Category: Teen Life

Homework Tips for Teenagers

 

Even though there are very few teens in the world that enjoy doing homework, it still exists, teachers still assign it, and above all, it still needs to be done! It also seems that nowadays high school and college students have more homework than ever before, which makes them overwhelmed, especially when you take in mind all those extracurricular activities that are needed to achieve a solid academic career. On that note, I am willing to share with you some of the tips that really used to help me with my homework when I was a struggling teenager:

Make a timetable

Set aside a specific amount of time each day that you will devote to doing your work depending on the amount of homework for that day. Divide that time into 45-50 minute sessions with 10-minute brakes. Keep in mind that you are only human and It is very important to give your mind a rest.

Set the Mood

Make sure that you have everything that you need and then pick a quiet and isolated spot that is free from any distractions. If you can’t find that place in your home, good alternatives are public places such as public libraries and study rooms. Turn off your cell phones and gadgets and focus on your homework. Some kinds of music, like classical music or smooth jazz, can also help you with your concentration.


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Use writing service

In an emergency, you can find different kinds of writing services that have proven themselves as a capable homework helper for those students who need help in an emergency. These services offer 24-hour support for desperate students whether they are in need for someone to help them understand their homework or provide a template or “starter draft” to use in preparing the final work. Either way, a writing service it is a great option to save time and help you on your path to achieving academic greatness, as long as you don’t abuse the service and have it do your entire homework for you (which is called cheating and unethical).

Keep it organized

Keep your homework materials organized using the color-coding system with colored folders, stickers, highlighters and markers. For instance, you can use a specific color for each subject. Checklists are also a good way to keep things organized and to keep track of your progress.

Prioritize

Try to set your priorities and work on more difficult and valuable homework first, then you can move on to easier tasks that you can complete more quickly. In that way, you will have more time and energy to tackle your frightening algebra or science homework before you can rest your mind with other, less challenging assignments.

Steal some time

You will probably be surprised how much work can be done if you could just make yourself to use that “hidden” time that all of us encounter during the day. For instance, on that long bus ride home, you can place your headphones to cancel the noise and get on it. Also, if you have an hour or so to kill before your practice it is a perfect time to steal some minutes that can come in handy later on.


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If it gets too hard, ask for help

Sometimes homework can be too challenging for you to finish on your own, and in that case, do not hesitate to ask for help! The first and foremost person you need talk to is, of course, your teacher because he assigned it. You can also ask your parents, especially if it has something to do with their line of work. At the end, you can always turn to your friends and classmates or school organized study groups to give you that necessary geometry homework help.

Reward yourself

Motivate yourself by deciding on a reward for a job well done. It can be anything you like: a piece of your favorite candy, a new episode of a show that you like or an hour or two on your video game console. Either way, it should be something small but enjoyable. It is a great way to create an atmosphere where you feel that you practically get paid to do homework.

With a bit of help and good organization you will be on your way to use homework for what it was originally intended. To help you understand and learn the required material better and ultimately get a better grade!

 

5 Ways to Avoid Stress as a Teenager

by Gianella Ghiglino

They say your teen years are the best years of your life. You are young, carefree, and have all the energy in the world. However, they forget to mention all the stress with school, hormones, crushes, and peer pressure. I, however, will say your teen years are for the most part pretty cool but only when you learn how to deal with everything going on. Stress is something we can all tackle and these five ways may help you make life a little easier.

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Don’t give into pressure from others

Boys, do not pressure girls into doing anything they don’t want. ‘No’ means No and that is final. Vice versa with the boys, you do not need to prove anything to anyone and if you don’t want to do something, that is okay. Ladies, don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to because if he truly cares about you he will respect your decision.

Avoid drugs at all costs

Say no to drugs, including marijuana and prescription pills. As repetitive as this message may seem, too many of us still ignore it. It doesn’t matter if every pop and rap star smokes marijuana and the fact that it is becoming legal in many states — it alters and fogs your thinking, and often leads to other drug use. If your friends are smoking, and offer you some, just say ‘No I’m good.’ It isn’t rude to decline and if they pressure you to try it just simply say ‘I’m not into it.’ You do need to go into a rant about why it is morally wrong (they are not going to listen to you, trust me): just be calm, cool and say ‘No.’ And then try to leave, because hanging around high people is pretty much just annoying — just like hanging around very drunk people.

Focus on your education

If you find yourself in the situation in which your friends want you to ditch school with them, advise them that your value your education. I am not going to say missing one day of school is going to destroy your chances of get into college, because it won’t. I will say, however, that you should not let your friends interfere with your schoolwork and trying to get the highest grades possible. Real friends want you to succeed and do well, and you have plenty of time to party later. Ask your friends how they are doing in school, show interest in their success and they will do the same. If not, find new friends.


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Accept your looks

Looks, looks and more looks. High school is definitely the place where your peers will judge every aspect of your physical appearance. Guess what! Everyone has something they are insecure about. Even the prettiest girls and hottest guys feel pressured to be attractive, and they are often made to feel like their looks are the only thing that validate them. No one is confident every single hour of the day. Embrace your body, acne, crooked teeth, frizzy hair. You will become so beautiful the minute you start believing that you are — it will manifest in a confident attitude which people love. Its okay to have off days but always know you are fire.

Be productive and get stuff DONE

Procrastination leads to stress. It forces you to ignore responsibilities. This is something that will haunt you for the rest of your life if you don’t get a handle on it early. I know it would be so much more fun to go play a sport with your friends, play video games, go shopping, binge on Netflix shows — but if you have homework or other responsibilities, just get them done. Study, exercise, or do your chores first and you will enjoy all your activities more after, without all that stress. When you get the stuff that needs to be done out of the way, you will feel accomplished and it will actually raise your self esteem. The more you do, the better you will feel about yourself. Have a planner, set alarms and get responsibilities done first so that when you’re on that millionth episode on Netflix you wont have to think about your homework that still needs to be done.

How To Look Fabulous for Prom and Have a Great Time Without Spending a Fortune

Prom is just around the corner and it will be one of the most memorable and fun nights as a high school student. We get it, some of you want to wear the perfect dress (and the perfect guy)! A gown, shoes, a makeup artist, a hair dresser and a limo can definitely burn your wallet. You also want to continue the fun afterwards, even if its just to get something to eat.

All of this can add up money-wise! But don’t fret; I have some helpful tips for how to look fabulous and have fun without breaking the bank!

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Go shopping as early as possible

Dress shopping early and on off-season months will help reduce stress and anxiety compared to if you waited last minute to shop around. Don’t wait until a month before the big night to find your dress because you might not find your size or, even worse, you might end up with the same dress as another last-minute shopper.

You don’t need to shop at expensive stores like Jovani or Mia Bella Couture to find the perfect dress. You can still look like a million bucks by shopping at department stores like Macy’s or other dress stores like Windsor. Check sale item items and find coupons to use. Macy’s has great discounts and usually a 20% off coupon to go on top of it. Don’t forget to try stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Max as well.

Some California girls like to shop at Santee Alley, the famous open-air market in Downtown Los Angeles. If you decide to go that route, make sure you go months before and go on a weekday. It gets extremely packed on Saturdays and you will find yourself in crowds of girls fighting for the same dress. The great thing about getting a dress there is that you can haggle prices – if you pay cash, they might be more willing to accept your offer. If you find your dress in Santee Alley, make sure you LOVE it because most stores have a no return policy! You can probably snag some great inexpensive heels here too, but don’t expect them to last a long time.

L.A. guys can also find affordable tuxedos at Santee Alley, as well as department stores. Head over to your nearest JCPenny, Macy’s, or Sears. If you don’t want to purchase a tuxedo, there’s always the option of renting one. Another alternative is either borrowing one from someone you know that shares your measurements or you can head over to thrift stores such as Good Will. Who knows, you might find great brands hiding in those racks.

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Watch Prom Make Up/Hair Tutorials

Getting your makeup done can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can learn how to do your own prom makeup by watching YouTube tutorials. It takes practice to create the perfect look, so start practicing early. YouTube Beauty Vloggers such as Michelle Phan and Kandee Johnson have many easy makeup tutorials that will help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Another thing you can do is head over to make up stores such as Benefit, MakeUp Forever, Mac, Sephora etc.. and ask for offers that they’re doing. Most of the time you can make a purchase for a certain amount and get your makeup done for free. This way you will get your makeup done by a professional for free by stocking up on products that you were going to buy anyway.

For hair, you can also look up YouTube tutorials of hairstyles you can recreate. Hairstyle vloggers such as Lilith Moon have easy to follow tutorials whether you have short, medium or long hair. There’s also step by step tutorials on Pinterest. If you really want to go to a salon to get your hair done, try looking on sites such as Groupon to find salon deals. Also, going to a local cosmetology school could save money as well since it will be a lot cheaper than going to an actual salon. Manicures and pedicures are also great finds on Groupon!

One line of products you might want to check out to look and smell your best is GLOW for a cause. The company creates a variety of beauty products using natural, high quality ingredients rather than the synthetic glop found in most cosmetics. The products are reasonably priced, smell great, and support charities. Glow for a cause donates to one of the following causes with every purchase you make:

  • Cowgirls vs. Cancer
  • Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation
  • The Red Sox Foundation
  • MaxFund Animal Adoption Center
  • The Gathering Place
  • Berni’s Journey

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Share Costs (limo, Uber, dinner, prom pics)

Sharing costs with your prom date and friends is a great way to save money.

First, consider reducing ride costs. Have your parents drop you off or take an Uber (TRY CODE: UBERFREEFORYOU for a free ride if its your first time). For those who really want to make an entrance and drive in style riding in a limo, share the cost between a group of friends.

For prom photos, split the expense with your date. Or, skip the formal shots which can be pricey. You live in an age where you have the technology and high resolution on your electronic devices, so you can even take your own photos and selfies to record your memories.

Post-prom, most students like to head to places to eat dinner and hang out after hours. You and your friends can share desserts and have pancakes at inexpensive 24 hour diners such as Denny’s, Norm’s, Bob’s Big Boy etc.power bank

And, since you are going to be taking a lot of selfies and videos, you need some backup power. Nothing worse than running out of juice when the night is still young (and with no way of letting your parents know you are safe).

To solve this, carry along a Cheero Power Plus portable battery, DANBOARD version. Available in seven flower inspired colors and with an adorable face, Cheero is ready to charge Apple and Android phones and tablets. The 10050mAh battery is equipped with an AUTO-IC function, allowing the external battery to automatically recognize if a device is connected. The external battery optimizes the supplied power best suited for each device. Complete with two port outputs, there’s even room to charge more than one device at a time.

Its rated to charge an iPhone up to 3.5 times. We tested it with a Samsung Galaxy S6 and got two full charges plus a little extra. So this is plenty of juice to bring with you to prom — should last the whole night! And, its pretty small!

Available at select Nordstrom and at Amazon Prime for $39.99 at Amazon.com.

Enjoy Prom night knowing that you didn’t break your wallet!

p.s. Stay safe…check out this article about the X-Plan and talk to your parents or guardians about it.


Kristen_MarquezThis post was a collaboration between Kristen Marquez and Willie Pena (Editor in Chief)

Kristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

How To Get Over A Breakup and a Broken Heart

Dealing with a breakup and a broken heart is not easy. It’s normal to feel heartbroken and lost, but it’s important to give yourself time to heal. Ever heard of, “no feeling is final?” It’s TRUE. The next few weeks  of your life will feel like they’re going by so slowly and every song you hear will remind you of your ex. After a while, your life will feel normal again. Just know that everything will be fine and YOU will always find your happiness, because it really doesn’t depend on anybody else.

Below are a few healthy tips to help you with how to get over a break up and a broken heart.

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Disconnect from your ex

I know this might seem crazy and impossible, but you have to try. Unfollow/block them from your social media accounts because you will find yourself stalking their profile to see what they’ve been up to. Don’t call or text them! Even if you’ve deleted their number, there’s no doubt that you have that number memorized. If you’ve ended on bad terms and are seeking closure, the early stages of a break up may not be the right time to talk to them about it. Let your broken heart heal first.

Vent to the right people

This is the time to call your loved ones and your closest friends to vent without being judged. Try not to talk trash about the other person; focus on how you feel and remember the good times. I know it may seem easier to think of the bad times you’ve had and their bad qualities because you think you’ll hate them faster and get over them easier, but that’s not always the case. Use this time to bond with your friends for some comfort food and romcoms. Bring out those tubs of ice cream! (Just don’t over do it…one of the best tips for how to get over a breakup and broken heart is to look your best).

Do NOT find a rebound

This is not the time to start dating again. Even though the days and nights feel so lonely, you don’t need to start talking to someone to help you heal. You are vulnerable at this time. Hooking up can potentially hurt you and the other person, and worsen your broken heart. This is not a time to play with feelings just because you want to fill that empty space or get revenge.

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Take care of yourself

Taking care of yourself is crucial! It’s easy to let yourself go and not care about anything. Avoid alcohol and drugs. Reinvent and rediscover yourself by doings things you love. Spend quality time with yourself and the people you care about. Exercise to release endorphins and reduce stress. Fuel yourself by eating healthy and happily. Know that you are loved by many. Love yourself too.

Learn from the power of love

Finally accepting that the relationship is over is hard. The truth is that this will make you stronger and that this is a part of life and falling in love. It is okay to cry, but not forever. Your heart should only get stronger from here. There’s always a lesson learned from every relationship. You learn how to give your heart to someone, you learn to better communicate and when things fall apart, you will learn to stand up on your own two feet again.

Remember, how to get over a breakup depends on your attitude and the feelings you allow yourself to feel. Choose wisely!


Kristen_MarquezKristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

7 Steps for How to Save a Lot of Money and Not Spend it on Useless Things

Wondering how to save a lot of money? Are you’re a big spender, with too many things that you bought for almost no good reason?

You’re not alone!

It’s normal for an average teen to spend a lot compared with what they make. It’s not bad to want things, but it is bad to buy things “just to have it” and with no purpose.

The good news is that you CAN control your spending habits. Follow these steps below for how to save a lot of money not spend it on useless things!

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Step 1. Put money aside FIRST

Putting money aside sounds pretty easy and it can be if you know how to let go and pretend it’s not there. When I say “put money aside,” I don’t mean to use for later. Keep it in a safe place and let it grow! Put away a dollar a day or 10-20% or more of your earnings somewhere safe in your home or in a savings account. It’s never too late to start saving! The earlier the better, and you won’t regret it.

One trick for how to save a lot of money is to “pay yourself first,” which means that before you spend money on anything else, make sure you put money aside or in your savings first.

Step 2. Set goals

Set reasonable goals for yourself on how much money you want to save. If you need a laptop for school, save money and set a goal to reach the amount you need to have. With that said, I’m sure you’ll still want to spend — but think carefully about what you want to spend your money on.

The worst thing is walking into a store and automatically thinking you need everything you lay your eyes on. Make sure you purchase something that’s worth having! If it’s just a phone case you want but yours is still in perfect condition, you’re fine without another one – resist and use discipline. You can do it!

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Step 3. Be realistic!

Be realistic about your goals and what you want to buy. You see a beautiful pair of shoes and you want them so badly! Do you need those shoes so much that you’ll die for them? If your answer is yes, then you’re going to need to change your mindset, because nothing in any store is worth having that much.

Remind yourself of all the times you bought the little things you just had to have – a new shirt, electronics, an expensive meal, a collector’s toy and the list goes on….those little things all add up!. Be realistic as to whether they were worth it in the long run. Probably NOT.

Step 4. Track your expenses

The next step for how to save a lot of money is to track your expenses. When you’re young, you don’t care about saving. I get it. You want the best and only the best, regardless if you can really afford it. One way to curb your temptations is to track your expenses.

Keep track of what you buy either on paper, a spreadsheet, or on a budgeting app. You might think you’re not spending a lot but wait until you see the big picture. If your parents give you an allowance, show them you know how to save and maybe they’ll give you a credit card. Maybe, maybe not.

Step 5. Ask yourself these 3 basic questions

  • Why do I want this? If it’s something reasonable like you need a sweater for the cold weather, then sure, get it.
  • How often will I use it? A sweater can be used all year round, so still a reasonable purchase.
  • Can I live without it? If you have a lot of sweaters already then maybe you can live without it. But if you need a good sweater and it’s affordable then yes, get it.

Be smart about it. Have more reasonable answers than just “it’s cute” and “it’s in.”

Step 6. Learn to appreciate what you already have

Nowadays, it’s easy to become materialistic with everyone wanting the latest trends or hottest gadgets. We always want the best of things in life and that’s fine. But as soon as you grasp the concept that you ALREADY have great things, especially when compared with teens elsewhere in the world, you will learn to appreciate your current possessions more rather than be obsessed with every new thing.

If you can discipline yourself to live without upgrading your iPhone, buying the similar shirt you already own just in a different color, or eating at the Cheesecake Factory every Friday night, then you’ll live happily with what you currently already have.

Now, I’m not saying avoid buying things you absolutely need like a new toothbrush, or shampoo and body wash! This step in how to save a lot of money requires that you distinguish your needs and wants.

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Step 7. Last but not least, train your brain to wait

Train your brain to wait when buying. When we shop around, we make impulse purchases. Stores are designed to make us buy junk. It’s not fair; they really know what they are doing!

If you walk by something you want, remember to ask yourself the 3 basic questions from Step 5 above and also see how long you can go without it. Try to force yourself to walk out of the store, even if you know you are going to buy it no matter what. After a while you might realize that you don’t want what you thought you needed so badly.

Keep it up, and soon you’ll be sitting on some fat stacks or a nice balance on your bank statement thanks to your improved spending habits!


Kristen_MarquezKristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

How Teens Can Save Money on Sales, Deals and Clearance Items

So you want to find the best deals and get more from your hard-earned cash? Who doesn’t, right? Well, you’ve come to the right place for some quick and easy tips on how to save money the next time you go shopping.

First, we’ll start with the most important thing to understand: if you figure out when sales are happening and wait for the right time to buy, you can stretch your purchasing dollars by a huge factor. You can even make it a game to try to get the same item your friends rushed to buy the first day it came out for a whole lot less.

Read this step-by-step guide on how to shop for sale items in only 5 Steps!

Step 1. Do your RESEARCH!

Shopping for sale items requires some work unless you just happen to walk into a store with luck and find all these remarkable deals. Depending what kind of stuff you’re looking for, the best bet is to check store websites and use store apps to find the best sales. Many stores will post their weekly ads and flyers right online, so you don’t have to depend on newspaper inserts to find your deals.

I am a lover of the Flipp app.  You can do searches on what you’re looking for and circle them directly on your mobile device. You can compare prices and it will compile a list of everything you circled in any ad. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to find deals on groceries!

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Step 2. Find out their mark down schedule

Every retailer has a markdown policy, even if it’s not revealed to the public. For example, Target fans have identified an unofficial mark down schedule which seems to hold true for a lot of stores, including specific days where certain types of items go on sale. Things will be on clearance for about a week or two and most of the time the price will go down again, and the clearance sticker seems to hold clues as to whether the price will drop again or not.

Macy’s works in a similar way. It’ll start off with 25% off and then 50% off. The best thing to do for the best deals at Macy’s is to wait until their One Day Sale, which happens every month. If you absolutely can’t wait to purchase something at your local Macy’s, find out if they do price adjustments or accept competitor’s coupons.

Be careful when researching markdown policies, as some vary from store to store within the same brand, and there is inaccurate data on the Internet about some of them.

Step 3.  USE COUPONS!

I don’t know why some people are ashamed to use coupons – ­they are your best friends when looking for the best deals! Of course, read the exclusions and use them wisely.

I’ve found coupon apps to be very useful, including RetailMeNot, SnipSnap, Groupon, Cartwheel (which is a Target Coupon app) and others.

Here is another trick regarding coupons: many stores will MATCH competitor coupons and special deals. They have got to be the same type of store — think Walmart and Target and Sears for instance, rather than some obscure website — but some will even price match Amazon prices…insane!

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Step 4. Subscribe to Retailers’ Newsletters

Subscribing to retailer newsletters or “special offer” emails can save you lots of money with exclusive deals as well. Often, you will receive a coupon or code that won’t appear anywhere else this way.

These emails can get kind of out of hand, so I would recommend creating a separate email account for these kinds of things so they don’t clutter your inbox with tons of spam.

If you don’t feel like going through all the steps to create a new email address, you can always use Mailinator.com.

Step 5. Be REALISTIC and PATIENT.

This is the most important step of them all. Be realistic about what you buy and whether you need it or not. Teens buy a lot of stuff we really don’t need, so to save your money is a better choice most the time.

However, if you are going to buy, be patient and do so when items go on clearance or by using the tools above. It is understandable to feel like you have to buy something for fear of it being gone if you wait any longer (FOMO), but learn to play the sales game wisely. You’ll end up saving more and being happier at the end!

If you follow all the tips above and REALLY do your research, you’ll find what you’re looking for — with the best possible price tag on it.

Now that’s a sweet deal!

A few other things to try:

  • Install the Ebates browser extensions, which helps you get cash back on online purchases.
  • Use Honey browser extension to find the lowest price on Amazon and automatically apply coupon codes at checkout at many online retailer.

Kristen_MarquezKristen Marquez  graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

Things to Do Before Moving Into an Off-Campus Apartment for School

If you decide to live off campus at a college or university, there are factors many students fail to consider before signing an apartment lease for school and moving in. In the end, these considerations can wind up costing you a great deal of money and aggravation.

Here are some tips for your first college apartment rental.

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Talk with the Neighbors

Before you sign a lease for an off-campus apartment, talk with nearby neighbors. You may see some people coming and going from the building when you are visiting, or simply knock on some doors. This is a great way to gain information about the area, the apartment building and your potential new home. You will also find out pretty quickly whether your neighbors are the helpful and friendly sort or not!

Check Yelp reviews as well. You will sometimes find that there are serious maintenance issues or problems with rowdy residents which are never disclosed on the slick apartment websites.

Read the Fine Print

A lease is a legal document. This means you can be evicted and/or sued if you violate what is written its clauses. Most of the clauses are there to protect the property, but many are in place so the renters themselves can enjoy living there without undue disturbance.

Expect restrictions on noise, pets, use of common areas (schedules), trash disposal, number of days guests may stay — things which you might have taken for granted when living with mom and dad. Now that you are in college, expect to be treated like a responsible adult (and act like one!)

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Document the Flaws

When you move into an apartment, before you unload any boxes, hang any pictures or take your first shower, you need to go around with your camera, turn on all of the lights in the apartment and begin looking for damage. This is the time that you need to be OCD about every single flaw that is present, no matter how tiny it may be. Both video and stills should be taken and stored on a site such as Google Photos which handily keeps things organized by date.

Each stain, crack, hole, dent and scratch should be recorded and documented. Just because the landlord seems to be a nice person, it does not mean that they will not charge you for any issues that are present when you move out. If you have documentation of its presence when you moved in, you can avoid the sometimes huge fees that go along with these problems.

Be Sure Everything Works

Light switches, garbage disposals, toilets – it is important to go around the apartment and be certain that every single fixture and feature works, and works well. Take something with you that you can plug into every electrical outlet as well, because if many of them do not work when you move in, it can create a seriously frustrating problem, such as not being able to charge your phone while lying in bed.

Turn in a written report and keep a copy (just take a picture of the form with your form). Again, video and still pictures should be taken of any issues to avoid your landlord charging you for “broken electrical outlets” or other nonsense.

Check Inside the Cabinets

It is important to check inside the cabinets, but probably not for the reasons that you are thinking. While you need to ensure that there is plenty of room for your food and cups, it is also important to determine if there are any unwelcome guests residing inside of these cabinets. In addition to looking for the actual critters themselves, you should also look for signs that they have been there – droppings, spider webs or any other issues.

Report anything you find to the landlord in order to schedule a fumigation.

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Renting your first apartment is not something to be taken lightly. Take time to consider the factors here to ensure that you find a clean, healthy and safe place to live.

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Tips For Making Better Choices Throughout High School

Adolescence is a challenging and confusing time of life that often leads to bad decision making. Many factors contribute to this including peer pressure, the need to achieve good grades and added responsibilities. Use these tips to help make better choices as you journey through your high school career in order to achieve greater success in higher education, as well as in adulthood.

Be Careful With Social Media Posts

Think twice before posting on any social media portals, especially if these posts contain pictures related to alcohol, drugs, sex, guns or contain vulgar language. This can affect your ability to be gainfully employed in the future. In fact, statistics reveal that over 90% of recruitment agencies investigate social media posts before placing prospective candidates.

Your future employer is not interested in your privacy or whether you were just having some fun. They will make use of the public nature of the internet to help determine whether you are of the character and dignity of a person they would like their business associated with. It is best to avoid any posts that may be considered to be embarrassing by a future employer.

Also keep in mind that social media posts have a way of going viral, even if you aren’t the one who created the original post or shared it. There are dozens of stories on the internet about individuals who lost their jobs and are now finding it difficult to be employed due to dodgy social media posts that were submitted years ago. So it’s best to behave in a manner that doesn’t attract posting from peers.

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Your Grades Matter

The pressure from parents, teachers and even peers is greater than ever to achieve good grades. This pressure, no matter how challenging to deal with, is however justified. Your grades can influence your ability to get into a good college, receive a scholarship and could affect your future employment.

The need for self-expression and finding individuality has led to the general belief that your grades don’t define you. While this may be true to a certain extent, your grades are still important, relative to how they may impact your future.

Even if you feel that the grading system is outdated and flawed, the numbers still matter at the end of the day. Especially to prospective colleges and employers who tend to be old-fashioned in their approach for selecting candidates.

Work hard at achieving the best grades you are able and maintaining these grades. You don’t always have to be a straight-A student, but must always show an effort at doing your best.

However, it is important to recognize other factors that could affect your future and not let the need to achieve affect these or your overall quality of life. The pressure and stress of being the top of your class should never affect your ability to enjoy the full high school experience.

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You Can Say No

We are all taught from a young age to be amiable and agreeable which is a good skill to develop. However, you should never feel obligated or pressured into saying “yes,” whether this pressure is being applied by parents, teachers, peers or any other person. Saying “yes” when you should have said “no” is the greatest factor that influences bad choices.

Legislation and your parents provide you with laws and rules to follow that should dictate what is acceptable and suitable for you to do at your specific age. But at the end of the day, it is up to you to make the decisions that will affect your future when no one is watching. Always keep in mind these laws and rules, most were created to protect you. Never be afraid to say “no” if you feel that entering into a certain activity is wrong.

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Protect Your Identity

Identity theft is a part of modern life that people of all ages need to learn protect themselves against. Teenagers and young adults often think that they are not targets for this type of crime. Having your personal information available to criminals may result in criminal activity that may be associated with you.

In fact, teens make great targets for identity theft due to the time they spend on unsecured networks and their tendency to leave electronic devices accessible to others and unprotected.

Just a few basic security measures can prevent this from happening to you.

  • Keep your electronic devices on your person or locked away at all times.
  • Make sure that all your devices, computers and laptops are password protected. Choose a complicated password and never share it with anyone.
  • Log out of your personal accounts, including email after use.
  • Never leave documents containing account information or your social security number where others may have access.
  • Pay attention to any activity on your accounts that you did not perform.

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Learning to make good decisions in high school will set you up to make even better decisions as you move into adulthood. Never underestimate the impact that one small mistake or bad decision can have on your future. If in doubt, sleep on a decision or find a mentor or person whose advice you trust and talk to them before making a choice. School is a place of learning and you should take this time to educate yourself in all aspects of life, including how to make better choices.


Beatrice Quany is the Marketing Director for ILoveCopperJewelry.com, a website displaying unique creations by award winning designer John S. Brana. Visit the site to view their stylish collection of beautiful copper jewelry.

Olga Noskova Interview – The Mirror Glaze Cake Wizard!

Many people are familiar with Olga Noskova’s work by now. She is the pastry artist whose incredible mirror glaze cakes took the internet by storm starting earlier this year.

Her creations, which seem other-worldy and impossible to create without the use of CGI, have garnered her worldwide fame and an ever increasing fan base — especially on Instagram where she has over 600,000 followers on her @olganoskovaa account.


Teens Wanna Know got the chance to know her better via an email interview. Here is Olga in her own words! (with a few grammar tweaks as English is not her native tongue)

1. Hi Olga, nice to e-meet you! Before we get started talking about cakes, please tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hey! My name is Olga Noskova. I’m a famous cake-blogger and pastry artist. I’m from Russia and live in the beautiful city of Ufa. I have a wonderful little son.

Do you know the English saying: “Water dripping day by day wears the hardest rock away?” Every day I tried to create something beautiful and lovely. And thanks to my unbelievable mirror and delicious cakes my popularity started to grow. The stars smiled at me. In my case, the first star who rated my talent is Britney Spears 🙂

The British Independent wrote my cake is “absolutely impeccable.” BuzzFeed called my work “absolutely flawless” and wrote that they are “too good to be eaten.”

One day I woke up famous in the world. My Instagram increased to 613K followers. I could not believe what had happened to me! Their comments, admiration, love – that’s what makes me understand that this is not a hobby and not a job. This is my life!

My business for me – it’s pure “art”. I am a pastry chef – an artist. I paint my works in the soul, and reproduce them in reality. I do not do the work [only] for sale. And I strive to make each of my next cake better than the previous. I guess what my subscribers want, feel them and create for them. It is an energy-intensive way. But this is my way. My opinion. My art.

2. How did you get started as a dessert maker?

I was an economist but I wanted to find [something] that would bring me pleasure every day. And I decided to learn to cook French Macaroon cookies, and this process took an eternity.

3. What is your personal favorite dessert to eat?

I can’t [pick] one favorite cake. Each cake is unique and has a special meaning for me. In each I put my love, tenderness, emotions and a part of myself. No cake is like the previous one: even if you use the same “paint,” you’ll still get a different cake. It’s like art, I do not copy, I create each time.

Now I’m keen on the creation of special cake for my lovely city. On October 11 in my homeland is a celebrated holiday – Republic Day. Therefore, I wanted to create something special, a “Bashcake”, into which i put all the love for my homeland. The cake combines three colors [representing the] tricolor flag of the Republic of Bashkortostan, as a symbol of freedom, openness and virtue. And, of course, the main symbol of the republic – Salavat Yulaev (for local citizens this hero means the same as William Wallace from the movie “Braveheart” for Scots).

I made it and listened to Bashkir national music: the combination of exciting kurai [Bashkortostan national flower] and a unique kobyz [Kazahk national instrument].

This cake is my Bashkortostan. I am very proud of my republic and want to tell the world about my wonderful Bashkortostan.

4. What is your favorite non-dessert dish to cook and eat?

I like fish so much and different seafood. Often I cook salmon steaks. Sometimes I love to pamper my family with Bashkir’s national food: dumplings, balish.

5. Who taught you how to make those amazing glazed cakes…was that your invention or did you have a mentor?

I started to learn from a variety of incredibly talented chefs, like a sponge; absorbing all their knowledge and experience.

But it wasn’t enough. I realized that to become a master I needed at some point to dare and make something of myself. I decided to do better than my predecessors. Began to create, to experiment.

6. How do you feel about other bakers who are copying your mirror glaze technique and putting similar pictures on Instagram?

I don’t pay attention to it. I have my own style, my secret mirror glaze. Making a copy is difficult even for me. Every cake is unique and unrepeatable. I don’t stop; I’m always looking for something new and perfect.

7. What advice would you give a teen who wants to start becoming a dessert maker like you?

Try, take risks, make mistakes and try again. Never give up and believe in your dreams!

And maybe start with something like this : ) – TWK Admin

8. What is the hardest part about the baking business?

The hardest part is: don’t eat all the cakes alone, and maintain a great figure 🙂

9. What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in your career, and how did you do it?

I do not like the word “problem”. All that occurs during the creation of cakes – is an experiment: with color, shape, decoration. It can be successful or not, but in any case it will benefit, it will be a lesson.

I try till I reach perfection. I am a perfectionist in everything. I am very demanding on myself and my creations

10. How can someone in the Unites States order one of your cakes?

Unfortunately, for now it is impossible but I’m looking for partners in the US. In the near future I will open my brand boutique in the largest mall in Dubai. If you will come to Dubai, come to my boutique and try any cake!

11. Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I believe in the power of the Universe. If you want something very much, you should ask the Universe, and the Universe will send it to you.

12. If you could travel back in time and give ONE piece of advice to yourself as a teenager, what would it be?

Don’t worry, you can do it!

13. What are you working on next?

I want cakes to not only be beautiful and delicious, but on par with the artists or musicians who are doing what they want — for people to admire cake as a work of art.

My dream is to hold an exhibition in conjunction with other works of modern art, such as the Piccadilly Circus in London, where I will present my best works, the most perfect of all. A place where people from all over the world can come see them.

For me it is important to not only take energy from the universe, I want to give it away, and I do it through my cakes. I want to share this with the entire world.

14. Could you please send us a selfie? It can be you with one of your cakes, or you just relaxing…whatever!

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We look forward to seeing what amazing desserts Olga comes up with next. Make sure you follow her on Instagram at @olganoskovaa!

 

Low Calorie Teenage Mutant Mint Chip Ice Cream Recipe from GiGi Dubois

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Now that school is officially back in session… Students are once again faced with confusing chemistry text books, intimidatingly gargantuan novels that have to be read in three days and math equations that make their heads spin. The stress that comes with a new year of trying to earn good grades typically results in students self-medicating with food, and not the type of food this year’s nutrition class tells them to eat.

Foods filled with trans fatty acids and copious amounts of sugar (i.e. cookies, snack cakes, chips, etc) are typically the nibbles students turn to so as to calm their moods for those two to five minutes it takes to eat them. I mean, STRESSED is DESSERTS backward, so people assume that sweets are the cure-all.

Unfortunately, that is not the case at all. In fact, eating unhealthfully will actually cause more stress as these nutritionally void foods cause blood sugar levels to rise very quickly, but then crash just as fast, leaving you lethargic and even more anxious.

After reading all of this, you might be left feeling anxious about being told not to go hang out with Ben & Jerry’s later this evening. However, before you click out of your browser and… MAYBE… Hit the books to get a head start on some homework, here is a recipe that will soothe your stress yet also soothe your need for a sweet treat (without the sugar, trans fat and other filler ingredients that do nothing for your health or anxiety) when you just NEED IT, perhaps after trying to solve what Y equals in your Algebra book!

Teenage Mutant Mint Chip Ice Cream

WHAT are you waiting for? Get your ice cream maker…

  • Freeze ice cream maker bowl for roughly 18 to 24 hours prior to making this recipe.
  • When ready… Turn on ice cream maker (after putting the mixer and cover on top… And start pouring in the ingredients. Coconut milk first, then sweetener, followed by protein powder, dark chocolate, stevia and food coloring.
  • Grab a spoon and help the ingredients churn together by getting your utensil in there and help with the mixing process.
  • Add the water and continue to help machine stir.
  • Let the machine churn the combination for roughly 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy 100% GUILT-FREE!

-GiGi Dubois, GiGi Eats Celebrities


ABOUT GiGi

Based in Los Angeles, GiGi Dubois is a healthy living nutrition expert and blogger/YouTuber enthusiast. Her fun, laid back, comedic style and relatable approach has helped her gain thousands of followers. Her blog/vlog GiGi EatsCelebrities serves as both an educational tool and entertainment for those wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. She is frequently called upon for her advice and opinions by nutrition and celebrity-related media outlets. She has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in nutrition communications from Tufts University.