All the Fall Vibes: A List

If you’re like me – I am super excited for this fall season. It doesn’t last super long unfortunately, so we have to do what we can while the season lasts! I’ve compiled a list of all things fall, so you can get some ideas too.

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  1. Should I start with the most obvious one? Pumpkin picking! I looooove pumpkin season. It’s that time of year to pick out pumpkins to decorate your house with, gourds to decorate your room and then later on in October, pumpkins to carve!!
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2. Visit your local harvest festival. I know that where I live, there are so many different harvest festivals going on from city to city. I love going around and looking at all the vendors while sipping some hot apple cider and soaking in that autumn weather. Depending on what kind of market it is, you can find jams and spreads, candy apples, corn on the cob, some cute fall apparel and accessories etc. A lot of vendors are people like you and I, just showing the world what they can make.

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3. Take a walk in a park with lots of trees. Certain parks have GORGEOUS trees of all different colours. It’s such a great time to take daily walks and embrace the autumn weather and colours. If you’re in Toronto, one of the best places to go would be High Park. High Park is such a beautiful park, every single season. But especially during the fall and spring. Definitely a must-see.

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4. Baking!!! God, I love baking. It’s definitely a new found hobby with the whole quarantine happening. I’ve been trying to bake healthy versions of foods such as gluten-free, lactose-free and refined sugar-free muffins and cookies. I’m gluten and lactose sensitive so that’s the only reason why I’ve chosen to make my recipes like that. But gluten and dairy is not bad for you and does not need to be something you restrict if you don’t have to! But anyways, this is the time to get some baking in. Apple pie? Sign me up.

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5. HALLOWEEN MOVIES. Do I need to say any more?! This is what I LIVE for during this fall season. There are so many classics on Netflix right now such as: Hocus Pocus, Hubie Halloween, Rebecca, Cadaver, Goosebumps, Oculus, Sinister, Coraline and more. There’s so many different movies to watch depending on the level of horror/thriller you’re looking for.

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6. Corn Maze! I love these. It’s a lot more fun to do it either with your S/O or a few friends. Debating which ways to go and getting lost is so fun and sure to be a great activity to add to your list.

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7. If you’re an animal lover like me, visiting farm animals or a petting zoo can be so fun this season. If you’re going East, there is one about an hour and a half from Toronto called the Big Apple. They have activities there, farm animals, indoor market etc. You can even feed the animals and pet them! So fun for the family.

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8. Although Toronto has cancelled all of their fall events such as Oktoberfest, you can host your own! Be aware of the COVID guidelines, but invite a few friends and do a potluck, decorate the house, put on some halloween tunes and drink some spooky drinks. It’s cheaper, more personal and could be more fun depending on how you execute it. Have fun!!

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9. Find a nice bike trail & ride bikes with a friend or S/O! Get your bike riding in before the winter season comes, exploring the town you live in could be super fun especially if you find a spot that you’ve never seen before. Or, if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to bike – hike! I love hiking especially on hike trails or large conservation areas. The trees and wildlife are always so pretty. If you’re in the GTA, a beautiful spot is Heber Down Conservation Area.

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10. Collect leaves and press them for a scrapbook later. I used to do this a TON when I was younger. I was so fascinated by how the leaves would change colour and the different colours based on the type of leaf. They’re super pretty and look great for scrapbooks, book marks, coasters, framed etc.

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11. Pick up a new hobby – candle making! With all different kinds of scents this season, this could be way better than your typical bath and body works candles because YOU made them. AND, with the lovely time we live in – Amazon Prime ships to you the next day so it’s easy to get started.

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12. Dress up in your cutest ‘fit, pack a basket of food and a soft blanket and grab your bff or S/O and go on a picnic. You could even grab coffees or hot apple cider on the way to your destination and don’t forget to snap a pic. Such a cute date idea.

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13. Last but not least, shopping. I LOVE FALL DECOR! You can go to a Marshalls, Winners, Homesense or even Dollarama and grab some cute fall decor for an affordable price. I love decorating my room with cute fall leaves (fake, of course), fall themed pillows, ceramic pumpkins or even real ones! Also, decorate your front porch with a super cute fall-themed welcome mat, a hay bale, pumpkins, sunflowers etc. You can find some great decor ideas on Pinterest. I’m obsessed.

Happy fall y’all. Stay safe & feel free to share with your friends or your S/O to give them some low-key hints/ideas!

Top 8 Back to School Essentials: ONLINE EDITION

So, thanks to the lovely COVID-19, most of us have all online classes or at least a majority of online. Nonetheless, we still need to treat this semester like a real and true semester. We still have assignments to do, exams to study for and a future to work towards. So, let’s get into the back to school essentials to make those goals a lot easier to achieve!

KROSER Laptop Backpack 15.6 inch Water-Repellent
  1. Backpack. So, you may not want to purchase a backpack for this semester because of it being mostly online courses etc. BUT, have you ever worked in a coffee shop? A library? At a friend’s house? How do you expect to haul your books and laptop around? You can find this perfect bag here. It’s a super simple bag with all the necessities you need including a smaller bag that can be double as a pencil case or even a travel makeup bag! It also has a super convenient USB port to connect your power bank too (not included).
AmazonBasics Retractable Ballpoint Pen – 24 Pack

2. Pens. Okay, how have I lost all of my pens over the years? It’s actually insane. But, this 24 pack of assorted colours actually excites me. Pens get me so hyped for school because I love note taking and this pack is amazing because now I can note take in all different colours making it easier to study!!! Anyways, click here for these colourful babies.

Desk Organizer with Non-Slip Rubber Feet

3. Desk Organizer. Let’s face it, we need to organize that mess. If we’re going to be home all day everyday working at our desk, we need to keep it tidy or things are going to get misplaced and then the anxiey is really going to start pumping. I tried to look for a cute and affordable desk organizer because I’m not a huge fan of those mesh black ones (you know the ones). So I found this one for about $40 and it looks SO clean and well kept. It’s perfect.

Computer Monitor Stand 2 Tiers

4. And then if you’re a freak like me, I like everything to match. So I found this matching monitor stand (I use it for my laptop) and it is super cute side by side! They offer a money back guarantee, so these are no joke!

5. Laptop adjustable riser. This is such a great alternative to a desk riser which tend to be super expensive.. If you’ve been wanting to stand more (because it’s better for you), then I suggest trying out this laptop stand adjustable riser. You can use it while you’re in bed or on top of your desk! Stop slouching and create a better posture for yourself.

AmazonBasics Pack of Notebooks

6. Notebooks are definitely an essential. I have always opted for Hilroy because of the price, but I found some pretty great notebooks for a steal from AmazonBasics. It comes in a pack of 6 and they are all different colours. These are also all hole-punched so you can add them to your binders if needed. You can get all 6 notebooks for under $20

Cambridge Academic Planner 2020-21

7. Academic planner, how could I forget that? It’s probably my favourite thing on this list. I found this super cute, large workstyle planner for a pretty decent price and it comes in other colours and sizes as well. It has everything from weekly overviews to tabbed months making it easier to flip to. One of my favourite parts of this planner is the space at the top of each month where you can write down your priorities – super helpful.

Staedtler 264 CWP6 Textsurfer Classic Pastel Highlighter

8. These highlighters are super cute! Not your typical highlighters, these are pastel coloured so your notes look way better and less dull! These highlighters are also chunky, so easy to control and hold as well as they are pretty smudge proof against a variety of different inks!

I hope this list helped with some online shopping as well as prepares you for this upcoming semester! Good luck everyone, let’s kill it. If you use any of the links provided, tag me on IG @sambeanaxox, I’d love to see what you guys pick up!

Midterm Blues

The dreaded midterm blues are here for all you college and university students. This time around, you’re going to kill it. Don’t let these midterms take over your sanity.

First things first – be prepared. Personally, I have learned from my mistakes (and I have continued to make these same mistakes semester after semester until I finally said enough!) and I have tried my best to simply PREPARE. Now, this can be done pretty easily if you attend every class and take great notes. But, if you’ve missed a class or two – make sure to ask a friend (well in advance of the midterm!!!!) if you could copy their notes. Without notes, it is super hard for most people to be prepared for midterm exams, it is extremely hard to sit down and go through an entire textbook because almost half of it is full of jargon that will most likely not be on the actual exam.

Second, studying even when you don’t feel like it. Trust me – I know it is easier said than done. But, this step is crucial for the above step to work. It certainly does not have to be long either, break it up so that it doesn’t seem as taunting. For example, study a little bit every day after class to ensure that all of the information that you’ve just learned actually resonates with you. Take your notes home, and sit down for 20 minutes then grab a snack and get on with the rest of your day.

Third step/tip is to know when to seek extra help. At the start of the semester, it may be beneficial to get extra help after class right away to get you on the right track. Typically, the school you are going to may have extra resources that you can go to during certain times where they touch on certain subjects to help students that might be struggling. But, another way you can do this is to form yourself a little study group. With the people sitting around you, ask if any of them would like to form a study group to prepare for the upcoming exam – or reach out via a facebook group (if your school has one).

Fourth and my most useful tip is to re-write. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my note taking, however, these notes do not mean I am an amazing student. But, it means that I genuinely take my time to ensure that the knowledge gets stuck inside my head while also ensuring that my notes look neat and tidy. Whenever I try to write out my notes in class, I tend to write them very quickly and usually messy so I like to go in after and re-write them adding key points, highlighting, starring important phrases etc. This also works a ton if you use your laptop for note-taking, when you are done typing – write it out! It is known that re-writing something actually ensures that you are really reading it rather than mindlessly typing it.

Remember, we are all different learners and all have different ways to study so this list is kind of a universal study tip list. If you need extra help – remember that it is not embarrassing, and it is actually crucial for you to get that extra help in order to pass or get a better mark. Your success and learning is what matters most!