New Year – Fresh Start

Hello from four floors up!


blogger holding letter board that reads, "new year ... fresh start"


I am so sorry that I have not posted since early December! Finals came and went, and now I am back home in Baltimore, Maryland with my family. I had a very relaxing Christmas and New Year’s surrounded by friends and family & I hope you did too!


The New Year comes with resolutions and goals for the future. As I consider the new year and the beginning of my spring semester at SJU, I look forward to further involving myself in my interests at school, as well as trying new things outside of my comfort zone.


I received several things this Christmas that I look forward to using in the New Year – many of them being new products that I have not yet shared on four floors up! Keep reading to learn more about these products and how they can improve your life in 2017.


Letterfolk Letter board

This gift was such a surprise from my mom – an old fashioned letter board! Handcrafted by a husband and wife in the USA, Letterfolk is run by Johnny and Joanna. Visit Letterfolk to learn more about their amazing mission and to view their product. I received the 10″ x 10″ silver aluminum-framed letter board which includes a 290-piece set of ¾” letters and numbers so that you can customize your board. I am looking forward to decorating my letter board with inspirational words and phrases during the New Year!


Letterfolk letter board


Bullet Journal  

Bullet journals are all the craze this year! If you love to make lists, plan out your week, or establish concrete goals for yourself, consider investing in a bullet journal! After scrolling through images on Pinterest of dedicated bullet journalists and their beautiful creations, I was determined to start a bullet journal. Simply spending 5 minutes at the start of the day documenting in your journal will help you to establish goals for your week and maintain an organized and orderly lifestyle. Visit the official bullet journal site to learn more! I am excited to dedicate more posts in the future to my bullet journal once I begin to make my journal my own and customize it!


bullet journal

bullet journal page


Health and Beauty Products

To maintain healthy and clear skin this year, I am excited to try out these new products! I have always been a fan of the Yes to Cucumbers Paper Masks which you can find at Target or your local drugstore.


various beauty products


Regarding new products, I am excited to say that I am loving the Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer and the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel. I love using both of these products after showering, as they leave my skin feeling refreshed. I am very careful and considerate of what products I put on my skin, so I am very pleased that these products have cooperated with my sensitive skin!


I am also looking forward to trying these beauty products in the future…


various beauty products


I hope that you decide to try out some of these products! Please let me know if you try out any of them and what you think of them! Also, let me know what your resolutions are for the New Year, or what you are looking forward to accomplishing in 2017.





P.S. –  shoutout to my mom for helping me take photos for this post! make sure to check out her instagram and pinterest!

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interview time: roommate edition

Hello from four floors up!


The long awaited and highly requested post is finally here – a one of a kind interview with my roommate, Maggie Wallace (aka magwall) !!!


I spent some time asking her a few questions to get her perspective on college life thus far. Keep reading to learn more about how she has been enjoying school. While you’re at it, give her some love on Instagram – @maggiejwallace



What was the biggest adjustment you faced regarding college life?

I think the workload was a lot more than what I imagined it to be. I would suggest completing the assignment the day it is assigned so that the information is still fresh in your head and trying your hardest not to procrastinate!


Where is your favorite place to go on campus?

My favorite place to go on campus would probably be my dorm room because I love how soothing and relaxing our room is.


What is your favorite memory from college thus far?

My favorite memory would be going into the city of Philadelphia for the first time and facing the struggles of transportation. My friends and I (including madauer) wanted to have a hibachi night in Philly, but we ended up getting so lost. The best part of the night was the uber ride back to campus. I highly suggest downloading the uber app for college (it’s an essential for me!)


What is your favorite part about Saint Joe’s?

My favorite part about Saint Joe’s is how welcoming the upperclassmen have been. It was a hard transition at first, but having such positive role models to look up to made the transition so much easier. I also love the location of Saint Joe’s because it is surrounded by countless options of places to go – you can go into the city, Suburban square, or the Manayunk movie theatre, just to name a few.


What is your favorite part about our dorm room?

My favorite part about our dorm room would have to be the lights that we strung on both sides of our beds. We tend to shut the main lights off and use the twinkle lights as our main light source. After a stressful day of class, the twinkle lights create the perfect soothing and calm lighting. It puts everything at ease.


What have you found to be your top college essential?

My top college essential would have to be my Amazon Prime account. In addition to the twinkle lights, the best way for me to destress is to go online shopping. My mom may not like to hear this but I am just being honest. I love coming back to our room, turning on the twinkle lights, and doing some online shopping. My friends told me I had a problem but I finally realized it when the packaging center workers knew my name.


What are you most looking forward to a year from now?

This time next year, I am looking forward to living in an apartment with madauer. I can’t wait to decorate because I have a lot of ideas for our apartment. I hope to make a huge inspiration board across one of our walls where we can pin some of our memories/ photographs of our favorite times at SJU. I also can’t wait to see my friends on the SJU men’s basketball team in March Madness next spring.


That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. As always, be sure to check out my various social media accounts, as well as Maggie’s Instagram.




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dorm décor: christmas edition

Hello from four floors up!

This week I am doing something different on the blog. Instead of posting a traditional blog post with text, I will be sharing a video with you! Just in time for the Christmas season, I will be showing you my Christmas dorm décor

Click the photo below to view my video on YouTube or click here. Products featured range from twinkle lights to candles and mini Christmas trees.




I hope you enjoy my video! Since this is something different for me, please let me know what you think in the comments below. Be sure to let me know if you would like to see more videos in the future.




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