College Life with EG: Part 14

School Supply Shopping (Part 1)

Welcome back to another college Life with EG! Two weeks in a row, I know, we’re getting a little crazy! As I was doing my homework this week, I realized how much I rely on my different school supplies. I only like to write with my favorite pens, and I will only highlight with specific highlighters. Along with that, I realized how much I LOVE my notebooks, and I want to share all that with you. Let me just say, school nsupply shopping is my favorite time of the year. For many of you, it may be the holidays, but for me, it’s school supply season. Which, by the way, I like to do at least by early August or all the good selection will be gone. Now, college shopping is not nearly as fun as ell,etary school. I loved when they gave you an exact list of supplies, and you went to the store and just got to cross of that list. As you move on, it is not that simple. There is never an exact list, and you have so many classes that you want different things for. Sometimes one class is very specific about having a three ring binder, but in some classes, you may be on your own. Trust me, that can be super stressful! How do you know if you should get a notebook and a folder, or just a notebook? Or should you get a three ring binder? Who knows!? Well, I am here to help you out a little bit and give you the insight on the BEST (and affordable) brands! I with lead you through the steps of getting school supplies, what you need based on your “readiness preference,” and how to organize after. I will be breaking this up into two posts because I have a LOT to talk about đŸ™‚

Steps to Getting School Supplies

  1. Take inventory of what you have (so you don’t get way more than you need)
    • If it was reasonable, I would get a new notebook for every subject, every year. However, that gets costly and it’s pretty wasteful. Chances are you only use up half of a notebook (or less) in a year, and you can reuse them the next year. If that is the case, write down your inventory including the colors (I always like to have my folders match my notebooks). Also, write down all pens, pencils, binders, or anything else you already.
  2. Look at your classes and determine if there are any specific supplies you need
    • Along with the supplies I suggest below, you want to make sure you get any specific supplies your teachers request. A math class will probably need a calculator, and Spanish usually takes a three ring binder, for example. Hopefully your teacher sends out an email of what you need before you go shopping!
  3. Set a budget
    • You can seriously spend 100s of dollars school supply shopping. To ensure you don’t do that, set a budget for yourself (you do not have to get the fancy binders by any means). If you aren’t into school supplies like I am, go for the 25 cent binders and save the money for something more exciting to you:) You can put this into one big budget, or set up categories. For example, maybe you want to spend $5 on notebooks, $10 on pens, etc, or you just want to spend a max of $50 on everything. Also, if you already have enough pencils at home, you can save the money and use what you already have! I love to get new stuff all the time, but again, I have come to the conclusion that probably isn’t reasonable.
  4. Set out for the store and be prepared for it to take a while
    • What I mean is… plan out a bit of time. If you want the PERFECT school supplies, you will want to ponder a little bit. You don’t have to go through each row 10 times like I do, but maybe 2 or 3. I prefer Walmart because it usually has the best selection for the best price. Plus, there are Walmarts ALL over. Otherwise, you could go to a place like Staples or Office Depot, but you will be spending a lot more!

Next up… what to buy! In the section I will have three categories… the bare minimum you need to do you schoolwork, the “average,” and how to go above and beyond. By no means feel obligated to do the third one because it truly is “extra”… if you will. If you love school as much as I do, you may want to try it out. \

What to Buy

The Minimal Supplies

The minimal supplies is all you need to get you through your basic classes. Here is what I came up with…

  • Pens and pencils: you always needs pencils (to erase mistakes in your work) and pens (so you can write in different colors). This is all you need for writing supplies, however. If you do not want to buy many things, skip the highlighters. Instead, use your pens to circle and underline. Make sure you have at least one red and black pen, but I would shoot for blue and green as well. As you go from class to class, you can keep these in your pockets or your hands.
  • Notebooks: you can choose to get multiple subject notebooks or a single subject notebook for each class. If you don’t want to carry around a lot of stuff, get a five subject notebook. That should keep you covered for every subject, unless you have more than five classes. In that case, buy two three subject if you have 6 classes or a five subject and a two subject if you have seven. If you are going this route, make sure you are not going to write TOO much. The multiple subject notebooks come with less pages per subject. If you have a class you know will fill up your binder, you may want to get a one subject for it (P.S. I have never filled up an entire notebook for one class).
  • Calculator: only if you have a math class
  • There are some essential items for certain classes, such as rulers or protractors. If you know you will need that stuff, I would recommend one of the kits with all of those supplies. Otherwise, you can wait until class starts to confirm what you need.

The “average” supplies

These are the supplies I would recommend to most people. You want to have everything you need for school, but not be WAY over the top. Unlike me, you may not want a million school supplies, but you still want to make sure you’re set for success. Well, here it goes…

  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters: make sure you have all the pencils you need for class. If you buy a bulk pack (which I would recommend), leave a few pencils in your pencil case and the rest at home until you need them. Trust me, you will lose pencils (or people will steal them, so sad!). For pens, I would recommend at least four (blue, black, red, and green), but you could even go for an 8 pack to be completely prepared. Sometimes I like to double up on the basic colors because I know I will lose them. Then, just a couple colors of highlighters for highlighting definitions and main topics should work.
  • Pencil case: if you are going to have quite a few pens and pencils, you will definitely want a case to carry them!
  • Notebooks for each class: this is totally up to you on how you want to organize these. If you like to have one full notebook per class, then do so. Otherwise, you can buy the multiple subject ones. I recommend getting one notebook for each class, then reusing them the next year.
  • Folders for each class: I like to have folders because they can hold all the loose papers teachers just LOVE to hand out. Now, some notebooks do have folders in them but I find that my paper always gets wrinkled in there.
  • Calculator: only if you have a math class
  • There are some essential items for certain classes, such as rulers or protractors. If you know you will need that stuff, I would recommend one of the kits with all of those supplies. Otherwise, you can wait until class starts to confirm what you need.

TO BE CONTINUED!!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

College with EG: Part 13

Planner updates

Hello all! First of all, sorry for the late post! I have not been on top of it with the blog recently, but I trying to work on it a little bit everyday:(

Today is a mix of both my college miniseries and a normal bullet journal post. I decided to post it as part of the miniseries because most of my planner is related to college activities. Also, I want to start by saying I took a lot of time off from doing my weekly spreads during the holidays. I use the Happy Planner pages, and you can date them at the top. I didn’t want to waste paper and have been using past pages (you will see how it says Monday is the 11th and 18th. That is from January). So, you will see the wrong number above each day. I am almost done with my old pages so I will be able to get a new pack and line up my dates pretty soon. Anyway, I would like to start posting my weekly pages every couple of weeks. I think this will hold me accountable. Sometimes I just get too lazy (as in the entire month of December), and if I posted them on here I would feel more obligated to make them.

I have posted two weeks of my bullet journal. The first post is for the week of February 8-14, and the second post is for the week of February 15-21. I did both of these Sunday, the 7th. I always fill out the entire week ahead, and then I start the week after. So the 7th I finished the week of the 8th, and started the week of the 15th. The 14th, I finished the week of the 15th and started the week of the 22nd. I do this because I usually have a pretty good idea of what is going on in the second week, so I start to write it down. However, I do not fill in all of the the second week because I know there will be a lot more to add. As you can see, I have written down assignments that I know will be do or test I know I will have. I did not write down my work schedule, for example, because I did not have it in the 7th. However, the first week (the week of the 8th) is very very full! I usually leave a couple boxes open in case something pops up. That’s about all there is to it!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Welcome back!! This is my 51st post on Life With EG and I am so excited! It has been a little over a year but I feel like it has been way more. This blog has grown so much over the year and I couldn’t have done it without my amazing followers! I may not have a TON of followers, but I am thankful for all of you! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store, and I am so excited to get to my 100th post:)

Since I’m not doing the monthly spreads this month, I figured I would post something for the next holiday… Valentine’s Day! First of all, I want to talk about Valentine’s Day and what it means. A lot of people don’t like it because they believe Valentine’s Day is just a holiday for couples, so if they are not in a relationship, they’re the odd ones out! However, I totally disagree. Valentine’s Day is really just a day to show people you love them. Reach out to your parents, neighbors, siblings, second cousins, whoever you want! Make sure everyone you love feels loved! So, if Vaneltine’s Day is a hard day for you, I get it. Just remember that it doesn’t have to be what everyone thinks! Today I have prepared a few ideas for Valentine’s dates and gifts for anyone you would like!

“Date” Ideas (covid safe)

  1. Cake (or other dessert) bake-off: Choose your preferred dessert and get to baking! Find a way to score this. I would use taste, presentation, and creativity. If you have someone else with you, they could be the judge. Otherwise, try to be unbiased and judge your own.
  2. Go out and explore: pick five different locations in your city that you want to explore. This doesn’t have to mean going into any buildings, shops, or restaurants. Instead, visit the local parks, a new road, etc. Write down your favorite thing about each location. Make sure to take pictures along the way!
  3. Do some crafts: each person pick out one craft you want to do and just start creating. This can be a DIY house item or just something fun!
  4. Make a bucket list: first, get some take out or make a nice dinner! Then, you can make a bucket list together. Make your own or make a bucket list for your relationship. Do you want to go to visit every state together, or watch every Harry Potter movie??
  5. Make a new dinner: this is always a fun one because I like to stick to my normal, so it gets me out of my comfort zone. Instead of the same food you always make, find a crazy recipe and try to recreate it. If you want to make it extra fun, find a dish and try to make it without looking at the recipe. Get all the ingredients you think you need and just start to experiment. Extra points for a great presentation!
  6. Go for a walk or a hike: even when it isn’t a planned “date”, this is one of my favorite activities. You can go for a walk around your neighborhood and try to find out more about your date! Maybe come up with a list of questions before you go and try to ask all of them before the end of the walk. Or, if you live somewhere you can hike, that’s always a great idea! After some exercise, I am sure you will be hungry, so go grab some food!

DIY gift ideas for family

  1. Spotify glass: I made this for my boyfriend for Christmas and it is sooo cute. You can choose your own song and picture to create an album frame. Below, I will mention a website you can order them from, but you make make these really cheap at home and it’s much more fun! Find the DIY recipe here!
  2. Messages in a bottle: grab a mason jar and a few pieces of colored paper. Cut the paper into strips of about 4 inches by 1/2 inch. Then, write all the reasons you love someone on the pieces of paper. Roll the pieces of paper up and p0ut them in the mason jar. Make a little sign for the outside that says “all the reasons I love you.” You can fill the mason jar up as much as you would life!
  3. Date ideas jar: this is pretty similar to the messages in a bottle. You can also start with a mason jar and lots of different colored paper. For this, I would actually make each color of paper a different theme. You can make a legend on the outside of the jar for dates that are at home, out and about, cost no money, etc. Then, put each date idea on the corresponding color of paper. Again, this does not have to be for a boyfriend or girlfriend. You can come up with date ideas for anyone special in your life.
  4. Acrylic coaster: I haven’t actually made these before but I found them here and they are so cute! You can literally make anything you want by pouring the paint in so many different patterns. Plus, no two coasters will ever look the same. I did make something like this just on a canvas before, and it is super simple, but so unique!
  5. String art: you can make this Valentine’s themed by writing the word love or making a heart. Or, you can use any word/symbol you want for the string art. I have a few hanging up in my room that I made in middle school, and I still love them. All you have to do is find a nice piece of wood you want to do the art on, nail in your shape you want to make, then wrap the string around the nails in a crazy pattern! It’s pretty hard to mess up, which I appreciate. See a full overview here!

Bought gift ideas

  1. Shopify glass night light: this cute gift idea is amazing for anyone who loves music. It comes with a picture of you for the album cover and the rest looks just like your phone when you are playing music. Pick out any song that represents your relationship! When you scan with you phone, it can open up the song on Spotify! You can also make these yourself, as I mentioned above.
  2. Personalized journal: do you have someone you know who loves to write? This is the perfect Valentine’s gift for them! You can customize the front and the back of the notebook with their name or anything you want. It even comes with lined, blank, or bulleted paper! It would make an awesome bullet journal as well!
  3. Customizable mug: Shutterfly has amazing options to customize just about anything! I chose to feature their mug because it is a great gift for everyone…everyone drinks! It can be a water mug, a coffee mug, or an everything in between mug! Maybe they could even use it to hold pencils! You can put pictures and an initial on this mug! Customize it with pictures of the two of you, their family, or anything else!
  4. Heated blanket: who doesn’t love to be warm!? A heated blanket is a great gift for anyone who loves to get cozy! There are so many heated blankets out there, but this Sunbeam one is Amazon’s choice and it’s a great, affordable option. It has three heat settings and it’s reversible.
  5. Mini waffle maker: waffles are amazing, but they’re even better when they’re mini! Isn’t everything better when it’s mini?? These have been all over the internet recently, from making waffles to warming up cookies? I have seem people cook some pretty crazy things in their mini waffle makers. Give this as a gift and have them explore their food creativity!

I hope this helps as you do some last minute shopping/crafting for Valentine’s Day! Have an amazing rest of the week!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Happy Wednesday!

Once again, we are halfway through the week! I just realized that Monday was the first of the month and I didn’t post any monthly spreads. So… I think I am going to skip them for this month and start back up next month. I don’t them to be too late into the month that you can’t use them!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace