What’s in my Backpack?

Here’s a sneak peek into the things I keep in my school bag! Other than my laptop, glasses & notebooks, I try to keep it really simple because it gets heavy! I also put my lunch in my backpack so I don’t have a lot of space.

  • chapstick
  • mints
  • hair tie
  • hand sanitizer
  • extra pencils
  • phone charger
  • sunglasses
  • keys & student ID

That’s it! Like I said, the more stuff I have, the harder it is to find things & keep track of stuff. Hope this gives you guys some inspo as to what to pack in your own bag!

What are your must-haves for class? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Organization Tips

I am a very organized person. Anyone who knows me will tell you that every drawer in my room is neat & my clothes are color coordinated along with my planner, desk calendar & wall calendar.

Organization obsessed? Maybe, but being organized & clean has always been such a huge help in every aspect of my life. So whether you’re a college student, working adult or just want to get your life together, (we’ve all been there) I’ve come up with some tips & tricks that I use to stay on top of my game… most of the time.

1.) Use planners & calendars

I have a planner for school/clubs/life, plus a separate blog planner… Along with a calendar for my desk & a calendar in my phone. Whatever goes in my planner, is written on my calendar, which transfers to my phone. That way, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stay on top of everything I have to do & ~rarely~ miss an appointment, deadline or party.

2.) Color coordinate

And I don’t mean your closet, unless you want to. Having a different color for each activity, social event, class or club can really help lay out your days. I am a visual person, so seeing all the colors laid out helps me remember what I have to do & when. Not only does it help you stay even more organized, it’s also kinda pretty.

3.) Make a To-Do list every day & prioritize 

I briefly mentioned this in my last post Productivity Tips, but creating a top 3 to-do every day is the best way to tackle big projects & little chores.

4.) Do things as soon as they are assigned

Or at least start them. As soon as I receive a homework assignment, I’m on it. Some things will take more than an hour or two to complete, but getting a head start is the best way to avoid last minute due date stress.

5.) Have a routine

Creating a routine & sticking to it is one of the biggest ways I stayed organized. When I have a million things going on it’s easier for me to know the order I’m going to accomplish them in. It also keeps me motivated to finish everything because I know by the end of the day I’ll be able to relax, plan out the next day or get ahead. I know that some people work better going with the flow though, so of course, whatever works for you!

6.) Use sticky notes

I have sticky notes everywhere. When I think of a question or something, I write it down right away so I don’t forget, & then I’ll go back later & write it in my planner or ask.

7.) Organize your space

Whether that be a whole house or a dorm room, having your space clean will help lower stress & keep you organized!

I hope these tips help you guys! I feel like as the seasons change so does my mood & sometimes I become really overwhelmed over little things, so if you’re the same way now is the time to pick up some new habits!

What do you do to stay organized? Let me know in the comments, or DM me on social media!

xo,

jazz

Back-to-School Supplies Haul

Probably one of my favorite parts about going back to school is shopping for new school supplies (other than buying new clothes which ~hopefully~ I’ll have a post about soon). I love the smell of new pencils & blank paper just waiting to be written all over & smeared with tears (at least in my case!!) It’s so fun to personalize your stuff & pick out your favorite notebook colors. I don’t know about you guys, but it truly gives me more motivation to study when my stuff looks cute! Ya know, so you can take a studious snapchat & then continue to procrastinate… 😉 Anyway, every school is different & I’m in college so my school supplies is honestly limited because a lot of my work is done on my laptop. But I will give you guys a list of what I do have in case you need some inspiration/motivation!

  • 3 ring binder, with dividers & folder
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • No. 2 pencils
  • black pen
  • highlighters
  • sticky notes
  • big eraser
  • headphones
  • laptop

What’s your favorite part about going back to school? Let me know in the comments or on social media! Have a good year & remember, your GPA does not define you 🙂

xo,

jazz

Grad Party Cupcakes

It is officially graduation season! I love this time of year because everyone is so nervous & excited about the future. But the best part of it all (along with getting a degree!) is the parties. My brother graduates this month so I’ve been busy planning a party for family & friends.

My signature party dish is cupcakes, so of course I had to go with a graduation theme. These are super easy to make & look almost too good to eat!

To make this adorable yet edible dessert, start with your favorite cake mix & make cupcakes. Choose either vanilla or chocolate frosting & then you can add sprinkles that represent school colors. To make the graduation caps, I followed a stencil outline & then cut them out & colored them in. It is time consuming, but they turned out great! Once the caps are cut & colored, use Scotch tape to adhere a toothpick to the back of the hat. Stick it in the decorated cupcake & you’re set!

If you don’t have a grad hat stencil, you can make a different version here.

“Dear High School Seniors,”

Dear High School Seniors,

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since you stepped foot on campus freshman year & saw the “grown up seniors”. You’re now one of them. Those “grown-ups”. And if you’re anything like me you’re probably kind of clueless as to how to adult. I’m not going to tell you how, because I’m still learning myself. But I am going to tell you that you need to enjoy these last few weeks as a high schooler, because you will never get them back.

Stay involved. I know you have senioritis; it’s a real thing. But as much as you want to stay away from all the annoying people at school & just get out of this town, don’t rush it. You’ll be on to bigger & better things soon enough & I promise there will be times when you miss the familiarity of high school. So cling to that feeling, but don’t get used to it.

Spend time with your mom. She loves you so much & she’s going to miss you. She has been there for you from the very beginning so thank her for all that she’s done. Appreciate her smile & her home cooked meals while you have it. Also, respect your parents. They have done so much to help guide you to this point, so say thanks once in awhile.

Hang out with your friends. They are your people & you won’t see them every day when you move away. By the end of high school my group of friends was really tired of each other because we had been together practically every day for four years. You will get tired of them, but you will miss them. Make memories that you can talk about later & love them even on the days you can’t stand them.

Say thanks to your favorite teachers. They saw you at your worst (awkward freshman year. Tell me why I wore a skort with Ugg boots??) up to now. They don’t get respected like they should. So just be nice.

Get a job this summer. You will need money in college. Uber is expensive.

Don’t make dorm shopping a chore. Meaning, don’t go on Pinterest & find a, “What you really need in College” shopping list because chances are, you won’t really need that ironing board. But you will need a Keurig. Get a Keurig.

Enjoy your free time. And sleep. It is impossible (speaking from experience) to get 8 hours of sleep & also be social, do homework, eat, shower, work out & still get a 4.0 in college.

Don’t hate on high school. While it may not have been the “best 4 years of your life” it was also not the worst. It gave you some lifelong friends. It didn’t prepare you for college, but it was fun. Enjoy being an upperclassman because soon you’ll be the newbie again & it sucks.

Last, but not least, enjoy every moment as much as possible. Go to baccalaureate; go to the after graduation party. Hang out with your friends, but say thanks to your mom more. Work hard & save up money, but also stay in bed all day with your dog. Pack for college, but don’t spend too much time worrying about it because you have the next four years to do that. For now, enjoy the past four years & all that it gave you, because you can never go back.

With love,

a College Sophomore