Wanelo

Wanelo

Watch out, Pinterest. Wanelo is sneaking in! Wa what?! Wanelo! The name (pronounced wah-nee-lo) stands for “want, need, love” and is an online catalog of merchandise. We already have Pinterest, right? Why would we need Wanelo? Well, I’m not sure about you, but I have found myself a little bit frustrated with Pinterest in the … Read more

Watch out, Pinterest. Wanelo is sneaking in!

Wa what?! Wanelo! The name (pronounced wah-nee-lo) stands for “want, need, love” and is an online catalog of merchandise. We already have Pinterest, right? Why would we need Wanelo? Well, I’m not sure about you, but I have found myself a little bit frustrated with Pinterest in the past.

Often, when I stumble across something I LOVE on Pinterest, I click on the link and it leads to nowhere, or an “uploaded by user” sign pops up. Sometimes I spend days trying to find the product I saw on Pinterest and finally track down the link, only to find that the cute boots I was obsessed with are only available in Australia. Then there’s the fact that the shipping fee comes to $26, which seems like nothing next to the $480 price tag on the boots.

Pros of Wanelo:

  1. No dead-end links: Move your cursor over the image and you will see the name and price of the product, as well as where you can purchase it from.
  2. No dissapointment: Wanelo features (mostly) all affordable and no sold out items.
  3. No more wasted time: If you want to purchase the item, click on the “buy” button to the right of the image and it will take you directly to the website to make your purchase.

Cons of Wanelo:

  1. No inspiration: Unlike Pinterest, Wanelo does not feature arts and crafts ideas, party decor, new recipes, motivational quotes, etc.
  2. No categories: Although Wanelo allows you to search for certain things, there are no categories like on Pinterest (such as women’s fashion, men’s fashion, etc.)
  3. No personal boards: While you can save products to “categories,” you cannot build creative boards of things you are inspired by, love or want to save for future reference (such as the hundreds of pins you have of your dream home to show your future husband).

There are pros and cons to both Pinterest and Wanelo, but Wanelo is definitely a site to check out. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love Pinterest as I find inspiration from the site on a daily basis. However, Wanelo may be taking just a tad bit of my free time away from Pinterest in the future!

What are your thoughts on Wanelo? Do you still prefer Pinterest? Feel free to leave your comment below!

Thankful

Thankful

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season: My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year! The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union The opportunity to study abroad next semester My student blogging position (who else gets paid to … Read more

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season:

  1. My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year!
  2. The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union
  3. The opportunity to study abroad next semester
  4. My student blogging position (who else gets paid to talk about everything they love?!)
  5. The shirtless Taylor Lautner scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2 (it’s a must see, girls!)

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that sometimes I need a holiday to remind me of how much I have to be thankful for, but I am very grateful for the reminder. Every year I look forward to waking up Thanksgiving morning, grabbing some blankets and cuddling up next to the fireplace to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year will be no exception.

As I was thinking of everything I am grateful for this year, I thought it would be nice to remind the people I love most how thankful I am for them. So, I decided to do some arts and crafts! I found an idea I loved on Pinterest and got to work. Making holiday cards for your family and friends would be a great way to pass away the last two days of class until Thanksgiving break! All you need is some tape, scissors, decorative scrap paper and some ribbon (which is optional, of course).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

scraps

 

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thankful for you

 

No Tricks, Just Treats

No Tricks, Just Treats

Happy Halloween! Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and … Read more

Happy Halloween!

Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and relax as I began the planning process. As a college student on a tight budget, I had to get creative for decorations and Halloween treats, but in the end I think everything worked out great.

I bought orange and black balloons and made signs on the computer for decorations. Of course, we had mulled hot apple cider, which was perfect on the cold, rainy night. I used old frappuccino bottles for our cider and decorated them with black and white ribbon to make them a bit more festive. In order to get some inspiration for Halloween treats, I turned to Pinterest. I fell in love with the cute nutter butter cookies turned ghosts and wanted to try them right away. I ended up making white chocolate covered pretzels as well (both treats found here). They were simple to make and perfect to snack on.

The ghosts and pretzels were both huge hits at the party! However, the ghosts were my personal favorite. Not only were they adorable, I mean uhh spooky? … but they were yummy as well. I am now trying to find a reason to justify why I would make these ghosts for any other occasion, since I don’t want to wait until next October to try them again! Hmm… maybe we can celebrate the Chinese Ghost Festival from now on? My friends Emily and Maggie also brought graham crackers and delicious pumpkin dip that they made!

During the party we played Halloween Bingo, with Reese’s Pieces as bingo markers (beware: purchasing a big bag of the candy may be necessary since the “markers” just magically seemed to disappear throughout the game … whoops!). There were even prizes for the first three winners: Reese’s Pumpkins, everyone’s favorite!

We ended the night by piling into the living room and popping in the horror movie “Prom Night.”

Everyone had so much fun at the Halloween party and we are already planning future holiday get-togethers. You don’t need a lot of money to have fun. Even without any of the treats or decorations, I am sure that I would have had just as much fun with the wonderful group of friends that I am so blessed to have found at Mount Union.

I hope everyone’s day is filled with no tricks, but plenty of treats!