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Enjoying The Kitchen As A Family

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Enjoying The Kitchen As A Family

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home so why not get better acquainted with it during your next family night as opposed to the usual movies or games. Kitchens are meant to be used and enjoyed and creating a meal with your family gives you the opportunity to work as a team in a different activity while still spending quality time together. Who knows, you might just have a secret chef in your home! Try the following during your next family night for some good food and good fun:

Agree On A Menu:

If you are going to prepare an entire dinner with your family, then it is best to agree on a menu beforehand so you can pick up all of the necessary ingredients and save you from any surprise trips to the store. Is there going to be a cuisine style that should be adhered to? Is each person going to make their own dish or will tasks be delegated? Will there be enough options for people with dietary needs? All of this should come into consideration while preparing the menu to ensure that everything goes smoothly while cooking your meal.

Don’t forget to read your recipes carefully for instructions that you must complete beforehand or a crazy long cooking time so you can plan accordingly. It also doesn’t hurt to assign stations for everyone to work in so no one gets their toes stepped on and remember to tend to any fridge repairs that need done so all of your leftovers can keep!

Baking & Decorating:

If you’d rather move right onto dessert than try your hand at cooking a whole meal as a family, then that’s okay too! Baking and decorating desserts is fun for children and adults alike. You could even incorporate a competition element to the evening by offering a small prize for the best tasting (or decorated) dessert. Classic desserts are sure to please but there are plenty of creative updates on old favorites that you can try like cake pops and hot chocolate bombs. Making your own chocolate is also a great activity for those with a sweet tooth. 😀

Smoothies:

Going out for a hike with the family in the afternoon and returning home to make some smoothies seems like the perfect way to spend a spring day. Encourage everyone to make their own concoctions with a wide assortment of fruits and low fat yogurts to pick from. Smoothies are also great for sneaking in some veggies like spinach, kale, or carrots.

Slime & Play Dough:

Perhaps, you’d rather use your family time in the kitchen to whip up a few batches of slime or play dough together. If so, there are countless recipes online that you can follow for some colorful, creative fun made with ingredients in your own house. Your kids are sure to have a blast!

Retire your living room for family night and head to the kitchen instead for a more hands on, interactive evening. Creating in the kitchen as a family will encourage team work and help introduce children to different concepts in math like fractions and units of measurement. It’s just as educational as it is wholesome fun.

Should You Major In Liberal Arts Or STEM?

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Should You Major In Liberal Arts Or STEM?

There was a time, perhaps a couple of decades ago, where the liberal arts – a.k.a. the humanities, dealing with the study of literature, history, philosophy, art, and the like – and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) worked together in harmony. These days, there seems to be a major divide between the two when it comes to college. At least, that’s what a lot of commentators and even politicians believe.

Back in 2014, Barack Obama called into question the usefulness of a liberal arts degree. He caught quite a bit of heat for suggesting that a degree in art history may not provide you with the job opportunities that an education in trade and manufacturing will. Oddly enough, this actually put him on common ground with the Republicans, who have long questioned the usefulness of degrees such as literature and anthropology!

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He didn’t always please the liberals!

But how right are the critics of an education in liberal arts? Before people even get an opportunity to ask “How do you get a bachelor’s degree?”, they seem to be hounded by such a question. If you feel a bit torn and confused about the whole thing, here are a few points that you should keep in mind:

Manufacturing and Trade Aren’t Dead: So many people out there seem to think that we’ve moved past the need to have so many students doing STEM subjects because there isn’t much career potential in manufacturing and trade. Here’s the thing: Obama wasn’t actually so much criticizing liberal arts as he was criticizing this idea. The fact is, that these are still essential fields in our economies, and fulfilling and lucrative careers are still common in those fields. Don’t dismiss manufacturing and trade as dead fields because they are very much alive and kicking if you know where to look.

Liberal Arts Education Isn’t Just “Training for Starbucks”: An education in the humanities does not doom you to a dead-end job, the way that a lot of people tend to dismiss it. Having said that, there are certainly courses out there that are so steeped in postmodernist denials of reality or objective truth and so much closer to ideological indoctrination rather than education that job prospects after graduation are genuinely lackluster.

But, a degree in philosophy has been shown to get people into well-salaried positions. In fact, the average philosophy major earns more than the average accounting major. As for an English degree, so often mocked by humanities haters, it’s a massive boost for many careers due to the degree showing your ability to read and analyze deeply. Talent in theory and criticism is more useful in business and technology fields than you may think!

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Starbucks & studies!

And Remember: while Bill Gates has dismissed liberal arts degrees, Steve Jobs has pointed out that his company would never work it if hadn’t been a perfect marriage of STEM and liberal arts.

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Take that, Bill Gates!

Remember Part 2: the value of a degree is both overestimated and underrated – it’s the former in a more general sense, but the latter when you take into account oft-disparaged subjects such as those you’ll find in the humanities. At the end of the day, higher education isn’t pointless, nor is it a waste of time – as long as you pursue your education with purpose, you’ll get something out of it.

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Bye Bye Summer Classes!!!

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Bye Bye Summer Classes!!!

Whatsupppp everyone and happy Tuesday! I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned how ecstatic I am to be done with my summer classes. I haven’t even bid them farewell with a BYE FELICIA, so it only seems appropriate to close the chapter of my scholarly summer with this post! Let’s do it:

To my summer classes: BYE FELICIA! You won’t be missed!!! Okay, okay that was kind of harsh and I can’t believe I’m saying this – but I actually really enjoyed my summer classes. If you recall, I took Sociology, Social Psychology, and a math course for ten precious summer time weeks. I learned so much from my Soc. and Soc. Psy. classes…not so much in my math class – but what can you do? 😉 The classes that I did like inspired me to consider a Psychology degree after my Associates so that gives me a lot to think about as far as my future goes! I ended both my Soc. and Soc. Psy. courses with a solid ninety-seven percent and because I’m prewriting this post due to my vacation, I’m not sure what I ended up with in math – hopefully with something good!!

I slaved away my entire summer on these fast paced courses that were jam packed with information but I feel surprisingly a-okay about it. Now I’m nine credits closer to my Associate Of Arts degree AND I’m a smarter person because of them! It sounds like a win win situation to me! I feel like every college kid completely dreads summer classes, I know I did. But I’m here to tell you that they really are not that bad. Alright, I lied…The first two or three weeks suck but once you get into the swing of things you’ll be totally fine. Summer classes are a great way to put you on the right track towards getting your degree and I am so glad that I took advantage of them.

I get a wonderful two and a half week break and then I will be back on the Tri-C grind for the fall semester. To kick start my sophomore year, I’ll be taking French, Ethics, Comparative World Religions, and Intro to Civilization. I’m already very excited for all of my classes and all I have to say is: bring it on!

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Now that I’ve sent my summer classes on their merry way with a great big adieu, I can finally get on with my day! How is everyone’s week going? Who’s looking forward to the fall semester at their school? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

It Was A Good Day

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It Was A Good Day

Heyyy everyone and TGIF! Sorry that I was MIA yesterday – Lil Red was a busy gal! Despite the somewhat stressful parts that occurred, I gotta say it was a good day. Let’s discuss:

My day began with running errands until mid morning or so when I had a lovely hang out with my old skating coach, Sarah, and her precious little girls, Charlotte and Brooklyn. It was a surprisingly hot day in Ohio, so we walked over to the local park so Charlotte could play in the wading pool while Sarah and I caught up on all of each others latest news. I always enjoy the times that I get to see Sarah and her darling family. I love all of their company and it’s so fun seeing how much both of the girls grow each time I see them!

Once I got home from the park, I had to finish my last exam for my summer classes…the dreaded math final. DUN DUN DUNNNNNN. All afternoon I checked and rechecked my final until I was satisfied and prepared my scanner at home to send it over to my professor. All summer my scanner worked perfectly and I never had a problem with it, so naturally it would stop working the day I needed to send my final in. For an hour I tried to fix the scanner on my own with the ancient 90’s technique of turning it off and turning it back on as well as unplugging and replugging it. Unfortunately, none of my efforts worked and at that point I was completely freaking out. My exam had to be turned in by the 31st and I refused to use the lame excuse of “my scanner broke” to my professor. I’m sure that an email complaining of technical problems would be answered with “nice try” anyways. -_____-

After lots of deep breaths, I decided to call tech support for the scanner and thankfully after an hour we were able to work together and fix the problem. My final got sent in with plenty of time to spare and I could finally stop having a stress induced heart attack. I think I did pretty well on my math test and I know for a fact that I did great on both my Sociology and Social Psychology class – I got a perfect one hundred on my Sociology final! HOLLA!

After my disastrous afternoon of technical difficulties, I had a wonderful hang out with my sweet friend, Cat, to look forward to. Cat was one of my sales associates at PacSun and she also happened to be one of my favorites! We had a fabulous evening of manicures and martinis at my bar of choice, the Cashmere Cricket. Thursday night is ladies night, so their delicious martinis are only five dolla holla and you can’t beat that! Our night consisted of pampering, girly drinks, and lots of laughs – it was seriously perfect. I’m so glad that Cat and I have remained friends outside of work because I just adore her. You know that you have a good friend when the first thing you say to your mom when you walk in the door is how much fun you had/how much you love your drinking partner! ❤

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Yesterday was the best kind of busy and for the most part I enjoyed every minute of it! I hope all of you guys had as great of a day as I did! What is everyone up to this weekend? Any fun plans? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

So Far So Good!

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So Far So Good!

Heyyy everyone! So I know you’re all awaiting with baited breath to hear how my summer classes are going – and for the most part they’re all going great! I started my math and Sociology class on Tuesday, and apparently I won’t be starting my Social Psychology course until June 8th which came as a rude shock. (So now I only have eight weeks to complete that course. -__-) At first I was pretty overwhelmed by everything because let me tell you – it’s a lot! In all of my classes we’re going through about two chapters worth of work and information per week to finish each course in a ten week time period…it’s a bit much! (And by a bit I mean a lot.) Despite the excessive work load, I’m feeling pretty good about everything for the most part. I’ve been tucked in at the local Starbucks basically every day this week with a bag full of my textbooks, laptop, laptop battery, headphones, notebooks, planner, and writing utensils to keep me company. Each day I usually spend four hours at Starbucks, then I go home and take a little break to let my brain breathe, and then I start up again for another two or three hours. I’ll tell you what – by the end of the day I’m exhausted and my brain feels fried. I’m learning a lot of information every day and I swear my brain is running out of room to store it all in. My Sociology class is easy peasy, it’s basically just reading the textbook. But my math class is already a major frustration. I’m taking all of my courses online this summer and it’s just so difficult trying to learn new math skills over the computer. Yesterday the chapter we were working on had to do with subsets and yada, yada, yada and I was so confused. I read the chapter multiple times, I watched the videos about the subject, I looked through the Power Point presentations, and I “chatted” online with a tutor for a solid thirty-five minutes and I still didn’t understand a damn thing. That’s what I get for taking a math class online, I guess. Luckily, I posted a Facebook status yesterday asking for help from anyone good at math and one of my favorite customers from PacSun messaged me saying that he would help! So we’re gonna meet up for coffee tonight so he can try to explain things to me. Fingers crossed that I walk away with a new understanding on stupid subsets! 😉

On the bright not school related side, my 21st birthday is coming up very soon! June 7th, to be exact!!! So rest assured that this entire upcoming week will basically be me telling you guys how excited I am to turn the big 2-1 like a million times…Sorry not sorry! 🙂 And if you feel like sending Lil Red some birthday lovin, you can always get me a box of my Vidal Sassoon Runway Red hair dye from the London Luxe collection! I like to have multiple boxes handy at all times, so feel free to add to my stockpile! THANKS! 😉 ❤

^^^^ Study break jams! GETTIN DOWN ON FRIDAYYYYYYYY! #AYYYY

Well I must be off to finish my Sociology work and then I’ll be done with everything until Monday! Hurray! I’m so ready for a fun filled stress free weekend – god knows I need it! Does anyone else have a birthday coming up? What are you doing to celebrate? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Friendly Reminder!

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Friendly Reminder!

Helloo everyone and happy Memorial Day weekend! So you guys might have noticed that I’ve been writing a lot more than usual this past week or so because I’ve been on a nice little break before I start my summer classes at Tri-C. Well my classes start on Tuesday, so you might not be hearing from me as much as usual, because I’ll have a buttload of classwork each week to take care of for three different classes. And in case you forgot, I’ll be taking Intro to Sociology, Social Psychology, and another math course. The best thing about the math class that I’m taking is that I’ll be officially done with anything math related if I pass the class – so keep your fingers crossed for me! My summer semester lasts for ten weeks, as opposed to the usual fourteen to sixteen week semester, so I’ll have a lot of work to complete in a short period of time. I’m slightly nervous about it, but I think that I should be just fine. I’m taking all of my courses online this summer so I don’t have to drive back and forth to Cleveland, so I’m looking forward to being able to hang out at the Starbucks down the street from my house to complete all of my work. So not only is this post a friendly reminder of the possibility of me being MIA every once and a while, but it’s ALSO a friendly reminder to make sure you follow my page so you can keep up on the latest and greatest once I get around to posting it! I can promise you that I’ll be up to a lot of fun shenanigans this summer since I’ll be turning 21 at the beginning of June (holla!), so you don’t wanna miss out on any of that good stuff! And as always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns – you all know where you can find me in the comment section of my blog or via email! 🙂 ❤

^^^ It’s shameful how much I like this song and I’m so hopelessly in love with A$AP Rocky – HUBBA HUBBA!!!

How is everyone’s weekend going so far? Do you have any exciting Memorial Day plans? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! And pretty please wish me luck on all of my upcoming summer classes! Much love. -Sarah

Ballin, Shot Callin

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Ballin, Shot Callin

Helloooo everyone and happy Tuesday! So remember how I mentioned in an earlier post “Bye Bye Spring Semester!” that I had a really rough time taking my math exam? I was so confident that I didn’t do too hot during my first college final at Tri-C, but guess what? Final grades were posted last night and this bitch got a 93% on the final! This resulted in an overall grade for the entire semester of…..drum roll pleeeeease…..AN A+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT EVEN?!!! I seriously almost cried when I saw my amazing grade! I was up late last night and I happened to check my grades just in case my teacher decided to post them, even though they weren’t due until this morning. When I saw the notifications that the grades were up, my heart felt like it was going to fall out of my butt. I was so nervous to click on the “Check Grades” link, but I shut my eyes really tight, took a deep breath, and clicked it anyways to see my results. I counted to three, opened my eyes, and let out a squeal of delight when I saw that beautiful A+. I didn’t care that it was midnight, I ran to my parents’ room to tell them the good news! Even in the middle of the night, they were both still super excited for me!! I took my final this past Thursday and spent all weekend freaking out about my grades. I spent many hours calculating the lowest score I could possibly get for me to fail the class with a C or lower. I racked my brains to go through the possible grades that I could have got on previous assignments – but nothing seemed to ease the nervous tension of waiting for that final exam score. I’m so happy I passed with flying colors, because I wouldn’t be able to take the math course that I signed up for this summer if I failed the current class and that was a major concern of mine. Words can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of myself. Seriously, I haven’t felt this good about anything in a very long time and I have solely me, myself, and I to thank for it! I worked my ass off, studied hard, and completed every single assignment, quiz, test, and extra credit opportunity to the best of my ability and it beyond paid off in the end! Now that this anxious weight of playing the waiting game for my grades has been lifted off of my shoulders, I can finally sit back and enjoy my mini break until my summer classes start up on the 26th! I’m so excited to continue my educational journey at Tri-C and I’m ready for everything that my new courses have to throw at me! As a reminder, I’ll be taking Social Psychology, Introductory Sociology, and Survey of Mathematics for the summer semester. All of the classes will be completed within ten weeks, so it will be very fast paced. That would have worried me before, but now I’m floating on cloud nine of confidence so I know that I can handle it and have another semester of wonderful grades to show for it! YAY SARAH! #smartypants

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Well I must be off to get ready for an afternoon of fun with one of my lovely girlfriends, but I just had to let you guys know about my good news before I leave! I hope all of you have a fantastic day! Does anyone know of any good websites to sell textbooks at? If so, I wanna hear from you so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Bye Bye Spring Semester!

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Bye Bye Spring Semester!

Heyyy everyone! I hope that you’re all having a fabulous Thursday night! Today was my last day of classes for the spring semester at Tri-C, and it went okay, I suppose. I’m not feeling too hot about my final exam for my math class. I’ve never taken a big college exam before and I seriously think that I had an anxiety attack during the test. I went into the classroom feeling fine, but as soon as that paper got in front of me…..no beuno. I started working feverishly ASAP, but my head got super foggy, I was sweating like no other (and I’m NOT a sweaty person), I was shaky, and I was drawing a complete blank on everything. We had two hours to complete the test, and by the time my head was thinking relatively clearly again a half hour had already flown by. When I saw that that much time had passed already, my ass got kicked into high gear and I started working like no other. Unfortunately the final hour and a half went by on double time, and I barely finished the test. I mean, I finished – but there were three or so problems that were only half way done at best. I walked out of the classroom feeling like shit, I seriously could have cried. My entire drive home my stomach was in knots and I was cold and clammy all over just from thinking about possibly failing the exam and my class. As soon as I got home I flopped onto my bed, because I felt completely drained…I had no idea that taking an exam could take that much out of me! After I rested a bit and my head defogged, I grabbed a sheet of notebook paper and made a list of all of the things that I know for a fact I did right and all of the things that I know I did wrong on the test. Luckily, the things that I aced nearly tripled the things that I felt uncertain about, so that made me feel a lot better. I won’t find out my final grade until Tuesday, so it’s safe to say that I’ll be freaking out until then. But here’s to hoping that I passed the class, which I will need a C or better to do. Fingers crossed! Despite the rocky math exam, this semester has been awesome! I learned a lot, I made some new friends, and I have some damn good grades to show for all of the hard work that I put into my classes. So here’s some quick pics of me giving the spring semester the boot, with a good old fashioned “BYE FELICIA!”

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^^^ Love that black and white filter! And believe it or not, that second picture isn’t filtered at all! That funky light bright lighting came out of nowhere while I was taking some shameless selfies, and I’m so not mad about it! As you can see, I’m totally rocking my new shirt from when I saw The Used in concert, I love it so much it hurts. (You can read all about my concert experience in one of my more recent posts “The Used Concert!!!!”)

Pretty please keep your fingers crossed for me that I managed to pull out a passing grade in my math class! And as always, keep the love coming with your likes, comments, follows, and shares! I’d especially appreciate it if you got the word out about my recent posts “Just So You Know” and “Look Like Lil Red” so I can make some extra closet space in my room! Thanks a million and have a beautiful night! Much love. -Sarah

^^^ That basically sums up my feelings on math right now. -____- MARRY ME JACK WHITE! ❤

WHAT EVEN?!

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WHAT EVEN?!

Hellooo everyone and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Guyyyyys I’m freaking out! Guess who has two thumbs and got over a 100% on my last math quiz AND test?! THIS BITCH!!! I got my most recent math test back at school today and almost had a heart attack when I saw my 105% score. Never have I ever had a math teacher tell me that they were proud of me before, and that changed today. I legitimately could have cried. Check it out:

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^^^ WHAT EVEN??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I felt pretty confident about both the test and the quiz that are pictured above – but getting over 100% on both of them? Me? The girl who used to fucking suck at math? The girl whose high school teachers had to hella curve her grade to make sure she didn’t fail? Not that girl. Impossible. WELL GUESS WHAT?! IT IS POSSIBLE!!!! I’m seriously on cloud nine right now. These perfect scores have shown me just how much hard work pays off and I’m so proud of myself I white girl can’t even. Not only does my teacher have so much confidence and faith in me, but so do my classmates. They’re always commenting on how smart I am and how well I do and you guys have no idea how good that makes me feel. What an amazing transformation from the high school failure to the college smartypants – sweet jesus!!

Alright! I must be off, but I really wanted to let the world know about my school success! TRI-C REPRESENT!!! I hope all of you guys are having a fabulous day! Drink lots and lots of margaritas for Cinco de Mayo – HOLLA! What are you guys doing to celebrate? Are you getting wasteypants???! I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah