Being in college can really strip you of helpful resources you’re so used to having around at home. Being a college student means that you’re always stressed for time and sharing space with someone else at least, all of the time. You think this is all fine and dandy until your roommate starts getting comfortable with you and also with openly voicing how they feel about certain things you may do. Maybe they don’t like that you chew with your mouth open or leave your socks on the floor. Or, maybe they absolutely despise the smell of nail polish and forbid it from entering your residence hall door. If this situation sounds all too familiar, learn to close your mouth when you chew (it is kind of annoying) and invest in these awesome Sally Hansen Nail stickers. They’re available in almost any print you can think of and last for up to 2 weeks. The best part about them is that they completely eliminate the harsh smell of nail polish and/or nail polish remover because they’re simple decals that you just place and stick on top of your nail. They take less than 20 minutes to apply and make your nails look like you just stepped out of a highly skilled salon. They’re really helpful if you’re awful at painting your non-dominant hand and always end up with polish all over your cuticles and fingers (like me). They run for about $10.00 a pop and come with extra pieces for each hand. You can save the extra pieces and mix and match prints with colors, prints with prints, or just go full out color on all ten fingers and toes.
I’ve been experiencing the worst case of the sweet-tooth bug lately, and I’ve been craving my favorite Funfetti cake recipe (you know, the kind that comes out of the box). There’s just something so sweet and fun about a vanilla cake, cut open to reveal colorful sprinkles. But just creating a ‘stir and bake cake’ in a square pan is so conventional. Sure, it’s delicious to eat, but where’s the creative fun? In the midst of my creation drought, I decided to head over to Pinterest for some motivation. That’s where I discovered delicious Cake Pops! I’ve seen the molds for them at almost every craft store I set foot in (I’m a craft store feen), but I never really had the urge to try them out until now.
The recipe and directions are really quite simple, and it allows you to customize your cake pops for almost any occasion. It’s as easy as baking your favorite cake, letting it cool, and crumbling up the warm cake into a jar of your favorite icing. After you make the disgusting, gooey, crumbly mixture, you roll it into balls and stick them with lollipop sticks. Then, you melt some chocolate and coat your mixture-rolled balls so that they’re covered. From here you add your decorations (faces, arms, eyes) to your Cake Pops and let them cool. After they’re cooled you can stick them out of an arrangement as a gift or just eat them as is!
Decorating your house, first apartment or residence hall can add up to be a bit costly. After buying your essentials ie;- bedding, shower accessories, storage, meal plan, you’re stripped of the dough to decorate your room to a “T”. The best thing to do in this situation is get creative. There’s going to be some rainy nights spent in your dorm with you roomie that just scream “craft night”. If you’re stuck on a craft idea, pull out a laptop, browse the web, and find common everyday household items that you and your roomie can use to make cute and fun decorations. Want to make these adorable yarn ball decorations? All you need is a little extra glue, yarn and a few 5” balloons. If you don’t have any of these items your local CVS or grocery store should have just what you need.
There’s an awesome tutorial here on how to make these cute, affordable yarn balls that will look amazing in your residence hall. Use this project as a rainy night activity or just a fun bonding night with your roommate. They also make great gifts in a basket or center piece bowl!
Interested in seeing step by step pictures of how WE made cake pops? Check back next week for step by step pics!