links & loves

One of my favorite things about Sundays is the laid back laziness of it all. It's nice to just lay around, drink something refreshing, and catch up on some blog reading- or in my case, grad school reading. Sundays are also the best time to share my links and loves :)

So I just bought this computer, and I am so inlove with it. Thankfully I was able to get it only because of my grad school loans. Oh yeah, that's right... I went back to school. For the second time.

You can win a $100 giftcard to Nordstrom here. #Yourewelcome

Speaking of Nordstrom, I really like this cardi.

I really want this shirt.

AND this one.

This purse is perfect for Fall.

This hairstyle is too cute not to wear to work.

I bought these boots last year for Fall, and I can't believe they're back!

I've been uber OBSESSED with It Cosmetics lately, and this palette is on my list..

I really love my booties for Fall, but these shoes are so cute, have vegan materials, and are budget friendly. These are perfect too!

I also grabbed this camera from Amazon about a month ago, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it. It's my first mirrorless camera and I still need to do research on how to "unlock" it's powers.

And that's what I have been loving!

Win a $100 gift card to Nordstrom

You know what I love? I love giving away stuff to my readers! So today, I am here with some amazing bloggers to give you a gift card to Nordstrom!

But, you know what you can buy with that $100 gift card? How about a Kate Spade initial necklace? Or this cardigan? Or how about one of these style steals? The possibilities are endless, so go enter & good luck!

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10 ways to keep your sanity in grad school

Ah, grad school. Yeah, that's where all the highlighters go to die. Where you will loose endless nights of sleep. Where you will have no more social life....

So, yeah, I'm in grad school again. Yep, for the second time. Sheesh, I must be out of my mind, batsh*t insane to do this again... Anyways, Since I started a few weeks ago (like mid-August), I wanted to take some time and remember how I didn't loose my mind last time. And then share those little tidbits with you.

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1. Check your school's site often

In grad school, a lot of the programs are online, so professors are always adding announcements about different things like syllabus changes and assignments. Checking your school's site often is the number one thing to do if you don't want to be left in the dark.

2. Keep your planner's separate

If you are a planner person, like me, you have a few different planners. I actually have three- one for everyday life, one for blogging, and one for school. In the school one, I have ALL of my assignments written on the due dates. It helps to keep the school one separate from the everyday life one. Sure, I will write the number of the class and something like "paper due" or "discussion board", but nothing like the nitty gritty.

3. Start papers early

And I don't mean like the day they are due "early"! For me, I have something due like each week and it's usually a paper or practice quiz. For the papers, I am trying my darnedest to not procrastinate with them. I mean, I'm no spring chicken and my brain doesn't work like that anymore. You know? Anyways, the idea is that you NEED to start your papers early. I'm not saying that you need to start like a month early and write a rough draft of your final paper, but I am saying that maybe you need to start the paper that is due next week, or at least start researching the paper due in three weeks. You will thank me later. 

4. Read, read, read

If you like reading, then grad school is for you! There is so much to read! I mean, every class usually has two textbooks, and then the chapters are sooo long and then there is the highlighting and UGH! But you know what that reading will get you? An A in the class! So just keep up with your reading and highlighting. 

5. Set a time aside each day to do your work

The one think that I have never been able to do is set time aside each day to do my work- I always choose a day on the weekend to do it. My way has sucked for awhile now and I always feel rushed. Don't be like me.

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6. Highlight the IMPORTANT stuff

This is a duh thing, but it's an important one too. While reading through your weekly readings, highlight the crap out of whatever you think is important. So when it comes time to study for the test, or look for answers in an open book test, you know just where to look.

7. Keep notes of what was on the tests/quizzes

Since my quizzes allow multiple attempts, I always write down what was on the quizzes and the right answers, so I can use them as a study tool later on.

8. Understand that MLA and APA are NOT the same

Whatever your school uses- mine uses APA- learn it, use it, and learn it some more. Grad school papers are hard and the instructors will grade you on your writing knowledge; so just remember to know your sh*t, or at least know where to find some really good examples.

9. Plagerizism is B.A.D.

I repeat PLAGERIZISM IS VERY BAD. So don't do it. Plus most schools have a plagerizism checking software where you upload your paper and it checks it, and well if your stuff is not cited using what ever you need to use to cite, then your grade outlook is not good. 

10. Remember that grad school is not like undergrad

In undergrad, I was a mess. AND I'm not talking like a hot mess. I was that person who procrastinated way tooo much, and got by by the seat of my pants. AND I am talking actual pants, not yoga pants. Just know that you are going to put in the work, like really work. But I promise you that it's only for a few years.

Grad school is no joke, but thankfully I have found 10 ways to keep my sanity. How do you keep your sanity in grad school or school in general?

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5 tips to make creative play educational

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayWithPlaymobil #CollectiveBias 

Being a mom, sometimes it's hard to find educational toys that are also fun for my son. Sure he has cars, building blocks, train tracks, and the more popular toys, but nothing that is close to educational. While I was searching for something fun, yet educational, I found PLAYMOBIL at Walmart.

PLAYMOBIL playsets are designed with a child in mind. They are meant to spark imagination and induce fun with their strong attention to detail (think moveable parts, real eyes on people, etc) and help develop both cognitive and social/emotional skills. The PLAYMOBIL playsets also focus on a variety of worlds, both realistic and fantastical (think firemen and dinosaurs).

If you are interested in buying the product, hover over the photo above to click through to Walmart to shop!

Seeing as that the PLAYMOBIL playsets were perfect for my son, I bought the PLAYMOBIL Explorers Hidden Temple with T-Rex playset and the PLAYMOBIL Explorers Enemy Quad with Triceratops, because he has a thing with Dinos!

When we first brought our PLAYMOBIL playsets home, I knew I needed to find a way to make my son's imaginative and creative play educational. So after thinking, I finally came up with 5 ways to make creative play educational. The ways are naming colors, naming objects, asking what a certain part does, matching and helping build a playset, and cleaning up. 

Naming colors

One of the most important educational aspects of PLAYMOBIL is that they are very detailed and colorful. In order to help your child with colors, have them name some of the colors on a playset. You can also have them compare the colors.

Naming objects

Naming certain objects is a great way to educate your child. If your playset has dinos, like mine, you could have your child name the type of dino, or if your playset has a firefighter, your child could name all of the different kinds of equipment that a firefighter uses.

Asking what a certain part does

Children are always creative in their play, and asking them what a certain part does is a great way to educate them. You could ask them what a lever does, how a gate opens, what you have to do to open a door, etc. 

Matching and helping build a playset

One of the nice things about PLAYMOBIL is the fact that they have really detailed building instructions. To help your child with matching, show them a picture of a part and then ask them to find it/match it. Doing that will not only help your child with matching, but it will help them learn problem solving skills also. 

Cleaning Up

Besides actually building a playset, the major part is cleaning up. To help your child with cleaning up, you can make it a game- "I can clean up faster than you can" or you can make the figures do the cleaning. 

My family and I love to play with PLAYMOBIL products, because they are very educational in their own right. I also love shopping at Walmart, because they are like a one-stop-shop! They have everything. Walmart is great to get toys due to the price matching, if they don't have something in store, you can order it, they have the savings catcher app, and most of all, the prices are so good!

If you are interested, you can find PLAYMOBIL products at Walmart, in the toy section right next to the building blocks. 

Check out PLAYMOBIL on social media to stay up to date on everything PLAYMOBIL! Their social media -> 
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Have you every played with a PLAYMOBIL playset? If not, what's stopping you?

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