Blog Posts by The Daily Muse

  • 5 Things You Should Never Share with Your Boss

    5 Things You Should Never Share With Your Boss5 Things You Should Never Share With Your Boss

    Some things are better left unsaid, a wise girl once told me. Actually, five regretful girls told me-after saying things to their bosses they wished they could have sucked right back in their mouths (if only their feet weren't blocking the way).

    Learn from their mistakes, and avoid these topics with your manager at all costs.

    1. Your Side Business

    It's fine to have a hobby, and it's fine and dandy if that hobby makes you a profit. What's not fine is selling your services to your manager and her peers. Case in point: A girl I used to work with was getting some negative feedback on her recent performance. Little things were building up to be a big thing, and rumors were swirling that management had had enough of her lack of attentiveness in meetings and constant mistakes.

    They finally found out why this initial rock star was dwindling into a clock-watcher: At an important client dinner, she announced to a manager (who just told the table that she's getting married) that she'd love Read More »from 5 Things You Should Never Share with Your Boss
  • Caught Red-Handed: When Your Boss Finds Out You’re Job-Hunting

    ShutterstockShutterstockMaybe your co-worker accidentally let the cat out of the bag. (It happens.) Maybe your interviewer happens to be your boss' brother. (It's a small world.) Maybe you left your resume in the office printer. (Wait, seriously?)

    In any case, your boss has gotten wind that your last few "doctor's appointments" have actually been interviews. And now you've found yourself face-to-face with her in a closed-door meeting, being asked, "So, I hear you're looking for a new job. Is that true?"

    Now, while this sounds like an expletive-inducing situation, let me assure you that many an employee has walked out of these meetings unscathed (and with employment in tact). In fact, I am one of them. And while those meetings certainly weren't fun (yes, this happened to me twice), they both ended far better than you might think. Here's my advice when you're caught red-handed.

    Be Honest

    Repeat after me: Do not lie. Yes, you can sugar-coat the truth (more on that later), and you can certainly laugh the Read More »from Caught Red-Handed: When Your Boss Finds Out You’re Job-Hunting
  • Are You Dealing with Stress the Wrong Way?

    Are You Dealing With Stress the Wrong Way?Are You Dealing With Stress the Wrong Way?Think about the last day you had when things just didn't go your way. You couldn't get through a never-ending barrage of emails; you got in an argument with a co-worker; you got stuck in traffic on your way home. How did you deal? Did you dwell on your stress when you got home? Or did you find a way to let it go?

    A recent study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that your answers to these questions could actually determine health consequences you experience 10 years from now. "I like to think of people as being one of two types," said David Almeida, a professor of human development and family studies at Penn State who was one of the study's authors. "With Velcro people, when a stressor happens it sticks to them; they get really upset and, by the end of the day, they are still grumpy and fuming. With Teflon people, when stressors happen to them they slide right off. It's the Velcro people who end up suffering health consequences down the road." Consequences, the

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  • 6 Money-Saving Tips that Will Blow Your Mind

    Money Saving TipsMoney Saving TipsThere are plenty of ways to save money-make a budget, spend less, cook dinner instead of doing take-out again-and if you're trying to cut your expenses, you've probably tried (or at least heard about) them all. But even for those of you who're already doing all the right things, here are a few more uncommon tricks to saving a few bucks here and there.

    1. Make a Food Calendar to Stop Wasting It

    Be honest: How often do you realize that you let your milk, leftovers, or veggies go bad? Your secret is safe with me, but know that every time you throw out that (gross, mushy, smelly) expired food, you're throwing away money. If you do this often, I recommend putting a calendar on your fridge, with a pen tied to it for easy access. When you return from the store and put your groceries away, write down the date your milk will go bad ("November 27: Milk expires") or how long you have to eat those chicken breasts.

    What I love about this is that it serves for good dinner inspiration-"Oh, I haveRead More »from 6 Money-Saving Tips that Will Blow Your Mind
  • Taking Constructive Criticism like a Champ

    I've always envied people who can graciously accept constructive criticism. It seems I was not born with that trait, and throughout my career I've struggled with receiving feedback, even when it was entirely accurate. At the moment I hear the words of critique, my heartbeat quickens and my mind begins to race-first in search of an explanation for this assault on my person and then for a retort to rationalize whatever actions are in question.

    And I'm not alone. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, many of us react with defensiveness and anger or-even worse-attack the person giving us feedback. But the truth is, we need to get over it. We know there's value in constructive criticism-how else would we identify weaknesses and areas of improvement?-and being able to handle it calmly and professionally will only help us maintain relationships and be more successful in everything we do.

    So how do you learn to back off the defensive? The next time you receive constructive criticism from

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  • The Internal Interview: How to Nail an Interview at Your Current Company

    You've been thinking about making a lateral jump within your company, and you've had your eye out for marketing positions for months. Or, your boss knows you've been looking to switch into a more creative role, and she's recommended you for an editorial position in another department. And now, you've found yourself with a new job interview-with your own company.

    This type of interview might initially seem like it should be less stressful than one you've scheduled with an outside organization-but a lot of times, it's actually more difficult. While the surroundings might be familiar and your interviewer might even be a friendly face, you can't lose sight of the fact that this is a new position, and you're likely being evaluated against a slew of other candidates.

    That said, being an internal candidate can be a big advantage if you take the right approach. Here are some ways to prepare for an internal interview that can give you a surefire leg up on the competition.

    Ask Permission,

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  • 4 Easy Ways to Spice Up a Jar of Pasta Sauce

    Spice up a jar of pasta sauceSpice up a jar of pasta sauceThere's nothing quite like homemade tomato sauce served over freshly cooked pasta-but let's face it, who has time on a weeknight to make anything from scratch? So here's the next best thing: Start with your favorite jar of tomato sauce, then add some delicious extras that will make it taste like it's been cooking in your kitchen for hours. While you cook your pasta, start a pot of sauce on a second stovetop (set to just below medium), and make it yours with these easy upgrades.

    1. Don't Forget the Fresh

    Bring on the veggies! Throw in fresh-cut bell peppers, zucchini, or any other produce you have on hand, and your sauce will instantly look (and taste) like it's made from farmer's market ingredients. Try chopping up a tomato or two-they'll add some juicy flavor and body to your sauce, and they taste even more amazing after they've been cooking for a while. Then, just about before you're ready to serve, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice for an added punch.

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  • Your Complete Guide to Cooking for One

    You know the story: It's late, you just got home from work, you're alone, and you have zero desire to pull out your pots and pans to make dinner for yourself.

    But before you reach for that box of neon orange mac and cheese (or organic white cheddar-don't fool yourself into thinking it's better for you), just wait a second: Cooking for one isn't as bad as it sounds. One shopping trip to pick up the essentials, and from here on out, you can have a delicious dinner on the table (or couch) in no time.

    First: Stock Your Pantry

    For starters, make sure your pantry is stocked with the basics.
    • PantryPantryGrains (pasta, brown rice, quinoa)
    • Low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
    • Canned beans (garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans)
    • Canned tomatoes (diced, whole, pureed)
    • Nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, cashews)
    • Dried fruit (dried cherries, cranberries, apricots)
    • Nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower)
    • Herbs and spices (red pepper flakes, oregano, cumin)
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  • The Easiest Homemade Granola

    I've been meaning to try making homemade granola for a while now. There's an amazing French bakery here in San Francisco that serves big bowls of Greek yogurt topped with lots of fresh fruit and crunchy golden granola-but I'm afraid I'd go broke if I kept up that habit! After a little research using my trusty cookbook collection, I realized that granola is unbelievably simple to make. And making it at home is better for you, since you can control what you're adding to the mix, and it can certainly save you a buck or two. Plus, it tastes so much better than any granola I've ever bought!

    Homemade Granola

    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • Granola 1Granola 1½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
    • ½ cup slivered almonds
    • 1 cup flaked coconut (or ½ cup if shredded)
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • ⅓ cup agave syrup
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • ½ tsp nutmeg
    • ½ tsp salt

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In one bowl, mix together the oats, pepitas, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Read More »from The Easiest Homemade Granola
  • 7 Day-to-Night Essentials for Your Makeup Bag

    I'll admit, I'm an absolute beauty product junkie. I have more shades of eye shadow than I care to count, at least 20 different lipsticks, and an entire cabinet dedicated to solely to hair products. I've tried everything from heated eyelash curlers (which, for the record, I detest) to the Clarisonic face brush (an amazing exfoliator) and am always looking for the latest and greatest.

    But while I love building my ever-growing collection of all things beauty, I cull it down to the bare essentials when it comes to my everyday makeup bag. (Who wants to schlep around 10 pounds of products in her purse?) Here are my picks for your day-to-day must-haves: seven products that will fit into a clutch or small makeup bag and provide everything you need to touch up during the day and before the evening's events.

    Makeup bag

    1. Mac Haute & Naughty Lash

    This mascara is a true black that geniusly comes with two different brushes. One (pink top) is for a natural look and the other (purple glitzy top) adds a Read More »from 7 Day-to-Night Essentials for Your Makeup Bag


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