Peanut Butter Cookie Cups


If there is one truth in the universe that everyone can agree on, it’s that chocolate and peanut butter is a holy combination. A divine duo, if you will. Any dessert utilizing this decadent pairing will be an inevitable hit. It’s science!

Unless, of course, you happen to be allergic to peanuts, in which case I offer my most sincere condolences. It truly is that good

Which is why today I have yet another PB/chocolate recipe for you all today (see chocolate party bark, no-bake pb & chocolate cereal bars,  classic puppy chow, peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread,  peanut butter cup cheesecake bars, baked peanut butter cup s’mores dip) Chocolate-stuffed peanut butter cookie cups!

That’s right. 

Chocolate-stuffed peanut butter cookie cups. 

Chocolate stuffed peanut butter cookie cups

A chewy, rich, peanut-buttery cookie, cooked until golden and soft, filled with creamy milk chocolate and garnished with a drizzle, should you so desire. Goes well with a tall glass of milk and a smile. πŸ˜‰ 

As if that weren’t good enough, these bad boys get even better–there’s only six ingredients. That’s it! Right now, you are five ingredients away from your own chocolate-stuffed peanut butter cookie cups. All they take are a cup of peanut butter, a splash of vanilla, a cup of sugar(s), one egg, your milk chocolate of choice, and a tablespoon or so of coconut oil. 

You probably have all of those ingredients in your pantry, too. Simple and delicious. That’s how I like ’em!

To make these, you combine the peanut butter, sugars, and egg in a medium bowl, mixing until fully combined. The dough for these is rather sticky, so I recommend either chilling the dough for an hour or two before baking, or rolling the dough after running your hands under water so they’re slightly wet. It helps the dough to not stick so much!

You then put about a tablespoon of dough into each mini muffin pan divot, pressing it into the sides to leave room for the chocolate. Once that’s complete, you melt your chocolate and combine it with the coconut oil, which gives the chocolate a smoother, creamier texture without affecting the taste. You then add in your desired amount of chocolate into each cookie cup, leaving some for garnish. 

With the remaining dough, you seal the tops of the cookie cups, stamp with a fork to make the signature peanut butter cookie crosshatch, and then bake for fifteen-twenty minutes until the edges are golden and the middles are set. 

Now comes the tough part. 

You have to let them cool  c o m p l e t e l y  before taking them out of the tin, or the melted chocolate will cause the cookie cups to fall apart. Once you do get them out of the pan, however, you can drizzle with the remaining chocolate and enjoy with a tall, cold glass of milk. 

I can practically taste it now. 

Let’s get to it, shall we? πŸ˜€

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Summer Running 2.0

Running in ideal conditions is hard enough as is, let alone in 90 degree heat in 90% humidity at 9 o’clock in the morning when you could still be sleeping. Because of this, I’m up for anything that’ll make it less miserable–and why I’ve gathered a few tips & tricks to share with you and make running this summer a little more fun. πŸ˜›


Tip #1: Go early. I know, I know. I’m cringing too. But, it makes a h u g e difference conditions-wise. For my school’s cross country summer camp, we meet at 7 in the morning, and while that is painfully early, it’s often ten-to-twenty degrees cooler and significantly less humid than it’ll be even a few hours later. Plus, by going for a run not long after you wake up, you don’t have to worry about eating something before you go. By the time you finish showering off after your run, you’re ready for breakfast and you still have your whole day ahead of you to do with what you please. It might take a day or two to adjust to running earlier, but trust me, you won’t regret it!



Tip #2: Track your runs with some sick gear. I’m someone who likes to be in-the-know and I’m proud of it. I like to know what’s going on, be it the endings of books or plot twists in movies or, in this case, my running stats. I recently broke my old green watch (RIP Garmin Forerunner 10) and replaced it with it’s older sister that’s got a few more bells and whistles. πŸ™‚ I now use the Garmin Forerunner 25 (linked above), which not only gives you the standard features (GPS, pace, distance, etc.) but also provides bluetooth connectivity that syncs up with your phone whenever it’s turned on. Garmin also has a pretty decent app set up (it’s similar to the Fitbit app, if you’re familiar with that) where you can view your progress, as well as connect with friends or family members also on the app. This watch also can act as an activity tracker, counting steps and tracking your sleep, if you so choose. I don’t use it for this particular factor, only because it doesn’t really go with my usual style. πŸ˜‰ Using a watch also makes keeping track of pace and distance much easier while running. I highly recommend it! 

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Tip #3: Get a good playlist goingMusic makes such a massive difference while running, and because we don’t get to use it during cross country runs, it makes it more of a treat when I do get to have it. It makes running by yourself a little less lonely, too. πŸ˜› I don’t shy away from dancing at stop lights or mouthing the lyrics to myself when running, either. Makes it more interesting ;). Right now, whatever they’re playing on the radio is really workin’ for me (both country and pop πŸ˜‰ ) so I’ve got a mixture of both on my playlist. Thomas Rhett (T-shirt, anyone?) and Carrie Underwood make some clutch appearances on my playlist, as does that one Ariana Grande song, Into You. So. CATCHY. The new One Republic and P!nk songs are fab, too. You can find my playlist here if you’d like to give it a listen! πŸ˜€

That’s all I’ve got for you today! If you’ve got any tips on summer running for me, I would love to hear them! Any help I can get is much appreciated. For real. πŸ˜‰ 


Mini Berry Tarts


Happy Wednesday to ya, folks!

Today (like most days) I was craving a little somethin’ sweet. It was a gorgeous day and I had a five-mile run under my belt, so it only felt appropriate that I treat myself. πŸ™‚ To do so, I enlisted the help of a long-time best friend (and blog follower–she’s made it on here before!): Lizzardbacon (Elizabeth works too, I guess πŸ˜‰ )


Since it was a bit on the warmer side of things (to the tune of upper-80’s, might I add), we both thought something a little lighter (but still just as delicious) was in order. A quick scroll through Pinterest and we landed on the perfect solution: mini berry tarts! 

These are the perfect summer treat. They’re light, tart, a tad crumbly, and very satisfying. They look very patriotic, too (Fourth of July is coming up, you know!). Plus, they’re mini, so you can eat six (or ten?) and be a-okay, right? 

These little tarts also come together pretty quickly, and you probably have all of the ingredients for them on hand in your very kitchen. Right now. Seriously,  go check. πŸ˜‰

The base is a simple sugar cookie crust that consists of some unsalted butter, a dash of salt, a splash of vanilla, and a bit of powdered sugar. That’s it. No eggs, milk, soy, nuts…nada. πŸ˜€ Simplicity is key. 

Once the dough comes together, you make the filling by rinsing and draining about a cup of your berries of choice (it’s blueberry season!) and tossing them with some cornstarch, lemon juice, and plain ol’ granulated sugar. About a tablespoon (maybe a little less) of the mixture goes into each tart, and the leftover juice can be drizzled onto the tarts as well. 

You then pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cookie turns all golden and wonderful, let them cool (maybe?), and proceed to eat the entire batch. 

I’m not kidding about that. We maybe made 15 of them, and by the time we were done taking pictures for the blog we had about eight left. And right now, two. 😈 Gotta love summer!

Ta-da! Simple and muy delicioso. 

Let’s get to it, shall we? 

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Saddle Bag


similar bags here & here // vinyl monogram

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be able to go to NYC with my mom as an early birthday gift. While that amazing trip could take up a few posts in and of itself (which you’ll probably see sometime in the future πŸ˜‰ ), I’d like to focus on something inspired by the trip, if not directly from

I’m talkin’ about this purse, which has been my go-to ever since we got back from NY way back in February. When we were there, we spent a day in Soho (I could have spent an entire week there but, sadly, we had only two and a half days πŸ€—) despite it feeling like it was ten below. πŸ˜›  We popped into the Coach store, and while a very nice woman was showing us around the store, this particular bag caught my eye: 

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Coach bag

Perfect, no? Love at first sight. The bright contrasting trim, the soft cognac leather, the little embossed NYC–I loved (and still do!) everything about the bag. 

That is, until I saw the price…(c’est la vie, oui?) 

Of course it had to be fabulously out of my price range, even with my summer job. So we nodded at the salesperson, smiled, said we’d think about it as we ducked back out into the freezing cold, and prayed for sales in the future. Later that day, however, in the cab ride back to our hotel while stuck in traffic, I Googled the purse and searched around on different sites, looking for something similar. And, as you can see, I found a pretty suitable replacement that was under $50–Target, what would I do without you? 

To mimic the NYC-monogram feel that the Coach bag had, I went to a local shop (although there are plenty of Etsy stores online that can do the same for you!) and got some gold vinyl monograms that adhere pretty darn well to the faux-leather.

I now use the purse as my everyday, as it fits a pack of gum, sunglasses, my wallet, and my phone without any issues, and I could fit a lot more in there if I needed to! Since it’s a smaller bag, too, it’s easy to reach and find what I’m looking for quickly. There’s also a small pocket on the front, a zippered pocket on the inside for the smaller things you want to keep track of, and a pocket in the back that’s the perfect size for your phone. I love this bag even more than the Coach version because it’s just as cute, but at a fraction of the cost. Couture on the cheap, y’know? 

Sadly, when I looked online again the same bag I bought was not on Target’s website, but there were a few very similar bags that I linked above.

That’s all I have for you today, loves! Have a wonderful day πŸ’•. 


Summer Brights


L’Oreal Pop Balm “Caring Coral” // Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color “Guava” // Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids “Vivid Rose” // Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment “Tulip” // Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick “Kimchi”

Summer is a time for the bright and the beautiful. The trees are greener, the flowers bold and abundant, the sun shining a little brighter, a little longer, and a little hotter. πŸ˜‰ It’s like the saturation on life has been cranked up momentarily, only to be drained away come November to a bleakly-colored world of beige and grey. Granted, I love cable knit sweaters and riding boots as much as the next person, but the three-month hiatus from it all is absolutely lovely. πŸ˜€

Alright, enough soliloquizing. πŸ˜›

Let’s get to the point of this post–lipstick!

Like I said, summer is the time for the bright and the beautiful, and cosmetics are no exception. There’s nothing like a good vivid lip color to complement your sun-bronzed skin. Or, even if you don’t tan all that much, you can never go wrong with a bright pink. πŸ˜›

These five I’ve selected are my go-tos, my mains, my MVP’s–lemme break it down for you. The first, a pop-balm from L’Oreal, is a low key but surprisingly vivid coral that’s super comfortable to wear and more pink than orange. It’s on the sheer side, but can be built up if you’d like, and there’s no sparkle or shimmer in it.

The next is a step up from the first, pigment-wise, and is a Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color that is my favorite summer shade. It’s on the more red end of the coral spectrum, and has tiny gold flecks in it. Despite this, it’s still super comfortable (you can’t feel them at all) and stays on for a long time, as long as you don’t eat a hamburger or something while wearing it, because it will wear away from the inside out. 

Getting away from the coral shades, the Maybelline lipstick is possibly the brightest lipstick I own, and probably the most flattering, too. It’s creamy, suuupppeerrr pigmented, and makes your teeth look whiter and your skin tanner. It’s not quite a Barbie-pink, not quite a firetruck red, but the perfect in between. It’s perfect. 

The Fresh lip balm is the toned-down, lower-maintenance version of the Maybelline lipstick. It’s more pink than the latter, but very comfortable. You can apply it without a mirror and still know that it looks fab. That’s always a plus, right? I kept it in my school bag along with another shade of the same lip balm because they’re perfect on-the-go kinda shades. 

And lastly, a little lipstick from Bite Beauty that can pack punch, lemme tell ya. This is the Barbie-doll, in-your-face, no-mistaking pink that is not messing around. It’s a one-swipe kinda color that’ll last for hours, and leave a rosy stain behind. If you’re not afraid of color, this is for you! I know I love it. 

So that’s all I have for you today, loves. If you’ve got any lipstick suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them! Have a fabulous day!



Period Piece


Good morning everyone!

Since we’re closing out on the first full week of summer, with many more beach trips and days spent poolside ahead of us, I thought I’d recommend a few books that are great to read while stretched out in the sun. 

It’s no secret that my favorite time period in history has to be the twentieth century. Every decade was so different from the last, with a completely different culture and set of values and style that was both related to and not from the time period before. I’m a bit of a history buff, too, so adding to my arsenal of random historical knowledge never hurts. 

Even if you’re not super into that particular field of study, each of these books is so captivating and beautifully written that I’m sure at least one of these books will tickle your fancy. πŸ˜› So, without further ado, the books

What the Lady Wants by RenΓ©e Rosen

This might just be my favorite out of the bunch. It takes place in the gilded era of Chicago, post-fire and World’s Fair, following the lives of a well-known socialite named Delia Spencer and the department store tycoon Marshall Fields. This is one of those novels thats based in fact, but the author does take some creative liberty with the storytelling, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. That time period is beautiful as it is, and the descriptions of the new Chicago and the dresses they wore and the lives they led paint a very vivid picture of time long past. That, combined with the characters that are so complex and human and heartbreaking, made for a novel that I could not put it down. The romance in this book manifests itself between multiple couples in ways you might not expect, and yet each love story is as cherished as the last, even if it’s not the swept-off-your-feet romantic kind. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Please. Go out and get yourself a copy!

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

This novel is a very close second to What the Lady Wants. Rather than early 20th-century Chicago, this book takes place in tandem in the present-day and in the mid 1960’s, both geographically in the same spot in England. It flips between the present day and the decades prior, slowly unraveling a story that’ll keep you guessing until the very last page at what actually happened. The premise is rather simple for the complicated story it leads up to: in the present day, a woman named Lorna and her fiancΓ© are looking for a wedding venue and come upon this old manor house in Cornwall, slowly falling into disrepair, and she feels this instant connection and can’t figure out why. A few decades earlier, a quaint English family sets out for their annual summer vacation to their house in the country: Black Rabbit Hall. At first the two stories seem unrelated, but the more the stories twist and twine together, the more secrets that are revealed, the more conclusions you come to and think you know, only to have them proven completely wrong–the more you can’t stop reading! I think I finished this book in…three days, maybe? I read it over spring break and have been trying to get everyone I know to read it since. Please do!

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

So this particular novel is not technically a period piece since it does take place in the present day, but the main character, a little kid named Frank, pretends like he lives in Sinatra’s world of the American 1930s and ’40s, so I’m going to go ahead and count it. While not as deep as the first two books I mentioned, this one is cute and sweet, making it a good brain candy kind of novel. Frank is the son of a famous author named Mimi, who is broke because of some bad investments and needs to write another bestseller in order to save herself and her son from financial destitution. She tells her publisher that in order for her to get this book done, she needs a full-time assistant. Enter Alice Whitely, who becomes Franks companion throughout the novel, learning at first to tolerate and then to love his quirks, like his Prohibition-era wardrobe and fondness for old movies. The plot is neither here nor there, but the characters, like I said, are really what make this book great. 

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

I feel like I’m cheating a little bit with this one since I haven’t quite finished yet, but I couldn’t not put it on this list. Set in the 1950s through ’70s in New York City, the book follows a group of socialites and their relationship with literary legend Truman Capote. This is another book where it’s told from two points of view, although this time it’s all in relation to a scandal–and that’s the catch of the book. You know right off the bat that there’s been a scandal, and that it’s destroyed the life (or lives) of the “Swans”, the famed socialites of that time, but you don’t know exactly what happened. The rest of the book is spent flipping back and forth, before and after, painting a complete picture of all of the events that took place. The writing in this book is phenomenal, almost poetic, and I’m really looking forward to finishing it. Maybe you’ll join me? πŸ˜‰

Dollface by RenΓ©e Rosen 

This is by the same author as What the Lady Wants, and while it’s still a wonderful book, it’s not quite on the same level as the other one. Again, this book takes place in Chicago, but follows a very different crowd: rather than the conservative Edwardian socialites, this book focuses on new age flappers and the mobsters of the Prohibition era. Vera, the main character, falls for men of the two different rival gangs of Chicago: the North Side and the South Side. It follows her transformation from a poor stockyards gal to a glamorous flapper married to one of the most notorious mobsters of the time. It’s not all glitz and glamor, though, and the depth of a seemingly surface-level book might surprise you–it definitely did for me! 

That’s all the books I have for you today–I’m sure there will be at least a few more I read this summer ;). Let me know what you’re reading, and your thoughts on any of the books above–I’d love to hear all about it! πŸ˜€


Workout Smoothie

DSC_0394 DSC_0399I’ve read enough articles and had enough poor experiences to know the importance of pre-run and post-run fueling.

But at the same time, I’m also not one to just casually whip up an egg white frittata with mushroom and spinach and sun-dried tomato with a side of 18-grain homemade English muffin with sun butter and organic preserves. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So a smoothie is what I like to call a happy medium. Tastes pretty good, is pretty good for ya, and is pretty darn easy to make. Plus, it can go both ways–either as a pre-run quick dose of energy, or a post-run recovery drink. Two birds with one stone, eh? (Although I think I’d be sick of it if I had it twice in one day!) 

Now, a strawberry banana smoothie might not be the *most* inventive recipe out there, but it’s a classic for a reason! Bananas are a superfood in their own right, hailed by runners for their potassium that somehow keeps side stitches and other cramps away while exercising. Pre-run smoothie perfection! They also are loved by foodies everywhere for the magical texture frozen banana takes on when blended. Creamy like soft serve ice cream, rich, and not overly banana-y, as it can be overpowering at times. Magical, I tell ya. 

Plus, if you’re realizing (like myself) that you and dairy just don’t go together, the banana can be in place of the yogurt base most smoothies have. Now, I don’t like to have to eat my smoothies with a spoon, so adding a half cup of vanilla almond milk is my substitute of choice. If I’m making this post-run, I also like to add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder just for kicks. πŸ™‚ 

And then there’s the strawberries. I really didn’t envision myself soliloquizing so much about a smoothie, but strawberries just taste good. They also tout all of the health benefits that go along with fresh fruit–antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, manganese, etc., etc.  And with the banana the flavor’s almost…nostalgic? It reminds me of the Gogurt tubes I used to have with my lunch in third grade. A happier time. πŸ˜›

So, anywho, there are a few things we learned today. One, eat around your workout. It’s good for ya. Two, bananas are amazing! And three, well, I can write a lot about nothing. πŸ™‚ Let’s just get to the smoothie, shall we? 

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Summer Running

XCsummerPhoto credits to Coach Lev!

With summer drawing to a close, not only does that mean an onslaught of tests and homework and an utter lack of any kind of social life, but it also marks the start of the cross country season!

*cue fireworks and confetti*

Cross country is kind of unique in that, though the season may have officially started this past Monday, a lot of the conditioning and strength-training happened during the summer beforehand, which meant a lot of running these past couple of months. I could not have done it on my own without the help of some amazing teammates and coaches, but I thought I’d share with you some numbers and tips I learned along the way on how to make the most out of your summer training. πŸ˜€

265.3 miles logged from June 8-August 15

10 weeks of summer camp made all of the runs go by so much faster, and easier to accomplish. Knowing I had somewhere to be at a specific time, and having to get my rear in gear to get there, helped to make those runs happen. Having a plan to follow throughout those ten weeks also made the runs easier to plan, and much more enjoyable than just doing the same loop every day. 

5-6 runs a week might sound like a lot, but with the amazing group of girls I was privileged enough to run with combined with the different loops and routes we’d do made the time fly. 

4 lonely treadmill runs while on vacation in D.C. My parents weren’t comfortable with the thought of me running around a big city on my own, so I was confined to the row of treadmills in the fitness center of the hotel. 10/10 do not recommend. So. Boring. 

2 pairs of running shoes carried me throughout the summer. I’m a firm believer in my Asics, particularly in their Gel Cumulus line. Knock on wood and all, but I’ve yet to experience shin splints, knee pain, or any other injuries, so I’m going to chalk it up to good genes and great shoes. πŸ˜›

1 Garmin watch that tracked nearly every mile I ran. This watch (the Forerunner 10) is the perfect size, weight, level of complexity and durability. As you can see in one of the pictures above, it’s a pretty popular watch among my teammates. I’ve run with it in the rain and dropped it multiple times, and yet it still holds up. I love being able to see how far I’ve run and the pace, too. 10/10 do recommend this watch for your average runner. Perfect! 

1 glass of chocolate milk after almost every run. I read a while ago in Runner’s World that it’s the perfect recovery drink for right after your run (<30 minutes after), and I’ll stand by that! Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a glass of chocolate milk? πŸ˜‰

1 incredible team that could not have been more encouraging and supportive and all around amazing throughout the summer, coaches and teammates alike, and one that will make for an even more extraordinary season. Go Scouts!

I’d love to hear about any running you’ve done these past couple of months, or what your team (cross country or not) did this summer to get ready for your season! Have a great Wednesday!

~ Grace

Comfy Kicks

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Let me start off by saying that I am all for cute shoes. A little obsessed, even. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because riding boots and suede booties go with literally everything, and they are freakin’ adorable. 

But they are not always the most comfortable shoes, no? And sometimes (especially for school) the wooden heels on those cute shoes make just a bit too much noise on the linoleum floors and then all of the sudden you sound like a teacher coming down the hall. Some days you just don’t want to deal with that. 

And that’s okay

That’s what comfy kicks are for! That’s what they’re all about. They’re the everyday, throw-on-as-you’re-running-out-the-door, all-around superstar of shoes. They’re casual but versatile, comfortable but still cute, because any kind of shoe with the word “sensible” in front of it will just not do. Last year I rocked a pair of navy Keds almost every single day until it snowed, and then I had to switch to boots, but that’s a different story. They were trashed by the time summer rolled around, so when we went shopping this past weekend, an updated everyday pair of sneakers was definitely on my list.

The Nike Frees in the picture above came from the Nike Outlet, so they were under $100, but I wasn’t able to find the exact pair online so I linked to a similar pair above. They’re soooooooo comfortable and practically slip on, plus I can totally see throwing them on with a pair of jeans and a fun tee when fall rolls around and calling it a day. I haven’t tried running in them yet, so you guys will have to tell me what you think! What are your favorite comfy kicks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 

Talk to y’all later! πŸ™‚

– Grace


School Supplies Essentials

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As much as it breaks my heart to say so, summer is drawing to a close. 


And so, with the end of summer comes a whirlwind of shopping (which isn’t such a bad thing!). Clothes, shoes, bags (backpacks? Satchels? Who knows.), notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, novels, textbooks, calculators, and any other random thing that could be necessary throughout the school year is purchased. It’s like stockpiling, you know? As if you’ll never, ever be able to visit another Target again. I mean, it’s the way we shop, right? Like I bought two backup packs of pencils, a backup pack of colored flares, more highlighters than I’ll ever use, an extra notebook, and an extra binder. Will I need all of that? Probably not. 

But you never know. πŸ˜‰ 

So I just thought I’d share with you all what exactly I bought, how I plan on organizing myself, and other tidbits worth sharing. πŸ˜€

First off is my bag. It’s a decent-sized, sturdy, reversible, vegan-leather (that’s an oxymoron, right?) tote I picked up from Nordstrom’s. It’s pretty inexpensive and holds everything–but not too much. Last year I was the epitome of a freshman with the massive backpack that clocked in at about 25 pounds. And I carried that around allllll day. So, in an effort to avoid that, I ditched the convenient but enabling backpack for this cuter tote that hopefully will help keep how much I carry around with me in check. 

Part of my problem last year was that I was pretty unorganized because I’d bought a bunch of notebooks and binders at the beginning of the year and had just hoped for the best. The notebooks were trashed by second semester, so I had to restock mid-year which was not fun. This year I got a bunch of these binder-notebook-hybrid things that are basically a five-subject notebook with plastic folder-dividers (which you can move around as needed) wrapped in a sturdy cloth binding. I got two of those, one for my morning classes and one for my afternoon classes, with a single-subject one for math. That way there’s no worry about a separate storage for papers and reading and note-taking. All in one!

I then have my planner, which is absolutely essential during the school year (I did a post on that here). I also have a teal-quilted pencil case with the same old black ballpoint pens, colored flares for color-coding my notes, highlighters, and plenty of mechanical pencils for all of those scantron tests. Oh, the wonder of a number two pencil. πŸ˜€ 

The gold sparkly bag in the pictures above is kind of my miscellaneous bag, since the purse doesn’t have any pockets. In there I’m keeping a travel-sized hand lotion, a travel-sized bottle of one of my favorite perfumes (don’t worry, it’s plastic!), these little oil-blotting sheets that are absolute magic (and perfect for touchups during passing periods!), a travel-sized hand sanitizer (someone’s always sick), some post-it sized notecards on a key ring for studying and whatnot, some colored post-it strips for bookmarking pages in books, and some, y’know, other supplies, if you catch my drift. 

Minus the couple of textbooks and workbooks I’m waiting on, this is how I’m planning on organizing myself for this coming school year. I’d love to hear what your tried & true school supplies are–your plan of attack organization-wise, if you will. πŸ™‚ 

Talk to you later, guys! πŸ˜€

– Grace