Good Books + Cozy Things

My favorite fall weekends are spent curled up in a heavy blanket, sweater and fuzzy socks with a good novel that warms the soul. Processed with VSCO with a6 presetWhile boarding an airplane weeks ago, I ordered a few books on Amazon and have been itching to crack them open and explore the stories within. I’m on a holiday reprieve from traveling so I spent this past weekend diving into different worlds. Two paperbacks ended up being fantastic reads, both for contrasting reasons.

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Sisters First 

by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush

This non-fiction piece details the lives of the Bush twins, first daughters of President George Bush. Heartwarming, each page is filled with stories of youth, life lessons and family traditions. It gives an inside look into the world of the First Family – a privilege and responsibility not given to many.

Recommended for those who need a sweet, true story or for those interested in White House behind-the-scene anecdotes.

Love Her Wild

by Atticus

Short-form poetry at its best, this book is filled with sayings that awake the adventure in every spirit. Atticus, an Instagram poet, keeps his readers inspired with fanciful language and well thought out ideas. Full page pictures co-exist with paragraphs of rhymes.

Recommended for those who enjoy inspiration from few words, coffee table reads and Atticus’s Instagram.

This months reads are inspiring, calming and create a lust for adventure. Perfect for cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa on a brisk fall day. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Finals Guide: 25 Tips to Get Your Through the Week

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It’s that time again. The most dreaded week of any semester, a week sent to test student’s willpower, focus, determination and ability to survive on coffee. I asked my sorority sisters, friends and classmates for their studying tips and was overwhelmed with the response. Here is the compilation of the 25 best – somewhat – sarcastic tips for studying during this difficult week.

  1. Flash Cards. Make them and carry them around like precious gold. These babies will always work.
  2. Don’t binge watch Netflix… a.k.a. 13 reasons why You shouldn’t study.
  3. Study somewhere different. Switch up your study routine and go to a new environment. A change of scenery will help you focus.
  4. Sit up straight. Don’t study on your couch – you’ll fall asleep.
  5. Reward Yourself. Did you read a sentence? Eat a Skittle.
  6. Sleep. It’s better to get a couple hours of sleep than to study until your eyes glaze over.
  7. Memory games. If you’re trying to memorize those random facts about something that you’ll never need – make up a song/rap/poem or try ‘chunking’. It’ll make studying more tolerable.
  8. Don’t participate in Wine Wednesday. You’re welcome.
  9. Take a break. Hit up your closest pizza joint. It’s okay to let your brain relax for 30 minutes.
  10. Plan out your study times. Mark them down in your planner, phone or on your hand. As Nike says, just do it.
  11. Caffeine. This life staple will always rev up that old mind engine. Just don’t overdo it.
  12. Extra credit. One of my friends suggested crying in front of your professor. It’s been tried and approved.
  13. Take a Bath – it’s relaxing and also allows one to drown in one’s sorrows. But seriously, this is a great tip.
  14. Yoga. Speaking of relaxing, try a downward dog pose. It’s good for your brain.
  15. Watch a cat video. Just one…
  16. Music. Need some motivation? Put in those headphones and jam out. See my study playlist here.
  17. Take a short nap. A fifteen minute snooze fest is shown to increase brain function. Bonus points if you fall asleep on top of your books.
  18. Find a study buddy. Bounce questions off each other.
  19. Or lock yourself away in the library. To each their own.
  20. Stay off social media. It’s a dark hole of procrastination. Your ex’s best friend’s sister’s Facebook page will still be there later.
  21. Don’t go to work. Have a part time job or internship? Take off and bury your head in books.
  22. Ask for notes. Did you miss a day? A week? A month? Ask a classmate for the notes you missed.
  23. Interrogate the professor. Want to know how many questions are on the test? They usually answer.
  24. Figure out the lowest grade you can get on the final without failing the class.
  25. Or you can just do nothing. C’s get degrees.

So, there you go – 25 tried and true tips to get you through the week. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list! Be brave my friends.

 

Study Hard,

Rebecca