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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Don’t Break It: Sticking To Your Resolutions

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Even if they don’t admit it, everyone has some sort of New Year’s resolution! Every year is a fresh start and the idea of a life refresh button is something everyone is happy about. The biggest issue with resolutions is sticking to them! Here are a few tips that I used last year for my resolution and I actually accomplished my goal! My goal was to lose 30 pounds, and I did that plus a little more by following these tips! These may not work for everyone, but it’s a good place to start!

1. Tell People About Your Goal

Accountability is something that almost always works, because we don’t want others to know if we fail! The more people that know about your goal, the better. I was embarrassed about admitting I needed to lose weight, but I posted it on Facebook anyway because that was a solid 1,000+ people that would be aware of what my goal was for the year. Not to mention the love and support I got from everyone throughout my weight loss made me feel amazing!

Facebook New Year's Resolution Post

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2. Self- Motivation Cards & Posters

This isn’t something I do just for a resolution, I have these for when I’m feeling sad, anxious, or mad – but it definitely worked during my weight loss challenges. I put together for myself little note card booklets with uplifting, inspiring, and motivating quotes that I look through when I feel down! This helps when you don’t have someone else there to motivate you, and it helps to clear your head of the negative energy we put on ourselves!

Self-motivation poster

Photo © weknowmemes

3. Recruit A Friend

If there is someone you know that you think would want to make the resolution with you, that will help you! Especially if you’re doing something like losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, etc. It’s great to have someone go through the struggle with you, so you don’t feel alone! It’s also great to have someone who can be constant motivation for you!

Work Out Buddy Motivation Partner

Photo © The Shoulder Guy

I hope these can help you accomplish any goal you have set for yourself and this New Year! Just keep reminding yourself why you set the goal in the first place, and that can be such a great motivation in itself!

Happy New Year!

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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A night as big as New Year’s Eve deserves a celebration just as big! If you are stuck on how to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, check out these suggestions:

1. House Party

Get a bunch of friends together for a New Year’s Eve party! Whether it be at your place or someone else’s, have everyone bring a dessert, dinner dish, or drink, and dress up! You can rent a couple movies or dance to the year’s hits until the ball drops!

New Year's Eve Holiday College Party

Photo © College Fashion

2. Bar Gathering

Campuses always have bars open New Year’s Eve. Call up a few in your area, ask what celebrations are going on, and head over with a few of your friends! Usually bars offer live music, contests, karaoke, and other fun deals to pass the time until the countdown.

Happy New Year Bar Party College Friends

Photo © Fado Irish Pub

3. Beach Bonfire

Close to the water? You can maybe pool your money together with some friends and rent a beach house for the night’s celebrations or you can build a bonfire on the shore! Have a small barbecue, make s’mores, and discuss your favorite moments of the year and your New Year resolutions.

Winter Beach House

Photo © chez sven

4. Hike Your Favorite Mountain

Grab your significant other or friends and bring a picnic with sparkling cider for a midnight view of the city’s celebrations. Chances are you’ll see fireworks from somewhere over the city, but even if you don’t, the view of the stars above will add to a night you won’t forget. Just don’t forget the flashlight!

Winter Hiking Picnic

Photo © meetup

5. Games

If you do stay in your dorm, visit home, or are at a friend’s house, add games to your celebrations! This guessing game idea from Real Simple is one of my favorite ideas – print and cut out the cards, have each person fill them out, then take turns guessing who wrote what. Another great game is Quelf, which I guarantee will have you laughing nonstop. Or, have all your friends bring their favorite game and take turns!

Playing Game Boards

Photo © kickingdownthedoor

No matter how you celebrate, make sure champagne or sparkling cider is present! It just wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without the bubbly!

 

What do you like to do New Year’s Eve?

 

Happy New Year!

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Gratitude

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With the holidays, come a lot of feelings of want. Such as, “I want this present,” “I want my house to look good,” and so forth. Even though we create those long wishlists and daydream about what we want, rarely do we take the time to appreciate what we already have. That’s where gratitude comes in.

Gratitude, simply put, is acknowledging and appreciating what you have. Whether it’s taking the time to thank somebody who held the door open for you, or thanking your mother for home-cooked meals, expressing your gratitude can actually make you happier.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California, and his colleague Mike McCullough, at the University of Miami, conducted a study on gratitude by having their participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for in the last week; one group described things that had gone poorly; and one group described things that had affected them, without stating if it had gone negatively or positively. Ten weeks later, the group that had been keeping track of their gratitude, felt better about their lives as a whole and were a whole 25% happier than the group that focused on the negative.

So what are some ways you can focus on what you’re grateful for?

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down five things you’re grateful for every day. Once you start looking for things to be grateful for, they’re everywhere. Then you can reflect back on them if you are ever feeling down.

Gratitute Journal Diary

Photo © sharedeasel

2. Say Thank You

Sometimes we say the words “thank you” without thinking about it – but next time you say it, really mean it and appreciate what’s being done. Thank your waiter for their great service. Thank your mom for giving you a killer taste in music. Thank your friends for always listening. Realize how much others really are around to help you out.

Thank you note

Photo © dryicons

3. Write A Gratitude Letter

If there’s someone in your life who has affected you positively or did something you never thanked them for, now is the time to let them know you appreciate them. Jot down why you’re grateful for them, and stick it in the mail. Sometimes it is extra nice to get stuff like this down in writing.

Thank you note card message

Photo © stockpiling moms

So don’t be bummed this year if you didn’t get something you wanted or were hoping for. Remember that there is so much you already have!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

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Group Project Tips

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Working on group projects can be one of the most frustrating things you will face during your college years. Even if you’re assigned a topic you like, there’s always a good chance you will be stuck with people who, even though they might be nice people, don’t like to contribute their fair share of the work. Next time you’re faced with the task of a group project, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t end up doing all the work alone.

1. Pick Your Team

If possible, pick your own group. Throughout the first week or two of class, keep an eye on your classmates to find the ones who are studious and good workers. These students usually sit in the first few rows of the classroom, rarely miss a class, and are typically taking notes. You’ll want these people on your team!

Group of College Students

Photo © schooldancenetwork

2. Organize Meetings

Right away, it’s a good idea to combine schedules and pick a good time for everyone to meet up to work on the project. You don’t have to meet up a million times, but remind everyone that the more productive you are during that first meeting, the less you’ll all have to do later.

Student Group Meeting

Photo © Education Portal

3. Assign Tasks

Have everyone pick sections of the project to complete. Figure out what people are best at and share the work evenly. Maybe one person does the research, while the others type out the report, and others put everything into a presentation.

College Students Group Project Work

Photo © Friendly Educators

4. Use Google Docs

The best thing about using Google Docs is that it can be shared between everyone at the same time. You can all work on the material together (or even at different locations) all at once and it automatically saves your work. It is not a file you have to send back in forth, but rather available anywhere as long as you have internet access. You can even see who has last made an edit and you can see who is contributing.

Google Doc Document Work

Photo © The Verge

Remember, you can’t force everyone to do their work, but chances are if most of your team is doing their part, it’ll motivate everyone to contribute and not be the one to not help.

What tips do you have for successful group projects?

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