Monthly Archives: June 2013

3 Refreshing Summer Beverage Ideas

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s summertime! That means, it’s time to party hard after being a hard working college student all year long. Want to throw a raging party but are on a budget? If you’re 21 and over, here’s 3 of my mixed drink recipes that taste ridiculously awesome, but won’t hurt your wallet!

1. Blueberry Lemonade

Mix a liter of blue Gatorade and lemonade mix and three cans of 7-Up or Sprite. Add ice and you are good to go!

Blueberry Lemonade Summer Drink

Photo © Juice

2. Margarita

Mix two bottles of margarita mix and orange juice. Add ice, shake, pour, and enjoy. You can also add all the ingredients into a blender for a blended margarita. Be sure to salt the rim.

Margarita Alcoholic Beverage

Photo © FDluxe

3. Jungle Juice

Mix one bottle of fruit punch and Hawaiian punch with one packet of lemonade into a large bowl. Add in a liter of Sprite or 7-Up. Make sure to add ice and maybe even some strawberries, oranges, or pineapples to make it a little fancier.

Jungle Juice Alcoholic Beverage

Photo © Total Frat Move

Hope you enjoy these refreshingly delicious drink recipes. You can always add garnishes and fruit to dress up these drinks. Recipes can be changed to taste, so feel free to add or subtract to your liking.

And lastly if you are over 21, you can add alcohol to these mixes if you wish, just please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

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3 Creative Lunches For The Working Student

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For those who are working this summer, lunch is usually one of two things: either you are brown bagging or you are going out to lunch every day. Neither of these options are ideal. The sandwich you made in the morning is soggy by lunch, and going out to eat every day can really empty out your wallet! That’s why I like to make my own lunches the night before and get a little more creative than a sandwich. Here are my top lunch ideas that are quick, easy to make, and taste great!

1. Veggie Pasta

Pick your favorite pasta (my favorite is penne) and a few veggies and you’ve got yourself a lunch. I fry up some garlic, a handful of sliced mushrooms, one chopped bell pepper, and a teaspoon of olive oil. I mix the cooked pasta in when the veggies are soft and as a finishing touch I sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

Penne Veggie Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Cheese Lunch Dish

Photo © Chef Mom

2. Salad

There are many different kinds of salads, but I prefer a handful of baby arugula and baby spinach. I toss in some fresh mozzarella with the juice of one lemon mixed  with a teaspoon of olive oil. This is very easy to do and tasty to boot!

Arugula Spinach Salad With Parmesan Cheese

Photo © Kalyn’s Kitchen

3. Pita Pocket

If you prefer a sandwich for lunch but are getting tired of the same regular sandwiches, switch it up and make your sandwich with pita. I like to toast my pita pockets first, then fill it with my favorite sandwich fillings: tuna, lettuce and tomato, or ham and cheese. Toasting the pita is a lot better than a normal sandwich and the bread doesn’t get soggy like normal sandwich bread does.

Tuna Lettuce Tomato Pita Sandwich

Photo © She Knows

Try out these recipes to spruce up your lunch!

Tell us in the comments below what you like to do for a fun, easy, and creative lunch!

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Vacation Mishaps: Lessons Learned

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Family vacations, though absolutely wonderful, are notoriously well known for all the things that fantastically go wrong.  On my recent family vacation to Florida, my family learned this in a rather massive way.  And thanks to our happy misfortunes, I have compiled this list of necessary pre-cautions to take when preparing to hit the road or the friendly skies with family members. Grab a pen and piece of paper, you are going to want to write this down.

1. Who Has The Key?

We just arrived at the airport and no one had thought to bring the key to the house we were staying at on our family trip to Florida. After dropping my sisters and mom off to check the bags, Dad and I high tailed it back for home to get that key. Thankfully the plane was an hour late.  We got home, got the key, and made it back in time to enjoy 30 minutes of waiting in the terminal.  What lesson did we learn here?  Make a list of all the things you need and check it before you leave. Most importantly, remember the stinkin’ key.

Brass House Key

Photo © Wikimedia Commons

2. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

It took about 2 hours to get to this beach by boat and we had all been spraying ourselves with sunscreen.  We walked the beach, put on more sunscreen, picked up shells, put on more sunscreen, swam in the Gulf, put on more sunscreen, and got back on the boat and put on more sunscreen.  Yet despite our slightly obsessive manner of applying sunscreen, we all managed to still get sunburn.  What lesson did we learn here?  Protect yourself from the sun as much as possible, it is a lot stronger further south.

Girl Applying Sunscreen On Her Back At The Beach

Photo © Skin Cancer Foundation

3. Lots Of Card Games

When preparing for our family vacation, we were completely aware that the weather was not supposed to be very favorable. So we rented Red Box DVDs and played card games. Instead of going to the beach, fishing, or just being outside, we played cards and re-watched The Avengers and Rise of The Guardians about 15 times. What did we learn from this? Always have a back-up plan.  And make sure you know how to play more than one card game… it gets old fast.

Pile of Game Playing Cards

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Family vacations are not always perfect. But it’s the things that go so wrong that make the best memories. Always be prepared and don’t let mishaps get you down!

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The Biggest Grad Mistake You Can Make

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Not too long ago, I realized I was planning my post-grad plans around the plans of my friends and family. Because I’ll be graduating soon, I thought this was a pretty crucial problem. Graduation is one of the biggest milestones in our lives. It’s pretty much the first test on how we are choosing to proceed with our lives, and only we can make the best decision for ourselves.

Group of family and friends in a circle on the grass

Photo © The Dublin Experience

I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was applying for all these different post-grad options, as seen in my last blog, I was considering how that would affect my relationship with my best friend and my parents. It wasn’t an entirely bad thing, because it meant I was considering others, but then I realized my friends and family don’t plan their lives around me! If I plan around people in my life, I won’t really be living my life for me.

It occurred to me that I might not be the only graduating student planning the next steps of my life this way, so I wanted to pass on a handy tip. My mom told me to ask myself, “If I was the only person I had to worry about, what would I do?” This is a good question to ask yourself.

Female College Student Holding Books

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If you have only yourself to consider, it suddenly becomes much easier to make difficult decisions. Of course, if you’re in a relationship, you do have to ask yourself how your decision will impact the other person, but don’t let it keep you from doing something. I would rather look back and say, “I am glad I did that” instead of “I wish I had done that.”

When you realize you should live for yourself, options and opportunities suddenly become much more plentiful. Let us know in the comments what your post-grad plans are!

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Keep It Local

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Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Use this summer to have an adventure. Did you know that adventure is in your own backyard? You don’t have to travel to explore beauty and wonder. Journey locally.

1. Farmers’ Market

One of the best options to begin with is visiting your local farmers’ market. Ever tried dessert gooners? I hadn’t either, up until I visited a booth at the farmers’ market. There’s more to crab rangoons than just crab meat. We tried a rangoon with banana and Nutella filling. Implement this into your life this summer. Actively seek out a farmers’ market. You won’t regret it.

Farmers' Market Local Food Shopping

Photo © The Villager

2. Local Art

Supporting local artists broadens your perspective. A lot of college students or travelling artists spend their weekends showcasing their passions, whether it’s in music, design, photography, or simply handmade crafts. You never know what you’ll find. Recently, my friends and I came across this band called the Brazilian 2wins and fell right in love.They did covers of Top 40 hits and engaged with everyone who was watching them.

Local Live Music Band

Photo © Examiner

3. Local Business

Bring your smartphone or camera along and get some good shots in. One of the cool things about this is that you can Instagram different musicians, artistic layouts, wonderful fresh flowers and produce, and ultimately create a summer photo album about your adventures.

Local Businesses in City

Photo © Wainscot

Go out there and make the most out of your summer by keeping it local!

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