My Dorm Wishlist

As it gets closer and closer to move in day, I’m beginning to stress about how to decorate my dorm room. Now, this may sound like a dumb thing to stress over, but to me, if the room is cute and cozy, it will feel more like home. I’m not trying to go overboard with the decorations and am trying to go for the minimalist feel, however it’s been hard finding things that I love. Below are some things I’ve found on amazon or Pinterest, that really want for my dorm. Some, I am going to attempt to DIY, but others I think I may splurge on.

Hopefully this gives you guys some ideas for dorm decorations, and if you have any more ideas, feel free to leave a comment below! Every one of these products has links so that if you’re interested, you can check it out!

  1. Hanging shelves : So these things I’ve actually already bought, because I SO wanted shelves in my dorm and these were the only way to make that happen. They’ve already come and I highly recommend them, they’re super nice quality and you can hang them on a command strip in your dorm so that you can have shelves.

2. Bedside pocket : This is an essential for me, since I will be lofting my bed when I get to school. It’s super convenient to put your phone, computer, books, water bottle, basically anything you might need during the night. It’s a sort of nightstand that won’t take up much room!

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3. Hanging Boho tapestry: This is something I am still on the fence about, I don’t know if getting this will be too much for my walls. However, I have seen people use them before and they are too cute. These ones are only $18, which is actually the cheapest I’ve seen.

4. World map: Here are a few more options (option 2, option 3). I really want a map of the world for my wall. I am a traveler so this is a must for me. I linked a few different options of some scratch off, and dry erase ones as well incase you want to write on it! I think a map is such a good idea for decorating your dorm.

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5. Succulents: I really believe that having some plants/life in your room makes it feel like home. Cacti are a must for me, and I will be putting some on my new shelves. They are so adorable and feel so homey.

Let me know how you decorated your dorm room below! I’m always looking for new ideas.

~Eva

 

My Daily Summer Workout

Honestly, I’ve never really been a workout person. I’ve never gone to the gym, and I stayed healthy and fit because I was dancing 30 hours a week. However, since I tore my ACL, I have barely been dancing and the only workout I get is when I do it myself. Even though I have not been home much this summer, I have gotten down a routine that works perfectly for me, and working out each day is a part of it!

It feels so good to get moving and work my muscles, and I really am loving it. Working out puts me in a good mood, and even if I get nothing productive done that day but a workout, I feel accomplished. My workout is short, and some might say it’s easy, but I am trying to get back in shape from not working out in 9 months, and it works for me!

50 crunches

45 Jumping jacks

20 lunges (10 on each leg)

35 squats

15 pushups

50 second plank

~1 minute break~

50 russian twists

30 single leg bridges

20 lunges (10 on each side)

35 squats

30 tricep dips

~1 minute break~

Right and left leg splits (Lean back/oversplit)

Middle split

Frog stretch (lean back)

Cobra

Bridge

I will be posting a video of my daily workout routine on my instagram soon, so make sure to follow me there! (itssimply.Eva)

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Having this workout written down in my bullet journal, and having a habit tracker that goes along with it also really motivates me to workout every day. Some days I take off, because it is summer and I need time to relax, but I try to workout at least 6 days a week.

~Eva

Fun And Free Things To Do This Summer

Every summer, I sat around in my house reading, or watching TV scrolling through lists of things to do. So, incase any of you are just as bored as I used to be, I’ve compiled a list of fun and free things to do this summer.

  1. Catch fireflies
  2. Pick strawberries
  3. Go stargazing
  4. Plant a garden
  5. Blow bubbles
  6. Set up a lemonade stand
  7. Ride a bike
  8. Go canoeing or kayaking
  9. Create cool DIYs
  10. Go hiking
  11. Go cliff jumping
  12. Play mini golf
  13. Attend a parade
  14. Visit the library
  15. Fly a kite
  16. Go fishing
  17. Visti a free museum
  18. Go to a drive in movie (Bengies for those of you who live in MD)
  19. Have a photoshoot
  20. Draw with chalk
  21. Play soccer
  22. Go swimming
  23. Have a yard sale
  24. Have a water balloon fight
  25. Walk your dog
  26. Read a book
  27. Volunteer
  28. Mow lawns
  29. Tie dye
  30. Babysit
  31. Make your own slip and slide
  32. Messy twister
  33. Play board games
  34. Camp in your backyard
  35. Go to a thrift store
  36. Play flashlight tag
  37. Watch fireworks
  38. Create or participate in a scavenger hunt
  39. Collect seashells
  40. Paint your nails
  41. Clean your room/house
  42. Have a picnic
  43. Geocache
  44. Have a cook off
  45. Do some youtube challenges (ex: Chubby bunny, what’s in the box)
  46. Make popsicles
  47. Start a blog
  48. Build a fort
  49. Listen to a podcast
  50. Practice origami

Hopefully, this list will provide you with ideas that will make your summer more fun and   interesting! Let me know some of your ideas in the comments and how you stay active during the summer months!

~Eva

Pack With Me – France 2018

In a few days, I am heading to Europe to spend some time with family and friends. We go on this trip each year for a few weeks so packing comes easy to me now, and I wanted to show you how I do it! This year, we are traveling for 3 weeks, so I need to pack quite a lot of clothes. We do have washing machines however, so keep that in mind. So sit back, relax, watch the video or read the post below!

Clothes: 

2 jeans, 3 flowy pants

1 Long sleeve shirt and 2 flowy beach shirts

4 Tank tops

1 black romper, 2 jumpsuits

3 flowy shorts, 3 jean shorts

1 hat

1 drug rug

4 dresses

22 shirts:)

2 Pj shorts

4 Pj shirts

Toiletries:

Essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, hair ties, deodorant),

Shoes:

Nike sneakers, Adidas, converse high tops, cute sandals, rainbow flip flops

I hope you guys enjoyed my first ever video/blog post combined, it’s definitely a work in progress, and something new that I’m trying.

~Eva

What’s In My Carry On?

This summer, I have truly perfected the art of packing my carryon because I have gone on so many trips. In fact, I am in France visiting family as you read this. When going on long trips, with long airplane and car rides, what is in my carry on is essential to my entertainment and survival on the plane. I love watching these videos and reading blog posts like this, so I thought I would share with you what I keep in my carry on!

Toiletries:

In my bag, I keep many little toiletries and bits and pieces that I will need easily accessible to me during the flight. In this little bag, I keep chapstick, gum, ear plugs, hair ties, and my retainer.

Clothing:

I always keep an extra outfit in my bag incase my suitcase gets lost on its way to my destination. This is something my mom has taught me since I have been very young, and it has come in handy sometimes. I also always carry a sweatshirt because it tends to get cold on flights, and socks or slippers to slip on once were in the air.

Electronics: 

I carry all of my electronics in my carry on, so that they are on me at all times. On this specific trip, I brought my GoPro, my drone, my canon, my computer, and my kindle. I also have a huge bag full of chargers and wires. I also always have headphones handy on trips, for listening to music or for watching movies!

Entertainment:

Books are an essential for me on long flights, so I keep them stowed away in my carryon. I also always bring a sudoku, a magazine, a deck of cards, and my journal. I also keep some pen and pencils in a pouch.

Snacks:

Airport food can be pricey, so I always try to bring some granola bars, or an applesauce with me on my trips.

Other:

Some other knick knacks I carry are my water bottle, my phone charger, some gum, a head pillow, a seat cushion, an eye mask, some ear plugs, and my glasses.

Let me know in the comments what  are some of your carry on essentials. Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

~Eva

Travel Day Essentials

Traveling has always been a huge part of my life, and so far I have been to 20 countries. Along with the beautiful views, famous landmarks, and new adventures, comes the travel days. Airports have always been my favorite, airplanes are not. For some reason turbulence really gets me, and being trapped in a seat for hours on end is no longer fun.

I have been on some pretty long flights, and these things have helped me survive them. Everything below is always packed in my carry on, and are essentials for my travel days. Some things are linked, and I highly recommend checking them out!

  1. Seat cushion: I tend to get extreme pain when sitting for a long time, and on planes it’s always horrible. This cushion relieves a lot of the pain, and makes the seat feel much more comfortable.
  2. Lip balm/chapstick: This is an essential that I always bring with me when traveling. The change in climate/air pressure always dries me out, and I reapply so many times.
  3. A long book: I usually read on my kindle since it’s lighter, but a book is definitely a must for me. At some point, I get sick of watching movies on those tiny screens and a good book can have me entertained for hours.
  4. My journal: I just recently started using a bullet journal, but I also bring my regular journal along. I love writing about my days, crossing things off my bucket list, and brainstorming blog ideas while on the plane!
  5. A sweatshirt: Planes are so cold. I wish I knew why, but every time I step onto a plane I am freezing. A sweatshirt is always a must for me, even if it’s the middle of summer!
  6. Headphones: I always listen to music on planes, or use them for watching movies. These are also essentials for long layovers in airports.
  7. Gum: This is super useful for when your ears pop on planes, and is also great for freshening up once you land!
  8. Makeup remover: I tend to wear light makeup to the airport, but once I get on that plane, I want to remove it right away. I try not to have any makeup on for long periods of time, so this is a must.
  9. Socks/slippers: One of the first things I do when sitting down on a plane is slipping off my shoes, and putting on some socks and slippers. These are important for when going to the bathroom, and keep your feet warm and cozy when flying.

Let me know what you pack for your long flights down below! Wishing everyone a happy summer, and safe travels!

~Eva

 

My Summer Reading List

 

Ever since I was young, I have been a book worm. I would receive books for Christmas and read them immediately under the Christmas tree, and my teacher would have to tear books out of my hands during class to get me to pay attention. Unfortunately, since I have been in school, I have had much less time to read for fun because I am constantly reading for my English classes. During the summer, I have the opportunity to read many many books and I love discovering new novels to read on the plane or lying on the beach.

I wanted to share with you some of the books I will be reading this summer and some I have already read and loved. Feel free to share some suggestions in the comments and I’d love to check them out!

Books I’ve already read:

Ready Player One: This is one of my all time favorite books and I’m currently rereading it because I love it so much. It was recommended to me by a friend and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi/futuristic books. It’s about a very poor boy who enters a video game competition inside a program called the OASIS, in which the prize is well over a billion dollars.

Lone wolf: This is a Jodi Picoult book and I am in love with her, you will see this when I do my favorite books of all times post. It follows the story of a man who lives with the wolves and has kind of abandoned his family for this new life. It follows the story of how he got into a car accident and how his family copes with the new situation they are in.

Water for elephants: Another one of my all time favorite books that I have read twice now. This book is about a Cornell educated vet who drops everything and joins the circus by accident. It’s the story of his time on the circus and is truly a page turner. The movie just came out too so I will be watching that soon!

Books I want to read:

Brave new world: is a story of a dystopian future where humans are genetically bred, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to uphold an authoritarian ruling order. This was recommended by a friend and seems like an interesting read.

Every Day: A has a condition in which he changes bodies every day, he must stay under the radar each time it happens, and leads a difficult body until he meets Rhiannon. This book was just made into a movie so will definitely check it out once I am done reading the book!

Moonrise: Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think. I’ve heard this book is heart-wrenching and that I will cry, so I have high expectations.

All the bright places: The story of two suicidal kids who meet each other and how they save each other. I’ve heard this is many peoples favorite book of all time so I am very excited to check it out!

We were liars: Sounds like a suspense novel about the lies upon lies between a wealthy family on an island? This one is a mystery to me.. I don’t really understand what   it’s about however I have heard raving reviews about it. If anyone knows anything about this novel let me know, because I am super curious.

Once and for all: This one sounds right up my alley. A love story where a wedding planner hasn’t met her true love but maybe he is standing right in front of her? Super excited to read this one and it’ll definitely be a page turner for me.

~Eva

A Day In DC

A few days ago, my roomate and her friend came down from Ohio to hang out with me and her roomate for a few days. It was a coincidence that we lived so close together so they decided to come visit for a few days. One of the days we took a day trip down to DC which was super fun so I wanted to share what we did!

 

After riding the metro down, we visited the capitol building and took a few pictures. Despite living so close to DC, I had never been to the capitol and it is beautiful! Definitely something to see if you ever visit.

 

We headed to the air and space museum since it was free, and walked through a few exhibitions which were amazing. It’s so cool that they have actual planes and rockets from world war 2.

We headed to lunch and had nandos, since they don’t have it in ohio and it was delicious. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat.

 

We passed an Urban Outfitters and decided to walk around, and I loved all the clothes inside but it was pretty expensive for my taste. We then walked to the natural history museum which I loved. The exhibitions are all so amazing, and they had a special temporary exhibit on epidemic diseases which was so cool to walk through since I had taken a class on infectious diseases this past year in school.

Afterwards, we did a little shopping at Forever 21 and H&M, but again, I am practicing restraint and not buying any clothes at the moment, but it was still a fun girls trip!

Overall, it was a wonderful day, beautiful weather, and I had a great time. I 100% recommend DC to anyone who’s never been, and loved being a tourist for a day.

~Eva

My June 2018 Favorites

As June comes to an end, I thought I would share with you some of the things I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this month. This includes beauty products, music, activities, youtubers, all kinds of things. I love reading these and finding new things to try out, so I thought I would share with you!

Beauty: 

Miscellar cleansing water- This stuff is amazing. I bought it when looking for toner, and fell in love with it. It’s basically a cleanser that you don’t need to rinse off, and I use it twice a day to remove dirt and makeup! I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a good facial cleanser.

Kukui oil: I fell back in love with this a few days ago and am obsessed. I use this when brushing my hair, and it makes it feel so hydrated, and soft. It also smells so so good.

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Fashion:

Adidas: I recently got these cute sneakers at nordstrom rack and I am in LOVE. I saw them when I went to France every year, and have always had a secret longing for them. They are so cute, and go with basically everything.

Music:

This month, I was obsessed with listening to Rascal Flatts, Dan and Shay, and Jason Aldean. If you’re not a country fan, I’m sorry, but I love these singers so much, and I had to prepare for concerts that I was attending! Country concerts are so fun and I’m always down to spontaneously decide to attend one. Below are some concert pictures:)

Youtubers:

The Bucket List Family – This family has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I love watching their videos. They travel the world with their three kids and share their travels with the world!

Kara and Nate – This channel is also a travel channel, but what can I say, I’m obsessed. Their videos always have me striving to make better quality content myself, and I’m always adding places to my bucket list when they drop new videos.

Yes Theory – This channel is one of my favorites of all time. The whole idea behind their videos is to seek discomfort, something that I am always striving to do. I definitely recommend them and hope everyone supports their message and helps grow their movement.

Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email what your current favorites are! I’m always trying to look for new music, products, and clothes and would love some reccomendations!

~Eva

My Current Personal Goals

Each new year, I set a list of about 5 resolutions, and by the end of January, I have given up on all of them. At the beginning of the summer, I set a few goals for myself for this summer before college, and for the future. I think it’s important to set goals to have something to work towards, and it is so rewarding when you accomplish these goals. A few of these are short term goals, and a few are long term, which I am constantly trying to remember to work on.

  1. Drink more water – This is something that I’m trying to work on to help with my skin, as well as my overall health. I am constantly dehydrated.
  2. Do 10 pushups each day – So far, I am not doing too well with this one. My sister inspired this because she does 50 each day. 50!!!
  3. Keep up my youtube channel, start posting more consistently, and make higher quality videos.
  4. Post on this blog consistently as well. At this point, I am not trying to use this blog as a business, but more as a medium for self discovery. It’s somewhere I can write my thoughts, ideas, and adventures, and I am going to try to keep it up throughout college.
  5. Travel to 5 new countries during the four years I am in college.
  6. Volunteer more! Participate in volunteer and service clubs in school.
  7. Buy less clothes and things I don’t need. I am definitely an impulse buyer.

Those are my goals at the moment! Let me know about your long and short term goals in the comments, or shoot me an email. I am definitely working on building healthy and smart habits, and that is the motivation behind these goals.

~Eva