Find Your Perfect Planner 2017: Erin Condren Life Planner

Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope you had a beautiful weekend, and are feeling inspired and refreshed for the week to come!

I am so excited to share part two of my Find Your Perfect planner series, because you all know how obsessed I am with my Erin Condren Life Planner!  I always choose the vertical layout with the neutral color scheme for my Erin Condren, and this year I decided to get the rose gold coil to match my marble cover!  

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Find Your Perfect Planner 2017: Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

Happy Friday everyone!!  I am SO excited, because my Find Your Perfect Planner series is back for 2017!!  This was one of my favorite series that I started last year, so I am thrilled to be sharing my favorite planners with you once again!  

I didn’t think I could love the Lilly Pulitzer agendas more, but I am obsessed with the new version!  I chose the large agenda in the Indigo Gypsea print, and this agenda runs from August, 2017 to December, 2018!  They took out a lot of features from last year, and like the overall design much better!  Plus, it doesn’t help that the inside print happens to match my S’well bottle! 😉

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for College Students {3 DIY Natural Cleaners}

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!!  Spring is (basically) here in the midwest, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  Spring cleaning not only refreshes the home, but it also refreshes the mind, body, and spirit!  Being a college student, it’s often a little too easy to slack on cleaning up around the apartment, especially with such a busy schedule!  With that being said, I decided to create a checklist based around the living situations of college students that can be completed all at once, or throughout the spring season!  This checklist can be used by anyone looking for inspiration and a guide for spring cleaning, and I even added in a few extra spaces for you to write down your own checklist items!

Download the PDF: Spring Cleaning Checklist!

Download the PDF: Spring Cleaning Checklist!

Since spring cleaning often requires a lot of chemical use, I also wanted to share three of my favorite natural cleaner “recipes”!  These cleaners are all natural, and will cut down on the use of harmful chemicals around the home!

DIY Natural Cleaners

All-Purpose Spray

2 cups water

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons baking soda

20 drops of essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, tea-tree, and orange are popular essential oils!)

To Make

Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle, add baking soda and essential oil, shake gently before use!

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Glass Cleaner

1 cup water

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

20 drops of essential oil

To Make

Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle add lemon juice and oil, shake gently before use!

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Mold/Mildew Remover

2 cups water

1/4 cup baking soda

20 drops tea-tree oil

To Make

Pour water into a spray bottle, slowly add baking soda and oil, shake gently before use!

I am so excited to share more DIY, organic/natural products with all of you, so definitely stay in touch for future posts!  Also if you haven’t already, make sure you check out my last Wellness Wednesday post featuring My Favorite Green Smoothie for Spring!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

Today’s Inspiration

Desk Tour & Organization {DIY Vision Board Under $10}

Happy Wednesday, and happy March everyone!!  I hope you’ve had a beautiful week so far!  Since it’s officially a brand new month, use today to set daily and weekly intentions and to treat yourself to something special!

With spring right around the corner, my mind has been set on cleaning up and organizing my apartment! Over the past few months, my desk had become the designated space for me to throw every random object/clothing item/piece of jewelry so I figured clearing off and reorganizing it would be the perfect way to kickstart my spring cleaning!  I wanted to incorporate this into Wellness Wednesday because I believe a cluttered mind leads to a cluttered life, so creating a beautiful, clean space is the perfect way to inspire your mind and soul!  This also lead to me creating this vision board to hang right above my desk, and I constantly catch myself staring at it and letting my mind wander!  It’s the perfect addition, so make sure you keep reading to find out how to create your own DIY vision board for under $10!

So let’s start with this desk!  This is the desk that was provided by my apartment complex, and while it isn’t my ideal desk I like the mixture of dark wood and metal!  I plan on eventually getting an all white desk to keep my workspace looking light and bright, but for now this desk fits my space perfectly! 

I always feel much more inspired while sitting at my desk as opposed to when I’m curled up in bed, and I’ve noticed that’s when my best thoughts flow!  That’s why I like to keep my Erin Condren Life Planner, which is my blogging/fitness planner, on my desk as well as my favorite “Keep It Simple” journal!  I also have a white geode/crystal coaster that I purchased from Anthropologie, and they come in a ton of different color options so definitely take a look!!

Since I absolutely love to read, I wanted to display some of my favorite books in the corner of my desk!  These are some of the books I find to be the most inspirational, so I couldn’t resist adding them to my workspace!  The books I chose to display are A Wilder Life, The Year of Cozy, All In Good Taste, The Soul Searcher’s Handbook, #GIRLBOSS, How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are, The Joy of Less, and The Little Book of Mindfulness!  I also added my favorite white and gold “T” mug at the top, filled with my coffee pencils (the gold version of the mug is an Anthropologie exclusive during the holidays, check out the black and white version of the monogram mug)!

I like to display my two favorite perfumes on my desk, Miss Dior and COCO Chanel, as well as some of my skincare essentials!  The Collection Maison Hand Lotion in Linden Tea is truly heavenly, and I love the vintage style bottle that the product is in!  It’s also made in France, so I couldn’t resist displaying it!  I also have the Mario Badescu Facial Spray on my desk, and it’s the perfect, refreshing pick-me-up that I use a little too often!  This facial spray is made with aloe, herbs, and rosewater, and it’s a definite must-have!  I am also a fan of the French Girl Organics line, and I chose to display the rose Facial Polish and the Rose Lip Polish!  Both products are incredible, and I have an updated skincare routine coming very soon featuring the facial spray, facial polish, and lip polish!  I also keep my favorite stationary set from my Grandma right by these products, and I love thinking of her every time I’m at my desk!

An absolute must have for me is my Himalayan salt rock lamp, and keeping it on my desk is essential!  Salt rock lamps help to cleanse the air, increase energy levels, improve mood and concentration, help provide better sleep, and are environmentally friendly (to name a few benefits)!  I love having this lamp on all of the time, but especially while I’m planning out the day/week, blogging, or while I’m studying!  I also keep my favorite candle burning, and I always have fresh flowers on my desk to promote positivity, overall happiness and beauty!

DIY VISION BOARD

What You’ll Need:

Bulletin Board (I found mine at Meijer on sale for $6)

Scissors

Tape/Glue

A Color Printer (or a place where you can print color photos)

To Make:

I found all of the images for my board on Pinterest, however you can cut out pictures from magazines, newspapers, journals (truly anything) if you don’t want to print pictures!  I added all of the photos into a Microsoft Word document, and printed each picture at the Copy Center at my college!

Next, cut out each picture, and arrange the photos into a collage without gluing/taping them down so you can figure out exactly how you’d like the pictures arranged!  Once you have your perfect collage, tape/glue down the photos to the board and you’re all set!  You can use as many or as little photos as you’d like, whatever inspires you the most! *I chose to glue white card stock paper to the base of my bulletin board, and I taped the photos to the card stock rather than to the actual surface of the bulletin board!

Spring cleaning has officially begun, so make sure you check back next week for my complete Spring Cleaning Checklist!  I’m also going to be featuring other areas of my room, including my meditation corner and my travel wall, so more decor and DIY posts are coming soon!  

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Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

Today’s Inspiration

 

20 Ways to be Genuinely & Authentically Happy!

Hi everyone, it’s been a while!! I cannot even explain how much I’ve missed you all!  Lately my life has consisted of moving into (and organizing) my new apartment, party planning, prepping for classes/attending classes/homework, sorority meetings, conference calls, job searching, and occasionally eating and sleeping! But I’m finally back, and I felt like an inspirational/happy post was exactly what I needed to share with all of you (including myself)!

It’s so easy to get caught up in life, and to overwhelm yourself while compromising your happiness!  And honestly, your overall happiness is by far the most important thing!!  Here are 20 of my absolute favorite things that make me as happy as I can be!

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