20 Great Gifts For Your Graduating Senior

Your high school senior just completed four years of hard work and is now embarking on an exciting new chapter. Show how proud you are with any of these great gifts. From tech accessories to fashion items and dorm decor, this list is packed with presents a high school grad would happily use, even before heading to campus.

1. Midi Hybrid Straightener

Though it’s a straightener, you can do it all—straighten, curl and wave!

Undergrad schedules can get hectic. When there’s no time to shampoo, they can run this 3/4” flat iron through their locks to revive their hairstyle. Bonus: it has OnePass Far-Infrared heating technology, so it gets the job done the first time. ($135, tiripro.com).

2. UGG Fluff Yeah Slide Slippers

The elastic strap has just the right amount of stretch.

They can save their plastic slides for the shower, and wear these comfy, fur-lined slippers for everything else. The thick soles are fun and offer ample padding against hard surfaces, making them OK for quick outdoor trips too. Plus, they come in countless fun colors! (starting at $99, amazon.com).

3. MUD\WTR Starter Kit

They’ll love the hippest coffee alternative around.

Odds are, if your teen is going to college, they’re going to get hooked on coffee. Be proactive and gift them this alternative, with one-seventh the caffeine of coffee, giving natural energy, focus and more without the jitters and crash. The starter kit comes with a 30-serving tin of the mushroom-cinnamon-tea-cacao blend, a USB-rechargeable frother, and a sample of creamer ($40, mudwtr.com).

4. HAUS LABORATORIES By Lady Gaga Makeup Kit

The trio your makeup-lover needs.

Lady Gaga’s new Amazon-exclusive makeup collab comes in 13 wow-worthy colors. At a $64 value, the vegan, cruelty-free set comes with a liquid eyeshadow, a lip liner pencil, a lip gloss and a reusable clutch. It’s sure to become a glittery staple ($34, amazon.com).

5. Silken Pure Sleep Mask

Give them what they really need: sleep.

From late nights studying, to… whatever else they might be getting into, what they need more than anything is sleep. Pure mulberry silk not only helps skin keep its hydration, but it’s hypoallergenic and super soft to the touch ($42, silkenpure.com).

6. STM Goods Myth Backpack

This cutting-edge backpack is perfect for carrying their laptop to class.

Available in four different color combos, this sleek new pack uses  SlingTech™ technology, suspending laptops—up to 16″—away from the edge of the pack, keeping it free from the bump zone. It also has an air-channel back panel system to keep them cool and comfy, plus fleece-lined pockets to protect belongings ($139, stmgoods.com).

7. Fitbit Charge 4

The watch buzzes when the user reaches their target heart rate during an activity.

They’ll be spending a lot of time staring at a laptop, so let the Fitbit Charge 4 help them stay physically active. Worth every penny, the bracelet features over 20 exercise modes, Spotify controls, a sleep-pattern tracker and a 24/7 heart rate tracker. If your grad likes to go out for a run, they’ll especially adore the built-in GPS, which records pace and distance. The battery lasts up to seven days after a full charge ($129, amazon.com).

8. Pilot Frixion Clicker

Gift a pack of seven, 10 or 15.

Taking color-coded notes in lecture will be oh-so-satisfying. These pens write super smooth, and the ink disappears mess-free when rubbed with the built-in, heat-activated eraser ($20, amazon.com).

9. Welly Bottle Traveler, 18 oz.

A removable infuser fits loose leaf tea or fruit.

With this bottle, they can transport their morning beverage from dining hall to class in style and drink it at an appropriate temperature upon arrival. It’s minimalist-chic, natural bamboo on the outside. The inside is double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel, which keeps liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to six ($33, wellybottle.com).

10. JBL GO2 Waterproof Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Powerful enough for a shared room.

This device is tiny—just 3.80 x 1.45 x 4.21 inches—but don’t let the size fool you. It delivers solid-quality sound, via Bluetooth or audio jack, and five hours of playtime on a single charge. When your grad has the dorm to themselves, they can use it to blast music or take calls ($40, amazon.com).

11. Kopari Double Cleanse Duo

They both smell like a tropical vacay.

There is nothing glamorous about the communal bathrooms in dorms. This set introduces a little bit of luxury when they have to go there to wash their face. The oil melts away makeup, prepping it for the gel cleanser, which gently removes impurities and exfoliates ($50, koparibeauty.com).

12. Milliard Reading Pillow

It turns their bed into a comfy chair.

Is your grad the type to study or surf the net from their bed? This classic dorm-room staple makes doing so feel much better for their back ($33, amazon.com).

13. Bouqs Never Desert You

A succulent is low-maintenance decor.

For your extraordinary grad, a matching bouquet. Southwest-inspired, it features alstroemerias, eucalyptus and succulents. With proper care, the latter will last through orientation and beyond ($64, bouqs.com).

14. Leatherology Organizer Portfolio

Choose from a rainbow of colors.

For job interviews, career fairs or important presentations, this high-quality, professional-looking portfolio can be used in place of a bag or briefcase. There are three pockets for paper, a pen holder and zippered pocket. To add a special touch, have it monogrammed ($150, leatherology.com).

15. NIKE Sportswear Men’s Joggers

Oh, and these have pockets!

Who doesn’t love sweats? This soft pair is highly rated on Amazon, and creates a streamlined, on-trend look (starting at $60, amazon.com).

16. Heart End Engraved Bar Necklace

The 20” chain length works with all types of tops.

Personalized jewelry doesn’t have to break the bank. This necklace is budget-friendly and available in silver, gold and rose gold finishes (starting at $38, shutterfly.com).

17. BoxLegend Plastic Adjustable Clothes Folding Board

Have a Type-A teen? They’ll adore the perfect creases this form.

Nothing says “Get out of my house and do your own laundry” quite like a folding board. Your grad will be able to tackle laundry quickly and (hopefully) spend that extra time studying ($15, amazon.com).

18. Malden International Designs Array Puzzle Collage Picture Frame

Another gift your grad will want to bring on move-in day.

Pick nine images that best represent your grad’s high school experience and put them in this multiple-photo frame. It’s a precious reminder of the last four years ($23, amazon.com).

19. Plambag Unisex’s Canvas Duffel Bag

The side zippers help it expand in case they overpack.

Whether they’re headed to the gym or home for a weekend, this multi-purpose duffle bag is roomy enough to carry all their essentials (starting at $40, amazon.com).

20. My Cinema Light Box

Or you could surprise them with a sweet message already displayed.

The first thing your grad will hang up to spruce up their new space: this marquee light box. It holds fun messages and can be hung on a wall or placed on a table ($30, amazon.com).

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“You and I grow the most when we surround ourselves with people and opportunities conducive to our development.”—John C. Maxwell

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Focusing on a few, favorite pieces can be a much better approach than simply buying every cheap, trendy item that catches your eye.

While some pieces might be a bigger investment than others, having these key items will save you time and money since you won’t always be running out to look for something to wear or for something that matches what you already have.


Everyone should have one pair of jeans that — no matter what — you can put on and feel good. Some days, no matter how hard you try, an outfit just won’t come together. When this happens, go back to your favorite jeans and pair them with a plain black or white T-shirt. You can’t go wrong, and you’ll leave the house feeling great.


While it may take some time to adjust to paying over $50 for a plain T-shirt, it is well worth the splurge. Having a great basic that you can pair with skirts, pants, or jeans really alleviates a lot of stress in the morning. Plus, if your cheap shirt falls apart in the wash, fades, stretches out, or shrinks up, you will end up spending more money re-buying poor quality T-shirts repeatedly instead of just investing in a couple more expensive ones.


Throughout my career, I have spent many hours scouring the internet and brick-and-mortar shops alike for the perfect black boot — the one that goes with everything, the one you can walk around all day in but can also wear at night. Come fall, I rely on a classic bootie to pair with leather pants for work or long-sleeved dresses for a night out.


There is nothing worse than hobbling around all night in shoes that don’t fit correctly or are too high or too narrow. On top of the pain, its money wasted on a pair of feet destroyers – not to mention the money you will spend on replacing them. Finding a good pair of heels that you can walk in will make your night more enjoyable. Even if you must shell out a bit more money upfront, you’ll save in the long run because you will wear them again and again.


This may seem like a given, but in many cases, it’s simply not the case. Having a go-to pair of pants that fits you perfectly is key when you have a big meeting or evening event to attend. You can feel confident that you look polished and presentable, and you can focus on putting your best foot forward. I also believe it’s worth it to spend the extra money for a tailor to get them just right.


While this may make some of you gasp, trust me when I say I wear my basic bodysuits more than anything else in my wardrobe. They go with everything, they look super polished, and they are surprisingly more comfortable than you would think.


When the weather gets cold, your coat is essentially your outfit since it is what most people will see you wearing. Investing in one that makes you feel great every time you put it on — and stands out from the sea of black parkas — will put a spring in your step even on the snowiest of days.


If you choose to invest in a luxury designer handbag, I firmly believe it should be as functional as it is beautiful. We rely on our everyday bags to take us to work, the gym, dinner, airplanes — the list goes on. I tend to find one that has a long strap in addition to handles, which makes a big difference. Make sure to consider the bag’s weight, too. Remember, if you are investing in it, you should be able to easily carry it around all day.


While the thought of sitting on a plane in uncomfortable clothing only adds to your travel anxiety, it is also important to look and feel your best when you land at your destination. Choose a pair that’s still comfy, yet a step up from plain sweatpants.


Over the years, I have found that although I like to think I am going to switch my jewelry every day, that’s unrealistic. Instead, I have now switched over to investing in a piece of jewelry I love and wear every day that goes with absolutely everything. It’s nice to have one piece that brings you joy and makes you feel good every time you look at it.

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If you’ve ever ripped your pants, you know that fashion emergencies are no joke. Here’s how to fix these pesky wardrobe malfunctions.

Most of us ladies have all been there. The run in your pantyhose as you’re running late to work, the stain on your blouse during a client lunch, the unsightly deodorant streak across your black dress. With most wardrobe mishaps, it’s not a matter of if, but when.

While it may be tempting to toss these broken, ripped or stained items and purchase new ones, if you’re resourceful, there are quick fixes that will make your clothes look as good as new — and for cheap. Be prepared by keeping a kit handy with the most common emergency remedies, such as safety pins, a needle and thread, double stick tape, super glue, clear nail polish and toothpaste. (You can also buy a ready-made version.)

Arm yourself with these materials and follow these tips to gracefully solve even the peskiest of fashion emergencies.


Quick fix: Glue, particularly super glue, is powerful and can quickly become your best friend when it comes to repairs. If your heel comes off on your way to a client meeting or is about to break, try to align it in its original position as best you can, apply super glue, and then apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure it will stay. (Remember: You’re going to be putting your weight on it, so try to have patience!)

Got more time? Invest in some Shoe Goo if you have a little extra time. (It needs 24 hours to dry). It’s permanent, waterproof and even binds leather to leather.


Quick fix: Depending on where the button was, you can safety pin the area together if closure is the main concern. This is a good fix if it’s pants or a skirt, and you’re able to hide the area.

Got more time? Keeping a travel sewing kit in your desk at work is highly recommended. Buttons can and will come off and sewing on a button literally just takes a minute to do. (And if you aren’t sure how, watch and read this tutorial to guide you.)


Quick fix: Your solution to this everyday issue is not universal — it depends on the shoes you happen to be wearing: For leather, scrub away your scuffs with a little toothpaste; petroleum jelly will fix up your patent leather shoes and make them shine like new; brushing an eraser in one direction removes suede scuffs; and for your canvas kicks, use a baking soda paste.

Got more time? Kiwi Scuff Remover is particularly great on leather and can take off even hard-to-remove scuffs.


Quick fix: Nothing’s quite as annoying as arriving to work after sitting in gum on the bus or brushing up against it on the subway pole. The good news is you have many options for removal, so choose whatever is handiest: Firmly apply duct tape to the gum-covered area only and lift off (repeat if necessary). A little spritz of hairspray will harden the gum and make it easier to scrape off, as will rubbing alcohol applied with a sponge (which won’t stain or remove colors from fabric).

Got more time? If you are near a hardware store, grab some Goo Gone, which is also excellent for removing band aid residue and pesky price tag stickers.


Quick fix: Rips are one of the worst emergencies, but they can also be one of the easiest to fix. For an emergency short-term solution for small tears, pull the loose and ripped fabric through to the other side (to the inside of the garment). Be sure to pull in all the little fibers and loose threads, as well, then apply some tape to the inside, covering all the edges. This works especially well on thin, dark colored fabrics.

Got more time? For a more permanent fix and for heavier fabrics, iron on a small patch on the inside (cut it to the smallest size needed to cover the tear). If done properly, the rip should be imperceptible.


Quick fix: Rub the fabric vigorously against itself. Its fibers will almost always remove the white marks better than rubbing a towel or other piece of fabric against it. White vinegar will also work if your deodorant stains are particularly persistent.

Got more time? Invest in some Braza Wipe Out erasers. Use them dry, or get them slightly damp for expert removal.


Quick fix: Different stains demand different remedies, but white vinegar can attack almost everything, including coffee, wine, grease, sweat and ink. Just saturate the stain with the vinegar, let it soak a few minutes, then wash it out. Heavy blotting with Club Soda is also an easily accessible fix — it even gets out blood and red wine. (Tip: Blotting works better than rubbing when it comes to fresh stains.)

Got more time? Dryel on the Go (which is safe on dry-clean-only clothes and comes complete with a scrubber tip) or Tide To Go are both purse-friendly stain sticks.


Quick fix: Clear nail polish can be a lifesaver when it comes to keeping a run in your hose from getting bigger just by dabbing a little on either end of the run. Plus, almost everyone has some in their cupboard or office drawer or can readily access some from a nearby nail salon or drugstore.

Got more time? While clear polish is a great emergency fix, it had some downfalls. So, consider keeping some Run Free hosiery repair on hand, as well. It’s odorless, invisible, doesn’t stick, doesn’t get hard and holds up in the wash.


Quick fix: Double stick tape is readily available and the fastest solution possible when your hemline dips below your preferred length. Place a strip of tape that runs the length of the ripped hem, then fold the hem up and apply pressure, smoothing the hem to seal it.

Got more time? Fashion tape is stronger than your average double stick tape (so it’s better for thicker fabrics like jeans) and can fix everything from a hem to a broken zipper, as well as keep a neckline or bra strap in place.


Quick fix: Form wide tape, like packing tape or duct tape, into a loop big enough to fit your hand in it. Then blot the fabric to pick up hair or lint, turning the tape as you go. You’ll likely need several tape loops, depending on the surface area.

Got more time? Mini Washable Sticky Lint Remover is compact and green (it’s washable and reusable). Plus, you’ll never have to worry about running out of the lint roller sheets again.

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Beauty By Sweet Angel

I recently stumbled upon “Beauty By Sweet Angel” YouTube channel. A 57 year old Sax Player from Tennessee. Being an ex-trumpet player myself as well as my family roots being from Tennessee, one can see how I was drawn to Angel’s channel. I am totally impressed and obsessed with her DIY beauty regiments. Did someone say “Self Care?” I advise you ladies of all ages to check out her channel, and she has another channel within that channel called “Life With Sweet Angel and Mike” a channel she shares with her husband Mike, where they vlog grilling and manly things that the fellas might enjoy. Check her out!

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Ways To Help Cleanse Your Lungs Naturally

Our lungs can get clogged up due to smoking, the environment, or for many reasons. Here is a list a ways you can help cleanse your lungs naturally.

  1. Mixed berries will kick start the healing process and cause the body to use oxygen more efficiently
  2. Apples prevent lung disease and help you to breathe easier.
  3. Garlic the most powerful super foods the alicin compound within will reduce inflammation, ease asthma and coughing and reduce the risk of lung cancer.
  4.  Grapefruit Studies have shown grapefruit improve lung function by supplying healthy vitamins and minerals for cleansing.
  5. Water to heal the lungs you should always keep them hydrated. This helps shift tar and heal infected tissue.
  6. Chili Peppers contain the spicy capsaicin compound which stimulates healthy blood flow and fights infections.
  7. Ginger this super spice remove toxins from the entire body, including the lungs
  8. Pistachios, these seeds reduce the risk of lung cancer and provide a wonderful boost of vitamin E.
  9. Cabbage packed full of anti-oxidants boosts the immunity of the body overall.
  10. Lemon soak sliced lemons with the peel in water overnight drink this every day to alkalize your blood. Carrots use a juicer to make fresh carrot juice these are rich in vitamins and will give your body everything it needs to heal.
  11. Cook your food rather than eating a ready meal will provide your body with the nutrients it needs for the lungs to heal.
  12. Milk Thistle a flavonoid in milk thistle called silibinin has been shown to prevent lung cancer. Reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, this could cause a build-up of thick mucus which could cause further problems.

For nicotine, withdrawal drink dandelion root tea to help with this.

Green tea will help flush the body and the water vapor will clear out the lungs.

The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat the faster your lungs will begin to flush out tar and toxins.

Try daily meditation. Focusing on the breath for 10-15 mins. a day also works wonders.

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Meditate and Quiet Your Mind

While we have so much to do, we resist and, in some cases, refuse to spend five minutes a day trying to reach the Master Repairman, the one who is truly in control of our lives. We cannot expect to be in control of the circumstances in our lives when we cannot control our minds for five minutes. Meditation is more than doing nothing. It is an art of listening. It is a practice which enables us to tune in and fine-tune the key areas of our lives: the mind and the spirit.

Meditation is the daily minimum requirement that will prevent us from breaking down and falling apart-at the most inopportune moments. Some of us are afraid of losing control, we convince ourselves we don’t know how to meditate; we don’t have time to meditate; or even if we stop to meditate, the problem will still exist when the meditation is over. These are all clever little excuses to ensure that we stay in control of things we can’t control. If you are one of us who uses one of these excuses, what method would you suggest be used in order to give the Repairman time to work?

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