Top 10 College Women Competition

If you are (or know) a female undergrad who will be in her junior year during the 2014-2015 school year, you can apply for Glamour’s Top 10 College Women Competition!
You will need to submit:
Your GPA
Your major and minor
A brief explanation of your future plans
A list of your activities
A list of awards you’ve won
An essay of 500 words or fewer describing your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and future goals
Basic contact information
college 101
Each entry must include:
A completed application form.
An official college transcript.
A photograph
Two letters of recommendation.

You could win $20,000 and a trip to New York City and be profiled in the magazine!

Deadline is September 15, 2014.
Apply here:

Do you know a good candidate for this competition?? Good luck!


Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, and optimal for learning. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are subjecting children to unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting, inefficient energy usage, or harmful toxins. When a school goes green, children AND the environment benefit!

Sustainability is important to Pureology. To improve student performance and reduce the carbon footprint of schools, Pureology is offering a Green School Makeover to one Grand Prize Winner. You could win this for your local school when you enter the contest.
You can nominate a school here:

And learn more about Pureology at their website:

I put in a submission for our local elementary school, because I want optimal health for our kids and our land. The funds could be used for water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficient upgrades, and more.
Do you have ideas for how your local school can go green?

Dino Lingo ~ Language Learning for Kids

My mother grew up in Holland, and when I was young (in the U.S.), my family would often visit her relatives there. I was able to learn to speak a bit of Dutch by being around family members in Holland each year. I have not been back in eons and would love to teach my children to speak Dutch so we could all visit together someday.

I purchased the Dutch edition of Dino Lingo, because there is no way I could teach them myself–I need a refresher course too!

According to Dino Lingo:

Children can quickly learn and speak Dutch, thanks to the award-winning lessons by Dino Lingo Kids
Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids is an award-winning language teaching program pedagogically designed for small children.
This program consists of 5 DVDs, 100 flash cards, posters and the parents guide.
After watching the DVDs several times and playing with the flash cards, most children can easily name everyday objects and understand basic phrases in Dutch.
Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids is suitable for all children between the ages of 2 to 7 years old.

So far my children (ages 3 and 6) have watched the first two videos:
DVD 1 – Let’s Count : Numbers and colors / 35 min.
DVD 2 – Let’s Eat : Food, fruit and vegetables / 35 min.

and they were very receptive to the dvds.
We hung up the fun posters in their bedrooms.
We also started using the flash cards that teach the most common one hundred words in Dutch.
I am learning even more than the kids are!!
We are planning to have lessons 3x/week during July and August.
The set is definitely expensive, but it’s high-quality; it’s cheaper than a private tutor; and I’m hoping it will work!

Learn more at

Influenster provided some of its members with complimentary Dino Lingo products; I did not receive one from them but was inspired to learn more about Dino Lingo, because other Influensters were testing the products.