Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blogmas Day 16 - Gift Giving Guide: For Siblings

Hey cupcakes! Here is the next post for my mini Gift Giving Guides series (read the last post here)! :D If you have siblings, here are some present ideas that are perfect for the holidays!

1. Box of Fav Foods

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I find that my siblings love to receive a box of their favorite treats, snacks, and foods! This can be holiday themed (like hot chocolate, cookies, etc.) or just a collection of their favorite snacks. They will definitely love it!

2. Matching necklaces

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If you have sisters, buy a set of matching necklaces so you can all wear them together! :) This is a great gift, and reminds you of your sibling if you don't live in the same place.

3. Mug and "Warm Beverages Kit"

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To make the holidays special, make your sibling a festive "Warm Beverages Kit". This contains a mug/travel mug (can be customized if you want!), coffee/tea/hot chocolate, marshmallows, cute tea strainer, etc. Gives you both an excuse to chat by the fireplace together!

4. Favorite book/movie and a blanket

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My siblings all love to read, so I love picking out a special book for them and also a warm, fuzzy blanket! If your sibling isn't much of a reader, you can also buy them their favorite movie (or a movie they have always wanted to see).

What are you getting your sibling(s) for Christmas? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post during Blogmas! :D

Love,
Jingle Jenna <3

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Blogmas Day 15 - Tips & Tricks for Staying Healthy During Finals

Hey cupcakes! As I am writing this, I still have a bunch of finals to still take (can you believe that my last final in on the 21st!!!!!). Because I know finals can be stressful, I wanted to share my tips with you all for staying healthy during finals week(s) to ensure you are at your best during your tests!

1. Drink water - This is super basic, but I know so many people who don't actually drink water when they study. It is so important to keep your mind focused and your body healthy, so swap that coffee for some water! :)

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2. Plan out your study locations - I like to make a plan at the beginning of the week to decide when I will stay in the dorm or go to a library, coffeshop, etc. to study (take the weather into account when you do this!). Having a plan allows me to mentally prepare myself to be uber productive when I go out to study.

3. Take mental health breaks! - When you make your study location plan, also figure out when you can take mental breaks :) Make sure you have time to hang with friends (and exchange gifts) before you go off on winter break! Also include time to exercise, draw, or anything else that helps you de-stress.

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4. Be smart with your time - You don't have to study 24/7 during finals week; just make to be really productive during the time you actually study!!!

5. Don't overstudy - I have a habit of overstudying, but it can honestly make you do worse on exams.

6. Remember that you can only do your best! - Don't focus on what other people are doing to study or what their grades are, just focus on YOU! Everyone succeeds in their own, and there will always be people who are naturally smarter than you. Just do your best!

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7. If you don't do as well as you wanted on an exam, get over it quickly - Don't ruin your winter break because you didn't get an A on that Econ exam... You win some and you lose some, so it just wasn't meant to be. :) In the long run, GPA won't even be on your resume so just do as best as you can! Enjoy your break because you deserve it :D

What are your final survival tips? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post during Blogmas! :D

Love,
Jingle Jenna <3

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blogmas Day 14 - The WORST Christmas Carols

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having an awesome day :D Today, I wanted to share with you all my least favorite Christmas Carols... Yup, that's right! I'm going to enlighten you all with the songs that I cannot stand during the holiday season. :P Let's get started!

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1. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - I feel like everyone hates this song... First of all, I can never remember the order of the "gifts" and secondly, the song itself lasts for literally YEARS! Definitely not my cup of tea.

2. "Carol of the Bells" - I won't like turn the radio off if this song starts to play, but it brings me back to my choir days in high school when we had to sing this... As a soprano, you literally never get to breathe, so it has bad memories for me haha.

3. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" - WHY IS THIS A THING! It is so sad, and I find the actual words real annoying haha.

4. "My Favorite Things" - This song is fine, but it isn't a Christmas song (even though EVERYONE plays it during the holidays). Just because there are packages wrapped in string does not mean it's for Christmas...

5. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - I always was horrified by this song as a child, because why would the mom cheat on dad with Santa?! Creepyyyyyy.

What Christmas carols/songs do you hate??? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post during Blogmas! :D

Love,
Jingle Jenna <3

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blogmas Day 13 - Finals Survival Playlist

Hey cupcakes! My finals start in only a few days, so I have been studying like a crazy person recently. I find it essential to have some great music as I study, so I wanted to make some recommendations to you all who may also be studying for finals. :D

1. "Weightless" by Marconi Union

This song supposedly gets rid of all your anxiety (saw it on Pinterest haha but I'm not sure if that's actually true), and it is pretty relaxing when I listen to it. I don't think it's as good as my other study songs, but it definitely is on my "Study Time" playlist.

2. "Music of the Spheres" (Spharkenlange; Op. 235) by Straus

I heard this song at a concert, and it is such a pretty piece of music! It sounds almost like a waltz, and isn't too long. Great for studying!

3. "The Princess Diaries Waltz" by John Debney

I have loved this piece ever since I watched The Princess Diaries when I was younger, and it is super relaxing to listen to while you study.

4. "This is Me" by Keala Settle

This song is from the new movie The Greatest Showman (which I want to see!!), and it is a great catchy tune that really empowers you.

5. "Tip Toe" by Jason Derulo and French Montana

This song is quite the bop, but it gets me excited for a long day of studying :)

What songs are on your finals survival playlist??? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post during Blogmas! :D

Love,
Jingle Jenna <3

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