I’ve been STRUGGLING with disgusting, splotchy patches on my arms, legs, neck, face, EVERYWHERE, etc. since birth. I’m going to list and explain methods that have worked for me. As you all know, I’m broke, so of course they should be in your price range.
Never fear– the present expert is here.
If you’re anything like I am, you’re an overwhelmed, overworked college teen.
If you’re also anything like me, you try your damnedest to get everybody presents, but sometimes you forget due to the above issues.
So I’m going to list people that you may have forgotten to get presents for, and some cheap, easy ideas for you.
This is so simple it’s ridiculous. Simply mix together 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part coffee. So, if you mix 2 cups of coconut oil and 1 cup of coffee, it’ll do the trick!
One of the main thoughts I have during the summer is, “Wow, I’m so bored.” Being stuck in the house most of the summer will do that to you.
I’ve been combating this constant boredom
with a huge list of things I came up with to do around the house. So the next time you’re bored, check out this list! Some are super cliche, but others may take you out of your comfort zone!Continue reading “90 Ways to Beat the Boredom this Summer”
I hate the dark. I hate not seeing my surroundings. These are cute, non-embarrassing ways to always keep the light on.
- A constellation projector
- Glow in the dark wall decals
- Glow in the dark objects
- Good old fashioned night light
- Christmas lights
- Character lamp
- Make Them a DJ Khaled Style Compliment Letter
- Buy Them Their Favorite Drink on your Next Solo Coffee Run
- Write a Note or a Letter Telling Them Why you Appreciate Them I attached this to my boyfriend’s favorite drink from Starbucks (#2 and #3 combined!)
- Ask them if they need anything at the store (it says, “hey I’m thinking about you)
- Make them a handwritten thank you note I use my “J” stationery
- Just say it
- A hug
- Call them especially if they’re older or far away
- Visit them Bonus points if you come bearing gifts
- Made a handmade card or a secret message puzzle
There are a million ways to show someone that you appreciate them and are thinking about them, but these 10 are my favorite.
I appreciate you! (Look at me using #6.)
Uh-oh, it’s that time of the year again, and you feel like you’ve done everything before. Well guess what. You haven’t.
- Basic clothing items from Forever 21 Men. XXI’s men’s line has cheap, fashionable basics for your man’s closet.
Classic V-Neck Tees are $3.90, Classic Cotton Tanks are $3.90, etc.
- Printed photos of you framed. If you join Snapfish.com you will get 100 free prints, and then you can go to the dollar store and purchase picture frames! You’ll end up spending probably $5.
- Tech gear. Phone case, cute earbuds, new charger. Think about what you would want somebody to get you. For me it’s a long charger that actually works. I suggest all of the above and put it in a set.
- Gift cards. Where does he always eat? I suggest $5-$10 on a couple of fast food joints.
- Something new for his lifelong hobby. I would get my boyfriend a new basketball or a cool puzzle. This one is left up to interpretation because, while I’m great, I don’t know each and every one of your boyfriends. What does he like to do, and do often?
- Religious things. My boyfriend is Christian
, so I would get him a pretty cross to hang in his room!
- A clothing item he’s always wanted. My boyfriend loves Vineyard Vines, but he only has a few things from it. I would get him a couple of their iconic t-shirts!
- A new video game he wants. The latest 2k or Call of Duty should do fine.
Have fun and don’t go broke!
Disclaimer: None of these pictures are mine!
I don’t know if you all have heard of the phenomenon of the “Growth Mindset” by Carol Dweck, but it’s basically a how-to in changing your words and mentality to become more successful in life. I plan to use this “Growth Mindset” approach in my tutoring and self-criticism.
Before you decide this is a crunchy-hippie-doesn’t-actually-work-thing, check out the actual research done in order to prove it works:
- Here’s one of the academic journals: A social-cognitive approach to motivation and personality.
- A recently published book by her on the topic: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success )
The opposite of the growth mindset is the fixed mindset which believes you are born with a certain amount of smartness. People with the fixed mindset are less likely to take challenges and runs away in the face of effort. Here’s a comparison chart:
I’m going to cut to the chase with my own ideas of how to implement this genius technique into your lives:
When you are Self-Criticizing (especially in school work):
- Do not think that just because you are struggling in classes and have to work harder than others that makes you generally stupid or less intelligent than anybody else.
- Believe you can succeed! Do not just give up.
- Failure is okay- just make sure you stand up after you fall.
- It is totally okay to get help, and that does not make you less intelligent. If anything, it makes you more intelligent than sitting around not understanding something.
Fun thing to do: Make a reminder poster with how to change your thoughts!
When you are Tutoring or Teaching:
- Rephrase what you want to say, for example, instead of saying “You made a mistake” try saying “You haven’t grasped this concept yet. Let me explain this another way.” Because this lets the student know that they aren’t a failure- they made a mistake, but it’s not as final as they believe it to be- they just don’t understand YET, rather than not at all.
Some more examples are:
- Instead of, “You are so smart!” say, “You are working very hard- I can tell!” It inspires the student to keep doing well instead of excepting that they have reached their goal and can stop now.
- Instead of saying, “You always get good grades; that makes me happy.” Say, “When you put forth effort, your grades show it! You should be proud of yourself for working hard. I am proud of you!” The first phrase makes the student think that it’s just the grade itself that makes you happy, while the second phrase makes the student think that you appreciate their hard work and that’s what makes you happy, inspiring them to keep working hard.
- Instead of telling a student, “Yes, you got the answer correct, you are just so smart.” Say, “Wow, it looks like you have been studying! Good job!” This lets them know that they study for a reason, and they will be rewarded for it.
As a reminder to everyone, make a bulletin in your work-space or classroom! The chart below has some good examples to use.
Also, when you hear your students talking negatively about themselves, help them turn their mindset around!:
- Compliment their hard work, not their intelligence. (“Wow, this poster looks great! I bet you worked super hard on it!”) So that if somebody doesn’t like it, they do not correlate that with them being stupid.
- Don not name call, degrade, or attack the person because you do not like them or because you are mad at them.
- Instead of saying, “You made a mistake right here,” Try saying, “Hey, I think you overlooked this area- it is supposed to be __ in stead of ___.” This lets the person know that you are not trying to insult them, but rather show them the right way.
You can use the same basis of the tutoring or teaching style section, since they have the same goal.
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Today I am going to show you one way I get beautiful curls.
First, take a shower.
Secondly, when your hair is still damp, finger-comb As I Am “Curling Jelly” (or another curling product) into your hair:
The fourth step is to sleep with them in overnight.
~You will wake up with loose, voluminous curls like mine!~
Today I am sharing the Valentines I made this year for my family.
I printed (free) prints from We Lived Happily Ever After and customized them with my own personal message.
It’s sweet & simple.