Saturday, December 31, 2016

Setting Up My Bullet Journal for the New Year

I love using my bullet journal. I've filled up my third journal, right as the new year is about to come in. As I worked on putting my new bullet journal together, I thought it would make a great post for other people who want to start a bullet journal or for people like me who just like seeing how other people use their bullet journal!

Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Favorites

In honor of 2016 coming to an end (thank god, right?) I've decided to write up my 2016 favorites. It's a long post, but I had fun putting it together! I have all my favorites from Netflix to music to movies to blogs to personal stuff. It's all here in my 2016 favorites!

My Favorite Things from this Year

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Planner or Bullet Journal: Which Should You Use?

I have used both planners and bullet journals to stay organized. I started using a planner in high school and having a planner has been a huge help with staying organized in college. However, over the past year I've switched to more of a bullet journal girl. I'm thinking I will continue to rely on my bullet journal, but I bought an extension pack for my Happy Planner - just in case I change my mind. Anyways, I thought I'd make a pros and cons list for both to help you out if you're debating which you should use to stay organized in 2017.

Which is better? Planner or Bullet Journal?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Books I Read in 2016

This year I made it a point to read more. I read 6 books this year which is 6 more books than I read last year. Definitely an improvement! I've really enjoyed reading more this year and I've also read little bits of other books that I never finished (it happens!). These are the books I read this year and what I thought of them.

The 6 Books I Read in 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Balancing Post Grad Life

One thing that I have found to be very important in life is balance. In college I learned how to balance studies, friends, family, self-care, organizations/activities, and general life stuff like buying groceries and cleaning. By my senior year I was a pro at balancing it all. This semester has been totally different though as I began student teaching. I have had to learn how to balance everything all over again. This has been incredibly stressful at times, especially since I can be a perfectionist! I'm sure other people have found themselves in similar situations where they don't know how to balance or manage everything they have going on. I'm going to share a few of the tips and tricks I have picked up in hopes it will help you, too!

6 Ways to Balance Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Favorite Things About Christmas

Everyone has their own list of things they enjoy about the holiday season, whether it's the decorations, family, or the food. Here's my favorite things about Christmas and the holiday season.

A few of my favorite things about the holiday season

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Best Classes I Took in College

With my time at college ending, I've been thinking about some of the classes I took in college and which ones caught my interest and I learned the most from. Some of the classes that stand out I knew I would love from the beginning and others surprised me. Here are 5 of the classes I learned the most from in college.

The best classes I took in college

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Today I'm sharing the first guest post to be featured on Courtney's Little Things! This is a bit different than what I normally post, but cleaning is a part of everyone's lives and I learned a few new tricks from this post. Plus I know I will be having lots of guests staying with me this month, so I thought you guys might, too! I hope you enjoy!

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Regardless if you intend to have guests or a friend is paying you a visit you’ll always want your bathroom to be clean. Keeping this room clean isn’t as easy as the rest of the rooms so, it’s good to know some tricks which will help you maintain it hygienic and fresh all the time. The following essential steps are effective for keeping a clean and well organised bathroom.

How to Maintain a Clean Shower

This procedure you can do while taking a shower after you prepare the solution in advance. Fill a cup with any detergent and vinegar, stir to mix well and use a brush to scrub the bathtub while you have a shower. It will take you less than a minute and will restore the clean condition of the bathtub. The water which you use to rinse will remove the detergent from the bathtub.

Keep Toilet Paper on Hand

Make sure your bathroom never runs out of toilet paper and store more rolls in containers or boxes with lids. This will protect them from the moisture. Buy more rolls and keep them in the bathroom under the sink in the cabinets or somewhere safe from the moisture and water. Keep the new rolls unopened.

Opt for White Hand Towels

Use white hand towels as they look nice and clean. Regardless if the dirt shows when they get messy, if you keep enough in the bathroom cabinets you can always replace the dirty one with a new towel. Throw the towels for washing regularly. A sparkling clean and white towel will make your bathroom look fresh for your guests and unexpected visitors.

Keep Even the Dirtiest Areas Clean

The toilet brush holder is one of the filthiest items in the bathroom. You can keep this item clean and your bathroom fresh by simply pouring a small quantity of all-purpose cleaner in the holder. BestLondonCleaners Tooting are saying that this will keep the brush clean and rid of germs at the same time will ensure the fresh odour in the bathroom.

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Start These Daily Habits

Another smart way to keep your bathroom clean and fresh is creating and sticking to daily habits. These are putting away the things you have used right after you finish with them: brushes, toothpastes, moisturisers, lotions. Teach your kids to clean the toothpaste from the sink, turn on the fan before taking a shower and other habits. Keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe the mirror, glasses, cabinets and tiles after you use the room. This will prevent the moisture from creating mould and mildew.  

Supply your bathroom with soap in the dispenser, toilet paper, cleaning detergents and other products each week. Keep a spray bottle with vinegar and water if you have kids and want them to help you with the cleaning. Wash the bath mats and hand towels regularly. Clean the shower, sink and tub drains regularly removing hairs which can clog them. This you can do once every three month or oftener whenever necessary.

More Tips

Here are more useful tips to keep your bathroom better organised and neat. Use magnetic strips to keep small items in the drawers like nail clippers, tweezers and other items in the medicine cabinets at hand. They won’t get lost this way. Use utensil trays in the drawers of the bathroom to keep your toiletries and make-up supplies well organised.

You can mount a rack outside the bathroom near the door to hang extra towels in case someone forgets to take one. If your bathroom and toilet is one room use plastic protectors for the toothbrushes to keep them clean. Otherwise they will be exposed to all kinds of bacteria and germs.

The essential steps offered here will help you keep you bathroom clean and organised at all times so, you won’t have to worry if unexpected guests appear. The cleaning of this room is no one’s favourite works so, keeping it sanitised is to be preferred.

What do you do to keep your bathroom clean? Any tips you'd add? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Help Your Blog Grow with You

Recently I've had to reconsider what my blog is about and what kind of posts I want to create. The past 2 years that I've been blogging I've written quite a few posts about college and studying, but with student teaching this semester and graduating in December, the college posts are fewer and farther in between and soon they will come to an end as I transition into post-college life. While I've never been solely a college blog, it has been a big part of my blog and as I get ready to graduate I'm having to rethink the type of content I'll be posting. I'm sure all bloggers have to rethink their content from time to time and figure out how to help their blog grow with them, so I'm sharing what I've done to help my blog grow with me.

4 Steps to Help Your Blog Change With You

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Monthly Intentions | December Goals

It's a new month and time for some new goals! I'm posting my monthly goals once again as part of the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collab created by Angela and Jazmine. Take a look at some other bloggers' goals and if you're interested in joining contact Angela!

Monthly Intentions Blogger Goal Collab

You may have noticed that I didn't post my goals for November and that's because 1) I knew I needed a bit of a blogging break and wouldn't comment on the other lovelies posting their goals in the Monthly Intentions Collab and 2) I really didn't have any goals. I was feeling uninspired at the start of November, so instead I worked to just feel better emotionally and more inspired. I did a few different things to get my spark back, and now I feel much better and ready to tackle a new month! Some high points of November were getting back into blogging, feeling happier, and getting to see my family at Thanksgiving. Some low points of November were finding out I needed and having a root canal and a super stressful final project.

December Goals

December always feels like the craziest month of the year with school finishing up and all the holidays. This December I'm going to be finishing up my student teaching and final semester of college, graduating, looking for my first job out of college, and of course celebrating the holidays. I'm looking forward to it though! My goals for the month are...

Set Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

I've already started getting a new bullet journal ready for 2017. I've decided to try out only using a bullet journal for 2017 since I have barely touched my planner over the past few months. I need to transfer over some of my lists to the new bullet journal before it's ready to use and I'd like to start decorating it a bit.

Finish Reading 1 Book

I've been "reading" two books off and on for the past few months. I want to feel the satisfaction of finishing at least one more book this year.


I don't foresee any issues preventing me from graduating, but I'm still making this a goal! After all, this has been the most difficult semester and I've been working towards graduating from college for four and a half years!

Find A Full Time Job

This may be a challenge, but I'd love to have a job to start come January. This is going to mean filling out lots of applications and braving job interviews (which are just super intimidating).

Blog Regularly

I haven't been posting much since August, so I've set up a new posting schedule - Tuesdays and Saturdays in hopes this will help me post more regularly. I've also gotten ahead with drafting posts and have lots of ideas at the moment. Fingers crossed I'm able to keep it up in December.

Find My Instagram Theme

I've been posting more frequently on Instagram (yay!) but I'm not very happy with how my feed looks. When I look at older photos I see more of a (unintentional) theme than I do now. So I want to post more bright photos with white backgrounds and pops of color, which may mean taking more time on weekends to take and style photos for Instagram throughout the week.

Those are my goals for this month! Are you setting any goals for December? Let me know all about them in the comments and be sure to check out some other people's goals for the month!

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