August 14, 2019

DIY WiFi Password Box

DIY WIFI Password


Is it just me, or does anyone else get bothered by electric cords that have no order? They stress me out to no end! Honestly, my apartment has to be perfectly neat, or I can't function (my car's back seat is another story...).  With that being said, after I got my WiFi all hooked up, the cords just hanging out in my living room was quite an eyesore! So I DIYed a way to not only hide the router and modem but also share my WiFi Password with guests! Did I mentioned this only cost me 50 Cents. Y'all I love Scrap Denton, I can get all my craft supplies for cheap.  I totally recommend checking your local thrift shop for supplies!  If you want to make something similar check out how below!

Materials Needed:
Large Wooden Box
White Paint
Rope
Faux Grass
Sticker Letters

DIY WIFI Password


1.) To begin, paint your box white all over.  This took me roughly 3 coats.

DIY WIFI Password


2.) 
Finally, using your stickers, put your wifi password onto the front of the box.  I did not come up with this password, but to be honest I'm too lazy to change it. 

DIY WIFI Password

3.) Next,  begin wrapping the bottom of the box with the rope until roughly 1/3rd of the box is wrapped.

DIY WIFI Password


4.) Take your faux grass and hot glue it into the rope to make it look like its been growing from the rope itself.

DIY WIFI Password

Now place your modem and router into the box and wha-la! Your wires are hidden and your friends don't have to keep asking for the WiFi password.

DIY WIFI Password

August 12, 2019

How to Spend a Cheap Day in Austin


Austin Texas


Howdy! Growing up in East Texas, Austin was actually a pretty far drive to make without a reason to make it. The only times I ever went to Austin was for UIL State Twirling competition in high school.  In college, not only were a lot of my friends from Austin, but our campus was only around 2 hours, give or take, from the city.   Still, I didn't go very often.  Before finally moving out of my house in College Station and moving to Denton, my boyfriend and I took a day trip to Austin.  It was a well-deserved daycation!  Since I didn't grow up in Austin, I was looking up a bunch of things to do on Pinterest.  Now here I am, adding another post to Pinterest! (shameless plug, but follow my Pinterest account) 

I hope to get to explore Austin more in the future, but for the time being, these are my "Michelle tested and approved" things to do when spending a day in Austin! Oh, I almost forgot, this is also how to spend a day in Austin on a budget.  Don't worry, I wouldn't try and kill your bank account! 

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1.) Touring the Texas Capitol: It's true! Everything is bigger in Texas! That includes the dome on our state capital! It is 15 feet taller than the United States Capitol building! You can tour the inside of the capital for free, and it shows a lot of our nation's history! Plus the grounds are really pretty!

Texas State Capital

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol


2.) Tour Texas University (The University of Texas, but us Aggies refuse to call it by it's real name, after all, it isn't the only University in Texas):  Dare I admit it? Their campus is pretty nice, and they have a turtle pond!! Worth the entire trip really to hang out with Turtles. (A&M, why don't we have a turtle pond?)

University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas


3.) Kerbey Lane: This dinner is easily one of the most delicious places! But fair warning, it can get pretty packed! They have all your classic diner food, but even offer vegan versions!

Kerby Lane


4.) Voodoo Donut:  I have wanted to go to the voodoo donut since I watched a Travel Channel show about the Seattle location, and that was when I was easily 12.  Now they have one in Austin, and I had to go!! I mean part of my family is from New Orleans after all. I got me the classic, voodoo doll donut! He was very sweet. Take that in mind if you purchase one.

voodoo donut austin

voodoo donut austin


5.)Blue Cat Cafe:  Do you love cats? Do you love Coffee? Did you read my previous post about a cat cafe in Brussels? (shameless self plugging) Well, we actually went to the Blue Cat Cafe in 2018, and it was so cute!! The kitties were adorable! I'm a sucker for cats (currently have a little one purring on my lap as we speak!)  

Blue Cat Cafe

Blue Cat Cafe

Blue Cat Cafe


6.)Wall Murals:  There are a ton of posts out there with the locations of all the wall murals in Austin.  Unfortunately, that is not this post.  But I do suggest looking them up and going to take pictures of the fun art! Perfect for that Instagram feed! 

Austin Wall Murals

Austin Wall Murals

Austin Wall Murals


7.)McKinney Falls State Park:  Do you love Nature?  Do you love water? Well, then you should totally check out Mckinney Falls State Park! There are two waterfalls, and several areas to go swimming at.  It is also a nice hike.  There is an entrance fee on this, but if you read my post about our deteriorating infrastructure of state and national parks, then you probably won't mind paying!

McKenny Falls State Park


Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park

Mckinney Falls State Park



8.) Barton Creek Greenbelt: This is another nice place to hike, swim, or ride your bike.  It is a green belt that is much closer to the city than McKinney Falls is, so less of a drive, but still very nice!

Barton Creek Greenbelt



9.) 360 Overlook:  I can not emphasis this destination enough! It was amazingly beautiful! It is a hike up a hill where you overlook highway 360.  You can see the city in the background, with gorgeous nature all around you.   Also, if you are like me an enjoy, looking at fancy houses, the drive to the overlook is filled with ritzy neighborhoods.  

360 Overlook

360 Overlook

360 Overlook


10.) Bat Bridge:  Finally, before you head home for the day, stop over to the Congress Avenue Bridge. When dusk hits, bats come flying in a mass out from under the bridge.  Now, I say this, and of course, not a single bat decided to fly while we were waiting.  But we did see some bat dancers in a building. 

Austin Bat Bridge


I hope my brief summary of what all you should check out when spending a cheap, budget-friendly day in Austin helps you out!  Please let me know if you're from Austin, and what other things I should check out next time I go to Austin!



August 11, 2019

DIY Boho Hanging Basket Planter

DIY Boho hanging basket planter

If y'all are DIYers, then chance are you are also fans of the Sorry Girls on youtube.  I love their channel! In particular, their "$ vs $$$" series is so much fun!  I am a guilty online window shopper when it comes to places like Urban Outfitters because while their items are too cute, their prices are also ridiculous. Sorry Urban.  I've been decorating my apartment very "Jungle Boho" as I like to call it and found this adorable hanging basket on urban, but it was 30 dollars (and that doesn't include tax or shipping)! I can buy 2 weeks worth of food for 30 dollars!  Taking a note from the Sorry Girls, I went over to our local thrift/craft store, Scrap Denton, and found a hanging basket for 10 cents and some fake foliage for a dollar! I already had the paint. Overall, this project only cost me 1.10 cents! Take that Urban Outfitters!  If you'd also like to make a boho hanging basket planter then check out below! 

DIY Boho hanging basket planter


Materials:
Hanging Wall Basket
Fake Foliage
Paint

DIY Boho hanging basket planter


This is super simple.  I just chose some paint colors that went with my apartment and painted a tribal pattern on the basket. Mine came out a little messy, but I think it gives it some nice character on my wall actually so I don't mind.  Next, take your fake foliage, and hot glue it into the basket just to make it secure in the basket.  Then just have to hang it on the wall where you see fit! Ta-Da! You just saved 28 dollars! Hope you enjoyed this very simple DIY.

DIY Boho hanging basket planter

DIY Boho hanging basket planter

DIY Boho hanging basket planter

What to do in Salzburg

what to do in salzburg


In late October, my best friend and I decided to go for a weekend to Salzburg, Austria.  If you grew up in America, chances are you have watched the Sound of Music (Except a certain someone I know whose reading this....cough cough my boyfriend lol).  For those who don't remember, the Sound of Music takes place in Salzburg.  One of our main driving factors of going to Salzburg was to take the Sound of Music tour.  I mean you can't go all the way to Europe and be a short plane flight from being able to channel your inner Maria and not take that opportunity after all! So we booked our tickets to the birthplace of Mozart, and flew the hour flight over the Alps to the beautiful Salzburg! We were really only there for a full day before having to fly back to Köln, so we packed as much into our Saturday as humanly possible!  

If you're taking a quick trip to Salzburg and are wondering what all to do, look no further!  Here are my suggestions on what to do in Salzburg, while not spending a fortune, cause a gal on the go has to have money for all of her weekend trips after all!

1.) Book an Airbnb instead of a hotel: My Airbnb experience in Salzburg is by far my favorite one ever! So good in fact, I spent 30 mins just trying to find my host's Airbnb listing to link it here so y'all can book with him, but I couldn't find it. We had booked a private room near the river in the new town, but only about a 10 min walk to the Old Town. The accommodations were nice, but our host was the highlight of the experience! When he got home from work he came and knocked on our door wanting to talk, which at first was a little odd, but y'all, he was hilarious and super nice!  Turns out he was a student studying hospitality and tourism and figured renting out his spare room for Airbnb would be a good way to get experience.  He made sure that we were booked for the Sound of Music tour because if we weren't then obviously we were lying about being American. He also gave us other suggestions and made fun of how guys can be dicks. I think we ended up talking for 2 hours before turning in for the night. Why book a hotel, when you can get a cheaper and more cultural experience at an Airbnb?

2.) Sound of Music Tour:  We booked our tour with Panorama Tours for 45 Euro which was roughly 52 US dollars at the time. Our host wasn't kidding about the whole American thing.  It was only Americans on the Tour.  Apparently Sound of Music is only really popular in the States.  With that said, the tour was 4 hours and took us to most of the filming locations in Salzburg.  Fun Fact: The opening scene with Maria singing on the mountain top is in Bavaria, not Austria! Needless to say, I didn't get to twirl and sing the "Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music". Oh well...  The tour does take you too Schloss Leopoldskron ( The house where the Trapp family lived), Hellbrunn Palace ( where a lot of scenes were filmed), Mirabell Gardens ("Do, a deer, a female deer..."), The Gazebo ("You are sixteen going on seventeen"), and Church Mondsee (Where the Captain and Maria get married).  Of course, along the way you get to see so many beautiful sights in Salzburg and the surrounding area!  Totally worth the money even if you aren't a fan of the movie just because it's a great way to see the city. 

sound of music salzburg

sound of music gazebo

sound of music gazebo

Salzburg Austria

lake mondsee

sound of music palace

sound of music i have confidence

sound of music wedding


sound of music do re me


3.)Mozarts House:  While Mozart may have lived most of his life in Vienna, he was born in Salzburg!  You can go tour the house he was born in, and if you purchased the Salzburg Card (which if you've read my other posts thus far you know I always suggest buying the city card because it pays for itself really) then it's free. They have various different items that belonged to Mozart, and you really learn a lot about his life and family! Like his sister was a girl boss musician herself! If you do go here, buy some Mozartkugeln.  These are balls of pistachio marzipan and nugget that is chocolate covered.  Addictingly good! They do sell these elsewhere (The were at Rewe in Germany) but they taste better in the presence of Mozart's home! 

mozartplatz salzburg

mozarts house


4.) Salzburg Fortress:  My dad would have gone nuts here.  He loves old forts, and this is an OLD fort. Inside is a military and torture museum.  Ironically,  my friend and I had a pretty deep talk about human nature because of the museum.  However, if you don't find forts fascinating like my dad would, then don't worry because the view from the fort is AMAZING! Plus the funicular ride up the mountain is so much fun! Again, with the Salzburg card, this is all free.

salzburg fortress

salzburg fortress

salzburg austria

5.) Salzburger Altstadt:  Once you cross over the river, you are in the old town of Salzburg, which is a UNESCO world heritage spot. The shops are all so charming! Even McDonalds! If y'all go exploring in the old town, you should most definitely stop at the Christmas in Salzburg store, which is a store with a million hand-painted eggs! I bought a strawberry one, which I have hanging in my kitchen and adore! Also, for the American's who love ice (I never got homesick while abroad but I did shed a tear about ice)  then go grab a bite at Burgerista! They have delicious burgers (including vegan) and a self-service soda machine with ICE!!!!!!! YES, I REPEAT ICE!!!!

salzburg austria


salzburg austria

salzburg austria


6.) Christmas Museum:  Ok so I only suggest this one if you either adore Christmas, or you purchased the Salzburg Card.  Otherwise, I don't think it's worth the price.  Don't get me wrong it was fun, but it's a pricey ticket for how much actually is there. But we had the Salzburg card so it was free! So many Krampus jokes between my friend and I came from the museum. Krampus is like the anti Santa.  

7.) Classic Austrian Food: Unfortunately, Maria just has weird taste buds, because schnitzel with noodle is not a real thing. But Schnitzel is! We got some from a street stand in the Altstadt (well I got a vegan version so it wasn't really schnitzel).  If you go to Austria you have to buy some.  

schnitzel


8.) Sculptures Around Town:  This is a random suggestion, but there are a lot of nice art installations around town, including one that represents the Jewish labors who built the bridge over the river.  I would suggest taking the time to look at all of them. Some are meaningful, others are just quirky and fun. 

salzburg austria jew

salzburg austria

salzburg austria


9.) The Mountains:  Finally, if you are flying into Salzburg like we did, don't sleep on the plane and grab a window seat! Looking out the window and seeing the Alps out the window was a jaw-dropping experience!!

salzburg austria

salzburg austria


Hopefully, this gives you some fun suggestions of what to do while in Salzburg! If you go, please email me and tell me all about your experience! I love to hear from every one of you!  Also, many of these photos I am showing are my friend's photos, not my own!