April 28, 2014

What Color Are You?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen. All opinions are 100% mine.

You know by now that I'm a bit of a stationery lover - and that's an understatement. I'm obsessed with pens and pencils and notebooks and just new stationery.. ugh! 
But when I discovered BIC® 4-Color™, I knew I needed my own - like, four colors in one pen?! 
I'm a huge fan of color coordinating and highlighting notes, and writing headlines and notes in different colors, and  just using stationery in general, so BIC®'s 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen pen was perfect for me! 
I find it funny that BIC® created personalities for each color - blue likes himself, a lot.. , green is jealous, red likes it when things are correct, and black's a natural blonde! But I love that they dressed them up and made videos too.. 
Admittedly, I think I'm more of a red - I like it when things are correct, and like red, I'm a stickler for proper grammar.. #sorrynotsorry #grammarnazi 
I spin my pen every day.. I'm a nervous writer.. I tap my pen, I shake, I spin.. my poor pens. It's hilarious seeing the thoughts behind the pen. 

I love this! Growing up, I would try my hardest to get two of the pens out at the same time, and it's funny seeing the video behind it! 

Stop by and find BIC® 4-Color Pen™ on Facebook or Twitter, or discover which color you are by buying the pens online on Amazon or Staples
Happy Finals Weeks, hope you color coordinate like the best of them! 

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April 24, 2014

Taste Test: The Best (and most filling) 100-Calorie Snack

This taste-off was sponsored by Yoplait, however all opinions expressed are my own and that of The Caro Diaries. 

I don't usually talk much about weight loss and eating healthy on the blog, but it's something that I try to live by and work on every day. I try to choose healthier options, or work out to make up for eating really crappy some days (although I know this isn't a fix..), and I try to follow strict diet regimens by counting calories and tracking Points and all that jazz.

So when I was asked to taste test two yogurts - Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry Yogurt, and Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry Yogurt, I knew I had to do it! 

Both yogurts are only 100 calories and 2 Weight Watchers® Points each, which is great for all of us because not only is that like nothing, they're super filling so it's like basically begging us to not reach our max points/calorie limit per day. Does anyone else not get excited when they do better than they should!? 

Not only are these both filling, they're wallet-friendly too. They both cost me $1.00 at Walmart, although I didn't check the price after taxes, but you get the point. One Dollar. 

100 CALORIES?! Do you know what 100 calories is? A sniff of a Snickers bar, a lick of an ice cream cone, just looking at a cupcake. Those are all 100 calories. You know what else is 100 calories? These YOPLAIT AND CHOBANI YOGURTS. 

 I knew they were both fabulous, but I had to do a taste test, so I had someone take off the covers, blindfold me and feed me each yogurt. Which one won? 

(chobani on the left, yoplait on the right)

The Yoplait won, surprisingly. I'm usually a Chobani fan when it comes to Greek yogurt - and I just didn't know how I felt about Yoplait making my Greek yogurt, but I found that there were a few distinct differences between the two. 

For one, the Chobani yogurt had a bit of a bitter after taste compared to the Yoplait yogurt, which tasted fine afterwards. The Chobani yogurt didn't even have that strong of a strawberry flavor, considering it was only "strawberry on the bottom", and I definitely loved the strawberry in the Yoplait yogurt. Both yogurts were creamy, but I loved finding little strawberry bits in my Yoplait - it felt more natural, and like I wasn't eating processed food. 

All in all, Yoplait wins this round. But at $1.00, and 100 calories each, you can't go wrong with either. 

What do you think? Would you take the taste off? 
Take the Yoplait taste test, and #TasteOff for yourself HERE

yogurt texture, smooth, bitter aftertaste, not very strawberry, 
taste - yoplait: has pieces of strawberry in it, creamy, very more strawberry, no bad aftertaste, 

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April 22, 2014

Work Smart: Roommates

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed, however, are mine and that of The Caro Diaries. 

Room situations are one of the hardest parts of college - sometimes getting a random roommate can be great and work out perfectly, and sometimes not so much. 
It's hard to connect with a random person on so many different levels - the times you both go to bed, your studying habits, daily schedules, and even how clean or messy your room is. 

How do you get a roommate to do something you want them to do without being overbearing? The key is to work smart, not just hard.. and McGraw-Hill is here to help with everything, roommates included: 

But the best part is that they've hooked us up with school too. Instead of buying an e-book this year, try their Smartbook. Smartbook is the first and only adaptive reading experience and is designed to revolutionize the way students read and learn. It continuously adapts to your study experience by highlighting content based on what you know and don't know. It can even help you review in the book, and tells you how much you've gotten done, and how much time it's taken you to get through it, to help you study smarter, not harder. 

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April 18, 2014

Giveaway of the Week: Whitney English Day Designer Planner

Happy Good Friday!
I originally had this post planned for yesterday and then I realized the giveaway didn't go live until midnight, and then I realized it actually did go live on Thursday but my life is a struggle, so I'm bringing you this one a little late, so yeah..  so this Friday, I'm being good and giving away a to-die-for product! 

I've been obsessed with the Whitney English planner for almost a year now, but I could never convince myself to get one - so we got one for you instead. 

I teamed up with Rachael and friends to give away one for this lovely Easter season - jk, just for no reason cause why not.. 

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Happy Good Friday, y'all.. I'm spending my weekend visiting my best friend at her college. It's the first time I've seen her since August, so it's been a strug.. 

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April 16, 2014

Work Smart: Flirting Made Easy

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed, however, are mine and that of The Caro Diaries. 

We get it - flirting is scary. The idea of going up to someone, completely random, and trying to impress them with 3.5 seconds of their initial impression, and you trying not to look creepy. It's hard to be the Barney Stinson of the group. 

The point of it all is not to work hard, but to work smart - use your brain a little more before you do anything. They're reading a magazine about traveling? Bring up your best travel stories. Their ringtone is the new Beyoncé song? Share your love of the Goddess that Yoncé is. They're actually looking at the TV playing football in the bar? Chat a little about the sport. 

It's a good thing that McGraw-Hill has us college kids hooked up in every aspect - dating included. 

But the best part is that they've hooked us up with school too. Instead of buying an e-book this year, try their Smartbook. Smartbook is the first and only adaptive reading experience and is designed to revolutionize the way students read and learn. It continuously adapts to your study experience by highlighting content based on what you know and don't know. It can even help you review in the book, and tells you how much you've gotten done, and how much time it's taken you to get through it, to help you study smarter, not harder. 

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April 15, 2014

Get On It, Netflix

I've been MIA for a while - I know, I know. It's been a hectic semester for me, and any free time I have, I've spent watching Netflix. 

You know by now that I can get addicted to Netflix. Just this month I watched the entire series of How I Met Your Mother - and Season 9 depressed me severely. THAT FINALE. I CAN'T. I can't believe it's over.. 

Anyways, since I just ended a 9-season run with Netflix, I began thinking about some movies and shows that Netflix has royally screwed up by not having. Like seriously, Netflix, how many times do I have to tweet you before you put Gilmore Girls online?! 
But there are so many great tv shows from my childhood, and my not so childhood, that I need to reminisce on and watch entire seasons of shows in one sitting. Is that so hard to ask? Apparently. 

So what shows would I love to binge watch and get addicted to again? Thanks for asking, Netflix..

Lizzie McGuire:
Is it so hard to post the early HilDuff phase for us Disney lovers? I felt everything she felt growing up. Her awkward hair stages were my awkward hair stages. And that Aaron Carter Christmas episode? Ugh jeal.. WWLS? (What would Lizzie Say?)
I feel ya, Lizzie.. I feel ya. 

Modern Family: 
Like yes, I get that it's still showing every week and there are re-runs up the wazoo, but what about us who want to binge watch the entire series and laugh with the Pritchetts? Is that so hard Netflix? CAN YOU FEEL MY PAIN?! 
He can.. He feels my pain, Netflix. 

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: 
Now this is a story all about how Netflix turned my life upside down by not putting my fave show up for me.. and Netflix can't you tell how pissed I am? Tears. Legit tears. Don't make me resort to Nick at Nite re-runs and marathons. No bueno. 

This May will be ten years since the series ended, and I want to recap with my fave group of friends - I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE.. Netflix, hear me out.. 
Isn't that how we all feel? Yes... yes it is. 

Gilmore Girls: 
Rory and Lorelai Gilmore helped me grow up. I wanted to be a Journalist because Rory was a Journalist (okay, not true but run with it..) I wanted to live in the middle of nowhere CT like Stars Hollow and that's how I came to school here. And now I want nothing more than to have access to my favorite tv show growing up. Don't punish me, Netflix. Don't do it. 

The Hills: 
Let's be real - almost every girl wanted to be Lauren Conrad when she was on The Hills. Okay let's be even more real, every girl still wants to be Lauren Conrad - at least I do. Her internship at Teen Vogue, her hit show and her closet were all things I wanted at the moment (and still do), but all I really want right now is to re-watch all of my favorite drama filled moments. Does no one remember Holly and Heidi's heart to heart when Spencer had yet another freak out, and Drop The World was playing? Smooth, MTV.. Smoooth. 
I miss you too, LC.. We all miss you. 

The O.C.: 
Adam Brody.. is there any other reason? Netflix, don't make me beg.. I just want to see the Chrismukkah episode on my own time, and not just in the awkward time between Hannukah and Christmas every year. Let me beee.. 

Laguna Beach: 
Ahh.. Laguna Beach. Who can forget "Coming Clean" coming on and watching the drama unfold between baby LC and baby Kristin Cav. Don't deny me of this drama, Netflix.. just don't do it. 
I know what you mean, LC.. get on it Netflix!  

Every single Disney Channel Original Movie: 
Don't deny me of my 90's and early 2000's dreams.. Just let me watch Zenon in peace, and sing along to Supernova Girl in my privacy of my bed. 

Full House: 
Haaaave mercy, Netflix.. don't you know we all just want to watch Uncle Jesse on demand? But really though.. let me watch John Stamos in peace. Oh and baby MK&Ashley are alright too.. 
Not funny, Netflix.. not funny at all. 

So from the bottom of my (and every other Netflix addict's) heart.. I say in the nicest way possible.. GET ON IT, NETFLIX! 

Think Netflix will feel bad for me and put these up soon? Did I miss any? Weigh in below! 

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April 07, 2014

Macy's Monday: LWD

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed, however, are my own and that of The Caro Diaries.

Every fashion blogger, every fashion icon, every designer, they all talk about the little black dress being a must-have for any wardrobe. And I 100% agree. They're so versatile - can be dressed up or dressed down, can be worn no matter the occasion. I own about four or five LBDs, but I really believe there's another dress every girl must own - the LWD.

White, especially in Spring, is a must-have color (is white a color??), and the little white dress, like it's cousin the little black dress, can be dressed up or dressed down, and is certainly a day-to-night essential.

So once again, I was looking through Macy's mstylelab department when I spotted some must-have white dresses. I want them all already, and I can't wait to wear cute, light spring dresses and transform my wardrobe for the new warm weather.
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

The best part is that they're all under $100. I guess that's the magic of Macy's, huh? Thanks #macyscampustour

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April 03, 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway: $100 Nordstrom gift card

Another week, another giveaway..

What can I say, I'm generous! And by me, I mean my sponsors. Because we've teamed up this month to give away a gift card to the Holy Grail of department stores.
I love Nordstrom because it has great designers for not so bad prices. It's the perfect middle between Sak's and Macy's, and there are so many cute brands, clothes and shoes.

I was so tempted to keep this gift card for myself, but I'll give it away, it's fine.
I'm celebrating my one year blogiversary by teaming up with some of my sponsors and blog friends for this one.. 
Thanks to myself, Sydney, Michelle, Briana, Alex, Sami, Alicia and Jacqueline, we were able to buy a gift card for you to enjoy.. lucky! 

The giveaway runs from today, until next Thursday 10th at 11:59 EST. 
Good luck!! 

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