The Perks of Living at Home Post College

I have just moved out on my own after living with my parents for a year post college and now that I am officially on my own, I am realizing how living with them was actually pretty fucking awesome. When I made the decision to move home after college (okay, so the decision was forced on me), I was less than thrilled. Having to adjust to living back at home after you have been living on your own with all your best friends is hard. But I learned to love living at home and am actually going to miss it. Here are my reasons why moving home post college is actually pretty rad.

*I will preface this by mentioning when I moved home, I was just moving an hour away from where I went to college, to Los Angeles suburbia (whatup Calabasas). I wasn’t moving to small town in Montana where I couldn’t see any of my friends from school. So while I was living with the ‘rents, I was still able to see my college friends quite a bit.

Without further adieu, here are the reasons why I loved moving home post college.

Money, money, money

While all my friends were stressing about paying their ridiculously expensive rent (gotta love Los Angeles real estate), I was able to save almost everything I made working. No need to pay for groceries, rent, cleaning supplies, pretty much anything you can think of. Now I have $$$ in my savings account, which is rare for a twenty something.

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If you are lucky (and I was indeed), you get to come home from work to a hot meal every night. No cooking or grocery shopping for you buddy! Coming home from work after my long commute (the one downside of moving home) and not having to worry about cooking was quite the luxury.


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Again, this isn’t the case for everyone, but I got to be reunited with my dog! So many 20 somethings want a dog, but can’t afford one and don’t have the time to deal with one. Well, I got to reap the benefits of unconditional puppy love without spending one dollar on the pup.

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I of course had to clean my own room and bathroom, but I no longer had to worry about making time to clean the whole apartment or house.

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Your parents

I’ve always been close to my parents, but living at home as a real adult brought us so much closer and I learned my parents are actually pretty cool.

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So now that I have officially left the coop and realized how much I’ll miss it, I’ve adapted some of my parents living ways into my new home life. My mama is an organizational guru and decorator extraordinaire, so I had her give me some decorating and organization tips. What’s great is my new place now has the homey feel of my old home 2,500 miles away.

But the biggest thing I took away from my year at home was to make time for my parents. Even though we’re on opposite coasts, I plan to make a conscious effort to call them at least once a week. I had forgotten the importance of family during college, but I definitely learned it moving back home.

8 Days of Jewish Guys | Crafting your DIY Men-orah

One afternoon I was casually stalking my girl crush Mindy Kaling on Instagram, and somehow ended up on her assistant’s profile (admit it, we have all been there). After scrolling about 40 weeks back, I came across the greatest Holiday DIY decoration… the MEN-orah. There was Mindy Kaling’s assistant, holding a collage of men on top of a picture of a menorah. Pure magic. Since my stalking took place in September, I took a screenshot and a mental note to recreate this incredible masterpiece in December.

As soon as December 1 rolled around, I whipped out my crayons and crafted my perfect men-orah. For all my Jewish ladies (and shiksas too), here are my instructions on how to create your very own men-orah. It’s a great Hanukkah arts-and-crafts activity to do with your girlfriends.

Decide on your 9 men. Now Mindy’s assistant included photos of non-Jewish men, but I wanted to make this men-orah kosher…so only men of the tribe made the cut. This was more difficult than I thought it would be, because there are actually a plethora of nice Jewish boys to choose from. I ultimately decided on Adam Levine, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Drake, Jake Gyllenhal, James Franco, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Paul Rudd, and Skylar Astin.

Find the sweetest pics of your gents on Google and copy them to a word document. You’re also welcome to find pictures in magazines, but being a type A personality, I wanted all my photos to be roughly the same size. If you’re following my organized ways, crop and resize the photos to be about an inch wide. Print and cut the photos.

On a piece of paper, draw your menorah. I drew mine so it took up most of the page.

Glue those handsome fellows onto the candles.

VOILA! Customize as you please, but your men-orah is complete.

Here is a picture of my drool worthy men-orah. You don’t even need a lighter, this baby lights up the room on its own.FullSizeRender_8

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Movin’ On Up | Bagging a Mentor

We’ve all read about the importance of having a mentor in the workplace (especially for women). However, I didn’t understand the true value of a mentor until I actually had one myself. My parents and older sister always gave me great advice, so I never thought I was in desperate need of my own mentor. I’ll be the first to admit, I was very wrong. My family is great and they all give helpful advice- but having a non-family member guide me was the greatest thing that happened in my career.

I believe it’s important to have a mentor who is in your career field. They know more people than you. They’ve seen some stuff before you started hanging around. So, he/she will have more of expertise in the field and will therefore be able to provide useful insight and advise.

My mentor happened to be the head boss at my first internship, but I had little interaction with her. I was then hired and she became my direct boss. She has 19 years of government experience and knows everything about and everyone in LA politics.

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When can you start looking for a mentor?

There is no time like the present! Being a twenty-something navigating the career world can be tough. Having a trusted mentor makes it easier.

It was fortuitous that I found my mentor at my first job. I understand that this isn’t the case for everyone. A mentor can come in all shapes in sizes. You may find a mentor in a professor from college, a family friend, a coworker, or even a friend. My friend Caroline is only a few months older than me, but gives incredible career advice. While I don’t necessarily think of her as my mentor, she definitely acts like one when I need her to!

Being in a male dominated industry can be tough, but having a female mentor who has been where I have been makes it so much easier to manage. She helps me not make the mistakes she has seen others make. She uses her expertise of the industry and of the people we interact with to help me succeed. I owe all of my current and future success to her.

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But how do you get your mentor to be a mentor?

This is a tough one. I didn’t ask my mentor to be my mentor. I personally find that awkward and similar to asking someone to go steady. Working under her in a small office, we sort of evolved into a mentor/mentee relationship.

It’s okay to treat someone like a mentor, without ever having that explicit conversation. I will use my friend Caroline again as an example. I have never told her she is my mentor, but I do feel comfortable going to her for guidance and advise. So in a sense, she is my mentor 2.0. But we didn’t have a drawn out conversation about it, I just started asking her for help and she obliged.

If you start asking someone for some guidance and advise, and they are willing to help you, then you are on track to establishing a mentor/mentee relationship.

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Finding my mentor was the best thing that has happened in my young adult life. So start asking questions, because successful adults have a lot of wisdom to share with us!

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How to Make Your Apartment Spotless

Find your inner Monica Geller because it’s cleaning time! Here is my easy to follow, mom-approved cleaning checklist.


  • Make your bed and pick up after yourself. If you clean up after yourself as you go, your weekly cleaning should take less than an hour total.
  • Take out the garbage as needed.
  • Clean your dishes after meals. I know it sucks but 3-4 minutes after dinner will be easier than 45 minutes at the end of the week when you have the rest of your apartment to clean.
  • Hang up your towel and let that air dry. Don’t throw it in the bottom of your hamper; it will be all moldy and gross if its wet for a week.
  • Clean up countertops after dinner. If you’re leaving out scraps of food and crumbs, expect ants.
  • Clothes go back in the closet, not on the floor.



  • Clean mirrors with windex.
  • Clean sink with bleach/sink cleaner.
  • Wipe down surfaces with a rag and 409.
  • Clean toilet (use one of those toilet wands, so easy and not gross at all)
  • Clean floors with Swiffer, get both the Swiffer Sweeper and Wet Jet.
  • Clean shower and check for mold! (Even the cleanest showers are susceptible to mold. If you find some, buy shower mold cleaner. You just spray it on the mold, let it sit for 10 minutes, and wash it off)
  • Wash towels either every week or every other week.


  • Run the dishwasher
  • Clean kitchen counters
  • Clean kitchen appliances: lift up microwave and clean under, clean microwave, wash outside of refrigerator.
  • Clean kitchen sink.
  • Clean floors with Swiffer.
  • Clean out refrigerator and throw out any spoiled food.

Mother Tip: Keep open baking powder in fridge to eliminate any odors

Living Spaces

  • Dust furniture, inside and underneath bookshelves and other nooks like around your bed and behind artwork. Dust is everywhere.
  • Clean TV and computer screens with surface cleaner
  • Clean doorknobs
  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Clean all floors either with either a vacuum and/or Swiffer, get under rugs.
  • Laundry. Do it. Don’t wait.
  • Remake your bed with fresh sheets.
  • Sweep outside in front of your door.


  • Wipe inside bathroom drawers
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean windowsills
  • Clean windows
  • Clean inside fridge

Mother Tip: A cheap but effective cleaner is white vinegar and water. Cleans everything!

Some of you may want to complete your weekly cleaning all on the weekend, while others may want to break it up each day. Happy cleaning!

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The Do’s and the Don’ts of Resume Writing from a Real Toby

This past year I was the intern coordinator for my office, which meant I was forced to look at countless college students’ resumes and cover letters. And let me tell you…yikes. These were smart kids, going to schools like USC and UCLA, and while the content on their resumes were impressive, the format was awful. I saw resumes that were 5 pages long and had grammatical and spelling errors. Seriously?

Here are my top 10 dos and don’ts of resume writing.

DO keep it to one page

Unless you are in your mid-career, your resume should not exceed one page. I promise you, you aren’t doing anything that is groundbreaking enough to add a second page.

DON’T add color

Unless you are Elle Woods, your resume should be printed on white paper or nice resume paper. The type should be black and in an easy to read font, size 12ish.

Mind you, I work for the government and am not in the design or fashion industry, so this may be different in those fields. But if you are in the government or business fields, I say to stick to the basics.

DO type your name in a larger size than the rest of your resume

When your resume is in a giant pile on someone’s desk, you want your name to jump out immediately when they look at your resume.

DON’T put your high school information on your resume once you graduated

I get that you were high school student body president but you’re in college now, please move on. If you think it’s super important to you, then bring it up in your interview.

DO play up your strengths

When I applied for my first internship in college, I had had zero work experience aside from babysitting. So instead of creating a boring and empty resume, I put my leadership experience from my sorority. Even though I had no official work experience, I played up my involvement in school and ultimately got the internship. This applies for volunteer work too.

DON’T forget to add location to your work experiences

I thought this would be a given, but I saw so many resumes that didn’t have the location of their school or of their previous internships. The city and state is all you need!

DO proofread

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DON’T use the wrong tense

If you used to work somewhere, make all the bullet points past tense. If you still work there, make all the bullet points present tense. 

DO have a professional email address

While surfergirl310@gmail was fun once upon a time, it’s time to look a little more professional. Stick to your first and last name in some variation.

DO save and send your resume as a PDF

A lot of the times, an employer will open up your resume from their phone. If you send it as a document, the formatting can get messed up. Make sure you send it as a PDF, so no matter what, your formatting looks like how you intended it to.

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Good luck and happy resume writing!

Mastering the Informational Interview

If I’ve learned anything in my first year of full time employment, it’s relationships matter. Yes, the other stuff is important too (like actually being good at your job), but networking is the crème de la crème of a successful career. Don’t know how to start networking? Here’s a top 8 (anyone else automatically think of Myspace?) list of things to follow.


Think of people you know in your career field (or the field you want to be in!) It could be a family member, a friend, a teacher, a friend’s friend, anyone you can think of. If you can make a list of 5-10 people to contact, that’s great. But really, you only need one person to start the process.

Reach Out

Contact the people on your list by calling or emailing them. Ask them if they would have time to meet you for an informational interview. Offer to go to their work or near their house. If they aren’t able to meet you personally, a phone conversation is always an option. You want to make sure you are making it as easy as possible on them.

Fair warning, people are usually quite busy working and you may have to email or call the person a few times before you lock something down. But beware; there is a fine line between being tenacious and being obnoxious, especially during an interview.


Assume you will only have 15 minutes to talk. It’s possible you may luck out and have much longer, but you should go in thinking you only have time for specific questions. You should have some general questions (i.e. how did you break into the field, could you look at my resume and cover letter), and your specific “ask” too. Think about something they could potentially help you with. They may say no, but you’ll never know unless you ask!

The Interview

Show up early! Dress professionally. Bring a pen and notebook so you can take notes during the interview. 

Remember, the point of your meeting is to listen to the person and take in their knowledge. Don’t interject them or finish their sentence. Ask them your question, then sit back and take notes.

The Ask

Remember your prepared asks, but the most important ask is: Can you refer me to a few other people I could also speak with? This is the key to expanding your network. Every time you meet someone, you should always ask him or her to connect you to someone else.

Follow up

If possible, send a handwritten thank you note to the person. A toddler can write an email these days, but if you take time to handwrite a thank you note, you will impress someone. Our generation thinks of handwritten letters as archaic, but this can help you stand out from the crowd. If you think snail mail is too slow, send a thank you email. Thank them for their time and mention something specific you learned. If they haven’t already, remind them to connect you to one of their colleagues.


An old senior colleague of mine taught me this trick and it’s made a huge difference in my networking skills. Create a Google Doc where you can track all of your networking meetings you’ve had. Feel free to tailor the tabs to your liking, but mine are the following:

Name, Company, Email, Phone Number, Date of Meeting, Location of Meeting, Notes 


Continue interviewing like this even while you have a job! You never know who can help you later in life. Make sure to also keep in contact with your network. If you get a promotion or move jobs, let them know! You may feel like you’re bothering them, but it’s just one email, and if they think you are annoying- they will just junk you. No harm no foul.