Blog Posts by Hello Giggles

  • 7 Reasons Why Multitasking is a Waste of Time

    Image courtesy of ShutterstockI used to think that the more things I could do simultaneously, the better skilled I'd be at this game called life. I thought it would make me stand out from the crowd. Kind of like a clown juggling and clog dancing at the same time, only cooler. If I could achieve the skills needed to multitask successfully, it would pave the way to more productivity, more happiness and hopefully more chocolate. Boy was I wrong. Multitasking is a waste of time.

    The only thing multitasking has done for me was prove that over-stretching my mental capacity by doing more than one task at a time could be disastrous, especially if it requires hand-eye coordination or an open flame. And, funny enough, there's actual scientific evidence that backs me up on this.

    According to Jim Taylor, Ph.D., our brains are much better at handling a single task at a time, especially if the tasks are involving the same part of the brain such as reading e-mail and talking on the phone. Actually, when we think we're

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  • Deal Breaker #457: The Man Tank

    Image courtesy of ShutterstockIt all started with a Facebook message.

    Ah, so romantic in a 2013 way, I suppose, but truth is I had met Jackson, of course that's not his actual name, a couple years prior when we were both semi-happily dating other people. We had taught at the same school but at opposite ends of the building, and had only spoken once in the line for bagels at a faculty meeting.

    "The students are cray but at least the bagels are decent," I had said in my awkward attempt to strike up a conversation with the well-dressed, attractive guy who I had heard was teaching 7 th grade History before starting law school. (Awww.) He smiled, poured me a cup of coffee and that was it. I was intrigued but we were both in relationships and well, love is blindness.

    Fast forward two years, and we found ourselves unattached and looking for tickets to see The Lumineers while they're playing at, shock, our favorite venue. I had put out a mass "Please someone give me tickets and I'll love you forever," thus the Facebook

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  • 7 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way: Surviving School

    Image courtesy of ShutterstockOh, to be in school! To have no obligations aside from learning and improving yourself. To actively feel your mind expand and your experiences multiply. It's a dream, is it not? Well… most of the time it is. But what about those times when you find yourself alone, eating a cold grilled cheese sandwich in the school theater? Or what about the time you realize that in the class portrait, which is the FIRST page of the yearbook, you are seated in such a way that everyone can see directly up your skirt?* Those times can be devastating. I hope these tips can help you, dear reader, as you embark upon this school year.

    7. Be kinder than you think you actually are.

    If your normal self would make fun of Alastair for saying that his favorite music is Mozart (what a loser - ZING), your first day of school self should keep this type of criticism to herself. You never know when someone is going to make fun of your love of dinosaurs or ancient Egypt. We're all little weirdos. Plus, Mozart is

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  • It’s Not Being Friends, It’s Being Friendly

    Image courtesy of ShutterstockThe one thing I can't tolerate to think about after a romantic split is the possibility of becoming friends. When I'm crying my face off, the last thing that's going to make me feel better is agreeing to an emotional downgrade. Besides, if the other person really wanted you to be friends before breaking up with you, wouldn't they have treated you better during the relationship?

    Instead of saying, "Let's be friends," be more honest and say, "Let's be friendly." You don't need to be actual friends.

    I don't think we make this distinction enough in our dating careers. Can you be friends after a breakup? Sure you can. But it doesn't have to happen immediately after the breakup and certainly not for every person. Some deserve it more than others, but it's just not going to happen that same day, week, or month.

    This isn't to say that becoming just friends is a bad thing, it's just that it isn't the right thing for everyone when feelings are involved, especially if those feelings were hurt

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  • Coconut Mango Cocktail

    Coconut Mango Cocktail

    Ever since the 4th of July-my favorite time of year-I've been experimenting with cooling drinks to help beat the heat. This Coconut Mango Cocktail is refreshing, simple and quick.

    Coconut water is very hydrating, full of potassium, low in fat and calories. It's been called "Mother Nature's Sports Drink." Mango is usually sweet and full of fiber, vitamin A, C and B6. Together, these two superfoods create the perfect summer drink. Enjoy!

    Coconut Mango Cocktail
    by Laura Friendly
    Start to Finish: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    • ice
    • 1-1/2 ounces vodka, optional
    • 1/2 cup coconut water
    • splash of mango juice, more or less to taste
    • fresh mint leaves
    1. Fill a glass with ice.
    2. Add vodka, coconut water, mango juice and stir to combine.
    3. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy!

    For more vegan treats, try my:

    All Images & Content are by Laura Friendly. This post is written and based on my personal experience and

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  • 10 Classic Literature Terms that Are No Longer Used (For the Most Part)

    Classic literature can be difficult to understand.

    Reading a book from the 18th or 19th century is kind of like reading a handwritten, entirely cursive note from your grandmother in that, unless you have experience with such material, you will only understand 60% of the language used. Considering that it's physically impossible for me to make it through any old book without an online dictionary open on my computer screen, I think it's safe to say that there are some words used in classic literature that are not entirely common or have fallen out of use completely. For your convenience, I've compiled a list of some of the more obscure classic lit terms (or ones that are used less frequently today) because I feel selfish enjoying them all by myself:

    Mackintosh/Macintosh (n.): waterproof raincoat

    Can you believe Mac computers were invented in 1824? I guess Steve Jobs was older than we all thought… I'm kidding, of course. (To the one person that laughed at that joke, thank you.) Mackintosh refers to a type of waterproof raincoat

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  • Embracing the Beauty of a Scar

    My back was as curved as the pipes snaking beneath my kitchen sink. My back was as curved as the pipes snaking beneath my kitchen sink. My closet is full of backless things: sundresses with plunging collars, strappy leotard tanks that leave me completely bare from behind, and baggy crop tops that dip below my shoulder blades. It surprises a lot of people that I flock to backless clothes, though. They show off a part of me that's kind of unusual and a little jarring to most - my scar. It begins about six inches from the nape of my neck and ends just above my hipbones in a jagged, dusty pink fissure. Embracing the beauty in my imperfections is exactly what's so empowering to me about my battle wound. But it took me a while to accept my scar as something to be proud of.

    I was operated on the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Six months earlier, a weird pain in my side - self-diagnosed as a minor tennis injury - quickly turned my world upside down when an X-ray revealed that I had severe scoliosis. My back was as curved as the pipes snaking beneath my kitchen sink. It was so bad, spinal fusion

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