Sunday, June 22, 2014

Favorite Board Of The Week!

I'm not sure if I've already told you guys, but in August I'm moving into a townhouse! I am so excited. I'll be sharing the house with 3 other friends, and unlike a dorm room, I have a LOT of freedom to do what I want. With my parents selling the house to downsize, with me being gone and all, this truly translates in MY OWN SPACE.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Best Fruit And Veggie Wash Already In Your Pantry!

When I was about 12 or so, while in the grocery store with my mom, I came across a bottle of what I thought had to be absolute magic. It was a "pesticide remover"! It came in a spray bottle that was strategically placed between the cucumbers and the apples. 

I remember truing to sneak it into the cart and I remember my mother reaching through to it's hiding place and setting it back. She said to me, "Anything that is sold to take off chemicals, is probably also a chemical." I thought to myself, "No, that won't happen! That isn't fair!" but lo and behold, I never saw that product again. 

Was she right? I'm not positive, but I do know, it got me thinking. "What else can do the job?" After doing a bit of research, I found this amazing and simple recipe for a fruit and vegetable wash/soak! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What Clothes You REALLY Need To Pack For College: A Guide

A picture I took during a much need wardrobe edit! 

There are a lot of misconceptions about dorm closets. I have never, in all my days, seen a walk in closet in a dorm room. Do not expect a large space for your clothes.

To Thrift or Not To Thrift: Blankets and Throws

In August, I'm moving in with a few friends in a house outside of our campus and I realize that there are a lot of things I want but a lot of things I do not have. These things are in my family's home, but I can't take what they're using! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Best Ant Killer Already In The Pantry!

 Summer is upon us! That means popsicles, lemonade, and fresh fruit! But that also means bugs. So many bugs. We always have the worst ants. With the little ones running around, dropping juice boxes and popsicle sticks not to be found until well after the ants have, we went through many many methods. No matter what we do, between the chalk lines and the store bought ant killer, this is the only thing that has worked for us!     

Summer after summer I watched my parents as they strapped things to the hose, hammered things into the ground, and sprinkled powders over the grass. A lot of the treatments had to be stopped because they weren't well for the Biggie (the dog). We've lived in the same house for seven years now and last summer the ants were unbearable. After doing a bit of digging, I found this recipe somewhere deep in the internet.  

The Last Summer!

My first year of college came to and end about a month ago and now that graduation season is upon us, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately.

            Before we get started, let me congratulate you on graduation! This is a really exciting time in your life, when you go from living under your family’s wings and spreading your own! (Is it corny of me to want to stitch that on a pillow??)

I personally have a lot of regrets about getting ready to move into my dorm, mainly where my focus was when preparing. I had quite a few friends who were finishing up their first few semesters when I graduated and my regrets begin to surface when I remember the questions I used to ask them around my graduation time. A lot of my questions focused around food and thrift stores. The two things I am notorious for putting first and foremost.  I never asked about roommates, room sizes, or course loads. None of these things came to mind.
            Also around this time, I became incredibly invested in pintrest, I began a board called “Dorm-Spiration!” after I received my first housing assignment (which was a mistake that I will elaborate on in a future post about handling your business) and filled it with DIY decorations. My priorities were not perfect, to say the least.
            I wish I had found a resource that would help me straighten so I’ve decided to make my own! Over the next few weeks, I will write on topics varying from how to handle the unhandlable roommate to how to make a lasting impression on your professors!
            Be sure to check back for upcoming posts or sign up for the newsletters (coming soon) so you don’t miss out! Enjoy my Dorm-spiration! Board while you wait!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Easy Sugar Cookies (Reviews)

Yesterday, I had a horrible craving for sugar. The house is scarce on groceries and the only things in reach were gelatin rich snacks, like gummies and marshmallow treats. After cutting all gelatin products out of my diet a few years ago, I have never felt so tempted.
            Looking through the pantry and the cabinets, I’ve noticed that this house never runs out of certain things. We always have enough ingredients to turn out a batch of oatmeal cookies or sugar cookies. The last sugar cookie I had was a hard, puck-like, crumbling disappointment I picked up from the university cafeteria.
(I really took for granted the mounds of food at my disposal and am suffering now because I never think of what I want to make in time to add it to the grocery list.)