English 104 Blog Project

Online classes in college can be very stressful and rough. Especially when you have several to focus on all at once. I know from previous experience that online classes take A LOT to determination, hard work, organization and drive to get the work completed and submitted on time each and every week.

I have always been a good student and have gotten on the Dean’s List most of my semesters in college thus far. However, taking online classes and facing homework on you nights and weekends can be more than anyone bargained for. In the end it will all be worth it to see that coveted piece of paper hanging on the wall.

5 Tips to Succeed in an online course are (Tips):

  • Confirm technical requirements
  • Connect with instructors early
  • Create a schedule
  • Stay organized
  • Have a consistent workspace

These are all great tips to being a successful online student. It is difficult to understand truly what an inline course takes until you enroll in one and spend the time trying to organize and make since of what you are asked to complete.

Some other great advice to be successful in online courses are to (Succeeding): read the syllabus before the start of classes, understand your strengths and weaknesses, complete assignments before their due date, participate and ask questions and stay motivated.

As always comment below with any ways that you keep up in online classes.

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Coming down with a cold seems pretty easy these days, especially with everyone in school sneezing, blowing their nose and not washing their hands. I have already had some sort of cold twice this winter and am determined to see what I can do in order to prevent this from happening again for a while.

It has to be easier than it looks preventing germs from entering your body. However, I have always heard that when someone is sneezing and coughing that they were contagious before they even had any symptoms.

Preventing any illness, including the common cold, begins with the following six basic prevention strategies (WebMD):

  1. Think of hand washing as a survival skill.
  2. Never touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands.
  3. Do not share food and other things that
  4. go in the mouth, like double dipping chips.
  5. Encourage family members to cover their mouths with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and to dispose of the tissue themselves. No time to grab a tissue? Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow instead of your hands.
  6. Avoid sharing personal items like toiletries, towels, and pillows.
  7. Get proper rest and good nutrition to improve resistance and bolster immunity.

There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to warding off colds and flu is apt to make your whole life healthier (Natural).

#1 Wash Your Hands

#2 Don’t Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands

#3 Don’t Touch Your Face

#4 Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly

#5 Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals

#6 Don’t Smoke

#7 Cut Alcohol Consumption

#8 Relax

Colds hinder your lifestyle and keep people from doing what they want. However, these steps will help people become more active and make colds a less frequent occurrence.

Please Comment Below with any tips that you have to keep colds away!

When it comes to adopting a pet there are many avenues that you can research. I personally feel that adopting from the humane society is the best option or taking a pet from a home that no longer fits. I always feel that if people were more responsible with the way that they treated their animals then there would be a lot less problems in the future.

Adopting from the humane society takes the following 9 steps:

To adopt from IndyHumane (Humane):

  1.   Have your family visit our shelter and choose the animal you would like to adopt.
  2.   Adoptions and holds must be done in person.
  3.   Read the information provided on the animal’s kennel card (or on-line profile) in detail.
  4.   Bring the animal’s kennel card (located on the front of the kennel) to the adoption lobby.
  5.   Fill out an adoption application.
  6.   Completed applications must be turned in one hour prior to closing to allow ample time for processing.
  7.   A picture ID is required to complete an adoption.
  8.   Adopters must be 21 years of age.
  9.   Many adoptions can be completed the same day, but some may require additional time.

Adoption Fees

We invest $600 – $800 in the average animal’s care. Your generous support above and beyond the adoption fee makes it possible for us to save lives like the one of the pet you adopt (Humane).

  • Puppies (under 7 months of age): $225
  • Small Breed Dogs (7 months and older): $195
  • Medium and Large Breed Dogs (7 months and older): $125
  • Kittens (under 7 months): $105
  • Cats (7 months and older): $20

A few animals that are available for adoption at the moment are:

Zoey the dog.  Image found on: http://indyhumane.org /index.php/find_pet/dogs /adoptable_dogs

Zoey the dog.
Image found on: http://indyhumane.org /index.php/find_pet/dogs /adoptable_dogs

 

JoJo the cat.  Image found on: http://indyhumane.org /index.php/find_pet/dogs /adoptable_dogs

JoJo the cat.
Image found on: http://indyhumane.org /index.php/find_pet/dogs /adoptable_dogs

Steps to a happy animal and happy owner are (Care):

  • Spend time with your animal. Yes that animal may be just a part of YOUR life but to the animal you are their WHOLE life.
  • Greet you animal when you get home. Animals miss their owners when they are away and wait for their arrival. If the owner simply brushes them off when they get home, then what is the point of having the animal if you do not care for it enough to greet them?
  • Take the animal to the vet! This is a big issue for me. If you are going to have a pet, then understand that there are going to be times when you need to take them to the vet. They cannot express that something is wrong with them. They need their owner to keep a look out for any problems that they may be having.
  • Make sure that they always have fresh water to drink. Just like humans, animals need water to be healthy. The more the better! This prevents many health issues that may arise without the proper water intake.

 Over the years my family has had many animals that have been near and dear to my heart. I am an animal lover and am adamant that if people are going to commit to adopting an pet then that animal needs to be one of your number one priorities. Just like a child an animal needs you to take care of them, give them food and water and make sure that they have a safe place to live (Care).

In my mind a pet is such a special gift. They will be by your side day in a day out. They will always trust you and never tell any of your secrets. A pet is a companion and the best friend that anyone could ask for. No person can be that loyal no matter what.

 Please comment below and tell me about your beloved pets or adoption experiences!

Gary Levox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay Demarcus make up the trio that are famously called Rascal Flatts.

County music has always been my favorite music genre and when I came across the band Rascal Flatts many years ago, I knew that they were going to be my favorite by far.

This band released their first album appropriately titled, Rascal Flatts in 2000 and have been climbing their way up the ladder of fame ever since (Rascal Flatts). They are about to release their 9th CD sometime this upcoming June called Rewind.

They have reached great success and come a long way in the roughly 14 years that they have called themselves a band.

Rascal Flatts have written over 30 songs that have been released on all of their albums combined. I can safely say that i know every word to every song, no matter how many times I hear them they will never get old.

The top five songs are (Top 10):

  1. ‘Bless the Broken Road’
  2. ‘What Hurts the Most’
  3. ‘My Wish’
  4. ‘I Melt’
  5. ‘Here Comes Goodbye’

All of these songs are well known in the country genre and many people play most of them at weddings and other special events.  My favorite song written by Rascal Flatts is ‘Bless the Broken Road’ and it also fittingly made the list of Top 100 county songs of all-time.

Attached is the official music video for the song Bless the Broken Road:

I feel that the band Rascal Flatts have been so popular because they are very relatable. Many people love listening to the music that they create. I like the fact that they come out with new music often, that way people are able to follow them a keep the suspension of new music high. They also go on tour every year and will be performing at Klipsch Music center in Noblesville, IN this summer. Look for them to come to a stage near you!

Feel free to comment about what Rascal Flatts song you like!

Photo found on Google

Photo found on Google

Baking is a hobby that can be taken seriously or just for fun. One of my favorite shows to watch on Food Network is called The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is a home cook and all of her recipes look AMAZING! I like trying out new desserts and recipes whenever I have some extra time.

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Every recipe that I have made from this show is delicious and simple. She makes sure that all of her recipes are something that each and every person can follow and understand.

In my opinion this show is definitely worth watching. Ree Drummond has a very bubbly personality and keeps you interested throughout the entire thirty-minute program.

It features her life and family living on a farm. Her catch line at the beginning of each show is…“welcome to my frontier”(Pioneer).

Another credible note is the fact that I personally have made roughly ten recipes from the show and they have all turned out divine.

Cooking and baking do not have to be intimidating or difficult. This show proves that very fact. Time in the kitchen should be fun and spent with loved ones.

Here is a short clip of her talking about her “Kitchen essentials:

Ree even has her own blog FULL of tips, tricks and the life of a pioneer woman. I love looking over her ideas and recipes especially.

Her blog can be found at the following link:  http://thepioneerwoman.com

One of her recipes that has become my absolute favorite cookie to make is Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are scrumptious to put it lightly. I had to include the recipe in case anyone is willing to try this recipe out for themselves.

On her show and blog Ree stated, “Is there anything better in the world than chocolate malt?”(Pioneer).

 Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Recipe for Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies:  

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup golden brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup instant malted milk powder (rounded 1/2 c)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips

 Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cream the butter, then add both sugars and cream until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat slightly, then add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the malted milk powder and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture, beating gently until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir in gently.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between the cookies (they spread out quite a bit). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. The cookies will be very flat and very chewy. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan with a spatula.
  • Optional: Allow to cool completely, then use 2 cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. Add sprinkles to the sides of the ice cream, then wrap individually in plastic wrap.

(Recipe taken from Ree’s blog, The Pioneer Woman)

Feel free to comment below to tell me what your favorite Pioneer Woman recipes are.

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In our current economy it is important to utilize saving skills in every area possible. With rising costs in all stores, who wants to pay full price when they don’t have to? This is where couponing comes in.

Couponing can seem daunting but it is not difficult and is very easy to master. It takes some thinking, organizing and planning in order to get the best deal possible.

Here are some tips to avoid paying full price:

Step 1 – Study others that coupon:

Watch at least one episode of “Extreme Couponing” on TLC. This will open your eyes to what it truly takes to coupon. Note: I have never done extreme couponing to that level but it gives you a general idea of what it takes to successfully coupon.

View attached “Extreme Couponing” sneak peak below:

Step 2 – Hunting and Gathering:

Gather coupons from multiple places:

  • Weekly newspapers
  • Local recycling bins
  • Join couponing groups to trade and get rid of them.

Step 3 – Clip and Organize:

Clip the coupons for the items that you would normally purchase. Tip: Many stores have stopped doubling coupons (meaning a 50 cent coupon would double to a dollar automatically). I personally only clip the 1 dollar and above coupons.

However, saving 50 cents is better than nothing so if you are going to purchase that item anyway you may as well clip it and use it.

When it comes to organizing your coupons each person has their own way of mastering this. There are coupon organizers that look like accordions and they are helpful. However, if you are going to clip multiple coupons for multiple items I suggest going with a binder of some sort with a space for each like coupon. This way they can easily be seen and found when needed.

Step 4 – Collect and Check Circulars:

In the same weekly paper that you get the coupons out of there are ads called circulars. Examples are: Meijer, Kroger and Marsh. Take note of what items are on sale and match them to the coupons that you find to get the best savings.

Step 5 – Shop and Save: 

When going to the grocery store you want to make a plan and also allow extra time to shop. Couponing takes extra time but it is worth it when you get to the register.

While shopping make sure that you are checking your prices and that you are purchasing the item brand and size that matches what the coupons states. Example: If the coupon states, “Purell Hand Sanitizer 20 oz. or less” than that is what you have to purchase.

If you have ten coupons that make an item free, “donate to others in need”(Beginner).

Step 6 – Checking out:

While at the check out you really have to pay attention. While the items are scanning I always check to make sure that they are ringing up correctly. When I hand the coupons to the cahier I personally hand them over one at a time to make sure that they are being deducted correctly. I didn’t do all of this planning for nothing!

Couponing takes time and energy but I always think that the money that I am saving on groceries can go toward other items that I may actually want. As stated on the Extreme Couponing Show, “ Free always tastes better”(Extreme).

Feel free to comment about any other couponing tips that you may have!

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