When in College

When in College

Just a VCU girl living through her Filofax, spending time with two bunnies, good friends, and one special boy.

There are couple things I’d be pretty lost with out and use every day!
1. Forever 21 has been having great sales on their active wear pants! I got a pair almost just like the ones pictured for only 10 dollars. They’re great for the gym, class, walking around campus, or late nights in the library. I good pair of sweat pants and yoga pants is essential to me. Heh.
2. Planners are honestly just how I organize my syllabi and to do lists. Although I use a Filofax, usually colleges hand out free ones around the campus book stores. 
3. Last year I bought a new cute backpack, but honestly find myself wishing I had bought one like a North Face. With a place for you water on the side, a lot of space and compartment, how comfy they are, and especially how long they last, they seem like such a good deal!
4. I have two pairs of Nikes that I wear around campus and to the gym all the time! It’s hard to always wear flats or cute sandals when you have to walk from your apartment. 
5. I looooove using a desk calendar rather than a monthly in my planner. It’s much larger, can be easily color coded, and has easy access when you’re studying in your room. I got a really cute floral green one from Walmart for about 5 dollars, but they’re at dollar tree too! 
6.  Snacks are life. I always carry around chips like these especially when I know I’ll be in the library for a while. On campus food is expensive so I try to supply my own when I can. 

There are couple things I’d be pretty lost with out and use every day!

1. Forever 21 has been having great sales on their active wear pants! I got a pair almost just like the ones pictured for only 10 dollars. They’re great for the gym, class, walking around campus, or late nights in the library. I good pair of sweat pants and yoga pants is essential to me. Heh.

2. Planners are honestly just how I organize my syllabi and to do lists. Although I use a Filofax, usually colleges hand out free ones around the campus book stores. 

3. Last year I bought a new cute backpack, but honestly find myself wishing I had bought one like a North Face. With a place for you water on the side, a lot of space and compartment, how comfy they are, and especially how long they last, they seem like such a good deal!

4. I have two pairs of Nikes that I wear around campus and to the gym all the time! It’s hard to always wear flats or cute sandals when you have to walk from your apartment. 

5. I looooove using a desk calendar rather than a monthly in my planner. It’s much larger, can be easily color coded, and has easy access when you’re studying in your room. I got a really cute floral green one from Walmart for about 5 dollars, but they’re at dollar tree too! 

6.  Snacks are life. I always carry around chips like these especially when I know I’ll be in the library for a while. On campus food is expensive so I try to supply my own when I can. 

1. Happy Baby Pencil Case & Wallet Duo
How could I resist this when it holds so many possibilities? From holding chap sticks and my bank cards, to washi tapes and stickies, this thing would be perfect either way.
 2. Filofax Clear Dividers Top Tab- Cute Giraffe
I <3 giraffes. And hello, they have poka-dots. 
3. Rapesco 6 Hole Punch- Adjustable Punch
I’m sure anyone with a Filofax would want this baby. Punching one whole at a time is going to get pretty old, pretty fast.
4. Chibi Totoro Paper Clip Bookmark
Even cooler than the Kate Spade paper clips I keep seeing!
5. Personal Size Undated Planner
Having these inserts in my planner is a dream for me. The page fits my school needs perfectly and is so simple, it’s perfect. 

6. Reversible Kiki’s Delivery Service Charm
Right now there’s a little Hello Kitty dangling from mine. This Kiki would look adorable next to it!

1. Happy Baby Pencil Case & Wallet Duo

How could I resist this when it holds so many possibilities? From holding chap sticks and my bank cards, to washi tapes and stickies, this thing would be perfect either way.

 2. Filofax Clear Dividers Top Tab- Cute Giraffe

I <3 giraffes. And hello, they have poka-dots. 

3. Rapesco 6 Hole Punch- Adjustable Punch

I’m sure anyone with a Filofax would want this baby. Punching one whole at a time is going to get pretty old, pretty fast.

4. Chibi Totoro Paper Clip Bookmark

Even cooler than the Kate Spade paper clips I keep seeing!

5. Personal Size Undated Planner

Having these inserts in my planner is a dream for me. The page fits my school needs perfectly and is so simple, it’s perfect. 

6. Reversible Kiki’s Delivery Service Charm

Right now there’s a little Hello Kitty dangling from mine. This Kiki would look adorable next to it!

OK…I know what you’re thinking…

Why would I ever buy that ugly thing on the right!?

It’s much more of a bathroom brown in real life (my poppy even looks bright pink), and it’s originally  a Buxton from Walmart. 

So really…why did I get it? For the inserts! I found this filled bad boy at CHKD Thrift for just 98 cents. 

I definitely feel like paying 98 cents for a planner filled with inserts is a pretty good deal. With extra note pages, project planners, lined pages, and especially a full alphabetized contact and telephone section I feel pretty good. It would have cost me a lot more than 98 cents to buy all that or even print it!

What a good find! Now if anyone wants the planner…just let me know. HAHA!

Here’s a quick free, toilet paper roll DIY for your bunnies c:

Good for: snack, tug of war, and tossing around. 

For our anniversary I made us an Adventure book similar to the one from Up!

Here’s how I did it!

I used:

  • A small roll of tan leather fabric from Walmart (3 dollars)
  • A yard of black leather from JoAnn’s ( I needed room for error ) 7 dollars
  • A ugly scrapbook from AC Moore for 5 dollars
  • A hot glue gun 
  • Sticker letters for the cover
  1. I used a hot glue gun to cover the front and back of scrapbook with the black fabric. I didn’t cover the spine, because I wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. I may go back and cover it when I figure out how! 
  2. I rolled the edge of the tan fabric in and hot glued it down on the side to create the cute side strip. I also applied that to the back. As you can see in the top right photo, I glued it down to the inside to make sure it was secure and wouldn’t start to peel off. I also want to eventually create a pocket on the inside of the scrap book, (making it look a bit prettier as well)
  3. After hours of hot gluing and making sure everything looked good I stuck on the letters and none of them have fallen off yet! I was surprised how strong they’ve held over the past two months. I can’t wait to stick on some buttons and patches to the cover. 
  4. For the inside I’ve been using it like a regular scrapbook. I love putting the pages together with him, when the distance gets rough it’ll help us stand our ground. Sometimes we just need something to remind us c:

Anyways, I was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice or tips for covering the spine and making the inside cover a bit prettier? Please comment, reply, or message me!

Back to School Shopping on a Budget

Back to school shopping is scary, especially when you’re moving into an apartment or a dorm for the first time. Expenses have been popping up everywhere for me and I can’t help but keep finding more things I need.  Here’s a few places I’ve found relatively inexpensive and helpful.

Goodwill

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Today I got these cute teacups and dishes for only 2 dollars! For a dollar a piece, these are adorable for my apartment. Although I don’t often go to thrift stores for clothes or shoes, I always find good dishes, pots, pans, and obscure furniture there (such as 5 dollar shoe racks heh). 

Five Below

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When I went in today they had everything from brooms and dustpans to toilet scrub brushes and even shower caddies and bento boxes. I was surprised to find 5 dollar sets of (not plastic) plates and bowls as well! 

Ross/TJ Max/Marshalls

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 I got these 50 dollar Madden Girl boots for 25 dollars at Ross yesterday! I can’t wait to bust ‘em out when the weather cools down. These stores are great for finding discounted clothes, sometimes from your favorite stores! They also have rugs, closet organizers, and other things that are great for your dorm room. I got this one for just 3 dollars; it’s perfect for hanging scarves and necklaces in a tight closet space. 

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Online Sales and Deals

Stores like Forever21 and Charlotte Ruse usually have shipping deals and huge online sale sections. I’m always prowling through those, you never know when you might find a catch. 

Coupons

Make sure to look for coupons for the local grocery stores and other options your campus will have. We have a Farmers Market that’s just a 10 minute walk off campus where I can get a giant bag of fresh veggies for just 5 bucks. Buying stuff like that really makes a difference for me. 

My Brand New Filofax!

Just a few weeks ago I finally purchased a Personal sized Poppy Saffiano. I’ve been slowly personalizing it to fit my school, work schedule, and budgeting needs (and it’s still not quite there yet). But here’s an update!

This is a quick photo showing my dashboard where I have a sticky note with reminders and a new package of Hello Kitty pineapple sticky notes. In the wallet side I keep my AC Moore card, Starbucks gift card, and my VCU ID. The Totoro pouch you see on the top corner is what I keep all of my high lighters and stickies inside! It was a gift from my boyfriend and used to be filled with my cough drops and bandaids for easy finding. 

Next lets look at my first section:

This is where I keep 2 page month calendars packed with all of my classes syllabus information and the week on two pages that came with my Filofax. I plan on printing the day on one page from the Life Planning Kit, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I figured that would be more helpful for manage my heavy school schedule. Although my week looks pretty empty now, wait until next semester gets started! ;c

Since I’ve joined council for one of my favorite clubs, I’ve created a second section with month on two pages to keep track their of meetings and events separately. 

On a blank page before each month I have a copy of our goals for each month and where we should be at with the play were planning!

This has already helped during meetings when I can easily turn to what we need to be talking about next, or when it comes to helping with scheduling our next event. 

My last section is my budget:

I created these pages myself in MSWord, so if you would like me to send you the file just message me your email! I really wanted to make it easy for me to keep track of my spendings while at school. So I created the summary page, and then my cheque register on the other side.

Although I had created it myself, I already wrote the amount I spent in the balance section! While I’m still wrapping my head around the budgeting concept, hopefully this can really help me save during the school year.

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick tour of what I use my Filofax for! Please comment any tips or advice about budgeting with your Filofax! c:

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