do it now!

Happy Wednesday to you all! This school year, I'm really loving Wednesdays! Somehow I lucked out and ended up with no classes every Wednesday for the whole school year - it serves as a great work day to get things done, read ahead and stay on top of things... in theory.

I have a confession to make: I recently got Netflix. I guess that's not really the confession. I started binge watching TV shows and used up all of our monthly internet usage, leaving my house wifi-less for two whole days! MAJOR fail. That's the confession. This Netflix binge also lead to me falling behind in school work after just one week of classes. Time to get my act together!

I don't know how Netflix users have a life! It's so addictive and hooks you in! There are always great things to watch and homework never seems interesting. I'm sure I'm not the only one experiencing this! Unfortunately, I wasted a couple days of my life on Netflix when I could've been proactive, doing things that would actually benefit my student career and future!

Using up our internet usage was definitely a wake-up call. Screen watching should be used as a way to relax after putting in a bunch of hours of work. So, this Wednesday when my schedule is completely empty, I've made a huge list of things to do to catch up on work and organize my life. I'll save Netflix for those days when I have big time gaps between classes, or just need a movie night. I have big plans this upcoming weekend and I don't want to have to worry about school work when I have fun things to do!

If there's something you want to do, aside from watching Netflix, do it now! If you want to make this school year your best yet, start making an effort today! Somehow, I've managed to quit binge watching cold turkey... anything is possible! Let my unfortunate Netflix binge help you get on track to focus on what needs doing. Netflix will still be there for me over winter break when I'm free from school work... and the grades I get this term will still be there on my transcript whether I do well or not. Prioritize!

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so you're engaged...

Wedding update: Cory and I have been on a wedding planning spree, getting organized and booking as many things as we can before I have to focus all my time on school related things! I love the whole engagement process and have especially enjoyed the planning! I'm sure engagement can be overwhelming for a lot of people, so I'm writing this post to tell y'all to take a breath and take some of my advice on 5 things you should do once you're engaged!

1. Enjoy the Moment
I still can't believe I'm actually engaged sometimes, then certain moments come along and all of a sudden it feels so real! I think being engaged takes some getting used to and it's a phase that everyone should enjoy! Take time to be with your new fiancé and start dreaming about your big day together. When Cory popped the question, I was so excited and wanted to tell everyone right away, but I'm glad we had those few days of camping with our friends before heading back to the real world!

2. Start Spreading the News
Figure out who you want to share your news with and how! Some might want to tell their families in person, or call their closest friends. Consider telling your gossip-loving news-spreading relatives until those closer to you know, so nothing gets on the internet and spread around before you want it to! As soon as we let all of our loved ones know our big news, Cory and I made things "Facebook official" and posted a ring picture for all to see! There are so many cool ways to announce engagement using the internet (see #4.) 

3. Think of Dates
I know this may seem fast, and I just suggested you enjoy simply being engaged, but something to consider is how the two of you will respond to the question you'll be asked a million times, "So, have you picked a date yet?" Cory and I had a date in mind from the start, so we were able to just say we were considering some time around that specific date, but nothing was written in stone yet. If you have no clue when you want to wed, but you can at least narrow it down to a year or season, that response would satisfy those curious family members!

4. Begin the Pin
Pinterest is essentially wedding planning heaven! Whether you want to scroll through the specific wedding category, or search key words based on a wedding theme you like, Pinterest will start to get the creative juices flowing! If you're planning to DIY anything, Pinterest is your place to go. If you have no idea what sort of dress you want, Pinterest is your place to go! There are unlimited images and links to webpages that can help you be inspired and get organized to create your wedding vision.

5. Find a Photographer
This is a more lengthy explanation, because it's a rather big decision! I know it might be hard to come down from that cloud you're floating on, but I definitely suggest finding a photographer before any other vendor. Some may disagree, thinking a venue and date are more important to figure out right away - there's definitely more than one way to go about things! For me, capturing memories through photographs is the most important thing for my wedding day (and budget), so we can look back on the moments captured for years to come! We were willing to move our wedding date idea in order to get a great professional photographer. On our camping trip (when Cory proposed) Cory's best friend and best man, Raf, suggested a photographer friend we may be interested in, so we got that ball rolling as soon as we could! I did research on other local photographers, compared pricing, then arranged to meet with the guy Raf recommended. We were so impressed and went ahead and booked our engagement shoot for the next week! We already have our photos back - but that's a whole different story on a whole new post coming soon!

If you're engaged right now - congratulations! If you're married - congratulations to you too! Comment below if you have any more advice for engaged couples! And if you're single or engagement is totally off your radar, maybe just tuck these ideas in the back of your mind for future use!

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backpack essentials

Tomorrow is my first day of classes for the new school year! I love the whole back-to-school hype. I get excited to meet my new profs, start reading the millions of books I just bought, and to catch up with classmates after a four-month summer apart! One of my favourite things to get organized before classes is my backpack. Is that weird? Am I the only one? I love collecting all the essentials and loading up my backpack so that I'm ready for whatever the school day brings.
backpack essentials | marlee and you

I have a long commute to campus, so once I'm there for the day, I don't have the option to run back to my dorm to pick up something I forgot... I need to be prepared! I always like to have a big 60 piece gum container in my backpack, especially if I have a full day of classes and don't have a toothbrush on me! Kleenex are always useful, especially during cold season - plus they come in cool travel pouches that are perfect for backpacks!

Keeping with the cold season concept, Advil and hand sanitizer also come in handy! You never know when they'll be needed and I can assure you, your campus pharmacy has jacked up prices! To go along with the hand sanitizer, hand cream is necessary if you're like me and have dry, sensitive skin! Soaps and sanitizers are often harsh on your hands and lotions are a great way to counter that!

Just a few more must-haves that I always keep in my backpack: extra pens/pencils, a secret cash stash and my agenda! I always bring a pencil case with me, but if I happen to forget it at home, it's nice to have a back-up in your backpack at all times! Same thing goes for my wallet: I always have cash on me, but if I misplace or forget my wallet, I've got to have enough money on me to be able to get dinner and bus or cab home if need be! And lastly, my agenda! It was part of my August favourites and is a crucial part of my daily planning and time management. I like to bring my agenda to school to stay on top of deadlines and also be able to plan things with friends without accidentally booking something the same day I work or have a big project due! I know a lot of people like using their phones for their planner, and that works too! Alright! Let's do this! Time to learn!

Did I miss any backpack essentials?

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summer bucket list '15: revisited

Well, this post was inevitable, but it's making me sad that I have to write it so soon! I can't believe summer is winding down and I'll be starting classes this week! Looking back, I had a wonderful summer! So many adventures and wonderful times! I loved that I made a summer bucket list - even though I didn't complete as many of the tasks as I would've liked to, it was the unplanned events that made my summer so special! One item that didn't get crossed off this list was to make a quilt. Good news though! I still have four more days before my first class, and I AM going to finish up that huge summer-long project! Check out what I got to cross off my list this time around:

summer 2015 | marlee and you

- go to a farmers market
- do some gardening
- see a drive-in movie (July 30)
- go to a karaoke night
- go camping (August 4-7)
- have a girls' night out
- unplug for a day (June 30)
- check out garage sales (July 18)
- do more DIYs
- go paintballing with friends
- try archery
- make a quilt
- go on a day trip 
- read 12+ books
- spend an afternoon poolside (July 17)
- go-carting 
- host a pool party (July 18)
- go bowling (August 13)
- wash the car
- play tennis (June 29)
- have a campfire (June 23)
- explore downtown festivals (July 12)
- have a water fight (July 17)
- get slurpees (June 5)
- make rootbeer floats (July 28)

I'm excited for the school year to start, as much as I would love for summer to continue on through September! The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, and it kicks off a whole new season of sweater weather, pumpkin everything and beautiful nature scenes! Goodbye summer! It's been a slice!

What's your favourite summer memory?

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