Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Try

November 25th, 2013

Other than turkey legs and parades, getting into the Thanksgiving spirit is the best part about this time of year. We have already talked about ways to give back, now we’re talking about how to get the family involved and in the holiday spirit with themed arts and crafts!

Get Creative This Holiday Season

Old toilet paper rolls are free and easy to come by; they also make a great Thanksgiving day craft. There are many things that you can make out of an old roll of toilet paper. For starters, there’s the turkey. The only materials you would need for this are the old toilet paper roll, colored construction paper, scissors, googly eyes, glue, and a black marker.

Some people take their turkey to a whole different level by adding actual feathers that can easily be bought at your local arts and crafts store. You can also make a really cool top hat (like what Abe Lincoln used to wear) or even a little Pilgrim family. Check out this post on Pinterest that shows different ideas and ways to create your turkey.

We love Pumpkins here at Talktainmentradio.com so it is only right that we have at least one pumpkin thanksgiving craft. This Pumpkin is called “The Thankful Pumpkin”. The materials needed for a craft like this one are colored construction paper, scissors, markers, and a stapler or tape.

Cut the construction paper into strips and have everyone in your family write down something they are thankful for. After all of the strips are marked with gratitude, piece them together and form a pumpkin. Here is a photo of the idea from Pinterest:

Kids can write what they are thankful for on strips of paper. Then piece them all together to make a Thanksgiving decoration!

Notes of ‘thanks’ made into a pumpkin.

These are just a couple of the ideas I came across on Pinterest. SearchThanksgiving Crafts and get your craft on! There are tons of easy and cute ideas.

Have a favorite Thanksgiving craft? Comment and let us know!

Give Back This Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2013

This Thanksgiving before you cut your turkey and watch all of the Thanksgiving parades, take a moment to make someone’s holiday a special one. Here is a list of places you can volunteer this Thanksgiving.

Put the “Thanks” Back into Thanksgiving This Season

Prepare Thanksgiving dinner with Community Kitchen Inc. on Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27 from 1pm-2:30pm. The Community Kitchen needs help preparing turkeys and other items for their Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and others in need. There are 25 spots available for those who are interested. To register and get further details, email Marilyn Oberting at marilyn@communitykitchencolumbus.org.

If that time doesn’t work for your schedule, LifeCare Alliance also needs help preparing Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, November 25 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This is in partnership with Columbus Gives Back and will serve area senior through LifeCare Alliance’s Meals on Wheels program. Register online for the event or email the email event coordinator, Caroline at caroline@columbusgivesback.org.

Besa Community will be hosting an early Thanksgiving dinner for homeless youth on Wednesday, November 27 from 5pm-7pm. This will not be your traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Coordinators are asking volunteers to bring one dish – fruit, salad, desserts, etc. The main dish will be provided by Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Check out Besa Community and sign-up to volunteer at this nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner.

If you’re anything like me, cooking anything is just not in the cards. Instead, do something active and volunteer, run, or walk at the annual 5 mile Chase Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot presented by Whole Foods and Ultra Fit USA. This is a family event that takes place Thanksgiving morning benefiting children with autism. Register online for this event as a volunteer, runner, or walker.

Thanksgiving is not only a time to enjoy family and great food. It is the perfect time to reflect on how fortunate we all are to have a place to go for a hot meal and live in good health. Know of any other ways to give back this Thanksgiving? Comment and let us know!

You Can Still Help Us Secure a $250,000 Grant from Chase Bank!

November 13th, 2013

Hello again, friends! Have you voted for Talktainmentradio.com in the Chase Bank Mission Main Street Grant competition?  If not, we need you to because the deadline to get your vote in is THIS Friday, November 15 at 11:59:59 PM!  Reaching or exceeding the 250 votes necessary will allow us to proceed to the next stage in the selection process.

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We can make it to 250, but only with your help. If you participate and tell just four friends or family members to vote, we will meet our goal. Voting is simple; click HERE, or on the picture above, then click the green “vote now” button when brought to the voting page. No personal information is needed or shared, it’s that simple. We’ve given you some insight on what we would like to do with the money, so help us reach our goal! And for those of you who have already voted, we appreciate your support! Everyone spread the word!

5 Pumpkin Flavored Foods You Must Try

November 13th, 2013

Yes, it is that time of year where there is Pumpkin everything. From candy, to coffee, to pies, we are in the prime of Pumpkin Season. Take a look at these 5 pumpkin flavored treats that you must try.

1. Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice There’s no better way to have pumpkin than with chocolate, right? This treat has a golden outside with a pumpkin spice flavored filling wrapped in a special orange and brown foil. This is a limited edition treat and is available at your local grocery or convenient store while supplies last.

2. Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows Marshmallows are amazing! Apparently they are even better with a hint of pumpkin. This fluffy treat is available at your local grocery store and is quite the catch so get yours before it is too late!

3. Pumpkin Cheesecakes I am a huge fan of cheesecake but I’m not quite sure how I feel about pumpkin cheesecake. This treat can be made multiple ways and there are tons of recipes on Pinterest about how to perfect this dish. Check it out and send me over a piece!

4. Pumpkin Pancakes I could eat pancakes at any hour of the day. But pumpkin pancakes? Hm. I have never had the pleasure of indulging in this seasonal cuisine but I have a feeling that I could possibly become obsessed. You can’t go wrong with Pinterest when it comes to looking up recipes. Add some sausage to your pumpkin pancakes and I’ll see you in the morning!

5. Pumpkin Spice Latte You can’t have pumpkin season without the pumpkin spice latte. The limited editions drinks are located at nearly every coffee shop you can think of in Columbus – local shops and the franchises. Enjoy this drink hot or cold!

At this point I’m not sure if there is a possibility that you can have too much pumpkin! What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? Comment and let us know!

Help Us Win a $250,000 Grant from Chase Bank!

November 12th, 2013

There are only a few days left to give us your vote for the Chase Mission Main Street Grant! Talktainmentradio.com needs 250 Facebook votes by THIS Friday (Nov. 15) to be eligible for the next step of the process; with those votes, we will be one step closer to the $250,000 grant for small businesses! We bet you’re wondering what we would do with the money, so we came up with a list of 3 areas of interest to where we would put the funds.  Check it out below!

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Enhanced Video Production
We’ve got some big plans coming up on the visual side of things here at Talktainmentradio.com. We can’t give anything away just yet, but know that some of the content currently available to you is going to be presented in a completely new and innovative way. This would take time and money, and the grant would help us achieve our goal in timely manner!

Expanded Audio Capabilities
We pride ourselves on being able to provide our hosts with the highest quality studio equipment available. We are looking to elevate our technological power to reach our full potential and bring you radio, the way it should be heard!

Increased Community Involvement
This is perhaps the most important one of all. Establishing and maintaining a relationship with the community is at the core of everything we do here at Talktainmentradio.com. We experience pure joy when we get the opportunity to meet you all face-to-face and hear about your favorite programs on our roster. The grant would allow us to participate in even more events to bring us closer to you!

So help us reach our goal of 250 Facebook votes by clicking HERE. It’s fast and easy to do!

 

Celebrate Halloween in Columbus

October 24th, 2013

‘Tis the season to be spooked! Halloween always brings out the creative and the fear in people every time it comes around. Whether you like enjoying it peacefully or completely freaking yourself out, Columbus has plenty going on to tailor to your needs.

HighBall Halloween VI

 

Grab your best costume and get ready to rip the runway at the HighBall Halloween event. In its sixth year, the event has had to expand by going from one day, to two days of shutting down High Street and filling it with over 20,000 people. Starting Friday, October 25 through Saturday, October 26 there will be competitions, dancing in the street, stage shows, and more. This is an event you do not want to miss!

 

North Market Halloween Party

This is a free event for the kiddos to enjoy face painting, crafts, and a safe indoor trick-or-treat! The party starts Sunday, October 27 from noon-3pm at the North Market and admission is free. Enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon full of candy and fun!

Sips & Spirits

If you like to keep it classy on Halloween, step into the paranormal with a glass of wine at Camelot Cellars Winery. Get your future ready by psychics, recreate yourself with a Halloween inspired make-over, and try Camelot Cellars Vampire Vino wine (only available through Halloween). This event will take place Wednesday, October 30 from 7-9pm and admission into this event is free.

Dead Acres | Haunted Hoochie

For all of my thrill seekers, get your kicks at the legendary Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres. This is an intense experience for real thrill seekers only. There’s blood, gore, guts, and terror every where you turn at Dead Acres. You think you can handle one of the top 13 haunted houses in America? Get your ticket now and prepare to enjoy (if that’s possible) a great scare.

How do you celebrate Halloween? Comment and let us know!

8 Must-Haves for Fall

October 16th, 2013

Fall is my favorite season of the year because it allows me to wear layers, but not be too hot or too cold. Here are some key pieces that I believe every woman needs to remain comfortable and stylish in fall.

8 Must-Haves for Fall

  • Scarves are a must-have for fall! It’s amazing what adding a silk or polyester scarf to an outfit can do. Wearing a cute scarf can complete your fall look whether you’re going to class or going out. Forever 21 has some super cute scarves including this Southwestern Scarf that I have and love! 
  • Leggings are probably the true reason we all love fall anyway right? Cute tunics and pair of leggings can go a long way. Forever 21 does have leggings for cheap but I find them not to be as great of quality as leggings from Macy’s. They’re more expensive, but you can pick up some cool ones like faux leather ones.
  • Denim jackets can quickly make your leggings and t-shirt look more fashionable. I have a really cool maternity denim jacket I snagged at the thrift store last fall that I use to complete a simple look. Since it is a maternity jacket, it’s baggy and a little long which gives a look similar to this denim jacket from Forever 21.
  • Stockings/Tights are a cheat to be able to still rock all of those body-con skirts and dresses you’ve worn all summer. And it allows you to recycle the ones you’ve worn out for a more day-time look. I prefer stockings with some print, like these Chevron Textured tights from Old Navy.
  • Crew necks have become my newest obsession. I recently snagged a few from the thrift store not too long along. I prefer crew necks that are sports related or give a worn look. If you’re looking for something more girly, Victoria’s Secret has a Supermodel Sweatshirt line filled with cute crew neck style clothing.
  • Combat boots have seemed to become timeless in fall. They give an edgy look that I love to throw in with just about everything. I have a pair from Target that are similar to these Mossimo Supply Co. combat boots.
  • Dark colored lipstick is something I want you to have if you have anything on this list. To know me is to know I have an odd obsession with lipstick and I have found that Rimmel London has the best lipstick for the best price. I have this Moisture Renew lipstick as well as a couple from Kate Moss’ line with Rimmel London.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the beauty in all that is fall are the Yoga Pants. Perfect for those lazy weekends – or lazy days in class. I found some cheap yoga pants by Danskin at Walmart and grabbed a couple pairs of them. Victoria’s Secret PINK also carries yoga pants.

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year and I would not be able to survive without my essential pieces to remain comfortable and stylish.

What are your fall must-haves? Comment and let us know!

Prepare for Post-Grad Life NOW

October 14th, 2013

As much as I don’t want to think about it, I will be entering the “real world” in less than a year. I have received lots of advice on how to prepare myself for the post graduation life and these are the tips I have found the most useful.

If you plan on moving into your own place after graduation, start saving money now. It’s not cheap to keep up with a new place right out of college. There’s safety deposits, furniture, groceries, renters insurance, that leaky faucet that’s running up your water bill – you never know what could happen. It is better to be prepared for major or minor things that may happen when becoming responsible for your own place.

Tip: If you have the luxury of moving back home for a few months to save money and better prepare yourself, you should take advantage of it!

Slowly begin to change your wardrobe. I am a firm believer in wearing yoga pants and a crew neck every day of the week. While this attire may be the culture of a college campus, it is not as acceptable in the professional world. When you see key pieces on sale (blazers, dress pants, button-ups, etc.) you should grab them while you can. This will soon replace those hoodies and sweats.

Tip: Clothes are not cheap! Try going to your local thrift store and getting some of those key pieces for cheap.

Lastly, we all spent the last four years full of headaches and midterms with the goal of getting a job after graduation. Now is the time to prepare for applying for jobs and utilizing all of the connections you have made in the last four years. Create a portfolio (online or hard copy) with all of your works – writing samples, designs, project plans – and have an updated resume prepared for any given moment. You never know when you’ll come across that perfect opportunity.

Tip: Carry business cards at all times in case you don’t have immediate access to your resume or portfolio.

It saddens me that college is nearing an end. Now it is time to take everything we have learned and apply it to the real world. Good luck preparing for post-grad!

Join Us at the Universal Life Expo!

October 11th, 2013

Each week Tammi Rager uses her show The Now Age to take listeners on a journey of the mind, body, and spirit.  However, this weekend Tammi is bringing elements of her program out of the studio and into Veterans Memorial with the Universal Life Expo! The annual event attracts thousands of people who share an interest in understanding the connectivity of the mind, body, and spirit.

2013 Universal Life Expo

2013 Universal Life Expo

Here is what you need to know: The Universal Life Expo is the largest all-volunteer metaphysical holistic event in the United States. There are nearly 150 workshops and over 300 booths packed with merchandise and services to fit every need. Talktainmentradio.com will be on site to catch all of the action Saturday and Sunday, and we can’t wait to see you! In the meantime, check out a very special Universal Life Expo podcast of The Now Age by clicking here!

Conquer Flu Season Without the Shot

September 26th, 2013

Believe it or not ladies and gentlemen, cold and flu season is speedily approaching. Many go to the doctor and get a flu shot to prevent getting sick this time of year and others just try to sleep it off. While getting the common cold or flu is not completely preventable, here are some simple ways you can try to beat them if they happen to you.

1. Wash your hands: We have been hearing this since elementary school. Wash your hands before you eat, and before you touch your face. You don’t realize how many germs are on your hands from daily activity. Before putting your hands anywhere near your face or mouth, wash them for at least 20 seconds with warm water to be sure you are getting rid of germs.

Tip: Carry hand sanitizer with you in case you don’t have access to soap and water. Hand sanitizer helps but should not be used as a substitute to soap and water all the time.

2. Live a healthy lifestyle: Go to bed at a decent hour, wake up early, work out, get three meals a day, take vitamins; the basics. Having a healthy lifestyle has a major impact on your immune system. Take care of your body and it will be nice to you back.

3. Yes, you have to take medicine: It took me until college to realize that taking medicine after being sick is actually a good thing (with the help of my grandma chastising me for years about it). By taking medicine you are giving your body what it needs to fight off all the germs in your immune system, leading you to a quicker recovery and lowering the chances of you spreading your germs to others.

I personally have never gotten a flu shot and I have never felt I needed one. Following these three steps have helped me prevent and fight the common cold and flu.

What remedies do you follow to prevent getting sick? Comment and let us know!