Monthly Archives: October 2012

Trick or Treat?

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Blogger Biography Bailey Buckingham





It’s so easy to get really excited for Halloween, and totally not pay attention to the kind of candy you’re consuming. (Believe me, been there!) To save you from a belly ache and a tip on the scale, I wanted to put together a list of do’s and don’ts for Halloween candy, so that you can have the sweets without regret!

Run Away From….

1. Candy Corn

Don’t let the name fool you. This kind of corn has no nutrients for you. Not only is it full of sugar, but the more you eat it, the more you will crave it.

2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Yes, I’m sorry, this delicious treat has to go on the run away list. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate and sugar just simply is not good for you. And seriously, who has ever eaten a Reece’s without wanting twenty more!

3. Twizzlers

These ropes of goodness are a common misconception. Everyone thinks because there is no saturated fat that they are okay to eat. However, Twizzlers don’t have any of the good stuff, like protein or fiber. So, pretty much, you’re just eating red ropes of sugar.

 Stuff You Should Go For…

4. Peanut M&M’s

These are a perfect alternative to Reece’s! Unlike those sugary ropes, these M&M’s have peanuts which is full of protein. And, if you don’t like peanuts, try the pretzel M&M’s! This will be a great sugar fix, and as a bonus you get some nutrients that your body will love!
5. York Peppermint Patty

These are great because they are super low in fat and don’t have near as much sugar as most other candies! You get a little chocolate, and a little mint which solves your sugar dilemma and gives your breath that minty coolness everyone loves!

6. Sugar-Free Lifesavers

These are probably the most obvious, but it’s because you can eat them a lot more than any other candy! Lifesavers are delicious and they have so many flavors that anyone can find something satisfying!

Don’t be tricked this Halloween, be treated. The most important thing about Halloween is to have fun, so set yourself up for success and carry along with you healthy alternative candies and you won’t skip a beat! Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Keep Those Seasonal Pounds Off!

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography


The colder months are coming, which usually means so do the extra seasonal pounds. Keeping off weight is almost as stressful as that huge calculus test that you have next week. Staying fit can consume a lot of your time and even money! Well, with a year and a half of college life under my belt, I have developed a few healthy tips and strategies to keep anyone fit, while saving some time and money!

The Gym

Gyms can be VERY expensive. Lucky for you though, almost every college has its own work out center that is offered for free to all its students (well, you DO pay for it in tuition costs – so take advantage of this since you’ve already paid for it). Jump on the treadmill with some notes or a book to study at the same time!

The Crock Pot

Not a big cook because you don’t have much time? Well a crock pot has found a solution to both problems! Take one day out of your week or weekend. Prepare and measure out all the ingredients that you’ll need for meals that you want to plan out for the week, label them, and stick them in the fridge.  Stick the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning while you are getting ready for school, let it cook throughout the day, and prepare to come home to a delicious and nutritious meal! Now that is going to save you some time and save your waistline.


This is an obvious step, but you would be surprised at how little you may actually think about this during the day. When you pull into the parking lot for your first class, you probably look for the closest spot so you do not have to walk to far right? Well stop! Pick the spot at the very back of the lot! You will get in an extra few minutes of cardio on your walk to the building! Try to avoid short cuts in your walk to and from class. Take the stairs. There are so many ways to grab a few extra minutes of cardio!

These are some tips to keep you moving and keep your waistline where it belongs!

You’ll thank me later!

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Your Goal Reminder!

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography





Most of us start off our semester with a list of goals, or at least a certain mindset for tackling school. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this goes on for a few weeks and then it fades away. After going to class for a few weeks, you start to feel like you’ve gotten back into your old routine. Sometimes a routine is good, but when you set new goals for yourself, your old cycle may not be helping.

I always start off the school year thinking that I’m going to study more, spend more time at school, and do my homework right away. We all hope for those things, and then life happens and a few weeks into the semester we can’t even remember what our goals were. After letting this happen to me a few times, I decided to do something about it.

Last spring I was fired up and ready to conquer my schedule and then found myself six weeks later not doing anything I said I would. Instead of shrugging it off, I took out a pen and paper and wrote down all of the goals I had for the semester. After that, I wrote everything on a poster board and hung it in my room. I sat back, and just stared at what I had written.

Every single day, I woke up to my words on the poster and it kept me determined and on track. That semester, I made the best grades I’ve ever had in my college career. It’s about six weeks into the semester now, and I’m here to remind you about your goals, whatever they may be. You can have a successful semester, and it’s not too late to get back on track!

Do what it takes for you to remind yourself everyday of your goals!

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Family Connections

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When was the last time you wrote an email to your grandma? Or sent a card or letter to your grandpa just to let him know how school is going? Or even called your aunt just to say hi? If you have been waiting for a sign, this is it.

As college students, we let homework and jobs get in the way of keeping in touch with family, or sometimes we might even use them as an excuse to avoid too many questions from probing family members. But too often I’ve asked my friends if they keep in touch with their family (other than just their parents) and too often I’ve heard “no.” They’re always surprised when I tell them how active I am with keeping in touch with my family, which makes me wonder: is it really that uncommon?

Each family is different and it is true that only so much can be done if your grandparents or other relatives aren’t active online, but we still have phones; don’t let the internet be the barrier between reconnecting. I get it, sometimes your family just doesn’t understand what you’re going through. However, even if it takes a minute or two to explain to them what’s going on, I promise it will be worth it. They may have been born 50, 60, 70, or even 80 years ago, but some things never change.

In the past, I have made the mistake of assuming things were way too different “back then” for my grandparents to understand what I’m dealing with right now. When I finally spoke up and told them what was happening, I was pleasantly surprised to hear their similar stories. After talking with them, I was able to see my situation in a whole new light.

It’s a chance to see them as not just family, but as persons of their own. Your grandparents and aunts and uncles are often the greatest untapped resource for advice – so use it while you still can.

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Halloween Happenings

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It’s mid-October! Can you smell the crisp air? Can you hear the leaves crunching underneath your feet? Are all the stores packed with Halloween decorations, costumes, and candies? Halloween will be here sooner than you know it! Are you ready? Let’s find out…

1. Are You In The Mood?

Amp up for Halloween by watching scary movies, going on hay rides, finding your way out of a corn maze, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and haunted houses! Decorating your college living space will definitely get you and others in the spirit. There is plenty to do – so get started!

2. What Are You Doing?

Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, but don’t let that stop you from having fun! Whatever it is you plan on doing, make it festive! Passing out candy to trick-or-treaters can be fun if you dress up, play spooky music, hand out good treats, and maybe throw a few spooks out along the way to the older kids. Or, throw a Halloween Party with tons of festive treats, a costume contest, or a murder mystery.

3. Do You Have A Costume?

Face it – we may be too old to still go trick-or-treating, but we will never be too old to stop dressing up. You can even create your own costume if you’re feeling crafty – don’t feel limited to choose what the stores offer. Think of an idea first, and then find pieces to pull it all together. If you’re in a relationship, it is cute to match costumes like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Ketchup & Mustard, etc. Even a group of friends can pull off that same idea by all going in group costumes – The Avengers, The Jersey Shore, Crayons, etc. Get creative!

4. Do You Believe In Ghosts?

It is classic to tell or listen to ghost stories around this time of year. But what about experiencing it for yourself? Search for local hauntings around your college campus and go ghost hunting with a bunch of friends! Make an event out of it – take pictures, record noises, and learn the history of what happened there. Be careful – you never know what you might find!

What do you do to get ready for Halloween? What will you be doing this year?

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