6 Simple Ways To Improve Relationships

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1. Fight In A Timely Fashion

All arguments should begin before 10 P.M. ET so that they are fully resolved before 2 A.M. at the latest. Nobody likes to go to bed angry with their lover, but we also don’t enjoy conflict resolution at five in the morning. Some people need a full eight-hour beauty rest, and bickering on the phone ‘til sunrise does a number on our chances of reaching REM cycle.

2. Fight In The Appropriate Environment

The right environment can be anywhere on the planet as long as nobody else is within audible range. At the party in front of everyone, or in the restaurant making that poor waitress feel super uncomfortable – that needs to not happen. It’s only awesome to watch a dysfunctional couple in action, not to be a contributing member of such dramatics.

3. Don’t Openly Share The Bad

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An Artsy Fartsy Project: The Old White T-Shirt

It’s been a while since I’ve personalized old shirts of mine. Given clothes get a bit too expensive these days, checking out old clothes in your wardrobe and giving them a fresh new look can definitely save you a lot of money which is exactly what I did just yesterday. For this D.I.Y. project, I tried out the trick of tie-dying old shirts of mine.

So, you’ll need the following:

  1. Old white shirts
  2. Scissors
  3. Dyes
  4. Basin
  5. Thick yarn or nylon ties
  6. Hot Water
  7. Clothes Iron

First off, decide if you want to customize your old shirt by making it into a muscle tee or tank top. I, on the other hand, opted for the tank top look. Check out the video below by YouTube user, LeSassafras, on how to turn old shirts into tank tops.

Next, in a basin, dissolve your colour dye of choice in a basin filled with just the right amount of hot water for one shirt. In my case, I had three shirts and three colour dyes namely blue, purple and pink.

ImageBefore placing in the shirts into the basin, tie parts of your shirt with the use of thick yarn or nylon ties. Given it was my first try on tie-dying, I just knotted one area to the next. Check out the video below by YouTube user, akaydoll, on how to tie-dye shirts to create different patterns.

Next step is to dip the shirts into the solution making sure all parts of the shirt are soaked. Leave it for at least 20 minutes.

ImageWash the shirt and hang it to dry in an area not exposed to the sun. *Note: sunlight can cause dyed colours to fade easily.

ImageOnce the shirt is damp, iron them to make the dye dry faster on the shirt.Hang them up once more to dry. As easy as that, you’ve got new colourful shirts for your wardrobe.

ImageHere’s an old photo of me with my white shirt besides a latest pic of me wearing my customized shirt.

ImageWho knew tie-dying would be so much fun? Ah, but note to self, wear a pair of gloves next time.

24 Dates To Take Yourself On

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1. To the movies. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – this is one of the most liberating, pleasant experiences ever. No sharing snacks, hearing opinions on the previews or responsibilities other than to enjoy the film, and yourself.

2. Cheap buffet. Usually I like to wait all day to eat, only having a snack here and there – you know, like appetite foreplay. A handful of Doritos for breakfast, a Fruit Rollup for lunch – just to get the juices flowing, the mouth watering. Then, when hunger is at its climax, you go to your buffet and make them reconsider their all-you-can-eat policies.

3. A nostalgic ride down memory lane. This could be anything from watching your old VHS tapes, to searching YouTube for your favorite childhood programs, to flipping through the pages of your middle/high school yearbooks. Reflecting alone may make you emotional, but…

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29 Dates To Go On With Your Best Friend

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1. Go to an amusement park together and try all of the rides you’re normally too scared to go on. (Make sure to eat the cotton candy and sno cones after you spin around in circles for hours.)

2. Stay up all night when it’s nice out and drink wine under the stars, talking about all the things you’re usually too embarrassed or afraid to admit.

3. Treat yourselves to a nice dinner out at a fancy place when one of you gets a Groupon for it. Order dishes made for two and laugh when the waiter and other diners look at you bizarrely.

4. Pick a recipe that you’re almost 100 percent sure you’re not skilled enough to make, and make it together. (Feel free to have a fair amount of wine throughout the cooking process, even if it means you’re more likely to mess the recipe up.)

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10 Of The Most Unhealthy Relationship Practices

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1. Complete dependence on one another. We’re all guilty of this one in our adolescent lives. Young love is just so new and exciting and compelling and you just can’t spend a minute without that person… and it all comes back to bite you in the ass when you break up and you’re left with nothing because your whole life revolves around your former special someone. Don’t do this to yourself. If you know you’re in the middle of this, stop digging the hole and start climbing out.

2. You actually don’t love each other but you’ve confused love for something else. This one’s tough if you don’t figure it out until it’s too late. There are a thousand things that aren’t love that feel a whole hell of a lot like it. The way you differentiate, unfortunately, usually isn’t very pleasant. It’s usually when one of you knows that…

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The Soulmate You Deserve

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For all the miraculous Yous in my life.

He will tell all of his friends that you are breathtaking. And when they smile politely he’ll repeat it, slowly, No, I mean really, truly breeaaatthhhtakkkiinnngg, will insist that they think about what it would feel like to have the very wind sucked out of them and placed inside of a music box. They won’t understand, but it will be the best way he will know how to describe why when you looked at him for the first time, all he could hear was music and the sound of his own breathing.

You will meet him at a pie-eating contest or at a bad house party or because you happen to be the only two people who like going to the park when it rains. He will be friendly and ask you for your name. You will give it…

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The One Who Changes You

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The first time you notice him you won’t really notice him at all. He’s a little bit too short, a little bit too soft in the middle. You’ll feel him watching you when you’re dancing with your boyfriend at a party before you turn around and catch his eye. He’s leaning against a wall, smoking; he looks like Ryan from the OC and he’s ready to be whoever you want him to be (for just long enough that it will break your heart when he goes back to being himself), and he’ll smile at you.

You’ll flick your hair and ignore him, but the whole time you can feel his eyes on the nape of your neck, your tits and ass too, probably. You’ll kiss your boyfriend because you’re into him right now, throw your arms around his neck and forget about the stranger lurking in the shadows. When you…

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15 Things Social Media Has Taught Me About People

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1. People really really like other people to know what they are eating.

2. A lot of people have a LOT of time on their hands. (Why are people always claiming to be busy?)

3. Orwell was right — “All issues are political issues.”

4. A lot of people have no idea what they’re talking about… a lot of the time.

5. Like “real life culture,” internet culture is dynamic. People create and re-create it.

6. We are all voyeurs and stalkers in some shape or form.

7. People always imagine their past as better than it probably was.

8. Most people are in need of more inspiration in their lives.

9. Popular culture is either extremely easy or extremely difficult to keep up with.

10. A lot of people in their adulthood are still seeking validation from the “cool kids.”

11. People really are bad at listening.

12. Behind…

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15 Signs You’re Growing Up

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hahahaha. god i am old.

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1. The later you wake up on Christmas morning, the more you’re a grown up. Did you get a full night of rest on Christmas Eve? If so, that indicates that you don’t particularly care. The laying in bed, anticipating, wide-awake with excitement days are over — and it’s become more of a relaxing time away from work. In our defense, we no longer get awesome gifts like Power Rangers action figures, or big Barbie sets. It’s easy to wake up for that. But bed sheets, towels, candles and various items from Target’s décor section? Meh — not so much.

2. When ex-schoolmates around your age are having babies — intentionally. I’m talking fully planned, financially prepared for, deliberately unprotected sex, purposeful baby making. From the age of 16-21ish, the majority of the babies born by our peers were unplanned. Now many of us are wondering what the hell is wrong…

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D.I.Y. Instax Album

Ever since my boyfriend gave me the Instax mini 7 last Christmas, I’ve been trigger happy taking photos here and there. Instant cameras are love. Given the photos are too cute to be placed in a box hidden away, i spent my day off (Anzac day in Australia meaning no work hihi) creating an album for my Instax photos.
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I know a loooot of friends who have got an instax mini as well so i do hope this d.i.y. Post would inspire you to make your own albums.

First off, you’d be needing the following materials:

Paper (i used my papemelroti stock for this project)
Illustration board
Ruler
Glue
Paper end screws (i have no idea what they’re actually called haha)
Puncher
Pencil
Instax photos

The size of your album would of course depend on your instax photo sizes.

Measure the board for the cover and backing for your album. Do the same for the inside pages. Remember to leave space for the paper fold and area around the photo. Cut the excess parts.
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Punch holes through the cover and pages. Before binding, design your cover, here i utilized pages from old notebooks, black paper scraps and an old gift wrapper.

As for the pages, take two instax photos and line them up side by side with a space in between. Mark the sides of the photos.
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Taking cue from vintage albums, use paper corners in keeping the photos in place. Create these paper corners simply by folding a strip of paper into a triangle, cut excess and paste on marked areas on the paper. Wait to dry.

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Next is stack pages and cover then bind using the paper screws.
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Place in the photos and there you have it, your own instax album. :)

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