Monthly Archives: April 2013

This Week’s Playlist

Normally I would save something like this for our “What’s getting us through the week” post on Thursday…but I just don’t think I can hold it in until then…so alas, a random Monday evening post! I have been listening to the following songs for about 2 weeks straight and they have been making me SO HAPPY that I just had to share them with the world!

1. American Beautiful – The Henningsens

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The first time I heard it, I HAD to download it immediately – and I was so shocked to see that this is a new group! They sounded so polished and like they just BELONGED on country radio! The phrase that especially got to me was in the second verse: “Why walk, baby, we were born to run?” It’s just so strangely motivational! I’ve really been enjoying DC life lately, and I’ve been really, really happy…and this song matches my feelings of trying to make the most of every situation and really making sure I’m running through life and experiencing all I can while I can!

2. Running Out of Air – Love & Theft

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How many times did my friend Kelly and I listen to this song between Saturday evening and right now? I don’t want to talk about it. Actually, I do. Because its about 100. Because this song is awesome. So fun, so catchy…what more can you want? I’m obsessed.

3. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez

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Now…this one is a few weeks old…but I’m still listening non-stop…and that’s a good sign! I’m considering it as my follow-up jam to Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Marina & The Diamonds’ “How to be a Heartbreaker,” both of which my roommate and I were obsessed with earlier in the year. They’re all classic work out/power jams that just make you want to scream and dance.

I’m generally not the most “hip” or up-to-date when it comes to music, so don’t expect posts like this often…but I just had to make sure everyone knew about these tunes because they are fairly new still! Check ’em out and let us know what’s on your playlist this week!

-S

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GUEST BLOG – Chocolate, Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Pizza!

You may recall that last week we participated in our very first guest blog post on Latte Issues! Well, now it’s time to return the favor and they’re here to provide us with the first LoL Guest Blog! We love reading  their blog so we’re sure you will as well!

Hey everyone! First of all, a big THANK YOU to the ladies here for letting us post on their site! We are very, very excited! (If you can’t tell by the abundance of exclamation points already used…)

We’re Caroline and Taylor from the blog LatteIssues (as underemployed 20 somethings, we’ve got a “latte” issues…). We started our blog back in October when we were unemployed and seriously questioning how on Earth everyone around us seemed to have their lives on track and we somehow didn’t. In the past seven months we’ve gotten jobs and internships in the fields we love and now find ourselves working 7 days a week! It’s been quite an adventure and even though Taylor moved 2,000 miles away, we’ve kept in touch through our blogging. And boy oh boy do we love to blog…about everything. Food, dating in New York City, not having money, still living at home? You name it, we’ve probably written about it.

Now we certainly aren’t advocating for eating your feelings…but we certainly aren’t against it either. Pairing food with the right situation can (almost) always make you feel better. Whether it’s chocolate chunk brownies for when your crush doesn’t like you  or a cheap pasta dish to make at home when you have no money – we believe food can be helpful to make it through your 20s.

This Chocolate, Marshmallow, and Peanut Butter Pizza can help you cope with a variety of situations from stupid dudes, to celebrating your first big job, to everything your 20s can throw at you in between.

Chocolate, Mashmallow, and Peanut Butter Pizza

Ingredients
butter for greasing pan
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teapspoon baking powder
big pinch of salt (optional)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking pan with butter.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking pwder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir and set aside.

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3. With an electrix mixer set on medium, mix together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg until smooth and creamy. On low speed slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just blended.

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4. Roll out the dough onto the greased baking sheet and using your hands or a rolling pin press it into a large circle. Use your fingers to pinch the edges into a pizza-like crust.

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5. Bake the dough for 8-12 minutes or until just beginning to brown.

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6. Evenly sprinkle the marshmallows and chocolate chips on top of the baked dough.
7. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the marshmallows are light brown and puffy. Allow to cool, stuff your face, and enjoy!!


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Sephora Color Lip Last

Now that I’m an expert on grown-up makeup, I feel like I’m totally qualified to start doling out advice and tips (hah!). I’ve been told that I am not taking proper advantage of my dark skin tone because I don’t experiment with crazy lip color. Actually, I don’t experiment with lip color at all. I pretty much just stay neutral – it takes a lot for me to even break out the chap-stick.  But the reason I never wear lip color is because it smudges, comes off as soon as you eat, and I haven’t been able to find a product I like that provides color and moisturizes. It just hasn’t been worth all the fuss in my book…until now.

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TA-DA! My new favorite thing in the world: Sephora Color Lip Last. I’ve been trying out several different products over the past few months, and this, BY FAR, is my favorite! It’s not quite as rough as lipstick, but also not the commitment of a lip stain…it’s more of a lip…cream. Either way, it is awesome. It comes in 25+ colors and is only $12 a pop! I started off with just the bright red, but I love it so much that I’ve already expanded my collection to include a neutral pink/nude, bright fuchsia, and coral. Next on my list is light pink – perfect for springtime! It stays on all day, and even through meals (though i do have to reapply a little sometimes). I absolutely love it for daily use – it adds a little pop without being crazy. It’s a little smudgey, but that’s only because the color is built to last long, so just be careful when applying!

Here are the shades from left to right in the picture above: 
Pure Red
Coral Calling
Royal Raspberry
Natural Pink

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colors

Coral Calling, Pure Red, Natural Pink, Royal Raspberry

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Royal Raspbery, Coral Calling, Natural Pink, Pure Red

Overall, A+ from Sephora (shocker!) – this may be my favorite product yet! What are your favorite lip products and colors for spring?

xO -S

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Volunteering at the National Kidney Walk

What do you do when your passion becomes your job? When your only hobby becomes your entire life? That is the dilemma I have been faced with since starting my job here in DC. I’ve always used politics as something to talk about with friends and a way to escape from the daily woes of Economics problem sets. However, now that I’m in this political world all day, everyday, I really need a little break every once in a while. Hence, I need a new hobby.  Unfortunately the real world isn’t as simple as college, where you can just look online at a list of 200+ clubs to join. So I thought about what else I was passionate about, looked into a few online options, and finally signed up to volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation’s Northern Virginia Kidney Walk!

Anyone who knows me knows that this issue hits close to home for me, so I was really excited to be able to help out even in the smallest way!  I was assigned to be a route Marshall  which basically just meant sitting at one area of the route and directing people…but it was cool because you actually got to see the walkers right when they were all starting. Then I moved to the finish line to cheer people on as they came in from the walk. It was such a small task, but really I’m just glad I got to be there!

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my buddy for the day

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So excited I even took a selfie!

Overall, it was an awesome experience. It being the first time I’ve ever really addressed the issue in public, I got super emotional during it. Just seeing all the heroic donors and super-healthy back-to-normal recipients walking was so encouraging and inspiring! I’m hoping I’ll be around for the DC area walk next month, and maybe I can even get involved in other ways as well!

And as an added bonus, after the walk I had a little extra time to explore Reston Town Center – which is AWESOME! All my favorite stores in one place…but it’s outside! Perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon!

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Adorable fountain / pavillion area

So find something you’re interested in and get involved! Now that it’s nice out, there’s no excuse to sit home and watch movies all weekend!

-S

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Delicious & Adorable Strawberry Cookies

You’ll know I mean business when I say that these cookies taste even better than they look! When I first saw this recipe on one of my favorite baking sites, Sally’s Baking Addiction, I knew I HAD to try it. It was so simple and different from my normal chocolatey messes. It definitely didn’t disappoint! These are some of the naturally softest, well-forming cookies I’ve made. Something about cake mix just allows the cookies to rise perfectly!

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Equally pretty & delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
– 1/3 cup Canola Oil (or Vege)
– 2 Eggs
– 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
– 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
– 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I mixed white & milk)

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SUPER simple recipe

Directions:
1. Mix cake mix and baking powder in large bowl

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2. In a separate and smaller bowl, combine eggs, canola oil, and vanilla extract

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3. Mix wet mixture into dry mixture & stir until well combined

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4. Fold in chocolate chips

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5. Roll into little balls – use taller balls if you want the cookies to turn out nice and thick!

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I like to keep them spread out really far to allow for expansion…

6. Pop in the oven for about 7 minutes – but be careful not to overbake! (This is one of my biggest mistakes in cookie-making…)

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I chose to make these small and thick, rather than large and thin, because I prefer little bite-sized cookies so I can give more of them away…and so I don’t feel bad eating as many :p Needless to say, these have easily made it into my “Oh I just whipped these up” secret mind-blowingly simple cookie recipe archives. I love cake mix cookies, so I’m hoping to branch out and try some more recipes that use cake bases…it’s too easy not to experiment! …And now it’s only 11a.m. and I’m so ready & hungry for lunch after writing this! Oops!

xO – S

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100th Post! What’s Getting Us Through the Week

It’s Thursday afternoon, it’s hot, and we’re sooo close to the weekend we can almost taste it. Here’s what’s helping us get through these last few hours (and what got us up to this point in the week!):

Shianne says

1. Online Shopping

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Can’t wait to pair these with a cute spring dress or skirt!

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Casual crossbody bag

I just got my Warby Parker glasses samples in (so exciting!) and I’m waiting on the arrival of an order I purchased with my Francesca’s gift card. This week has been particularly busy at work, and I’m still working on building up a spring/summer wardrobe (since we don’t really have much of a spring/summer in Roch) so I decided to try and find some key pieces online. I’m pretty opposed to buying clothing online, but I am willing to give accessories a try. I’m expecting my new boots, bag, and jewelry to come in either tonight or tomorrow and I can’t wait! There’s nothing better to get you through a tough week than knowing you’ll be getting some awesome additions to your wardrobe soon!

2. ‘Cruise’ Remix by Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly
(I love this song too! -E)

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The best and strangest combo

I can hear you making fun of me all the way from DC…but hear me out. I don’t know why, but I LOVE this song. Actually, I do know why. Two reasons:

a. I have a tendency to enjoy things that are so bad they’re good (aka any cheesy, poorly-filmed movie…Eight-Legged Freaks, anyone?)

b. My two favorite genres of music happen to be country and rap – so basically my two worlds have collided here to form a perfect union of undeniable catchiness

Check it out here and you’ll find yourself singing along soon enough.

Elyse says

1.Frozen Mango

I have an obsession with frozen fruit. Is this weird? sometimes its grapes, sometimes its berries, this week its frozen mango cubes.. yum!! To the point where when I buy it at the market, I have to open it before I get home because I just want to enjoy it so much! Looking forward to ice cream froyo season for this flavor…

2. Girls Love Beyonce by Drake

I became aware of this new song yesterday. I have since told everyone under the moon about it because I love it so much. I’m not even sure what I love about it.. all I know is I listened to it on repeat for 2 hours last night packing. If you want to listen / download check it out here! And you can tell me if you like it, or if I’m just wishing Destiny’s Child would come back already.

 & we both agree on

Blogger Momentum

We’ve been working really hard this week (& always) to amp up our blog, and with this being our 100th post, we thought we’d brag a little in the form of our newly implemented weekly signature post! We’re super excited to see that our efforts have been working – we’ve gained followers, are up to a steady 50+ views a day, and had our first guest blog! We’ve also been trying to add in some more variety – with Elyse’s recent post on how to quit your job, but still keep some favorites, like our delicious recipes (already made another batch of these oreo blondies..oops!).

So huge THANK YOU to everyone reading – we’re not sure why you find our lives interesting, but we’re sure glad you do! Let us know what you’ve been enjoying – we’re always looking for advice and ways to make the blog more fun…after all, we are still pretty new at this!

xO – S&E

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Apps for Change

Will changing your Facebook profile picture help end child abuse in West Africa? No.

Over the past few weeks, I have seen more people set their profile picture to support a cause than ever before. There was a recent Supreme Court decision, senate hearing, and explosions across the country.  While changing your picture does show support and raise awareness, it fails to help in a tangible way that many organizations fighting to stop injustices across the world need. You may feel better or like you have helped in some way, but their need is the same. But what can you do besides donating especially during this tragic week in US history?

Luckily, there’s an app for that.

FoodShareFilter

If you use instagram and or twitter, you have probably seen one or more post about someone’s meal. They could have just made it, or just ordered it but whatever the reason they felt like sharing and you can choose to like it, favorite it, retweet it etc. FoodShareFilter has created an integrated instagram filter where by downloading for $1.16 from the Google Play/Apple Store and using to “share” your food, you share in other ways by having money donated to help fight hunger in Mexico. Pretty easy…

WeTopia

WeTopia is a facebook game that allows players build villages and earn points that turn into charitable donations. To date, players have provided more than 1.6 million gallons of drinking water and over 760,000 hot meals for children in Haiti, 45,000 meals for U.S. children living in poverty, and more than 3,000 warm coats to children in Afghanistan and the United States. Not too shabby!

GoodGuide

GoodGuide lets you to scan the barcode of a product while you’re shopping and immediately receive ratings regarding its healthfulness, environmental impact and social responsibility. How cool is that?

Mobile Rice

This is a particular favorite of mine as I used to go on the website in high school. The MobileRice app tests your vocabulary skills while donating grains of rice through the World Hunger Program. Match words with their definition or synonyms and help diminish hunger 
worldwide. The app is connected to the website, which has collected 77 billion grains in 2 1/2 years — enough rice to feed millions. Download it and play next time you’re waiting for the metro!

   GiveWork

The Give Work app asks users to complete simple tasks that check the work done by refugee workforce. It provides a sort of quality assurance while increasing the quality of life for Kenyan refugee workers.

Small gestures do make a big difference, so maybe try one of these apps out next time you feel like making a small change for the better. And if you want to continue to spread the word, post it on Facebook or tweet about it to others.

And then you can change your profile picture too if you want.

xE

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How to quit your first real job.

Two weeks ago I had to do something that absolutely terrified me — I gave my two weeks notice.

Lets rewind a bit to get the full story.

As college seniors we’re pretty much wired towards finding a job and being pushed out into the real world to start this “career” that you’ve been training for…but more often than not, you’re not sure what that means. I studied Economics, Biology and Organizational Psych so by that standard I should be…working in HR Analytics for a Pharmaceutical company? There is no straight path and the only thing I really knew is that I wanted to be in D.C. and tada, I made it as one of the 43% of college grads who were employed post college. This is nothing to be taken lightly, my mom was thrilled, family so proud, etc and so I packed up my bags and moved down to D.C.

New job was great, and wow these paychecks are awesome! But there was a lot of adjustment socially (where are my best friends from college?!), financially (excuse me Comcast – Internet is HOW much a month?) and just lifestyle wise (9-5 is not really a thing, its more like 8:30-6:00 on a good day). However, I was learning a lot and everyone around me was supportive of this hard time. I don’t know what other jobs are like, so lets keep rolling with this one!

Fast forward 8 months, I have learned SO much. About the business world, working with people, office structure and about what I can officially cross of my list of what I want to do for the rest of my life – a necessary part of discovering your career! I accept that while I love the office and people I work with, there is no room for advancement of any kind where I am.

Two months later, an opportunity to change companies and positions arrives at my door (or in my LinkedIn inbox to be precise) and I decide to apply, heck why not? One month after that, I’ve just signed an offer letter with a new company and I will be transitioning in a month. Oh the excitement!!

But there is one problem… I have to tell these great people who took a chance on my as a silly little new grad and taught me so much that I will be leaving them, after less than a year. Oy.

I had never quit a job before. Internships ended, I graduated high school or college, tennis season came up but never actually quit.  Quitting is no easy feat, and in this town and in this economy your number one goal should be to NOT BURN BRIDGES.

So this leads us to my advice in this matter, having just gone through the same ordeal.

So you’ve officially decided to quit, regardless of having another offer in hand:

1. Give two weeks notice.

Check your company hand book but two weeks for someone in an entry level position (as us new grads usually are) should be appropriate. Some companies may have given you a bonus stipulating that you stay there for a year so if you haven’t hit that mark yet take that into consideration. Also consider how much time they are going to need to replace you– have you been key on a project for months? Two weeks may not be long enough. There are also some companies that will tell you to leave that day. This saves them money, or they’re angry, or it’s policy…whatever it is just know that you will get your check in the mail and that will be it.

2. Tell your direct supervisor before anyone else. 

You may work in a company where there are tons of young people and you all are friends, go out and tell each other everything. It doesn’t matter, DO NOT tell them first. Word spreads like wild fire and my boss was very happy to hear that he knew before others, as this had not usually been the case. It shows respect and consideration of their needs in the matter.

2a. DO IT IN PERSON.

Walk into their office after a meeting or schedule a time to chat. If you can do it in person, do so. If you can’t, phone in at minimum. NEVER email them your resignation without a conversation first.

3. Put it in writing.

After you’ve told your supervisor, put it in writing. Preferably email. Just for documentation sake.

4. Be positive.

This applies for both job interviews and exit interviews but never dis your current employer. Regardless of the fact that you hated it, the hours were long, your supervisors were mean or whatever you find the issues is. You stay positive, you mention the only reason for moving on is about you and growth and wish them the best.

The art of Manliness Suggests:

“Thank your boss for the opportunity, and if she asks why you’re quitting, simply emphasize something about the way in which your new job aligns better with your key interests than your current one does. “I’ve always wanted to do more teaching, and in my new job, that will be the biggest part of my responsibilities.” If there isn’t a reason like that to give (maybe you’re just jumping ship because of the downer culture of your current company), just tell your boss (and this goes for your colleagues too) something positive and general like, “I’m ready for a new kind of challenge” or, “This is a better opportunity for me.””

5. Don’t have one foot out the door

You gave your two weeks, now work for them. Make sure projects are transitioned, any phone numbers or clients are contacted, etc. Don’t just start surfing the internet because you suddenly can and don’t care. If that’s the case you’re just using them and wasting everyone’s time.

6. Say goodbye.

There must have been people you genuinely enjoyed working with or talking with at lunch. So say goodbye to them in an appropriate manner — I suggest a short personal email or card. Also, I will be bringing in cupcakes for all because, who doesn’t like cupcakes?

Good luck! D.C. is known for being a revolving door, they’ll understand.
&if you need any advice, you’re always welcome to ask us.

xE

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Packing List: Florida

Oh vacation, how I have missed you and am looking forward to you! I’m off to Palm Beach/Miami for a week…

But, packing is always such a hassle isn’t? And I am infamous for bringing everything but the kitchen sink with me wherever I go, so for this trip to Florida I’ve decided to be very diplomatic in choosing what I bring, and only bring things that I could wear more than one day, or are absolutely necessary for the beach. Toiletries aside, what do you really need after all? A Towel, a suit, some sunnies and (if you’re as pale as I am) some mega strong [ read: spf 50+!! ]waterproof sweat proof sunblock!

So here is exactly what I’m bringing for beach wear, aside from the straw tote (mine was my grandmothers and I’ve got no idea where its from but the one shown is cheap/cute and the floral skirt as mine is from Marshalls and I couldn’t find it!)

The dress goes from day to night with a quick shoe change which is nice and the sun and the salt water will kill all makeup options aside from some waterproof mascara.

 

Packing for Florida

Packing for Florida by uhhleese featuring a neutrogena face moisturizer

Its already hot in D.C. but hopefully some relaxing time before a big change will be good for me… am I missing anything?

Also tips on any hair products to grab that will save my hair from becoming straw /green from salt and chlorine is GREATLY appreciated 🙂

-xE

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Our first GUEST BLOG!

We’re super excited to announce that we just finished our VERY FIRST GUEST BLOG! This means we’re legit bloggers now, right?

The ladies over at latte issues asked us to participate in their ongoing guest blog series and we love following them, so of course we had to say yes!

We rewrote one of our favorite all time recipes, HURRICANE BROWNIES, for them…so head over there and check it out! Also, look for our first guest blog by these lovely ladies – comin’ at ya in a few days!

Xx E&S

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