Monthly Archives: December 2012

Start Off The New Year Right!

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography





This is it, we are in our last week of 2012! This year went by fast and now it’s time for a new year. Maybe you had the best year of your life or even the worst year. Either way, it is time for a fresh new start! Here are some ways to welcome in 2013 to make sure you are off to a good start!

01. Purge

I don’t mean your usual quick clean, I mean a deep clean of every corner. You would be surprised how clutter can impact your mood. Dust, throw out old papers, donate old clothing, organize belongings and make room for all the new stuff you will accumulate over the year. Starting the new year off clean will help make you feel fresh and in control of your surroundings.

02. Resolution

Make a SMALL resolution that you know you can stick to. It’s great to have big aspirations, but this will decrease the likelihood of completing your goal and you can easily become discouraged. Instead, make a smaller short-term goal like walking five minutes every day around the neighborhood (instead of saying you will get in shape) or decrease your bad habits by less (instead of saying you will quit cold turkey). Having a specific concrete goal will be easier to reach.

03. Memories

I am sure we have all had not so fond experiences this year, but this new year means it is time to let go of all those negative memories. Reflect on all the good memories that were important to you. Go into the new year with a good attitude and remember this year to focus on being positive.

04. Traditions

To make your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day feel special, create new AND stick to old traditions. Go somewhere fun, or have loved ones come visit you. Make it an annual tradition and get creative along the way to incorporate new ones.

05. Improvement

Even if you had a great year and are happy with how things are, take a second to think about it and you will realize there is room for improvement at least in one area of your life. Reflect on things you want to change and how you think you could change them to make a better year than last.

I hope all of these ideas help you ring in 2013 with a bang! Happy New Year! What will you be doing, tell us in the comments below!

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





This is the third edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series

Check out other recipes here: Bake and Save Chicken and Carrots Crash and Burn.

Santa will be coming soon and he will be expecting some delicious Christmas cookies.  Thanks to the ingenious experiment done by a fellow employee, I have a new and creative cookie for all the Christmas and pumpkin lovers.

Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies


  1. Spice Cake Mix
  2. 1 Can Of Pumpkin Pie Fillin
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the spice cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the can of pumpkin pie filling and mix until smooth.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice to desired taste.
  5. Butter or spray the cookie sheet.
  6. Scoop the dough into a plastic bag
  7. Cut one of the bottom corners of the bag
  8. Squeeze the dough onto the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake cookies in the oven for 5-8 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies when done.
  11. Let cool – and enjoy!

Take a big bite out of this delicious pumpkin treat and enjoy some Muffin Top Pumpkin cookies this Christmas. Santa will thank you.

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Comeback Fashions

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





Marilyn Monroe had it right when she said, “your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

Paging through the magazines I read every month (People, InStyle, Cosmo, Vogue, and Self), it’s impossible not to pay attention to the fashion trends taking over each season. Most of the photos in these magazines are the same – low rise jeans, cleavage-baring tank tops, and knee-high boots. I can’t help but wish certain “old-fashioned” styles would make a comeback like…

1. Longer Skirts or at least skirts past the thigh. Too often I see girls going out in skirts that are so short, they could pass for a regular shirt. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think modesty will always be in style.

2. Trench Coats. Something matching the length of your dress looks super classy and put together. Also, whatever happened to wearing coats in the winter that are actually warm and don’t just look like they’re warm? You can be comfortable and fashionable, you know.

3. Shoulder-less Shirts. None of this one-shoulder or strapless stuff. I’m talking about wide-necked shirts that show a lot of collarbone. College women today have forgotten how to show skin and still be classy.

4. Pearls. Diamonds are beautiful but pearls are timeless. Pearls say classy, sweet, feminine. Diamonds say all that and a dollar value.

5. Classic Swimsuits. I miss the days when women weren’t so scantily clad wearing only patches of fabric at the beach. Taylor Swift had it going on with the Kennedy’s, now where are the rest of the apron and corset styles?

Is there a certain something you wish more women would wear? Comment and let us know!

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Holiday Happiness

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography





It’s the holidays, which for most of us doesn’t just mean sipping hot chocolate with a red sweater on. For most of us, it means crazy schedules, empty wallets, and stress. Holidays can be a little overwhelming, especially when we also have finals to worry about. Instead of telling you how to de-stress your holiday, I’m going to remind you of a few things you can be grateful for this holiday season.

1. Education

Pat yourself on the back because you’ve either made it through your first semester of college OR you’ve made it through another semester without completely losing your mind (hopefully). After meeting someone who couldn’t go to college because she had to work to support her family, I started to be more thankful for my education. It shouldn’t take hearing something like that to be thankful, but sometimes it does. Just remember, if you’re in school, no matter how you got there, that is something to be thankful for.

2. Family

Deep down, everyone loves their family. It’s just hard to remember that when you’re home for a month and your mom tries to give you a 10 o’clock curfew. That used to REALLY frustrate me, but now that my mom has passed away I look back and laugh at those times. The things that bother you the most about your family members, are usually what you end up missing the most. Even though you’re going to feel annoyed, take a second, and just be thankful for who you have in your life.

3. National Pride

Even though our country seems to be going through some rough times right now and although it feels like we are divided by politics, it’s so important to remember the beauty in our country. As much as we may be angry with our government, trust me, we’ve got it good here. We are blessed to be free, and it is definitely something that millions of us take for granted. Recognize how great it is to live in this country.

There are so many things that each of us can be grateful for during this holiday season. If you turn your focus onto what is good in your life, the holiday stress will decrease. So instead of just making yourself crazy with all you have to get done, just take a breather, and remember what the holidays are truly about.

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Dog or No Dog: a Post-Graduation Pet?

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Joyce Du Blogger Biography





Life as a college senior consists of job searching and trying to stay focused on school without falling into the senior slump. I’d say the first half is so much easier than the latter probably because senioritis has hit me like a sack of rocks. But as I’m looking for a job for next year, I’m also questioning whether or not I want to get a pet to keep me company. As an avid dog lover, I’m trying to figure out when is the right time to get my first dog.

But before I go running down to the pet store to bring home a super cute, adorable, and cuddly ball of a puppy, there are a few things I would need to think about regarding both my lifestyle and the animal’s lifestyle:

1. Cost

The yearly cost of having a dog can range from $360 to $2,520 (or more). Considering the average lifespan is 12 years for a dog, raising a puppy could cost between $4,620 and $32,990 over its lifetime. Dogs are a life time commitment and it can be an expensive one.

2. Time

Dogs require a daily time commitment. I need to keep in mind how much time I can commit to take my dog out for a walk, play in the park, feed it, etc. Also a puppy will require even more time with potty training and doggy-sitting.

3. Emotional Commitment

Getting a dog becomes a full-time relationship. The dog needs love, attention, support, and care very much similar to a small child.

4. Type of Dog

Bigger dogs take up more space; smaller dogs need to use the restroom more often; bigger dogs may be energetic; smaller dogs may also be energetic. It is important to note the breed of dog as it pertains to where I will be living.

It is a lot to consider. Get a pet when you are fully ready to be responsible for it. As much as I want one now, it may be better to wait for the right time.

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