Friday, March 6, 2020

College Homework Help At Your Fingertips

The greatest invention in modern times has been the internet. The most valuable asset we have is information and the internet has made it easy to access any information at any time. For someone like me who very much does wonder how light refracts, when National Donut Day is, where the closest store is to me, or where I can find that video that the baby likes, it is a lifesaver! Instead of running around to the library and other places to find out all of the information I want to know, I can just check my phone and off I go!


It has been very interesting to see how much easier college is for my daughter than it was for me, just because of how easy it is to access information in 2020. My favorite thing I have found that I wanted to share with you guys is OneClass.com


I wish OneClass.com was around when I went to college. Not only can you get your class notes, textbook notes, and study guides, you can get instant help with your homework with the SolvIt App! You just find your school in the school list and then you can find any notes or study guides that you may need!



Not only can you get help at OneClass.com, you can give help as well! You can sign up as a Note Taker for OneClass.com and earn up to $470 per course! You can pass your classes and buy something to celebrate! 


It is another win-win for the internet! Now, pardon me, I must find out why bustles were a trend and then find out how to make the cutest cake for my granddaughter's first birthday! 


How has the internet changed your life?

Thursday, March 5, 2020

How Can Kids' Magazines Benefit Children?

It is self-evident that reading is excellent for children for a whole host of reasons. The sooner you begin to read to them, they learn to read and then finally are able to read all by themselves, the better. One way to support and supplement the learning process is by having a range of reading resources available around the house at all times. And purchasing specific children’s magazines tailored to appropriate learning goals is a key way of achieving this. However, it’s critical that these magazines are catered to the child’s likes and dislikes so that they will view the activity as fun and worth giving up TV and video game time for!



How Can Kids Magazines Benefit Children?

One of the main reasons that kids magazines are so advantageous to children is because they encourage them to read. There has been so much research done when it comes to the benefits of reading for children that it is difficult to not see the appeal of encouraging them to tackle the written word as much as possible. Interesting and engaging reading material of a variety of types can help encourage interest and assist in developing proficiency with language over time. This can also help with writing too, and they may feel encouraged to write their own stories. You can head to studentreasures.com for further information on inspiring children to write

One valuable way to provide such stimulation is by purchasing children’s magazines for them. The lessons learned can be carried over into school, enabling them to learn faster, and as a result get much better grades. This is rewarding in itself and encourages further achievement. Reading is also known to enrich a person’s vocabulary, so providing text such as magazines that introduce them to a wider world and new concepts outside of the routine school curriculum assists with development of language. The key is to find material that interests the child, to prevent them from getting frustrated and bored. One possible way to achieve this is to find a children’s magazine that they will be able to relate to and interests them.

What Are The Best Magazines For Children?


The response to the question "what are the best magazines for children?" is very subjective. The answer will typically vary from child to child. For instance, what interests your child more, English or math? Engage your child in conversation often on a range of subjects: what they have learned in school, how the world works and so on. 

Even ask their opinion on their favorite lessons - what do they find interesting? By picking a subject for learning that has caught their attention, you will be better able to keep them engaged, and when children are engaged, they will naturally learn more. There is a wide array of magazines on the market that will ignite their imagination these days, from ones that will help with English skills to science magazines for children so you are sure to find one that fits the bill. Check that the material within the magazine is educational and written by expert child educators, otherwise what would be the point of using up your child’s time if they are not gaining anything from it?


What are your kid's favorite magazines?

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

We Are All Immigrants

Not too long ago on Instagram, I posted my grandmother's immigration story. I wanted to include it on my blog because immigration reform is in the news again in a terrible way.

As you can already guess, this is an issue that hits close to home for me as I would not be here in the country that I love if my grandmother had not fled France in the 1940s due to the terrorism that ignited World War II. 

"Always punch Nazis." - my grandfather

I will start her story like any other story seems to start. It was a normal day. My grandmother awoke to her town being bombed. Her father was instantly killed. Her mother took her and fled their home. She ran to her Catholic church and claimed sanctuary. The church took them in and my grandmother was on the path to become a nun. 

Well, until she met my American grandfather when she was 19.

She used to blush every time she told me how they met, even in her 60s! She left the convent to marry him and they settled down in North Carolina to live (somewhat) happily ever after. 


She did not like to talk about those times in the convent in France. She just told me that I was too young to be sad and we would go back to watching her shows.

But, sometimes, she would tell me those stories. She would tell me to be careful. Listen when people begin to speak in whispers. And then, my grandfather would laugh and tell me that my grandma had a little too much wine and whisk me away to play. Just hearing the stories of what she (and he) had to go through during that time makes my heart hurt and definitely shaped my worldview forever. 

It's hard to explain what it was like to have an immigrant grandparent. I wanted so much to know about where she came from and she wanted nothing more than for me to embrace right where I am. Land of the free, home of the brave, where I am safe, where she was safe.



When I see that immigration reform is even a question, I do not understand. Until you have seen the terror hidden behind a grandparent's eyes as they tell you what it was like to flee for their lives, I do not think anyone can understand. We are a sanctuary nation. It's time we started acting like it. Most of all, I think that a lot of people in this country forget this simple fact:

WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS 

None of us, not a single one unless you are Native American, started here. We all were put together on this continent for whatever reason and then we started to build. And, we built it. All of us, together. Over generations and time, we came together to build what we and our children see today as the United States Of America. Our history began with all of us working together and we should all continue to work together. 

This consistent divisiveness is doing nothing but causing chaos all over the world. I even read an article recently about how immigration attorney Jean Danhong Chen has new obstacles ahead of her because of the coronavirus. And that's only a tiny part of what needs to be overhauled in immigration! Do I think immigration reform needs to happen? Yes. Hopefully, the new administration, (election season, get excited!), will have a plan. Any plan is better than the current one.



Do you have an immigration story that you would like to share? 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Top 10 Font Websites For Any Project

How many times have you searched for the perfect font for your project? How many times have you found exactly what you are looking for? If your answer to the first question is too many and the answer to your second question is not enough times, I have the perfect list for you!


 I am constantly looking for neat and/or fancy new fonts to use for all sorts of projects I am working on, whether it is for a scrapbooking project, invitations, or graphic design. I often get bored with fonts I already have or found that one particular font just doesn't work with what I have planned. I have found quite a few great websites that consistently have the perfect fonts for any idea I may have and will share them here with you today!

𝓣𝓸𝓹 10 𝓕𝓸𝓷𝓽 𝓦𝓮𝓫𝓼𝓲𝓽𝓮𝓼

LingoJam.com

Lingo Jam is just a fun website where you can type in whatever you would like to put into a fancy font and the website will generate it for you to use. After it is generated, you simply copy and paste your new pretty words into your project document. It really is that easy! This works mainly for text documents or social media postings the best, but you can always paste it into a blank document to put or transfer onto your project. Here is an example: 🅸 🅻🅾🆅🅴 🅻🅸🅽🅶🅾🅹🅰🅼!

CoolSymbol.com

Cool Symbol is another copy and paste font system. It has a few more options than Lingo Jam and as it is with Lingo Jam, it is super fun! Both CoolSymbol and LingoJam are also free! I spend far too much time typing things in and choosing fun fonts to use on the internet. It is especially useful when I only want to use a different font in a certain spot in my project. That way, it makes the whole project less tedious as I can keep working without having to make sure I have the right font working. There's been plenty of times where I have had to go back and change everything just for a snippet in a document so using either of the above two is super handy! Here is an example: 𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓀𝓈 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓋𝒾𝓈𝒾𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓂𝓎 𝒷𝓁𝑜𝑔!

Google Fonts

Google Fonts is where I began my search for different fonts. I did not even know that Google offered different fonts so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that they offer many different options! I found quite a few fonts that I had not seen before and have always checked in when I just could not find the right font. For Google Fonts, you will have to have a bit more coding knowledge in order to incorporate it into your project but it's definitely worth it. I would try one of these three first for your webfont options!


Adobe Fonts

Adobe also has a huge gallery of fonts for your projects. You can use these on any project. I really like using Adobe Fonts for paper projects as it makes the font very crisp and sharp. As with Google Fonts, you will need a little more knowledge to be able to utilize these fonts, but you can use them on anything! I turn to Adobe quite a bit when designing things for my blog. I'm still learning, though, and am so glad they have so many fonts at my disposal! You can find even more information about Adobe Fonts and many different font resources here on Wikipedia. Here's an example of what you can create:



FontBundles.net is my favorite place to find the perfect fonts! It is incredibly easy to find what you want as well as integrate it into your project! I have used FontBundles the most out of all of these and I am truly impressed with their selection. You can find your perfect package or you can search their vast and varied selection of free fonts (click here!). I often use FontBundles.net as an alternative to MyFonts as FontBundles definitely has a bigger selection! This particular font website will always be my number one. I could be looking high and low and always, always find the best one here! Here is an example of what you can do with FontBundles.net:


Fonts.com

Fonts.com is probably the most well known out of this bunch. This is a paid service, but their plans are reasonably priced and gorgeous! I always get lost searching through their huge selection and have found so many different fonts that I can't even choose a favorite! I often find that these fonts work best on my blog. Here is an example of what you can create:


DaFont.com

On DaFont.com, you can download T O N S of fonts! I have used these for forms, scrapbooking, and of course, designing things here and there for my blog or social media. Their interface is incredibly easy to use and as I mentioned, they have a large variety to choose from! There are free and paid plans available and each offers great fonts. Here is an example:



1001Fonts.com

1001Fonts.com is a completely free font website with many different options. This is a fairly new one for me and I have only used it a few times, but each time, I've had great success! I especially love their fonts that look like handwriting. Here is an example:


FontFabric.com

FontFabric.com is another service where you will find free fonts or paid plans. The site is very easy to navigate so you will be able to find what you are looking for with zero problem. I have used these for a lot of print out projects. I am still discovering this site, though, so as I mentioned, I do not have much experience with it. So far, so good! They are always having sales so check often to find your perfect font! Here is an example:



FontSpace.com

For the last entry on this list, I decided on FontSpace.com. While it is last, it is certainly not least! This is probably the best font website I have found specifically for scrapbooking projects. The fonts that they have available seem just to fit every project I have in mind. I do utilize the others listed but for projects that I put together for my scrapbook, FontSpace is absolutely my first choice! Here is an example:



No matter what kind of project you are working on, I am positive you will find the perfect font for it on one of these websites. There is nothing like finding the perfect font to fit your words and make them pop!




Where do you find your favorite fonts?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Tech Items That Will Look Great In Your Home

One of the hardest things that we will all do is life. Life is not easy - everything moves fast, and there are bills to pay and jobs to go to. There are relationships to maintain and friendship circles to manage. The good news is that humans are rather smart! We come up with new and inventive ways to make life easy all the time, from smart home technology to standard appliances that have upgraded to be more efficient

We invented the dryer when we didn't want to wait for the weather to dry them, and we created the Roomba when it came to wanting to vacuum hands-free. We’re pretty good at inventions, and we’re even better at bringing back the vintage “tech” in new ways. For example, we no longer have the twin tub washer, but hi-tech washing machines. We may not have the record player anymore, but we do have USB record players at https://musicauthority.org, and that’s almost the same! Your home deserves the upgrades you can afford, and you should take a look at the list of home technology below that will look great!

Round Grey Speaker On Brown Board

Sick and tired of all the wires plugged into your home? We don't blame you - they’re annoying. This is why wireless chargers were created. They restrict your movement and break easily, which means that you spend a lot of money on replacements. Wireless phone chargers can make a big difference, and you can even get them in the form of a phone case!


The Roomba does the floors, but Ecovacs do the windows! You can charge them wirelessly and get your windows cleaned by a robot instead! You can let it charge and then set it about its job, resetting the router when it loses connection. It’s a great way to save time, and you get super clean windows for it! 


Smart home technology is likely one of the best ever inventions we’ve had in this century. Controlling your smart technology can be done with the Echo from Amazon. You can use it as an intelligent assistant giving you help with recipes, but you can also control the rest of the smart technology in your home, from the lights to the doorbell camera. The coolest bit is that it can be controlled by voice, which gives you so much more room for fun! 3am wake up calls? Just ask the Echo!


How smart will this look in the kitchen? The Nespresso Prodigio looks good, and you can time it to brew the coffee from your smartphone. You don't even have to get out of bed to turn it on, and that’s one of the best bits about it. A little Bluetooth and you’re good to go for your day! 


With the right technology from the list above, you can ensure that you are up to speed on everything that you need for a smart home. The more intelligent the house, the better it runs - and that’s all you want it to do!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Top 5 Hotels With Balcony Views of NYC

Though the rising structures of NYC’s real estate don’t offer tourists picturesque views from a standard hotel room, there are several hotel locations when you can find a balcony view of NYC’s most popular attractions. A nightcap overlooking the lights of the city is a perfect addition to your trip to the Big Apple, and here are some choices for narrowing down your accommodations.




The Warwick New York


Located in Midtown, this historic hotel was built in the 1920s and sits right across from the Museum of Modern Art. Past guests have included Elvis Presley, Cary Grant, and Audrey Hepburn. Modern amenities and elegant decor complement the views from the balcony and patio rooms, and on the Avenue Suites, you are treated to a direct view of the Hudson River.

 The Westgate Grand Central Hotel


If you want to stay close to all the action but have a peaceful evening above the noise of the streets, this Murray Hill hotel has what you need. With a variety of room choices that include balcony views, luxurious amenities, and triple-pane windows to muffle the sounds of the city, a stay in this location offers both comfort and convenience for business or pleasure travelers alike.

The Hyatt Centric Times Square


Not only does this upscale hotel offer rooms with a furnished terrace by which to enjoy the views of the skyline, but there is also a rooftop bar that gives impressive city views whether you choose indoor or outdoor seating. Travelers can indulge in the onsite restaurant, release some stress at the spa, or get in their morning run at the 24-hour fitness center.

The Jewel


For a boutique experience, the Jewel offers private balcony rooms that overlook St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the famed Radio City Music Hall. Despite the smaller size and unique setting, this location gives travelers the best in high-tech accommodation, with flat-screen Smart TVs, dimmer lighting, and enough power outlets for all your devices.

The New Yorker Wyndham Hotel


Situated in an iconic Art Deco skyscraper, the New Yorker Wyndham is located next to Penn Station and offer private balcony rooms that have panoramic views close to the bright light of Time Square. Celebrities have relied on the luxurious furnishings of this location for years, from the likes of Spencer Tracy, Fidel Castro, and Nikola Tesla.





Balcony views are a treat that shouldn’t be overlooked when visiting New York City. Even if you are too tired to take part in the nightlife, there is something to be said about taking it all in from the comfort of your room before you head to bed!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Treat Yourself Tuesday: NISIM International F.A.S.T Hair Care

It's been far too long since I've had a Treat Yourself Tuesday. How about you?


It's become a busy home here. My son, his wife, and my grandbaby are staying with us for a bit while they find a place here in our new town and I forgot just how exhausting babies can be! I am so happy to have this time with her, though. It's amazing to watch her grow and learn. However, I was reminded just how much self care is so important to us moms (and Nanas)! 

So, off to DealSpotr I went to find a special treat! As I've mentioned, I'm more than a little obsessed with my hair so I wanted to see what new products were out there. I found a great deal on NISIM International F.A.S.T Hair Care System


NISIM International is based out of Toronto and has been in business for over 25 years. This F.A.S.T System is formulated to make your hair longer, thicker, and stronger. I've been using it for about a month now and I am extremely happy with the results. I'm not quite sure if my hair has gotten longer (yay for half curly, half straight hair amirite?!) but it is definitely thicker and stronger! I had been losing a lot of hair to breakage and it has completely stopped the breakage within just a month! It's even tamed my flyaways somewhat and I love that! 

If you would like to treat yourself to NISIM International Hair Care, click here and enter the code STEPHSTEB during checkout for 15% off! Don't forget to check out their other products while you're there! 


Monday, February 3, 2020

Sustainable Energy Is Possible In Our Lifetime

In recent years, the push for sustainable energy has gotten stronger. More and more companies and private citizens are coming to find that not only is sustainable and renewable energy possible, it is absolutely affordable and easily implemented. In fact, Stanford University has just invested more into the advancement of solar energy than any other university combined!


The seven types of sustainable energy, according to the Department of Energy are as follows:

  • Solar - capturing radiant energy from sunlight and converting it to heat, electricity, or hot water.
  • Wind - capturing wind energy and converting it to electricity.
  • Hydroelectric - Water flows through a dam's turbines and converts to electricity (also known as pump storage hydropower).
  • Geothermal - heat that is captured from the core of the earth that can be converted to energy.
  • Ocean - there are actually two types of energy derived from the ocean: thermal energy that relies on warm surface water to generate energy and mechanical energy which uses the natural ebbs and flows of the ocean to produce energy.
  • Hydrogen - when hydrogen is separated from other elements, it can be used for fuel and electricity.
  • BioMass - organic matter from recently living plants and/or organisms can be converted to energy (ie; firewood).

With so many options available it's unbelievable that we haven't already implemented them for everything. Iceland is leading the way right now with 90% of their energy being sustainable energy, along with Sweden, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the UK, Germany, Uruguay, Denmark. Progress is slowly making its way in America as well, fortunately, as new hope is coming to previously decaying coal communities. This study points out that many coal communities are expected to become the leaders in producing sustainable energy instead of coal. This will bring very much needed jobs and opportunities to these presently declining communities. New jobs for lawyers like Douglas Healey who specialize in environmental law are becoming more and more prevalent as more big businesses are looking for answers on how to effectively and legally implement new green technology. More and more consumers are happily switching to green options and in my opinion, the world is more than ready. As more and more people realize that it really is possible to find viable, sustainable energy sources, the present as well as the future can be beautifully green!


What do you think about sustainable energy? How are you adding green options to your lifestyle?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What Disruptive Startups Will Change Daily Life in 2020?


Let's face it. There are a lot of startups out there, but a lot of them don't really impact your day-to-day life. The most disruptive startups in the world are the ones that change the way that people actually live. Uber, AirBNB: these are things that changed the world for everyone. There isn't a day that most people don't use Amazon or Google. So what's going to be disruptive in 2020?

Dave.com


Dave offers Banking for Humans. Recent banking-related scandals and the fallout from the last recession caused many to distrust their banks. Sick and tired of fees and restrictive lending criteria, Dave was created to drive better customer loyalty. Dave is only one of the companies on the vanguard of new banking institutions; institutions that are meant to entirely change the way that people bank and borrow.
Dave provides a number of great features, including no-interest cash advances, un-bounceable checks, income creation, and more. These are all services that make it possible for people to build their wealth through their bank rather than it being nickle-and-dimed away. People who aren't satisfied with their current banking options should strongly consider looking into some of these new and incredible banks.

Divvy Homes


A lot of people aren't able to own homes these days, because home prices have increased so much compared to wages. Because home ownership is out of the question for a lot of people, people are considering new ways to own.
Divvy Homes fractionalizes home ownership, making it possible for people to invest in real estate in portions. They're still able to get the same percentage returns that they would if they purchased a real property, but they need a far reduced investment.
Not only are people able to rent-to-own, but they are able to do it in a protected way. Eventually they are able to own the property if they want to, or they can just walk away. This is a low risk way for people to enter into a property.

Starry Internet


Most people use the internet for a great deal of time when they're at home. They're either doing work at home, doing school work, streaming television shows, browsing the internet, or just playing online, multiplayer games. Of course, that means they need to have a good internet connection, and that's the problem.
Today, many internet connections are paired with tv bills or phone bills: two things that most people don't even need anymore. And apart from that, they're bundled with different services like security alarms, and often unnecessary add-ons such as premium channels that are never watched. These bundles are more expensive than they need to be.
Starry Internet is tackling this problem by creating a new internet service that's designed for the way that people use the internet today. And that includes no contracts, no hidden fees, and no services that you don't need.

Impossible Foods


Impossible Foods is making it possible for people to eat non-meat meats, and while it isn't a traditional startup, it has absolutely exploded into the mainstream realm. The Impossible Whopper is a fast food burger that doesn't contain any meat and is made with only plant-based materials, and that's a great way for people to eat healthy and sustainably even when they're on the go.
Impossible Foods is improving its product, and perhaps best of all it's also encouraging competition like Morningstar and Beyond Meat to increase their options as well. Eventually, there could be Impossible burgers in every burger-related restaurant.
Maybe your life won't be changed by the above startups. But it may be. Startups that are focused on people and households are the ones that are going to be the most disruptive, because they're the ones that change the way that we think.
Startups that give more power and control over finances are going to be dominant, because many people are finding themselves experiencing financial issues, or looking for new ways to manage their own finances. Either way, these startups definitely show the direction that many companies are moving in.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bringing Music Into Your Big Day

Are you mad about music? Perhaps you’re a professional musician, or maybe you just have a passion for listening to or playing music. If so, when it comes to your wedding it makes sense to incorporate this passion into your big day. Here are a few ways to go about it.





Utilize Songs For Your Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows allows you to add something extra special to your day as you’re conveying an incredibly meaningful message, and something that’s personal to you and your partner. If you have song lyrics that really speak to you or a song that you both relate to on a deep level, why not utilise the lyrics? There’s lots of advice online about how to do this in a way that sounds genuine without being corny or cheesy.


Hire A Live Band Or Musician

Most people tend to go down the route of having a DJ play their wedding music, however if you’re a lover of music you’ll know that nothing sounds as good as hearing it played live. There are live bands that actually specialise in weddings who ill know the etiquette involved and have plenty of experience in playing on people’s most special days. Alternatively, you could hire a local band that you love, or if you have loved ones that are excellent singers or musicians you could ask them to play. It sets an incredible atmosphere, makes for great wedding entertainment and is a little bit different too. 


Play Some Music Yourself

Whether you want to sing a song or play a tune on an instrument, this could be a fantastic and really personal way to bring music into your big day. You could even set yourself a challenge and learn a new instrument to play- from the piano to the ukelele- learn more about this here: https://www.musicianauthority.com/how-to-tune-ukulele/. It’s something that your guests will remember and brings a unique touch to the day. 


Give Guests Music Inspired Wedding Favors

Another idea for incorporating music into your wedding favors would be to give guests USB sticks filled up with the songs from your wedding day- this would be a really personal way for people to remember the day especially if you've carefully curated the playlist. It’s something unique and different to what people are likely to have received as wedding favours before. 


Get Inspired With Decorations

How about incorporating music into your wedding through decorations, invitations and place settings? There are some really cool ideas online for crafty people, such as making roses or confetti out of pages of song lyrics or sheet music. CDs or old vinyl records can be turned into decorations  or you could Whether you go full on or have it as a subtle theme, there are plenty of ideas you could run with and really make each item personal to you. 



How will you bring music into your wedding day?

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Best Ways Your Local Library Can Help You

Your local library often acts as a community hub. As well as being somewhere you can go to read and borrow books, it usually offers a range of other services that can be very useful. Whether you use it for studying, work, or personal reasons, you could find your library more useful than you think.

Borrow Multiple Types of Media

Everyone knows that you can borrow books from a library. However, the modern library often has several other types of media you can borrow. In addition to other print materials, such as magazines, you can also explore ebooks, audiobooks, CDs and vinyl, DVDs and Blu-Ray, and more.

Borrow Tools, Instruments and More

There is often even more that you can borrow from a library. Depending on the library, you might be able to borrow tools for your latest DIY project, musical instruments, cooking and baking equipment, and other useful items that you might not want to buy.

Join Community Events

Libraries are fantastic gathering places. They often have separate rooms and spaces that are ideal for meeting up with others and having discussions. They're often used for book clubs, readings, craft groups, and various other community groups and events that need somewhere to meet or take place.

Research

Your library can also be an excellent place to go if you're trying to find out the truth about something. You have access to a wide range of resources for research, and you can benefit from the skills and knowledge of the librarians who can help you battle fake news.


Infographic Design By University of Southern California

Libraries are an incredible resource and your local library would love for you to visit today!

How do you use your local library?

Friday, January 10, 2020

College Admissions Coaching And Planning With Hallie Walden Bagley

Writing has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. My mother and father had a gigantic library that I had free access to since I could read. I spent hours going through all of the titles and picking out which adventure I was going to start that day. My father built a reading nook in the house we lived in when I was little and it was by far my favorite spot in the house.

I began to wonder if I could make up my own stories while I was still very young. My dad was a journalist so we always had a computer and that is where I began to write my own adventures.


I have been a voracious reader ever since. When I attended college, my favorite assignment was essays, as you can probably guess. I was studying to acquire a Paralegal degree so I was used to having to research and couldn't wait to be able to do it full time! I decided to write one of my papers on mass hysteria  and loved learning about all of the different cases over written history. It has always been an interesting occurence to me since I first read about the Salem Witch Trials years ago. Other assignment essays weren't as easy to write, however, and I was always so glad to be able to find help and inspiration in reading and researching whatever I could about the subject as I could. When I couldn't make sense of it, it was time to call in more help and I am so glad that there were infinite resources on the internet to choose from!


One of my favorite publications, The Paris Review, always had something interesting to read and were always the most memorable to me. I have found some of my favorite authors there and it is still a great place to learn as well as finding new fiction! That's why I was really excited to learn that the managing editor, Hallie Walden Bagley, is offering college admissions essay coaching and planning! Hallie Walden Bagley holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law and found her writer's voice on The Paris Review. She is ready to help you in any way to get into your school of choice! Your college admissions essay is probably the most important essay that you will ever write during college, in my opinion. My daughter is currently in her Junior year of college and I remember how she agonized over hers. It turned out that she did such a great job, she not only was accepted to her college of choice, but a second one as well!


If you find yourself struggling to write your perfect college admissions essay, whether it's because you need a little proofreading and coaching to make sure it's just right or because you can't even begin your outline, there is always help out there. Hallie Walden Bagley's college admissions coaching and planning courses are definitely a great start!

Where will your adventure begin? 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Refresh Your Living Room With The Slipcover Company

It's that time of the year again when I can't say no to Peppermint Bark! I have a great gift idea for part three of my Holiday Gift Guide!
For part one of my Holiday Gift Guide, click here.

I became a first time homeowner more than a year ago. We were a military family for twenty years so we never really could purchase a home anywhere because we were never sure where we were going to go next. We bought a lot of second hand furniture or "if it breaks in the move, we won't be out thousands of dollars" furniture and did our best to make them our own. My husband retired from the Navy the same year that my daughter graduated high school and that is when our search began. We found our perfect home and I have about one million and forty seven projects that I've been doing to make it into the home I always wanted while we traveled around!



Until I can get my new couch, however, I wanted to refresh my living room with a new look. I'm also a cat owner and his favorite thing in the world to do is shred my couch. I've tried everything.

Murder Mittens Couch Shredding Champion

I found the perfect slipcover for in the interim at a great slipcover company online! The Slipcover Company has gorgeous slipcovers for all types of furniture and pillows! I spent way too long looking at other things I wanted to buy but finally settled on the Cabana Stripe Collection Sofa Slipcover in Blue. It fits in perfectly with our nautical/beach theme. 


Putting a new slipcover on my insanely comfortable old couch has refreshed my living room and definitely inspired me to continue all of these projects!

So, so many projects.



How would you refresh your home?

For part one and two of my holiday gift guide, click here and here

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Perfect Gift For Business Owners

I found another great deal on DealSpotr for part two of this year's Holiday Gift Guide!



Social media has definitely become part of everyone's life. Businesses have more reach than ever and have used it to their advantage, from the top all the way to local small businesses. It's important to have eye catching graphics when promoting your business online. Not everyone is a graphic designer, however, and have to use graphics available to them. 


I am one of those who can't draw, so I wanted to take advantage of this deal! iClipart has so many images for whatever you need! Right now, you can get 20% off of an entire year subscription. All you have to do is click here and enter the code STEPHSTEB at checkout! 

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I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday, no matter how you celebrate! For part one of my holiday gift guide, click right here!