End of the Month Check-in | July 2020

Happy Friday guys! I originally wasn’t planning on posting today but I woke up with the urge to write, so here I am!

Something that I’ve been wanting to incorporate into my posting schedule is a monthly check-in. These will be very similar to my life audits, which I will be writing an instructional post on soon. In these check-ins, I’ll do a quick reflection of the last month and plan for the following month. I give myself ten minutes to complete the reflection so I’m not overthinking or overanalyzing things.

So let’s do July’s check-in to start things out!

I feel…

pretty good about how this month has gone for the most part. I think a lot of the decisions I made this month were in the best interests of myself and those around me.

I need…

to stop being so hard on myself. This month I noticed I was comparing myself to others a lot and getting down on myself. I need to pick myself up and dust myself up in August.

I forgive…

myself for being so mean to myself this month. These things happen. But just because I forgive myself doesn’t mean I’ll let it continue.

I celebrate…

getting a new laptop! I was without a functioning laptop for the entire month of July and I was really struggling. I used an old one from high school and honey, that poor thing has been seen better days. It feels good to be using a computer that doesn’t shut off on its own or delete my projects!

I release…

any bad energy I have stored deep inside me. That shit needs to go.

I trust…

myself to make the right decisions for myself, no matter how hard they may be. I also trust myself to think about the long/short term outcomes of my actions.

I hope…

to have a successful and productive August.

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How I’m Staying Busy During Isolation

In a time like this, it’s easy to lose sight of all the positivity around us. So many of us are worried about the pandemic (myself included) and it’s hard to take our eyes off of the news. But for my own sanity, I’ve kept myself busy everyday.

If you follow me on Instagram, you can keep up with everything I’m doing while in isolation. I’ve even created a highlight appropriately named “Stay Home” that shows you all the things I’ve been doing to keep busy.

Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m back at my family home. That means I have a back yard again! I spent a day with my sister cleaning up the backyard by raking up leaves, picking up sticks, and cutting dead branches off trees. We’ve been talking about breaking out my projector and watching a movie outside once the weather is nicer.

Before things got too bad where I’m living, I went out and bought some coloring books. I know it’s sort of juvenile, but coloring is really calming and out of all the times I’ve needed to relax, I think now tops them. I got markers and colored pencils at first, then at a later trip I discovered watercolor pencils (WHAT?!). They’re super cool and really entertaining to mess around with. All you have to do is dip the tip into some water and color just like a normal colored pencil.

I also love cleaning my room! When I moved out of my family house, I was too busy making sure I had everything to clean up my old space. I wish you guys could have seen how much stuff was thrown around my room. I have a closet filled with shoes that may or may not even be in pairs, storage bins filled with old junk I probably haven’t even touched since my senior year of high school (3 years ago), and jewelry I’ll literally never wear balled up on my dresser. Because things are so hectic and scary right now, I can’t get out to donate anything just yet, but I know that once things have simmered down I’ll have a lot to get rid of.

Every day has been an adjustment for us at the house. Being in a small town where the entertainment typically comes from late night trips to Walmart has been hard. I haven’t been in a store in maybe three weeks, only going when my grandparents or parents need something.

My sister and I took a quick trip to our apartment the other day to grab a few more of our things. At this point, we’re pretty much moved back home. We keep grabbing more things and bringing them home just to have. We’re not sure when we’ll be back at the apartment full time though. We’ve been told by some locals that things aren’t looking too great there.

Like always, I hope you and yours are staying safe.

Can’t wait for things to go back to “normal.”

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Books I NEED To Read

I’ve never really had the time (or interest) to read. I used to love reading, but as I grew older, I felt a shift where I almost never picked up a book unless I absolutely had to… and even that was rare. But I recently decided that I want to change that.

I took my biweekly trip to Target with my sister the other day. It was one of the first times in a while that I wasn’t being rushed, so I thought I’d stop at the book section. I found myself drowning in so many options. My sister was not getting me out of the aisle no matter how hard she tried.

Unfortunately, groceries were top priority, so I could only get one book that trip. After ten minutes of going back and forth, I finally chose Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley. It’s a beautiful book so far. It’s all about overcoming pressure and getting past whatever is holding you back. I really needed to read it right now. Perfect book, perfect timing.

But, like I said, there were a ton of books that I wanted to read. I was sure to jot down all the titles and authors so I could remember them all and start checking them off a list. I even looked online for even more books I may want to read.

 

The Little Book of Otter Philosophy by Jennifer McCartney

The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

The Art of Breaking Up by hitRECord

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir by Common

10% Happier by Dan Harris

The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Make Sh*t Happen by Alex Martin

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How to Ace Online College Classes

Online classes are a blessing and a curse for the busy student.

It took me a while to get the hang of taking online classes. At first I thought it was going to be super easy because I could log in whenever I had free time, but I think we can all agree it isn’t that easy. Being able to work at my own pace was super beneficial for me but then I started procrastinating like no other.

1. Manage your time well.

This goes without saying but I’m saying it anyway. It’s pretty much a golden rule for college. Online classes require a lot of dedication because unlike in-person classes, you don’t have a specific time to take the class. You have to make the time for it yourself and stay disciplined.

2. Take notes.

A lot of students like to breeze through the lessons and not pay attention because, well, who needs to when you can use the book for everything?! Taking notes helps you make sense of what you’re learning, and it’s saved my butt quite a bit with my online classes.

3. Spread out your lessons.

I’m guilty of having the mindset that if I cram a bunch of weeks worth of lessons into the couple hours of free time I have, I can finish the class sooner and have one less thing to worry about. What I don’t take into account is the fact that I’m paying good money for these classes and need to actually retain the information. So take this tip from someone who makes this mistake always. As long as you’re meeting deadlines, take your time to learn the material!

4. E-mail your professor

This one might seem a little odd, but hear me out. In in-person classes, you may not realize it but just by being there, you’re already building some sort of relationship with your instructor. They’re seeing the effort you’re putting in (or not putting in) and associate that to your capabilities in a work setting. Use emails as a way to introduce yourself to your online professors so they, too, know who you are and what you’re like as a student. I mean, recommendation letters don’t write themselves!

Those are my tips on how to ace your online classes! I know there’s so many other ways you can achieve that A, but this is what works for me. If you have other tips, let me know!

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My Travel Bucket List

I’ve never sat down and thought about places I’d like to visit… at least not until I started spending more time with people who are all about traveling.

I’ve only ever really left the country once and I was too young to remember much of it. I hope to make more trips out of the country in the future (hence some of the locations I’ll mention), but the U.S. also has some gorgeous locations to explore!

 

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles

3. Amsterdam

4. Santorini

5. Miami

6. New York City

7. Toronto

8. Brisbane

9. Paris

10. Barcelona

 

Do you have a bucket list of places to visit? Where would you go?

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Apps That Make College Life Easier

I’ll be the first to admit that my eyes are glued to my phone. But I look at my phone as a tool. I have ways to stay in touch with family, ways to keep my day-to-day life organized, ways to give and receive important information, etc.

I’m only sharing apps that I personally use and enjoy. There are all apps I use regularly or feel that other students might.

Quizlet

I’m a big fan of flashcards. But when I don’t think my handwriting is good enough, I can end up rewriting the same thing a million times. It ends up being a waste of time. That’s why I use Quizlet now. I can get all of my notes transferred very easily into neatly printed flashcards that I can print OR access through my phone moments before my exam!

Venmo

Going out with friends is a constant game of, “I forgot my wallet. Can you spot me?” Venmo is a huge lifesaver in those moments. I’m almost always using Venmo.

Spotify

Walking to and from classes is so painfully boring without something to listen to. For college students, Spotify premium is half the price and includes Hulu and Showtime!

Calendar

I prefer to use Google Calendar for my planning and scheduling. It’s super easy to use and I can use it to schedule so many different aspects of my life by color coding. For example- blog related events are purple. I can scroll quickly through my calendar and the bright purple labels help me see right away when something needs to be done.

Postmates

When I’m rushing to get assignments done, I can never find the time to make myself something to eat. That’s why I worship at the feet of Postmates. Postmates makes it so east to get food from nearby restaurants delivered to your door. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Postmates since I’ve been in college. It’s almost routine!

Blackboard

My university uses Blackboard as the platform for classroom communication and access to materials. I use the blackboard app to see what’s on my syllabus when I am not around the printed copy. I can also use it to communicate with professors and classmates, check due dates, and submit projects I complete on my phone.

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A Mood Board For My Dream Home

Something that’s really been motivating me lately has been making plans for the future. I love scrolling through Pinterest and telling myself, “this is what I’m working so hard for. I’m going to get here.” Anybody else?

My biggest motivation of them all is the thought of working my butt off to be able to buy a house and decorate it exactly how I’ve always wanted. Whenever I’m struggling in class or having a bad day all around, I like to scroll through Pinterest and find more inspiration for my dream home. It’s so calming.

I thought today I would share some of my favorite pins so far because I’m getting really eager to buy and design a home! You can definitely tell what style I’m going for!

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST!

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Stocking Stuffers for College Students | Blogmas 2019

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Last year I posted Stocking Stuffers for College Students and it seemed to be well received. I thought I would go ahead and update that with some more ideas for 2019! CLICK HERE to see last year’s post!

Candy

I think this one is a given. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t get some sort of candy in their stocking. Hershey kisses in those candy cane plastic tubes are super cute and festive. I love those. I don’t really care for regular candy canes that much, but they also serve as pretty cool stuffers too.

Movies

Walmart always has the $5 movie bins, so you could potentially strike gold and get some classics in the stocking! It’s always fun to watch a movie when there’s time off between classes and homework assignments, so getting a new DVD can also serve as motivation to get assignments done early.

Socks

Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with socks. I just bought some cute pairs at Walmart today- $5 for two pairs. It’s inexpensive and bound to contribute to many comfortable nights down the road. This is an especially good gift for those who are older because comfort is so much more important to us than flashy presents. Especially when we’re walking on cold floors and through 20 degree weather going to class.

Chapstick

Winter is infamous for drying out lips. If you think this is boring, you can always opt for cake batter, pink lemonade, or root beer flavored chapsticks. These may not be conventional, but they sure do come in handy.

Scrunchies

This one is definitely directed toward females, but it’s such a good idea I couldn’t ignore it. Scrunchies are coming back and they’re so cute! You can get so many different patterns and materials, making each one so unique. They’re perfect for days when you sleep in late but still want to make yourself look a little put together. They can pull so many outfits together, even when you forget to brush your hair!

Nail Polish

Getting new nail polishes can always brighten someone’s day. They’re so cost efficient and fun to get creative with. You could go with red, green and blue for the holidays, or you could pick any other color under the sun to add to someone’s collection! It’s so much cheaper (and more convenient) to paint your nails yourself than get them professionally done when you’re dealing with a student’s budget.

Gift Cards

If all else fails, gift cards are the way to go. My family usually goes for the iTunes gift cards that can be used for apps or music. For college students, perhaps gift cards for near by restaurants would be just as valuable.

Earbuds

What college student couldn’t use an extra pair of earbuds? I know I always misplace my AirPods and could use an extra pair of earbuds as backups.

Face Masks

After a long day of classes and homework, we deserve to pamper ourselves!

Pura Vida Bracelets

I’ve seen Pura Vida bracelet becoming popular lately. I have a ton myself and I know a bunch of people who are starting a collection! They have more than just bracelets, too. I catch myself drooling over their necklaces a lot. And good news! If you CLICK HERE, you can get 20% off your purchase at puravida.com, or you can use my code “MEGANNROSECRANS20” at checkout!

Card Games

If your college student has games like Cards Against Humanity or What Do You Meme?, try getting some expansion packs! Games get old after too long of playing with the same cards. Instead of buying a whole new game, save some $$ buy giving those old games a facelift!

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My Winter Bucket List | Blogmas 2019

Winter brings out the lazy in me, that’s for sure. The cold weather makes me want to curl up in bed with hot chocolate and watch Hallmark movies. I think that the world should just shut down during the winter months. But this year I want to get stuff done, ya know? You can only relax for so long before relaxing gets exhausting. So here’s what I hope to do this winter!

Catch Snowflakes on My Tongue

Make a Christmas Playlist

See Christmas Lights

Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

See Santa

Decorate a Gingerbread House

Learn a New Skill

Decorate Cookies

Watch a Christmas Movie with My Family

Spend Time at Home

Celebrate New Year’s with Family and Friends

Journal Throughout the Month

Take Lots of Pictures

Finish Blogmas 2019

Work on My Blog More

Get on the Dean’s List

Work Harder on Creating Content

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Disney+ Christmas Films I’ll Be Watching | Blogmas 2019

First, let me disclose that I am not an avid movie watcher. But something about holiday movies really gets me.

I recently got Disney+ and I’ve been really excited to watch their holiday movies with my friends and family this year! I’ve done some perusing and I have a list of the movies I’m dying to snuggle up and watch while the snow falls outside!

1. Noelle

“Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away… but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.”

2. The Santa Clause

“On Christmas Eve, divorced dad Scott Calvin and his son discover Santa Claus has fallen off their roof. When Scott takes the reins of the magical sleigh, he finds he is now the new Santa, and must convince a world of disbelievers, including himself.”

3. Miracle on 34th Street

“An elderly gentleman named Kris Kringle creates a stir when he’s hired as Macy’s in-store Santa Claus for the holiday season.”

4. The Ultimate Christmas Present

“When 13-year-old Allie Thompson and her best friend Sam happen upon a weather-making machine discarded by none other than Santa Claus, they use it to cause a snow day in Los Angeles. But when the machine gets out of hand, it threatens to ruin Christmas.”

5. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

“Mrs. Potts recounts another ‘tale as old as time’ about a Christmas that almost wasn’t, thanks to scheming composer Forte who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever.”

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73 Questions Vogue Parody

After seeing Gillian’s post about the 73 Questions: Vogue Parody, I was curious what my answers would be so I had to give it a go! I’ve never really made it through a full video of 73 Questions other than Liza Koshy’s because she’s- well- everything. But being the narcissist I am, I was quick to jump onto this trend that’s going around the blogosphere.

So without further a due, here is my 73 Questions Vogue Parody!

 

1. What is your usual Starbucks drink?

A venti pink drink or mocha frappuccino! Yum!

2. What does your work station look like?

My bed, if I’m being completely honest.

3. All-time favorite food?

Any sort of pasta. Really. ANY.

4. Favorite author?

I’m more of a poetry reader so I’d have to say Atticus or Amanda Lovelace.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

As I’ve gotten older and experienced different things, I can see why someone would prefer it. I don’t think my complicated heart could ever handle it, but I don’t judge others who are in them!

6. What’s your favorite video game?

Mario Kart. 100%.

7. What’s your guilty pleasure treat?

Kit Kats. Anyone who knows me knows that.

8. Your favorite movie?

The entire Harry Potter series is my favorite. Pick any movie from it and I’d tell you it’s my favorite!

9. Favorite book?

Currently, it has to be This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, which is about the girl with terminal thyroid cancer who inspired John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. It’s a must read for sure.

10. Best advice you’ve ever received?

After going through a hard breakup and feeling like I wasn’t worth anyone’s time, my grandma told me to yell “I am Megann Louise Rosecrans and I am valuable” whenever I was feeling down. It works wonders!

11. Twitter or Instagram?

Both? Can I say both?

12. Are you a desktop or a laptop person?

Laptop for sure. I’m way too fidgety for a desktop computer.

13. What projects are you working on right now?

I’m working on a bunch of things but I don’t want to spoil the surprises! Let’s just say… “big things coming.”

14. What’s your favorite color?

It used to be purple when I was little. Now it’s probably blue.

15. Did you get good grades in school?

A’s and B’s.

16. Dream job?

Making content online. Videos, blogs, etc.

17. Played any sports?

I was on a soccer team when I was little. And by “on a soccer team” I mean I owned the uniform. My shy self never played a second. I kept that bench HOT.

18. Do you have a degree?

We’re getting there, baby!

19. Nationality?

American.

20. What’s your favorite type of blog post to write?

Ones like these. Where I don’t wreck my brain over it.

21. What do you like to collect?

Carmex.

22. Describe yourself in three words.

Excessively Emotionally Attached.

23. If you were a rapper, what would your rapper name be?

Megann the Horse… is that funny?

24. Who was the last person you DM’d?

My best friend Shelby.

25. What’s on the top of your wish list right now?

Anything warm because my apartment is always like 30 degrees.

26. Sorting House?

Hufflepuff.

27. How many tattoos do you have?

I have 5 and I’ve planned my 6th and 7th already!

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

Being reintroduced to my faith.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

I got to bring someone really special home to meet my parents. That was the first time I really “brought someone home” and it was nice.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

I took a long, hot shower and felt my body temperature return to normal. Maybe the blood in my veins thawed too. Then I got out and went back into my freezing cold room.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

Connecting with people.

32. Favorite season?

Fall. I can’t imagine it ever being anything else either.

33. Favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving!

34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

I’ve never really thought about that before. Hmm… I have no clue!

35. Do you like surprises?

NOT AT ALL.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Probably where my life is now, if I’m being completely transparent. I never expected to even see 21, let alone have all this going for me if I did!

37. What’s the surprise that made you cry?

I don’t really cry when I’m surprised… I’m emotionless, I know.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?

I suck at surprises. But maybe the surprise 18th birthday party I threw my sister this year!

39. Do you like muffins?

Only pumpkin muffins! Those are HEAVEN.

40. Do you cook often?

I never have the time or energy. I should probably force myself to more often!

41. What’s your favorite dessert?

I was just thinking about it today. Either a super chocolatey brownie (edge piece only) or a strawberry jello pretzel dessert!

42. Is there a dessert you dislike?

Cheesecake! Yuck!

43. Cake or pie?

Cake. Hands down!

44. What’s your least favorite food?

Any seafood other than calamari.

45. What’s your favorite condiment?

Ketchup or Mayo.

46. It’s 4 am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

Probably donuts or chocolate pudding. Whatever I can get from the kitchen without waking up my roommates.

47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

How to Bullshit Assignments 101.

48. Best animated film?

Finding Nemo.

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

After my experiences with guys, simple things like “I know whether to write a zero or one on my W2” is impressive to me. Yikes.

50. The best thing to do on a first date?

Hang out somewhere that’s moderately loud so there’s no awkward silence!

51. The worst thing to do on a first date?

Anything romantic. I get super uncomfortable!

52. What’s the funniest pick-up line a guy could use on a girl?

I used to have a friend who would send me pickup lines he used on girls and I died laughing at them but I can’t think of any right of hand!

53. Best comic book character?

I’ve never touched a comic book. I know. Sue me.

54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

Carmex, my apartment keys, and my wallet.

55. Favorite drink?

Starbucks pink drink.

56. If you could play a historical figure in a movie who would it be?

I think it would have to be my ginger queen, Lindsey Lohan.

57. Kittens or puppies?

Kittens. They’re cuddly little babies. I used to have a kitten who never wanted me to leave him or he’d cry. I had to have my sister babysit him while I ate because he’d just lay on my chest and try to bite whatever I brought toward my mouth!

58. Tell me your favorite sushi roll?

Sushi? YUCKKKKKKK!

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

I’m not a big lipstick person but I used to use the L’Oréal Paris J-Lo lipstick in Jennifer’s Nude.

60. What kind of foundation do you use?

I opt for elf tinted moisturizer instead! Much lighter weight!

61. Blow dry or Air dry?

Air dry!

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Milena Ciciotti. I loooove her style!

63. Favorite Disney character?

Princess Ariel, my fellow redhead.

64. What are doing tomorrow?

Working on papers and projects that are due soon. The grind doesn’t stop!

65. A movie you laughed the hardest through?

C Me Dance. If you know, you know.

66. A movie that made you cry?

The Lion King (2019). I had never seen the first movie so the mix of shock and realism got me good.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone, who would it be?

Assuming I could sing in this alternate universe, I would love to sing with EDEN. He’s such a god.

68. If your life were a song, what would be the title?

Right now? Probably Better Than You Loved Me by Aaron Smith.

69. What’s your favorite animal?

There’s a ton. Right now my mind is telling my to say sloths. So, sloths.

70. Favorite illustrator?

Not a single clue.

71. A person you want to have coffee with?

My big-second-something Eric! We’ve never met in person, but he’s been like a big brother to me for years!

72. What country do you wish to visit?

I’ve always wanted to go to Australia!

73. Best way to decompress?

Watching Youtube movie commentaries in bed with Kit Kats and a strawberry daiquiri by my side. Sounds like a perfect stress reliever to me!

 

This was a lot of fun! A lot of these questions got my brain going to places I hadn’t really been to before!

If you want to participate in the tag, I TAG YOU! Just let me know if you complete it so I can see what your answers are! I’d love to see!

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Fall Essentials Every College Girl Needs

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GUYS IT’S FALL!

I love everything about fall- sweaters, falling leaves, chilly football games! I swear, it’s like I wait 75% of the year for fall! To me, there’s only two seasons- fall and not fall. I guess if you haven’t gotten the idea yet… I THRIVE IN THE FALL. And to help you guys thrive too, I’ve come up with some of the greatest fall-time goodies I’ve ever come across!

1. BLANKET SCARVES

Don’t you EVER tell me that blanket scarves are one of the greatest things ever. They’re so comfy and adorable. I sound like such a basic bitch… I’m sorry. One thing I love about blanket scarves is that they make last minute outfits work! I mean, you can throw on a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans, grab a blanket scarf, and look like you put so much more effort into your outfit!

2. CREWNECK SWEATSHIRTS

The holiest of sweatshirts. I’m in love with crewnecks year round, but the fall really brings it out! I swear I could live in these things every day. Sometimes I like to pair them with a scarf, denim jacket, and hoop earrings for a messy but presentable look- if that makes sense.

3. THERMOSES

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. How else would you keep your hot chocolate warm when you’re walking to and from classes? I collect cups with plastic straws like it’s my job, so to me thermoses are the fall equivalent. Target and Amazon have so many cute options!

4. CABIN SOCKS

I’m ashamed to say that it took me a little longer to hop onto the trend of cabin socks. But I’ve fallen in love with them. They’re so comfy and warm, PLUS they come in so many cute patterns! I love matching them with my outfits so when I take my shoes off they work as a cute accessory. Am I crazy? Most likely.

5. SHERPA PULLOVER

Anything sherpa is a 10/10 in my book. It’s so soft and warm and perfect for fall! I have so many sherpa blankets and pullovers. Everyone I talk to thinks that the good sherpa pullovers are really expensive, but I got my favorite one for only $10 at Walmart!

6. PURA VIDA BRACELETS

These are a necessity year around, but I especially love stacking their jewelry during the fall months! I’m actually a Pura Vida representative, so I have a discount code! If you’re looking to buy ANYTHING from Pura Vida, click here to save 20%!

 

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