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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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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

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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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DIY: Recreate Your Wardrobe

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Fashion trends are continuously changing. Rather than buying new clothes to keep up with the trends, reuse old clothing items and recreate them into new fashion pieces and save on money! These do-it-yourself fashions will allow you to use your creativity and customize your clothing.

1. Graphic Tees

Graphic tees are a fun trend that never seem to go out of style. Rather than buying the latest graphic tee trend, make your own! Check out Ann Lee’s DIY videos for instructions on how to make your own fun and festive graphic tees. She even goes into details on how to transform your graphic tee into a tank top without any sewing! All you need is scissors, a scrap t-shirt, printed fabric for the design or old patterned shirts, heat and bond, glue and an iron! Watch her detailed video here:

2. Skirts & Dresses

Infinity scarves are the perfect winter accessory! If you have tons of infinity scarves, you’ll love transforming them into several different skirts and dresses. April shows you how to make your infinity scarf into the latest skirt and dress styles. Ranging from the trendy peplum skirt to the classic sweetheart dress. Check out April’s DIY video here:

3. Statement Beanies

Beanies are an accessory that are perfect for any season. Statement beanies have been extremely trendy this past winter. Rather than spend tons of money on beanies, get creative and make your own! All you need are the beanie hats ($5 at local Target/Walmart), decal stickers (Michaels/Joann Fabrics), a piece of fabric, and an iron. Check out Lauren’s detailed instructions on how to make you own beanie here:

If you are trying to budget your spending, but still want to keep up with the latest fashion trends, try out these awesome DIY fashion ideas! What other ideas do you have to get creative with what’s in your closet?

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

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It’s time to ring in a new year! But this year, instead of making a resolution we both know you won’t keep, try something different. The suggestions I have for you below are all easy and will definitely make you feel better, unlike the letdown that comes with knowing you couldn’t keep a resolution, such as cutting out junk food altogether, or getting to the gym for an hour each day!

1. Stress Less

If I had a penny for every time someone said they were stressed out, I could afford my own tropical vacation. Make a list of every stressor, then make another list of ways to combat it. It could be going for a walk, writing in a journal, calling a friend, dancing to music, etc. Whenever you find yourself getting too caught up in your worries, take a deep breath and bring yourself back to the present moment.

Yoga and Stress Relief

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2. Drink More

No, not at parties! I’m talking about water! Did you know the daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 liters? Getting enough water has numerous benefits, including making you less tired during the day and giving you more energy. So if one of your personal New Year resolutions is to lose weight, drinking a glass or two of water instead of eating when you feel hungry can help you achieve that.

Drinking Water

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3. Be Encouraging…

And be vocal about it! It’s a popular theory that the more we vocalize encouraging words to others, the higher feeling of endorphins we feel ourselves, thus making us feel better. This year, make it a point to congratulate your friends when they snag a great job, get a promotion, or just conquer a big day. They’ll feel great and you’ll feel great in return! It’s a win-win!

Encouraging friends hand shaking

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4. Say ‘Yes’ Instead of No

I once told a person I admired that I wanted the same amazing opportunities she had. Her answer? “Just say yes to everything!” The advice has given me amazing experiences! This year, even though it might be easier to stay in under the comfort of your house in front of the TV, whenever someone invites you out, say yes! You never know what the excursion will lead you to.

Saying Yes Happy Fun

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What resolutions do you have for 2014? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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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

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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

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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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Making The Most Of Your Winter Break

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In case you haven’t thought of what you can do this winter break, here are some fun and hopefully rewarding things you can do this to keep the boredom at bay.

1.  Go Outside

Yes, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! If you live up north, like myself,f there will generally be a lot of snow. Sure, shoveling off the driveway isn’t always the ideal winter activity but snow can be just as much fun as it can be annoying. Snowball fights, making snowmen, building an igloo, or snowshoeing and enjoying the scenery are just a few ways to make the best of the snow.

Snowshoeing Outdoors

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2.  Reach Your Fitness Goals

One of the biggest reasons people don’t practice good fitness is because they feel that they just don’t have enough time in the day. Well now you have all the time in the world, so what’s stopping you? Even if it’s miserable outside you can still exercise indoors. Go to a gym, get a Wii, or if you have your own treadmill and weights gathering dust, then go use them! One way I stay in shape is by ice skating. Ice skating is a fantastic workout for cardio especially. Five minutes of hard skating and you’ll be panting.

Wii Fitness Exercise

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3. Read

Read those books you’ve been telling yourself you’d get around to eventually. There’s not many things better than sitting by a roaring fire with a good book and a winter beverage like egg nog or hot chocolate. If you do this once a day for an hour every day you might even make it through an entire trilogy; or at least one book of the Game of Thrones series. Though this activity isn’t the most social one, it’s nice to share the fire and the relaxation with one or two other readers.

Reading Book By The Fireplace Winter Break

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4.  See A Movie

Winter break is the best time to go see a movie. Whether to go on a date, to go with friends/family, or even by your lonesome, a good movie night is usually the perfect end to a busy day full of winter activities.

Seeing A Movie In the Theaters

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5. Community Service

There is nothing more rewarding than putting in your time and effort to help those less fortunate than yourself. For many of us the winter is a time of holidays, family, and relaxation. But for others who can’t afford to heat their home, or who don’t even have a home, it is a time of hardship and struggle incomparable to any other time of the year. Lend a helping hand by volunteering at a food pantry, participating in Toys For Tots, donating warm clothes, and donating any food you can spare. No matter what you do, I can guarantee that you’ll feel great about what you’ve done and you might even make someone else’s holiday season.

Student Volunteering At Local Food Pantry Over Winter Break

Photo © Purdue University

Hopefully now you feel like you will have a busy winter break if you didn’t think so already.

What are you most looking forward to doing?

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