Pet Care: Finding Time As A College Student

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A lot of people get their first pets when they go to college or a little bit after. I started with a cat, and then added another, and now I have a dog! I also have a full time job, an internship, and school. Needless to say, I’ve had to come up with some ways to not only keep my grades and work ethic up, but also how to be a good parent to my fur babies!

1. Put Them First

I used to go out on weekend getaways, stay at friends’ houses, not come home for hours all day, and now I can’t do any of those things without a solid plan. If I’m not going to be home all night, I either spend the money to board my animals to know they are safe, or I get a trusting friend to go feed them and play with them! If you get someone, make sure they play with your animals. As much as they need food and water, they also need love!

College Student Male Playing With Pet Cat

Photo © Pet MD

2. Make An Effort

There are days of the week that I work eight hours, go straight to school, and then have meetings. I could easily just go home and be lazy, but I make myself take my dog on a walk for at least fifteen minutes. I chose to have this animal, so the least I can do is give him a short walk at the end of the night! Plus it is a bonus exercise for me too! With my cats, I bring out their toys, and while I’m watching TV, I just play around with them! This actually is a great way to de-stress!

Male College Student Walking Pet Dog At Night In Park Outside

Photo © Open

3. Save Money For Your Animals

It makes me so sad when I see people get a pet when they don’t have the money to truly care for them! I’m not saying you have to lavish your pets with diamond collars and fluffy beds. But, you do need to have the money to buy good food, grooming, boarding (if needed), and vet visits! I only get my dog groomed every few months so I’m not crazy about it, but with him being long haired I know that it’s necessary!

Cute Puppy Dog Groom Hair Cut

Photo © Pet Buddies Pet Care

Take care of your pets, even if you are a super busy college student! If you don’t have time to take care of them, then please give them to someone who does because they deserve it. Not only will taking care of them make them happy, but it will make your relationship with them so much stronger, which is why we get pets in the first place!

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7 Reasons Why Cats Are The Best Valentines

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Who says you need a date this Valentine’s Day? The best date you could have is your cat!

Cute white kitten pet

Photo © CutePetWallpaper

No, seriously! Here’s why:

1. They’re Soft

Sure, boyfriends can grow beards. But those are scratchy. Cats are much softer and less apt to complain about hands on their face.

2. You Don’t Have To Share Your Chocolate

No need to grudgingly offer a spoon of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked to the significant other. You can eat the whole carton by yourself (without another person there to judge you). And your cat won’t say one word.

3. They Won’t Get Jealous

They won’t mind if you want to go out with your friends on Valentine’s Day. In fact, they’ll probably enjoy the chance to catch up on their kitty beauty sleep.

4. There’s No Awkward Moment

At the end of the night, you won’t have to decide who pays the bill. Um, but don’t bring your cat to a restaurant… that could get really awkward, really fast.

5. You Can Stay In

In fact, you don’t have to go out at all. Cats are more than fine staying at home and watching movies all night.

6. No Dressing Up

They don’t care what you look like. Sure, every well-meaning boyfriend tells us we look better in “sweat pants, chillin’ with no makeup on” (or maybe that’s just Drake), but cats? They really don’t care.

7. Tons Of Cuddles

They are always there to cuddle at the end of the day and offer a supportive purr to all of your troubles.

Gray Kitten Cuddles In Bed

Photo © Hovergirl

So… what’s not to love? Cuddle up to your cat this Valentine’s Day. They are much better dates.

Dogs will suffice too! ;)

 

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

Photo © Men’s Fitness

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Online Scholarship Search

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Finding and applying for college scholarships and grants can be a lengthy and tiring process. Filling out applications, tracking down personal information, and writing essays can really take up a lot of time.

When I was a college student and looking to receive free aid, I would look for the easiest and quickest ways to do it. One of the best perks to using online applications is that unlike the resources your university usually gives out, they save a lot of time. Through a bit of searching, I found quite a few websites that ended up being some of my favorites:

1. Fastweb

On Fastweb, make an account with all your school info. The more blanks you fill in, the more scholarship applications you’ll be notified about. Most applications I found were a quick five or six question form and most did not require an essay!

Fastweb Scholarship Website Logo

Photo © Fastweb

2. Scholarships.com

This is another website you can make an account with and they will find the scholarships most fitted for you based on the information you supply. Then you can pick and choose what to apply for!

Scholarships.com Logo Find Money For College

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3. Scholarship Experts

As with the two above, the scholarships found are tailored to meet your qualifications. It is really easy to set up and to find quick and easy scholarships!

Scholarship Experts Logo

Photo © Scholarship Experts

4. College Board

College Board publishes a book of scholarships and now has information available online. Their scholarship database has more than 2,300 scholarship opportunities so this is a great website to definitely look into.

College Board Logo Scholarship

Photo © College Board

5. CollegeNET

With CollegeNET, the winner of a scholarship is determined through voters. Also, students can participate in online communities where the student who is ‘most interesting’ in conversation by the end of the voting cycle every Wednesday, can win $3,000-$5,000 in scholarship money!

CollegeNet Logo Scholarships

Photo © CollegeNet

Scholarships are not easy to get, but at least you can make it easy on yourself to apply!

How do you find your scholarships?

 

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