Posts

3 DIY dorm projects to stop clutter before it starts

It’s almost move in day! One of the things that I hated having to do when I was in college was clean my room. It is so easy to let clutter get out of control when you’re worried about classes, papers, and whatever social crisis is happening in your circle of friends. (In my social group, there was always at least one happening!)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

If you have a plan for how to organize your dorm room when you move in, you won’t have to reduce clutter as frequently throughout your semester. Check out these DIY dorm projects to help you stay organized before your clutter has a chance to build! Read more

DIY energy foods for those who don’t like coffee

Ever wonder why you seem to hit an afternoon slump between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. every day? Do you wish that were some good alternatives to coffee that would help you power through, maybe some good for you snacks or some DIY energy foods that could keep you going strong?

Check out these tasty energy foods. (Credit: Popsugar)

Check out these tasty energy foods. (Credit: Popsugar)

I’ve got the details on why you start dragging mid-afternoon and some yummy treats that can help you fight back. Read more

DIY one pot meals to prevent that Freshman 15

College students get a bad rap for eating food that is unhealthy and bad for them. But you can fight that stereotype by creating some good-for-you, one pot meals.

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Having a healthy diet is something that will only help you succeed in college. Read more

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

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. A few years ago, I got into making homemade ice cream so I could choose my own ingredients and tweak the flavors the way I wanted them. While I’ve done several projects straight from the book (or Internet), I’ve also adapted a number of recipes to do my DIY ice cream the way I want it!

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

If you’re hosting any upcoming gatherings and have a need to show your college friends that you’ve got a knack when it comes to this summer sweet treat, check out some homemade ice cream recipes, tips for finding vegan ice cream recipes, or just some quick ways to take packaged ice cream and make it look (& taste) fancy! Read more

On a budget? DIY gift ideas for this Father’s Day

Dear old dad … it’s time again to celebrate all he does for you. With Father’s Day around the corner you may be stumped for some good gift ideas.

What Father's Day gift ideas do you recommend? (Credit: Mr Printables)

What Father’s Day gift ideas do you recommend? (Credit: Mr Printables)

Why not go the DIY route with some homemade gifts that will keep you on a budget, words I know college students love to hear. Read more

Ideas on how to spice up your sneakers on campus this spring

Spring is just around the corner and soon you’ll be thinking about spring outfit ideas. One of the must haves is bound to be sneakers. They’re comfortable and affordable and can go just about anywhere.

They come in all kinds of colors but even so, you can save money by coming up with your own fashion ideas to make your sneakers stand out. Here are some cool DIY ideas for warm weather footwear. Read more

Looking for a little R&R this Spring Break?

The whole point of Spring Break is to enjoy a time of rest and relaxation. But almost since the idea of Spring Break began, college students have been seeking out fun ideas to make the most of their week away from classes.

Take some time to explore during spring break this year.

Take some time to explore during spring break this year.

No matter what your budget, read on for my best suggestions for creating a week to remember. Read more

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

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