Backpacks for College

Backpacks are a serious college staple. When I first went to college I was convinced the the tote bags I used in high school would be fine, and I could get away without a backpack - no. I was very wrong. 

You have to carry so many things with you to class since you won't be near your dorm all the time, that tote bags just aren't practical. 

All four of these backpacks are perfect for college because they take care of the essentials: they all have a separate compartment for your laptop; they all have one or more smaller pockets for pens or a calculator; they're all lightweight and easy to carry around campus; and all (but the Herschel) have a separate compartment just for your water bottle! Because trust me, your water bottle is your new best friend on campus. 

Leaper Lightweight Deer Print - $26 |

What's your go-to backpack for campus? 

xoxo

AME

Day Designer Discount Code!

If you don't already know how obsessed I am with my Day Designer please read here, here, here and here before continuing...

Ok, now that you know of my great love for the Day Designer, and maybe have developed one for yourself, you'll understand the importance of what I'm about to say - are you ready? Day Designer reached out to me to give you guys a DISCOUNT CODE for their Midyear planners!! (I currently use their Midyear planner!) 

Why is this a huge deal?! Day Designer NEVER in the history of the world (exaggerating because I'm so excited) has offered discount codes like this before. It's huge! 

With school back in session and the busy fall season upon us, life can get pretty hectic. Our friends at Day Designer have helped so many women find balance and focus in their busy lives with their strategic planning systems.

I am SO excited to offer a 20% discount code for their Midyear Collection so that you can start setting goals and taking action now! Head on over to daydesigner.com, to shop their Midyear Collection and save 20% with discount code Midyear20AM.

The code is valid through September 13th, so if you've been wanting a Day Designer go buy one right now! I honestly have never seen them cheaper! 

Happy planning everybody!

xoxo

AME

p.s. if you're still not convinced here are a bunch of other posts about my love for this agenda:

Campus Necessities with Babbleboxx

As you may know next Thursday I leave for my junior year of college and I couldn't be more excited! The last few weeks before I leave to head back to school are always hectic, but they're arguably my favorite few weeks of the year. I love getting new supplies and finding fun things for my apartment.

A few weeks ago BabbleBoxx reached out to me about a Campus Shevival kit: basically it was a super cute {care package-esque} box filled with fun things every girl needs for college.

| FUJIFILM INSTAX mini 70 |

When I found out I was getting this camera I was PUMPED! If you follow me on Instagram you know I'm not-so-subtly obsessed with ~aesthetic~ pics, and the cute vintage-y look of these intent pics from the INSTAX will help me up my Instagram game and even help me decorate my new apartment. 

I have a big DSLR camera, but I almost never take it out because I don't want to break it, so I take most of my photos on my iPhone, but I'm planning on bringing this fun camera around in my backpack this semester. The sense on this camera is shockingly cool. When I first turned it on I was not expecting what I saw: the lense automatically adjusted for each of the different settings, including a selfie setting #moreselfiesplease.

| Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula FlipBlams |

Round chapsticks were the trend of 2015, but I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother abandoned the trend after the first time dropping their chapstick or losing the cap. But I think we can all agree we still love the round chapstick even with the flaws. 

When I first opened the FlipBalm's I thought they were just like every other chapstick, but they're so different and SO COOL! The cap literally flips open and closed, so if you drop it it will close, and you'll never lose the cap! I've had two in my purse for two weeks now and nothing has happened to them. I swear it's the longest I've ever owned one chapstick. If any chapstick can survive in my backpack I think this one is it. 

| Simply Sensitive Summer's Eve Cleansing Cloths |

I actually have used this and every other Summer's Eve product before. I love all things Summer's Eve. I keep the regular pack of wipes in my bathroom at all times and these little packs in my backpack, gym bag, and purse. If you're going to buy one thing to carry with you everywhere: buy these! Seriously. 

| GreenPan Mini Ceramic Non-Stick Square Eqq Pan | 

Oh my gosh. This pan looks so cool. I think I've said cool 23 times so far, but everything in this box is cool.

The Square GreenPan is one of those non-stick pans, but the cool part is it's tiny and square shaped! Why is this cool? Because it's the perfect sized pan to make eggs for egg sandwiches! (and grilled cheese, and french toast and a ton of other yummy things - they sent a cookbook!)

Now that I'm living in an apartment I'll be cooking most of my meals, so this will come in very handy, but even when I lived in a dorm, I used the communal kitchen to cook meals on the weekend all the time.  

They're also offering a back to school promotion: 

  • 8/14 – 9/4
  • 20% off
  • Free Shipping
  •  Promo Code: SCHOOL20

| Zebra Pen Assortment | 

PENS! I love pens, and colorful pens, and just pens of all kinds. Zebra sent 4 types of pens:

  • Sarasa Gel pens featuring our Rapid Dry Ink technology
  • Z-Grip Plus Ballpoint pens featuring our smoothest low-viscosity ballpoint ink
  • H-301 Steel Highlighter, which is part of our core Steel line of products
  • F-301 BCA, which is a Breast Cancer Awareness pink barrel decorated steel ballpoint with black ink

I pretty much love them all and they will come in very handy when I decide halfway through the semester to start color coding my agenda. But Ballpoint pens are my absolute favorite type of pens so the Z-Grip's were my favorite of the bunch!


Have you found any fun new things for campus this year? 

xoxo

AME

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

School Supplies

I officially move back to UMass in 10 days! Oh my gosh, this summer has gone by so fast, and these last few weeks have been so hectic. But this is my favorite time of the year! 

I'm one of those people who love getting new school supplies. Not just in a small way, in a 'I walk around staples for fun making notes about what I should get for next semester months ahead of time' way.

After attempting to use binders my freshman year, and attempting to just type my notes sophomore year, I finally found my perfect middle ground: 1 notebook with a built in folder for each class and all my notes typed into Google Drive to help make study guides easier.  

| 5 White Notebooks | 

I've heard of some people buying one five subject notebook for all of their classes, but I like to be able to lend my friends a notebook and only bring what I need to the library. Last semester I got 5 heavy duty wooden/cardboard type notebooks that were great but super heavy, so I decided to get the standard staples brand ones for this semester in white, because you know ~aesthetic~.

| Gel Pens and 6 Colored Highlighters and White Out | 

I only use black pens to write notes for class, but I have a set of 12 colored pens that I use literally just to color code my assignments agenda. I assign each class a color and use that color highlighter for my notes and textbooks. 

White out is a necessity because I just can't use pencil in my agenda, it feels to weird. Maybe I'm crazy. 

| Day Designer for Blue Sky |

As you may know, I love my Day Designer, it's basically my life and it comes everywhere with me, but I hate filling it with every little assignment for school then note having room for my to-do lists. So I bought a second one from Blue Sky just for my assignments and academic to-do lists. This allows me to keep my personal/work Day Designer on my desk. 

| Adorable Sugar Paper LA for Target Things | 

Because why not. I always use little binder clip and paper clips but the fact that they come in these cute little jars is too perfect. I also loved this 'oops' eraser. Having cute desk accessaries always gives me a little more motivation to get work done. 


What are your go-to school supplies?

xoxo

AME

Disney & Moving

The last two weeks have been the craziest weeks of my life! Thursday, July 21, I left for a road trip to Disney world with my mom and that side of my family. And at the same time my dad was packing up his house because on August 1st we moved out of the house I called my home for the last four years. 

Disney was so much fun! (at least I thought so) A lot had changed since I had gone as a kid: the characters don't walk around like they used to, and it seemed a lot less magical than it did, but I still had an amazing time! I went down with my boyfriend, grandparents, parents, brother, and family friends totaling 12 of us. 10 of us drove down and my grandparents met us down there. 

The drive was... tough, but it was worth it. We rented this gorgeous house outside of Orlando and it was so nice being able to cook our own food and have a pool all to ourselves. Monday we went to Magic Kingdom, Wednesday we went to Animal Kingdom and MGM, and Friday we went to Epcot. Epcot is still my favorite place in all of Disney I could walk the countries for hours. 

my boyfriend staring at his phone....

my boyfriend staring at his phone....

Saturday morning my boyfriend and I flew back with my grandparents because I had to help my dad and his wife finish packing and I had to make sure I was home by Monday so I could go to work. 

As of August 1st I have moved 21 times in the course of my 19 years. Now, this seems like a lot and it is, but because my parents are separated it isn't nearly as much as it seems like, but it's still crazy that I've lived in more houses than my age. 

This was by far the most emotional move for me. This last house was where I lived when I went to high school, met my boyfriend, met some of my best friends, got accepted into college; it's where my little brother was born and raised and where I got my license. A lot of milestones in my life happened in this house. I may not have lived there my whole life, but it feels like I grew up there. 

Taking my damask key off my keychain was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I know that my family will make amazing memories in the new house, and that it's someone else turn to grow up in my house! 

How's everyone's summers going?! Have you gone on vacation or moved?

xoxo

AME