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3 Simple Microwave Meals

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things!

All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

 

French Toast

Yes, you can make french toast in a mug! I didn’t believe it at first either.

What you need

Milk

Eggs

Bread (wheat seems to work the best)

Vanilla (can substitute with some syrup is needed)

Cinnamon

First whisk eggs together with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon

Soak cut up pieces of bread in the mixture

Place in microwave for 60-90 seconds depending on the way your microwave cooks food

AND SERVE

Add some of your favorite toppings like syrup, chocolate chips, or fruit to taste.

 

Eggs

The easiest eggs to make in the microwave are your standard scrambled.

Crack eggs into a mug, I find up to three works the best

Whisk eggs with salt and pepper, adding milk will help to fluff your eggs

Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir

Microwave for another 30-45 seconds

And TADA

Add some cheese, herbs, or even salsa for added flavor

 

Mac and Cheese

½ cup of macaroni noodles

½ cup of water

Shredded cheese

Salt and Pepper

Add noodles and water to large mug cook on high for 1 min, stir

Cook for another minute, stir

Continue to cook in 30-second intervals until macaroni are thoroughly cooked

If it is getting too dry add a bit of water

Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper

Enjoy!

Note: Be careful to watch your macaroni because the water is prone to overflow during the cooking process

 

All of these meals can also be made in a microwave safe bowl as well.

These are great alternatives for when you get tired of campus food or ordering pizza.

Let me know if you want to see another post talking about microwave desserts!

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

What to do when you get Semester Burnout

What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.

There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows. Especially when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and break is on its way.

I get semester burnout every semester but especially in the spring. When all I want is summer to come so I can take a break from essays and homework and getting up early burnout be excruciatingly frustrating.

Take a Break

During this time of the semester, I have found that one of the best ways to get some energy back is to just take a break. Not one of those measly half-hour breaks, but a nice, long day off break. Especially if you have nothing due the next day and you find work that should take around an hour is taking four just take the day for yourself.

Go out with friends

Similarly to just taking a break going out with some friends is a great way to gain some motivation to do homework. Head to the movies, a party, or even just on a coffee date.

One day/One hour at a time

One of the most important things to do when you have semester burnout is to take everything one day and even just one hour at a time. Burnout can be frustrating and if you feed on it by trying to force yourself to do everything as fast as possible nothing will get done. Maybe you don’t do as much as you would like to one day but that doesn’t mean the next will be just as uneventful. Instead, structure your day hour by hour and designate one hour to work as hard as you can on one thing before moving on. Even doing one section of a homework assignment or writing 100 words of an essay before zoning out is better than doing nothing.

Change of scenery

I find that sometimes I sit in my room so long that I can’t focus anymore because I’ve been so unproductive and want to sit in bed. To fix this I will take my laptop outside if it is a nice day or head out to a cafe or the library to mix it up. A change of scenery does wonders to dissipate stir crazy energy.

In college, you really have to learn to pick and choose your battles. Life gets so hectic and it doesn’t help when all you want to do is not do work. Don’t worry about having everything be perfect and know that it is okay to take a break if you need it.

Do you have your own methods to beat semester burnout? I would love to hear about it, let me know in the comments!

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What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.
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What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

Welcome back to my blog for day 12 of the 30-day blog challenge, and if this is your first time here

Hello!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Today I am going to be talking…writing… about tips be more PRODUCTIVE!

This was requested on my Instagram to blog about, so shout out to the two people who actually responded with what they wanted me to write.

  1. Make a list

I know I’ve talked about this in some of my other posts.

(See: Time Management.  Effective Studying.)

But I honestly can not recommend this enough. Making a list is the best way to get organized and know what needs to be done. I like to organize my lists by two specific characteristics, most important and due date. By categorizing my lists I can better get a sense of what I need to spend more time on and what I have to really be sure not to leave till the last minute.

  1. Get up earlier

I know what you are thinking. Alexandra no, why would I want to wake up early when I could sleep for an extra 30 minutes and snooze my alarm 7 times. I hear you I am not a fan of getting up early but I have found when I get up a bit earlier I have more time to get work done without feeling rushed. Start small, you don’t have to get up at 5 in the morning all of a sudden. Even just set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and even if you snooze it that 7 times you should be getting up when you normally set your alarm thereby giving yourself at least an extra 30 minutes of your day.

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  1. Put away distractions!

This is important. You can not get productive if your phone is buzzing at you every 3 seconds for social media notifications or you have a Youtube video or Netflix show playing. It may be hard but turn off your phone, exit out of all of your fun tabs and get to work. Without the distractions, you will be able to get work done much faster and then have all that free time to goof off. There are even apps you can download onto your laptop to block yourself from certain websites you find distracting until you finish your work. A great option if you find you get side tracked easily.

  1. Schedule time to get work done

Instead of saying maybe you will start work later tonight, actually schedule out a block of time for you to work. If you have a free two hours between your classes instead of sitting around take that time to try and plow through some work. Find your free blocks of time in the day and devote it to studying. Put it in your calendar and set a reminder. When something is scheduled in my Google Calendar I am MUCH more likely to actually do it. You will be glad you scheduled the time out later when your friend wants to hang out at night and you already spent time earlier doing homework.

  1. Have a routine

A routine is really helpful to be more productive. Whether it be a weekly routine or daily, having a constant in your life will increase your work drive. This will help to minimize the worry about how to get everything done. For me, my routine includes trying to eat at the same time everyday and schedule that around when I can get started on my homework. During the week I also try to be finished with homework every day by 10:30pm which makes it easier for me to stick to my homework times and not put it off.

  1. Prioritize

Priority and productivity go hand in hand. With how packed college days can get it is important to prioritize what you spend your time on. If you have an 8 page paper worth 100 points due tomorrow and a homework assignment that is worth 10 points but your teacher will accept late work, do the paper and take the late grade on the homework. Priority also corresponds to your social life. If some of your friends want to hang out and you know you will be out past midnight but you have an exam at 8am the next day you may have to make the hard choice of telling your friends you can’t go out that night. There will always be more time to hang out with your friends, but getting a bad grade because you didn’t study enough AND came to the exam exhausted isn’t going to help later in the semester when grades are about to be due.

  1. Take breaks

Productivity isn’t about studying and working at all hours of the day only to have a few hours to sleep and repeat. Humans aren’t meant to be go-go-go all the time.

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There is no way to be productive if you don’t take some time for yourself. If you have been diligently working during your work blocks then you will be able to take a day off and go out or watch a movie to refresh yourself. Even small breaks will be extremely helpful to your overall productivity. If you work for an hour take a 20 minute break. Eat a snack, scroll on social media, or watch an episode of Friends and then get back to work.

  1. Don’t procrastinate

The #1 way to be more productive is to not procrastinate. Easier said than done. I have been an epic procrastinator in the past. Leaving things to the last minute because I assume they will be easy to finish. Procrastination kills your productive drive. Procrastination is never worth it and once you take up the mindset that you want to stop doing it you take the first step to actually stopping.

  1. Just do it.

Nothing is going to get done if you just sit around and wait for the right time to start it. When it comes to being productive you have to silence the voice in your head that tells you to wait until tomorrow and actually get started on it.

Like Shia Lebouf says  “Just DO IT!”

Or you know… Nike.

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  1. Give yourself incentives

Something I have found that has really helped me with productivity is to give myself incentives for actually working. Like “If I finish this page of homework I can eat the ice cream I have in the freezer” or “Once I write at least 4 pages of this paper I can watch the new episode I’ve been waiting for.” When you have a tangible reason to get things done it feels simpler.

  1. Get enough sleep

As a college student, it seems sleep is the one of the last things on my mind. There is so much to do. Whether it be homework, going out, or binge watching, sleep slips onto the backburner. The problem with this is no one can expect to function well doing everything they have/want to do when they are exhausted. So why do us as college things think we are invulnerable to overexhaustion by our lack of sleep? When a small child is grumpy and irritable they are put down for a nap because they need it and it helps them be able to have fun and accomplish things later. Everyone accepts this. Now as a college aged kid a great way to stop accepting the overexhaustion we need to treat ourselves a bit like toddlers. If you know you haven’t been sleeping well enough skip that party or that extra episode of Netflix and go to bed early or take a nap. When you wake up refreshed and with some energy, you will be grateful in your decision.

You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

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What are some things you do to be productive?

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11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.
11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

 

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College

 

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Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

One of the hardest things I’ve had to figure out in college was how to eat healthily. I have never been an unhealthy eater but the second I got to college it was hard to find a rhythm. Especially when 95% of everything I eat comes from the dining halls on campus and the places that accept my student card. When not everything looks appetizing and the same meals are served weekly it can be extremely hard to not fall in the habit of eating pizza or burgers every day.

For your body to function properly you have to be feeding it the right nutrients. You can’t expect your skin to glow, or your stomach to not constantly be upset if all you eat is sugar and grease.

While it can seem incredibly daunting there are a lot of easy ways to make sure you eat a healthier diet amidst standard college food.

  1. Drink Water

Water is so important and I know I don’t drink enough of it, so I am sure others have this problem too. When dining halls are filled with soda and energy drinks and everyone is stopping into Starbucks everyday water can be one of the last things you are grabbing.

Water helps your body in a million ways, like not being dehydrated, helping with the dryness and overall look of your skin, digestion, and it helps flush out toxins and germs.  

So next time you want to grab a third coffee or a can of soda, get some water. If you get bored of plain water add some fruit or lemon to your water to jazz it up. Also, carry around a reusable water bottle to remind yourself about water.  

  1. Add some greens

Sometimes I look back on the meals I’ve had in my day and realized that they were all filled with cheese and carbs and bread but I couldn’t remember what greens I ate. Greens are packed with vitamins and nutrients and have a ton of health benefits.

Some yummy options are spinach, bok choy, lettuce and collard greens. And if we just go on the option of green foods, in general, there are tons more. Like AVOCADOS which are filled with protein and more potassium than a banana, green bell peppers, asparagus, and artichokes.

When you look at your meal and notice it looks a bit colorless go find some greens to add.

  1. Add some veggies to your pizza

If you are going to go the pizza route add in some veggies. Olives, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli are all great options.  

  1. Get a smoothie instead of coffee

The caffeine in coffee may give you a quick energy boost throughout your day but it can really take a toll. Caffeine energy will eventually have you crash and burn not to mention caffeine is dehydrating if you aren’t drinking water along with it. Instead, grab a smoothie.

In the rec center of my school, there is a smoothie bar where they make smoothies with things like fruit, acai, and kale. It is a great way to add extra fruit to my diet and get an energy boost.

  1. Add some healthy snacks to your dorm

I know I like to snack and if all I have on hand is chips and candy that’s all I’ll eat. When I have things like fruit and nuts on hand in my room I am more likely to grab that to snack on. I really enjoy hard boiled eggs, raspberries, and pretzels with peanut butter.

  1. If you can, Cook!

One of the easiest ways to eat healthy in college is just to cook your own food. If you have access to a kitchen stop by the grocery store or get groceries delivered, and make your favorite homemade meal. When you cook it yourself you can better make a decision about what you are eating. Even when you don’t have access to a full kitchen you can make your own great meals with just a microwave. Stay tuned for a post about that coming up later this month!

Making sure you are eating right can help you feel more energized and better overall, and when running around in the day to day crazy college life you will totally need it.

What is your favorite way to eat healthier in college?

 

 

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April Goals

April Goals |Thoughts & Daisies

Heading into the second week of April, although it feels like it has been 3 months since the start of it, there is still a long way to go. And this is going to be the most insane busy filled month I will have… at least until next semester.  And one of the best ways I’ve found to make sure I get everything done is to create a list.

You can read more about how I practice time management >HERE<

School/Personal

  • Finish out the semester strong.

This semester has been long, to say the least. I am pretty sure I came into this semester with my gas tank half full and right now I am running on fumes. If that. I may just be in neutral hoping I don’t get stuck on a hill. There is a lot to be done but I am still slightly optimistic and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. At least for now.

  • Perfect my German Rep.

This semester my voice teacher gave me a piece in German and it challenges me in every way possible. I have to sing it memorized in 2 weeks and it is going to take a lot of work to get me performance ready so fingers crossed I can find the time to accomplish this.

  • Read at least 1 book

I have been in a reading slump the past month and I am hoping I can nip it in the bud now. The books sitting on my shelf are ones I have been waiting to read for a while, and if I want to reach my reading goal for the year I need to get back on track.

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  • Swim at least once a week

Swimming is a big stress reliever for me so I am hoping by adding this to my list of goals I will make it a priority to take a break and swim.

Blogging

  • Complete the 30 Day Challenge

I was excited to start this 30 Day Challenge because it would give me the motivation to write more posts, but I am also a week in and am wondering why I thought it was a good idea to do this during the craziest month ever.

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  • Get to 300 Followers on Instagram

I really want to expand my blog reach and I feel by growing my Instagram it will help make that happen. I have been staggering between 190 and 200 the past few weeks and I hope to make a leap and grow that to 300, or more! by the end of the month. Or at least by my 1 Year Blogiversary.  

  • Create Pinnable photos for each post

I have been slacking on creating pinnable content for each of my blog posts and what better time to get back on track than during the 30 Day Challenge??

  • Get to 50 Subscribers

I have gotten into creating newsletters within the last month or so and I would love to grow my reach in those as well. It would be awesome if I could get to 50+ by the end of this challenge. And don’t forget during this month there will be blog posts that are ONLY going out to me subscribers so don’t miss out!

These are just some of my goals for the month. Do you like these types of posts?

What are your goals for the month?! Let me know in the comments.

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