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Deanna Simmons

Spooky decor for your dorm

Terrifying spooks, scary skeletons, and gigantic pumpkins, oh my! It’s the season where everything at Walmart is spooky themed, and costumes are starting to run out. If you’re like me, you try to decorate when Halloween comes around every year. One year, I remember putting caution tape and spider webs all over my dorm room door. It was definitely a fun experience. However, maybe you don’t have an available door to decorate, or you live in an apartment like I do. If so, I not only have the perfect solutions for Halloween dorm decor, but also have decoration options...

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Pumpkin spice up your life with these easy DIY’s

We all know the traditional fall drink. Starbucks suddenly feels a little more crowded, and it’s like people suddenly rose from the ground at the mention of its name. Every store that sells coffee probably has some sort of variation of it, and you already know what I’m talking about. You guessed it – it’s the pumpkin spice latte. I’m about to show you the best way to get that same pumpkin spice experience without having to pay too much money out of your own pocket, and you might just gain some friends from sharing these tasty treats. The...

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Learn how to customize your dorm

So you’re starting a brand new school year, and it’s a little scary and new. I remember planning for months when I got my acceptance and freaking out the night before that maybe I didn’t have everything packed. Even if you don’t have it all together, there are some easy ways to come up with dorm organization and décor. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Mouse pads are practical, but can also serve as a cute statement piece in your dorm room. This method is so cute and simple that you might want to make one for your roommate too...

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End of the year cleaning

Clutter is probably the worst part about cleaning up a tiny space, especially when that space is as tiny as a dorm room. If you’re in a hurry, your clothes might end up in a pile on your desk chair, and your books might be scattered. Luckily, there are some tricks to clean your space easily and efficiently. When cleaning your closet, you’ll want to make sure that you get rid of the things that you never wear. If you have something in the same color, pick the one you like the best. At places like Plato’s Closet, you...

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Nebula in a jar is a great stress reliever

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, it’s crunch time, and with finals coming up, stress is imminent. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to relieve stress that aren’t going to cost you a fortune. D.I.Y nebula in a Jar, or a “calm down jar,” is an easy and popular craft that you might have seen on Tumblr or Pinterest. You’ll need a jar, some glitter, water, cotton balls and paint. For a nebula in a jar, you might want to go with silver, blue and light purple glitter. However, you can choose whichever kind you’d like if...

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Summer Decor

Summer decorations can sometimes seem blase and over-used. This summer, leave behind the expected and use these easy and affordable D.I.Y. room decorations to keep the spirit of summer with you whether you’re at the beach or studying in your dorm. The first cool piece you can do is a phases of the moon wall hanging. Start with some white clay and rub it in your hands to get it moldable. You can buy clay at Walmart, and it’s usually pretty cheap. Next you can mold in black clay along with the white to give it the look you...

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Revamp your old school supplies

Sometimes, trying to find something that really fits your style can be tough. This is especially true when it comes to school supplies. The generic primary colors sometimes don’t match a theme you’re going for, and most designed products are made for children. If you’ve wanted to come up with something that fits your style to make your studying a little more fun, here are some tips and tricks to make things brighter. For this first one, you’ll need a binder and a printer. Minimalist designs work best for this, but you can pick whatever you’d like. Type out...

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Cheap April Fool’s pranks that won’t break your bank or your friendships

April Fool’s Day is known for good-spirited jokes and pranks between friends, family members and even colleagues. However, sometimes good-spirited can turn into cold-hearted, and a prank’s friendly nature can easily backfire. So here are some harmless April Fool’s Day pranks that won’t break the bank or leave you without friends. The “Dripping Cup” prank should be  familiar to seasoned pranksters, but there are some who may not know about its simplistic brilliance. Take a pin and poke a few holes in a plastic cup. The victim of the prank will have a hard time figuring out why the...

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Kick off your summer festival schedule with Miami Music Week

From March 21 to 26, Miami kicks off its summer of music festivals with Miami Music Week with events all over the city. Many artists will be in attendance, ranging from well-known artists like Steve Aoki to local and lesser-known artists like Miami DJ Carlos Frasser. There will be a number of featured events throughout the week like the Axtone Miami Pool party on March 22 and the Stereo Yacht party, and the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park on March 23 and 24 respectively. On March 21, the week kicks off with different events at various nightclubs across...

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DIY ‘mocktails’ add alcohol free fun

Mocktails have become a new party trend for people who appreciate unique flavors and want to avoid the next-morning penalties that come from a night of drinking. Try this new trend with the recipes below. The first mocktail is the Dark Invader. Just like the name, it’s a dark purple drink that sounds a lot like Darth Vader. Gather eleven blackberries, one and a half ounces of pineapple juice, one half ounce of vanilla syrup and ice. Then, combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small saucepan and bring it over medium heat until...

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