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Crash Course Guide To Living At Home This Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you are like most college students, you are probably going to be living back home this summer and working at some temporary job to try to save up money for the next semester. Summer with your friends back home can be memorable, exciting, adventurous, and pure fun, but living at home also means you live under your parents’ roof. Clashes can naturally occur between your free spirit and you parents’ authority imposing rules and expectations. I have found that there are certain measures you can take to keep your cool and live harmoniously with your family when you head back home for college break.

1. Accept The Reality

You are not living in a dorm anymore. That means you have to clean up and do laundry on at least a regular schedule. By showing your parents that you are responsible, you may even impress them and have them allow you more liberties. Keeping tensions low by acting and behaving like the full functioning adult we all strive to become one day will earn you the respect of other adults. Save your desire to cut loose, relax, and have fun for nights and weekends.

2. Balance Your Time

Don’t be a ghost in the house and only be home for when you need a place to sleep. Your family is just as important as your best friends and you should want to spend time with them. It is important to go out with your friends and practice a healthy social life, but just balance it. No college student has ever lasted a week at home without thinking to themselves, “Oh my god, I need to get out of this house!” So, I recommend dedicating three days out of the week to spending time with your family (playing games, eating dinner, attending family barbecues or reunions) and spending the rest of your free time either with your friends or doing something you find relaxing. Don’t be afraid to bring your friends around the house for some hybrid family-friend fun too.

3. Always Tell Your Parents Your Plans

Your family cares about you and wants to see you having fun while being safe and responsible at the same time. By telling your parents where you will be, what you will be doing, who you will be with, and when you will be back is a sure fire way to appease their concerns and allow you to participate in worry free fun. If plans change, let them know with a quick text or phone call. Not only is this a courtesy to your family, but it is also a smart safety tactic. If something were to happen, someone will know where you last were and how long it has been before you were supposed to come back. It’s better to be extra careful and to show your parents you are responsible enough without them having to nag you for your plans.

Although it may not be the easiest thing to move back home after living on your own, make the best of it. You will be heading back to campus before you know it and you will actually miss your family. How do you deal with adjusting back to home life?

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Tinder: Dating App Review

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Described as the modern “Hot-or-Not” and quite possibly the most superficial dating app available, Tinder has made a splash in college life. I recently decided to give this app a try.

1. How It Works

Everyone who downloads the free app has to have a Facebook account. The app pulls a few photos from your Facebook profile and you fill in your own mini-biography. You control who shows up in your “matches” by setting a geographical range and you can get an idea of who they are based on their photos and biography. You can even see which mutual friends and interests you have in common. Swipe their photo left if you aren’t interested, or swipe it right if you are. If they “like” you back, you’ll both receive a notification. From there, one of you can initiate a conversation. The nice thing is that the only way someone knows you’ve liked them is if they have liked you back.

2. My Experience

Most matches in my feed have been frat guys with most of their photos being shirtless and/or with other women. I’ve met some guys capable of great conversation and some not so much; some that are interested in long-term relationships and some clearly looking for casual fun. Fortunately, those people only looking for “hookups” or “fun” usually mention it in their biography, but sometimes you have to find out the hard way, after conversation connection has been made. Although, some good ones are out there!

3. My Recommendation

No matter if you are seeking new friends, a possible date, or just some fun – check out Tinder. Even if you don’t meet “The One,” chances are still pretty good you’ll have some good stories to tell your friends instead.

Have you used Tinder? What about other dating apps? What has your experience been like?

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Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It has been another year and now another Mother’s Day is approaching! Do you know what you’re getting your mom (or mother figure in your life) yet? Flowers and chocolate work well, but why not try something different this year?

Check out this list of budget-friendly ideas:

1. Music

If you know her favorite songs, compile them all together for her to bring along wherever she goes (a CD, on her iPod, or whatever). Not sure what she’ll like? Make a list of some songs that make you think about her – that remind you of good times spent together, or even just a playlist of songs you think she will like. It’s the thought that counts!

2. Collage

Make a collage of all your own photos of the two of you together over the years, or just your favorite moments as a family. You can even put it in a fancy frame to spiff it up!

3. Handwritten Letter

Not creative with photo art? Put your heart to words. Write a list of all the reasons she means a lot to you, ways she’s helped you over the years, or your favorite memories. Also, fight the urge to type it up. It may be quicker and less of a strain on your hand, but handwritten shows real effort and adds a personal touch.

4. Pampering

Not all spa services cost an arm and a leg. Either a chair massage or a simple pedicure – moms like to be taken care of and feel pretty too! This is a great way to remind her she isn’t just a mom, she’s a woman too!

5. Her Guilty Pleasure

It can be as simple as a card, a hug, and her favorite candy! Surprisingly, my mom pointed out a coloring book (of all things) she wanted. Of course it’s not the only thing I’ll get for her, but the point is, all moms have things they do or indulge in to relax. What does your mom do? Let her know you pay attention by picking her up that special something!

No matter what you choose, the goal is to make your mom feel appreciated. Put a little thought and time into your gift, and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Preventing Roommate Problems

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I haven’t ever really been someone who has liked having a roommate, but it is almost necessary to have one with the high cost of living in California. My roommate and I started off very rocky because we’re very different, but we came up with a few ways to make our living situation better for both of us! Check out these suggestions if you need ideas on how to get along with your roommate.

1. White Board Communication

If your schedules are opposite or communication isn’t strong, get a white board or sticky notes. This way you can relay important information and you don’t have to worry about unread texts or not seeing each other. This helps my roommate and I if a bill is coming up, she’s going to have friends over, or she’s going out of town!

2. Lost & Found

We had a big problem of getting mad at each other for leaving our stuff in the common areas. Now, we have a lost and found bin that we put each other’s stuff in so that the common areas are clean. If I’m missing something, I can most likely find it in the bin!

3. Bills

This may not work for everyone, but we downloaded this app called Splitwise, which allows us to see who still owes what amount for bills. This leaves us both accountable and makes the amount we’re paying clear and visible so there isn’t any confusion.

4. Designated Shelves

In the kitchen, we have her stuff on one set of shelves, and my stuff on the other. This way there is no confusion about who bought what item. This makes things a lot easier if you’re in a home where you don’t split the groceries!

Living with another person can be hard, so you have to be proactive to make a positive living situation. I hope these simple steps will be helpful.

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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

5. Learning Who My Parents Are

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?

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