March 31, 2017

What NOT To Do or Say During Recruitment as a PNM

Hey y'all!

I have received so much positive feedback from "My Recruitment Experience" at the University of Alabama. If you're coming here to read this, you're either about to go through recruitment, or you're just curious about greek life in general! Either way, I hope this post can help answer your questions and calm your nerves.

Since I've only got through recruitment at UA, these tips are directed towards bama girls! Although I'm sure most recruitments are similar. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll try to help you the best I can!

Don't hug the active when she picks you up at the door.
This is honestly something I've seen happen way too many times to count. When you go through each house, a girl will pick you up at the door. She'll put her hand behind your back, but won't touch you (you're sweaty, we get that, we don't want to touch you just as much as you don't to be touched). This is not an invitation for a side hug. You'll feel mortified once you realize she's just trying to help guide you through the house.

Don't shake anyone's hand, unless they clearly initiate it.
I honestly doubt anyone will try to shake your hand anyways, but please don't do it! If a new active comes up to speak to you, just introduce yourself like a normal person, sans the handshake. It's so awkward and uncomfortable for both you and the active. Recruitment is supposed to be fun, it's not a job interview so don't treat it like one!

Don't ask about philanthropy on the first day.
I totally get that this might be something SO important to you, and that's completely understandable. It's important to understand what each house is involved in so that you can find a place that fits what you're passionate about. But there's a philanthropy day for a reason! You'll find out so much more information then. IWT (ice, water, tea) Day is all about getting to know you. I promise that you will have all the time you need to find out about what each sorority is doing to better the community at a later date.

Don't talk about the 5 B's.
Boys, booze, bible, bank and barrack. Your active doesn't want to hear about how crazy your prom night was, how much money your family makes, if you voted for Trump or not, what your personal beliefs are, or if your freshman year bucket list includes shacking with one boy in every fraternity. These topics are not appropriate recruitment conversations. Unless you want to talk about how you went on an awesome mission trip with your church, or that your work as a youth group leader changed your life. Just be smart, duh.

Don't list off your accomplishments.
Unless you're asked, of course! But don't feel the need to tell your active every single thing you've ever been a part of since kindergarten. Focus on the things that make you unique. 

Don't bad mouth other houses.
I don't care if a girl spilled her drink all over you, please please don't talk negatively about other houses on the row. I know it can be hard to bite your lip when every other girl is talking mad smack, but just because you had a bad experience somewhere, doesn't mean everyone else did. For some girls, that might be their dream house, and you talking badly about it might make them rethink their decision, even though that's where they felt at home. It makes girls feel embarrassed and second-guess their choices. You could cause a girl to miss out on her perfect house because you were too busy talking about your own experience. 

Don't let the stereotypes affect your decision.
This kind of falls in the suggestion above. Just because one girl had a horrible experience at one house, or even if you had a bad conversation at the same house before, go in with a positive attitude. Act like this is the first time you've ever heard of "xyz" sorority, and you have no idea what to expect. Being in a sisterhood lasts a lifetime, and it's YOUR life, not Emily -- the random girl you befriended in your rho-chi group. You don't want to be stuck in a house that you have nothing in common with the girls, just because she told you the house you liked better sucked / had a bad reputation. 

March 26, 2017

Improve Your Photography Challenge

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Hey y'all!

I am so beyond thrilled to announce that I'm teaming up with CreativeLive to take a photography class! The best part? It's completely online so it fits perfectly with my busy college schedule. I plan on using whatever free time I have to sit down with my boyfriend (he helps take pics for my blog!), and learn how to "Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR".

For those of you that don’t know, CreativeLive offers more than 1,500 e-courses taught by some amazing people. They offer courses not just in photography, but money + life, crafting, and even music verticals.

Michael isn't too skilled with a DSLR in manual mode, so I usually have to set up the camera before he takes my pictures. I'm no expert either, but I'd like to think I know a little! The main reason I want to take this course is because I want to improve the angles and lighting in my pictures. It's not an easy task to identify the perfect shot.

Plus, whenever I head back to Texas in the summer, I plan on taking some engagement photos for my sister and her fiancé. This class seems like it will be helpful because it covers how to pose everything from people to food!

Michael and I are pretty competitive, so we've decided to turn this course into a challenge! Below are two pictures that we each took before our photography class. Once we complete the course, we will each take another photo and let you guys decide the winner! Nothing like a little bit of friendly competition to help get you motivated.

Want to participate? Sign up for the course and take it alongside Michael and I!

Need a bigger incentive? Use the code 'ISHARE20' to receive 20% off! (expires 5/31/2017)

↑ My Picture! 

↑ Michael's picture! 

I hope y'all decide to join in on the fun, but if you want to take a different course, the discount code still applies to other classes. Don't miss this great opportunity to save money and improve your photography!


March 16, 2017

Vegan Grocery List Staples + Free Printable

Hey y'all!

I think a lot of people have the mindset that vegans only eat kale. That couldn't be further from the truth. I still get to enjoy things like cookies, popcorn and most importantly, ice cream. It's all about looking at ingredients! Once you learn how to read a label, it's easy.

This is a simple list of things that I always like to have in my kitchen. This list has everything a vegan could need to snack on! Some healthy and some not-so-healthy!! I linked the particular brands that are vegan, but like I said, always be sure to check the label. 

  • apples
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • pears
  • potatoes (I always have these on hand for a quick meal!)
  • spinach / mixed greens
  • strawberries





I hope this sparked some ideas! Being a college student and a vegan can be a little difficult when you get home from classes at 6 pm and don't really feel like cooking. Luckily there are so many vegan options on the market. Be sure to check out Peta's accidentally vegan list for more ideas!


March 6, 2017

DIY Choker T-Shirt

Hey y'all!

How cute is this top?! I've had to the idea to DIY this choker-style shirt ever since football season. I saw this type of shirt all over etsy and I knew I could easily do it myself for waaay cheaper.

This only took me about 5 minutes to do, and cost about $6 (thanks to walmart!) All you need is a shirt, a ruler, a pencil and a pair of scissors!

STEP 1 : Start off by making a mark in the middle of your t-shirt. It helps if you put the shirt on so that you can make sure it won't be too low cut and it will also help you find the center!

STEP 2 : Flip the shirt inside out, then use the ruler to line up each side and make sure it's straight. Be mindful of how wide the triangle is, because that's how 'revealing' your shirt will be!

STEP 3 : Use your scissors to cut a small hole in the middle, then cut down each side. Make sure you're only cutting through one half, and be sure to not to cut the neckline so the shirt will have that 'choker' look!  By cutting it while it's inside out, it causes the fabric to roll in the way, so if you're lines aren't perfect, it looks like they are.

It's seriously that easy! I chose to pair mine with a black bralettedistressed denim shorts, but you could honestly dress it up too! I've seen girls on gameday wear these types of tees with faux leather skirtswedges, and it looks adorable.

I can't to wear this next football season, and also to make a few more of these style shirts!


March 1, 2017

Alphabet Date Ideas

Hey y'all!

Date ideas can be hard. And although "Netflix and chill" is fun every now and then, it can get a little boring. That's why I sat down with Michael (the bf, duh) and we made a list of fun date ideas! They range from free to a little pricey, but that's what makes them all so different!

I know a few of these may sound a little confusing, for example, queso making! Hop onto, purchase a fondue pot, look up some cheese (or anything else you want to make) recipes on pinterest, and let the fun begin.

Also be sure to check out Groupon for coupons for some of the activities above. Or even use it to find even more date idea inspiration.

Personally, I want to try out an escape room soon because they look super fun! Plus, Michael and I are both pretty competitive so it would be a great challenge to race against the clock!

Be sure to pin this for later, so  you can get inspired for your next fun date!


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