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Things to Remember During Finals Week

Finals week is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester.  Whether you’re in high school or college, we all dread the finals study guides, study sessions, and finally…

Finals week is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester.  Whether you’re in high school or college, we all dread the finals study guides, study sessions, and finally the tests.  There are a few things to keep in mind during the week that can help you stay positive, and most importantly ace your tests to end the semester on a good note!

  • Don’t study too much.  Studying too much especially the night before can cause you to burn out on all the information you’re trying to retain.  Studies have even show that studying till early hours in the morning isn’t effective and leaves you exhausted for your test the next day!Chelsea Crockett - Finals
  • Treat yourself!  If you don’t allow yourself breaks during your study time, then you won’t last very long!  Treat yourself to a break every 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Sleep is important!  I’ve realized that when I don’t get enough sleep, all my motivation goes away.  Sleep is almost just as important as studying for doing well on your test!
  • Your grades don’t define you.  When it comes down to it, your final grade probably won’t make or break your entire semester.  Just know that whatever grade you get back doesn’t define you!  It probably won’t matter that much in a year anyways.

What tips do you live by during finals crunch time?  Share with me below!

XO – Chelsea

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Easy Dorm Christmas Decorations

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Really and truly. All of the pretty decorations make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and can really keep…

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Really and truly. All of the pretty decorations make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and can really keep you feeling merry and bright all season long. If you are in college and living in a dorm, you can still decorate your space and make it feel like home. Here are a few cute and easy Christmas decorations for your dorm!

  1. Window ornaments: I think this idea is darling. Just tie plastic ball ornaments to ribbon cut at different lengths, and then tie the ribbon to the curtain rods in your windows! This is a cute way to hang ornaments, especially if you don’t have a Christmas tree in your room.window
  2. Decorate your door: There are so many creative ways to decorate your dorm room door for Christmas, like making it look like a giant wrapped present, or making it look like a fireplace with stockings with you and your roommate’s names on them hanging from it. Your room is sure to be the cutest and most festive one on the floor!door
  3. Twinkly lights: Hang those puppies everywhere! From the ceiling to the window frames to the walls. You can really get creative with them, or keep it simple, but whatever the case twinkly lights are the ultimate Christmas decor must-have. They give off such a calming, warm wintry vibe.

All of these ideas are super easy, super cheap, and totally cute.

XOXO, Chels

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College Game Day Attire

One of my favorite things about high school was going all out for our Friday night football games.  Some of my best memories of my four years were made at…

One of my favorite things about high school was going all out for our Friday night football games.  Some of my best memories of my four years were made at our school’s stadium cheering on the team!  Chelsea Crockett - Game Day OutfitWith college, the football game days only get bigger and better, especially if you go to a big school.  Here is a little guide I put together if you need some help picking out an outfit for your next game day!

One of my favorite things that I’ve seen girls wear on game day is oversized jerseys.  I know some schools sell them in a dress style to pair with accessories and booties!  If your jersey isn’t long enough to style as a dress, rock it with a ripped pair of white jeans like the picture on the left.  You can also determine how casual you want to be by wearing wedged booties or a pair of sneakers! 

Incorporating your team’s colors into your outfit is obviously a must.  Although some colleges dress up more than others, you can always accessorize using colored necklaces, hats, etc.  Since suede is big this fall, pairing an off-the-shoulder shirt with a button- up suede skirt is so cute!  Another piece of clothing you can pair your outfit with is a flannel in your school’s colors.  You can either substitute it for a jacket or tie it around your waste!

I hope you enjoy this year’s football season!

XO – Chels

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Easy Money Hacks for College Students

Let’s face it, college is expensive!  Unless you’re a genius or a star athlete, odds are a big chunk of money will be spent on your college education.  You may…

Let’s face it, college is expensive!  Unless you’re a genius or a star athlete, odds are a big chunk of money will be spent on your college education.  You may be drowning in student loans and tuition fees but you’re in luck!  There are certain tips you can follow that help you cut back on small payments and fees that will surely add up over the years!

  • Rent textbooks and leave them unopened if you can.  Some professors will make you purchase a book that you’ll end up not even using.  In some cases, you can return your unused books at the end of the semester to get your money back!  Chelsea Crockett - College Spending
  • Take advantage of your meal plan!  At most schools, your meals are prepaid for.  It might be tempting to eat at other places around campus but using up your meal plans is the smartest thing to do!
  • Only take your car if absolutely necessary.  Parking can be expensive!  Talk with your roommate/suitemates and see if they’re bringing a car.  That way you can always catch rides if you need to go somewhere!
  • If you’re in a sorority, it can be tempting to buy a ton of t-shirts and other sorority things.  Practice self-control and only purchase the mandatory ones or if you’re absolutely in love with the shirt! 🙂
  • If you get tired of your wardrobe, pick out some things that you’re tired of and have a clothing swap with your friends!  I’m sure they’re feeling the same way and would like to save some money and get new clothes at the same time as well!

If you’re a college student, which hacks do you use?  Let me know!

XO – Chelsea

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8 Essentials Every College Girl Needs

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or…

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or bringing with me.  Whether it be food, school supplies, etc., here are some college essentials that you should add to your list as well!

  • A shower caddy.  If you’re living in a community style dorm, this is a must-have!  It makes it so much easier to take all of your things to and from the shower.
  • Microwaveable food.  Dining halls are great but sometimes you need something quick and easy.  Stack up on some microwaveable mac and cheese for those time crunch days.
  • But also healthy food!  Microwaveable meals are great but not always the healthiest option.  Grab some apples, bananas, etc. too!
  • Sorority rush essentials.  If you’re going through recruitment, make sure you have all of the necessities such as mints, a hair brush, lip gloss, etc.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee!  I’m telling you, coffee will be your lifesaver!  It’s essential for those late nights in the library or 8 am classes.
  • To-go coffee cups.  Along with coffee, you’ll need some cute to-go coffee cups!  Target sells packages of them for a great price (they’re also super cute!).Chelsea Crockett - Planners
  • A stylish planner.  Taking multiple classes different days of the week can get confusing, especially when you have tons of due dates and exams!  Purchase a planner like one of the ones above to organize your assignments, meetings, events, etc.
  • A prayer partner.  On a more serious note, having a friend that you can talk and pray with is extremely important.  College can be tough and sometimes you need a trustworthy friend to be there for you.

If you check these off your list, you’ll be set!

XO – Chelsea

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How to Stay Healthy in College

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses…

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses travel fast! This is a well-known fact about college campuses. Also, being so busy with class and work and trying to maintain a social life leave little time for self-care! Having a busy schedule can cause you to neglect your health, so here are some tips on how to stay healthy in college! I will be following these closely, trust me, ain’t nobody got time to be sick, and nobody wants to gain that freshmen 15!download-2

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks around. When you are sitting in your room studying or hanging out with friends or have just had a stressful day, it is easy to reach for some comfort food. Keeping HEALTHY comfort food around can help keep you on track to keeping your freshmen 15 at bay. Also, eating healthy helps ward off sickness! When your body is healthy and strong it is less likely to get sick.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heaven’s sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big no-go. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through class is not an option!
  3. Don’t get lazy: Most colleges have really nice work out facilities, so USE THEM! Grab your roommate or a new friend you met in class and hit the gym. Most people gain weight in college because they reduce their sleep and exercise and raise the amount of food they intake.

These are just a few tips on how to stay healthy during college. Best of luck to all of my fellow college students!

XOXO, Chels

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Easy Dorm Room Meals

I know there are going to be times when I want something to eat but I am in my dorm room and don’t want to walk all the way to…

I know there are going to be times when I want something to eat but I am in my dorm room and don’t want to walk all the way to the dining hall or don’t want to go out because I have way to much homework (..or laundry to do..). Lucky for us hungry college students stuck in our dorms, there are easy, (sort of) healthy meals we can make in our microwave with only a few ingredients. Stock these ingredients in your fridge so you are ready to go the next time you don’t want to venture out for food. Here are a few yummy recipes you can make in the comfort of your dorm.download

  1. Microwave mac ‘n cheese: Mac ‘n cheese is a staple “college student” food. I mean, who doesn’t love its cheesy goodness? Why buy a single serving cup of mac ‘n cheese that has lots of chemicals and artificial colors when you can easily make your own mug of it from home? Here is the scrumptiously easy recipe.
  2. Mug Cheesecake: Now, I know cheesecake doesn’t necessarily count as a meal, but in college anything goes! And who doesn’t love cheesecake? Here is a yummy recipe for cheesecake that you can make in a mug.
  3. Scrambled eggs: I am a big advocate of “breakfast for dinner” so I love scrambled eggs as a meal! Here is a recipe for just that. This recipe calls for mostly egg whites, but you can just go ahead and use the whole egg.
  4. Tortilla pizza: You can make your very own pizza in your dorm room. Introducing the pizza quesadilla! The recipe says for you to use a stove, but a microwave will also work just fine.

Happy munching!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Tips for Beating the “Freshman 15”

The “Freshman 15” is always under debate.  Is it real?  Can it actually happen to me?  Truth is, it can happen, but it can also be easily prevented!  Since I’m…

The “Freshman 15” is always under debate.  Is it real?  Can it actually happen to me?  Truth is, it can happen, but it can also be easily prevented!  Since I’m going to be battling it myself this year, I thought I’d come up with a few tips on how I’ll be staying healthy my freshman year.  I hope these help you, too!

  1. Stock your mini fridge with only healthy snacks.  If you only allow yourself to buy healthy food, then you won’t have the temptation to eat junk food!
  2. Cover your windows with dark curtains so you can assure yourself complete darkness when you sleep.Chelsea Crockett - Sworkit  You may not realize it, but sleep is very important when it comes to your mental and physical health.
  3. Set a fitness plan that works with your class schedule.  If you don’t plan out your workouts, you’ll find yourself with little to no time left at the end of the day!
  4. Practice a small-space workout that you can do in your dorm room.  For those days that you’re too lazy to leave your room, find a simple ab, leg, or arm workout that you can do in your own dorm!  There are plenty of apps like the one on the right that you can download that will plan out a workout for you!
  5. Wear your workout clothes to class and walk everywhere!  If you’re on a big campus, then getting your steps in isn’t hard.  Also, if you plan on working out straight after class, simply where your exercise clothes to save some time and encourage you to hit the gym!

What other tips do you use for keeping fit in college?  Let me know so I can try them out at my school, too!

XO – Chelsea

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College Packing List Essentials

Moving into a college dorm requires a long list of items, and going into the process without some sort of guide or list of essentials can be overwhelming! In order…

Moving into a college dorm requires a long list of items, and going into the process without some sort of guide or list of essentials can be overwhelming! In order to make this process easy on all of us, I have made a list of must-haves that I will be taking with me to college. I did my research, so this list should cover all the bases!

  • Wall calendar – so you and your roomates can keep track of fun events on campus AND keep track of where each of you will be when!hanging-closet-shoe-storage-mini-dot-o
  • Cute ID holder – for your school ID and dorm room key.
  • Cute backpack
  • Jewelry organizer – so you can display all of your cute accessories and use it as room décor!
  • Mini fridge – a definite essential.
  • Cute rain boots – a college campus must! Nobody likes walking around in wet, soggy shoes all day. You will love rainy days when you have a cute pair of rain boots!
  • Cute shower caddy
  • Lap desk – for those of us who do our best work while sitting in bed. 🙂
  • Shower flip flops – because hygiene.
  • Cute comforter – a cute comforter does wonders to spruce up a boring dorm room!
  • Under the bed shoe storage
  • Stylish water bottle – to help you stay hydrated AND accessorized.
  • Laundry bag
  • Hanging closet organizer

These are the essentials I am packing up and taking with me to school. Did I miss anything that you think would be useful in my dorm room? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Say Bye But Also Stay In Touch With Old Friends

This week, my close high school friends have started leaving for college. The fact that we are all going our separate ways and are growing up is starting to hit…

This week, my close high school friends have started leaving for college. The fact that we are all going our separate ways and are growing up is starting to hit me hard. I know I will make lots of new great friends in college, but I also don’t want to neglect my childhood friends because we have been through so much together! I want to be able to stay close to them, even when we are apart. Here are a few ways I have found to stay in touch with your hometown friends when you go your separate ways.

  1. Say a proper goodbye: Go out and have a special evening with your friends before you both go your separate ways. Celebrate your friendship, share fun memories, and wish them luck on their new adventure! Remember that it’s not goodbye forever, just for a little while!FullSizeRender (24)
  2. Set your expectations for keeping in touch: Talk to your friends about keeping touch. Remember that it is important to maintain your old friendships, but it is also really vital that you make new ones! Remind each other that you won’t be talking as much as you used to, and that its okay and doesn’t mean you don’t care about each other. You will both need to find a healthy balance between maintaining old friendships and cultivating new ones. Remind them that you can keep in the loop through social media, too! They can stay up to date with everything you are doing that way. The first week of school, it will be tempting to text old friends and check up with them on social media, but try and put your phone down and be in the moment.
  3. It’s OK to feel nervous: Realize that it is normal to be nervous about making new friends. Don’t try and fight your anxiety, embrace it!

Your high school friends will always have a special place in your heart, so keeping in touch is important!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Life Lessons From Psalm 56:3

As a college freshmen, there are a lot of things to feel nervous or scared about. Moving away, meeting new people, being away from my family, living in a new…

As a college freshmen, there are a lot of things to feel nervous or scared about. Moving away, meeting new people, being psalmaway from my family, living in a new town, and all of the stresses of college are making me pretty anxious. When all of these things hit me and start to make me feel overwhelmed, the one thing that makes me feel calm is reading my Bible and diving into God’s word.

Psalms 56:3 says “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” When you are afraid or scared for what the future may hold, we can trust in God and His plans. God’s plans for your life are bigger and better than you can imagine, and all we have to do is trust in Him and his timing. When you learn to turn to God and trust in Him when you feel uncertain or afraid, you will be amazed at the peace it brings to your life.

So, when you start to feel anxious or afraid, turn to God. Trust in His plans and look forward to the future!

XOXO, Chels

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Easy College Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

I have a feeling that in college, it is going to be tough for me to squeeze breakfast in. I am someone who loves to sleep in, and eating breakfast…

I have a feeling that in college, it is going to be tough for me to squeeze breakfast in. I am someone who loves to sleep in, and eating breakfast doesn’t always go hand in hand with sleeping until the last possible minute. So, I have been looking for yummy breakfast foods that I can grab and take with me on my way to class. Here is a recipe for super easy, delicious, healthy strawberry shortcake overnight oats!

Ingredients:Strawberry-Shortcake-Overnight-Oats

  • 12 strawberries, either fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 cups milk
  • 5 cups greek or plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp strawberry jam
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

 

Chop the strawberries up and place them in a bowl. Mix in your other ingredients, stir, and place them in the fridge overnight. When you wake up in the morning, toss the oats in a disposable cup or bowl and head out the door!  How easy was that?! This nutritious breakfast will keep you full and focused all through your morning classes.

 

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.myfussyeater.com/strawberry-shortcake-overnight-oats/

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What to Pack in Your College Backpack

How many of you would say that you are the “mom” of your friend group? You know, the one who always has band aids and tampons and hand sanitizer in…

How many of you would say that you are the “mom” of your friend group? You know, the one who always has band aids and tampons and hand sanitizer in her purse to hand out if people need them, or is the one people call for advice, or is chosen as the one to drive everywhere because she is the “best driver.” This post is for those gals. The ones who always have a spare pair of sunglasses in their purse for anyone who may need them, or lotion in case hands get chapped, or cough drops just in case anyone catches a cold. This post is also for my college freshmen (holla!) who want to know what essentials need to be stowed in your college backpack. Here are the top 5 things you need in that sucker.

  1. A wallet: It doesn’t have to be your “everyday” wallet that is the size of a brick, it can be a small zipper one big enough to keep your license, school ID, credit cards and a bit of cash. It is always good to have this stuff in case of emergency. Or in case you need Starbucks. Either one, really. Oh, and stick your dorm key in that thing as well.school_supplies1
  2. Snack: Because being away from your dorm room/house, AKA where the food is at, calls for packing snacks. It is much cheaper to pack your own snacks rather than buying them on campus, and having munchies readily available keep your energy levels up and your hunger levels down.
  3. Headphones/laptop: Lots of my college buds have told me that they prefer to take notes on their laptops and use them constantly in class for power points and lectures and such, so a laptop is a must-have in your backpack. Also, if you prefer to study in the library or a place like Starbucks but you also like it quiet, you will want some headphones. Also, people tend to not bug you when you have headphones in.
  4. Planner/notebook: Even if you plan to take notes mostly on your laptop, it is good to have a notebook in your backpack just in case. I know from friends that professors may ask you to take out a sheet of paper for certain in class exercises or assignments, so it is always good to be prepared. Also, you NEED a planner in college! I know that between classes, social events, homework, and clubs I am going to be a busy lady, so I need a planner to keep myself on track.

Now, this is not by any means an extensive list, but it is a start!

XOXO, Chels

 

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College Orientation: Do’s and Don’ts

College orientation is a good place to meet people and get prepared for your first year as a college student. Along with a lot of you, I just graduated high…

College orientation is a good place to meet people and get prepared for your first year as a college student. Along with a lot of you, I just graduated high school, so orientation is coming up! There are certain things you must do during orientation. That being said, there are also things you must avoid, as well!

DO’S

  • Dress appropriately for the occasion! You will be meeting a lot of other students and even counselors of your new school.
  • Be social! Depending on where you go to college, there’s a big chance of you not knowing many people. Be talkative and engage in conversation. Everyone else there is trying to make friends just like you!
  • Ask questions. It’s hard to know what to expect when you leave for college. Orientation is supposed to answer some of those questions! Be curious and attentive in the seminars, meetings, etc.Chelsea Crockett - College Orientation

DON’TS

  • Don’t forget to bring all of your orientation essentials (especially if it’s overnight). Pack the right clothes along with everything the school requires. You may need to fill out forms or packets before arriving!
  • Don’t go unprepared. There are tons of things you’ll need to consider before orientation: which classes you want to take, how many credit hours of classes you want, etc. Have an idea in your head of what you want your schedule to look like!

I hope you have a successful college orientation :)!

-Chelsea

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College Life: Dorm Hacks

Recently, I’ve been brainstorming how I want my dorm room to look like. I’ve found different decorations and necessities to style my dorm the way I want it. With only…

Recently, I’ve been brainstorming how I want my dorm room to look like. I’ve found different decorations and necessities to style my dorm the way I want it. With only so much space in your dorm room, you’re going to need some hacks to make moving in a little easier! You’ll also need some hacks for making your dorm as stylish as it can be, too!

  • Most residence halls at college will allow you to put your beds whatever way you want them. You can bunk them, loft them, or leave them normal. Lofting your bed gives you a whole new area of storage under your bed! You can put your clothes in plastic drawers or bins and store them easily.
  • iPhone chargers can be hard to tell apart, especially if you’re living with a few roommates. Customize yours by adding colorful tape or simply writing your initials on it so you don’t lose it!Chelsea Crockett - Dorm Hanger Hack
  • Dropdown hangers allow you to store your shirts and dresses much easier. The picture on the right shows you just how much space they can save!
  • For storing your jewelry, purchase a cork board that you can decorate to match your dorm room. After hanging it on the wall, you can use tacks to hang all of your necklaces! It works perfectly!

I hope these make your dorm experience a little easier! (I’ll definitely be using some of these myself!) 🙂

XOXO – Chelsea

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A Guide to Making Friends in College

When you think about going to college, what makes you the most nervous? One thing I am nervous about is leaving my friends and family behind. Not that I wont…

When you think about going to college, what makes you the most nervous? One thing I am nervous about is leaving my friends and family behind. Not that I wont ever see them or talk to them, but when you move far away you naturally lose touch a little bit. Will it be hard making new friends in college? Do you ever worry about that? I do. Here are a few general tips on how to make friends in college.

  1. Make friends in your classes: Professors do cheesy “getting to know you” games on the first day of class for a reason! Be friendly and try to initiate conversation with people you think would make good friends. Not only is this good for your social life, it is also helpful to have a study buddy in the same class!61405480
  2. Keep your door open: If you live in the dorms, keep your door open if you are in your room. This invites people who are walking by to stick their head in and introduce themselves and invite you out. It is good to know who lives around you if you are wanting to go do something but don’t have anyone to go with.
  3. Join clubs: Join clubs that have to do with your major. Are you going into marketing? Join the marketing association! Not only will you meet people who are studying the same thing you are and can help you professionally, you will make some pretty great friends! Join fun clubs too, like bowling or belly dancing. These will keep you busy!
  4. Tag along: If one of your friends is going to do something with people you really don’t know, ask to go along! This is an easy way to make new friends because you know your friend will be there to make you feel more comfortable.

Now go get ‘em tiger!

XOXO, Chels

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