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Are You SAD? Learn about Seasonal Affective Disorder

In the middle of this wintry weather the country has been having, I thought it would be a good time to mention more about SAD–Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Here in Louisiana, moments of sunlight have been few and far between.  It’s been snowy, icy, and too cold to take my kids outside.  Combine that with snow days where I am trying to keep the boys entertained, and it makes for a roller coaster of emotions and some very long days at times.

If you think you might be affected by SAD, check out this infographic to educate yourself and see how you can get help.


What to Do with Your Military History Degree – The Most Intriguing Jobs Out There

There are so many different degree options available to students nowadays, but few are as interesting as a military history degree. This particular degree may not be as popular as some of the others out there, but once you possess that master of arts in military history you are able to open some rather incredible career paths, some of which you may not have even thought of. So, what are the most interesting jobs you can pursue with a MMH degree from a prestigious school such as Norwich University? Let’s take a closer look.

Military History Professor

If you’ve ever had dreams of becoming a teacher yourself, then that military history degree could just be the way to go about it. With this degree, you can pursue a career as a military history professor, allowing you to share all your knowledge and passion for the subject with your students. These professors can be found in universities and colleges. Chances are you’ll be teaching a variety of history courses and it may not just be military-related. This can prove to be more rewarding for you though, as you get to dig even deeper into history.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that historians make $55,110 per year, but you can make more or less depending on where you work.

Military Analyst

Another way you can put that military history degree to good use is to pursue a career as a military analyst through the CIA. In this job, you’ll be responsible for doing a vast amount of research and then brief various policymakers on what you find. You could be investigating resources from other governments, weapon systems, analyzing civilian relations, war prevention, and military treaties and issues. At any given time you could be working on a number of high-priority investigations at once, and sometimes that may also require traveling on your part.

Military History Unit Member

Another path is to work for the military itself as a military history unit member. This can be the perfect fit for all the information you have learned. If you take this route, you will serve in a unit that is called a military history detachment. You will serve in a large division and an excellent example of this is the infantry. You may be working in the field conducting interviews in order to get first-hand accounts of various combat situations, and you’ll be recording data about military actions as they are played out.

You will also be responsible for collecting photos, documents, and other hard data that may pertain to a combat or maneuver.

A Variety of Intriguing Paths to Take

Your military history degree can lead to all kinds of intriguing career paths that can direct you to a very rewarding job. While this degree may not be the first one that pops to mind, it is well worth considering for anyone with a love, appreciation, and passion for history and military operations.

Why Study the Humanities?

In a world that is ruled by technology at every step, one might question why should anyone study the humanities anymore? Well, the answer is more complex than one might imagine, but we will try to explain the reasons as to why humanities is still a very much valid stream, with the help of the following points.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the first step, which is followed by analysis, and both of them are nurtured when you study humanities. Through the study of history, literature, philosophy, art, music and other divisions of the liberal arts, one learns to criticize, analyze and question; all of which are essential skills for a successful career and to grow as human beings.

Communication Skills

If you decide to join an online MALS program, you will need to be able to write a lot of papers. As you study, understand, analyze and critique various masterfully created pieces in your own subject, excellent communication skills develop automatically. You will also be required to communicate your views and understandings to others, which further hones communication skills.

The Bigger Picture

While studying for your liberal studies degree, you will develop an interdisciplinary global perspective, which will give you a top-down, helicopter-view of how all subjects are interconnected.

Personality Development

Nothing helps one develop their own unique personality than to be influenced by the great, creative minds and their works. As you come across viewpoints about various matters that oppose you own or reinforces it, you develop as a person. Besides, you will be introduced to whole new schools of thought, some of which you might have had no idea of previously.

Understanding Culture

An online master in liberal studies will help you understand culture better, and that includes both your own and that of the others. Aside from the general value, this also becomes particularly helpful if you want to join a career which involves working with diverse cultures and societies.


It doesn’t matter which branch you are studying, there is absolutely no shortage of inspiring personalities in history. As you study their backgrounds, their philosophy, the work they did and more, you will almost certainly find inspiration when you need it the most. The likes of Plato and Aristotle have inspired generations for thousands of years and will continue to do so well into the foreseeable future.


In spite of what a lot of people might be telling you, know that if you complete your online MALS degree from a reputed educational institution such as Rutgers Online, there are plenty of career opportunities that do open up. Primary areas include social services, the government, health and welfare, criminal justice, journalism, anchoring, editing, politics, lobbyist, assistantship, copywriting, grant writing, advertising, management personnel, recruiting and many more.

As you can see, studying liberal arts does not only open your career up to various opportunities, but it also helps you to develop as a human being. Even if you want to study something more professional on the side and further strengthen your resume, thanks to the flexibility of online courses, you can choose to do that as well.

Suggested Reading to Inspire You on Your Path as a DNP

Whether you are just starting your journey through grad school to work towards that BSN to DNP online from a well-respected school like Bradley University or have already graduated and are currently working with that nurse practitioner doctorate degree, you will need inspiration from time to time. That’s a given.

Anyone who is as busy and focused as a DNP, or is a student preparing for life as a DNP, knows what it’s like to need that extra bit of encouragement to keep going day after day. You might find the following books helpful when you’ve run out of battery and are in need of a bit of recharging.

How Doctors Think (Jerome Groopman)

If you read nothing else, this book is recommended for nurses who are, for all intents and purposes, jumping the fence to approach patient care from a different direction. Altogether too often, nurses become frustrated with doctors because they call the shots, literally as well as figuratively! This book gives you a better perspective of what a doctor sees from a broader scope and, as such, is bound by a different set of rules, regulations, and duties.

The buck stops with the doctor and sometimes it’s hard to remember that as a nurse. When you are a DNP, that buck will stop with you, so how would you make the call? Not only will this help you as a DNP, but as a nurse who sometimes has trouble understanding the reasoning behind what a doctor does and says, it will help you too. Getting inside the mind of doctors will help you every step of the way along your journey as a DNP.

Too Busy for Your Own Good: Get More Done in Less Time with Even More Energy (Connie Merritt)

As a nurse, you know all too well just how crazy life can get when you are constantly on the run. There is never a dull moment in the field of nursing and with such a severe shortage of trained medical personnel, more and more responsibilities fall on you. Do you often feel as though you are spinning your wheels, getting nowhere fast? Do you return home after a busy day on the floor, totally exhausted to the point where even eating dinner is a chore? If so, this book is for you.

Valuable Lessons

The book tells the story of how Connie was at the head of her game, making a great living and enjoying life to the full. At some point, though, she became overwhelmed with all the responsibilities and literally broke down. After finding herself in the ER in a full-blown panic attack, the author decided to go on a journey of self-discovery. Focusing on prioritizing her time and energy, Connie finally understood how to achieve a healthy balance in her life. In the book, she imparts valuable lessons to the reader.

These are just a couple books which should inspire you as you journey through life as a DNP. You will, at times, be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what is expected of you, but with a little inspiration and a good read, you will find the energy you need to take one step after another. No one said life as a DNP would be easy, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Must Have Apps for the Holiday Season

Even though the Holidays are upon us, that doesn’t mean that we as tech savvy humans will be spending less time on our smart phones.  Whether you’re looking for new recipes or trying to avoid talking to your nosy cousin, you will need some helpful, attention getting apps on your phone.  Here are my favorites!

If you don’t have Pinterest by now, where have you been for the last five years? 😀 Pinterest is a hub where anyone can create and share ideas.  From unique recipes, to how-tos on how to roast a turkey, to step by step guides on making slime for kids, Pinterest is an app so many of us can get lost in.  It’s also filled with gift ideas, so it’s one to keep on your phone year round!

You can get Pinterest HERE for iOS, and HERE for Android.


If you’ve stayed too long at your host’s house because you’re having so much fun, or you’ve decided that you just can’t bear to hear any more of your uncle’s grossly over exaggerated stories, Hotel Tonight is the app you need.  This app is designed specifically for finding you a hotel room on short notice.  It aggregates nearby hotels at the best prices, and has a simple to use interface.  I have used this app myself and I had no issues at all upon checking in to the hotel.  You can look at amenities and hotel ratings before you book, and there are often coupon codes available.

You can get Hotel Tonight HERE for iOS, and HERE for Android.


Speaking of coupon codes; you know you need to shop this next few weeks, so why not make the most of your money?  Retail Me Not is amazing for finding coupons and deals for your favorite stores and restaurants.  You can find coupon codes to use online, or those for in store use.  Users can also vote on whether or not a certain coupon code worked for them, so you won’t have to waste your time trying codes and seeing if one works.  Black Friday sales can be found here too.

You can get Retail Me Not HERE for iOS, and HERE for Android.


I haven’t yet met a person young or old who wasn’t fascinated with this app! Think of a character from anything–movie, book, television show.  Akinator the Genie will ask you questions until he figures out who or what you are thinking about.  This app is playable by even younger children, because most can answer yes or no questions about their favorite characters.  Once you try it, you will try more and more because you realllly want to stump him 🙂

You can get Akinator HERE for iOS and HERE for Android.

**Note–another fun game you can ask questions is Ask Bongo.  The game has two versions but it’s better if you pay to Ask Bongo!

I hope this guide will help you get through the season with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment! Let me know some of your must have apps in the comments.

The Promise of Music for Future Generations

I have never met a single person in my 32 years that claims to not like music.  It seems to be a universal theme that can unite us all–though we might like different types, we all like the sound of music.

For as long as humans have been walking the Earth and creating things, there has been music.  Of course, the first instruments were our bodies; singing and humming with our mouths, clapping with our hands and tapping out a beat with our feet.  As we progressed as a species, we learned to use the objects in the natural world to make more sounds and put them together, from drums made from animal skins, to seed filled shakers, to flutes carved from tree branches.

Though making music is decidedly more technical now (for the most part), one benefit of the advent of the electronic world and connectivity of the internet is that we can experience and share more than just the music we have in our area or have grown up with.  The biggest hit of the summer was a Reggaeton worldwide smash, “Despacito.”  How many of us have gone deeper into exploring Latin music because of how much we loved this song?

Even though it’s true much music now is made with sound boards, electronic drums, and synthesized beats, there are still those creative souls who love to use simple, acoustic instruments to give us stripped down songs.  Singer songwriters such as Ed Sheeran have risen to the top of the charts with many heartfelt hits.

Music is struggling to be kept in our schools, but I can still see its’ promise in younger generations.  For example, recently my high school alma mater resurrected its’ band program after years of it being defunct due to lack of funding.  The band is small and full of novices, but they are learning, and the community loves to see and hear their presence at football games and parades.

My own nine year old son takes weekly guitar lessons, and he seems to be showing some natural skill, according to his teacher.  He loves modern day artists like Green Day along with older ones such as Bon Jovi.

To ensure that future generations are able to study music, funding is needed in early elementary levels to include arts programs in as many schools as possible. As students progress in their training and might want to study music at the college level, scholarships such as those offered by John Jesensky give kids a chance to chase their dreams and passions.

Thanks to such generous donors as John Ross Jesenky and many others, the promise of music will be in the world for generations to come.

7 Tips For A Stress-Free Moving Day

Found a new house? Moving to a new home can be exciting, a fresh start with a world of possibilities opening up before you, but the actual packing and moving part can be a huge headache if you don’t take the time to plan for it correctly. There’s so much to do and think about when you’re moving from one house to another, and it’s easy to get bogged down in the details and do things on autopilot when there might be simpler, smarter, more efficient ways that will cut down on the stress and labor involved. If you’re looking at moving soon, here’s a few things to keep in mind that can help make your moving day as smooth and enjoyable as it can be!


  1. Do a pre-move. Before the actual moving starts, clean up the kitchen and bathrooms in your new home and stock them with some essentials: toilet paper, a shower curtain, a bath mat, paper towels, garbage bags, cleaning supplies. Also, pack an overnight bag of the things you need to feel normal, like if you were going away for a weekend trip. Every family member should have their own personal bag packed up like this. With these things set up and ready, you’ll feel much more comfortable and prepared in your new place to stop and take a break for self-care when you need to, and you won’t have to scramble to search through your packed boxes or rush to the store to get basic supplies.


  1. Go label crazy. Label the tops and sides of boxes. Label what’s in them, and what room they should go in. Color code them. The more you label, the better the chance nothing will get misplaced and everything will end up where it’s supposed to be. Nobody who has moved was ever sorry that they labeled things too much.


  1. Who needs bubble wrap? Popping the bubble wrap may be the best part of moving as far as the kids are concerned, but you can save on wrap and pack more efficiently by using your clothing to cushion the fragile items you’re packing. You can even stuff stemware or other small breakable items in your socks to keep them secured.


  1. Before moving day comes purge day. Before you start packing everything up and hauling it to your new home, get rid of absolutely everything you don’t want to start spending the rest of your life with. Clothes that don’t fit? Toys the kids don’t play with anymore? Busted furniture? Appliances you haven’t used in years? Donate them if they’re in good shape and throw out everything that’s junk. Motivate yourself by scheduling a garbage or donation pickup. The less you have to pack, the easier your move will be, and the less clutter you’ll have at your new place.


  1. Seek professional help. It’s tempting to think you can save money by calling in favors, renting a van, and doing all the moving yourself with the help of your friends and family, but hiring a moving company to do the heavy lifting and driving for you can make a world of difference when it comes to having an easy moving day. A reputable company with lots of experience will know exactly what they’re doing and can blow your mind with how fast they’ll get everything moved, and when you factor in all the time and costs you’ll have to cover if you move yourself, it can make good money sense too.


  1. Take lots of pictures. Before the moving starts and everything gets packed up, your camera can be your best friend. Take pictures of how the cords on your electronics are set up. Take pictures of your most valuable belongings in case anything gets lost or damaged and you need to file an insurance claim. Take pictures of your most important documents and paperwork in case they get misplaced.


  1. Don’t fill up your fridge. Moving perishable food? That’s the last thing you need to deal with! You don’t want to have to throw away perfectly good food either, so for the last week or two before you move, try to stop buying food that needs to be refrigerated when you go to the grocery store.


The internet is full of great tricks for finding creative ways to pack things, so if you take the time to research you can find all kinds of other ingenious ways to make your move cheaper, safer, and more efficient. The main thing is to make a plan and a checklist and keep yourself organized so you can deal with the mishaps and unexpected surprises of moving day with grace and confidence. Once you’re in your new home, all the trouble will have been worth it!

Back to School Made Simple with Kids Email


With school coming into session again, it’s the best time to help your child get organized to get off to a great start.  As my child is getting older and starting to tackle tougher subjects in school, we’ve found that sometimes he needs more help than he can get at school–we often have to sign up for websites and apps that help him learn.  Since I don’t want a ton of extra emails clogging up my inbox, it’s a perfect opportunity to let him gain a little independence with his very own email address from Kids Email.

Kids Email is an extraordinary email service for kids and tweens to get them started with the ins and outs of sending and receiving email.  Your child can register for their own personal email address, which you as a parent can have complete control over.  You can manage settings such as content filtering, sender blocking, and removing images from the emails your child receives.  You can even intercept emails to your own inbox to go over them first and then release them to be sent to your child’s inbox.


My favorite thing about Kids Email is that they are now available on the go! Your child can access their email from any device, including Android, iOS, and Kindle.  I know this is something right up the alley for my almost 9 year old, who spends a lot of time with his iPod touch.

I also like that the interface is completely customizable depending on your child’s personal taste.  Make the inbox look the way they want it to look and then change it when you get tired of it!

There are so many reasons my son and I love using Kids Email, but I know most parents will want to check out the features for themselves.  The first month of Kids Email is completely free for you to try, and prices start as low as $2.99 a month after that.  Help your child’s school year be the best it can be with a little help from Kids Email!

Campus Book Rentals–Making Students and Kids Smile

When I was in college, everybody would line up at one of our two tiny bookstores on campus and practically kill each other in a mad rush to get to the limited number of used books we needed for our classes.  Even when we did find them, buying used textbooks instead of brand new ones only saved on average about $15 per book.  If you haven’t had the need to buy a college textbook, you will probably be shocked to learn that the majority of them can cost upwards of $100.  When you have 5 or 6 courses you need books for, it’s not unusual to spend $800 or more on one semester’s books.

Needless to say, I totally wish I would have known about renting textbooks while I was in college!  You pay a MUCH lower fee, and then you don’t have to worry about selling back your books at the end of the semester.  Oh yeah, did I mention most of the time when you try to sell your book back to the store, they won’t take it because a new edition will be coming out for the next year?!  ARGGGGGGHHHHHH.

So, today I’d like to share with you the awesome Campus Book Rentals.  What are the benefits for you?  Check it out:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways

-you can highlight in the textbooks

-flexible renting periods


Let me give you an example of how much you can save by renting a book instead of buying it!

Taking Psych 101?  The book you need will probably be something like this:

As you can see, the cost to rent that book for one semester is only $32.26!! Or, you can buy it on Amazon:

For upwards of $150.  I wasn’t a math major (I was Criminal Justice, with a double minor in English and Spanish, if you were wondering.  I know you were.), but I’m pretty sure that’s a huge percentage difference.  Yeah…I think that’s a no-brainer.

Need more info?  Here’s a video telling you more!

Campus Book Rentals has also started a new program called RentBack, where you can make money by lending your fellow students your own textbooks!  This is awesome because using RentBack can make you 2-4 times more money than you would get by just selling your books back to the bookstore at the end of the semester.

Check it out:

But, I still haven’t gotten to the best thing about using Campus Book Rentals.  For every book rental, Campus Book Rentals will make a donation to Operation Smile!  Operation Smile is an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it.

So, saving money on books you need and helping change children’s lives in the process?  It’s a win-win situation!  Check out Campus Book Rentals for all your textbook needs.

*DISCLAIMER:  I was compensated for this post by Campus Book Rentals, but I fully stand behind the company and would not endorse any service I wouldn’t use myself.  My thoughts and the text are my own.


Hey yall!  Today I’m happy to spotlight author Belinda Boring and some of her works.

About the Author

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she’s not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!







Some of Belinda’s books include: