• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Birthdays in a Pinch

The months of July and August are, for whatever reason, the busiest birthday months of the entire year for me. I feel like every week, there is another birthday to celebrate, which means another gift that I somehow have to come up with. Yet, with working 50-60 hours a week and keeping up with dance, I have very little time to search for gifts, make cakes, or plan any kind of party for these wonderful individuals! I have had to learn how to make their birthdays special by taking a few “shortcuts” that I will share with you:

Shortcut #1: Gifts
-Buy giftcards to places that you know the birthday boy or girl loves. If they are a music fanatic, purchase itunes cards for them to add tunes to their collection!
-Make a mixed cd of some of their favorite songs or that share meaning between the two of you. Then they can always remember your gift when they play it!
-If buying for ladies, you can’t go wrong doing a last-minute flower delivery. Girls love receiving flowers, and if you have it sent to her, she will know that you took the time to plan ahead (or at least look like you did!).
-If buying for the guys, order some pro sports game tickets. They can be spendy, but if money is not a concern, this will probably be their favorite gift and requires little more than a quick online order.

Shortcut #2: Parties

-Throw the party at a banquet hall, restaurant, or community center.  This will help you avoid having to cook, clean, and entertain a large group of people with little time to prepare.

-Cater.  Have someone else make the food!  You know that you don’t have the time for that!

-Buy a cake.  If you don’t have time to make one, order it from a local bakery or buy an ice cream cake like those from DQ.  They can easily decorate it to be customized for your special birthday boy or girl in no time.

-If you do decide to make a cake, use a boxed mix or a cake that uses one as a base.  This will save you the hassle of having to sift ingredients, fuss with picky bake times, and find foreign ingredients that you don’t have on-hand in your pantry.

-Invite via Facebook.  This is one aspect of technology at its finest.  If you didn’t have time to send out invites in the mail to guests, simply spread the word though the “events” feature on Facebook.  Be specific about the details and keep track of how many will be coming.

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