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Adult Daily Living Skills: Microwave Safety

  Many of us have that one time we put something in the microwave that we were not supposed to. I can remember a time when I put a package of Olive Garden breadsticks in the microwave while they were still inside of the FOIL lined package that said “DO NOT place in microwave!” Thank God, I didn’t leave the kitchen or I may not have seen the sparks flying inside of the microwave. The burnt mark left behind inside of the microwave was a constant reminder of this catastrophe.   There was also the time (about two weeks ago) when I placed a shiny rose gold disposable plate in the microwave at work that had the words “Do NOT place in microwave” written all over the back. I may have missed the smoke billowing out if I had not been standing there! Figure 1: This is a photo of my thumbnail for my YouTube video on Adult Daily Living Skills: Microwave Safety where I am standing in front of the microwave holding foil and a foil lined oven pan.  Microwave safety is so important so that you don’t bu
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Maximizing your Summer as a College Student

 With last week being finals week at the university I work at the summer has officially started for students! The summer is a great time to re-charge and get ahead on your goals especially if you aren’t taking summer courses. This last week on my YouTube channel I talked about how students can make the best out of their summer.  Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my YouTube channel on Maximizing your Summer as a College Student.  First things first if you don't already have a job look into getting a summer job to stack some cash for the upcoming year. A summer job doesn't have to be within your planned field of study your just trying to secure some extra cash! The summer is a great time to work increased hours so you can hit some of those financial goals that you've been waiting on. Next look into studying abroad. With COVID restrictions being rolled back many countries are now opening back up for tourists. Studying abroad would give you a rich cultural experience to add to

Adult Daily Living Skills: Breakfast Smoothie

  What do you typically eat on a Saturday morning? Are you a big breakfast with all of the works type of person or do you play it safe with a granola bar?   This past Saturday I wanted something quick, easy, and healthy so I decided to make a smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one meal without having to do a whole lot. All you need is milk, fruit, and yogurt. I typically like to use almond milk, an assorted frozen fruit mix, and whatever yogurt I have on hand. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail for my YouTube video on ADL: Breakfast Smoothie where I am drinking a smoothie and showing the ingredients that I used.  In case you didn’t know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am shocked when I hear people say that they don’t eat breakfast. When you don’t eat breakfast you take on the chance of overeating throughout the day to make up for not having an earlier meal. You also starve your body, which is not a good thing. A smoothie is an easy way to

It's the End of the Semester! Did you...??

  We have come to the end of another semester and overall very different year compared to others but we made it! Now that summer is right around the corner, I thought I would share a few quick tips with you to tie up any loose ends. It’s the end of the semester did you…?? Figure 1 : This is a thumbnail from my YouTube video on "It's the End of the Semester. Did you?” I am holding my face with a stressed look. 1.        Did you check your grade portal? Be sure to check over your assignments to ensure that the correct grade was posted. You should be doing this throughout the semester. 2.        Did you register for summer or fall courses? Be sure to not miss your timeslot so that you can have first pick on the classes that you need. 3.        Did you ask for any extra credit opportunities? If your grade is right on the cusp of the next letter grade be sure to ask this question so you can maximize your GPA. 4.        Did you study? With so many projects and papers due don’t f

Adult Daily Living Skills: At Home Mani (Grooming)

Grooming is one of my favorite Adult Daily Living Skills to work on. Grooming or taking care of your personal hygiene often includes showering/bathing, oral hygiene, nail care, and hair care. I have always enjoyed maintaining my nails and hair.   I also enjoy hanging out in the beauty section in Target and looking (and smelling) all of the soaps, fragrances, and hair care products. Figure 1 : This is a dog with its head wrapped in a towel and cucumbers on his eyes. Prior to my debt free journey, I looked forward to getting my monthly manicure and pedicure. But, now I’ve decided to do these things on my own. Since my polishing skills are not the best this led me into stumbling upon Dashing Diva Nail Strips one night as I was researching how I could improve my at home manicures. Dashing Diva Nail Strips are gel like strips that stick to your nails and last up to 14 days. These nail strips are perfect for someone who has a disability and cannot make it to the nail salon due to COVID or so

Tips for First Year Doctoral Students

  Figure 1 :  This is a picture of a black doctoral cap   Well my first year as a doctoral student has come to an end. I turned in my last assignment of the semester earlier this week and man did it feel good! I still plan to take summer courses but I have about a month break until then. This first year has taught me so much about my major of higher education and myself. This past semester I took on History of Higher Education and Introduction to Quantitative Statistics. While the history course wasn’t so bad the stats course was a whole other ball game! Especially for someone who has always struggled with numbers. This course took a lot of getting used to and reminded me of somethings that all first year doctoral students should know. Figure 2: This is a picture of pink balloon letters that spell the word "friends". First things first make friends with the people in your program. This may be hard due to COVID and if you are in an online program like myself but don’t le

Adult Daily Living Skills: Ms. Duggan Practices Self-Care with Virtual Painting

  (This a photo of a painting of a sunset with a large tree used as a thumbnail for my YouTube video on Ms. Duggan Practices Self-Care .) With so much happening in our world, self-care is a major deal for me right now. Sometimes I think we forget that self-care is an Adult Daily Living Skill. If you take care of everything else and not yourself then what do you have?   Absolutely nothing! With social media sometimes, we think that self-care equals an expensive shopping trip or a spa day. (This is a photo of a lady saying "Treat yo' self!") However, self-care is essentially, what you make it. While a fancy shopping trip or spa day may be it for you something as simple as a day at the park or exercising can meet someone else’s requirements. I myself took a virtual painting class about two weeks ago with a group of students that I tutor on a Saturday afternoon. Honestly, after getting up early that morning to run some run errands so I could be ready for the class I was not l