Stylish Supplies for Back to School

Stylish Supplies for Back to School - Dimes and Donuts

I don’t know about you but ever since I was little I’ve loved the feeling of getting new school supplies. There’s just something about a haul of new office supplies and accessories that makes me want to succeed, as silly as that sounds. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being on break just as much as the next person but I have a soft spot for shopping. I had so much fun putting together this round up of stylish back to school supplies for you all! Click the links for the sources.

Marvy Le Pen marker pens I used to be a Sharpie pen lover, then I discovered Staedtler pens (which I still love), but Le Pen’s have to be my most favorite …I’m kind of obsessed with pens.

◦  Mobile phone charger A mobile charger is nice to have in your school bag for when you’re not able to be near an outlet. I feel so lost when my phone is dead as sad as that probably sounds.

◦  Kitty cat paper clips How cute are these!?

◦  Rifle Paper Co pencils These are almost too pretty to even sharpen!

◦  Cactus pencil case The price on this is a little crazy for a pencil case but it’s so fun.

◦  Planner I’m completely lost without my planner. I love the pattern on this one, it reminds me of watercolor.

◦  Key chain card holder I like to have a keychain wallet when I’m at school rather than carrying my larger wallet around. I usually only need my debit card and school ID on me for going to class.

◦  Laptop cover Beautiful touches of gold!

◦  Spiral notebooks I prefer taking notes on paper rather than on my laptop, of course notebooks have to have fun patterns.

◦  Tote bag Love the simplicity of this Madewell tote and it will go great with any outfit.

◦  Pastel highlighters I highlight things like crazy to stay organized, these pastel colors are perfect.

◦  Backpack Such a pretty color combo!

◦  Laptop sleeve I like to keep my laptop in a sleeve for a little padding and protection so I donut have to worry!

Anyone else have an obsession with new school / office supplies?


Goals For 2016

Goals for 2016 - Dimes and DonutsUse my camera more I love taking photos, I take a ton but they are almost always taken on my phone. I brought my DSLR to New York City with us in December and I didn’t touch it once. I don’t know if it’s the convenience of my phone usually being in my hand or what but I would love to get back into taking more photos on my DSLR along with my film cameras.

Track my bike rides A long time ago I installed an app on my phone that tracks the distance you travel on your bicycle each time you ride. It’s been sitting unused for quite some time now, this year I’d love to put it to use. I’m interested in seeing how far I travel on my bicycle and how many miles my short trips to class add up to each week.

Get a passport Bonus points if I actually put it to use – I’d love for Cameron to be able to take me to Canada. A couple of years ago Cameron and I went and got our passport photos taken but never actually applied for passports. We were supposed to have gone on a cruise but when the plans fell through we saw no use for passports, at that time, and our photos were left to collect dust.

Take better care of myself I’m not the best at taking care of myself especially considering I have a chronic illness. I usually make goals to take better care of myself but this year it needs to actually happen. I’m getting older and need to stop taking health for granted. Taking one of my medications, on average, once a day when it’s meant to be taken three times that isn’t gonna cut it anymore. (sorry mom)

Stop neglecting my blog I put a lot of work into creating this website and I need to stop neglecting it. – What would you guys enjoy reading on Dimes and Donuts in 2016? Let me know here, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Back up “my life” By this I mean purchase an external hard drive and back up everything on my laptop, which basically contains my life. There are years worth of photos, school assignments, and other documents which I will need in the future. *knock on wood* If anything were to happen to my hard drive I’d be screwed.

Create a gallery wall I’ve wanted to create a gallery wall on the huge open wall above the other side of our couch since I posted the tour of our living room… months ago. I have so many beautiful prints just chilling in random places of our condo, they deserve to be shown off.

Happy New Year! What are your goals for 2016? I love hearing what other people want to accomplish.

ps, If you didn’t catch it up there, I’d love to hear your feedback! I created a one question survey where I would love to hear what you would or wouldn’t like to read on Dimes and Donuts this year.



Summer Bucket List | Watch Fireworks

Summer Bucket List - Fireworks

Thought I’ve been pretty MIA lately, I haven’t forgotten about this little space of mine on the Internet. It also may not be summer anymore but I’m still going to continue posting the things I accomplished off of my summer bucket list! I was lucky enough to view a couple different firework shows this summer so I can confidently say that I can check this one off of my summer bucket list.

I’ve always found fireworks to be so magical. One of my favorite moments from this summer thus far was on a rooftop bar, at the end of a pier where a firework show as to be held. Drinking beside one of my friends on this rooftop, fireworks started exploding into the sky. I remember standing, looking straight up, and thinking how awesome it was to be so close that it felt as if I was inside the fireworks. I thought to myself that it was one of the feelings and moments that I want to remember forever.

Enjoy this collection of some of my favorite shots from this summer’s firework shows.


Firmoo Giveaway! (Closed)

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Hi guys! I’m super excited to be back with not only a new post but new post and a giveaway! I’ve teamed up with Firmoo Optical to give one lucky person a pair of free glasses! I’ve had a great experience with Firmoo glasses and I even did a review on a pair that I received a couple of months ago which you can check out here.

About the prize

One (1) pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to US from this page. Glasses include the frames and standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee.

How to enter

Using the Rafflecopter application below to enter you must visit Firmoo, pick your favorite pair of glasses, and comment on this post with a link back to your favorite pair. You must also follow @DimesandDonuts on Instagram.

For additional entries you can follow @DimesandDonuts on Twitter and/or post a tweet to your followers about the giveaway.

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Noodles & Co Pesto Cavatappi

Noodles & Co copy cat Pesto Cavatappi via DimesandDonuts.comThe one and only dish I always order at Noodles & Co is the Pesto Cavatappi because it’s just too delicious to try anything else. Does anyone else get anxiety at the thought of trying a new meal from a restaurant? No, just me? I have an irrational thought that I will try something new, which I won’t like, and I will have “wasted” a trip out. Anyway, one of my favorite things about cooking is being able to recreate dishes from my favorite restaurants at home with fresh ingredients.

Cameron and I took a trip to our local farmers market this past Saturday and we decided to pick up all the ingredients for our Noodles & Co pesto cavatappi copy cat recipe. We actually used rotini this time around. There was no fresh cavatappi at the farmers market and this freshly made garlic rotini was calling our names. Any hearty pasta that can pick up the sauce is a great choice.


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