10 DIY Spooky Season Crafts For Your Halloween-Themed Wine Night

10 DIY Spooky Season Crafts For Your Halloween-Themed Wine Night

Dollar Tree will be your best friend this Halloween season!

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Arts and crafts are always a lot of fun but sometimes they can be costly, here are some ideas that may not break the bank. Get some friends together and craft away!

1. Mask decorating ($5-10)

Materials

- Pack of clear masks

- Paint (either get the single packet with a paintbrush for a few kids or buy 3-4 different bottles of paint)

- Paintbrushes

- Glue

- Feathers

- Gems/Jewels


Instructions

- Paint the mask with whatever colors you like

- Accesorize it with gems, feathers, and jewels

- Wait for it to dry

- Put it on and LOOK FABULOUS

2. Skeletons ($3-5)

Materials

- Card stock

- Glue

- Cotton swabs

-Pencil


Instructions

- Take a piece of card stock

-Stencil a skeleton with your pencil

-Take the glue and glue the cotton swabs along the outline

- Let it dry and hang it on the fridge for the world to see!

3. Face painting ($1-4)

Materials

- Packet of face paint

Instructions

-Open the packet and get spooky!

4. Pumpkin Carving ($3-8)

Materials

-Pumpkin (you can either get a foam one or a real one, up to you)

- Pumpkin carving kit

- Pencil or Marker

- Small candle (optional)

Instructions

- Create an outline of what you would like to draw

- Carve a hole at the top of your pumpkin and gut it

- Carve out the outline you had drawn

- Place the candle inside and light it up

- Take the top you carved out and close it back up

5. Create a hay ride (Varies)

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Materials

- Wagon or cart

- Hay

Instructions

- Fill the wagon or cart with hay

- Put the kids in

- Take them for a hay ride in the backyard or around the neighborhood

6. Spooky Bowling ($4-8)

Materials

- Ball

- 6 tin cans

- Acrylic paint

- Googly eyes


Instructions

- Paint the tin cans into mummies, monsters, bats, vampires, etc.

- Place some googly eyes an your pins are complete

- Arrange them by placing 3 in the back then 2 in front of those and 1 in the very front

- Throw or roll the ball (depending on size)

- Happy Bowling!

7. Paper Plate Candy Holder ($2-4)

Materials

- Paper plates

- Markers

- Paint

- Stapler


Instructions

- Cut the plate into a half circle

- Staple each side to each other

- Attach wings, eyes, or any other accessory

- It doesn't have to be a bat, get some green plates and create Frankenstein's monster!

8. Toilet Roll Monsters ($2-5)

Materials

- Toilet Rolls

- Scissors

- Card stock

- Glue


Instructions

- Cut out some card stock to begin your roll; leave leftover toilet paper and create a mummy roll

- Attach some wings

- Cut out some eyes or anything else

- BONUS: Place a string through them and hang them around the house so they look like they are flying

9. Personalize a Halloween Wreath

Materials

- Get some spooky spiders

- Pick out your favorite accessories

- Wreath

- Garland


Instructions

- Wrap the wreath in a garland of your choosing

- Attach all your spooky accesories

- Hang it on the front door of your house/room

10. Cape Chaos

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Materials

- Cape/ cloth

- Halloween accessories


Instructions

- For this final activity, all you have to do is buy a cape from the dollar store

-Then purchase all your favorite Halloween accessories

- Decorate your cape, put on your mask, grab your candy holder and fly into this spooky season

Have fun this spooky season without breaking the bank! Happy crafting everyone!

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11 Thoughts Every College 'Nap Queen' Has Before, And After, Naps

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We all have that one friend who pretty much goes MIA during the afternoon.

I am that friend.

Since my freshman year of college, I have truly been able to master the art of napping.

As crazy as napping may seem to some, an afternoon nap is truly life-changing. There is nothing better than cuddling up and taking a little snooze.

Here are all the thoughts I have as a "Nap Queen" :

1. Wow, I know I got a full nights sleep, but I could really sleep some more.

2. ***drinks 2 large coffees, I'm ready for my nap!

3. Why am I awake right now? It's 2 PM, prime nap time.

4. Why did I not take advantage of nap time in elementary school?

5. What am I going to do in the real world when naps no longer exist? **cries a little

6. Oops I overslept my 3 oclock class...again.

7. This public bench looks like a good spot to do some shut eye.

8. Wow, I have so many alarms on my phone.

9. A 7 PM nap is definitely socially acceptable? Right?

10. Oh I can't go to that, it's during my nap time.

11. **looks at phone, Oops I missed everything while I was sleeping...

Keep on napping my friends!

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My Goals for 2019

I'm not really into resolutions, but I am into goals. Here are my top ones for 2019.

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I dont think I've ever actually made a new year's resolution. Since my birthday is the second day of the year, it doesn't really ever make sense to do one for diet, because on your birthday, diets don't exist. Despite not having any resolutions, this year included, I do have a lot of plans for the year in terms of what goals I want to achieve. Mainly, they include getting in the habit of taking care of myself in every aspect of my life.

The Basic One, Fitness

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I don't have any set numerical goals about how many pounds or inches I need to lose, I simply want to focus on taking care of myself every day as I should. Water, exercise, cute gym fits, adequate sleep, low sugar, and high protein. I think when you focus on taking care of yourself daily instead of stressing about the results, the results happen naturally. I've been doing this for the past few months and a lot of my clothes are basically falling off of me. But as long as you're eating enough and are healthy, nothing should be about a number on a scale. 2019 isn't about being a certain size or looking like a Barbie- It's about self care. For me, this looks like staying hydrated all day, working out at least five days a week, keeping my gym bag stocked with clean and cute gym clothes, and eating vegan protein, complex carbohydrates, and lots of veggies!!

My Career Goals

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My first goal is to absolutely kill it at my internship and learn as much as I can in my position as a Salesforce Administrator. I'll be attending OU's next career fair in February and talking to the only other company in OKC that I would be interested in working for outside of where I intern, so I can ask about what they most typically hire for MIS students in entry-level jobs. That will give me enough time to prepare before September when I actually start applying! It's so crazy to think that in 8 months I'll be preparing for jobs after graduation. I would LOVE to work for Dell in OKC, so I'm excited to see if it's a good fit for me to hopefully work my way up to Microsoft!! I really want to live at home for the first few years after I graduate because it's only 20-30 minutes to the city and close to where I will hopefully be going to get my OU MBA!!

School Goals

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I'm shooting to graduate with a 3.75 GPA, so I basically need all A's outside of one class this semester (which will be calc 2). I'm also working to be as time efficient as possible in 2019. This means quitting my side retail job, planning out the week's outfits, meal prepping a little bit more, and studying early in the semester. ALSO I have to complete 10 seminar hours a semester in Price School of Business, so my goal is to attend 5 hours per week in the first 3 weeks of school to get everything done ASAP! That is what I did last semester, and it was so worth it to be done with my hours by the time I started my internship- which of course was entry-level- but getting used to my internship time commitment was hectic. I want to work hard this year by studying EVERY week and spending time in office hours, because that is where A's are made!!

Social Goals

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This year I will be in Norman every Sunday for Green Week Committee, so I'm shooting to be at LifeChurch in Norman on Sunday mornings. Even though I live at home and commute, I want to be even more plugged in to Norman than I already am, because Norman is one of my favorite places ever. I feel completely at home at OU and love the people so much, so I'm excited to make my church my home while I'm there. You don't need a religious organization to accomplish being more social, but when you frequent places that involve your interests, you'll meet people you can relate to.

I also am so excited to continue going to my younglife bible study at OU that we formed last semester. We're the only group that's continuing into '19 because we all had such a good connection. The girls are super sweet and amazing and are just another reason that I feel so grateful for how things are going in my life at the moment. I have my St. Louis and Illinois besties, but I'm so excited to also have close besties in Norman and OKC! .

Internet Goals

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I've been wanting to do YouTube since I was literally 14 years old but have always had reasons that have held me back. In 2017 and 2018, I felt like I needed to do more growing as a person, and in my life, before I started posting. I think I'm finally at the point where I'm ready to start creating, and it's only from watching some of my favorite channels kill it from people who are honestly not much different than I am. I'm a perfectionist, and probably won't post much until I can afford to splurge 10's of thousands on equipment, but this year I want to post 2-3 videos that I'm really proud of. I love watching videos about style and design, and these are the niches I want to move into eventually. So I'm going to try to make videos about shopping and dorm room transformations! It's 2019, so why not *cue that song by hilary duff from literally 15 years ago*.

On Instagram, I want to start posting and creating a cohesive theme that I'm really proud of, and that accurately matches my aesthetic. This past year I've realized that my favorite clothing pieces are light pink, white, and pale blue, so I'm going to be working on a wardrobe and Insta feed that matches this. I'll be using Snapchat and Insta stories strategically to post anything I love that doesn't match my Insta feed on those to keep things cohesive. I've already got some ideas of what I want to shoot for my Instagram photos in 2019, but you'll have to follow to find out! (xsarahbryanne ;) )Oklahoma City has so many murals and cute places for photo-ops that I think I'm set until I move to Dallas Fort Worth and tackle Deep Ellum. (The murals there are INSANE!)

Style Goals

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This year I want to redo my bedroom, and continue dressing in a way that makes me feel confident and happy. I've noticed from my iPhone screenshots that my favorite outfits mix pinks and blues- whether it be with denim jackets, cute booties, or lace bralettes. I'm also really into neutrals at the moment; specifically cool neutrals like black, grey, and ivory. Having a wardrobe that you're obsessed with isn't about spending thousands, it's about finding out what you like and finding it for as cheap as possible. I'm a big supporter of window shopping Pottery Barn campaigns for room decor, and finding cheaper options on Amazon. I'm also planning on DIY-ing furniture from Goodwill for my room this year, because the price differences are insane. Redoing furniture from Goodwill just takes a few Youtube videos, creativity, and vision, and you will save HUNDREDS. I'll let you know when I have videos to prove it!

BIG ways that I'm shopping this year include frequenting LOFT clearance, Dainty Hooligan (a Norman boutique that always has GOOD sales online if you search), Target, Goodwill, and cute OKC boutiques! LOFT takes care of a lot of the essentials and classy trends, but they also have insane markdowns on anything that's been in the store for awhile. I worked there for about a year and a half, and during that time, I got so many things for $5 or less; cute jeans for $3, a $100 coat for $5, a $100 blazer that I got for $13...there's seriously so much that goes to final sale that's super adorable. A lot of times it's thrift store prices for things that are new! Dainty Hooligan is trendy boutique that doesn't really advertise their clearance, but honestly, that's better because it means more for YOU. I look at all the dresses and find a lot that are $20 or less. I got my NYE dress for $10 and I'm going to a prom for teens with special abilities soon, so I've picked out a dress only $15. In terms of prices, it kind of puts Goodwill to shame. Goodwill has a lot of options, but this year I'm going to try and only buy things that I know are within my streamlined aesthetic. Going in with an idea of what you want, like a color scheme or a list of items that you need, is super helpful and keeps you on track. It can be fun to find things that are outside of your box, but it's easy to buy things while thrifting that you don't love because they simply stand out from the pack. Don't buy something unless you can really picture how you will use it.

Overall, I am really, really excited for 2019. I'm ready to go after these goals and make them a reality. I don't know what it is, but I have a feeling like it's going to be the best yet. Here's to being a girl boss and making my own dreams come true.

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