APRIL 2019 FAVORITESRead Now
Another month has blown by, which means its time for me to tell you some of the things I loved this last month. Let's get right into it:
COLOURPOP X DISNEY VILLAINS: HADES | $25
ULTA X AVENGERS SUPERCHARGED - $8
TARTE SUGAR RUSH ITEMS | ~$25
TIKTOK MAKEUP LAPSE VIDEOS | FREE
I uploaded one of my timelapses onto YouTube so you could see what I'm talking about. Tik Tok is kind of like Musicly and Vine put together. I like using it to make videos of my "transforming" into my makeup. I think that it gives me confidence, even if I'm still not the best at doing my makeup. I feel like I'm improving, and that's what matters to me!
THE INNER WORLD | $8
FRIENDSHIP COLLAR | ~$40
SO, THAT'S IT!
Those are all of the products that I've loved from April! I'm looking forward to a few other things in May:
What did you love this month? Let me know in the comments or Tweet it to me!
LEGAL: All photos in this post are my own.
So today, I wanted to share with you the good, bad, and ugly parts of being in a sorority. Keep in mind while reading this that I’m speaking from my own experience at a smaller university. Everyone will have their own experiences. Without further ado, let’s get into this!
I am absolutely thrilled that I joined a sorority for a number of reasons. However, there are unfortunately more bad and ugly things to consider before you choose Greek life on your campus.
The first really good thing about joining a sorority is, if you join the right one, you are surrounded by a number of like-minded individuals who often care about the same things as you do. I loved that about my sorority!
Next, I really appreciated that, at my school, academics and involvement were always highly praised in the Greek system. I was awarded the Greek with the highest GPA award two years in a row. Our Greek system also gave awards for social events and philanthropy.
I learned that leaders have a really stressful job. While in my sorority, I served as both Vice President/Rush Chair and President. These were both extraordinarily difficult positions to hold, but I did the best I could with the life knowledge I had.
THE BAD AND THE UGLY
I’m just going to combine these two because they both can apply to all the situations I’m going to name here.
And if issues with other organizations aren’t enough, you will likely have situations where there is some sort of disparity in your own organization that causes fighting and issues among your members. This could be because of attendance, academic status, leadership issues, and more. If you’re in any position of leadership during these things, it all falls on you. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying neutral in your opinion.
All-in-all, I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t gone Greek. Some closing thoughts are that hazing was never an issue for me. My college has a no-tolerance hazing policy, and I believe there are state laws that are sort of against it, too. If you’re worried about that, talk to the Greek life coordinator at your college about that.
8 SPRING CLEANING HACKS AND TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER AND CLEANERRead Now
As we all know, Spring has arrived. As a native of North Carolina, Spring arrived with a ton of pollen! It is so easy to track pollen and other dirt and dust into the house. It also doesn’t help that Jonathan works in landscaping, so I always feel like I’m trapped in a pile of dirt.
But, these 8 Spring cleaning hacks and tips will make things a lot easier this season:
1: BOOT DROP-OFF
So, now Jonathan knows to leave his boots in the kitchen or living room. This keeps dirt out of the bedroom easily. I am going to also invest in a mat where he can place his boots by the door. This will keep the dirt concentrated!
2: KEEP THAT KEYBOARD CLEAN
Another thing I do is I use those Lysol wipes on my Mac keyboard. I make sure to do this gently to be careful not to damage the keyboard. Do at your own risk!
3: ADD BORAX TO NEUTRALIZE SMELLS
Borax can be used to clean a number of other things like mattresses, outdoor furniture, carpets, and more!
4: USE AN OLD, THICK SOCK TO MOP
This is not only the economical choice, but it is also a great ecological choice!
5: KEEP YOUR SHOWER CLEAN
6: TURN CLEANING INTO A GAME FOR YOUR KIDS
7: CLEAN OFF STUCK-ON FOOD EASILY
Leave it for a few hours and you will find that the food be easier to remove, making the washing process easier!
8: KEEP MAKEUP BRUSHES CLEAN WITH A TRIVET
Add baby shampoo or whatever cleaner you want to use to the trivet and then swirl your makeup brush around it. Add water when needed and repeat this until your brushes are clean. Hang them on a coat hanger with some clips to dry and prevent molding.
I hope this few hacks will make Spring cleaning a lot easier, fun, and productive for you. Do you have any tips to keep homes clean this Spring? Drop them down below and lets help each other out!
As a member of a University staff, and as a graduate myself, I think that college is monumentally important. Not only is it important to help you earn a degree that can be used in a career, but it is also important to help you acclimate to living life on your own and to becoming a good citizen within a community.
But, there are undoubtedly things that I wish I had known before I enrolled! Since people are starting to get acceptance letters, I thought this would be a great post to make. If you want to learn more, keep reading:
1: YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE A BREAKDOWN
According to the Association for University and College counseling Center directors, 95 percent of college counseling center directors say that psychological problems are a growing concern on their campus. This is why it is so important to never be too prideful or scared to seek out help. Most colleges either have a center for mental health services, or they have outside resources that can help you!
2: IT'S OK TO SAY NO
So, whenever I got in to college, I got really involved. I was in a number of clubs and organizations, including my sorority, and I was also really involved in my major. It took me until my senior year to realize that it is OK to say no. Remember that you are there to get your education. Not to plan social events, work on outside projects, etc.
3: COLLEGE FRIENDS WILL BE YOUR BFFS
I believe that this has to do with the fact that you are friends with these people during one of the most challenging moments of your life. On top of that, you finally understand when you graduate that you don’t have to talk to someone every single day to be their friend. All of my friends and myself have our own lives. But, we make a point to pick up where we left off when we see each other again!
4: PREPARE FOR DRAMA OF SOME SORT
She brought back guys and her cousin to our room most nights. When she came in, she would wake me up and be really noisy and turn the lights on.
Sometimes, your RA or RC won’t understand how bad the situation is. When this happened, my mom actually had to come down and confront my RC because she wasn’t doing anything about the situation. But, it all got handled and I didn’t have any more problems. After that, I moved in to my sorority house. Is it even a sorority house without drama? No.
5: YOUR PLANS MIGHT CHANGE, AND THAT’S OK
Your advisors and staff members around your college campus can help you decide what might be the best choice for you. You have time, and it isn’t a reason to panic.
6: MAKE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT
This will help you make time for appointments, trips to the gym, homework and study time, time to call your family and update them on your day, and time with friends. This gives you a great work-home-friend-body-school balance!
I actually started writing a seventh tip only on work study, but I think that could be an entire post on its own. If you’re going to college, thinking about going back, or in your last years of study, I hope this can help you to improve your time in school!
HE EITHER SAID SOMETHING FUNNY OR WISE
HE LOVED ELVIS
HE WAS A PROUD VETERAN
HE WAS A CARING MAN
HE WAS A GIVING MAN
HE WAS A GODLY MAN
HE WAS A SUPPORTIVE MAN
RULES OF THE CHALLENGE
1. Accept the challenge.
2. Go to https://www.tagquestions.net/get-to-know-me-tag/
3. Ask your virtual assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa) to choose a number one to 371.
4. Answer 15 questions.
5. Tag 3 people to do this challenge after you!
I'm sure someone's done something similar to this, but this particular one is my creation! If you wouldn't mind tagging me in all of your posts so I can read them to, that would be great!
1. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTOR?
2. AT WHAT AGE DID YOU GO ON YOUR FIRST DATE?
I didn't start dating until I was in college. My first date didn't happen until I was 18 or 19, and it wasn't really a great date.
3. WHAT IS THE ONE ITEM YOU CAN'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT?
4. DO YOU HOLD ANY CONVICTION THAT YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR?
5. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A LIVE-IN MASSAGE THERAPIST OR A LIVE-IN CHEF?
6. WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT AMAZES YOU?
7. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, WHITE 10 BEING THE HIGHEST AND 1 BEING THE LOWEST, RATE YOUR DRIVING SKILLS.
8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
9. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WERE GIFTED AT DOING?
10. WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR FATHER?
11. WHO SENT THE LAST TEXT MESSAGE YOU RECEIVED?
12. DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF ACQUAINTANCES OR JUST A FEW VERY CLOSE FRIENDS? WHY?
13. WHAT BOOK DO YOUR REMEMBER AS BEING IMPORTANT TO YOU?
14. WHAT DO YOU DO MOST WHEN YOU'RE BORED?
15. WOULD YOU RATHER FORGET TO PACK CLEAN UNDERWEAR WHEN TRAVELING, OR FORGET TYO PACK YOUR FOOTWEAR?
Blood loss accounts for more than 60,000 deaths a year. These deaths might be because of injuries at work, at home, acts of violence, and/or acts of terrorism.
These statistics only continue to climb as crime, school shootings, and acts of terrorism plague our nation. The good news is, you can do something to save one of these 60,000 lives.
I HAVE LINKED TO TWO PRODUCTS ON AMAZON. THIS IS JUST TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE PRODUCTS I'M WRITING ABOUT. I DO NOT GET ANY COMPENSATION FOR PROMOTING THESE PARTICULAR PRODUCTS.
1: KNOW YOUR TOOLS
Hemostatic gauze is a type of wound dressing that is treated with a clotting agent. However, the gauze can start to dissolve when it comes in to contact with blood. Work quickly to avoid activation before it gets packed into the wound.
Your hands can also be of use! Put pressure on the wound using both of your hands.
2: CONSIDER MAKING A KIT
It might also help to have some sort of pain reliever in your kit.
3: CALL FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
They are able to treat the patient and get them to potentially life-saving treatment and surgery.
4: CONTROL BLEEDING UNTIL MEDICAL SERVICES CAN GET THERE
5: THINGS TO REMEMBER
However, please continue to research this. This should not be your concern. You should try to help whenever you can.
Lastly, you likely will not know the victim or if they have any sort of blood-borne disease. Try to protect your hands and skin from their blood as much as possible. If you can’t avoid it, you can follow them to the hospital to be tested following any exposure.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about this training, head over to BleedingControl.org. You can also grab a bleeding control kit from www.ControlBleedingKits.com.
I did not receive compensation of any kind to write about Stop the Bleed or promote any specific products. These are just suggestions!