Blog Posts by The Daily Muse

  • 5 Genius Apps for Splitting Bills with Friends

    Bill splitting apps

    When you're out with your friends, splitting the check can get complicated. Do you divide the cost evenly or itemize everyone's drinks and entrées? How much should each person chip in for the tip? And splitting larger bills-like rent, utilities, and keeping your apartment stocked with toilet paper-can add even more complexity.

    Well, I've got some good news: There are a bunch of great apps that do the calculating-and in some cases even the communicating-for you. Take your pick and download them for less than $1 each (a small price to pay for not having to ask your roommate for her share of the electric every month).

    1. Splitwise: For Easy Transfers

    This free app, available for iPhone and Android, is ideal if you're frequently sharing expenses with someone, like a roommate. Splitwise keeps a running total of who owes who what-from the last three grocery runs you made to the Friday happy hour that your roommate sprung for. When you're ready to pay up, a simple PayPal

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  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Take Your Child to Work Day

    Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a national event that was created to give our kids a peek into the working world. And while many companies plan a day of special events, parties, and long lunches for the kids-remember that today's really a day to show them what work is all about. So, if you're planning to bring your sons or daughters to work today, here are a few ways to make the most of it.

    1. Teach Business Etiquette 101

    Heading to the office is a great time to give kids a lesson in workplace etiquette. Now matter how old they are, spend some time teaching them how to give a handshake, make eye contact, introduce themselves, and greet someone properly. Once you get to the office, have them practice their handshakes and introductions as you take them around to meet the team. And don't let them wear their usual attire to the office! Make sure they pick out work-appropriate outfits, and use the opportunity to talk about your office dress code: why suits are required,Read More »from 5 Ways to Make the Most of Take Your Child to Work Day
  • Spring Clean Your Resume!

    Spring clean resume

    So you've cleaned your closet, maybe your inbox, and you're feeling pretty good about your spring cleaning. But before you wash your hands and congratulate yourself-pull out your resume, and take a look at it (whether or not you're looking for a job right now).

    You see, your resume is a lot like a closet. At least once a year, it needs a good cleaning-including taking a look at what you've got and determining what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to emphasize. Then, after all the unwanted items are cleaned out, you can add in new information to create a resume that's current, relevant, and appealing. Just like your closet, if you don't clean and update it regularly, it's only going to be worse later.

    And just like the rest of your spring cleaning, taking the project step-by-step makes it so much easier. Follow these three simple guidelines, and you'll have a resume that's refreshed and ready to go for spring.

    Get Rid of It!

    The first step is to remove the ancient

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  • 9 Tiny Style Details You Think People Don’t Notice (But They Do)

    Small details people notice at work

    When it's just another day in the office, it's easy to have a "no one's going to notice what I'm wearing, anyway" kind of attitude. And so, every once in a while, you can get away with bright blue nail polish or pants that drag on the ground just a little.

    But if you're trying to make a good impression, whether you have an interview, a big presentation, or lunch with the boss, you want to look your absolute best. And besides throwing on a suit and heels, that means paying attention to the little things-the things that someone will notice no matter how "unnoticeable" you think they are.

    Read on for the seemingly small style details that can make all the difference in making an amazing first impression.

    1. The Length of Your Pants

    Yes, I know-it would be much more convenient if you could wear the same pair of dress pants with heels one day and ballet flats the next. Unfortunately, unless you're the proud owner of some Style Snaps, you can't have the best of both worlds.

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  • 4 Myths We Tell New Grads

    Myths we tell college grads

    I'm sure you've heard the news: Millennials are the worst generation in history. We're "deluded narcissists," not to mention unprofessional, entitled, and unemployed.

    Or are we? I'm here to tell you that-just like the critique of past generations-this isn't true for the majority of us. In fact, many of us value hard work, getting ahead, commitment, and even philanthropy. This criticism is a myth-and sadly, only one of many we are told as we enter the working world.

    As I embarked on my graduation (almost a year ago now-yikes!), I heard a lot of well-intentioned advice and comments that, in all reality, haven't been true of my experience. Here are a few of the other myths we're often told as recent or soon-to-be college graduates-and why you should take them with a grain of salt.

    Myth #1: You'll Only Get a Job Through Your Connections

    I heard this particular myth during every single one of my internship searches in college and the eventual full-time job hunt.

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  • 2 Little Words that Have a Huge Impact at Work

    Thank you at work

    A friend of mine opens doors for strangers. And while I'm sure he's trying to preserve his gentleman-like nature and will be doing this until the end of time, he's always agitated when people don't say thank you. Sometimes he even sarcastically whisper-shouts, "You're welcome!" letting people know that they've forgotten to acknowledge that the door didn't open with special body sensors.

    This always reminds me of when I was a teenager, and my mother gave me a small sheet of paper that said: "A smile and a thank you won't cost you a dime, but not doing either may cost you later." At the time, I thought it was a subtle fire-and-brimstone message for some ungrateful action I committed in my adolescence. What do you mean it will cost me later? Will the ghosts of Thanksgivings past come to haunt me, or will I be forever known as the frowning selfish girl?

    But a decade later, the words have stuck with me, not only when people hold the door or elevator open for me, but in my

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  • Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Wants You to Ask for a Raise

    Over the past year, we've seen a healthy public debate over the gender wage gap. But while the pundits and politicos may argue over how to calculate the discrepancies, there's one thing we can all agree on: There's no reason a woman should be paid less than a man for the same work.

    While this debate could drag on for years, you do have the power to change the status quo now. Women often hesitate when it comes to negotiating, but by knowing what you're worth and asking for it, you prevent the slippery slope leading to the gender pay discrepancy.

    Need some encouragement? We've asked our good friend Ryan Gosling to make his second annual appearance in honor of Equal Pay Day. Take it from The Gos: It's time to start asking for what you're worth!

    EPD Ryan 1

    Photo courtesy of The Berry.

    EPD Ryan 2
    Photo courtesy of BuzzFeed.

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    Photo courtesy of Esqiure. EPD Ryan 5
    Photo courtesy of OK! Magazine.

    Want more Ryan? Check out last year's Equal Pay Day Ryan Gosling!

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  • A Better To-Do List: The 1-3-5 Rule

    The 1-3-5 Rule

    Feel like you always have a hard time actually getting through your to-do list? We've come up with the perfect solution-the 1-3-5 Rule. Here's the gist: On any given day, assume that you can only accomplish one big thing, three medium things, and five small things, and narrow down your to-do list to those nine items.

    Sound scary? Well, it is, at first. But like it or not, you only have so many hours in the day, and you're only going to get a finite number of things done. Forcing yourself to choose a 1-3-5 list means the things you accomplish will be the things you chose to do-rather than what happened to get done.

    Of course, this can be flexible. If you spend much of your day in meetings, for example, you might need to revise this down a bit. If your position is one where each day brings lots of unexpected tasks, you might try leaving one medium and two small tasks blank in preparation for the last-minute requests from your boss.

    But the point is, prioritization works. So,

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  • Bananarama Power! (a.K.A. Not Your Average Power Bar)

    Bananarama power bars

    You're busy enough already, so when 3 PM rolls around and your stomach starts to growl, it's understandable that you run to the strategically-placed vending machine down the hall. But we both know that a bag of chips or candy isn't really going to fill you up!

    Instead, try one of these healthy, energizing, and (best of all) delicious, snacks. These bananarama power bars are fantastic to prepare over the weekend so that you'll have a tasty grab-and-go breakfast or snack for the rest of the week. These will surely curb your craving for carbs, give you energy, and hold you over for many hours. Plus, they're way healthier than those sugary, processed power bars you find at the store.


    • 2 large, ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
    • 2 cups raw oats
    • 1/2 cup skim milk
    • 1 egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons organic agave
    • Pinch of salt
    • Either 1/4 cup walnut pieces and 5 large dates,
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  • 6 Ridiculous Ways to Exercise in the Office

    When you're a busy professional, multitasking is key. Texting while walking? Simple. Compiling the budget while watching puppy GIFs? Easy.

    So why not try working out while you work?

    Alright, while there are some actually useful ways to incorporate exercise into your workday (think: take the stairs), the web is full of some, um, more creative suggestions. So if you can't find time to make it to the gym, turn to one of these tips for pumping some iron right at your desk.

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