Cal Poly Students Share Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

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Watch the video to learn how easy this healthy pizza is to make. Photo by author.

Let’s face it. Avoiding the Freshman 15 during your first year of college can be pretty difficult. And it’s even more difficult when your variety of dining options at Cal Poly are well– not the greatest.

Fear not, future freshmen. Watch this video to learn how to take ingredients from VG’s (a cafe on campus), and make your own healthy meals from it, right in your dorm. With these tips, maintaining your health can be a piece of cake… (yay puns)

DIY Bobby Pins: Vine Style

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Who doesn’t love the simplicity of a 6 second DIY Video?

Thanks to Vine, I’ll skip the whole lengthy rant before giving you what you really visit my blog to see: easy-peasy DIY ideas.

So here it is guys. Before going out to buy $6 colorful bobby pins from Target, check out this Vine and save some money.

 

Other DIY Vines that will make your life easier: 

 

 

Cal Poly Student Uses DIY Creation To Win Over His Crush

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Taylor Karst and Bruce Mitcher– a true DIY couple. Photo by author.

Bruce Mitchener knows a thing or two about winning over a girl’s heart…DIY Style.

You probably remember Bruce from the Beverly’s Fabric and Craft Store post a while back. Yes, he’s the childlike friend of mine who colored Scooby Doo and ran around the store like a five-year-old.

Sure, Bruce has his immature moments. But when it came down to wooing his current girlfriend, Taylor Karst, he’s anything but juvenile.

Bruce creates roses from cocktail napkins, a DIY project that has been passed down in his family for years. Check out my interview below on how Bruce won Taylor over with this simple DIY idea.

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The roses Bruce gave Taylor that she still keeps on her desk. Photo by author.

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They both have their immature moments. Photo by author.

5 reasons why DIYers should try craftgawker

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Whether you’re a DIY expert or just a crafty beginner, craftgawker is a must for everyone. Learn more below.

1. High quality projects you can’t find on Pinterest

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

This site beats pinterest anyday. Photo by author.

Craftgawker is similar to Pinterest in many ways, but stands out by letting only the best of the best DIY projects show up on your feed. That means no more endless scrolling through unrelated posts. And most of all, it promises that all the images are nothing but professional and high quality.

2. Download the app, or use on your desktop

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

Download the app or check out the website. Photo by author.

The app is completely free (woo-hoo!), and the design is even simpler than the desktop site. But if you’re desperate for a study break, the website is great for endless scrolling and has more options than the mobile app.

3. Simple layout= overall better experience

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Quality is guaranteed when it comes to DIY projects. Photo by author.

Personally, sometimes Pinterest is just a little too overwhelming. Posts on Pinterest are sometimes DIY projects, but most of the time they’re just links to other sites, pictures, etc. You’ll click on the image of a cool project, and what do you know, there’s no tutorial. With craftgawker, all posts are guaranteed to be projects you can actually do yourself.

4. 30+ categories to explore

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From weddings to clothing, this site covers it all. Photo by author.

From clothing to candles, this site will teach you how to make it all. Don’t know what you’re in the mood to make? Try clicking the randomize button found on the app. It’s a great way to explore multiple categories on your home feed.

5. Share on social media with the click of a button

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is a piece of cake. Photo by author.

There’s 100+ ways to share a post on the desktop site, from sites like Wanelo to Amazon. On the mobile app, you’re a little more limited. You can only share posts on seven different social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Pocket.

Treat Yourself After Midterms. You Deserve It.

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Cotton Candy Frappe with the sis. Photo by author.

Cotton Candy Frappe with the sis. Photo by author.

You’ve spent hours in the library, downed multiple espresso shots in order to stay awake, and given up on sleep all for one thing. Ah yes, it’s midterm season.

Now that you’ve survived these past two weeks of midterms, hopefully your professors will give you a break. Nonetheless, treat yourself for all your hard work, and stop by Cal Poly’s on campus Starbucks.

Due to the past two weeks, you probably cringe a little at the word. But I promise you, there are no espresso shots or Venti double-shot iced lattes involved.

Instead, try these yummy “Secret Menu” drinks, and give yourself a pat on the bat for your hard work.

Favorite Starbucks Secret Menu Items

1. Cotton Candy Frappuccino

How to Order: 

  • order a vanilla bean frappe
  • ask for 1 pump* of raspberry syrup

2. Oreo Frappuccino 

How to Order: 

  • Order a double chocolate chip frappe 
  • Ask for 1 pump* of white mocha syrup

3. Rolo Candy Frappuccino 

How to Order: 

  • Order a vanilla bean frappe
  • Ask for caramel on the inside of the cup
  • Ask for them to add java chips
  • Top with a mocha drizzle, or chocolate syrup 

**1 pump= Tall

2 pumps= Grande

3 pumps= Venti

Want More? Check out these links before your next trip to Starbucks.

Steve Aoki Concert Hits Cal Poly

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Cal Poly's Rec Center was packed with Steve Aoki fans. Photo by Author

Cal Poly’s Rec Center was packed with Steve Aoki fans. Photo by Author

That’s right folks: Famous house DJ Steve Aoki came to Cal Poly’s Rec Center on Friday Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The concert was full of excited students ready to dance the night away, but the best part was the crowd’s attire: the majority of students were wearing all wearing DIY bracelets, flower bras, headbands and even tutus (I take a little credit since most of these creations probably came from Beverly’s).

In case you missed out, DIY Dorm has it all covered for you. Check out DIY Dorm’s live tweets from the event, along with some photos below.

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The legend himself. Photo by author.

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DIY bracelets were sported by most at the concert. Photo by author.

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The concert lasted for almost 6 and a half hours straight. Photo by author.

And don’t forget to stay tuned this coming week for some Valentine’s Day themed blogs!

Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts Store: A DIYer’s Best Friend

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If you’re a student here at Cal Poly, chances are you’ve heard of Beverly’s. Need to make a last minute halloween costume? Want to get some holiday themed room decor? Need paper or art supplies for class? Get it all with one stop at Beverly’s. The store literally has anything you can think of– from coconut bras to birdhouses– and is an essential destination for any DIYer. Click the on the first circle below to see our journey to Beverly’s downtown.