Monday, November 17, 2014

Swagbucks update

Shannah wrote about Swagbucks and how it can save you money with giftcards, and this is just a little follow up on how I have been using it. And no, this is not a sponsored post, just a little insight to a program that we have both benefited from.

Just as a reminder, Swagbucks is an online website that lets you trade in watch videos, play games, take surveys and more to earn swagbucks. One swagbuck is equivalent to $.01, and you can trade them in for giftcards to Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, Paypal, and more. 
Spoils from my first Walmart with Swagbucks and coupons. Only spent $10.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hottie On The Look Out: Elliot Knight

My dream guy

This hottie on the look out is way overdue. Out of all the previous hotties Elliot Knight may very well be the best for me. The things I like about him are his age, he's only three years older than me, his birthday, he's born July 10 while I'm born July 2, so we're both cancers. I also like his smile, hair, skin color, the list goes on with this guy.  Let's not forget his name. My Knight and shining armor came to rescue me. Did I forget to mention he's British, I always wanted to date a British guy. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Having a Cancelled Class Is Not All Fun in Games

Imagine your professor decides to cancel class for the first time in the semester. You feel excited because maybe you can sleep in later, or go home earlier. Now, imagine if that same professor teaches two of your classes. You guess it, you now have two cancelled classes. You are even more excited by the thought of doing nothing. All of sudden, your professor cancel classes for two weeks. For two weeks you only have two classes to go to, both are easy classes. Then reality starts to sit in, you realize that there is nothing to do. You've done all the things you needed to do from sleeping in, going home early, and staying up late watching shows on Netflix. This very thing happen to me. I was so happy about the cancelled classes, but I soon became bored. Here are some of the things I've done during this boring time.

    Playing Kim Kardashian's Hollywood 

      I usually don’t get into mainstream hype, but Kim Kardashian's Hollywood game was the first game I’ve played that was popular. I’m now an A list celebrity and married according to Kim's game. Random thought: I find it extremely funny that Kim calls herself an A list celebrity on the game. In what world is Kim Kardashian an A list celebrity? I guess it’s only in the Kim Kardashian Hollywood game.   
         I'm  Enjoying Off Campus Life… Sort Of  

       I'm living off campus and I love my townhouse. I swear it’s like I’m on Bet’s College Hill because the townhouse is so beautiful. Despite the beauty of the townhouse, I’m still left bored on the weekends. You see, I don’t have a car, and my only transportation is taking the shuttle buses. The shuttle buses do not run on the weekends, so once Friday hits I’m stuck in the townhouse the whole weekend.  My roommates work on the weekends, and most of my friends are overseas or car-less.  Because of the boredom on the weekend, I actually look forward to Mondays

       Having Second Thoughts

 I’m taking a Feature Writing and Magazine class, and the book for the class gives great tip on coming up with topic ideas and choosing the right angle for an article. I love the tips, but whenever I would come up with a topic for the blog, I would always second-guess myself. Sometimes I think the topic is too broad, or I struggle to find a tighter angle. 



 I recently found a new love for cooking. I thought I would hate cooking meals, but I actually enjoy it. Cooking is the one thing I look forward  to once I get home. Some of the meals I cook include tuna spaghetti, sounds gross but it’s good, and Korean barbecue 

    Movie Night

 Every other Wednesday, I spend it with my roommates watching a movie. It is sort of our tradition since last year. Some of the movies we’ve watch were Let’s Be Cops, No Good Deed, and The Maze Runner.  \

 Gossip Girl

 I have an addiction to gossip sites. Don’t ask why, but I spend hours on some gossip sites.

   Over the weekends when my homework was limited, I would read a few books from the library. I just finish reading Ali’s Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard, and I’m almost done with Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.

    Loving Life 

Despite being bored, I wouldn't trade it. I’m not a party girl or a social butterfly, so I guess I brought most of the boredom on myself.  Either way I’m learning to enjoy my own company and not depending on others to keep me entertain. I've realize that I work better on a heavy workload because it forces me to do more.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Procrastinate Like a Boss

Procrastination is an art form. It may look like laziness to some or a complete lack of organization to others, but being a Procrastinator takes a lot of work, especially if you're doing it right. The one thing that I tend to procrastinate the most on are essays. I've wasted countless hours before my due date on my computer typing up a paper and getting a passing grade on it. These are my tips on procrastinating on essays like a boss.

You cannot be a good procrastinator and expect to barely pass without doing a little work beforehand. I know that doesn't sound right, but bare with me.
For example, if I'm putting off an essay for English I don't do everything at the very last minute. Before the assignment I already know what my main topic is, and usually have some trust worthy sources to look towards for quotes when I do finally begin writting. That way, I am not completely scrambling to write my seven page paper for English the night before and some of the work has been done.

Use quotes and explain them
Quotes are usually a requirement in most papers, And are great page fillers. Teachers know we use them to get to our page limit so it's important to use them correctly. Make sure your quote is helping to support your argument and explain quotes if you have to. And do not forget to add the cite any work you use in your paper.

Great friends
Always have a few pairs of extra eyes handy for you. I would always go to my school's essay writing center for pointers when pulling in a last minute paper. The English majors who worked there would always give me great advice on what key points I overlooked, did not clarify, and point out any flaws I had in my paper. If you don't have a writing center at school, ask a friend to look over your paper for you. 

Depending on how last minute you are working on your paper, you can always ask your professor to look over part or all of your work. Just have since enough not to go to the professor the day before.
 If none of these work for you, copy and paste part of your essay into Google translate and have it read it back to you.

Back up Plans
Of course no plan is ever fool proof, so having a backup is a must. In case things go south and you don't do as well on the last minute draft/final paper, make sure you attend class. Participation points can sometimes be a cushion for an unexpected low grade. And being in class will help fuel your brain on topics or key points to discuss in your paper.

If you have been tuned out of class for a while and decided to join at the very last minute, here are a few tips you should know.

Sparknotes is your best friend.
This site is the tested and true website for all of us lazy English student who didn't have time to read all the assignments and need to write about them.  It will help you get summaries of the main chapters/acts of a work, give you the main themes, and even point out important text/quote from the work as well. It has been a great last minute resource for me, even though I do recommend reading the actual material if you have time.

Spell Check
Nothing has killed me more on a paper than misspelled words. Its is a dead giveaway to your professor that your work is rushed and you will get major points docked for it. I even had one professor who automatically failed papers with more than three misspelled or grammatically incorrect papers. So use that spell checker and re-read your paper before you preparing press submit!

Ask around
Stuck on how to start or finish a class paper or other assignment? Asking your classmates  about their papers could help you get ideas for yours. Just don't copy their work or you could get in trouble for plagiarism.

Go to Class
Participation points matter. Teachers like to see you making an effort, and the more they see your face in class the more likely they are to help you when you run into a crunch. These points will give you a little extra cushion for potential low marks and teachers are more willing to throw a bone to students who care enough to come to class. 

Procrastinate responsibly and good luck!

Have you ever had to work on a paper or another assignment at the last minute? What did you do to make things go more smoothly? What would you recommend in the future?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How NOT to Lose yourself in a relationship

Love is such a beautiful thing. Finding someone who always makes you happy and getting lost in their eyes. You'll find yourself spending lots of time with this person and even doing things alike. But you don't want to turn into a completely different person just because you're dating someone new. Here are my tips to make sure that you don't lose yourself when you're dating a new guy.

Separation is good for the soul

You always see those couples who look like they're attached at the hip and can't breathe without each other. It's all cute when you do see them-until they're both glued to the phones during an girl/guys only event. Spend sometime alone or with friends to keep up your other relationships and keep things in perspective. Let each other breathe! You'll be able to reconnect with your friends, family, and spend time doing what you enjoy doing.

Get a hobby

Find something that you truly enjoy and makes you happy, even if he's not into it. Try photography, or rock climbing, or even sewing. Something to help you find your own strengths and take pride in.

Know where you stand

This can mean knowing your boundaries when it comes to sex or even knowing that you don't like World of War Craft. Don't change yourself or your opinions to align more with his beliefs.
Is this for you or him

The chances you're going to be dating a guy who may not have the same taste for you. Know matter what you do, always make sure you are doing things because you want to do them, not because they make him happy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Six Kick Ass Women to be This Halloween

So you want to be able to stand out from the cliched cats and mouse customs that you'll be seeing a lot of this year, and try something different. You don't want to be some docile animal, or super frilly cheerleader this year. Instead you want to become a woman who kicks ass this year. Well lucky for you, I have the perfect list of women -new and old-you can be this Halloween! All of these women -whether super heroes, lawyers, or super sleuths, are take charge women who hold the room whenever they come in. Take a look for yourself and see how you can portray these characters this Halloween.


Before I even go further, if you're not black, or do not have a similar skin tone to Michonne - DO NOT DARKEN OR LIGHTEN YOUR SKIN TO PORTRAY THIS CHARACTER! Black face is highly offensive and will get you a lot more trouble than you're asking for for a simple Halloween costume. If your dress, accessories, and  other aspects of your costume are right, there is no need for face paint. Thank you. PSA is over. Michonne is the zombie slaying, sword wielding hero in the walking dead, and it's super easy to dress as this Heroine.  Get a purple tank top, brown combat boots, gray jeans, and a bandana. You can probably buy a wig to get her hair, and add a sword if you want, but most people will get the idea.

Lara Croft

Lara Croft
Am I the only woman who wanted to be long haired adventurer? Tomb Raider was my favorite game on the Playstation, and I always wished I could leap, jump, and explore like this heroine. The graphics and wardrobe of the character have definitely changed over time, giving you more options to be her this Halloween. For the old school look: Green cargo pants, a tan tank top, combat boots, and of course Lara's signature braid.

Daenarys Targareon

Who wouldn't want to be Daenarys Targareyn, Mother of Dragons, first of her name? Dani has a lot more looks than I originally thought of, so here are two that I think will be really easy to do. The blonde hair is the most identifying feature of Dani, without this, you are nothing! Gold accent jewelry, gladiator sandals, and a flowy white dress will help you achieve this look.  (And if you want to be true to the book, go for purple contacts) Add a stuffed dragon for added effect.
Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope

She may not have her it together when it comes to relationships, but this woman does know how to handle business. Thanks to the new line created by the show from Limited, it's easier than ever to impersonate Ms. Pope this Halloween. But, if you want a more affordable choice (ie. in your closet), but if you don't want to splurge to be Miss Pope, don't worry. Opt for neutral tones and colors in the pale pink. Olivia loves jackets, a good suit, and sometimes a pair of gloves.


Abbie by sls-blog featuring brown boots
Abby (Sleepy Hollow)

If you're a fan of Fox's Sleepy Hollow, then you'll know it's easy to dress as lieutenant Abby Mills. Since she's always running around defeating the horses of the apocalypse, comfort is here go to fashion choice. You can be Abby by wearing blue jeans, a comfy jacket, and boots as seen above. Adding a badge and handcuffs will help bring the look together.

I will update this with more amazing women when the ideas come to me, so check back soon for more costumer ideas!

Have another inspiring woman you think we need to include in this list? Name them below and tell us which of these characters you'd be for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Best Roommate Stories

Not all roommate stories have to be bad.  I learned this on my own this summer when I stayed in Korea and had to share my room with a girl I had never met before. I was already expecting to have a language barrier, since she was from China, and maybe even a few feuds based on our different ways of living, but things actually went pretty smoothly.  My roommate was a sweet woman from China who was really nice, loved to take selfies, and shopping for beauty products. We got along pretty well and was one of my favorite people from the program. We didn't bicker over property, or argue about cleaning, everything was really calm and easy between us. Of course everyone's roommate experience is different, which is why I wanted to ask others about how they lived with their roommate.