August Favorites

I never thought I’d be cool enough to have a favorites post but here we are. August was a whirlwind, but here are a couple of things that got me through:

  1. PerkUp coffee in San Marcos, Texas. I’m really fortunate to live in a college town that is full of cute and unique coffee shops. Since moving to my new apartment, one of my closest shops is PerkUp- a bright and clean little shop. I’m a huge fan of cold brew, and PerkUp currently has my vote for the best cold brew in town. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to spend an afternoon and get some good quality coffee and food, this is your place. Pay them a visit here.
  2. Kodiak Minute Blueberry Muffins. Y’all. These are the best, and I eat them every single morning. You buy them individually, stir in 1/4 cup of water, microwave for a minute and instantly you have a perfect blueberry muffin. They taste so good, and they even make your entire house smell like blueberry muffins! There is no way to lose in this situation. They even come in other flavors. Check them out HERE.
  3. Erin Condren Academic Planner. You’ve heard me rave about this planner before, but it’s been very important this month. It’s syllabus week, which means a lot of due dates and exam dates to write down, and I’m also working extra days this semester along with copious amounts of breakfast and coffee dates! I couldn’t live without my planner, and the EC academic one is definitely my favorite.
  4. Spotify Peace of Mind playlist by Alex G. Alex G is a singer/songwriter that I’ve loved for years, but I just recently discovered some of the playlists she’s put together on Spotify. This playlist is my go-to in pretty much every situation: stressful, overwhelming, sleepy. It’s mostly acoustic, and has the perfect vibes for any mood. (did I just say vibes in an actual sentence?) Listen to it here.
  5. Peter Pan (the book). This month I decided to read a classic fairytale, and picked up Peter Pan. Y’all. There is something so eye opening about reading words on a page, rather than watching the movie that we all grew up with. It makes it seem more tangible and grown up, in a way. I’m definitely a huge fan of revisiting old favorites in a new medium. Books will always be better than their movies. I’m not sorry.

What did you love this month? What are you reading/eating/buying that I need to know about? Let me know!

With all the love,

A

 

Erin Condren Academic Planner: Review

This past January I decided that I needed to switch up my planning routine. My dad always makes fun of me for how meticulous I am, and how many to-do lists I tend to keep simultaneously. My planner is my life line and I probably wouldn’t be productive at all without it.

I have been a fan of the Erin Condren brand for a while, and previously owned a Life Planner. The bulkiness and excessiveness of that planner didn’t quite work for my student life-style, so when I saw that they had come out with an Academic planer for students, I HAD to have it.

It comes in a 6 month format (you choose which months it covers!) so it’s perfect for each college semester. I just received my second Academic Planner for the Fall semester.

So let’s dive in:

First, the price. This planner is only $25 (excluding shipping). This includes your choice of cover, AND two lines of personalization on the cover.

The cover: They have dozens of options to choose from, from watercolors to bold abstracts and everything in between. Some include metallics (for an extra $5) and some are just matte. My first cover had tiny plants (of course) and my new one has my favorite Daily Reminder. I like to add my name and the semester to the front, but you could literally personalize it with anything at all! All Academic Planners are soft bound and do not have the bulky rings like Life Planners do.

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The months: As I mentioned, you choose which months you want to include. Each Academic Planner comes with a free pack of date dots for you to stick on each monthly layout. Every month’s section starts with a calendar overview, and room for notes or lists on the side. I (try to) keep track of my money on the side of my calendars each month! Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.11.54 PM.png

The next page has designated places to keep track of important projects and exams. You can easily keep track of due dates and details for the month on this page, and there’s always a place to check off that you’re finished! Personally, I find a lot of joy in putting that little check mark there. Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.12.36 PM.png

Then the following pages are your weekly layouts. Each week has a spot for each day, where you can list your classes, assignments, and due dates. I always add in appointments, work shifts, and even social events so that everything is in one place. Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.13.09 PM.png

At the end of the Academic Planner there is TONS of lined note pages! I sort of accidentally ended up using this section for an entire semester’s worth of stats notes, but typically I’d prefer to use it for budgeting, meal planning, or list making (duh.). Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.13.36 PM.png

And finally, each planner comes with a couple sheets of stickers that can be used to mark exams, quizzes, reading assignments and papers, and so much more.Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.14.18 PM.png

I also want to let you know that their customer service is exceptional! I received my new planner last week and the first months pages were bound incorrectly and fell out. I contacted them and they sent me a new one in less than a week with no questions asked, and no shipping fee! I couldn’t have been happier.

So, overall, I’m obsessed! I could see myself using this planner style for years to come… because we all know I’ll be in college forever. It’s easy to use and not to cluttered with extra fluff. With multiple places to write down due dates, I never miss an assignment or quiz. The personalization options are the best and make me even more excited to write in my planner each day!

Do you love Erin Condren like I do?? Let me know!

By the way… If you AREN’T a student, check out their other planner styles to keep your life in check! They even have a wedding planner, if that means anything to you. I also love their stationary, accessories, and pens. I love it all!

With all the love,

A

 

P.S. I am not affiliated with Erin Condren at all and they honestly didn’t pay me to do this, I’m just genuinely in love with the brand and wanted to share it with you! All pictures are credited to their website, erincondren.com