I think one of the best compliments you can get it, "sooo cute. saw that on Pinterest."
When I hear that I stand up a little taller and walk with my head a little higher.
I recently helped with my God-Sister (is that a thing? My God Parent's Daughter) graduation party. Here is some stuff we came up with:
These center pieces were super cute and took only a little bit of flower-clipping work. I know a lot of people think it would be fun to be a florist... but I am NOT one of those people. Thankfully, we had a great group of women who owned this project.
Tins from Target
Flowers from Local Grocery Store
Inspirational & Graduation Year Pride:
Yeah, this was soo easy and allowed us to make a subtle yet spirited decoration throughout the party. The grad's mom already had the dream big sign for her home decorations so we just moved it for the party.
The Classics Don't Go Out of Style
This has been done so many times, but I thought it was a little detail that often got overlooked. So here it is! White table cloth cinched together with green tulle. At first I thought this would look like we were "trying to hard" it is "only a graduation party," but it looked awesome and I'm so glad we did it.
A Place for Gifts:
Continuing with the chalkboard signs, she set up a box for her cards. In typical Grad Party fashion, we tried to empty out the box every hour so it didn't look too full and there wasn't too many unaccompanied cards laying out. If you (or someone you know) graduated recently, you know how quickly that money can add up. Keep the cards in sight or keep removing them throughout the party.
It's Your Time to Shine:
This table was set to highlight how amazing our graduate was. One thing that I loved: the grad's mom printed wallet size prints of her senior pictures for her guests to take. I thought this was such a cute thank you for all her party guests.
Don't be Afraid to be Different:
The graduate's colors were green and black. She also doesn't like cate and opted for cookies instead. I thought this was so smart and unique. Here is the table. At first we thought the tulle would look a little misplaced, but it really tied the table together with the rest of the party. The mini-chalkboard stand up said Class of 2016. (But could easily be modified to say something else). Side note: patterned napkins. Solid plates. Don't get to crazy y'all.
Cute isn't Always Extravagant:
These planters were already on their front step, but we added these mini chalkboard signs to add a little decoration to the front porch. I'm happy that we tied green bows around them to make them fit the theme of the party better.
Show the Journey:
This was really hard to photograph, so I'm sorry that the picture is really dark. But this was my favorite idea. The grad and her mom bought different patterned ribbon of the graduate's high school colors. They hung these ribbon strips over the window and then used glue dots to hang pictures of the grad on the ribbon. This was such a cute way to illustrate the graduate's life without it looking like a shrine to them. So cheap. So easy. So recommended.
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If you’re anything like me, you give Amazon Prime a run for their money. I wonder if my neighbors think that I have an Amazon-problem. I don’t—I promise! I do have a time problem though. I am always on the go. I think that’s one of the best parts about Amazon, it does the work for you!
With that in mind, I wanted to list out a few ideas of how to use your Amazon Prime Membership for God’s Kingdom and your personal growth.
1. Support a non-profit with Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is pretty cool, actually. If you’re anything like me, you order lots of stuff from amazon on a regular basis. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to a non-profit of your choice. What an easy way to support the growth of God’s Kingdom—you’re already doing all the work.
2. Read Christian Books
Kindle First is a way to get free books. And, sometimes, the editors’ picks are Christian books. Getting to read more about our creator and savior for FREE—what could be better?
(Continue reading how to glorify God with your Amazon Prime Membership, HERE)
If you're a twenty something that happens to be in college. I have great news for you! Amazon offers a student prime membership. %50 off for students! BROKECOLLEGEGIRLSDREAM
If you're a mom you can join Amazon Mom. It offers you all of the stuff a normal Prime Membership does, but also cheap diapers and wipes (20% off right at your front door).
(Like I said, if you want to read my other ideas and tips for Christians using Amazon Prime head over to Missional Women, HERE)
The bad news: Christmas Break is almost over
The good news: This is an excuse to buy new school supplies, and we all know that's secretly fun.
As you prepare for this upcoming Spring Semester, I made this handy little infographic on my tips for success.
9 Ways To Rock This Semester
1. Know What You're Getting Into:
Let's face it--the professor can make or break a class. They can turn a three thousand level class into a walk in the park and a Freshman time-waister into the worst part of your week. Websites like Rate My Professor allow students to post their past experience with professors and classes at each university.
2. The Schedule Is Everything:
Say this with me, "I know I'm not a morning person... so yes 8am really is way to early. Yes, professors matter, but if you're going to sleep through it every week-- don't waste your money. Do you work nights? Then take day classes. Spend time writing the best possible schedule, you'll have to follow it for the next few months.
3. Print The Syllabus
Old school is sometimes the best way to go about doing things. Somehow between college and high school the syllabus becomes the key to success. Write yourself notes on them as the professors go through them on the first day. If you're anything like me, you'll eventually need to remember that one reading quiz grade gets thrown out, the final is optional, or where your professor's office is.
4. Forget The Bookstore
I feel guilty for that. Please, go support some cute small mom and pop shop in your neighborhood. Because you will be able to buy yourself something nice after avoiding the campus book store. Amazon. Chegg. Half Price Book. Thrift Book. Christian Book. There is a metric-ton of websites waiting there to save you money. Please use it.
5. Student Loans & Paying For Classes
This is the worst one on the list because by the time the beginning of the semester rolls around, there is a seemingly never ending line at the financial aide office. Maybe try calling them instead? But, it really will save you a lot of stress if there is something wrong with your account.
6. Find A Community
Find a community.
Find a community.
Find a community.
My community? I have a bunch of friends through a campus ministry. But, my biggest tip would be to find a community that's unlike anything else you have done in life. Always been the book-worm? Go for hanging out with athletes. Never been the church kid? Go see if they're actually as crazy as you think they are. Just find a group you can call friends.
7. Introduce Yourself
Your professors have hundreds of students, odds are they won't remember you. But, walking up after the first day and saying, "I just wanted to say a quick hello, I'm Jacque. I'm looking forward to this class." Makes a huge difference and it's really not that hard--even for my introverted folk.
Remember when you were in highschool and you got excited about all the friends you would meet in college? Yeah. Everyone did that too. People want to talk. People want to be your friend. Just introduce yourself and smile.
8. Don't Waste Your Time
If I were you I would be rolling my eyes right now. But! I never realized how much time I was actually waisting until I tracked it. Do you have an iPhone? (if you don't... go home & get with the times). For an entire week use the stopwatch feature on your phone, every time you're watching Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu... you name it. Track it. Then come back to this section and stop rolling your eyes at me. It's CRAZY how much time we waste without realizing it.
9. Study In Groups
"Yo. You wanna hang out and study?" "Study-study. Or hangout and do nothing study?"
I text that conversation a lot. Are you the type of person that can talk for 10 minutes and then work for 30? If you are, studying in groups really is the best way to get things done. Don't feel limited to only study with people in your classes, a lot of the time I study with music & art majors--the exact opposite of mine.
Keep Your Eye On The Prize
The bags of money on the other side? Maybe. But more likely it's real life and I'm told that can get tricky. Enjoy your semester as much as you can, meet new people and try new things. But, don't forget where you're going and get too caught up in the "college experience."