College | Syllabus Week Checklist

It’s that time of the year again. I can’t believe that I’m starting my fourth year of college and my last year of undergrad. I’m in a five year Masters of Accounting program, so it’s bittersweet. It’s my last year with a lot of my friends, and I’m definitely not ready to say bye. Anyway, syllabus week has me stressed me out, but I’ve learned to channel that into a few small things that prepare me for the semester!

What to do during syllabus to get a 4.0 this semester | gold&hearts

Don’t miss class!

It’s really easy and super tempting to skip syllabus week, but some professors really notice and care when students are missing. They show up ready to teach, so you should show up in return out of respect for your professor. Not to mention, missing class is actually a really big waste of money because you are paying to have a spot in that class. You might still be unpacking, but the first week is relaxed anyway.

Print off your syllabus

Having a paper copy of your syllabus is vital! I keep them pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk! If you want a more eco-friendly option, I recommend downloading your syllabi on to a free pdf reader app on your phone just to make sure

Put everything from  your syllabus into your calendar/planner.

Your syllabus is really you map through this semester because believe it or not your professors have all of theirs expectations listed. A syllabus can be overwhelming so make sure you mark down all the important information using this method. If you are really into putting your life into your Google calendar, my lovely friend Kayla has an ~amazing~ guide for you! If you’re a student with a receptive schedule, I highly recommend this amazing planner, so you can create masterful planners.

Go to your professor’s office hours.

I say go the first week because no one else will be there. It really builds goodwill and you seem like less of a douche when you only see the professor the office hours before the exam the rest of the semester. Building a relationship with your professors is important because they can be your advocates if you want to further your education or just get bumped from the B to an A. Also, if you’re a freshman, you’re probably in these huge lecture halls, so having the  professor at least know your face really benefits you.

Order all your books!

This is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you comparison shop for your textbooks. I usually just google the ISBN number and buy the cheapest option. Keep in mind shipping costs and dates when you shop because if you have assignments due, you may want to go with a different option. My fellow Longhorn Jessica Slaughter has a comprehensive guide to help you out.

Get ahead!

Your motivation for an amazing semester will literally never be higher than this week. Use this week to build a good base for the semester and get ahead on all your readings! Also, I like to print out as many notes of class and make binders for each class during this week. I spend the first week getting ahead on as much work as possible because I ~know~ I’m going to fall behind afterwards.

Have fun!

If you’re anything like me, you started getting really nervous and stressed out your first week because you realize the difficulty and rigor of your classes. Remember to have fun! This is the last chill week you’re going to have a for a while. Catch up with your friends and have fun before the semesters starts.

What do you do during syllabus week? Do you take full advantage or do you get lazy like I do?
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College | Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20

Over the years, I’ve realized I made some dumb tech purchases that I’ve either had to replace or get rid of all together. I’ve complied a list of 6 tech products  that will save you space and money.  Also, just a fun behind the scenes blogger thing, I tried to make the image clickable using and image map and spent 6 hours doing it (incorrectly) and gave up, so if anyone wants to help a girl out…Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

So, while making this list, I took into account my own laziness, and I made sure everything is on Amazon Prime. If you didn’t know, you get six free months of Amazon Prime Student when you first make your account. If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is free two day shipping. Amazon Prime Student is great when you wait till the last minute for everything like me. Recently, I’ve found out how to shop for clothes on Amazon, so my bank account is about to be drained.

 

Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

  1. Everyone needs a 10ft long iPhone charger in college. You’re probably wondering, why Shaguna, what a waste of space. Well, you can only have your bed in so many positions, which means that you might not always be next to an outlet. Also, this makes sure that you can continue your late night scrolling even if your bed is lofted! Also, this comes with two, so it’ll come in extra handy when you see number 5!
  2. Wow, a steamer seems super fancy pants. It seems excessive, but a steamer is a) cheaper than most irons and b) smaller than most irons. Better yet, you don’t even need an ironing board, so you don’t have to worry about having to store one of those either. Also, if you’re like me and don’t understand settings/temperatures on a iron, this is the solution for you.
  3. A decent sized mirror is necessary for when you share a room with another girl and you both have to be out the door at the same time. Also, its great when you have a bunch of people getting ready together. I like this one because of the shape and size!
  4. Okay, so wow~ ground-breaking~ a  multi-plug thing. However, in order to combat the same problem as in the first item, this has a super long cord so you can plug it in anywhere you want and use it wherever you want. My dorm allowed power strips but not extension cords, so this is the best of both worlds.
  5. I am ALWAYS breaking my phone cords which isn’t something out of the ordinary. I’ve made a rule to keep one in my backpack and one in my bedroom, so I don’t keep on destroying them. This little stand makes sure your phone charges and is ~super~ aesthetic. Also, since number 1 comes with two, you can leave one at home and take one with you!
  6. So, again this addresses the problem of randomly spaced plugs.  You will probably need to plug a few things in right next to your bed. For me, that’s my laptop, phone, lamp, and iPad. This sort of multi outlet is perfect bc it has USB slots to make charging everything extra easy! Full disclosure, there are some power strips that have them, but they are ridiculously expensive.

What are your dorm tech essentials? Which one of these picks are your favorites?

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College | Pre-Moving Checklist

Moving is arguably one of the worst things  you have to do, and in college, you do it yearly! I like to treat moving as a time to restart, refresh, and renew my life.  Over the years, I’ve learned ways to make moving easier by taking time to reduce clutter. Most people move every year in college and curse themselves when they realize how much stuff they have accumulated over the year. I’m not talking about a seriousMarie Kondo-esque reflection on each object you own; but, just some very logical and rational decision-making on your shopping habits and actual consumption. If you’re an incoming freshman, we have a printable checklist of exactly what you need!
Pre-Moving Day Checklist
I highly recommend donating anything you don’t plan on keeping. Every year, I see so much waste when students move. If you can plan ahead, ask your dorm supervisor to have public receptacles to donate goods. I moved a little over a week ago and wanted to share some of my tips and my experience before everyone moves back into their dorm/apartments.

Before anything…  

Pack a bag with your essentials
This bag of essentials will have all your stuff for your first 2-3 days including bedding, makeup, skincare, and clothes. Using this bag, see what you really need to function on a daily basis. Tackle this first, so if everything else goes absolutely horribly, at least you’re not completely screwed.
Contact your utilities and internet provider
We had a mishap transferring our wifi and it was an absolute disaster. Usually, you can plug in your modem at your new place and contact your internet provider informing them of a change of address. Find out early if you need to have someone come in to physically install anything because you will want to plan for that.
Change your address
If your apartment address is your permanent address, make sure to inform the U.S. Post Office of your change in address, so your mail is forwarded.

While you pack…

Clean out bathroom/toiletries/makeup
You don’t need 5 face washes that are all full. Donate, throw away, or give your half used or lightly loved products. I realized that I had so many moisturizers that I didn’t use because I didn’t’ like the smell or some other arbitrary factor and my mom happily took them back for herself. Also, use this time to clear through your makeup. Reminder: Makeup does go bad. I have so much makeup that is old or just unflattering that I passed on to my friends or threw away.

Donate your clothes and shoes!
Do you see a little dust on the hanger? Get rid of it! I personally love getting rid of clothes (and replacing them with new ones). I recommend looking at the clothes in your closet and getting rid of the ones that don’t fit, look extremely worn, or are out of date. Also, this is a great time to have a clothing swap with your friends, especially for special occasion dresses that you wear rarely. I got rid of so many shoes that are uncomfortable because I will literally never wear them.

Clean out your kitchen
When I moved, I still had non-perishable goods that were pushed to the back of the pantry from my grocery trip with my mom before school started. Keep food if it isn’t expired, but also take a moment to reflect on your grocery shopping habits and the amount of food waste you produce. I realized if some things aren’t kept in front of me, I won’t eat them. Also, sometimes I try to be healthy, but when things taste bad, I just don’t eat them. I really need to stop doing that. Donate all non-expired non-perishable goods to local food banks!

I hope y’all enjoyed our decluttering tips! Regardless of whether you’re moving, make sure to go through all your things to live with less junk! Do y’all have any moving tips? How do you feel about moving?
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Recipe | Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Along with my health kick, I’ve really been into baking recently. I think these snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are now my signature item. I definitely will be putting up more of my baking adventures on the blog because my new apartment is gorgeous!

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Also, for people with a keen eye, these photos were taken over two baking sessions, so I apologize for the lack of continuity! I’ve based this recipe off of this recipe, but I’ve tweaked it a bit more to make it my own flavor! Also, the first time, the frosting didn’t turn out correctly, so I’ve adjusted the recipe accordingly. My recipe makes 1.5 times the amount of frosting required, but that’s just how the the adjustments work for me.  Also, please do everything to taste.

I have a lot of opinions on baking too as an avid consumer of baked goods.

  1. Personally, I don’t like products that are too sweet, which is why I usually prefer cream cheese frosting to buttercream.
  2. But, I love fall baked goods, so I love putting spices and fruit flavors into my baked goods.
  3. Unpopular opinion: I don’t like chocolate baked goods.
  4. Popular opinion: I love anything tart. Basically, I love anything with lemon and lime.
  5. After baking so much, I’ve started making healthier baked goods and experimenting with ingredients.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | gold&hearts

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (or as needed)
  • pinch of nutmeg
Frosting
  • ¾ package cream cheese, at room temp
  • ¼ stick butter, at room temp
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar (or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line cupcake tins.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until pale.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla
  5. Add dry ingredients and milk alternating in small sections until the correct texture.
  6. Scoop into cups evenly until ¾ way full
  7. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick enters center and comes out clean.
  8. Let them cool before frosting
Frosting
  1. Cream cream cheese and butter together until combined
  2. Add cinnamon and nutmeg
  3. Add powdered sugar until desired texture and taste
  4. If too sweet, put a little bit of salt to cut the sugar.

 

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Nordstrom Sale | Affordable Picks Under $25 and $50

We loved the affordable Nordstrom Sale beauty picks, so we’re back with some more! This time, we’re giving y’all NSale picks under $25 and $50. Just because you’re a college student doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this sale. Honestly, I’ve had a pretty hell-ish week, so blogging has really been my escape. Summer classes are hard because they tend to be really extensive and dense. I really enjoy one of my classes, hate another, and have no idea what’s going on in the other. I’ve really enjoyed online shopping for this post (and myself) as a form of relaxation, so I hope y’all enjoy! Nordstrom Sale | Affordable Picks Under $25 & $50 Nordstrom Sale | Affordable Picks Under $25 & $50

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Have y’all bought anything from the sale? What’s your favorite pick?

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Beauty Under $50

Y’all it’s that time of the year again. It’s the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and DAMN have they stepped it up this year. As I aggressively filtered through the sneak preview, I realized WOW I can actually afford some of this stuff. There’s something about being a college student and shopping at Nordstrom that doesn’t match. I searched far and wide to come up with a list of affordable beauty specials that even college students can afford.

Nordstrom Sale

If you don’t know, every year, brands come up with special kits/palettes/sets exclusive to Nordstrom that are some serious deals. I have a love/hate relationship with makeup shopping because Sephora is overwhelming, but also I need to get shade matched. I found things that will work with every skin tone AND under 50 bucks, with a lot under 25! Just scroll over the product to get more details.


Laura Mercier Twist and Pout is the perfect neutral lipstick for every skin tone that is super work appropriate. It’s a perfect addition for the “nearly a real adult” section of your makeup.

LORAC Refined Romance Cheek and Eye Palette  is only 19 bucks(!!!), and you’ll never travel with another palette again! The colors go from super wearable and work appropriate to night out glam. It’ll be just one less part of your suitcase that you’re overpacking.

Stila Stay All Day Set not only includes their legendary liquid liner (which normally is the price of the whole set, but also has an amazing liquid lipstick that is ready to end up in your purse with the other 900239483 nude lipsticks in there.

Living Proof’s ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Set is the most expensive item on this list but also so worth it. I’ve used a sample of the shampoo and conditioner and can’t make the plunge to by the normal size, so this set is perfect! Also, y’all, this dry shampoo though. You can use it after a workout and it looks like you took a shower. Which means, if you’re like me, you don’t have to plan your workout schedule around your hair washing days.

Beauty Blender set is an absolute steal because it’s 20 bucks for one but for 35 you get two and a cleaner. Blending sponges work wonders for your foundation but carry a lot of bacteria. With this set, you’ll be set for a long time. See what I did there.

Mario Badescu ‘The Icon, The Cult Favorite & The Hero’ Set is probably the item I’m most excited about. It’s an absolute steal with each product highly loved. Kylie Jenner swears by the drying lotion to get rid of any acne overnight and I concur.

What are you going to get from the Nordstrom Sale? Do y’all want to see more picks from the sale?

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Houston Eats | Tacos A Go-Go

My main food groups are queso and tacos and today  we are going to talk about both. Living in Austin, I’m surrounded by delicious tacos, but I miss that when I’m back in Houston. I ventured out to the Menil and Tacos A Go-Go for a fun date with my boyfriend. All in all, I definitely recommend Tacos A Go-Go before a night out in midtown!

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts Tacos in Houston

The decor in this place was out of this world. It was beautiful and eclectic. Serious gallery wall #goals. It’s just so fun and colorful and is aesthetic from the walls to the tables to the seating.
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts
I got the the chicken taco and queso, which were good. As a queso connoisseur,  I’d give the queso a solid 3/5. The chicken taco was definitely an average chicken taco, but the sauce was a good mix of sweet and savory. After eating, I definitely felt full and I didn’t even finish the queso! Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Oliver, on the other hand, got three . The barbacoa is their famous one that appears on many “top tacos in the country” lists. Another one of their specialities is the “puffy” taco thats in a fried shell. The third taco is a simple beef taco. When I asked him they were, he responded they were good especially the puffy one. Glad he provided me with such a  detailed response.
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

 

 

Did y’all like posts like this? I love eating and this is a great excuse for me to eat out more. I loved reliving this lunch while writing this post…probably going to get some  now…

Where’s your favorite taco joint? What do you like in your tacos? 

 

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education

Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

Today we have the lovely Faith Dumais who blogs over at Faith’s Girly Life and studies Special Education and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She blogs about her life and has this amazing series called Blogger Interviews.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

I’m a Special Education major. The most typical career path would be to teach students with special needs at a public or private school. However, there’s also opportunity to work with these students in their own home or in a hospital (if the child requires it).
What made you choose your major?
I chose  Special Education because I’ve always wanted to a teacher.In 7th grade, my mom worked as a teachers aid in the Special Education department of the middle school I went to. I spent a lot of time in their classroom and found how much I liked the kids. From there, I decided to pursue Special Education.
What are common misconceptions about your major?
The most common misconception about my field is actually the students themselves. People often think the kids are too difficult to work with- but they can often be the sweetest you’ll ever meet!
What made you confident that your major was right for you?
I’m confident because in December I started consistently babysitting a little boy who has Down Syndrome. I spend so much time with him and I have so much fun. He shows me I made the right decision!
What advice do you have to people who want to go into your field?
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have the heart for it before you get in too deep. Special Education isn’t something just anyone can do- & that’s ok. But you want to make sure you’re  the right person to do it.
What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?
 I haven’t taken a ton of classes for my major yet. But I just love learning about different conditions or disorders I may encounter!
Thank you so much, Faith. We’re so happy to have you on the blog. If anyone else wants to be a part of this series, please email us at goldandheartsblog@gmail.com. 
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Outfit Staples | Summer

Summer Outfit Staples | gold&heartsHey y’all! We are definitely deep in the summer here in Texas. It’s been 100 degrees every day, and I refuse to leave my house. Today I wanted to share with you my summer uniform. I’ve been in love with four pieces of clothing and accessories, and I wanted to give you a few of my top picks at all price points. I definitely am all about my clothes touching me the least amount possible because of the heat, so this outfit perfectly captures that.

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White t-shirts from summer are a no-brainer. White tops are an outfit staple for anytime of the year, but they best options usually come out in the summer. These shirts help me stay cool, but look a bit more put together than a plain t-shirt or tank top. Honestly, I’m still on the search for the perfect drape-y soft white top and probably will be forever.

I ~finally~ have figure out boyfriend jeans. I bought a pair from Zara that are super flattering and really comfortable. Boyfriend jeans just have more of a chilled out vibe and, debatably, are more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve very surprisingly been into distressed denim too. My style is very clean, but the distressed look makes me feel really Cool Girl™.

I think the theme here is pretty clear, but I’ve been loving a good chunky heel. I’ve been looking into buying more casual heels, which is pretty hard when you love  black as much I do. However, my quest continues. I really just want a kinda mid length heel that elongates my leg and is super comfortable. Living in Austin, I know I’ll have to walk up or down a hill wherever I’m going, so I want to be in reasonable shoes.

So, I recently bought the middle watch of these three, and I’m in love.  Menswear inspired watches are really in right now. I’ve been into minimalist watches for almost a year now, but I finally bit the bullet this month and bought one! The Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch in 36mm is the perfect size watch face and doesn’t slide up and down my arm.

Based off of these outfit staples, I’ve made my summer “uniform” that people have been loving. I hope y’all got some great outfit inspo from this (because I definitely did looking up all these cute things). Remember, if you want to know where any of these things are from, just scroll over the picture!

What are your summer essential pieces? What have you been loving this summer? 

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Beauty | Fastest Five Product Face

Always in a rush? Here's the easiest five product face! It takes about 3 minutes! - gold&hearts
It’s been a long time, but we are back and blogging with a vengeance. I wanted to do a quick catch up post with my current favorite products. I’ve had a busy semester, and I feel like I’m always in a rush. I’ve perfected the art of getting ready in the back of an Uber. I can easily carry these five products in my small purse and still look put together, and I’m ready to go in three minutes!

Always in a rush? Here's the easiest five product face! It takes about 3 minutes! - gold&hearts

I’ve been working on being more punctual, so this five product face has helped me cut the fat out of my makeup routine especially for more of an every day look.

  • Smashbox “X-Rated” Mascara is my new mascara staple. It makes me look like I just got eyelash extensions because they look naturally long and fluttery.
  • NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Black is one of the only drugstore eyebrow pencil that I have found that are a true black. I have naturally black hair making every other color look super artificial. Also, I love the slanted tip!
  • Sleek Face Form Palette in Dark is the perfect powder bronzer/highlight trio.While in a rush, these palette is a contour, highlight, and eyeshadow. I got this from London, and it is pretty hard to get a hold of in the US unfortunately.
  • NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit has been my savior these days as I’m still recovering from my finals lack of sleep. I use it under my eyes and to cover any acne and acne scarring to even out my skin tone.
  • Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss Gloss Black lasts all day and even the next day  (oops) and stays super dark. It’s basically painting your lids with the blackness of your heart. Even done sloppily, my eyeliner makes me look super put together.

What are your five most essential products? Do y’all recommend any other multi-purpose products?

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