Category: The Pointers

Royalty in Reality’s Best of Fall 2017 List

Looking at my calendar and weather app, it’s the third week of October and it was 90 degrees this past Saturday (thank you global warming). Despite these summer-like temperatures, it is indeed fall and we should all be anticipating cooler temps. Truth be told, we’ve had a few cooler temp days sprinkled in here and there and I’ve immediately pulled out my booties. While I hate the fact that the days have gotten shorter, I’m ready for all things fall! I figured as a blogger it was my duty to make sure all of my Royals were ready for the temperature drop, because let’s be real it could happen tomorrow, and share the things I’m deeming “the best of fall 2017”. From fashion to recipes to things to do, prepare for me to unload all things fall! (more…)

To Buy or Lease Your Next Car…That is the Question!

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Now that my friends and I have entered our late 20’s (cringes), the cars we were driving in high school are over 10 years old and it may be time for a new one. Since high school, I’ve had four cars, including the one I’m driving now. Of the five vehicles I’ve had during my lifetime, three were leased and the other two were purchased for me. Lately, I’ve had a lot of friends who know I’ve leased cars, come to me and ask the difference between buying and leasing. While I won’t pretend to be an expert, I’ve learned a few things the past few years that I’m happy to share with anyone with a similar query. (more…)

4 Tips to Staying Sane While Hunting for a Job

As you all know from my life update last month, grad school is done and I’m on the hunt for a job in the field of Public Health. I feel like what no one tells you is how exhausting hunting for a job is. It seriously feels like a full-time job that requires patience, persistence, and a whole lot of prayer. Looking for a job can often make you feel down or depressed, like you simply just aren’t good enough. That’s exactly how I was feeling (and sometimes still do) about a month ago.

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Insider’s Tip: How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy

The relationship between a family and a babysitter is unique. Parents entrust their most prized possession, their children, with a babysitter. They are rusting their sitter to be an extension of them; to uphold the house rules, keep their kids safe, and care for them the same way they would their own kids. In a way, babysitters often become part of the family so sometimes the lines of professionalism get a little blurry. The familial feelings are definitely not one-sided. I’ve only gotten to experience the babysitter perspective, but I can attest to the fact that after spending a lot of time with any family, they do begin to feel like my family. I’m ferociously protective over the kids and feel genuine pride when they accomplish great things. After working with many families, I’ve been in situations where I’ve been really happy with my job and others where I dreaded going. Upon reflection, I realized there are several things parents have done (subconsciously or not) to keep me happy and I think other parents could benefit from a few insider’s tips. (more…)