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    8 Back-to-School Essentials For Any College Student

    August 21, 2017 Amanda Cross 6 min read
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    This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of Single Edition Media., all opinions are my own.

    Back to school time is officially upon us, y'all. I am SO excited about this time of year, and I hope that y'all are having a wonderful time at school or getting ready to go back to school. On today's blog we are going to chat about a couple of my new faves for college. I hope that you will love the things I am sharing with you on the blog today, because I have grown to love them.

     8 Back-To-School Essentials For Any College Student | Are you ready to go back-to-school? Don't head back to college before reading this blog post featuring some awesome essentials to get you back in the college mood.

    1. Casio Vintage Collection Watch

     Casio Vintage Watch

    Watches, in my opinion, are a timeless essential for college. We are so stuck to our smart pones, but sometimes that's just not a possibility in college. If you get test anxiety, having a watch on you during test time is essential so you can keep up with the time during the test. Many classrooms don't have clocks (or they are in awkward locations) or the professor may not give the time throughout the test. Don't depend on your cell phone or a classroom clock, bring your own!

    I am loving this Classic Vintage Watch from Casio because it's gold, goes with everything, and it's digital. I can tell time with a regular clock, it just takes way longer than glancing down at a digital one, so I love that this one tells me the time easily. This watch even has a back light so you can tell the time no matter the time of day it is.

    Click to purchase this timeless Casio A168WG-9VT Vintage Watch here.

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    2. EZneeds

    Let's chat about this website, it has blown my mind. EZneeds is definitely a site I wish I knew about during my freshman year of college. You can get SO much for such a decent price there. The best part of all? No membership required. Getting awesome prices without a fee attached? That's the college way, y'all.


    If you spend $50 or more you even get free shipping, which is pretty awesome. They aren't giving you “free shipping” either, you know, the kind you get where you have to wait to get your products in 5-7 days? They are giving you 1-3 day delivery free shipping.

    I picked up a variety of products from EZneeds. I picked up some things I knew my college self would probably LOVE: a pack of pens,  a pack of Post-It flags, 6 boxes of pasta, a huge box of chips, a box of my favorite Milano cookies, and way too much Capri Sun. The variety of products on the EZneeds website is honestly staggering.

    All of it came quickly and easily to my door once I purchase my products. Plus, as you can tell my the screenshot above, everything was very reasonably priced.

    Check out the EZneeds Website.

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    3. Sour Punch Share me! Bites

     Sour Punch Share Me Bites

    I love all Sour Punch products and I was so excited to try out these adorable Share Me! Bites.

    These little candies are perfect to put in your backpack to bring to class or to the library. You can also share them (although I won't judge you if you decide to keep them all for yourself.)

    The resealable bag really makes these candies for me because I don't have to finish them all in one sitting. I can put them back in a bag without worrying about any candies falling out into my backpack as well. If you are like me you have had that moment where candy was in the bottom of your bag because you couldn't finish them and they needed to be put away. That moment is icky, but you won't get that with these Sour Punch Share Me! Bites.

    Check out the Sour Punch website here.

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    4. Viv & Lou Throw Blanket

     Viv & Lou Throw Blanket

    Y'all, this blanket is so freaking soft. That is literally the first thing I noticed about this blanket.

    Living in a dorm room or even an apartment can feel so cold. It's great to have some extra soft blankets around your room to snuggle up in when you are missing home. Literally the entire time I have been writing this blog post I have been snuggling up with this blanket. If you want to add a touch of home while you are living the dorm life, you need this blanket.

    You can tell that the team over at Viv & Lou put a lot of time and patience into creating this beautiful blanket. These blankets also make a pretty awesome monogram accessory because you can get them personalized on the Viv & Lou website.

    Here is a gif representation of me in my blanket right now:

     Blanket Roll

    Check out the Viv & Lou Store Here

    Use the code Arkansan25 for 25% off of Viv & Lou's entire site until September 30th, 2017!

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    5. BigAZ Sandwiches

     Big AZ Sandwiches 

    You guys. These sandwiches are the! I have never had a BigAZ sandwich before, but these things were everything. I had the following sandwiches:

    • Biscuit Stacker
    • Sriracha Chicken
    • Kickin' Jalapeno Burger

    If you can find these at your local store, you need them in your life. I wouldn't tell you this if it weren't true. Honestly, when I was done with all of my sandwiches, I wish that my package had generated more of these.

    I could definitely see myself purchasing these to tide me over between classes or as a late night snack in college. When I ate these they actually filled me up which is always a positive thing from any item you purchase at the store.

    Find out where to get BigAZ Sandwhiches near you. and while you are at it print off a $1 off coupon!

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    6. Ludens Throat Drops

     Luden's Throat Drops

    Being sick in college is actually the worst. I remember so often I would be in college, get sick, and have to go to the campus convenience store because I didn't have time to run off campus to purchase throat drops. These ones from Ludens are pretty amazing. They have an amazing taste and are perfect for when you feel a tickle in your throat or a mild irritation. 

    No one has time for a throat irritation in class or after you have come back from a concert during a school night. These Ludens throat drops will really come in handy while in college!

    Check out Ludens here and while you are there sign up for a $1 off 2 bags of Ludens coupon.

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    7. The Princess Saves Herself In This One Poetry Book

     The Princess Saves Herself In This One Book

    We all need a book that we can read between classes or to destress. Y'all, I highly highly highly encourage this book. I am such a fan of poetry books (although I haven't been reading them as much as I should, that's changing after this one though!) Literally as soon as I finished this book I went on GoodReads to see if Amanda Lovelace had any more books (she has one for pre-order, but not any besides this book.)

    I finished this book of poetry within a day, and I know that it's a book that I will be able to go through again and again. Amanda's story is beautiful and haunting and complex and everything that I love in books. 

    If you love poetry and just reading in general I really encourage that you check out this book!

    Purchase The Princess Saves Herself In This One here.

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    8. The Happy Living Planner

     The Happy Living Planner

    Every college student needs a planner in my book. We often tell ourselves “I'll remember that later,” but newsflash, you probably won't. Instead of chancing it, pick up a planner and plan instead.

    The Posh: Happy Living Planner 2017-2018 is awesome. It features:

    • Fun and inspirational quotes
    • Awesome pockets to store random things like your schedule and flyers
    • A monthly habit tracker to track all your habits like water drinking, pill taking, exercising, etc.
    • Fun stickers to customize your planning pages
    • Two-page spreads for each week with plenty of space to plan your days
    • 18 glorious months of planning

    This planner really packs a punch and I think you will love it if you are still looking for a planner to use.

    Purchase the Posh: Happy Living Planner here.

    Check out Andrews McMeel Publishing on social media here:
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    Back to college can be very stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Check out all of these products to make your stomach, dorm, and life more fufilled this semester.

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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