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Raising Money For College?

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Raising Money For College?

Suddenly you’re faced with a semester bill and the stress keeps on building up and up until you’re faced with one choice: pay. If you can’t pay out of pocket, or if the government doesn’t give you enough financial aid (which happens to be my dilemma) the only other option seems to be to take out a private loan through a company like Wells Fargo or Sallie Mae, which brings on other issues like finding a cosigner. It’s either that or beg for money from friends, family, and even strangers. Crazy idea right? Wrong.

Using websites like GoFundMe you actually do have the option to set out and campaign for your tuition. For just a small percentage of your funding and about 10 minutes of your time you can set up a project to potentially bring in thousands of dollars for your education! Seems ridiculously easy doesn’t it? It really is that simple. However, there is no guarantee that you will find kind strangers to donate to your cause. Your project could turn into a total bust if you don’t network and put yourself “out there” onto the world wide web. In all honesty though, what do you have to lose? You can only gain, and hopefully gain a lot, by putting out one simple Facebook post to share your efforts.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to share my GoFundMe here and hopefully be able to raise some money for my spring semester! If you’re feeling kind and generous today or want to put a few bucks towards saving the world through genetic engineering (totally possible if you ask me) just follow the link below and donate whatever you can. Think of it as an investment. I’ll update later with the results of my endeavor! If you have ever tried to fund a project online comment below and share your experience.

If you’re interested here’s my link, start sharing!!
http://www.gofundme.com/GE-Fund

 

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When are You an Adult?

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Since my 18th birthday is coming up I began thinking about all the things that I will be able to do on my own, and also the things that I will be forced to wait to do even though I will be an “adult.”  This leads me to the question when are you an adult in society? Why are 18 year old’s adults legally but not socially?

alcSo here comes the age-old argument about being able to join the military and put my life on the line for my country and not being able to consume or purchase alcohol. We’ve all heard that one before, it’s an old argument so I won’t be wasting my time telling you what you already know. Instead, I will tell you some things that may be surprising that you are not old enough to do in adulthood.

SONY DSCRecently, I was surprised to find out that in the state of New Hampshire you must be 21 years old to purchase fireworks. What? You can buy a rifle but not fireworks? That’s insane — back to the military. You can launch missiles in a war but not launch some fireworks for a back yard BBQ?

The FAFSA requires parental income information until you’re 24 years old. So what about kids that aren’t getting any support from their parents? Kids that took a gap year and live on their own? Apparently you’re not old enough to be considered a separate entity from your parents financially even if you don’t live with them until the age of 24.

Society gives you the right to vote for the leader of our country, your state, representatives etc. at the age of 18. So, you’re old enough to decide who runs the country but not old enough make healthy decisions about alcohol? That’s just swell, isn’t it?

carYou can’t rent a car until you’re 25. That sucks! What if you’re 22 years old working two jobs and your car breaks down? Living on your own, supporting yourself maybe trying to save for college? Maybe you even have a child. But no, no rental car for you. Apparently being an adult is null when it comes to renting.

gunYou can’t purchase a hand gun. But rifles, shotguns and other “long arms” that cause much more damage in most cases are perfectly acceptable.

You must be 25 years old and have a valid license to supervise someone learning how to drive in the state of NH. That sucks. Maybe your mom works 60 hours a week and has no time to teach your sister how to drive. Oh well, you’re not adult enough to  help out.

tatYou must be 22 years old to receive silicone breast implants. Okay? So you’re old enough to modify your body via tattoo, piercing, and saline breast implants but silicone is off-limits? Not to mention at 22 you can now drink alcohol too. I guess you’re body just isn’t ready for silicone boobs.

All of these potentially useful or interesting things that you can’t do but heck,  you can be sued, join the military, be kicked out of your parent’s house, and any crime you commit won’t be sealed in a juvenile record. Wow, if you look at it that way you really are an adult!

I guess I’m just a little bit unclear on adulthood. I can be a legal adult at 18, but still, society doesn’t trust me with certain things until I’m even older. With so much legal responsibility thrown on you at 18, you would think that society would give you all the good benefits that an actual adult has.

If 18 year old’s are legal adults in all sense of the law then they should be given the same benefits of other adults and not just all the adult responsibilities. If society thinks we should be slowly transitioned into receiving all these privileges, then maybe they should transition us into the world of legal adulthood as well.

28 Days Later…

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Menstrual Cramps Tips28 days later, it’s that time of the month again! The painters are in, you have a friend visiting, you’re going to Japan. Whatever you might call it we all know what it means. Cramps, cravings, and an emotional rollercoaster for some. So today I have a few helpful suggestions for surviving the worst week of the month.

Lets start with cramps. Here are five things I do to help aleviate the pain of cramps:

  1. Ibuprofen every four hours on the dot.
    Taking a pain reliever when you first notice the cramps and as often as directed on the package will help get rid of pesky cramps.
  2. Heating pad or rice sack/baby/animal heating pad
    If you’re lying down in agony placing a heating pad or a rice filled heating pad (heated in the microwave) on your abdomen will help relive cramps.
  3. Exersize: Run, hike, stay moving. It keeps your body and mind busy.
    If you’re active you won’t notice the cramps.
  4. Eat a healty diet, follow the food guide pyramid.
  5. Distract yourself. Go out and do things! Find some kind of craft to do, work on homework.

Now on to cravings. Sometimes you suddenly get the urge to eat something… Chocolate, potato chips, whatever it might be, it’s probably not very healthy. Eating healty foods will make your cramps more bareable, try and find a healthy alternative to any junk food craving you have. Or try not to eat too much of it.

Need chocolate? Try something healthy.
Here is a link to some healthy chocloate snacks thaty wont bust your belt.
http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/ten-healthier-chocolate-snacks/

Something salty? Try almands. They are healthy and tasty!
Try some of these low calorie snakcs to help your salt cravings.
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/craving-something-salty-20-healthy-snacks-under-200-calories

How about those mood swings? Livstrong has some great ways to calm them naturally
http://www.livestrong.com/article/23959-natural-mood-swings/
Simple things like exersize, changing your diet, and getting out into the sun more.

Hopefully you find some of these ideas useful/helpful! Women don’t have it easy, hopefully this will lessen the stress of that one week a month.

Senior Pictures!

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It’s that time of year again! All the seniors at our high school pay large sums of money to be photographed by professional photographers across the valley. Or, if you’re lucky you have an amateur photographer friend, with a decent camera, who can snap a couple great photos of you so you can be on your way without burning a hole in your pocket.

Unfortunately most seniors, girls in particular, will find the photo selection process to be far more difficult than the actual photo shoot. So here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in your selection process!

First: When you receive your photos from the photographer chances are, if you have gotten them done professionally, the photographer has probably selected their best photos out of hundreds. Now it’s your turn! Most of the time there will be a few standouts right off the bat. Try and choose 4-5 pictures of varying look/pose/color that you like the best. Try to avoid choosing pictures that are obviously over edited. People will notice, and it’s just not “organic” if its not really YOU then what’s the point, right?

Second: This might sound lame but go ahead and upload them to Facebook, in some cases the photographer may have already uploaded some and tagged you, that’s fine too. The reason I say this is because its the quickest and most effective way to get feedback from friends and family. See which ones people like the most, that may help narrow down your choices. Or you might see the beauty in a picture you were unsure about before, you never know!

Third: Get final input from the adult(s) who’s opinion you value you most, and two or three of your closest friends. The trusted adult(s) will have a different perspective, they will be able to judge what you will like to see as your senior picture when you look back on it years from now, and they will pick a picture that they think in compasses you as a whole.
Your friends opinions are important because they will choose a picture that represents you as you are now and how they’ve seen you for the last four years.
Ultimately the decision is yours. Try and find a picture that represents you in a way you wish to be looked back upon for years to come, a daunting decision, I know. Try and balance between something that’s you now and something that’s you as a whole, ie something that won’t date itself and become irrelevant to your personality.

Fourth: Picking your top two. First decide, if necessary, if you’re choosing a black and white or color photo. Then look at the pictures side by side. Figure out what’s most important. Smile, hair, outfit, face/head position, etc. I know it sounds silly, but make a pro/con list. What do you like most and least about each photo? If there is obviously more pros to one photo then you probably have a winner! Besides the logical approach, you may just have a gut feeling about a particular photo. Go with it. If you love it you won’t regret it.

So here are some things to remember when considering your senior photo: narrow it down, choose a photo that is natural and representative of you, take input from friends and family into consideration, make the final decision yourself and choose the one you love. Don’t forget that it’s YOUR senior photo and that you should love it (that’s the most important!). Don’t let anyone pressure you into choosing a picture you don’t love. Good luck and have fun! You’re only a senior once!

The Evolution of the Nose Piercing

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ImageWhen you look back at the history of body piercing, particularly the nose, you will find that it started a long long time ago. African tribes and Indians have been piercing their bodies for centuries. Only recently has body piercing become a fad in America and European countries.

 

 

ImagePiercings in America started with good old fashioned punk kids, and occasionally hippies and indie kids.Image Piercings were originally seen as a form of rebellion and hardcorness. Piercings used to be associated with people who wore black and plaid and listened to certain types of music.  Punk, Death metal, Metal Core, Black Metal, etc. Those were the people everyone expected to be pierced.

 

 

ImageWhen Myspace became popular so did the style known as “Scene” this drew in a crowd of interesting people. These people didn’t necessarily listen to the metal music associated with facial piercings but yet they trended heavily amongst them. I think the scene kids really opened up the door for piercings to expand beyond the confines of metal kids.

 

 

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Normal? ..

Nowa days any one can walk into the doors of a piercing shop and get whatever they want pierced without a second look. Weather you’re preppy, sporty, scene, metal, ect. Everyone is being pierced. Especially the nose. The nose is one of the fastest growing piercings; it’s becoming more acceptable in the work place and looks less appalling to grandparents than a lip or other facial piercing.

Some people might refer to this as a nose piercing epidemic. Something that used to be unique to a certain group has exploded and branched out to many groups. Needless to say, nose piercings have become more and more common. Beyond that, the nose “hoop” jewelry has become more acceptable. It used to be that a modest stud was considered enough, and hoops were seen as the more edgy/rebellious style, but now the hoop is no longer seen as anything out of the norm.

This is all quite frustrating to people who are into having a stand-out style. Especially to those of us who hate having things that are the “same” as other people, myself included. It is becoming more and more difficult to have a style that is unique; someone out there somewhere will most always be very very similar to you. No matter how hard you try there will always be someone out there to “cramp your style”.

50 Shades of Nail Polish

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I recently suffered from an addictive buying streak: nail polish. Glitter, teal, crackle, white. You name it I probably have it. My 13 year old sister was stunned by my collection and actually decided to count how many colors I had. The total came to fifty: 50 shades of nail polish.

Before I dive into my post I’d like to provide you with some background on nail polish; Nail painting has been around since the 17th and 18th centuries, even portraits of the Incas included shiny nails. That being said, modern day nail polish wasn’t created until 1917.

 FUN FACT: Nail polish as we know it today is actually a refined version of the paint on cars.

Back in the days of its creation, nail polish was worn in boring colors like brown and clear or pink and red. Luckily, today’s culture has evolved and nail polish is now made in some eye popping colors and even patterns. For example, the crackle nail polish creates a cracked look on the surface of the nail. The crackle is generally worn with two contrasting colors. (One color is the base color; the other is the layer of crackle on the top)

Currently, nail polish colors and different nail styles can even identify with different groups of people. For example, black nail polish is commonly associated with the “Goth” or “Punk” culture where as colors like pink and red are seen as very feminine and girly.  French manicures are often associated with special occasions; giving nails a clean and natural look, and appearing very innocent.

Glitter Accent Nail

My favorite trend is glitter nail polish. Glitter nail polish is fun, feminine, bright, and shiny! You can wear glitter nail polish in a couple different ways. The most popular way is to paint your nails and then do a coat of glitter on just one as an accent nail.Typically the accent nail is on your ring finger, although I have seen it on the thumb or index finger.           

Solid Glitter Nail Polish

Since glitter nail polish is mostly just glitter it requires a few coats if that’s the only polish you plan on applying. Since there is more glitter and less actual nail polish it does dry faster! On the flip side though, it tends to flake off more easily and may require a lot of maintenance. My solution is to try doing a base coat of clear polish if you have the time. Some of the glitter nail polish can also feel rough so I suggest applying a top coat of clear as well.

The third way I suggest wearing glitter nail polish is over another solid color. For example, putting down a base coat of blue and adding blue glitter (that way you don’t need to do a million coats of just glitter). Or you could do a base coat of black and add some orange glitter for Halloween. *NOTE* look at your glitter nail polish before you apply it over another color! Some of them are tinted and some of them are clear! The best way to tell is to remove the brush from the bottle and look at the nail polish outside of the bottle. It would be a bummer to try and add blue glitter accents on a yellow nail and have it turn green because of a blue tint in the glitter.

Nail polish is a fun way to express yourself and add some flare to your style. Nail polish is the best because you can get colors for any season and any occasion, it’s not too expensive, and you can use it more than once.  So enjoy painting your nails, it’s not permanent like a tattoo so don’t be afraid to try new things.  When you have 50 shades of nail polish, there are endless possibilities. Happy painting!

How-To make boxed mac and cheese with ‘SWAG’

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As a child boxed mac and cheese was always moms ‘back up’ dinner when she was too tired to make anything else. One thing that always got me as a kid though was the fact that the final meal looked nothing like the picture on the box. What the hey, right? Well, in recent years I’ve discovered the key to making the picture perfect box of mac and cheese.

            This mac and cheese will blow your mind, defy you’re wildest dreams, and delight your senses. I’m ready to give you the key, the secret ingredient, to this boxed masterpiece. Get it now for just 3 easy payments of $9.99! Just kidding, read on for step by step comprehensive instructions for those of you who are too hungry to think.

            Most of you probably think that making mac and cheese is pretty self explanatory, considering the instructions are right on the side of the box. However, I’m also aware that a lot of people have trouble doing anything when it isn’t written out for them to follow along with step by step. Being no cooking genius myself, I’d really like to make this as simple as possible, providing pictures and instructions to make this so easy you’ll eat mac and cheese for every meal, because its that awesome. No more dry, or oily, or cheese sauce so thin you could drink it. That is not the true meaning of mac and cheese, you’ve all been deprived of this delectable dish for far too long now…   alright, and it’s now time to begin the cooking process.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One box of Kraft (or generic brand) mac and cheese; works best with the original.
  • ¼ Cup salted butter, melted. (½ a stick: 4 table spoons)
  • ¼ Cup of Sour Cream (this provides the thick, creamy, deliciousness we all desire!)
  • One table spoon of milk, optional, depending on how thick you want the cheese
  • One large sauce pan (used to cook the pasta)
  • A strainer: Holes must be small enough so that pasta won’t fall through!

Alirght, now we’re going to begin the making of the mac and cheese!

Step 1: Fill sauce pan about half way with water.

Step 2: Place on burner and raise the temperature to High.

Step 3: Open your box of mac and cheese and remove the powdered cheese packet.

Step 4: Wait for the water to come to a rolling boil.

Step 5: Dump the noodles into the sauce pan and set a timer for 8min.

Step 6: Stir the noodles for about a minuet so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pain.

Step 7: Turn down the heat a little so that your pasta doesn’t boil over.

While you’re waiting there’s just enough time to whip up our key ingredient: the sauce!

Step 8: Place half a stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl (I like to use my 2 cup measuring cup, personally.)

Step 9: Microwave for about 45seconds to 1minuet (Or until melted)

Step 10: Place a large dollop of sour cream in with the melted butter (about a ¼ cups worth)

Step 11: Dump entire contents of cheese packet into the bowl with butter and sour cream.

Step 12: BLEND IT! Use a hand mixer if possible for super creamy cheese sauce, if all you have is a whisk, that’s okay, your sauce may have some lumps though.

Once your sauce is done, your noodles should be done as well, or pretty close. So wait for them to finish!

Step 13: Strain the noodles!

Step 14: Put the noodles back into the hot pan

Step 15: Dump/scrape all of the cheese sauce out and mix through noodles.

The combination of warmth and the fact that the noodles probably still have some water on them will thin out your cheese sauce a bit and coat them evenly with cheesy delight.

ENJOY!

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