Freshen Up Your Space For Spring

7 Ways To Freshen Up Your Space For Spring

Tips and tricks to help your space reflect the spring season.

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The cold weather has disappeared completely by this point and I am spending every second I can outside. Time that I have to spend in my dorm doing homework, becomes more and more dreadful. I can tell that spring is fully here due to the flowers and growth I have seen explode all over campus this week. I have been thinking of ways that I can make my space more enjoyable as the weather continues to get warmer.

1. Florals

I have a few plants lining my windowsill, and having these brighten up my day so much. By adding a little succulent, or especially flowers with spring colors, the mood of your space can be enhanced. This spring season, bright coral and blue hues are popular, and adding flowers of these colors (even faux floral) can help!

2. Pops of pink

Pink is a great color to resemble the change of seasons into spring. It is nice and playful, but also just adds a little more excitement. Show off some femininity, while still staying on a classic level with lighter shades of pink to not let the color become too overwhelming. Hot pink would NOT be a good option in this case! A cute throw pillow or a small sign with a spring quote can do just the trick. Also, this cute Faux Fur Ash Rose Luxury Throw from Pier1 would be great.

3. Ceramics

Having something handmade and delicate in a space can do SO much. Whether you know the item is handmade or not, the form should be organic, and hint towards the feelings of humanity and humility. This delicacy can reflect the new growth found outside in nature, and maybe some new growth in yourself! These vases from Magnolia are an excellent option.

4. Do a craft

Get your hands to work! Making something can bring satisfaction is what you accomplish. It is also a way to make something pretty and not store bought to put inside of your space. Host a craft night or join with friends in some way to make memories as you create.

5. Open the windows

This will bring the fresh air in, and the stale winter air from the heating out. It makes me want to get outside, and I do actually spend more time outside. I also keep the windows open while I sleep, despite the loud roar from a nearby building. However, this road acts as good white noise, and I've actually slept a lot better since having them opened. If you have allergies, this may not be such a good idea, but keeping your blinds completely open to let in as much light as possible is also another option.

6. Spring cleaning

It's what everyone is talking about! Decluttering your closet, organizing your furniture differently, and clearing items off of surfaces are simple ways to make this happen. If you are going hard-core, get your hands dirty by cleaning carpets, washing fabric curtains, wiping down all surfaces, and getting the dust off of everything! I know that I have a bunch of dust collecting on the walls of my dorm as well as the ceiling, and to me, it's the strangest thing. I WILL tackle that before summer comes though!

Something that helps me get into the mood is to put in a load of laundry, and clean while the laundry is out of the room. Since my dorm is so tiny, my dirty clothes take up so much room since they aren't on the hangers. By having more clothes out of my closet and in the wash, in addition to having my sheets, towels, and other fabrics, my room seems so much easier to move around and access new places that were a little hidden before!

7. Layers! In the home and in your wardrobe

Swap out heavy comforters for a multitude of blankets. The weather is going to be changing rapidly, so having a few more blankets to bundle up when needed and throw them all off by the end of the night is a good move. Also add layers to yourself! Start with a tshirt or sleeveless shirt on bottom and add a cardigan and then a coat or a jacket. This will allow you to shed layers as it goes from in the 30s in the morning to possibly the 80s as you are walking to class.

These tips should hopefully inspire you to spruce up your space before spring passes and summer is fully here!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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6 Way To Fight Off Your Annoying Pollen Allergies This Spring Season

It's springtime again! This is an article to help you deal with those awful springtime pollen allergies. When your body just wants to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT that pollen, while you just want to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT all that sneezing, tearing, and high-key dying.

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So, to just start off, I want to have a brief science lesson explaining what allergies really are.

When the body comes into contact with foreign threats, it does its best to protect itself. In this case, during the springtime, the body often mistakes pollen- tree pollen, flower pollen, you name it!- as a foreign invader, trying to harm the body. Therefore, when the body's cells come in contact with these invaders, they send out signals to warn the body of the threat. These signals are known as histamines. When the cell is in danger, they start sending out histamines like a 911 call. Except, in the case of pollen allergies, there is no emergency, and your body is just being a drama queen. However, as a result, the body, who believes the world is ending, starts fighting off the pollen causing the body to try to flush it out, either through coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, or teary or itchy eyes.

1. Stay indoors whenever possible

Pollen throughout the day is at its peak during the day between 5 a.m and 10 a.m. while the trees are trying to send out their pollen to a special lady friend. Pollen is usually released during sunny days as evaporation of moisture helps spread the pollen further. Staying indoors and away from the pollen infested trees could be a great way to stop encountering some pesky pollen. If the pollen count is high for your area and you have to go out, remember to plan accordingly, either by taking medication or wearing a mask.

You can also check the pollen count for your area using this link.

2. Take a shower

Just like how rain stops pollen from spreading, a good shower can wash off the pollen off of you. This can help if you want to wash off any unwanted pollen that might be sticking onto you like in your hair, skin, or clothes. This may help you especially if you want to take a quick shower before you sleep to sleep more comfortably.

3. Stay away from booze

Alcohol contains histamines. Histamines are produced by the fermentation process of yeast or bacteria during the brewing process. As a result, this may aggravate your body even more when pollen is introduced. In addition, some alcohol like wine and beer contain sulfites that can stimulate allergies.

4. Drink more water

Like when you get sick, mucus is produced to catch, trap, or excrete harmful pathogens. And, sometimes one gets such a stuffy nose because of this! In order to decrease the mucus viscosity and allow for easier breathing, drink lots of water. In addition, because of the constant tearing and runny nose, your body loses a lot of fluids, so it is good to stay hydrated to make sure you are replenishing your body's lost liquids. Sounds gross, but helps a lot!

5. Eat these foods

There are some theories that eating your local honey would help incorporate pollen immunity into your body because your body is able to digest this pollen. In addition, kiwis are able to cut down on histamines, and pineapples can apparently reduce inflammation. Although foods are not the end all be all cure, these foods are known to help.

6. Exercise the allergies away

Although exercise is not the end all be all cure for allergies, it can help manage the symptoms when one exercises regularly. In general, exercise helps improve one's immune system. Exercising your lungs and heart can also help maintain the health of your body so that it makes it stay in tip-top shape to fight off those pesky harmless, foreign invaders.

Hope this helps! And, may the odds be in your favor.

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