Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sometimes all you need is an island getaway...

Sometimes you just need a beach getaway with great friends. I got back last night from 4 days in Hilton Head with some sorority sisters! Hilton Head is a special place for my family; not only did I grow up going to the island, but my mom also grew up spending her summers on Hilton Head, so it was nice to share some place so special to me with such special people!

We made some amazing memories, did some spontaneous things (uh...so unlike me!!), and shared so  so so many laughs. We went on a dolphin cruise, parasailing, hung out at the beach, floated in donut tubes in the pool, did lots of biking, and met so many fun people!


It was nice to get out of Raleigh for a few days and not have to worry about any responsibilities! It made me excited to get back to school to see my other friends. By the end of the four days, we all decided that we were going to make this trip an annual thing! I’m not complaining ;)



On our first day we went on a dolphin cruise and we were so shocked by how close they came to our boat! 

My sweet grandbig!




One of my favorite memories! We went parasailing on the absolute hottest day of the summer, nevertheless it was a blast! We became best friends with the captain of the boat too!


Is it too early to start planning for next year?

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon



Monday, July 28, 2014

The Container Store

If you ask Suz (aka my mom) what her favorite store in the whole wide world is, I guarantee she will tell you  that it’s The ContainerStore. Suz is an organizational freak, so walking into the store for her is like heaven. Everything in our house has a place, most likely in an labeled box/ bin/ container. I guess that’s probably where I got my organizational OCD from.

When we moved to Raleigh, the closets in our new house were completely empty so my mom decided to splurge and organize our closets with the Elfa system, a brand The Container Store carries. We all became completely obsessed. It is truly magical.

Before I moved into my dorm last year, my mom signed me up for the college night at The Container Store which was a blast! It’s specifically for students heading to college in the fall and need to get things for their dorm room! They offer special discounts if you attend college night and I would definitely look into finding out where the closest Container Store is to you and sign up ASAP!

We have organized basically my entire desk using a few things from the container store, my closet, and my dorm room! I used the elfa shelves under my bed in my dorm which were life saving. We put them on wheels so I could easily pull them out to get to extra storage behind my bed and they provided so much extra space ranging from headbands to extra t-shirts!


Whatever needs organizing, I guarantee you that The Container store has something that would work perfectly in your space.  


You will probably recognize a lot of these products from my dorm room last year! All their products held up so well and I will definitely be using them for the rest of my college career! 

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Wishlist

This weekend I’m headed to Hilton Head with a few friends from school! I’m super excited to get out of town and be reunited with some of my closest friends (and sorority sisters) from school! You can bet that we’ll be spending most of our time hanging out at the beach and riding our bikes around the island (my favorite part!). I’ve been going to Hilton Head since I was born and it will always be one of my favorite vacation spots.


Sometimes it’s nice to get out of town and make some memories with some of your favorite people. I’m sure there will be lots of laughs, and you can be sure that we’ll be spending Monday night watching the finale of The Bachelorette (my secret obsession).


What are your weekend plans?

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Friday, July 25, 2014

Treat by Shutterfly!

I don’t really talk being  a military child much on my blog, but in reality it is a huge part of who I am. I spent the majority of my life (so far) living on a variety of military bases where the majority of families moved every three years. You drive down the streets of housing during the summer and I’m not exaggerating when I say there are more moving trucks than cars. It’s the most depressing sight ever. You watch as numerous friends get packed up, and then in the blink of an eye, a new family moves in. Blink again and the next thing you know you’re the one moving.

It’s definitely not an easy way to grow up, but it’s all I’ve ever known. I had a group of 6 friends in 8th grade and we were all super close. Being all military children we watched as every single one of us moved and eventually all graduated from different high schools in 6 different states!

It may be hard to have to make new friends every year and go through numerous months with your dad gone, but it has truly made me a stronger person. Living in multiple places, my family has become close friends with so many other families across the globe. I have managed to keep in touch with most of my friends from all the different places we’ve lived (thank you facebook)!  

My best friend, who I met in 8th grade, flew in this week to surprise me and I realized how lucky I was that we were able to stay in touch after all these years even though we have lived to opposites sides of the world for the past few years! If you haven’t been able to tell from my Instagram, I am a huge stationery addict. I am always on the hunt for adorable note cards! I love sending random notes to friends that I may have lost touch with to let them know I’m thinking about them or even as a little reminder that I’m simply missing them!

Treat, a new company by Shutterfly which allows you to make customized cards and stationary (with your own pictures and everything!) sent me this adorable stationery that I was able to customize with my signature! All their cards are perfect for all occasions and makes it a little more special when you can customize them!




I’m already obsessed with my new cards and I’m already picking out who I’m going to send them to!


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Remember,

xoxo

Shannon



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Things NOT to bring to college

Call me the queen of over packing. If the weight limit is 50 pounds for an airline I guarantee you my bag will be 49.9 lbs. I figure out the number of days I will be gone and then basically multiple that by 2 and bring that many numbers of outfits. A girls gotta have options right?!

I always see those people on planes and wonder how the heck they are able to fit everything in a carry on!!

So now you can imagine what packing for college was like for me. I took over our bonus room and basically had a mountain of stuff waiting to go. I think my roommate was a little overwhelmed when she first walked in and saw all my stuff. Luckily, when it was all organized, it fit right in nicely.

However as the year went on, I realized there were a lot of things I bought to college that I literally never used. They just took up valuable space that could have been filled with something else. Space is at a premium in a dorm, so don't waste an ounce of it !

Here are a few things I would reevaluate bringing before you load your car with all your stuff!




1.     Off season clothing- with closet space so limited, it’s crucial that you make the most of every inch (literally). I would highly highly suggest not taking your entire closet in August. Bringing your clothes in season allows you to have more room in your closet and makes it that much more fun when you switch your closet out and have a whole new wardrobe! Are you really going to wear a thick cashmere sweater in August anyway?

Instead: During breaks bring home the clothes that are slowly going out of season and bring back the clothes for the upcoming season!

2.     Plates / silverware- I made this mistake. I bought adorable plastic Lilly Pulitzer plates last year and to be 100% honest, I didn’t use them once. Whenever I wanted to eat something other than dining hall food the last thing I wanted to worry about is more dishes.

Instead: My roommate and I bought paper plates and plastic silverware and used that all the time. Instead of having to do dishes in a tiny sink and worrying about dish soap, I highly suggest reconsidering bringing nice plates and silverware. Trust me on this one. As much as you want those cute pink plates, they will be a waste of space.
 
3.     Dust Buster- I tend to be a major neat freak. Luckily, both my roommate and I were both pretty clean when it came to our dorm room (my room at home on the other hand is a completely different story…). However no matter how much we tried to keep our dorm room clean, friends were always walking in and out and tracking dirt in. I considered buying a dust buster before going to school and I’m so glad I didn’t buy it because there is no way it would have been able to vacuum my entire dorm room. I would have had to get on my hands and knees trying to get up the dirt all over the room!

Instead: Get a mini size vacuum. It makes it so much easier to vacuum your room when you can use a regular vacuum. You can buy a mini vacuum tons of places like bed bath and beyond and target and they are so convenient!

4.     Books- I brought so many of my books from home. So many novels that I convinced myself I would have time to read. I don’t think I read one of them…

Instead: Limit yourself to maybe 5 books. They take up so much room on your bookshelf and you’re already going to have so many books from classes. Unless you really think you are going to read all of them, I highly suggest limiting the number of books you bring.

5.     Ironing board- I hate ironing. I suck at it, and I honestly just hate everything about it. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to do it on a weekly basis. Ironing boards are big and bulky and even the mini ones take up precious room.

Instead: I guarantee you that someone on your hall will have one that you can borrow, or some halls even have built in ironing boards! Luckily on my hallway we had a built in ironing board so no one needed to bring one! But if you are still convinced you need one, I would advise talking to your roommate and coordinating so you don’t both bring one!
 
6.     Sports Equipment- I played both tennis and lacrosse in high school, and I was convinced that I would have enough free time to play tennis and lacrosse! HA! Both my tennis racket and my lacrosse stick sat in the back of my closet all year…

Instead: If you really believe you will use your sports equipment I would try to keep it to a minimum and maybe only bring it during the seasons when it’s nice out! There’s no point in having it sit in the back of your closet (like I did) November- March when it’s too cold to even possibly use it!

7.     Drying rack-Simply put dorm rooms are small and there is no convenient place to hang or stand up a drying rack. You are going to have to get creative and find places to hang your wet clothes. I actually brought a drying rack to school and ended up bring it back home still with the tag on it during fall break so my mom could return it.

8.     Bed Risers-I had my bed raised about halfway, so I could fit my dresser and some storage containers. I even had trouble getting up on my bed at that height! My mom and I brought bed risers with electrical plugs in them and when I moved in I learned that they didn’t even fit my bed posts!

Instead: Most schools offer where you can have your bed raised halfway, which is what I did. I also had my dad put really small gray paver stones(lowes or home depot) under each of my bed posts so I could fit my storage containers better (you can kind of see them in these pictures)! They were a really inexpensive option !

9.     Pots and Pans- I honestly did not cook one meal all year. Now I am not the biggest chef but I don’t think anyone really did much cooking on my hall. You just get so busy and end up going to the dining hall for most meals!

Instead: If we ever wanted to cook my RA office offered a service where you could use any of their pots and pans at any time. It was super convenient and made it so we didn’t have to keep an entire pots and pans set in our little dorm room!

10. Bulky Luggage- Between weekend trips and fall breaks at home you are going to want some kind of luggage. Preferably luggage that is easy to store but still holds a lot. You are not going to have any space for bulky suitcases anywhere in your dorm no matter how hard you try.


Instead: Keep foldable duffle bags in your room! They make for the perfect travel bag and take up practically no room to store!

What would you suggest not taking to college?



Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

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