Pins I Love

Happy Friday! There were some awesome pins this week on Pinterest! I still can’t get over how many different things I love can be in one place at one time. The Her Campus Blogger Network board is absolutely no exception. While my plans to attend the conference fell through and I am at home for the weekend, I am excited to get the chance to rest and catch up on some sleep from a long week and a very long day. Here are some of my favorites from this week! Enjoy!

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Lifestyle: 

October June: http://www.octoberjune.com/2014/03/the-importance-of-self-care.html?m=1

Preach. This article is so important and I am in agreement with basically everything she writes. My favorite is “cry it out”. I feel like a lot of girls try not to cry because it makes them look weak but it is just a way of expressing strong emotions.

The Caro Diaries: http://www.thecarodiaries.com/2013/07/college-bound-5-discounts-every-college.html

This article is wicked helpful. As a college student I am always thinking about ways to save money on whatever I can. This is an amazing resource.

Beauty:

Fashion Trends 101: http://www.fashiontrends101.com/blog/essie-summer-favorites

I LOVE nail polish. Since I’ve gotten back into that nasty habit of biting my nails I haven’t gotten a manicure in a while. I am very excited to try out these new colors once they have grown back.

Health/Fitness: 

 xo Mia: http://www.xomia.com/2014/07/daily-outfit-cropped.html

I LOVE this post. Everything about it is perfect. From her points about embracing your body to her points about wearing the clothes you want, everything she is saying is 100% accurate.

Randoms: 

 Coffee Beans and High Heels: http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/for-yourself/the-fear

Fears are huge and it is very important to overcome this. I am beyond inspired by her post about how she overcame her fear! I totally agree when she says how important it is to make an effort to overcome your own fears!

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Weekly Pinterest Loves

Two weeks ago I got an idea to do a weekly post on Pins I liked from the Her Campus Bloggers Network Pinterest board. I kind of dropped the ball  last Friday so here are the ones I found last week (that I forgot to post) and some I found this week!

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Random Ones I Loved: 

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/organization/my-planner-erin-condren-splurge from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am a total freak about organizing and I have accepted the fact I will need to use a planner this coming year. Between my four school clubs and student teaching, it will be the one thing keeping me sane. This is great inspiration for me!

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/randomness/my-summer-essentials from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am also taking part in the #SummerBloggerChallenge and her take on the prompt was unexpected but really inspirational. I agree with most of this list.

Beauty: 

http://sartorialspice.com/2014/06/25/june-2014-julep-box/ from Satorial Spice. Seeing her review of the Julep box was such a happy coincidence! I have been contemplating ordering one and trying it for a while. This review encouraged me to try the free first box.

Lifestyle: 

http://alellzey.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-ways-to-relax-after-work.html from Because I Said So. This totally speaks to my mood everyday when I get home from class. I’m sure I will be utilizing some or all of these tips once the school year starts and I fall back into my crazy busy schedule.

http://thesls.blogspot.com/2014/07/6-reasons-i-deleted-you-from-facebook.html?showComment=1404313628641 from The Student’s Lifestyle. I love this post. This is a constant debate for me: to delete or not to delete. Her reasons for deleting were 100% spot on!

Food: 

http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/2014/05/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie-recipe.html from My Newest Addiction. This looks AWESOME. I can’t eat peanut butter but I can imagine alternative nut butters that would totally work. A hazelnut butter and chocolate smoothie is basically Nutella in liquid form.

http://keepingupwithcourtney.weebly.com/food/eating-healthy-while-dining-out-part-i-tips-from-a-waitress from Keeping Up With Courtney Lynn. This is a constant struggle. My friends at school love eating out for birthdays or just to take a break from cooking. I am worried about how it would work while gluten free, kosher and picky but her amazing advice helps.

Technology/Blogging: 

http://mediajunkiejungle.com/2014/07/02/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-a-successful-blogger/ from Media Junkie Jungle. Preach. Since I started blogging there is always a part of me that questions if I am successful and giving people things they want to read. I’m glad to know I am not the only one and her definition of a successful blogger is great.

http://www.colormebrave.com/2014/06/free-stock-photos.html from Color Me Brave. The hardest part is definitely picking pictures if I don’t have any that work. This list is a lifesaver.

Health: 

http://www.thepreppyscientist.com/2014/07/infused-water-recipes.html from The Preppy Scientist. This summer I have been experimenting with homemade flavored water and sports drinks. I am definitely trying some of these!

 

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Friendly Reminders Thanks to Summer

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Since this summer has been pretty low key, I’ve had a lot of  free time on my hands. Thanks to this newfound freedom in my schedule, I am finally getting back into things I love to do but never have enough time for and expanding new  interests.  There are also some activities I do purely because they calm me down and happen to bring me back to my childhood.

I forgot how much Pinterest had to offer and the large amount of time you can spend on it.  Pinning and browsing has been a lot of fun. I keep finding cool teacher tips or useful things for my future classroom. I keep finding yummy looking gluten free and non-gluten free recipes. Now, when I click on a suggested board I can be on Pinterest for hours. It’s a bad cycle but the good thing is, I don’t have much else I need to do this summer. At some point I need to try starting another personal statement for graduate school but it’s only July 3rd. Writing for me is a breeze.

I discovered how much of a drag Facebook and technology is. If I have a choice, I usually end up reading, writing, doing something outside, or on Pinterest. I don’t really count Pinterest as technology because it taps into my creative side. I also haven’t been watching much TV.  The only show I am caught up on is Orange Is The New Black.

I am spending a lot of time reading blogs. I discovered a lot of blogs written by teachers (thanks Pinterest!) and the blogs I see from the Her Campus Bloggers are really fun reads. It is a cool way for me to see things differently and get a lot of topics thrown at me in a short time. Reading blogs fall under my summer reading category since I don’t consider it a distraction, but something that adds to my summer.

I have also been very gung-ho on reading. Since our trip to Europe, I have picked up multiple books and finished them at a fast pace. I have always been a fast reader. My most recent book I  read was “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I was probably very late to the game, but I really want to see the movie. I have a strict rule of reading the book first and then watching the movie.

I really can’t complain so far about my summer. I’ve been playing tennis, relaxing and enjoying my time off to the fullest. I am very grateful that college summers start so early. I am expecting some shock once I start working and my summers get shorter. I will cross that bridge when I get to it, for now, I am going to enjoy.

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Social Media Ranking of One Through Six

In today’s modern society, everything is very focused on social media. When I started my blog, I quickly discovered that a Facebook Page, using my Pinterest page and Twitter account would only help me get more views. There are positions for social media in many jobs and even on campus organizations. I am no stranger to social media. I love my Facebook page, I love having a Twitter account and my Instagram account is one I absolutely cannot live without.

I love having a constant connection to my friends in multiple forms and as soon as I discovered Instagram a few summers ago I thought I was in love. When my Instagram account got shut down, I still don’t know why, when we were in London I made a new one. I am now in the process of recreating my Instagram account I had and my onslaught of pictures from our trip helped that happen. I also discovered that there are some other very cool photo apps. I have been making a mental ranking of social media sites in my head with the pros and cons of them for a while now. I don’t think the rankings I made will in any way effect how I use them but it might help me validate why.

1. Instagram – even given my current love-hate relationship with Instagram ever since my original account is not accessible, I still love it. I really like the fact that it is a photo sharing app, I can play with filters and posts can be whatever you want them to be. The photographer in me lives for it.

2. UltraVisual – this is a new app I discovered when my Instagram account crashed in London. You can share pictures, put captions, write on them, play with filters, edit them to your hearts content and you can collaborate on different boards. The boards are all different themes, customized and unique. It is super fun and there are some pretty fantastic photographers on there. It is definitely a new favorite and I plan to explore it a lot more over the summer.

3. Twitter – it keeps me up to date with what is going on in the world and lets me follow different celebrities. It is fun exploring it and while I don’t tweet all the time, it’s a great way for me to get headlines from newspapers and constant updates about happenings in the world.

4. Pinterest – this site has basically everything I would ever need in my life. I love that thumbnails are images and the basis behind it is that anyone can use it for something. I love having different boards and can spend hours pinning teaching tips, photographs and DIY projects. I love it and I will voluntarily spend hours on the site.

5. Facebook – I honestly find it very creepy and I can be a major stalker on there, I will be the first to admit it. While I think it’s fun and a good way to stay updated on what is going on in people’s lives. It is a weird blend of information on people I see daily and people I haven’t seen in years. I used to think it was more fun in high school. Now I get bored by it after a few minutes of browsing.

6. Snapchat – I’ll be honest, I don’t get it. I don’t get the appeal of it. I have one, and I use it maybe every month, but I don’t understand it. I get confused by who is sending mass messages and who isn’t. I might just be clueless about it, but it’s not so easy to understand. I also don’t see the difference between Snapchat and Instagram direct messages.

These six social media apps are the ones I really use. Of course there are others given how modern our society is now  but I really struggle to understand them. I don’t get why Google+ is so big. LinkdIn makes sense but it is very business geared. I guess Tinder counts as social media but I also think it’s a weird way to date and the appeal is clearly lost on me. As a blogger and a college student in today’s age, social media is huge. These sites have become our second way of life and connections to the people in our lives. I have learned to live with them, but I don’t think I will ever come to love every single one of them.

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