Dollar Store Organizational Hacks for a Small Bathroom

As a college student, I know firsthand just how hard it is to organize your belongings in a small space on a budget. However, you may not have thought about heading to the dollar store for your organizing needs. This means that just for a few dollars you can have a cleaner space and cleaner space=better feeling.

Picture from Good Housekeeping

How cute is this?! Love this as a decorative option but also a place to store supplies. I also think it would be cute to put some succulents or a candle. Obviously, I wouldn’t use that candle in the basket but you get the idea;). Then when you want to change things up, you have a cute basket to use!

Picture from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

I always have hair-ties and clips lying around and it drives me crazy! Picking up some of these small bins could be the answer to solving this issue plus you can use command hooks to hang them up which makes it dorm/apartment friendly. These trays comes in packs of 3 for $1 dollar…can’t beat that!

 

Picture from Bless’Er House

I am going to go run to the dollar store to do this one myself. I love the thought of having everything separated and set apart. These baskets come in white too at the Dollar Store.

Picture from The Budget Decorator

Such a cute idea! All this is is a candle stick base and then a candle vase. Hot glue it and put your bathroom supplies in it.

Picture from Craft River

Another great college idea! I get so annoyed about having my straightener, curling iron, and blow dryer just sitting with the cords everywhere in my drawers. Put some command hooks up and you’re good to go.

Picture from the Craft River

This one involves having a certain type of bottle, but if you have this soft kind than you’re good to go with this!

Picture from Coco 29

Organizing your cabinet not only makes it look better but it will also help you save money. With it separated out, you can see exactly what you need instead of not being able to find it and go buy more.

Picture from DIY N Crafts

How smart is this?! I honestly have not thought of this. I always have bobby pins laying around and they are the most annoying thing! This would solve so many issues.

What is your favorite way to organize your bathroom?
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Picture from June Bug Weddings and Negin Mirsalehi

Dating. It is something that our generation (I am talking to you, millennials;) need to take part in more. It is so important in a relationship to turn the phones off, plan something special, and really get to know your new or old significant other. However, I am no stranger to how much dates can cost. They really can get out of control in price! I have put together a list of my favorite budget friendly date night ideas that you can come to when you can’t think of what to do. (and yes, I will definitely be going to this list as well!)

Write letters to open to each other in a year.

Make a dinner and sit down with a notepad and pen. Write a letter about what experiences you want to have with this person, where you want to be, and where your relationship is at right now. Read them to each other now, but then put them in a special place where you can repeat this date night.

Believe me, this one is so fun. I used to write Ben (my boyfriend) a letter every month about what we did the past month, what we have planned, etc. While I haven’t read them to him yet, I have them all in one place and am saving it for a special moment (or if he tries to break up with me I’ll guilt him back into the relationship with these hahaha).

Give each other massages.

Go on YouTube and look up how to give massages. They actually have some really good tips (my favorite is this video and this video). Bring out some lotion and pretend to be a masseuse for a little ;).

 Binge watch a show together with popcorn and your favorite treats.

Go to the grocery store or gas station and pick up one of your favorite treats (personal favorite- Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream). Go back home, snuggle up in blankets, and put on your favorite show. Eat your ice-cream and start the TV series- it will give you multiple nights of dates if you get into the show!

BTW, Our favorite show right now is Scandal… love it! Really good mix of action and romance.

Watch a Sermon together.

I was introduced to this sermon series called “Single / Dating / Engaged / Married” and I highly recommend it to anyone. It is extremely relatable and can spark some really good conversation. You can find this sermon by downloading an app called “Breakaway Ministries.” It’s free, BTW. It also has a lot more sermons that I haven’t listened to yet but want too, so definitely check it out!

Create a bucket list.

Whether you are married or dating, this one is so fun! List everything you want to. Whether it is something that could be done immediately or can’t be done for a while, it will always give you something to look forward too together!

Put together a care package for someone special.

We all know someone who lives far away and whoever that person is would love/be so surprised to see a package from you and your significant other! It doesn’t need to be big, go to a local Dollar Store and pick up five dollars’ worth of things! Write a special note together, make it exciting!! Your friend will SO appreciate it and it will give you both a night of fun.

Camp out in the backyard.

Set up a tent in one of your backyards and campout! Bring blankets, pillows, a laptop and movie. Then, wake up early and go make breakfast together.

 Go to the beach/lake.

I can almost guarantee there is some sort of water location near you. At a lake near me, they rent out paddle boards and kayaks for extremely inexpensive. Pack a lunch for both of you, then spend half the day on the beach and the other half doing water activities!

 Set up a picnic dinner.

This is a personal favorite of mine. Go on Pinterest and look up a recipe you will both like. Make it at home and gather plates, spoons, forks, picnic blanket, etc.  Head out to a local park and enjoy!

 Stargaze.

Set up a blanket outside and cozy up in it. Watch the starts and talk!

 Volunteer

There are so many places that would appreciate two helping hands. Find a local shelter or food pantry, and donate a few hours of your time. Not only will you be spending time together, you will be helping people that really need it.

Attend a free outdoor concert.

I love this one! In my town we have a free concert that runs all summer and it really is so much fun. Make some drinks and bring some chairs.

 Visit a museum.

Many museums offer days that are free or at a huge discount. Check online for any special promos and if you find one, head downtown! Or wherever your museum is, of course;)

 Play chopped with each other.

Put 5 ingredients in a basket. Make sure one of them is a main food like chicken. You each have 45 minutes to make something special. When you are done, try them and decide which one is better. Ready, set, go!

 Order pizza and solve a puzzle.

I have to admit; I am not a huge puzzle person. I get bored easily doing them, but with a piece of pizza and time with my favorite person, I could definitely deal with solving a puzzle.

 Rent a bike in your city and explore.

In almost all cities I have been too recently, they have a ‘rent a bike’ program. You can choose how many hours you want and then explore different parts of the cities from the bike!

 Set up for a fun run! (mud run, etc.)

I have a hard time putting fun and run in a sentence, but they do have so many cool 5K’s nowadays. I have personally done The Color Run and I can just imagine how fun it would be to complete with one of my favorite people!

Go apple picking, go to a cornfield, pick strawberries:

They’re many seasonal activities that can be done and usually don’t require too much money. It’s almost apple picking and cornfield time of the year, and this would really make an awesome date. If you go apple picking, go home and turn the apples into caramel apples!

 Create a “relationship” box.

I personally have a relationship box and I love it. I have everything in it from Homecoming flowers, Promposal props (lol), the letters I listed above. While I am saving mine to give to Ben later, it really is so much fun to put together! I can just imagine how fun this would be to put together with your significant other!

 Find a cute town and go for a walk.

Go to a town close to where you live and just walk around it! Visit the stores and stop for lunch in one of their cafes.

Go fake house hunting.

Go online and look up houses for sale where you live. Put a list together of homes you both like and go find them!

Local festival.

If you go on Facebook and look up local events, there are so many events shown from Taco Festivals to Strawberry Festivals. Most of which are free (unless you buy something of course!).

Make a cheese board and watch your favorite show.

Cheeseboards are very in right now so hit Pinterest and be inspired of what you want yours to be like. Hit the grocery store, each picking the ingredients you want, and put it together! Turn the TV on to one of your favorite shows and enjoy your Pinterest worthy cheese board!

Go bowling.

Such a cheap and fun activity to do!

Farmers market.

Go to a local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh eats! Plus, grab yourself a bouquet of freshly grown flowers.

Recreate your favorite meal from your favorite restaurant.

I can almost guarantee you and your significant other have a favorite restaurant. Pick your favorite meal from there and then look up dupes for it online. Make it together and compare it to the original restaurant- who knows it could be better!

Have a spa night.

This one might be a little girly but believe me, your guy will like it. Make/buy face masks and give each other massages. I promise it will be fun! This is my favorite face mask that your man will love too.

Go to a high school sporting event.

Check to see when your local high school has their next sporting event. While it might be more fun if you went to the high school of the game you are attending, it will still bring all the feel of high school back! (not sure if you want that or not, but it could be fun!).

 Drive through your dream neighborhood.

Pick both of your dream house and pretend you live in the neighborhood!

 Turn off your phone and just TALK!

This one is my favorite of them all. I am the first to be guilty of this, but I tend to always be on my phone, even on date nights! Turn those phones off for the night and just really talk. It will change your whole entire date!

What is your favorite way to spend date night?
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9 LACE CAMI’S YOU NEED THIS FALL FOR LAYERING

Lace Cami: Abercrombie & Fitch | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bracelets: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Forever 21
I love me some good cami’s. In the past year or so my true love affair with the lace cami has really come out though. They are just so easy to layer!! Whether its a cardigan or leather jacket this will instantly give an outfit the flirty-feminine look. and now onto the roundup… the top three are ones I own and LOVE! The other ones are on my list of wants!!
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Hope you guys have a great day!

xoxo,
Soph

August 2017 Income Report: $639.24

Hey everyone! I am trying something new here- showing you exactly how much I make every month and how I am paying off over $30,000 of debt. Yep, you read that right… $30,000 in debt at 20 years old. I am going to divide it up to show you how I am making money and where I am putting it to pay off my debt while still living a happy, social life and being a full-time college student.

August was filled with big events.

August was a month packed with big events. My mom and sister moved to New York, I traveled to Baltimore to visit family, Ben (my boyfriend) left for college, and I transferred/moved in to a new college. While this is all pretty exciting, it really affected my monthly income. In July, I discovered Dave Ramsey. I read his book Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money and learned SO much about money. I felt that I didn’t know a lot about money, so this really helped me learn how to affectively save, invest, and pay off debt. I highly recommend the book to anyone, but especially college students as I feel we were not taught this in classrooms but it is extremely important for real, everyday life.

Because this is my first month doing an Income Report, I am going to go over all my debt with you, broken up, so you can see exactly where I stand with that.

This is the amount of debt I am in.

College Loans: $26,974.00

Car Loan: $4,511.04

Basically everything I have, I pay for myself. I purchased my car in November and put $2,000 down on it. I have been making monthly payments of around $150.00 but do not want to be doing this for four years (which is my loan package). Last month I put over $1,000 extra dollars to it which I was so happy about it! I was hoping to put extra money towards it last month, but with the start of college (hello books that were way more than I thought!) and my blog crashing, I had unexpected expenses that I didn’t budget for. Because I am paying for college by myself, I have had to take out loans for everything which is where the majority of my debt comes from. I want all this debt GONE before I graduate, which is a hefty goal but I know I can do it. I have to pay $50.00 per month towards my debt but because of the state thinking I dropped out of college due to my internship, I have to pay an extra $50 this month, totaling $100.00.

BTW, if you are planning on starting a blog DO NOT start on Blogger or you will eventually have what happened to me; your website crashes and you lose everything. Use Bluehost as a host, then WordPress.org for your website platform. Buy a website preset (aka the design of your website) that will fit WordPress blogs (this is the one I used for my blog. Highly recommend this seller). Believe me, this will save you in the future!! I will have a post explaining in detail all of this in a few weeks.

Here’s what I made working in only two weeks.

Now, I will show you how much I made in extra income this month. Since I am a full-time college student taking 21 credits I consider any income coming in extra.

AUGUST INCOME:

Miscellaneous (including nannying): $639.00

Affiliate Marketing: $0.00

Scholarship: $1000.00

While this is a huge loss compared to the $1,600 I made last month, I am still extremely happy with it. I was elated (fancy word, hey;) to win two scholarships this month! I had not applied to any scholarships, then one week I got an urge to apply to a ton and used a handy little trick that allowed me to apply to over 30 scholarships with one essay. So far, only two deadlines have passed and I won both of those! I will have a post soon about how I did that.

Well this is pretty good for only working two weeks, I was hoping for a lot more.

I am going to be honest- I was hoping on making more this month. I brought in almost $1,600 dollars in July and didn’t come anywhere near that this month. Since most of my money is from babysitting, I had a week of no income due to both families going on vacation. This is something I have to expect working in this field, so I was prepared. I also then had to miss days for traveling and moving in to college so I basically only worked one week this month which is NOT good. I also brought in no money with my blog which was a disappointment. In the next few months, this is going to be a HUGE focus for me. While I didn’t bring in any money, I did receive over $1,000 dollars’ worth of clothes which is pretty exciting and saved me money since I didn’t have to purchase anything.

With all of this said, I am still a month ahead in finances and have over $1,000 dollars in a money market for emergencies so I am doing good in my opinion :).

Here is my September goals.

Life goals:

  1. Wake up at 5am on weekdays. Yes, you’re probably rolling your eyes at this but I really think I can do it plus I need more time in my day. I am taking 21 credits, working part-time, and treating my blog as another job. I need more time!!
  2. Workout at least 3 times a week. I joined Orange Theory and love it but dropped down my membership to only two days a week. My plan is to do that two days a week and go to the gym at least one other time.
  3. No desserts this month. With being on vacation, college starting, and just overall eating gross, I need a change in my diet. This one is going to be hard for me!
  4.  Only come home twice a week. I go to school only 15 minutes from my house and even though I live at school, I am finding myself come home a lot. I am a major home body and transferring to a school and not really knowing anyone entails me basically third wheeling people 24/7 which is so awkward. I’ve tried really hard to put myself out there but if I am not at school there’s no way for me to make friends, so this is a huge goal for me!

Blog goals:

  1. Get up to 1,000 views per week. I went from Blogger to WordPress just last week and while it needed to be done in order for me to turn this into a business, it hit my blog numbers hard. I was receiving almost 3,000 views a day (some days closer to 4,000 which I was EXTREMELY happy about) and ever since the change I am around 250 per day. M-a-j-o-r decrease but I had to change hosts so I have to move on and work towards this goal!
  2. Post three times per week. This summer I was all over the place with my schedule, so I really want to focus on getting it set in stone. I completely updated my blog this past month and am still tweaking some things so I just want everything to be back to normal again.
  3. Get two weeks ahead on posts. I want to have my posts completely done two weeks ahead of schedule. I am nervous that one week I will have a huge surprise project or exam and won’t be able to focus on the blog, so this way if that happens I will still be covered.
  4. 4. Join 30 group Pinterest boards and get to 300 followers. Pinterest is where I am focusing my time for social media as I believe it will have the biggest impact on my blog. I need to increase my Pinterest presence.
  5. Complete every task from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I took this course from Michele Gardner and it was hands down the best thing I could have ever purchased for my blog. I read it but now I want to reread and implement everything she teaches on how to make money through your blog. I will let you know if I am seeing an increase in my affiliate marketing next month.

Money Goals:

  1.  Put $50 dollars extra into my car payment. This month will be hard since I am just scraping by covering my bills but I should have enough to do this.
  2. Save $200 dollars for blogging course. I want to take an online course called Elite Blogging Academy. It shows exactly how bloggers can make their website their full-time business and is an extremely praised course. However, it comes at a hefty price…. $799.00. Yeah, you’re probably thinking I am crazy but I want all my ‘extra’ babysitting gigs to go to this. The course only opens up once a year and its rumored to be every February, so I have a few months to make this happen.
  3. Don’t use my debit card. I have been trying to only use cash using the envelope system. It has saved me so much money but I still reach towards my debit card at times. I want NO debit card use this month, besides paying bills and school essentials (books).

So, with that money, this is where my debt status is.

I am only focusing on paying off one debt at a time so my first goal is to pay off my car loan. In August this is what I paid off:

Car loan:$4,667.82-$156.78=$4,511.04

What are your goals for September? I always feel like with the start of school it is like a new year!

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18 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BEDROOM FEEL COZY THIS FALL

When fall rolls around there’s one room that I always want to feel what this season evokes: warm and cozy.

Whether you’re in a traditional bedroom (so jealous!) or a dorm room, you can easily make the space feel more cozy. I truly believe that the better your room makes you feel, the more productive the rest of the day will be so definitely take time to make it exactly how you want. These different ways are the perfect start to bringing the best of the fall feeling into your bedroom!

Create a Cozy Seating Area

Found from Lindsey Marcella

Gather some of your favorite pillows and blankets and assemble them in one of the corners in your room. Now, sit down with one of your favorite books and a cup of tea or hot apple cider and I promise you you will feel so good. This is my favorite pillow for fall.

Make your own Candle Holder

Found from Here

Talk about an easy DIY. Go outside and gather some sticks in your backyard. Get either a used candle glass or a new candle and hot glue your sticks the outside of the glass. My favorite hot glue gun comes from Amazon. Put it on your desk or nightstand and you instantly added fall to your room.

Add a Light Photography Wall

Found from Urban Outfitters

I can almost guarantee you have Christmas lights in your basement (even if you don’t these exact fairy lights are extremely inexpensive) so this could be a super cheap way to make your room feel cozy. Hand it using command strip hooks so it doesn’t damage your wall (helloooo dorm room idea). Add some pictures and you have a focal wall!



Make your own DIY Chunky Blanket

Found from Hibrid

I have been seeing these blankets and want one so bad!! I actually researched buying one but they are so dang expensive so I am glad I found this DIY! You do need a few supplies but this could be a really fun craft night project to do with your girlfriends. You can find the DIY here. 

DIY Light Up Headboard

Found from Nastaza

Have you been wanting to change your headboard out? This is a really great way to change the whole feel of your room easily! This video explains exactly how to make this.




Create a Rug

Found from Make and Do Crew

This DIY could take you all throughout winter. It really will help your room feel more warm and inviting. Plus, imagine stepping out of your bed onto this nice pom-pom rug. This would also be a fun project to do with your girlfriends! You can find the DIY here.

DIY Sweater Pouf Ottoman

Found from Thoughts from Alice

Okay, if this doesn’t scream fall then I don’t know what does. This is so cute and can be made from one of your old sweaters. Bonus points if your sweater is orange and makes this look like a cute pumpkin;).

DIY Dream Catcher

Found from

Making a dream catcher has been on my list for years. I think it’s a cool project to do with a lot of supplies available outside (aka free!). Of course you do need a few supplies, but put those Michael’s coupons together and you’ve got a new piece of ‘artwork’ to put above your bed!

Make your own Pillow

Found from Puravideo Bracelets

Okay, is this not the cutest pillow?! I can’t believe she made this. Love how it’s boho but still brings the feeling of a cozy room.

DIY Crate Bookshelf Tutorial

Found from HomeBNC

This is a project that could last with you for years. This would be cute in so many spaces and adds a lot of extra storage. You can purchase crates or you can go to a local winery or grocery store and see if they have some crates.

Build a Shelf

Found from Burkatron

Want an easy shelf you can put fall candles and some of your favorite books on? Then make this super easy hanging shelf. All you need is a plank of wood (you can go to Homedepot with measurements and they will cut your wood for you) and some strong twine and you’ve got yourself a shelf!

Purchase a Tapestry

Found from Lady Scorpio

The most popular decoration in college is by far a tapestry. They are a really inexpensive way to make a whole room feel different. It’s an easy way to change the colors in your room or cover a large area on the wall. This is one of my favorite tapestry for fall. This is another one I really like. 

Paint Mason Jars

Found from Her Campus

How cute are these?! Mason jars are still very in and can be made to hold cute flowers like this with just some paint. You can purchase mason jars here. I also know Michael’s sells them. If you want the ball to show just sand the indents (I guess it would be more like outdents haha) and the paint will come off there.

Create a Leaf Hanging

Found from Happiness is Homemade

Can you tell from my title that I wasn’t sure what to name this thing? 😉 I just think this is so cute! Love how fall-y this makes the room look.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Candle

Found from A Cultivated Nest

I wish I could smell through a computer because this would smell so good!! I l-o-v-e fall scents. I was actually just at Bath and Body Works and they have the best candles right now! I wanted to buy every single one. But can you imagine making your own heavenly smelling candle? Well, now you can!

Sequin Pumpkins

Found from Sugar and Cloth

I am for sure going to make these for my dorm room. They sell white pumpkins like this at Michael’s (if you don’t have Michael’s around you can purchase white pumpkins here). Add a few sections of sequins and you have yourself a super cute pumpkin.

DIY Pinecone String

Found from The Sweetest Occasion

I can just imagine stringing these across my headboard. Love how easy this looks too. I made this a few years ago but am going to make it again this year. This is where I purchased my pine cones (although you could search your yard) and then had some glue and gold glitter laying around. I rolled my pinecone in glue and sprinkled with glitter. Once dry, I hot glued them onto twine. So easy!

Chalkboard Sign for your Door

Found from Lilacs and Longhorns

Annddd, lastly this welcome you can out on your bedroom door. They have so many frames that look exactly like this at Goodwill for less than $2 dollars. At a craft store, purchase chalkboard point and some fake fall looking flowers and create your own version of this sign. If you want to get really fancy, look up “fall chalkboard signs” and try to create one of those!





I hope this roundup is giving you some good ideas on how to make your room feel more cozy this fall! If you have any questions on how to create any of these DIY’s please ask them in the comments! I will answer them right away. Happy fall!

STEP UP YOUR FALL WARDROBE WITH THESE PIECES

Sweater: Rosegal (Similar)  | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: RayBan

If I haven’t made this clear yet, I am so excited for fall fashion!! It is my favorite time of the year from the outfit perspective. You can still get away with wearing some warmer climate things but also get to bring out the cardigans. I have picked a few of my fall favorites and rounded them up into sections for you- just click on the picture!

 


I hope you guys like all of these items… I wish I could buy every. single. thing!

xoxo,
Soph

THE BEST LEGGINGS

 

I love dressing up. I always like to be just a little dressier than everyone else but if you put a good pair of leggings in front of me I will not even think twice about it. I have bought more leggings than I want to even think about it and have really found the best of the best. I’m talking the ones that instantly make you lose ten pounds and still feel like pajamas. Plus, most of my favorites are cheaper than the way overpriced Lulu’s (but I’m the first to say that those will always be high-ranking for me.. I love my Lululemon’s!).
1// NORDSTROM-ZELLA: If you have followed my blog for the past several weeks than you will know I have mentioned these leggings. If you haven’t (what the heck!!) Zella is the Nordstrom line of leggings that are made in the same. exact. factory. as Lululemon leggings. Yes, you read that right they are Lulu leggings with a different label! They feel and look the exact same with half the price.
2// GAP: I feel like Gap’s workout clothes go unnoticed but they are some of my favorites! I find that these slim me up more than any legging I have ever tried! And they keep me super warm in the winter which is a plus if you live in cold weather (like wisconsin!).
3// DANSKIN: These are so inexpensive!! Like under 25 dollars! One of my favorite places to shop for workout clothes is Marshall’s. They have a little bit of everything and almost always have a few different styles of these leggings to chose from! You can also order these leggings from Amazon if its easier for you 🙂 My favorite are the ones that are high waisted!
The picture above is shoppable so click the legging you want more info on!
xoxo,
Soph

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