Carry-On Essentials

 

Image-1.jpgIn my opinion, the carry-on bag(s) is the most important bag you bring with you.  You have it with you the whole trip so you have to make sure everything you are going to need the whole time traveling is included.  I always bring some sort of big bag and my purse.  Generally the big bag is a backpack but on a couple trips I’ve opted for my Longchamp bag instead.  Whether I take a backpack or tote, here are a few things I always make sure I have, no matter how long the flight or drive is.

 

Headphones//

One of the most important things to remember.  I just use the earbuds that come with my phone, nothing fancy, but they get the job done!

Chapstick//

The dry air in planes can really take a tole so I always make sure to have chapstick on me.  Honestly, chapstick is something I have with me no matter what.  I believe it is a life essential.

Book//

I like to have something to read, especially on short flights.  Listening to music and reading can be the perfect way to kill time waiting for a plane or on the plane!

Water Bottle//

I always take an empty water bottle through security and then fill it up at a water fountain or get water somewhere once I find my gate.  Staying hydrated is definitely important during travels.

Laptop//

For longer flights I like to rent movies on my computer and other times I can be super productive during flights!  Either way, it’s always a good idea to have your computer with you for work or entertainment.

Sweater/Sweatshirt//

It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 degrees outside, I can always guarantee the airport and plane will be cold.  Sometimes big sweaters can double as blankets!

A lot of times, people will write about how they bring a change of clothes and basic toiletries, maybe I’m too trusting but I’ve never done that.  I try to keep my carry-on bags light and at the size where I can just shove them under the seat without having to worry about overhead storage space.

What are some things you always make sure to have with you during flights?

xo Carolyn

 

8 Tips for Beating the Afternoon Slump

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I don’t know about you, but come 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon I’m ready to rest.  It doesn’t matter what time I woke up in the morning or what I was doing all day, around that time I hit a wall.  Sometimes it’s fine to just chill with Netflix for an hour, but other times it’s more important to keep moving and stay motivated for the rest of the day.  I’ve developed just a few tricks that I tend to use when I need to stay motivated and keep my energy up for the rest of the day.

1. Coffee

Sometimes all it takes is a chai tea latte to give me that final push to finish.  That little jolt of caffeine can be all it takes to keep the energy up until dinner.

2. Exercise

This can be the hardest thing to do when you are facing a slump, but it can also be the most affective.  However exercise can mean something as simple as taking a walk or doing one of the 5 minute workouts you can find on Pinterest.

3. Go Outside

A breath of fresh air can be the simplest way to gain the momentum to continue on through the day.

4. Eat a Snack

A small handful of nuts or some other kind of protein can help get you moving.

5. Clean Out Your Inbox

Deleting all those annoying emails and unsubscribing from all those sites you never knew you joined the email list for can feel super wonderful.

6. Listen to Music

Jam out to Ed Sheeran’s new album or whatever it is you like to listen to and get pumped up.  Create your own “Get Psyched” playlist to help inspire productivity and a good attitude.

7. Create Something

I’ve talked about this on another post but it’s worth mentioning again!  Sometimes getting creative like drawing, playing an instrument, or writing can give that motivational push to finish out the day.

8. Make Plans

I feel like it’s always mid afternoon when I start to make plans and I think it helps give me something to look forward to!  If I know I have a coffee date for the morning, I’ll feel inspired to get things done now so there’s nothing to worry about when I’m out with friends!

I am in no way an expert on getting out of slumps but these are tricks that help me.  What do you do to wake up and get motivated to finish the day strong?

xo Carolyn

Top 8 Netflix Shows

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I love Netflix.  My family has been utilizing their services since before streaming was a thing.  I remember waiting for DVDs to be sent in the mail and then sending them back so we could rent a new movie.  But now everything is right at the tips of my fingers, which can sometimes be a bad thing…

Right now I’m between shows and would LOVE recommendations!  I’ve been rewatching my favorite episodes and now am ready to branch out into new binge-worthy shows!

But for now, here are my top 10 favorite shows, in no particular order…

1. Friends

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I love this classic series.  I relate to every character in a different way and the humor is spot on!

2. Parks and Recreation

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I think my goal in life is to have as much passion and drive as Leslie Knope.  She is such an amazing character.  The show itself is also hilarious!  And who doesn’t love Chris Pratt?!

3. The Office

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When I started this show a while ago, it seemed pretty hard to get into.  But watching it in spurts it is amazing.  The comedy is classic and the characters are hilarious.

4. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Tina Fey hit a home run with this show!  Every character is laugh-out-loud funny and the premise is hilarious!!

5. 30 Rock

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Again, Tina Fey is amazing.  The show is a must-watch.  I even got my grandma to watch it and I’m pretty sure she loved it!!

6. New Girl

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I love Zooey Deschanel and she is perfect in this show!  Her bubbly personality and naivety make her character highly entertaining!

7. How I Met Your Mother

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Similar to Friends, in a way, this show is very entertaining.  If you have seen the show, yes I am on the side that the final episode was very disappointing, but don’t let that stop you from watching!!  If anything, watch it for Neil Patrick Harris’s character!

8. Gilmore Girls

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Moving from the comedies to a slightly different kind of show, Gilmore Girls is wonderful.  It takes some time to get into but once you start, you can’t stop.  And with the revival recently, there is no way I can have a list of wonderful Netflix shows without this mother-daughter classic.

Clearly I gravitate toward one type of show but I am very open to recommendations!  I’ve also been watching Riverdale and Jane the Virgin but have kept up with those on tv.  I highly recommend both!  Let me know what your favorites are on Netflix!

xo Carolyn

Study Tips

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As finals and exams are coming just around the corner, I have found myself spending more and more time studying.  By my last year in high school, I believe I have found some great ways to study that not only work for me, but could apply to any studying situation.

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ONE// Start Studying Early

There’s nothing worse than cramming for a test.  Yes, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, however if you let it come to cramming for every test, you are going to end up being more stressed out and frantic.  If you know you have a big test coming up, studying a little bit every night will help more than you realize.

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TWO// Study Harder Not Longer

Sometimes it is worse to study in a distracting setting for three hours than it would have been to just sit down and study hard for half an hour.  It can be amazing how much you are able to learn in just a short period of time when you are completely focused on that one thing you are trying to learn.

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THREE// Stay Organized

Organization can be the biggest help in studying.  If all your notes are organized you know exactly what you need to study.  Also, if you keep your schedule organized you will stay aware of important dates coming up so tests and exams can’t creep up on you.

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FOUR// Take Breaks

You don’t want to fry your brain with four hours straight studying.  I try to set up rewards for myself at different intervals.  For example after every thirty minutes of studying I let myself get up, check my phone, and take a break for the next ten minutes before getting back to studying.  Sometimes those little breaks can help a lot

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FIVE// Move Around

According to research, you are more likely to forget information if you only study it in one location.  So take your notes away from your desk and go outside or try another area of your house or a local coffee shop to get the information to stick better.

Studying can be the hardest and most stressful part of school if you let it.  So take these tips and develop your own study habits to keep your grades up with as little stress as possible!

xo Carolyn