Back to school season has ended in my neck of the woods. I have two kiddos who have been back to school for a few weeks and one who starts this week. Yay! They are back in school and I have more free time to myself. Yes, I said it.
I am also pretty pleased with how the back to school shopping shaped up as well. All school clothing was thrifted. The only new stuff I bought was socks and underwear. I also shopped at Dollar Tree for the majority of the school supplies. Last year I spent $75 on the basic supplies…this year, $30. Booyah!
Of course there were some items I could not get at the dollar store so here are some of my faves…
I do not buy cheap backpacks and thus I do not have to buy them often. Both of my backpack wearing kiddos had not had new backpacks in several years. I think my daughter had been wearing the same backpack for four years. So I buy a high quality backpack every 3-4 years instead of a cheap one every year.
For my daughter I got the Victoria’s Secret Pink Campus Backpack in seafoam green. We went with a campus backpack because it is spacious enough for all her books and a laptop. I also love the quality of Pink backpacks and being the thrifty shopper I am, I paid about 50% less that retail.
My son is rocking a Beckmann of Norwav Classic backpack. This will last him until highschool probably and we will buy another for sure. It has nicely padded straps, a chest strap, and it distributes 50% of the weight to the hips. It has reflectors on all sides, plenty of room, and a built in rain cover so there is no need to carry an umbrella.
Cat Ear Headphones with Glowing Lights – Okay so I always want a to splurge on a few cute items and this in one of them. They are ADORABLE! I smile every time I see my daughter wearing these and with a 2 year warranty being only $2…these are a good buy.
These Cute Cat Gel Roller Ball Pens also fulfill the pen requirement while being completely adorable and fun my littles.
How did back to school shopping go for you?
Hopefully we all have people in our lives that act as our cheerleaders and who are great for our self-esteem. They lift us up and make us feel great in our own skin. There are also places we can go that promote the same feelings. The beach is one of those places for me. The rush of the ocean and the wind in my hair just make me happy and make me feel that this life is amazing.
We also often have people around us who bring us down. Or maybe it’s a particular place or situation that makes you feel inadequate or self-conscious. It’s important to be aware of these people, places, and situations that bring you down. When you know who and what they are, you can guard against them and if possible avoid them.
Become Aware Of Negative Energy
Your self-confidence takes the biggest hit when you are unaware of the person or situation you’re engaging with. When you feel blind-sided, it hurts, it and it’s hard to recover and rebuild your self-esteem and courage. I like to think of how these people, places, and situations affect us as negative energy. Your first task is to become aware of this negative energy and realize where it’s coming from before it hits you. By simply being aware you avoid being surprised.
Try to identify the sources of negative energy in your life. Do you have certain coworkers, friends, or family who gossip like it is a competitive sport? Hearing all that negativity impacts you, participating in it impacts you as well. Does social media make you feel bad about yourself and make you feel less than others? Does social media bombard you with bad news and negativity? Think about all the sources that allow negativity to seep into your life and you will be better prepared for it in the future.
Guard Against Negtivity And Neutralize It
Once you are aware of what or who is bringing you down, you can start to guard against it. One of my favorite ways of doing this is to expect it going in and realizing what’s causing it. For example, if your cousin always gives you a hard time about your weight, it may help to realize that she’s putting you down because she’s not happy with her own life. If you feel judged by coworkers, it helps to know that they may be doing it to make themselves feel better. Realizing this going in will go a long way towards neutralizing things. Of course another way to guard yourself is to do what you can avoid interacting with the people that bring you down and of course avoiding the places and situations that make you feel bad.
Disengage Until You Feel More Confident And Courageous
Last but not least, avoiding people, places, and situations that will bring you down is always an option. If you know a conversation with your sister will make you feel less confident, or you feel depressed about your life every time you open Facebook, avoid those people and places for now. Take a break and focus on building up your confidence and your self-esteem. Focus on allowing positive energy to flow into your life and actively seek the people and places that allow for this.
Instead of going for that weekly brunch with your sister see if she wants to hit up a movie instead, where the talking is limited. Install plugins on facebook that block your “downers” such as animal cruelty posts and politics. “Like” a bunch of positivity and affirmations pages so your feed is flooded with the good stuff. When you’re ready, you can go back to spending time with those people or hanging out at those places and see how it goes. Often the experience is completely different for you when you approach it in a new and more confident manner.
Of all the journaling methods around, the bullet journal is the probably easiest but has the most confusion surrounding it. You may have seen a bullet journal before and loved how they can be customized into your own perfect personalized journal. You may have also seen one of these journal styles and thought “What the heck? It looks like graphing paper.” They do allow you to create a journal perfect for you in every way but the operative word is “create”. They do require you to get the creative juices flowing and make something that works for you. But once you do, you will fall in love.
Once you know how to make your own bullet journal, and how to use it properly, you can create an effective way to organize your life…every detail small and large, if you want to. Here are some simple steps to making and using a bullet journal effectively.
A bullet journal is different than most types of journals. The initial set-up is to determine what symbols you will use in the journal. A bullet, for example, may simply be to mark something that you need to do. You may then want to use an asterisk to mark something that is a long-term goal. This will go on until you have a symbol for each thing you want to track such as your daily to-do list, long-term goals, short-term goals, fitness goals, and even financial goals. You will need to put these symbols in an index to keep track of what you are doing. What other journal can track as many goals and projects as you can dream up?
Feel free to make your journal a reflection of you by using various colors, fonts, doodles, stickers, stamps, washi tape, etc. If you create something you love to use, you will only set your self up for success.
When to Use a Bullet Journal
You should be using your bullet journal on a daily basis just as you would an agenda book or planner. When you make your index and you start the journal, make sure you have a date at the top of the page. Mark off what you have accomplished each day. At the end of the day, start the new day by moving the uncompleted tasks over to the next day. Having to do this keeps you accountable and it serves as a daily reminder of your goals.
How the Bullet Journal Helps You
The bullet journal is primarily there to help you with organizing your tasks and making it fun to do so. It is for the person who procrastinates or who has far too much on their plate to keep up with. It helps you organize your goals, keep them in line, and keep on top of them in order to make sure they reach their goals. You will also find that it helps you declutter your mind and your life as you get used to having the journal that works best for you.
Photo Credits: María Garrido, flakyredhead
I am sure by now you have seen that there are many web sites out there that offer you cashback from various online retailers when you shop through them. Basically you go the company site, use their link to click through to Amazon or Best Buy, do your shopping, and get a cashback reward. Essentially these sites are affiliates for all these online retailers and when you go through their site to do your shopping they split the affiliate commission with you, usually 50% of the total commission. It is a nice way to earn a little money back on purchases you already planned to make.
I use some of these sites myself when I do my online shopping because every penny that goes back into my pocket furthers my monetary goals. Why not get a rebate of sorts on my Christmas, birthday, and home purchases?? I already comparison shop and look for online coupon codes so earning a commission on my own purchase just makes good “cents”. Plus those coupon codes can be elusive for some stores so getting something back instead of nothing is always good.
A new-to-me site offering this great service is Giving Assistant. It offers some high cashback rates and and they do claim that 100% of the affiliate commission goes to their users. Other comparable sites only offer 50%. It is free to join as well. Another cool aspect, that their name hints at, is the fact that you can donate some or all of your earnings to any charity of your choice. Also a small donation is made to Feeding America to give one meal every time cash back is earned.
So far I find it to be really user friendly. You click on the name of the retailer you want to shop, check their list of coupons codes you may want to use, and then make the final click over to the retailer to do your shopping. Within a day or two you see your cashback earnings in your Giving Assistant account. You get paid direct to your secure debit card in days. No months of
waiting for a check in the mail like other cash back sites. The minimum payout is just $5.01, not $25 like the other guys.
Some of my favorite places to shop include:
Etsy (2% cashback)
Honest Company (5% cashback)
Tom’s Shoes (7% cashback)
I used Giving Assistant just a couple days ago to buy my daughter some Harry Potter laptop decals and with two days I saw my cashback go into my account. Pretty nifty! I know that this Christmas I will likely make this a regular stop. Try via my referral link and get $5 for signing up!
Think the side of the bed you sleep on is irrelevant? Think again! It could reveal more about your personality than you first imagined. A 2015 study undertaken by Sealy, a manufacturing firm, looked at the sleeping habits of 1,000 people for insights into how they affect our mood, careers, and life outlook.
The results might surprise you.
The 2015 study results
It was concluded that those who sleep on the right side of the bed were:
– 9% more likely to prefer being by themselves
– 7% more likely to wake up in a bad mood
– 5% more likely to be pessimistic
– 3% more likely to dislike their job
On the other hand, those who sleep on the left side of the bed were:
– 8% more likely to have friends and enjoy their work
– 4% more likely to wake up happy
– 9.5% more likely to have a positive outlook on life
Interestingly, the study also suggested that many people – 36% – prefer sleeping alone rather than next to their partner. In some cases this was because of a snoring other half.
These statistics resoundingly suggest that if you sleep on the left side of the bed, you chose your side well. But what makes couples favour the left or the right? How couples choose which side of the bed to sleep on
A study published in Evolutionary Psychology in 2010 found that people preferred sleeping within full view of their bedroom door and windows, although they also wanted the bed to be as far away from the door as possible, most likely because it made them feel more protected.
When it comes to couples, Paul C. Rosenblatt has stated in his book Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing that it’s almost ubiquitous for couples to sleep on the same respective side of the bed every single night. From the interviews he conducted with couples, he managed to identify 8 primary reasons for the right or left preference.
1. Old habits – you developed the preference before you met your partner
2. Claustrophobia – you prefer whatever side is away from the wall
3. Bathroom breaks – this one’s all about convenience!
4. Protectiveness – straight men will often sleep closest to the door to be
protective of their partner
5. Early birds – the person who gets up earliest sleeps away from the wall
6. Parenting – whoever is on child duty sleeps on the outside
7. Pain – you choose the side which is the least painful on the body
8. Temperature – you prefer whichever side is warmer/cooler
What if couples disagree?
Research done by Premier Inn of 2,000 adults has provided some even more interesting data:
● A huge 80% of people have slept on the same side since the start of their relationship
● 22% said they slept on a different side with their ex-partner
● 1 in 20 men were not happy with the side they slept on
● More than 1 in 10 couples argue about which side to sleep on, and women usually win (reasons for arguing including not wanting to sleep next to the radiator)
Claire Haigh from Premier Inn offered some further insights, stating: “Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their sleeping styles but which side of the bed people sleep on seems to be fundamental to getting a good night’s sleep.
“Interestingly, our research revealed an almost identical split between Brits’ preference to a particular side, with 51% favouring the left and 49% the right, with the vast majority of people maintaining their particular preference for many years.”
Other reasons for choosing a certain side of the bed included noise from the road, crying babies, floor space, comfort, having a better view of the television, and being close to personal belongings.
Which side do you prefer and why? Or are you only interested in sleeping and don’t mind at all where in the bed you do it? We want to know!
About Happy Beds
Happy Beds is the UK’s fastest-growing bed store. They give the best prices on contemporary bed frames and super-comfortable quality mattresses – ensuring you enjoy the night’s sleep you’ve always dreamed of. To find the bed for you, take a look at their website.