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The Importance of Sleep

Losing sleep changes your body and mind. Without some good ole R&R, our bodies struggle. Learn how to get a good night's rest and the importance of sleep! - Ali in Bloom

By 8:30 pm, I’m tired. By 9:30 pm, I’m normally in bed. 10 pm? Sleeping. If I stay up past 11 pm, I’m sure to be cranky. Some would say it’s a blessing and others would say it’s a curse that I feel like I absolutely have to go to bed so early.

Me? I’m grateful for my body’s reminder that after a long, full day, it’s time for me to allow my mind and body to rest.

No matter how young or how old you are, sleep is important. Some of the biggest offenders of ignoring the importance of sleep seem to be teenagers and early twenty-somethings (*cough* college students). Late night activities and early morning deadlines can add up to short nights of sleep. With back-to-school season starting in full swing, it’s time to talk about the importance of sleep… even for college students.

The 5 Best Acne Fighting Products

Best Acne Products to Fight and Prevent Breakouts - Ali in Bloom

Hello real world, hello acne. I’ve shared my acne story on the blog before. It wasn’t until after high school and into college that I every experienced any real acne. Now? It’s even worse! Wether it’s changing hormones, new real-world stressed or environmental factors, I’ve been in a battle the past few months to revamp my acne-fighting routine to fit my new skin situation. After sifting through some terrible products and mediocre purchases, I finally landed on the five best acne products for my skin (AKA the diamonds in the rough).

*When trying out new products of any kind, I recommend switching over one at a time so you can better gauge which products are actually giving you results. If you try five new products at the same time, then find yourself having better skin, you may be attributing all of your new products to your recent success, wasting money and not giving credit where credit is due.

So, after a long process, here’s what’s worked best for me:

How to Organize (& Simplify) Your Life

Erin Condren LifePlanner: How to Organize Your Life - Ali in Bloom

It’s funny because when I was in college, I always thought I would have more time after graduation. Obviously, I was in for a HUGE newsflash. Time is tight around here these days. But with a little motivation and a lot of organization, everything can get done. As if I don’t talk about it enough, we all know I’m a big planner junkie. This year, I’m trying out a new brand! Erin Condren. The Erin Condren LifePlanner is customizable, beautiful, sturdy and easy to use, so it goes without saying that I’m in love.

This year I’m loving pale pink — especially during the spring time — so I chose this blush and gold cover that says “Thankful and Grateful” because it just so happen those are two of my main focuses this year (as they should be every year).

College Four Year Plan

College Four Year Plan

If it’s about organizing or planning, you have to know I’m there! I wouldn’t be where I am today without some thought-out plans and strategic organizing. When people ask me how I graduated from college early, they normally start out by asking if I took a lot of AP credits in high school. The answer is no! I took two AP classes in high school. That’s all.

Did I work some over time to graduate early? Yes. But more than anything, I planned like crazy. I was beyond intentional with every course that I chose. I’m not here to try to preach about the pros and cons of graduating early (although these organization tips can definitely be applied to help you achieve that goal!). Today I’m sharing the college planning tools that I used throughout college to choose the best schedule possible. Regardless of whether you’re graduating in three, four or five years, planning out your time in college will make the ride a little smoother.

Also, make sure to stick around until the end! I have an extra helpful goody for you all!