Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Girls Backpack Kit + Essentials

This is the final post in the three part back to school series. If you missed part one and two I'll have links at the bottom of the post. I'm going to show you how to put together a kit for your backpack and some other backpack essentials to help you get ready for school. I guarantee you or your friends will need at least one of these things throughout the year. 

I got this super cute elephant pouch at Hollister. Now let's get to what's inside.

1) Oil Blotting Wipes 
I got the NYX Green Tea Blotting Paper at Ulta. It's great because it doesn't take off your makeup 
2) Concealer 
To fix anything throughout the day. I use Physicians Formula right now, but I might look for a new one. Comment any suggestions. 
3) Eye Makeup Remover 
I got these at Ulta and it's perfect for if you mascara or eye liner smudges. 
4) Mini Nail File
Again, I got these at Ulta. They came in a three pack and were pretty inexpensive.  In case you break a nail, you can take care of it right away. 

1) Hair Brush
This one is pretty self explanatory.
2) Hair Tie Carabiner 
I saw this in a Bethany Motta video & thought it was genius. Just put your hair ties on a carabiner clip so that there not all over the bottom of you bag. I got the carabiner clip for under $2 at Lowes. 
3) Bobby Pins 
Because you always need them and somehow always lose them. I like to keep two or three in my bag. 

1) Lotion 
I love Eos lotion because it's a good travel size & it smells really good. 
2) Chapstick 
Because no one should have to walk around with dry lips. I love Eos 
3) Band Aids
4) Eye Drops (if you wear contacts)
5) Stain Remover Wipes
I got these Shout stain remover wipes at Target and they actually work pretty well. 

1) Headphones 
I have Yurbuds that I got on Amazon
2) Charger Stick/Backup Battery
I have a Justin Power stick that I got from Bonton. I usually charge it overnight so it's ready to go the next day. 
3) Phone Charger Cord
I got this blue one on Amazon.

Backpack essentials that might not fit in your kit: 
Mini Lint Roller 
Mini Deodorant 
Girly Things (pads, tampons, etc.) 

Back to School Series: #sparklestylebts

Comment any essentials I left out or any life hacks you have for back to school. 
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- Serena 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 School Supplies Haul

Here is part two of the three part back to school series. I did my back to school shopping a few weeks ago and I shopped at Target, Victoria Secret, Amazon, and Hollister. My favorite part of back to school is buying all the cute supplies. I didn't have to buy too much this year, because I still have some binders from last year that I'm just going to re decorate. 

First thing I got is a gray backpack from PINK and a maroon elephant pouch from Hollister to keep in my backpack. 

Next I made a trip to Target and got lots of stuff.

I couldn't fit everything into one picture, so here are all my notebooks and folders.
I got two Mead notebooks, one with pink, gold, and white polka dots and one with pink, gold, coral, and purple circle designs. I got a pink and gold Green Room notebook, this one is my favorite even though it was a bit expensive. I also got two folders one Mead one that matches my notebook and a plain black Gartner Studios one that I got on clearance. Lastly I got two thicker Mead notebooks a navy blue three subject one and a black five subject one (I'll decorate them with washi tape).

Here's the rest of my Target trip, I got coral and teal Avery binders, and some Avery tabs that go with the coral binder and match my other notebook and folder. I just think that pink, coral, and gold design is so cute. I got some sparkly pink stickers to decorate my black folder with, some Up & Up index card holders (I'm going to decorate them with washi tape), and some Post It tabs. 
Then I ordered some stuff on Amazon, last year was the first year that I used these and I absolutely love them. I will never go back to regular highlighters, markers or pens after these. They are Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens,
Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Markers,
Pilot Frixion Light Fluorescent Ink Erasable Highlighter Pens. I also ordered an ombré planner from PINK. 

Comment below when your first day of school is! Mine is on the 24th. Follow me on Bloglovin, Pinterest, and Google+. Check back tomorrow for how to put together a DIY backpack kit and other essentials. 
- Serena 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fast & Easy Breakfast Muffin

Hi everyone! This is part one of my three part back to school series. Today I have a fast and healthy microwave muffin recipe that you can make in under five minutes. I'm a big breakfast eater, so I have this with a little something else, but if you don't like to eat breakfast or are running late this is great, because it's filling. It also makes a good snack. 
I originally got the recipe from Blogilates (Click here), but I modified it.

It's not the prettiest breakfast, but its yummy.

You need:
Coffee mug 
1/4 cup Quaker quick oats
1tsp. Sugar (or your favorite sweetener)
1tsp. Protein powder 
1tbs. Milk (I use soy milk)
1 Egg white 
Fruit of choice 

Put all the ingredients in the coffee mug and mix it together. Today I made it with a small handful of cinnamon chips, I've also made it with mashed banana (I used a quarter of the banana). You can really use any fruit or nuts you like or even add chocolate chips. 
Put it in the microwave for 1 minute, if it's not done then put it back in for 30 second intervals until it looks firm. That's all there is to it. You can even put all the dry ingredients in a bag ahead of time so it's quicker to make in the morning. 
The protein powder I use is called NutriBiotic Rice in vanilla and I get it from Vitamin Shoppe. 

Let me know what you add to your muffins! Tomorrow I'll post my school supplies haul and Sunday will be a DIY backpack kit. Follow me on Bloglovin, Pinterest, and Google+. Click here for sign up for my monthly newsletter to stay up to date on posts, giveaways, and more. 
- Serena 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

World Elephant Day!

Today (August 12th) is World Elephant Day!! 
World Elephant Day was created in 2012 to raise awareness and money to help save elephants that are endangered by poachers, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict, and terrible treatment in captivity. Even if you can't donate money, you can still help. Take a little time to check out

There are four ways you can help! 
1) You can donate. You can donate on either the World Elephant Day site or another great charity, Wildlife SOS, which rescues elephants (like Raju) and other wildlife in India.
2) You can sign the pledge on the World Elephant Day site.
3) Spread the word! After you sign they pledge, they'll send you a media pack and you can share them on social media.
4) Post on social media and submit on the World Elephant Day site a picture of a handmade elephant with the hashtag #elegram. It can be a drawing, painting, clay, or any handmade elephant. If they get get 20,000 submissions, $150,000 will be donated to The Nature Conservancy to help elephants in Africa! Check out mine:

If you post your #elegram entry on Pinterest or Google+ tag me in it! If love to see what you all come up with. What are your thoughts on World Elephant Day? Comment below. Follow me on Bloglovin, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up for my monthly newsletter here to get an email once a month with posts, updates, and giveaways.
- Serena

Sunday, August 9, 2015

OOTD: 8/9/15

Hi everyone! Today's post is a little different, it's my outfit for the day. I just love it, because it's super comfy and cute which is why I had to share it with you.  Today I'm doing some back to school shopping (I'll have a haul post up next weekend) and meeting up with a friend at Starbucks. Here it is! 

I got the the white Easy V Pocket Tee from Abercrombie, the Patterned Drapey Shorts from Hollister on clearance (I love that they're long, comfy, and have pockets), and the sunglasses are from Hot Topic. I loosely tucked the shirt in and threw on some silver flip flops. Comfy, but cute it's perfect for a day of shopping. This might be a good outfit for school too, because the shorts are longer than finger tip length (at least on me they are). 

Comment below what you think & if you want to see more posts like this. I love to hear from you! As always, follow me on Bloglovin, Pinterest, and Google+. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter here
- Serena