Friday, August 18, 2017

College Class Must-Haves


It's that time of year again and school is about to start. It is FINALLY my last semester of school and I thought I would put together a College Class Must-Haves list. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, these items will make your college life a whole lot easier!

1. Laptop - There are always computers on campus, but having your own personal laptop makes homework and projects easier and more convenient. I have always had PCs but last year I decided to invest in an Apple MacBook and I absolutely love it! I continue to google "how to's" but once you get used to it, you will love it!

2. Planner - This is a MUST!! I don't know what I would do without a planner... During this time, my planner is like a lifeline.

3. Waterbottle - Staying hydrated is important and as a college student, it is something that is easily forgotten. Having a water bottle that you carry with you every day is very important.

4. Highlighters - I mostly use highlighters to study, but during lectures, they are nice to have if your professor states a topic is very important and it will be on your next test.

5. Pens/ Pencils - In college, all you do is take notes so pens and pencils are a must have.

6. Bag/ Backpack - The only way to carry all those textbooks and notebooks is with a bag. I like to go the easy route with a backpack, but if you like style, then there are multiple cute totes out there to hold your books.

7. Notebooks - Just like writing utensils, notebooks are a necessity. To keep everything in one spot, I use a 5-subject notebook and use each section for a class.

8. Laptop Case - A laptop case is worth investing in because you want to keep that expensive computer that has all your files on it safe!

9. Calculator - If you are a business student like me, you know how important a financial calculator is... I don't know what I would have done without one! If you aren't a business student, I would just recommend getting a cheap calculator just in case you ever need it!

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

DIY Wagon Wheel Chandelier

  








Items you will need: 
Edison String Lights--You can use any string of lights. I just chose this one for the style it added.
Wood Wagon Wheel--This is a seasonal item, so K-Mart doesn't always have it. I also found a similar Wagon Wheel at At Home, but that also is a seasonal item. I have seen a lot of rustic, old wheels at local antique stores. You can always google Wood Wagon Wheel and see what is available near you.
Ball Mason Jars
Crystal Bead Strands (I bought 3 strands, but didn't use all of the third.)
Crystal Teardrop Pendants
Bronze Hanging Chain


The following items can be found at your local hardware store:

Staple Gun/Staples

Hammer

Screw Driver

Small Nails

Wire Cutters

Extension Cord



1)Prepare Mason Jar Lids

You need to make a hole in the lid so the light bulb can fit through. I used a screw driver to puncture a hole in the metal lid, then used wire cutters to make the hole bigger. You just need to make it big enough for the base of the light bulb to fit through it and screw onto the light strand.


2)Screw the Mason Jars on the Lights
Once you've made the holes on the lids, you will screw them onto the mason jars. When all 10 jars were attached to the lights, I plugged them in just to make sure they worked. (I would hate to get everything done and then find out the light strand doesn't work!)


3)Attach Lights to Wagon Wheel
This step takes a while, as you want the jars to be symmetrical. There are 10 lights on the strand; I strung 6 around the outside of the wheel, 3 in the middle, and 1 in the center (I used a larger mason jar in the center to make it stand out). When you think of a chandelier, you picture the middle one hanging the lowest; I didn't do that because you would see a lot of the chord, but if you find a way to hide it then I would make it hang the lowest! From here, you will staple the light strand to the wheel (be careful as you do not want to puncture a hole in the strand). The light closest to the plug-in is one of the 6 on the outside so it can go up the chain to be plugged into an extension cord.


4)Link the Chains to the Wheel
I made 3 chains that were the same length and placed them the same distance apart on the wheel. They will meet in the middle, where you will fasten them to a ceiling, pergola, etc.



5)Add the BLING

This is where you can make it your own and my FAVORITE part. Who doesn't love bling?? You can add a lot of bling or a little; it's up to you!! During this step, you want the beads to be symmetrical. I hammered little nails where I wanted the beads to hang. After hanging the strands, you add the pendants however you like and you're done!



6) Enjoy it! 

I made my chandelier a while ago, but I am still in LOVE with it. I am so happy with how it turned out; everyone that has come over absolutely loves it!





TIP: One thing I encourage is to have an extra person to assist when needed, especially when hanging the chandelier.


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Affordable Workout Apparel


I'm not going to lie, I wasn't a huge fan of the crazy, colored/patterned leggings that are everywhere but I've realized that they are for some reason a good motivator for hitting the gym. Having cute workout apparel is about the only thing that motivates me to get off my butt and workout, but everything is so dang expensive! I found 5 places that have workout apparel for a decent price so you can look cute while working out.


1. Forever 21

2. Old Navy

3. Target

4. H & M

5. Amazon

Another great place to look for great deals are clearance stores, such as a Nike Clearance Store. There are many Nike stores within outlet centers, but you have to be careful because the stores that have the good sales are the Nike Clearance Stores, not the Nike Factory Stores.

I also tried Fabletics for the first time! When you sign up for the VIP membership you can get 2 pairs of leggings for $24; that's only $12 a pair! You do have the option to cancel your VIP membership if you don't want a monthly subscription.

One other great place to look are apps, such as Poshmark and Mercari. These apps have a great selection of gently work clothing that are very affordable!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Branson, Missouri Trip Diary



I had a great week in Branson, Missouri and I'm creating a post to share it all. Branson is definitely a place to go if you have children; there were still a lot of things to do if you don't have children, but a lot of the attractions are "child" appropriate.
There are so many things to do in Branson that you could easily stay there for a few weeks. There were many things that we wanted to do, but we just didn't have the time or energy to deal with the blistering heat. It was in the high nineties all week long... We stayed at a vacation home that we booked off homeaway.com.

Sunday: We spent most of the day just relaxing and getting everything situated, but we did make it to Moonshine Beach which was about a 5-minute drive from our vacation home. Although it costs $5 to park, it is still worth going too.

Monday: We spent our morning at the Titanic Museum, which I highly recommend going to. This had been my second time going to this museum, and there was definitely stuff I didn't remember seeing the first time around. There were great deals on Groupon for single, double, and family tickets. Later that evening the girls and I took a free, mini tour at Curling Vine Winery. The winery wasn't all that big or that interesting, but the wine was good!


Tuesday: In the morning we took a tour around Branson with Ride the Ducks. Every person that I told that I would be spending my vacation in Branson mentioned Ride the Ducks, but I didn't find it that interesting. They say it's a tour on both land and water, but the only water part we experienced was maybe a 5-10 minute loop around a mini island; I was a little disappointed. If they would have had it be more of a water tour I would have found it to be more interesting. For lunch, we went to Red Barn Cafe and it was great! The buffet didn't look the greatest so we ordered off the reasonably priced lunch menu and enjoyed it. That evening we went to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede; this was one of the highlights of the trip for most of us. The dinner was delicious and the show was entertaining.








Wednesday: During the day we spent some more time on Moonshine Beach. Wednesday wasn't as busy as it was on Sunday, so that was nice. That evening we went to Silver Dollar City, moonlight madness event. This event started at 5 pm and was only $30. Most of the shops were open till 7 pm and the park closed at 10 pm, so we still had plenty of time to do everything we wanted to. We went through the Marvel Cave tour which is included with admission into the park; it was unbelievable and definitely worth checking out. We ate at Crossroads Pizza, which I wasn't that impressed with, but other than that Silver Dollar City is definitely worth checking out.



Thursday: During the day we spent our time at Tanger Outlets. I have never been that impressed with their deals and it was displayed again on this day. That evening we went to Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. I highly recommend going here especially during the evening to see the sunset!! It was only $25 and was about a forty-five-minute golf ride. There are restaurants and a wine cellar you can experience as well.












Friday: We spent most of the day in Downtown Branson; there are so many shops to visit. We spent most of our time going to all the antique shops. If you make your way down there, I recommend checking out the Branson Landing Fountains; they start at noon and run every hour. For lunch, we went to McFarlain's Family Restaurant; the food was good as well as the service.

I definitely recommend going to a visitor center and picking up brochures to get a better idea of what you want to do during your trip and some have many coupons in them. A lot of the places that you go to will have a coupon on the back of the ticket for another place that you may be interested in going too. I also recommend checking Groupon to see what kind of deals they offer.




Monday, July 3, 2017

Fourth of July

I put together a collage of many red, white, and blue items! It's always fun to add to the festivities, whether it be a huge American flag pool float or a cute red romper. I hope you all are enjoying your holiday. Tonight I will be enjoying fireworks with friends followed by a nice relaxing bonfire! 




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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Flower Garden Inspiration


With the warm weather and a semester left of school, all I can think about is how I want my garden to look when I own my farm house. I know it sounds silly and ridiculous, but I think about my future on a daily basis and how I want my yard to look is included in that. 

I love all the colors and varieties that can be included in a flower garden. In this post I included multiple pictures of how I imagine what my future garden will look like. If you would like to follow along, you can follow me on my Pinterest page, Garden Ideas.














Friday, May 26, 2017

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale




Nordstrom is having their half yearly sale!! I found some great items that are now in my shopping cart! The sale is going until June 4th. Happy shopping!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FGL Concert





Dress(I ordered a size down, I normally wear small) | Boots | Crossbody

In April I got to see one of my favorite "country" artists. I put quotations around country because their music has definitely changed over the years, but I still enjoy it!

We got the opportunity to be in the pit and it was unbelievable; I even touched Tyler Hubbard's hand!!! It was definitely a night that I will never forget!

"Here's to the good times, while there's still time."