Monthly Archives: November 2012

5 Affordable Gift Ideas

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There is still time to shop for any gifts you might want to pick up for your friends and family this holiday season. If you’re on a budget this year, don’t worry – there are plenty of cool gifts to choose!

For The Tea Drinker

This yellow tea submarine is perfect not only for a Beatles fan, but also for those who crave tea. It is a fun and creative way to enjoy any cup of tea.

For The Movie Lover

Have a friend who sees at least one or two movies a week? Get them this awesome ticket stub diary so they can remember which ones were thumbs up, and which ones were not so great.

For The Wine Specialist

It’s not Monopoly, but Wine-opoly. Players “buy favorite wins, collect bunches of grapes, and trade them in for decanters.” Perfect for those Friday night dinner parties.

For The Sports Buff

Choose their favorite NFL team to print on delicious chocolate m&ms. Perfect snack for when they are watching the game!

For The Baker

Who doesn’t love owls? With these owl measuring cups, baking can be done in style and add a bit of pizzaz to the kitchen.

For The Music Lover

The most influential pop albums from 1955 through 2003 are listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery; it’s a must-read for any music lover.

For The Travel Enthusiast

This scratch off map has got to be the coolest map I’ve seen. This map can be scratched off for each place traveled! Gives a whole new meaning to wall art!

When it all comes down to it, no gift is a “bad” gift (unless it’s an ugly Christmas sweater), it’s all about the thought you put into it. Happy Holidays!

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3 Things To Do Without Your Significant Other

Filed under: College Life, Social Life/Relationships, Tips - Angelina
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As a military wife, I’ve had to get used to the fact that my husband won’t always be home. A few days ago he left, and he won’t be back for three weeks! Sometimes it’s hard to suddenly change the routine that you’re used to with someone. As much as I love my husband and want him home all the time, I’ve learned that I can’t rely on him to function. It’s been a great reminder of who I am, and the inner strength that has grown in me. For those of you who find yourself alone, or your loved one is away quite often, I wanted to share with you a few things for you to do while you have this special time to yourself!

1. Treat Yourself

Yes, technically you should be working out all the time anyway, but that doesn’t always happen. With your loved one away, this will probably leave you with some extra free time! You don’t have to hit the gym, there are plenty of workouts you can do at home. Working out creates endorphins which will make you happier and relaxing from beauty treatments works just as well!

2. Opportunity

Now is the time to do anything and everything they didn’t want to do or is easier to do alone! I went to see the Twilight movie that my husband wouldn’t be caught dead at, I have a massage set, and I’m redecorating our apartment! It feels great to be a little independent sometimes!

3. Friends

We’ve all experienced the “relationship bubble,” you date someone, and soon that person seems to be your only friend because you spend every moment together! Whether you’re married, or dating, this is something that should be avoided. Every woman needs her girls, and every man needs his boys. With your loved one away, use this time to catch up with friends and spend some quality time with them! When you’re having fun, time seems to always fly by so before you know it, your partner will be back!

It’s so easy to be gloomy when your significant other is away, but instead of being down, embrace the time you’re given! Don’t sit on the couch and watch the clock! Work on yourself, do the things you’ve been meaning to do, and see your friends!

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Top 10 Savings Tips for Holiday Shopping

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In the blink of an eye, the Fall semester has zoomed by! The only problem is that end-of-term papers, final exams, AND the holidays are now all jumbled into the month of December! The last thing we need to stress about during finals week is being broke after our holiday shopping. Here are my top 10 tips on saving this holiday season, so you’ll have one thing less to worry about.

1. Sign up for Email Newsletters: Most brands like H&M, CVS and Hollister Co. send out awesome savings to those on their email list. Some even send out savings every week so it pays off to sing up!

2. Check the Web for Savings: Websites like are awesome places to browse through savings. Just type in the store you’re going to shop at and they provide you with ALL of the coupons and savings available for that store at that time! It’s an amazing resource and a necessity during gift-shopping!

3. Show your Student ID: A lot of stores give a discount to students who can show a valid Student ID. These stores include Club Monaco, Apple, J Crew, and many more. So when doing your holiday shopping, make sure to ask if they give a student discount and always have your ID handy.

4. Join Rewards Programs: You know when you’re checking out at a store and the sales person asks you if you’d like to join that store’s rewards program to receive savings? SAY YES! Having a rewards card can mean A LOT of savings for you! Plus, it’s free! Godiva, American Eagle Outfitters and Best Buy offer great rewards programs that can really help you out for the holidays.

5. Follow Brands on Facebook: Stores like Bath & Body Works often post up offers on Facebook that are only redeemable through Facebook. Whether it be for a free product or a discount to their store, it’s worth it to “Like” the brands you love. BookRenter offers free gift cards and coupons during promotions and contests, so check back to our Facebook page next month!

6. Make Your Own Gifts: Who said that you need to buy gifts? A great personal gift can be a box of homemade holiday cookies. This will save you a lot of money and also is very sweet around the holidays.

7. Claim Your Credit Card Rewards: Most credit card companies offer a rewards system based off of points. Check your point status and you might realize you’re due for a reward.

8. Earn FREE Gift Cards Online: A GREAT way to save your money during the Holiday Season is to earn free gift cards online! Just follow my tips on how to do so in this video I have previously created and you might not have to even touch your savings this year!

BookRenter- Making Money Online

9. Don’t Be an Impulsive Buyer: If you walk into a store and immediately buy a product without any considerations, you might be losing big bucks. Which brings me to my last tip….

10. Compare Prices!: Make a list of all of the items you wish to buy for the Holidays and then look around. Check out a few different stores, see how much the item costs on Amazon. Don’t purchase something in the very first store you see it in. Compare prices in a few different places and go for the one that saves you the most!

So heed my advice and this Holiday season you can be stress-free!

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The Laundry List!

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Do you hate doing laundry? Then I promise reading this won’t be a waste of three minutes.

We all have things we don’t like about college. Waking up early, group projects, the struggle to find parking on campus… and laundry. It can seem like a big chore, especially if you have a lot piled up in the corner of your room, or you just lack the will to do it in general. There are some things I’ve learned from this tedious task that might set your mind at ease and make it a little easier for you to take care of it. Some are basic rules and others are handy lessons.

1. If you wash your clothes with something red, something will turn pink! Most people know this, but I have still either seen some people who have no clue about the power of red or just slip up and curse themselves later. Write a note on the washer, put your red clothes in a separate pile. Whatever you do, don’t mix!

2. You don’t really have to separate darks from lights. Unless you’re paranoid about your white clothes staying their brightest white, you’ll save so much time if you just put everything in the washer together.

3. A little soap goes a long way. You know how those Tide commercials show the person filling up the little plastic cup with a certain amount of soap? I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter how much you put in; as long as you put at least a ¼ of a cup in (especially if it’s liquid), you’re good to go.

4. Assume everything will shrink. Unless the tag is marked “pre-shrunk” (and even then it will probably still shrink), everything has a tendency to shrink in the dryer. Air dry some things to be extra careful!

5. You don’t even really have to fold stuff! At least not right away. Feel free to just shove it in your laundry bag and leave it sitting for a couple hours. After you’ve hung up your shirts in the closet, they’ll shake out most wrinkles anyway.

If you really find it hard to get yourself to actually start a load, try rewarding yourself.

Happy Washing!

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Relax Your Mind

Filed under: College Life, Health & Fitness, Tips - Angelina
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You go to the gym and eat healthy so you can keep your body in shape, right? Well, the same should be done for your mental health. No, brain push-ups don’t exist. I’m talking about relaxing your mind! In college we tend to get into a routine, which is great, but sometimes our brain gets overloaded and needs a break! Several reports have been done that have shown that mental health problems in college students are rising. I want to provide you with some ways to avoid being in the statistic.

1. Talk To Someone!

Whether it’s a friend, family member, or a therapist, you need to talk it out! Regardless of how we may feel, we really can’t do everything on our own. Sometimes trying to hold things in and deal with them yourself may back fire. I’ve been a frequent visitor to my therapist on campus, and there is no reason to be ashamed of that. Most schools offer free counseling to their students, so take advantage of that! You may think talking won’t do much, but believe me, once you let go of everything you’re holding onto, you’ll feel free.

2. Try Yoga!

I’m not particularly great at yoga, but once a month I go because even though I’m a beginner, it is still super relaxing! Most yoga classes are small so you don’t have to worry about a crowd of people. Also, the lights are usually dimmed, with calm music in the background, leaving nothing but relaxation as an option.

3. Meditation

I do yoga when I feel overwhelmed. It gives me a chance to shut out the world and it’s issues, and just let go. I cross my legs, but the key to meditation is absolute comfort, so if you’re not comfy, then change positions till you are! So, get comfy, relax the tension in your body, breathe mindfully (notice your breath,) and just let go. Make it your “me” time by adding your favorite candles and aromas to the room.

College is the unique time in our lives where we get to stand on our own feet and decide who we’re going to be and what we’re going to do. Sometimes that is a lot to handle, so don’t be afraid to ask for help, or just let yourself RELAX with whatever it is you enjoy to do!

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