Posted in crafts, diy, Do it Yourself

4 Natural Face Masks For Dry Winter Skin- At Home

Winter is beautiful. Crisp air, fresh snow, cozy campfires, hot cocoa, and— dry skin. Why can’t your skin just enjoy winter as much as the rest of us? It’s okay. We’ve all been there. Your face is red, flakey, and sooo dry. Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon this blog post and will now obtain the knowledge to fix this issue. Whether you want your skin to look new, hydrated, or just… not dry, I have an easy face mask for you.

**For best results, wash face with warm water or soak with a warm towel before applying a mask. This both softens the skin and opens your pores, making the mask more effective.**

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For Dry Skin

If your skin is suffering from the cold, leaving it dry and irritated, you need to moisturize, so try this:

Cucumber+Aloe Vera Mask

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp aloe vera

Cut up the cucumber, then mix it in a blender, as much as you can. Mix it with the aloe vera and apply to skin. After it dries (approx. 30 minutes), rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

You can either make it, or buy one here 🙂

Honey+Banana+Olive Oil Mask

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Mash the banana, mix with the honey, and apply. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

Or try this cruelty-free honey and lavender face mask!

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For Flakey Skin

Honey+Epsom Salt Mask

  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp epsom salt

Mix the ingredients until they are well blended, forming a spreadable paste. Smooth on skin and leave it for around 30 minutes, until it dries. Wash with cool water, and pat dry with a fuzzy towel.

Olive Oil+Brown Sugar Scrub

Let it be said that this is less of a face mask, and more of a face scrub. Which in the case of flaking skin, is much needed.

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-ish tsp olive oil

Mix ingredients. Rub on face, concentrating on problematic areas, then rinse. Be sure to moisturize after, your skin will be sensitive and will likely dry out quickly. You can also follow with a face mask for dry skin (see above).

Or you can buy an organic brown sugar scrub by clicking this link 🙂

Well, there you have it. Let me know how it goes, I’m wishing you all beautiful skin and a happy 2021!

Posted in college, Relationships and Dating

16 Clear Signs of a Toxic Relationship (part 2 of 2)

If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here. I’ll skip the intro, and get right into it. Here are 8 more signs your partner is toxic.

8. You are Always Doing Things for Them

Does the person you’re with constantly need your help? Is it impossible for them to do one simple task without you? Whether you contribute physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc., if your partner is leaning on you so much that you wonder how they’d survive without you, you should think about if your relationship is co-dependent. This is actually a serious issue, because one person taking care of the other is babysitting, not dating/marriage.

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9. You’re Always Making Excuses for Your Partner

Okay but… it wasn’t like that… they really meant… maybe they just… but… STOP.

Stop making excuses for your partner- to yourself, to them, to your friends and family. This especially happens with cheating, and it makes me so, so sad.

Examples include:

  • They kissed someone else but they were drunk
  • They cheated on you but you haven’t had sex in a month
  • They yelled at you but they had a bad day
  • They won’t get a job but you can support them
  • They won’t quit a bad habit but it could be worse
  • They’re toxic for you but you love them.
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10. You Often Feel Jealous (when you’re not a jealous person)

If you’re not a jealous person, and you find yourself feeling suspicious, jealous, or insecure about your relationship or your partner, it’s not you, it’s them. You should only ever be jealous of yourself, because your relationship is that damn amazing.

11.They’re Always Insecure About Other People

Your friends. Your co-workers. Especially your best friend (unless they’re of the opposite gender). If you can’t live your social life without them constantly peering over your shoulder, that’s a sign that maybe they don’t trust you. If you’ve never cheated on them or otherwise hurt them and betrayed their trust, then their lack of trust is a warning sign. Relationships without trust are superficial.

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12. They Always Seem to be Making You Cry

I”m going to be honest. I’m a crybaby. I cry a lot. Like all the time. I have depression, anxiety, ptsd, and I’m just a sensitive person. My SO is always there for me, no matter how “dumb” it may seem. Your partner should love you, and because of this they should hate to see you cry. If they’re constantly starting fights, picking on you, lying to you, embarrassing you, or otherwise doing something repetitively that makes you cry, do you really think that they love you in a healthy way? That is not the type of love you want, or deserve. Trust me. You deserve to be treated like royalty, not just even, but especially when you cry.

13. Everyone Around You Tells You That You’re too Good for Your Partner

I have struggled with this many times. If people are constantly telling you “you could do so much better!”, “why are you with them?”, or “what do you see in them?”, maybe it’s time to assess what both of you are bringing to the table. Relationships should be equally beneficial.

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14. They Repeat the Same “Mistakes”

Even though it hurts you, and they say it won’t happen again, every time. Nevertheless, sooner or later, they always return to their mistake. I’ve always said “If it happens once, it can be a mistake. If it happens again, it was a choice.” The person who takes you for granted is not a person who loves you correctly. You know, I know, they know. Everybody knows.

15. You Think that You can Change Them

Yeah, this never works. Dating someone and cleaning up someones life or changing who they are or what they believe never works out. Of course, you will change and adapt and share commonalities and similar interests, but dating someone on the basis that they will change is a disaster waiting to happen.

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16. You Have to Vent About Them

Of course, we all need to rant. If you never vent about your relationship, I don’t even know what to tell you. But if you call up a different friend every night to vent, or your friends expect you to complain or cry about your relationship, what are you doing in it?!? Relationships are not supposed to add baggage to your life. There will be drama, but not all the time. If you find yourself complaining a considerable amount about your SO, it might be time to re-evaluate why you are with them.

Posted in Journal, Relationships and Dating

16 Clear Signs of a Toxic Relationship (part 1 of 2)

Relationships are tough. There will always be ups and downs, but how are you supposed to know what’s normal? How can you tell if your partner is just going through a rough time, or if they’re actually toxic? I’ve done a bit of dating in my time, and unfortunately, the majority of it wasn’t good. The thing is, when I was in a toxic relationship, I had NO IDEA. I thought the stuff I went through with my partner was normal. So, time after time, I dated people who were extremely toxic for me, because I thought that a person with the quality of toxicity was my “type”. It took years of defending my choice of boyfriend to everyone around me before I realized it was wrong. That toxic relationships exist, and that I had a bad habit of finding myself in them.

Don’t stay with someone because you’re scared of being alone.

**This will be separated into 2 posts because it is important and i’d like to be able to talk about each point a bit**

1. Trying to Isolate You

If your special someone in your life can’t handle you having any other friends, run away. This could easily be played off as a joke by saying things like, “I just want you all to myself”, but if it actually effects your relationship with your friends, it’s toxic.

Now, hear me say that your romantic relationship will always have an effect on your friendships. When you become involved with someone, your whole world will change. However, just because you spend less time with your friends to make room for the person you’re dating does not mean they are isolating you. Isolation looks like jealously, anger, and fits when you spend time with other people.

I broke up with my first real (and very toxic) boyfriend because every time I hung out with my best friend, he would go INSANE. Which, after 6 months, I finally realized was an issue.

2. They Don’t Respect You.

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Oh my goodness. The amount of relationships I see these days where the woman has no respect is unbelievable. This isn’t always based on gender though. If your person is always concerned about themselves (see narcissistic), and never about you, well that certainly is a problem.

I have a theory, that the single most important thing a relationship must have is mutual respect. Yes, more important than love. I know, it’s a crazy thought. You can’t always make things work because you love each other- though I did used to believe that love conquers all. However, mutual RESPECT will get you through anything. The key word being mutual.

3. You Are Not a Priority (But They are for You)

Not feeling prioritized is a huge red flag. Relationships are two-way streets. No, you cannot put in all the effort so that your partner doesn’t have to do anything. It just doesn’t work that way. That’s called parenthood. Ever heard the quote, “If a man wants to be with you, he will be”, or something along those lines? Same goes for women. If someone truly wants to be with you, you will know based on the effort they put into their relationship with you.

4. You Can’t Talk About Issues Without Fighting

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

Actually, you can’t talk about anything without fighting. Seriously, if you feel the need to walk on eggshells around your partner to avoid conflict, that’s bad. If simple conversations like where you’re going to eat, what you did today, or what you liked about that movie turns into an argument, then what’s the point? You should be in a relationship with someone because you enjoy talking to them about things. Things that you can’t talk with other people. Having hard conversations is part of being in a relationship. If you can’t even talk about what restaurant you’re going to, how can you talk about important things: sharing finances, having kids, raising kids, job changes, family issues, marriage, etc.

5. Double Standards

YOU can’t go out on Friday nights, but he can. He needs his boy’s night. She needs to meet your friends, but you can’t meet hers. They always need to know what you’re doing, but always keep their whereabouts a secret. They can flirt with others and it’s harmless, when you do it its cheating. You can’t have friends of the opposite sex, but they can! My ex’s best friend was a girl, and got insanely jealous when I talked to another guy. He had sleepovers in the same bed as her (I lived with my strict christian parents so I couldn’t even do that with him). He also moved in with is ex-girlfriend. He made me feel insane to be jealous. Yet I couldn’t even look at another guy, or he had to know every detail.

6. They Make You Feel Like You Need Them

Oh my gosh. This is the worst. Don’t let people do things for you with the wrong intentions. Make sure you can take care of yourself. An example would be someone driving you everywhere, because you don’t have a car. Now, temporarily, this is okay. But if its consistent or if they hold it over your head, that’s a serious issue. If they say things implying that you need them, or threaten to not do something, like drive you, that’s manipulation. If one person overly depends on another in a relationship, it’s unhealthy. Relationships should be mutually beneficial.

7. Gaslighting

I put this one at the end because I’d like to spend a little time on it. If you want an entire post dedicated to gaslighting, let me know in the comments.

Gaslighting, by definition is, “manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.”

Gaslighting is the worst kind of manipulation in my opinion, the guilty party makes the innocent one feel guilty and crazy for being right. 99% of the time if you feel like something is up, it is. If you can’t trust your partner, or if they make you feel insecure and unsure of yourself, get tf out. Relationships should add to your happiness and confidence, not take away from it. Always remember to put yourself first, your happiness should not be the cost of your partner’s happiness. Your well-being is not the price of your partner’s comfort. You are amazing and deserve someone who can both see that, and treat you like you are. You are a MFing queen (or king), and anyone who can’t see that isn’t worthy to date you.

The most obvious and common instance is cheating. If the man is cheating, and the woman questions him, he may call her crazy. If she asks about his relationship with another female, he’ll call her paranoid. If she asks where he was last night, he’ll tell her to stop stalking him. Other words are possessive, insane, clingy, insecure, jealous, etc.

Like I mentioned on #5, I once had a boyfriend who had a female best friend. They had been best. friends for years, he told me at the beginning he wouldn’t abandon her for a relationship (they had history of his toxic ex). That was fine with me. She was funny and very outgoing. The problem was, they would spend the night together all the time. They would drink and do drugs together, sleep in the same bed, when I was uncomfortable he would remind me that he wouldn’t abandon her. I never asked him to, I just wanted a little respect. Of course, all his friends were on his side. He called me clingy, crazy, manipulative, and made all of his friends hate me.

Then it got worse. His toxic ex, whom he told me he had blocked (not at my request), left her parents house. They started living together at their friend’s house (it was more of a crack house I guess..) And then I got really uncomfortable. I also found out that he had been the one to drive 30minutes to get her. And now they were sleeping in the same room. He also had told me he couldn’t resist her sexually. I was going insane over this, meanwhile he was hurling insults at me. Telling me she had nowhere to go, that nothing was going on, he was just helping her. After he dumped me, he brought her on a date into the coffee shop where I worked- and gave me a panic attack. This resulted in me getting fired because it was so bad I couldn’t work the rest of my shift. He did it on a dare, just to mess with me. He had that much power over me emotionally, and I never should have let him.

So if your partner often makes you feel small, crazy, insecure, or like you’re the reason you can’t trust them, that’s gaslighting. If there’s nothing to hide, they won’t mind showing you everything. I’m not saying go through your partner’s phone every day. But if you get to the point where you feel so uncomfortable that you need to, there should be no issue (if you ask. don’t do it behind their back).

Still Don’t Know?

If you’re still unsure, here’s a tip: make a list of the positive and negative things you are getting out of the relationship. Rate each thing on a scale of 1 to 5, and add up the points on each side. This is because if you simply count the things, you might stay with a guy who’s terrible because he buys you lunch sometimes. Don’t use one time events either! Ex: he bought me flowers that one time…

Come up with at least 5 on each side. If the score comes out even or negative… maybe look into why you’re together. Here’s an example.

ratingProsConsrating
4open with each otheralways busy-3
3good sexnever pays $$$-4
1foot massageshates my friends-5
2parents love themdoesn’t want kids-4
4makes me laughcan be stubborn-1
positive: 14; Negative:-17

In Conclusion…

I made this list of some of the most obvious things that are not okay in a relationship. It by all means doesn’t cover every single aspect of a toxic relationship. Let me tell you something: if you found yourself reading this list, either defending your partner or telling yourself “Yeah but…*insert defense here*”, then you’re probably in a toxic relationship. Although these things may seem obvious to some, when they actually take place in your relationship it can be hard to recognize. It may sound cliche, but some things are cliche because they’re right- given some time, things will get better.

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Posted in Journal, Uncategorized

What It’s REALLY Like to Have COVID-19

Personally, I am very cautious when it comes to getting COVID. I wear my mask, I wash my hands, I social distance when possible. I only hang out with a small group of people, I don’t like to party. Personally, I have been fortunate enough to stay healthy throughout the pandemic. However, a few weeks ago, I got a message from my best friend in Junior High and High School. She told me she had COVID. I Immediately freaked out. I had just read horror stories the day before of young, healthy people who had terrible cases. I almost cried, I told her I loved her and begged her to take care of herself. I knew that those stories I had read were just the extremes, meant to scare people into wearing a mask, but she was my best friend (still is). I was going to freak out. Later in the week, I asked her if she’d be interested in writing a post about her experience. A non-horror story. She said she’d love to. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

“I woke up and I felt like I had been hit by a car. The night before I had convinced myself, I just have to run a few errands before class, and then after class, I could nap, but now that I was awake, the hardest part of the morning was getting out of bed. 

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But I made myself do it. I’m a college kid, and my grades are important, and to function through the week I need to get groceries, pick up my car from the dealership, and run various other errands before the week kicked off. Typical Monday morning. 

I only made it from the dealership that morning. My head was throbbing, and I had a horrible cough. The possibility of COVID lingered in the back of my mind, but I figured it was just the cold that had been making its way around my small college campus. I got ready for class and left my warm dorm room for the classroom where I spend the majority of my time. 

It was presentation day for my rhetoric class. I did my best to stay awake through my classmates’ presentations, but I couldn’t do it. I left early. I slept the rest of that day, missing my other class. It was miserable. I have a dry cough, and my head was pounding. My RA moved me to a quarantine room, that way my roommate wouldn’t get anything I had. 

The doctor saw me the next morning. They told me they were going to do a COVID test and I laughed. “I don’t think it’s covid. I think it’s just a cold.” I told the nurse. She said she hoped so, probably crossing her fingers behind her back. Fifteen minutes later, she told me I had tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Immediately my mind began to race. “WHO had I come in contact with that might have been sick? Where could I have gotten it from?” Then the horrible thoughts began to take over. I’ve been in contact with all my classmates. I’ve been hugging and hanging out with most of them. Who else is going to be sick? 

If the guilt of possibly getting others sick wasn’t enough, I was running a high fever, and my entire body ached. I was sick. I crawled back into my newly deemed prison and slept. I didn’t notice the fact I had missed three classes in a row, it didn’t really matter. 

Over the next couple of days, 7 of 22 students tested positive for COVID. All of us experienced different symptoms. I was drained. I would get up around 9:30 and need to sleep again at 11. I couldn’t function. My friend had coughs that wracked her entire body. Her entire frame would shake as she coughed. The worst symptom I experienced was muscle aches. I felt like the day before I had run a marathon. My legs ached, and my joints felt stretched. A friend gave me magnesium supplements to try and ease the pain, but not even pain medication helped ease my pain. 

Yes, the physical side effects were horrible, but mentally, being locked by myself was draining. I consider myself an introvert, so I didn’t mind a couple of days by myself, but as the week wore on, I wished I could have been with my close group of friends, making cookies, and driving to the park, inside of sitting in my room. Being alone for two weeks affected my mental health in ways I didn’t expect. 

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I was lucky to have a mild brush with COVID because I’m young and relatively in shape. I know many others who have not been as fortunate as I, and I’m grateful for that. I’m still recovering from Covid, and I encourage all the readers, wear a mask, and stay safe.”

Well, you heard (or read) what she said. Wear a mask, people! It’s an easy and proven way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. Imagine yourself as a knight, and hand sanitizer is your sword, the mask is your shield. You’re very heroic.

Although my friend did have a pretty basic case, it still ruined her life for 2 weeks. I know I was worried constantly. Plus, she is a very healthy young person. If you’ve smoked or vaped, have asthma, are in generally poor health, or are up there in years, your chance of severity and fatality increases. This also applies to young children, so if you are often around little kids or have young siblings, PLEASE be safe for them! You’re not just responsible for yourself, but everyone around you.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay happy 🙂

Posted in college, Uncategorized

How to Study to Ace Your Finals (10 Steps)

Studying is the literal worst. I am a HUGE procrastinator, so actually sitting down and studying is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, in college, studying is key to passing your classes. To make it even better, final exams are coming up. How are you planning on studying? If you can just go over your notes, or read from your textbook, well, good for you! I definitely lack the perseverance (and the attention span) to do that. If you’re more like me, keep reading because I’m about to give you some great tips to help you ace your exams.

1. Start Early

Getting an early start to studying can really help you retain information in the long run. I don’t mean a few hours- I mean a few DAYS. This will give you time to fully process all the information that you’ll want to remember. Start studying approximately a week before your exam.

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2. Don’t Cram

I repeat: DO NOT CRAM!!! Cramming is one of the worst things you could possibly do for yourself. This goes along with starting early. Even if somehow your brain does process and remember all of the information you shoved in your brain, you’ll be mentally exhausted for your exam. Your brain needs time to remember things. Be kind to yourself.

3. Long Breaks

Don’t time yourself, it never works out. “5 more minutes” is easy to say, and can just as easily turn into an hour. Short breaks just don’t do it for me. They just add to my ability to get easily distracted. Give yourself 1 activity (ie. watching a single episode of a show- not a show you usually binge) and stick to it. If I’m watching a show, it’s much harder to say “30 more minutes” to watch another episode.

Keep in mind, this may not work for everyone. I like long breaks because it feels like an actual break and gives my mind some time to relax. Short breaks just give me enough time to realize how tired my brain is before getting back to work.

4. Remove ALL Distractions

Yes, including your phone. Make sure you house/roommates know that you’re studying and will be needing some quiet. Turn off the tv, and don’t listen to music with lyrics. I find video game soundtracks give studying a cool vibe. Be sure that the area that you are studying in is cleaned off and free of anything you don’t need to study. But seriously, turn off your phone and put it in a drawer.

5. Take Care of Your Needs Prior to Studying

Eat a snack. Drink some water. Pee. Get the AC to your liking. This way, you won’t keep interrupting your studying to get up to do things.

6. Organize Your Notes

Your notes matter a lot. Not only does writing something down help you remember it better, but it also gives you something to look over. They should be legible, organized, maybe even color coded. You can add a pop of color and highlight important information in your notes with different styles of sticky notes. I love this set because of all the different styles and uses it has. Also, I just love sticky notes. The best way to take good notes is to pretend like you are taking notes for someone else. You want them to be easy to read, and easy to get information from.

Tip: Long paragraphs/sentences are harder for your brain to focus on. Keep your words, sentences, and paragraphs short for easier reading.

7. Watch Videos

Watching videos on a topic or subject can really help you retain information. Youtube is a great platform, it has videos on everything. I personally like taking notes on videos because I can pause it to give me time to take nice notes. You can also rewatch things that don’t make sense.

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8. Use the Review

Not the review. ANYTHING but the review. I get it. It’s long. Boring. You’re pretty sure the professor didn’t even teach you this stuff. But it is the easiest way to know what the test will be like. And if you’ll do well on it. Which is kinda the point. Plus, your poor professor put all that time and effort into writing all 500 pages of the review. Or was it 5? It felt like a lot more.

9. Tutoring

There, I said it. If you’re really struggling with a subject or certain material, most schools have some sort of free tutoring. It may be over Zoom at the moment because of the pandemic, but it’s better than nothing. I speak from experience when I tell you that it is actually helpful 90% of the time.

10. Set Achievable Goals

If you’re like me and have test anxiety, trying to remember every single little detail about a subject can be your downfall. Don’t try to remember everything. You’ll exhaust yourself and ultimately, waste time.

Now go, absorb knowledge so that you can forget it after you take your exam. Let me know in the comments if you have any studying hacks that I didn’t list on here. I believe in you, work hard and you will pass!

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Posted in crafts, diy

15 Affordable Fall Craft Ideas

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go”~Unknown

**This post has affiliate links. If you purchase something from one of these links, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you**

1. Coffee Filter Turkey

You can put these on magnets and attach them to the fridge, put them in your window, or just leave them standing up! Find the tutorial here.

2. Turkey Door Decor

If you live in a dorm, this is a really cute (and cheap) idea. Find the tutorial here.

3. Harvest Sign

You can easily adjust the size, by using a smaller piece of wood and these 4″ stencils. Find the step-by-step tutorial here.

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4. Twig Letter

This cute, rustic craft is perfect for the fall season. Plus, it’s very simple and cheap. You can learn how to make it here. Want to spell out a word? Get the wooden alphabet here.

5. Terracotta Scare Crow

This is the perfect decoration for both inside and outside this season. Find the tutorial for this charming little fall scarecrow here.

6. Terracotta Pumpkin

A pumpkin that holds candy? Yes, please. Find the full tutorial here, and get your pots here.

7. Book Page Pumpkins

Express your inner bookworm, upcycle an old book, and get an adorable decoration out of it! You can easily make this craft by following these instructions.

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8. Apple Candles

It’s a candle. In an apple. Click here to learn how to make them. Don’t have any white candles? No worries, you can get some on Amazon.

9. Leaf Bowl

You can find a tutorial on how to make this colorful fall craft here.

10. Colorful Hanging Leaves

This easy DIY is simple yet beautiful. I absolutely love all the different colors! Just follow this easy how-to and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous wall decoration. Need some leaves? Click here to get them for under $10 on Amazon.

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11. Simple Burlap Wreath

The neutral tones provide a neat and welcoming entrance. The flower makes this burlap wreath that much more elegant.

12. Floral Frame Door Wreath

Who doesn’t want two door frames? Ha, ha. But seriously, this craft is totally worthy of your time. This rustic frame from Amazon might save you some decorating!

13. Glitter Pumpkin

Don’t let the Fall season dull your sparkle. Click here to find out how to make these glittering gourds, and click here to get 4oz gold glitter on Amazon.

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14. Pumpkin Topiary

This festive planter is great for the fall season. Find the tutorial here.

15. Pumpkin Man

Do you know the pumpkin man? I met him once. He didn’t talk much. Follow this link to make one of your own!

I post every Sunday so stay tuned! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

Posted in Finance and Budgeting

How to Make a Budget

College changes the way we live. You’re completely responsible for yourself, and even if you’re used to doing things on your own, not having help as an option is completely different. Every family situation is different. Every individual has different needs. So whether you’re paying for your own college, having your parents pay, or going on a scholarship, you’ll need to learn how to manage your finances. This is where budgeting comes in.

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For the sake of this post, I’m going to do a monthly budget. You can alter the time period to weekly, bi-weekly, even yearly. To get started, think about what your monthly income is. Pick a number you know you will always make, to avoid falling behind financially. For instance, if you’re a waitress who gets paid hourly as well as tips, assume you have a bad month and don’t make a ton. Use that “bad” number as your budget. Let’s just use $200 as an example.

Example:

You make $200 on a bad month, so your monthly budget is $200.

Secondly, make a list of everything you’ll need to pay for every month. This could be a rather long list, so try to keep it vague. Getting too specific will just stretch you and your money.

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GroceriesMilk
ToiletriesSoap

Overall, there’s 5 things that should always be on your list.

  1. Food/groceries
  2. Toiletries
  3. Medical needs
  4. Transportation/gas
  5. Spending/miscellaneous

Make sure you include insurance (medical, vehicle, etc). Some additional costs might include:

  1. Rent
  2. Utilities
  3. Pets
  4. Tithe
  5. Monthly subscriptions (Netflix, Spotify, etc)
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Next, subtract set monthly expenses- things that you will always need to pay for that will always be the same price (rent, insurance, subscriptions, etc.). It’s good to get this out of the way first, since you can’t cut back here. What you’re left with is your actual budget.

Example:

You have a $200 monthly budget. You pay $10 in subscriptions each month. So you really have $190 to budget.

After you’ve subtracted your fixed payments, order your remaining items by importance (most to least).

Example:

  1. Medication
  2. Groceries
  3. Toiletries
  4. Transportation
  5. Spending

If you have prescription medication, this is obviously the most important item on your list. Groceries are also important- humans need to eat. No, you’re not an alien. Next, we have toiletries. Although you CAN live without deodorant, I prefer you use it. So does your neighbor. I checked. Fourth on the list is transportation. This is easier to work around sometimes. Walking or biking are great alternatives to save money. If you go to school or work too far away, carpooling is another great way to keep your bank account positive. Plus, you can use the HOV lane and it’s good for the environment. win-win. Lastly, we have spending money. This is for clothes, haircuts, make-up, etc.

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Psst. Make a one-time donation.

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We’re almost done, I promise. After you have your list, assign the amount you’d like to spend each month to each item on the list. As much as you’d like to spend $500 on marvel movies and t-shirts, try to keep your budget in mind. You don’t have to stick to the exact number.

Example:

  1. Medication- $20
  2. Groceries- $100
  3. Toiletries- $20
  4. Transportation- $50
  5. Spending- $20

Now remember, you only actually have $190 to budget. Add up your costs and see what you get.

Example:

$20+$20+$20+$50+$100 = $210

Don’t worry that it’s over your budget (not yet anyways). This is why we ordered them by importance. So, to get to $190, we have to subtract $20 from the lowest items on the list. There are two obvious options here:

  1. Subtract all of your spending money. It’s not a necessity, so it goes.
  2. Subtract $10 from your spending money, and $10 from your transportation money. You can make this up by walking, biking, carpooling, or even working from home.

Personally, I think that it’s important to be able to spoil yourself. Even if it’s only with $10. How many chocolate bars can you buy with that? Or you could rent a movie. Get yourself a coffee. $10 can be a lot.

Example:

  1. Medication- $20
  2. Groceries- $100
  3. Toiletries- $20
  4. Transportation- $40 ($50-$10)
  5. Spending- $10 ($20-$10)

Don’t worry, I did the math for you.

$10+$20+$20+$40+$100 = $190

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Well, there you go! Making a budget is easy- sticking to it is hard. Here are some tips to help you save money.

  1. Pay with cash. You know exactly how much you can spend and are a lot less likely to go over.
  2. Factor in tax. Whip out your phone and calculate your total before you check out.
  3. Pay with exact change. If your total is $1.08, and you pay with two $1 bills, you’ll get 92 cents back. That’s almost a dollar. Soon enough, you’ll have $7 in change that you’ll never use.
  4. Make a list of what you need. This will help you from throwing things you don’t need in the basket.
  5. Cut back wherever you can. This is an easy way to save money. Bike or carpool instead of paying for gas. Rent a movie instead of going to see one. Eat in or use your meal plan if you have one instead of eating out. If you do go out, get one meal and water. Don’t splurge on appetizers and deserts, you’re poor.

Tip: Use a monthly budget planner, like the one here, to help you keep tabs on your spending.

I hope this helped you get started on saving money. Living on what you make in college is hard, but it is doable. If you have any more money-saving ideas, leave it in the comments! Please like, and subscribe for more content!

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10 FREE Date Ideas for College Couples During Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed our world. Businesses, health, and relationships have suffered. Romantic relationships can be hard and become boring due to the lack of available activities. Especially if you’re low on cash, like most college students. So, here’s 10 FREE things you can do as a college couple during COVID-19 to keep romance alive!

1. Have a Game or Puzzle Night

But for real. Play checkers, chess, connect-4, card games, do a puzzle, play video games, even build with lego’s!

2. Go Geocaching

Get in the car and go! This scavenger hunt style adventure is sure to beat Netflix on the couch.

3. Have a Spa Night

Put on some music, turn down the lights, everyone loves a good spa night (males included!) Here are some basic ideas:

  • Basic nail care (trim and file your nails, clip your cuticles)
  • Face masks- I like this brand a lot!
  • Hot towels
  • Tweeze your brows- I think these are really cute!
  • Lotion
  • Back, foot, or full body massages…

4. Attend College Organized Activities

Most colleges have weekly organized activities. Look on their website- you might find free movies, food, crafts, and more fun things!

5. Have a Starlight Picnic

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic under the stars! Find a local spot, or just sit down on the lawn! Blankets, twinkling lights, food, cuddling… so romantic.

Tip: Use this special Picnic Backpack and Blanket to really set the night up for success!

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6. Compete in a Library Scavenger Hunt

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Pre-select around 10 books (probably an odd number so you don’t tie), go to your college’s library, and let the hunt begin! Bonus: check one out and read it together.

7. Make a Time Capsule

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Put in photos, print out a playlist, use business cards from your favorite places. Write a letter for each other to open when you dig it up.

8. Learn a Tik Tok Dance

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If you’re into Tik Tok, this is a great way to have fun and get moving as a couple. Imagine the people you’ll impress! Or you could just keep it to yourself.

9. Teach Each Other How to Do Something

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This is a fun way to share your interests, and maybe create more!

10. Get Down and Dirty in the Bedroom.

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Put some effort into actually planning a night in the bedroom. You’re only in college once (typically). Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and try new things! And um.. don’t forget to use protection.

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*Bonus* 5 Cheap Date Ideas

1. Walmart $20 Competition

Go to Walmart with a $20 budget. You can do one of two things:

  • Give each person $10 to find the other person a gift
  • Have a competition to see who can find the most fun activity for the night

2. Go to Drive-in Movie

This could take a bit of traveling depending on where you live, but it will be worth it! The privacy of your car makes it much more romantic.

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch and Carve Pumpkins

It’s fall, y’all! Have some fun and go to a pumpkin patch, take some cute pictures, and get to carving! This carving kit has a really cute storage container!

4. Pay a Visit to a Local Museum

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Most colleges have a museum nearby. It may sound boring, but once you get there you won’t want to leave!

5. Go to an Arcade and Play Laser Tag

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Let the games begin.

Well, that’s all for today! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

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5 Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations

5 Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is just around the corner. I absolutely love Halloween. It’s literally a holiday where you get to dress up like your favorite fictional character- which is called cosplay every other day of the year- and get free candy! What’s not to love?

If you’re like me, and you have an obsession with decorating every chance possible, Halloween is a great opportunity to showcase your decorating skills. To show that you are indeed, a Thrifty Chick *insert witchy cackle*. However, one problem I encounter (way too often) is that decorating takes money. Well, look no further. I’m going to share 5 cheap Halloween decorations you can make on a budget.

1.Flying Bats

The materials you will need for this are:

  • Paper (black if available)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tape
  • Black paint or paint pen (optional)
  • A ceiling fan
  1. Print out a free bat template like the ones found here. You will need 5.
  2. You can either print multiple or simply trace it onto another piece of paper. I just used white paper and traced the bats in different sizes.
  3. Cut out your bats and fold them in half (symmetrically).
  4. If you are using white paper, use black paint or a paint pen to fill in the bat (omit this step if you are using black paper).
  5. Poke 2 holes in the middle of the bat (on the folded line), closer to the head.
  6. Loop the string through both holes and tie it in a knot.
  7. You should essentially have a paper bat on a leash. Name it Carrie and walk it around the neighborhood. Ask people if they would like to pet Carrie.
  8. Okay maybe don’t do that.
  9. But seriously. Using a sturdy surface, (eg. bed, table, chair- but not the rolly kind) preferably a step ladder, tape the end of the string to the end of each fan blade. Make sure it’s secure.
  10. Turn on the fan and watch the bats fly!

2. Bloody Candles

Materials:

  1. White candle- Get them <a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=thriftychickb-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B07YCRCPDS&asins=B07YCRCPDS&linkId=a0ad3fb33f044998e3fc45b5d3d5f73f&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff"> here on Amazon
  2. Blood-erm, I mean red wax (crayons work)
  3. A lighter

The tutorial for these super easy and cheap blood dripping candles can be found here

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3. Eyeball Jar

All you need is:

  • Plastic eyeballs (dollar store)
  • Dish soap
  • Mason or glass jar

This one is the most self explanatory, but I’ll explain anyways.

  1. Put the eyeballs in the jar.
  2. Pour the dish soap into the jar.
  3. That’s it.

You could even print out some spooky labels if you wanted. Or don’t. It’s whatever.

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4. Halloween Paper Garlands

You will need:

  1. Various colors of paper (white, black, orange, purple)
  2. Black marker
  3. Scissors
  4. Clear tape
  5. This template

You can find the full tutorial Here

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5. Bloody Hands Window Clings

If your Halloween consists of haunted houses and scary movies, then this is the craft for you. These window clings are seriously spooky, and you only need a few things:

  1. Elmers glue
  2. Silicone mat
  3. food coloring
  4. Latex gloves and old clothes (optional but this can get messy)

I’d recommend putting your hair up for this one. You can find the instructions here

I hope you have fun with these! I’d love to see anything y’all make. Like and comment how it goes for you, as well as any topics you’d like me to cover. Until next time!

Love these 5 cheap diy Halloween decorations! #ThriftyChick

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Introduction

Journal Entry 1: Introduction

Hello reader! My name is Elle, and I am a college student. I’m starting this blog because I have a lot of free time, and not a lot of friends. Covid has taken away many opportunities to make friends as a freshman, so, here I am, starting a blog.

I’ll start with a bit about me. As previously stated, I am a freshman in college. I am majoring in Graphic Design, because they say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I had a bit of a rough upbringing, and struggle severely with depression and anxiety (I am doing much better now). I was a very strange child… to put it nicely. Okay, I was a complete weirdo. To be fair, I am a middle child and got most of my social skills from reading books.

Here’s a few random facts about me:

  • I’m a pisces
  • I have a dog, whom I adore
  • I am gluten free (NOT by choice)
  • I love poetry
  • Halloween in my favorite holiday
  • I’m an introvert to the max, so starting a blog feels kinda weird to me
  • I really want to adopt
  • My favorite food is sushi

So, what kind of blog is the Thrifty Chick? I’m so glad you asked;) I am a creative and expressive broke individual who wants to share my experiences with other creative, expressive, broke individuals. This blog is everything fun, creative, and cheap. I’ve been DIYing since before I can remember. Like, I actually can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things.

This blog will be basic how to’s, top number lists, advice columns, and personal entries. Some of the topics I will cover are:

  • Crafting
  • Finance
  • Relationships
  • Entertainment
  • Organization/decoration
  • And other miscellaneous things… I don’t like confinement.

So, yeah.. that’s that. Stay tuned for more posts, I haven’t worked out a schedule yet, but there will be more!

PS. Here’s a picture of my dog! Her name is Rupi (After Rupi Kaur, the most amazing poet of all time), and she’s my baby!