Week in Review: Holiday Cookie Monster

One of the best things about the holidays (and really, any time of the year) is baked goods. Every year growing up, my siblings and I would pick out a new treat to try out for the holiday season in addition to traditional favorites—we chose fun-sounding cookies like spitzbubens and moose poop (I know, but oh so delicious), both of which are still among my favorite treats. And I’ve continued this tradition into adulthood—recent hits include salted peanut butter fudge, secret-recipe toffee, and lemon-glazed shortbread. … Read more…

You Won’t Believe What You Read!

And maybe you shouldn’t… Fake news and the impact of fake news has been making headlines recently, and I know I’m not the only one grateful for the professor who made a working, tiered list of fake and misleading news outlets. There’s a lot to be said about the culpability of the various forms of media, as well as personal responsibility of consumers of news, but amidst the conversation about fake and misleading news, I also find myself wondering—once again—what makes something newsworthy? (Source: wifflegif.com) … Read more…

Week in Review: What’s On The Menu?

I’m conflicted about crafting a Thanksgiving menu this year, torn between tried-and-true recipes or sampling delectable new dishes. As I’ve moved away from the kids’ table and expanded my palate, I’ve added more variety to my plate, but now I’m at the point where I’m looking for something more. Last year, after a decade of making a decadent chocolate harvest cake, I went with Erin’s (thoroughly vetted and highly recommended) salted caramel cheesecake—delicious results. I’ve been recently humbled by both a knockout kale salad (yes, … Read more…

Week in Review: Looking Ahead to January 2017

Like many others, this week I was consumed by news of something big coming in January—that’s right, Planet Earth II is happening! (See what I did there?) BBC already premiered the series in the UK, and it’s coming to the U.S. at the end of January 2017. I loved the first series, and especially after this riveting sneak peek of an incredible iguana and snake chase, I’m sold. (Source: BBC Earth) If you’re looking for a sneak peek at the latest in higher ed news, … Read more…

Week in Review: It’s Not December Yet!

Despite my love for the winter holiday season, I resent the fact that we often seem to skip right over Thanksgiving—this year, there were Christmas decorations up around here even before Halloween! (Source: Giphy.com) Too soon, people, too soon. Why do we insist on rushing through this month and Thanksgiving? We get an opportunity to be with friends and family, push pause on our busy, rushed lives, and think about things we’re grateful for. That, and the holiday is entirely centered around a gluttonous parade … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Halloween!

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up. I loved the candy, the costumes, the pumpkin carving, you name it. And I’m really excited to be able to celebrate it more fully again with my daughter. While this won’t be Lucy’s first Halloween (though I don’t know how much of a costume we pulled together just coming home from the hospital last year), it will be her first time trick-or-treating. And that means, in addition to stealing her candy, and despite my husband’s protests, … Read more…

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Our Beginnings with TVP Comms

In continuation of our fifth anniversary celebration, enjoy these memories of our first days and weeks as part of the TVP Communications team. Teresa: I remember TVP Comms’ first day like it was yesterday. I woke up unnaturally early because I was excited, verified the website was live and then just sat in my home office and thought, “Holy moly. What did I just do?” Knowing I wasn’t living a real-life version of Field Of Dreams, it suddenly hit me—what if I built it and … Read more…

Week in Review: Sweet Ride

Recently, my beloved Escape stopped working—the transmission was shot, essentially totaling the car, and so after 10 years and almost 100,000 miles (seven and 75,000 in my service), we decided it was time to let it go. We donated it and returned the plates this week. I was so bummed about it because I loved that car and it was the first grown-up purchase I ever made, during my last weeks in college. It safely saw me through two cross-country moves, several short distance moves … Read more…

Week in Review: 30 and Flirty and Thriving

(source: Giphy.com) On Monday, I celebrated turning 30 (!!!) by spending a lovely day apple picking (and cider doughnut eating) with my family. It felt like an appropriate way to commemorate entering a new, more mature decade, though not quite the champagne-filled way I would have liked to bid adieu to my beloved 20s. People keep asking me if I feel old, and truthfully, I’ve felt old my whole life, despite still being fairly young (someone asked my mother if I was an undergrad at … Read more…

The New and Improved FAFSA!!!

I can’t believe it’s almost mid-way through October and I haven’t celebrated a major higher ed milestone—the new FAFSA is open for business! Prepare for a lot of exclamation points! Back in fall 2015 when the news first broke that starting with the 2017-18 FAFSA (so the new one that is now available), the forms would be available in October instead of January AND that students and families would be able to use prior prior year’s taxes, I was super excited. Students would be able … Read more…