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How to FINALLY Get Organized

By Ella Jones Since the new year has come around, it’s a great time to finally organize your life and plan out your goals for the upcoming months. There are lots of different methods of organizing that work for different people. I’m going to go into detail with around 5 options so that you can choose the one you believe will suit your lifestyle best! First of all, let me emphasize the importance of organization… “Clean space, clear mind.” Controlling the amount of clutter you have in your life can not only make finding things much easier, but it can also benefit your mental health. You will have less mental clutter as well as less physical clutter! Simply cleaning your space can help you to stay on track and also remain organized. Personally, I find if my space is messy I cannot find the motivation to do my work or be productive; once I have cleaned the space I am in, however, I can focus on the tasks I have to do and prevent myself …

A Broke Girl’s Guide: Meal Planning

As a struggling college student who works part-time and odd jobs to support myself, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to want to eat healthy on a (very) limited grocery budget. So here are my top 5 tips for cheap, easy meal planning…   1.) Plan your week. Surprise, surprise, successful meal planning actually involves planning! Sit down on whatever day you grocery shop and plan what meals you want to eat that week. You can easily DIY a whiteboard to have three separate slots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. Pick out what you want to make, but leave room for spontaneity. If Tuesday rolls around and you decide that Friday’s dinner plan would really hit the spot, switch them! The meal plan isn’t a contract – it’s a guideline. Another thing to keep in mind is if you like to eat out once a week, don’t plan a meal to cook that night. And, if you’re making batch meals (which you probably should be), you can easily …

Making Gratitude Lists

MY GRATITUDE LIST (in no particular order): my cat my aunt and uncle my nana my friends kyle my health my home my job my apartment next year my ability to get an education my mom my dad my hairstylist for knowing my hair better than I do lush skincare products rainy days at home big, comfy sweaters snow days cookies our family dog fuzzy socks my body my mind lessons I’ve learned from people poetry books road trips with my favorite people how I feel at the beach pink champagne christmas lights christmas trees breaks from school the content creators I follow blurry polaroid pictures wine nights chicago pizza waffles my siblings sledding with my family dancing outside affordable healthcare access to clean water always having enough food puppies glitter the color blush pink pretty sunsets the support from my family the magazine that I’m working to create free time new years resolutions fresh starts surprise kisses daydreams my pink suede jacket magazines without ads thrift stores with good quality clothes my favorite coffee shop …

Getting Your $hit Together

My money habits are atrocious. In high school, I was a diligent saver, taking half of every paycheck and tucking it away into a savings account that I never touched. Fast forward two years into college and, on the precipice of turning 20, I spend my money faster than my wallet can keep up with. This year, I’ve barely gone a day without at least buying a coffee and, while my closet is bursting with fabulous new clothes, the number in my savings account dwindles daily (despite working 20+ hours a week slinging coffee). December seemed like the perfect time to put the brakes on my wild shopping habits. For this whole month, I’ve decided not to spend any money except on 1. Christmas gifts for friends/family, 2. an almond milk latte on Wednesdays (when they’re only $2), and 3. absolute essentials (which, for a girl still living in the dorms/on a meal plan, should be very minimal). Taking the money I would have spent frivolously on myself and devoting it to getting amazing treats …

5 Steps to Furnishing Your First Apartment

I’ve spent the three weeks scouring different apartments in my college town, going to showing after showing and trading emails with tenant-hungry leasing agents. I have spreadsheets and pro/con lists and am spinning in a cyclone of paperwork. Earlier this week, however, I went to see an apartment that didn’t make me feel sad and claustrophobic walking in. I could almost see myself cooking in the little kitchen tucked away in the corner and playing with my kitten in the sunny living room. The price was reasonable for a studio and, after chatting with the agent for an hour, I got a lease agreement that I’m returning in a few days. Now comes the fun part–furnishing it! The apartment comes with a few key basics (fridge, stove, bed, couch) but the list pretty much ends there. I’m on a part-time job, college student budget so scrimping is high on my list of priorities. Of course, the first thing I did was start looking at stoneware plate sets on Urban Outfitters ($89) but lucky my boyfriend talked me …

How to use Beauty Oils

The idea of simple skincare has gotten so popular over the last few years which is amazing. When you look at the lack of control the FDA has over the cosmetic industry (seriously, it’s scary) it’s enough to make you never want to buy another commercial product again. Beauty oils are a great natural addition to your daily routine as long as you choose the right ones for your body. FACE:  My skin is a big insecurity of mine so I know it can be hard trying new products, but the key here is matching your face to the right oil. If you have dry skin, avocado oil is a good option that won’t clog your pores the same way coconut oil does (DO NOT put coconut oil on your face unless you want a raging cystic acne breakout). People with oily skin, like me, can benefit from using jojoba oil, which replicates your body’s natural oil and tells it to chill with the excessive production. Tea tree and grapeseed oil both have anti-inflammatory properties so they …

How to Celebrate Your Best Babes

People throw around the word “soulmate” a lot. Usually, they’re wondering when they will find that one destined person who will be absolutely perfect and love them forever. So many of them have romantic blinders on that they don’t realize the best soulmates all around them–their best friends. There’s something so magical about the girls you confide all your secrets to, the ones you laugh with, cry with, and who’ve seen you crashing and burning but still love you to pieces. These girls are your real ride or dies, and here’s how to show them a little extra love.  1. GO ON A DATE!  Make reservations at the fancy fondue place you’ve both been lusting after. Open up your closet and let her wear that dress she’s always loved. Put on a playlist with songs popular when you both were 13, dab on glitter eyeshadow, streak highlighter on each other’s noses, and sling on your scariest heels. Have a four course meal, complete with dessert and drinks, then walk around downtown after. Notice the lavender …