MY FAVORITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

I basically need to be stopped with how much I make these cookies. I have tried allll different kinds of chocolate chip cookies and while everyone LOVES Nestle, I have to say I found better ;). 

This warm cookie with some vanilla ice-cream...I mean, it doesn't get better!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies - Ghiradelli

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (12 ounce) package Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Once fully mixed, add in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly combine the dry mixture into the blended ingredients. Add in chocolate chips. Bake for 8-12 minutes. DONE!


The Ultimate Guide to Dorm Room Living – All The Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year

This post goes over everything you need to know when moving into a dorm room. From the best dorm hacks to the best dorm products, we are telling you everything we wish we knew as freshman in college.

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So you're moving into your dorm room... How exciting! 

I know when I was planning to move into my college dorm room I was so excited to plan everything out but also thinking, "how am I going to make this dorm cute and comfy?!"

Moving your things from your room at home to a dorm can be overwhelming but these tips, tricks, products, and dorm room inspo will make your transition a breeze!

This post is all about the ultimate guide to moving into your dorm room.

Best Dorm Room Essentials

These are the products we couldn't live without in our dorm room. Like the things that are so good, we went and told everyone about it in the grade below us. 

We highly recommend getting at least a few of these dorm essentials for your own room...we promise they are life-changing.

1. Mattress Topper

A good mattress topper is essential for the dorms. The mattresses they give you are not comfortable at all. 

This is the exact mattress topper I used in my dorm room and literally made my bed more comfortable than my bed at home. And it lasts forever! I passed it down to my sister and she used it in the dorms too. Highly recommend. 

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2. Blackout Curtains

If you're a light sleeper and get woken up by the light easily like me, blackout curtains are definitely a college essential you need to get. Seriously, such a life saver for your sleep and sanity! 

I still use these to this day in my apartment so it's definitely worth the purchase. 

3. Extension Cord + Power Strip

Dorm rooms tend to not have many outlets and we usually have a lot of things that we need plugged it. Having a good power strip and extension cord so you can have everything you need plugged in is essential for dorm room living. 

4. HydroFlask

HydroFlasks are a godsend. They keep liquid cold for days. And I drink so much more water when I carry mine around.

I love these for day-to-day but they are also great for working out! There's nothing better than finishing a workout and having a water bottle with ice cold water ready for you.  

5. Mesh Shower Caddy

When shopping for a shower caddy, make sure to get a MESH one. I did not do this (I got a plastic one) when I lived in the dorms and it was awful.

Every time I would shower water would get stuck in the plastic grooves. I would go back to my dorm room, put the shower caddy on the ground, and five minutes later there would be a huge puddle on the ground. 

So basically, get a mesh shower caddy because water drains out of it way better and you won't be dragging a puddle of water into your dorm every time you shower.

6. Small Clip-On Fan 

A lot of dorms don't have air conditioning so in the warmer months your room can get realllyyyyy hot. Having a fan that can clip onto your bed is essential for trying to sleep at night. 

7. 10ft Chargers 

As I mentioned, dorm rooms tend to have very little outlets. Long chargers are essential for living in the dorm so you are able to lay in your bed on your phone when it's dead...which I know we are all guilty of! 

These are also just good for libraries and coffee shops when there's limited outlets and your phone dies unexpectedly. 

8. Towel Wrap 

If you're living in a dorm that has a communal bathroom, you will definitely want this. 

You are going to see all kinds of people in the hallway (boys and girls) when walking back and forth from the shower. A towel wrap has velcro so secure it on top so it you don't have to worry about it falling down!

I also like to wear it as I do my makeup and blow-dry my hair. A towel wrap will definitely be used a ton in the dorms. 

9. Shower Shoes 

Again, if you're going to be showering in a communal bathroom, shower shoes are a MUST. 

You really don't know what or who has been walking around the bathrooms and especially the showers. Protect your feet and keep them clean! 

10. Comfy Robe 

I lived in my comfy robe freshmen year and still do 4 years later lol. 

I love wearing mine after I shower and wind down for the night or get ready in the morning. It makes getting ready much more comfy and relaxing. 

11. Laundry Basket 

You're obviously going to need a laundry basket but one that makes it easier to maneuver around is essential. 

You're probably going to have to go to the basement or wherever your laundry room is so something with wheels or a handle makes it so much easier to drag around. 

12. Foldable Bins 

My closet had shelves at the top and I used three of these bins to create more storage in my closet (had to find as many storage spaces with all the clothes I packed!).

I used one of the bins for sweatshirts, one for feminine products and towels, and one for purses.

13. Storage Cubes 

I had this freshmen year and still use it in my college apartment. They are awesome for more storage but also could be used as a TV stand like I did! 

14. Mini Keurig

One thing college does not come with is sleep. Save some extra money by making your coffee in your dorm room. 

I love this mini Keurig because it doesn't take up a lot of space but gets the job done. 

15. Mini Fridge

If you have the room in your dorm, definitely get a mini fridge if you like to have your own snacks and drinks on hand! 

I always kept drinks, snacks and leftovers in mine and it definitely helped me from not eating out a ton.

Best Dorm Room Decorations of 2020

1. Add a Rug

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Rugs are a great way to tie a room together and make it feel a bit more comfy. There are so many options for rugs so you can definitely go for one with some sort of pattern or keep it simple with a solid color! 

2. Subtle Hints of Color 

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I love an all white room with subtle hints of color. It really makes it simple and classy but still with some added personality. I'm obsessed with the pale pink vibes in this room! 

3. Headboard

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If you want to really elevate your dorm room bed, adding a headboard is a great option. They are super easy to set up and seriously add so much to a room! 

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4. Hang Lights

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Hanging lights are a great way to make your dorm room feel a little homier. It's also a great way to add extra light to the room. 

5. Picture Wall

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A picture wall is such a cute decoration option. It covers up the ugly dorm room walls and also displays your favorite pictures of friends and family from home. 

I love this one above because the pictures are all square and in line and it makes it look so put together! 

6. Hanging Shelves 

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Use command hooks to hang these shelves to give the illusion of a floating shelf without drilling holes!

Add your favorite photos and nick nacks for a fun decoration. 

7. Add a Beanbag or Ottoman

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Bean bags and ottomans are great way to add something extra to your dorm room but also provide more seating and / storage to your room. 

8. Plants 

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If you love having greenery around or want to add a little color to a simple room, plants are a great way to add to your dorm! 

I love these hanging ones to add to your walls. It adds are really cute touch. 

9. Add Fun Accent Pillows

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I would only buy three pillows (max) for your bed! Any more than that will drive you crazy.

Also, HomeGoods also has some really good pillows! 

10. Tapestry 

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Tapestries are a great way to cover up an empty wall and add something fun to a dorm room. There are so many options - you could go cute decor or something funny like Kris Jenner! 

Best Dorm Room Hacks

1. Get a door stopper!

Having a door stopper is such a game changer. It makes you seem so much more inviting and people will be more likely to come and say hi if your door is open than if it was closed.

Trust me, get one of these and I promise you'll have people coming to your room all the time, especially the first few weeks in the dorm! 

2. Have a Bedside Caddy / Shelf

Having a shelf or caddy to put your stuff before you go to bed is so helpful especially if your bed is lofted! 

3. Long Bed Skirt to Cover Extra Storage

If you have a lot of stuff in a small dorm, you're likely going to have to loft your bed to use the space under for more storage. If that's the case, get a long bed skirt to cover up the storage and make your space look 10x neater. 

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4. Closet Curtain

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Another way to make your room like a lot neater is to cover your closet with a cute curtain. In a lot of dorms, the closets don't have doors over the closet so all your clothes are exposed. This can make your room look really messy. 

5. Noise Machine

if you have issues studying / sleeping around noise, a sound machine will seriously change your life. 

6. Raise Your Bed for More Storage

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If you're anything like me, you plan on bringing a lottttt with you to college. Dorm rooms are small so you have to work with space as efficiently as possible. 

Raise your bed and use the space underneath for more storage space. 

7. Use Containers in Drawers to Organize Makeup 

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I love keeping my makeup organized in containers. One way to keep it out of sight is utilizing your desk drawers and using separating containers like I did in the picture above. Such an easy way to keep everything organized! 

Best Gifts For Soon-to-Be College Students

1. AirPods Pro

AirPods are pretty much a college students best friend. I use mine every single day - walking to class, studying, doing laundry, working out, etc. you can use them doing pretty much anything. 

While they are definitely a pricier gift, they will be used throughout college and hopefully even longer. 

2. Planner

College comes with a lot more work than high school so it's important to stay as organized as possible. If your soon-to-be college student loves to stay organized AND cute, this planner is perfect. 

I love these too because you can customize them so it's more personalized as a gift. They will love this! 

3. Polaroid + Film

Polaroids are such a fun way to capture memories throughout college. My friends and I take ours everywhere and they are so much fun to look back on.

The pictures also make perfect decorations for dorm room walls or future apartments! 

4. Phone Wallet

If your graduate doesn't like to carry around a purse OR loses things way too easily, a phone wallet that sticks on the back of a phone case is perfect. 

I have one of these that I put my cards and ID in and haven't lost any of them since. It's super convenient! 

5. Lululemon Leggings

College students live in leggings and a sweatshirt. Lululemon is definitely on the more expensive side but they are the most comfortable leggings I've ever owned and will last them forever

6. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Every dorm room needs a good speaker! From listening to music while getting ready, or jamming out with all your friends before a night out, having a speaker is essential.

Waterproof is always a good idea too to make sure that it doesn't get ruined if something spills. You can also bring it in the shower! 

7. School Apparel

This is a fool proof graduation gift idea but I thought I'd add it anyway. 

College students can never have enough school apparel. I love Tailgate for cute / more trendy apparel that's also super soft! 

8. Amazon Prime Student Membership

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Amazon Prime Student is honestly the best gift a college student could receive. We order sooo much on Amazon and prime makes it even easier. 

9. Ugg Slippers

Ugg slippers are essential for the dorms. They keep you so warm and cozy and protect your feet from the nasty dorm floors. 

I've had these for years now and wear them every single day when I get home. They are the BEST.

10. Roku

If your graduate plans on bringing a TV to their dorm room, Roku is a great gift option. It's a streaming stick that allows you to access a ton of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, AmazonVideo, etc. 

If they won't have access to cable, this is a great way for them to still be able to watch their favorite shows and movies... and it's inexpensive! 

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EVERYTHING I BOUGHT FOR MY FIRST APARTMENT

I figured with all the questions I have been receiving on where I have bought things for my apartment that I should just make a post with links to the exact products I bought.

To make this easiest, I am going to go room by room. I tried to be super budget conscious so nothing in here is too expensive also :).

KITCHEN:

LIVING ROOM:

BEDROOM:

(I got king size pillows for my queen bed. It's suppose to make the bed look more expensive haha)

(I have two of these in a duvet so it is extra fluffy)

BATHROOM:

CLEANING SUPPLIES:

First Apartment Grocery List | The Ultimate List of Kitchen Essentials You Need For Your First Apartment

Moving into your first apartment is so exciting but stocking it up with kitchen essentials can be difficult. This First Apartment Grocery List helps you plan for everything you need in your new apartment kitchen.

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For some reason, when I moved into my first apartment one of the things I was so excited about doing was going grocery shopping for all the kitchen essentials.

I moved in with no food so I needed everything. I began thinking about all the different essentials I needed from spices, to pantry items, to all the paper products.

I created this First Apartment Grocery List to keep me organized but realized it would also be helpful for anyone else moving into their own first apartment!!

This post goes over everything you need for your First Apartment Grocery List.

First Apartment Grocery Shopping Tips:

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I learned a lot while grocery shopping and one of the main things is where you can find the cheapest products.

For my own personal grocery shopping, I went to Aldi's, Trader Joe's, Costco, and Meijers.

By far, Aldi's had the best value for everything and made it SO easy. If you have an Aldi's around you, I highly recommend going there first. The way their grocery store is set up has majority of the staples you need right away. And no, not sponsored by them at all just highly recommend.

If you would like a quicker option, you can always order food from Amazon Fresh or another food delivery service.

How much did this grocery shopping trip cost?

I was planning on this shopping trip being expensive since I was basically stocking up starting from zero. In my head, I was planning around $400 dollars.

However, this first apartment grocery trip only cost $200ish dollars!! For all the food I got, I was really impressed with this. 

Once again, thank you Aldi's ;).

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This First Apartment Grocery List makes everything SO much easier. It goes over everything from pantry essentials to paper products + cleaning.

First Apartment Grocery List: Pantry Essentials

These are some of the essential food items that you keep in you pantry and reach for at random times. I actually forgot about needing a lot of these products because they are ones that you always just randomly have haha. I would highly recommend having these on your must-have shopping list.

first apartment grocery list

Pantry Staples:

  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Chicken/Vegetable Broth
  • Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Snacks (Chips, Crackers, etc)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Honey
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Tuna
  • Cooking Oils
  • Gum
  • Favorite Candy

First Apartment Grocery List: Fridge Essentials

The fridge essentials are more of the fresh items that you should add to your first apartment grocery list. I know by the end of the move I was craving some of these healthier items since you tend to eat really unhealthy during the moving process (at least I did ;). 

Fridge Staples:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Lunch Meat
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Chicken
  • Ground Turkey/Beef

First Apartment Grocery List: Freezer Essentials

I always keep my freezer stocked with essentials and meal ideas that I can quickly make during my busy schedule. I am loving Trader Joe's currently for frozen food ideas so highly recommend going there and stocking up.

Freezer:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Ice Cream
  • Single-Serve Dinners

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First Apartment Grocery List: Baking Essentials

I love baking and made sure to buy the baking essentials. I have always wanted to have ingredients on hand for chocolate chip cookies when I was in my own place so I made sure to grab everything for that.

I would at least get sugar and flower since you sometimes use that in dinner recipes.

Baking:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda + Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Brownie Mix
  • Vegetable Oil

First Apartment Grocery List: Spices & Condiments

This was the section that I thought was going to be the most expensive part of my grocery trip FOR SURE. However, Aldi's had spices for less than $2 and I was able to stock up on all of those. I hate when I make a recipe and don't have the staple spices so I wanted to make sure that I had majority of them on hand.

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Spices + Condiments:

  • Salt + Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Chili Powder
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Maple Syrup

First Apartment Grocery List: Liquids

Liquids are a small bracket on this list for me which include water bottles, juices, and alcohol. Simple but very important ;).

Liquids:

  • Water Bottles
  • Juice
  • Alcohol

First Apartment Grocery List: Paper Products & Cleaning

I am a clean freak so this section was weirdly exciting for me. Ironically, when I went shopping for all of this was just one week before the Coronavirus started and I was able to get all of this before it was emptied off the self. Talk about that for good timing.

Paper Products & Cleaning:

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  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Garbage Bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Parchment Paper
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Sponge
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Medicine

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17 Borderline Genius Moving Hacks That Will Actually Make Your Move Easier

We tested the most recommended moving hacks and are telling you the ones that are actually worth using during your next move.

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Let's be real, we all can agree that moving is not fun. However, these moving hacks make your life way easier.

Before I moved, I researched all of the most recommended moving hacks. I decided to test them all out as I moved into my apartment last weekend.

I'm going to be honest, most of them were really stupid. Like really, really stupid. 

Today, I am going to show you the moving hacks that actually were helpful and made the move way easier.

This post is all about the best moving hacks.

Best Moving Hacks:

The moving hacks below were all ones I used and really thought worked. I highly recommend you trying them out for your next move!

1. Use the hanger + trash bag trick.

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This made moving my clothing SO MUCH EASIER. Highly, highly recommend doing this hack.

Not only does this moving hack ensure that your clothes do not get dirty in the moving process, but it also allows you to stick them right into your closet. This takes away the time of putting clothes back onto hangers which believe me, surprisingly takes a lot of time.

Here's how I made this moving hack work the best:

  1. While clothes are still hanging, rubberband about 15 hangers together (15 hangers and clothing was the maximum number the trashbags could handle for me). It makes it SO much easier when you rubberband the hangers together.
  2. Take trash bag and put a hole in the middle of the bottom (so opposite side of where the ties are).
  3. Stick your hand through that hole and put it over the hanger.
  4. Tie the trashcan at the bottom making sure that all clothes are tucked. That way they won't drag on the ground and get dirty.

I would highly recommend watching my Youtube video on moving hacks above because I show exactly how I did it.

By doing it that way, it makes it SO much easier and causes less of the trashbags to rip. 

2. Have an "Open First" box.

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Having an "Open-First" box allows you to put everything important that you need for that first night.

In my case, I actually used my laundry hamper but another great idea is using a trash can which doubles its use. 

Make sure that you take the "Open-First" box with you in your car to ensure it doesn't get lost in the moving process.

Here's what I had in my "open-first" box:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Shampoo + Conditioner + Towels
  • Pajamas
  • Outfit for the next day

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3. Before you move, purge everything.

Before you move into your new home/apartment, go through every room and closet making sure to get rid of anything you don't want or use anymore.

This allows you to move into your new home and not have clutter around that you will never end up touching.

I did this and ended up donating six (yes SIX!) big trash bags to GoodWill of clothing. So basically, my old wardrobe is making up my local Goodwill right now haha.

4. Use clothes/scarves/towels to wrap breakable items.

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Instead of buying expensive packing paper, use items you already have to protect breakable items during the moving process.

I ended up wrapping all of my bowls, candles, and other fragile items with my new towels I had purchased for my apartment. I was going to pack the towels anyways so it was a win-win situation.

5. The first thing you do when moving in...make your bed.

This is something that I was taught years ago and have done ever since. 

One of the first things you should plan on unpacking in your home is getting your bed setup and your sheets on it. This instantly makes it feel like more of your home.

I also found that we were up until 3:00am unpacking the night we moved in and the last thing I would have wanted to do would have been figure out where everything was to make my bed.

6. Label the SIDE of your boxes, not the top.

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THIS IS A HUGE MOVING HACK! And something that I totally forgot I did but instantly regretted.

You have to label the sides of your boxes so that when you set them on top of eachother you can still see what is in the box.

Because I labeled the top of the box, when they were all stacked I no longer remembered what was in every box and it made it super annoying.

7. Get smaller boxes.

Another huge moving hack!! I got large moving boxes and they were too big. 

Like so big that at least two people had to carry them. When things get put in them it gets way heavier and makes it so much more awkward to carry up and down the stairs.

8. Get free boxes from Uhaul.

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Uhaul has an amazing program in place where they allow customers to recycle their moving boxes and let other customers use them. This means that almost always, Uhaul has free boxes that you can use!

And let me tell you, boxes are expensive! I purchased all new boxes and am going to save them in my garage until my next move because of how pricey they were.

9. Send Amazon packages straight to your new apartment/home.

*this hack may be dependent on if you're moving to a house or an apartment*

Instead of ordering things to your old home and having to find a place to pack them for your new home, start shipping the products directly to your new home. 

This is what I did and when I moved in I had a ton of Amazon boxes sitting there for me. If you're worried about this, call the front desk of your apartment building!

ALSO! If you have Amazon Prime, the week before you move put a grocery list together on Amazon Fresh. The night before you move in schedule the groceries to be delivered to your new home. 

That way you don't have to worry about getting groceries but still have fresh food!

10. Get a free 7-day trial to Amazon Prime for your groceries.

If you don't have Amazon Prime, they offer a 7-day free trial that you can use the week you move to your new apartment. 

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11. When labeling boxes, use index cards and packing tape.

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When labeling boxes, use index cards and packing tape so that you can remove them and reuse your boxes.

If you label directly on the box, the next time you move you will have to cross it off and relabel which will make the box look super messy.

This also helps if you are packing a bunch of miscellaneous things. On the sticky note you can write down everything that is in there so you never forget.

12. Take out entire dresser drawers.

If you're moving shorter distances, I recommend taking out entire drawers from your dresser.

That way all your clothes remains in there and you can simply slide it back in. Easy-peasy.

13. Pack socks into your boots and shoes.

Socks in general are an awkward thing to pack because they usually end up going everywhere. A way to use them in multiple ways is by actually sticking them in your shoes and boots.

14. Fill your hard suitcases with things.

I had two hard suitcases that I filled to the brim with things.

You already are going to have to take your suitcases but it actually makes it super easy because of how the suitcases roll.

15. Pack cleaning supplies in its own box.

Pack cleaning supplies in it's own box especially if you are moving out of an apartment.

One of the last things you do when you leave an apartment is some cleaning and everything can get super unorganized and complicated if you have cleaning supplies mixed in with a lot of other products.

16. Use sticky notes on boxes and walls to easily know where things belong.

Put the same color sticky note on coordinating boxes and rooms. For example, I would put a blue sticky note on my bedroom door and then any box that is suppose to go into my bedroom also has a blue sticky note on it.

This makes it so much easier to know where things go and will definitely be appreciated by your friends and family who are helping you move. Movers too!

17. Tape screws and bolts on the back of the furniture piece.

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If you are taking apart furniture, it is essential that you don't lose the pieces for it. 

An easy way to make sure you never lose them is by putting the pieces in a ziploc bag and duct-taping them to the back of the furniture piece.

I have done this with my bed for every move and so wish I had a picture of it!

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The Best First Apartment Checklist: Everything You Need For Your First Apartment

Moving into your first apartment can be overwhelming. This first apartment checklist will help make sure you have everything you need for this new phase in your life.

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Are you moving into your first apartment and putting a list together of everything you need?

There are so many products to consider that it can be difficult to remember everything. From kitchen utensils, to mattresses, to cleaning products...it can become very overwhelming!

I'm an extreme planner so for the last six months I've been putting lists together of everything I needed to buy for my first apartment.

I have made a printable version of this huge first apartment checklist so that you can use it and make sure you have everything you need.

You DO NOT need to buy everything (I didn't...it's expensive!) but having a list that you can refer back to makes life so much easier.

This post is all about the best first apartment checklist.

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First Apartment Checklist PDF:

Want a first apartment checklist PDF? You can download the exact packing list I made for myself directly to your phone or computer! It is guaranteed to make your life SO much easier.

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First Apartment Checklist Tips:

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Now that I literally just moved, I have a ton of great tips and tricks I learned throughout the last six months that saved me money and made my moving experience easier.

1. Get links to different products you want and buy during sales.

This was probably the best thing I did for myself. By making this list so early, I was able to get a ton of the products during huge sales like Black Friday & New Year's Eve sales.

This ended up saving my hundreds of dollars.

2. Shop around!!

I was shocked to see how so many online stores have the same exact products but at different prices. I was able to find my coffee table $100 less on Wayfair than another online store.

I bought almost everything in my apartment from Amazon, Target, Wayfair, Walmart, + Home Goods.

3. Try to get hand-me-down furniture from parents and relatives.

Let me tell you, one major thing I learned was how expensive everything is!! Like seriously, it's insane.

You can save a TON of money by using furniture your family members no longer want.

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is the area in your apartment where you will probably have to buy the most for. I bought a lot of "starter-packs" in this area for things like my pots + pans, plates/bowls/mugs, and utensils.

I found that Amazon and Target had the best deals for all of this.

1. Pots + Pans

Pots and pans are a necessity for a kitchen and something that will definitely be put to good use. 

At a minimum you should get a frying pan, a few pots, and a cookie sheet. That should give you enough of a variety to allow you to cook different meals. 

2. Dishes + Bowls

I personally got my dishes and bowls from Target. Every once in awhile they run a sale when all kitchenware is $15 dollars off so I snagged them there.

Mine came in a set of dishes, bowls, and mugs which was perfect since it had everything I needed within it.

Ikea is also a great place to find a set of dishes and bowls!

3. Utensils

You obviously need utensils to eat! Let me tell you, utensils are EXPENSIVE! So much more expensive than I ever thought they were going to be.

I found for my first apartment that going the route of getting a 20-set was the best bargain. Because I love gold, I got mine from Wayfair and am obsessed with them but Amazon has even cheaper silver options!

4. Kitchen Gadgets

I use a microwave religiously so that is definitely something you would want to buy if it doesn't already come with your apartment.

Some other kitchen gadgets you may want:

  • Keurig/Teapot
  • Toaster
  • Mixer
  • Blender

5. Serving Utensils

This is another great thing to buy in a set. I went a little all out on this one and got an OXO Set from William Sonoma for this (Target and Amazon also sells it) but I wanted ones that would last since I will probably have them for years.

I also purchased the CUTEST set of serving utensils from Amazon that are white and gold. They were under $20 and feel really expensive. 

6. Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

I am an absolute clean freak so having a few cleaning supplies on hand was really important to me. 

You definitely don't need to go overboard on this but I recommend having:

  • Dish Towels
  • Dish Drying Rack (if you don't have dishwasher)
  • Dish Sponges
  • Paper Towel Stand + Paper Towels
  • Trash Can
  • Brita Water Filter
  • All-Purpose Countertop Spray

7. Other Random Kitchen Supplies

There are some random stuff that you may also want to pick up. A lot of these you can get after you move-in but there are some (like oven mitts) that you may want to consider buying right away.

Random Kitchen Supplies for First Apartment Checklist:

  • Table + Chairs / Bar Stools
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Cups + Mugs + Wine Glasses
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Tupperware
  • Measuring Cups
  • Ice Trays

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Your Living Room

1. Couch + Chairs

COUCHES ARE EXPENSIVE. Another thing that I was super annoyed when buying things was how dang expensive couches get.

 I searched for months for my couch (literally) and ended up finding the perfect one from Ashley's Furniture. It's a store all around the country so you may want to check out for yourself. I paid $1,100 and it's a BIG couch (you can see that in my Youtube video).

2. Coffee Table

Coffee tables double as a cute thing to decorate but also a perfect place to set your remotes, drinks, and food in your first apartment.

There are some coffee tables I love and you can find them from all different places. I had the best luck at Wayfair, Target, and Amazon looking for these.

3. TV

Shop sales weekends for this!! I got my TV on Black Friday and it was less than $300 if I remember correctly.

It is just the TCL brand but it works perfect for me and I would never notice the difference between that and a TV that is $1,000+.

4. TV Stand

Don't forget about a TV stand! I have a fireplace and completely forgot that I would need one of those wall brackets to attach my TV to the wall.

 It ended up costing $70+ which was not something I needed the weekend I moved in haha. 

You can also find some cheap but really cute console tables at other places.

5. Apartment Living Room Decorations

Our favorite part!! Seriously, I would fall asleep at night thinking about how I was going to decorate my apartment. I know, I'm crazy hahah.

Here are the decorations you're going to want to consider:

  • Floor Lamp
  • Curtains
  • Throw Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Rug

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Your Bedroom

1. Bed Frame

If you want a bed like I have, look up "Queen upholstered bed" OR just click here to go to Macy's for the exact link. Beds are super expensive and this was the bed with by far the best deal.

If you want to spend even less money, you can just get a headboard and then a bed frame base for the bottom of it.

2. Mattress

I was not ready to drop $1000+ on a mattress so I went to Amazon and found the best (cheapest) mattress with the most reviews. It landed me on this mattress which is a 14" Memory Foam Mattress.

To make it even more comfortable, I ended putting this mattress topper on top and IT IS SO COMFORTABLE.

Literally the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on.

3. Sheets + Pillows + Duvet

Amazon came THROUGH with all of this bedding essentials for me. I got everything white and then I am going to add in some color with throw pillows.

Here are the bedding essentials I got:

4. Bedroom Furniture (Nightstands, Dresser, Desk, etc)

Of course there is the "extra" furniture for your first apartment bedroom. Once again, these are things that add up quickly so you definitely don't need to get them right away.

Some Apartment Bedroom Furniture To Consider:

  • Dresser
  • Nightstands
  • Desk + Desk Chair
  • Curtains
  • Mirror
  • Lamps 

5. Closet Essentials

My closet is the main place that I put my clothing so I made sure to stock up on velvet hangers. I like to get mine at Costco because you can get 50 for less than $10.

6. Apartment Bedroom Decorations

And once again, the fun part of this First Apartment Checklist...bedroom decorations! 

I got majority of my decorations from Target and HomeGoods (aka heaven on earth). 

Decorations to consider:

  • Curtains
  • Throw Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Nightstand Decorations

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Your Bathroom

1. Shower Essentials

There are all kinds of shower supplies you need from towels to shower liners. Luckily, you can find these all pretty cheap at places like Target, Costco, and Amazon.

Here are some shower essentials to consider:

  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Bath Mat
  • Shower Curtain
  • Shower Curtain Liner
  • Shower Organizer

2. Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

There are just a few bathroom cleaning supplies that you'll want to have on hand. 

I would recommend:

  • Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Spray
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Brush/Plunger
  • Mirror Cleaner
  • Trash Can

3. Personal Products

Lastly for this bathroom section, personal products. Luckily, you probably already have all of these and can just pack them up and bring them over.

Here are the personal supplies you can't forget:

  • Blow Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Makeup
  • Tooth Brush / Tooth Paste
  • Perfume
  • Conditioner and Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Loofah
  • Soap

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Technology

1. Technology Must-Haves

This section is easy and straightforward. I've already mentioned a few of these things above but wanted to mention them in a section of their own.

Technology Essentials:

  • TV
  • Apple TV / Roku
  • Computer / Laptop
  • Wifi Router
  • Chargers
  • Speakers

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy For Cleaning & Laundry

1. Laundry Cleaning Essentials

How lame am I for being so excited over cleaning supplies?! Guess I am really turning into an adult ;).

There is nothing better than getting into a freshly cleaned bed that smells super good.

Here are the laundry essentials you need:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Steamer / Iron / Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray
  • Laundry Bags
  • Dryer Sheets

2. Kitchen Cleaning Essentials

A kitchen needs to be cleaned pretty often to make sure that bacteria doesn't spread after using meats.

Here are the kitchen cleaning essentials I recommend:

  • Trash bags
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Dawn Soap

3. Bathroom Cleaning Essentials

I already went over this in the bathroom section above, but I like to keep these cleaning products under my bathroom sink. That way it makes it really easy to clean.

Bathroom Cleaning Essentials I Recommend:

  • Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Spray
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Brush/Plunger
  • Mirror Cleaner
  • Trash Can

4. Random Cleaning Essentials

And then of course there is some random cleaning essentials like a vacuum, mop, and duster.

First Apartment Checklist: Random Things You Should Buy

There had to be a section in here where there was a bunch of random things to consider buying. Honestly, I have bought barely any of these but slowly I'm going to start acquiring them.

Here is a list of all the random products:

  • Key Hook
  • Flashlight
  • Tool Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs
  • Fan
  • Space Heater
  • Candles
  • Wall Art
  • Picture Frames
  • Rugs
  • Coat Rack
  • Door Mat
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler

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One-Pan Parmesan Chicken Dinner (one of my favorite meals EVER!)

This post is all about one-pan parmesan chicken dinner.

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This one-pan parmesan chicken dinner is one of my favorite go-to meals that I make at least twice a month. 

Whether I have girlfriends over, am cooking for my family, or just need a quick + easy meal that I can make for myself and have it last a few nights, this is the recipe I almost always reach for.

Plus, it doesn't use that many ingredients and all the ingredients it does use is CHEAP! I know what you need girl ;).

This post is all about one-pan parmesan chicken dinner.

One-Pan Parmesan Chicken Dinner

Ingredients For Chicken Part:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • Garlic (I estimate the garlic - do it depending on how much you like)
  • 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper To Taste

Ingredients for Vegetable Part:

  • 1 Bag of Potatoes from the Little Potato Company
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Bag of Frozen French Style Green Beans
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter
  • Garlic (I estimate this...usually a spoonful)
  • Salt + Pepper

How To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In one bowl, combine egg, honey, and garlic. Whisk together.
  3. In a different bowl, combine panko and parmesan cheese.
  4. Dip each chicken breast in egg mixture and then dip to coat in panko/parmesan cheese mixture.
  5. Put the chicken breasts on the right side of your baking sheet. Do a spritz of olive oil cooking spray on top so it will give it a nice golden color.
  6. Cut potatoes in half so they are small bite-sized pieces. 
  7. Cut onion into large pieces (see picture above...this is really all about preference)
  8. Put the potatoes and onions on the left side of the baking sheet.
  9. In a bowl, microwave the butter until melted. Once melted, mix in garlic and salt + pepper.
  10. Pour half of this melted butter mixture over the potato and onion mixture. Stir so all potatoes and onions get coated.
  11. OPTIONAL -  If you have extra panko, I like to sprinkle on top of my veggies for an extra crunch.
  12. Cook in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and flip over chicken. 
  14. Spread out potatoes + onions so they now go all around the chicken.
  15. Dump the frozen green beans onto the pan and spread out.
  16. Pour the remaining butter mixture over the green beans.
  17. Put in oven on broil for 10 minutes.
  18. YOU'RE DONE!

I can guarantee you that you will obsess over this chicken as much as I do. It's SO good.

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