Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Home Away From Home

Last year I was so excited about decorating my room for school that I went a little color happy.  I loved the way I decorated it, but by the time winter rolled around the pop of coral and navy were a bit too much for me.  I decided this year I wanted to have a room that was neutral and friendly to all of the seasons, but I also didn't want to bust my wallet either.  I spent a lot of my time this summer collecting and purchasing things here and there at the best deals I could find in order to redo my room.  I spent under $120 for this project total.  Some tips I have for you are to:
(1.)  Be resourceful!  Look around your house or visit garage sales.  You would be surprised at what you might find.  My night stand was my father's and he was no longer using it, so my mom and I white washed it one afternoon and BAM a whole new table!  The chair and blanket were items just sitting around my house unused and the lamp is a family heirloom . 
(2.)  My second tip is to shop bargains.  Just because it isn't name brand doesn't mean it isn't fabulous.  My pillow shams, rug, and accent pillows are all from Old Time Pottery and I believe I spent a total of $45.  
(3.)  White walls can be a little overwhelming to decorate but there are a few tricks to spruce them up without overdoing it.  I lined the wall where my desk is with a roll of vintage looking wrapping paper for a fun and fabulous touch.  I used neutral colors like grey and silver, careful not to over do it.  I measured the pieces and then stuck them to the wall with double sided tape. Another decoration I hung was a simple banner that was left over from a friend of mine's wedding.  Although it is not much, the fun patterns and shapes add a cozy touch to my shabby chic abode.
(4.) Lastly a duvet cover goes a long way.  This grey beauty cost me only $29.99 at Target and it did a lovely job at covering the coral and white polka dot bed spread I had last year.  Duvets are a cheap and easy way to update and bedding.
Mollie Anna

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sale Sunday

Sale Sunday

Freshman Year

I can't believe the summer has already come and gone!  It feels like just yesterday I was packing up for my first year of college.  I learned so many things my first year I wish I had known, so I thought I would share them with you, told by some of my favorite characters.   

Don’t be a hermit in your classes.  Get out of your comfort zone and make friends.  Forming study groups is a wise choice.  Alliances allow you to combine mind power to succeed  even when you feel like there is literally no way to continue on, also study friends give you the support to keep going.  Lets face it life happens and we can’t always make it to class, and it’s comforting to know you have people that have your back to take notes, or even record the lecture.

Not everyone parties.  Seriously.  If you want to thats completely fine, but don’t feel pressured into being someone you’re not.  I promise you there are cool people that aren’t out every thirsty Thursday “turning up”.
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It’s okay to not do something every single weekend.  Yes those college memories are special but there is this thing called your mental health and the best treatment is a big nap and some Netflix

The very first day of classes is crucial.  Pick a seat wisely because college students are strangely territorial.  The seat you choose could possible be yours for the next 4 months.  

The freshman 15 is a real thing.  Exercising is not only a great way to relieve stress from school, it also allows you to enjoy the unlimited ice cream in the cafeteria guilt free. 

Do not dismiss something just because it has a stereotype or you think you might not be good enough for it.  You might end up surprising yourself with new talents and great friends.

Don’t be afraid to talk to random people.  College is all about meeting new people, so be bold and introduce yourself.  Sometimes friendships stick and sometimes they don’t, so don’t be upset if the cute guy with the tattoos doesn’t become your best friend after one conversation... or even remembers your name.

Check the syllabus before the first day of class.  Professors aren’t apposed to changing class details, even the night before.  So check your syllabus or you might end up alone in a classroom like I was on the first day not knowing that the class had been moved to a different room.

Mom is only a phone call away

Freshman year will go by quickly so remember to make the most of it.  Be yourself, make memories, and play a prank on your roommates now and then.  

Welcome to college!

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