Wednesday, February 15, 2012
President Obama has been on a mission to try several avenues in order to jumpstart the US economy. One of his initiates has been aimed at helping people to attain more stable employment or, in some cases, obtain any employment at all. One of the premier programs that he has developed is the “Mothers Go Back To School” grant program, which was initiated very shortly after President Obama took office in early 2009. Whether married or single, this college grant and scholarship program for mothers is a great way to make the leap into higher education.
Going back to school can seem like a daunting task to a mother who is already stretched to the limit by working and running a household. However, in order to get the best possible job and provide a stable financial picture for her entire family, most mothers need to obtain a college degree. With the scholarship and grant funds now made available by President Obama, the process for these mothers has just been made easier. With no guarantee regarding how long these scholarship and grant programs for mothers will be available, there is no time to wait.
It is important for mothers to remember that getting a college education no longer means leaving the home. There are many online universities today that are more convenient for a student who doesn’t have a lot of free time and who doesn’t always know when they will ever have an open schedule. Taking classes on the Internet means you generally don’t have to be “in class” at any particular time and mothers obtaining their college degree can therefore make their own schedule.
While Pell Grants have been around for a while the new program instituted by President Obama actually does two things: It raises the actual amount you can get for a Pell Grant and it increases approval rates for single mothers. If you’re interested in pursuing these funds, you should first choose a college or university. Make sure the school offers the degree program that you would like to pursue and is a good fit for your lifestyle. Then fill out and turn in a deferred FAFSA form to the Financial Aid Department of your chosen college.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
A Candy Cocktail Party
Hello there and Happy Halloween! Emma and I have created a fun candy cocktail table to share with you today! There are four different recipes that you can try. We love a cocktail party, and even moreso when there is candy involved.... Enjoy!
First up, we used gumballs and malt balls to make candy bracelets! These are a cute little favor for guests and they were fun to make. Use a tapestry needle and embroidery thread to string them together!
Lemon Drop Cocktail, makes 2
Needed: 4 ounces plain or citrus vodka, 8 ounces club soda, 4 tablespoons citrus simple syrup*, crushed lemon hard candies.
*First you will need to make your citrus simple syrup. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small pot and boil on medium/high for 15-20 minutes until it reduces a little and becomes a little more syrup-y. Stir in juice from 2 lemons. You can keep this in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week to use in other cocktails or to flavor/sweeten water or tea. Garnish your martini glasses with simple syrup on and crushed lemon drop candy on the rim. Add a few whole lemon candies to the bottom of the glasses, just for fun! In a large jar or small pitcher combine ice cubes with the vodka, club soda and simple syrup. Stir it all up so it's well combined. Drain into martini glasses and serve.
Lollipop Cocktail, makes 2
Fill each glass with 6 ounces of champagne and 1/2 ounce cherry juice. Garnish with lollipops and serve.
Orange Soda Cocktail, makes 2
Needed: 4 ounces vodka, 2 ounces orange juice, 2 ounces club soda, 4 tablespoons citrus simple syrup.
In a large jar or small pitcher combine ice cubes with vodka, juice, club soda, and simple syrup. Stir it all up until it's well combined. Drain into martini glasses and garnish with ring pops on the stems!
Rock Candy Cocktail, makes 2
Needed: 12 ounces chilled champagne or prosecco, and 2 rock candies (any flavor).
Fill two flutes with champagne or prosecco, garnish with rock candy just before serving.
Have a very happy Halloween! xo, elsie + emma
PS. Don't drink? Remeber you can make any cocktail into a mocktail by replacing the alchohol with sparkling juice, club soda or ginger ale! ♥