3 best DIY projects for your alma mater shirts

If you just graduated high school or college, you may be realizing just how many school shirts you have. Chances are, if you’re headed to college, you don’t want to wear the old high school shirts; ditto if you’re headed to a world of dress-casual employment from college. What to do with all those old ts?

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

My drawers get a little loaded now and then with the shirts I’ve acquired, and anything that’s in good shape and doesn’t have a special nostalgia goes out the door to a local Goodwill or shelter. But for those shirts that do have a special place in my heart, I need something to do with them that doesn’t cover up what makes them special. Read more

College graduation nightmares: “Enjoy the trip, we won’t see you next fall!”

Dear J,

I graduate in 5 days and I have a feeling that I am going to fall on my face when I walk across the stage! Is this normal? What are the chances of that even happening?!

Sincerely,

Lexi B

Dear Lexi,

Not to worry, you have a better chance of catching a tomato with your face while you’re on that stage! Read more

How to deal with bad Christmas gifts

Think you’ve gotten some bad Christmas gifts? Well, not all packages that Santa brings can be winners. I speak from experience having once received a gift of spray counter cleaner. (Was it a comment on my cleaning ability?)

Don't get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

Don’t get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

But if you have been the recipient of some unwanted gifts, you will need to be up on your returns and exchanges life hacks, as well as some other tips for turning those duds into diamonds. Read more

College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

Top 10 worst gifts you could possibly get someone this holiday season

As crazy as it seems, it’s about that time of year to start deciding on gifts for your friends and family – seriously, where has this year gone?!

A great example on gifts to not give. (Credit: eonline.com)

A great example on gifts to not give. (Credit: eonline.com)

It’s quite important to select gifts that truly reflect the personalities of those nearest and dearest to you. Especially if you ever want a nice, thoughtful gift again! Read more

DIY ideas to make your own backpack, bag or tote

If you’re not intimidated by a needle and thread there are lots of great DIY ideas that you can do. For example you can make your own DIY backpack, bag or tote. I found all kinds of sewing ideas online including patterns for how to make a drawstring bag.

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

Use your creativity and make a DIY backpack. (Credit: LaudDIY.com)

It looks so easy I bet even I can do it. You don’t have to look like everyone else as you stroll around campus this year. Let’s take a look at some DIY ideas for yourself or to create gifts for friends. Read more

New Apple products: What college students should know

The release of the new Steve Jobs movie is imminent, and it has me wondering what the late founder of Apple would say about the new Apple products that have come out since his death four years ago. Tech news sites are abuzz about the new iPhone release and the latest software update for the Apple Watch OS2.

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

But this is Apple, so you know more is going on. Rumors abound about the company’s work on an Apple car. Do you think it is true? And would you want one? Here is the latest on what college students should know about the new products and Apple rumors. Read more

6 tips to prepare for your college graduation ceremony

I joined many college students in looking forward to my college graduation ceremony. Much of the pomp and circumstance, the cap, tassel and gown, are age-old traditions. For one, commencement (which means “to begin”) is traditionally the end of your academic life and the beginning of your career life.

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Are you looking forward to your college graduation? (Credit: iStock photo)

Here are some practical lifehack tips and etiquette for participating in and enjoying your graduation ceremony. Read more

Do-it-yourself gift ideas to fit your budget

Let’s face it; you’ve got a lot going on and not a lot of money coming in to pay for it all, right? Weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, Mother’s/Father’s Day, it’s all going to be coming up in the next 3 months and you’re going to need to plan ahead and set a budget to make the most of it and show your loved ones that you care.

Give a great gift without breaking the bank. (Credit: Suzy Ogé)

Give a great gift without breaking the bank. (Credit: Suzy Ogé)

Here are some do-it-yourself gift ideas that will be sure to fit your budget! Read more

How to make a memory book for college students

Life goes by fast and it’s always nice to be able to look back at memories of the good times. You can do that with photos, souvenirs and other collectables from your trips and adventures with friends. Making memories last is fun when you get creative. The memory book is only the first step.

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

Think about a memory quilt, a memory scarf or a memory box where you can place all sorts of mementos and handmade items. Let’s look at some ideas on how to create your own lasting memories. Read more