10 Adult Ways to Stay Creative Over Summer Break

10 adult ways to stay creative

10 adult ways to stay creative

Everyone always worries about kids getting bored over summer break. Parents break out the chore lists and then send the kids outside to play all day until dawn after they have finished. No one really stops to think… what about the adults? Sure, some people work, as I do, but we all have days off, down time, and times where we are just plain bored. I have found some awesome ways for us adults to be creative over the summer, especially for those collegiate adults like me, without our usual hustle and bustle of the semester.

#1 Paint!

painting

Yes, this seems childish and maybe even a little bit ridiculous but painting, coloring, drawing, etc. is so much fun. You can do it all and have an awesome picture to hang up in your living room as well. I cannot tell you how many canvases I have made on days that I am just bored out of my skull. No inspiration? Check out Pinterest! They have awesome canvases with tons of different things that can inspire you to create some similar or something completely your own!

#2 Go on a nature hunt (with your animal!)

nature walk

I don’t know about you guys but my pup loves to be outside. He’s a husky/labrador mix so it is normal for his breed mixture. If you have a pup that feels the same, slap a leash on that sweet baby and head out into the wild (okay, it’s fine if you just walk around your neighborhood). There are so many things you can discover while going on a “nature” hunt if you will, even if you are just walking around the block. Your dog, and you will get exercise, you will soak up some Vitamin D, and you will get to experience the beauty that is Mother Nature.

#3 Bake something

bake something

We all know we have to cook in order to eat unless you prefer take-out 24/7. Baking is an awesome stress reliever, allows for tons of creativity, and you can even decorate whatever you make to add some more zest into your life. Bake a cake, roll up some cookie dough, make homemade bread from scratch. Take this time to explore your culinary abilities and always have a snack (or meals for three days, if you’re like me) when you’re finished!

#4 Go to the lake/beach

go to lake beach

After here, lakes are where it’s at if you don’t have a pool. By all means, if you live near the beach, I would highly suggest that water to the water in the lakes of Kentucky (bleh!). However, a great way that I find to get inspiration is by going out and experiencing it. If you love to swim, then going out to the lake is an awesome way to have fun and gain creativity. Even if you don’t like to swim, walking along the water with your toes squishing is a great relaxation technique.

#5 Write a story

write a story

Writing is one of my favorite pastimes, obviously. Feeling like you have all these ideas with nowhere to place them? Write a story! It doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to have a name. Just write what you want to write about and have fun doing it. Whether it’s a love story about aliens falling in love or a thriller where your best friend goes missing, whatever trips your trigger!

#6 Play with chalk on the pavement

draw with chalk on pavement

You may think of this as a child’s way of passing the time or being creative but it is so much fun. Not only are you letting your creativity shine through, you are outside and enjoying the fresh air while you do it. Granted, make sure that it is okay to write with chalk all over the areas that you are filling with your beautiful artwork, but feel free to have fun with it. Write quotes, draw landscapes, make a self-portrait.

#7 Create a playlist of summertime music

create a summer playlist

Music is one of my favorite ways to express myself and whenever I need a little boost in my creativity, I always turn to it. Whether I am jamming out to some classic rock or dancing along to the latest pop single, I enjoy getting to play around with music. Creating a playlist that fits your summer needs is a great way to bring positivity into your days. Play it when you are feeling bored and dance around the house, backyard, or even in the pool until your heart is content.

#8 Grow a garden

grow a garden

Although gardening is not my strong suit and I like in an apartment complex, I think it would be amazing to be able to grow a garden of summer flowers. If you are like me and terribly forgetful, try to stick to things that need lots of sunlight but not much water management. Grow some beautiful blooms in your backyard, along your sidewalks, or even just in front of the house for a little pop of color to brighten your days.

#9 Dance in the rain

dance in the rain

If you love to dance like me, then you’ll love this idea. Rain is something everyone dreads during the summer. You want to be out enjoying the sunshine, not cooped up in the rain. Like the Cat in the Hat once said, “I know it is wet, and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!” Take advance of that rain and go dance in it. If you are hot-natured, you’ll love the feeling of the rain on your skin, and if not, then you’ll just have fun being silly outside.

#10 Tie dye!

tie dye

Tie dye is coming back for kids, adults, and the like. Make something your own by getting something white, whether it’s a bag, hat, t-shirt, or even a pair of shorts, and tie it to fit your personal color-filled needs. Tie dying is a fun way to get creative and you can Pinterest or Google so many different techniques to make different designs. Here is an awesome article that shows you several different ways to tie dying your fabrics.

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The Fun Questions Tag

the fun questions tag

Since it’s been awhile without me really sharing things about myself, I figured I’d do the fun questions tag and allow you guys to get to know me a little better. I’m not tagging anyone so feel free to do this on your own blog and maybe we can do a link up? 😉

1) When is your birthday? (You don’t have to include the year if you don’t want to.)

May 23rd!

2) What are 3 of your favorite colors?

Chartreuse, purple, and turquoise.

3) What are your 3 favorites quotes?

I don’t know that I have favorite quotes because I love so many but here are some that appeal to me!
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe
We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. – Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. – Unknown

4) Are you addicted to YouTube?

I mean… define “addicted”…?

5) What are 3 of your favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

My Mad Fat Diary
American Horror Story
Gossip Girl

6) What are 3 qualities you like in a best friend?

Kind, funny, and loyal!

7) Do you like your name?

I don’t mind it? I was kind of given it at birth, ya know.

8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

Hmm.. I’m not really sure I’ve thought about this. Maybe Dahlia or Aurora? Something boho-y and natural.

9) What is your fantasy dream?

To be a witch at Ilvermorny. ?

10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes, pretty much daily.

11) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Probably something supernatural or magic related. Maybe… “I’m a Witch?” because my life is constantly a series of questionable occurrences and acts.

12) What makes you cry?

Any pain to animals or people I love (or myself), sad movies, sad books, sad ANYTHING… I’m an emotional rollercoaster.

13) What makes you angry?

Ignorance, purposeful stupidity, being rude, being prejudice, etc. The usual for most decent human beings.

14) What makes you happy?

Animals, Harry Potter, music, my family, my friends, my boyfriend, Asian food, chocolate… I could go on.

15) What is “Fangirling?”

When one obsesses over something, normally a TV show or book series, to the point of almost total consumption.

16) What are your 3 favorites snacks?

Chocolate, fruit, and bread.

17) What are your 3 favorite foods?

Asian food, chicken, and Mexican food.

18) What are your 3 favorite drinks?

Ice cold water, coffee, and hot tea.

19) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, my name is Kimberly. I am twenty-one years old and I’m a senior in college. I am studying to be a special education teacher, preferably at the elementary level. I live in Kentucky and work at Sonic Drive-In. I am in a relationship and we have two cats and his bird (who is older than him!).

20) What are 10 random facts about you?

1. I’m weirdly obsessed with playing Township.
2. Cats are my favorite animals but I love all animals.
3. I really want my apartment to be Pinterest-worthy.
4. I am going to Ireland this May!
5. I am getting a new puppy soon (pictures and a full post coming!).
6. I am a member of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.
7. I’ve never learned to play an instrument.
8. I currently have four books I am in the middle of reading.
9. I am a heart patient.
10. I want to have five children (but my nieces and nephews are slowly making that number dwindle).

21) What are your 3 fun things to do?

1. Play video games.
2. Do makeup, play with makeup, have… makeup.
3. Play with cats.

I hope you guys learned a little more about me and had fun doing it. I try to be somewhat comical in these posts but y’all know I’m just a cheesy little nerd. Love you guys!

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Blogmas Day 19 | Recent Pins: Dec. 19th

recent pins dec 19th

Even though it’s after midnight (yes, I’ve been writing this for awhile), I’m still making this my 19th day of Blogmas. But ayyy, back at it again with the Recent Pins posts. I really just love getting to review my pins and it makes me go back and actually use them as well as get more active on Pinterest than I normally would be (even though it’s one of my favorite social media outlets). I’ve got another look at my recent pins on Pinterest. Be sure to leave your favorite recent pins below for me to check out!

Bullet Journal 2k15

From littlestudiousflower; pinned to Bullet Journaling board

30 Inspiring Smile Quotes

From Quotes Words Sayings; pinned into Positive Vibes board

The Groovy Teacher

From Twitter; pinned into Future Teacher board

DIY Navy Blue Eye Makeup

From lovethispic.com; pinned into Makeup Hoarder board

20 Printables That Will Help Organize Everything

From theorganizedchick.com; pinned into Organization board

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

From instagram.com; pinned into Cleaning board

A Full Face of Makeup Dupes – Half High End, Half Drugstore

From Meg O. on the Go; pinned into Makeup Hoarder

7 Rules for Life

From timdiy.com; pinned into Positive Vibes board

Free Holiday Fonts

From Bloglovin’; pinned into Christmas board

My Ride or Die Makeup Kit: Makeup That Will Never Let You Down

From Ashley Brooke Nicolas; pinned into Makeup Hoarder board

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Blogmas Day 12 | Favorite YouTubers of All Time

YouTube is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never had the guts to go through with (I’m planning for this to change soon ?). I seriously admire those who can get in front of a camera and just be themselves. I love watching videos of so many different kinds, from my favorite lifestyle and beauty gurus to gameplay for League of Legends and voice impressions. That being said, I’m going to share with you (as of now) my favorite YouTubers of all time!

#1 Laura Lee

This girl has slowly become my ride-or-die YouTuber. She’s hilarious, quirky, sweet, and GORGEOUS. I love all the different things she offers, from weird beauty hacks to makeup tutorials that slay my existence. She is one of the most down-to-Earth YouTubers I’ve ever come across. She even has shared how she went from being “fake” on camera to learning to finally be herself to her subscribers. And I think that this is what makes her so amazing.

#2 Jaclyn Hill

Everyone loves this girl. She’s easily one of the most well-known beauty gurus of all time. She’s been on YouTube for ages and has become a hit among young teens. She’s done several collaborations with brands–best known for her Becca collaboration in creating the highlighter, Champagne Pop–and she has done exceptionally well from herself. Being able to share her personal life, her backstory, and so much more with her subscribers is something that hits home with me. I always love when I can connect with the people I watch on YouTube. She makes that sooo easy.

#3 Shaaanxo

Another well-known beauty guru, Shan, is definitely in my top favs for the YouTube world. She is such a light-hearted and happy woman. I love the amount of creativity she puts into her channel. Although I love a good smokey eye, she brings life back into makeup. Everything from special effects to get ready with me videos, she’s got you covered. She rocks a bold lip and makes me feel like nothing is too unique for me.

#4 Brizzy Voices

Although she does some beauty videos, one that breaks away from my normal watching needs on YouTube is Brizzy! She is an amazing YouTubers that is well known for her voice and singing impressions. She can do so many different things that it honestly amazes me. I even used one of her impressions as my text tone one time (yes, I’m a dork). On a real note though, she’s so happy and lively all the time and makes YouTube fun again. Plus, we share a HUGE love for Harry Potter.

#5 Madison Miller

Although I did not discover Madison until around a year ago, I’ve quickly fallen in love with her. I remember finding out that she used to be a teacher (which is my career path) and I was so excited. She’s seriously so gorgeous and amazing with her makeup skills. I love that she is so generous to her subscribers, constantly doing giveaways, and always gives us the down low on new products with her famous “Dope or Nope” videos. I can always turn to her for an honest review!

#6 ThatGirlShaeXo

This girl has been a ride or die for me for awhile now. From everything to her weight loss journey to her battles with acne-prone skin, I relate to so many REAL things that she talks about on her channel. Although she is known for being a beauty guru, she adheres to what I consider a large audience with her various types of videos. I adore her beauty videos just as much, though! I love when she does live swatching and I KNOW that Mama needs a little forehead bronzer to make her looks complete!

#7 Laura Leth

Although best known for her “Instagram-esque” videos–where she just showing you everything without voicing it, I love her to death. She does AMAZING makeup looks and uses such a great variety of drugstore and high-end products, in my opinion. Her looks are what drew me in because her makeup always looks flawless. She even has her own eyelash line, if I’m not mistaken, and she says that she wears lashes daily so what would be more appropriate?!

And that’s it for my favorite YouTubers! Although I have many that I watch and adore, these are the ones that keep me coming back again and again (even if I stray away for a little while). I love them all dearly and could only dream of getting to meet each of them some day. And if by some miracle they are reading this, I might pass out. ?

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Blogmas Day 9 | 20 Holiday-Themed Journal Prompts

20 holiday themed journal prompts

Journaling is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress. Whether you do it once a month or once a day, journaling is a great hobby to show embrace your creativity. To help you fill your journal with the holiday spirit, I’ve got some prompts for you that are themed around the most wonderful time of the year!

  • Fondest holiday memory
  • Your favorite gift you’ve received
  • Your favorite gift you’ve given
  • Describe the perfect snow day
  • Share your goals for the new year
  • A letter to Santa
  • Recipes for your favorite holiday foods
  • Share your family traditions
  • Spending the day in Santa’s workshop
  • Your holiday wish(es)
  • Holiday traditions in other cultures
  • Poem about winter
  • Christmas short story
  • What it would be like to live in a Gingerbread house
  • Summary of the past year
  • What you want to get everyone for Christmas
  • A day with Frosty the Snowman
  • Describe your own holiday decorations
  • Write as if you were one of Santa’s elves
  • “This Christmas I hope…”

What are your ideas for holiday-themed journal prompts? Are you excited for the holidays? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List

I’m makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice. Bucket lists are a great way to make goals for a certain time period whether it be a month, a season, or your lifetime. I love making lists of holiday-specific things that I can do to get myself in the spirit. Here’s a bucket list that we can all use to make for a terrific Christmas season!

  • Go look at the Christmas lights
  • Decorate your house for the holidays
  • Go ice skating
  • Make homemade ornaments
  • Volunteer
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Have a Christmas movie night
  • Buy a pair Christmas pajamas
  • Have a peppermint hot chocolate
  • Give gifts to your neighbors
  • Take a “Christmas card” picture
  • Buy an ugly Christmas sweater
  • Make Santa cookies
  • Donate to a local non-profit organization
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Make a holiday art craft
  • Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Wrap presents for your friends and family
  • Learn about another culture’s holiday celebrations
  • Eat foods from other cultures’ Christmases
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make fudge
  • Do a random good deed for someone
  • Spend time with your family

These are all things that I personally want to see myself do before 2017 and I hope you all can take a little bit away from this list as well! If you have any requests for Blogmas posts that you would like to see in my series, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays! ?

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Blogmas Day 3 | Recent Pins: Dec. 3rd

recent pins dec 3rd

Pinterest is one of my favorite creative outlets. I get so many awesome ideas from just reading through articles pinned on there or looking at photos. I even have a board just for “Creative” things that inspire me. Everything from recipes to blogging tips are available and I can’t think of a better social media outlet to let your true self shine. Here are some of my recent pins that I’ve been loving. Share your own pins in the comments!

How This Blogger Made Over $60,000 This Year

From Arts and Budgets; pinned into Blogging board

December Desktop Calendar

 

From Blackco; pinned into Technology board

Ways to Study Flowchart

From lifeh4cks.com; pinned into College Life board

How to Color Code Your Planner

From I Heart Planners; pinned into Planner Addict board

Intense Study Tips

From College Prepster; pinned into College Life board

Espresso Frosting on Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

From Revamperate; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Study Schedule as Laptop Wallpaper

From learn-teach-organize.tumblr.com; pinned into College Life board

How to Study

From bulletjournaling.tumblr.com; pinned into College Life board

12 Layout Ideas You’ll Want to Steal for Your Bullet Journal

From WonderfulDIY; pinned into Bullet Journaling board

How I Make $500+ a Month Freelance Writing

From Samanthability; pinned into Blogging board

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Recipe | Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is not usually the most sought out menu item around the holidays. Most people think of the gross jelly substance that people slap out of a can and onto a small serving dish. Let me tell you, I hate that stuff, too. So when I saw I am making cranberry sauce, people normally look at me like I’m ten kinds of crazy. HOWEVER, I have a recipe that is knock-your-socks-off good and has had amazing feedback from many people (not just my family).

This is a recipe that has been around in my family for awhile and adapted in many different ways by my family members, myself, as well as plenty of people on the internet. You can find about twenty different versions of this recipe just by googling it. Thankfully, I’ve saved you the trouble… because this is the best version you’re going to find. 😉

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries
2 cups of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of sugar
2 six-ounce packages of pecans
2 cups of boiling water
3 three-ounce packages of strawberry gelatin
1 undrained, eight-ounce can of pineapple tidbits
9×13 pan

Preparation

  1. Finely dice the fresh cranberries using a food processor. Make sure to push down the chunks in between spins to get the cranberry very chopped with no big chunks.
  2. Dice the fresh strawberries by hand, making as small of pieces as possible.
  3. Mix the cranberries, strawberries, sugar, and pecans (amount for personal preference) in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the strawberry gelatin into a large-sized mixing bowl.
  5. Bring the water to boil and then pour it into the large mixing bowl with the gelatin. Mix until all of the gelatin powder has dissolved.
  6. Pour the can of pineapple tidbits into the large mixing bowl and stir.
  7. Pour the cranberry mixture into the large mixing bowl and stir all of the ingredients until they are mixed together well.
  8.  Pour the mixture into the 9×13 pan and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or until firm.
  9. Once firm, spoon out servings and enjoy!

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How-To | Repurpose ColourPop Cosmetics Delivery Boxes

repurposing colourpop cosmetics boxes

One of the best parts of getting ColourPop Cosmetics orders in, other than getting all your beauty goodies, is getting those gorgeous boxes… but then we just… throw them away? NO! Reduce, reuse, recycle, man. You can totally reuse those to make the most adorable storage boxes for your ColourPop products or really anything you want cute organization for. The patterns don’t stay the same but if you order frequently, you can get several of the same types of boxes and theme your organization in your home!

I have found the best method to take this…

and make it look like this!

Minus my huge (this is only a portion) collection of ColourPop goodies. If you’re interested in making use of your delivery boxes, follow the instructions given in this super simple and quick tutorial.

Step #1: Get a ColourPop box that you have lying around your house (you know you keep ’em).

Step #2: Carefully, pull up on either side of the box (while open) while also pushing slightly down on the bottom of the inside of the box until you pop the tab out of the precut hole in the box. Put it out so it is free from the insert hole.


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Step #3: Repeat Step #2 with the other side. Once you have finished, it should look something like this:
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Step #4: Turn over the box so you see the white side and start bending all of the pre-bent areas backwards (inwards).
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Step #5: Cut off the top part (where the lid begins and the side flaps attached to it).

Step #6: Fold forward the flap directly in front of you and pull the opposite sides flap next to it with the opposite side on the outside. This should create the first half of the box. Secure it into place by pulling the flap you previously removed inward and securing it into that same tab slot on the inside of the box.
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Step #7: Repeat Step 6 to complete the folding process. The box should then look like this:
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Now, you could just stop right here! It is a perfectly secure box that would look very swanky as a storage container. However, I am very OCD and want things to look as neat and tidy as possible. So, I’ve added in some extra steps to make it look less DIY and more FABULOUS!

Step #8: Take the lid that you cut off and remove everything but the face that says “ColourPop” on it. This should leave a plain rectangle.
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Step #9: Once you are finished, insert it into the bottom of the box to make for an extra decorative touch. If you are not using your box for ColourPop, you could always put out some matching cardstock or scrapbook paper to fit inside the bottom without using the ColourPop logo.
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Step #10: Take the top flap from the lid (the long piece) that you just cut off and cut off the two side parts that previously folded into the box (the small parts). Insert this behind the cardboard on the inside of the box on the back wall of the box to secure it into place and add the pattern to the back.
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Once you have that done, you are finished! You can also use the extra pieces to add in dividers (as shown in my finished product above) so you can organize the box even more. Here is a photo of the finished product:
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Recent Pins | Nov. 5th

WELL HELLO THERE, MY LOVES. DID YOU MISS ME?! I miss you all only a whole lot! I am excited to finally attempt to get back into my blogging schedule while transitioning out of the semester. I have so much to catch up on but that isn’t the point of this post! I have decided that I want to share posts I’ve pinned recently with you all every once in awhile. You get to see a little bit of what I am into as well as possibly get some awesome pins for your own boards!

Let’s get this show on the road.

Chocolate Spoonful Cake
chocolate spoonful cake
From Epicurious; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Food Fun Friday
italian-stuffed-shells
From Mess for Less; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Crock-Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham for the Holidays
crock-pot ham
From For the Love of Food; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Banana Bread
chocolate chip gluten-free banana bread
From Ambitious Kitchen; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Oreo Truffle Dipped Strawberries
oreo truffle dipped strawberries
From Crazy for Crust; pinned into Cooking/Baking board

Actually, I Can
actually i can
From Squidoo; pinned into Positive Vibes board

Social Skills Interactive Student Notebook
social skills
From Teachers Pay Teachers; pinned into Future Teacher board

Put Your Hair Up…
handle it
From Redbubble; pinned into Positive Vibes board

 Makeup
makeup
From Ana Parra; pinned into Makeup Hoarder board

Fall Diffuser Blends
fall diffuser blends
From Biosource; pinned into Essential Oils board

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