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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tips for Getting A Scholarship

Times are tough these days and college is as important as ever so you can get a degree and find a great career in your field of choice.  Of course with times being so tough, money is probably already tight and for most people finding the money for college even after you graduate is extremely overwhelming.  That's where a scholarship such as the Dr. Usha Rajagopal scholarship comes into play.  Scholarships such as the Adrian Rubin scholarship are basically an award of financial aid for a student to further their education and the awarding of a scholarship such as the Xcela Wealth scholarship is based upon certain things like reflecting the value and purpose of the donor. 

Here are a few tips to help you get the scholarship you NEED!

See Also: Bellesoma Method Scholarship.

Do Your Research EARLY
Don't wait till the last minute to find and apply for scholarships.  Start your research early.  It doesn't matter what grade you're in, just get to work!

See Also: Kalu Yala Scholarship

Once you find possible scholarships get to work applying.  Take your time and be thorough.  If you have questions, call them or speak to someone who has experience with applying for scholarships. 

See Also: Blake Rubin Scholarship

Be Timely
Being late does NOT look good so make sure you are tracking when certain applications are due and be sure to set aside enough time for you to work on the applications.  If you need to recruit a friend or family member to help review your work, don't hesitate.

Let Your Passion Show
Talk about your interests and make sure your essays and applications show your personality and paint a detailed picture for the person reading them.  Remember you need to sell yourself to get that scholarship money!

See Also: Chase Rubin Scholarship

Apply to All Kinds
Whether it's a local scholarship, such as the Kulpa Family Scholarship, or a national scholarship, don't hesitate to apply.  Make sure you even take advantage of applying for the smaller less competitive ones.  They are much easier to win and the awards can add up.  Plus, it always looks good to say you already have achieved some scholarships.

Clean Up Your Social Media
Make sure you search yourself on the internet and clean up your image so that nothing weird comes up.  Make sure you have a professional look online and keep everything clean for the future.

I can't tell you how many people rush through applications and it ends up being full of mistakes.  That's not very impressive.  Set aside time to proofread and even ask someone else to look at it with a clean set of eyes.

Keep Track
Keep a running list of every scholarship you apply for, when you applied, and the current status.  You'll feel a lot more organized and confident.

Make It A Match
Research the sponsor or donor so you can make sure you make your application align with their goals and values.  Again, if you take your time you can do this carefully. The last thing you want is to make an embarrassing mistake.

No don't copy someone else's application but definitely copy your own so you know EXACTLY what you sent and whom you sent it to.  If someone contacts you with questions you'll easily be able to grab the application and see what they are referring to.

With some time and effort, you can master the art of applying for a scholarship and hopefully get at least one or two.  It will take some stress of your back as you continue to further your education but it will also make you feel proud of your hard work.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Bring Some Luxury To Your Living Room

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Want to make your living room look more sophisticated? Here are a few classy touches that can immediately make your living room feel like it’s straight out of a mansion.

Hang some art
A painting on the wall can immediately bring a sense of classiness to the room. This could be placed above or opposite a TV, serving as an extra focal point in the room. Artwork can be anything that takes your fancy from a realistic landscape to an abstract piece. It could even be a painting with some personal value such as a location that means a lot to you or even a portrait of a family member or a pet.

Bring in some bespoke furniture
Bespoke furniture can help to bring unique character to your living room. Hand carved wooden chairs and coffee tables are ideal for bringing this unique touch. Their rustic look can help to contrast modern technology such as TVs and speakers. Amish furniture stores and antique shops are great places for finding hand-carved wooden chairs and tables. Other features could include real fur rugs or a wicker basket for putting in DVDs or magazines.

Add some plants
Some greenery can instantly liven up a drab living room. This could be something big like a potted palm tree or a fruticosa tree. Alternatively, it could be something small to put on a side table or windowsill such as a bonsai tree or a cactus. You could even embrace potted flowers to bring vibrant colours to the room. Plants will often need to be by the window to help them grow, so bear this in mind. 

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Upgrade your curtains
Some elegant drapes can also help to bring a touch of luxury to your room. These can look particularly effective if they trail down to the floor. Make sure that these are suited to the season – big thick curtains in winter will help to provide insulation. Curtains can be creatively used to make a window appear bigger by extending the curtain rail either side of the window.

Install a fireplace
A fireplace can instantly make a room feel more luxurious. Installing a real fireplace with a working chimney is a big and costly job that may not be suited to some properties. Electric fireplaces may not be as striking as the real thing, but can still add a sense of luxury. They’re less costly and can be made to produce heat just like a real fireplace. They’re also a lot less messy than the real thing! Some old houses may already have fireplaces that have since been blocked up – these could be converted back into a fireplace or turned into an electric fireplace.

4 Winter Tips for Dog Owners

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Look I get it, we're all sick of Winter and the messy frigid weather but we aren't alone. While some dogs enjoy the snow, most dogs can get a little stir crazy being cooped up inside and nearly freezing their paws off when they step out to potty. So today I put together 4 tips for dog owners that will help keep your dogs safe and happy during the Winter season.

Keep 'em cozy + warm.
Some breeds have thick coats that are perfect for chilly weather but many short-haired breeds and breeds (like Chihuahuas) are not fans of cold weather. I mean think about it, would you want to stand outside to poop while the wind is blowing you over? Probably not, so consider putting a sweater (with a collar or leash hook) on your pooch so they can stay a little warmer than usual while they do their business. I've even seen people putting little booties on their dog's paws but if your dogs are anything like mine they absolutely won't enjoy that and probably won't even move. Seriously, when mine don't want to wear something they freeze and act like they can't move until I take it off. Rocky enjoys bundling up to do his business so I don't feel so guilty about putting him in a sweater anymore.

People seriously laugh at me and at other people that dress up their dogs but they fail to realize we aren't just doing it for fun. Chihuahuas don't have a ton of fur on their bellies and they are very low to the ground so they get cold FAST! And half the time they can't even see over the snow. It's only right to make sure they are bundled up to keep warm in this weather.

Check 'em over.
On days where the weather is extreme and icy or snowy you should always check your dog's paws and fur for things that may make them uncomfortable. Clumps of snow that freeze into little ice balls can get so cold it's painful when stuck underneath their body or even in between their paw pads. Keep a flashlight near the door so you can inspect their paws for salt and ice. Salt can sometimes burn their paws so it's a good idea to find a pet-friendly salt for your walkway. 

If you see your dog licking their paws obsessively after you bring them inside, make sure there's nothing stuck underneath. Also keep in mind that just because the ground is covered with snow, doesn't mean there aren't hazardous things that can poke and stick them. When the dangers of thorns and rocks are covered with snow your dog could easily go galloping over them with excitement thinking they are just going to hit snow. This can cause cuts, scrapes, and bruises. This also leads into the next tip which is why it's good to shovel a pathway.

Shovel a spot for them to go.
Whenever we shovel our walkway I always create a path that leads into the grass and forms a little circle so when Rocky has to do his number 2 business he has room to walk around and find where he wants to go. This way he isn't standing in a couple of inches of snow while he tries to go. Plus it makes cleaning up after him easier because I know where to look!

It's also safer for a dog to have a path to follow through snow so they aren't accidentally stepping over thorny bushes or sharp stones that you have in your landscaping.

Fight boredom.
Just like we get bored being stuck in the house, dogs get bored too. Some dogs are even known to get into more trouble and mischief from their boredom. Even though my dogs are tiny they still get bored because they can't go lay outside in the porch and if you follow me on social media you know that my dogs basically live in the porch in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

I always provide them with toys to keep them busy but I also love to give them treats to reward them for behaving and to keep them occupied. 

A fan favorite in our home are Blue Buffalo Blue Stix in Bacon Flavor from Chewy! These are soft so they're great for their little Chihuahua teeth but they are also made with USA pork as the first ingredient. There are wholesome ingredients inside and no by product meals, corn, wheat, soy, or artificial ANYTHING! When choosing treats make sure you aren't feeding "junk food" to your pet and make sure it's something safe that they can't choke on. I always stay in the room and monitor the dogs until they've finished their Stix which honestly doesn't take very long.

         Does your pooch enjoy this weather? 

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