DIY Monsters University Shirts

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Nick and I went to Disneyland with my mom for spring break in 2016. This was my first time going to California Adventure as an adult so I was super excited. I made us all matching outfits because I wanted to be extra like that. I knew two things when I was planning our trip to Disneyland:

  1. I wanted a Monsters University baseball cap (Amazon) and
  2. I wanted to stand out from everyone else who had a Monsters University hat lol.

My solution (as usual) was to take to Pinterest for inspiration. Here’s my Disney board if you’d like to see DIY Mickey Mouse ears and Disney-inspired outfits.

Want to join Oozma Kappa? We’ve got cake!

What You’ll Need

This project is actually really simple to do and you don’t need many supplies. Felt is really inexpensive and you can find cheap shirts online or in-store. You’ll probably have felt left over that you can use for another DIY project. I used:

  • a hot glue gun
  • felt (local craft store)
    • 1 ivory colored (horns and Mike’s teeth)
    • 2 white (eyes and Sully’s teeth)
    • 1 light greenish-blue (eyes and eyelids)
    • 1 purplish blue (Sully’s eyebrows and nose)
    • 1 black (mouths)
    • 1 gray (Mike’s retainer)
    • 1 yellow (Oozma Kappa logo)
    • 1 green (Oozma Kappa logo)
  • neon green t-shirt (Amazon)
  • neon blue t-shirt (Amazon)
  • scissors

I pretty much just referred to a photo of Mike and Sully in order to sketch their facial features and then cut them out. I used objects with circular bases to cut out their eyes. For the Oozma Kappa logo I printed out a picture of the logo and traced the design on to the felt before cutting it out (this one required a little bit more precision for me).

I was going to glue the Oozma Kappa logo onto a shirt for my mom but my mom decided she was too old to dress up at Disneyland (I respectfully disagree!). You’ll just need to purchase a third shirt if you want to make the logo into an outfit.

The Finished Product

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The outfits were a success, and we had a blast at Disneyland! It matched my MU hat perfectly and there was no one with the same outfit as us. Mission accomplished!

If you recreate this look, post a picture and tag @palmtweet on Instagram. I’d love to see how your costumes turn out!

 

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I’m Not Engaged But I’d Like To Be! (And You Know You Would Too)

Disclaimer: I am not a relationship expert by any means. This is just me writing down some thoughts.

Okay ladies, let’s get real for a second. If you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you know your partner is ~*the one~*, and you believe in marriage, then I know you want to be engaged already. And there’s nothing wrong with admitting it! Love is literally the most amazing thing in life so wanting to take your relationship to the next step with the person you love most in the world is awesome.

But then… now what? Maybe you want to get married but you don’t know how to approach the topic. And let me start by saying that I believe marriage is a subject that should be discussed long before you get engaged. There are just so many things that you as a couple need to figure out before an engagement can even be put on the table.

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Set Yourself Up for a Successful Marriage

For those of you who don’t know, I listen to Dave Ramsey on YouTube a lot. Even though he is a financial expert, he gives some great advice about marriage and relationships as well. In this video, Dave says research has shown there are four areas that couples should be in agreement on before getting married because it increases their chances of a successful marriage. The subjects are money, children, in-laws, and religion.

Nick and I started talking in eighth grade and began dating in ninth grade. Now that nearly seven years have gone by, we’ve had a lot of time to become comfortable discussing our future, including marriage. We have also had time to discover other things about each other that Dave mentioned such as how we would want to raise our kids and how we want to handle our money. I’m not saying that you need 7+ years to get to know your partner because I think we would definitely be married already if it weren’t for our age. But I am saying that it’s important to find out what you’re getting yourself in to because marriage is meant to be a lifelong commitment.

“We’ve Done All of This! We’re Ready!”

So what if you’re already at a point where you’re comfortable discussing marriage and you are in agreement about those four crucial topics? How do you get him to propose?! If you’re like me, I don’t drop hints… I drop atomic bombs. I kinda eased Nick into it with all that future talk but at a certain point you both realize like, hey there is no one else in this world that I’d rather be with and I know you feel the same. So what’s the point in beating around the bush? Have a conversation with your partner about where you feel you would like your relationship to be within the next few years.

The bottom line though is that marriage is combining two lives into one. Families are united, finances are shared, and children are brought into the world! It’s a big deal! So even though you can encourage him, he may need time before he feels ready to propose. He needs to feel like he’ll be able to give you the support and security that you’re going to need from him when he’s your husband and even bigger life things are thrown at you.

Keep an open line of communication but don’t sweat it if he doesn’t get down on one knee at lunch tomorrow. I’d love to hear your thoughts on marriage and relationships! Leave a comment below or hit me up on Instagram and Facebook @palmtweet.

The Law of Attraction

The other day I was watching videos on YouTube about the Law of Attraction. According to the Law of Attraction.com, the LoA uses the power of our minds to make our thoughts into reality. If I put negative vibes out into the world, I will receive negative vibes back. But if I radiate positive vibes, I will attract positivity.

It is difficult for me to explain things about the LoA because I have only just started to learn about it. However, I bought some books this week relating to the LoA, and I’m excited to learn from them. I’m also writing this post in hopes that people reading this will be able to provide more insight on this subject!

Law of Attraction Books

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I looked online for the top Law of Attraction book recommendations. These are three that I found most interesting:

    1. E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
    2. Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation by Napoleon Hill
    3. Ask and it is Given by Esther Hicks

I ended up purchasing E-Squared and Think and Grow Rich but the third book is definitely on my wish list. (Ask and it is Given was on every book list that I looked at when I Googled top LoA books.)

I started reading E-Squared and Pam Grout has a very entertaining writing style so it’s been great so far. As the title says, she sets up nine experiments in the book. Most of them can be completed in 48 hours or less. I’ve started experiment #1 so I’ll post an update when I get my results. It seems like a great book to get you to buy into the idea that the LoA is an actual thing that exists and that the Universe has your back.

For some people, this all might sound like a bunch of BS. But if the Universe is actually capable of giving you everything you want and more, then why wouldn’t you try it? There is no harm in talking to the Universe and being mindful to put out positive vibes. You have nothing to lose!

Let me know in the comments or on social media if you have any recommendations for LoA books. I would also love to hear any stories you have about how you’ve manifested things using this technique!

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My Top 4 Tips for Traveling on a College Budget

College is a great time because it’s that fun middle area between being a teenager and a full-blown adult. Students have responsibilities but they also have time off from school to do cool stuff like travel. But how can you afford a trip on a college budget?

Nick and I have had the opportunity to go to Seattle, Los Angeles, Disneyland (x2), Universal Studios, Las Vegas, and New York City during our college years. There are a few things that I do for every trip in an effort to cut costs.

  1. Start Saving Early: Vacations are affordable if you plan for it. If you know that you want to go on a trip with your friends during spring break, then start saving for it a few months in advance. Maybe pick up some extra hours at your on campus job so you can save even more money. Start keeping track of flight prices and what the costs for hotels, food, and activities will be. Then you can get a realistic idea of how much money you need to save for your trip. Create a budget for the different categories for traveling and make sure you stick to it.
  2. Find the Cheapest Flights: There are many great websites and apps out there that can help you achieve this goal. My favorites are Skiplagged.com, Hotels.com, and Google Flights. I compare flight prices between all three of these sites to find what dates and airlines will give me the best deal. You can get cheaper tickets for flights that have multiple stops so Nick and I aren’t against having to make a layover if we can save some money. However, I would also consider how long your travel time will be if you have multiple layovers, especially if there is only a small price difference. A $290 flight with 2 stops and 18 hours of travel time isn’t worth booking when there is a $300 flight with 1 stop that will get you to your destination in 6 hours.
  3. Find Affordable Accommodations: Hotels are another big ticket item when it comes to traveling. My solution to that is to not use hotels at all. I don’t have any desire to pay more than $100/night when I travel because I know that I will only be using my room to shower and sleep. I’ve found that Airbnb is a really great way to find affordable rooms for our trips. I usually try to find a private room that is between $50-60/night, and we haven’t been disappointed with any of our hosts yet. However, I would definitely recommend looking for an Airbnb early (because the awesome, cheap places will go fast) and making sure that you look at every detail of the room before you book it. Check every picture, read the house rules, and read the reviews so that you know what to expect from the place. I also always contact the host before I book so that I can ask them any questions.
  4. Consider Transportation Costs: Some companies don’t let you rent a car if you’re under 25 years old or they’ll charge you a fee if they do allow it. That’s why I would rather go to places that have really good public transportation so that we don’t even have to worry about it. For example, New York has a 7-day unlimited pass for $32 that works for the subway and local buses (the fare is normally $2.75). I found this out beforehand so that we could buy the ticket right away and use it during our whole trip. I also have the Uber and Lyft apps on my phone. I compare prices between both apps because one will usually be cheaper than another depending on what city you’re in. For example, Lyft seemed to be cheaper in Anaheim but I found that Uber was cheaper in Las Vegas.

Traveling is so much fun but it shouldn’t break the bank. How do you save money when you travel?

Learning How to Hand Letter

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Lettering has always interested me but I only looked in to the actual art of it very recently. I have been looking at Instagrams and YouTube tutorials for inspiration and have not been disappointed.

One of my favorite accounts that I came across is called @TheLemonadeStore on both Instagram and YouTube. This lady does some amazing work with Crayola markers which made me realize that I don’t need all these fancy pens to create beautiful lettering.

I’m the type of person that will watch a bunch of tutorials and become convinced that I need the best materials (aka the most expensive) even if I’ve only just started the hobby. But that’s not the wisest habit to have, especially if you haven’t even been doing the hobby long enough to know if you like it! I have slowly learned that I need to try things out with reasonably priced products to discover if I’m actually interested in investing more time and money in to the craft.

That’s why there was nothing that made me happier this past weekend when I bought a 10 pack of Crayola markers for $3 to officially practice lettering for the first time. I used a Moleskin squared journal for practice. The Lemonade Store’s website has free practice sheets available for download so I used those along with her YouTube tutorials to get myself started.

The most helpful information was that you make thin light lines on the upstrokes and think heavy lines on the downstrokes. If you remember this simple rule then it makes the process much easier to learn. I stopped looking at the guide and just started writing in cursive while remembering to use thin lines going up and thick lines going down. She also gave the advice to draw by moving your entire arm and not just your wrist. That motion has been a little harder for me to catch on to but if I keep practicing then hopefully I’ll be able to do everything by muscle memory.

It took me a couple pages of writing to feel comfortable with the technique and then before you know it I was able to write some words that didn’t look half bad. I even felt confident enough to write on the cover of my notebook and designate it as my “Lettering” sketchbook.

I’m hoping that once I start to get in to this more I can buy a mix media sketchbook so that I can start blending my Crayola markers. The Lemonade Store has a few tutorials on YouTube demonstrating this technique.

If you’re interested in learning how to letter go dig up your old Crayola pens and get to it! You’ll be amazed at what you can do after a bit of practice!

The Secret to Weight Loss

Losing weight happens when people follow a clean and healthy diet that is maintainable. Doing this is easier said than done but it is totally possible. In order to get some motivation, I sat down with Bailey to discuss how she got real results in less than 6 months by making some simple life changes.

The Glow-Up is Real

Bailey was able to virtually lose her dewlap by adopting a healthy lifestyle!

Q: What has been the most important change you’ve made to your diet?
A: My hoomins give me only 1/4 cup of pellets per day. That’s really important because too much pellets can make buns fat. I also eat a lot of hay which is great because it’s supposed to make up 80% of a bun’s diet. I can eat my body size in hay!

Q: What kinds of veggies and fruits do you eat?
A: I love bok choy, lettuce, kale, basil, parsley, and cilantro. My parents give me small amounts of fruits like grapes, strawberries, and raspberries as treats.

Q: What’s your exercise routine?
A: I don’t really have one but I chew really fast so maybe that burns calories.

Keep your buns healthy. Visit therabbithouse.com/diet or best4bunny.com for more information!

Meet Boujee Bailey: How We Adopted Her

Bailey is our bun and she’s bougie af. She likes to have things her way but she insists that she’s not spoiled… she’s just well-taken care of!

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Bailey’s OHS profile.

Nick and I adopted Bailey from the Oregon Humane Society. Her name used to be Glory but we changed it because she needed a new start. Bailey came from a home where she was placed with other animals that she didn’t get along with. That’s why Bailey has a large rip in one of her ears.

We knew from the moment we met her that she was a scrappah. Bailey doesn’t take shiz from nobody, and she will growl or lunge at you if you get on her nerves! But it’s all just part of her fun and feisty personality. (She likes most people.)

Originally Nick wasn’t on board with getting a bunny but he loved her the moment he met her. Nick said, “We can’t let anyone else give her treats or she will love them more than she loves us!” He cute.

The Adoption Process

Thankfully the adoption process at OHS is relatively quick and easy. I went in to meet Bailey and was able to hang out with her in an x-pen before deciding if I wanted to adopt her or not. Once I decided that I wanted her (immediately), I was able to fill out some paper work and take Bailey home.

The adoption fee is $35 and includes spay/neuter and a courtesy veterinarian exam. The free exam is a great bonus and just another reason why it’s more beneficial (for both the bun and you) to adopt not shop!

A bunny can be a lot of work depending on their personality and habits (chewing, digging, litter habits, messy/neat). You shouldn’t adopt bunnies if you’re thinking you can just keep them outside in a small cage with hardly any interaction while only feeding them pellets. Bunnies are very social and they need love, care, and proper nutrition!

Leave a comment below or get in touch with me if you have any questions about adopting a bunny.

My Money Story and Lessons from Dave Ramsey

It’s been a goal of mine since I started college to start budgeting and be more responsible with my money. But like a typical student, I pretty much spent my money on going out to eat, exploring my college town, and spring break vacations. I also discovered Amazon Prime in my freshman year of college and let’s just say my wallet took a big hit. Prime is so horribly convenient! (It’s okay, I still love you Amazon.)

In addition, I didn’t really grow up learning how to be responsible with my money. I didn’t learn about credit cards or budgeting or how not to spend all my money on boba milk tea (the hardest lesson yet). I tried different money managing apps but nothing stuck for me… until I started listening to Dave Ramsey this summer.

For those of you who don’t know, Dave Ramsey is a financial expert with a radio show that also airs live on YouTube daily. I like Dave because he’s passionate and explains money in a common-sense way. He has a lot of great advice on how to save your money, invest, and get out of debt. Listening to Dave’s show is what inspired me to start paying off my student loans while in school.

Creating My Monthly Budget

I started to make a monthly budget, and I keep track of it on Dave’s free budgeting app called Every Dollar. The app is very easy to use. You give every dollar from your paycheck a “job” (pay for car insurance, textbooks, bills) and then you stick to it! Insurance, pet care, and school are my top priorities. Then I allow a little allowance for food in case I want to eat off campus. Whatever I have left over for the month goes toward my student loan. I’ve been paying a minimum of $540/month on my loan but I pay more towards this category when possible. Just the act of keeping track of my money has been beneficial because now I can see categories where I’m overspending.

Despite what I learned this summer about making a budget and saving my money, I don’t regret that I used to eat out a lot in college or take spring break trips. I made a lot of great memories with Nick, my family, and my friends during these times. But now I realize that I should limit how keep a budget for food so that I don’t freely spend a ton of money eating out and trips are okay as long as you save for them in advance.

“Take your eyes off of stuff and put your eyes on the future.” –Dave Ramsey

 

My Number One Tip for College Students

When I was in high school, my mom would tell me, “Don’t worry about the money too much when it comes to picking a college. You can get scholarships and take out loans in order to cover the cost.” So that was exactly what I did. I picked my favorite college, got a couple scholarships, and covered the rest of the tuition with student loans.

Then I was told, “Don’t worry about paying off your loans during school. Focus on getting your education, that’s why you’re there!” So that was exactly what I did! I’ve had a part time job ever since my senior year of high school but I spent the money on whatever I felt like whether it was supplies for school or spring break vacations.

Now I am entering my fourth year of college and reality has begun to sink in. I will start having to pay off my loans in December of 2018. Thankfully that date is still more than a year away but I can’t help thinking that most of my loans would be paid off if I started during my freshman year.one thing every student should know before starting college

So what’s my number one tip for college students? Don’t wait to pay off your loans. And if you can avoid it, don’t get yourself into debt at all! I don’t think I fully understood what I was getting myself into when I signed up for these loans my freshman year of college. All I knew was that I was borrowing money and wouldn’t have to worry about paying it off until later (not true). Thankfully I only have loans from my freshman year of college because I got a full-ride scholarship during my sophomore year. I’m not as deep into debt as I would have been without this scholarship but there are still a few things I would have done differently.

To some of you guys, this blog post might seem like it was written by Captain Obvious. (Like, duh Ivy, you should have been paying off your debt right away! It was so foolish to go on vacations!) But to all those students who were given similar advice like me, who took out loans because they wouldn’t be able to go to college without it, who took out loans because it seems like the “normal” way to pay for your education… You’re not alone! But learn from my mistakes and start to chip away at your loans as soon as possible.

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DIY Carl and Ellie from Up!

In 2015, Nick and I dressed up as Carl and Ellie from the Disney Pixar movie Up. Carl and Ellie are so freakin precious that we needed to recreate their look for Halloween. It’s another simple DIY costume idea where you can use clothes you already have to accomplish the look.

What You’ll Need

Nick and I already had a few things in our closets for this outfit. I had the shoes (Adidas) and the overalls (Forever 21). Nick had the khaki pants (American Eagle), shoes, and beige t-shirt. We needed to buy:

  • a floral printed shirt (Forever 21)
  • a plain brown t-shirt
  • black glasses
  • pilot goggles and hat
  • balloons!

You can either cut the brown shirt to make a “vest” or tuck the sleeves in like we did so that we didn’t have to damage the shirt.

My mom was super excited for us to be Carl and Ellie so she actually gifted us the glasses, pilot goggles, and hat. I’m pretty sure she just got the accessories from a local costume store. It’s hard to see from these photos, but my mom also DIY’d grape soda pins for our outfit! She got two bottle caps, painted them silver, and hot glued a bar pin to the back of the bottle cap. Then we drew a grape soda logo on the cap.

Anniversary “Card”

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Me and Nick’s anniversary is actually on October 28 so we used the Up theme for our anniversary “cards” as well. I bought a poster board and taped photos from our anniversaries in the center. Then I cut out balloon shapes from colored paper and taped them to the board, overlapping the balloons to make it look like a nice full bunch. I used a sharpie to draw Carl and Ellie’s chairs on to the sides of the board. Nick liked it.

If you recreate this look, post a picture and tag @palmtweet on Instagram. I’d love to see how your costumes turn out!