Friday, April 29, 2016

Where Should You Work this Summer??

Hey cupcakes! The end of the school year is just around the corner, which means it is time to get that summer job! :) I personally had a hard time figuring out where I wanted to work over the summer, so I thought I would make a list of some of the basic jobs that high school and college students can get over the summer. Let's get started!
Go on, get that money! ;)
1. Babysitter/Child care - Babysitting for a family when the parents are working can be a full-time summer job if you find the right family! Ask around your town or check out Care.com to find people looking for a babysitter during the week. Even if you only get to work date nights or weekends, you can still get a lot of money from this!

2. Survey sites - If you don't want to get out of the house to work, spend many hours a day on survey sites! You won't make as much money compared to a real job, but you can still earn some spending money (check out my review on Opinion Outpost here and a list of my favorite sites here).


3. Fast food/waiter/waitress- Fast food restaurants are usually always hiring, so check out your favorite one! If fast food isn't your thing, check out sit down restaurants so that you can be a waiter, waitress, dish washer, etc.

4. Movie theater - Working at a movie theater could be so much fun (plus free popcorn!). I totally recommend working here!

5. Golf course - If you have a private golf course near you, you can totally earn bank on tips! Whether you work the golf carts or are a waitress at the bar, this would be a great job for the summer months!

6. Camp counselor - I will be working this summer as a camp counselor, and I am super excited! You can either work at a local camp put on by your church, Salvation Army, etc. OR you can go to sleep away camp just like you did as a little kid.

7. Internships - If you are a college student, I recommend searching for internships in companies within your field of study. Experience is amazing for your resume, so I would suggest at least considering this before you find a summer job!

8. Non-profit work/volunteering - If you work a job during the school year (like me), taking a much needed break over the summer is totally okay! To still build up that resume, I would suggest volunteering or doing some non-profit work to help your community, church, or people in need. :)
Can someone please just put this in their resume? :P
Where are you planning to work this summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Recipe: Roasted Garbonzo Beans!

Hey cupcakes! The other day, I found this recipe on Pinterest for Roasted Garbonzo Beans(aka chick peas), and it was super intriguing! I decided to try it (and change it a little bit), and they were super duper delicious and the perfect healthy snack! Let's get started!


What You Need:
-2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-seasonings of your choice (the recipe on the website here gave four different flavor suggestions, but I used a few teaspoons of salt)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry.
3. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (to test if crunchy, take one out ~let it cool for a few seconds~ then eat!).
5. While beans are still hot, toss with olive oil and seasonings (salt in this doctored recipe). 
6. I stuck mine back in the oven for a minute or so more to get crisp.
7. Serve hot or at room temperature! (They are best the first day, but last for up to 4 days)

I thought this snack was super good and a great alternative for unhealthy chips! I really recommend them! You can also try the flavor combos on the original site (here) if you are feeling daring! :)


What did you think about this healthy snack? Comment below and don't forget to follow! <3

Saturday, April 23, 2016

DIY: How to Use Watercolor Pencils

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a DIY post in quite some time.... I have recently been LOVING using watercolor pencils to do some stress relieving art during finals, so I thought I would share with you all how to work with this art medium! Let's get started! :D

What: Watercolor pencils! These are watercolors in pencil form! You can get them in cheap brands (like the good old Crayola ones I use) to expensive, high quality ones. Depending on your skill and what you plan on using them for, I suggest starting cheap and then making your way up :)
This is the pack I own, and they work amazing! :)
What to Use For: Use them instead of messy watercolors for any art project! <3 They are portable and super easy to master!

How to Use Them: There are three ways to use watercolor pencils:

1. Use like normal colored pencils and then go over it with water!

2. Wet the tip and draw with it wet (this creates really vibrant colors)!

3. Wet the paper and then draw on it with the pencils. This creates a great spreading effect.


My Tips: I personally think Method 1 works the best... I love to draw a picture in pencil, outline it in pen, then color it with the pencils. Using the water blends everything together and allows you to really do some nice shading! The finished product looks like you used regular watercolors too :) I suggest starting with some fun tutorials on Pinterest and then moving your way up to more unique and creative artwork!

Some inspiration to get you started on your own DIY project:




Do you think you will try watercolor pencils? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Best Study Snacks for Finals Week!

Hey cupcakes! Finals Week is almost here! :O
Me during finals ;)
I know that when I am stressed, I tend to eat.... This isn't the best habit to have, but I think it is important to eat healthy when you are cramming for your exams! You gotta keep that brain working! :D Here are my favorite healthy snacks to eat during final exams week:

1. Dried fruit - Nuts are great foods to eat while you are studying, but I hate nuts :P So, dried fruit is one of my go to snacks! I also tend to have a sweet tooth, so I find dried fruit to help with my sugar craving instead of eating candy.
Fruit chips are great! :)
2. Chex Mix - Again, trail mix is great to eat while studying, but I prefer Chex Mix (due to not liking trail mix haha). :P You can find so many great kinds of Chex Mix!
My fav is the traditional!
3. Guac and chips - Guacomole is very good for you (if you eat it in moderation!), so I love love love to eat guac and chips while I'm surrounded by textbooks and notes :)

4. Pretzels and Peanut Butter - Pretzels dipped in peanut butter is amazing and something I discovered last semester during finals!!! You can buy pretzels for real cheap on websites like Nuts.com and jars of peanut butter can normally be found in your dining hall! YUM!

5. Rice Snacks - Instead of potato chips, try these! They are super cheap and yummy! :D
I like the sugary flavors the best!
6. Vegetables and hummus - This is so healthy and delicious! Grab some veggies from your dining hall and keep your fav hummus flavor in your mini fridge! 

7. Cheese sticks - So good for studying! Trust me!!!!!!
8. Chickpeas - I have a weird obsession with eating chickpeas as a snack, but they are very healthy and tasty!

What are your favorite snacks to eat during finals week? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :) <3

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Leg Shaving Tips & Tricks :)

Hey cupcakes! If you are like me, shaving can be quite annoying and tedious.... Plus, I always seem to cut myself or miss a spot! :( So, I thought I would give you guys some tips and tricks on how to make shaving a breeze! :) Let's get started!
Motivation to shave: They will be so smooth when you are done! 
1. Shave at the end of your shower - This will open up the pores and give you a super close shave :) Hooray - that means less shaving! :P

2. Make sure to use soap or conditioner - Do NOT shave dry! In order to get all of the hairs, you need to lather with soap/body wash or even hair conditioner works great!

3. Purchase a men's razor - Men's razors work so much better! Using a good quality razor on your legs will give you an amazingly close shave!!!
You don't want this to be you! :P
4. Get in the correct position! - Either put your leg on the ledge of the shower, or lift it up so that you can actually see what you are doing! :P

5. Break your leg into chunks - Instead of shaving up your whole leg in one stroke, break it up into about three sections... Shave the bottom portion all around, then the middle portion, then the knee and top portion! This is super duper helpful to get every last hair! :)

6. Make sure to rinse your blade - This will prevent you from getting hair buildup on the razor, which will prevent you from getting all of the hairs!


7. Exfoliate! - Make sure to exfoliate with scrub after you are done to prevent bumps and redness! :)

8. Make sure to use warm water - When shaving, make sure to use warm/hot water still! Warm water will keep the pores open which will make sure you get every last hair!

I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for shaving your legs! You got this everyone! ;)


What are your tips for shaving? Comment below and don't forget to follow!!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Cutest Crop Tops for the Spring/Summer!

Hey cupcakes! As we transition into Spring and Summer, crop tops have begun to pop up in many stores.... I thought I would make a cute collage of my favorite crop tops for the season! Enjoy! :D


How do you style your favorite crop top? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :) <3

Friday, April 8, 2016

Long or Short Prom Dress?

Hey cupcakes! Prom season is upon us! :D


I went to the mall a few days ago, and I got so excited about all the prom dresses being out (even though I'm not even going to a prom this year - lol!). I was thinking about my days dress shopping, and I realized that one of my major questions was this:

Should I wear a long dress or short dress to Prom?!!?!??!

Today, I wanted to do a pros and cons list for both of these options so that all of you can pick the right dress for you! :) Let's get started!
Pros for a Long Dress:
1. Where I am from, long dresses were the stylish dresses to wear to Prom... This might be the same case in your town!
2. You will look like a princess in any long dress (which is always a pro DUH)
3. Most long dresses look good on any body type (especially those that taper out under the chest!)
4. There are a TON of different colors and styles to choose from!

Cons for a Long Dress:
1. I have always found long dresses to be quite see through (depending on the color)... Make sure you can't see through your dress!
2. Long dresses can easily get snagged or ripped on the dance floor... Be careful!
3. You will most likely have to get your dress hemmed....
4. DON'T TRIP OVER THE HEM even after it's tailored
5. Long dresses are hella expensive :(

Pros for a Short Dress:
1. Shorter dresses are much more affordable!
2. These dresses allow your legs to be shown which can look super sexy!
3. It gets hot on the dance floor! Short dresses rock for this!
4. Your super amazing heels will actually be seen! :P
5. Be unique! Even if long dresses are traditionally at your Prom, STAND OUT because you are gorgeous!
6. No hemming is needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7. You won't trip! :P

Cons for a Short Dress:
1. There are normally more colors and styles in long dresses because companies want the profit from super expensive gowns.. :(
2. Don't be caught in a too short Prom dress! YUCK


Decision time! What dress will you be going to Prom in? Comment below (photos please!) and don't forget to follow! Have an amazing Prom! <3 :D

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My Favorite Pizza Topping Recipes!

Hey cupcakes! Happy National Deep Dish Pizza Day! :D I bet the title makes a lot more sense now right? ;) I thought I would make a fun post today about my favorite pizza toppings to celebrate this national day! :D Let's get started!

To enjoy this national day, I suggest either ordering your favorite pizza or making your own pizza from scratch! Making pizza from scratch isn't as hard as it sounds... All you really need is pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and your fav toppings!
You can buy dough at any grocery store!
Here are my suggestions for pizza toppings:

1. Ham and pineapple - This is amazing! The sweetness of the pineapple mixes with the ham to create a lovely flavor!

2. BBQ Chicken - Instead of pizza sauce, use barbeque sauce and top the pizza with chicken! YUM!

3. Chicken Alfredo Pizza - Use white sauce instead of pizza sauce and top with cheese, chicken, and green peppers. This is actually really great! :)



4. Sauteed mushrooms - Just mushrooms on pizza (no pepperoni or anything) is actually really delicious!

5. Ham, tomato, and bacon - YESSSS so good!

What are your favorite toppings on pizzas?? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D
Enjoy the day! :)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My Summer 2016 Movie Bucketlist

Hey cupcakes! Summer is just around the corner (we can do it everyone!)! I am super excited to actually have time to go see some movies, so I thought I would make a quick post about the movies I am most excited to see this summer! :D Enjoy!!!

- Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27): This movie is coming out in May, and I thought the first one was odd (cuz anything from Tim Burton is odd!) but surprisingly good. Hopefully this one doesn't disappoint!
 

- Finding Dory (June 17): I am really scared that this movie is going to be a flop, but I am staying optimistic that it will be amazing... Fingers crossed!

- Me Before You (June 3): This movie trailer gave me some serious feels (so feel free to watch it below!).... So I'll probably go see it with my girlfriends, so we can cry together. LOL

- The BFG (July 1): The trailer for this movie makes it seem super creepy, but I remember loving the book as a kid... So I guess I will have to see it when it comes out! :P

- The Secret Life of Pets (July 8): I totally love animated movies and this one looks hilarious! I think the concept of the movie has a lot of room for a cute plot, so I gotta see this film! :)

-Pete's Dragon (August 12): This Disney film is a remake of the really old cartoon movie, so I am really curious to see what they do with it... We will see if it is any good!

What movies are you looking forward to this summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D
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