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It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these! So here we go…
Lululemon’s Vinyasa to Vino Bag: I got this bag back in June as my multipurpose school/clinical/gym bag. WIth my jam-packed schedule this summer, I needed a bag that I could live out of. Something to hold my books, computer, ipad, etc. as well as plenty of food and gym clothes for those quick between-class trips. This bag met every single one of those needs and has been worth its weight in gold (I don’t usually splurge on lululemon because let’s face it, I’m a poor college student and even if I wasn’t I have a hard time justifying lulu’s exorbitant prices). PLUS, I think it’s absolutely adorable and I’ve received lots of compliments on it. Mine is this same black and white but the straps are black instead of pink.
Contigo Addison 24-oz. Water Bottle - I love this water bottle! I get so darn thirsty during clinicals and hate being without water in class so this goes pretty much everywhere with me. It’s a lot like the Camelbak waterbottles with the straws, but what I really love about this one is that the straw/spigot thing clicks into place and is covered so it doesn’t get germy. I mean, let’s face it - hospitals are full of gross germs and the subway is certainly not any cleaner - this way I’m not putting my mouth all over something that’s been exposed to God knows what. (My inner germaphobe is completely satisfied with this arrangement.)
Sharpie Pens - So my inner OCD/perfectionist relies heavily on color coding in my meticulous notes from class. I was looking for pens in a wide range of colors and wishing that the fine point sharpies in every color à la Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat wouldn’t bleed through paper so easily. Enter Sharpie fine point PENS. They don’t bleed and don’t smell and they come in fun colors. Perfect for note-taking and flashcard making, these are a staple. I even got Rob hooked!
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Franklin Covey 2013 Weekly Datebook: I love a good planner, and with school starting, deadlines approaching, and meetings galore I felt it was time to get back into the planner game. (My last planner was Erin Condren and while I loved it, I don’t have the dough to shell out from my student-to-be budget to get myself another.) This little planner (mine is the same color as the picture) fits the bill perfectly though. I’ve had Franklin Covey products before and I can’t sing their praises enough. It is the perfect size with monthly pages as well as weekly pages and plenty of room for notes. And at just $17.88 it was well within my price range!
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The Wire: If you will recall, I don’t have cable (which is about to change as I could not imagine trying to watch the NCAA basketball tournament sans cable…) so I spend an inordinate amount of my “tv time” watching season after season of shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO, Showtime, etc. My latest series quest has been The Wire. I was told to watch this show by nearly everybody I met who had seen it, and now I know why. I devoured seasons 1 and 2 in the course of a week and a half and am already well into season 3 (a feat that is permitted now, but will not be allowed once school starts). My favorite character in the show so far is Omar. If you’re like me and you’re trying to pass the time until GoT Season 3 begins, I recommend checking this one out!
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Feetures Socks: I’ve written here before about my problems finding appropriate socks for running - I’m plagued by blisters. I found a brand a while ago and hadn’t even considered changing things up until I was gifted a pair of Feetures socks. I love these socks - so much in fact, that I got unnecessarily upset when I thought the black hole of a laundry room in my building had claimed one. I haven’t had a single problem with blisters and they are so comfortable. They feel like little hugs for my feet. Check them out!
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The Passage by Justin Cronin: I received this recommendation from Janelle when I requested book recommendations a while ago. I’m almost finished (I haven’t been as consistent a reader as I would like, plus this one’s long!) and I love this book. I already have the second book in the trilogy sitting in my iBooks app. Amazon calls it vampire fiction, but because I consider the god-awful Twilight saga vampire fiction, I absolutely reject their assessment of its genre. Go home Amazon, you’re drunk. While the creatures in this book are, in essence, vampires, I much prefer Cronin’s “virals” moniker. Either way, I can’t put it down and I find myself resenting my short commute to work, and thus, the limited number of pages I can devour on my way to or from work.
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Dooney & Bourke Davis Logo Lock Tote: I received one of these bags (in red) as a “congratulations-on-nursing-school” gift. As someone who commutes, it’s the perfect bag. It’s large enough to fit my iPad or my computer and all of the other essentials (wallet, phone, planner, umbrella, etc.), while adding a nice pop of color to my otherwise monochromatic New Yorker wardrobe. I really like its structured look (a far cry from my floppy, all-over-the-place Longchamp bag - don’t worry I still love you) and appreciate the numerous pockets and compartments to help keep me organized. Because we all know there’s nothing worse than getting to the subway turnstile and having to dig around your bag to find your Metrocard for 15 minutes only to inevitably miss your train.
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*The opinions expressed here are my own. I receive no compensation from any of the aforementioned products. I just happen to like these things enough to write about them.
Blistex DCT Lip Balm: tis the season of dry skin and chapped lips and this stuff is my go-to lip balm. It has SPF 20 (meaning it’s also great in the summer when you find yourself in the sun) and does an amazing job soothing my poor chapped lips. I have 3 or 4 of them strategically located in various purses and bags so I never find myself without it!
Starbucks iPhone App: I know, I know… I’m a bit of a slave to The Man in this case, but given the amount of coffee I drink and my frequent trips to Starbucks before work, this app is a staple for me. It’s so convenient to order and scan my screen. The awards program is an added bonus with perks like free refills if you’re staying in-store and the occasional free drink.
EMU Australia Sweaters: I have two EMU Australia sweaters and I love them. They’re both perfect for the cold, windy days we’ve been having in NYC and are cute to boot! Honestly, if people at work wouldn’t find it gross and question my hygiene, I’d wear one every day.
SkinnyTaste.com: I love this website. She includes so many incredible and delicious recipes that just happen to be healthier, slimmed down versions of some of my favorite dishes. Meal planning for the week is a piece of cake with this website, and every recipe I’ve prepared so far has been bookmarked and saved for (frequent) future use!
Strength Training: I have recently added more strength and weight training to my usual gym routine with the help of Rob and I love it. I have a membership at a gym that is pretty bare bones, but because I don’t need ridiculous amount of weight to throw around, it’s perfect for me. My workouts lately have been much more satisfying with the addition of strength training, and calluses aside, I’m loving the results so far!
What are some of your favorite things?
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