Life Hacks To Slay The Spring Semester + Giveaway

The spring semester is in full swing and I am ready to conquer it like no other. And, I want you to be able to slay it in the same fashion. Therefore, I'm sharing some of my favorite life hacks to help you thrive this semester. 

Let's get started:


Make a schedule-- and stick to it.

I love a consistent schedule that is easy to follow. I made this one over winter break. I included when I plan to:

  • Eat
  • Go to class
  • Workout
  • Study
  • Volunteer
  • Wake-up/go to bed
  • Laundry

I definitely recommend making a schedule like this one that you can put on or above your desk. Having it easily accessible will encourage you to follow it.

Use a planner.

I am a huge fan of Lilly Pulitzer planners, as they are bright and colorful. However, they also have a lot of space for you to write down all of your assignments and to-dos. If you're a planner addict like myself, you can also purchase a pack of stickers. I love using stickers for birthdays, big assignments, events, etc. 

Get your textbooks!

I recommend purchasing your books from the Barnes & Noble Marketplace. I found 6 of my textbooks for $1.99. (Not sponsored, but I wish it was!)

Clean out your backpack.

Right away, start off the semester with a clean backpack. I cleaned out mine a couple of weeks ago and it was gross! Think: snack wrappers beyond snack wrappers. Ew. I also threw my backpack in the wash to ensure the ultimate level of cleanliness. Don't forget to pack it with your supplies and a girl survival kit!

Be a minimalist with your school supplies.

I take 6 classes; having 6 notebooks and 6 folders is extremely unnecessary, I use 3 folders and a 5-subject notebook. I label my 3 folders:
  • Important (Syllabi, mission statements, etc.)
  • To Do (Assignments in progress)
  • Turn In (Completed assignments)
I've found that this system works great! I then use a 5 subject notebook because one of my classes isn't a heavy note taking class. I'm also thinking about cutting this semester down to a  3 subject notebook, but we'll see!

Make flashcards + put them on your night stand. 

I actually shared this life hack with my social psychology class last semester. Everyone was super impressed! When you're done making flashcards, put them by your bed. You are more likely to go through them before bed if they're within reach. #ChannelFactors

Focus.

Constantly remind yourself of what you're going to school for (and how much money you and/or your parents' are paying for it). Last semester, I felt like I was spreading myself too thin. I wasn't. I was having trouble focusing. My friends were always partying and having fun. I felt out of place not being able to join them. It doesn't matter what other people are doing. It matters what YOU are doing. 

GIVEAWAY!

Now, onto the exciting portion of this blog post: the giveaway! I am giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon. You guys actually voted for this on my Instagram a few weeks ago (59%).

Here are the rules for the giveaway:
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Must be 18+ or have parent permission.
  • Entries will be valid from January 21, 2018 to February 16, 2019.
  • Winter will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon. *NOT sponsored.
  • The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • The winner will be contacted via email with the electronic gift card. 
  • Winner will also be announced on my social media channels on February 17th. 

Enter:
  • Complete the forum below!
  • For extra entries, follow my social media. Each follow counts as one extra entry. If you already follow me, please indicate below and include your handles in the additional feedback section of the forum.
  • For 5 extra entries comment below. 
  • Good luck!





Winter Pampering Routine 2019

Definitely not a fan of this cold weather-- but who is? My skin is definitely in need of a warm detox. One that rids hormonal acne and gives me the glow up every girl wants this season. Let's talk about how I pamper myself during this chilly time of year:


A hot bath.

I like to start off my pampering sessions with a warm, luxurious bath. I like to go all out and use a bath bomb and/or other fun tub time potions to make my bath look pretty. Tonight, I'm using this citrus bath oil from Kneipp.

Glow-up body routine.


My glow-up body routine is fairly minimal. I like to start off by exfoliating my body with a scrub from Bath & Body Works or a DIY scrub.

To DIY a sugar scrub I like to use:

  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon 

Then, I shave and follow up with a body wash and an in-shower body lotion. This makes my legs so soft and smooth. 

Face care.


My skincare routine is kind of excessive these days-- I'm not going to lie. I found a Korean skincare routine on Pinterest and I've been following it religiously for the past couple of weeks:

  1. Oil cleanser
  2. Foam cleanser
  3. Exfoliator (Don't forget your lips too!)
  4. Essence
  5. Serum
  6. Sheet mask
  7. Eye cream
  8. Moisturizer
This routine has changed my skincare. It is so dewy and glowy-- I love it! 


Other bits and pieces.

During my pampering routine, I like to drink lots and lots of water to hydrate my body. While I'm sipping on my water, I like to watch beauty gurus on YouTube or something on Netflix. And, of course, a snack is needed! My go to is popcorn. This makes for the perfect comfy & cozy evening-- especially right before the spring semester starts up.