Preppy Product: Lolo Mini Avery Cases

I was recently reading one of my favorite blogs, Chicago Prepster. I saw a super cute post about an adorable product from Country Club Prep.

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The Lolo Mini Avery Cases are irresistible! And not only are they beyond cute, they look so durable and easy to carry around everywhere. They will probably last forever, which is a good thing – because who would ever want to part with them?

The simple style of them with the bright colors and big graphic is so awesome. They’re also really affordably priced. These would make great summer gifts with a few nail polishes inside of them!

Check out the full collection here.

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In Case of an Emergency: Car Kit

When you’re zipping around town (or wherever) in your car, you never know what could happen. You could break down, the weather could change, the day could be longer than expected…who knows!?

That’s why you definitely need to pack an emergency car kit to keep with you at all times. You don’t need to have a ton in there, just a few essential things to keep yourself safe in the case of an emergency.

A great way to store these emergency items is in one of these Lilly Pulitzer storage bins. Cute and useful!

Here’s what to include in your kit:

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An umbrella – you never know when the weather will change. Even if it’s not raining when you head out, the skies could open. I feel as though lately I’ve been getting caught in the rain again and again…and it is not fun. For that reason, I think it’s important to have an umbrella in your car at all times. That way, even if it rains unexpectedly, you’re covered.

A box of granola bars – you never know when you’ll get held up somewhere, whether it be because you’re stuck in traffic or some other reason. In order to avoid serious hunger, keep a snack in your kit. A box of simple granola bars will do for something quick and on the go. Make sure not to pick something that will spoil or melt.

Napkins – I don’t know how anyone’s car has no napkins in it! Whether you use them for blowing your nose or cleaning up a spill – they’re a must.

A sweatshirt or extra jacket – just incase your car ever breaks down in the cold, you never want to put yourself in a situation where you’ll get dangerously cold. Keep an old sweatshirt in your car just incase you ever need to warm up, for any reason.

A car phone charger – you never know when your phone will go dead! You don’t want to be without any way of contacting your family and friends in the case of an emergency, so be sure to have a car charger.

Extra cash – you never know when you might need emergency cash, so keep a reasonable (but not large) amount in your kit. Somewhere around $40 is probably a safe amount.

What emergency items do you keep in your car that you’ve found most useful?

Organizing & Storing your Winter Clothes

Since summer is officially well on it’s way, it’s time to put away all those sweaters, scarves, jackets, and winter clothing. This can be a daunting task. For sure. I mean, I know that I have so many clothes that it’s hard to even know where to start. There are moments during this process that I simply want to throw everything into a bin and put it in the basement. But, I’ve definitely learned that ends up being more of a hassle in the long-run.
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Organizing your winter clothing nicely, neatly, and precisely at the end of the season makes things much easier next winter. All in all, it just makes your entire life (and wardrobe!) more organized. Here is how to do it in a cinch:
1. Utilize labels and a key – label every bin or container you use to store these clothes. It will make things 100% easier. Label things such as “accessories”, “bottoms”, “sweaters”, and “jackets” in order to find things easily the next winter. You can write these things on labels, use a color coding system (with a key in Excel), or make big, cardstock sheets that you put inside the bins but are visible from the outside, see here.
2. Separate – Like I said, everything should be in it’s own spot, separated by category. It just makes sense to put the pants with the pants, the sweaters with the sweaters, and so on. This way, you don’t have a random mod podge of clothing and you know where each item is.
3. Fold and colorize – don’t just throw things in a bin like I know we’re all tempted to do (at times). Instead, fold everything nicely, and colorize items within clothing sub-categories. This way, if you randomly have to look for that gray cableknit sweater, you’ll know exactly where to find it and be able to locate it without rifling through every other sweater and ruining your system.
4. Sort out old stuff – if you didn’t wear something all winter, don’t pack it away! Get rid of it! Donate it to Goodwill or a clothing bin because if you haven’t worn it all season, odds are it’s just taking up space. Why hoard it for another year if it’s not a piece you’ll even wear?
5. Keep your stuff separate – make sure to return anything borrowed that you may have at this point to its rightful owner rather than packing it away with your stuff. Additionally, don’t mix your items with anyone else’s in your family. It just makes finding things much easier in the long run, trust me!
Organizing can definitely be an annnoying task that seems totally annoying. But following these tips makes it an easier process that you’ll be glad you did next winter when you switch over your wardrobe!

Be a Project Superstar

Since finals are here, I know so many of us are working on projects. I know I am! I am pretty weird and actually like working on them (most of the time..) especially because it lets me be creative. I definitely enjoy going above and beyond normal project requirements and doing extra work to make my project stand out. There are several ways to do this, and surprisingly they’re super easy. You don’t need to go too overboard to show your teacher or professor that you are a hard worker and dedicated to the class.
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Check out my best tips to making your project stand out from the rest:
1. Hand it in early – remember that professors have to grade all of our projects, in a really short time frame when it comes to finals. If you can, hand it in before the actual due date! Not only does this take so much stress off of your shoulders, but it also shows your professor that you were organized and motivated to get yours done! Finally, they will appreciate the extra grading time.
2. Proofread! – be sure to proofread your entire project. Then, proofread it again a few hours later or even the next day to catch any left over mistakes. Just doing this will show your professor you took the time and care to make sure that your project was as perfect as can be! This seems so simple but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this (because they’re in a rush or being lazy!) and end up with many, many errors that make their work look sloppy.
3. Meet with your professor about the project – towards the beginning of working on your project, meet with your professor about it during his or her office hours. Go to the meeting prepared with questions and ideas to pitch. This will help you feel out how on track your ideas are, generate more ideas for the overall assingment, and show your professor that you care. Most professors love meeting with students for this reason (and many others) and it also gives you a personal connection with him or her than can be very useful in the long run!
4. Add personality – without breaking the “rules” or guidelines of the assignment, add your own sense of flair or style to your project – in any way you can! This is just something that will make it stick out in your professor’s mind. Even if it is something as simple as a creative cover page, it’s bound to be something that shows your professor you took that little extra time. It can go a long way.
5. Include extras – Especially on prjects that have an element of creativity to them, add supplements and extras to show just how into it you got. You don’t have to go super crazy, but just adding one or two will show a lot of committment on your part!
Projects can seem like a daunting task, but by no means do they have to be! Work on it with excitement and creativity and get into it as much as you can! You might even end up enjoying yourself.

A Guide to Dorm Packing

It’s the end of the semester and that means it’s time to pack up our dorms and move out. Ugh. Packing up my dorm has never been one of my favorite tasks. Not even close. It’s actually a super annoying one because I always have so. much. stuff.
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But, there are ways to make this move more bearable, belive it or not. Just follow these steps and make your dorm move-out a lot less…stressful:
1. Start as soon as possible – if you live close enough, start your dorm move out as soon as possible. I’m lucky to be close and my mom has already come and gotten a bunch of my stuff. I sent home a lot of things I no longer need here, such as extra school supplies, extra linens, winter clothing, and winter shoes. This will make my move out a lot easier as so much of that unnecessary stuff is already home. If you are able to do this, I highly recommend it.
2. Categorize things into bins – thank goodness for those big bins during college moves. Seriously, though! I like to put everything of one category into a bin, label it, and send it home thatway. For instance, I put all my school supplies into a bin, and then, when I get home and unpack it, it’s not like I’m sorting through a mod podge of anything and everything. It just makes things a million times easier for unpacking!
3. Make a list – Make a list of everything you have in your dorm to start. Then, take that list and use it to make a list of categories, placing items into broad categories that can help you separate things to pack. This will make life easier and this way, you won’t find yourself sealing up what you think is a completed bin, only later to find yourself saying “woops! I forgot about this…”..
4. Consolidate – try to consolidate things as much as you possibly can. This is definitely difficult at times, but still possible with certain items. If you have two half full baskets of toiletries and bathroom supplies, consolidate them into one just to save precious room in the car! It doesn’t seem like much but it definitely helps.
5. Be neat – instead of just throwing stuff into bins (like I know we all want to) be as neat as possible during move out. Pack things in an organized and precise manner that will make your life easier when you get home and face the monster job of unpacking.
I totally get that this is one of the most annoying parts of the college process. It’s hot, bins and bags are heavy, and if you’re anything like me, despite your greatest efforts you’ve acquired more stuff than any one person should ever own in their entire lifetime. But follow these tips, do your best, and be organized for the smoothest move out possible.

How to Multitask Efficiently

I feel like I always have a million and ten things to do. Life always seems to be crazy.

But, I like ti that way. I like being busy and I love/need to be doing one million things at one.

It’s weird, a blessing (and a curse) but I always feel the need to be doing something. I can rarely just watch TV or just sit without getting something done.

Fro that reason, Ive become a master at multi-tasking.

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It’s a hard skill that many people are convinced they cannot attain. I think that’s crazy! It is totally possible to learn this skill gradually over time. Just follow these simple tips:

  1. Pair something annoying withs something fun – this is a great way to do something you want and do something you have to do simultaneously. For example, I like to paint my nails and read any online readings necessary for my classes at the same time. This way, I’m doing work and utilizing the time my nails need to dry to be productive.
  2. Do two easy things at once – when multitasking, you don’t want to do two difficult things at once because it just never works out. Instead, pair up easy tasks to ensure they’re both manageable.
  3. Don’t do too much – never try to do too much while multitasking. My rule of thumb is generally two things at once, with an absolute max of three. Otherwise you end up feeling so overwhelmed and getting nothing done, defeating the whole purpose.
  4. Do something with a time constraint – this is one of my favorite ways to multitask and, in my opinion, one of the most effective. Let me give you an example: baking cookies. Pop the cookies in the oven for, say, 18 minutes, and set a goal for yourself. Say: “By the time the timer goes off I’m going to have taken a shower and straightened out my room.” This sounds silly, but it really works! It motivates you to speed things up and get things done.
  5. Don’t do it all the time – everyone deserves a break, right?! Remember that you don’t need to multitask all the time. All things in moderation! Take time to slow down and avoid being constantly rushed and overwhelmed.

See, it’s easy, right?! Keep your goals in mind and do your best to be an efficient multitasker.

Paper, Please!: Recipe Recordings

I love recipe books and I also love, love, love baking! I am also starting to love cooking more and more as time goes on.

Therefore, I think it’s super important to keep track of your recipes in some kind of organized way. About a year ago I started keeping a recipe book. It’s really organized and I only add recipes in that I’d bake again, that way I know which the good ones are. Sometimes I try so many that it’s hard to keep track!

There are different ways you can keep track of your recipes, from boxes to binders to books. I love the idea when you’re older and have kids of taking pictures of them making your favorite recipes throughout the year and having a photo book cookbook made for them! But for now, these organization systems are great:

recipe books

Garden by the Sea White Recipe Box | Cherry Cupcake Binder | Maybooks Create Your Own | Rag, Bone, & Bindery | Raspberry Recipe Box | Paperchase Book 

Which do you like best? How do you currently organize your recipes, especially on Pinterest?! I’m looking for a way to tackle organizing my “baking” board, I’d love to hear your ideas!