Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies, but it can be expensive. Yesterday I was trying to dream up what I could make without buying any extra materials, and the dreamcatcher hanging above my bed caught my eye. I looked at it closely and decided that it couldn’t be too hard to make, and I already had all of the materials on hand, except for the dreamcatcher’s outer ring. But after just a little brainstorming I decided that I could make that, too! After gathering up some twigs from outside I embarked on some experimental crafting, and much to my surprise not only did the dreamcatcher turn out, but it is pretty awesome! Or maybe I’m just biased. Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwe Native American tribe where mothers used to weave them for the children to filter away bad dreams. I’ve been having bad dreams for years, and while I know that dreamcatchers are more symbolic than anything, I really like the idea of having them. I already have a smaller one hanging above my bed that my mom got me for Christmas, but now I have this one to hang on my wall. Though I really don’t need anymore. This was such a… View Post

Going into my freshman year of college I read countless buzzfeed lists telling me everything that I could ever need to know about college (not). I was told if I wanted to make friends then I had to rush a sorority, that if I wanted to fit in I had to drink, and if I started a long distance relationship with my boyfriend that I would regret it. (Spoiler alert: all were false.) I didn’t rush and I have made great friends (many of them who are in sororities and love it, but it just wasn’t for me), I don’t drink and no one has cared about that and even if they did then they’re obviously not worth my time, and I am still with my lovely boyfriend and as hard as the long distance relationship has been I don’t regret a single day of it.     Last summer when that awkward, “So…what are we going to do about this whole being 6 hours apart thing…?” conversation came up I had already thought a lot about it. My philosophy on the ordeal was we might as well try the long distance relationship – the worst that happens is that it didn’t work out. But luckily, it… View Post

Coconut oil is currently a huge staple among people everywhere. While it has countless health benefits, I want to tell you about how you can use coconut oil in your everyday lives outside of cooking. I have been using coconut oil for well over two years now and I only have good things to say about this super-product. Coconut oil is relatively cheap, I buy mine at my local grocery store for around nine or ten dollars and it lasts for months. I know that some grocery stores don’t carry coconut oil, so if you can’t find it at your local store you can find coconut oil on Amazon (and it’s cheaper per ounce compared to mine!) Like I said, there are a million different ways you can use coconut oil – from putting it in your morning coffee to lubricating a door hinge – but I want to talk to you about some of the beauty benefits you can get from coconut oil Coconut Oil as an All Over Moisturizer In the winter my skin gets bone dry an no amount of moisturizer was ever able to help until I started using coconut oil. Now after I shower I will slather a thin layer of coconut oil all over, then top that… View Post

I love taking something simple and making it better. Maybe that’s why I’ve been drawn to crocheting and crafting since I was a little kid. The idea of making something out of essentially nothing is so exciting to me, but I also love transforming things that I already own. Recently I attended a program in my dorm where we used sharpies to tie-dye T-shirts, it was super easy and the finished shirt turned out incredible! Unfortunately, I got there a little late and the remaining shirts were all much to large on me. Now I could have kept it as is and slept in it, but I thought it far too pretty to be used only at night! So instead I fashioned this really cute DIY tanktop. With a few strategic snips here and there I fashioned the men’s V-neck into a super cute swimsuit cover up to wear on the river or to the pool. It was super easy and took no time at all, and I was even left with a bunch of leftover fabric to use for other projects! This post is going to be awfully picture heavy, because it is far easier to show you how… View Post

A few weeks ago I saw some pretty intriguing pins circulating pinterest – before and after pictures of yellow to white teeth, with a picture in the middle that looked like somebody went face first into a pile of dirt. That in itself charmed me into clicking and seeing what it was all about. It told me all about the process of charcoal teeth whitening. What I read was that by opening these tiny capsules and rubbing the jet black powder around on your teeth and letting it sit a while, you’d end up with dazzling white teeth on your very first use. There were even amazing before and after pictures for proof! And perhaps it’s just the cynic in me, but I was a little bit skeptical. The first thing I noticed was that the tone of the skin were drastically different, in the before picture the skin tone was warm, nearly yellow, but in the after picture the skin was light and cool toned. Now this could be an honest mistake resulting from a simple difference in lighting, in fact you’ll even see that in my pictures the lighting is a little off, as well. But the difference… View Post