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Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Find & Apply for College Scholarships - 4 Tips for Parents to Help Kids Jump Start Process


by Joan Stewart Smith, Guest Blogger
Stewart Communications

Four Tips for Diving Into the Scholarship Hunt

A university education has never been more desirable or expensive to attain than today. In a perfect world, our college-bound kids would start applying for college scholarships as soon as students start high school. 

Photo by George Hoden
But in reality, most youth don’t even start thinking seriously about higher education until the summer before senior year. If you think your son or daughter is too late to the party, not to worry. The important thing is to get started now, finding and securing money to help with your child's educational expenses, because it’s never too early or too late to plan and prepare for a smart investment in your child's future success in life. 

Get Your Kid On Board
We parents are the ones who think about money, so scholarships are rarely a top concern for a young person on the way to adulthood. Have a realistic talk with him or her about family finances and the importance of partnering with you to seek financial aid. As long as you don’t come on too strong it will be worth your while to help kick-start the scholarship quest. 

Start With a Plan and Target List
Try to make it fun and work with your teenager to put together a “wish list” of scholarship opportunities that fit. Don’t start with that highly-competitive national level big brand scholarship. Instead, first look at local opportunities with a smaller applicant pool with less competition for funds. Get advice and a local list from your child's high school counselor, school website, area businesses, community organizations, your employer, local government, clubs and/or religious organizations. 

Then, throw a wide net beyond your backyard to take advantage of all the information at your fingertips. Among the free online sources out there to look for are,,,, and many others. Find the latest print edition of the bestselling reference book, The Ultimate Scholarship Book. Also, don't overlook professional organizations or corporations in your child’s chosen field of study. 

Now Prioritize the To-Do List
Once the initial list is done, it’s time to prioritize each award. Encourage your teenager to pace himself or herself and apply for realistic opportunities that he or she has a good chance of winning, but don’t let them sell themselves short, either. Figure out the “why” of the scholarship, which is not as difficult as it sounds.  We usually can tell from the name of the award and who is giving it away. Is it asking for expertise at something? Community service? Leadership? A specific skill or hobby? If necessary, move it up or down the list, or take it off. 

Make Sure Each Application Sells Your Student
You now have a realistic target list. Once kids get started on the application, help them choose the right strategy and content for each section to persuade their audience. The good news is that students also can often repurpose answers and essays to tailor them to any scholarship question -- so don't reinvent the wheel if you don't have to. If a student gets stuck, there is a lot of advice online on how to prepare each phase of the application.
Your young adult -- Yes, it's time to start thinking about your child as a grownup -- may just land the right scholarship(s) to help with college costs. Remember that colleges and universities themselves also award a lot of money to students. So, whether you are seeking scholarships based on merit and/or financial need, don’t forget to also apply for financial aid during the college application process, submitting the proper FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS (College Scholarship Service) forms.  

About the Author
Joan Stewart Smith is a married mom of a son who will soon be starting the college application process. As a highly creative talent, she heads Stewart Communications, an independent consultancy specializing in PR, marketing communications, social media, and writing. During her career, she has promoted products and services for clients ranging from fast-growing startups to established Fortune 100 companies, as well as PR and advertising agencies. Previously, she was a vice president at a leading high tech PR agency in Los Angeles.  Joan holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from San Jose State University and studied in the UCLA Department of Information Studies. Follow Joan on Twitter.

FTC Disclosure: The content for this story is provided by Joan Stewart Smith and opinions here are the author's. However, readers should keep in mind that no MBE blogpost is a substitute for advice by a qualified college counseling professional of your choice. No payment or other compensation was exchanged in connection with this post. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's home page and at the bottom of every individual page including this one.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coriander Curry Garbanzo Beans Recipe - Delicious Vegan Main Dish Protein Rich, Low Cholesterol

Good Food

by Dahlia Rimmon, Food Blogger

I hope everyone has been enjoying making that yummy Green Smoothie recipe! Today, I have a delicious and healthy Coriander-Curry Garbanzo Beans plant-based protein recipe for you. I created this not only as an economic alternative to more costly chicken and meat dishes, but also for more variety and a protein-rich meal that is low in cholesterol. 

The development of this particular dish has an interesting backstory. My husband lives with familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic condition where too much cholesterol is stored in the body. Naturally, our body produces the cholesterol required for cellular structure and other bodily functions. Those with the condition my husband has tend to have excess cholesterol in their blood, which if not managed properly can lead to harmful cholesterol buildup and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 


Coriander-Curry Garbanzo Beans

Prep Time 30 minutes or less
2 Servings

  • 1 can 15 oz garbanzo beans, rinsed with water
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 cup tomato or marinara sauce
  • 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 t. ground coriander
  • 1/4 t. curry powder
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 dash dried oregano
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, washed (Optional)


1. Chop shallot and add to medium-size pot with olive oil.
2. Turn on heat to medium and let chopped shallot sweat until translucent and light brown.
3. Once most of shallot pieces are translucent, add the garbanzo beans and stir 1-2 minutes.
4. Add tomato/marinara sauce, lower heat and mix.
5. Add all spices to the pot and stir continuously 4-6 minutes.
6. Optional: add fresh spinach and mix until leaves wilt and fully coated in mixture.

1. I suggest rinsing the garbanzo beans because usually canned vegetables, especially beans, have been sitting in a sodium-rich liquid. Rinsing the beans will allow you to better control the amount of salt you add to the dish and is helpful for those of you who may be cooking for someone on a low-salt diet.
2. You can switch out the garbanzo beans for other beans. Kidney beans, for example, work well in this recipe.

This rich and flavorful dish can be enjoyed on top of rice, quinoa, or any other grain and also pairs well with cooked vegetables or a fresh green salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Always feel free to reach out and let me know your thoughts!

Love and blessings,

About Dahlia Rimmon
Dahlia Rimmon, Los Angeles, California, also known as Dahlia Eats on Instagram, graduated from Stern College with a BA in Sociology. She is now pursuing a Master's in Nutrition and Dietetics and Dietetic Internship at California State University, Long Beach. To add to that already interesting combo, Dahlia is engaging her culinary creativity and passion for good food by concocting new, easy, and healthy recipes to share with this blog's readers, in addition to her friends and family. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, Krav Mega training, gardening with her husband, and smoothies. Seriously, Dahlia is obsessed with smoothies as you will soon see in her upcoming MBE posts. 

Follow Dahlia on Instagram @DahliaEats to see more of her beautiful photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone of everything new, healthy and delicious she's cooking up.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

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