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I Left My Heart In Minnesota… sort of.

Time commitment: 15-30 minutes
Cost: Free-$15, depending on how many supplies you need to buy
Ease of activity: 7/10
“Re-Pin” Worthiness: 9/10

They say that there are 2 seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction. While I love the summers here, I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of the cold and snow that comes with almost half of the year. As I prepare for graduation in May and look at finding a job, I find myself attracted to Washington DC and all it has to offer in the realm of political communications. I love the area and can not wait to transition into living away from home for the first time (because let’s be honest an hour away from home for college is really not being totally “away.”) However, I will always be a Minnesota girl at heart. The fishing off the end of the dock, wakeboarding, swimming, snowboarding and snowmobiling will always be fond memories, even while I’m climbing the ladder in our nation’s capitol. I decided that this week would be an appropriate time to make the below pin, so I have something to take with me when I move!


How adorable are these?! As you may have read, I’m kind of in love with glitter… so I was really looking forward to this craft! Here’s how I did it.

Construction/scrapbooking paper
A print out of your state (an outline works great!)
Glue (I used Mod Podge because apparently I don’t own Elmer’s glue)
A brush to smooth out the glue
A frame (if you want to, not necessary)

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I cut out the outline of Minnesota and then covered it in Mod Podge. I then dumped glitter onto it and pressed it down.

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While that was drying, I cut my background paper down to the size of my frame. I also cut out a tiny little heart to glue on in over the area of my hometown. Once the glitter was stable, I Mod Podged it onto the background and also placed the heart. It turned out pretty well!

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Have you ever moved far from home? Across the country? What advice would you give me as I prepare to make my move?

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Lamp Lift

aadab2afd0a8e50dc6689d20c762630f  I gave my lamp a new look by trying this pin!  The concept is simple-spray paint the base of a lamp and recover the shade.  You will need; a lamp post, lamp shade, spray paint, and fabric.  I chose navy spray paint as my base, and cute blue and white fabric to cover the shade.

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Please forgive the backdrop of my pictures.  I had to make my craft in the laundry room!

Before you began your spray painting remember to tape portions of your lamp you don’t want painted.  I taped the cord and top of the lighting fixture.  The pin instructions recommend sanding down the post with some sandpaper.  I skipped this step but I did wipe it down well and make sure that there wasn’t any dust or rough edges.

After my first coat of spray paint I turned to the lampshade. The covering for this shade is really easy because it does not fit perfectly to the shade itself.  It has a drape effect which is easier to achieve!

photo 50photo 53Cut a rectangle swatch of fabric as long as the base of your lampshade.  Place a thin line of glue along the edge and adhere to the inside of the shade.  While letting that dry put another coat of paint on the post.

I did three coats of spray paint on my post and that covered everything well.

The top of the lampshade is a little trickier.  I folded my fabric over creating five little pleats around the shade.  I then carefully glued the fabric to the inside of the shade.

After everything was fully dried I put my lamp together! I really like the finished product.  The pin instructions were easy to follow and it only took me a half hour to make!  I would recommend using this pin to recover your lamps.

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Recover. Reuse.

TOMS-DIY-103_edit-470x260 America is a land of consumers.  When something is worn out we replace it instead of mending it.  Often, it doesn’t even seem worth it to re-purpose something when we can replace it so quickly.  However, I challenge you to reuse items you already have.

My pin for this post was pretty ambitious. I’m not extremely creative and recovering my Toms seemed like a pretty steep challenge.  After two years of wear and tear, these Toms were pretty worn out.  I took the leap and decided to re-cover them!

photo 31photo 32To begin you need; Toms (0r other shoes you want to recover), fabric glue, a good scissors, and fabric of your choice.  The basic concept of recovering is to follow the the natural fabric of the shoes.  Start in the front and work your way to the back.  I folded over the edge of the fabric into the shoes because I wanted to create a clean look. Making the slit for the elastic was a bit tricky. I eyeballed it and it turned out okay. photo 37photo 33

The hardest part of recovering the shoes is the back.  While you could cover the Toms logo, I wanted to leave mine on. I measured, cut around the logo and glued it on.  It didn’t turn out perfectly but the pin instructions didn’t give a better way to cover the back of the shoe.

photo 41photo 39I know you’ll want to wear your shoes right away but make sure you allow your shoes to dry for at leastphoto 45 24 hours after they are finished!

I was satisfied with the way my Toms turned out.  I took me about an hour to cover them both. The instructions didn’t have a good way to finish off the bottom so I am planning on putting ribbon around the fabric edge so that they have a more finished look.

I would recommend this pin!  It was inexpensive way for me to re-purpose my shoes. Would you try this?  How do you re-purpose your shoes and clothes to give them a new look?

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Patriotic Polish

I have to admit that I really enjoy the Olympics. I find myself being the smart-alec friend who knows a lot of the rules about different sports (thanks Wikipedia!). My favorite things to watch are figure skating and anything with snowboarding. I don’t care who you are, you  can’t help but feel patriotic while rooting on Team USA! I regularly sport an American flag keyboard cover, but I decided to support Team USA with this red white and blue manicure I found on Pinterest:


I used OPI Blue My Mind, Essie Fifth Avenue and So Easy Stripe Rite in white in order to recreate this look. I also used Scotch Tape.

I started with a base layer of the OPI. It’s a pretty thick polish, so I only had to do one layer. Let it dry completely before you start to tape it off in order to apply the red. If your tape is too sticky and it will pull up your polish, stick it to the back of your hand before putting it on your nail. In the pin, you can tell that the red stripes are hand painted and that she applied the white over the blue instead. I don’t own a white polish that has a standard brush, so I chose to do the Essie next. Since the base blue is so dark, it too a pretty thick coat of the red in order to get the color I desired. Too thin and it looked maroon.

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After peeling off the tape (immediately, while the paint is still wet) and letting the red coat dry, I painted on the stripes. first I did the horizontals, then the diagonal. These look better on some fingers than others, since they’re freehanded. I also used a polish with a very thin brush. If you don’t have one, you can use the tip of a pen or pencil or a small paint brush. I decided to omit the glitter, since I didn’t have any that would go well like the original star glitter.

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After they dried, I applied a top coat and viola a super patriotic manicure!

During the next few weeks, make sure you tune in to support our athletes. Do something out of your ordinary routine to show some patriotism! Go Team USA!

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A BLT, but Better

While Sriracha sauce has been in the news lately for not-so-good reasons, it is still having its moment and I am one of many people who have become obsessed. Specifically, it started with liking spicy mayo with my sushi and evolved into eating it on pretty much everything. When I came across the pin for today’s blog post, I couldn’t help myself.

See, a BLT is my favorite sandwich. I’m not such a fan of eggs, but the allure of spicy mayo on a BLT made me want to try it. Throw in some avocado and I’m a sucker, I just had to.

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6 slices thick-cut bacon, fried
4 slices whole grain bread, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
2 bunches of baby romaine lettuce
1 tomato, sliced + seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 avocado, sliced + seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, cooked as desired

To spare you a step-by-step tutorial of how to make a sandwich, you toast the bread and then assemble the sandwich. I found that frying the bacon first and then the egg is the best way to keep the warm ingredients from getting cold. Due to my love for spicy mayo, I own a pre-made bottle. The lady in the post uses mayo and sriracha sauce, but I think that’s more expensive and not as easy. My sandwich turned out pretty dang well, but it was a bit messy since the yolk of the egg broke while I was chowing down.

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Time commitment: 15 mins
Cost: Depending on how many ingredients you already have, $10-20
Ease of activity: 9/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 10/10

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Reinvent the Necklace in Under 60 Seconds

Time Commitment: Under 60 Seconds

Cost: $2.50 if you need to buy ribbon

Ease of Activity: 10/10

“Re-Pin” Worthiness: 10/10

I like recycling. I like thrift shops. I like adopting pets from the animal shelter. Basically, I like giving things a second chance in life.

DIY-Pearl-Necklace-In-SecondsThat’s why this project is so wonderful. As I was looking through my jewelry, I realized that there were several pieces that I don’t really ever wear. I thought about throwing them away, but instead I thought I’d check Pinterest to see if there were any fun ideas of how to turn them into something better, and let me tell you, friends, Pinterest did not disappoint! So, if you have some old jewelry lying around, give this a try. Maybe you’ll create something wonderful!


I really liked this project because it’s so easy and simple, but it’s cute and can be worn several different ways.  Dress it up for work or dress it down and wear it with jeans. Take a couple of your old necklaces and start putting them together. It helps if they’re similar in length, but not completely necessary. I had to play around with some different styles before I found what I really liked.

This is an awesome project because it is so quick but also so inexpensive. The only cost is if you have to purchase the ribbon. You could switch the whole look of the necklace, too, by trying different color ribbon. You could even try using some lace or hemp, depending on the style you’re going for and what necklaces you’re using.

Here’s the link to the pin -> DIY Necklace in Seconds

Tell me what you think!

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The Most Frustrating Manicure I’ve Ever Attempted

One of the most fascinating areas of Pinterest to me is the nail art boards. Mine is full of ideas I’d love to try, but I rarely try because I’m afraid to fail. I’ve followed nail art blogs for years and about a year ago, I finally decided to give the basic “scotch tape mani” a try. That’s simply when you take scotch tape and use it to create lines and patterns on your nails. This advanced into me ordering dotting tools (use an old pen or pencil if you don’t want to buy them) and striping tape. I’ve had decent success with those tools in the past, which lead me to trying the pin below.

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I started with a layer of black polish as my base. Make sure you keep this one thin, you want it to dry quickly. If it is gloopy and takes a long time to dry, you’re going to be really frustrated when it comes to the taping process. The base layer doesn’t need to be perfect, if it’s sort of transparent you won’t be able to tell in the end.

I didn’t have glittery polishes that I thought varied in color slightly enough to be an ombre, so I chose various shades of turquoise and minty greens/blues instead. I used OPI Fly and two of the five bottles included in an ombre set from Forever 21, which they no longer sell.

I started by sectioning my nails into three parts using the tape, pushing the edges down using tweezers (sorry I didn’t get pictures, I only had so many hands!) This is a tedious process and the hardest part about doing this type of manicure. Once a whole hand was sectioned off, I opened all three bottles of polish at once and did one nail at a time. You have to immediately pull of the tape before the sections dry, or you run the risk of pulling off large chunks of polish. This is why I did a whole nail at a time, so that the different colors don’t dry while doing the other nails. This is also where the thin base layer comes into play. When you go to pull up the tape to reveal the black lines, you might pull up black polish. This is seriously frustrating. If this happens there may be a few culprits: 1) The base layer was too thick 2) you base layer was still tacky or 3) your tape was too sticky (solve this by sticking it to the back of your hand before putting it on polish). I had this happen more than once, but instead of starting all over, I used the black polish with a really thin brush to paint in the ruined areas. Cheating, I know, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

In the end, I liked the way this manicure turned out. However, it is super time consuming and takes a lot of extra tools if you want to recreate the stripes accurately. It also requires an immense amount of patience!! This is how mine turned out:

Time commitment: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: Depends on how much of the stuff you already own, free-$10
Ease of activity: 4/10, the taping process knocked this one down.

What is the most daring manicure you’ve ever tried? How did it turn out?

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Sometimes DIY Means Do-It-Imperfectly

DIY t-shirt scarf

Time commitment: 20mins
Cost: free – assuming you have an unwanted shirt and scissors, otherwise most plain t-shirts run about $6-$10
Ease of activity: 5/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 6/10IMG_20140126_152305_264 (2)

Count ‘em: 1, 2, 3…35. I own 35 scarves. It’s an addiction, and I’m over here in the corner praying that scarves will forever be in style so I won’t have stop wearing them for fear of people telling me my neckwear is “so 2013!”

It starts off innocently enough. You buy a cute one at Kohl’s that goes with your favorite cardigan. Then you get some as Christmas gifts. Then you go to Europe for three weeks and come back with one from every city. And then you decide to take up crocheting. An introvert in front of the TV and 15 skeins of yarn later…

IMG_20140126_153911_673 (2)Needless to say, I wear a lot of scarves.

I’ve seen this DIY t-shirt scarf around Pinterest for a while, and it looked innocent enough for my collection. I took an unwanted tank-top of my sister’s and a scissors and got to work.

The first parts were easy enough: cutting, and stretching. When it got to the braiding and tying, I was wishing I had my Eagle Scout brother there to teach me his knot tying ways. Many of the end lengths didn’t match up which made connecting the two sides together tricky.

I made this one a little more difficult than I probably had to, but it was definitely harder than the pictures led me to believe. Overall it didn’t turn out horribly, and I’ll probably wear it occasionally. It’s just not my favorite.IMG_20140126_160942_792 (2)

Take-away: Pinterest looks easy, real life is not always so easy. This scarf looked simple and cute, but mine isn’t picture perfect. And that’s ok. I’m going to keep trying. There are other crafts that I love and succeed at. Here’s to trying, learning, and persevering.


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My New Favorite Snack Dip

What is better than food? I think a lot of you would agree with me that the answer to that question is “not much.” As wonderful as it is, as a college student I fall into a vicious cycle with food. Wake up early, skip breakfast, grab lunch on the go, dinner, snack, snack, snack! I often times find myself with chips, candy, fruit snacks, or other snacks that make me feel gross. One of my goals for 2014 is to add more variety to my food. Pinterest is a great way to do this! The first snack I tried is Garlic Feta dip and oh my word, I love it.

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It’s a little expensive due to the amount of feta used (and the fact that I didn’t own any spices prior to this), but if you have the the other ingredients already, the price isn’t too bad. Here’s what you need:



  • 8 oz. FETA CHEESE
  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
  • 2/3 cup MAYO
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, minced (you could use less if you don’t like a lot of garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED BASIL
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED DILL
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED THYME

Like I mentioned before, I didn’t own any of the ingredients before making this snack so it was around $17. If you owned the herbs and garlic, it wouldn’t be nearly that much.

The instructions were pretty simple: “Crumble the feta if it didn’t come already crumbled. Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Put in a serving dish and chill until you are ready to serve.” At most it took 5 minutes to dump everything in a bowl and mix it up.

Garlic Feta Dip

I love pretzel chips, so I chose to enjoy the creamy dip with those! It is a bit heavy on the garlic, so if you don’t like a lot of garlic, just don’t add as much.


This is easily one of my new favorite snack dips. I made it over the weekend and I ate it all week!

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9 Easy Braids You Can Learn!

Braids are the best.  They can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a lazy day in sweats or for the gym. For today’s post I decided to recreate all of the images in the pin below! My lovely friend Sadie volunteered to have her hair pulled so that I could try these out!Braids PinUnfortunately, the pin doesn’t link to a tutorial, so I had to use my resources. I’m absolutely obsessed with the beauty vlogging community on Youtube, so I turned to them for help on this pin. I started with the basic three strand braid, which I have known how to do for as long as I can remember. Super easy! 3 strand The next one was a french braid, also pretty simple. French is when the hair comes over the top and down into the braid. FrenchThe reverse of the French braid is the Dutch braid, where hair comes up from the bottom and through the braid. This is the braid that’s easiest for most people to do on their own hair. DutchAll three basic braids are easy to do on your own hair. Now we get more complicated! The waterfall braid is a little confusing, since you pull strands of hair and drop them after one section of braid. I have done this braid before, but I never remember exactly how to do it, so I found a great Youtube tutorial. The one I found most helpful also taught the feather and ladder braids too!







These braids were super simple after watching the tutorial. They definitely look a lot more complicated then they are. However, they would be a lot more difficult to do on yourself.

The one braid I have never mastered came up next. The fishtail. I understand how to fishtail but no matter how many times I’ve tried it always ends up looking terrible. After several tries, I finally got one that I liked.


Lace braids are my favorite braid, but not the way the pin shows it. If you do it across the back of your head like in the pin, most of your hair ends up on one side of your head. This braid involves picking up hair from one side of the braid and never dropping it (Unlike the waterfall and the feather braids). I like to do them on one side of my head in order to pull back the hair that often falls in my face.

How I normally wear a lace braid

How I normally wear a lace braid



The final braid is a twist. I don’t think I would consider this a braid necessarily, and it’s hard to make it look as tight as it does in the pin. Doing this one made me miss my Conair hair twister I had as a kid!

TwistOverall, these braids were pretty simple  to do as long as someone was showing me how to do them. Here is the collage I made up to match the pin.

Cost: Free
Time Commitment: About 5-10 minutes per braid
Ease of activity: 8/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 8/10

Braid CollageWhat is your favorite braid? Have you tried these ones before? Do you have a braid you’d like to see me try? Let me know! Until then, happy braiding, friends!

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