December 28, 2016

Planning for the future? Whether it be school, your career, your family, or for yourself, make a goal you can stick to! Here are some of the best resolutions that might actually last all year round.

Learn Something New: Whether it be a fact-a-day or a new skill, learning something new is an admirable task. There are plenty of online courses or apps that allow you to take a course for free. Learn German or take a cooking class. Don’t let your mind atrophy, keep it challenged and motivated. You may just find your next calling.

Stay Positive: Give yourself the chance for a positive outlook. The more you look on the bright side, the better you’ll feel. Your relationships will also benefit as you will spend less time finding ways to argue or disagree. People love positivity!

Donate or Volunteer at Least Once: Make this a year to give back. Make a donation to a charity that has a special meaning to you. You could also help your community by spending time at a local animal shelter or soup kitche...

December 22, 2016

Ugly Christmas sweaters are the top thing to wear to your holiday soiree. Make sure you have the most creative and interesting one. Pull out the ribbon and the hot glue gun!

The ugly sweater trend has re-surged in popularity in recent years. The last emergence was in the 80’s and had died down in the 1990’s. It originally began by finding the antiquated garments in thrift shops or your mom’s closet, but stores have recently begun to monetize on the trend by creating new sweaters in the “ugly” fashion. They also sell kits where you can “make” your ugly sweater with materials provided such as ribbons, ornaments, or battery-operated lights.

We like to promote the idea of build-your-own so here are the top materials to choose when building your unique and hideous holiday garment!

Jingle bells: What’s better than an ugly holiday sweater? An ugly holiday sweater where you can annoy your co-workers, friends, and family! You can get single jingle bells or sets on strings to drape them throughout...

December 16, 2016

As you enjoy time with family and friends, think of others who are less fortunate. But you can help! See how you can make the holiday season memorable for those who need it most.

Start a Donation Tree:

A trend that has been popular in recent years is a holiday tree in a workplace or school that collects donated items for those in need throughout the season. Traditional items collected are mittens and gloves, but you could do socks, food items, small gifts for children, etc. It’s a great way to have a single place to collect donations that inspire festivity. You could have those who donate put a special ornament on the tree with their name on it or keep it anonymous.


Several organizations allow you to sponsor a family in need for the holiday season. This could mean providing them with their Christmas dinner or toys for children in the family. It could also provide the family with warm clothes for the winter season. One of the best parts about this is that you could know exac...

December 13, 2016

Thinking about exploring your creative side in school, and maybe beyond? There are several ways you can find the major that fits your style and skills.


Animation is the idea of bringing art to life! This could be through story-boarding, 3D-illustration, or video game design. This field can be a great choice if you are interested in illustrating, on paper or digitally, and are able to implement these skills to bring stories and characters to TV screens everywhere. 

Art History:

If you can appreciate the history and value of art, a degree in art history might be for you. Your studies will show you the impact of different artists, genres, and movements throughout history. Career opportunities could be through museum curators, restoration of priceless masterpieces, or teaching the history to students of your own.

Graphic Design:

Graphic Design has a multitude of uses in various job industries. It could implement elements such as hand-drawn or digital illustration as well as web-design...

December 9, 2016

We're all about using cans after they have been created, but what about before that? See the journey the can goes through before they become beautiful Canstructions!

The history of the canning food actually began in France. As revolutions and wars progressed, people were desperate to find a way to preserve food for the military overseas. With a cash prize of 12,000 Francs being offered, Nicolas Appert was motivated to find a way. He began with champagne bottles and a cheese-lime mixture, and as his business and factory expanded he moved to glass bottles and tin cans.

Making The Cans:

There are a few ways to make the cans but the basic process is cutting shapes from aluminum sheets and applying a coating. The cans are then baked for rigidity to hold their shape.

Picking the Best Ingredients:

Food to be canned are harvested at peak ripeness, when nutritional value is at its highest. Some foods actual increase nutritional value through the canning process.

Preparing the Food:

The first step is t...

December 5, 2016

Artists can inspire a movement or inspire a generation. Here are some of the most influential artist throughout history who have made an impact on those around them.

Leonardo Da Vinci:

Known for more than just art, Leonardo Da Vinci was an inventor known for exploring fields such as science, medicine, and air travel. As a painter, his iconic pieces include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, or the Vitruvian Man. Each of these works explore humanity, religion, and science that made Da Vinci such an influential member of the art community.

Michelangelo Buonarroti:

Most famous for his Sistine chapel painting, this artist was also well known for his sculptures as well.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Van Gogh received little acclaim during his life and his paintings were appreciated posthumously. One of the most unique aspects of his work were the personal touch seen such has his self-portraits.

Pablo Picasso:

Picasso was known for his passion and redefining the way spectators view and appreciate art. His work i...

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