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Stylizing the Senior Year Apartment

Today brings…a lil’ sneak peek inside my casa. I’ve been working so hard to make my personality shine through! I’m very happy with how bright and fun everything has turned out. :)

Stylizing the Apartment DIY (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

My thoughts on decorating: Invest some money to make yourself happy and comfortable with your living space! Just because you are a “college student” doesn’t mean your style has to suffer. By the time you are in your 20’s, you might want to replace the thumb-tacked posters and beer bottle tower with actual items like, you know..flowers, candles, pictures in frames, books.

DIY and apartment decorating on the blog! (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

My mom and I found this elephant shelf in Sedona last spring, which I use to hang my costume jewelry. The hardest part about decorating was finding simple and inexpensive ways to fill up so much empty wall space! Target, Wal Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and most other home decorating stores have simple canvases with pictures and quotes to spruce up a bare wall, and I found several to play up the blank spaces in my room.

Elephant Shelf from Sedona (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

DIY and Decorating (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Pinterest craft #7345: Map boxes. My room majorly lacks STORAGE for odds and ends like cords, chargers, random papers, loose change. Solution: I used empty shoe boxes wrapped in maps like Christmas presents! The boxes are displayed on my book shelf and storage bins. Little does anyone know that they contain 3 Target receipts, a stack of post-its, a pack of pens, some gum, chapstick, hair ties, paper clips and my electricity bill. ;)

Map-covered boxes and exercise shelf (stronglikemycoffee.com)And of course I have an “exercise shelf” ;)

Clothes Pin pictures are also all over the Pinterest page (what would I do without that site?) and I made my own version to fill up some wall space. It reminds me of a mobile, since it’s vertically oriented. But this is the spot where I lay out my zebra-print yoga mat to stretch out after a good long run and I love looking over at my favorite pictures of Montana, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, New York and SoCal. Having a ton of pictures around the room is also really fun for when new people come visit. Sometimes there’s an awkward lull in conversation, but pictures tend to bring up stories. Instant conversation starters. :)

Clothespin picture display (stronglikemycoffee.com)

My dining room is the second most used room in the apartment, because I like doing my homework and work there. I bought this table and assembled the set (50 minutes each chair = not my favorite day) but I’m proud of it now. The beautiful wildflowers outside of our unit will serve as the centerpiece until winter kills them off and then I’m sure a pumpkin-something-or-other will replace them.

Upgrading apartment style // dining room and coffee cart (stronglikemycoffee.com)

The picture on the right is my coffee cart. Another awesome way to clear up counter space and fill up space in the empty room. I haven’t decided yet how to use the bottom two shelves or the hooks on the sides but something tells me Pinterest will solve that problem fairly soon.

So that is a glimpse into my home. It feels good to be here. Mostly I just feel like living here has made me feel like an adult when I’ve felt like a kid thus far. (I installed my own door knob! HGTV here I come!)

DIY and Apartment Stlye (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

My point with all of this? It’s 100% worth it to invest at least a little extra in your living space, whether that be a shared dorm room, a new apartment or your first house. Your room is a representation of YOU and your whole mood will improve if you create a positive place reflective of your personality. Just my thoughts :)

P.S. I considered making this a true “Cribs” experience with the what’s-in-my-fridge segment, but you guys already see enough of what I eat ;) Ha!

Stronglikemycoffee.comI love that my evening walks around the apartment lead me to views like this. Senior year is so drastically different than my previous three years of college…..and I like it. :)

Make Your Own Coffee Creamer

This morning started out with a experiment in my kitchen that included cinnamon and coffee. What a wonderful way to wake up! I can hardly wait 10 months of the year for the delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte. So I decided to make my own Pumpkin Spice Creamer with no idea how it would turn out. I am happy to report that the experiment was a success and I am drinking some Pumpkin Spice Coffee at this very moment.

I’ve had cans of fat-free sweetened condensed milk in my baking cupboard for about a year with no idea what to use them for. Into the creamer they went!

In a medium saucepan, heat 7 oz. fat-free sweetened condensed milk with 3/4 cup non-fat milk until well-blended.

Next, add in a dash of nutmeg, a pinch of cloves, 1/2 tsp. all-spice, and 1 tsp cinnamon. YUM! Smells like Autumn…

Continue to whisk together and allow to heat until it begins to steam (not boil!). Cool for 5-10 minutes before pouring into container and refrigerating. Lasts in fridge approx. 10 days.

Pay no attention to the fact that it is August and I am already bringing out Fall decorations ;)

I used an emptied water bottle for my creamer container, and this recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups of creamer (10 servings of 2 Tbs). Though it is fat-free, there is still a significant sugar content because of the sweetened ccondensed milk. A serving of 2 tbs is 60 calories, 13 grams of sugar and 0 grams of fat. A homemade pumpkin treat? Priceless.

I would imagine this would be pretty darn tasty in a bowl of oatmeal too…There will be more creamer flavor experiments in the future!

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