It’s been a while since I made my original Ultimate Preppy Sticker Post. Since then there are so many new brands with stickers and some old brands that stopped giving their stickers away.
As you all probably know, there are three ways companies usually give out free stickers. One: Snail Mail. Two: Email. Three: Sticker Request Form. I’ve listed all the different companies under these three categories to make it easier for y’all to get some free stuff!
LuLuLax: Mail a self addressed, stamped envelope to LuLaLax Stickers, ChalkTalkSPORTS, 151 Woodward Avenue, Norwalk CT 06854
I hope y’all enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed making it! Please leave a comment below if you know of any other brands giving away free stickers. If this wasn’t enough preppy sticker madness for you, check out my stickers and decals Pinterest board here.
Whenever I go to the beach I make sure to bring enough books to read. This summer, however, I knew I had a goal of twelve books as well as the May, June, and July books for the bookclub I’m in. That’s fifteen books for an entire summer, over half of what I usually read per year! Usually I have a daunting to-read list, but I didn’t know where to start this time.
I started off the summer with The Goldfinch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and the Inheritance Cycle. After that, I hit a wall. I spent a lot of my downtime at work surfing through Twitter instead of reading. Politics, even though I dislike them, have been interesting this year. Its like reality tv with all the drama and he-said-she-said gossip going on. That’s when I decided a book on small town politics might not be such a bad thing to read at the beach. I picked up The Casual Vacancy the day before we left for Topsail and didn’t put it down until I’d finished it three days after.
The Casual Vacancy is a book about Pagford, a small town in England. The story revolves around the death of Barry Fairbrother, a member of the Pagford Parish Council. Barry is loved by everyone and loves everyone in return. He has a big heart, but politically that’s what gets him into trouble. Many years ago, Pagford and Yarvil were friendly neighbor cities, Yarvil being the bigger of the two with a large estate sitting between them. The estate sold lands to Pagford to make cheap housing. Decades later, the cheap housing has become government housing, and is costing Pagford quite a bit of money in the end. Barry wants to keep “the Fields” and the addiction clinic as part of Pagford. The other half of the council does not. When there is a casual vacancy because of Barry’s death, the entire town splits between pro-fielders and anti-fielders and those running for council find themselves the topic of discriminatory posts on the Parish Council website.
What did I tell you, politics with a side of reality tv show worthy gossip! If you like Rowling’s writing style for Harry Potter (this isn’t exactly the same, but it’s not far off) and are interesting in small town politics then I’d definitely give this book a go!
I finally got away from work for a few days and headed to one of my favorite places – Topsail Island! Because my parents have a house there, I’ve been lucky enough to visit the beach every single year. I’ve also been able to take friends here for a little after-school-celebration in May.
Topsail is one of those places where it feels like you’ve stepped through a portal back in time. The rollerskating rink here has wood floors and plays music off an record player! And the island has a swing bridge (one of the oldest in the country that’s still in operation).
I’ve spent a lot of time on the beach this week, reading and relaxing.
My mom and I went into Wilmington for a day, and I got to go to Poe’s Tavern! I’ve talked about Poe’s Tavern before in this post. It’s one of the coolest restaurants I’ve ever been to! Everything on the menu is named after one of Poe’s literary works.
Even the bathroom was cool! The wallpaper was actually pages of Poe’s stories, poems, and some illustrations. Below is a movie poster from the inside of the bathroom (haha sorry but I just couldn’t resist!).
If anyone’s looking for any food recommendations, I love anything with the buffalo shrimp!
Also, how cute is this sign?! It’s for the Beach Shop and Grille, because the owner breeds bulldogs and sometimes brings them to work. However, I might have to get one for my house back at UGA!
It seems like each family and friend group across the States are gearing up for a huge celebration. Kids where I work have already started parading around with little flags and red, white, and blue plastic bead necklaces. To help make your Fourth of July the best one yet, I’ve rounded up a few links for you!
My family usually goes for a good ‘ole grill out night of burgers and hotdogs (or in my case a veggie burger and hopefully some pasta salad). As we all know, burgers and hotdogs go best with chips. What could be better than red, white, and blue seven layer dip?
If you’re looking to show your support for our troops this Fourth, look no further than the Wounded Warrior Project. If you happen to be in Rhode Island, they’re throwing a Fourth of July Bash (tickets can be purchased here for $10) that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and is being held in memory of Francis Lincoln Madden, Sr.
Take a quiz to see if you really know all fifty U.S. states and capitols!
And lastly, don’t forget your sparklers and fireworks!
As I mentioned in this post, my mom and I went to see Disney’s The Lion King in Greenville a few weekends ago. I absolutely loved it! I’ve only ever been to Greenville, SC once before, and that was to help pick up my friend’s uncle from the airport. So, I’d never actually been to Downtown Greenville.
My mom and I explored (and got lost) for a little bit before we ate dinner. I loved the weather – sunny, high seventies, and breezy – and really enjoyed being able to eat outside. My mom and I hadn’t made reservations for anywhere, so we ended up at Larkin’s on the River on the patio.
An outdoor concert with the band The Watchtower Incident was scheduled to start at the same time as our play, so my mom and I watching band rehearse and set up. My dad is in a band called The Procrastinators, and whenever I’m home I usually watch them practice. Band rehearsal and set up is definitely not a foreign territory for me!
I grew up performing. I love to sing, dance, and act. I had parts in small musicals from age three to age fourteen, and after that I joined a choral group at my high school and began performing slam poetry at age sixteen. Even though I don’t perform anymore, I still love to watch. It brings back so many memories!
If I’m being honest, I loved the play The Lion King better than the movie. The stage makeup and costume design were phenomenal. And the comedic relief, Zazu, never failed to make the audience shake with laughter (especially when he began to sing Let it Go from Frozen!).
Here are some examples of the costume design and puppets that make the show that much more realistic:
The lions wore large African style wooden masks and most other animal either held or wore a large puppet. Rafiki, on the other hand, only had a tail to classify her as a monkey. Something my mom pointed out is that Rafiki is more of a spirit or priestess than a monkey, which is why she doesn’t have any of the defining features of an animal on stage, like a mask or a puppet. I thought this was a great distinction to make.
If you’re anything like me, your summer is probably a whirlwind of different tasks. I’ve managed to juggle two jobs, errand running, school work, hanging out with friends and family, as well as finding time to do my own thing. While I wouldn’t call myself an organization and time management expert, I’d say I’m as close as a college kid can get. Here are all my (not so) top secret tips at managing a hectic college kid life during the summer.
Your Planner is Your Best Friend
Whether you use your phone, a bullet journal, or a regular old planner, keeping everything all together keeps you from either forgetting a shift or from getting a massive headache trying remember what your week looks like. I have three different “planners” when I’m on summer break, mainly because I have a tendency to forget where I’m going or what I’m doing mid-task or mid-work day.
I use my phone (Google calendar is my favorite for this) for “places and people” things. So, for example, I work 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at John Doe’s pool on Monday June 2, but I also meet my friend Sarah from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Mr. Joe’s Taco Shop the same day. I put those “people and place” events into my phone, with the date, time, and address. I can set my calendar to send me an email reminder (or an alert to my phone if I’m using the app) thirty minutes beforehand. It’ll even give you a traffic update so you know how long it’ll take to get there! On the Google calendar app you can invite friends to your calendar events, so if I’m still meeting my friend Sarah at Mr. Joe’s Taco Shop on Monday I can invite her to the event via her gmail address and Google calendar will send her a reminder email too.
For my “big day events” I put a sticky note on my dresser with the date on the left and the event to the right. I create this sticky note every Sunday, or as soon as I receive my updated work schedules for the week. An example of a “big day event” is a shift at work, a birthday, a holiday, doctor’s appointment, or an important due date (I can’t be the only one that forgets to return my library books, right?). This lets me know if I have any immediate things that need to get done for the week, or if I need to go buy presents or make reservations for special meals.
I use my bullet journal for everything else. And when I say everything, I mean everything. I have a monthly calendar layout at the beginning of each year, followed by more detailed weekly layouts. I write “big day events” in the monthly section whenever I get them, and then transfer them into the weekly layout when they come up. If there are any little tasks that need to get done that week (i.e. wash the dogs, go to the bank, pick up more coffee for breakfast, etc.) I write them in under the date I have the most time to complete them. This helps me visualize how busy my week is going to be and to manage my time during my off days effectively. I’m also able to do lots of little things in between shifts at two different jobs because I know exactly what needs to get done and can plan out approximately how much time I need to complete those tasks. Having my bullet journal with me wherever I go also helps to decrease my absentmindedness.
It seems insane, but if you’re a space cadet like I am when crazy stressed, then it totally works!
2. Map Out Your Week in Advance
I’ve been bullet journaling since my freshman year of college and I love it. Not only does it give me a creative outlet, I’m forced to figure out my week at least a day in advance. During the summer I have too much going on to spend time each night to figure out what tomorrow looks like, so I figure out what my week looks like in detail and go from there.
The best way to maximize your time is to figure out how much time each task will take. So if I have to work for four hours in the morning, sweep the downstairs part of my house, walk my dogs, and go to the grocery store, I’m looking at about six total hours of task completing. But wait! I forgot to budget for commute in between tasks, if there is any. So really, I’m probably looking at seven total hours of task completing. Once I’m able to budget around that, and stick to my schedule, I can plan in free time or time to study or catch up on Homecoming work.
There are plenty of hourly printables out there. This one’s the one I like! Emmastudies is a great studyblr blog and she has tons of really helpful printables for just about everything.
3. Communicate With Your Boss(es)
If you’re working, getting your schedule can be a pain because sometimes you’re over scheduled on busy weeks and under scheduled on slow weeks. Working two jobs, I’ve had to learn to be open with my bosses about how much I can realistically work each week. I don’t like confronting adults with issues, especially if they’re able to fire me or reduce my hourly pay. Honestly, I’ve been pretty scared about talking to people higher up because I was afraid they’d see me as a lazy worker, or as someone that isn’t able to be held to the standard of work asked of me. After talking with one of my bosses about getting two days off a week and only working mornings, I realized that she had no idea how overworked I was (I’m talking pulling three thirteen hour days in a row each week after working every day before that). Most bosses are scary, I’ll agree, but they usually take pride in their business and want their employees to be able to on top of their game for each and every shift. Not all will be as flexible as my boss was, but being polite about being overworked is always worth a shot.
Between working two jobs, studying for the LSAT, and working on UGA Homecoming Court applications I haven’t had time for anything too adventurous.
I went to the beach with a few friends (plus Will) back in early May. We went to Topsail last year too, and this year’s adventure was just as fun! Rachel, Will, and I stopped at South of the Border, a Mexican theme park near Myrtle Beach, on the way back to Athens.
I managed to slice off a chunk of my thumb on my first day as a cabana girl… #whoops
My family celebrated my Dad’s birthday by doing a Pub Cycle tour of Downtown Asheville. We peddled to Asheville Pizza on Cox Avenue and Conundrum Absinthe Bar on Battle Square while rocking out to Gregg Allman (who I have more than once called Gregg Almond) and other classic rock kings.
Below is a photo of the cabana, one of the two restaurants I am working at this summer. This is my view each morning as I set up for the busy day ahead:
And here is the teacup pig, Kevin Bacon, that often visits, orders a kid’s meal salad with frozen grapes and watermelon, and then squeals in delight each time I walk by because he thinks I am the magic creator of all cabana foodstuffs:
Last but not least, I went to Greenville the other day to watch Disney’s The Lion King at the Peace Center. More on that later, though!