10 Amazon Finds You’ll Love

We all love a great Amazon find, right? Sometimes you don’t know what you need until you find it. Here are some of my favorite random Amazon finds that I’m sure you’ll love as much as I do.

We all love a great Amazon find, right? Sometimes you don’t know what you need until you find it. I constantly find myself searching for a certain item, only to come across something else I love. Can you relate? Here are some of my favorite random Amazon finds that I’m sure you’ll love as much as I do.

We can all use a little spontaneity, can’t we? What better way to do it than to find an item you love while online shopping? It can be a fun way to pass time and either decorate your home, office, or to complete work or a morning routine. Amazon has it all.

Sometimes, I’ll be searching for a specific tool or item on Amazon, then I’ll click an incorrect button and get totally sidetracked for a while.

That said, I’ve heard that this happens to a lot of people, though, so we aren’t alone! Here are a few random Amazon items that I found accidentally, but absolutely love!

1. Letter Board

These are wonderful for displaying a quote of the day, welcome sign, etc. They have also been trending on Instagram, with it’s own hashtag! There are so many styles to match the theme of your home or workspace. Below are a few of my favorite boards that I think you’ll enjoy as well.

Rustic Grey Letterboard

Monochromatic Letterboard

Pink Felt Letterboard

2. Bullet Journal

Simply put, a bullet journal is an artistic way to organize and plan. You can find a list of my favorite bullet journals below, and you can click here to check out my post on “How to Start a Bullet Journal”.

Poluma Bullet Journal

Artfan Bullet Journal

Scrivwell Bullet Journal

2. Wall Hanging Macrame

Who doesn’t love a bit of boho decor? A hanging macrame is a unique and creative way to spruce up your walls and home. You can have several complimentary ones throughout your house as well! Here is a link to the wall hanging macrame page on Amazon.

Wall Hanging Macrame

3. Faux Sheepskin Rug

A faux sheepskin rugs are great for decorating any space. They come in so many shapes, sizes and colors so it’s hard to go wrong. Below are a few rugs that I love. There is only one link, but you can see a variety of colors and shapes to choose from.

Ashler Faux Sheepskin Rug

4. Mason Jar Wall Decor

This accent piece is sure to spruce up any wall. If you are looking for something unique to add to your home, this is highly recommended item. I don’t own one personally, but I would definitely get my hands on a few if I had the room. The wood or backing can come in several different stains or colors, and some can be customized.

Mason Jar Wall Decor

5. Storage Basket

A storage basket is a unique way to store laundry it a bedroom or dorm. Smaller ones can hold accessories, books or other miscellaneous items. A storage basket can double as a way to personalize a space. If you don’t like the idea of a small rope storage basket, you can find metal or wicker ones. A few of my favorites are linked below.

Large Rope Tassel Basket

Metal Storage Organizer

Basket Organizer

Bonus: Fabric Storage Organizer

6. Seasonal Pillows

Adding a few pillows that match the season is a creative way to add a moody pop of color to your home. While it’s always pretty to have a cohesive cushion theme throughout the year, sometimes it adds a fresh look when you mix it up. Below are a few pillow covers that I love.

Spring Seasonal Cushion Covers

Summer Seasonal Cushion Covers

Fall Seasonal Cushion Covers

Winter Seasonal Cushion Covers

Christmas Cushions Covers

7. Wax/Oil Diffuser

I love my wax diffuser because it brightens up my room. You can always match the design to your home or apartment and change out the scent according to seasons or moods. In fact, rather than having a diffuser that sits on a shelf or dresser, you can actually find a mini one that fits onto a wall. (Sometimes, they even double as a nightlight!) I recommend a peppermint scent because it clears out your sinuses. It also reminds me of Christmas, and who doesn’t love that??

Regular Oil Diffuser

Regular Wax Diffuser

Mini Wax Diffuser

Mini Oil Diffuser

8. Wall Map

Calling all travelers! A wall map is perfect for you if you love to travel. A wall map can be a tapestry, but my favorite is the three-dimensional cork push pin maps because you can mark places you’ve been (or places you want to go). They come in so many different designs, but I recommend a neutral scheme. If you choose a wall tapestry, I always think it adds an extra detail if you line the top with a few strands of fairy lights.

Wood Map

Wall Tapestry

Fairy Lights

9. Hanging Shelves

If you have the space, this item is a must have. There are so many creative ideas that you can easily incorporate into this. You can hang books, plants, trinkets, etc. It also adds so much character to whatever area you are designing. You’ll want to get get your hands on these!

Wood and Macrame Hanging Shelves

10. Macrame Mirror

Apparently I have a thing for macrame! A wall is never complete without a mirror, and an accent mirror is the perfect way to add a bit of personality to a wall, that you can also use every day. I’m always a fan of simple mirrors, but I’ve also attached a few bolder mirrors as well.

Simple Creme Macrame Mirror

Eye Macrame Mirror

Round Tassel Mirror

Happy shopping! Maybe while you’re scrolling through these, you’ll find something else that you love. If so, don’t hesitate to tell me! I’d love to hear it. As for now, enjoy your picks and I’ll see you next week!

Starting a Bullet Journal on a Budget

A bullet journal is a way to artistically plan and organize. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

A bullet journal (or Bujo) is a way to artistically plan and organize. They are 100% customizable, and you can never really make a mistake. No matter what your artistic ability is, bullet journals can be conquered easily. I have been bullet journaling for quite a while and I absolutely love it. So, here are my top tips for starting your own!

Planning doesn’t always come naturally and it can be challenging to find a method that works for you. I guarantee that bullet journaling is incredibly helpful. Let’s get to it!

1. Invest in a Bullet Journal

Obviously, this is the place to start. You can’t start a bullet journal without the notebook! For a bullet journal, you need a dot grid notebook. These aren’t pricey at all, and can be found easily on Amazon! You can pick your color and even decorate with stickers! (you can find stickers from my Etsy shop right here) Below are a few links to my favorite bullet journals. It might help you to choose a bullet journal kit, as it saves a bit of money.

Artfan Bullet Journal

Poluma Bullet Journal

Scrivwell Bullet Journal

2. Plan your Monthly Theme

Your bullet journal can either match completely, or match month by month. You can buy bullet journal brush pens here. I recommend these dual tip pens because you have the option between a brush, (which looks lovely) or fine tip pens, which are good for detail. You can also use washable markers, but you run the risk of ink bleeding through the page, even if the paper is thick.

3. Create an Aesthetic Key

A bullet journal key explains the meaning of each color and symbol that you will use when journaling. For example, a star might mean that you have an appointment, whereas a dash might mean that something was cancelled. It’s entirely up to you to decide what each symbol means

Bonus 1:

As I’ve mentioned previously, you can personalize the outside of your bullet journal with stickers and decals. You can find the stickers that I’ve listed on the Etsy shop here.

Bonus 2:

Consider purchasing planner stickers or stencils. This can help make your bullet journal more aesthetic, and it can have some organization benefits as well. You can find a like to some of my favorites here.

You’re all set! Now you can plan and organize. For similar tips, you can check out my post on “How to Organize as a Student”. Happy Journaling!

Keep Smiling,

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!

Keep Smiling,

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! 🙂

Keep Smiling,