Monthly Archives: April 2013

Vine: New Social Media App

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

What is Vine, where did it come from, and why is everyone so obsessed with it? Let’s talk about it and consider if you should be using it.

1. What Is Vine?

Created by Twitter, Vine is a mobile app which allows its users to record and post short video clips. All video clips are about six seconds and can be shared on social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the Vine community. The video clips are also referred to as “GIFs,” which are a series of video frames that move as animation.

2. How Do You Use Vine?

Download the app to your phone (iPhone only for now). Use the app’s camera to record a six second clip of anything you want. Hold your finger down on the phone screen to create your video. You can start and stop recording as many times as you want during the six seconds.

Vine App

Photo © J.R.Rustia

3. Should You Use It?

If you’re a journalism or media major, or have a job in any industry that uses video art, you’ll probably love this app. It’s great for stop-motion pictures, short messages to friends, and anything else you can think of. It does record audio, so be aware of any background noise.

4. What Are People Saying?

I haven’t read any rave reviews about Vine. Most are skeptical or critical of it, noting there are more not-so-great things about it than great, and that there are some tweaks needing to be made. People like it for allowing creativity and a fun form of expression. Others say upload time can be a pain and that there isn’t a way to text a Vine straight from the app.

As Mashable’s Seth Fiegerman says in a recent article, “Vine deserves credit for convincing uncreative amateurs like myself that we can be quasi-videographers for six seconds at a time, but it’s not every day that you come across something truly video-worthy or have the forethought to stage a good shoot.”

vine app logo

Photo © kcmurillo1990

Are you a Vine user? What do you make videos of and would you recommend a friend to use it?

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The Home-Stretch of Spring Semester

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We are in the home stretch! School is almost out! At first it seems like a cinch and we think it will fly by. But then, the temperature outside hits 70 degrees and all of a sudden those last couple of weeks seem like eternity. This is the time when most of us find it really difficult to make it to class and really easy to go out and enjoy the long-awaited sunshine. Resist these temptations!

Students Outside Playing Frisbee In The Spring Sunshine

Photo © University of Oklahoma

These last two months are still important! Think about all the projects you have due at the end of the semester and the finals coming up in May that have a huge impact on your final grade. Unfortunately, almost half of your grade for most classes is from the last month. This is no time to start slacking off!

Female Student Outside Reading A Book In The Spring

Photo © University of Oklahoma

The important thing to keep in mind is that it will be over before you know it. So buckle down and remember classes are still in session. To keep your head in the game, take a walk with some friends in between classes, bring your books outside and study there, or eat your lunch on a bench outdoors. This way, you still get to enjoy the nice weather and soak up your Vitamin D without cutting class and slacking off in your studies. Also, enjoy your time off. If you have fun in your free time, then you won’t feel so motivated to blow off classes to have some fun.

Male Student Outside Studying In The Grass

Photo © University of Oklahoma

There will be many distractions in the next two months but you just have to push through it and summer will be here before you know it!  Keep motivated!

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DIY Toiletries & Cleaning Supplies

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

College is where we all learn how to live frugally. Students always need to save money. However, that doesn’t mean we always see opportunities to save money. A lot of us spend what we think are small amounts of money on things we use every day (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, etc), not even realizing there is a cheaper way. Have you ever made your own toiletries or cleaning supplies? It might seem like difficult, time-wasting work, but it pays off in the long-run. Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Deodorant

For the solid kind, follow this recipe, which uses coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. Want to try a spray-on? Go for this recipe, which uses only baking soda, water, and a spray bottle. If you want a nice scent to it, try adding an essential oil.

DIY Make Your Own Deodorant Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © One Green Planet

2. Shampoo

As the writer of this recipe notes, just a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of hot water will make an inexpensive, yet effective, shampoo. If you want a shampoo that smells good, buy the Castile soap in the first recipe in a different scent.

DIY Make Your Own Shampoo Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Money Saving Queen

3. Toothpaste

Just 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt will make you toothpaste! For a little flavor, add some peppermint essential oil or cinnamon.

DIY Make Your Own Toothpaste Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Thankfully Thrifty

4. Countertop Cleaner

This recipe for a multi-purpose cleaner calls for quite a few ingredients, but you know what they say: a little goes a long way! The maker gave it great reviews too – this might be one I even try!

DIY Make Your Own Counter Cleaner Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Our Semi Organic Life

5. Dish Soap

For liquid dish soap to wash with by hand, try this recipe. Have an automatic dishwasher? Try this one.

DIY Make Your Own Soap Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © MadeFromPinterest.com

6. Shower Cleaner

I like this easy recipe for doing one of the most hated household chores. All you need is borax, baking soda, vinegar, liquid soap, and warm water.

DIY Make Your Own Shower Cleaner Craft From Scratch Supplies

Photo © Whole New Mom

As you can see, a lot of these recipes require the same ingredients, so you’ll save time and money on something you can use multiple ways.

Is there anything you make to save money? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Dress For Success: Women’s Edition

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As a college student, it is completely okay to have those lazy days where we roll out of bed and spend an entire day in our sweats to lounge around to study and do homework. Although, it is important to remember how to dress professionally when going to those job interviews, career fairs, and when starting out at a new job. Keep in mind that your outfit says a lot about you and is the first impression you leave of yourself. Make sure your outfit is clean, not wrinkled, and tailored to fit.

Woman Business Professional Suit

Photo © Rate_It

1. Suit

Every lady should have a black button-up suit jacket (not a blazer) with matching pants and a matching skirt. Navy and gray suits are good as well.

2. Blouse

Get a nice button-up collared shirt with a pop of color to add some style. It would be best to have a white one as well. It is okay to pair your suit with a blouse that doesn’t have a collar, however make sure there is no cleavage exposed and that if you place your hand on your chest, your thumb should be touching your collar bone and your shirt should not be below your pinky.

3. Shoes

Make sure your shoes are comfortable to be worn all day. Heels shouldn’t exceed a couple of inches and you should avoid open-toed shoes. Black is the most professional color, but grays and nudes are okay as well.

4. Make Up

Keep it simple, keep it clean. Easy on the eyeliner and wear little or no eye-shadow. Stick to daytime makeup and keep it natural.

5. Jewelry

A simple pendant or pearls is desired. Avoid anything too flashy, but do allow a little creativity to show some self-expression. Also avoid wearing bracelets that will jingle and keep earrings to only studs.

Your first impression can have a major impact on how other’s perceive your character. Dress for success to come across as a business professional. Watch this video below for further tips and be sure to check back for my next blog, “How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition.”

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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and classes are winding down. Do you know what that means? Summer is in the air and on its way. I do not know about you, but I am thrilled. And what is the best way to make sure you squeeze every ounce of fun out of your summer? By creating a summer bucket list! With the help of some imaginative friends, I have compiled this list of summer must do’s for you and all your friends for when school is out. Let the summertime festivities begin!

1. Night Time Scavenger Hunts

Break out the flashlights and get ready to go hunting! Get about 10-15 people together and divide into 2 or 3 groups. Let each team contribute 5 things to the scavenger hunt list, combine, and then go! First team to find everything on the list wins a prize! Way too much fun!

Night Scavenger Hunt Flashlight Search Outside

Photo © dmkdmkdmk

2. Road Trip

Last summer, my group of friends decided that we would take a trip to a new amusement park every summer. It is so much fun and a great way to spend time together. Find something you love, like spending a weekend on a lake, and make it a tradition!

3. Water Wars

Reach deep down for your inner child, buy some water guns, fill up those water balloons, and have fun! It will probably be cheaper than going to a water park and will definitely be just as much fun!

Water Gun Fight In The Summer

Photo © buelow

4. Face a Fear

This is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go sky diving, kayaking, or white water rafting. Or just face a simple fear, like jumping off the high dive. Whatever it is, you will feel incredible knowing that you conquered a fear that you never imagined conquerable. As Nike says, “Just do it!”

5. Night Rides

This is one that I absolutely love! Get some old bikes, skateboards, scooters, or anything with wheels, and then grab some glow in the dark paint.  Now spray down your wheels and hit the road whenever the sun goes down! Do not forget to bring a camera with you because this is a memory that you are absolutely going to want to remember!

Glow In The Dark Bike Riding At Night

Photo © Media-Cache

Make this summer something worth remembering! Write your own bucket list and grab a camera. This is a summer you are never going to want to forget.

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