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11 Adorable And Affordable DIYs

Creatively cure your boredom on a budget!

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It's easy to just go on our phones, laptops, or do something else unproductive to try and cure our boredom; however, sometimes these activities just don't do the trick. Here are some fun and easy projects you can do on your own to get your creativity flowing!

1. Make Your Own Scrunchies

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Scrunchies are no longer a trend of the past, and have definitely made a comeback as one of the latest trendy staples to complete any outfit. Instead of running out to buy some of these adorable hair ties, you can customize your own unique and personalized scrunchies! Click here for a step by step walk through on how to make these adorable hair accessories.

2. Punny Plant Pots

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What's better than cute plants and clever puns? This project is incredibly easy to do, and has no limit on how creative you can get with your designs. Simply pick out some paint, crafty accessories, a plain terra-cotta pot, the plants of your choice, and get crafting!

3. Decorative Garland

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Sure, fairy lights are a great addition to any room. But this DIY Pom-Pom Garland is a great way to add a little something extra to brighten up any room! Click here for a tutorial on how to create this super easy garland.

4. Literary Vases

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For my fellow book worms out there, this one's for you! True, the thought of tearing apart any book makes me cringe, I'll admit -- but this project is just too cute. You can always find a used book store, such as the Brattle Book Store in Boston, Massachusetts, who often have sections of very tattered old books that could be perfect for this project (and so you don't need to tear pages out of a perfectly good book!). This beautiful centerpiece comes from a woman's Literary-Themed Bridal Shower, and you can find more of her DIYs from the event here!

5. Decorative Organizational Jars

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Don't throw away old glass jars, reuse them! Decorating old jars can be a great way to organize your cosmetic products without sacrificing the aesthetic of your bathroom. Check out the walkthrough and other cute jar DIYs here!

6. Dried Flower Wall Hanging

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Next time you get a bouquet of flowers (or buy yourself some), don't toss them when the flowers dry out. You can make a gorgeous wall hanging instead that'll look and smell amazing! Check out the step by step process (and the adorable photoshoot of the final product) here!

7. Hula-Hoop Chandelier

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If you're looking for the coolest lighting decor ever, look no further. You can make your very own chandelier for your indoor or outdoor space with simply a hula-hoop and icicle fairy lights! You can find a tutorial here.

8. Secret Stash Book

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Again, I know, the thought of defacing any book feels almost blasphemous. But how cool is this?! A secret place to safely keep little trinkets? I'm obsessed. Just as with the literary vase DIY, you can go to any used book store and find old and tattered books for this project that may hurt your heart less to tear up. Click here for the tutorial!

9. Puppy Paw Print Molds

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I mean, come on. THIS IS SO CUTE. And so easy to do! Memorialize your furry friend with this classic DIY -- you can even make an ornament out of it! Click here for the walkthrough.

10. 10 Minute Scented Soap

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Who knew making your own soap bars could be so easy? Plus, they make great birthday or holiday gifts for your friends! Check out this tutorial for a fall themed pumpkin-spice scented soap bar by clicking here!

11. Pressed Flower Phone Case

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Pressed flowers are just so pretty, and now you can use them to customize your very own phone case! Just remember not to pick any flowers if you don't have to; try to find flowers and petals that've already fallen, or collect them from bouquets or wreaths you get and press them. Click here for the tutorial!

I hope these DIY tutorials inspire you to recreate these amazing projects, or inspire you to create something of your own!

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What A Perfect Day Looks Like

I rarely have a day off of work, but when I do my ultimate day would go a little something like this.

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Since I am working two jobs this summer, my schedule has been extremely hectic. I rarely have a day off, but when I do, I make sure to make it worthwhile. I am definitely the go-go type of person and love eventful days. Everyone feels burnt out at some point. Whether you're sick and tired of waking up early for your job or feel like you need a break away from your family members, we've all been there.

For me personally, the only fix for this burnt out feeling is a day with no responsibilities or obligations. While some people would choose a day of not moving from the bed and watching Netflix all day or a self-care day filled with face masks and a bath, I prefer a jam-packed day with my family.

My perfect day would go a little something like this. I would sleep in until about 9 o'clock and then hit the gym. After getting a sweaty session in and getting ready to start my day, I would head to lunch with my family. We would go to my favorite Greek restaurant called, Hummus & More. After chatting over pita gyro sandwiches, we would head to the movies and enjoy a romantic comedy, with popcorn and candy of course.

After the movies and before heading home for dinner comes my dad's least favorite activity, we would shop at some of my favorite clothing boutiques. After hopefully buying some cute new outfits, my mom would make everyone dinner. She is a fantastic cook and makes the best spaghetti and meatballs; I'm drooling just thinking about them. Lastly, I enjoy taking a walk in the evening because the weather starts to cool down.

Hopefully, I get a day off of work soon! I will definitely be spending that day probably exactly like I mentioned above. I'm most excited for that plate of spaghetti and meatballs that I keep dreaming about.

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Lessons Learned 10,000 Miles From Home

There is an infinitive number of life lessons I've learned while staying in a foreign country for 4 months but here are what I believe have been the most important ones.

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There is an infinitive number of life lessons I've learned while staying in a foreign country for 4 months but here are what I believe have been the most important ones. My experience with studying abroad has been one long roller coaster of an adventure I'll never forget. I've had the opportunity to meet people who will become my lifelong friends and build my relationship with those I've known even stronger. It truly was an experience of a lifetime, so allow me to walk you through some of the most important things I've not only held close to my heart but will take with me as life lessons as my semester abroad comes to an end.

Money

I figured I'd start with the easy one. Money doesn't grow on trees. My parents used to tell me that when I was younger and usually I'd give them wise answer such as "money is paper and paper comes from trees" (I know, I know, sorry Mom) but there's no doubt I've learned my lesson. Money seems to just disappear into thin air. Somedays I could've sworn I was doing alright with money then I would wake up with 6 cents left in my bank account. Moral of the story, being in a foreign country with no real method of income had some value to it. I've perfected my budgeting skills while still making the most of my time here. That goes without saying I am forever thankful and grateful to my friends and family that added to that support along the way. But don't let me fool you, having fun costs a lot of money alright.


Friendships

Now, never did I think I'd be leaving this program with a couple of lifelong friends but lucky for me, that's exactly what happened. When you're over 10,000 miles away from home you're going to cling on to anything that makes you feel comfortable. For me, knowing all of these people are in the same boat as I was is what I gravitated towards. We were essentially each others' temporary homes. That's a big task, to just build a relationship in such a short period of time with an absolute stranger. But somehow that's just how it went. We went from complete and utter strangers to saying we love each other and have each others' backs in a matter of 2 weeks. I'm forever grateful that I landed the best possible roommates a girl could've asked for. I learned a lot about life from the experiences of the people I surrounded myself with. It's been amazing to step back and think about how much we've all grown and learned from eachother, something that may not ever happen in such a short time period. Nevertheless, aside from making new friends here it was apparent as to who my true friends were back home too. For those of you constantly checking in and talking to me when I was extra home sick, I can't thank you enough. Both my friends and family were nothing but supportive and comforting even from 10,000 miles away, how did I get so lucky?


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One of the biggest and most important things I've learned during this experience was understanding myself. I have never been put into half the situations I faced being here. I never realized how lonely it was to take care of myself when I was sick or traveling alone in a foreign country. I never really knew how to pick myself up even on my worst days. These are the kind of fundamental 'adult' things I've been learning. Nonetheless I have my amazing best friend here with me helping me every second she can (Tess I can't thank you enough, I love you) but sometimes I had to do things for myself. Some days this was the hardest thing to do. Putting yourself first and understanding yourself is never a fully accomplished task. But, along the way I found some coping mechanism for stress and anxiety that I never would've learned without the adventure. And I'm not just saying this to say it, studying abroad has given me the tools for the future into how to take care of myself both physically and mentally.

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People are Different

Seems pretty simple right? Wrong. Sure people are different. People come from different ways of life. People aren't going to agree with you. People are going to handle situations differently than you do. People have different standards and morales as you. Heck, some people have never washed a plate in their lives. Or have never boiled pasta. For some reason, this lesson took me some time to understand. It might just be my bossy, 'always have to be right' personality but it also just may be something I never noticed before. Although, it grew my patience to a whole new level and I'm thankful for that. Not only has it taught me to have patience for people but not to care or worry about others' decisions or what they're doing. Someone wants to go out 7 nights a week and bring a new boy home every night? You go girl. Someone likes to spend their nights staying in, watching netflix? Me too!! Regardless of the situation, if it doesn't affect you then your opinion really doesn't matter at the end of the day. I mean unless you're being kind then it matters of course. Anyways, I think you understand what I'm trying to say. Everyone is different. People are coming from different upbringings. People are fighting different battles you may not know about. So in return, have patience, respect, and understanding for people who may not do things like you.

Hopefully some of you can relate, especially those who have or are currently studying abroad. The experience itself is almost indescribable. I haven't entirely found the right words to sum up the beautiful madness of spending a semester in Australia. It's a little bit of laughing until you pee your pants, crying on facetime because you're homesick, mixing in a little homework (yes we did go to school here), blowing $80 on drinks at a bar you don't even remember the name of, soaking up the rays every second that a glimpse of yellow shines in the sky, dancing… LOTS of dancing, and making countless memories with strangers who have become your best friends. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to study abroad here in Australia. There is not one thing I would've changed about my time here; if anything, where am I off to next?

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