Category Archives: Seasonal Celebrations

Preparing For The Stuffing

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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

Photo © TLC

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

Photo © MegaLife

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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A College Campus Thanksgiving

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Not everyone has the opportunity (or may want) to go home this Thanksgiving break. This doesn’t mean you don’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving! If for no other reason, at least celebrate the time off from classes! If this is your first time away from home for Thanksgiving, or you just need some celebration ideas, check out these ideas that are budget-friendly:

1. Potluck Dinner with Roommates

Plan a dinner with your friends who are also staying on campus and make it a potluck! The great thing about this is that you and your friends can have a grand feast like you would have had at home, without dishing out tons of money! It will also be fun to all split up the work and each bring a special dish to the table.

College Students Having Thanksgiving Dinner Together

Photo © My Missourian

2. Intimate Dinner for Two (or One)

If you aren’t going home for because you want to be alone (or with a certain someone), cook a small dinner that still contains all your Thanksgiving favorites. Instead of cooking an entire turkey, buy a turkey leg or a turkey breast at the supermarket and bake that. Instead of baking a whole pot of sweet potatoes, only buy one or two and make those. You get the idea! Simply cut down all the recipes so that you can have a great Thanksgiving dinner but on a much smaller scale.

If you only have your dorm room microwave to work with, no problem! Check out this article on how to cook an entire feast using just your microwave.

College Thanksgiving Meal Dinner

Photo © Free Food Boston

3. Parades

If you don’t necessarily want to celebrate with food, celebrate with a parade! No matter where your school is, there is probably some sort of Thanksgiving parade or other Thanksgiving festivities going on in the area! All you have to do is ask around. Grab a bunch of friends and celebrate together.

Local Town City Thanksgiving Parade

Photo © Huffington Post

4. Skype with Family & Friends

If you have family or friends that are back home or friends who decided to go home for the holiday, ask them to get together and Skype with you before or after their Thanksgiving dinners. Seeing everyone won’t make you miss home as much and will probably make it feel more like a Holiday. Friends and family is really what it is all about anyway.

Skype Video Chat With Family Friends For Holiday

Photo © Xoom

So if you don’t get the chance to go home, or choose not to, don’t fret. Any one of these celebration ideas can make your Thanksgiving on campus a little bit more special without emptying your wallet.

Do you have any ideas of how to celebrate Thanksgiving college-style? Tell us in a comment below!

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Fall Favorites

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Fall is the perfect season. It is still sunny, yet cool enough (but not freezing) to break out the sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. Take advantage of the best season (in my opinion, at least) with the following activities.

1. Embrace The Holiday Drinks

Pumpkin spice lattes, salted caramel mochas, apple cider… yum! Maybe it is only because they are only available for three months out of year, but there is something seriously magical about fall beverages. Have a scavenger hunt to find the best fall-flavored latte in town and try out all of your local coffee shops (probably an activity done best not in a single day).

Caramel Mocca Coffee Starbucks

Photo © Highway Girl

2. Crafts And Decorations

There are a ridiculous amount of crafts that are great decorations, fun to make, and start getting you in the holiday spirit. Although Halloween just ended – which is always fun to decide what costume to be, how to carve your pumpkin, and all of the spooky decorations – there is still Thanksgiving! How creative can you get with turkeys??

DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

Photo © woohome

3. Enjoy The Fall Scenery

The collage of orange, red, and yellow leaves falling to the ground are gorgeous, and never lasts as long as you think it will! Finding a scenic road to drive, or a tree-lined street to admire and walk down, is one way to (as cheesy as it sounds) enjoy nature’s beauty. This will also help you relax and clear your mind from any current stress.

Autumn Fall Leaves Sidewalk

Photo © Mike G.K.

4. Go To A Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patches are a fantastic place to find the best pumpkin! Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They are great additions to any Thanksgiving setting, especially for the perfect touch for any visiting family members to see. While you are there, go on a hayride or get lost in a corn maze. And when you find the perfect pumpkin or finally find your way out of the maze? Enjoy a caramel apple and sip some hot apple cider. Perfection!

Pumpkin Patch

Photo © Mendocino Brewing

Enjoy the fall while it lasts! It is getting cold fast and winter is soon approaching! What is your favorite fall activity?

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Halloween Costumes For Serious Procrastinators

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By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore

If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.

BookRenter Android Halloween Costume

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Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.

BookRenter 60's Hippies Halloween Costumes

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So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:

1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”

If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!

Real Simple Halloween Costume Orange Shirt Pumpkin Pi

Photo © Real Simple

2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”

These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?

Halloween Costume Group of College Girls Dressed As Grapes

Photo © Buzz Feed

3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”

If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!

Halloween Costume Bug Idea

Photo © Martha Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!

What will your costume be?

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Homecoming Guide

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I was a college freshman, I had no idea what the big deal was with homecoming. I had never been to a homecoming, nor had I seen anything about homecoming, all I knew about it was that it had something to do with alumni and people were really excited for it. After the first one came and went, I couldn’t wait for the next one. If you are about to experience this magical day for the first time, get ready because you are about to have the most fun you can imagine.

College Celebrating Homecoming In Parade

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Homecoming is considered by many to be the biggest event of the year at any given University. It gives a chance for alumni to come back to reunite with old friends and see how much campus may have changed. It also helps alumni re-connect with the university and any organization they were a part of when they were undergrads such as: fraternities, sororities, honors societies, clubs, and campus activism groups.

University Alumni College Group

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I love getting to meet all of the alumni and listening to them tell interesting and hilarious stories about when they were undergrads. Often times there is a tailgate early in the morning where all the local student organizations set up stations for alumni to visit and share a few beers and burgers with students. Then there is generally a homecoming football game which will typically bring in the biggest audience of the year.

College Homecoming Football Game

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Many people tie drinking to homecoming, but you don’t have to drink to participate and have fun. In fact, I didn’t drink at all at my first tailgate. I simply stood around and talked to people and ate the cheap yet delicious hot dogs we were grilling.

University College Homecoming Tailgaiting

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Simply being in the raging atmosphere fueled by school spirit and pride is intoxicating enough to make the moment one of the most memorable in your time as a college student, and hopefully again when you come back as an alumni.

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