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5 Ways To Make Your Morning Easier
Anything before 10am is just unacceptable to me. Unfortunately, now that I have a job I have to be at my desk, working, THINKING, at 9am! I don't even like being awake that early, let alone being productive. So here are a few ways to make your (disgustingly early) mornings go a bit smoother, and how to sleep until the very last possible second! 1. Shower the night before! I know some people say that showering in the morning wakes them up but...I would much rather the extra half hour of sleep! If you shower the night before, right before bed your hair will have time to dry and you'll be super relaxed and clean. After I shower I am so ready to get all cuddled up and pass out. 2. Have your clothes already laid out! Have everything ready to just throw on. Im talking socks, undergarments, shoes, belts, and your bag must be packed. That way getting dressed will only take you 5 minutes, not the usual 20 in which 19 minutes are spent deciding which shirt matches better. Maybe it's a left over catholic school uniform thing, but I never think it should take more then 10 minutes to be ready to go. 3. Do Not snooze your alarm Snoozing your alarm is the worst thing you can do!! If you think about it you are actually losing sleep because you have to wake yourself up earlier to give yourself time to snooze!! Set your alarm, put it across the room, and force yourself to get your ass up in the morning on the first ring. Yes, it sucks but thats the hardest part! Just get it over with. 4. Have the coffee maker timed and ready! So you are not a morning person, which means I bet your best friend is coffee! Save time and money on coffee by making it at home, not waiting in crazy lines at 7am for a $5 latte from Starbucks. When you make it at home you can time the coffee to be ready at the exact moment you stumble down the stairs. 5. Don't check your phone You are going to have to deal with all the emails, texts and calls allll day, and the morning is already hard enough. Don't make it worse by checking to see how busy your day is going to be while you are still so close to your beautiful bed. Enjoy a couple minutes of solitude, it might even make you like the mornings a bit.
Welcome To The Rest Of Your Life
Did you think that life after college was going to be all work meeting bagels with lox, fancy business suits and a fully stocked bar in your apartment? Ahhhhh, what beautiful daydreams and I truly believe that you can amount to anything. However, let me be the the millionth person to tell you; welcome to the real world as a post grad, where your degree doesn't matter and you will never have enough money to recreate your fantasy. So let me tell you the top 5 things I found out very quickly as a post grad. There is only 5 because I am sure sometime next week I'll get slapped across the face with another reality that I just don't want to accept yet. Woooooooo, adulthood! 1. Day Drinking is no longer acceptable Gone are the college days where you can skip class to funnel beers at 10:30am. Now that you either should have a job or should be searching for one, drinking at any point of the day really doesn't fly anymore. Post Grad etiquette dictates that you wait till at least after 5pm, maybe even till dinner, to have a beer or some wine. Unless its the weekend, getting blackout it usually frowned upon. In the words of my mother, "don't you think it's time you grow up?" Harsh. 2. Grocery Shopping I bet your never thought you were going to miss your meal plan did you? The dining hall provided anything you could ever need besides alcohol. But now you have to go grocery shopping yourself. You think because your now an adult so you should eat like one. Until you realize how fucking expensive everything is! Beef might as well be sprinkled with flecks of gold thats how must it cost. People may demand you act like an adult but you certainly can't eat like one. I would recommending checking out cool ways to make ramen. It really is the most cost efficient. Also so is pregamming. Just a pro-tip. 3. You are now a morning person...forever So you finally get a job, YAYYY, I am so happy for you. You start waking up at 6-7am to get to work. You think in your head this isn't that bad, I can do this for a while. But then it hits you. Now that you are out of school, and no longer in control of when you think your day should start (after noon worked best for me) this whole waking up early thing has no end in sight. Waking up early "food a while" now becomes the next 40 years of your life. 4. Sweats are no longer acceptable Speaking of waking up at the most ungodly also have to dress up in the morning! Even in the most casual work environment sweats, pajamas or the shorts your wore to bed the night before will not fly in the office. Kiss those days of rolling out of bed a minute before class good bye. You now need to at least look put together, even if you have no idea what the hell is going on. 5. You do what you want Yeah, graduating and entering the real world sucks. But it also ROCKS! You don't have to go to classes that you don't care about, do homework that doesn't matter and listen to every little thing your parents say. You now have a job, make your own money which means you can pretty much do whatever you want. And while the independence does come with a price, its so worth it. You may always be broke but you will always have enough money to manage to do everything you want. And no one can stop you. Your post grad years are the best in your life. You have money, you're legal to do just about everything and your still young enough to get away with (almost anything! So enjoy!
Chocolate Chip (Perfectly Safe!) Cookie Dough Truffles
About two weeks ago, @vegantraveler posted the most hilarious card in her Vegan Laughs that really got me thinking. It had a picture of a vegan baker licking cake batter off a mixing whisk and bragging about how vegans get to eat all the batter they want! (Check it out over here: And it's true! While admittedly, I haven't been vegan or vegetarian in years (gasp), I do still eat vegan and vegetarian foods regularly and appreciate the added safety in plant-based recipes. With no egg, no meat, and no dairy, there's less risk of foodborne illnesses and a much longer shelf life. (It's also perfect in a potluck situation when you know it's going to be left out for a long time!) With that being said, you can share and enjoy these cookie dough truffles (made with vegan cookie dough) without all of the concern that usually comes along with eating raw dough. One of my sister's favorite activities to do each holiday season is make a huge batch of vegan truffles for friends, and this is certainly our most favorite! --------------------------------------------------------------- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) vegan butter or margarine, room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup soy or almond milk 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 14 ounces of meltable chocolate (Ghiradelli and Godiva both make vegan melting chocolate, but other natural food brands do too.) 1. Beat butter and sugars and in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt and mix on low speed (or by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. 2. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour. 3. When dough is firm enough to handle (it may help to lightly flour your hands), form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place sheets in freezer and let chill for 30 minutes. 4. Melt chocolate candy coating in a double boiler or in microwave according to package directions. Using forks or a dipping tool, dip cookie balls into candy coating to cover. Tap fork on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until set. Store, chilled, in an airtight container for up to 1 week.