Fun Finds | Punjammies

Hello blogosphere — hope you’ve all been well! Apologies for the delayed blog post, my parents have been in town and we’ve been having too much fun for me to blog (I know….excuses, excuses).

Tonight, I came across some cute pajama bottoms on Pinterest. Instead of your average shopping site, it lead me to a very interesting story!

You see, these were no ordinary pajamas they were “Punjammies” — the product of a awareness movement called the International Princess Project.  The project was started by Shannon Keith who travelled to India in 2005 and witnessed the all-too-common act of human trafficking.

In an effort to help women and children get out of the terrible conditions to become successful, brave, and confident, Shannon has been helping to “establish self-sustaining enterprises in partnership with indigenous organizations that provide for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women formerly enslaved in prostitution; AND advocate for women enslaved in prostitution around the world” (from the International Princess Project mission statement).

Now those of you who have visited meganeilers.wordpress.com before know that I am by no means a blogger who regularly posts controversial, bold, or upsetting topics that may concern or offend anyone. That’s just not my style. However, I felt that this was something that was worth sharing with all of you wonderful readers.

Even if you are not interested in buying a pair of PJs, I would highly suggest watching the video on the International Princess Project website.

If you are reading this, take a moment and think of how fortunate you are to have a woman (or even a little girl) in your life who is free, happy, and confident. Let her know how happy you are to have her in your life because if she was born into a different part of the world her whole life could be radically different, and as a result your life would be too.

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Obsession of the Week | Contigo Travel Mug

Hi all!

Apologies for being so slow on getting my posts up.  I’ve spent the last few weeks/weekends packing, moving, unpacking and of course, working.  Fortunately, during that time I’ve been keeping track of stuff to blog about, so have no fear posts are coming soon!

Currently, my obsession of the week year is my new Contigo brand travel mug.

 

This bottle is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I have been using it for both coffee and water throughout my day and it is fantastic.  The description on the website doesn’t lie — it really does keep hot stuff hot for 6 hours and keeps cold stuff cold for 20 hours.  This morning I woke up (at 8:20am) to ice-cold water that still contained actual ice cubes.  Keep in mind that I put ice cubes in it at 7pm last night — that’s insane! The best part: ABSOLUTELY NO CONDENSATION — one of my biggest pet peeves about most water bottles.

Anyway, I know it’s only a travel mug (for coffee, water, whatever), but it is totally worth every cent of the $25.  There is only one downside and that is the fact that only the lid is dishwasher safe (the bottle itself must be hand-washed), but if you are only using it for water, you can get away with not washing it everyday.

I would highly suggest this bottle or pretty much any other Contigo item because they make really high-quality items that will be a vital part of your everyday life!

Fun Finds | Pathbrite

Do you wish you could showcase all your awesomeness somewhere on the web without having to design your own website?

Of course you do!

Okay, sorry to start off sounding like an advertisement, my brain isn’t in full writing mode yet (only 1 cup of coffee down). Late last night, while perusing Facebook, an article from Mashable caught my attention.  Specifically it was this article.

Now, I am not a graphic designer / artist / video guru, so I always assumed portfolios in the traditional sense were not really necessary for someone with my skill set / career goals.  But then I read this article about Pathbrite. And wow, were my socks knocked off.

Basically you can categorize your important life experiences/skills into a visually pleasing portfolio that is quite intuitive to use.  I’ve begun mine, however there is probably a lot to learn about how to best utilize this for job search / online presence. Always a lesson waiting to be had….

Anyway, I couldn’t make mine small enough to capture a great screen shot and still include everything, so don’t mind the less than wonderful shot here, but definitely go check my page out to see how easy it is to interact with.  You can simply select the categories on the top to see which of the images is relevant to that section.  They are color-coordinated, so it is super easy.

Either click here to visit my portfolio or click the image below.

As you can see I’ve chosen 4 categories: Travel, Social Media, Work Experience, and Life.  They are obviously not the most inventive of category names, but as this is supposed to be utilized by anyone who comes across it on the web, I wanted it to be logical.  Social media, for instance, simply allows a “reader” to see images of my Pinterest page, my Klout page, Twitter, and my blog — where you are right now :)

Travel has pictures from my study abroad last summer (my new computer doesn’t have pictures on it yet, so I had to utilize their Facebook importer — which, to be honest, needs a little help).  Work experience brings up my resume (PDF, downloadable) and the logos of the companies where I have worked. Lastly, Life showcases my graduation from University of San Diego. Again, a lack of photos and an eagerness to get the portfolio set up resulted in a “rough draft” if you will of my Pathbrite page.

UPDATE: this post was seen by the wonderful people of Pathbrite and they featured my portfolio and blog on their site! check it out at: http://www.pathbrite.com/2012/08/21/portfolio-spotlight-megan-eilers/

 

So now that this is by far one of the longest postings I’ve done in a while, I’ve got one bit of exciting news to share before signing off.

I GOT A JOB!!!!!

At long last (in my mind — I only graduated at the end of May, so I’m ahead of the curve), I am employed. And let me just say, it feels damn good. I will be an associate at Valerie Frederickson & Company, a HR services firm in Silicon Valley. Yay Me!!!

Alright, apologies for the lengthy post. Hope everyone has a great week, and be sure to comment below about Pathbrite. Let me know if you’ve used it, how you like my portfolio, and if you think digital portfolios will bring an end to the hard copy resume in the future?!

Pin-spiration

College is over, and I am actively searching for a job.  However, there is a lot of free time in between job apps.

What do I do when I need a break from typing in the same info all day long? I turn to Pinterest, of course!

Unfortunately that means I’m overloaded with decorating and DIY craft ideas for the apartment I don’t have yet.

So, while I daydream of trendy lofts and cutsie studios I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas and get some input from you (my awesome readers) about projects you’ve done to spruce up your digs on a budget.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!

Here are four different projects for four different rooms:

for the bathroom…

Ikea spice racks as hair/make-up holders — what a genius way to make up for a lack of counter space (something all apartments tend to struggle with)

for any room…

Painted vases make for great pops of color in a room. Buy cheap vases and give them a fresh re-do with a coat of paint — SOO easy, can’t wait to do this!

for the bedroom….

another super easy project. create an entirely new pillow with just a little bit of fabric with the awesome knot they show on this blog. fantastic way to change the feel of your bed or couch with minimal effort!

for the living room….

striped drapes are a great way to make up for plain apartment walls. this project doesn’t seem too hard — only a few items and a little imagination will turn plain drapes into designer-inspired ones

Fun Finds | Il Volo

Well hello there blog world! guess what?!

I am officially a college graduate! YAY!!! (still trying to figure out what to do with my life. and my blog. decisions. decisions…)

Anywhoo, that is probably really uninteresting to most of the world so instead here’s a fun find: Il Volo an Italian singing group.

Piero (19), Gianluca (17), & Ignazio (18)

 

Tonight, while being forced to watch PBS with my parents (ah the beauty of moving “home”) Il Volo came on to promote their new album and tour.  Thank goodness I didn’t walk away because the beautiful songs that came from these TEENAGERS voices were phenomenal.

If you haven’t heard of Il Volo, I highly suggestion giving your ears a vacation and sinking into the waves of sound.  Both their renditions of “O Sole Mio” and “Smile” are awe inspiring.

Of course, I love that two of these cuties hail from the land of my heritage (Sicily) — Gianluca is from central Italy, but honestly their voices can take you far far away.  Whether they are singing in their native tongue or any of the other romance languages they know, the words captivate anyone in ear shot.

The bio of this trio is short on their website, so if you’d like to know more, check it out here.  However basically know this: they are three adorable Italians who sing beautifully, and were lucky enough to win an Italian signing competition, and they are now touring the world breaking hearts wherever they go.

P.S. I’m totally in love with Piero ♥

Senioritis

Apologies blogging world, I have had a bad case of senioritis.

My life has been all kinds of crazy these last few weeks and unfortunately my blog has suffered.

Graduation is 8 days away and there will definitely have to be some big changes to my blog with this new transition in my life because my tagline of “college student. coffee addict. hopeless romantic. girly girl. blogger.” won’t be accurate, as I will no longer be a college student. SO CRAZY!!

Anyway, stay tuned for the future of my blog and please keep the comments and resharing up, it means a lot to me!

Despite my hectic life, I have gotten in a few moments of relaxation in, so here’s a picture that will hopefully bring some sunshine and positive thoughts to your world

Fun Find | The Time I Studied Abroad

Hello friends!

Sorry for the lack of posts, this last month of school is serious crunch time — graduation in t-minus 25 days.

But….I just have to quickly share this amazing Tumblr blog my friend Alexandra just shared with me.  It’s called “The Time I Studied Abroad.”  Anyone who has had the [wonderful] opportunity to study abroad will appreciate at least a few of the gifs that are found on the site.

Unfortunately because they are gifs (i.e. moving pictures) I can’t reshare them the way they are meant to be seen, but here’s a few of my favorites taken as screen shots.

Definitely a must-see website!!


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