4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

Turn your dorm room from dreary to colorful!

Anyone who has ever moved into a dorm room knows the feeling you got when you first walked in: this is it? Blank walls, empty desk, no color. It holds a certain loneliness before you shove your whole life into its every corner. And on rainy and cloudy days even after you're all moved in, you might still feel that it's just a little bit bland. Here are four ways to brighten up your dorm room, just in time for spring!

4. Hang up your own artwork.

Taking time over a school break, or even just on a weekend, to craft something is not only stress-relieving, but when you hang it up in your room everything will seem brighter and more colorful! Plus, you can be proud of yourself for making a cute DIY! Below is a mood board that I recently made and hung up on my wall!

3. Let in more light.

Literally, brighten it up. Seriously, what's worse than sitting by the light of your computer screen because your blinds are closed? Keep everything open, even let in some fresh air and you will feel a lot better.

2. Use light-colored or patterned bedding.

At this point, I actually enjoy making my bed in the morning because I love my bedding that much. I grabbed a white and blue mandala comforter from Urban Outfitters on sale the summer that I moved in! See a few similar options here and here that will keep your room looking clean and bright all the time.

1. Bring in plants and flowers.

I always keep flowers by my window, even if they're just in a little mason jar, and take care of them! Succulents are also super popular for dorm rooms now because they don't require a lot of care, but still help keep the room alive!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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How To Take Care Of Garden Soil: Happy soil, Happy Garden

Maintain your garden soil's health by leaching so your plants thrive.


Ever heard of soil leaching? In case you were wondering, leaching doesn't refer to the blood-sucking leech. So don't worry, this process won't require you to handle anything slimy.

Instead, leaching is a natural occurrence that gardeners should be aware of and, if needed, can purposefully implement to improve soil's habitability for garden plants. Maintaining your garden's soil health isn't difficult – it just takes vigilance.

Using nutrient rich gardening soil, watching moisture levels, providing decent drainage through a raised garden bed, and occasionally leaching will ensure your plants have a place to thrive.

What is leaching?

Leaching occurs when minerals, fertilizer, pesticides, and salt drains through your garden soil into the subsoil and rock below. The process is initiated by water flow, like rain, which saturates the soil and pulls soluble compounds downward. Leaching doesn't know the difference between bad chemicals and beneficial nutrients, however, so it can leave your soil barren and unable to support plant life without periodic enrichment (think fertilizer or compost).

Gardening is a cyclical process of adding and removing components within your garden so plants always have fresh water and minerals to grow. If no leaching occurs, buildup in the soil will choke plants out just as quickly as over-leaching.

Bryan Traficante, co-founder at GardenInMinutes.com notes: "Leaching garden soil is something I mention often to people starting a new garden. When starting out, many gardeners often over-fertilize at the onset out of excitement or don't water plants thoroughly enough. I've done it myself! Both habits usually lead to excess salt buildup in soil though, which will eventually kill your plants if the soil isn't leached."

Best soil and types for vegetable gardens

Soil comprised mostly of sand will drain quickly, but too quick and the plants won't have time to absorb water. Clay, on the other hand, retains water and minerals very well. However, too much clay prevents leaching and prohibits plants growth. That's why most readily available gardening soil is a mixture of both (among other additions).

Additionally, the type of garden you use can greatly aid with your soil maintaining its health and plant growth. Raised garden beds provide you with better control over your soil's density – as in how packed it becomes - and easier drainage. Soil settles over time and rain packs it together which inhibits both drainage and root growth. In a raised garden bed, soil is added at your discretion (allowing you to keep it more loose) and with no bottom to a raised garden bed, water drainage can happen more freely and deep rooting plants can grow without barrier.

Benefits of leaching

As mentioned earlier, leaching clears the soil of excess compounds and most commonly - salt buildup. For example, if you put too much fertilizer into your garden, you will likely notice plants start to get brownish ends and begin to look sickly. Instead of replacing the soil in your garden bed, you can water it for a longer than normal duration of time to flush out (leach) the excess from the soil. Basically, what you'll do is water your garden (without flooding it) for an extended duration of time to a point at a significant volume of water has passed through the soil (you will see water eventually coming out of the bottom of your garden bed, which is good!)

Consequences of leaching

Unfortunately, there is always the potential of too much of a good thing. Leaching isn't an exact science for each garden (unless you get your soil tested consistently... but for this article we'll assume you don't). When you leach your garden soil you may remove too many compounds and nutrients - as we noted before, leaching doesn't discriminate 'good' from 'bad' compounds in your soil. A simple rule to apply is, if your plants begin to develop brown tips or you fear you've over fertilized, give your soil a good leaching. If plants then begin to wilt in the coming weeks, you may need to add some nutrients back in with fertilizers/compost etc. The key though is moderation, test and repeat!

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