Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup Recipe by Yes, More Please!

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

I have been a vegetarian for about two-and-a-half years, and I am always game to try a new dish (meat-free of course). Soups, in particular, have always been a favorite meal of mine, and I get excited when I find new vegetarian recipes in cooking magazines, on the menu at restaurants, or in the aisle at the grocery store. Who doesn’t love warm, flavorful, colorful soup at the end of a long day?! Continue reading

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Cupcake Mini-Mason Candy Jar (Image Credit: The Daily Sugar)

DIY Cupcake Mini-Mason Candy Jar by The Daily Sugar

Cupcake Mini-Mason Candy Jar (Image Credit: The Daily Sugar)

Cupcake Mini-Mason Candy Jar (Image Credit: The Daily Sugar)

I have always felt that January was the middle month, separating two of the best parts of winter: Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Though the Christmas festivities are long over, we can now begin building excitement for the next holiday in line. Even if you don’t have a significant other this Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the Hallmark-created day of love. The best way to show someone you care about them is through a good old-fashioned DIY present. Continue reading

DIY Galaxy Necklace (Image Credit: Oh the Lovely Things)

DIY Galaxy Necklace by Oh the Lovely Things

DIY Galaxy Necklace (Image Credit: Oh the Lovely Things)

DIY Galaxy Necklace (Image Credit: Oh the Lovely Things)

Galaxy print items have been popping up all over the place for a while now, especially in fashion. You can get everything from leggings to t-shirts to shoes with a galaxy print design.

The blog, Oh the Lovely Things, now presents us with a DIY necklace with this popular trend. It’s super cute, and, better still, easy to make! All you need is a charm, a chain, a cosmetic sponge, and nail polish. Oh the Lovely Things takes you step by step through the process of how to make this astronomically cool necklace with easy to follow directions and helpful pictures. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe by No. 2 Pencil

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup Recipe (Image Credit: No. 2 Pencil)

This summer, about every night around midnight, I would get a really strong craving for something sweet. I would look through my pantry and my fridge and I couldn’t find anything that I really wanted. So I did what any teenager does these days, I went to my good friend the internet to help me find something to eat.

What I found was a great recipe for a Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup on a blog called No. 2 Pencil. The recipe was simple and very easy. The great thing about this recipe was that it called for ingredients that were already in my kitchen pantry. Within about 5 minutes, I was delighted to find that the cookie was delicious and just the right size. Continue reading

Thank you note (Image Credit: Kate Hiscock)

How to Write a Thank You Note

Thank you note (Image Credit: Kate Hiscock)

Thank you note (Image Credit: Kate Hiscock)

Throughout your life, you will receive innumerable favors, gifts, congratulations and condolences. In exchange, you’ll be expected to reciprocate with thank you notes. This may be the modern world, but a text or Facebook message doesn’t cut it; a sincere, handwritten letter is in order.

When it comes to actually writing, you may find, despite your gratitude, that you have no idea what to say, and that no combination of words could do this deed or present justice. The contents of your note of course will vary based on who you’re thanking and what for, but any thank you should follow this basic formula. Any personal thank you, that is. Continue reading

DIY Funky Ombre Pumpkins by Funkytime

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Another week, another amazing pumpkin DIY! When I saw these gorgeous pumpkins on Funkytime, I just had to ask if we could share them here with you. I am all about creative pumpkin decoration ideas and these are some of the prettiest non-carved pumpkins I have come across so far!  I adore the ombre pumpkin and think it would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. I also think the triangle design pumpkin is the kind of whimsical detail that is great for a children’s Halloween Party with more flair and less scare.

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DIY Monster Tote Bag by My Poppet

DIY Monster Tote Bag (Image Credit: My Poppet)

DIY Monster Tote Bag (Image Credit: My Poppet)

Can you ever really have enough tote bags? I hope not because if you can, I probably do, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting more. Buying all those tote bags can get expensive though, so it’s good to see a cheap, easy way to get a cute tote. And the Monster Tote Bag from My Poppet is just that. Continue reading

Halloween (Image Credit: Mike Spasoff)

Your First Time… Throwing a Halloween Party

Halloween (Image Credit: Mike Spasoff)

Halloween (Image Credit: Mike Spasoff)

My Halloween-o-meter kicks into full gear right about the end of September when all the stores are putting out the costumes and candy. And it just makes me want to celebrate. Once you get too old for trick or treating, it may seem like Halloween loses a lot of its verve, but trust me, it doesn’t.

Halloween just so happens to be the perfect holiday to throw a party! It doesn’t have the familial obligations that come with Christmas and Thanksgiving, it’s important enough to celebrate and it isn’t a depressing holiday like Valentine’s Day can be.

But throwing parties can also be stressful. I know, I’ve thrown several Halloween parties, and they weren’t all me watching scary movies and eating candy by myself in my dorm room. Below, you’ll find tips on throwing your first Halloween party and making it one to remember. Continue reading

Renting (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.)

Your First Time…Renting an Apartment

Renting (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.)

Renting (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.)

Renting an apartment for the first time can be a stressful experience. There are a ton of things you have to keep in mind on top of actually finding a place you want to live and can afford. It can be overwhelming, especially if you go into the process not knowing what to look for or expect.

To help you get through the trials and tribulations of apartment hunting, I’ve come up with some basic steps that will help you find your perfect place. Continue reading

DIY Pet Pillow by Yellow Brick Home

DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)

DIY Pet Pillow (Image Credit: Yellow Brick Home)

Like most pet owners, I spend way too much time and money on my cats. Technically, they aren’t even my cats. They’re my boyfriend’s. But that doesn’t stop me from spoiling them with toys, constantly taking pictures of them and inserting their names into popular songs. Continue reading

Online Dating (Image Credit: Diego Cervo)

Your First Time… Trying Online Dating

Online Dating (Image Credit: Diego Cervo)

Online Dating (Image Credit: Diego Cervo)

In world where Ben and Jerry’s and Netflix combine to make a perfectly enjoyable evening for yourself, you may feel like a little something is still missing. Oh yea, maybe someone to enjoy those things with you – some of that basic human interaction that our species strives for.  Especially considering many of today’s single candidates include working individuals who maybe don’t have the time to physically explore the dating world. So, how about that online dating? Continue reading

Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Your First Time… Changing a Flat Tire

Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Changing Tire (Image Credit: Hugo de Wolf)

Tires wear. Humans abuse them ruthlessly. We hit curbs, burn rubber and do donuts late at night. If someone drove on you for several thousand miles, you’d pop too. As sure as death and taxes, flat tires are a simple fact of life.

The worst part is they hit you at the least convenient times—like when you’re several Donettes and sodas deep into your drive and you realize that you’re about to burst, and boom there goes your tire. You’re desperate for a restroom, no amenities for miles. I mean, talk about a bummer. Not to say there’s any preferable time to get a flat. All one can do is be prepared, because flat tires always strike when their victims are most vulnerable. Flat tires find you late at night, no doubt alone in the middle of nowhere, no reception, no one to tell you what to do. Continue reading

DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer (Image Credit: A Bubbly Life)

DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer by A Bubbly Life

DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer (Image Credit: A Bubbly Life)

DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer (Image Credit: A Bubbly Life)

If you’re like me and digging through drawers, bags or boxes full of jewelry drives you absolutely crazy, this DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer by A Bubbly Life is for you girls. Before I got my own pegboard, I was guilty of rummaging through my drawers for about half an hour in the mornings before coming out with a mass of knotted necklaces and bracelets. For me, it was my daily episode of Hoarders. Continue reading

Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Your First Time… Going on a Cross-Country Road Trip

Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Roadtrip (Image Credit: Maridav)

Road trips – one of this country’s greatest traditions and so often overlooked as a preferred mode of travel.  Most people talk of driving across the country as a “bucket list” goal but only the brave follow through.  I have recently spanned this great nation in my Hyundai Accent from coast to coast and I want to share a few tips with you on how to be a smart road tripper.

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