Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bookmark It! 5 Dazzling DIY Gifts For Your New Year’s Party

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New Year’s Eve parties are pretty much scientifically proven to be the most ultimate parties ever. The energy is off-the-charts exciting and the evening’s laced with a sense that anything is possible. Celebrating the kick off to a new year, therefore, should be done in style.

Even if you’re feeling a little tight in the wallet from the holiday season, you can still throw together a little something to spruce up your pad for party guests, or share with the host or hostess of a party you plan to attend.

Read on for BookRenter’s round up of 5 Dazzling Do-It-Yourself Gifts for any New Year’s bash! Continue reading

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Holy Holiday Recipe Book, Batman! 15 Dreamy, Decadent No-Bake Desserts

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Here we go! The holidays kick off this week (!), and our mouths are already watering for the array of sinfully fabulous foods sure to grace the scene. You want to bring something special to the table to share with loved ones, right? Of course you do!

…But you don’t have time to slave over a hot oven. Or maybe the family stove’s all tied up cooking other culinary creations, and there’s no empty rack for you. Or maybe you just suck at baking. (We can’t all be bonafide Betty Crockers.)

Well, has BookRenter got an early present for you. Our team scoured the Internet and compiled a mini recipe book of 15 dreamy, decadent desserts sure to dazzle fellow party-goers. And the best part? They’re all no muss, no fuss, no-bake confectionery treats you can whip up in a flash.

No, wait. The best part is they’re ridiculously delicious.

Read on for mouthwatering photos, bite-sized descriptions, and a link to the full recipe & instructions. Continue reading

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Why Going Home for Break is Awesome

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By guest blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism and Facebook (wait, that’s not a real major?!). Originally a track star from Medford, Oregon, she now enjoys going for runs with her friends and working out at Eugene Crossfit. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, playing in the snow, and hanging out at the beach…double points if they’re all at the same time.

As soon as I come home for the holidays, I can predict that certain things are going to happen. First (for some inexplicable reason), I lose any previous ability to do dishes. I also get selective blindness that enables me to no longer see any form of textbook and/or schoolwork. I like to call this phenomenon “Homeitis,” and it’s my favorite kind of sickness.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with old friends by Randy Lane

Coming home for the holidays is a wonderful, wonderful occasion. When else during the year are you going to have someone voluntarily cook for you, not to mention, laundry services? My parents’ laundry skills surpass mine by leaps and bounds (“it’s so…soft! And the same color as when I put it in!”).

It’s also one of the only times you don’t have to pay for groceries. Say you decide to try a detox diet when you come home, after you have the preliminary “I’m home let’s stuff my face with everything I can get my hands on” feast, celebrated in most homes nationwide. You don’t have to pay for the wild-caught Alaskan salmon and organic vegetables, as long as you can convince one of your parents (whichever is more susceptible to your patented “poor starving college student look of despair”) to help your cause.

The holidays aren’t just about having your parents do things for you and buy you your heart’s content, though. You get the chance to snuggle up and watch movies with them, and see their faces light up with joy when you get them just the thing they wanted for Christmas (cashmere sweater and golf balls? Check and check).

This is also the best time to see all of your BFFL’s from high school. Attending ugly Christmas sweater parties and catching up over secret Santa presents is one of the best parts about Christmas break.  There’s no better time to tell them about your new boyfriend and gossip about your old high school one (he’s Facebook official with who?!).

Going back to the place you grew up brings back all sorts of wonderful childhood nostalgia. Plus, your parents are there to spoil you and love you to pieces (awww…).  Sleeping in every day and getting to see your high school friends are luxuries you often can only do during break. But let’s be honest, pretty soon we’ll be missing our roommates and wishing our hometown had even one place that delivered until 3am. Enjoy the break from school while it lasts. Eventually we realize we aren’t so sick of being in college, even though our attempts at cooking will never live up to Mom’s.

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Oldies but Goodies: Black and White Movies

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

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Why is it that December is when all of the black and white movies come on TV (It’s a Wonderful Life Anyone)? Maybe it’s to remind us that even though the year brought us newer and more technology-advanced movies, nothing comes close to the classics.

If you are like me over winter break, you’ll occasionally be looking for something to do during those rainy (and hopefully snowy?) days we would normally have class. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s revisit some of the best black and whites of all time!

First on the list is a classic chick flick. Guys, you will get major brownie points for renting this for a Friday night movie night. The movie is Casablanca (1942) and it’s set during World War II.  Women love it for the romantic love triangle and men love it for the war action. And it features two of the best actors of that time, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

If you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan (think The Birds), go for 1960’s thriller Psycho. Stolen money, horror, a case of the crazies, and suspense are what makes this movie a classic. And did you know that the blood in the infamous shower scene is really chocolate sauce?

Love a good mystery? The passengers on a European train are forced to stop at a remote hotel when bad weather ensues. Socialite Iris Henderson meets the old governess Miss Froy, but shortly afterwards, Miss Froy disappears. What happened to her? Rent The Lady Vanishes (1938), also directed by Hitchcock, to find out!

Anthony Hopkins is, himself, a classic. So why not rent one of his movies? If you’re in the mood for something completely different, rent The Elephant Man (1980). How can you turn it away after reading IMDB’s summary? “A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his

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monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.” Sounds like a winner to me!

To end on a happy note, it seems like it would be a crime to not have Some Like It Hot (1959) on this black-and-white classics list. You can’t go wrong with a cast comprised of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, especially when two of them are disguised as females in a band to escape the mob.  Bottom line – it’s hilarious, a total feel good movie, and there’s no good reason for you NOT to see it!

What are your favorite black-and-white movies? Do you have a certain one you like to watch over the holidays? Let us know!

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Put Down That Textbook! 10 Awesomely Chill Music Videos For Your Next Study Break

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Hard to believe, isn’t it? Just as fast as it began, the Fall semester is right about coming to a close. Why, it feels like just yesterday we were shopping for new textbooks and psyching ourselves up for yet another round of good ol’ academic work. And now… now comes the mega-monster crunch time. Before we can turn in for the semester and dive head-first into the holiday season, we’ve got finals and term papers to tackle. We’ve got hardcore studying on our plate. And it’s piled a mile high.

Luckily, we’ve got a collection of 10 unbelievably chill songs set to crazy-awesome music videos for you to indulge in when your brain needs a little study break. Watch them after completing a chapter or at the end of a long cram-session to let your mind unwind in style.

Turn up the volume and dig in! Continue reading

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