40 things to do this spring break

Spring break is around the corner. To celebrate the beginning of this season, we will share with you a bucket list of 40 things you can do this break.

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1- Have a beach picnic. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just grab a few friends, a beach mat, and a picnic basket. Share your little secrets and silly dreams.

2- Learn the basics of a language. Try by learning the loanwords first.

3- Read a book outside your favorite genre. It’s a great step out of your comfort zone. What’s there to lose?

4- Not an avid reader? Try downloading an audiobook. Listen to it while engaging in another activity.

5- Use this break as an opportunity to stay away from your phones and gadgets. Stash your phone in your purse or pocket. Enjoy the scenery in front of you.

6- Go to a flower store and buy a loved one a flower arrangement.

7- You’re not as creative as you want to be? Use this time to try something artistic, and remember: no one starts off great. Try anyway. You lose nothing by trying.

8- Try a new style of writing. Even if you’re not a writer, do write. It makes you eloquent in speech, and it helps you relate with your reader.

9- Revamp any old item or furniture you have around you. Either decoupage a wooden chest or use an old window shutter as a mail holder.

10- Have a water balloon fight. (If you live in an apartment, try throwing water balloons from the rooftop. If anyone asks, we did NOT give you that idea, lol)

11- Learn how to make crochet. Start by making something easy and basic like a scarf.

12- Instead of going out to a cafe, have a tea party outside in the garden and invite your best friends.

13- Go to an open mic night and share something you wrote.

14- Have a movie marathon and watch the movies that you always wanted to watch but never had the time to do so.

15- Bake cupcakes. It’s fun and relaxing.

16- Go to an art gallery and enjoy the art. There are many galleries that are open in Dubai now like: Art Dubai and DIFC.

17- Give your room a spring cleaning and get rid of the things that you don’t need anymore. Make room for new things.

18- Challenge yourself and read a book in a day.

19- Wake up really early, go to the beach, and watch the sunrise with friends or family.

20- Gather your friends and go for a paintball fight. It’s fun but be careful.

21- Color your clear phone cover with water colors; they are washable in case you made a mistake! Finish it with a gloss clear spray so it won’t fade away with time.

22- Throw a pool party! Don’t forget to get refreshments.

23- Are you a true gamer? Gather your gaming friends, choose a game, and have fun.

24- Have a special day for your family! An old-fashion BBQ evening will bring the family closer.

25- Look around you. Do you have old stuff you  don’t use anymore? Gather your friends and trade items.

26- Are you a parent? Have a date with your daughter/son.

27- Treat yourself. Book yourself a spa/massage day.

28- Have a road trip.

29- Challenge yourself. Go to Google and search for challenges you can do in your two weeks of break. (For example: Try talking to one stranger every day.)

30- Find a cheap pair of white shoes and doodle on them.

31- Start scrap-booking!

32- Motivate your friends to lose weight during the break; make it a challenge.

33- For every mother who complains about their annoying children, make a daily schedule for their activities outdoor. (For example: painting, acting and playing football with their friends.)

34- To keep your skin moist during the break, create a face mask by mixing yogurt with lemon or rose water.

35- Spend your break at your relatives from other cities to change the routine. For example, if you are living in the city and your relatives are living in a village or rural area, give them a visit.

36- Learn cooking by watching tutorials; you can also try adding your own taste to your food.

37- Cut your old socks and create a cup holder.

38- Join dancing classes with your friends to learn different styles of dancing like salsa, hip-hop and break-dance.

39- Do yoga for half an hour before sleeping  to release stress.

40- Try to change the furniture arrangement in your house for a change.

10 easy organization tips

It’s a huge step deciding to go from leading a messy life filled with disheveled offices and bedrooms to an organized one. In this post, we hope to make this transformation easy for you by giving you a list of simple organizational tips.

 

1- Store-bought bucket and its manifold uses.

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This pretty seafoam green bucket (also available in pastel pink for 39AED) has various uses. Found in the garden section of IKEA, this bucket can serve as a holder for many things including: gardening tools, magazines, spray paint cans, wrapping paper, and the like.

 

2- All-purpose jars.

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Using small jars is another way of organizing. They are pretty useful for tiny items such as thumbtacks, safety pins, buttons, rubber bands, paper clips, decals, gems, and knickknacks.

 

3- Tins

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It takes you ages to find what you want in your purse? We feel your pain. Say no more and start by using tins to store the tiniest things. One method is carrying an emergency tin that has stuff such as: pills, rubber band, safety pin, bandage, bobby pin, and so on. This idea is not only useful for purse-carriers; even men can stash a similar thing in their pockets or backpacks.

 

4- Extra space for your books

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There’s no room on your shelves? That’s a problem that every bookworm goes through. To solve this issue, our team came up with a temporary solution. Instead of organizing your books on the shelf vertically, organize them horizontally. This way you can stack more books into a shelf and create extra space for new books.

 

5- Food cans

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Losing pens and pencils is another issue we all go through, and the reason for that is the fact that most of the time we don’t put our pens in one place. To avoid this problem, you can use food cans by peeling off the label, washing them, and then starting to  decorate them the way you desire. You now have a cute self-made pen holder.

 

6- Boxes

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Every year we get a bunch of cards and letters for our birthdays or any other special occasion. If we didn’t save those sentimental memorabilia, we may lose them. Prevent that by bringing a shoe box or any kind of box you already own, decorating it the way you want from the outside, and putting all your memories in the box. You can label the box by putting the current year on it.

 

7- Clothespins weekly calendar

This will sure help you keep up with your tasks and remember what to do and when to do it. It’s easy and simple to make. All you need is some clothespins, paint, and marker. Because we’re doing a weekly calendar, we used seven clothespins. One more thing before you get started: make sure to cover the space you are painting on and  to wear gloves. Enjoy the video!

 

8- Organizing make-up brushes

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One of the easiest way to organize your brushes  and mascaras is using any old jars or glasses that you no longer use. To help hold these cosmetics in place, you can use colorful sand, pearls, or even rice (rice works better if the container you’re using is not transparent. Otherwise, it will look odd.)

 

9- Laundry basket

If your bathroom is too narrow and there’s no space to fit your laundry basket, you can use foldable fabric baskets that can fit the corners of your bathroom such as under the sink. After using it, you can fold it up and keep it behind the door. You will have more space and at the same time, your bathroom will not be overfilled with dirty clothes.

 

10- Glasses hanger

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Got a plastic clothes hanger lying around the house? Spray paint it and make it your new glasses holder.

 

How NOT to DIY

So our website may be new and it may be too soon for us to share DIY not-tos, but we assure you that we have had our share of artistic mishaps and failures. In this post, we will share things to avoid when doing DIY projects.

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Things to avoid:
  • Avoid getting spray paint residue on your hands by wearing gloves. Rebelled and spray-painted without gloves anyways? Try rubbing some charcoal lighter fluid, acetone, or vegetable oil on your hands/affected area.
  • DO NOT spray paint indoors; the scent of spray is very hazardous to inhale.
  • DO NOT try to customize something that is expensive. Got a new glue or a new idea you want to try? Spare yourself the pain of ruining something you spent a fortune on by finding items that you going to dispose of. You will not feel a glimpse of guilt in case it got damaged in the process.
  • Some things are better off untouched. Don’t try to customize everything.
  • If you’re using a spray paint, make sure you don’t have any items around you; they may get damaged.
  • DO NOT dispose of anything before you are perfectly sure that it serves for no purpose. We are not encouraging “hoarding.” We are just urging you to reinvent and re-purpose. (For instance: You can easily turn a wooden baby cradle into a reading nook!)
  • Painting the borders of a cork board? Use painter’s tape (masking tape) to cover the areas you do not want to get paint on.

 

That is it for this week’s post! If you have any more tips to share, feel free to leave a comment!

Decorate your own mug

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Sometimes when we go through our mug cabinet, we find some old plain ones that look boring. We then tend to get rid of them and buy new colorful ones that look prettier. Well, you don’t have to do that anymore because you can spice up those mugs yourself! We brought you today a very simple, easy and fun DIY project.

Tools:
  • Sharpies
  • Mugs
  • Oven
To make this DIY:

First, find a quote or a drawing that you like and use your sharpies to write or doodle whatever you want on the mug.

Second, place the mug in the oven for 25-30 minutes, and then let it cool off in the oven for another 30 minutes.

This DIY is easy and simple. You can give these mugs as thoughtful and personalized gifts to your friends and family. You can draw their favorite characters on them or write their name, initials, or their favorite quotes.

 

Other Ideas using this concept:

Instead of mugs, you can personalize plates or bowls. Also, you can decorate vases and bathroom sets which are made of glass  so it turns from useless sets to precious  pieces.

Splattered nail polish phone cover

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Ever feel so frustrated that you wish there was a way to let go of your anger? Well, this Do-It-Yourself project will not only allow you to unleash your inner rage but will also give you a brand new creative and customized phone cover that will single you out.

As a newly-launched website, we decided to start off with an easy DIY anyone can recreate. This nail polish splatter concept was inspired by The Carrie Diaries TV series where the main character’s sister accidentally spilled nail polish on her deceased mother’s purse. Angrily, Carrie (the main character) splattered more nail polish on the bag and turned it into a fashion statement.

The project is extremely simple, easy, and fun to make.  All you will be needing is nail polish and a clear cover that you can find anywhere.

 

To make this DIY:

First, start by spreading newspapers on the surface that you will be working on so you don’t create a big mess.

Second, choose the nail polish colors that you see on your phone case.

Third, start splattering the nail polish on the clear cover randomly until you’re satisfied with the results you have.

Lastly, let the cover dry completely before adding any other decorations to it like writing your initials or drawing a heart.

 

Here some tips to consider before you begin this DIY:

1- No regrets ! Make sure that the nail polish colors that you are using are your favorite because you don’t want to make something you won’t like. Also, use an old cover or buy one that is inexpensive.

2-  Wait, wait for it. Just like how women are extra careful when applying nail polish, you should be careful with this project as well. Give it approximately 30 minutes before you use it or flip it  as the polish might come off!

3- When applying the nail polish, be closer to the cover. You do not want to flicker or flutter randomly. You don’t want to end up having varnish on your hair unless this is a hair trend you would want to sport. (Just kidding!)

4- Last but not least, ALWAYS make sure that you have a newspaper under the cover so you won’t stain your mom’s favorite carpet. PS: make sure it’s an old issue, one that was not stored aside for keepsake. (Imagine if that issue featured your sibling and you had varnish all over it. Eeeep!)

 

Other ideas using nail polish splatter concept:

Just like how women like to be sophisticated by applying nail polish, you can be elegant by creating your own style using your unused nail polish bottles on various projects.

1- It’s a known fact that every woman likes sporting singular items of wear, especially when it comes to handbags. You can recreate The Carrie Diaries concept by splattering nail polish of various colors on a cheap, unused bag. (You wouldn’t want to do that on an expensive bag given that your first attempt may not be successful)

2- If all your bracelets look the same, splash colors of pink, green, and blue to match them with any outfit you wear. This works well on cheap bass bangles and silver bangle cuffs.

3- A great idea to decorate your study desk area is buying a paint canvas and splattering nail polish on it. Why buy expensive wall art when you can make your own!

 

Happy crafting!

-SP+G Team.

 

 

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