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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Preparing For The Stuffing

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We all know Thanksgiving is infamous for making us feel sluggish and bloated. We may even incidentally gain a few pounds from holiday meals and then feel guilty for eating all of that wonderfully delicious food. For the past couple of years, I discovered a way to make my Thanksgiving meals more enjoyable by preparing for a giant feast. About two weeks prior, I have done a small “almost diet” to balance out the weight gain. I want to share the four steps I take to prepare my body before I hit that huge bowl of stuffing!

1. No Soda

UGH, I know, this isn’t easy. Soda has become a dominant drink for our consumption, especially for college students. I’m a huge diet coke drinker, and even though it is diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ton of sugar. I cut it out completely and stuck to sparkling water. I always lose a few pounds just from that alone!

Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Cans

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2. No Fast Food

Again, as a college student, fast food is sometimes the answer to all my problems, but a few weeks before turkey day, I lay off. Even if you get a prepared salad, it will have twice as many calories as if you were to prepare it yourself at home.

Fast Food Hamburger Fries

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3. Drink Water

I’m a pretty decent water drinker on a regular basis, but during this season I quick it up a notch. I drink about 8 bottles a day, and I add lemon because it is an amazing natural detox.

Glass of Water

Photo © jesusmeca

4. Add Some Exercise

I go up and down through phases of exercise, and definitely around midterms I hit a lull. So, for the few weeks before the holidays I make sure that I at least walk 1 mile, do 50 pushups, sit-ups, and a plank every day. It really doesn’t take that long at all, and it’s amazing how great your body feels just from that small amount of exercise!

Girl Doing Sit Ups Exercise

Photo © mujer

I encourage you to tweek this list and make it your own, but I promise it will make your Thanksgiving meal (and the following upcoming holiday meals) that much more enjoyable knowing that you are aware of your body’s limits and that you are taking care of it!

Just remember that it is normal for everyone to add a couple of pounds during the colder season, especially when big heavy meals

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3 Quick & Easy Dorm-Made Desserts

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Want to satisfy your sugar cravings but don’t want to make large amounts of desserts? Here are some dessert ideas and recipes that are perfect for a single serving. Whether you’re living in a dorm or an apartment, these desserts are easy to make and your friends will love them too (if you feel like sharing that is). Don’t worry about having an oven, all you need is a microwave to make these delicious desserts – perfect for a typical college student!

1) Cake In a Mug

Recipe: Mix in 4 tablespoons of flour, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, and 3 tablespoons of milk into a mug. Whisk in 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons of oil, and 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips. Feel free to splash in flavoring such as vanilla, cinnamon, or peppermint! Mix it all together and pop it into the microwave for five minutes or less (make sure not to over-cook it).

Cake In A Mug Recipe

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2) Chocolate Chip Cookie

Recipe: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a mug or small bowl in the microwave. Add 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar, 1 tablespoon of firmly packed dark brown sugar, 3 drops of vanilla extract, and a small pinch of salt. Add in 1 egg and 1/4 cup of flour and mix until the dough is formed. Now stir in 2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Sculpt the dough out of the bowl/mug and into a cookie shape. Place it on a small plate lined with a paper towel or parchment paper. Microwave it for about a minute, then let it cool and firm up before eating.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Photo © Kirbie’s Cravings

3) Cocoa Puff Treat

Recipe: Put 1/2 cup of Cocoa Puffs and 2.5 cups marshmallows into a bowl that has been greased. Add in a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and heat it up in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir to coat the marshmallow and to shape it. Push it together so it gets all stuck together and enjoy!

Cocoa Puff Ball Snack

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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

Filed under: College Life, Food, Health & Fitness, Money/Budget, Tips - BookRenter Team
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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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The Summer Benefits Of Fruit

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography 

 

 

 

Eating some fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Fruit is a natural and healthy way to take in daily nutrients to reduce the risk of illness. It is also low in fat and calories and a great way to get in shape this summer and do your body some good! Each fruit provides different nutrients to help nourish the body.

Here are some great fruits to have this summer to benefit from and enjoy:

1. Banana

Bananas contain 422 mg of potassium, which help with proper heart functions and help prevent muscle cramps and insomnia. Bananas also are very high in Vitamin A, which increases immunity, healthy skin, and bone growth. This can help prevent you from getting sick and help you fight this tough summer allergy season all while maintaining that warm healthy summer skin glow.

A Bunch of Yellow Bananas

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2. Passionfruit

Passionfruit contains 3.78 mg of iron that helps with immunity and strength. Iron helps oxygenate our blood and also digest our food. Passionfruit is also high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C helps with healing and repairing body tissue. Passionfruit helps keep your body in good health while quickly repairing any scratches or scars from those pesky mosquitos!

Passionfruit

Photo © Pinkberry

3. Kiwi

Kiwi has 12 mg of magnesium and is high in Vitamin K. Magnesium provides protein and energy while relaxing nerves. Vitamin K helps regulate your blood and burn fat. The kiwi is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight and also keep energized for active summer days.

Kiwi

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4. Avocado

Avocados contain 1.29 mg of zinc that can help with vision and increasing your metabolism. An avocado also contains a lot of Vitamin B3, which is important in converting food to energy and helping the digestive system function. This is also a great fruit to help lose weight for that new swim suit.

Avocado

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5. Strawberries

Strawberries have 23 mg of calcium and help regulate nutrients throughout your body while their high levels of folic acid helps with DNA structure and mental functioning. Eat this fruit for added brain power – especially for those college students who are taking summer classes!

Strawberries

Photo © Detox Drinks

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the main purpose of eating is to supply nutrients to the body. Treat your body to something delicious that is a healthier alternative than junk food.

What is your favorite fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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