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December 27, 2014

The Dos and Don’ts of Thrift Shopping

December 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Hey guys! The past few years, thrift shopping has become a serious hobby of mine. Here’s a list of my personal DOS and DON’TS when it comes to thrift shopping. :)

DO:

Buy these…

  • Flannel
    • Flannel takes up a significant portion of my closet and none of it was bought new. Thrift stores ALWAYS have plenty of flannel (especially in the men’s section).
Flannel

I wear flannel very often… maybe too much.

  • Mugs
    • I have found the strangest mugs at thrift stores (and yes, I bought them). Goodwill sells all their mugs for 49 cents, which is a steal if you ask me. My philosophy is “a girl can never have too many mugs.” They make great decorations and cheap gifts!

A few of my favorite thrifted mugs… can you tell I love cats?

  • Crewneck Sweatshirts
    • Thrifted crewneck sweatshirts are what I live in during the winter. Also, for all those sorority girls out there, thrift stores are a great place to find plain sweatshirts to sew letters onto. (I’ve had my fair share of thrift shopping with college friends who are in sororities. They go crazy. It’s great.)
  • Baseball Caps
    • There’s always a good selection. Just make sure you wash it before you wear it!
  • Rain Jackets
    • Thrift stores always seem to have a pretty good selection of rain jackets, and a lot of times they’re good quality too. Don’t buy one expecting it to last for years, but if you’re in need of a cheap rain jacket to last you a season or two, thrift stores are good places to look.

KU rain jacket that I thrifted at Goodwill for $5… pretty proud of this one! Love it so much.

  • Movies/CDs
    • Don’t expect to find anything current, but if you’re looking for a good movie or throwback CD to jam out to in the car, you’ll likely find it.
  • PJs
    • Whether you’re looking for an ugly set of PJs or some comfy PJ pants, thrift stores most likely have you covered.

Shop here…

  • Salvation Army 
    • What a beautiful place. Definitely my favorite place to thrift shop at. The one in Overland Park is my favorite (11421 Metcalf Avenue) because it’s HUGE. Also, Salvation Army gives a 10% discount to students who have their Student I.D.
  • Goodwill
    • Great and cheap, two of my favorite things. It will never let you down.
  • Blessings Abound 
    • My mom and I found this place one day while we were driving around. It’s cute and cool. They are SO nice in there. Definitely worth checking out! (9622 Nall Avenue, Overland Park)
Blessings Abound

Photo courtesy of www.yelp.com

  • TurnStyles
    • It’s good and fun.
TurnStyles

Photo courtesy of www.catholiccharitiesks.org

  • Garage Sales
    • My Saturday mornings in the spring are mostly spent at garage sales. I don’t buy a lot, because there’s a lot of junk, but it’s fun and occasionally I’ll find a steal.

DON’T:

Buy these…

  • Scarves
    • I own a lot of scarves, and sadly none of them were thrifted. Every time I go to a thrift store, I check out the scarves and leave disappointed. Either they’re all ugly or I just have bad taste in scarves.
  • Stationary 
    • Okay, listen up. Thrift stores ALWAYS have so much stationary stuff. Cards, craft supplies, whatever you need… but don’t buy it. 99% of the time, it can be found at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart for cheaper. I write letters all the time, and thrift stores are not the places to buy cards. It’s not any cheaper.
  • Exercise Clothes
    • Nope. Just nope. Don’t do it.
  • Sandals
    • Please don’t buy shoes that don’t require socks, unless you want to try and pull off the socks-with-sandals look, which often doesn’t end well. (And don’t buy the socks from thrift stores either).

Shop here…

  • Savers
    • Everyone loves Savers… and I do too, but only on their 50% off days which happen around holidays usually. Don’t go there to buy clothes if there’s not a sale. The shirts average around $5-10, which isn’t that cheap compared to other thrift stores. But, on the sale days, go crazy! (I do!)

So… there you have it. Feel free to comment with your own personal advice or opinions! I’d love to hear it!

-KT

Aaron Merrell

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December 14, 2014

Pros and Cons of Winter Break

December 14, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hey everyone! Hoping you had a great week.

School for the fall semester has come to a close at MNU, and there are several things this can bring about. One of my friends told me that to figure out if you like something or not, you can make a pros and cons list. So, I’m making a pros and cons list of winter break.

(Let’s start with the cons, I still want this to be positive)

CONS:
-Don’t see some friends for a whole month
-It’s SO cold
-Get togethers
-Money is TIGHT
-Buying books
-Tough upcoming semester (for me anyway)

PROS
-SNOW
-Get togethers
-Time to be back with family
-See old friends
-Christmas
-New Year
-Presents (gotta be honest)

That’s all I’ve got this week, thank you so much for reading.

-Aaron

(Image courtesy wallpapertoon.info)

 

Katie Linsey

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December 12, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Albums

December 12, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

As y’all know (or should know), I love music. A lot. If I could marry music, I would… but I cant, so I just listen to it all the time instead. I always love the day after Thanksgiving because it’s the day that I get to put all my Christmas music back onto my iPhone and start listening to my Christmas playlist on Spotify.

I love Christmas music, but sometimes I struggle finding the good stuff. In case that’s you this holiday season, I’ve put together a short list of my favorite albums this Christmas season. I hope you’ll take some time to listen to them, you won’t regret it!

1. That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix

Pentatonix

Album artwork courtesy of www.amazon.com

This is quite possibly the most obvious one, because who doesn’t love Pentatonix? Almost every time I get into a discussion about Christmas music (which actually happens quite often), Pentatonix is brought up. Chances are you’ve already heard at least a few songs from this album, but if you haven’t, you’ve GOT to give it a listen. I absolutely love the spin they put on traditional Christmas songs. Every song is amazing. That is all.

2. Into the Silent Night: The EP – for King & Country

for King & Country

Album artwork courtesy of www.forkingandcountry.com

I have always loved for King & Country, so when I found out they came out with a Christmas EP, I immediately bought it. The short album is a mixture of Christmas songs they wrote and their signature spin on traditional Christmas songs. My favorites include “Baby Boy” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” This EP is available on iTunes for $3.99… what a steal!

3. The Christmas EP – Chris August

Chris August

Album artwork courtesy of www.365daysofinspiringmedia.com

Chris August is one of my favorite vocalists in the world, so obviously his Christmas album makes the list. It’s a short album with a few originals and a few of his own renditions of famous Christmas songs, similar to for King & Country. Make sure that you listen to the song “Tell Me What You Want For Christmas” because it’s fun, upbeat, and hilarious! “O Holy Night” is also a great one.

4. Glee: The Music – Christmas Album

Glee

Album artwork courtesy of www.gleethemusic.com

I’ve been listening to this Christmas album for years. I used to watch Glee all the time, and even though I don’t keep up with the show anymore, I still love the music. It’s my favorite album to listen to when I’m driving around at night, looking at Christmas lights. My favorite songs on the album include “Last Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” If you love it and want more, they’ve come out with multiple Christmas albums since, so look them up too!

5. Christmas From The Heart – David Archuleta

David Archuleta

Album artwork courtesy of www.disneydreaming.com

 

This album gives me chills every time I listen to it. David Archuleta is extremely talented, it’s ridiculous. Nearly all of the songs on this album are traditional Christmas songs… which is great if you’re looking to listen to well-known tunes with little change made to them. My favorites are “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” and “Melodies of Christmas.”

6. The Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant

Family Force 5

Album artwork courtesy of www.newreleasetuesday.com

This album absolutely rocks. If you like upbeat, untraditional, dance-able Christmas music, this is for you. However, I must warn you to NOT listen to it while you’re driving on the highway if you have a hard time controlling your dance moves. My personal favorites from this album are “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “T’was The Night Before Christmas,” and “The Baby.”

So, there you have it! A few Christmas albums to listen to while you’re enjoying your Christmas Break. :) Feel free to comment below with your favorite Christmas music… I’m always looking for new music to listen to! Have a great holiday! :)

-KT

Samantha Moore

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December 10, 2014

2 am cram session!

December 10, 2014 | By | One Comment

Caution: Late night cram session happening!

It is finals week people, which means lots and lots of studying, eating, and having no idea what you learned this whole semester.

Wednesday- Criminology final

Thursday- Business Communications and Organizational Leadership finals

Friday- Human Resource final

I can not believe I only have my spring semester and then I am done with college, CRAZZZY!

asgASG had their annual Christmas party, so we obviously had to have matching sweatshirts! Happy Holidays from our ASG family to your family!

Haley Raydo

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December 8, 2014

Christmas Break To Read List (Finals Week Procrastination)

December 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends

Soooooo hehehesklgkng :) << I don’t know what that was about… I think I am exhausted.

Well after that terrible example of writing…. How are you?  How’s it going?  How’s your week?  If I am being completely honest with you, the only reason I am surviving this week is because I know it will all be over soon and it will be Christmas break!  Finals are here, as I am sure all of you are aware.  I mean you either are the student complaining on social media or you know at least one college or high school student who is complaining on social media.

So last year I wrote a blog post on study tips… And honestly I should really begin to take my own advice. This year I figured I would hold on tight to what is getting me through to the end… Everything I am going to do over Christmas break (because that’s rational).

And by everything I mean read and watch Netflix.

 

So I wrote a list of all the books I want to read that I definitely will not finish or even get close to finishing.  BECAUSE when you are in school, you spend all your time reading for class.  So breaks are for all the fun reads.

So here you go… My book list:

1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I read this in high school, but I didn’t take it seriously.  I watched the movie this weekend and I haven’t stopped dreaming of Mr. Darcy since)

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (This is a reread… I just watched the movie and I need to let myself heal again by finishing the story)

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but I have never read the books or seen the movies… I honestly don’t even know what the first one is called so I just wrote Harry Potter *shoulder shrug*) (P.S. I realize I am a little late on the bandwagon)

4. To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson (This is another I started and didn’t finish but would really love to! It was so good and challenging from what I started to read from it)

5. Jesus is greater than Religion by Jefferson Bethke (I watch his youtube videos and he is super smart! I’ve been meaning to read his book! Also it is supposed to be the greater than sign but it changes the sign into something else when I publish this… ugh technology)

6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath (This book guides you into finding your strengths! Interesting!)

And then if you must know my Netflix list:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (I am on season 8)

2. Downton Abbey (I am on season 3)

3. The Office (I have seen every episode..)

Isn’t deciding what you are going to do with all your extra time on Christmas break so much more enjoyable?! Also it is a bit of stress reliever.

Stay sane friends!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

P.S. This picture I posted on instagram from the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting over Thanksgiving break.

Mariah McCommon

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December 7, 2014

Christmas Spirit in Stockton

December 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

In honor of the Christmas season approaching quickly, our hall in the dorms decided to have a contest for the best decorated door. Christmas themed of course! Here are most of the doors. We had a lot of fun with it :)

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Me and my roomies door is definitely the Olaf one. We aren’t too worried about the contest because we just wanted to decorate but I’m anxious to see who wins!

I’m stressing out over these finals coming up this week but we are almost there! I hope you all have a great week and good luck on your finals!

Aaron Merrell

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December 7, 2014

Hunting on the Plaza

December 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great week!

Next week is finals, so (not even close to) everyone is busy getting ready to finish out the semester strong.

Instead of working on finals, I went to a sophomore ASG event last night. We went down to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri and had a scavenger hunt.

There were all sorts of crazy pieces to the scavenger hunt, and we needed a photo of each one. Here’s a short sample:


 

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Conga Line Across an Intersection


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Stage a Proposal on a Bridge

 

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Waddle with the Penguins by J.Crew


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Storytime at Barnes & Noble


In the end, our team came out on top in our hearts but apparently that wasn’t good enough for the official ruling :-)

Hope everyone has a great week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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December 4, 2014

Inside Look: Musical Talent at MNU

December 4, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys! So, this semester at MNU I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really awesome, unique, talented people. It’s been really fun getting to know people and finding out about their passions and talents. Through learning about people, I’ve discovered that quite a few of my friends are musically talented and love using that talent as a way to connect with people. Here’s a video of some of my friends talking about their passion for music and giving us a little glimpse of their talent. You definitely don’t want to miss seeing all the amazing talent at MNU… so make sure you watch till the end! :)

Hope you have a great week, friends! See you next week!

-KT

Samantha Moore

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December 3, 2014

NOT so dead week

December 3, 2014 | By | One Comment

When they call it dead week they underestimate Business Psychology majors.

Haley Raydo

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December 1, 2014

Diary of a College Student

December 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

I am a college student, and for that I am thankful.  But it is also a very stressful time.  I mean, I don’t remember a time where I was at a family gathering and wasn’t asked about school or my future career.  When asked about my major, I find an almost whisper and respond, “psychology.”  That single worded response elicits so many questions.  “What do you want to do with that?” “Do you know you have to go to graduate school to be a counselor?” I shake my head quietly every time-o  But secretly I am thinking “do you know how many times I have heard that?!”

Man… there are times I want to give up.  I am thinking about it right now as I type.  What would it be like, if I left? Found some job… maybe work in a church?  That is my dream.  I definitely would not have to worry about taking finals next week.  Cross an item off my worry list… I wonder what it would be like to have my own place… I would get a dog. Definitely.  Is this the stress that is talking? Probably.

I really do love college.  The people I have met will forever change my life. The things I have learned will forever change my narrow-minded perspective.  The stories I have will be forever told to my children, who with no doubt, will be sick of them by the tenth time around.  The relationship with Christ I have built, without a question, will last longer than “forever” but literally eternity.  That is something I treasure most about being a college student, particularly at a Christian school.  I have asked more questions, I have contemplated more ideas–that I am not sure I knew existed–, and I have stepped out into more boldness than ever in my life.  It’s a jumpstart.  It’s a jumpstart to my adult life.  My adult life that still has a considerable amount of time; I am just now reaching it.

This time in college, is stressful.  It is hard.  It is challenging.  Sometimes I wonder where I fit in.  Sometimes I wonder where God is.  I get homesick.  And I sure do not get enough sleep for what is good for me.  But it is a time where I have learned more than I could have ever imagined.   I am working on building a foundation for my life.  I am studying to be a better citizen, daughter, sister, future wife and mother, future career person and counselor, and a better daughter of Christ.  A better workman for His glory.  These stepping stones, are messy.  Life is messy.  It isn’t easy, but I am growing.  That is the ultimate goal, right?  To grow.  To grow in education and maturity, to grow into someone that has dreams and visions.  With an eternal perspective. Not set on the things this world offer, but what is really important.

So yes, I am not always in the best mood.  I fail daily.  I am not always the person I know God has created me to be. But I am learning.  Learning with open hands, with an open mind, with an open heart, and with open eyes.  To learn what Christ has already done and is going to do, and to be willing to follow it.  Maybe not everyone gets this same experience in college.  You definitely don’t have to have this experience in college. But this is where I am at.  This is where I am supposed to be.  I don’t think that way enough.  I will take in my learning and growing process.  It is messy.  It is scary.  And it is hard.  But it pays off. 

Thanks for listening

Haley