My Monday Musts

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Happy Monday, readers!

While I’m enjoying some nice R&R while on Spring Break, I’m trading in any beach bum adventures for laying in my Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed bedroom, reading, blogging, and binge watching Criminal Minds (and preparing myself, and my liver, for my 21st birthday on Sunday!). However, I truly do need this time to rest, relax, and just put on a face mask while wearing my favorite fuzzy socks because I have had a ton of great news happening for me these past few days.

First off, I got my first internship! I am now an editorial intern for TheCelebrityCafe.com, writing on celebrity gossip, television recaps, and all things related to Hollywood! I officially start this week and can’t wait to dive right in – snuggled up in bed, freshly manicured fingers typing away at the computer! Stay connected with me on Twitter to read my posts, which I will be tweeting and retweeting.

I am the newest News Director elect for my school’s TV station! Overall, I have gotten super involved with my school’s television station – living and breathing journalism. On Wednesday alone, I did work for the station from 11 am until 10:30 p.m. and let me tell you readers, I loved it! It was in that moment that I realized that I truly am doing exactly what I love and can’t wait to continue to do it as my career. Well, it is a good thing that I realized this because I was elected to the News Director position. This means, whenever there is any breaking news I will be the first one on the scene, tweeting about what is happening, putting together a web write up, and getting footage. Plus, I will have a lot more behind the scenes work to do on our school’s newscast. I did the weather in our last newscast, as well as put together a package on the snow mounds around campus! Check it out here.

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Blazer: Forever 21 | Top: Dressbarn | Leggings: Victoria’s Secret Pink |Boots: DSW

I was elected into the National Residence Hall Honorary Society! On Quinnipiac’s campus, this organization only accepts the top one percent of student leaders. I am honored to be classified in that group. The National Organization is based upon “honorary comprised of exemplary residential students who value recognition and service.”  I am excited to be inducted in April to this group of other driven student leaders to help honor other star leaders on campus.

I am returning as a Resident Assistant to my building again next year! The most rewarding experience of my life has been becoming an Resident Assistant, as I have explained time and time again on here. As the process of rehiring and getting placed in residence halls for next year came quickly, I was getting so nervous. First off, I absolutely wanted to stay with freshmen. I don’t think I could ask for a more rewarding experience that being a “big sister” role for 20-something 18 year olds as they begin to find their place in college. More over, I don’t think I would have gotten such an incredible experience if I was in a different residence hall. Lucky enough for me, I will be returning to Irma/Dana for another fun-filled year!

Also, coming up I have my 21st birthday, a bunch of my friend’s turning 21, my first time hitting the bars with my big, my junior year formal, and my 21st birthday open bar! Here’s to March being one incredible month, filled with plenty more good times and even more good news!

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Sami’s Holiday Guide: Craft Your Own Canvas

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So you waited until last minute to get all your Christmas gifts and it’s already the Saturday before – now what?
Well, this time, readers, is for you to break out your paint brush and craft gifts from the heart. Avoid the craziness of the malls and mile long lines by crafting. A personal favorite gift of mine to craft are canvases!
Here are some canvas ideas from myself, a fellow Alpha Delta Pi sister from Florida State University, and some Pinterest faves that are on my Crafting Queen Pinterest Board to make.
Here is the canvas I made for my little for Christmas:
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Over the summer, I got in touch with Madie,  a fellow ADPi sister who had an Etsy shop. She took a break from her Etsy shop recently, but by visiting the page, you can sign up to receive an e-mail for when she returns! Here are two of Madie’s canvases, that I have hanging in my dorm room at school:
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And for more ideas, here are some of my favorite canvases that I have recently pinned:

 

 

Hope that these examples can help inspire you for any last minute gifts.

Happy crafting!

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Sami’s Holiday Guide: Reasons Why I Love You Mason Jar

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As the total sorority girl that I am, I love to craft gifts for people.

Crafting is a great way to make a personal gift for someone who love, while expressing yourself. I also find it as a great stress reliever.

For Amber, as most of you know is my little diamond, I recently crafted a mason jar to hold all of the reasons I love her and she is the perfect little for me!

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Tell your best friend, your big, your little, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your parents, anyone how much you love them with this mason jar craft.

Supplies for this craft include a mason jar, decorate flower or what you chose to place on the top, ribbon, hot glue, Popsicle sticks, and decorative letters.

Here’s how:

Glue decorative ribbon onto a plain piece of ribbon. I used white and rhinestone to go with the color scheme I was using for the mason jar.

1126Make sure you hot glue so it stays together for longer, verses Elmer’s glue. This craft is going to require a lot of hot glue, so make sure you have enough hot glue sticks!

1128You need to then continue the prep work by decorating the lid of the mason jar.

1136I bought a flower from the headband section of Joann’s. For the decorative piece of top, you can truly explore the craft store – even items you already have around your house or dorm room. You want this piece to be something pretty and truly draws your eye to the craft when completed.

1137Hot glue the bottom of the decorative piece to stick onto the lid.

1140Firmly press the decorative piece onto the mason jar’s lid. You want to make sure it stays!

1150Then, hot glue the back of your ribbon to hot glue it around the now completed lid.

1157Now, it is time to start decorating the mason jar itself. On the jar, write whatever you want to label it! Label it as “Why I Love You,” “Reasons I Love You,” or whatever else your heart desires. I went with “Reasons Your Big Loves You” on Amber’s mason jar. To make it easier for myself, I pulled all the letters off of the sticker sheet first.

1164Then, I put hot glue on the back of the letters….
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1174Now, it is time to get sentimental! On Popsicle sticks, write all of the reasons why you love that person! It was Amber’s 20th birthday, so I wrote 20 different reasons as to why she is the perfect little for me. Here are some examples, as I wrote them on with a Sharpie marker (in blue, notice, to continue with the color scheme):

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And ta-da, my sparkling readers, it’s done!

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If you make the Reason I Love You mason jar, tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy crafting and happy holiday season!
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DIY Bejeweled Photo Collage Letters

For my big diamond, Katherine, and little diamond, Amber, I had searched for hours on Pinterest to find the perfect Christmas present for them. I wanted to craft them something personal to show all the memories we had shared together. I had finally found the perfect gift for them, bejeweled photo collage letters!

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Christmas is right around the corner, but you still have time to make these! You can complete a letter in a matter of a day.

First, you need to prepare to do the craft. I went to my local Jo-Ann craft store and got a cardboard letter. I then printed out pictures, right from my computer, of my favorite black and white photos of me and the gift’s recipient.

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I didn’t want the letter to just be plain cardboard, so I used white acrylic paint to paint it.

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The paint was super quick to dry. Make sure to paint every side!

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I’ll be honest with you, readers, I am a perfectionist. So instead of just gluing the photos down with mod podge, I laid out the photos on the letter. I pieced everything together like a little puzzle to see how it would all fit.

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Once everything was how I wanted it to be, I took a picture to remember. I then took the photos off the letter and began to glue it down! To do so, you need a sponge brush and mod podge. Both can be purchased at a local craft store. I bought mine at Michael’s.

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To glue the photos down, I would first use the sponge brush to put glue down on the letter. I would then stick the photo onto it, trying to avoid allowing air bubbles pop up. Once the photo is on, I put the mod podge over it. The mod podge was put on top of the photo for a glossy feel.

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Continue on by gluing down each photo with mod podge and put the mod podge on top of the photo, as well.

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Once you have every photo glued down, run one last layer of mod podge over the entire thing. Make sure it is all even.

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If you can see the white glue on the photo, it’s okay. That’s what makes the photo appear to have a glossy finish once it dries.

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Before doing anything else, you need to let the mod podge dry!

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You can always leave the letter just like this, but I decided to bejewel the letter with adhesive jewel stickers.

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Once you finish adding the jewels onto the letter, it’s all done!

photo (60)Amber and Katherine loved them. I am so happy with how they came out!

If you decide to make these bejeweled photo collage letters, drop me a message in the comments below and me know!

And remember to check out the site The Collegiate Standard for sorority and fraternity jewelry! PLUS use coupon code SAMI10 to receive 10% off! A post on their products will be coming soon!!

DIY Sharpie Mug

To make my best friends birthday gift, I let my sorority girl/Pinterest addicted self shine through by crafting a DIY sharpie mug with our favorite “Sex and the City” friendship quote – “Maybe our best friends are our soul mates, and boys are just to have fun with.”

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The quick craft came out absolutely beautiful & better than I could have ever expected. More importantly, my coffee chugging bestie, Julia, loved it!! With the holiday season now here, a DIY Sharpie mug is a great gift to make and give to any coffee or tea lover in your life.

The make the mug, the steps are:

1. First, you need to get the supplies you need! They’re all very cheap and easy to get – Sharpie markers and a mug! Most mugs can even be found at the dollar store if you are trying to keep yourself on a budget.

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2. Decide what you want to write on it. As I said, Julia and I always tell each other that we are soul mates because of the SaTC quote, so it was perfect! You can write any quote you want, draw a design, or even write a note if you would like! You have complete creative freedom!

3. Once you know what you want to do, start designing! Take your time, remember you can’t undo it once you start, so do not rush.

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4. Once it is finished, place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. This allows the Sharpie to not come off after washing it and multiple uses. Once it bakes, let it cool.

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And that’s it! Now you can give the gift!

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If you decide to make the DIY mug, or have done it before, I would love to hear about it! Let me know below, in the comment section!

Cute New Sorority Stickers from the Girls at Greek Cover Photo

My sorority girl self previously posted about Greek Cover Photo, a site that allows for free downloads of already made Facebook cover photos representing different sororities.

Well, the girls from Greek Cover Photo have now added a new feature to their site – the ability to purchase sorority stickers!

The stickers are absolutely so cute and offer a variety of different themes, ranging from

sorority (this one representing my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi) :

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to monograms (what sorority girl doesn’t love her monograms?!):

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to plain decorative stickers:

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The stickers are perfect to give as gifts to your little/big, or to keep for yourself to put on your laptop or notebook. I know I am so in love with the flag with the diamonds on it to represent ADPi that I will probably end up getting that one to put on my laptop right next to my other Alpha Delta Pi stickers! With recruitment coming up, the stickers also work as unique name tags.

On all of the stickers, you can customize them with your name or monogram for free! How awesome is that?! (This is such a big perk if you do decide to use them as name tags for recruitment.)

If your entire sorority is interested, or even a big group of sisters, the girls from Greek Cover Photo offer free shipping and 20% off on bulk orders of 50 or more! Use the coupon code BULKLOVE at checkout today.

Visit the Greek Cover Photo’s sticker shop today to purchase your sticker!

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