Monday, December 12, 2016 / by Shenae Andrus
Christmas time is here. That means a lot of awkward holiday office parties with people that make you nervous and tons of family celebrations with extended relatives that push you to your mental limit. There's long and torturous moments of silence, uncomfortable glances and forced laughter. You see, these social settings can sometimes set us up for nerve-wracking interactions that leave us feeling exhausted afterwards. Somewhere along the line, we've forgotten how to communicate with ease. Can we just send a text or a Facebook message instead?
Now there's no need to dread those holiday parties with strangers and distant acquaintances. We've got 5 tips on how you can keep those Christmas conversations flowing steadily, no matter who get you cornered by! Whether you get caught standing in the buffet line behind your company's CEO or your long-lost Aunt Patty, these convo hacks will help you to make it out alive.
1) Ask lots of questions. Let's face it - everyone has ...
Monday, November 28, 2016 / by Shenae Andrus
Thanksgiving is over and you survived. You lived past the holiday preparations, cooking, cleaning and hosting family and friends. So now what? If you're like my family, there's an obnoxiously high mound of turkey left-over from your feast. Well you may not have known this, but there's a few options that you have for your post-Thanksgiving fowl. Don't say we never did anything for you!
1. There's a mile-long list of food items that you can cook up using your neglected protein, including: Turkey Soup, Turkey Pot-Pie, Turkey a la King with Rice, Cheddar Turkey Casserole and much, much more. Get creative and Google a few recipes that won't resemble Thanksgiving except for the meat you use.
2. Treat your furry friends! There are certainly a lot of restricted foods to keep from your beloved fur-babies, but turkey is not one of them. Experts say to make sure you remove any bones or skin from the turkey. Once that is done, your pups can enjoy their own belated Thanksgiving dinn ...
Saturday, November 12, 2016 / by Shenae Andrus
If you are like me, you grew up getting from place to place by car. There were no ships or planes for our family of five. Traveling and vacations consisted of road trips alone. It did not matter if it was a short drive to Georgia or 24 hours by automobile to Maine - we would be driving the entire way. That meant that three little girls would be crammed into the back of a mini-van left up to their own devices for entertainment during the countless minutes and hours inside of the car. I distinctly remember my little sister falling asleep on one trip, and feeling so bored that I made up a game of how to annoy her into waking up, just for fun. Needless to say there was deep, belly laughter and also some yelling and tears on those excursions. A few times my dad even threatened to pull over and give us a stern talking to.
When my husband and I got married, I was elated that most of our traveling was by plane. Long gone were my days sitting for torturous hours buckled into a small spac ...
Sunday, November 06, 2016 / by Shenae Andrus
It has been months since the general election campaigns commenced - and it has been rough. Story after story, attack after attack, mud slinging and more mud slinging. But as easy as it would be to chalk everything up as negative and horrendous, the truth is that there are extremely positive outcomes from what we like to call, the election process. While candidates and their supporters can get overly eager to support their causes, a lot of good comes from elections season every four years. For a short period of time, the whole nation is actually tuned into the issues. People who might not usually watch the news or read articles about politics and governmental procedures suddenly start to pay more attention to the happenings of our country. Even the most non-confrontational individuals feel a little fire deep down in their guts when their candidate comes under fire, and for a moment, we are united. Oh sure, we might not agree on who to vote for as Commander in Chief, but we are ...
Monday, October 24, 2016 / by Shenae Andrus
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