November 24, 2017

What's on My Christmas List

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Hello hello! I'm sure some of you are reading this while waiting in line Black Friday shopping haha. Since literally everyone in my family has Amazon prime (my sister and I took advantage of the student discounts) this year we're not going shopping and instead my mom just told my sister and I took make an Amazon wish list for her. We're from a small town that's two hours from the nearest mall, an hour from the nearest Walmart, and literally the only store in our town is a Dollar General so obviously toughing it out on Black Friday isn't an option for us. Anyways, I just thought I'd share what I'm adding to my list to either give you gift inspiration for a sister or friend or give you ideas for what you can add to yours.

Black Ray Bans

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I've been eying a black pair of my Ray Bans since this summer but every time I go to buy them for myself, I'm always remembered that I have bills to pay. Since I can't make myself buy them, I've decided to add them to my list. I love Ray Bans since they're so cute and they always come in handy when I'm driving so I figured that you can't have too many pairs!

Ugg Slippers

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I have perpetually cold feet so this is one thing I'm really hoping for. I already have a pair of slippers but they were just a cheap pair I threw in my basket last minute at Target last year and they're about to die. So I'm looking to upgrade to a nice pair like these Ugg ones that I know will last longer. Plus these are lined so they'll be nice and toasty for my little cold feet. 

Silk Pillowcase

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Since I just turned 25, I'm trying to adult which means I think I'm finally responsible enough for a silk pillow case. This one is under $30 so I don't feel too guilty putting it on my list. Really why I want it is that I hear they're great for your hair and I'm trying to grow mine out so I need as healthy hair as possible. I've also heard that they stay cool and my neck always gets hot when I sleep so I'm really interested in trying this.

LED Vanity Mirror

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The lighting in my bathroom is terrible so I'm really thinking that a lighted mirror will help. This one has a dimmer so I feel like that'll be nice so I won't have a bright light in my face first thing in the morning. I also like how this will sit on the counter and I can get real close to it when I need to like for when I apply liquid eyeliner or false eyelashes. 

iPhone Case

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When I first got my phone, it was so new that there basically no cases available and I ended up with one that's fine but it's a little boring. Something that would be really easy for someone to get me would be a cuter phone case. I really like this one because I used to have a gold iPhone and miss the color so this one brings it back!

Cozy Robe

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I'm such a homebody so I love all things plush and comfy. A long robe like this one would be perfect to throw on in the mornings while I'm making breakfast and in the evenings when I change out of my work clothes. What I really like about this particular robe is that it goes down almost to the floor so it'll be super warm this winter. But to be honest, I wouldn't mind also having a satin robe to wear while I'm getting ready because I always end up really hot when I'm doing my hair.

Kindle Paperwhite

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My mom had passed on her OG Kindle to me but I wore that thing out so I really want a new one. I know a lot of people say that only a true book worm uses hardcover books, but I prefer the digital version because I have a tiny apartment so I don't have enough room for all of the books that I read in a year so I'm asking for an upgraded Kindle. But if I were to get physical books, this hardback trio of Little Women, A Little Princess, and Anne of Green Gables because not only do the covers all coordinate so they'd be great décor but they're all classics that I wouldn't mind re-reading and one day passing down. 

What Do You Meme

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I feel like this game is about to be the next Cards Against Humanity and I've been wanting to try it! This would be great to use right on Christmas day with all your family and have a good laugh. Plus, doesn't everyone love a good meme?

Apple AirPods

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Ok confession, I technically already have these, but I use them all the time so it would be super nice if I had a pair for my purse AND my gym bag so that I don't have to keep remembering to pack and unpack these. They're really, really, really great at the gym because you're not accidentally ripping them out of your ears but are also really, really, really great when you're studying because you're not tethered down to your laptop and can stand up without getting caught. I definitely use mine enough that I know I would get good use out of having two pairs.

Nintendo Switch

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I'll admit I'm far from a gamer, but a friend of mine got the Nintendo Switch when it first came out and I got to admit, these are like really fun! What's so great about these is that it's a normal gaming console so when you have friends over you can play one-on-one Mario Kart, but then it also is a travel console so you can play the same games solo when traveling. Idk maybe it's because I'm getting older but the kid in me just kinda wants a video game for Christmas. 

So that's where I'm at! I know it's a scrimpy little list but I technically have a month to add to or change around my wishlist so I'm fine with what I have so far. If you want to make your own wishlist, just look underneath the "add to cart" button and you should see the "add to wishlist" link. Create your wishlist and then just send the link out to your fam with a 😉😉 for a little hint.

November 20, 2017

Library Necessities

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As I type this, my butt is numb because I've been sitting in this chair for over 7 hours straight. Yes that's right, it's time to live in the library! Since I need a lil study break, I thought I'd do a quick post over some lib necessities because really your whole study vibe can mess up when you're not prepared.

Of course, if you're over the library then check out my post on Where to Study for Finals for suggestions on where else to go!

Snuggie

I'm convinced that libraries only have two AC options, full blast in the summer or just turned off in the winter. No low setting, no heat when it's cold. Snuggies are the best because your full body can be warm but your arms are still free to highlight and type all night. Sure they might look a tad ridiculous, but at this point in the semester I bet you're rocking a greasy messy bun and sweats so we can all agree that looks don't count during the semester. 

Ear plugs

People ignore no talking signs. That's a fact. Ear plugs will allow you to block them out and will save you from having to shush people every 5 seconds. Some people swear by noise-canceling headphones but I've come to find that having no sound at all is way less distracting than even having study music on in the background. I keep a travel case with some ear plugs in my study carrel at all times and I think it really helps me get more done.

Every colored pen and highlighter you own

I usually keep my big stash of highlighters and colored pens in my house, but for a serious lib sesh I'll load them all up and take them on a little field trip. For some reason, I get very extra when I'm at the library. Idk if subconsciously I'm trying to use all these colors to show off like look at me color-coordinating I might as well run a studyblr or if it's just because I'm procrastinating by telling myself that I have to color-code before I even get started. Either way, go ahead and bring them all because you're going to want them.

Focus help

I use two little things to help me spend more time working and less time pinning on Pinterest. I've mentioned the first one in my Favorite Law School Apps post, but it deserves another shoutout. I have the Focus app on my phone and watch that helps me use the Podomoro study method of 25 minutes on-task and then a 5-minute break and repeat. It makes me take little breaks so I don't get burnt out or still, and then the "get back to work" alerts help me keep my study breaks from turning into an hour of doing nothing. The other thing is the Self Control app for my laptop. Basically you make a list of all of the sites that you know you shouldn't be on and it blocks those for you. If you're super serious about studying, you can use this app and then on your 5 minute breaks from studying, you can go on bathroom breaks or re-organize your to-do list. Basically you make the library 100% social media free.

Game plan

Here's literally exactly what I do when I get to the library so I can be my most productive. 

1. Turn on pocket points — Since my study app works on my watch, I turn on pocket points as another incentive to stay off my phone as much as possible. Plus I feel like getting a free cookie after several hours in the library is a pretty good reward for working hard.

2. Make a to-do list — I always go a little extra and write down more to-do's than I know is possible, because I'm the kind who will be like oh I only have one more thing to do tonight so I can take a longer break so I need the reminder to stay on-task. I also get extra and make to-do's about my to-do's. So like right now I'm writing a paper so I made a to-do list of every paragraph that I need to write and I'm checking them off as I go. This also helps because I jump around and don't write in order, so I need to make sure that I don't forget to go back and finish a paragraph.

3. Make a timeline — If you've got a lot going on, this will help. What I like to do is plan out and say okay I'll spend an hour outlining on this subject and then the next hour I'll review it. Then I'll move on to the next subject and do the same. Even if you just want to focus on one subject the entire time you're at the library, I really feel like planning out your to-do list will help it be more feasible and also will establish an end time. The end time helps because it can either be a motivation factor like okay only 3 more hours of making yourself do this crap and then you can take a bubble bath or will keep you reined in so you don't look up and realize that it's 3am and you have class in 5 hours and you just completely lost track of time.

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