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Dance Marathons: Giving Back

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I first heard of Dance Marathon coming to my college campus, I was hesitant to get involved. I have never really been the best dancer and dancing always feels uncomfortable to me. I figured I would still give it a shot so that I could at least represent my fraternity at a Greek hosted event.

I want to tell you that Dance Marathon is one of the best philanthropies you could ever participate in.

College Kids Dancing For Dance Marathon Fundraiser

Photo © Dance Marathon

The purpose is to raise money for local children’s hospitals. Many of the families who rely on the children’s hospitals have huge bills sometimes the equivalent of paying for 4 years of college. By raising this money, you can help pay for the services the “miracle kids” need. Miracle kids are children with injuries, diseases, or disabilities who will often make appearances at the events with their families. The twitter handle/slogan for the philanthropy is #FTK which stands for For the Kids.

College Guys at Dance Marathon With Kids

Photo © Dance Marathon

Yes, sometimes dancing can be awkward and uncomfortable. But when it is for such a worthy cause and everyone is participating it can be a lot of fun and the reward of helping these kids out is worth your time. It is $10 to register, and you can even donate more on top of that if you want to. The marathons can vary in time. Some go for 28 hours while the one at my school went for 6. We raised about $10,000 for the kids and some will even raise millions.

Make a team and get involved with your school’s upcoming dance marathon or you could even organize the event yourself. They give you all the steps to get involved on their website at: http://dancemarathon.com/GetStarted. You can also learn more about the cause and some of the kids featured on the website.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In America, most of us hear “St. Patrick’s Day” and think four leaf clovers, dancing leprechauns, pots of gold, and getting pinched if you aren’t wearing green. But the Irish holiday is more than that and pints of beer. It’s a day to celebrate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also pays tribute to Irish culture and heritage.

Here are a few fun ways you can partake in the celebrations:

1. Get Out

Check to see if there’s a parade or fun run happening in your area. Proceeds almost always benefit a charity, and by attending your donation will bring someone else good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Green Run

Photo © csfreshink

2. Make Dessert

Try a delicious recipe like mint chocolate chip cookie dough bars, green velvet cheesecake cake, or something simple like shamrock cupcakes.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Photo © Parade

3. Cook Dinner

Go green for dinner too and try green macaroni and cheese or Irish soda bread grilled cheese with pesto. Some roasted cabbage wedges would make a great appetizer!

Green Macaroni and Cheese St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Photo © weelicious

4. Create Cocktails

When everyone is finished with dinner and dessert, whip up a special Irish drink, such as an Irish Coffee Martini, and Irish Buck, or a delicious and frothy Hot Nutty Irishman.

Irish Buck St. Patrick's Day Drink

Photo © Martha Stewart

Rent a few Irish-themed movies, grab some board games, or go out dancing to finish up the evening!

What do you like to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Happy celebrating!

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4 Indoor Activities To Avoid The Cold

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Loni Gibson Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter weather has swept much of the nation in the past few weeks. With frigid temperatures, snow, cold rain, and sleet – venturing any further than your bed may seem like a task.

Here a few fun ideas to help you and maybe even your roommate(s) pass some time away:

1. Card Games

Speed, Spit, and maybe even Go Fish are great card games to play. If you want to make it a little more entertaining, invite your floormates to a tournament. Prize for the winner of the tournament is semester-long bragging rights.

Playing Card Games With College Friends

Photo © beowulf

2. Movie Marathon

This is a great time to get to know your floormates! Ask everyone to pick his or her favorite movie and have a movie marathon! Getting to know each other’s taste in movies is a fantastic way to build some common ground between you and your floormates … and kill some time!

Group of College Friends Watching Movies

Photo © sofeminine

3. Read

It’s an old-school way to pass the time! Plus, there are some really great books that will soon be turned into movies, like The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. Check them out before they head to the big screen.

Male College Student Reading Book

Photo © The Telegraph

4. Start Blogging

You have thoughts and opinions, so why not share them? There are several hosting sites that you can choose from: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and many others! Write about things that inspire you, things you’re interested in, or even your favorite sports team. If you are trapped inside, blogging can take up tons of time just to jot down things you’re thinking about.

Female College Student In Dorm Blogging On Laptop

Photo © Binghamton University

There are many things you can do if you are stuck inside. What do you like to do?

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

Photo © Men’s Fitness

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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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