What Not To Bring To College | 10 College Products You Do NOT Need

This post is all about what not to bring to college.

items I regret buying for college

I was the girl that brought the cooking pan to college.

I still can’t believe I ACTUALLY thought I would cook in the dorm kitchen.

It was one of those things that I was so stubborn about buying because I was convinced that I would use it all the time.

That pan was just one example of something I brought to college that I never touched. There were many other things that I spent money on and I never used (honestly, still haven’t even touched them to this day!).

This post shows you what not to bring to college from a professional over-packer (who tried to bring her whole house to college freshman year).

What Not to Bring to College: Appliances.

There are three appliances I recommend you to bring to college: Keurig/electric kettle, toaster, and microwave (if not included).

You do NOT need anything else. It will just get in the way.

The idea of having a toaster oven, crock pot, or electric burner.

Truth is if you bring something that isn’t allowed in the dorms the chances of the fire alarms going off are high (been there done that thanks to a toaster oven :’). If you are the reason a fire alarm goes off you are also the proud new receiver of a hefty ticket. So not worth it.

Make sure to check if your dorm room needs a microwave or not. A microwave is literally a saving grace in college. I needed to bring my own microwave freshman year and the dorm supplied a microwave sophomore year. Check your dorm website before you go just to make sure!

What Not to Bring to College: More than four decorative pillows.

One of my biggest mistakes freshman year was basically paying Home Good’s rent with the number of throw pillows I bought from them for my dorm room.

I LOVE throw pillows. I loved them then and still love them now.

However, my throw pillows and I went through a little bit of a rocky stage in my dorm room because I brought so many dang pillows and had nowhere to put them!

After doing that for a semester, I now recommend you stick with two throw pillows on your bed (at max) and one or two on your futon. That’s IT. You will regret having any more than that!

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What Not to Bring to College: Printer.

Having a printer in college is a big pain in the butt.

I never actually brought a printer to school but I had friends who did and always complained about it getting in the way.

It’s almost guanteed that your dorm will have printers available for you to use. I have never heard of a dorm room these days that doesn’t have a printer available to the students living there.

Another pro to not bringing a printer to school; printers ink can be expensive! Use the printing credits you receive as part of your tuition (you do pay for them after all ;).

What Not to Bring to College: Ironing board.

I am about to give you a secret/life-changing product: Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

I just discovered this past year and can’t believe I didn’t know about it earlier!

This little spray works SO well. All you do is spray it on the clothes that is super wrinkly, pull it tight so the shirt doesn’t show wrinkles anymore, and let go. The wrinkles will be GONE!

It is so cool!! My roommates and I went through every wrinkled shirt in my closet because we were so amazed it actually worked.

It completely replaces a need for an iron or ironing board (and removes the risk of you putting a big burn hole in one of your favorite shirts ;).

What Not to Bring to College: Dishes.

Having any dishes in your dorm room is guaranteed to be a big pain in your butt.

I highly recommend you load up on paper plates, plastic bowls, and plastic silverware before you go to school.

It is WAY easier to just throw away those after you eat than walk down the hallway, go into the community bathroom, and wash your dishes directly next to someone brushing their teeth. (I hate watching other people brush their teeth so that’s like my worst nightmare)

What Not to Bring to College: Bed Risers.

Don’t have much to say about these other than that they are completely useless.

Dorm beds (usually) are built now to be adjustable to the height you want it at.

The 4 inches your bed risers will lift your bed is just an annoying four inches that make you have to jump higher every time you get into your bed.

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What Not to Bring to College: Expensive speakers.

I’m going to let you in on a sad dorm statistic: 90% of all expensive things brought into a dorm room get stolen or broken before the first semester is over.

All right, I made that statistic up. But REALLY, I know of many stories where people bring expensive products or keepsakes (like jewelry) that end up getting stolen or lost and it’s so sad.

One of the biggest culprits: Bluetooth speakers.

I have a hard time believing that the Bluetooth speakers always get stolen because the stealer would also need to get the charger. I am thinking that more often than not, someone brings the speaker, gets drunk, and then forgets about it.

Moral of that all, leave the expensive speaker at home and opt for a $25 Bluetooth speaker like this one.

What Not to Bring to College: Pots/Pan/Dishes.

Like I said earlier in this post, I was “one of those” that brought a pan to school thinking I would make full-on meals all the time.

Be realistic about what you are bringing to school. Me thinking I would find a way to the grocery store every week to buy chicken and other ingredients to make with that pan WITHOUT A CAR to even get me there was dumb and not very thought out.

(this is obviously a different situation if you have a medical issue where you need to make your own food. If that’s the case, you should definitely bring a pan and ignore all info in the previous two paragraphs 🙂 )

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What Not to Bring to College: Extra bedding.

You do NOT need to bring two sets of sheets. I repeat, you do not need to bring two sets of sheets!

Freshman year everyone had two sets and sophomore year I don’t know one person with two sets.

We all learned that you usually wash your sheets in one day so you can have them off and cleaned before even needing to go to sleep.

How efficient right?!

Seriously though, skip the extra sheet and just plan on some time every month to wash your sheets during the day.

What Not to Bring to College: Full-sized vacuum.

Your dorm room will supply you with a full-sized vacuum.

However, one of my favorite dorm room products EVER (yes that got bolded and got capital letters) is this $25 dollar vacuum I bought last minute before freshman year that I can’t imagine my life without.

It’s truly the best and SO cheap.

To be honest, this little baby worked much better than the full sized ancient vacuum that was available in our dorm hall. You can hide it in the corner and it is ready whenever you have a spill or just need a quick cleanup.

Things people say to not bring to college but I think you SHOULD bring:

I did a little research on what other people were saying to not bring to college. On others peoples lists, I was seeing things I agreed with and then other things that I was shocked about because I used them every day.

I thought I would mention these products just in case you were deciding whether you need them or not.

Toaster:

The convenience of having a toaster in your dorm is simply amazing.

You can roll right out of bed and have a nice breakfast ready to go without having to leave your dorm at 7:30 to make it to the cafeteria before your 8:00 AM class.

They are so cheap and make breakfast extremely easy.

I highly recommend bringing a toaster if they are allowed in your dorm.

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TV:

I can’t believe I actually read to not bring a TV! Her reasoning, don’t bring one because they will have them in the common space.

I personally didn’t agree with this viewpoint.

I used my TV all day, every day. As long as I wasn’t working or doing schoolwork, that TV was on.

It was great socially too be able to have people over for all my favorite reality TV shows, red carpet walks, and even Packer games.

I love watching TV and not having to leave my dorm to watch it was pretty amazing.

Lanyard:

Yes, they are ugly. No, they are not cute. BUT, is it weird to have one? NO!

At least not the two places I have gone to school.

As long as you don’t wear it around your neck you are golden (wearing it around your neck is the universal sign for being a freshman AKA not good).

It is the most convenient way to hold your keys and student ID. That is just a fact :/. Don’t be embarrassed about having a lanyard, everyone does!

I repeat though… don’t wear it around your neck :).

This post showed you the top products that are not recommended to bring to college.

Was there anything on this list that surprised you?

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10 College Move-In Day Tips All Students Need To Know

This post is all about college move-in day tips.move-in day tips all college students should know

 Big and small colleges alike, move-in day can be stressful.

I remember being so nervous about moving into school and I had no idea what to expect. I mean I was SO nervous. The night before I moved in I am pretty sure I didn’t sleep at all. I went over all possible situations in my head and searched the internet for any college move-in day tips I could find.

I found nothing.

Now after doing the whole move in thing twice, I have a lot of college move-in day tips that will make everything so much easier for you. You can learn from my mistakes ;).

This post gives you 10 college move-in day tips all college students need to know.

College Move-In Day Tips #1: Choose an early time.

When you move into school, you will usually be contacted about what time you want to move your stuff into the dorms. 

I highly recommend you choose one of the earlier timeslots.

When I moved into my dorm freshman year, I made the mistake of picking a later timeslot. In my head, I was thinking that it would allow me to be able to spend more time with my family before I had to leave them for school.

What really happened was that everyone was done setting up their dorms and I had just started getting mine ready.

In that time that I was finishing up getting my dorm setup, girls (and boys) were already meeting each other and once I had finished setting up my room, I felt like I was “behind” everyone.

It’s just a simple thing that will make your day much more relaxed since you will have more time to set up everything.

College Move-In Day Tips #2: Get there before your roommate.

This one is not always possible, but I highly recommend at least trying to make it happen.

Besides the fact that you will be able to pick the side of the room you want, closet, etc., getting there before your roommate will make your obnoxiously small room at least a little better to set everything up in.

I can promise you that having just you and your mom/dad (or whoever is helping you move-in) will be plenty and you will be very thankful that there are not three other people in the room also trying to move-in their stuff.

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College Move-In Day Tips #3: Use plastic tubs and labels.

I am an organizing gal and this made everything so much easier.

You probably already have these at your house, but if you don’t Amazon has an 8 pack for $45 dollars (that’s really cheap for this size of tubs).

You will use these literally every time you move in and out of college the next four years.

Putting your belongings in these tubs makes the move-in way easier because you don’t have to carry all these random small things up the flight of stairs. It also allows you to pack your car better.

I didn’t do this freshman year (as you can tell from my picture of our car on the way to college haha) but my boyfriend and roommate did. Sophomore year I borrowed his tubs and it was so much easier. Now, I am tub obsessed for move-in day;).

College Move-In Day Tips #4: Have all personal information easily accessible.

Something to consider when moving all your stuff is to have your personal information in arms reach (social security card, insurance, license, student ID, etc) because they will have you sign a lot of forms when moving in that require you to know this information.

It can be a mess if you lose track of all of that during the move-in process and have no idea where they went.

I would also consider a special drawer or folder you can keep all of that in your dorm room. Your parents can take the important stuff back to your home, but you do need some information (your school should tell you what you need) so make sure you have that.

College Move-In Day Tips #5: Eat before.

No one wants a hangry group at move-in. Enough said.

JK :). But seriously, eat! Your day will fly by and you probably won’t have a chance to eat for a while. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t eat I get cranky! And that is no fun when you’re moving everything into your dorm.

College Move-In Day Tips #6: Have an idea of where you want stuff to go.

Before move-in day you will want to consider where you want certain things to go.

I always looked up pictures of my dorm room before I moved into it and that was really helpful for me to be able to visualize how I want everything to be set up.

This makes move-in faster because you can easily just put things where you want instead of spending time deciding where everything should go.

College Move-In Day Tips #7: Bring tools and trash bags.

Trash bags are essential to move-in day!!

Tools are too but I forget trash bags when I moved in and my room would have been so much cleaner if I wouldn’t have (visualize plastic wrap ALL over the floor :/). Not the end of the world, but for this clean freak, I was going crazy.

Tools are obvious for helping you set up everything so you definitely do not want to forget those.

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College Move-In Day Tips #8: Bring fans!

I was sweating so bad on move-in day cause my dorm room was a freakin’ million degrees.

Bring fans! This is something you should definitely bring anyways (especially if your dorm doesn’t have air conditioning) but you might want to bring an extra one or two to help with the insane hotness that will take over your room.

Also, don’t be embarrassed about sweating while moving in. If you are, other people are definitely as well.

College Move-In Day Tips #9: Keep your dorm open. 

How many times have you been told that one;)? 

For real though, I HIGHLY recommend you actually do this.

I didn’t my freshman year and I so regret it. I promise you just keeping your door open will allow you to meet so many more people!

AND, smile and say hi to everyone! Even if you don’t think you will be BFF’s with them, it’s good to know as many people as you can. It definitely may bring you out of your comfort zone, but it will be worth it in the long run.

College Move-In Day Tips #10: Give your parents a meaningful goodbye.

I am going to be honest, I broke down into full-on tears the second after I got back into my dorm room after my parents left.

It’s okay to be sad/excited/anxious about this new phase in your life and your parents are feeling the same emotions.

Make sure you say goodbye to them and don’t be embarrassed about getting upset. After talking to people later in the year, I learned that the majority of my friends also cried while saying goodbye.

Something I wish I would have done is written them a letter and left it on their bed at home so when they got back home after dropping me off, they had a letter thanking them for helping me set everything up. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Do it for me this year to your own parents ;).

College move-in day can be super intimidating with everything new happening around you. Take the time to organize everything before move-in so that it goes super smoothly.

These 10 tips showed you the insiders tricks on making move-in day easy and organized.

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College Dorm Room Checklist | The College Checklist Every Freshman Needs To See

This post is about a college dorm room checklist.

ultimate college dorm room checklist for freshmen

With summer quickly coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about what college essentials you need to bring to school.

It can be really overwhelming deciding ALL the things you could possibly need in a year and it’s easy to forget something.

This college dorm room checklist goes through everything you would need to bring to college in a way that is simple and easy to check off.

Also, this college dorm room checklist goes over the things you will actually need. I left out all the extras the people say you will use when in reality, it sits in a drawer or your closet the whole year. Believe me, I used a lot of products, so if I didn’t use it, you will probably won’t either ;).

This post goes over everything you need to have for college in a college dorm room checklist.

(Along with this checklist, I recommend you to check out my Dorm Room Essentials for 2018 post that shows ALL my top things that you should bring to college. It is my most popular post on this website and goes over a lot of dorm room products you would never think of needing).

click here to get a free college dorm room checklist

COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Bedding Supplies

I loved my college bed.

I know, a lot of people hate their college bed but I can confidently say that my bed at school was SO much comfier than my bed at home. All thanks to my incredible mattress topper.

I also read A LOT that people recommended that you have two sets of sheets. In my opinion, that’s a little overboard. When you clean your sheets, make sure you can do it in one day and you will be golden with one set of sheets.

The last tip, if you are planning on bunking your bed I highly recommend you get a small container that you can keep up there for random stuff instead of having them lay all over your bed and fly off. (You can find a picture of how I did this in my dorm room here: 5 Dorm Organizing Secrets Every College Student Should Know)

COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Bathroom Supplies

There are so many things to think about bringing to your college bathroom that it can get really overwhelming!

Promise me, unless you have something really random, you won’t need anything extra than on this list.

Biggest tip from me, bring lotion. Dorm rooms are really freakin’ dry.

Check out my in-depth post on dorm bathroom supplies here: 6 Dorm Bathroom Essentials All-Freshman Need

  • 2 Body Towels: I only brought one and then had my towel wrap, but a lot of people bring two!
  • Towel Wrap: This is the one thing I recommend the MOST for college. It’s the best. You can find the one I have here.
  • Shower Caddy: I recommend a mesh one! I have had a plastic and mess shower caddy and liked the mesh one much more.
  • Makeup Organizer: I use this clear makeup organizer in my desk drawer.
  • Makeup Mirror: I recommend a light up mirror since lighting sucks!
  • Hair Wrap: This towel helps my hair dry MUCH quicker!
  • Basket for hair products: My saving grace for organizing hair products easily in college.
  • 2 hand towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Curling Iron
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Makeup Remover
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Loofah
  • Lotion
  • Hairspray
  • Cotton Balls
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Nail Polish: Only bring your favs… everyone has nail polish and are (usually) willing to share!
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Brushes: Unless you have a sink in your room, I don’t recommend bringing a makeup sponge… It’s a pain walking to the nearest sink whenever you get ready.
  • Perfume
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Retainer
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit: Maybe a little overboard. Just make sure you have band-aids.
  • Ibuprofen
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Tums
  • Cold + Flu Medicine
  • Tampoons and Pads
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Electronics

Guys. Seriously, I cannot recommend a sound machine more!! It is the best thing ever for living in a college dorm.

I got mine from Amazon for less than $20 dollars. SO worth it.

  • Laptop + Charger
  • Extension Cord
  • Surge Protector
  • Calculator + Charger
  • Sound Machine- HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! It blocked out all noise so I could even if my roommates were still up and talking. Also, I can only study in quiet spots so this really helped. This is the sound machine I liked.
  • 10FT Phone Charger
  • USB Drive- Especially if you are an art major or majoring in art classes!
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Clothing

I always say that if you’re debating bringing a piece of clothes to college, bring it.

I promise you if you don’t, you won’t stop thinking about how much you want that dang shirt (or whatever you decided to leave behind).

When I went to school, I completely forgot about bringing anything for when it was raining! You can find a post all about this here: What They Don’t Tell You To Bring To College: Rainy Day Edition.

  • Bras/Sportbra
  • Tank Tops
  • Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jean Jacket
  • Cardigans
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Joggers
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Boots
  • Rainboots
  • Rain Jacket
  • Scarves
  • Light Jackets
  • Winter Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Hats
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Cleaning Products

I have an entire post on dorm cleaning supplies here and how I use them to clean my dorm! Check out the post here: 5 Dorm Room Cleaning Supplies I Used To Have The Cleanest Dorm On Campus.

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Downy Wrinkle Remover- A miracle worker.
  • Laundry Bags
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Trash Bags
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Small Vacuum
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Dawn Soap
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Kitchen Supplies
  • Food Storage
  • Keurig
  • Paper Plates
  • Mugs
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: Decor

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  • Bulletin Board
  • Photos
  • Command Hooks
  • Rug
COLLEGE DORM ROOM CHECKLIST: School Supplies
  • Backpack- Only recommend North Face. They are the only backpacks big enough for all the books you’ll have in college.
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Binders
  • Notebook- I get a 5 subject notebook so I don’t have to carry around five separate notebooks.
  • Tape
  • Binder Dividers
  • Stapler
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Planner: My favorite planner!

It can be so overwhelming picking out everything you need to bring to a dorm room and having a checklist makes it much easier.

If you want to download the PDF version of the checklist, you can get it sent to your email here.

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Game Day Outfits All College Girls Need To Copy

This post is all about college game day outfits.

Game Day Outfits

I think I can say this and have almost everyone agree with me, game days are one of the best parts of college. 

Not only is it the best time to spend time with friends and rep your college, but you also get to wear really cute outfits. Obviously, one of the best parts of game days are the game day outfits you get to wear.

…and for all you ladies in the south, I am SO jealous of how you really get to get dressed up for game day.

Because I know that the dressiness of games varies throughout the country, I have picked super cute casual game day outfits all the way up to dressy outfits.

This post shows you 25 of the cutest game day outfits that you can copy for your next game day.

*If you know where these pictures are from, let me know! I added sources for all the photos they were available with*

First, we will start out with the dressy game day outfits.

In the south especially, it is very standard to get dressed up for game days. These game day outfits give cute examples of how to rep your school in a dressier way.

Game Day Outfits

Custom Cut College Shirt

Game Day Outfits

My favorite red rompers for this year:

..and OF COURSE, the shoes of the year: These Steve Madden wedges. (TBH, don’t recommend. My Steve Madden wedges like this broke which is annoying because they weren’t cheap! Super cute though.)

College Game Day Outfits

So many cute college gameday dresses!

Pom-Pom| Earrings (so many colors to go with your school’s theme!)

Game Day Outfits | sec gameday dresses

Second, we will move on to college game day outfits with cheerleader skirts.

One outfit that has stood the test of time for the game day is wearing cheerleader skirts. Like, even our moms wore that.

It not only embodies the school spirit but looks so cute at the same time. Plus, they are CHEAP! You can pick up a cheerleader skirt in your color for less than $25 dollars (and wear it over and over again).

Picture from @gowith_the_chlo.

Cheerleader Skirt (comes in many colors) | Similar Jean Jacket | Maroon Skirt | College Tank Top

How cute is this jean jacket?! I’ve literally searched everywhere for this exact link to the jean jacket and can’t find it anywhere. Here is another custom jean jacket that is SO cute! She can customize it to any school.

If you find whoever makes that jean jacket, let me know because I want to order it ;).

Picture from @skicks.

Short Sleeve College Shirt | Cheerleader Skirt | College Knee High Socks | Custom College Converse

Short Sleeve College Shirt | Cheerleader Skirt | College Knee High Socks | Custom College Converse| Fanny Pack

Cheerleader Skirt | College Crop Top

Next, we have the cutest denim game day outfits.

This may be my personal favorite. You can never really go wrong with denim, can you? These game day outfits are the best because most of the time, you already have the things in your closet so you just have to quickly put it together.

Picture from Hype & Vice.

College Bandeau | Jean Skirt | Fanny Pack | White Bandeau | Ripped Jean Shorts | Heart Sunglasses

Picture from @hannahkmorrissey.

College Cut Shirt | White Skirt | White Tie-Up Skirt | White Converse

Picture from Hype & Vice.

College Crop Top | Jean Short Overall College Crop Top

Lace-Up College Tee (available for all colleges!)

Lace-Up College Tee (available for all colleges!)| College Bead Necklaces (with shot glass included;)

College Cut Shirt | White Skirt

Next up, the coveted game day outfit: striped overalls.

Can you list anything more that resembles college tailgate outfits? This is a very popular college outfit idea and can be seen at campuses across the country.

Picture from Lana DosKics.

College Bandeau | College Over-Alls | Ripped Jean Jacket | Game Day Crop Top | White Shorts

 

Black Shirt | Red and White Overalls

Cropped College Tank |College Over-Alls | Bandana (around neck)

And lastly, the oversized shirt for game day outfits.

You can be comfortable AND cute at the same time?! I’m in.

College Jersey | Pom-Pom

College Gloves | College Hat | Furry Jacket


Hopefully, these gave you some inspo for your next game day outfit! 

I loved all of these and while unfortunately, my school isn’t huge on game day (ugh private Christian school probs #annoying) my sister is going to Madison and I can’t wait to help her dress cute for gamedays.

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The Ultimate College Workout Plan: 10 Workouts You Can Do In Your Dorm

This post is all about a college workout plan.
Image That Shows 10 College Workout Plans

Let’s be real, the freshman 15 is no joke. 

You have so many new food, friends, and alcohol by you that it shouldn’t be surprising the amount of weight that can be gained.

If you’re anything like me, you went a few weeks indulging in all the “new” that college brings you until you started feeling gross. Your face has started to break out, your pants don’t fit as well as they used too, and you’re craving a good workout that makes you feel better.

When you get to the point of realizing all of that, you’ve decided you need a college workout plan.

Here are 10 workout routines that you can do in your college dorm or gym that will make up the perfect college workout plan.

My Personal College Workout Plan
College Workout Routine

This is the college workout plan I personally did my freshman year.

When I would get really into it, I would use this every other day and do Kayla Itsines BBG on the other days. I really liked this workout because it hit almost every part of the body.

I also liked it because I could get it done pretty quickly so I could do it in the morning or between my classes.

One huge issue I had was that they had minimal equipment which was so annoying! I came up with this workout because it didn’t use a ton of weights. Also, if the weights weren’t available I could adjust to not need them.

Cardio Workout: Cardio workout in dorm room

Workout from Self.

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Flat Stomach Workout:
Ab workout that can be done in college dorm

Workout from Christina Carlyle.

Booty Workout: 
butt workout that can be done in dorm room

Workout from Reasons To Skip The Housework

Slim Waist Workout: 

dorm workout for slim waistWorkout from Spotebi.

Flat-Abs Workout: 

workout that shows how to get flat abs in college

Workout from Fame Dubai.

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Full-Body Workout: 

no equipment workout routine that can be done in college dorm

Full-Body Workout: 

full body workout in college dorm

Workout from Popsugar.

Do-It-Anywhere Workout: 
weekly college workout routine

Workout from Popsugar.

Beach Body Workout: 

full body workout that can be done in dorm roomWorkout from Popsugar.

All of these workouts are body weight routines SO there are no weights or equipment you need. Which, makes it perfect for your dorm!

Doing one of these routines every day can make you feel and look better.

I actually lost weight in college, thanks to doing my routine I showed at the top. 

What’s your favorite way to workout in college?

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What They Don’t Tell You To Bring To College: Rainy Day Edition

This post is all about college essentials clothes (rainy day edition!).

When you go to college there are many things you think of bringing… comforter, futon, tv, etc. But, there are some little things that you just don’t think twice about (at least I didn’t).

For me, I had no idea how much it would rain where I go to school.

I honestly didn’t even think about bringing rain stuff. Of course, the first week I was there it rained almost every day. And let me tell you, walking to your class in rain is not fun!

Here are the 4 essentials I recommend bringing to college to help you stay dry in the rain.

1) Rain jacket

Duh! I actually completely forgot about this until the night before I left for college.

I quickly ran to Target just hoping they had something. I ended up getting THIS rain jacket and really love it.. super affordable and actually pretty cute.

(GUYS! While getting the link for that jacket I saw this super cute rain jacket for EIGHT DOLLARS! So good.)

At school though, I would say this rainjacket is definitely the most popular one.

2) Rain boots

When I came to college I debated not bringing rain boots just because of how bulky they were and how much room they would take up.

While they do take up some room, I wear them all the time (even if it’s not raining:/) and love them!

I have this pair of Hunter boots and really do love them. The only bad thing I have to say about them is that my feet literally feel like they freeze off in them but I ended up purchasing the insert for them and it makes them feel so much warmer.

3) Umbrella

…and another thing I forgot to bring! Please tell me I am not the only one that completely forgot some important products!

I ended up running to the closest Walgreens to get one.

It made walking on campus in the rain much more tolerable!

Here’s the best-rated (and cheap) umbrella available on Amazon.

4) Waterproof Backpack

I didn’t know this before going to college but make sure that if you are renting books, you’re backpack doesn’t get wet in the rain.

The rental company you get your books from will make you purchase the book if it gets water damage. Annoying, but something to definitely think about.

 I guess last year on the day the books were due, it was raining really bad and a lot of people ended up having to buy them from the school.

This is hands-down the only backpack I recommend for college. You NEED to make sure you get a backpack that is high quality enough and big enough to hold all your books. I actually purchased a “cute” backpack for college and ended up buying this backpack instead because it didn’t hold enough books.

Learn from my mistakes and plan on packing rain essentials. It will make rainy days much more tolerable :).

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The College Dorm Room Tour Every Freshman Needs To See

This post shows you a dorm room tour.
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Are you looking to find inspiration for how to decorate your freshman year dorm room?

It feels like just yesterday that I was obsessed with designing exactly how I wanted to organize my dorm room and the millions of trips I would take to Target and Home Goods making sure I have everything I could ever need.

Not all girls are as crazy about having a Pinterest perfect dorm room but I will say that I think most want a cute dorm room that they can invite all their new friends too.

I was able to put together my dorm for a pretty reasonable cost and am going to show you exactly how I did it.

I really do love how it turned out and it truly feels like a home away from home. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I was only here for one semester because I got an internship at Nate Berkus Associates and couldn’t pass it down. Nonetheless, I loved this dorm while I was there!

This post will give you a dorm room tour from my freshman year and show you how you can decorate yours to perfection.

Dorm Room Tour: The Bed

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The bed is the heart of your dorm room and I wanted to make sure that is was just as much comfy as it was cute.

My bed looked extra nice for this dorm room tour, but honestly, making it every morning started my day off on the right note and one of the biggest (realistic) tips I can give to freshman.

I highly recommend before you even think about the different bedding, pillows, blankets, etc that you purchase an extra-long foam mattress topper. I promise you will easily think that was the best purchase you made for your dorm a few weeks into college! My bed at school is so much more comfortable at home. Here is the one I used and loved (it’s also really cheap compared to other mattress toppers!).

My bedding is from Target and was less than $20. Major win! Make sure when looking for bedding that you purchase extra-long versions! Otherwise, it won’t cover the end of your bed. Unfortunately, my exact bedding isn’t available anymore but here are some of my favorite dorm bedding available for 2018:

My pillows were purchased from Home Goods. LOVE HomeGoods for finding pillows. If I were to do my dorm again I would not have used so many pillows… Stick with one large one and one smaller one in front of it and you will be golden. (If the far right pillow is coming up as gray, click the link and it will show you a beautiful pink velvet version! Plus, it’s from H&M! Did you know they had a super affordable home section?)


Lastly, the wall behind my bed is filled with my favorite quotes and pictures. I printed out the photos from Walgreens in different sizes. I just taped them to the wall but towards the end of the semester, they started coming off. If you want a really secure hold, I would recommend you purchase command tape strips.

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Dorm Room Tour: The Futon

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My roommate and I choose to loft our beds due to our dorm room being extremely small (as I am sure a lot of yours is too!). Under my bed was the futon and under her bed was the TV, fridge, and microwave. This setup worked really well for us and was the standard way most students organized their dorm room at my school.

I cannot recommend this futon enough!! It is really reasonably priced and for a futon, looks very nice. It was actually the nicest looking futon I’ve seen compared to other peoples. This futon is decently comfortable but nothing like you would get in a normal couch. I actually haven’t ever sat in a comfy futon, so if you know of one, let me know ;). Here is the link to the futon I have.

(The actual best part of that futon was that it had a secret pocket on the bottom of it perfect for hiding alcohol…. 😉 Didn’t think you’d learn that from a dorm room tour, did you??)

Once again, here is the link to the futon.

Dorm Room Tour: The Desk Area

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In my dorm, the desk was attached to the wall so there was no moving it. It also came with shelves which I decided to style instead of use for storage. Whenever I did run out of space, I have to admit that I did put them on the shelves. Not as cute as before!

I wanted the desk to be cute, but also extremely functional since I would be doing a lot of my school work there. I hate having stuff crowded around me when I work so I kept the actual desk decor to the back and very minimal.


Unfortunately, I can’t find exact links to the pieces but I have been able to find extremely close ones (that are actually better than mine since they are new and improved decorations!).

Here is a similar lamp that you can find at Target (great price). 

The frames are all from HomeGoods…sorry!! Definitely, recommend going to HomeGoods, you will find amazing pieces for your dorm at a low price!

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Dorm Room Tour: The Closet

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Going down to a closet of this size was tough. Lucky, I figured it out and was able to fit all my clothes.

I am not going to talk about my closet too much because I have a whole post on it HERE.

I will mention that I highly recommend you use velvet hangers! It will save so much space.

You can check out the post on my dorm room closet here.

I hope this dorm tour gave you some inspiration on how you want to decorate your own dorm.

You will be moved into your dorm before you know it so enjoy these planning stages!! They are some of my favorite memories.

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