Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tips for beating seasonal allergies

It's spring again, which means April showers, May flowers, and sneezing. How can you beat seasonal allergies? Here's a few tips to help you beat the runny nose and watery eyes this year.

1) An over-the-counter medicine like Benadryl works wonders, but it can make you sleepy. Try the drugstore generic version of Loratidine, which is likely to be much cheaper and doesn't cause as much drowsiness. Take it at night to avoid waking up with allergy symptoms.

2) Buy a steam cleaner (they're easy to locate online). Hit your walls and where the carpet meets the wall with hot steam to drive out allergens.

3) Invest in sheets and especially pillowcases that expel allergens.  Even if it's just for spring and summer, where you sleep and breathe 8 hours a day can make a big difference in the strength of your allergy symptoms.

4) Don't leave car windows open and wash it regularly. With pollen coating most cars during it's heavy season, it's easy for it to float in your windows and settle on fabric seats, irritating you during your ride. Wash the pollen off the car on a weekly basis to keep sniffles to a minimum.

5) Invest in allergy shots. Usually given over a period of time, these can be pricey without insurance but set you up to enjoy the whole season with little to no allergy symptoms. Talk to your doctor about whether this will be a good fit for you.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Photos lately

You wouldn't even believe the schedule I am balancing, so I just won't tell you! I have some pictures instead :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Monster Mania

My boyfriend, John, is a huge 80's movie fan. So when he found out that Halloween creator John Carpenter and a slew of other stars would be coming to a convention an hour away, we planned to make the trip. I was most excited to meet Anthony Michael Hall, nerd from the Breakfast Club. Who doesn't love that movie or appreciate it's iconic statements about teenagerhood, cliques, and Saturday school? I also was thrilled to meet Norman Reedus, star of Boondock Saints and The Walking Dead (haven't heard of it? It's a zombie tv series based off a great comic book on AMC. Check it out- the human drama is excellent). Norman was incredibly friendly and Anthony Michael Hall said I was "truly beautiful". Coming from inner city school days where I've been called much worse, that was a nice change of pace! This entire event was a blast, and now I'll be even more excited to watch season 2 of the Walking Dead.

What a whirlwind!

As many know, about one month ago I started teaching in public schools. It has been the busiest and craziest thing I've ever done, but deep down I love my job and there are about ten kids who make my job really worthwhile on a daily basis. On the toughest of days, I know I can come back to count on those kids who either really need the help or the challenge to stay on track for college. That said, that's why there are NO blog entries over the last month! Being a full time student, taking classes at night, and creating the majority of my own lesson plans, has been incredibly tiring! I'm glad I made it through one month. I have had some appearances and events and I wanted to share this one from last week. A local friend sells Stella and Dot jewelry, of which I'm a huge fan because of it's enormous styles that are eye catchers. She was putting together a line to be shown at Frederick Fashion Week, and I modeled! Wow, it has been a while since I saw a runway and this one was LONG! I even challenged myself by wearing the 4.5 inch heel I arrived to the Miss Virginia pageant in two years ago. No trips, stumbles, or falls! Some people even clapped as I finished- perhaps because they were shocked I didn't fall? (haha). I had a blast and it was really fun. Miss Maryland was there and Ms. Senior Maryland also performed a burlesque fan dance, something I've never seen before!

Frederick always surprises me with the events and level of style we have around here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Book Thing

Most people would find this hard to believe... but it's true! As a new part of the Baltimore community, over the last few months I've been investigating various areas that natives are recommending to me. One of those ideas was the Book Thing. It's actually free! Thousands of free books.

John and I had the chance to visit this last weekend and really enjoyed it! It was amazing first of all how many books were available and how many people were visiting! There were boxes to fill with everything you wanted. I was able to stock the majority of my classroom library and pick up dozens of copies of National Geographic to use for projects and reading! What a great way to encourage people all over to read. The next time you're in the Baltimore area, check it out!

Have old books that you'd like to donate? They are open every Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Giant Eagle Advantage Contest

I'm excited to report that I participated in the Giant Eagle Advantage Contest this summer and I won over $240 in gift cards! During a summer where I was being paid at the end of my training, every little bit helped us out! I won a few times for my photos, but it was a video I made at 5:00 in the morning that ended up being a runner up video and getting $200! I was on my way to work and had had this video on my to do list for weeks when I decided to just do it! I'd had the concept but hadn't scripted it out, so I just winged it! I guess sometimes that just works. You can check out my video on the Giant Eagle homepage!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Crowdtap Shorts Party!

I love my new shorts, shirt and accessory from Old Navy, and so does everyone who attended my summer Party on June 20th! What I loved about ON is that they have lots of options for different styles and fabrics so that you could find exactly what worked best for you. I've included a few photos below, and I've already worn my outfit on the 4th of july!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Miss Ohio night One: Preliminary Thoughts

I missed evening gown, oops!

Favorite talents:

Courtney Monk did a good job and her hair was flattering.

Chelsi Howman’s Banjo playing was a refreshing change from the normal dance and singing and she was very talented! I have never seen a banjo player in a pageant.

Amber Bussa’s outfit was cute and she did a good job incorporating little flirty moves into the movement around the stage.

Shannon O’Neill was great, of course I think she’s the one to win the entire crown but her talent was entertaining and one of the voices that actually sounded consistent throughout the song.

Alyssa Waldman was entertaining and a good voice, but I was not a fan of the gown.

Ellen Bryan’s hair pulled back was just stunning!

Entertainment: Ok, I got REALLY spoiled by the great entertainment and strong dancers with good costumes at Miss Virginia, including some really talented teens or preteens to fill in as entertainment. Ohio’s performers just don’t look as “professional” wearing jeans on stage.

Swimsuit picks: Alissa Brumbaugh, Heather Wells (great pace on her walk!) Devon Stansbury (have you seen those calves???)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Old Navy workout pants

It's hard to find the perfect pair of workout pants, but I can now say I highly recommend Old Navy! They have a new set that is moisture-wicking, which makes these pants even better to wear for other daytime activities during this incredibly hot summer. I picked up my workout pants courtesy of Crowdtap, a great online community that allows you to voice your opinion and participate in special sample shares.

What I love about these pants is their lightweight feel and the fact that it feels like they don't weigh you down while working out. They had a great fit and were extremely comfortable to hit the gym in!

I highly recommend checking out Old Navy for your workout needs!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Monthly "Free"

This list is not exhaustive as I'm sure during a busy day I missed entering something, but it's still helpful. People are always asking if it's really worth it to be a bargain and deal hunter. To give you an idea of the things you can get for FREE using coupons, deals and sample requests, here's a partial list of the items I got for free during the month of April:

-2 laundry detergent samples

-3 free razors for our house

-2 free razor’s for John’s brother

-Air Wick scent and warmer

-Bic lighter

-Microwavable popcorn bowl

-1 can manwich

-1 can pasta sauce

-1 full size Murphy’s Oil Soap Bottle

-1 travel size Jergen’s lotion

-1 Nivea body wash

-1 old spice body wash

-4 travel size deodorants to give to charity

-1 old navy dress, plus 3 for friends

-Entire box of Playtex sport wipes

-EOS lip balm

-Full size CVS hand sanitizer

-Full size Dawn dish detergent

-Full cut of meat for pot roast

-Box of Betty Crocker Potatoes

-Olay body wash

-Travel size gilette shaving gel

-Libman mop

-Dishwasher cleaner

-Strawberries, one pack

-1 Breve coffee creamer

-1 Can chef Boyardee

-1 bottle of Nexxus conditioner

-1 John Frieda shampoo/conditioner sample

-1 Arm and Hammer Toothpaste

-One sample set of Nexxus

Review: Playtex Sport Wipes

Many people know: I don't have air conditioning in my car.

I recently tried the new playtex sport wipes because I am always on the go and I hate
that I get down to my evening classes after sweating through muggy DC traffic!

These are great! Is your team going out for dinner after a major game? Are you always
on the run, going from work to a great date? Want to feel freshened up quickly?
These are a good bet. I'd use them in conjunction with a travel size deodorant for a
midday touch up!

These are new, so go check them out!

Using buxr to find deals

I can't even remember how I discovered this website, but I'm glad I did. I am "friends" with many deal-hunter websites on facebook but when you know you're going to make a purchase somewhere it's too much to sift through.

I highly recommend using this website if you're hunting for a particular coupon or deal. They are posted daily, and it's easy to do a search for your store and see what deals are out there. Plus, members can vote deals up or down, so you can look at the most popular deals and vote down deals that aren't so great. I've found the only downside is that there are a few "superusers" who seem to post deals every ten seconds, so it's hard to be the first to list something, even if the deal was just released. However, they have a ton of contest options to win lots of money, and extra cash never hurts, right? Visiting Buxr is so much easier than trying to google old coupon codes. Deal seekers can see exactly when something expires, too!

Visit the link below to get started- it's free!

Buxr Hot Deals