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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.

Pink Strawberry Lemonade Drink

Photo © craftaholics anonymous

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!

White Paper Lantern String Party Lights

Photo © Paper Lantern Store

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.

Lettuce tomato cheese salad on a stick


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.

Goal Checklist on cardboard

Photo © Cornflower Blue Studio

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.

Group Networking

Photo © Body&More

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.

Two students job shadowing

Photo © The Chamber

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!

Girl learning to cook in kitchen

Photo © Self

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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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.

Songza Music App

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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.

Woman Running Jogging to Exercise

Photo © The Telegraph

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.

Lemon Water Pitcher

Photo © For Living Strong

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.

Healthy Portion Size Moderation

Photo © Healthy Lifestyle Art

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.

Banana Boat Instant Self-Tanning Tan Lotion

Photo © Drugstore.com

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.

Jergens Natural Glow Lotion

Photo © Target.com

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.

Spray Tan Booth

Photo © Core Club

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.

White Dress Tan Look

Photo © The Beauty Insiders

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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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

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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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