5 Easy To Make Valentine’s Day Desserts

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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.

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7 Reasons To Have An Internship

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Graduation (it is right around the corner!) means saying goodbye to classes and hello to full time jobs. As much fun as it sounds to step into the adult world, there is one more thing you need to do before graduating; complete an internship.  An internship is not just about gaining experience, it’s about putting yourself one step in front of the competition. If you’re not too keen to the idea of interning, you might want to read this blog and think twice.

Here are seven excellent reasons to work an internship:

1. Build Your Network

As you enter the adult working world, landing your dream job may not be as easy as it seems. By completing an internship, you build your network of personal and professional references. You may not want a job in the field or with the company you intern for, but the people you meet along the way may know or have just the place in mind for you. Keep in contact, send thank you cards, and set up informational interviews with these people that you meet!

2. Resume Building

Adding an internship to your resume automatically puts you into a different pile than other job applicants. You can also use the contacts you make at the internship to review your resume.  They will know just the right way to word things, what else to add to your experience, and what information is unimportant or could be removed.  Editing and reviewing your resume may seem like a large use of your time, but it will always benefit you in the end.

3. Learn Your Desires

Just recently, I completed an internship in the field that I had always dreamed about working in, along with a good friend of mine who was chasing the same goal. What did we learn? I loved the internship and everything about it, but my good friend absolutely hated it. This is another beautiful thing about internships. You don’t know if you really like something until you try it. This opportunity gives you that experience with less of a commitment than accepting a full-time job (and it saves you time to start rethinking your career move). Or, you can learn that you really like what you’re doing – which will give you much more motivation to achieve it. Learning more about ourselves is something that should never be taken for granted.

4. Test Your Skills

After just graduating from college, you will not know everything about the field that you want to step into. Internships let you test your skills and knowledge, while learning new skills and tools to apply on the job. Take every opportunity and do not hesitate or step away from a new project that requires learning something new. The point of internships is to learn and gain experience. These skills will serve you in the future and it will look even more impressive when you already know how to do it.

5. More Money

This experience boosts your resume, boosts your list of skills, and could potentially boost your bank account! This may not necessarily apply while you are completing the internship since most are unpaid, but once it is completed, the internship experience could prove your worth in terms of a slightly hirer salary than most starting positions would normally allow.

6. College Credit

There is required homework of course, but completing an internship for college credit can be one of the most fun and meaningful ways to work towards completing your degree. Some college major programs even require college credit to be earned through an internship for completion. However, if your major doesn’t require this – college credit is still probably an option I recommend looking into.

7. Job Opportunities

Many companies have created internship programs designed to hire the interns as full-time employees after graduation. Find the right company and find the right job! Start researching which companies you’re interested in and set up informational interviews with someone in the company or the position you’re aiming to be in.  Once you’ve done these things, start applying and use the name of the person you had an informational interview with as a reference!

The reasons listed above are only some of the reasons why you should seek an internship while a college student, but they should be pretty convincing I think! Share your internship stories with us in a comment below!

Get ready, get set, and get those applications going!

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Quick & Easy Dorm Room Exercises

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and get in shape? If it is, you’re probably 1 out of every 10 people on the planet to say so. But what if you don’t want to fork over the $30-$40 it costs each month to maintain a gym membership? Or what if you just don’t have the motivation to make yourself leave the house to do a 30 minute walk or jog?

Luckily, there are several quick and easy exercises that you can do right in your dorm, apartment, or living space that will still give you great health benefits without having to go to a gym:

1. Desk Push-Ups

Sometimes when we workout, we can neglect to exercise our arms. If you have a desk in your room, then there is an easy way you can remember to focus on your arms. With your desk up against a wall, stand up and place your hands on the edge of your desk a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your feet flat on the ground, your back flat and your chest lined up with the edge of the desk. Slowly lower your chest down, bending at the elbows until you’re about 6 inches from the desk. Push back up to starting position. Try 3 sets of 15.

2. Bed Dips

Doing dips on the side of your bed is another great way to sculpt your arms and build upper body strength. Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the edge of the bed on each side of you. Lower yourself a few inches off the bed while keeping your back close to the bed and your hands still on the edge. Try not to sink into the shoulders or go lower than 90 degrees. Push back up and repeat.

3. Textbook Crunches

Lay face up on a mat or towel with knees bent and feet on the floor. Pick your most hated, I mean heaviest, textbook and hold it directly over your head with both hands. Keeping your abs tight, slowly lift your head and shoulders off the ground, lifting the book in the air. Hold for 1 second then slowly release. Repeat.

4. Stair-Steppers

Using a stool, a stack of textbooks, or whatever else you have laying around, make a platform just several inches high. Stand behind it with knees and arms slightly bent, then alternate tapping the top of the platform with either foot. See how many taps you can get in 30 seconds, then work up to a minute.

5. Jumping Squats

Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start off doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up into the air with everything you have. Land back into your squat position and repeat the motion, swinging your arms to help.

To make your workout a little more enticing, have a playlist of motivational and high-energy music playing in the background. Don’t forget to drink water to keep hydranted!

Share your quick and easy dorm room exercises in a comment below!

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How To Enjoy The Winter Season

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There are some of us who look forward to winter all year long, whether it’s for the holidays it brings, or the chance to get cozied up next to a fire with a good book and a cup of chocolate. There are also some of us who don’t exactly jump for glee at the thought of freezing temperatures, driving in the snow, and the inevitable gloom and depression winter can bring.

Whether you’re really happy for this winter season, or counting the days until summer, there are certain things you can do to make the most of the season:

1. Catch Up On Your Reading List

If there’s a list of books you’ve been meaning to check out, take the opportunity to cuddle up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and the book of your desire. Reading time is compromised in the warmer months since it’s ideal to be outside and enjoy outdoor activities, but if you’re “stuck” inside from inclement weather, escape through a nice good book.

2. Have A Movie Marathon

When it’s cold outside, one of my favorite things to do is have a movie marathon. I choose some movies I never get tired of seeing and some I haven’t seen yet, but have been wanting to. It’s a great way to get caught up on your pop culture, and maybe even discover a few newbies you might have never seen.

3. Get Some Fresh Air

I get it, sometimes the last thing you want to do when it’s cold outside is be outside. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, take a quick walk – solo, with your dog, or with a friend – just around the block. Believe it or not, this may brighten your mood just enough to make the season seem much more tolerable.

4. Get Together With Friends

Have a potluck or a game night (or both!) and have all your closest friends bring some munchies and/or a game to play. You could even use up a whole Saturday and spend all day goofing off, sharing stories, enjoying good food, and having a few laughs with the games. Getting together with friends is a great way to pull yourself out of whatever winter funk you might be in.

5. Tune Up A Hobby

Are you into photography, writing, or music? Winter presents the opportune time to hone hobbies such as these. Bundle up and bring your camera out into the woods or simply downtown to use up the foggy ambiance. Write a story, a poem, or even some new song lyrics. Take it one step further and share your new masterpiece with friends and family!

6. Color

My personal favorite is to spend a foggy and gloomy day by getting all my crayons and markers together, making a cozy nest on the couch, and breaking out my coloring book. If you haven’t tried this new phenomenon of adult coloring books, now’s your chance!

Remember, time flies when you’re having fun! The more you can keep yourself busy, the better this winter will be – no matter what you’re doing!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?

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