Last-Minute Christmas Tips

Last-Minute Christmas Tips

If you’re anything like me, you are probably behind on everything Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday but it just keeps creeping up so fast! I’m behind but here I am blogging. Logic. Since I want everyone to have everything in order, here are my tips to having the best holiday season!

1. Take Advantage of Free Shipping

Everything is probably absolutely packed, so turn to online shopping! A lot of online stores are offering free shipping + for sure delivery before or on Christmas Eve, so if you don’t have time to go out and shop, jump on the internet.

2. Making It to the Brick and Mortar

However, if you absolutely have to go to an actual store, have a plan! If you’re buying something specific, call ahead and see if it is available. Go at the off times, such as really early in the morning. It will suck but then again you should have started shopping weeks ago.

3. Lock Down Plans

Everyone decide that Christmas will now be in Miami, Home Alone 2 status? Make sure everything is in order, call anyone and everyone because you don’t want to wait until two days before and realize you have to make a feast for your family.

4. When In Doubt, DIY It

Don’t know what to get everyone? Guilty. Make cards! It will be more heartfelt than buying a generic box and this way you can be creative. Pinterest will save you as always, and you can always create something out of nothing, and this way people won’t argue that you spent way too much on your puppy than the box of chocolates you got them.

5. Have Backup Plans to Everything

If you don’t want to watch The Grinch five thousand times, make sure you have something for everyone to enjoy. Karaoke machines are great, or having movies on hand can make everyone happy. Always have extra food! It’s the holidays, people eat, plus, you will never know who shows up until it comes.

6. Just Love and Be Happy

Remember, Christmas is about spending it with people you love, so don’t worry if you’re eating hot dogs for dinner or if you ran out of tinsel, just enjoy it and remember that people are much better than presents.

December feels so quick when you have to get everything done and everything comes in the way. Don’t worry have fun, everything will work out! Do you have any last-minute tips? Let me know! Happy holidays!

Tips to Beat Senioritis

Tips to Beat Senioritis

A few weeks ago I talked about how senior year is just stressing me out. With that, senioritis is building up and there are days when I sit in class and mentally check out. It’s hard to focus on school but I’m also avoiding thinking what I was going to do for the rest of my life.

1. Schedule Everything and Have a Day Set Off to do Homework

I mean it, even the smallest thing, just do it. Having it visually down will impulse you to do it. If checklists work for you, do that. This just helps you plan our your day and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Also, if you have a free day during the week, schedule that as your homework/catching up day. I do this on Fridays and this is usually when I start papers that are due soon and work on assignments. This also helps to keep you ahead and gives you a bit more free time between other classes during the week, instead of doing things almost every day.

2. Keep Yourself Busy, But Not Too Busy

Keep up a constant schedule. Usually senior year means less classes, but at least try out one new class or pick up another internship, otherwise you will have too much free time watching Netflix and therefore have no energy to do anything else. At the same time, don’t overload yourself. Make sure you have a good balance on everything. Being overworked will do nothing for you but just lounging around will be just as damaging.

3. Hang Out with Other Motivated Seniors

We love our friends and we need our friends, but sometimes they will get just as lazy as us. Find people who are really focused and stick with them because they’ll keep you motivated too. Thankfully I have a couple of friends who are still trying to get good grades and are pushing through and it makes it easier to plan out assignments and have someone to vent about the hard book we are reading. They will keep you focused and will come in handy when study groups are forming.

4. Start Looking for Jobs Now

If finding a job after graduation is getting you down, make sure to start looking at potential jobs now. Even if you don’t find yourself applying to any, this will help you see what kinds of jobs are currently available and give you an idea of where you want to go. Plus, maybe you’ll find a great internship and that can lead to good things!

5. Mentor Someone Younger

Remember your freshman year when you didn’t know you had to buy a scantron for your exams? Didn’t we wish someone would tell us all the ins and outs without it being embarrassing? Find a freshman or sophomore and give them your best college advice! They will usually be happy to have someone telling them who is a good professor or not and have someone to talk to when things get rough. This way you will have a new friend and feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life.

6. Take a Sabbatical

Although this seems completely the opposite of “beating” senioritis, but sometimes breaks are completely beneficial, and I mean ONE good break, not a million little ones. Take time and go out for a weekend and enjoy your friends and make memories that will stay after graduation. When you’re feeling the most overwhelmed, just step back and take yourself out to coffee and just enjoy quiet time not thinking about school or work. That way you’ll come back refreshed and absolutely kill it in your papers and exams.

College is hard enough but when we start seeing the finish line, things just start falling through the cracks and all we want to do is walk across that stage and receive our degree. It’s almost impossible not to fall into a slump at some point, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize and make it out of here with our best foot forward. Good luck everyone, may the curve be ever in your favor!

Refinery29 | Style Stalking by Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi

Refinery29 | Style Stalking by Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi

Books about fashion? Yes. When I saw Refinery29 Style Stalking, I knew that I had to get it. It got me from the cover because I love cool pictures so I knew this book had a lot going for it.

The book gives a brief recap on the start of Refinery29 and everything they try to achieve. It’s absolutely filled with pictures and my favorite part is that it features women from all shapes and sizes. The book gives tips on how to layer and wear bright colors, among other things. It also includes Q+As with well-known women who embody a certain style related to the chapter.

Another thing I liked about this book is that it inspires you to try new things with items that you already own. It’s a very simple read and really creative, so it attracts your eye and keeps you reading. It looks lengthy but it’s just because it is jam-packed with pictures and examples but it’s an easy read.

I definitely recommend this for those fashionistas who just want to sharpen up their style or for people who want to step it up. It’s helpful and colorful, it’s a cute, fashion book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing.

Read: Greater Devotional by Steven Furtick

Read: Greater Devotional by Steven Furtick

Lately I’ve been reading tons of fiction books, and although it is great and all, I knew I needed to take a break and choose something that will help my soul. I had heard of Greater by Steven Furtick before, and all though I haven’t read it, I picked up the devotional for it.

The idea behind this devotional is simple. It’s 40 days and each day you read a small chapter that will help you achieve a greater relationship with God. It’s easy to follow and each entry is usually a couple of pages that talks about relevant topics people in general may be going through. Something interesting is that it usually features a quote that specifically tells you to tweet with the #GreaterBook hashtag. It could be cool to look at the hashtag and see who else is doing the devotional at the same time. At the end it features a small prayer that the person can follow and pray throughout the day, or night.

The Greater Devotional is definitely for people who want to deepen their faith, or just get back in track. It’s very easy to follow and you can grow at your own pace. Since it’s only a few pages daily, you will still have time to read other books or do other things, so it’s easy to include it in your daily life.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing.

Where’s My Mind At? Thoughts on Senior Year of College + Life

Where’s My Mind At? Thoughts on Senior Year of College + Life

I’m half way done with my fall semester of senior year. Yeah, the excitement that soon I will be seeing samples of class rings and buying my regalia is getting to me, however, the truth is that I’m so overwhelmed.

The truth is that I’m already tired. I’ve been on the go since the summer before sophomore year and I’ve never had a proper break and now I’m forced to think about post-grad life. My first class this semester was a senior level class and the first thing the professor asked as she took roll was what we were planning to do when we graduate. It was seriously the first day and I didn’t want to think about what’s going to happen after.

Plus, I’ve been getting all nostalgic about things all of a sudden. I can no longer go to the cool hipster coffee shop without thinking my days are numbered and I can’t just pick up and go right after class. I always hated being the person who said, “OMG, this is the last time we will ever do this!” but I find myself doing this so much more now.

Adding salt to my wound was hearing my school’s provost say that some business majors had already gotten job offers for after we graduate, to which my friend (who is a psychology major) and I turned to each other and sighed heavily. Also, let’s be real, senioritis is getting to me, which is not good since next semester I will have to write my 50 paged senior thesis.

I can seriously feel my time dwindling down and yeah, I’m excited for that one day when I get to cross that stage, but I can’t bring myself to think about what will happen after. The cups of coffee aren’t helping and I can only reply with, “I’m tired,” so many times.

So cheers to me while I’m sitting on my couch falling asleep, when I should be studying for my midterms or writing papers.