going back to school. I feel like I am at my best when I am busy and productive- but school can easily get overwhelming. I am able to keep track of everything much easier when I am properly equipped.

Here are a few of my back to school essentials! I will do another post where I list all of the school supplies I think are important for the year, but these are just my favorites!

  1. A cute planner. Having a planner is KEY to having a successful school year. One problem many people have is they buy a planner just to have it sit in their backpack without ever being used. This problem can be solved by buying a cute planner that you absolutely love. Every year I have so much fun picking out a new planner. When it is one I love, I am motivated to use it. I usually buy mine at Target.
  2. A clipboard. This has become an essential of mine since entering college. Many times you will be in a lecture with 200+ students- in classes like these, you often do not get a desk, only a seat in an auditorium. This of course, makes it much harder to take notes. I solved this problem by using a clipboard! It also comes in handy when you are doing homework on the go. I got mine at walmart and monogrammed it with my decal from https://www.etsy.com/shop/cestlaviedesignss on etsy.
  3. A binder/ binders. How many binders you use definitely depends on how many/ what type of classes you are taking. Sometimes I need one for each class, and other times I can combine my classes into a few binders. This semester I am using three binders for my courses. One binder for all of my online classes, one for my science class and another for my theater class. When I combine classes into one binder, like for my online classes, I also buy cute dividers to keep organized. I have had my binders for a really long time and I keep them cute by printing out cute designs to put on the outside plastic. I bought my dividers at Target.
  4. An agenda. This is separate from my planner. I usually use a cute composition book for my agenda but you can use anything!  In my daily agenda, I write out a detailed plan for each day. This includes EVERYTHING I will do that day, including wake up time, meals, etc. I write my agenda for the next day every night before bed and then review it in the morning. This step really helps me to feel prepared for the day.
  5. A ruler. I am an extremely organized note taker. My favorite style of notes is Cornell, so I use a ruler when I am taking notes to keep my lines straight and tidy!
  6. Writing utensils: pens, pencils, highlighters, and sharpies. Plus a cute pencil case to store them!
  7. Notebooks. I buy one for each class and label it with a white label (I use these for everything!) I splurged this year and got five star notebooks.
  8. Other essentials: a hole puncher, stapler, notecards, scissors, post it notes, labels (extremely important to me)

My Favorite PocketBacs

 

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In case you didn’t already know- I am a Bath and Body Works fanatic! Lotions, candles,body wash- they are like Pokemon to me- I want to “catch them all”! jasmine

(probably your face right now at my horrible jokes)

ANYWAY, my obsession lately has been PocketBacs. As a college student, I am constantly on the go and I like how easy it is to pull these out whenever and wherever I need them. My collection has gotten pretty big, but of course I still want more. The convenient packaging, the adorable names and labels, and of course, the irresistible scents keep me constantly searching for new ones.

Today I wanted to share with you what I consider to be MUST HAVES! These are my absolute favorites that I have found so far at BBW, but I will make sure to post another favorites post as new ones come out! I have a ton of favorites, but I narrowed it down to 10 current faves!

   1. Girls Just Want To Have Sun- I am in love with the packaging and title of this sweet summer scent!

 

Just Peachy PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 2. Just Peachy- This blend of peaches, honeysuckle and blood orange is addicting! The scent is also strong, but not too strong! It smells like you just sprayed a spritz of your body spray instead of putting on hand sanitizer.

 

 3. Boardwalk Vanilla Cone- If you only grab one thing from this list, make it Boardwalk Vanilla Cone. I loved the scent in store, but when I took it home- it became an instant favorite. It really smells like a vanilla ice cream cone!

 

4.Watermelon Lemonade- This is one of my favorite scents from BBW. I love the candle, the body care, the hand soap- and the pocketbac version is just as sweet!

 

Dreamer - Berry Wish PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works5. Dreamer- It’s a unicorn- need I say more? The packaging on this is ADORABLE and it smells like sweet berries and vanilla.

 

 

Lemon Buttercream PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 6. Lemon Buttercream- I am in love with a discontinued BBW scent, lemon vanilla. This so far is the closest BBW has come to matching that scent! It smells like sweet lemon cake to me!

Liquid Sunshine PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 7. Liquid Sunshine- My first thought when I smelled this was that it literally smells like liquid sunshine. The lemon / floral combo makes me think of happy, summer days.

Sweet Pea PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 8. Sweet Pea- Sweet Pea was the first lotion I ever got at BBW and I will always remember how much my mom hated it haha! Sweet Pea has recently been given a makeover and I think the new packaging is so cute. Described as a blend of ” sweet pea petals, sheer freesia, and luscious raspberry”, this girly scent is still one of my favorites!

 

A Thousand Wishes PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 9. A Thousand Wishes- This is one of BBW’s most popular and well known scents. The packaging is super cute and I love that the sanitizer has a hint of glitter in it. Don’t worry, you won’t look like a disco ball! The smell is amazing year round.

 

Pretty in Pink PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel - Soap/Sanitizer - Bath & Body Works 10. Pretty In Pink- Of course I grabbed two of these.. Pink is my favorite color so I love the look of this pretty pocketbac. The smell is absolutely breathtaking! It smells as good as a cupcake, without the calories.

 

Well that is all for now. Again, it was EXTREMELY hard for me to narrow this down so I would love to post more favorites lists in the future!

What are your must have pocketbacs?

My morning routine

In the past, me and mornings did not mix. I’ve always been a morning person deep down, I just never actually woke up at a decent time. This year I really wanted to change that because I do feel amazing when I am up early. I love the quiet and calm of morning, I love having the time to make tea and spend a while making my breakfast, I love being able to take my time getting ready and feeling my best. Even though it is summer, school is going to be starting soon- so I thought I would share my morning routine for the school year. This schedule is based on when I started school at 9:30am, but on days I needed to be out the door earlier, I made tiny tweaks.

First, my morning routine started with what I do the night before. Every single night I would write out my daily schedule for the next day in full detail and I would write out my morning routine. Even though this seems redundant, it helped me to stay motivated and stick to my morning routine.

This schedule SAVED my semester and made me feel happier and more put together overall.

MY MORNING ROUTINE

6:15 – wake up ( I set alarms for 6 and 6:15 because I like to have a warning that it is almost time to wake up before I actually need to get out of bed)

6:20-6:45 – I take my morning shower. My nightly shower is always longer because I wash my hair and shave. The morning shower is just about helping me to wake up and feel alert. I grab my favorite body wash and a karaoke-worthy spotify playlist to start my morning right. After my shower, I wash my face with whatever face wash I currently use, then I apply my acne medication and moisturizer. After my face, I brush my teeth and floss. Then I apply my body lotion.

6:45- If I am drinking coffee that day, I will get it started now!

6:50-7:50- I do my hair and makeup now. The first thing I do is wrap my hair up in a turbie twist so that my hair will dry faster while I am putting on my makeup. I usually spend between 20-30 minutes doing my makeup, about 15 minutes on my hair and usually ten minutes getting dressed. If I need more time to get ready that day, I tweak the schedule a little but this is usually more than enough time!

7:50-8- It usually takes me about 10 minutes or less to make my breakfast. During the school week, I usually eat oatmeal or cereal with fruit and a cup of tea of coffee.

8-9 -This is my favorite part of the morning. I set out my breakfast, making sure the area is clean and looks nice so I feel like I can really relax and enjoy breakfast. I put on Netflix, usually in the morning I like to watch Disney movies like Lilo and Stitch or Tangled. While I eat and watch, I review my schedule for the day, make sure my bag is packed, browse pinterest and just enjoy this time I have to myself before the chaotic day begins.

9-9:10- I clear my dishes and brush my teeth again so I do not have coffee breath!

9:15- I leave for class!

This is a really simple routine, but it has helped so much in making me feel more relaxed and scheduled. I always feel prepared for the day and glad that I had some peaceful time before school.

Let me know what your morning routines look like, I am always wanting to add or change things to make my morning even better!

Morning Routine

Review: Clean & Clear’s Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Smoothing Facial Scrub

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Lately I have been on a mission to take better care of my skin. Turning 21 recently made me realize, I’m an adult now. No one is going to take care of my skin for me. My skin care routine has been lacking in the past. I probably have broken ever rule of skin care at one point or the other. But I am turning over a new leaf! So I went shopping to pick out some new skin care products. The skin care aisle is VERY intimidating to me, I spent a little over 10 minutes just looking at face wash. I decided to pick up two different face washes, one for morning and one for night. One of the items I had to grab was  I bought the other face wash at Walmart, and then found the fruit infusions at Grocery Outlet. I have been using this product for two weeks now so I thought it would be a good time to write a review!

  1. While looking through the face wash aisle, I was looking for a product that would motivate me to wash my face every morning. I am NOT a morning person. So usually, the thought of having to wash my face in the morning is the last thing I want to do. In the past, I would wash my face in the AM occasionally at best. This product has made me so excited about washing my face, I have not missed a single morning.
  2. I was immediately drawn to the packaging of this face wash. I imagined the purple bottle prettily sitting on my bathroom counter and became very excited! I also like the shape of the bottle. I like that it is a squeeze out container (is that the write term? haha) rather than a pump. In the past I have used pumps, but I hate that pumps often break or it becomes difficult to get out product when you start to run low.
  3. I wanted something scented. I did not want something that smelled medicated.  I needed a product that invigorates my senses and makes me want to put it on right away! Let me tell you, THIS PRODUCT SMELLS AMAZING. It literally smells exactly like a berry smoothie!
  4. This product feels extremely smooth going on my face. It gently exfoliates and it really feels like I am getting a deep, yet gentle clean.
  5. Results: I feel a major improvement in my skin already. Not only has it improved my acne, but I think it also has really made my complexion look better overall. My skin is very combination, I’m acne prone, I get oily, I get dry- it’s a mess. Usually, even if my skin is not breaking out- I feel like I have to wear makeup because my skin itself just does not look good. My makeup has been going on smoother too, which I think is partly due to the exfoliating quality of this product. Yesterday I went out with 0 makeup on for the first time in a very long time, and I felt great. I think the wash kept my oil at bay throughout the day and even though I have a pimple or two, my skin did not look red, dry and lifeless like it usually does without makeup.
  6. Overall, I would rate this product a 9/10. I loved everything about this product and would not change a thing about it. I originally rated it a 10, but then I noticed that I can no longer find this product on Clean and Clear’s website. I am crossing my fingers that it is not discontinued because this is a product I definitely would love to keep using.

*I hope you found this review helpful, it is my first beauty review and I really would like to do more of these in the future. Let me know if you would like to see more!

XO- Jordan