With a new semester about to start, there's always the hope of having a straight-A semester, staying organized and not getting completely overwhelmed. But welcome to the college life because I'm pretty sure that'll never happen as easily as we all wish it would! College is stressful as hell, and throughout my four years of undergrad, I figured out some things that really helped me to stay organized and make things easier. I only wish they came to me you know, when I was a struggling freshman! ;) Here's 8 ways you can help make your semester go smoothly and help you conquer each and every day:
It's Fri-YAY! And as you may have noticed, there's some new things going around over here! ;) I've had this new design in the works for so long, and now it's a reality and I could not be happier with it. I've been working with an absolutely incredible designer for about a month to bring a vision I had for my site to reality, and Stephanie did just that! I find myself coming to my blog just to look at the design, for reals. ;)
As one of my business-related resolutions for the New Year, I've been working extra hard at doing something I know a lot of us struggle with: pre-writing content and getting things done ahead of time. I'm the first to admit that I'm extremely guilty of finishing and perfecting content the night before it goes live, and sometimes even the morning of! It's stressful, and blogging shouldn't be stressful. Not in my eyes, anyway. Now, creating content is much easier said than done. If you're a blogger yourself, you know just how much goes into a blog post. Drafting it, writing and editing, taking photos, proof reading, promoting it, etc. It's a long process, but when it's something you're proud of it's super rewarding! Sometimes brainstorming doesn't come easy (I know I have days where I draw blank after blank!) so I've come up with a game plan to help never run out of content, and here's how:
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions as always are my own.
New technology and electronic gadgets are fun and all, but if you're a beauty lover then you haven't really experienced a fun gadget until you try the Hi Mirror! I had never heard of this brand before, but now it's one of my favorite gadgets and it's ridiculously fun to use. I like to think of it as my very own Sephora beauty consultant - it tells you what your skin is lacking in and tips to help your daily skincare routine. Yeah, THAT futuristic! ;) I've been using it for a few weeks now and I'm still learning things about it. If you like to stay on top of your beauty game, you *need* this in your life!
A lot of people use the saying, "new year, new me" as their motto during the first few weeks of each year, but how about "new year, new room"? It's no secret that I love to re-decorate whenever I get the chance to, but it's actually a really good idea for a new year! Whether you just freshen things up or make some big changes (like me... it's becoming a problem, ha!) there's no better time than a new year to change things up and create a quick and easy mini room makeover. Here's my favorite ways that I've used to freshen up my bedroom in the past few days:
Throughout December I shared so many gift guides and fun gift ideas so I put December's Currently Cravings on hold. At the end of each month this year I'll be sharing one of these posts as I did last year, but I wanted to do a special version in place of December's of things I'm loving right now all under $100! Some of these things are post-holiday sale buys and some are things I got for Christmas. Everything is under $100 both regular priced and as the sale prices and things you'll be saying "okay, I need this!" to. Since it's all under $100, grab your coffee and shop happy! ;)
Happy New Year!! I cannot believe it's finally here, but we're in 2017! Am I the only one who found it *so* incredibly satisfying that the new year started on a Sunday?! It made the OCD in me so happy, ha! The holidays went so fast but it was such a magical few weeks and so relaxing, so now I'm so excited and ready to get back to work and doing some goal crushing. ;) There's something about the fresh start of a brand new year that gets everyone motivated, but usually that motivation fades and we give up on a lot of our goals. I'm guilty as charged - it's no secret that I've set goals for myself that I never completed but now, being a blogger and in the world where goals truly matter for your business, I realize that it was because the goals I was setting for myself were completely unrealistic. The timing didn't add up and nothing made any "real" sense. Now I have a better sense of goal setting and I definitely feel less overwhelmed and much more excited about reaching and achieving my goals.
Another month, another POPSUGAR box! December's box was so full of goodies and amazing items that were ridiculously fun to open up. The best mail days are always days that include a POPSUGAR box coming in! Here's what was inside December's box: