Archive | August, 2011

Guide2Music

31 Aug

Here are some of my favorite music sharing programs:

WEBSITES/APPS:

  • PANDORA: this is an app for the iphone and a website, it’s free but you can upgrade. You can add radio stations from your favorite artists and you can skip songs like an ipod.
  • GROOVESHARK.COM: I would reccomend this site to anyone! Totally free, you do have to register but you can add virtually ANY song you’ve ever heard of, make playlists, put it on shuffle/repeat. It also has the option to turn on a radio single so that it plays songs like the ones you’re listening to (a way to find new music artists you might like)
  • FREE MUSIC APP: This is a new app for the iphone/ipod/ipad and it’s a totally LEGAL way to download any free song you want. The only deal is you need to have internet. Other than that, free, no registration. All you have to do is go on the internet through the app and find the song you want and it saves it to the app. When you want to listen to your music you just open the app and it plays like a regular iPod.

Hope this helps 🙂

 

Cool Jobs

30 Aug

So I have a couple lists: one for just cool jobs in general, and another for if you’re thinking about a part-time summer job. Hope this helps!

LIST #1: IN GENERAL

Cruise Director – This job is really cool because if you work somewhere like American Cruise Lines (ACL), the cruise director organizes and goes on shore excursions, manages guest speakers, schedules entertainment, does concierge duty and then
circulates in the dining room to pitch the next day’s events. The average salary for a cruise director is $45,000 to $50,000. That’s great money and you get to live on the ship most of the time anyways!

Toy creator – (AKA commercial and industrial designers) They use their imaginations and play with toys without the hassle of noisy customers. They get paid to think of ideas for new toys, produce them and play with them to see if they’re ready to go into production. On average they get paid $54,560 per year.

Food scientist – You might not have ever cared who creates all the different flavors of ice cream as long as the scoops keep appearing in your bowl. 🙂 Well, food scientists spend their days in laboratories developing and perfecting new flavors so that low-fat birthday cake ice cream tastes good and not, well, low-fat. Sure, you might put on a little weight, but it’s a small price to pay for making your living off of ice cream and they usually make $53,810 salaries.

Doll fashion designerIf you’ve ever played with dolls, you know that their fashion accessories are no small matter. Barbeques, dinner parties, sailing — these dolls have outfits for every occasion. Fashion designers, like the ones who create the clothes you’re wearing right now, decide what attire dolls need and come up with the best design to sell to the public. It might sound like child’s play, but consider that Barbie’s wardrobe makes Mattel one of the world’s largest clothing manufacturers! 🙂 Salary: $62,610

Event plannerWhether you’re planning a wedding, a birthday, or a company party, if you’re an event planner, you are responsible for finding convention and meeting sites, orchestrating enrollment and registration, possibly making transportation arrangements for attendees and negotiating prices for venues and hotels. What makes this job cool is that, although you work hard ironing out the many wrinkles that big events entail, you get to visit various sites and network with people of every imaginable industry, which means you’re not stuck at a desk all day. Salary: $42,180**

Wardrobe stylistIf your friends and family come to you when they don’t know what to wear — or you offer this advice even when they don’t ask — you’re suited to be a wardrobe stylist! 🙂 You get to use your fashion sense to dress actors in commercials, TV shows and movies so that the characters’ clothes match their fictitious lifestyle. (Salary: Depending on the type of production and the stylist’s experience, pay ranges from $1,000 per week to $10,000 per week.)

other special cases: 🙂 (credits to cnn.com)

Ben Southall, 34, of Petersfield, beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around
the world for the dream assignment to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton Island
in the Great Barrier Reef, while writing a blog to promote the area. He was
selected for the $111,000 gig – a six-month contract to serve as caretaker of a
tropical Australian island. He now has to live rent-free in a three-bedroom
villa, complete with pool. Before getting the job he had to spend four
days on the island for an extended interview process, which required applicants
to snorkel through crystalline waters, gorge themselves at a beachside barbecue
and relax at a spa. He also had to demonstrate his blogging abilities, take
swimming tests and sit through in-person interviews.

Surely the envy of any desk-bound office worker, Tommy Lynch has travelled over
27,000 miles this year for his job, testing holiday resort waterslides. Mr
Lynch, 29, works for holiday giant First Choice, checking the height, speed,
water quantity and landing of the flumes, as well as all safety aspects. In 2008
Mr Lynch tested waterslides at holiday villages in Lanzarote, Majorca, Egypt,
Turkey, Costa Del Sol, Cyprus, Algarve, Dominican Republic and Mexico. This year
he will quality control First Choice’s new splash resorts in Greece, Turkey,
Florida, Jamaica and Ibiza.

LIST #2: TEEN SUMMER JOBS

camp counselorthere are a TON of camps that hire kids under 16! Camp All American is one that I know of. Find some local camps!

make your own camp – this sounds crazy, I know. But I’ve done it and it really is cool! All you have to do is find a couple of friends to be “camp counselors” and invite young kids (usually 8-10 yrs) You should always get a parent reccomendation because some parents are skeptical at first about the idea. You can do it in the basement/backyard or any empty room in your house and it makes GREAT money. If you have a younger sibling in the age range, you can invite them and their friends too. Parents love the “homemade” feel to it and you can do like seven kids for one week of camp. Easy, fun, original! 😀

BabysitFind local kids to watch and if you do a good job and don’t just watch TV the whole time 😉 the kids will probably tell their parents = more likely to get called back or get a tip! 🙂

Waitress – this is easy! All you have to do is put a smile on your face! 🙂 And you get good tips too!

 

 

Friendship Problems??? Here’s a Guide2Friends

29 Aug

When you’re little, you have one or two very best friends. In highschool, you have groups of friends. And, usually, friends come with drama. I have one or two friends that I literally don’t have any drama with. Of course, they’re the ones I’m closest with. But I have other friends that always seem to have some drama.

My current problem: I have a friend who has really changed this year. She seems so negative and she always finds a problem about something no matter what it is. Being a positive person, that doesn’t work well for me and I feel like we’re growing apart. Soooooo, here is my guide to friends:

Growing Apart  “Every once in a while, people step up. They rise above themselves. Sometimes they surprise you. And sometimes they fall short.”
As sad as it is, we grow and change, which means so do our friends. Some friends stay together and others grow apart. My advice for you is not to try and force it because it just won’t be the same. But just because you grow apart doesn’t mean you have to hate each other. I have friends that I just don’t have much in common with anymore but I still say hi to them in the hall and I still talk with them sometimes. Growing apart doesn’t mean you never have to speak again, it just means you might get closer with some of your other friends that you have more in common with.
Betrayal “When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.”

Sometimes we figure out the hard way that someone you thought was your friend, wasn’t. This kind of changes depending on the situation. If you’re friend told another girl that you like a guy in your math class, I wouldn’t say that’s life or death and I wouldn’t say you should never speak to her again. But if she does stuff like that all the time, you might want to rethink your friendship. Like I said, it all depends on the situation, so if you’re not sure that your friendship is worth it anymore, you should ask a friend or parent.
Conflicts Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.

Arguements with friends are a hard thing to deal with because, if you’re anything like me, the first thing you want to do is go tell someone: probably your friend. But getting your friends involved makes people take sides and just causes more drama. Even if you don’t want to go talk to your friend or they don’t want to talk to you, if you feel like you should make up, you have to talk. Don’t involve anyone else, just say “I know you don’t want to talk but we need to work this out. Can we just sit down and explain what happened?” A lot of times, when you talk it out you realize that you might have missed something to begin with and then there’s nothing to even be mad about. If not, sorry is the magic word. 🙂

Gossip “The easiest way to keep a secret is without help. “

I know, I know, I’m a girl too! You hear a secret and the first thing you want to do is tell your friends too. Only one problem: First, you don’t even know whether the rumor you just heard was true. Second, when that person finds out people are talking about them, there’s going to be problems. So the next time you’re going to say something you just heard, the easiest thing to do is ask: 1) Does this even sound possible? And if it does then – 2) If this rumor was about me, would I be running around sharing it with everyone? (And, yes, saying “don’t tell anyone else because I only told you” counts as sharing it with everyone!)

Bored in Class????

29 Aug

So this year I got really lucky and I have all great classes. SERIOUSLY! 🙂 I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true. All great teachers, friends in all my classes, easy subjects. But all that got me thinking about how in previous years I really did hate some classes. They were boring, or the teachers were no fun, I didn’t have any friends in my class, we always just listened to a lecture, there HAD to be SOMETHING. So, for those of you who got my bad luck this year, I made a list of things you can do in class when you’re bored:

  1. Doodle – universal boredom technique. 🙂
  2. Pass notes!
  3. Write a note to a friend and stick in their locker in between classes – always a fun surprise!
  4. Write notes all in your textbook and then trade with a friend so they can read them next class period.
  5. Make a list of things you want to this weekend – shopping, mani-pedi, etc.
  6. Play M.A.S.H. with all your friends’ names
  7. Draw a picture and don’t color it, in between your next class trade with a friend, color each others, and post them in your lockers.
  8. Start your homework
  9. Do the homework you didn’t finish 🙂
  10. Study for the science quiz you just might have next period 🙂
  11. email and IM your friends
  12. use your colored pens and give yourself a tattoo
  13. say you’re “sick” and go to the nurse, she’ll probably tell you to lie down for a few minutes – catch up on your sleep!
  14. Use paint pens, markers, and pens to decorate your binders, textbooks, etc.
  15. Color your flip flops or converse
  16. Write your own song lyrics or poetry

That’s all I have for now but I will add more later 🙂 enjoy!!!!

U r B3@Ut1FuL! :)

27 Aug
  • Your looks are not everything. The people who care about that don’t matter and the people who matter won’t care.

When I was in the fifth grade, I offered a girl half my brownie and she told me “no thanks, I’m on a diet.” And she was so skinny! She told me later that year she had tried a lot of different things to loose weight.

Cutting out all your food and excercising like crazy will not help you! Even worse, if you loose weight, your body goes into starvation mood and stores anything and everything you eat is stored as fat! (<–proven fact.)

However, loosing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% excercise. Here are my tips—

sign up for a sport at school – make sure you’re getting the excercise you need but in healthy amounts without overworking!

try healthier food choices – you don’t have to cut out the amount of food to loose weight.

try some of the delicious recipes off seventeen.com: pack your lunch instead of eating the cafeteria lunch —

2 large flour tortillas

1/2 cup ranch dressing

2 tablespoons barbecue sauce

1/4 head iceberg lettuce, very thinly sliced

1/4 pound pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced

1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped

1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped

1/4 pound smoked or buffalo-style turkey, thinly sliced

Handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered

Instructions:

1. Heat tortillas in the microwave for 15 seconds (to soften for rolling).
2. Make the sauce by mixing the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce in a small bowl.
3. Working with one wrap at a time, layer each ingredient on half of the tortilla. Start with a bit of sauce, then add the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, olives, and peppers, using as much of each as you like. End with a piece of the turkey. Fold in each side of the tortilla and begin rolling the wrap from the end with the filling. Tuck in the filling as you roll.
4. Slice each sandwich in the center, and refrigerate overnight.

and thats just one of them! go to: http://www.seventeen.com/health/tips/make-over-school-lunch to see more

SUBSTITUTE!!!!

substituting is a GREAT idea! If you’re like me, your sweet tooth gets the best of you sometimes!!! 🙂 try these tips I found:

  • instead of ice cream have frozen yogurt
  • instead of soda have vitamin flavored water
  • instead of pancakes have low-fat chocolate chip muffin with milk
  • instead of greasy potato chips have organic stove top popcorn
  • instead of milk chocolate have dark chocolate

 

hope this helps and hope it inspires you to be a healthy new you! 🙂

Get Organized! Back-2-School TIPS

27 Aug

CUT OUT STRESS, SAVE YOURSELF CHAOS, AND KEEP YOURSELF ORGANIZED! 🙂

@ School –

keep your locker organized – get those extra papers out!

keep an agenda – not on your phone! keep an old fashioned paper one (maybe a small one you can fit in your purse) and write all your stuff down— not just school! This way, you have it all in one place and you don’t have to check three different planners to see what you’re doing this weekend! If it’s on your phone, you might not be able to write your homework in it at school.

@ Home –

Have a “get it signed” folder – put all the papers you need to get signed (slips, permission forms, syllabus for science class, forms, dentention slip :O) and plan a time (daily, weekly, etc.) to give it to your parents so you will have everything signed and on time

white board – hang up a white board (maybe in the kitchen, where everyone can see it) and write down what you need do everyday. If you write it in the kitchen, then you can write a note that other people need to see (mom, pick me up @ 4:30 after cross country practice; dad – pick up a poster board for my science project) Now everybody gets what they need to get done – thanks to you! 🙂

 

 

Relationships and Dating

27 Aug

Looks?

People tell you that guys don’t care about your looks but, let’s be honest, most of us think about how a guy looks if we’re interested in him. They’re just the same as us. But even though an honest guy might tell you that he cares about looks, truth is: if you show a guy your great personality, they will care about that even more.

Getting to Know Him?

Piece of advice: don’t go out with someone on a whim. Get to know them. Talk to them, be their friend, find common ground. Find guys with the personality types you like: funny, smart, brave, positive, whatever you like!

What you need to do:

Even though we have some stuff in common with guys, they’re still really different from us. Even though you want to be yourself, keep in mind a few small changes you could make to get along better:

  • show him you care by bringing up topics he talked about: did he say last week that he was going to go out with his family for his mom’s birthday last night? today, ask him how it went and tell him to wish his mom a happy birthday
  • surprise him! Is he playing in the big basketball tonight? You could stick a note in his locker wishing him good luck and be at the game to cheer him on. Plan a celebration dinner afterwards? Invite all your friends!!

First dates?

looking for fun first dates but not the typical “dinner and a movie”? Here are a few ideas:

  • beach party – get a bunch of friends and go to the beach (or the pool) and stay out: BBQ, grill burgers, play volleyball, go swimming, have a campfire! Really romantic but not to serious
  • Go to a school sports event with dinner after
  • Go bowling! – Bowling alleys are so much fun!

* avoid places like the mall, where you could possibly drag the guy around to do just what he hates the most

Embarrasing Date Moments! (seventeen.com to read more!)

“In French class, we
were told to study with partners for a test. I got paired up with my crush, and
we ended up flirting. Finally, I got up the nerve to ask if he’d be interested
in going out with someone like me. He paused and I got so nervous waiting that
I let out a gigantic fart! Everyone stared at me and laughed!”

“I was with my great new boyfriend at prom. We hadn’t been
seeing as much of each other lately, so I wanted to spend as much time with him
as possible. We were dancing, and having a ton of fun! Then, he told me he had
to go do something, and that he’d be right back. So I hung out with my friends
for about five minutes, until one of my friends noticed my boyfriend and a girl
sitting on a bench laughing and smiling at each other! ‘Who’s that girl your
boyfriend’s with?’ my friends were asking me. I was mortified! I watched them
with each other then decided that I was going to make him jealous. I started
dancing with different guys, and making sure he saw me. He started giving me
puzzled looks, and I just shot him dirty looks in his face. I kept dancing and
giving him regular glares. Then I realized he was behind me, he whispered in my
ear, ‘She’s my cousin!’ I was so embarrassed!”