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Springtime DIY Room Decor

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Getting tired of the same old decorations? Fear not! I have three easy DIY room décor ideas that you can easily do that’s great for a student on a budget! These décor ideas will definitely spruce up your room just in time for spring!

1. Flower Jars

Mason jars are VERY in this year. You can use them for making gifts, cups, or even room décor! All you need to decorate your mason jars are some fake flowers and some paint! Pour paint into the jar to cover it about ¼ of the way, and then swirl the jar around so that it completely coats the inside of the jar. Keep swirling the jar and tilting it until it reaches the top. Once you’ve gotten the top coated, begin pouring the paint back out to coat the rim of the jar. Afterwards, let it sit for a few hours to dry and when it’s ready just add your flowers! To make the jar even more decorative, you can add some string to it. Tie it into a bow and maybe glue on a shiny button for added glam.

Colorful Painted Glass Mason Jar Decor Flowers

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2. Framed Magazine Collage

This DIY décor idea is very chic and very cheap! All you need is a large frame and some old magazines. Using the paper backing included in most frames, cut out and glue inspirational pictures onto the paper backing. Make sure you lay it out prior to gluing it so that you know exactly how it will look. Use bright colors, inspirational words, and eye catching patterns to really spruce up your room. You can also make this into a dream collage, college collage, or a general collage about you.

Framed DIY Magazine Picture Collage Craft

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3. Candle Holders

Candle holders are the best décor to put in your room. It adds a fresh feel and sleek look to the room. Using a bunch of fake or real flowers (make sure to change it out often if you choose real) take your candle holder and simply tie it around the candleholder. Make sure you secure it and tie it nicely with a bow and that the flowers are not dropping into the holder (which could easily catch a flame). If you use fake flowers, you can also use glue to ensure that it stays onto the candle holder. After you’ve decorated it, add a candle and place it near your bed or desk for that elegant feel! If you live in a dorm, be sure to check your college housing policies about candles.

DIY Flower Candle Holder Decor

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What are you doing to get ready for spring? Any new decoration ideas? Share them below!

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3 Quick & Easy Dorm-Made Desserts

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Do you have a sweet tooth? Want to satisfy your sugar cravings but don’t want to make large amounts of desserts? Here are some dessert ideas and recipes that are perfect for a single serving. Whether you’re living in a dorm or an apartment, these desserts are easy to make and your friends will love them too (if you feel like sharing that is). Don’t worry about having an oven, all you need is a microwave to make these delicious desserts – perfect for a typical college student!

1) Cake In a Mug

Recipe: Mix in 4 tablespoons of flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, and 3 tablespoons of milk into a mug. Whisk in 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons of oil, and 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips. Feel free to splash in flavoring such as vanilla, cinnamon, or peppermint! Mix it all together and pop it into the microwave for five minutes or less (make sure not to over-cook it).

Cake In A Mug Recipe

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2) Chocolate Chip Cookie

Recipe: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a mug or small bowl in the microwave. Add 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar, 1 tablespoon of firmly packed dark brown sugar, 3 drops of vanilla extract, and a small pinch of salt. Add in 1 egg and 1/4 cup of flour and mix until the dough is formed. Now stir in 2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Sculpt the dough out of the bowl/mug and into a cookie shape. Place it on a small plate lined with a paper towel or parchment paper. Microwave it for about a minute, then let it cool and firm up before eating.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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3) Cocoa Puff Treat

Recipe: Put 1/2 cup of Cocoa Puffs and 2.5 cups marshmallows into a bowl that has been greased. Add in a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and heat it up in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir to coat the marshmallow and to shape it. Push it together so it gets all stuck together and enjoy!

Cocoa Puff Ball Snack

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Adjusting To Dorm Life

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For many people, living in a dorm is a new and sometimes daunting experience. Many people may have never lived in a building with so many people before and may feel socially uncomfortable. Dorm life can either be miserable or the best time of your life; here are some tips to make sure it is the latter.

1. Be Social

Believe it or not, most people are friendly beings and won’t bite if you go up to talk to them. You don’t have to be friends with everyone in your dorm, but being friendly neighbors will at least make your time pleasant and enjoyable. I met some of my best friends in the dorms and you could too!

College Students Sitting On A Bench Outside Campus Gathering To Socialize and Talk

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2. Roommates

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommates. You don’t even have to get along. But the best way to make a living situation work is by being upfront and honest with your them if there is something bothering you. Be respectful of each other’s space and keep good communication.

Female College Roommates

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3. Residential Assistants

If there is one thing you should know about your residential assistant (RA), it is that they are normal students just like you. Be friendly and get to know your RA. Most of them love to meet and know their residents on a more personal level, not to mention it’s their job. Also your RA is more likely to let small dorm infractions slide if they like you. Just don’t do anything reckless that would force your RA to do their job and report you. That would be awkward.

Male College Dorm Residential Assistant RA

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Living in a dorm is one of the best experiences about college. Staying on campus is a crucial part to truly experiencing life as a college student, so make the most of it!R

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Affordable Dorm Decor Shopping

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Returning to school is not always easy after a fun-filled summer, but it’s safe to say one of the best things about going back is the excitement that comes with decorating your dorm in a fresh new way. Decorating does not have to take a toll on your wallet. Here are a few affordable places to look for your next wall art or comfy pillow!

1. Target

Who doesn’t love Target? Their Back to College line of affordable decorations will have you piling the shopping cart full of goodies. You even have the option of decorating in your university’s colors!

Target Back To College Dorm Room Shopping Supplies

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2. Urban Outfitters

Patterned curtains to block the sun when you have a late class, a comfy rug to form a study circle on, or a soft comforter for your bed. Whatever you need, Urban Outfitters has it at an affordable price.

Urban Outfitters Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies

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3. Bed Bath & Beyond

I could spend hours in this store getting lost in their selections of wall decals, bedding, and storage units, which are especially important in small spaces. All of their products are extremely affordable, even the things that you might expect to be expensive, such as air purifiers or tasteful desk lamps.

Bed Bath And Beyond Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies

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4. Anthropologie

Their sale section has some great deals on picture frames, pillows, bathroom towels, and kitchenware.

Anthropologie Back To College Dorm Apartment Room Shopping Supplies Whale Book Ends

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If you have extra time to shop around, be sure to check TJ Maxx or Ross, both known for chic, inexpensive, but durable home goods. Craigslist is always an option too, but be careful. Don’t buy bedding with a questionable history or anything that looks badly stained.

Room to splurge? Check out Pier 1 Imports or World Market for those one-of-a-kind items that will add that extra special touch to your home away from home.

Happy shopping!

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Back To School Move-In Tips

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 Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

Stack of College Textbooks

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2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

Consignment Clothes Store

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3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

Decorated Girl College Dorm Room

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4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Summer Girl Friends At The Beach In The Sun

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Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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