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Delicious Smoothie Recipes You Should Try Right Now

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger BiographySome smoothies are a tasty and healthy way to start your morning, lost some weight, or enjoy after a good workout, but not all smoothies are blended equally. Chances are you are better off making your own at home with fresh ingredients, rather than going out to buy one. Commercial smoothies may have extra sweeteners or be too large of a serving size (which means drinking one might mean you are consuming way too much sugar, way too quickly). Making your own smoothies will likely reap the benefits intended of a smoothie.

Here are a few recipes for you to try. Just gather the ingredients and mix them in a blender.

1. Mango Pina Colada

Do you like drinking Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain? Then, this may be the smoothie for you. This is a non-alcoholic paradise-sipping smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango (peeled, seeded, cubed)
  • 1 ¼ cups ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut milk

Find the full recipe here.

2. Orange Dream Creamsicle

This one is great for a sunny day at the beach or cooling down after a workout. This low calorie smoothie explodes with citrus flavor with a sweet touch of vanilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 navel orange (peeled)
  • ¼ fat-free Half-and-Half or fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes

Full recipe available here.

3. Peanut Butter-Apple

There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world that you can choose from! And even though peanut butter will never go with apples as deliciously as it does with jelly, this combination is a strong second.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (peeled, chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1 ½ cups of soy milk
  • 1 ½ cups ice
  • 1 ½ cups honey

Read the full recipe here.

Blend well and enjoy! Share your favorite smoothies in a comment below!

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10 Things To Do After College Graduation

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I don’t know about any of you, but I could not be more excited for Graduation Day! I’m looking forward to watching Netflix guilt free, sleeping in without missing class, and having some actual time to myself.  With all of this free time I plan on having, I have created a list of things to do to make this early post-graduation life both productive and enjoyable!

Let’s prepare that post-graduation bucket list!

1. Create A Savings Plan

I know this is going to make me sound like a big nerd, but I am really excited about being able to save more money now that I have time to work more. I’m excited about all the things I’ll be able to do and buy because of my newfound sense of wealth, but I also am eager to put money aside.  Now is the time to teach ourselves how to budget and take care of our money in order to make our future goals a reality. Don’t forget… those student loans are right around the corner.

2. Cook Everything On Your Pinterest Board

I cannot tell you how pumped I am to finally start tackling all the recipes I have been salivating over the last 6 months. Cupcakes, soups, and entrees, oh my! I cannot be the only one dying to break open a new carton of eggs and get cooking!

3. Travel

I traveled a bit during my time in college, but the travel bug is biting me once again and I have a huge lifelong travel bucket list.  Ireland is next on the list, but I’ll settle for a summer road trip to the closest beach.  Now that you are graduating and will have much more time on your hands, I highly encourage any travel plans you may have. Do as much as you can if you don’t have a full time job just yet because you won’t always have a lot of time off to tackle travel plans later.

4. Find A Hobby

You are going to have so much free time now that it looks like it is time to take up a new hobby! You could try yoga, fishing, crafting, photography, etc… Whatever appeals to you most! My list of hobbies to try is pretty extensive.

5. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever wanted to run a 5k or maybe a half marathon? Is there a classic novel that you have always told yourself that you would read someday?  Challenge yourself now! I personally hope to start doing 5ks again.

6. Take A Gap Year

Not ready to say hello to the real world yet? Try going on a gap year! Dedicate some time to volunteering and bettering the world.  Study Spanish in Spain or work with ocean conservationists in Australia. You can always be an adult later, right?!

7. Do Something That Scares You

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do something every day that scares you.” While we may not be able to do this every day, why not take advantage of your newfound adulthood by taking a risk? Try skydiving, parachuting, or maybe even just riding a roller coaster. Just get out and do something different!

8. Think Practically

Now truly is the time to think about what being an adult actually entails. Do yourself a favor and learn about things like insurance, retirement accounts, and how to start investing.  Seriously, this stuff does matter, and it matters now.

9. Start A Business

Are you an impressive crafter? Can you bake the best cupcakes in the area? Take your passion and turn it into a business! It doesn’t have to be your career, just something fun to do on the side.  And who knows where you could end up going with it! It doesn’t hurt to try.

10. Relax

Through everything, make sure you remember to relax. After all, you worked very hard to earn that degree. Sometimes the best thing to do with a little free time is absolutely nothing.

This is just a portion of what I intend to do post-graduation.  What about you? Share your plans in a comment below!

Congratulations on graduating!

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5 Last Minute Tasks To Complete Before College Graduation

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

You are about to graduate! You survived college and are now about to embark on a new journey! As exciting (and nerve-wracking) as this time may be, don’t forget about a few more things you have to do before you graduate.

1. Get Letters Of Recommendation

This is something that is a lot easier to do if you start early. You should have a good idea of which professors you have established good rapport with. If you had internships, make sure you’ve got letters from your supervisors there as well. The more people who can vouch for your work ethic, the better you will be able to apply for your future dream job!

2. Have Your Resume Ready

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you are probably graduating with a job already in place, or at least an offer. If not, that’s okay – just make sure you have your resume ready for potential employers during your job search. Your resume should be narrowed down to one page and proofread for any errors. It would be a good idea to have someone look it over, or take it to your college career center, to fine tune it. Make your resume stand out (but not too much), formulate a strong objective, and add in any extra skills you have that could be an asset for a specific job.

3. Plan Out Your Student Loan Repayment

Nobody likes to think about the mountain of debt they’ve accumulated throughout their college career, but ignoring it will only make it worse. Knowing where you stand financially is the first step to being a post-grad. If you have to apply for loan deferment, don’t worry. A lot of people choose to! Calling your student loan servicer is the best way to start a repayment plan since they can tell you your options up front. Weigh your options and get ready

4. Visit Everything On Campus

I graduated before I saw most of my campus, so it’s still on my list of things to do! Pretty much every college campus in the United States is beautiful in some way and has some (or at least one) historical building. Whether to visit places you haven’t been before, or you favorite locations (or both), be sure to meander around. Maybe take a few photos to remember it by. If you’re moving out of town, who knows when you’ll be back again?

5. Take A Photo With Your College Mascot

My university has one of the best football teams in the country (go Ducks!) and I still don’t have a photo with the Duck! Imagine how left out I feel?! It’s a silly thing you would not necessarily think to do, but one of those “I should have done that” post college things. It is a nice memento, so track yours school’s mascot down and get your snapshot!

Tell us in a comment below what last minute things you plan on doing before graduation! Or, post-grads… please share what you regret not doing before graduating!

Congratulations!

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5 Easy To Make Valentine’s Day Desserts

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Amidst the romance, celebratory pink and purple hearts, and love stuff – the best part of Valentine’s Day is probably the desserts. Rich chocolate cakes drizzled with yummy sauces, crunchy cookies with colorful frosting, and lots and lots of sprinkles! If you’re planning on a sweet (literally) Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of super easy desserts that can be quickly pulled together if you’re short on time this coming Love Day.

Check out these mouth-watering treats for some baking inspiration:

1. Rice Krispies Hearts

The age-old favorite hasn’t lost its appeal! Combine butter, marshmallows, and Rice Krispies together to make the typical Rice Krispies Treat. For different colored treats, have a separate bowl for each color to mix ingredients in. You can then use your favorite cookie cutters (I suggest hearts or letters to spell out a sweet message) to add some flair. Give them to your special someone, your best friends, or enjoy them yourself!

2. Muddy Buddies

Who doesn’t love this guilty pleasure?! It might be directed more towards the kids, but who are we kidding: this treat knows no age limit. Combine Chex rice cereal, confectioner sugar, shortening, sprinkles, and pink candies to make yet another tasty treat made of cereal.

3. Classic Cherry Bread

If you like Maraschino cherries as much as I do, you’ll love this recipe for cherry bread. Combine things you probably already have in your kitchen (sugar, flour, salt, eggs, etc.) along with one 10-oz. jar of maraschino cherries. Bake and then drizzle it with a cream cheese icing. I think I know what I’ll be making for Valentine’s Day!

4. White Chocolate Popcorn

If you “heart” popcorn more than any other snack, this recipe is for you. Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave) and then drizzle it over your popped popcorn. Use a spoon to toss it and then spread it out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, your favorite sprinkles (hopefully pink and red), and feel free to add some conversation hearts for cuteness! Once it’s all cooled, start snacking!

5. Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies

We all remember Fruit Roll-Ups as the most coveted snack at the lunch table when we were kids. Some of our parents were nice and stuck one in there for our mid-day treat, while others had to beg and plead with their parents to buy them. Turns out, they’re perfect material for making fortune cookies. Buy a box of fruit roll-ups (one roll-up equals one cookie), use a circle cookie cutter, and fold! Don’t forget to tuck in sweet “fortune” messages! Super easy, and super sweet!

Whatever you make, you can’t go overboard with red and pink colors, a smooth frosting, or anything classic. Other hits include chocolate-covered strawberries, pink and white M&M cookies, or the infamous heart cake topped with your favorite frosting.

Do you have a favorite dessert you’ll be making for Valentine’s Day? Share it with us in the comments below!

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The Best Places To Travel This Spring Break

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The days are getting longer and the snow is disappearing, which means spring break is right around the corner! To relax during spring break, you may want to go on the trip of your lifetime with your friends, who doesn’t? But this can be tricky for a college student on a budget. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a memorable time.

Visit these locations if you’re looking for a spring break destination that won’t break the bank:

1. The Dominican Republic

Here you can find towns boasting luxury beaches and mega-resorts with all inclusive spring break party deals, but there’s also more low-key and affordable options as well. You can find hotels for around $200 dollars a night for two people. And during the day when you aren’t enjoying the nightlife, consider taking a guided kayak tour through the Los Haitises National Park. The park is located on the northeast coast and is covered in mangrove forests and hosts a wide array of wildlife, like sea turtles and many types of birds – some of which are only found on the island.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is great because the prices aren’t that bad and travel fees should be less than travelling to another country. Myrtle Beach is a popular area in South Carolina with many resorts and other tourist friendly attractions. It is consistently warm and sunny and boasts fantastic food, 60 miles of beaches, over 100 golf courses, and a vibrant nightlife.

3. Great Smoky National Park, Tennessee

Not only is the Great Smoky National Park affordable at about $100 dollars a night, it features fantastic fishing, hiking, and scenic drives nestled in the Appalachian Mountains along the North Carolina and Tennessee border. It’s America’s most visited national park and is known for its diversity of wildlife and I’ts only about a half an hour away from Dollywood.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a somewhat popular spot for party-goers for Mardi Gras, but afterwards it is slightly less crazy. It is a historic city lined with cobblestone streets. In New Orleans, you can have it all: world renowned food, the birthplace of jazz, and an electric nightlife are just a few of the things this city as to offer. Be sure to check out the French Quarter Festival if you are there between April 7th and 10th.

5. Montreal, Québec

Most people think of warm places with sandy beaches for spring break, not Canada. But one day in Montreal and you’ll realize it’s one of the most magical cities in North America. It’s affordable, yet feels luxurious! The culture is a perfect blend of American and European and it’s reflected in the delicious food and surprisingly active bar/club scene. Then of course, there is hockey. If you’re a hockey fan, Montreal will feel like home; and if you’ve never seen a game before, you may fall in love with it during your stay. The people are friendly and are more than happy to talk to anyone looking for some good company.

Wherever you go during your spring break, even if that’s just back home to be with family and friends, hopefully it is a restful and relaxing one.

Share your spring break plans with us in a comment below!

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