Summer weather can get a little crazy! If you’re not feeling like heading to the beach or jumping into the pool to cool down, here’s a way to stay chill – popsicles!
Here are three easy DIY popsicle recipes for you to enjoy:
1. Fresh Fruit
Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like to have in your popsicle. Insert the fruit into the mold and add coconut water. Freeze the mold for 6-8 hours and voila! You have yourself fresh fruit popsicles!
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2. Childhood Favorite
This one is the childhood favorite. For this popsicle recipe, all you need is water, different flavored Kool-Aid packets, and a popsicle mold. Follow the packet instructions on how to mix the Kool-Aid packet with water, then pour out the mixture into the mold. Leave it in the freezer for at least 3-6 hours!
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3. Chocolate Dipped Bananas
For this recipe, I would freeze the bananas an hour prior to dipping them into the chocolate so you can enjoy this treat quicker! All you need is 1 cup of chocolate chips, bananas, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or you can opt-out and just use 2 tablespoons of butter). Take the frozen bananas and insert the popsicle stick in the center. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, pour mix into a tall narrow glass. Dip the bananas into the mix and add nuts, sprinkles, or coconut flakes to the top. Freeze for another 45-60 minutes before eating it!
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What’s your favorite treat to help you cool down in the summer?
Mornings can be tough, but they don’t have to be! Check out my five “morning musts” for a better start to your day!
Stretching first thing after waking up has many benefits. Along with relaxing your body and muscles, stretching in the morning also relaxes your mind and improves your circulation. This allows you to begin your day in a calm and relaxed state.
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2. Eat Breakfast
It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Even if you are one of those people who don’t like to eat in the morning, try it! It’s important to start the day off well-nourished. If you do not have time to sit down and eat in the morning, grab something for on-the-go like a piece of fruit, granola bar, or juice.
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3. Drink Warm Lemon Water
We’ve all heard that lemon water is beneficial for our bodies, but have you heard the many benefits of drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach? It does wonders for your digestive system and flushes out toxins!
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Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the day if you feel like you have too much to do with too little time. The trick is to make a list, whether it be on paper or in your head, that roughly schedules out when you will complete each task that day. This way you can feel more organized and can calm down knowing you have a basic idea of how your day will go.
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5. Slather on the SPF
Protect your skin! Always remember to apply sunscreen. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays all year round, especially in the warmer seasons as more of your skin is exposed. For those who wear makeup, you can skip the process of applying sunscreen by using makeup that already has SPF in it.
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Do you have any ‘morning musts” that you can’t go a morning without? Tell us in a comment below!
Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Tips
Getting tired of the same old decorations? Fear not! I have three easy DIY room décor ideas that you can easily do that’s great for a student on a budget! These décor ideas will definitely spruce up your room just in time for spring!
1. Flower Jars
Mason jars are VERY in this year. You can use them for making gifts, cups, or even room décor! All you need to decorate your mason jars are some fake flowers and some paint! Pour paint into the jar to cover it about ¼ of the way, and then swirl the jar around so that it completely coats the inside of the jar. Keep swirling the jar and tilting it until it reaches the top. Once you’ve gotten the top coated, begin pouring the paint back out to coat the rim of the jar. Afterwards, let it sit for a few hours to dry and when it’s ready just add your flowers! To make the jar even more decorative, you can add some string to it. Tie it into a bow and maybe glue on a shiny button for added glam.
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2. Framed Magazine Collage
This DIY décor idea is very chic and very cheap! All you need is a large frame and some old magazines. Using the paper backing included in most frames, cut out and glue inspirational pictures onto the paper backing. Make sure you lay it out prior to gluing it so that you know exactly how it will look. Use bright colors, inspirational words, and eye catching patterns to really spruce up your room. You can also make this into a dream collage, college collage, or a general collage about you.
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3. Candle Holders
Candle holders are the best décor to put in your room. It adds a fresh feel and sleek look to the room. Using a bunch of fake or real flowers (make sure to change it out often if you choose real) take your candle holder and simply tie it around the candleholder. Make sure you secure it and tie it nicely with a bow and that the flowers are not dropping into the holder (which could easily catch a flame). If you use fake flowers, you can also use glue to ensure that it stays onto the candle holder. After you’ve decorated it, add a candle and place it near your bed or desk for that elegant feel! If you live in a dorm, be sure to check your college housing policies about candles.
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What are you doing to get ready for spring? Any new decoration ideas? Share them below!
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.
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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.
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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.
Filed under: Seasonal Celebrations, Tips
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!
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2. Make Dessert
Try a delicious recipe like mint chocolate chip cookie dough bars, green velvet cheesecake cake, or something simple like shamrock cupcakes.
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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!
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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.
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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!