nespresso // a review

if you know me, you know this girl doesn’t do anything before coffee. i’m totally that person that spends the $4-$5 dollars a day at my local coffee shop and i’m not ashamed (maybe a little, but i’ve come to terms with it).

now that i’m out in the middle of nowhere gilbert, my options are starbucks (no thanks) or driving out of my way to pay for a coffee from somewhere that isn’t my favorite coffee shop. so i decided i would forgo the purchasing of my coffee and simply purchase an at home machine.

i had a keurig in the past and hated it. it was watery and no matter the coffee i got it was just overall bad. from that i contemplated what i did like and why the keurig didn’t do it for me. i realized i needed espresso so i decided this time ’round i needed something that would give me espresso *enter nespresso machine*

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I got my nespresso from best buy but I price matched it with a target machine so you can find that here. before purchasing this machine i did some research on the overall brand and what people thought of the coffee against normal machines or the keurig. most people seemed extremely loyal to their nespresso machine and i decided I would give it a go.

i got the cheapest machine they offer simply because #college #broke but also because essentially they all brew the same cup of coffee. mine happened to come with a milk frother (which a lot seemed to) so that was a nice bonus, but i’m not a foam fan so it probably won’t get much use.

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as for the actual machine i think it’s really neat. it has a water reservoir so you only have to fill it up every 2-3 cups. it also has two size options so you can have a straight espresso shot or one closer to an americano (i think it’s meant to be a double shot, but it just tastes more watery). it also has a compartment where the old pods fall once they are used so you don’t have to dig out the pods after each use. all of these get a big thumbs ups from me!

as for the coffee i think it is great and exactly what i was looking for! a sampler pack came with my machine so i’ve been working my way through that to find what i like the best but i went ahead and ran up to the nespresso store in scottsdale to sample and purchase some extra pods. i got the intenso iced blend and the roma blend.

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i always have my coffee iced so i tend to brew the pod (with a little sugar in the bottom if i’m craving sweet) and pour that over ice. the secret weapon to great at home coffee is creamer and i love the silk soy coffee creamer!

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overall i am really happy with my nespresso machine! (and so is katelyn who benefits from it as well!) i don’t think i can say that i will never go buy coffee again, but it is exactly what i wanted now that i am far away.

whats your favorite coffee?

move in + first week // back to school

well hello there.

it feels weird to be sitting down to write a blog post because so much has happened in the last few weeks!

i moved into a new house on campus at ASU! because poly used to be a military base we’re lucky to have resident housing options that are actual full houses so i’m living with two other great girls in a three bedroom house! it’s weird being out on my own again after having lived at home last semester; i feel like i have to re-learn how to be on my own and let me tell you it isn’t the easiest thing. i forgot what it was like to cook for myself and think about meals and i forgot how much alone time living without my family gives me.

along with re-learning how to live, i’ve also started my junior year of college! (which is SO weird, i still feel like it’s my first year sometimes) i’m actually super excited for this semester for a change because i think I’m gonna have a lot of fun in my classes and I know a lot of people in them which is always helpful.

but like.. what’s happening with this blog? WELL. a lot. (i hope). keep an eye out here for posts about my house/dorm, my classes and also for any adventures i’m going on! (psst… i’m going to adobe max which is insanely cool if you’ve never heard of it)

i hope you’re doing well and i can’t wait to show you how these next few months pan out ❤

 

the best tool // back to school

its that time of year again where everyone is going back to school. i came home from work the other night and my sister couldn’t wait to show me her school supply haul.

ever since i bought my ipad pro i no longer have to go buy school supplies. BUT before buying it i did SO much research

today i wanted to tell you about my ipad pro and why i think it is the best tool for any college student.

1. note taking

probably the most beneficial part of the ipad pro is the ease of taking notes. by having everything on the ipad i never have to worry about loosing notes or forgetting a notebook because everything is in the same place.

on top of having everything is one place it also gives you the ability to draw in your notes. this was extremely helpful for me while i was in an anatomy course because my professor was constantly showing us pictures of cells. i could be writing or typing notes and then if I needed to draw something i easily could.

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2.  apps

obviously if you have an ipad, you’re going to use apps. for note taking my favorite app is notability and I recommend any college student use it to keep track of everything! i love using this app because i can write on PDF notes my professors have given me, insert pictures, draw my own pictures all while taking notes (written or typed).

when I was a nutrition student I know the iPad would have been useful for apps that taught and showed anatomy and any notecard apps. now as a design student i love using apps like procreate to brainstorm with team members or to make rough drafts of projects i may photoshop later.

3. electronic distribution

if your college experience has been anything like mine you’ll realize that everything is either moving online or already is online. a lot of the times our worksheets were online or assignments needed to be turned in online. the ipad was great for this because you can fill out the online worksheet on the ipad then turn it in and never have to mess with scanning anything. this was also useful when working in teams because I could email team members the sheet of what we had worked on that day instead of everyone taking a picture.

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example of a class assignment on my ipad

4. books

next we need to talk about the biggest expense when it comes to school supplies: books. i use the kindle app on my iPad to rent digital copies of my book from amazon. it feels weird at first to not be physically be flipping through a book, but the search option on the book makes it much easier to find what you are looking for. (bonus: usually online books are cheaper than the real copy)

5. easy to carry + versatile

finally, the iPad can be a replacement for a bulky laptop. although in my degree there is no way i could forgo my laptop for an iPad but for a lot of degree fields it is an option. whether you are sitting in class taking notes or watching Netflix in bed, the iPad can do both!

although i still recommend carrying paper and pencils for when you need them, i think that the ipad pro is the best tool for a college student in any major! if you have any questions about the ipad pro in relation to school leave a comment on this post!

 

micro haul // ootd

well my friends, it’s that time again. the time of the year where i feel obligated to buy new things because school is starting. i picked up a few deals on my latest shopping outing and wanted to share them with you all!

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first thing is this super cute top from Levi’s. it was only 6$ at the outlet and i am very into shirts with little embellishments like this one.

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again from the Levi’s outlet was this green and blue striped shirt. it kind of makes me feel like a 7 year old boy on the first day of school but i kind of love it.

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next i bought this cute shirt from uniqlo online. i feel like the higher neck shirts look good with my short hair so i’m all about this (plus it’s really nice and thick material). it was only $6 when I bought it but now it is on for $4 so if you like high neck t-shirts, go check it out! (i also got it in yellow which was in the wash so it didn’t get a picture.. but i like that color too!)

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next, i hit up the vans outlet and got a pair of charcoal grey slip-ons. this is my first real pair on slip-ons, and it may be early to say, but they’re probably my favorite sneaker I’ve owned! they’re so freaking comfortable and i now understand why everyone is so in love.

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at this particular vans store there was a deal where if you bought a full price pair of shoes you got a sale pair for 50% off! so i also picked up these light dusty pink suede lace up shoes. i’ve never seen shoes like this from vans and unless you knew where i got them, you probably wouldn’t know they were vans at all.

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that is everything i bought this past weekend! have you bought anything for “back to school”?