How to Make your New Years Resolution Come True

The year is quickly coming to an end and I know we are all thinking about our New Years resolution. This is a hard decision in a way because we want to set goals that we can realistically reach. So we look back on what we did this year and see if we achieved the new years resolution we set last year. If you are like me your answer is yes and no. I always set more than one goal. So if I achieve one of my goals in the beginning of the year I have something else to work towards the rest of the year.

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So when setting my goals they are not something I think of in 20 minutes and decide that is what I am going to do. My resolutions have to meet a few specifications such as…

  1. Is it realistic?
    Is there an actual possibility that I could achieve this goal in 365 days while also living a life.
  2. In 5 years with this goal have made a difference in my life?
    If I lose 20 pounds this year but in 5 years have gained one hundred then that 20 pound weight loss doesn’t really matter. But if I transition my eating and activity habits to incorporate more healthy decisions then continuing those habits in 5 years will make a difference.
  3. How will it effect others?
    Losing 20 pounds benefits yourself but having a healthier eating habit may encourage others around you to eat healthy as well.
  4. How important is it to me?
    Personally I am more motivated to achieve a goal if it is important to me. Don’t make your new years resolutions about pleasing others or trying to become someone your not.

Once I have created my list I then go back and check it several times. After I know everything on my list is 100% staying on my list then I add in details. Details are important because then you know in six months what you were talking about when you said get healthy. Ok I ate a salad today thats healthy so check it off the list. NO! Add details in, set a set when you want to have it completed by, where your going to do it, with who, and why.

Example: In the year 2017 I, Marissa, want to live a healthier life style. I want to incorporate my boyfriend and encourage him to be healthy as well. I want to eat healthy meals and get involved in more physical activity. I will learn one new healthy recipe a week and expand my meal prep options. I will also participate in seven hours of physical activity a week. I understand it may take time to fit this into my schedule so I will give myself till April 1st to work up to seven hours of physical activity a week.

When thinking of your new years resolutions don’t set yourself up to fail. Truly take an hour to sit down and think about your goals and objectives for 2017. Then write it out, type it up, and get creative. Just document your goals and dead lines in a way to motivate yourself to achieve your new years resolutions. Another thing you could do it encourage other to hold you accountable. Tell them to nag you about thing you want to change or goals you want to achieve.

I hope all of this helps you and gets you thinking in more detail about your goals for the new year. Leave a comment below of something you want to achieve for 2017 so others can get ideas and get inspired. One of my goals is to build a better blog and become a better blogger. Also to do some pretty awesome and unique DIYs on 2017.

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Calling all Humans

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are having a lively December. As you all know there has been a buzz going on about me starting my own blog. Yes its true,So I have decided to take my blog to the next level. So today I want to recruit all people to join me in a conversation.

Call to Action!

As you all know (or may not know) I blog because of you. I blog to share creative ideas as well as my life experiences because I know that there are many other people going though the same thing I am. One of my favorite parts about blogging is seeing the comments I receive from all of you. It helps me to know that there is an ear listening to what I have to say.

Today I am asking you to leave a comment telling me what you want to see on my blog.

It can be any thing a DIY, something about me, more pictures, videos, less of something, more consistency. Also tell me how many DIY posts a week you would want to see and if you would like it if I would categorize it. For example do a decor post one day, then clothing, then recipe, then something else? I want to hear from you so please share all of your thoughts. If you don’t want everyone to see what you have to say then feel free to DM me on Instagram, or email me. Also I will try my best to respond to every comment and message as well as apply some of your demands to my new blog.

Incase you were wondering my blog is now located  here . The official launch will be January 1st But I may have some bonus content up before then. I hope all of you will visit me at my new blog and if you do leave a comment telling me your continuing the journey with me.

I have Exciting News

I have decided that I don’t want to be just another fish in the sea, I want to make waves. I have never settled at an average life and now that I am graduating college that is exactly what I am afraid of becoming. So in order to prevent that from happening I have decided I want to take ACTION.

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I want 2017 to be the best year of my life yet and in order for that to happen I don’t want to sit back and wait for opportunities to approach me. So I have decided to further pursue my ‘career’ in blogging my starting my own blog. Yes that is correct.

Im starting my own blog!

I have decided to launch my own website which will host my blog and be an upgraded and even better version of my blog today. In January 2017 I will have my blog on the internet to share with all of you. I know it is going to take a lot of work and dedication but I truly love blogging and want to continue as I take the next big step in my life after college.

In a little over three months I will have been blogging for a year and I want to continue for many more year. Blogging means a lot to me, while it is a lot of work on the back end it is totally worth it. Blogging inspires me to research and learn. It give me a creative outlet to share all my thought with other like minded people like myself. All of you motivate me to try new things in life and being able to share them with all of you makes it even better.

I have a lot of plans for my new blog and I hope all of you will continue with me on this lovely journey called life. I try appreciate each and every one of you. Reading your comments and seeing your support makes me so happy.

One of my main new years resolutions to create so much more content not only on my blog but also on my social media accounts as well.

So I would love all of your support and love it if you could comment something you want to see on my blog.

Life Update

2016

When I was a kid my mom always told me that the older I get the faster time will fly. Well she is completely correct. 2016 is almost over and it has went so fast. I have been reflecting back on this year and it is hard to believe how much has changed in my life. This year was full of mile stones and while so much has happened this year I know next year will be just as exciting if not more.

I started out the year by turning 21. My birthday is January 10th so my birthday is what I get to look forward to after new years. I celebrated with my boyfriend. He planned the whole day with fun activities. We went to sky max, then later that night we went out for dinner and drinks.

Then in March I started my blog and I can honestly say it was a great idea. I haven’t been creating as much content as I would have liked but I decided I needed to do more research about blogging so I can make it better for you guys. I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone for supporting me and it truly means a lot to know that my hard work is helping others. You are truly the reason I blog and I have been working hard behind the scenes to make my blog better for you. So now that I am at a good point in my research I have a very exciting announcement to make about my blog that will be coming in the next couple weeks. If you enjoy my blog and want to continue on this wonderful journey with me keep an eye out for my exciting announcement.

In May my spring semester of my junior year came to an end and I celebrated by taking a week long trip to New York City. It was a good trip but I was happy to be home and back in the swing of things after a week.

I then spent my summer ‘break’ by getting ahead in school and taking classes, working at the pool, and working on my blog. I ended summer by taking another vacation. I went on a cruise to the Caribbean. It was the best vacation I have ever taken. Not only was the destination amazing but the people I went with made the trip even better. There was a group of ten of us who went and it was a blast the entire week.

Sadly the vacation came to an end all to quickly and school started once again in August, but this time I was excited to start the semester. This is my last semester in school and I will be graduating December 17th with my Bachelors of Science and Technology degree. My major is Organizational Supervision and while I was in a tough situation when I chose this degree I am glad I pursued it. Not only was this semester great because it was the last but I took some very interesting classes as well. My two favorite classes this semester were Ceramics: Introduction to throwing and Principals of Social media.

In September I decided to make a major life change and quit my job and start working for my family business. I am now working as their social media marketer when I am not busy with  school and will continue to work their after I graduate.

I also made my first adult purchase in October and bought myself a car. I got a 2016 Nissan Rogue. I was planning on buying a car after graduation but when my other car started to have transmission problems I had to expedite my purchase date.

Now it is December and I am finishing my last week of classes. This semester has went so fast. Graduating college is a bitter sweet moment. I am so excited to graduate but at the same time I am nervous because it means a new chapter of my life is starting. I have so many plans for after graduation that I cannot wait to share with all of you.

4 Steps to Acing Your Interview

Recently I was searching for a new part time job and I quickly realized that I was not prepared. All of the jobs I have worked have been lifeguarding jobs and I wanted to branch out and gain more experience. I was working a lifeguarding job on campus but would no longer be able to work there after I graduate in December. I wanted to find another job off campus to gain more experience and guarantee I have a job after graduation. When I started my job search I thought it would be easy but quickly realized it wasn’t. After countless applications and many interviews I have a new job in marketing and I am excited to see where it takes me.

Throughout my experience I feel that I have become well educated in filling out applications and attending interviews. All of my interviews were one on one but these tips could easily be adjusted and applied to any interview setting. Since my interviews were for part time positions they were more laid back than they would be for a full time position so be prepared to step it up of your interviewing for a full time job.

Step #1 Preparation

Attire

It is important to look the part when going into an interview. Consider the job you are applying for and what you would be wearing on a daily basis to work. Invest in some interview attire that you only wear for interviews until you secure a job. This would ensure that your clothes look neat and clean and not run down. It is better to go into an interview over dressed than under dressed.  People often forget about shoes. Make sure that your shoes are polished and clean.

Research

Take time to look into the company before the interview. Check out their website and reviews of the company on other websites. Make sure you understand their mission statement and the products or services they offer. One thing I do is search the internet for employee reviews. Employees often review the company and their experience working there. Also look for recent news articles on the company. If anything bad has happened in the past it will most likely be covered in the news. Lastly make sure you fully know the job description and what the job entails. If there is something you are unclear of make a note of it so can ask about it during the interview. I will cover more about asking questions later on.

Another thing I do when looking into a company is directly ask employees questions. I applied for a job at target and ended up getting an interview. Before the interview I went to a different target location and ask and employee who was helping me. I asked simple non offensive questions that she was happy to answer. I simply informed her that I was thinking about applying to work there and was wondering what the staff experience was like. I was lucky she was happy to respond honestly but just be cautious as some employee will refuse to answer. I would also not recommend doing this in a small company.

Step #2 Right before the Interview

What to bring

Double check that you have everything you need before leaving for the interview. I always take a copy of my resume and/or the application, a small note pad and pen and a bottle of water. Also make sure that your pen is woking. When I arrive at my interview destination I take a small drink of water to make sure my mouth is not dry before the interview. When taking my resume I make sure that I have several copies of my cover letter, resume, and references. Having several copies would ensure that you have enough to give to everyone in the interview if there is more than one interviewer. Once again better to be over prepared than under.

Arriving

Never be late for an interview. I often map out the location then add 15 minutes for early arrival and add on an additional 20 or 30 minutes of travel time. That way if there is a traffic jam or road closure I have plenty of time to make it to the interview. If nothing occurs during traveling and I arrive very early I park in a parking lot near by and go over my questions I have prepared and make sure I have everything in order one last time. I also review information on the company and job description to make sure it is fresh in my mind. I generally arrive to the interview ten minutes early. This shows that you are time orientated.

Something else to remember is to silence your cell phone. You don’t want it to start to ring or vibrate during an interview. It is also very important to keep it out of sight. If you arrive early to the interview keep it away while you wait. Look around you or at the receptionist. I often learn things that I wouldn’t have from the website.

Introduction

From the moment you walk into the building until you return to your car remember to be polite to every one and keep a smile on your face. People often reveal what they are thinking through facial expressions without realizing it. When walking into an interview be sure to introduce your self and shake hands with your interviewer.

Step #3 During the Interview

These tips are simple but often go unnoticed. Body language during an interview is very important and can be the deciding factor in the hiring process.

Posture

Sit up straight and be confident. Not only will it make you look better but it will show the interviewer that you are professional and interested. Slouching in your chair gives your interviewer the message that you are relaxed but to relaxed and possibly uninterested.

Show Expression

When the interviewer is talking nodding will show the interviewer you are interested and still listening. Also keep in mind your facial expression. Smiling and engaging through body language during the interview is very important.

Hand Gestures

Use hand gestures when speaking but don’t go over board. Also be aware of your surroundings so you do not hit anything.

Collect Information

Not only do you want to ask questions you have about the job and company but also contact information. Remember that note pad you brought into the interview, if you haven’t used it yet you will now. Get the name, phone number and/or email address of the person interviewing you. This may sound strange but keep reading to find out why this is important.

Step#4 After the Interview

The interview does not end until you drive off the lot. After the interview you get in your car and sit there, people may still be watching you from inside. Once you pull out of the parking lot and onto the road your interview is over.

Follow up

Later in the same day as the interview send a thank you email. Email the person or people who interview you. Simply tell them who you are and thank them for taking time out of their day to interview you and then inform them that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon and are also looking forward to hopefully working with the company.

Then if you do not hear back after a week follow up again with another email or a phone call. I personally call and once again thanking them. I feel that a phone call shows initiative and is more personal. It can help the interviewer remember you and then if they answer it forces them to talk to you and most often they will tell you the status of your application or if they decided to go with someone else.

YOU GOT THIS

At the end of the day going into the interview and knowing you did your best is all that matters. If you don’t get the job keep trying.

Not so Secret ways to Save Money

As a college student I have learned very well how to save money in the past few years but every time I look at my bank account it still has a low balance. I have learned how to live off of a part time student income. It involves a lot of planning and budgeting but it does not mean I don’t get some of the luxury things I want. Below are some tips and techniques on how I save and monitor my money.

The first step to saving money is knowing where your money is going. Start now and monitor where you spend your money. Every time you spend money or make money record it. Write down the date, amount, what the money was spent on, and why you spent it. Or how much money you made, how you made it, and when you made it. You will want to do this for at least a couple weeks if not a month. By monitoring where your money is coming and going you will be able to visual see where your money is at.

Once you have monitored your spending for a month take your list and examine it. You will be able to see what part of the month you spend the most money. You can see how much money your making and how much your spending. You can also re-organize the list by categories. Organize your list into needs (bills, food, insurance, etc), wants (clothes, alcohol, candy, etc) and luxury (tanning, gym memberships, entertainment). Also examine when you get paid and when you spend money. People often spend more money right after they are paid.

Now that you can see when and where your money is going you can make several decisions. These decisions will help you to make a budget and better control your money. Your first decision is to decide how much money you want or need to save? By when do you want to have that amount of money? Then take your amount and divide it up into months or pay periods. Now that you know how much money you need to save each month you can can determine where you need to spend less. I recommend looking in your luxury section of your spending and cut back or eliminate it.

1. Eliminate unnecessary expenses

If your budget is so tight that you don’t have a luxury category the examine your wants and needs. In your needs column you have food. Are you cooking food, eating out, or ordering in? When you eat out are you having fast food or sit down food? Eating out, even fast food is expensive so if you have the time to cook then do it. When you go to the grocery store price check different stores. Larger name stores are often more expensive. Also check store coupon policies. Some stores double coupons and let you use them on sale items.

2. Avoid eating out by cooking at home.
3. Use coupons when ever possible.

Also look for the sales when shopping for anything. When I buy clothes I always look at the clearance racks. Any more clothes are expensive and to by them full price is ridiculous. So use coupons, shop the sales, check the clearance, or look at second hand stores. Many people have problems with shopping at second hand stores because the clothes are used. When a second hand store buys or receives clothes they carefully look them over and will not sell them if they are well loved or older styles. Second hand stores are perfect if you need something for a one time use or costume.

4. Check the clearance racks.
5. Shop or sell to second hand stores.

Another great thing is that some second hand stores buy your clothes back. If you have an over flowing closet or even just some old clothes you don’t wear any more try selling them. I try to sell clothes to Plato’s Closet about every other month. This helps keep my closet emptier and my wallet fuller.

6. Dress warmer or cooler

When at home you can save money by keeping the thermostat at a reasonable temperature. In the summer try dressing a little cooler and having the air condition on a higher temperature to save electricity and money. The same in the winter. Dress warmer and turn the heat down so it doesn’t run as much.

7. Use reusable products

Another way to save money is to review your needs. While you need plates to eat on you don’t need to buy them every month so use reusable products such as silver ware, plates, cups, and even bags. When shopping some stores will give you a discount if your bring your own bag so see if any one your local stores do that.

8. Do you really need that “need”?

When using your reusable cup take a look at what your filling it with. While you may love that Starbucks coffee every morning the price really adds up. So save money by making coffee at home or only drinking water. You already have to pay for water so why waste money on unhealthy sugary drinks. Take a look at some of the other things you think you need as well. While browsing through the store for groceries you come to the candy isle. I know every one has a sweet spot for sweets but just keep walking. Not only will it make you healthier it will save you money on an unnecessary purchase.

I know I jumped around a lot but I hope you will try some of these tips. Even just monitoring your spending and seeing where your money goes will help you to save money. Comment any other things you do to save money that might help other people as well.

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

I didn’t realize blogging would be so much work but it was love at first post.

I started this blog because I love to create things and wanted to share them with the world. When I first started my blog I made a long list of DIYs I wanted do and got so excited. As the weeks went on it seemed more like work and became less enjoyable so I left. I new I needed to take a step back and think about what I wanted this blog to be and where I was going to take it. Doing DIY after DIY because I needed a blog post turned my passion into a chore. I didn’t have the motivation or fun like I did when I first started. I knew I didn’t want to quit my blog but I didn’t know how I would continue. I finally realized my blog went from doing this for myself to doing it for other people. That is when I told myself I would blog for me. I would share not only my DIYs but my experiences. I have this amazing life I am living and to only share DIYs got boring quick.

So I re-evaluated and made a new plan.

I am still Createlynn but I am also Marissa. I have a life just like everyone else. I have some ups and downs and good times and bad. I realized that there are events happening in my life that many other people around the world may also be experiencing. So my new plan that I have is to have fun, make some awesome stuff, but also live, laugh, love/hate, and share life. I am going to add more lifestyle into my blog along with DIYs. So if you want to see more DIYs along with my life then follow my blog because I have some pretty cool stuff planned.

Camping DIYs and hacks

First off I want to apologize that this blog is two days late. I know some of you have said things about my consistency and how I haven’t been making my Mondays posts any more. I am sorry for that. Now that summer is here and my summer classes have started I am very limited on time. This blog isn’t just something I throw together Monday morning to post there is actually planning and time involved. It takes me at least an hour to just write the post let alone actually do the DIY and perfect it for all of you. Also I hope all of you keep in mind that I am a normal person just like  you and I do not get paid to do this blog. I do it because I like to share my creations with all of you. Unfortunately because my schedule is crazy with summer classes I haven’t had time to visit my parents let alone write a blog. That means I sometimes have to put my blog on the back burner for a bit and I hate that just as much as you all do. I am currently working on changing the day I post to later in the week so it gives me more time. When I work through all those details I will make another post letting you all know what is happening. I also plan to do some of the DIYs I promised in the past once I find a few minutes of spare time. For now you will have to just work with me. I appreciate all of your support and understanding. I do this for you guys and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. If you have any requests of future DIYs you would like to see, comment or send me an email and I can definitely try to make that happen.

Ok enough of that lets get into the DIY.

It is officially summer and for many of you including my self that means camping. I started RV camping when I was younger with my grandparents. As I got older every year I attended some type of summer camp as well. When I was to old to be a camper I became a camp councilor. When I couldn’t be a councilor any more I started working at a camp grounds as a lifeguard and would stay out there almost every weekend with friends. Sadly that was in my home town and since I have moved away for school my camping has slowed down. The past couple summers I haven’t done much camping and I decided with me graduating soon that needed to change. I am going through a time in my life right now where I want to do as much as possible before I get an adult job and don’t have any free time. So I bought a tent along with about $300 of camping supplies.

I know for many of you just getting into camping that seems like a lot but it really isn’t. If you know me you know I went for the best products possible. For me that means the cheapest product with the best quality. So while I may not have the highest quality or the newest equipment, I have what I need. Due to limited time I can only camp on the weekends and last weekend was my boyfriend and I’s first camping trip of the summer. I am going to be honest it did not go as well as planned. I was a pile of accidents and injuries all weekend. Yes I am very clumsy especially when I am excited. All in all though we had a great trip and plan to go again shortly. Knowing that we would have more than a few camping trips this summer and into the fall I did quite a bit of planning to be ready for all possible camping trips and activities.Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.34.38 PM

Hacks

Going camping is a lot of work especially if their is more than one person. I want to take a moment and applaud all the parents that take their kids camping. I hope one day this will be me but I see now that it is going to mean even more planning. So knowing that you need to plan for camping here are a few hack I do to make camping easier. Keep in mind I am camping in a tent so I have to plan to take everything and that includes the sink.

  1. Make an extensive list. I am a list person and honestly I make a list every day. So when I was planning I made a long detailed list of everything I needed to pack. I also made a separate list of what meals we will eat and the food I need to buy and pack. When it came time to pack, it did not take me long at all. I went off my list and gathered all my supplies into a general are. Once it was in the middle of my living room floor I checked it once off my list. After I had everything, I grabbed my totes and bags. As I packed my items I did a second check on my list. This really helps me and I find the amount of time it takes to make a list in the beginning saved me time packing. I also realized that I did not forget anything for my trip.
  2. Pack using plastic totes. Yep that right. I went to Walmart and picked up two cheep totes. One of them was large and the other was medium size. I used the large to pack all my camping supplies that I would use every time we go camping (cooking supplies, bug spray, sun screen, shower supplies, flash lights, etc.). Then I used the other to pack all the food that didn’t need to go in the cooler. Now I know what your thinking this takes up a lot of space in your car. It might not be as versatile on how you can pack it but it cuts down on all the bags of things you will have. It was really easy for me to look inside my tote and be able to find what I was looking for without having to remember what bag I packed it in. Also my large tote with my camping supplies stays packed. When we got home I washed some of the cooking utensils and put them back into the tote. I secured another list to the lid of the tote so when we go camping again I know exactly what is packed inside and things that possibly need restocked. Then with the food tote I didn’t have to worry about animals getting into our food. I put the lid back on the tote and stuck it in my trunk when we left the campsite and at night.
  3. Buy a portable battery pack. When tent camping there are two types of site. Primitive where there is no electricity. Then other sites that have electricity and sometimes water. I was looking at camp grounds on line and noticed they rip you off for electricity. If your planning on camping and taking a lot of electronics with you then get electricity. We were only camping for three days and two nights. I was looking into ways to charge my phone and found a nice solar powered charger online for about $150 but after thinking about it I knew my car had a charger and I wasn’t going to be on my phone a lot if at all. So I took my portable battery pack and I was good to go. I made sure to turn my phone off at night and used my phone for nothing but a camera during the day and I was fine. I did not want to go without some type of charger though incase of an emergency.
  4. Freeze your liquids. When taking a cooler something that drives me crazy is having to go up in cooler size because my ice packs take up so much space. So about a week before you camp put all your drinks in the freezer. Gallon jugs work best because they take so long to thaw out but water bottles work just as good. We bought a big case of water and put half in the freezer and half in the fridge. When we went to go home on Sunday we still had a couple bottles of water partially frozen.
  5. Pack more than you’ll need. When packing I hate carrying around a lot of extra stuff but for this trip I figured I would rather have something I did’t need than need something I didn’t have. I packed plenty of food and camping supplies but we did have a close encounter with water. In my defense it was hotter than I planned and we took a six mile hike on Saturday. After our hike we couldn’t get enough water and ended up drinking all of our water that day. Thankfully there was a shower house with drinkable water so we took our used water bottles and filled them up for Sunday. Needles to say I will be packing more water next trip and probably freezing more.
  6. Bring your creativity. When camping you will be faced with situations your not used to plus you will have to solve them with supplies you don’t have every day. So be prepared to pull a new trick out of your hat and hope it works. Camping can be stressful and you can come across situations that you cannot plan for. After the trip is over you will look back on it and realize all the stress was worth it.

DIYs

There are many possible DIYs to help with camping. I found the majority of my DIYs on Pinterest. I am not going to explain all of these but I will post pictures for every one.

  1. DIY fire starters. All you need is a toilet paper tube, dryer lint, and new paper. Take you tube and stuff it with lint. Then wrap it with news paper and tuck in the ends to secure the paper. When lighting on fire make sure to untuck the ends to allow oxygen to flow through the tube. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.07.35 PM
  2. Weekly pill holders are perfect for your small quantity items. You can place a variety of medications into them or even spices. These would also work great for small hair accessories.

    3. Along with medications make sure you pack a first aid kit. These can get a little pricy so I got another very small tote from Walmart and filled it with supplies from the dollar store. We all have that moment when we think we don’t need a first aid kit. I thought this as I was making it and packing it but I needed it a lot this weekend. I ended up cutting the back of my ankle on the door as I was making my final trip out of the house for the weekend. It was a pretty deep cut but I didn’t want to ruin the weekend so pushed through. I used the bandaids, gauze, medical tape, and alcohol wipes this weekend. I probably needed stitches so I was glad I had my first aid kit.Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.08.49 PM

4. Lighters can be glitchy and run out of fluid so I personally recommend using matches. Taking a mason jar and putting sand paper on top makes a perfect water proof match container. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.09.54 PM

5. Keeping clean while camping is important, especially when it comes to your hands. So take an old laundry soap container clean it and fill it with water. Strap a role of paper towels to the side and pack the soap. This creates the perfect hand washing station and if your water is clean and you run out of drinking water you now have a back up supply. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.14.55 PM

6. If you don’t want to make the whole hand washing station pack some paper towels and a garden flag holder to create easily assessable paper towels for when your cooking.Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.12.09 PM

7. Worried your eggs will crack. Take an old bottle and pre crack your legs into the bottle. Easily accessible eggs and you don’t have to worry about them braking in your cooler. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.12.19 PM

7. One thing I learned this weekend was cooking over a fire isn’t the easiest. I tried to cook french toast on my hobo pie iron and the eggs exploded out of the pie iron causing me to burn my arms, legs, and hands. So to have a very short prep time for breakfast all you need to do is take an old condiment container and pre-make some pancake batter in it. When your ready to cook just shake and pour. Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.08.23 PM

I hope you all enjoy these tips and tricks. I know they will come in very handy this summer and I am excited to get to try all of them.

 

Flip Flop Welcome Sign

I recently posted a Dollar Tree Haul and today I am going to show you something  I made with what I bought. I have been searching the world wide web to find unique crafts to make and this one is truly unique. Using flip flops to make welcome signs and wreaths is totally worth the time. These are unique, fun, and very versatile.

A couple tricks and tips when making this project. When buying your flip flops keep in mind that they will be hanging so they should be light weight. I would also recommend cheep flip flops. Your not buying these to wear so Dollar Tree flip flops are the best. Another thing to think about is the design on your flip flops. I don’t like mine to have logos on them. Also size definitely matters in this case. I like to use kids large flip flops or adult small. You need to buy the size of flip flops depending on your decorations or the design you want to make. If you plan to put large flowers on your wreath then I would consider buying a little bigger flip flips. Another thing to keep in mind is if you are going to be hanging this outside. Will it be very exposed to the elements or shielded a little but by a porch? Also if you are writing something on your flip flops, you want to make sure there is enough flip flops for the letters in your word.

Supplies:
– Flip Flops
– hot glue gun
– wire hanger
– wire cutter and needle nose pliers
– tape
– thin ribbon
– puffy paint
– embellishments

Directions:

Start by laying out your flip flops until you get the desired look. You want to over lap the edged of the flip flops and create a layering patter of up, down, up, down. IMG_3108

Once you have achieved the look you want your going to hot glue all the flip flops together. Apply a small amount of hot glue the the edges pf the flip flops that over lap. If any glue runs out and is visible take an exacto knife and scrape it off while it is still hot. Make sure to put glue on the front and that back of the flip flop ( by the toes and heel of the foot).IMG_3109

After all the flip flops are glued together take your wire hanger and straighten it as best a possible. I find it is easiest to completely remove the hook of the hanger.

If you feel that your flip flops are very weekly head together, gently flip them over and add an extra strip of glue along the bottom seam of the flip flops where the two meet.

Now you are going to take your hanger and bend it to fit to the back of all the flip flops. You are going to bend the hanger to form to the backs of the flip flops. You may also need to angle your hanger at some point so that it follows the curve of your wreath or sign. After the form is made trim off the excess wire and apply tape to the ends so that the hanger will not scratch the door or wall once hung.

Next you are going to hot glue your hanger the the back of your wreath. I like to add a large dot of glue where one end of my hanger would be and press firmly until the glue has dried. This will prevent the end of your hanger from coming up and possibly get caught on something and ripping off or bending. Then continue to glue all the way across the hanger the to other end. I add dots of glue along the way and focus on putting glue in the center of the flip flops avoiding the bent areas.

Now that your flip flops are together and stable it is time to add the finishing touches, the decorations. I chose to hang my welcome sign from a yellow ribbon. I also bought this from the dollar tree. Your going to figure out where you would like to attach your ribbon. I reinforced the plastic strap on the back of the flop flop with hot glue to prevent it from sliding forward. This step is optional. Then all you have to do is tire your ribbon onto the plastic piece and reinforce the ribbon with a dot of hot glue to prevent it from coming untied.

Now that you have finished the back of the sign it is time to flip it over and make it look pretty. I chose to use flowers and butterflies but you could use any decoration you want. I laid all my pieces out before glueing them onto the flip flops. I also found that the flowers looked better when you cut the stem off. I also used my exacto knife and cut a small X into my flip flops so that the remainder of the little stem could slip inside the slit and lay flap on the flip flop.

To finish the sign or wreath add your wording. I used puffy paint and hand drew the words on. I think it looks very good. You could also used a permanent marker or acrylic paint.

I think these flip flop wreaths look so cute and are perfect for summer. There is so many possibilities with these. I have never seen anything like these in person and thought they were a great idea.

Here are few other that I have made so far.

Day #6 Healthy Eating Tips/Tricks

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This was supposed to publish 5 days ago and I just realized it didn’t.

I have been working on changing my life style for almost a week now and I can say its going pretty well. I have been eating healthy and getting in some good workouts.

Yesterday my boyfriend and I went to a flee market that was two hours away. I had a lot of fun and found some interesting things. We walked around for about four hours and sweat our butts off. It was a beautiful day, sunny and almost 90 degrees. At the flea market people were also selling produce so we picked up some fresh fruits and veggies. I got strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe,black berries, bananas, watermelon, peppers, and onions. My favorite summer time food is watermelon. I do so much with it and it also makes the perfect snack. Watermelon is also very healthy for you and a great way to up your water in take. I was also very proud of myself and avoided all the unhealthy fair food. I packed water and we got lunch on our way home.

Today is going by so fast but has been somewhat productive. Since I didn’t have anything I had to do today I aloud myself to sleep in. When I got up I ate a banana for breakfast and went to the gym. I did a ten minute run then lifted. When I got home I took a shower and made myself some brunch. I made scrambled eggs and apple pancakes. I know pancakes can be very unhealthy so I like to add fruit into my pancakes to make them healthier and sweeter and that way I don’t have to use syrup. After that I finished up a couple wreaths that I was working on and cleaned my house some. I made some rite salad wit the fruit we got yesterday and I am going to spend the rest of the day working on my first youtube video and in the pool.

I will post pictures of my wreaths for you guys in a few days. I am also going to try to start a new weekly topic on my channel called real talk Wednesdays. Every Wednesday I will make a post with some real talk about my life and things happening. So if you care about whats going on in my life and want to give me some advice/tricks/tips/words of wisdom then come back on Wednesday.

My life style change is in full swing and I wanted to give you guys some tips I learned this week. All of these tips are focused around healthy eating in a realistic way and how to make it easier. Today we center our lives around convenience and some people avoid eating healthy because it isn’t as convent as boxed dinners or take out. Being a college student I know the feeling. After waking up at 5 am for work and going to class all day. Then coming home and having hours or studying and projects to complete I didn’t have a lot of time for healthy meals. So here are some ways to incorporate healthy eating.

Tip 1 Prep.
Healthy eating isn’t always the most convenient but by prepping you can make it. Before my life style change I did some prep for meals for the week because of my busy schedule. So I would take Sunday afternoons and put my croc pot to work. I would cook one large meal and then that would be my lunch for the week. It makes it so convenient and easy for me. Another way to prep is the night before. Like I said in my previous post, I make my lemon water the night before and pack my breakfast in my bag. I also like to cut up fruit and veggies and put them in small baggies or containers for a quick snack when Im on the go. So take time one or two days a week or even the night before to get your meals ready. At first this could be over whelming to make three meals for the entire week so make it easy on yourself. For breakfast have oatmeal or fruit that doesn’t take a lot of prep.

Tip 2 Avoid temptation
Eating healthy needs to be consistent. Im not saying you can’t have that one meal a week that isn’t very healthy but be consistent. In order to do that you need to avoid temptation. I find the best way to do this is to completely remove them from your house. We all have that limited grocery budget and buying healthy food isn’t always the cheapest. To keep your food bill low don’t buy anything that you don’t eat every day. By this I mean cut out the candy, cookies, ice cream, and anything unhealthy. You don’t need to buy them every time you go to the store if your not eating them every day. If you absolutely cannot go to the store without buying some junk food then pick one item and buy a SMALL package. Ice cream is my weakness and temps me when I buy it. I would buy a half gallon and tell myself I could have one small scoop a week but then I would find myself every day having four or five large spoon full out of the container. I thought if I didn’t scoop myself a bowl I would eat less only to find I ate half a gallon of ice cream in a week. So now I don’t buy it and when I want to treat myself I will go and get a small ice cream cone.

Tip 3 Portions
This is important in watching what you eat. Just because its healthy doesn’t mean I can eat a whole watermelon in one sitting. Its important to keep in mind that healthy foods still contain sugar and fats. While all nutrients are important they need to be consumed in moderation. I hate measuring my food so I don’t. I just pay attention to what I am eating. If I know something I am eating isn’t completely healthy for me I eat a smaller portion.   So tonight I ate a sausage peppers and onions sandwich, pasta salad, and fruit. I know my pasta salad isn’t that healthy for me so I ate a small proportion of it. Just enough to get the taste but not enough to completely ruin my dinner. Also when prepping things I try to keep them in portion sizes. So If I am prepping some fruit for breakfast I put it in a small bowl so that I don’t eat a large portion.

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Keep up the awesome work and I hope you all enjoy these awesome tips. Also I created a twitter so if you want to know more of what I am up to follow me @createlynndiy on twitter.