Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Top 5 Online Resources

I am always talking about all of the different online/app resources that I use for studying and I figured it would be a good time to sit down and actually make a video talking about my tips. If you have any resources that you use for studying that you would like to share, please leave it in the comments section of the video.

My Top 5 Online Resources

1: Quizlet, I have talked about quizlet in a few of my videos, especially when I bring up making notecards to study. It is this handy dandy app where you can create flash cards. You can either create your own or use the search bar and look for a specific topic. I was able to find all of the chapters for my Spanish book that someone else had created. I just had to make sure that it was correct, but it saved me a lot of time. The nice thing about this app is that you have your phone with you 24/7 so you have no excuse to not open the app for 5 minutes when you’re waiting for a friend or something. There are also games on the app that will help quiz you and memorize the words you’re studying. 

2: YouTube, this one might seem like a no brainer but YouTube is actually a great resource for studying. I think so many people think of YouTube as a place for makeup tutorials and vlogs but I have used it so many times to understand a certain topic better. Like I’ve said in a few other videos there are a ton of songs that will help you memorize crazy concepts or even help you with learning a new language. My best advice for YouTube is to be patient and not be afraid to keep going deeper to find the video that will help explain it. I watched some videos that had thousands of views that helped me and watched others that only had 100.. it is all about trial and error and being patient!

3: Purdue Owl, I couldn’t tell you how many times I have gone to this site for help. It has writing tips and tricks galore! I love any site that is super organized like this one here, you have general writing tips, subject specific writing and even job search writing tips! It has pretty much everything, plus a great little guide for MLA and AP style which for some reason I am never able to memorize. one day…need to find a song about it haha

4: Mathway , umm does anyone else dread math? I made a video talking about some of the tips that I have learned over the years but this site has saved me so many times. They also have an app, but it is this great site where you can put in a math problem and it will solve it for you! I do have to say that if you use this for every single problem you will not learn the material…obviously. and you probably won’t do well on the test but it is helpful when you’re stuck, just so you can see the correct answer or check your work. At the top, you’re able to change to different levels of math including chemistry! Check it out, just don’t rely on it for everything :) 

5: Khan Academy, this site has every single subject and it is wonderful, I wish I had found it sooner. Best thing about it, it is a free site! It helps you understand the subject with an instructional video , and then allows you to practice the topic with over 1000 different interactive exercises! They also have some great resources for the SAT and ACT that high schoolers would benefit from.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Harry's Coffee Shop + La Jolla

I totally thought I would have gotten around to this post by now. We have been going to Harry's Coffee Shop for almost a year now and still love it! I somehow had never tried the French Toast before which is pretty much unheard of with me but I am here to tell you that it is AMAZING! It is the closest to my dads on Sunday mornings. I am pretty sure that is all I compare French Toast to. Oh, and let's talk about the cinnamon rolls. We never leave here without having one. I somehow always eat most of it but I really have no complaints because LOOK at it! I have a serious obsession with cinnamon rolls. Fun side story: Back when we were in college, living in the dorms, my boyfriend (friend at the time) and our other friend would come over and we would make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls at midnight and just sit around and eat them :) so goood! Anyways...if you are super hungry like me and need something to hold you over until the real food comes then get the cinnamon roll! 

Alright, so now to talk about the fun stuff...not really but hey, it is pretty important! Allergies and how did this place do? Well, I think you can guess based off of what I have already said that they were great! I really have no complaints. They do have an item on their menu that contain Pecans, so if you have a tree nut allergy you may want to stay away but they were really great about making me feel comfortable the first time I ate here. My favorite part, is that because of my allergy, pastries are usually off limits, but I am able to eat it all here. :) :) :) 

I forgot to mention up there that Harry's Coffee Shop is located in La Jolla, so after breakfast/brunch you can go over to see my pretty ocean! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bud's Louisiana Cafe

Happy Saturday everyone! This week went by way too fast but I am so happy it is the weekend. My drive home each night from work varies anywhere from 40-80 minutes. yea... it can be a little crazy at times. On my drive home on Thursday, I decided to stop at Bud's Louisiana Cafe which is off of the I-15 and Balboa.  I am pretty much in love with their beignets and would eat them all day long if I could. The best part about this restaurant? PEANUT FREE. The owner actually has a peanut allergy, himself which puts my mind at ease knowing someone actually gets it! This is one of the reasons why I have eaten here so many times, it is always nice being able to add another restaurant to the list of safe places for Rachel to eat. They also have a dietary menu that can be found here if you're someone who has other dietary needs. 

I started off with their Seasoned French Fries and their ranch. I am a ranch dressing connoisseur and can I just say, that this was really good ranch...sounds crazy, but it is a bummer when you get french fries and the ranch isn't what you expected. But, omg love love love. I had to stop myself from eating the entire plate so I would have room for the main dish and the BEIGNETS! 

For my main dish, I got the Louisiana Chicken served with rice. The last time, I asked for it with pasta, but, I must say sticking with the original was way better. The sauce that comes with the dish is amazing and the chicken was cooked perfectly. You know it is cooked well when you don't even need a knife. I justwish I could have eaten the entire dish but I knew I wanted dessert, plus I needed lunch for the next day :)  

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT EATING HERE! These little friends are the best things in the whole entire world.  I have driven all the way from my house to Bud's at 8:30 p.m. just to get Beignets. The only bummer is they don't serve them everyday! Here is the schedule for this lovely heavenly dessert. 

Monday - Friday
breakfast from 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday Lunch until 2:30

Wednesday and Thursday dinners
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Noon - 9:00 pm

Even if you just go here for the Beignets, you won't be disappointed. Definitely plan on making a reservation though, because it is a smaller restaurant and the wait can get long on the weekends. 

Just go here, and enjoy. Plus their staff are all pretty, so they are fun to look at ;)
IG//  budscafe
Twitter// BudsCafe

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tips & Tricks: Science Class

I have been trying to go through all of the subjects and talk to you all about some of the tips & tricks that I have figured out! Last weekend, I decided to post two videos since I have been lacking in that department. I did the History video along with this one here on Science. You can go ahead and watch it here or read below for the 5 tips that I have! If you have any tips that you would like to share, please leave a comment on the video! 

tip #1 - having a hard time memorizing the periodic table? or other diagrams like how the heart works? go to youtube and search for a song! Yes a song! People have created the periodic table song which will help you recite and memorize the periodic table of elements and there are other songs for other concepts! This is a really helpful tip for those of you who are auditory learners! Just think of how fast you memorize the lyrics to that new song, next up memorizing concepts for school in song style! or make up your own fun song or poem to help you remember any complicated concepts!

tip #2 keep up with the reading and syllabus so you can be prepared for lecture. In your syllabus there will usually be a topic of what will be discussed during lecture. If this is the case try and copy down any diagrams or illustrations before class so you aren’t having to scribble it out while its up on a slide. This way you will already have a general understanding of what it is about but you will be able to focus on what your professor is saying and really understand the small details as well.

tip #3 make sure you neatly write down any worked problems or equations. These are often hints at what will be on the test and having those worked out problems will give you a guide of what you could see in the future. If you find yourself confused don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or a classmate. 

tip #4 listen carefully to the class discussion, the questions that your classmates are asking are probably worth noting. Many times the questions that we have, others will have as well, so it is important to pay attention even when it is easy to zone out when the teacher isn’t talking. 

tip #5 revise your work. If you receive homework back that you didn’t do so awesome on, instead of shoving it into the black hole known as the backpack, take a look at what you did wrong so that you won’t make those mistakes again. If needed, take it to your teacher, and have them sit down with you and walk you through your errors. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flour & Barley

I have another restaurant for all of you! My boyfriend and I frequent downtown, and are always looking for a new place to try! Flour & Barley which is a Brick Oven Pizzeria thingy was over in Seaport Village...which is gorgeous! They will be doing a lot of construction on it soon, so I recommend any tourists heading down there asap. The menu was pretty standard... pizzas, sandwiches, salads nothing too special in my opinion. Over the years, I have really realized how simple I am when it comes to my food. Give me a good hamburger and some fries and I am a happy camper. I am not someone who needs 4 different cheeses on my pizza! But, I have tried so hard to step out of my comfort zone and try new things because I know I am missing some pretty amazing dishes! 

Alright, so as far as my allergy goes, this place was great!
 Life would be soo much easier if places just put what type of oil and allergens on their menu but I get that would be a crazy request. but, a girl can dream.... But our waitress was lovely! She answered all of my questions and was able to admit when she didn't know the answer to something. She was quick, and wanted to help me out and make sure I was able to eat! So, if you have an allergy Flour & Braley is definitely willing to work with you.
 I'm pretty sure I am the only person who isn't a fan of appetizers. Mostly, because I can't stop eating whatever it is, and will end up being too full to eat my actual meal. I ended up letting my boyfriend take on these wings by himself and he said they were delicious!
This pizza was actually pretty good! Like I said I am not a huge fan of "fancy" pizzas, I am quite ok with just plain cheese but I was actually really happy we ordered this. It was their Bacon Blue pizza. It had yummy little slices of potatoes on it which were my favorite! Overall, it was pretty good and would definitely get it again if we ended up there!

oh ... he will probably not like this but here is my boyfriend standing in front of this cool art work  (@KelseyMontagueArt) that is in in the middle of Seaport Village. He secretly liked it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tips & Tricks: History Class

When I was younger, I never really enjoyed all of the different subjects that I was to taking in school.... As I moved on through school and found myself in college, I quickly realized how interesting everything was. History is one of those things that I wish I paid more attention to when I was in middle and high school. I sorta just went through the motions, memorized, and then forgot about the info a few days after the test. 

I decided to put together a video about some tips & tricks that I learned over the years for taking a history class. Watch below and if you want, subscribe to my channel :)

1. Try creating flashcards to help you memorize. I made a "how I study with flashcards video" that you can watch here. In that video I talk about how I look at the whole process of creating the flashcards as studying. There are also great apps like Quizlet that allow you create flashcards on your phone, so you don't have to worry about writing out all of the info or carry it all around!

2. As we all know, History is all about dates and how one events connects to the other. It can be a little bit confusing with so much information. The one way that has helped me, especially as a visual learner is to create a mind map. I am able to color code which helps me visualize what time period each event is from. Tip: Just make sure your mind map follows some sort of chronological order so it is easier for you memorize when it comes to studying!

3. Taking notes in class can always be daunting, since there is a lot of information that is being thrown out there. What is important and what isn't? My best advice is so always stay on top of ALL reading assignments, even the boring ones. If you have a good idea of what the chapter is about, it will be easier for you in lecture to pull out the information that wasn't in the book. Once you get home, it is best to re write your notes, especially when it is still fresh in your mind... this is also a great time to write down any questions you have once you go over all of the material.

4. Many history exams have you writing an essay about an event, or you have to give your interpretation about a certain time. These can be hard. Some professors will  give you topics but some won’t. Just be aware when in lecture to listen carefully to see what topics they give more weight to. When it comes to studying, find out if you can what type of essay question it is. Is it an interpretation, a description of an event? etc. Then  create an outline and decide what you would write about it. I will then go and time myself, and write out what my answer would be. Of course, the question might vary so you will have to adjust your answer but at least knowing important details about an event will help you

5. Talk about it! the best way to remember information is to talk to others about what you are learning. History can be fascinating, so spark up a conversation with your parents or friends and ask them if they knew fill in the blank. or you can talk to your cat which is what I do. But, talking out loud and “teaching” someone the material is one of my favorite ways to memorize.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

so many outfits

One of the perks of my job is the dress code... it isn't strict but I love being able dress up a bit or dress an outfit down. I really don't have a real "style" it really just depends on how I am feeling when I wake up. I will sometimes dress super girly and other days I will wear combats and a bandanna. Below are some outfit posts from my instagram. I will probably continue to post these here and there but everyday was getting a little out of hand. I will do my best to link each item but a lot of the pieces that I own are older or from tj maxx/ross/marshalls

Pants: Hollister Blouse: Forever 21 Sweater: Kohls (similar here) 

Pants: Old Navy Sweater: Forever 21 (similar here) Shoes: Bongo (I am wearing these in two different colors in a few other pics)

Pants: Hollister Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here) Sweater: Gap

Sweater  (similar here) & Jeans: Forever 21 

This out fit is from Forever 21, I am still looking for similar items

This out fit is from Forever 21, I am still looking for similar items

Pants: Old Navy Blouse: Forever 21 (similar here) Sweater: Forever 21

Pants: Old Navy Shirt: Kohls (Similar here) Shoes: Bongo

Pants: Forever 21 Sweater: Kohls (similar here) Flannel: Forever 21 (similar here)