15 Ways to Fight Summer Boredom

Summertime is upon us, as I’m sure you’re well aware, and I couldn’t be happier.  With the arrival of summer I am always so happy to think about the possibilities.  Your summer might be packed with exciting travels or you might have a lot of fun plans with your friends in town.  However, if you don’t have a lot of plans, the sudden abundance of free time has the potential to quickly turn into boredom.  I absolutely hate feeling bored in the summer, so today I’m sharing fifteen summer boredom busters!  Let’s get started!

#1: Go to the pool.

Going to the pool is perhaps the most cliché, well known summer activity, but it can be a ton of fun!  Invite a friend and bring a deck of cards and some snacks to guarantee a few hours of classic summer fun.  Don’t forget to pack sunscreen!

#2: Take a little day trip.

If you have a beach, lake, or big city within a couple hours from you, grab a friend and hop in the car!  Charlotte and Asheville are fairly close to me and taking day trips to either of them is always super fun.  If you have a camera, be sure to bring it along, as well as some spending money for roadside snacks.

#3: Surprise a friend.

Imagine how cool it would be to return from a weeklong trip and find your best friend sitting in your driveway with a box of donuts.  Why not do this for yours?  You could use this same idea if you have a friend with a summer birthday or just want to surprise them for fun.

#4: Try a new sport.

Maybe one of your friends plays lacrosse, why not go to their house and play with them? I’m sure they’d be happy to give you some lessons on the basics.  It’s always fun to try something new and this is a great way to get some exercise with a friend!

#5: Try a DIY.

DIY videos are all over YouTube, so pick out one you like and try it yourself!  The DIY might be for room decor, clothing, or a gift.  What better time to give it a try than now?

#6: Read a book.

If you’re anything like me, you have practically no time during the school year for just-for fun reading.  Take advantage of your free time and read a book you’re interested in or have heard a lot about.  This summer I’m going to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, a book that I’ve seen all over Instagram over the past few years and am super excited to read.

#7: Get a summer job/internship.

If you’re old enough and have a lot of time on your hands this summer, you should apply for a summer job!  Think of a place near you that you visit frequently, have a passion for, or just enjoy being at.  See if they’re applying by checking their website or asking an employee next time you go.  Summer is also a great time to get an internship, these look great on college applications!  Think of a business near you that aligns with what you think you want to study in college and shoot them an email!

#8: Find a few blogs you like and read them consistently.

Not only do I love blogging, but I love reading blogs too.  You can find blogs about just about anything, including recipes, book reviews, fashion, exercise, school, short stories, music, politics, the list goes on.  Once you find a blogger you enjoy reading from you’ll look forward to every post, a lot like you look forward to a new episode of your favorite TV show or a new video from your favorite YouTuber.  A few of my favorite blogs are A Sunny State of Mind, Lonestar Southern, Kelly in the City, The College Prepster, The Road Les Traveled, and Live the Prep Life.

#9: Start a VSCO and become dedicated to it.

Okay, this one probably sounds silly considering the majority of girls have a VSCO, but this can also be so much fun!  Use your camera or iPhone and get a little artsy.  Make your VSCO something you’re really proud of as a “photographer.”  I’ve recently gotten super into VSCO and I love the way mine looks right now, check it out here!

#10: Go on a picnic.

Stop by the farmers’ market, pick up some fancy snacks, and go with a friend to a pretty outdoor area near you (this could be a mountaintop, middle of a field, park, or even your backyard!).  Be sure to bring a camera because picnics are so photogenic.

#11: Go camping in your backyard.

Set up a tent in your backyard, take a lot of blankets, flashlights, and snacks, and camp out with a friend or sibling!  Take it to another level and leave your phone inside to truly enjoy each other’s company.

#12: Tie-dye shirts.

Everyone knows how to tie-dye, plus it’s super cheap and tie-dye is super trendy right now!  Invite a bunch of friends over and tie-dye shirts together!  You don’t have to stop at tee shirts either, socks are also super tie-dye-able.

#13: Have a movie night with friends.

Rent a chick flick and have your gal pals over for a fun movie night!  Pop a ton of popcorn, make cookies, and bring out a ton of blankets for maximum fun.

#14: Go to a workout class.

I’m not really a huge workout person, but I love going to Zumba with my friends!  If you’re a member of a local gym (my family has a YMCA membership), you should try out a fun workout class this summer!  I highly recommend Zumba because I find it super fun (mainly because I’m terrible at dancing and it’s hilarious) but there are many other fun options like yoga and spin class that sound great too!

#15: Try new recipes.

I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of cool recipes you’d like to try on social media like Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and YouTube during the school year, but never had the time.  Now’s the time to try them out!  Master making those crazy snacks so you can easily make them for your friends and family during the school year.

That’s all for today, I hope these fun activities help cure your summer boredom!  Thanks for reading!

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How To Get Free Stickers + Companies That Will Send Them

Everyone loves to accessorize their laptops, water bottles, cars, notebooks, and more with stickers.  I’ve received a few questions regarding obtaining stickers, so today’s post is something that I hope will be helpful to you all; how to get free stickers!  I personally have an embarrassingly large collection of stickers due to my obsession with getting them in eighth grade and I thought I’d help you get some too!  There are a few ways to get stickers; by emailing companies, asking for them in stores, filling out request forms, and with purchase.  Now, let me explain them!

So, how do you go about emailing a company?  Who do you email?  What do you say?  Well, first you need to find an address to send the email to, which you can usually locate somewhere around a “contact” or “customer service” tab on a brand’s website.  When writing the emails, I always said something along the lines of the paragraph below.  Feel free to copy and paste this filling in your own name and address!

Hey!  My name is ______ and I absolutely love your company!  I was wondering if you’d be willing to send me a few stickers.  I would love to promote your company around my school campus by putting your stickers on my water bottle, notebooks, laptop, etc.  If you’re willing to send some stickers, please send them to the following address:

(Your Name)

(Your Street Name)

(Your City, State, and Zip Code)

Thank you so much, have a wonderful day!

(Your Name)

Here are the names and emails of some companies that I have successfully received stickers from this way in the past:

Vineyard Vines – tieguys@vineyardvines.com

Southern Proper – customerservice@southernproper.com

Chaco – customerservice@chacos.com

Sperry Topsider – customerservice@sperry.com

Yeti – internationalorders@yeti.com

Smothers & Branson – info@smathersandbranson.com

High Cotton – customerservice@highcottonties.com

Johnnie O – wingman@johnnie-o.com

(Disclaimer: I can’t 100% guarantee that these brands are still willing to send stickers, but they sent me stickers a few years ago!)

When you visit a company’s store or one of their retailers, there’s a good chance they’ll have stickers either to give out for free, to sell, or to include with purchase (or sometimes all three.)  If you’re in the store of a company that you’re sure makes stickers, ask an employee if they have any free stickers.  They might say no, but what do you have to lose?  I haven’t physically been in a ton of preppy stores (I do a lot of online shopping – I’ve only been in a Vineyard Vines store once) so I can’t tell you exactly where this will work, but it’s always worth a shot!

Some companies know their stickers are desired and have sticker request forms online that just take a few minutes to fill out.  These requests might just ask for your name and address to send the stickers to or require that you send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the company inside another envelope.  A few companies I know of that have request forms are listed along with the link to their form below.

Jadelynn Brooke – www.jadelynnbrooke.com/pages/happy-sticker-request (and when the form asks you how you became aware of Jadelynn Brooke products, please mention that you saw them on my page!)

Southern Tide – http://www.southerntide.com/sticker-request-form

Southern Marsh – http://www.gratsistickers.com/order.cfm?shop=southernmarsh

Patagonia – https://www.patagonia.com/catalog-request/

Southern Tide – www.southerntide.com/sticker-request-form

Over Under – https://www.overunderclothing.com/pages/sticker-request

Southern Lure – https://www.southernlure.com/pages/stickers-1

The Lucky Knot – http://www.theluckyknot.com/pages/stickers

Lastly, most companies include free stickers with any online order.  A few of these companies include Jadelynn Brooke, Fraternity Collection, Vineyard Vines, Lauren James, Southern Tide, United, Tiny Tulip Monograms (special details here,) The Lucky Knot, SoutherndoeCountry Club Prep, and many more.

Here are a few of the many stickers I have collected.

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Thanks for reading!  I hope this helps you expand your sticker collection!

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P.S. – If you’re looking for some extra stickers on top of the ones that Jadelynn Brooke sends through sticker requests and with orders, use my code “FLHS” for 15% off your purchase and send me proof that you used my code (such as checkout confirmation, etc.) via email (apocketfuloffaithblog@gmail.com) or Instagram direct message (@apocketfuloffaith) and I’ll send a bunch of adorable Jadelynn Brooke stickers your way!

Easy DIY Halloween Costume Collab

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Halloween is next Monday, which means most parties will be this weekend.  Last year I was invited to a Halloween party super last minute and had no idea what to dress up as.  I must have read every “clever Halloween costumes” article on BuzzFeed but I couldn’t find anything I really liked.  This year, I realized there are a ton of cute costumes that are super easy to make yourself!  Today’s post is a collaboration with my friend, Fiona, of Preppy NYC!  Fiona and I are each sharing a costume that you can easily make at home, so be sure to check out her post here!

I’ve created a cow costume, but with a few pattern adjustments (i.e. changing the shirt color, headband attachments, and felt shapes) this could easily be a rabbit, leopard, pig, giraffe, or just about any other animal with ears!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a big plain tee (can be purchased at Walmart or Target)
  • felt (can be purchased at Michaels or Walmart)
  • a plain headband (can be purchased at WalgreensWalmartTarget, etc.)
  • leggings/jeans (I think it’s safe to assume you probably already have at least one of these)
  • safety pins or a hot glue gun (can be purchased at Walmart or Michaels)
  • Converse (or another basic shoe to wear with your costume)

First you need to cut your shapes out of felt.  I cut out black spots for my cow costume, but you might cut out a white belly for your rabbit costume.  After you cut out an appropriate amount of shapes, attach them to your tee using safety pins or a hot glue gun.  I used safety pins, and if you do so too I recommend pinning the shapes from the inside of your shirt to avoid showing the part where the pin fastens.  Once you complete your shirt, it’s time to work on your headband!  For the cow ears, I folded two pieces of white felt and cut an ear shape through the four layers at once.  I attached these base ear shapes to the headband by putting the headband into the crease of the ear shape and safety-pinning the top and bottom of each ear (you could use a hot glue gun depending on your preference.)  Then, I cut some smaller black felt spots and attached them to the ears with safety pins as well (again, you could use hot glue if you prefer.)  If you chose to do another animal, say a rabbit, you might cut out pink ovals to attach to your grey ears.  Now pair your tee and headband with leggings or jeans and some simple shoes and you’re set!

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to check out Fiona’s post here for another fun costume idea!

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