January is a moth full of so many different things. You’re exhausted from all the holidays and just want to sleep for a week, classes for spring semester are starting before you know it, and it’s colder than you could have ever imagined. However, I think it’s important to time just before the new year to make sure I’m stocked up on anything I may need in the upcoming months.

That being said, I was able to pick up some of my favorite products before the new year or in early January. I wanted to share them with you guys because I couldn’t live without them in 2018!


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One of the most annoying things about being a college student is the absurd amount of money we have to pay the textbooks necessary for our classes. What’s even more annoying is the mandatory $100 you have to pay for a MyMathLab code for your math class! (If your professor doesn’t deal with MyMathLab – consider yourself lucky!)

Regardless of someone’s major, everyone in college is still paying out the wazoo for their mandatory textbooks. When I was a freshman, the only thing I knew about buying textbooks was to avoid using the University bookstore at all cost. The school bookstore ripped students off, overprice the books and it’s like fighting an army of confused college students within the isles of all the books trying to locate the ones you do need.

After my first semester as a freshman back in 2013, I refused to pay full price for textbooks if I could. However, everyone will have those mandatory science or math courses that require a lab fee and the purchase of a paper envelope that only contains the code for online lab access – which is usually right around $100, if not more.

There is no way to get around these fees for the codes, but if you’re in a major that doesn’t require many math classes or lab-based classes, you should only have to purchase these code maybe three-four times tops while you’re in undergrad.

When I no longer had to purchase those overly-expensive codes for math classes, I was able to get the total I spent on textbooks each semester to be ~$80! There were two main ways I was able to find all my necessary textbooks for this cheap:

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In 2013, the American Psychological Association  found that 41.6% of college students put anxiety at their biggest concern.

Essentially, almost half of college students are saying anxiety is a major issue for them. Thats a huge amount of students feeling overwhelmed, worrisome, uncomfortable and even possibly unmotivated.

I struggled with both anxiety and depression throughout high school and unfortunately ended up getting even worse in college. However, I’d say within the past year and a half or so I put some major time and effort into focusing on myself, self care, and trying to change from a mostly negative person. (I’m proud to say I’m a lot better now, though!)

Starting a self care routine for myself set time aside on my best and worst days to ~cleanse~ myself of the day and focus on getting a good nights sleep, which is vital for me to have a good next day.

Here’s why I think starting a self care routine can be so beneficial:

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Note: I am in no way sponsored by Passion Planner (a dream, though!), just writing about how this amazing product had such a positive impact in my life! 

I have to admit, when I started college I had no idea how to go about getting organized. Did I want to use separate binders for every class, separate folders? What about using one big five subject notebook? Will my professors even hand out papers? More importantly, what kind of daily planner was I going to need to keep myself on track with assignments and deadlines while staying organized?

(I now use loose-leaf paper for lecture and reading notes in every class and put those inside one big binder with dividers between all of my classes – I love it!)

I went through my fair share of different planners from the Bloom Daily planners, Lilly Pulitzer agendas (loved this one too, very cute and had tons of room in the medium size for everyday writing!) before finding my holy grail – Passion Planner.

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