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Ever feel like you’re 22 going on 60? Because lately things have been so hectic and crazy that I feel so mentally and physically exhausted! And I know that's true for a lot of my friends as well. My friends and I call each other grandmas because when all the under-classmen are out partying, we are hittin’ the hay because we have so much to do in the morning! 


But have no fear, your fountain of mental youth is here! I finally found the secret to get myself feeling grounded again. And that was to create time in each day that I like to call “Me Time.”

"Me Time" is just what is says, doing things that are FOR YOU! Find things you like to do and start doing them more often. It's all about doing little things that distract you from your daily routine. Here is a list of things that you can do during your “Me Time” that will make you feel less stressed, fulfilled, and finally make you feel a little more in control of your time!

  1. Buy a dollar store coloring book and get your color on! You don’t even have to stay in the lines (living on the edge, I know!)
  2. Make yourself a craft corner and devote an hour to it! (See my DIY page for ideas!)
  3. Look up a new crazy cupcake recipe and bake a yummy surprise for friends and family. (Maple and Bacon Cupcake?)
  4. Go to Barnes and Noble and read in their comfy chairs. And every time you go just pick up where you left off the last time!
  5. Grab your camera. Go outside and snap away! You will really see all the beauty around you that you may have missed before.
  6. Go for a walk. Put in your headphones and just enjoy the view and smells of the outdoors.
  7. Turn off your cell phone and computer! Just having some time away from the rest of the world can be very calming and powerful.
  8. Tune into your favorite show. I love nothing more than taking an hour or so and indulging in the Food Network!
  9. Make lists. I don’t know what it is about lists but I LOVE making them! Don’t make the traditional “To Do List” or things that make you feel like you need to get productive and cause stress. Try a “Christmas Gift Ideas List” or “A Fall Fun List”.
  10. Make an oldies CD. This will be the perfect thing to put in your car the next time you need to head to class or work, instant pick-me-up! (Can you say Spice Girls?)
  11. Start a scrapbook. We all have so many pictures online but they just stay there! It’s time to print off those photos and put them in one place. You can work on this a little bit each day and have great nostalgia along the way!
  12. Go window shopping. It can be very relaxing just getting out of the house and looking at new things. And the mall is always so pretty around the Holidays!
  13. Change it up! Changing up your look can be a great way to start fresh! There are tons of hair chalking tutorials, new makeup techniques, and more online that will make you feel brand new!
  14. Make a Happiness Jar. Write things on a piece of paper that make you smile. It can be quotes, memories, lyrics, photos, or anything you want…it’s YOUR happiness jar!
  15. Volunteer. Find a local humane society or place your can lend an hour or so a couple times a week. There is nothing like giving to others to feel more fulfilled!
Another good thing to help with stress is working out! Devote some "Me Time" to the gym! But I really can’t stress enough the importance of “Me Time!” For years I had forgotten to give myself the time I needed. I started to lose who I really was, and no one should EVER feel that way. Now go have some “Me Time” and get feeling good again!


 
What to be, what to be, that is the question! With all of the eye-popping DIY Halloween Costumes flooding the internet lately it was really hard to choose what to be this year. But after digging deep (okay not that deep) it was obvious what I needed to be, a Despicable Me minion! 

Even though making a costume can rattle your wallet just as much as a store-bought costume, making it yourself is so much more fun and fulfilling!

Here’s what I used to transform myself into a cute little minion:

1. Overalls $30 Farm & Fleet
2. White knit hat $1.50 Wal-Mart
3. Yellow dye for hat $2.99 Hobby Lobby
4. Pack of black pipe-cleaners for hair $.77 Wal-Mart
5. Colored felt for face $.29 a sheet Wal-Mart
6. Yellow T-shirt $6.99 Kohl's
7. 2-pack black gloves $2.99 Wal-Mart
 
I  already had a hot glue gun at home, so after cutting and getting all my hat pieces ready, the finished costume was only a few finger burns and dabs of glue away!

So if you still have some Halloween parties to attend, or you want to start planning for next year, I say DIY is the way to go! It’s all about making memories. Happy crafting!