Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer Parties On A Budget

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School is officially over! Well, at least for those who aren’t taking summer courses. But whether or not you’re taking classes this summer, it’s time to enjoy this nice weather! Summer parties are great because you get to hang out outside with your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy the sun.

However, throwing these parties can get a bit pricey especially if you get a bigger crowd. Here are some ideas I have for throwing a great party without spending tons of cash!

1. Homemade Drinks

People are a lot more thirsty when they’re eating outdoors with the sun blazing down on them. It is important to keep hydrated, but buying beverages can put a dent on your budget. A great way to save is to make your own! Make your own lemonade and iced teas with this easy recipe that includes water, ice, lemons, and strawberries.

2. Chinese Paper Lanterns

Chinese paper lanterns are a cute addition to any party. They run on batteries and create such a great ambiance. Plus they’re fairly inexpensive! Here are some lanterns that you can use over and over again!

3. Appetizers

No one said you have to barbecue massive amounts of meat. I love to just make a few different appetizers and put them out and let people munch on those before the grilling begins. This way, they’re not as hungry by the time the meat comes around and you won’t have to buy tons of meat. Start with stick salads. This is essentially just cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. They’re delicious and my guests always love them! Fruit is always a great thing to play with because you can make all sorts of different shapes out of it, like this hedgehog made out of watermelon.

With these ideas, you can throw a fun and festive party without breaking the bank. Just allow yourself some time to get creative and you can come up with anything!

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A Successful Summer

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In my previous blog, I told you all about how to make a great summer bucket list.  And now I am back to give you a little professional advice on how to make this summer work for you in more ways than just fun. With the collaboration of advice from local professionals, the following are a few sure ways to get ahead this summer.

1. Make A Goals List

Just like on a road trip, you may know where you want to go but unless you have a GPS or road map you are not going to know how to get there. Write down what you want to do. Set your goals high and motivate yourself to reach beyond what you think is possible. No one ever accomplished much if only reaching for the lowest branch.

2. Make Contacts Or Build A Fan Base

Take advantage of all the free time you are going to have now that you won’t be working on papers and assignments for hours a day. Make some contacts in the field you want to be in. You have heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know.”  That could not be any more true. Are you a blogger? Start blogging daily. Create a blog theme and begin making social network pages. Do what you can to build your readership and your fan base while you have the time.

3. Shadowing

Now that you have your contacts, figure out how to make them work for you.  Shadow an executive, show them your work, do an internship. You have the power to make a difference in your future if you know how to work your sources to your advantage. Future employers are looking for ambitious, determined, and experienced employees. Make yourself that employee.

4. Accomplish Something

Besides your big goals, make a few little goals that are not as related to the professional field you hope to find yourself in, like running a 5K or learning to cook.  Accomplishing small goals like this will build your confidence. Confidence leads to success. So break out the running shoes or check out what Paula Deen is cooking this week and accomplish something!

Getting started is always the hardest part, but it gets easier once you get going. So brace yourself for the best and prep yourself for your future. Do you have any pieces of advice or stories about professional successes? Share them in the comments below.

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To The Class Of 2013

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Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.


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4 Tips To Shape Up This Summer

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You finally made it through finals (congrats!) and college is out for the summer. Now it’s time to make sure that summer body is on point! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maintain your shape this summer.

1.  Music

Make a summer playlist with all of your favorite upbeat summer jams. Play it when you workout at the gym, go for a run, or even when you’re getting dressed. It will force you to dance around and burn a couple of calories while you get ready for those fun summer time activities. Can’t think of just the right playlist? Try out Songza, Spotify, or Pandora and rock out with the perfect playlists.

2. Just Do It

Our best excuses seem to derive from two areas: working and studying. However, once you start, you always feel so much better! So, just do it. Make the best of what you’ve got. On vacation and the resort or hotel doesn’t have an up to par gym? Don’t let that stop you from your daily exercise regime. Crank out 20 or so jumping jacks, give yourself 10 squats, and as many push ups and sit ups as you can handle. It may not be your typical workout routine, but at least you won’t put yourself days behind while you’re soaking up the sun.

3. Hydrate

With smoldering temperatures, it’s most important that you’re hydrating your body with water. Here’s a secret – drinking water makes you feel full, so you’ll tend to eat less after you drink that ice cold glass, and not to mention how refreshed you’ll feel. You can even make your water a little tastier by adding slices of fresh lemons, limes, oranges, or any citrus fruit. Water is really just a delicious win-win situation.

4.  Moderation

It’s so easy to over indulge in summer months.  The days are long and the conversations are even better, so how could you say no to that extra soda or get a little bit food crazy on vacation? But, honestly, you can do it. Just remember that you want that same hot pre-vacation body when you come back from the beach too.

Don’t over-work yourself, but remember to set your goals and go for it! You can do it!

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Safe Fun In The Sun

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Recently, a friend told me I was too pale for the upcoming summer months and that I should consider tagging along with her and some friends to the beach to work on a base tan. I laughed it off at first and turned her down, but it was later that I realized how deeply her comment got under my skin (no pun intended). I was offended and started second guessing having ever even worn a dress in front of her. After discussing this little matter with some family and friends, I have come to the conclusion that pale skin should not be considered ugly or bad, but rather beautiful.

Many magazines are producing articles about how paleness is a desired characteristic. Embrace your skin tone for what it is. However, if you are still wanting to appear tan, consider these safer alternate options than using tanning beds or baking at the lake.

1) Instant Tan Lotion

My go-to is Banana Boat ($6 at drugstores). Slather it on and in less than an hour, your skin will look a shade darker. Reapply to reach your desired shade. Bonus: This stuff doesn’t even smell bad.

2) Gradual Tan Lotion

If you’re a little skeptical about the instant lotion, try Jergens Natural Glow ($8 at drugstores). It takes about a week to notice anything different about your skin, but it’s a good way to build a tan if you’re picky about what shade you are.

3) Spray Tan

Spray tanning is another safe way to get that summer color you want. Before making your appointment, however, I would recommend talking to the salon about which spray tan level to use. Oftentimes, spray tanning can have adverse effects, such as an orange Oompa Loompa color. When in doubt, choose the lowest level of spray. It doesn’t need to be dark to be noticeable.

4) Clothing Choices

Clothes that are lighter than you are accentuate your skin tone. For example, wearing a white shirt or dress will make your skin tone look a little darker next to the fabric.

Pale is not a bad or ugly thing and be sure to use sunscreen whenever you go outside (even if it’s a cloudy day) and remember to reapply every couple of hours. Appreciate your body for its natural beauty.

Remember, everyone’s skin tone is different and never let anyone make you feel inferior about your appearance.

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