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Share your Style with Polyvore

Create Holiday Wishlists We came across this really cool site last week called Polyvore, allowing you to combine items to create your own room décor vignettes, clothing outfits for any fashion style, wedding collections, and more. It's a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web.  You put your items together in a set, and each one links to where the item can be purchased online. That means it's perfect for putting together your h ...

National Scholarship Month

November is National Scholarship Month, and although squeezing more work into your already frantic schedule may not seem like the best cause for celebration, free money for college certainly is. So how can you celebrate National Scholarship Month? If you haven't yet begun finding and applying for scholarships, now is the time.  While it's commonly recommended that students start searching for scholarships their junior year of high school, November is a great time to begin regardless of your grade le ...

Knowing Which Glass to Choose

So, you have artwork, or a diploma, a photo or a document that you want to frame and protect from airborne pollutants.  The type of "glazing" you choose for your picture frame glass will depend on your budget, the items you are framing, and where you are hanging your pieces. Do you want a glossy shine so that something in the art stands out?  Or maybe you’ll choose one that doesn't easily reflect light for a more muted look. There ar ...

Searching for Scholarships

The best advice I can give any parent of a college-bound teen is to start the scholarship process EARLY. Don't wait until senior year and scramble around trying to find scholarships. You and your teen will have enough on your plate at this point in the process. Start requesting applications during freshman year for scholarships you hope to apply for in later years. Pay special attention to the kind of questions that are asked of you down the road. What can you do now to help effectively answer those questio ...

How Parents Cope With Kids Being Away at College

Do parents need advice on getting used to their sons and/or daughters being away at college?  Some parents need no period of adjusting at all - "I never had any trouble adjusting, less work for me at home, nice and quiet too."  - Susan, son, Eric goes to UConn ©Microsoft Office I sometimes feel just like Susan.  Other times, not so much.&nbs ...

Strange College Classes that REALLY do Exist

Want to eat BBQ Cooking for college credit? Image © Microsoft Office That is what four students from Birmingham-Southern College did. During the month long interim period the students are allowed to propose non-traditional projects to complete for credit.  These students took a 17 day journey across the south to eat, analyze and blog about southern barbe ...

You Can Decorate With Embroidery Hoops!

Get ready for this! Yes, we've all heard of flower arrangements, photo arrangements, and room arranging.  How about embroidery hoop arrangements? Cafemom's blog says that arranging embroidery hoops on the wall is, "a great way to make some of your favorite fabric scraps into affordable wall art."  Take a look at the photo by clicking on the link.   Embroidery hoops are made of either wood, plastic or metal. Each type of hoop has two cir ...

Tips on Adjusting to College Life

Students' Point of View It could be very unsettling being at college for the first time, taking you out of your comfort zone.  You may find that some things are going well, while other aspects of college life seem impossible.  If you're a freshman or a transfer student at college, there are a number of ways to feel more at home in your new environment. Living at college is very different than the life you led at home while attending high sch ...

New Tax Benefits Available for College Parents

Tax Credit for First Four Years of College The American Opportunity Credit is designed to help parents and students pay part of the cost of the first four years of college, and generally qualifies for tuition, related fees, books and other required course materials. The American Opportunity Credit is not available on the 2008 returns taxpayers are filing during 2009. The new credit modifies the existing Hope Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010, making the Hope Credit available to a broader range of ta ...

Creating the Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

- and its Growth through Social Media! In September 2008, we established the "Frame My Future" Scholarship Contest as a way to give back to college students during tough economic times. This philanthropic venture gave us the opportunity to strengthen Church Hill Classics' exposure and establish a stronger social network with our target audience.  The entire program was supported by our use of social media - ...

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