June 13, 2017

Easy Budgeting Tips for College Students

Hey y'all!

If I had a dollar for every time I heard a college student calling themselves broke, then I wouldn't be a broke college student myself. Your early twenties is the time when you get to learn about a not-so-wonderful thing called a budget.

Although a large majority of us are still under mom and dad's wing, we still have to mostly fend for ourselves. Some of us learn the hard way when we run out of dining dollars only a month into the semester, and then there are those of us who very wisely choose to use our money to do laundry instead of going to the bar for the fifth time this week. (even if there are $3 shots)

I'm definitely a mix of the two. I don't waste my money on dominoes every night, but I've had a few times where I've held my breath while scanning my debit card. It's all about balance, right?


June 6, 2017

What Not to Pack for College

Hey y'all!

I'm sure we've all seen the typical campus checklists for freshman going to college. Dorm life is exciting, but it's always important to keep in mind that the rooms are fairly small. I was lucky enough to live in apartment style dorms so I had a big room to myself, but most college students don't!

Since you have limited space, you really don't want to take stuff that you won't use. If you feel like there's something you actually do need, you can purchase it when you're already at school. I'm here to help you with what you 100% won't need to take to college with you. You can thank me later.

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May 30, 2017

Simple Avocado Toast Recipe

Hey y'all!

I think we can all agree that avocados are pretty trendy. Think I'm wrong? Then let me know why they have their very own emoji 🥑 (still waiting on the flamingo, Apple..) Along with the avocado cult is the one and only avocado toast. Not only is it extremely delicious, but it's also aesthetically pleasing, as I'm sure you've seen all over your Instagram feed.

The first time I ever made avocado toast, I literally just put a mashed up avocado on toast. Don't get me wrong, I love avocado and I love toast, but it was just so bland. Needless to say, it wasn't super yummy, and I didn't really understand the hype.

But after experimenting and listening to other people's opinions of what the perfect avocado toast recipe is, I have finally perfected my own vegan avo-toast!
Easy avocado toast recipe that's also vegan! | texasweettea

May 24, 2017

How I Decorated My Apartment on a College Girl's Budget

Hey y'all!

I love home decor. I could spend hours on end walking around Target, Home Goods or Hobby Lobby, just looking at all of the stuff they have. But I think we can all agree that buying stuff for our homes adds up pretty quickly. When I first moved in, I always had to remind myself that it's a marathon, and not a sprint!


In all honestly, I'm not completely in love with the space I live in right now. Since I'm still in college, I rent my furniture. I rented it through my apartment complex so it was a "get what you get and you don't throw a fit" situation. All of the furniture is dark wood tops with silver metal trimmings. Definitely not the vibe I'm going for.

So I though I would share with you some of my favorite pieces I have in my apartment that helps to make it feel a little more like my own space (but are still super affordable)!

May 9, 2017

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Hey y'all!

I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of the "Freshman 15", but if you haven't...
Freshman 15 : when a first year college student comes back the following year and appears to have gained about 15 pounds from eating too much and not enough exercise. - Urban Dictionary
I think a lot of people think it's a myth, but it really isn't. I have so many friends that have felt discouraged because they gained weight during their freshman year (or the sophomore 30). A lot of the time, weight gain sneaks up on us and it's not until we look back at a picture and think "wow, I used to look like THAT?"

Well, I'm lucky enough that I actually lost 5 lbs when I was a freshman in college! So I hope that you take my advice because it's a lot easier to be proactive and avoid gaining weight rather than to gain it and try to work it off!



May 3, 2017

5 Free Mother's Day Cards


Hey y'all!

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and that makes me so so happy!! Not only do I get to celebrate one of my favorite people, but I get to go home and see her -- ya know, the whole college out-of-state thing is fun until it comes to holidays where you can't spend them with your fam.

I think we can all agree that our mothers are the coolest people around. They take care of us when we are sick, help us wipe away the tears when we are sad, and are always cheering on the side lines when you're kicking ass at life. Moms seriously rock!!

I would consider my mom one of my best friends and I tell her everything that's going on in my life -- that basically means if I hate you, so does Lenore, sorry!! I'm not even exaggerating when I say that I FaceTime her at least once a week, and I'm constantly calling her asking how to cook something (your girl is trying to be #housewifematerial but I had no clue how to roast garlic in the oven last week...) 

So I hope that like me, you're making/getting/planning something special for Mother's Day. To make your life a little easier, you can download one (or all, I don't judge) of these prints to be the perfect little side-kick to the main attraction for your mom. 

April 26, 2017

Improve Your Photography Challenge - Part 2

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Hey y'all!

As mentioned in my original Improve Your Photography Challenge post, I teamed up with CreativeLive to take an online photography class on "How to Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR". And boy, did I learn a lot!


April 21, 2017

11 of the Cutest Accessories to Spruce up your Work Desk

Hey y'all!

I'm a huge sucker for #aesthetic and who doesn't want a fun and creative work space? I think it's super important to love the space that you're in because if you like your space, you'll enjoy working. Plus it helps with inspiration!

I personally don't have room for an office space (college apartments are tiny), but if I did, this is totally how I would choose to decorate it! I went with a rose gold and acrylic theme because I feel like it's super trendy.


April 12, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Class Schedule

Hey y'all!

I know before college orientation, I was really worried about signing up for classes. I had no clue what to expect, and I'm definitely the planning type so it stressed me out not knowing my schedule at the beginning of summer. When I finally sat down at the computer where I was going to sign up for my classes, it went by so quickly and I didn't really feel confident in the classes I had selected.

I really wish that I had looked into advice before I signed up, because it definitely would have saved me from signing up for a 9 am class on Friday mornings (it was miserable to say the least 😭). I hope my tips can help you to create the perfect class schedule!


April 6, 2017

High End Makeup Products Worth Buying

Hey y'all!

I love talking about makeup products that I use. It's one of my absolute favorite things to splurge on! I can't count the amount of times that I've specifically saved up money to purchase a high-end product. Today I've compiled a list of my favorite items that I definitely think are worth buying!



March 31, 2017

How to be the Perfect PNM During Sorority Recruitment

Hey y'all!

I have received so much positive feedback from "My Recruitment Experience" at the University of Alabama. If you're coming here to read this, you're either about to go through recruitment, or you're just curious about greek life in general! Either way, I hope this post can help answer your questions and calm your nerves.

Since I've only got through recruitment at UA, these tips are directed towards bama girls! Although I'm sure most recruitments are similar. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll try to help you the best I can!


March 26, 2017

Improve Your Photography Challenge

I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Hey y'all!

I am so beyond thrilled to announce that I'm teaming up with CreativeLive to take a photography class! The best part? It's completely online so it fits perfectly with my busy college schedule. I plan on using whatever free time I have to sit down with my boyfriend (he helps take pics for my blog!), and learn how to "Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR".

For those of you that don’t know, CreativeLive offers more than 1,500 e-courses taught by some amazing people. They offer courses not just in photography, but money + life, crafting, and even music verticals.


March 16, 2017

Vegan Grocery List Staples + Free Printable Checklist


Hey y'all!

I think a lot of people have the mindset that vegans only eat kale. That couldn't be further from the truth. I still get to enjoy things like cookies, popcorn and most importantly, ice cream. It's all about looking at ingredients! Once you learn how to read a label, it's easy.

This is a simple list of things that I always like to have in my kitchen. This list has everything a vegan could need to snack on! Some healthy and some not-so-healthy!! I linked the particular brands that are vegan, but like I said, always be sure to check the label. 



March 6, 2017

DIY Choker T-Shirt

Hey y'all!

How cute is this top?! I've had to the idea to DIY this choker-style shirt ever since football season. I saw this type of shirt all over etsy and I knew I could easily do it myself for waaay cheaper.

This only took me about 5 minutes to do, and cost about $6 (thanks to walmart!) All you need is a shirt, a ruler, a pencil and a pair of scissors!



March 1, 2017

Alphabet Date Ideas

Super cute + creative ideas for date nights when Netflix and Chill just aren't cutting it. | texasweettea.com


Hey y'all!

Date ideas can be hard. And although "Netflix and chill" is fun every now and then, it can get a little boring. That's why I sat down with Michael (the bf, duh) and we made a list of fun date ideas! They range from free to a little pricey, but that's what makes them all so different!

I know a few of these may sound a little confusing, for example, queso making! Hop onto amazon.com, purchase a fondue pot, look up some cheese (or anything else you want to make) recipes on pinterest, and let the fun begin.

Also be sure to check out Groupon for coupons for some of the activities above. Or even use it to find even more date idea inspiration.

Personally, I want to try out an escape room soon because they look super fun! Plus, Michael and I are both pretty competitive so it would be a great challenge to race against the clock!

Be sure to pin this for later, so  you can get inspired for your next fun date!


 
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February 22, 2017

Sophomore Year: What's in my Backpack

Hey y'all!

In a previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to do something about what essentials I keep in my backpack. Well, here it is! I love being able to help out other students because college is definitely trial and error when it comes to finding out the perfect routine. 

I would consider myself a pretty organized person, so some of the things I carry around may not necessarily be useful to everyone. But in case you're interested, I linked some of my favorite things!




February 13, 2017

Shoe Essentials Every Collegiate Needs

Hey y'all!

Shoes are such an important part of any wardrobe and can make or break an outfit. But when moving into a dorm room, minimizing the amount of shoes you have is essential. Since you won't have much space, picking out shoes that can be versatile and comfy is definitely key! I have complied a list of shoes that work for every occasion. I personally own almost all of these and highly recommend!




February 2, 2017

6 Vegans You Need to Watch on YouTube

Hey y'all!

If you're anything like me, you watch YouTube videos like they're going out of style. I watch anything from vlogs to makeup tutorials. And believe it or not, there are plenty of vegan (or plant-based eaters) to watch! Below I have linked a few of my favorites.


For Fashion & Lifestyle Videos :

Tori Sterling //  click the link to see her "how to be vegan" video

Mel Joy


For Recipes :

Liv's Healthy Life

Cheap Lazy Vegan

→ Tess Begg


For Miscellaneous :

→ Nina and Randa



 
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January 25, 2017

Cowl Neck Sweater


Hey y'all!

Has anyone else missed fashion posts? Because me too. For my birthday back in December, I received a new camera lens, but I just haven't had the time (or the right outfit) to take pictures. I'm hoping that will change!

Let's start off by admiring this gorgeous patchwork cowl neck sweater. I love wearing poncho-styled tops because they keep you warm and can hide a food baby, both equally important factors. I chose to pair it with these dark wash high-rise flare jeans. I am so on board with this bell-bottom trend. Especially for tall girls, I think they do an amazing job of accentuating long legs. 

For a cold night out, I would opt to wear a pair of black booties, and boy are these comfortable! I picked them up on Black Friday when I was in Nashville. They're perfect and such an amazing steal! If it's not freezing outside, you can always pair this outfit with wedges!

And last, but not least, a black fringe purse (1 + 2) to go along with your #ootd. This one in particular is sold out, but I linked two similar options above!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


 
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January 18, 2017

How to Plan Like a Pro in College

Hey y'all!

Today we are talking about one of my absolute favorite things, PLANNERS!! Don't worry, I'm not an over organizer where I decorate my planner with stickers and such (been there, tried that, too much to keep up with), but I'm definitely a huge believer in writing things down.

Since it's the beginning of a new year AND the beginning of a new semester, I thought it would be super fun to share with you how I use my planner. 

As everyone begins with their New Years Resolutions, I know a lot of people have "get organized" on their to do list. Hopefully my tips can help you out since I'll also be sharing how I stay organized during the school year. 

January 13, 2017

Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit


Primer / Foundation / Concealer / Makeup Sponge / Powder / Blush / Eyeshadow Palette / Mascara / Eyeliner

Hey y'all!

Today's post is one of my favorite things to talk about, makeup. I used to be super skeptical about drugstore makeup products. I firmly believed that if something was under $10 then there was no way it could work. And honestly, that couldn't be further from the truth!

Now a large part of my beauty routine consists of products that I can just grab from Target! Not to mention, it makes my wallet a lot happier when I'm not  shelling out $20 on an eyeliner every few months.

Linked above are my own favorite drugstore products. I've used all of them that are listed. And personally, I use the mascara and makeup sponge every single day that I choose to wear makeup!

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January 6, 2017

Almond Milk & Berry Smoothie


Hey y'all!

Part of my New Year's resolution is to eat a more plant-based diet or essentially eat vegan! I plan on doing some more blog posts in the near future about my decision, my favorite snacks and even some good documentaries to watch if you're considering it!

Here's a yummy smoothie recipe that's perfect for vegans and is super easy to make! I originally found this recipe on Food Network's website and just had to share with my readers, but I changed it up a tiny bit.

Yields:
→  2 glasses

Ingredients:
→  1/2 medium banana, cut into chunks
→  1/4 cup frozen blueberries
→  1/4 cup frozen strawberries
→  1/4 cup frozen mango (chopped into chunks)
→  2 cups of unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk

Instructions:
→  Mix all ingredients in a blender until combined, about 40 seconds. Serve in a glass and enjoy!

Tips:
→  I use refrigerated almond milk to make sure the drink is cold.
→ Add some granola on top for a nice crunch. My personal favorite is Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flaxseed (shown in the picture!)


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