Monday, November 30, 2015

Meet Traveling Sam Kay

When I was a little girl, I remember very specifically asking my mother why we lived in the United States. My parents had friends who lived overseas. These people enchanted me with gifts from afar and stories of things I couldn't imagine existed. But, I guess I didn't know much existed outside of my home city. I was obsessed with the prospect of adventures abroad. I would make elaborate plans for my future and all of the places I would travel, always receiving an endearing eyeroll and words of encouragement from my parents. Travel became a goal of mine. And I knew that if I was going to do it, it would have to be on my own. So, when I was 17, I found a way.

When I was 17, I made the declaration to my parents that the following summer, I would be going abroad. They sighed in a sort of "yeah, right" way, but told me that if I could find a way to do it, I should. And so, as a motivated person does, I did. I found a volunteer group that would take me to Hong Kong. At age 18, I went half way across the world with a group of strangers, and I fell in love.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Worker's Guide to Black Friday

This time last year I was fuming because I knew I would be missing half my Thanksgiving day working behind a register. This time I'll be with my family,but I still feel bad for the workers all over spending their time serving others. I'm sending you all virtual hugs and kisses as well as this advice on how to handle one of the most hectic days of the year for retail workers.hb

Be Well Rested

I know some of you are already going to be tired from Thanksgiving parades and even early Thanksgiving lunch since you'll be missing out on dinner, but be sure you're well rested to start the day. Nothing is going to stop this day from being a never ending slaughter of deal seeking customers and you'll want to have enough energy to put up with it all.

Let's be thankful 2015

Tara Simone 

There have been a lot of changes in my life in the past year and I'm honestly thankful for all of them. But these are the ones I'm most thankful for. 

New Kid on the Block
My little man has been my a source of pride, joy, and frustration in the past year. I knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew it would be this soon. 

Going Back to Cali
When I was almost two years old when my mom packed up everything and moved to San Bernardino, Ca. Now almost 20 years later I'm back in Cali with my own family. I'm happy to be here and am curious to see what opportunities will come my way.

Monday, November 23, 2015

How Not to be a JERK on Black Friday

(*originally published November 2014, this post has been updated with more tips and sass) 

While everyone is preparing for Black Friday sales and stuffing themselves with turkey, retail workers everywhere have to rip themselves  from family and friends and work behind the register today. Sadly, this year I am going to be one of them. Again. Of course not working on Thanksgiving or Black Friday isn't always bad, but there are a few things shoppers can do to make these next few days a little better. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

How to Improve Your Second Language

Most of us were required to take up a second language to complete our degree. It may not have been your favorite class to attend, but what you learned there is worth way more than just a degree requirement. Knowing a second language not only looks good on a resume, but can open the door to new experiences and opportunities that you'd never have without it. So instead of letting that new language go to waste, follow our tips to keep it in use. Besides, why would you waste all that time and money to just throw it away?
screen cap of Duolingo

Language Apps

Becoming a pro at your new tongue could all lie within the palm of your hand. There are amazing apps out there that help you learn and use a language you picked up. Apps like Duolingo and Babble  are great ways to start learning a new language. Just go to the app store, download them, and use the apps to brush up.

Immersion Programs

Being in an immersion program kind of forces you to throw away your fears and use your new language. There are many different ways you can go through an immersion experience such as going through immersion camp or enrolling in a program at a university. This may be the most "extreme" way to learn a language, but you'll definitely come out with more confidence and skills in the end.

Monday, November 2, 2015

7 Ways You Can Work Abroad

Original Photo by Cristian Baron

Traveling outside of the country is one of the top things to do in your lifetime, but one some of us don't get to do.  Instead of waiting for your honeymoon or a cruise ship, here are a few different ways you can go abroad.

Learning Abroad
Studying abroad is the most traditional and well known way of traveling abroad for students, but you don't just have to go through your school to do it. There are a lot of exciting learning programs you can enroll into if you take the time to do a little research to find them. Whether or not these can go towards school credit is between you and your school, but there is no doubt that you'll get a lot out of it.


Using your time, skills, and talents to help an international community grow or improve is another great way. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Global Vision International, and many more offer programs to build homes, teaching women empowerment, and among other things.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Fun with Fanta

I look great as a mummy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fanta Freaky Foto Booth for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kid stole my look! 
Halloween is just 24 hours away and we're super excited to get the day started! I’m not really decided exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow night, but if I have any say it’ll be rocking out in downtown San Diego’s night clubs. Unfortunately we haven't been able to find someone to relieve us of baby duty. We might just end watching a few films at home and eating passing out candy. Guess this is the start of domesticated life.

Whether you're hitting the club or staying in for a night of horror movies, be sure to stack up your
favorite snacks at your local 7-Eleven. You can fill up a few candy bars yourself and grab a bottle of Fanta to drown it all down (it’s okay. Halloween is international cheat night!)
The best flavor tbh

 Fantas are the perfect drink for Halloween with their wide range of flavors and colors. And they want to make the night even more fun with their Fanta Freaky Foto Booth,

You may already have your costume picked for the night, but this little app lets you have a little fun with different costumes. You can choose to be anything you want to be from a sorceress to  robot and more. So remember to give yourself a nice treat for the night and have fun with the foto app.

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