7 Reasons Your Grammar Keeps You From Success

For most people, grammar is boring. The word itself even bores people. It isn’t the coolest part of writing; not by a longshot. However, it’s still important. I like to think of grammar like going to the dentist; most people hate it: hate thinking about it, hate talking about it, and definitely, hate going, but it’s in your best interest to go. I remember back in high school writing courses when many of my peers completely disregarded grammar. They didn’t believe it was important to learn proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling – especially with autocorrect in word processing programs. Similar […]

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How To Know When It’s Time to Leave a Job You Love

Have you ever struggled with whether to leave a job or not? Check out our sure tell signs it's time to leave the job you love.

Some of us are lucky enough to have found a job we absolutely love. Maybe it’s the company, the people, or the actual work that makes this job rewarding for you. Whatever it is, you love going into work every day. However, most amazing things end eventually (like that never-ending-pasta-bowl at Olive Garden). I hope this isn’t the case for you if you love your job, but for most of us, the reality is that we’ll leave our current roles and move onto different roles. For some, you might even leave a job you still love. I recently left my […]

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8 Simple Ways You Can Make Money Today Without Much Effort

8 simple ways to make real money without nickel and diming your way through surveys. Read how here!

I paid off $25,000+ in student loan debt in less than 4 years. Since I made $12 an hour out of college and I worked crazy hours, I knew I had to find creative ways to make money. As a person who feels like she’s tried it all with money-making apps, side gigs, and coupon sites, I’ve narrowed down my top 8 into this post. To make it on this list, I’ve determined (by my extensive research and trial and error) that these are all simple and actually make you decent money. Check out our 8 recommendations to see how you […]

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Should You Use Grammarly? – A Writer’s Honest Review

The most in-depth Grammarly review you'll ever read

Spell Check Programs Aren’t Enough Writing digitally is the reality of today. Whether you’re blogging, drafting a proposal, writing your resume, or sending an email – you’re likely using some digital platform to do it. But here’s the big issue: what if you want to work separately from a word processing program – especially one without any spell check capabilities? Even if spell check is available when you’re writing, do you trust it? How many times do you wish spell check was just a little better? That it caught something a real-life reader actually would have caught? I run into […]

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Are Graduate Degrees Actually Worth It?

is attending grad school worth the astronomical costs?

We’re in the middle of a student loan debt crisis. This is probably not news to anyone, especially anyone who’s graduated in the last ten or so years. Roughly 70% of college students borrow money in order to attend school. In fact, in terms of consumer debt, student loans are second behind mortgages. That’s a lot of debt. It’s no wonder, given the trillion dollar national student loan debt, that many students don’t even consider pursuing a graduate degree. However, some still do. According to The Student Loan Report, about 40 percent of the total student loan debt was used to […]

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8 Ways You’re a Better Person After Having Kids

8 ways you become a better person after you have children

If you conduct a survey of your peers to ask if they think they are “good people”, many will likely say yes. Many of us believe we’re inherently good, and even though we stumble, we strive to do what’s best. We don’t often think about how to become a better person. I would have said the same thing about myself before I had my little one about 8 months ago. I went to church, helped others, and (for the most part) tried to do what’s right. Something about my entire perspective changed after I had my son. I realized so […]

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How to Start a Garden for Under $30

How to start a garden for under $30.

I’ve always wanted to start a garden but I constantly made excuses for why not. “I live in an apartment.” “I don’t have the money.” “I don’t have the time.” The list goes on and on. I finally stopped making excuses when my baby started eating solid food. I realized it would be so much healthier for him to eat homemade baby food made from garden vegetables than any store-bought canned options. For whatever reason, that’s all it took for me to get on the garden bandwagon. If you also decided you want to start your first garden on a […]

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8 Tips for Taking your Baby on a Road Trip (+FREE Travel Guide)

Have a successful road trip with your baby with these 8 expert tips

  My husband and I travel. A lot. When I say “travel” what I really mean is “road trip.” Since getting married 3 years ago, we’ve driven close to 90,000 miles. It’s a 5-hour drive one way from our home state of Iowa to either Wisconsin or Missouri just to visit one set of our parents. And, that’s the shortest distance we’ve taken. What that means is that we spend A LOT of time driving. It’s no surprise that our traveling hasn’t slowed down since we had our baby boy. Since my son was born 9 months ago, we’ve already […]

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8 Grammar Rules You Should Never Ignore

8 grammar rules you should never ignore

I don’t know if it’s the domination of texting lingo throughout the interwebs and offline, or if it is laziness from our instant gratification culture, but I believe grammar in society today is moving downhill quickly. As a person with a writing degree, I take grammar, punctuation, and spelling seriously, even in trivial situations. I know it is usually overkill, but I believe grammar is not only a skill you learn but also a skill you sharpen by consistent practice. I don’t believe it’s about perfection, and I will be the first person to admit that I don’t always get it right. […]

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6 Ways Getting a Mentor Will Boost your Career

6 ways getting a mentor will boost your career.

  You can take the next step in your career by getting a professional mentor. Read on to learn how! I became a better employee and more employable once I got a mentor. When I was in college, I had a phone interview with a company for an HR Intern position. I received a call a couple of days later stating that I didn’t get the job, but something interesting happened. Katie, my would-be boss, told me she thought I had strong potential (but not the right experience) and offered to mentor me instead. Looking back now, I realize that […]

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