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Deanna Simmons

DIY: Stress Relief

With finals coming up, it’s becoming more obvious that things are getting stressful. There’s projects, presentations and exams, so there’s bound to be moments of stress. These simple tips will help you get through finals week and any other stressful events in your life. The first is an Orbeez Stress ball. This is really a lot of fun and a great craft to do if you’re really needing a stress ball and are a bit low on time. For this you’ll need Orbeez, a transparent balloon, water, and a bottle. First, fill the bottle up with Orbeez. Take the...

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DIY: Terrariums

Part of having a healthy lifestyle and living well is taking care of yourself. While diets, exercise and different things like that can help, I’ve also found that having plants around your home helps you relax. It’s something to create and take care of, and it’s extremely calming to take care of them. Terrariums are a new trend that have come up and this week I’m going to teach you how to make a great terrarium. The first thing you need is some potting soil and some moss. You can also go ahead and buy some “air plants”, also...

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DIY Mugs

If you’re like me, then there’s probably an extensive amount of mugs in your cabinet. One turns into ten and at that point there’s definitely not enough room in the cabinet. While they’re a great gift to give, sometimes you can build your collections of mugs to the point where you don’t use them a lot and they just collect dust. Here are some uses for mugs to fix some of those issues that you might have. The first easy step to using your mugs is making an herb garden. It’s a really easy way to come up with...

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Spring into good food and decorations

Spring is upon us and as the cold finally comes to a close, it’s time to bring out the spring decorations. Goodbye weeks of chilly weather and hello sunshine! With the season of spring, there’s a few wonderful things you can do and make. The first thing that you can make is a flower basket. It can hang on the wall, sit on your table, or be a gift to a family member or significant other. What you’ll need is a basket, fresh cut flowers, and twine. The best to get are daisies and light-colored roses, especially for the...

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Picnicking made easy

Spring has sprung and the cold weather is coming to a close. What better time than now to start planning your picnics? Those days that aren’t too hot or cold but are just right are the perfect days to have lunch with a group of friends on the lawn. Picnics always require food packed and a blanket, but I’m going to give you some recipes to make it a bit easier to pack exactly what you will need for a satisfying picnic. The first recipe to make your picnic a success are BLT sliders. For this you’ll need a...

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DIY: Vegan alternatives to favorite recipes

Being vegan doesn’t have to mean that you have to miss out on old favorites. In my own journey of eating cleaner and trying out some vegan options, I’ve found some really great recipes for some classic foods that all just so happen to be vegan. The first recipe that I’m going to share with you is the best recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies. What you’ll need is one-half cup of solid coconut oil, one and one-fourth cups of packed light brown sugar, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, one-fourth cup of coconut milk, one-fourth cup of unsweetened applesauce,...

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Taking care of yourself or a friend during stressful moments

School can be stressful and sometimes you need a moment to get away. For those days, I have some things that are useful to make your day a bit better. Self care is the most important thing when it comes to your health. The first thing you can make is a self care kit. What you’ll need are wax melts, chocolate or candy, sweet smelling soap, coffee or tea, and anything you might find that’s really creative and easy to use to destress. Whether you’re making it for yourself or for a friend, you can wrap it up and...

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Language of Flowers: what does your bouquet say?

When you buy a bouquet, you don’t think that there are actual meanings to the flowers that you’re picking out. The Victorian era was the beginning of what was called “floriography,” when messages used to be dictated to people by the flowers they might be wearing on their lapel. Even today, flowers have a huge significance to weddings and many special events. If you want to confess your feelings to someone, buying flowers is the way to do it. You can also figure out if your sweetheart may have feelings for you by what flowers they buy for you....

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DIY: Valentine’s Meals for you and your special someone

Valentine’s Day is meant to be enjoyed with your significant other and taking the time to show them you love them, thus  treating them to something special. What better way to do that than to make special meals that all revolve around the day? Sure, it might be a little cheesy. There should be an exception made on Valentine’s Day, however.. I have four recipes for you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. You may just learn some new techniques, too! The first recipe is Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls. For this, you’ll need one thirteen-ounce refrigerated Grands Cinnamon Roll pack...

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DIYs for National Pizza and Bagel Day

It’s National Pizza and Bagel Days, so what better ways to celebrate a tasty holiday than to have some tasty treats? Pizza and bagels are probably the tastiest and quickest meals to have on campus, and you can even take it with you if you don’t want to buy one on campus. The first recipe is for 15 minute bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast pizza bagels. For this, you’ll need 3 plain bagels that have been sliced, six large beaten eggs, one-eighth teaspoon of garlic powder, salt and pepper, ten fully cooked bacon slices that have been crumbled, one...

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