Prizes

Going along with my last blog about the nike women’s half marathon in Washington D.C., I’d like to talk a little bit about prizes at events. Especially if it’s an event like this, where participants are working their butts off to get there, you want to make sure they are rewarded for all their hard work. Nike did a fantastic job with their prizes. They gave out Tiffany’s necklaces to everyone who finished the race! However, it doesn’t need to be that extravagant. A simple medal, t shirt, or even a rubber bracelet will usually do! T shirts, water bottles, and bags also work well! Good luck!

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We did it!

As some of you may know, today was a huge day for me. After training for nearly 6 months, I completed my first half marathon! I would be lying if I said this journey was easy or even fun, but it has been an experience I will never forget!

Waking up this morning I had butterflies in my stomach like never before. Today was the day I was going to attempt the race I’ve been working so hard for. Training was tough, but I had never ran more than 9 miles.

Today I had 13.1 in front of me, and I had no idea just how hard it would be.
After 2 and a half hours of running, I was finally crossing the finish line. There are no words to describe that feeling. I wanted to laugh an cry (mostly cry) at the same time. I was in so much pain, but it was all worth it.

After this experience I just want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams! You can literally do anything you put your mind to!

Oreo Truffles!

Oreo Truffles!

Oreo truffles are by far my favorite dessert, and they are so simple to make.

What you’ll need:
One pack of oreos
8 ounces of cream cheese
Chocolate chips of your choice

First you need to crush up a pack of oreos in a gallon zip-lock bag. Pour the cookie crumbs into a mixing bowl. Add 8 ounces of cream cheese and mix them all together. Then melt your favorite chocolate chips in the microwave. It can be dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate. It works best if you take the chocolate out of the microwave every 30 seconds to stir it and make sure it doesn’t get burnt. Then you just scoop quarter-size portions of the mixture and dip it into the melted chocolate and set them on a cookie sheet to dry. Put the truffles in the fridge and serve cooled. You’re gonna love them!

Interviewing

As a senior I’ve been going to a lot of job interviews lately. This can be a really stressful process, especially if you’re new to it. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for them, and it will really help to calm some of your nerves! 

The first thing I would recommend is researching the company. Since you’re applying for a job with them, they will expect you to be able to answer certain questions about them and the position. Make sure you are comfortable having a conversation about what the company does and some of the ways they achieve their goals. 

It is also important to ask questions. If you ask questions it shows the interviewer that you are prepared and really care about having as much information as possible. Some good questions to ask would be, “If I were to be given this position, what would a normal day be like?” and “What is your favorite thing about working with this company?” Never ask about salary or benefits unless you are offered the job. That makes it seem like you are only interested in the money.

Next, and maybe the most important, is dress to impress! The interviewer gets their first impression of you when you first walk through the doors. This is not the time to be trendy, this is the time to be professional. Your safest bet is to go with a pant suit in either black, grey, or navy. Keep it simple. Do not wear too much jewelry, and keep cologne/perfume to a minimum. 

If you do all of these things, you will most likely ace the interview! It is normal to be nervous, but try your hardest to be yourself and be professional. Good luck!

Hosting Brunch

Well since it is Easter and all I thought I’d write a little something about my favorite part of this day…BRUNCH! I love everything about brunch. From the food, to the decorations, and spending time with your friends and family. Although attending brunch is super fun, a lot of pressure is on the host to make it absolutely perfect! And this may not always be an easy task. Here are a few tips to help you host the best, and easiest brunch possible!

1. Plan ahead. This one is difficult for the procrastinator in all of us, but you will thank yourself for it! Instead of leaving the grocery shopping, decorating, cooking, etc. all until the day before or even the day of, spread your tasks out so that there is less stress on you and you can enjoy the day.

2. Send your invites out early. The earlier you know who is attending, the earlier you can start planning your grocery list. Make sure your list isn’t too much for you to handle. This is supposed to be fun, not stressful.

3. Plan your menu. As soon as you know who is attending you can start planning your menu and grocery list! Make your life a little easier by choosing items that can be made ahead of time and reheated for the day of the brunch. This will be helpful!

4. Plan activities for kids. This is important only if children are attending (obviously). But I know this one from experience! Kids are a blast to have at events like this as long as they are entertained. Try doing an Easter egg hunt or maybe a coloring activity. The parents will thank you.

5. Decorate the night before. There is nothing worse than stressing about decorations the day of your event! If you decorate the night before it is sure to turn out better because you will have more time, and you can add finishing touches in the morning. You will thank yourself when your home looks fabulous before the guests arrive!

Last, and definitely most important, have fun! Hosting events is only stressful if you make it stressful. Everyone knows how hard you work when you are the host and they will appreciate it even if it isn’t perfect. So relax, enjoy the food, and make yourself a mimosa. You’ve earned it!

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrapping

I often have a hard time figuring out what to get friends and family for gifts. Money and gift cards are the first thing I think of…but I always want them to be surprised and have something to unwrap! I recently discovered a simple technique that can allow you to have the best of both worlds!

What you’ll need:
scissors
tape
ribbon
wrapping paper
toilet paper roll

Just place the money or gift card inside the tube, wrap it, and tie the ends with ribbon and ta-da! You have a great gift that they can unwrap! And nobody would expect money to be in a gift shaped like that!

Simple and pretty. Enjoy!