4 Reasons You’re Not Getting Job Offers

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You just graduated with honors from a great university, but the only job offers you’ve been able to generate are the weird temp-to-hire and commission-only ones…

Now, I’m not trying to pass judgment on you—I don’t even know you—but I am trying to help you find out if you’re committing any of these job-hunting faux pas.

Recruiters could be giving your resume a “pass” if you’re doing one or more of the following:

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DIY: Shaving Cream

Of course I found out about it on Pinterest.

I actually debated doing this one because my feelings have always been back and forth about shaving cream and its overall purpose. Sometimes I believe it helps me better navigate my way around my legs with my razor, and that it makes my limbs that much smoother; other times I picture Skintimate executives buying rounds of Tequila poppers at the swim-up bar in Acapulco with my hard-earned cash and I can’t make the purchase. Stop looking at me like that.

The original post I saw was great, but I had to cut the measurements in half because it called for more shampoo and conditioner than my hair was willing to sacrifice. Hell, I’d be better off just buying shaving cream at that point.

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Shop At Savers, And You’ll Look Worth More Than You’ve Spent

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*Sigh*

My mom and I made a pact to not tell anyone else about our favorite new secret, because A. it’s always nice to lead people to believe that you own nothing but nice things, and B. telling others about it might mean that the “good stuff” gets picked over.

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DIY: Put the Kibosh on Oily Hair With Baby Powder

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Mint is the Nail Color of the Summer

I am very obsessed with mint-colored everything. From the first time I heard Lady Gaga’s foretelling of summer fashion’s favorite new color in her “Marry the Night” music video, I was on a mission to purchase all the mint green items I could get my hands on.

You say: “GOD you’re insufferable! Don’t you think that’s a little much?”

Maybe! But I feel like I’ve waited my entire life for a color that I could call my own. When I had to pick my favorite color for my “All About Me” presentation in grammar school, I lied and said it was orange to dodge any further questions. I was a lost identity with no color to call my own–until now!

So, without further ado, I present to you Sally Hansen’s #340 polish: Mint Sorbet:

DIY: Clean Your Condemned Grout

I hope to God some of you are laughing at the title, because I know I always find it hilarious when my insecurities are shared by others. No? Well then why would you even bother reading this?! You can see yourself OUT.

Sorry, I’m clearly still very insecure about what my bathroom’s grout looks like…what it USED to look like, at least! It is squeaky clean now, and I can credit Pinterest for that one, just like I can for everything else. I can admit that Pinterest is holier than thou.

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Ditch the Salon — Get Your Own Feet Summer Ready

And, yes, I’m talking about that terrible dry skin on the bottom of your feet. The kind of dry skin you’ve seen on your older aunts during the summer that had you vowing to never let yourself go like that. Forgot about that vow, didn’t you? And now you’ve disappointed your past self by turning into what you’ve always feared. You’re one of THEM now, and I hope you’re proud of yourself.

I like to start these things out by knocking down the reader so they can later realize that there really is a solution to the problem they didn’t realize they had, so perk up! This is one of those times.

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Bost’s national attention has judge dropping proposal

National attention from Mike Bost’s rant causes speaker Madigan to pull back his suggested changes to the pensions??

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DIY Blackhead and Acne Crimestopping

As I mentioned in What I’m Cooking Up…blackheads and pimples are a terrible, terrible thing. Blackheads still taunt me more than pimples though, because if you DON’T squeeze them out, my understanding is that they stay in your face forever. I mean, I know that they don’t stay there forever and ever…but do you remember YOUR blackheads deciding to just walk out of your face shortly after showing up? Nuh-uh, NO WAY. I can deal with temporary pimples—mounds, even—because I know that if I fight the urge and don’t squeeze, they’ll eventually leave. I can come to terms with pimples. Blackheads? Not so much.

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DIY: Cut Your OWN Hair

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STOP. Take a deep breath, and know that I’m not pressuring you to do anything.

If you have a simple, one-length cut, or a bit of angling in the front, you MAY want to cut your own hair if you’re a penny pincher like me. Don’t have a simple cut? Then just keep doing what you do, and leave it to the professionals.

Because my hair is so simple and not riddled with layers, I personally think that good cuts are a rip-off. And even though Great Clips is great if you have an easy ‘do or need your split ends trimmed,  why not do it yourself if you can cut your hair as good as they do–if not better?

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5 Timeline Privacy Precautions to Take NOW

You may have sufficiently privatized your pre-Timeline Facebook profile, but you’d be surprised at how much has changed since the overhaul. The level of privacy you choose for your Timeline is up to you, but taking a second look at what people can now see and adjusting your settings accordingly is a smart way to safeguard your information.

Here are five easy safety steps you may find worthwhile:

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5 Tips for Better Photo-Posing

I hate to admit that I was ecstatic about the advice I found for better photo-posing. Some people are very photogenic and LOVE to take photos to post all over Facebook, secretly soliciting a million “like” notifications and “you’re gorgeous, girl!” comments…*coughmysistercough* Either that, or they have extreme confidence–and you know what? I envy that.

…sometimes

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop myself from enjoying this guilty pleasure I just found. And if I can reduce the number of de-tags I make in a given month with these steps, lord knows I’m going to do it!

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Save $$ with DIY Self-Tan Lotion

With summer and skin-baring clothes right around the corner, my Casper-white skin is unacceptable and needs to be dealt with; however, I’d rather not spend money on novelty products like self-tanner or spray tans that streak and look more like frost bite than anything else.

SO, I was very excited when I found out the other day that I could make my own self-tanner with black tea and hot water. Not only is it DIY, it’s FREE if you have black tea–and if you don’t? It’s still cheaper than the store-bought tanning products.

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Easy, Low-Cal Spaghetti Squash

I discovered the magic of spaghetti squash last week from my boyfriend who knows I’m always looking for low-cal ways to fill my bottomless tummy. After scarfing down the entire spaghetti squash he prepared for me to TRY, I realized that I wanted more of this delicious meal to cleanse my palate—–stat!

Spaghetti squash acts as a filling, delicious and lower calorie pasta substitute with a unique texture, so you should definitely give it a try.

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Easter on a Dime: Make Your Own Peeps

After seeing this on the Twig & Thistle blog, I was inspired to make my own peeps! This was the result:

Already at most of them myself, and they taste just like store bought peeps–except I got more for my money, and it was made from the heart. And I make no apologies for my puns!

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Easter on a Dime: Make Your Own Jelly Beans

 

I’m a starving freelance writer with a generous heart—these two characteristics of my being don’t mix well. But I’ve found a variety of ways to work around it without people knowing how much I DIDN’T spend on things. You all are an exception, and I am glad to share my penny-pinching ways with you.

I have recently been infatuated with the idea of making my own candy, and I found a cool recipe for jelly beans/or jelly bean drops if you don’t want to buy the special “bean tray mold.”

What you’ll need:

~1 ½ cups water, and then ½ cup water

~2 ½ cups sugar, and then 1 cup sugar

~½ oz gelatin

~½ tsp. salt

~1 cup juice (this flavors your beans!)

~Cornstarch

~Vegetable oil

~3 or 4 Jelly bean pans or cookie sheets

~Saucepan

~Stainless steel pot with lid

~Wooden spoon

~Cooking thermometer

~Bowl of ice

~Food coloring

 

Pretty basic stuff, right? Good! Now let’s make the beans!

1. Combine 1 ½ cups water, 2 ½ cups sugar and ½ oz powdered gelatin in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir continuously using the wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a boil.

2. Periodically check the temperature with a cooking thermometer as your stir until the temperature reaches 230 degrees F. Once it reaches 230 degrees, take the pan off the burner and CAREFULLY place it in a bowl of ice so that the temperature doesn’t increase any more. If you let it get hotter than 230 degrees, the jelly beans will end up being too hard—so 230 is your magic number, and don’t let it get any higher than that.

3. Now take your 1 cup of whatever flavor of juice you like. Start basic, because we don’t want to be making any of Bertie Bott’s reject beans. If you use a blander juice like blueberry or orange, you can add lemon juice for a little punch. In that case, you would use ¾ cups juice and ¼ cup lemon juice. Filter out pulp. After stirring in the juice, let the syrup cool.

4. Now, whether you use a cheap candy jelly bean mold or cookie sheet, lightly oil the surface with vegetable oil. Then you will quickly fill the mold or pour small, jelly-bean sized drops on the cookie sheet.

5. Let your soon-to-be delicious jelly beans sit in the trays for about 4 to 6 hours until completely firm. After they have sat and are firm, take them out onto a wax paper sheet and dust the sticky beans with cornstarch to dry them out. If they don’t pop out after you’ve let them sit in the trays, then put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes and try again.

6. For the outer shell coating, combine the jelly beans with ½ cup water and 1 cup sugar in a stainless steel pot with a lid. Add food coloring for some extra pizazz. Put the lid on top of the pot and quickly move the pot in a circular motion so that the beans are evenly coated with the sugar and/or color. Continue to check the beans until you no longer see a lot of moisture left in the pan.

7. Finally, place your coated jelly beans on cookie sheets and put in the fridge to sit for 2-3 hours until the shells are completely dried and hardened.

Finished product? Lookin great!

THIS person was feeling extra clever…

It’s George Clooney! People amaze me

how to effectively search and shop the internet

It blows my mind when my friends can’t find the shoes or shirts they’ve wanted to buy for ages on the internet, so I usually end up taking matters into my own hands with a simple Google search. And you know what? I ALWAYS find what they want because I use Boolean searching.

Sometimes I don’t even need to use a Boolean search to help them find their stuff though, and that makes me concerned that not enough people know how to sift through the internet using Google.

In this post, I will teach you how to efficiently shop online using the best Google search method ever—Boolean search, as I’m sure you’ve guessed. I’m not going to make it super complicated, so make sure to contact me via laurapavin@ymail.com or via comments if you have more questions after you’re done reading.

Let’s begin.

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Scouring stick magic; rid your toilet of hard water stains

It used to not matter that I scrubbed my toilet until my hands cramped–I could NOT get rid of that ring! If you have hard water in your residence, you may know what I’m talking about. Surely, you didn’t think that the toilet ring came from negligence or stubborn buildup?

Wait, stop! BEFORE you call a maid or professional to clean that ridiculously heinous-looking ring and associated marks from your toilet (or bathroom, in general), read on. You have just stumbled upon your quick-fix solution. If it doesn’t work, then I question the nature of your toilet’s ring…*shudders*

Because more than 85% of American homes have hard water, it is more thank likely that your ring is from hard water. My toilet suffers from the same fate, because my household depends on well water–the water with the egg-like smell, blegh. Given the nature of my house’s water source, our toilets needed a fast solution.

So now, I give you the Scouring Stick. 

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Unclog your drain with just baking soda and vinegar

My bathroom sink had been clogged for quite an embarrassing amount of time before I decided it was time to put an end to it’s antics. I shouldn’t have been TOO

mad at it, however; was the one shedding the extra, thick long hair. And letting it fall down the drain? How does that even happen? I don’t wash my hair in the sink.

But anyways, I had done a bit of research and found that my go-to, Drano, can destroy your pipes if you use it too much…well, I need to use it more than once a year! Is that normal? I had no idea, but I naturally dashed to the interwebs and found a cool little home-remedy using just baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. It’s non-invasive too! With that said, I plan on using this process more than once within a 12-month time frame.

 

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Save $$ with DIY Self-Tan Lotion…Update

As I was reading through the comments on my DIY self-tanning post, I realized that I could have been more descriptive in a few different areas. Hopefully this helps shed some light on the finer details of the DIY tea-tan process!
Here are some questions you might be asking yourself, along with my answers:
Q: Uh-oh, some people are saying that one cup works better than two…should I do that instead?

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A: You could, but you have to be more conservative when you apply the tea water–there will won’t be very much leftover for the second coat.  If you’re really concerned that the water is diluting the water color, throw in a few extra tea bags.  However, my water looked like this with two cups and just four (iced) tea bags…I liked the way the iced tea bags worked, too.
Q: What would be the best way to exfoliate prior to rubbing on the black tea water?

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A: You could use some kind of sugar scrub like THIS, or you could use a rough scrubber like this (Korean Italy Towel…which I’m obsessed with):
 
Q: Why doesn’t this look like a Mystic Tan?!
A: This is something I should have clarified right out of the gate–you will be very disappointed if you’re expecting a tan like that. The DIY black tea tan gives you more of a glow, which might mean more to me because I live in the midwest, where getting ANY sort of color in the winter is great. These were my results:
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Q: What about this bathtub tea soak idea? Will it stain my tub?
A: If you don’t know what I’m talking about, people in the comments section of my original post suggested filling a bathtub with hot water, adding 6-8 tea bags for 10 minutes and sitting in the tub for 10 more minutes, while exfoliating.
I think it sounds like an awesome idea that I’d like to test out for myself–if you’re reading this and you’ve tried this out already, I’d love for you to share your experience with us in the comments! Did it stain your tub? Common sense tells me it did. When I do try this out, I plan to use Softscrub bathroom cleaner when I’m done soaking, because it has bleach in it…

On Rabbits And Problems With Society

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I love my rabbit Francis, so I’m very disappointed in myself for not Googling “do rabbits like to swim?” before thrusting him into the jaws of…the bathtub. (blow-drying his belly post-swim to prevent pneumonia, and whatnot) I had just seen … Continue reading