Winter skin is the WORST – Here’s what you can do to help it

It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean the time of year when you have to keep your ice scraper handy in your car, or when you have to worry about trudging through snow (or the mud it leaves behind when it melts) across campus. No, I’m talking about the annual recurrence of dry winter skin. Having dry skin, especially when you have papers to write and need to spend time at the keyboard, is no fun. But here are some DIY recipes to fight winter skin.

How do you avoid dry winter skin? (Credit: California Life)

How do you avoid dry winter skin? (Credit: California Life)

Whether you need a DIY moisturizer for your hands and face or a little lip balm to keep you from getting chapped, check out these tips and see what will work for you! Read more

8 ways on how to be the perfect Valentine

It’s time to show your special valentine how much you care about them! But do you know how you’re going to celebrate?

Here are some ideas for how to go about your special day: Read more

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for college students

Dating back to the 5th century, Valentine’s Day is devoted to romance and the giving of sweets, cards and flowers. Whether it’s your sweetheart, a friend or a parent, there are plenty of homemade gift ideas that college students can create on a budget.

Valentine's Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Valentine’s Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Even a romantic dinner is possible. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to get you started. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. 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

How college students can get free stuff

They say the best things in life are free. I wonder if that’s because it’s good stuff or if it’s just because it’s free? As college students, you should know how to get free stuff online and anywhere else that you can. Student free stuff is everywhere. The hunt for freebies not only pays off, it’s fun, too.

Who doesn't love free stuff? (Credit:

Who doesn’t love free stuff? (Credit:

There are entire web services like Freecycle that are set up to help people share their free stuff. By the way, did you know you can get free stuff for your birthday? Let’s see what other treasures we can find. Read more

Have yourself a DIY Halloween

It’s time once again for you to gear up for Halloween. While one night might have sufficed when you were a kid, college gives you the opportunity to keep the All Hallow’s Eve jam going on for much longer. A little DIY can go a long way when it comes to your college student budget.

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

So whether you lean toward the macabre or the cuter end of the scare spectrum (I personally prefer cute kittens in pumpkins and such), read on for easy to make Halloween decoration ideas and homemade costumes that will maximize your spooky fun. 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:

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

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

Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more