Simple & Creative Lunch Ideas for Students

Finding an easy lunch plan to stick to and follow can be incredibly challenging. So, I’ve made a list of some quick and easy recipes that will make your morning smoother. Enjoy!

Finding an easy lunch plan to stick to and follow can be incredibly challenging. Finding recipes that you can cram into your busy schedule is key to having a great start to your day. Here are some of my favorite recipes for a busy student. if you want my lunch planners along with my monthly planners, go ahead and visit my Etsy shop here.

Have you ever been in such a rush in the morning that you either forget to make lunch or are so stressed that a simple ordeal turns into a big time-suck? For some reason, this used to happen to me all the time. For an easy start to your morning, I recommend making your lunches in the evenings. You can also grab some my monthly planners here that include lunch planners. These help a ton!

1. Tacos

Tacos are easy if you have most of the ingredients prepared already. It can be challenging to make all of the taco toppings in the morning, but pre-made ingredients are easy to include. My favorite tacos have ground beef, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, carrots and lettuce.

2. Cucumber Sandwich

Cucumber Sandwiches are absolutely delicious. These are often seen as a tea – time snack in European countries. They are energizing and are a lighter meal. They need to be balanced out by other sides because they aren’t incredibly filling. You might need to make several small sandwiches in order to create a full dish.

3. Hard Boiled Eggs + Cheese

Hard boiled eggs and cheese is probably the easiest idea in this list. You can lay the eggs in boiling water and relax while they are cooking. You can wrap them in cheese for added flavor. This one is amazing, especially for an early morning.

4. Mediterranean Wrap

Mediterranean wraps can almost be a full meal. They are easy to make within ten minutes. My favorite Mediterranean Wraps include hummus, deli meat, olives, lettuce, tomatoes and edamame. For an easier option, you can make a wrap with nutella, peanut butter and fruit. This takes about five minutes at most. Enjoy!

5. Beans and Rice

Making a black bean and rice bowl is about a ten minute ordeal. I like to use basmati or jasmine rice and any type of black beans (canned or cooked). Any rice or beans would work wonderfully. I cook the rice while I am preparing the beans, for sake of time. Like most of the other meals, this needs to be rounded out with other side dishes to account for a balanced meal. I like to add green vegetables such as cucumber or strawberries on the side. This is a flexible dish, so anything works!

Bonus Tip:

Consider packing your lunch the night before you need it. That way, you have more time to sleep in and less of a rush before you leave!

I can’t wait to see what you create for your lunch! I’d love to hear comments or see photos of what you made! Just drop it in the comment box below. Don’t forget to join the Busy & Beaming community so you never miss a post. I can’t wait to see you next week!

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How to Not Procrastinate

It’s so easy to put or boring or difficult tasks. That said, unenjoyable jobs are often important. Thus, we need to stop procrastinating and get the job done. Here some of my favorite tips to help you do just that!

Writing papers, doing math homework or mopping the floor is certainly not the most entertaining way to pass time. It is so easy to find something else to do instead of given assignments or housework. This being said, what we don’t want to do is usually incredibly important. Thus, we need to overcome our writers block or dislike for a certain subject or chore. I’ve come up with some of my favorite tips to help you do just that!

Sometimes, the week may seem to drag on and on. When it does, it can be hard to find the time or energy to complete your task list of work. We may have to miss out on an event in order to finish everything.

Does this sound fun? Didn’t think so.


Sure, you can put it off until the last minute, but then more work begins to pile on top. You become stuck in a loop of tasks that never seem to end. This is procrastination at its finest. Many people struggle with procrastination. Sometimes we can scrape by, but at other times it can be a real problem. That’s why I’ve created a list of suggestions on how to stop procrastinating, so you can break the cycle and get things done.

1.) Listen to Music

According to a few scientific studies, listening to music increases positivity, which in turn increases productivity. The correct music creates a mindful mood that causes us to destress and relax while doing homework. For assignments, I highly recommend listening to laid back music or classical tunes. While doing chores or work where focus isn’t necessary, upbeat music works well.

2.) Break it Up

Trying to write a research paper, finish a science project, reorganize a closet and meet friends for coffee all in a set amount of time simply isn’t realistic. You won’t have to cancel plans, though in order to complete your priorities first. Instead, don’t be afraid to take a break. Maybe try to write the first paragraph of your paper, add a few touches to your science assignment, etc. That way you are able to enjoy your free time but be productive.

3.) Eliminate Distractions

This suggestion might seem obvious, but it is an important one. Often times, we get distracted when a phone goes off or if the TV is on. If you are listening to music on a phone, I highly recommend turning off all notifications, and making sure that you have a quiet place to work. You wouldn’t want to study for a final exam in the kitchen while your family or roommate is making dinner! Being distracted easily is not always a sign of procrastination, it is a road block for productivity because we often get lost in other activities rather than the task at hand.

As you may have been able to tell, it is not always easy to stop procrastinating, but finishing tasks certainly pay off in the long run. I wish you the best of luck! If you have any more suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the contact box below. I’d love to hear them! Also, sign up for my mailing list so that you never miss a post from Busy and Beaming. See you next time!

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Create the Perfect Study Space in 3 Steps

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on projects is an absolute must. I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on assignments and projects during the school year is an absolute must. While a simple desk with do the trick, creating a personalized space allows you to focus on the task at hand. Having a personalized space is also better for organizing rather than a cookie – cutter style office. This at – home project doesn’t have to take hours on end, either! I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Before we get into this project, you will need to find a space in your home or apartment that is quiet and not near your bedroom. Science shows that working in a bedroom can affect your sleep because your brain has no separation between work and relaxation. My study space is in the basement of house, which is effective. You can convert a closet into a study room, or you can set up at a coffee table if you live alone.

1.) Shop on Amazon

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t like online shopping? For your first step in creating the perfect study space, you need to pick out the following items in colors or patterns that match your personality.

  • Planner – find my Etsy planners here
  • Organization Caddy
  • Calendar
  • Pencil case
  • Electronic Device
  • Computer mouse (optional)
  • Multi – functional desk pad
  • Desk
  • Highlighters, markers and/or sharpies
  • Jar or Plant holder (to hold writing utensils)
  • Basket or large bowl

You can get these supplies from stores and websites other than Amazon, but I recommend Amazon because they supply quick shipping and a variety of brands and colors. You can get my Etsy planner printables at an affordable price here. You can also get your hands on some motivational bible verses here.

2. Clean up

Before you receive you supplies, clean up is an absolute necessity. Throw away any clutter that is unnecessary and re-organize anything that may be out of order or takes away from the aesthetic of your space. This step is important because non-essential clutter will be distracting in the long run. This step may take the most amount of time, but it will pay off the most.

3. Set – Up

When your order arrives, you can begin the setup of your space. Personally, I think that this is the best part. To begin, lay out your desk pad. Organize your caddy, and hang it up if you are able. This will reserve extra desk space for you. Hang your calendar on a wall, and place your planner or planning binder in the basket. Put your writing utensils in your jar or/basket/pot. Situate your electronic device and mouse on your desk pad. Put any miscellaneous school/work supplies in a pencil case or small box. Put this in an easily accessible cabinet, cubby or drawer.

Congratulations on completing your study space! No you can get the job done. Next week, make sure to look out for a post on how to stop procrastinating. You can also sign up for the Busy and Beaming Community to receive exclusive tips and materials and freebies, and so that you never miss a post. Enjoy your new office! 🙂

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The Best Autumn Starbucks Drinks

Autumn was meant for pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. Whether you prefer a different drink or feel like (pumpkin) spicing it up, this post will help you find your new favorite fall flavor!

There’s no doubt about it. Autumn was meant for pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. Whether you prefer a different drink or feel like (pumpkin) spicing it up, this post will help you find your new favorite fall flavor! If you’re in the mood for more summer-y flavors, you can check out my post on the Best Summer Starbucks Drinks.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite Starbucks drink changes often, but only if I’m in the mood to switch it up. If you are a non-coffee drinkers out there or those who like to try a drink without it, you will love this post. Who doesn’t want to be able to indulge in all those fall flavors without added bitterness? This brings us to my top drink:

1.) Pumpkin Spice Creme

All the talk about the pumpkin spice latte made me crave something similar. The pumpkin spice crème is delicious. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – this drink is like heaven in a cup. It is like pumpkin pie, but with vanilla. This is one that I wholeheartedly recommend that you try. For coffee drinkers looking for something like this, you can add a few pumps of mocha or espresso.

2.) Caramel Apple Spice

This is Starbucks’ take on a classic autumn treat. For those of you who have never heard of this before or are unclear, the caramel apple spice drink is heated apple cider with cinnamon, whipped cream and a salted caramel drizzle on the top. These flavors combine to allow you cuddle up with fuzzy socks and a good book during a rainy fall day.

3.) Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

While this drink is normally prepared with coffee, it can be ordered without it. Without coffee, it is a cold slice of pumpkin pie in a cup, which is perfect for those warmer autumn days. With coffee, be prepared for a taste similar to the pumpkin spice latte on ice. This one is definitely on my list!

4.) Guava Iced Tea Lemonade Refresher

I have not had this drink myself, but I am told that it is a drink that is for either the autumn or spring seasons. This drink is incredibly refreshing, and it brings a splash of summer and tropical flavors to those of you missing those warm days. This drink can either be ordered sweetened or unsweetened. For similar beverages, click here to view my post on Best Summer Starbucks Drinks.

5.) Butterbeer Frappucino

Calling all Harry Potter fans! This drink is not known by many, but is amazing in the fall and winter. It tastes like fantasy and halloween all in one with hints of caramel. This can be ordered with or without coffee and is a wonderful addition to your day. A small or medium size of this drink is recommended due to its robust flavor.

Bonus: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffin

My favorite Starbucks bakery item is by far the pumpkin spice muffin. It is full of flavor and covered in flax seeds (which makes it a little healthy). In the middle, you will find cream cheese. This may or may not sound appetizing, but I assure you that it is delicious. It has 350 calories. \

If you enjoyed this post, I would love it if you dropped me a comment! What are your favorite Starbucks drinks? Let me know! Next week, join me on the blog to see a high school/college hack on how to stop procrastinating. In the meantime, you can sign up for the Busy and Beaming Community so that you never miss a post. See you next time!

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Unique Fall Activities

Fall is just around the corner, and finding out of the box ideas for activities. Here are a few out of the box ideas to add (add mark off) your fall bucket list!

Fall is just around the corner, and finding out of the box ideas for activities. Personally, I think that autumn is the best season because of the weather as well as the colors. Who doesn’t like burgundy red and burnt orange? Some fall activities can be more entertaining than others, and some of these ideas you may not have thought of yet. For a year round DIY project, you can check out my post on How To Make a Photo Hoop. Enjoy!

Some families enjoy pumpkin picking, others might enjoy hay rides. I enjoy both. However, some high school/college students or families with older children might enjoy a more laid back activity. That’s not to say that these autumn past times aren’t a wonderful go – to activity. I often enjoy a good pumpkin patch or hay ride! But if you would like to find another activity to indulge in, then this post is for you.

1.) Candle Making

Candle making can be an at home activity or you can visit a shop such as “The Candle Lab.” I recommend making a soy candle, especially if you do this at home. candles create less mess, and the wax can be cleaned with soap and water, rather than having to scrape off paraffin wax if it spills. I have been told that making at home candles is a simple ordeal and does not take much time. If you buy a candle making kit, it can be a little pricey, but it is worth it. You can also buy individual products for a different price.

2.) Crochet (or knit) a Sweater

This project can be frustrating and/or time consuming if you choose a difficult pattern and are a beginner. You also need to purchase the correct yarn and the right amount of it. My favorite patterns are from For the Frills. You can find them at www.forthefrills.com. They have beautiful sweater patterns, cute scarf patterns and fun sock patterns for you to try. For a similar cozy project, making a photo hoop. Click here to check it out!

3.) Apple Picking

Similar to pumpkin picking, apple picking is a favorite autumn pastime. People of all ages will enjoy this, and chances are that there is an apple orchard near you that you can visit! Along with making memories, apple picking can be great if you plan on making a fall treat such as apple pie or homemade apple cider. You may need to call ahead to check if you should bring cash or a check. Most apple orchards only accept one of these.

4.) Pumpkin Dunking

Pumpkin dunking is a wonderful idea to do with older children. I recommend pumpkin painting or carving with younger ones. While pumpkin dunking, it is best to use a small, artificial pumpkin if you want it to last. Big pumpkins won’t be able to fit into the necessary bucket, and real ones never last long. To create a beautiful design, simply spray matte spray paint in a bucket of water along with a metallic color of your choice. From here, stir everything around and let sit for ten seconds before dunking your pumpkin in. As soon as your pumpkin is submerged, pull it out. Do not let your pumpkin sit in the mixture. These can be used for a beautiful decor or statement piece for fall or halloween.

5.) Bonfire

If you’ve been following me for a long time, you know that I have a thing for bonfires! They are such a symbol of fall because of their coziness. Snuggling up in a blanket under the stars and roasting marshmallows is such a wonderful way to spend an evening. All you need is a cast iron pit, which can be purchased at stores such as Home Depot. I also recommend investing in chairs and marshmallow sticks if you do not already have them. Invite your family and friends for a night of adventure!

There you have it! Which activity did you pick? I love to hear your feedback, so be sure to drop me a comment in the contact space below. Don’t forget to join the Busy and Beaming Community in order to receive freebies as well as exclusive tips and tricks. See you next week!

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Creative Party Themes

Who said that not every party needs a theme? Parties without a theme aren’t usually very memorable, but these party themes are sure to make your party a time that no one will forget!

Who said that some parties don’t need a theme? A party without a theme is like a cake without decoration – it’s boring! This year, parties may look exponentially different, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look forward to when social events are normal again. Whether it is a birthday party, graduation event, or simply an impromptu gathering, these party themes are sure to make your party a blast.

First things first. In order to throw the best party, you should to have a general guest list together. You don’t need to have every guest RSVP immediately, but you do need to know who you would like to invite. This way, you can tailor your theme to match which movies your guests have seen, which books they’ve read, etc. This is definitely not to say that you should pick a theme that your guests love but you hate. The host or hostess deserves to have a good time to! Simply put, you need to find a middle ground.

1. Northern Nights

Yes, I mean northern nights, not northern lights, though both would be gorgeous. This would be a great dance theme or a self-hosted party theme. I recommend using this idea for an autumn party, or a party in colder weather. You can make your party a formal event with floor length gowns or you can choose to keep it casual, with leggings or jeans and a sweater. It is entirely up to you! Another add on is to host a bonfire event the same night.

2. Pink, (Rose) Gold and White

Pink, gold and white is a timeless color scheme, but you can make your gathering more trendy and contemporary by switching normal gold into a pale rose gold. Splashes of gray adds a nice touch as well. Decorations may include daisies, a gold vase, and dangling lights. Chair sashes are also popular. This is a great casual party option, or it can be adapted into a beautiful wedding theme.

3. Caribbean or Mediterranean

These are my favorite spring and summer themes, but they can be used in the fall as well. If you have a favorite movie that takes place in either of these places, you can adapt the music from the movie into a background playlist. In summer, a pool party around the Caribbean theme would be perfect. Decorations for this party may include lots of greenery, hibiscus flowers, and glass vases with floating candles.

4. Floral

On the topic of greenery and flowers, a floral party is wonderful for the spring. The weather is gorgeous and there are so many color options to choose from. With this theme, you can choose to go contemporary with gray accents and succulents, or you can choose to keep the timeless style and stick with alternative garden flowers. With this theme, I recommend investing in several plant bushes, vases and pots because you want to keep your theme consistent. You don’t want to have a few flowers here and there so that your idea is barely noticeable. Make it obvious in the setup and the invitation. 🙂

5. Disco

Disco is a classic party theme. Who doesn’t love bright colored backdrops, balloons and disco balls? This party theme is fun for a small Spring Fling or a Birthday party. Sometimes, it is entertaining to combine this theme with others, to create new ideas such as Caribbean Disco for a beachy 70’s throwback.

6. Autumn

This is the final this that I couldn’t NOT add this theme. Who doesn’t like fall? There is so much to love, so why not compile it into a seasonal party idea? For this idea, fairy lights or tea lights are a must have, and burnt orange/rust red floral decor is a nice touch. Also, a bonfire and Chinese Lanterns is a fun idea to finish it off.

Party themes can always be mixed, matched and tweaked at any point. Which of these themes are your favorite? My contact form is always open, and I’d love to hear your feedback! You can find supplies for DIY decorations at your local craft store as well as Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Target. For a classy decoration piece, you can visit my post on “Summer DIY Projects: Photo Hoop“. You can use these ideas to create a show-stopping party. Also, be sure to join the Busy and Beaming Community for extra freebies, recipes, and posts. See you next week!

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