Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Wish For You: A Unique Approach to Gift Giving This Holiday Season!

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I'm partnering with A Wish For You to show you an unique approach to gift giving this holiday season. Their website describes what they do as "More personal than email or text; More enduring than flowers; More imaginative than a store bought card; All for less than the cost of a box of candy. Best of all... A more personal reflection of YOU!" Essentially, A Wish For You allows you to customize a "wish package", which consists of a memento and a card, to send to anyone of your choosing. I ended up ordering a wish package to send to my mom for Christmas. Let's go though the process of ordering your own wish package.

Step 1: Choose Your Memento 
A Wish For You has a selection of over 100 mementos, so you're sure to find something the recipient will love. They have both year-round and seasonal items to suit all your needs, whether you're wishing someone a happy birthday or a happy holidays. Some of my favorite Christmas mementos are this hot chocolate mix with a shovel stirrer, this crystal angel ornament, and this Christmas soap trio! For my mom, though, I ended up choosing this sleigh ornament because I thought it was adorable! The mementos are very affordable - There are some great ones for as little as ten dollars!

Step 2: Choose Your Card
They also have a wide selection of cards, which are handmade with a technique called quilling. I've never heard of this before, but it is so one-of-a-kind! What's more, the cards are free with the purchase of a memento. I chose this penguin card for my mom because penguins are meaningful to us. 

Step 3: Create Your Custom Message
In this step, you can customize a message for the inside of your card. It can say whatever you want!

Once you've created a message, go ahead and place your order! Shipping is completely free! Once you place your order, you can track where your package is. I thought this was a convenient feature so you're not left wondering when your package will arrive. Wish packages ship out within five business days of placing an order, so there's still plenty of time to order yours before the holidays. 

Wish packages are so much meaningful than just giving someone money or a gift card. There are so many options to ensure you find something you love. I am so excited to give mine to my mom because I know she will love it!  

Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you to A Wish for You for this opportunity. I am so thankful for all of you and for all your support and encouragement. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this year?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Emma Koslow: Girls in STEM

Welcome back to my blog! I hope you're having a wonderful summer and got lots of relaxation in. I'm savoring my last few days of break since I go back to school next week.
In today's post, I interviewed Emma Koslow, a high school sophomore with a passion for computing. I hope you have as much fun getting to know Emma as I did. Let's get started!

Sanjana: Hey, Emma! It's such a pleasure to interview you. I read your bio, but I'd love to know a little more about you! What is your favorite book, movie, food, etc.?

Emma: It's great to be talking to you! My favorite book is Harry Potter, but movie is hard because I love so many! My favorite food is probably sushi (but only vegetable because I don't like fish).

S: Sushi is so good! I have a lot of favorite movies, too. I know technology plays a big part in your life, so tell us about your tech background. What got you started with tech?

E: I know I became interested in tech when I was really young and I used to use my parents' computer. I think the first time I did something major in computing was probably when I was six and created my first website! It was called Koolpupz and was about dogs. I think that is what really started my interest in tech! 

S: That's so cool! Now that you're older, how does technology influence your everyday life?

E: Technology definitely has a huge influence on my life. While there are the basics like using my phone and computer, it influences what I do everyday. I am working on creating an animated short about girls in tech. My classes in school also often require me to use a computer, like AP Computer Science A. 

S: I would love to watch the animation when you're done! It sounds like you are very well-rounded. What do you feel is your biggest technological achievement?

E: I am so excited to show it to everyone! It has been so much fun to create! I feel like my biggest achievement has been being able to teach myself various programming languages. Whenever I learn a new language, I feel so accomplished. Also, receiving the 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Honorable Mention and New Jersey Winner awards was a huge accomplishment. Being recognized by such an incredible group is a great honor!

S: Congratulations Emma! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! Can you explain what NCWIT is?

E: The National Center for Women in Information and Technology (NCWIT) is an organization that is a collaboration of different companies and colleges that are working together to support girls in tech! They created the Aspirations in Computing Award to acknowledge high school girls in technology and gives them the chance to win prizes and to connect with other girls in computing!

S: As a fellow member of the NCWIT community, I know it is a wonderful organization. I’ve met great girls, like you, through it! However, I know that girls in STEM must overcome obstacles. What challenges do you believe girls in STEM face, and how can they work to overcome these challenges?

E: The huge challenge is definitely being underestimated or not getting opportunities because of being a girl. People are still getting used to the idea of women coding and working in STEM, so some people need time to accept the fact that girls can do just as great things as boys can. The best way to overcome this is to keep moving forward. I have heard way too many stories about women who have quit their jobs or dropped out of classes because of the gender gap and discrimination.

S: This is such an important message to spread! We need to face stereotypes and gender biases head on. Thank you so much for your time, Emma! You've done big things and I can't wait to see what else you accomplish.

That concludes my interview with Emma! She has a bright future ahead of her and this was a great experience. Thank you so much for reading and be sure to comment below with your thoughts!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Break Beauty Essentials

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Hey, everyone! I'm so excited that the weather is getting warmer and I can spend more time outdoors. I'm also excited to travel over spring break. I have accumulated some spring break beauty essentials and wanted to share them with you today.
Before I begin, I wanted to let you know that this is a collab with the amazing Nikita from Jasmine Loves! She posted a spring makeup tutorial, so go check it out and tell her I sent you. She has such a great blog and is a wonderful friend.

Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara
I wanted to try out this mascara because it is so popular on YouTube. The wand is easy to use and it is easy to apply, never smearing or flaking. It can get a little clumpy, but it's never been a real problem for me.

Revlon Dreamer
I have always been a fan of Revlon nail polishes. They are long lasting, pigmented, and come in a wide assortment of colors. This gorgeous pastel blue is feminine and light, perfect for this time of year. I'll definitely be wearing this while on vacation!

Suave Moroccan Argan Styling Oil
Now for the only non-blue product in this post. My hair tends to be frizzy, and I have the hardest time keeping the frizz in control. I've found this oil to be magic in a bottle! While it doesn't tame the frizz completely, it makes my hair way more manageable and has quickly become a staple in my hair care routine. I've tried several other hair oils, but this one is the best by far. I also love the scent! I'll be taking this with me for sure.

Jack Black Black Tea & Blackberry Lip Balm
I picked up this lip balm a couple of weeks ago, and I've been using it ever since. I absolutely love the taste and easy application. Overall, it's a good moisturizing lip balm that is lightweight for spring. However, it's a little pricey for what it is.

Covergirl Midnight Mauve Lipstick
Last but not least, this lipstick has been my absolute favorite lately! I actually bought it spur of the moment, and I'm so glad I did. It is such a gorgeous soft mauve color that I feel suits any skin tone! It is a great nude for spring and I'll definitely be repurchasing it.

Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any of these products?
Stay tuned for more posts like this and don't forget to visit Nikita's blog! ❤️

Do you have any plans for spring break?