Hello, my name is Danielle and I will be taking care of you tonight!

My very first job was at a catering hall. I worked on and off there for almost 7 years. I spent my weekends going to weddings, sweet 16’s, engagement parties, awards dinners, and business meetings. I did this while most people my age were going out drinking and partying. I worked two 17 hour shifts a weekend plus 2 week nights. This on top of extracurricular activities  and homework.

I hated this job so much. Mostly because of the people I had to deal with.

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I have some tips for the general public.

  1. Be respectful. You have a job and people treat you well. This is our job treat us well!
  2. Say please and thank you. You may think that goes with respect. However, not all people think that way.
  3. Please tip waitstaff. You tip if you go to a restaurant like applebees  or if you get a drink at a bar…why wouldn’t you tip at a wedding? Waitstaff still brings you food and drinks….If you are at a sweet 16 or a wedding please take care of the people who are running your food and drinks. Chances are they do not see a penny of the tips that are “included in the price” that the bride and groom pay per plate.
  4. Be on time to whatever party you are going to. If you show up 25 minutes after dinner service do not expect to get a warm dinner or dinner at all. If you show up and don’t give an order find a waiter and ask to place an order!
  5. DO NOT TOUCH WAITSTAFF!! If they have something in their hands chances are they should not be messed with! Grabbing a waitress to dance while they are serving salad is UNACCEPTABLE. In some cases we can get fired for something like that.
  6. As much as you may think it helps do not put your plates,glasses, trash on a waiters tray as they are packing it or walking by. Chances are there is a very delicate balance on that tray that you will ruin.
  7. Smile and have fun. If our tables are happy we can be happy.

These may be very biased. They may not even be true everywhere but please take these tips into consideration!

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Pinch me

I love my Pinch Me boxes. Pinch me is a website that gathers samples. On Tuesdays at noon EST samples are released. It is completely FREE! You are not required to pay a penny. All you are asked to do is answer some questions about the products you received in the box. You get points for the surveys and for sharing reviews about the items on social media. 
PhotoGrid_1394300213261This box was great. I received Reviver it is a clothing deodorizer. I was a bit confused. It almost seemed like it was one of the refreshing wipes that have come out recently but it is not. AND it is reusable!  I used it last night and it seems really cool I was going out for dinner and I just swiped it over my clothes and it took away the everyday odor that developed over the day! It is great! I will be keeping it in my purse for sure! I need to get more very soon!!

I also received a small bottle of Clear Scalp & Hair Total Care Shampoo It was not my favorite item I have received. I am really picky about shampoo and this just dried out my hair. So I will not be purchasing it. It is just not what I would use. I am not bashing it at all I think that if you are looking for a cleaner scalp care this would probably be great!

You can sign up for PinchMe today! The next freebies will open up on Tuesday 3/18 at noon!

 

March Julep Maven Box Review

I received my March Julep Maven box on Friday. I am in love with the Riviera collection! The colors were great. I got the Boho Glam box this month. I did not get any add-ons this time around.

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I received a cute candy stick as an extra. I do not really eat candy but it was a cute extra. This box came with a lip gloss. I have used it 7-8 times already and I love it! I got the Graceful shade.

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It is basically sheer and I love it. I am not a huge fan of a lot of lip color but it adds a nice pop to my lips. It is not sticky like other lip glosses so I will be looking into getting more!

Elisa –  Soft wisteria shimmer

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It took 3 coats to cover well but this color is great! it is perfect for spring and will look great as a pedicure color.

Harriet : Guava coral crème

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I have never used a color like this before! I am in love. 2 coats for a perfect look! I think I found a new staple color for summer manicures!!

Overall I am still obsessed with Julep and will continue to purchase my boxes.

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The government owns me.

Well It is the time I have been dreading since I took out my first college loan. I just made my first student loan payment. I am owned by the creditors! I owe them about 8 times more than I made last year alone granted I was student teaching and going to school for the first half of the year so I made nothing… I am in the process of trying to lower my payments we will see what happens with that.There is so much red tape around college loans it is ridiculous. I am surprised I haven’t been asked for a urine sample and a blood test. They seem to know every detail of my life.

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I just applied to grad school (everything is officially in and I am just waiting for a response) I also submitted my FAFSA since I am obviously a broke post grad and can not even think about paying for school. I am basically forcing myself into more debt so I can put off paying the debt I already have. (YAY deferment!)

I wish I was handed a stack of money at graduation instead of a piece of paper that is proving to be completely useless right now… I also wish I had a money tree growing in the backyard…

If there are so many fish in the sea why do none of them bite for me?

Hello my lovely babblers!

This post comes from my realization that I need to stop looking for a man so hard and enjoy life. Here is a series of why this realization came about…

So I am single. As single as I have been for the past 23 years of my life. I live in a constant state of being single. I am always the third wheel. I am the one who gets forgotten when my friends find their significant other. That is who I am and I get that. It is hard being the “big” girl in your group of friends. You constantly get pushed aside and forgotten. I have always dealt with it well. Or as well as can be imagined. However, there comes a point in your life where you just need to take a step back and realize that being alone kinda sucks. I am at the age where my friends are getting engaged and married. Some are even having kids. Here I am spending my Friday night on OkCupid.com or other dating sites that i gave in and wasted money on just trying to see if there could possibly be anyone out there for me.

I have had some success. I have met some great guys who I talk to for a few weeks until life gets in the way and we stop messaging or texting and that is that. I went on a date or two and that was that. It seems like there are a lot of duds out there. Not all are bad and I am not saying that but I cant seem to catch a good guy. If there are so many fish in the sea why do none of them bite for me?

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I have decided to delete my accounts and just be me for a while. I think I need to take a step back. It is like people always say love will find you when you least expect it and maybe (hopefully) that will be soon. I suppose I need to stay positive. (advice on how to do that is welcomed!)

Before I delete these accounts I need to let everyone in on the joke that is OkCupid.com and the selection of men available. I included a screenshots of the initial message I received from one of the very horny guys. I wish I could pull up the instant messages he sent me because they were worse…..

That same guy was sending me instant messages telling me he wanted to “Fuck my brains out” I ignored them and let him keep going 45 messages after he told me he wouldn’t want to fuck me because I probably sucked in bed because everyone on this site does. Okay boy whatever you say!   I hate when guys put their dick before their brains.

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All accounts are now disabled. Now I get to wait to see what happens with my life. Wish me luck!

Got another Graze Box!

Wow! So I got another Graze box in the mail today! This is the 4th one I have gotten! I am still very impressed!

Want to try Graze for yourself? Click here and get your first box free! 


PhotoGrid_1393877119638Snacks in this box:

my thai: sweet chilli sauce with baked soy bites

tomato and basil pizza: basil crunchini, mini tomato breadsticks and cheese cashews

cherry pie: cherry infused raisins, cranberries and almonds

raspberry and coconut muffin: amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices and coconut flakes

I only liked the Tomato and basil Pizza. I am also a sort of a picky eater….I am thinking that this box is not for me I am going to give it one more chance. But I am thinking it is going to get canceled it is really good and my family likes it but it is not for me. I have had a great run and 3 great boxes until now. My only complaint is that I do not have control over what I get. I am allergic to cinnamon and I have gotten something with cinnamon every time. Even after trashing everything I could find with cinnamon in it. luckily this box there was nothing with it  but I am still going to try to contact them about this because it is obnoxious that I have to give away something every box because I cant even try it especially after I say I don’t like it.

Want to try Graze for yourself? Click here and get your first and 5th box free! 

You can also go to Graze.com and sign up. Boxes are only $6.You can request for them to be delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly.

My only complaint is that I do not have control over what I get. I am allergic to cinnamon and I have gotten something with cinnamon every time. Even after trashing everything I could find with cinnamon in it. luckily this box there was nothing but I am still going to try to contact them about this because it is obnoxious that I have to give away something every box because I cant even try it.

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So much to do….

So I am applying to grad school. This is a HUGE step for me…

For a long time I was toying with the idea of grad school. Did I really want to throw myself back into school and gather more debt? Do I really want to sit in a stuffy classroom listening to a professor who assumes that their view on a topic is the only correct view. I think mostly I was petrified of going back so I was throwing my anxiety onto something else. I do want to continue my education and I want to help change the lives of kids. I want to be better for myself. I also want to get back to doing work before I forget how much work goes into school… I may already be on that path a year out of school has made me seem so lazy. I was mostly putting off all of this because I was unsure of what I wanted to study.

One possibility was going for higher education and student affairs. Mostly because I loved my leadership roles while I was in college. It was such a different experience for me to work with incoming college freshman instead of little kids (although I learned that parents are the same no matter how old their kid is….).I am not completely going to forget about this it is something to fall back on and possibly turn to later in life.

The second was education (my bachelors is in education) Everything with common core curriculum kind of turned me off from education for a while. The idea of testing kids so much is disgusting. There is no flexibility or fun left in school. Teachers do not get tobe as creative and do not have the freedom to make a student love learning anymore. It is so horrible! However, the more I played with my options I realized I can play with these ideas a bit more. I can make learning fun. It is all about what the teacher does with the strict standards that are common core. A teacher can make it fun and play with different ideas. Maybe that is why I need to become a teacher. I need to help ensure that kids still love to learn.

So I have officially sent in an application for  a masters in special ed/childhood ed. I have to write my personal statement still but that will come together in time! I am crossing my fingers that everything works out!

I also got a phone call today. I am interviewing on Monday to be a sub! FINALLY a job offer!  (the best part was I did not even apply word of mouth got them my info!) So I am extremely nervous! This is such a great opportunity! Especially with grad school…I could work during the day and go to school at night. It would be a perfect situation.

Cross your fingers for me everyone!

The future scares me…

So tonight I went out to dinner with my mom and my 15 year old sister. As we are sitting in applebees I hear a conversation from the table behind me. There was a young boy (about 11 or 12) talking to his parents. They were talking about what they did during the day when suddenly a part of me died.

I got a HUGE slap in the face about how technology has changed childhood. The little boy told his parents that he had just watched a really weird movie called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have you ever heard of it? Both parents said no….My heart started to pound and I got sweaty. I think I may have had a small heart attack… I know I grew up during the height of Potter-Mania but to think that these kids had never heard of it is crazy!

Am I the only one who has ever experienced something like this? I am still in shock!

Learn to Freebie!

Being a poor college student I got resourceful! I have received sample sized shampoos, full size bottle of cleaning products, coupons, fragrances, household items, even perscription EYE GLASSES (probably my best freebie EVER I got them from Coastal.com when they were having a first pair free sale)! I have been requesting freebies for about 2 years. Over this time I have gotten very good at finding awesome deals! Things got serious when I was working my summer job in 2012. I was working with a few other girls from my college and during down time we would all be on Amazon or some other site shopping. One of the girls was constantly getting mail delivered of items she requested for free. We were intrigued. She showed us a few tips and the madness began… Since then I have spent a lot of time requesting these free items/coupons. Now when I have down time this is what I do.

How to get started.

Companies do not know that you want their product… you need to request it. So it does take some work.

You need to really think about what products you like. Is there a kind of shampoo you love but it is too expensive? Have you always wanted to try a product but never purchased it? All things to think about have an idea of companies and products.

  1. You do have to enter your email address for most freebies. I would suggest having an email address specifically for your freebies. (I have one and it was a great idea! no spam in my normal email)
  2. go to websites and see if something offered brands like Kotex normally have samples available P&G also offers sample boxes about 4 times a year!
  3. ALWAYS OPT OUT OF OPTIONAL EMAILS!
  4. auto-fill is your friend having to type in your address over and over is annoying!
  5. Like company pages on facebook. They often post about giveaways or even contests. 
  6. Follow companies on twitter.
  7. Freebies go fast don’t expect them to be there hours later.

There are easier ways to do this. There are blogs out there that post when a freebie is available. My addiction started because of Freebieshark they even offer an option to receive a text when great freebies are available. (as I am typing this I just got a text and requested a free sample of Hefty garbage bags) 

Serious about reviewing products? Check out these sites!

Pinch Me. About once a month they open up the ability to receive freebies. It is always at 12pm est.  You can request a box with up to 3 samples! You do a survey and your points go up to qualify to get more samples.

BzzAgent is another great site you do surveys and they will send you full size products to test. You need to review them but it is worth it!

Influenster is another favorite of mine. They have a VoxBox program. (basically a box of whatever they want you to review based on surveys most have a theme!) another site you do surveys to qualify for boxes (this site is harder and takes more patience than others)

I wanted to give you a quick how-to I will be posting a lot more about freebies in the future! PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS!

Enjoy!

-Dani

**I do not work for any of these companies. No one is paying me to write about any website/product mentioned. I am expressing my own opinions.**