5 Must-Try Fall DIY Decor Projects
Young, Broke, and Fabulous: The 20 - Something Guide to Audulting
Hot and Cold: Fall Drink Recipes
FALL BEAUTY HACKS FOR A GIRL ON-THE-GO
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- Pumpkin (either Fresh or Plastic) - Spray paint – Solid Colour & Glitter - Finishing Spray - Monogram Stencil
Directions: First start by cleaning drying the surface of the pumpkin. Then, spray paint pumpkin any colour that you wish. You will need to paint a few coats to get a full even look. Leave about an hour in between each round. To make sure the paint is fully dry before moving onto the next step, let it sit for 24 hours. Trace or print out a monogram stencil (you could even buy one if you’re pressed on time). And just use a glitter spray paint to fill in the stencil. Before removing the stencil wait 2-3 minutes, so that you’ll be left with crisp lines free of any paint bleed. Then, finish it off with a finishing coat! Before moving your pumpkin, let it sit to fully dry for another 24 hours. Source via Unoriginal Mom, Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin
Polka Dot Pumpkin
Materials: - Pumpkin (either Fresh or Plastic) - Spray paint – Solid Colour - Gold Metallic Sharpie Pen - Finishing Spray Directions: Thoroughly clean and dry the surface of your pumpkin. On a fully covered surface in a well ventilated area, spray paint your pumpkin in a desired colour. For even colour, apply several coats. Wait about an hour between each coat. When fully dry, use your Sharpie to draw and colour in polka dots. There doesn’t need to be measured or perfect by any means. Just make sure you are drawing relatively similar shape and size dots. When you are happy with your dots, spray your pumpkin with a finishing spray. Let sit for at least 12 – 24 hours before Handling or moving your pumpkin. Source via Kirsten Danielle, Gold Foil Pumpkin
Glitter Steamed Pumpkin
Materials: - Pumpkin (either Fresh or Plastic) - Adhesive Spray or Mod Podge Glue - Glitter - Painterâ€™s Tape - Matte Spray Paint - Finishing Spray Directions: Make sure the surface of the pumpkin is completely cleaned and dry. Either stray the adhesive spray on the stem or cover it with Mod Podge glue. Evenly cover the stem with glitter. Let fully dry and repeat. When fully dry, spray with finishing spray and let sit for at least 1224 hours. Tape the stem of the pumpkin fully so no glittered part is exposed. Carefully clean and dry the rest of the exposed pumpkin. Then proceed to spray paint it with the matte paint. Apply at least 2 coats for an even colour. Wait an hour between each coat. Finish with spraying with finishing spray.After waiting at least 24 hours, remove the tape from the stem. Source via Nest of Posies, Favorite Fall Things Printable, Image via Sweetly Chic Events
Materials: - Feathers - Paining Tape - Newspaper Pages - Gold Spray Paint - Yarn or Swine - Glue Gun Directions: Take your feathers, which can either be bought from a craft store or even dollar store, and lay them side by side on a flat surface. Place another sheet of newspaper over the feathers so that only the bottoms of them are showing. Make sure the paper is straight and evenly placed on top of your feathers. Then, spray paint the exposed pieces. You may have to do several coats for an even, rich colour. Wait an hour between coats to avoid clumping. When your feathers are completely dry, remove the newspaper carefully. Cut a line of twine or string to the desired length. Then, take a glue gun and carefully place and glue each feather. Make sure it is completely dry before hanging! Source via Simple Styling, DIY Gold Tip Feather Garland Page 7
Sweater Whether Pillows
Materials: - Old Knit Sweater - Throw Pillow - Needle and Thread OR Fabric Glue - Scissors - 3 Large Buttons Directions: Put your old sweater over the throw pillow. Make sure that your pillow can fit with about half an inch of wiggle room at either side of the pillow. Cut off the Arms of the sweater. If you sweater is a turtleneck sweater; cut off the neck as well. Turn the sweater inside out. Sow or glue the arm and neck holes shut evenly. Turn it on its Right side. Cut about 3 slits on one side, and sow as many buttons on the other side. Put the pillow inside the case and button the ends! Source via Eletsze Pitok, Puloverbol Polobol Pamahuzat
Young, Broke, and Fabulous: The 20 - Something Guide to Audulting Whether you’re still in University or living a ‘grown up’ life out in the real world; ‘adulting’ can definitely be a bit of a drag. It’s especially difficult with the added pressures of balancing your desire to cut loose and at the same time, staying on top of your responsibilities.
Since you’re fabulous, here are some tips to help you along your way: 1. Cut Out Toxic People From Your Life
Let’s face it; being in your 20s is tough. You’re trying to find your place in the world – which is scary! A lot of young adults find themselves lost (yes that was a purposeful oxymoron).
Like the favourite top that’s all worn out and faded, but you refuse throw away –old toxic friends are like that too. Sometimes, we struggle to distance ourselves from old friends that do more harm than good. Like that raggedy top, these people no longer fit!
First things first, if you are one of the 99.9% 20-somethings that feels like you have no clue what you’re doing, you’re not the only one.
In your twenties you are not only finding your way in life, but you are in a time of tremendous growth. It’s essential to keep people that help you pursue your goals as well as
distancing or even cutting off people who do not. 2. Start Making More Friends That Share Similar Passions With You Even though you may have tons of friends in school, they may not all stick when you’re out in the real world. Ensure you surround yourself with a circle of people who have similar goals as you. When you’re outside of campus and in the workforce, it’s quite difficult to make new friends. Even though the process of meeting new people has changed, focusing on you first is crucial. You need to pursue your own passions and figure out which direction you want to head in. Once you have that sorted out, don’t be afraid to reach out to people doing
what you’re doing, networking through mutual friends, and making the first move! 3. Don’t Wait To Be Taught, Teach Yourself Your 20s is a great decade to learn and indulge in the knowledge your
heart desires. The great thing about being an adult is that you make your own decision and strut to the beat of your own heart – so do just that! The beauty is: you don’t have to wait for someone to teach you what you want to know – you can
young, broke, and fabulous Status seek out the resources and teach yourself. Especially in this digital age, often times almost everything you need to know on a subject, can be found Online. 4. Put your Eggs In Multiple Baskets Life never goes how you plan it. That’s the bottom line. Have plans, back-up plans, and back-up back-up plans. You need to have several different ideas of what directions you see yourself going.
Of course it’s much easier said than done. But it’s important to seriously have a goal and have several different alternate paths to get there. There is no ‘one way’ when it comes to goals; being inventive and adaptive can make or break it. 5. Create a Vision Board This is a great technique if you’re not sure where to start in achieving your goal. Organiz-
ing your ideas in a physical visual representation, allows you to face your dreams face-to-face. Whether it is your dream job, fitness goal, a luxury vacation, or even a person you idolize – put a picture on your vision board and look at it every day. This will help you set your goals, visualize them, and go after them – acting as a daily reminder. The wonderful part of a vision board is that you can change your mind. You can even re-do your vision board as often and however you want. 6. Stay Positive It’s hard to smile when you can’t find a job; you are not where you had thought you’d be at the age you are, or you are going through the motions of adulthood. But it’s important to keep a positive outlook on your future. Every single person has their own journey. Comparing or beating yourself up over failed expectation isn’t going to do any Page 11
gree, but experience. After receiving rejection after rejection, it’s important to reIt’s normal to stress and feel like you’re lost. Enjoy member that your life and your 20s! Treat these years your self-worth should be as the learning foundations based far beyond the ‘what do you do’ factor! for the rest of your life. ... 7. Do not Define Your Self-worth With Your Ca- Allow yourself to learn, grow, discover, and pursue reer your passions. Don’t let life stop your slay. The job market is tough. The competition is fierce and employers are looking Being a 20 something is the best and often the for the most qualified applicant, with not just a de- worst time of a person’s life. Surviving these years can seem like a mountain. Embrace your young, Page 12 broke, and fabulous status. good.
Be okay with the unknown and know that you will get to where you want to be— so long as you work for it!
CHAI SPICE WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients Chai Spice Mix: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice White Hot Chocolate Mix: 2 cups milk 1 cup half-and-half cream 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 recipe Chai Spice Mix (recipe above) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Whipped cream for serving, optional Instructions 1. Make the spice mix: In a small bowl combine all spices. Set aside for a moment. 2. In a 3-qt crockpot, combine milk, half-and-half, white chocolate chips, and Chai Spice Mix. Cover crockpot and cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally. 3. Once white hot chocolate is completely melted hot, stir in vanilla extract. Keep white hot chocolate warm in the crockpot until ready to serve. 4. Once ready to serve, ladle white hot chocolate into serving mugs and top with whipped cream if desired. Source: Whole and Heavenly Oven
HARD APPLE CIDER SANGRIA Ingredients 36 ounces Hard Apple Cider 1/2 cup ginger brandy 2 cups apple juice 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 orange, sliced 1 lemon, sliced 1 lime, sliced 1 green apple, chopped 1 red apple, chopped 6 cinnamon sticks 3 cups sparkling rose Ice Instructions 1. Combine all ingredients (except ice and rose) in a large pitcher or punch bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 2. Add the rose just before serving for best results so itâ€™s still bubbly. 3.Serve in tall glasses over ice and garnished with cinnamon sticks. Source: Sugar And Soul Please Drink Responsibly.
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CLOVE AND SUGAR BODY SCRUB Ingredients 1/2 cup brown sugar 3-4 drops clove essential oil 1/2 cup jojoba, almond or olive oil Directions
Add above ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Store in a covered jar to use all over your body for extra exfoliation, concentrating on rough patches like knees and elbows. Rinse and towel dry. Source: Hello Glow
PUMPKIN-HONEY FACIAL Ingredients
Â˝ cup organic canned pumpkin 2 Tbsp. raw honey 2 Tbsp. unflavored almond milk 1 tsp. coconut oil Directions
In a small bowl, mix together ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spread a light layer on your freshly washed face, then sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse skin clean with lukewarm water. Pat dry with towel. Source: Vitacost
PUMPKIN CINNAMON BODY SCRUB Ingredients 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon jojoba, almond or olive oil 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional) Directions
MAPLE AND ALMOND LIP SCRUB Ingredients 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1 tsp. maple syrup Several drops of almond oil Directions
Gently fold the mixture together, being careful not to over-stir.
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. This scrub needs to be used at the time of mixing, so donâ€™t store to use later. This scrub is best applied to dry skin. I prefer the following order for application: 10-20 warm water bath soak, towel dry, scrub, and then shower to rinse off. Source: Hello Glow
Apply the scrub to lips (or body or face), and use light, circular movements to exfoliate skin. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply moisturizer as necessary.Store the scrub in a refrigerator for up to two weeks. Source: Wantable