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One Lovely Blog – Award Nomination

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new ‘award’ going around call One Lovely Blog. I was nominated for this by Morgan at Mostly Morgan, thank you so much! I love her blog a lot, she’s one of the reasons why I began blogging.. so I highly recommend you check her out!

(Add in, October 14th) I’ve also been nominated a second time by Hayley at A Stitch To Scratch! She shares her fun adventures in sewing and life, go check her out!

Now, onto the award.

OneLovelyBlogHere are the rules to accept:
  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add seven facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. This award has no restrictions as to who you can nominate.
  • You must follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I’m an overachieving procrastinator. If you’ve read my about me page then you know this already… but really I mean it. Yesterday I spent 3 hours making a fantastically beautiful animated PowerPoint presentation full with a recorded voice-over and bullet points that appeared at just the right time in the recorded presentation for a friend. Meanwhile I was procrastinating from doing the reading for my own homework due today. I consistently take on other projects and sign up for too many things in an attempt to procrastinate from my responsibilities.
  2. I love stress. I sign up for too many things and stress myself out. It always happens, many times a year. I take on too many responsibilities and too many side projects and end up at the point where I can hardly function. But my big problem? If I’m not under this stress, I can’t function either. I need to find a stressful balance to keep me motivated or else I just don’t do anything.
  3. I have a boyfriend who I’ll have been dating for 2 years on the 30th of this month. He’s the one who keeps me somewhat sane throughout all this stress and who somehow puts up with me breaking down consistently about all the crazy things I’ve signed myself up for. I love him a lot. It’s cheesy, but he’s my rock.
  4. I talk in my sleep sometimes. This is a new discovery. My roommate actually told me once I woke up this morning that last night I sat up, gasped, mumbled something, and violently rolled over. This is the 3rd night in a row that I’ve done this. It scares the crap out of her but I think its hilarious!
  5. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I’m getting there. Truthfully, I don’t think I’m at the right college for my future. But, it’s the college I can pay for. So I might transfer in 2 years. I’m very interested in both Stage Management and American Sign Language. At my high school I took 3 years of American Sign Language with a Deaf teacher and I absolutely loved it. We had to go to Deaf events and converse with many Deaf people and so now I feel pretty comfortable doing so. I really think the language is beautiful and I want to continue it at a school with a better program.
  6. I also really love Stage Management. Being in charge of the show, organizing the schedules, making sure everything happens without a hitch.. it’s the dream. No, literally, I dream about it. But my problem is that the schedule is insanely difficult to have a family or social life with. 5pm-1 or 2 am every night. And a lot of extra work at home. Plus more hours on weekends. And it changes depending on the company you work for. Something else that I’m considering is event or wedding planning, since it is similar and a little bit more free.
  7. I’ve never been on an airplane. Never been out of the country, or even on the opposite side of the country. I want to go places. My boyfriend, on the other hand, has been literally everywhere. I’m hoping to travel with him soon and have him show me the world 🙂

I nominate…

One of the first organizing blogs I fell in love with, Kirsten at Organized Charm! I love her advice on organizing for school and for life! I’ve taken a bunch of her ideas and used them for this school year so far and they are incredibly helpful! Check her out!

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DIY: Paint Swatch Wall – Style 2: Grid

DIY Paint Swatch Wall: Grid. A simple creative do it yourself craft sure to bring color and personality into any room! Including those you can't paint on, like dorm rooms! #DIY #PaintSwatch #creative https://danidearest.wordpress.com/In a previous post I shared with you how my roommates and I initially decorated our wall with paint swatches when we moved in. In this post I shared a style in which we arranged the paint swatches overlapping in a “sunrise” shape. After a while we finally got the chance to go to Home Depot and grab more paint swatches to change up the style! Here’s what we did:

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Paint_Swatch_2_BeforeStep 1: Gather Paint Swatches

The first time we did this I went in alone and grabbed some paint swatches. This time two of my roommates and I all went in together and grabbed a couple hundred swatches each. (Oddly enough, nobody gave us weird looks!)

Note: If you’re doing this in a college dorm room, make sure to check to see if your school has any rules against having stuff on the wall. Soon after we finished this project our RA came in and told us that we aren’t allowed to have 50% of the wall covered… (but she let this slide since it looks so cool!)

Paint_Swatch_2_collageStep 2: Organize them by Color

Then (after we finally got home after our car broke down in the parking lot…) we laid the swatches out on the ground and my roommate Nikki sorted them by color. She started by placing the darkest deepest red on top and then slowly transitioning it into orange. Then made another pile with the reddest orange on top and the yellowest orange on the bottom, then another pile with the yellowest green on top and then bluest green on the bottom, and so forth. Pre-sorting these by shade and richness of color really helped the process become faster in the end.

 

Paint_Swatch_2_tapeStep 3: Tape

We figured out that the system that worked best for us was having 3 of us tape and one of us place them on the wall.

To tape we simply rolled up a piece of tape on each corner of the back of the swatch.

Step_by_Step_Paint_wall_GridStep 4: Place

Then we handed it to the roommate that was placing them on the wall and she organized them so they transitioned well into each other. Since the wall was taller than it was wide, we had to transition the right to left portion faster than from the top to bottom. We made sure that there were small spaces in between each swatch and that each swatch was placed straight, like a grid.

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Final product:

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Want another DIY guide for another paint swatch craft? Check out how to make a motivation wall out of paint swatches!

 

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DIY: Motivation Wall

 

 

DIY: Turning a Big T-Shirt into a Tank-Top!

 

 

Fall 2014 Semester Goals

Semester Goals for Fall 2014 - "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." Currently I am sitting here, 2 weeks into the school year. I’ve already been through and done a lot more than I expected to in these 2 weeks. I’m up to 19 credits of classes, still working a full time job, and now I’m working one of my school’s fall theatre productions. It’s a lot to swallow.

Luckily, one of the main things that is keeping me sane right now is consistently reminding myself that there are only 14 weeks left in this semester of school.

Then I’ll be able to take less classes, which will overall help everything fall into place better.

Like this? Pin-it!But, I don’t want my life to become consumed by all this work. I want to be able to keep a somewhat active life around more than just school and my jobs. So I’ve decided to make a list of goals (both school related and not) for this semester. Ready? Here they are:

14 Goals for 14 Weeks

  1. Be able to run 1 mile non-stop in under 10 minutes. (Quick explanation: I have a lot of health problems in my knees and hips and lungs, and I’ve never been able to run for more than a quarter of a mile non-stop.)
    1. Update: Ran 3/4 of a mile on November 7th.  ✓
  2. Hike up to the cross on the mountain next to school at least twice
  3. Add at least 10lbs to every exercise I do at the gym
  4. Get at least a B in Global Studies and Intro to Christianity (my most difficult subjects right now)
  5. Get a passport
  6. Get at least 250 page views on this blog in a month ✓ (completed in September)
  7. Buy 1 pair of real yoga pants ✓
  8. Wear my bangs off my face more often ✓
  9. Register for under 17 credits next term ✓
  10. Use my planner & post-it calendar everyday ✓
  11. Launch the new website for my work
  12. Don’t get sick more than once
  13. Master my winged eyeliner ✓
  14. Print out more pictures for my wall

Bonus goal: Survive Tech Week.

Sometimes writing out your goals is all that you need to ensure that you keep them. Sometimes you need a little more motivation.

I’ve always been pretty good about keeping myself accountable for things, so I hope this will workout. As I complete these goals throughout the semester I will cross them off the list.

Do you keep goals? Do they help you keep on track or motivated? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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How To: Fix a Squeaky Door Hinge

How to: Fix a Squeaky Door Hinge Using Coconut OilHaving a roommate who’s alarm goes off at a different time than yours is one thing about college that I’m still getting used to. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my roommate‘s alarm wakes her up by blasting “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift at 7am. Meanwhile, I shake it off (pun intended) and do my best to fall back asleep until my alarm wakes me up a couple of hours later.

She’s really nice about being as quiet as possible in our room.

Unfortunately, the most difficult part about this comes when she opens our door. The hinges squeak. Loudly. The last two weeks we were able to handle it, but on Friday it startled me so much that I nearly fell out of my bed.Like this? Pin-it!

We didn’t have any WD-40 or anything else like that on hand, so I went looking for a better solution.

Now, I work as a media manager for a company that makes coconut oil, and I happened to have some of their coconut oil on hand. Lately I’d discovered that coconut oil can do practically everything. So I thought, before we go out and buy something to fix this, lets try with what we already have!

Squeaky door hingeCoconut Oil!So I took a small amount of coconut oil in my hand…

And I put it on the front and back of the door hinge. Then proceeded to open and close the door a couple of times (made my roommate wipe off the excess coconut oil) and alas it worked!

So far it’s been a couple of days and the door has stayed squeaky-free! I did some research online afterwards (which I probably should have done beforehand..) and found testimonials from a lot of people saying that this method can rid doors of squeaks for months onto years.

I know this is a little silly, but since it’s a simple low cost life hack that I didn’t know about until trying it, I figured I should let you know that it works!

What are some of your favorite low cost hacks? Tell me below!

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Dorm DIY: Paint Swatch Wall

Do it Yourself: Paint Swatch Wall Art! Great to add color and personality for dorm rooms & other places that you can't paint.
Like this? Pin-it! We call this the “Sunrise” style. Want to see a different style? View our version of the “grid” style here!

While gathering ideas for dorm room decorations my roommates and I came across a lot of ideas about designs that you can make using paint samples. Since our University does not allow us to paint the walls in our rooms (most schools don’t let you) we decided that this was a cute, simple, way to give temporary color and personality to our space.

Inspiration:

 

Cool, right? We sure thought so. We planned to do something similar to this before we met in person, so one of my roommates and I went to Home Depot and grabbed tons of paint swatches. We didn’t have chance to coordinate as much as it would require to do so for those fancy designs, so we just did the best with what we had.

 

During:

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We put 4 small rolled up pieces of scotch tape on the back of each paint swatch, one on each corner of the swatch, to make sure it would stick to the wall. We started with red in the corner and tried our best to fade it out in a rainbow pattern, ending with light pink/purple at the top.

 

 

After:

It took a lot of teamwork, coordination, and loud music… but here was our result!

CAM00182We hope to collect more paint samples soon and begin the same pattern in the top left corner of the wall, so they meet and combine in the center creating a full rainbow going up and back.

 

How have you added some color and personality to your dorm room? Tell me below!

 

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Freshman Dorm Room Transformation

Dorm Room Transformation: From boring to beautiful.

I feel like first posts are always the most awkward. Do I introduce myself? Do I just jump right in? Do I tell my whole life story?

I guess I should start with an introduction, but don’t worry, I’ll spare you most all of the boring details.

I’m Dani, I’m a Freshman at a college in California and I’ve decided to keep a blog. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while but just haven’t found the time to start, and I figured that now is better than never! So here I am. Welcome!

On this blog I will be posted everything from college, to life, to organization, to cute creative things, to my experiences in theatre to.. well.. practically everything.

If you want more information about me and what makes me tick, check out my about me page.

Now time to jump right in!

Like this? Pin-it!I recently moved into my dorm, and despite my roommates thinking I’m really weird.. I took before and after pictures of our dorm room transformation to share!

While the majority of dorm rooms are one room bedrooms shared between 2 or 3 people with a bathroom down the hall that the whole floor shares, I am lucky enough to be a part of the rare colleges to provide suite style dorms for their Freshman! My dorm consists of 4 girls, sharing 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1 living room. It’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

Luckily my roommates are just as into decorating and organizing as I am, so we were all on the same page when it came to move in day.

The images below are mainly panoramic pictures that I took with my phone, so excuse the bad quality. If you click on the image it will open up larger for you to view better.

The Living Room

Before:

(View from the door)

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After:

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My Bedroom

(my bed is on the right)

Before:

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And there you have it! Though I’m sure we’ll change it throughout the year, I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with how it looks right now 🙂

 

 

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