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Quick Trip to Boca Raton

28th July 2016

Hello!

My life has been absolutely wild the past few weeks, as I have been finishing up summer classes, wedding planning, and traveling. And usually, I was doing all three of those things at the same time. It got really interesting when I accidentally left my laptop, iPad, and text books in North Carolina while I was back home in Georgia and had FOUR assignments all due in one day.  Luckily, after all this craziness, I had a quick trip to Boca Raton to clear my head.

Lesson learned: USE GOOGLE DOCS FOR EVERYTHING so if you’re an idiot like me and leave your computer with all your work on it two states away, you won’t have to start over the day everything is due.

Quick Boca Raton Trip on Sweet Southern Simplicity BlogAll the pain was worth it, however, because I got to fly away to the beach with my dad and stepmother last week. I had never been to Boca Raton before, but I will definitely be back. It was incredible!

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Quick Trip to Boca Raton

We escaped to Boca to see my stepbrother, who is a year older than me, super cool, and also an Executive Chef at one of my new all-time favorite restaurants, Papa’s Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point. We were so lucky to be able to attend a beer dinner they hosted spotlighting 26 Degrees Brewing Company. There were six incredible courses. I barely made it to dessert, everything was so unbelievably good and I was more full than I have ever been. I even used chopsticks somewhat properly for the first time in my life. A very successful beer dinner, indeed!

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Here were a few of my favorite courses. Dessert would have been included, but I was feeling a little too wonderful after all the delicious beer to remember to get a photo 🙂

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I will be craving everything from this dinner until the next time I go back! One of my favorite menus ever!

Lucky for me, the fun did not stop there. We went back the next night and our chef spoiled us with this incredible appetizer platter. I have never enjoyed an appetizer as much as those fried Wahoo bites with Yum Yum sauce. So fresh, perfectly fried, and so delicious.

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Aside from all the food, it was nice to go on a family vacation. I hadn’t been on one in ten years before this trip! It was so cool to get to spend time with my stepmother and my dad, they are two amazing people (with some really cool kids ;)).

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And here is my favorite photo ever of my dad, he’s a pretty cool dude!

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Below is a photo of Deerfield Beach. It is one of my favorite beaches I’ve been to so far. The water was the perfect temperature and it was so clear. I actually played in the waves -something I haven’t done since my childhood. If you’re looking for a great beach getaway, I suggest checking this one out! It was wonderful.

Quick Boca Raton Trip on Sweet Southern Simplicity BlogOne of my other favorite parts of my quick trip to Boca Raton was (oddly enough) sitting at a bar attached to a Days Inn and talking to strangers. I met a really cool woman who was a local, another awesome woman who vacations there every year so she can go scuba diving. She was going on a big dive the next day and her energy and excitement was infectious .. or maybe it was the gin. The three of us had a pretty meaningful conversation about life, which is my favorite thing to do when I’m not exactly sober. It was a cool experience.

Normally, I let my social anxiety get the best of me and I keep to myself or anxiously scroll through my phone, but this time I opened myself up to the experience and The Universe did not disappoint.  This seems to be a reoccurring theme for me this summer.

I say all this to say, if you have the chance to take a quick trip to Boca Raton, do it. It’s a little slice of paradise.

XO – Sarah

S’well Bottle Review

29th June 2016

One of the cool things about working at a college is that my students keep me abreast on all the latest trends. I was intrigued by this mysterious bottle some of my students had. It was described to me as a Yeti cup with a screw top. Interesting.

New Obsession: S’well Bottle Review

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I wanted one because I suck at drinking enough water! I thought this contraption would be the perfect solution since it would keep my water cold all day. I have to drink super cold water or it makes me nauseous. Room temperature will not do for me. I recognize that that is very much a first world problem and I know I sound like a total privileged b*tch, but I like my water cold, dammit.

I did some research and was completely mind blown by the fact that they keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Then I saw that the large ones (25 oz) cost $45. HOLD UP. $45 dollars for a bottle?! Uh, no thank you. I would rather have medical insurance this month. You can get the smaller sizes for cheaper, but I really wanted the 25 oz bottle.

I tried desperately to find one cheaper, I scoured eBay forever. No luck. I tried Poshmark, Mercari, the black market (kidding), to no avail.

Then, I saw the less expensive version of them at Target for $24.99. They are called the Sip by S’well. I had gotten a giftcard to Target for my birthday so I decided to test out the cheaper version. I liked it a lot, it kept my water nice and cold and I could put it in my purse without worrying about spills. I just wished it was bigger because I am usually on the go. Here are some of the adorable options they have for the Sip by S’well. They had them on sale recently, too! B1G1 30% off! These would make great gifts!
S'well Bottle Review | Sweet Southern Simplicity BlogThey have so many fun colors and so many fun prints (think foxes, bacon and eggs, and bees!). I’m glad I invested in one. It’s great for when I need to pack lighter.

Then, that faithful day came. When I succumbed to my materialism and Parks & Rec-style treated myself. It wasn’t premeditated, and it felt a little wrong. I went to Athleta and they happened to have them there. A light went off in my brain. I have an Old Navy credit account and I had rewards on my account. Athleta and Old Navy are owned by the same parent company .. would they let me use my rewards?! Yes they did! And so, I got the S’well bottle of my dreams, on the cheap.
Here it is, in all its glory hanging out with my other new finds.
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I can honestly say I LOVE THIS WATER BOTTLE. It is perfect for the college campus, running errands, my daily walks through the botanical gardens. And it’s SO PRETTY. I really think it inspires me to drink more water just for that fact. It’s also super portable since it has the screw top. I walk to work so I would often slosh water from my other to go cups all over me before I got there. No longer! I can just put my S’well in my purse and be on my merry way.

Here are some of my favorites of the orignal S’well bottles. They have some seriously beautiful ones.

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These teakwood ones are basically art and they would make a good gift for the guy in your life that’s so hard to shop for!
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While I’m still shocked I paid over $10 for a water bottle, I am so glad I did. It has been so easy to hit my daily water intake goal every day.

What do you think of my S’well Bottle review? Will you try a S’well?

 

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Charlotte Weekend Trip

28th June 2016

You know those weekends you just want to live over and over? Yeah, this past weekend was one of those.

Weekend Review: Charlotte Weekend Trip

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This weekend was SO cool because I got to see two of the people I love the most, in the same weekend, in CHARLOTTE. Meaning, I didn’t have to drive 5 hours to see them and we got to explore a place none of us really had before.

My beau arrived on Friday night and whisked me away from my residence hall to a swanky hotel in Uptown Charlotte. We stayed at the Hyatt HOUSE. It was beautiful and convenient to everything. It had an almost full kitchen, beautiful living room, huge televisions, and floor to ceiling windows on every possible wall. Normally, we don’t splurge on hotels like that, but we had a free night from hotels.com from our big adventure out west last year.

After we settled into the hotel, we headed to the nearest Cracker Barrel because Jason and I are already grandparents at heart. And because I have a passion for large amounts of breakfast food. I mean, is there anything better than breakfast, really?

The next day we walked around Uptown for a while and made our way to 7th Street Public Market. We shared a fabulous steak and egg sandwich and a bowl of grits from Local Loaf. It was divine. So much flavor, so tender, and the baguette was perfect. The cheesy grits helped balance out the jalapeno heat on the sandwich. It was pure breakfast heaven.
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Then we made our way over to Amelie’s French Bakery to try out some macarons. I have had macarons before and I wasn’t much of a fan. Amelie’s changed my mind. They were SO good. See how passionate I was about them!?
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We then made our way out to Belmont to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. It was the perfect addition to our Charlotte weekend trip. We had such a good time and it was not crowded at all. Admission was only $12.95 per person and the staff was so friendly! Driving through Belmont was fun, too. There were so many pretty houses!
Charlotte Weekend Trip | Sweet Southern Simplicity BlogThere was so much beauty to take in at the gardens, but here are some of the highlights:
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After a wonderful afternoon at the garden, we headed to NoDa to grab some dinner before going to see Caleb Caudle at The Evening Muse.

We ate at Cabo Fish Taco and it was so very good. Get the battered white fish taco. DO IT.
Charlotte Weekend Trip | Sweet Southern Simplicity BlogThe black beans and rice were absolutely perfect, the queso was heavenly, the lemon shrimp taco was fantastic. You can’t go wrong here. Also look at that marg, yum!

Once we were so beyond full, it was time to head to The Evening Muse to hear Caroline Spence and Caleb Caudle. It was awesome. So awesome in fact, I decided to dedicate an entire blog post to it. You can read about my experience here.
Sweet Southern Simplicity Blog: Sweet Southern MusicThe next day we took it easy while we waited for my best friend and her boyfriend to come join us. They were sweet enough to make the long haul to come see me just for the day! I feel so loved.
We took them over to Amelie’s because I knew my bff would love it. We enjoyed some tasty BLTs and pastries. Still dreaming about that BLT ..
Then we went exploring! I took them to NoDa and we went in a few of the shops, you can see my bounty further in the post. NoDa reminds me so much of Little Five Points in Atlanta, but cleaner.
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We then headed to South Park mall to see how the other half lives and to do a little shopping. I spoiled myself to a S’well water bottle and a delicious Panera lunch. I hadn’t had Panera in so long I forgot how delicious it was.
Then I took them back to UNCC to see the botanical gardens here. I walk them almost everyday, so I wanted to share the experience with them.

It was a fabulous weekend, and there is so much more left to explore here! I can’t wait for my next opportunity for a Charlotte weekend trip!

I got some really cool souvenirs this weekend, too! Check it out.
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S’well Water Bottle / Caleb Caudle merch / Sunshine Daydreams tee / Bad ass stickers

 What are your favorite things to do in Charlotte? Share in the comments below!

Sweet Southern Music: Caleb Caudle

27th June 2016

Every now and then, something good comes into your life at just the right time. This was one of those times.
Today I’m focusing on something I don’t normally write about, music.

Caleb Caudle
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Okay, so those of you that know me in real life know that I have struggled with anxiety and panic disorder for a long time. A few months back, I was having awful spells of anxiety as the weight of working and grad school and life crushed my soul. I was on the verge of a panic attack all day on this particular day. One of the ways I prevent my panic attacks is by listening to some really great music. Mostly country. Mostly old school country. I had listened to all my country legends playlists a million times already that week and I wanted to find something I hadn’t listened to before.

During my search and after the death of country music legend (& one of my favorites), Merle Haggard, I came across a Paste article about artist, Caleb Caudle. I figured I would give him a chance since “Haggard’s influence on his music was obvious.”

I am so glad I did.

I listened to a small sample of his song, Carolina Ghost, and decided I would do it the most justice if I waited to listen to the whole thing until I was in the car, on a backroad, with the windows down. I was right. His music has this chill vibe to it and it was just what I needed to get myself out of the grip of my anxiety. I have been a fan of Caleb Caudle and his band ever since. His album, Carolina Ghost, is one of my favorite albums of 2016. You should buy it on vinyl because everything is better on vinyl.

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I was fortunate enough to be able to see him perform at The Evening Muse in NoDa. It was incredible, and here is why:

1. I got my fiance to come with me (he isn’t the biggest country music fan .. we only agree on Garth and Cash), but he enjoyed himself and admitted to me that I was right, it was good music.

2. Because of my anxiety, I have a hard time with super crowded places. The venue was pretty full, but not so much so that I felt uncomfortable. Not to mention, the people of good country music are always a delight.

3. Caroline Spence was the opener and she was amazing. Her voice, her songwriting, all of it. It was the first I had heard of her, but I am excited to purchase her music soon! And let me just tell you, her song ‘Softball’ will soon be in my Top 25 Most Played playlist.

4. Caleb Caudle’s band is SO good. Seeing them do their thing live was awesome. J and I especially liked the keyboardist and we wish we were talented so we could be keyboardists, too.

5. The music/his voice were even better live. Which is always exciting. I’ve seen some terribly disappointing live performances (looking at you, Cage the Elephant), this was FAR from that. Lightyears.

6. The show was over around 10:00 PM so J and I didn’t have to stay up late, which was a true gift after a packed, but lovely, day!

Above all, I also think there is something really inspiring about seeing other young adults really pursue their passions. Kudos to the young artists who put themselves out there and are willing to be vulnerable. I am rooting for all of you.

And special kudos to Caleb Caudle and his band for putting on an awesome performance and for making great music that has helped me tremendously. And also for making music that isn’t misogynistic and constantly repeating stuff about long tan legs and tailgates. Yes!

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Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte, NC

24th June 2016

When I first learned I would be doing my summer internship for my graduate program at UNC Charlotte, I was excited. My excitement then turned into intense nervousness and a puddle of emotions as I said my tearful goodbye to my partner, who I have not spent more than a few days apart from since our second date. I struggled the first few weeks with loneliness and homesickness. I quickly learned that being extremely extroverted while also having an anxiety disorder makes for a very weird time in a new place.

After a few weeks and lots of FaceTime, I started to come out of my shell (and my dorm, for that matter) and explored the very beautiful city of Charlotte. I’ve been in so many great shops, but Sleepy Poet Antique Mall is #1 on my list of favorite Charlotte spots. I have been both a shopper and a vendor at various antique malls and I can honestly say Sleepy Poet is the best of the best. Not one single booth in there was selling yard sale stuff, or crappy wholesale stuff. Everything was beautifully curated. I could have spent days going through it all.

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

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Highlights:
Even in my cheapness, I found the pricing of most things in Sleepy Poet to be fair. They have maps available, which was very helpful. There is an entire section of vintage clothing and vintage records. There is an entire section dedicated to plaid shirts and cowboy boots. There was a good mix of booth types. Some had handmade decor, others painted furniture, some were primitive themed, some were colorful 60’s theme. The best part, no two booths were really alike, so it made looking through them all such a joy!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to gather the names and locations of all of these booths. I encourage you to go check it out for yourself, if given the chance. There were so many treasures!

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Anyone that knows me know I NEED that gin lamp in my life. BAD.

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I did not leave with any treasure, but it wasn’t really by choice. I am in temporary housing currently and living in a dorm room at UNCC. There’s not much room for beautiful antiques and gorgeous handmade creations. I cannot wait to come back to this place when J and I buy our first home. This will be my first stop!

Don’t forget to check out my adventures on Instagram @sarahofgreengables
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How To Write A Good Thank You Note

23rd June 2016

I think it may be in a southern belle’s DNA to love a good thank you note. I certainly do. What I love more than receiving them, is writing them! It’s therapeutic and it helps me keep what I’m grateful for in the forefront of my mind. I’ve been slack about writing them lately, but I had a great “reawakening” this past weekend (more on that soon). Needless to say, I’ve been on a thank you note rampage today! It was harder than I remembered, at first. And so…

How To Write A Good Thank You Note

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Step One: All The Pretty Thank You Cards

 The first step is picking out some stellar Thank You cards! You can always make your own, too! Here are some of my current favorites under $15 (click to check them out!):

 

Step Two: Organize

If you stop and really think about it, there is so much to be thankful for! Write a list of everyone you would like to thank. If you’re writing thank yous for wedding or shower gifts, make sure you have a record of who gave what. Sort them however you’d like, but I do mine chronologically.

 

Step Three: Write

 Sometimes this is the hardest part. It helps to cater the tone and content to the person. In my example, I will be writing to the beloved Chris Pratt.

Greeting:
“Dear Chris Pratt,”
“My Beloved Chris Pratt,”
“Chris,”

Say THANK YOU:
Here are some examples.
“I just wanted to drop a little note of thanks for being such a wonderful human being.”
“Thank you so much for being such a wonderful human being.”
“Words cannot express how grateful I am for your wonderfulness.”

Add Detail:
“Your role as ‘Andy’ in Parks and Rec was so inspiring and you are easy on the eyes.”
“When I see videos of you and your kid my ovaries explode.”
“You played the role of Andy so well. I can’t wait to rewatch the Parks & Rec series on Netflix for the 8th time.”

Add Something Hopeful:
“I hope you grace my eyeballs again sometime soon.”
“I look forward to seeing you in your newest movie.”

Say Thank You, Again:
“I am so grateful!”
“Again, thank you so much for being so wonderful.”

End:
“Sincerely Yours, Sarah”
“Love Always, Sarah”
“Many Thanks, Sarah” [This one may be overkill based on your last statement]

 

Step Four: Address Your Envelope

 [because snail mail is the best mail]
Please don’t tell me I have to tell you how to do this … just in case.
Have fun with this! I love to do pretty fauxlligraphy on the front, just make sure it’s legible and won’t get covered by the postage.

This handy tool on Amazon will help make addressing a breeze, I highly recommend. Best part? It’s $10.

 

Step Five: Stamp your letter

Make sure you get the postage correct [consult your post office if you’re unsure].
The USPS has some super cute ones!

That’s it! Now you know how to write a good thank you note! Send it off and make someone’s day. And remember, the little things are the big things.

Share your pretty snailmail with me on social media!
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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
-Marcel Proust

UWG CSA Maymester 2016

28th May 2016

As if the perks of studying student affairs weren’t abundant enough, I was given an incredible opportunity to go visit six colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It was a seven day road trip with some of the loveliest people from my cohort and some new and amazing people from Mississippi State’s CSA program. The craziest part of it all was that I volunteered to drive one of the vans. It was an equally empowering and (mostly) fun endeavor.

Here are some highlights of my UWG CSA Maymester 2016 journey!

This trip allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, which is something I don’t do nearly enough. I have been contained within the safe walls of my home institution, UWG, for so long. I’ve been content and most times overjoyed about it. I LOVE UWG. It never occurred to me that I could have that same passion for another institution until we visited The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. First of all, Colonial Williamsburg was an absolute dream. It combines my love of the very old, the historical, the beautiful, and the creepy. I could have spent forever in that amazing place.

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I mean, seriously, LOOK at this garden. I was so excited!

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This is a snap I took on our ghost tour through Colonial Williamsburg which was AMAZING and thrilling and beautiful.

The next day we arrived at College of William and Mary and it was POURING rain. I fell in love with the campus anyway. It was so beautiful and Thomas Jefferson learned there. I mean … how cool is that?!

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Can you see how hard it was raining?! Still beautiful, though 🙂

After I was torn away from my new favorite place on Earth, we headed to North Carolina. We stopped at North Carolina Central University. I was amazed by this school. The energy, the beautiful campus, the pride, the history. It was all very powerful and very inspiring.
Unfortunately, my phone was dead while we were there so I have no photos. Here is one I snagged from a classmate’s Facebook, however. Look how excited we are!
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Our next stop was at Duke University. It. Was. Incredible. The chapel was fantastic and everything I’d hoped it would be and more. I didn’t get a great picture of the outside, but here  are some shots from the inside.

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It’s so beautiful it hurts. The rest of Duke was equally as fantastic, as you can expect.

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What surprised me about Duke was how cool they were. After seeing their not-so-great stories in the media over the past few years, I expected the staff to be stiff and conservative. I could not have been farther from the truth.

We stayed in North Carolina and visited UNC Chapel Hill the next day. I liked it, but didn’t have enough time to really explore it. I will say, The Carolina Union was so impressive. It seems no detail was overlooked. I got an opportunity to informally interview some unsuspecting students and was delighted to hear all the great things they had to say about their school.

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Reppin’ UWG in my outfit, of course! This was a mural in the Carolina Union. So cool!

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My sweet friend, Jessica, and I really loved this bench but, of course, it was rainy and wet that day so we couldn’t really sit on it.

All in all, this trip was priceless. I am so lucky I was able to go. I was able to grow closer to my cohort, network with professionals, expand my horizons, and learn a lot.

Big thanks to Dr. Varga, one of our incredible CSA professors at UWG, for making this happen. We appreciate you more than you know!

If you would like to see more detail about our journey, you can check out our travel blog!

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“Travel is the best education anyone can have.”

Wanted Wednesday: The Best One Piece Swimwear

14th May 2016

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This week’s Wanted Wednesday is dedicated to swimwear. My beau and I are going to the beach in less than a month so I’m currently on the frantic search for the perfect one piece! Look no further for the best one piece swimwear, I’ve got some favorites for every price point below!

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one // Nanette Lepore Women’s Greek Tiles Goddess One Piece Swimsuit • Nanette Lepore • $148

two // Moontide Floral Cross Over Detail Swimsuit • $69

three // ASOS COLLECTION ASOS Scuba Peplum Swimsuit • Asos • $60

four // Nanette Lepore ‘Santorini Goddess’ MacramĂ© Back One-Piece Swimsuit • Nanette Lepore • $148

 

Have you found the best one piece swim suit? Let me know in the comments below!

XO – Sarah

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Wanted Wednesday: Craft Room Edition

24th April 2016

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Welcome to Sweet Southern Simplicity’s first ever Wanted Wednesday! Every Wednesday I will be sharing product collages of things I find useful and beautiful.

Over my winter break I was able to clean out all of my craft items and give them a new home in my new craft room! So exciting! It is still a work in progress, mainly because of my budget. Regardless, it has been such a blessing and a space I know I will be spending lots of time in. Every time I am in there working on something it reminds me of the countless hours I spent in my grandmother’s craft room before she passed away. I can’t explain how special it feels to work with her sewing machine and fabric from her collection. I know she is looking down on me, beaming with pride, each time I create something (even though I am no where near her skill level 🙂 ).

So here it is, my top wanted items to spruce up my craft room..

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one // salt lamp
two // inspiring wall art
three // geometric rug
four // storage bin
five // craft storage tower

With proper budgeting and continued side hustling, I know my craft room will be beautiful and inspiring in no time!

XO – Sarah

My Favorite School Supplies

24th March 2016

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a school / office supply addict. Because I have invested at least a zillion dollars in school / office supplies over my lifetime, I thought I would create a list of all my tried and true favorite ones. These are the supplies I find myself buying again and again every year. Bonus, most of them are inexpensive!

My Favorite School Office Supplies

My Favorite School Supplies

Paper Mate Flair Pens

I LOVE these pens for journaling and writing in my planner. They come in awesome colors and most importantly, they are inexpensive! You can get the set above for less than $10 here.

Paper Mate InkJoy Ball Point Pens

Another cheapie favorite. I use these for color-coded notes. These are only $3!

Mead College Ruled Notebooks

How darling are these? I have always been a fan of Mead paper, it is bright and doesn’t induce smudging as much as other paper I’ve used. You can find them here.

Sharpie Clear View Highlighters

Hands down the best highlighters I have ever used. They help keep my notes neat and beautiful! They are inexpensive as well, check them out here.

Kate Spade 2016 Agenda

This is the planner I wish I had. It’s definitely not as inexpensive as the other items on this list but it is worth the investment. Plus, it’s Kate Spade.. need I say more? Check it out here!

HP Wireless Printer

A good printer will make your life so much easier in college. Invest in one like this that’s wireless and enjoy stress-free printing all semester long!

Avery Binders

I love how durable Avery binders are. This one also happens to be pretty!

Post-it Note Tabs

I use these for all kinds of things! My favorite use is in my planner (each color representing a different area of my life). I also use these with my textbooks and my class notes. Somehow, even with all those uses, this pack lasted me an entire year. The possibilities are endless!

Divider Sticky Notes

SO helpful for notes. I have also used these in scrapbooks and my Smash Book journal!

G2 Pilot Pens

I love these so much for journaling and writing in my planner. The more colors, the better!

Washi Tape

I use washi tape in my planner, on scrapbook projects, and with my stationary. I absolutely adore this collection, so cute!

What do you think? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

XO – Sarah