Monday, January 16, 2017

STUDYING EFFICIENTLY FOR EXAMS

As midterms are quickly approaching, I have begun to study. I am just going to put out there that I absolutely hate studying (who doesn't)?? Therefore, it makes it quite difficult because I am a huge procrastinator- see my tips here. I have found some of these tips and tricks while studying so I wanted to share them to make studying a little easier and organized.

You may have already had midterms, but mine is coming in about a week since I am a sophomore in high school. As the week is approaching, I find myself getting very stressed and I just feel a lot more tired because studying has been taking all energy out of me. Studying is more like a chore for me, as I mentioned above I absolutely cannot stand it. I have 5 midterms to prepare for (I constantly remind myself I am lucky because I could have 7 like other people) and I have to say it is a lot of work. I can hardly wait till after midterms when I do not have to worry anymore and then I can think of February break! These tips really did help me and I hope you find these tips helpful as well!


+PlAN ACCORDINGLY AND USE A PLANNER
Start studying weeks in advanced and use a planner to keep yourself organized about what you need to get done with the time you have. If you are not a crammer like I am, this is so much easier because you can get chunks done more easily because you have excess time. It is also a lot less stressful if you do it this way and leaves room for progress. 

+KEEP AN ORGANIZED STUDY SPACE
Organization is key because it is not stressful and it makes it a lot easier to refer to all those annoying materials. Make the space comfortable and remove all distractions for you will be sitting there for periods of time. 

+COLOR CODE EVERYTHING
When I say everything, I mean everything. Color coding makes you remember material easier and also helps you organize. It also looks aesthetically pleasing (a plus)!!!

+EAT "BRAIN FOOD" SNACKS
Eating healthy during exams is so essential because it really does make a difference. Opt for things such as apples (my favorite), carrots, nuts- trail mixes, hummus or blueberries. These brain foods will have you acing your exams in no time!

If you haven't already taken exams I wish you luck! These tips will help you study to be a better student and I hope they really do work for you :)




Sunday, January 8, 2017

YOUR PERFECT SNOW-DAY GUIDE

I looked at the weather yesterday and I saw that we were going to get at least a foot of snow here in Massachusetts and I was ecstatic! This is our first big snowfall of the year and I just could not wait for a fun, cozy day and it's finally here! I thought it would be fun to do a snow-day guide and get together all fun things you can do to make it a classic snow-day like when everyone was younger (lets be honest we all miss those days). I hope there are more snow days to come and if you are getting a blizzard as well, have fun!!


Hope you found these ideas fun :)


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

SKINCARE TIPS + TRICKS

Lately, my skin care has been atrocious due to many things (ie. stress, sleep, and the balance of oil levels). Skin problems can sometimes be easy fixes or there may be an underlying cause that you may not have discovered yet. Some of my favorite things I do for my skin I wanted to share with you today because I believe it is an important aspect your health. I try to do these things daily, but not often because I do not want to tamper much with my skin. I mainly follow these tips and tricks, but often I trip up and forget or I am unable to because of my laziness (my biggest problem!) 




+ NO TOUCHING OR PICKING 
As said by the Kardashians.... it is true. If you touch your face or pick without washing your hands you are just spreading more oil and "dirt" around on your face, leading to breakouts or the clogging of your pores. 

+ USE MASKS DAILY
I love using masks because it makes my skin feel refreshed and I feel very accomplished that I am helping my skin. I specifically like this honey one because it makes my face feel super soft or this banana one (interesting right??)

+ WEAR SUNSCREEN
This is repeated so many times for a reason; you may not see it now, but if you do not wear sunscreen  you will be able to see the wrinkles and spots when you are older. The sun is so damaging and can lead to skin cancer and can be avoided if sunscreen was worn. Try to look for moisturizer that has built in SPF like this one to be safe year round.

+ TREAT YOUR BLACKHEADS
I really like to use baking soda and water or using pore strips. This may sound weird but I think it is so fun to look at the strips after you pull it off it is so satisfying (anyone else feel this way or is it just me???)

I really hoped these tips made sense and that you should really try them! A lot of them you probably already knew but a good reminder could never hurt :)



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WHY I HAVE BEN MIA + WHAT'S TO COME

I wanted to start this post off by saying I am sorry for taking a months break at the busiest blogging time of the year. I love the blogging christmas season, but it was really a lot for me in December to keep up with it. Let me just say that I had the craziest month of 2016, and it was not a great way to end the year.

At the start of December, I joined my school swim team. I thought it would be a great experience and fun because my friends were doing it, and the first week I had a blast. As the next week rolled around, I started feeling stressed because swim ended at 9 at night, and then I would get home at 9:30. I felt as if it were too much with all my school work and I felt really tired after because I would go to bed so late. I would get home, shower, finish my homework I had not been able to complete before and then go to bed at around 11 which was not so ideal for me. I also realized I was not enjoying the actual swim part of it (let me tell you- laps and laps in the chlorine was not the best feeling for me). It was almost borderline torture (okay I may be exaggerating a lot) but you get the gist. I discovered I wasn't loving it, but I decided to stick with it for then. 

In the third week of December, I came down with an awful cold. I was freezing one second, then very hot and sweaty the next. My throat was burning and my cough was unbearable. I was so tired I slept a lot of the days. That week I ended up staying home the whole week and in the middle of it I got an ear infection from my sinuses. I went to the doctors and I was prescribed to take these giant pills for a week 3 times a day- not so appealing. While sick, I started getting anxiety because of the schoolwork that was building up and how I missing swim meets and practices. The next week, I returned to school and discovered I had missed a bunch (and I mean a bunch). My midterms got moved in January one week closer for some reason (still not a fan) and it pushed my teachers to assign all tests, projects and essays the week I was sick and the week when I got back. I was struggling because I missed a week full of learning key information, and I couldn't take any tests or assignments because I didn't learn it. I took everything step by step, and made a lot of things up. I am still doing makeup work. My week of absence affected so many things. 

The week after my return I had a lovely break. Christmas was awesome and so was New Years. I was still feeling sad about the work I still had to do, so I sort of casted it to the side. Over the break, I relaxed and really reflected on my chaotic month. I solved my stress problem- it was swim and my makeup work. I really didn't enjoy it, so I dropped it. Now don't call me a quitter because I did try, but it just was not for me, and I feel a lot happier now. I am going to focus my time on tennis and blogging after school now- my true loves. What I have simply learned this month is to do what you love :) I will have so much more free time to blog and put up more content and I can not wait. These obstacles have made it very difficult to blog lately and I am sorry for my absence. Let me know if you want me to do more personal posts like these because I like sharing my feelings with you guys. 

Thank you so much for reading and understanding; I cannot wait for new content!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Last week, my school gave us an extra professional day off so it was like a mini vacation. I had 4 days off including Veterans Day, the professional day, and the weekend. My mom and I decided it would be fun to head into Boston for a day to go to the MFA. It was so much fun and cool to see all the artwork. We spent 4 hours in the museum because it was so large and spacious. The art was endless!









How delicious does this lunch look? It was probably the best burger I have ever tasted. In the middle of the museum there was the cutest restaurant that had the best food. And when I say the best, I mean the best. They even make the potato chips there- they can out warm!




















 I highly recommend the MFA if you are looking for something fun to do in Boston. There are definitely some great photo opportunities in the museum :)
xoxo













Thursday, November 10, 2016

FAVORITE THANKSGIVING PIECES

As Thanksgiving is quickly rolling in (I can hardly wait) I have started to think about what I am going to wear. There are so many cute pieces I could wear, the problem is picking which! So, today I configured some of my favorite pieces to wear to Thanksgiving. They are all so adorable and they all make me so excited for the holidays. Only a few more weeks!



I love how you can mix and match all these pieces. They are honestly so cute and all of them remind me of Thanksgiving!

Who else is excited for Thanksgiving?
xoxo




Saturday, November 5, 2016

5 PROCASTINATION TIPS & TRCKS

If I am going to be honest, I am a somewhat lazy person who takes too much time for themselves and then ends up getting things done at last minute. Part of my laziness is procrastination. Procrastination is what leads me to get good or bad grades on projects or work from school because I leave them till last minute (not a good idea).

Lately, with soccer season ending, I have had way to much free time on my hands, mainly due to the fact I come home sit on the coach and eat while scrolling through social media. I should probably use this time more effectively. Below I have listed some tips and tricks that I (and many others) will find useful to beat procrastination.


+START
This is going to sound crazy considering the whole point of procrastination is that you basically cannot start a task, but if you do begin a task, scientific studies show that your brain is more likely to keep motivating you to continue on with the task because you already started. Once you get over the hump of starting, you are likely to gain momentum and keep going. 

+BREAK IT DOWN
Huge tasks can be terrifying, making us push them off. If you take a second to break down the task into smaller ones, it won't be as scary because you can take something one at a time. Even a to-do list will help because you can see those small tasks aren't as big as you thought. 

+STAY POSITIVE
We often beat ourselves up about procrastination and think we need to be harsh and strict with ourselves to get something done, but sometimes that is not the case. If you stay positive, you will indeed probably start the task sooner, then if you were being negative to yourself. 

+THINK ABOUT THE "WHY"
If you can't get yourself to do something, think about why you wanted to do it in the first place. If you think about it, the answer to the "why" will never get done, causing it to be in your mind and haunting you. Just. Get. It. Done.

+IMAGINE THE FUTURE 
Thinking about future benefits is huge because once you get done with the task, you can do whatever you wanted to do (you can even continue with whatever you were doing while procrastinating). This should motivate you to get the task done and out of the way so you can enjoy yourself after.


These tips and tricks really helped me complete my homework. The main key is to just imagine how happy you'll be when you are done!
xoxo