Pink Luggage Perfect for Holiday Travel

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Holiday season is (somehow) upon us! Whether you’re packing up your dorm to head home for a long break or simply sneaking away from the city to enjoy some turkey and pumpkin pie with your parents, a stylish and affordable luggage set is a must-have for holiday travel. And as always, don’t settle for anything less than pink!

 

Below are our picks:

 

CALPAK Ambeur 20-Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On in Rose Gold

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$135 at Nordstrom

 

This lightweight carry-on in the prettiest rose gold features a sleek hard shell exterior and multi-directional spinner. Zippered divider on the inside for ideal organizing along with an integrated TSA lock makes this luggage perfect for keeping calm during a normally hectic ordeal. Owned and tested (and LOVED) IRL by yours truly!

 

TED BAKER LONDON Four-Wheel Suitcase

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$398 at Nordstrom

 

If money’s less of a concern, take a peek at this beautiful floral suitcase from Ted Baker. Meeting most domestic and international carry-on size requirements, this 360-degree wheeler is both stunning and perfect for a winter weekend getaway. Also includes Ted Baker signature print interior lining and will certainly stand out from a busy airport crowd!

 

DVF Saluti 28” Hardside Spinner

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$139.97 at Nordstrom Rack

 

Have no fear, a deal is here! Originally $400, this DVF bright pink with tan accent 28” spinner is now for sale for $139.97. Featuring a two-way zip closure and interior mesh zip wall compartment with adjustable garment straps, this “beet” color suitcase will guarantee easy visibility and high style.

 

Regardless of what set you purchase (or put on your wish-list for Santa!), make sure you have a durable cosmetic bag to keep your holiday wardrobe free of makeup stains or shampoo spills while traveling through airport security. Not into an entirely pink luggage set? No problem! Pick up an eye catching luggage tag like this one from ban.dō for easy identification.

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Beautiful Blush Bedding!

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

 

First semester is officially here! Whether you’re about to move in or not quite feeling your current setup, your dorm decor is a crucial factor in making this year the best ever. To help make your dorm insta-perfect, we’ve gathered our favorite pink comforters, pillows, alarm clocks, storage drawers, and more all in one place!

 

Cozy Comforters

A comforter is usually one of the first things you notice in a dorm (since your bed takes up most of your space), so picking one that stands out will do wonders for your room! Stripes, florals, and even a marble pattern or two are all great ways to instantly give your room a boost – check out some of our favorites below!

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Picture from Hayneedle.com. Link to buy yours below!

Urban Outfitters Rose Gold Marble Pillowcase Set, $49.00

IZOD Rugby Stripe Comforter Set, $49.99 at Hayneedle (shown above)

Beau 3-Piece Comforter Set, $67.49-72.59 at Hayneedle

Poppy & Fritz Buffy Comforter Set, $79.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Blue & Pink Trellis Piper Reversible Comforter Set, $41.24 at Target

 

Pretty Pillows

Pillows are perfect for giving your bed just the right amount of personality. Whether you’re looking for something minimalist or something over the top, these pretty-in-pink pillows are sure to please!

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Photo from Zazzle. Link to buy yours below!

Blush Mongolian Faux Fur Throw Pillow, $22.49 at World Market

Holli Zollinger Paris Map Throw Pillow, $37.49 at Target

Surya Square Peony Accent Pillow, $30 at houzz

Ted Baker London Signature Bow Pillow, $44.99 at Dillard’s

Watercolor Peonies Summer Bouquet Throw Pillow, $26.35 at Zazzle (shown above)

 

Necessary Accessories

By now, you’ve found the perfect comforter and a pretty pillow (or two or three) to match. Done, right? Not quite! These pink bedside accessories are sure to make your Twin Extra Long feel just like a California King!

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Photo from American Eagle. Link to buy yours below!

Rise and Shine Alarm Clock, $29 at PBteen

Deny Designs Candy Clouds Tapestry, $69.00 at American Eagle (shown above)

Large Tint Stackable Drawers, $17.99 each at The Container Store

 

A tapestry above your bed can instantly make any dorm feel like home, while stackable storage drawers make a cute, makeshift (but functional!) bedside table.

 

Gel Bead Sleep Mask, $6.99 at Stein Mart

STICKAT Bed Pocket, $4.99 at IKEA

kate spade new york Seaport Tasseled Throw, $113.00 at Dillard’s (shown below)

Honey-Can-Do Pink Bed Risers (set of 4), $14.29 at The Home Depot

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Picture from Dillard’s. Link above to get yours!

A throw and a set of bed risers can do wonders for a tiny dorm space! Add a bed pocket to keep your phone, iPad, and favorite book within reach, and – poof! – bedtime just got a whole lot better.

 

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Study Tips for the Best School Year Ever

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

The school year is here at last! Getting to see your girlfriends every day is, of course, a huge plus – but homework, tests, and quizzes? Not so much. Lucky for you, you don’t have to do it alone! With so many new apps and strategies out there, it’s just too easy to make this year the best year ever… So what are you waiting for?

 

Amazing Apps!

 

OneNote is a note-taking app that allows you to access notes from anywhere! Type, write, or draw your thoughts using this program, which is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS users (which, we have to admit, is pretty impressive). With multiple ways to organize your documents and the ability to share pages with classmates and friends, OneNote is a must for taking digital notes in class!

 

Anki is a digital flashcard program that uses spaced repetition to make sure you never forget a vocab word again! Create your own flashcards from anywhere (even your phone) and review them daily to make any information stick. You can even add pictures, which is a tried and true method for faster and more accurate recall during tests. It’s perfect for information-heavy courses, like foreign languages, history classes, or even the sciences!

 

Wunderlist is your new personal assistant. A to-do list app that allows you to sort your tasks based on different areas of your life, Wunderlist stands out from the crowd with its ability to create shared to-do lists with others. Working on a group project? Add everyone to the same list so you can all keep track of your progress! You can even sort tasks by the date they’re due, which works wonders for procrastinators. So get downloading and get to work!

 

Sunrise is the digital agenda you’ve been looking for! Your own personal secretary, Sunrise can sync with your Facebook account, Google account, and even your Office 365, allowing you to see all of your events and appointments in one place. Schedule your classes, projects, meetings, parties, travel plans – everything – and see exactly what your week looks like at a moment’s notice. We’d tell you it’s free for both iOS and Android users, but we don’t want you to get too excited…

 

Forest is perfect for those time when your Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and texts are just blowing up… But you have a massive essay due tomorrow and absolutely no motivation. What’s a girl to do? Download Forest, of course! To get you working, Forest plants a tiny virtual tree every time you set the timer on your phone, iPad, or computer. After you set the timer, checking your phone or visiting other websites will kill the tree, so you can’t distract yourself while you’re working. The best part? Growing trees earns you coins, which you can donate to planting real trees in the real world. Put down your phone, crush that essay, and help save the world!

 

Study Smarter, Not Harder

 

Give Yourself a Goal:

Not in the mood to study those vocab words? Promise yourself a little reward for finishing – a trip to Starbucks, lunch with your bestie, or even ten minutes on your phone shopping Pinkly Perfect – whatever keeps you going! Having something to look forward to makes time fly by, trust us.

 

Break It Up:

Studies show we work best when we give our brains a break to process information. How long your study seshes are is up to you – just make sure you’re not tiring yourself out! Try the Pomodoro method (25 minutes of work, 5 minute breaks, then a longer break after you’ve completed 4 cycles) or experiment to see what works best for you. (Just don’t get too off task while your brain absorbs those facts!)

 

Take Note:

Good notes can make or break your test prep, so why not branch out a little? Organize information into an outline, make a mind map, create a chart, incorporate some color, or start a whole new system, like Cornell notes. It can take a few tries to find the method that helps you the most, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

 

Set Yourself Up For Success:

Location, location, location! Sometimes, where you study can be as important as what you study, so choose carefully! Look for a place that has good lighting, so you won’t want to take a nap, and bring earbuds. Studies show that music can help us focus and remember information better, so if blasting Sia helps you with those equations, go ahead! We won’t tell. 🙂

 

Brain Food:

Sometimes, the only thing keeping you going is a study snack – or two! But instead of reaching for Nutella and a spoon, try these (healthier!) alternatives:

  • Popcorn
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Peanut butter (pair with apples, bananas, or crackers!)
  • Avocado (on toast, or even in guacamole!)
  • Granola bars
  • Oatmeal (try searching for “overnight oat recipes.” Yum!)

 

With these tips by your side, there’s nothing you can’t do – so get working on that essay, because we’ve got a school year to crush!

 

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Perfect Pink Accessories to Wear at School (Uniform or not)

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Back to school. Ughh. Not our favorite time of the year but there’s actually some pretty great things that happen once the school year starts up again (and in fall in general).

 

One of those things is getting to spend every day with our besties again. Granted most of the time it may be in chemistry, but at least they’re there for some chit-chat in between classes or to catch eyes when your crush asks to borrow a pencil. Swoon.

 

Another fun thing about the new season is new excuses to shop for some clothes and accessories. If you’re like me and went to a school that required a uniform (Enjoy it ladies! You’ll miss these days), then you may think that you don’t get to experiment as much. Wrong! Below we listed some of our favorite pink accessories you can rock this school year whether you are lucky enough to wear kilts and knee socks or not.

 

Pinkly Perfect Pink Zip Code Bracelet:

If you’re a true summer-lover (which we’re guessing you are if you’re reading this blog!), then you’ll need some daily reminder of your favorite beach town while suffering through a boring history lesson. Pick up a leather, made in the USA, zip code bracelet for Jersey shore points like Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood, Sea Isle City, and Ocean City, NJ. We recommend pink (obviously) but also comes in perfect summery colors like lilac, sea aqua, and coral. Buy them all so you can mix & match.

 

Pink Nail Polish:

Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to add some pink into your uniform look and there are so many different shades you can choose from depending on the week or your mood! We’re currently obsessed with Essie’s “delhi dance” while ColorClub’s Flamingo’s an old favorite. Have your besties over for a “Let’s Pretend It’s Summer Party” this fall and swap pinks for some variety.

 

Pink Hair Ties:

Who wears her hair down at an all-girls uniform high school? Unless it’s Monday and you’re still rocking your weekend hair before you absolutely have to shower, then you need some pink hair ties for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Invest in this pack of 100 pink, white, and purple hair ties for only $5.00 at ASOS. You’ll go through them quicker than you think.

 

 

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Beach-inspired Back to School Supplies

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Written by: Sarah Haurin

With the start of school looming just around the corner, summer lovers mourn the end of their favorite season. But the end of summer doesn’t have to signal the end of fun! These hand picked summery school supplies will brighten even the most dreary classroom – and each one for under $25.

 

The key to classroom success? Not losing your lucky pen or forgetting your history paper was due this Thursday. A Lilly Pulitzer planner will keep all of your assignments in one place and make opening up your planner to see your homework at the end of the day more bearable. We like the medium agenda in lovers coral.

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Lilly Pulitzer Planner is a steal at $24!

 

Keep all of your supplies in one place by converting your summertime makeup bag to your everyday pencil case. The adorable seahorses on our Pinkly Perfect Newport Cosmetic Bag will keep you smiling throughout the day.

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Pinkly Perfect’s Newport Cosmetic Bag is now your back to school pencil case! On sale for $14 at pinklyperfect.com.

 

What’s even better than a pineapple sticky note? A pink pineapple sticky note, of course! Stock up on these cute post-its to keep you motivated even when your favorite fruit isn’t in season. (For other pineapple accessories, check this out!)

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$3 for a pink pineapple note pad? We’ll take it!

 

Everyone needs a lucky pen. One of these pens, shaped like a palm tree ($2.50), a whale ($2.39), or a surfboard ($7.28 per dozen) will do the trick.

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These whale pens are your new lucky charm for those pesky algebra tests!

These adorable whale pens, which come in four fun colors, will make the perfect lucky pen for any beach-loving student.

 

Keep the summer spirit alive even through the start of school with these cool finds. With these supplies, you’ll be sure to have a smooth transition back into the school grind!

 

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Think Pink! 2016 Dorm Style on a Budget

 

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Starting to think about packing for college? Let our dorm guide help you get started! We’ve created a list of 20 dorm room essentials under $20 that will make any girl the coolest on her floor – and the best part? Everything’s pink! So channel your inner Elle Woods and get ready…

 

Desk Essentials:

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PB & J Floral Desk Pad

Make your desk study-central with these cute accessories! With an upgraded desk lamp and an adorable (no, really, adorable) stapler, we can take your desk space from “oh, no” to “oh, yes!” for just a few dollars.

1) Lavish Home LED Foldable Desk Lamp, $17.99 from Target

This desk lamp folds up for easy packing and storage. Less clutter? Yes, please!

 

2) Urban Shop Swivel Mesh Chair, $19.00 from Walmart

A small swivel chair with a breathable mesh back keeps you comfortable while you work on that five-page essay!

 

3) Just Mustard Bunny Stapler, $8.00 from ASOS

Remember that adorable stapler we mentioned earlier? This cute pink friend will inspire you to work on even your laziest days!

 

4) Floral Desk Pad, $12.00 from PB&J Boutique (shown)

Dress up your desktop with this pretty paper pad, which will also help you keep track of your busy schedule!

 

Room Decor

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Honey-Can-Do Washing Machine Hamper in pink!

 

You’ve turned your desk into a study paradise… But what about the rest of your room? These accessories will help you make the most of your small space while still making it feel like home. Be careful, though: These picks are so cute, your friends might get jealous!

 

5) LED Pink Micro Rice Christmas Lights, $8.99 from Walmart

Tiny fairy lights won’t keep you (or your roommate!) up at night, but they will instantly transform your space.

 

6) RoomMates Chevron Canvas Wall Art Set, $9.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

This magnetic and dry erase board comes with matching magnets, perfect for hanging a few flashcards to study or leaving your roomie a message!

 

7) ***DP***Formula Backrest Pillow, $14.88 from Walmart

Meet your new best friend! Save your back and your wallet with this supportive pillow.

 

8) Honey-Can-Do Washing Machine Hamper, $13.79 from Target (shown)

Doing laundry doesn’t have to be a chore! Make it fun with this ultra-cool hamper.

 

9) Timelink Smartlight Rubber Alarm Clock, $9.99 from Kmart

Small? Check. Accident-proof? Check. Will save you from missing that 8 a.m. class? Check!

 

10) Surya Frontier Geometric Rug, $19.99 from Wayfair

An area rug is an easy way to add a pop of color without sacrificing space.

 

11) Chelsea 3-Piece Reversible Comforter Set, $19.99 from Macy’s

Fashionable and reversible? We’ve yet to see anything smarter than this set!

 

Organization

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Pink desk organizer from Sears

 

In a tiny dorm room, a girl needs all the organizational help she can get. These finds will help you declutter and tidy up, all while saving you valuable space. With picks for your closet, your shower, and even under your bed, we’ve got you covered!

 

12) Honey Can Do Set of 4 Bed Risers, $12.48 from Wayfair

Bed risers help turn empty under-the-bed space into valuable storage. Plus, these add the perfect pink touch to any room!

 

13) Coated Wire Shower Caddy, $7.99 from PBteen

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash… All of it will fit inside this cute wire basket shower caddy!

 

14) Whitmor Over-the-Door 24 Pocket Shoe Organizer, $7.99 from Target

Stuck with a microscopic closet? We’ve got you covered! This over-the-door organizer keeps your shoes separate, so you have plenty of room for that winter coat and those rain boots!

 

15) ClosetCandie Under-the-Bed Storage Bag, $5.47 from Walmart

When paired with the bed risers listed above, under-the-bed storage bags are perfect for storing clothes, shoes, accessories, and even books. Buy one or stock up on a few to maximize your space!

 

16) Organize It All Stacking Perforated Polypropylene Cubes, $12.95 from Sears (shown)

These stackable cubes are perfect for storing anything and everything. Buy a bunch and go vertical for the most storage!

 

Fabulous Gear

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Go Jane Neon Pink Floral Flip Flops

 

Last but certainly not least are our picks for dorm room style! From your bed to your bathroom, we’ve found four essentials you simply have to have!

17) Threshold Shower Wrap, $12.34 from Target

A shower wrap is a great alternative to a heavy bathrobe. Just stretch the elastic and you’re ready to go!

 

18) The Original Turbie Twist (Set of 2), $9.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Perfect for keeping wet hair out of your way, Turbie Twists help dry your hair while keeping it out of sight and out of mind. Best of all? A set of 2 means one for you and one for your roommate!

 

19) Perfect Petal Trio Jelly Thong Sandals, $9.90 from GoJane (shown)

These adorable flip flops are ideal for runs to the shower. Who said shower shoes had to be boring?

 

20) Snooz Silky Soft Eye Mask, $1.99 from Dream Essentials

Roommate keeping you up by pulling constant all-nighters? This comfy sleep mask helps make sleepless nights a thing of the past.

 

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Beachiest Colleges

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Written by: Maureen Devenny

 

For those of us who did not grow up close enough to the beach, the college selection process represents the first time you can choose to pick up and move closer to the sand and surf. As you prepare your college tour schedule for the early fall, you might want to include a beachy college or two on the itinerary. Here are our picks:

 

Pepperdine University

We all know that sunny California has excellent weather and gorgeous beaches. Get your degree at Pepperdine University if you like the idea of studying for your Bio 101 exam on the beach in Malibu. Seen in above picture from pepperdine.edu

 

SAT Score:

Writing: 560-660

Math: 570-680

Critical Reading: 550-650

ACT Score: 25-30

 

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University of Hawai’i. Picture from https://manoa.hawaii.edu/chancellor/

University of Hawai’i

Just look at the map of the statewide university system. Each campus is not far from Hawai’i’s famed white sand beaches. Combined with the island chain’s tropical beauty, delicious food, and spectacular views, it might just be hard to concentrate in class!

 

SAT Score:

Writing: 470-570

Math: 500-610

Critical Reading: 480-580

ACT Score: 21-26

 

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University of Tampa. Picture from http://www.hercampus.com/hcs-complete-college-guide/university-tampa

University of Tampa

This is your perfect college campus, if what you’re looking for are banana tree-lined paths and January temperatures of a sizzling 51 degrees.

 

SAT Score:

Writing: 480-570

Math: 500-590

Critical Reading: 490-580

ACT Score: 22-26

 

All test scores provided by The College Board.

Hungry for more beachy college suggestions? Check out this list of beachy colleges. Did we miss a beachy college that you recommend visiting? Share your knowledge in the comments below.

 

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Give Your Locker a Beach Makeover

 

Written by: Catherine Geruson 

With the sun finally out and summer right around the corner, who wants to be sitting behind a desk all day?! Cravings for boardwalk treats and some well-deserved relaxation are kicking in. It seems like it’s time to trade in the textbooks for some beach reads, but there’s still a couple of months to go! One way to help you stay on top of your studies and let the summer motivate you positively is to deck out your locker with beachy vibes!

 

Most lockers are probably looking a little messy at this point in the year; pictures are faded; there’s a strange smell; stray papers are everywhere. It’s time to clean it out and get going. First empty out your locker so you have a clean slate to decorate.

 

For the back or inside door of your locker, hanging up a cute piece of fabric similar to a beach towel is a great idea. Anything with bright colors or bold patterns can get you in the mood. Create a collage with tons of pictures of summer memories, or hang up a few of your absolute favorites as focal points inside.

 

Some people like to put mini chandeliers in their lockers for decoration, but hanging a unique paper lantern is even more creative and reminiscent of relaxing summer nights. Other small decorations such as Hawaiian flowers, small shells, or fun Fourth of July décor can add unique touches. Giving your locker a quick spritz of a summer scent can transport you to your favorite vacation spot, while simultaneously killing the funky smells escaping from your backpack.

 

Inside your locker you can even include your plans for the summer months. Right next to your assignments list write down your beach must reads! Cover the walls with summer-inspired post it notes that have items from your summer bucket list. Hopefully, thinking of the adventures to come will encourage you to finish the school year strong!

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Summer-Inspired School Supplies

 

As much as I hate to admit it, school is officially in session and by now the relaxing syllabus week is over and teachers are really piling on the work. Wasn’t it just yesterday when our days were mostly free for visits to the beach with our best friends in between babysitting jobs? Ugh.

 

Regardless of whether you really like going to school or if you’re more inclined to keep hitting the snooze button in hopes you’ll suddenly wake to Saturday, it’s always helpful to bring fun reminders of summer vacation with you. That’s why I spent a couple hours perusing Etsy to find some summer-inspired school supplies that will definitely aid your daydream sessions about the beach when you’re supposed to be focusing on your AP homework. The three items featured in the picture above are absolutely perfect and I hope you love them as much as I do.

 

The first item is the Seahorse Embroidered Notebook from FabulousCatPapers. For $26.00, you can get the pages lined, squared, or plain. What’s great about this notebook is that the color scheme really captures the ocean water and sand on the beach so just looking at it transports you to somewhere more enjoyable.

 

The second must-have school supply is the Starfish Zipper Pouch from SunnyblueDesigns. This is perfect for your pencil case but is also big enough to store other school essentials, like your calculator and (just in case) some makeup. The insides are also water repellent, which makes it super sturdy and well worth the $15.97 price tag.

 

Lastly, I’ve got you covered for my favorite subject in school: lunch. Just $11 can nail you the most perfect Eco Lunch Sack adorned with an ice cream cone screen print that reads “I-SCREAM” from alittlelark.

 

So if school’s got you bummed out, purchase some of the supplies I found above and spend a little bit of time everyday reminding yourself about the magic of summer! 🙂

 

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