4 Ways To Save Money And Still Be A Social Butterfly

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By Cassie

Going out is fun. But it’s expensive. Food, drinks, movies, concerts. They add up quickly. Sometimes we’re asked to make the unfortunate choice between what we want to do and what we can afford to do. Where’s the fun in that?

While some things you can’t change – for example, concert ticket prices are out of your hands – there are ways you can cut back on the expense of going out so that you can get more for your money. In other words, you absolutely can have your cake and eat it too.

Here are some tips for saving money without having to become a hermit: Continue reading

5 Gym Etiquette Tips for Beginners

5 Gym Etiquette Tips for Beginners

By Lauren Giles

A brand-new year is upon us, and statistics show that up to 40% of people’s New Year’s resolutions will include going to the gym, whether they’ve resolved to work out more, lose weight, or live a healthier lifestyle. For many of us, that will mean going outside of our comfort zone and joining a gym, which can often be a little intimidating. To help limit your worries and slip into a new routine looking like you’ve been hitting the gym your whole life, here’s a short list of tips from a fitness center employee. Continue reading

5 Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home This Weekend

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By Becky Houdesheldt

After moving twice in 2 years, simplification is something I value more than I ever thought I would. Considering we’ve added an infant to our household, making room for his many toys, jumpers, mats and swings became a high priority for us. However, the introduction of a tiny human isn’t the only reason to declutter. Maybe home isn’t a place where you can feel relaxed. Maybe it’s full of memories of times better left in the past. Maybe it’s just become so crammed with things you love that it’s overwhelming to know where to start. Here’s my experience: Continue reading

10 Tips To Nail Your Next Job Interview

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By Becky Houdesheldt

I’ve been with the same company for 9 and ½ years and am on my 4th position. In that time I’ve applied for lots of positions within the company, not to mention the myriad of positions I submitted for prior to my career here. I’ve nailed some job interviews and I’ve bombed twice as many. I’ve learned that there are definite things you should and should not do. Learn from my many mistakes.

Present your best physical self. Don’t go in tired, or hungover. Don’t go in looking like you rolled out of bed, especially if that is exactly what happened. Take a shower. Style that hair. Wear deodorant and brush your teeth. This sounds like basic information, but trust me. It warrants being said, and it’s first for a reason. First impressions are a real thing. Continue reading

8 Ways To Deal with Fall Allergies

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By Brigitte Evans

Some people are lucky enough to enjoy all of fall’s colors and fruits, while others are condemned to fight with sneezing, itchy eyes, cramps, coughing, fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing and other allergy symptoms.

Fall allergens are just as annoying as spring allergens, and they include ragweed pollen which can travel hundreds of miles, mold which thrives in damp environments and dust mites which multiply in warm and humid places. Drinking a bunch of pills which will make you feel sleepy, lightheaded and tired isn’t the most appealing solution. Fortunately, there are natural ways to deal with fall allergies. Here are some of them: Continue reading

Five Ways To Get Your Caffeine Fix While Traveling on a Budget

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By Kristina Baltutis

When all’s said and done, during my clinical year of veterinary school I’ll have spent a total of 3 months away from home.  I’ve stayed at friend’s houses, friend’s parents’ houses, hotels, Air B&Bs, with local families, and in internship-sponsored dorms.  Some of these experiences have been a few hours’ drive down the road, some have been a short plane-ride away, and one was on the other side of the world.  During all of this travel, pinning down a reliable source of caffeine has been a repeated challenge.   Continue reading

Mindful Traveling – Without An Itinerary

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By Rachel Drinkwater

The idea of heading to a new place with no idea of what there is to see and do – and no plans – will undoubtedly make a lot of people feel very uncomfortable. We all have the friend who plans their travels with military precision and the one who has everything planned in a series of color-coded spreadsheets. Maybe it’s not your friend, maybe it’s you. Five years ago, it was definitely me. Continue reading

10 Ways To Be A Good Contributing Writer…And Make Editors Love You

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As women who have spent the past few years hustling to make writing more than a hobby and more like an actual side-gig, we’ve learned a thing or two – and we’ve also grown a lot since we first started writing. No one is perfect, and we’re certainly not claiming to be. We’ve made mistakes – a lot when we were first starting out, and we still make mistakes now. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t. But the important thing about mistakes is learning from them – and we certainly have.  Continue reading