DIY Gifts to Wow Her on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, a time in early May, has been dedicated to celebrating the mommies, mothers, mamas, and moms across the nation for many years. Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day founder, dedicated her life to honoring the great women who’ve endured much hardship for their children while continuing to be poised and graceful (History.com staff para.1). For the women whose love for their family is so unique, moms deserve a day dedicated to celebrating them in a spectacular way. Here are a few ideas for D.I.Y. gifts to wow any mom on Mother’s Day.

diy charm bracelet

First on the list of gnarly gizmos and gadgets is a D.I.Y charm bracelet. This simple yet elegant gift is gentle on the pockets, easy to make, and still very personal to that special lady. To make this charm bracelet, you will need a chain, jump rings, a lobster claw clasp, and a few meaningful charms. You can add as many or as few as you’d like and still achieve a one-of-a-kind look that will make Mommy smile. This gift will also allow you two to grow and improve the gift over time, as the charms can be updated and multiplied with time. As she sports this sweet act of love around her wrist, she will always be reminded of your appreciation for her as will everyone else.

diy spa in a jar

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Help Mama soak away the stress of being a mom, amongst other things, with a D.I.Y Spa in a Jar and D.I.Y Scrubs. To create a scrub your mom will love, take a small container, some white or brown sugar and pair it honey, olive oil or coconut oil, and a few drops of an essential oil she likes. After using this delicious-smelling concoction, she will have skin to die for! To fashion a Spa in a Jar, simply grab a large mason jar and fill it with those D.I.Y scrubs, lip balm, a face mask, and any other helpful trinkets for relaxation. Next, decorate the jar with some of her favorite colors and a nice ribbon. She will definitely appreciate the lovely gesture from you and the reminder for her to treat herself.

cheeseburger sliders

Finally, go the classic route with a spectacular Mother’s Day themed meal. Rock your mother’s taste buds with some fabulous flap-jacks, sausage, and an omelet the size of your head. For the moms more inclined to heartier meals, home-made-bacon-and-cheese-burger sliders would be a great choice. If you’re more of a Pizza Roll microwaver, simply make some fresh lemonade and chocolate covered fruit for a mouth-watering reaction.  My mom will be receiving a Spa in a Jar as well as a tasty Mother’s Day meal. Whatever you decide to make, or try to make, your mom will love and welcome it.

Show her a little gratitude with these cute and easy D.I.Ys. Remember, there is no judgement if you go crazy with hearts in these D.I.Ys as long as you have fun in creating them and use them as tools to show just how much you love and cherish your mom, mommy, mama, and mother.

History.com Staff. ” Mother’s Day.” History.com, 2011.

Written by Ashley

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To Meme or Not to Meme

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t enjoy a good meme. No matter what age, nationality, or perspective on life you have, memes speak to everyone. Commonly, when you think of a meme, you think of a random picture with a caption that fits just perfectly. It’s one of the best forms of communication, in my opinion.

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Being the meme connoisseur that I am, I had challengers who thought that they could win in a meme war against me. To show my wits to these challengers, I wanted to know where the term “meme” came from. Originally, the term is a shortened version of the word “mimeme,” a concept coined by Richard Dawkins, an English evolutionary biologist, who proposed the idea

“[w]hat if ideas were like organisms … They begin from a single location—the brain—and spread outward, jumping from one vessel to another, battling for attention” (Scarbrough). Dawkins argues that all life relies on replication, or memory, which is why the term relates well to the internet sensations we know now. Internet memes are an imitation of memories and pictorially depict reactions, which is why memes go viral. In Scarborough’s article, Dawkins says that some ideas become more successful than others, just like certain memes get more publicity than others. Especially in our social-media society, there is always someone posting, tweeting, blogging, or participating in whatever form of sharing s/he accesses. It’s human nature to react to it whether it be in a positive or negative way.

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A meme is usually funny, so, if the comment was funny and you don’t want to necessarily reply back in a “rude” way because the words you type don’t always portray what you really want them to, a meme is a picture that can inflict an emotion/memory better. They can jog your mind to remind you how you were feeling when you first saw it. I don’t want to be arrogant, but my meme repertoire is pretty strong. I have a reaction for almost everything. It started as a way to respond to people when I didn’t feel like typing, and as it became more popular in social media, people unknowingly fed my budding habit which leads me to the self-proclaimed title of “meme queen.”

Social media has definitely influenced the meme era. In fact, the millennium generation has made a calendar that shows which meme was used most during each month. Once a meme goes viral, you’ll notice it being used for everything: celebrities making faces at an award show, a Vine snapshot, or a great catch by a football player that seems too good to be true. It can be lavish like someone adding seasoning to food in the fanciest way possible, or a reference about any exaggerated post, or as simple as a little girl smiling awkwardly resulting in memes referencing uncomfortable, awkward situations. Anything can be coined as a meme at any time, no matter how simple or mainstream you think it is. One does not simply meme and be great. It takes practice and dedication for a “meming” career path and to reach a level of extraordinary frivolousness.

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Scarbrough, Jenna. “What is the origin of the word ‘meme’?”. Mental Floss. 07 March 2005. Mentalfloss.com/article/61843/what-origin-word-meme. Accessed “05 April 2017”.

Written by Celeste

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Letter to the Busy Writer

Well hey there, you diligent, skee-doodlin’, busy bee you! Word on the street says that you’re a little tied up with all your boring, adult obligations. I’ve been there, and isn’t exactly an enviable state. I mean, having food in the fridge and a regular paycheck is nice and everything, but writing is your hobby. Heck, more than that, it’s your passion! Life is withholding you from your destiny, like a healthy mom subjecting an aspiring baker to a vegetable-ridden existence. Listen to me. I know your purpose because I share it: you are going to be a great writer whose works will be read across oceans and continents just to satiate the imaginative minds of hungry artists like yourself. But, until then, you are stuck, so it seems, in the hub and the droning lull of the writer’s most feared word: obligations. Heed my words, fair writer, for I am your ally; I, too, am bound by the schedule created by success-driven communists who have carved out a “perfect life” for us and expect us to follow it with no qualms! *lowers raised fist, takes deep breath* But that’s beside the point. The crux, the true gem amongst your busyness is this: you can still write, and you can become better at it, too. Here’s how.

#1. You’re an experienced craftsman; I probably don’t need to explain to you, a writer, the benefits of reading. However, despite the fact that we know the importance of reading, we still neglect to do it. Instead of looking at your phone during moments of waiting or periods of downtime, carry a book in your backpack or purse. Remember again what it is like to entertain yourself with the turning of a page rather than the scrolling of a feed.

#2. Find a way to write something small every day. Yes, you can do it, and no, it doesn’t have to be lengthy or Pulitzer-prize worthy. Try purchasing a journal with daily prompts and dedicate five minutes to it each day. Even a cleverly-constructed grocery list can suffice as writing material. No artist ever improved by letting their tool lay idle; if you don’t force writing to be a habit, your skills will stay as stagnant as a corgi’s desire to stop being the cutest creature alive. (Sometimes I write short poems about my corgi, Beasley, when I’m stuck for ideas. That’s a free pro-tip for you.)

#3. Finally, find a show on Netflix (one you haven’t binged on before) which dramatizes a favorite book or falls under a category you enjoy writing about. You want to write mystery novels? There are dozens of crime shows awaiting your criticism and scrutiny. Obsessed with Jane Austen? *Gleeful giggle,* there is a plethora of watching material available for you. TV and books aren’t such different mediums; we can learn a lot about one by paying attention to the other.

Unofficial tip number four: stop telling yourself that you don’t have time to write. There are many things we should and shouldn’t have time for, but when something is important to us, we prioritize it. Even if you don’t enjoy the writing process as much as you used to, these tips will help it to feel more like a hobby again, rather than another time-consumer meant to further your dusty dreams of being a bestselling author. Trust me on this. I’ve been in your shoes, and I know what to do. As Ulysses from O Brother Where Art Thou so aptly put it, “I detect, like me, you’re endowed with the gift of gab.”

Written by Karoline

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Take a Break This Spring

Resumes or relaxation? Mini-mesters or mani-pedis? Scholarship applications or staycations? This is the season in which most overachieving busy-bodies and perfectionists alike are just itching to immerse themselves into a pool of productivity and work, but this may not be the best course of action for a week dedicated to dalliance. Over the course of the New Year, spirits are most optimistic about getting ahead, and one may have internally debated the decision of how to spend spring break. Based on said debate, it can be determined that a recess is necessary. Many people may come to the same conclusion for these two reasons: there are no more breaks until summer, and this is a time for intense self-care and a chance for a strong return to the semester.

From preschool to university, spring break is the last mid-semester break of an academic year. It is the last opportunity to digress and de-stress before being bombarded with the responsibilities of the remaining semester, such as late-night studying for exams, participating in extra-curricular activities, or taking a part time job. This time is important as students and faculty sadly reflect upon the fact that summer is a ways away. Before being embraced by the warming sun and the comforting idea of successfully completing another academic year, they must first endure the stresses that the school year brings. Furthermore, rest from any activity is essential to its success; as one allows for his or her mind and body to process the abundance of new information received and recover from the strain he or she is placed under during extensive periods of activity, including school and career building. Enjoy this tremendous week, free of instruction, responsibility, and stress by doing leisurely things that promote both mental and physical rehabilitation and the chance to return to the semester with focus and energy.

With that in mind, spring break is a phenomenal time for a little TLC. One way to get the most out of this break is to sleep in. Due to busy schedules and responsibilities that take up most of the day, many people find themselves going to bed late and waking up early. While this, for most, is essential and often obligatory, it is nice to have the option to rise as early or as late as desired. Catching up on some much needed sleep will prove effective when returning for the semester, as it will supply your mind and body with energy and allow for better concentration and a happier mood, all of which are essential in academic success. Besides, this form of relaxation is completely cost free.

Another potential course of action would be to travel to a new place. Whether it be another country or that new outlet mall an hour away from town, a new experience in a new destination will produce a variety of benefits. These new environments will provide a feeling of adventure which will motivate those growing bored with their everyday routines. Traveling also allows for one to clear his or her mind and focus on the environment, thus eradicating overthought, anxiety, and stress. With this clear mind, people are able to think more rationally about their plans for the remainder of the semester.

Finally, spring break grants sisters, brothers, cousins, daughters, sons, best friends, and best-best friends the freedom to watch movies together, play together, eat together, and spend time together. Most people find comfort and relaxation when they get to spend time with loved ones, as these are the people who know them best. It is important to take advantage of time with those you don’t get to see often.

Taking a breather from school for this week will bring productivity and energy for weeks to come. After all, this is the last break for a while, and recess is necessary. Return to the semester relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the work and pressure it will bring. Take a break this spring.

Written by Ashley

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A Poem for Fall Break

You know just when I need you, and I love it when you come.

You take away my worries when I’m starting to feel numb.

You understand that college isn’t always how it seems.

It isn’t quite as wonderful as how I’d always dreamed.

I work so hard to make it through each single day alive,

but now I’m growing tired, and I’m breaking out in hives.

It’s been so long since seeing you, my sweet partner-in-crime.

So, thanks for being punctual and coming right on time.

What do you have in store for us? I’m not too hard to please.

Netflix? Hulu? Amazon? I’m down for all of these.

My one request is that you stay as long as you can bear.

You tend to leave before I’m ready and leave my heart in tears.

I understand that you can’t stay as long as I would like,

but I refuse to let you go without putting up a fight.

I love you more than riding boots and “Starbucks Pumpkin Spice.”

So, when you’re gone, this season will be nothing more than ice.

Okay, you’re right. There is no ice, just a blazing “autumn” sun,

which only proves my point that my life’s sadder when you’re done.

While this is true, I know we must enjoy the time we’ve got.

So let’s just crawl up on the couch and never leave that spot.

Written by Haley

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10 Uncommon Words We Need to Bring Back

Due to a sometimes cringe-worthy marriage between young teens and social media, new words are getting created all the time. Hashtags and Snapchat videos can circulate these hip terms fairly quickly. Some of my favorites include the ironic use of “bae,” the not ironic use of “yeet,” and the always proud, “retweet!” Language is quickly evolving, more so now than ever before. That’s fine; however, along the way, I think we’ve neglected to use some great old-fashioned words. Some of them are so seldom used that they sound like entirely new words when spoken. I hereby request that we, as an urban society, start paying homage to the following forgotten words.

  1. Groovy. This is a word not so much lost as it is underappreciated. When someone asks how you’re doing, instead of responding with the typical, “I’m good” or, “I’m fine,” try throwing in a, “groovy.” Most of the time when people hear it, they look at you funny but they usually laugh, too. Don’t overuse it, though, lest it lose its luster.
  2. Dandy. This is another one that I like to throw into introductory conversations. It’s fun! It’s different! It’s positive! It’s…dandy!
  3. Gruntled. Most of us are familiar with the word “disgruntled.” Yet, we always seem to leave its equally charming antonym, “gruntled,” to rot in the dictionary. It means exactly what you think it would: to be content and satisfied. I like this one because it doesn’t sound pleasant, but the meaning of it is.
  4. Piffle. Piffle is nonsense. To me, this sounds like it would be an onomatopoeia for blowing puffs off a dandelion, but it isn’t. Similar to wonderful words like “impossible” or “outrageous,” “piffle” is simply another way to say, “that’s ridiculous!”
  5. Curmudgeon. You may not know it, but you’ve met a heap of curmudgeons in your lifetime. They are bad-tempered, cranky folk who are difficult to please. Anybody who has ever worked in fast-food has encountered countless curmudgeons. Can I get an amen?
  6. Loquacious. I remember learning this in an elementary literature course and thinking, “Hey, that describes me!” “Loquacious” means talkative. Next time your friend won’t stop going on and on, consider groaning, “Ugh, you’re so loquacious!” instead of the overused, “Shut up!”
  7. Subterfuge. This one can have varying implications, depending on the context. You can subterfuge someone, meaning, to deceive or trick. It is also possible to subterfuge a rule or escape a consequence. The word sounds mysterious, and the meaning of it is too. How groovy!
  8. Grumpish. Curmudgeons are often grumpish. When somebody frowns or snaps at you, you might say, “Why so grumpish?”
  9. Gorgonize. This word is derived from mythology. Medusa, for example was a gorgon. As a result, “gorgonize” means to hypnotize someone. I admit, there probably isn’t much room in daily conversation for this one, but it’s a good word to keep in your back pocket in case you want to impress somebody.
  10. Twaddle. Last but not least, never spew twaddle! Twaddling is to write or speak in a juvenile manner. Twaddle produces poor grammar habits and repetitious speech patterns. By applying the above words to your vocabulary, you can more easily avoid the atrocity which is twaddle.

What are some of your favorite words?

Written by Karoline

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Hey Labor Day

Hey Labor Day!

I just wanted to say thanks for a day off of school. Unfortunately, school starts before you arrive. That’s changed since your formation. Sorry about that. You no longer symbolize the end of summer and the start of school. But, we must not forget your original purpose. A long time ago, there was a conflict between the American working class and their employers. In the late 1800s, a boycott against the Pullman railway cars caused the federal government to dispatch soldiers to break up the strike (“Labor Day”). Riots broke out and many workers lost their lives. Finally, Congress realized the importance of having a day devoted to the working class (“Labor Day”). Thus, Labor Day was born. You are celebrated the first Monday in September, a federal holiday. You are the much needed break between summer and Thanksgiving. So what can we do during this wonderful time you have brought us?

Well, what most people have done in the past is to hold a parade! In fact, “on September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history” (“Labor Day”). Businesses, schools, and organizations build floats and line up one by one to proceed slowly through the center of town. Some floats have moving parts, are covered in twinkle lights, or simply feature music and a few signs. It is not uncommon for food trucks or restaurants to cater food to these events. The folks of the town and those coming to see the festivities often bring foldable chairs and position themselves side-by-side along the edges of the road. After the parade, most families simply return home and enjoy the rest of your holiday before returning to school or work the next day.

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Sometimes, Labor Day, neighbors converge on a cul-de-sac and have a cookout! This is my favorite way to spend your holiday. All the grills are brought out, and meat is cooked and smoked. Burgers, hot dogs, sausage, or anything that can be cooked is on the grill. Those who don’t grill make the side dishes: beans, coleslaw, potato salad, fries, and fruit salad. And don’t get me started on the desserts, probably the best part in my opinion: cake, cupcakes, ice cream, brownies, cookies, and special concoctions with pudding. This is a great way for everyone in a neighborhood to come together and mingle. And the best part is that the food is basically free!

There are many more options that people can choose from to celebrate time off from school/work. Whatever they choose, though, your holiday is a wonderful siesta/fiesta from the grueling effects of education.

Each and every year we welcome you back with open arms and relaxed minds. We won’t forget all you do for us, Labor Day.

Sincerely,

Maddie

“Labor Day.” History.com. 2010. 26 Apr. 2016.

Written by Maddison

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