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Unconditional Love: What it means to me

Valentines day puts your brain on love.  Recently I’ve been thinking about what love is and what it means to me.  When I think of love, and I’m talking real love, unconditional love, I think of my parents. They have a kind of love that is so powerful its hard to explain (and they might not even see it), a love that is hard to find in this day in age when the divorce rate is over 50%. Heres the thing, more people need to know about this kind of love, about their kind of love. When I was little my parents love was always “gross” to me, my dad would always look at my mom and then ask me and my siblings “Wow, isn’t she beautiful?”and continue by saying “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”. My siblings and I would always roll our eyes and make gaging noises, we didn’t know how special this was. When I look back on my childhood, and all the time I spent living at home, I realize …

Enjoying the Christmas Season While Avoiding Stress

This has to be the most conflicting time of year for me, excitement for christmas is always over shadowed by the stress of finals and work.  So much work in so little time can really cause some serious stress, and let me tell you, stress does not look good on me.  While my work is very important, my sanity is also very important to me.  Tonight, I took a break from my studies, to enjoy a good old fashioned christmas movie night, featuring cookies, hot chocolate and lots of marshmallows.  After spending a good few hours baking, laughing, and drinking hot cocoa I felt recharged and ready to take on what this week has to throw at me.  While its easy to get pulled down into stress city, make sure you take time to enjoy this season.  There is so much beauty and magic during this time of the year, it would be a real shame to miss it. Stop stressing and enjoy the season. Photo by: The one and only Peter Cirilli

Tips to Get Through Finals Week- Featuring Disney Characters

Don’t go crazy just yet, you got this. Wake up to music – get your day started off right. Eat brain food– don’t forget to eat, feed that brain! Sleep!– It’s essential Take breaks for fun– because its fun. Cry– gotta relieve that stress, no shame. Eat chocolate – it helps with all the emotions. Make a list– be held accountable, also its fun to check things off. Create a separate work place – less distractions means more finished work. Kill it– It may be a crazy roller-coaster but your going to get through it, and live to tell the tale.    

5 Steals for Winter Shopping

I am a self diagnosed shop-aholic, I get it from my mom, and its been a difficult habit to break. Although, because I’m a broke twenty something my days of frivolous spending have to be behind me. I had to find a way to get my shopping fix while also being able to buy groceries. Along with my love for shopping, I have a love for saving money where I can.  Here is my list of 5 steals for winter shopping (And some splurges, just for fun)! Scarf: A winter staple, gotta keep those necks toasty! Splurge: Coach $95 Steal: Old Navy $12 Jacket:  You can never go wrong with a good parka.  Stay warm in these cold months. Splurge: Jcrew $365 Steal:  Jcrew Factory $166 Boots: My closet is not complete without a solid pair of riding boots, you can wear them with almost anything. Splurge Frye $269 Steal Famous Footwear $60 Statement Necklaces:  To spruce up any snowy day outfit. Splurge: Kate Spade $148 Steal: Forever 21 $14 Purse: Well you need something to hold all your stuff.  Splurge: Kate Spade $228 Steal: TJMaxx: Kenneth Cole $35  

10 True Facts About Being a Senior in College

1. Everyone who is not a senior in college will ask : “What are your plans after graduation?”   2.   You need to have the “talk” about where your current relationship is going post-graduation. 3.  Your days of sleeping in until noon because you have a night class are becoming a thing of the past. 4.  Entry-level job applications make you feel inadequate. 3 years experience? Yeah, no. 5.  After graduation, the next life milestone is either your wedding or your 30th birthday; whichever comes first. I can’t. 6.  You need your mom now more than ever. Without her how will you know when its time for a dentist check-up? 7.  College freshman are 4 years younger than you. I repeat 4 years, that’s a toddler. 8.  Student loan payments begin even if you don’t have a job post graduation, start saving. 9.  The thought of ‘adulting’ in a matter of months could make you lose your mind. 10.  But, you’ve come so far. Look at you, you’re awesome.

A Letter to My Sister on Her 20th Birthday

Dear Sissy, Congratulations, you made it to your twenties alive, and with only a few bumps and bruises.  I am so proud of you, of everything you have accomplished, because I know it wasn’t easy.  I have watched you grow over the years and feel so lucky to have been a part of it.  As you join the twenties club I have a few words of wisdom for you.  So listen closely- I am your older, wiser, sister, after all.  Don’t stress out:  When you enter your twenties you gain a whole lot of responsibilities.  Whether it’s apartment bills, eating healthy, or finding a job, they are unavoidable, and they will be stressful.  But try not to stress, because you are capable of more than you know and you will do great things, always remember that. Be Independent: This is the time in your life that you will truly find yourself.  The only way to do this is by embracing your independence.  Go grocery shopping alone once in a while, grab a coffee on your own, …

A Poor Girl goes to the Movies: 3 Ways I Save Big Bucks

On average a person will spend $18.71 at the concessions stand at a movie theater, when purchasing a popcorn, candy and soda. I am an avid movie-goer, I always have been, but when my constant theater trips began to burn a hole in my wallet I had to make some changes. I will never stop going to the movies, it keeps me sane.   What I do is make adjustments. I completely skip the food counter; it’s too expensive to bother with. Instead, I pack my own food.  All you need is a big bag and a need for snacking. Seriously, I’m a pro; I’ve been doing this for years. Here are my packing essentials for a movie date. Popcorn: I pop my own popcorn.  Not only is it incredibly over-priced it is also incredibly unhealthy. No human should ingest that much butter in one sitting- its just unnatural. Save yourself the greasy fingers and bellyache and pop your own at home! Box of 10 popcorn bags =$7.70……..$0.77 per bag Candy: I pack my own version of …