5 Snacks for Late Night Studying

During those late nights of endless studying, sometimes all you need is some snacking to keep you concentrated on finishing up your work. While the tempting choice might be to snack on some chips or go on fast food run, there are simple options to energize you that you quick and easy to make right from home and easily packed to take with you to the library or wherever your studying takes you.

Homemade Puppy Chow
Gather three cups of rice Chex, 1/2 cup of chocolate ships, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, two tablespoons of chia seeds, one cup of nuts and a 1/3  of powdered sugar. After melting the chocolate chips and peanut butter, pour it into a bowl with the Chex squares, seeds and nuts. Stir and then let cool for 15 minutes. Put the mixture into a large Ziploc bag and add the powdered sugar; then shake it. Keep the puppy chow in the fridge.

Coconut Raisin Peanut Butter Balls
In a bowl, combine half ½ cup of flaked coconut, half a cup of raisins, four teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of chopped walnuts. Add a third cup of peanut butter and a fourth teaspoon of coconut extract and beat well. Refrigerate the mix for 30 minutes and then shape into small balls.

For a traditional snack without the unhealthy ingredients of packaged microwavable popcorn, buy plain popcorn kernels to pop with an air popper or on the stove. If popping using a stove, simply add a fourth cup of popcorn kernels and two tablespoons of oil or butter to a pot. Cover with a lid and keep at a medium heat until the kernels begin to pop. Once your popcorn is ready, add flavor with your choice of seasoning or mix in chocolate, candy or any sweets.

Crunchy Homemade Trail Mix
Go back to the basics with a quick and easy trail mix fix-up snack by combining your favorite ingredients. Things to include are nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains like cereal or pretzels, sweets like M&Ms and chocolate or yogurt chips for a kick, and any spices like cinnamon for extra flavor.

Yogurt Popsicles
Add one cup of fruit and ¼ cup of sugar into a food processor. In a bowl, mix a cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of milk and ¾ cups of granola. Then add the fruit blend. Once mixed, pour into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks into each mold and place in freezer for about six hours. Once frozen, you have a refreshing and delicious treat to help keep you energized and awake.

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4 Award Winning Sandwiches You Can Make at Home

As students, we don't always have a lot of time to cook, nor do we usually have chef-worthy kitchens. Luckily, we can always put together a sandwich or two without lots of fancy equipment. Although these sandwiches may take a little more time and effort than your typical ham and cheese, they are definitely worth it:

Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing says gooey-cheesy goodness with a side of guac better. Recipe here.

Avocado BLT with Fried Egg And Chipotle Mayo

This twist on your BLT makes it so much better. Recipe here.

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joe

This is a little more grown-up than your childhood favorite, but just as delicious! Recipe here.

Turkey Pesto Panini

You can't lose with this combo. Recipe here.

What's your go-to sandwich?

Must-Follow Celebrity Kids on Instagram

Bored of the people you’re following on Instagram right now? Check out these must-follow celebrity kids on Instagram! Having celebrity parents definitely has its perks. With access to private jets, invitations to the most exclusive events in Hollywood, and a never ending wardrobe of clothes and shoes - these celebrity kids are living the life. 

Sofia Richie (@sofiarichie)
You may have seen Sofia Richie as the sensible little sis on big sis Nicole Richie’s reality TV show Candidly Nicole. Although it may seem difficult to create your own path when your father is musical legend Lionel Richie and with your big sis being a fashion icon, it hasn’t stopped Sofia Richie. She’s been able to create a name for herself through the reality show but more notably on Instagram. With her ever changing hair and her amazing fashion sense, Sofia Richie’s Instagram is a perfect source of inspiration.

Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid)

Daughter of Yolanda Hadid Foster, you’ve probably seen her making several appearances on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Gigi Hadid is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to modeling. At the young age of 19, she’s already established herself in the modeling industry having walked in runway shows that aspiring models only dream of walking in including Marc Jacobs and Chanel. Her Instagram captures her modeling career, traveling around the world, and attending fabulous events. She's definitely one to follow on Instagram!

Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin)

You may have seen her on Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Instagrams a few times, but Hailey Baldwin has some connections of her own. Her father is Stephen Baldwin and she's the niece of Alec Baldwin. She’s an aspiring model and has walked for Topshop during London Fashion Week. Going to fashionable events and hanging out with other famous celebrity kids including Jaden and Willow Smith and the Jenner sisters, Hailey Baldwin is a must to follow!

Peter II & Harry Brant (@harry_brant and @petermbrant)

Peter and Harry Brant's father is Peter Brant, an art collector and publisher of Interview Magazine while their mother is former supermodel Stephanie Seymour. Naomi Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, and Karlie Kloss are just a few celebrities that have been featured on the siblings’ Instagrams. Not to mention they’re practically besties with the top dogs of the fashion industry including Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy’s Artistic Director, Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s Creative Director and Derek Blasberg, Harper’s Bazaar’s Editor-at-Large. Attending exclusive parties and glamourous events, these socialites are definitely ones to follow on Instagram.

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6 Must Watch Episodes of Gilmore Girls

As a loyal fan of Gilmore Girls, I was overjoyed when I found out that the series would be streaming on Netflix - all seven seasons! Gilmore Girls follows the lives of witty and coffee obsessed Lorelai Gilmore raising her daughter Rory in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. With great story lines and constant banter, the show is a must watch! Since Netflix has added the series for streaming, I've chosen a few of my favorite must watch episodes! If you haven't watched the show, I definitely recommend grabbing a bag of popcorn and binge-watching the entire series!

Season 1, Episode 4 "The Deer Hunters"

Just starting out at Chilton, Rory gets a D on a major assignment leading her to cram for the upcoming test. Unfortunately she oversleeps, gets hit by a deer while on her way to school, and is unable to take her exam after being late. This is one of my favorite episodes because although Rory’s sweet, she’s just like her mother and isn’t afraid to be sassy. The most memorable line from that episode was “And for the last time, my name is RORY!”

Season 2, Episode 16 "There's the Rub"

Lorelai and Emily spend the weekend at the spa. Rory spends the evening alone until it's interrupted by Paris. In addition, Jess unexpectedly shows up with a bunch of food from Luke’s Diner and invites himself over for dinner. Dean surprises Rory with some ice cream at her house only to find Jess there. There’s no denying the chemistry that Rory and Jess have in this episode. As a Jess fan, this is definitely one of my favorite episodes.

Season 3, Episode 7 "They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?"

Stars Hollow holds its annual 24-hour dance marathon, which Lorelai is determined to win. The Rory/Jess/Dean love triangle comes to its end as Dean breaks up with Rory because she has feelings for Jess. It's definitely a must watch episode, especially since Adam Brody appears as the dorky, music obsessed, Lane crushing, Dave Rygalski. 

Season 4, Episode 22 "Raincoats and Recipes"

The wait is over! After four seasons, Luke and Lorelai finally go on a date. However, things don’t go according to plan when Lorelai’s ex comes to the newly opened Dragonfly Inn leading Luke to be unsure of where he stands.  Eventually things get sorted out, marking the beginning of Lorelai’s and Luke’s relationship. Rory rekindles her relationship with Dean (who recently got married) and loses her virginity to him.

Season 5, Episode 13 "Wedding Bell Blues"

In the 100th episode of the series Emily and Richard renew their wedding vows. After speaking to Emily, Christopher comes to the wedding hoping to win Lorelai back. Luke and Christopher end up getting into an argument about Lorelai leading Luke to leave the wedding early. Rory decides to have a casual relationship with Logan, even though she's used to having more serious relationships.

Season 7, Episode 22 "Bon Voyage"

Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter and finds out she has to leave Stars Hollow in three days. With help from the town, Luke throws a surprise goodbye party for Rory. This is one of my favorites because it shows just how much Luke cares for Rory and Lorelai. At the end, Lorelai and Luke get back together and rightfully so, the last scene displays Lorelai and Rory eating at Luke’s Diner before Rory heads off to start her job.

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3 Easy Dinner Party Ideas

Throwing a college dinner party doesn’t have to be a costly affair. Break away from the wallet pinching idea of gourmet hors d'oeurves, sipping wine on long-stemmed wine glasses (Olivia Pope style), and swanky three course meals. But don't fret—your Friday night dinner party can be just as memorable with a little creativity and gastronomic goodness (yes, even on a college budget and in a 12’ by 19’ foot dorm room). Impress your friends with these three tasty, affordable, and easy dinner ideas that’ll turn these classic favorites into an interactive, cost-effective experience. With a make your own tacos, pizza, and sundae station, there’s no going wrong. 

1. Taco Station

  • Shredded ice berg lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Yellow Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Ground beef (or any protein of your choice)
  • Garlic
  • Tortilla
  • Jalapeños
  • Sour Cream
  • Limes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cayenne
  1. Drizzle olive oil into a large pan on medium heat. Pour in half of a chopped yellow onion and two minced garlic cloves. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour in beef or any protein of your choice with onions and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Squeeze one whole lime on top and let cook for about 12-15 minutes until fully browned.
  3. Heat up tortillas in a separate pan on low-medium heat. Flip tortillas on either side until warm.
  4. Place chopped tomato, lettuce, onion, and cilantro into separate bowls alongside the sour cream, salsa, jalapeños and quarter cut limes.
  5.  Once meat is ready, place in a bowl alongside the toppings and get started!

2. Pizza Station

  • Pizza dough
  • Rustica tomato marinara sauce (or any pre-made marinara of your choice)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Bacon
  • Olives
  • Bell Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Basil
  • Pineapple

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pour the pizza sauce on your dough and sprinkle cheese to your liking. Top your own pizza with any topping you like.
  3. Place your pizza on a baking sheet in the oven and let cook for 14-16 minutes until crust turns brown. 
  4. Take the pizza out and let rest for 3-4 minutes and then enjoy!

3. Sundae Station

  • Vanilla/Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Roasted sliced almonds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Snickers, Twix (or any candy bar of your choice)
  • Cherries
  1. Pour sliced almonds into a small pan on medium heat until browned. 
  2. Place all ingredients into separate bowls and let your guests make their own sugary concoctions.

By: Danielle DiMeglio | Image: http://www.survivingcollege.com/break-ice-dinner-party-conversation-starters/

Beauty Buzz: How to Stop Your Eyeliner from Smudging

Lining your water line with white has become a trend after its recent appearances on the runway. While it may be trendy now, using white eye liner is a timeless trick for creating fresh-faced looks as it makes the eyes appear larger and more open.

The most problematic issue with lining the waterline is keeping the color from smudging or disappearing entirely. Below are a few tips to keep your makeup in place all day.

-Use a high quality cream-base liner. Liquid liners are not for your waterline! They will smudge quickly. A good option is something like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Yeyo".

-Use a matching eye shadow or translucent setting powder to set your eyeliner. The powder will absorb moisture that would otherwise smudge or remove the liner making your look last longer. If using a translucent setting powder, be careful to find one that will not alter the color of the liner. Most “translucent” setting powders are actually white, so if you are trying to set brown or black eyeliner on the waterline the color will be changed with the addition of a bad setting powder to something more muted. For lining your waterline with colors other than white, a good translucent setting powder is the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in "Translucent".

-Use a small flat brush or a cotton swab to pat the eye shadow or powder on. Heads up; if your powder is pricey, use a flat brush! Cotton swabs waste powder because it collects in the twists of the fine fibers, so most of your expensive powder will end up in the trash––not on your eyes.

-This process can be uncomfortable so careful not to get powder in your eye! Pulling your lid gently away from your eye can help in the beginning. Don’t make pulling on your eyes a habit because it can encourage wrinkles. Moving your lid is just for practice until you get the hang of putting a powder on your waterline.

The effort is worth it! Fallout and smudging is minimal and the powder will absorb moisture from your waterline for a look that can last all day (or night).

Go forth and color those waterlines fearlessly because you know you won’t be looking like a raccoon reject five minutes after leaving the house.

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5 Shoe Trends to Try This Fall

I don't know about you but I'm tired of bringing out my combat boots and riding boots for fall. With the new season just arriving, it's time to try something new! There's so many styles and colors, you’re bound to find something new to love! From oxford shoes to slip-on sneakers, here are styles you need to try this fall!

Having seen them on various celebrities, chelsea boots are a MUST this season. You can pair them with a dress for a more formal look or dress them down with some skinny jeans and a sweater!

Oxford shoes are perfect if you’re trying to go for a preppy, classic look. Instead of going for the typical colors (black and brown), try ones with colored accents! They go perfectly with a button down shirt. 

This season’s must-have item are knee-high boots. You can pair these boots with a skirt for that perfect feminine touch or a pair of dark skinny jeans and blouse!

I’m all about the slip-on sneakers this fall, especially patterned ones. Don't be afraid to mix patterns! Leopard patterned slip-ons can be paired with black skinny jeans and a striped shirt!

Wearing bright colored flats is a great way to make your outfit pop! Not only are they super cute with skinny jeans, but they're also really comfortable. Pair them with a t-shirt and blazer and your outfit is complete! 

Which one of these shoe trends are you most excited to try? 

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5 Easy Breakfasts for the On-the-Go College Girl

College is full of busy days with a mix of deadlines, meetings and responsibilities. It's easy to let breakfast become something that you only make when you have time, which usually ends up being pushed off and never happens because you're too busy running out the door to make it to class on time.

Don't leave breakfast on the back-burner; it can be easier than you think with these quick and easy recipes that don't require a microwave or stove, so they can be made right in your dorm room with just a few ingredients.

1. Oatmeal
If you’re looking to step up traditional instant oatmeal, try overnight oats, which are even easier because they don’t require any microwaving. Just add water or milk to rolled oats and store it in a glass jar or container for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is add the toppings – anything from nuts to dried or fresh fruit, and your breakfast is ready.

2. Smoothie
Making a smoothie can be made easier than you think with a single-serve blender, which is portable for your convenience. Add frozen fruit, veggies and yogurt or protein powder to some water or milk for a quick and delicious drink to take with you as you head on your way.

3. Yogurt parfait
It may sound fancy, but making a yogurt parfait is a simple and tasty breakfast that won't make you feel guilty because of its healthy ingredients. Pair up your favorite plain or flavored yogurt with dried or fresh fruit, nuts and granola. For an extra sweet touch, drizzle a little honey over the top.

4. Toast with peanut butter and bananas
To fix up a breakfast that only requires a few basic ingredients, fix up some toast. To make a sophisticated version of the toast you ate as a child, cover a slice of your preferred bread with peanut butter and then add slices of banana to top it off. This sweet treat is the right way to kick off your busy day. 

5. Avocado and egg toast
For a breakfast packed with nutrients, eating hard-boiled eggs and avocado as your first meal can help you start your day off right. Spice up a regular piece of toast with slices of hard-boiled eggs and avocado. For additional convenience, buy ready-to-eat hard-boiled eggs or have them peeled and ready to slice onto your toast. For extra taste, add a light drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper for a wholesome meal.

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10 Ways to Bounce Back from a Bad Break Up

Sure, it’s okay to binge watch Netflix and bawl your eyes out for the first week or so, but one bad break up doesn’t have to dictate months to come. There comes a point where basking in self-misery, frustration, and even confusion, can start to make you lose yourself— case and point: Carrie Bradshaw. But even the girl who was left at the altar was back to her fabulous self in a matter of weeks. Yes, getting back on your feet isn’t as easy as it looks (and may seem physically impossible), but there’s a light at the end of the heartache tunnel! It just takes a little guidance to get there. Here’s a few tips to help the healing process and get that smile back on your face:

  1. Start your day off early. Sleeping in till noon will only make a day of lounging, crying, and French fries sound appealing. And don’t even think about fueling the “I have nothing to look forward to anymore” mentality because there is literally everything to look forward to. Acting like your whole life is over just because of one person should never be your reality.
  2. Get exercising. I’m not saying go into hyper fit mode or start hardcore training for the next Cross fit games (unless you want to), but going for a jog each day or a walk can help clear the mind. It’s more therapeutic than you think and will give you more energy each time. 
  3. Please, for the love of God, don’t stalk his social media. This is by far one of the most self-destructive things to do post break up. Sure, he’s posting pictures of him at a party and maybe even with other girls, but letting your imagination get the best of you is never a good thing. Chances are he’s posting it because he knows you’ll see it, but guess what? No one has time for games and you are MUCH better than that. Good riddance.
  4. Alcohol is not liquid happiness. If anything, coffee is and I fully endorse that. Binge drinking will only lead to regrettable things, especially if you’re in a vulnerable state. I’ll let you think on all the possible scenarios, but just to name a few: Drunk texting, drunk calling, drunk ubering to his house. Trust. It will only make you feel worse.
  5. Venting is healthy, however, a pity party is not. There’s a fine line between venting to your friends about it and becoming obsessed with the topic. You’re never going to move on if you keep dwelling on what could have been.  
  6. Surround yourself with positive people and uplifting music. You want to be surrounded by those who will help you move on, not fuel your emotions —Same goes for your music choices. Listening to sad songs can lead to more sobbing, chocolate eating, and emotional tweeting. Turn up the Beyoncé. You are flawless and sometimes, you need to hear it.  
  7. Tindr is not your friend fresh out of a break up. Yes, feeling pursued and wanted is an amazing feeling. But, you have to be stable within yourself before seeking someone else. You are the source of your own happiness. Only then should you step into the dating world.
  8.  “Do you.” Whether you think it’s true or not, this is your moment. Embrace your newfound independence and do the things you love. Go on adventures, make memories, and try something new. Sometimes break ups can help you learn a lot about yourself. You just have to go for it.
  9. Make sure you’ve found closure. If you have unanswered questions, unsettled conversations, or anything left in the air that’s going to eat you up inside, do yourself a favor and meet with him for coffee—but only when you’re ready. You can’t go your whole life wondering why things didn’t work out. Sometimes one conversation can put all those unresolved feelings and questions to rest. You both owe it to each other to have one last talk.
  10. You can’t force someone to love you. This is by far the hardest thing to accept. A relationship means two people putting in all their effort and all their love. No one deserves half the love in return of what they’re giving. Just like Kate Winslet says in the film “The Holiday,” you’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life. Find the power within you and you’ll bounce back from this bad break up stronger than you ever were.

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4 Reason Why You Need to Watch Or Read Emma Watson’s Speech on Feminism

You may have seen various celebrities including Harry Styles, Sophia Bush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeting and posting photos with signs reading “#HeForShe” over the past few weeks. A few weeks ago, Watson gave an inspiring speech at the United Nations Conference on the importance of gender equality and advocating for the HeForShe campaign. Here are four reasons why you need to watch (or read) this speech, if you haven’t already:

1. Men, gender equality is your issue too
Yes, that’s right - gender equality is a men’s issue too. As mentioned in her speech, feminism isn’t just a “women’s issue,” it’s everyone’s issue. Lots of men struggle with gender stereotypes whether it’s pressure to be more masculine or being unable to express their feelings because it will make them look weak.

2. Feminism isn’t about man-hating
When people hear the term “feminism,” they often associate it with man-hating. This can’t be further from the truth. Feminism is about believing that people should have equal rights regardless of their gender.

3. Emma Watson faces the same gender challenges

It’s refreshing to hear that Watson has experienced gender inequality as so many other women have dealt with. She talks about being called “bossy” because she wanted to direct plays when she was younger and being sexualized by the press at the age of 14.

4. It’s thought-provoking

The discussion offers insightful questions including, “How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?” and “If not me, who? If not now, when?” The speech makes you stop what you’re doing and personally reflect on your own experiences with gender inequality. After watching Watson’s speech, I thought of all the challenges I’ve encountered relating to gender inequality.

Gender inequality is an issue that applies to everyone and Watson’s speech has laid the foundation for conversation.

By: Crissy Tang | Image: Source

4 Things You Should Do This Year for Your Future Career

As the school year is beginning, you're probably thinking about classes or activities, not your future career. It's easy to get caught up in everyday college life, but job hunting might come up sooner than you think! Before you get too far into midterms or finals, here are four things you should do this year for your future career.

Update and proofread your resume
Your resume is sometimes all an employer has to go off of when they are deciding whether to interview you. You never know when an opportunity to apply for a job will come up, so keep your resume updated and polished. Make sure to update your resume to reflect your internships over college. You should also make sure to proofread your resume, or better yet, have someone else proofread your resume for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Clean up your social media accounts

Employers often will check your social media accounts these days. While your Facebook profile pic does not need to be professionally done, you probably should delete photos of you drinking excessively, doing drugs, or in the middle of anything illegal. With other social media, make sure you haven't posted anything that will excessively count against you.

Talk to your career center
Most schools have a career center, and their job is to help you find a job! Even if you are not sure what you want to do after you graduate, it's a great idea to talk to them. They can help point you in the right direction when it comes to your future goals.

Look and apply for jobs

Finally, you can prepare all you want, but you won't get anywhere unless you look for and apply to jobs. Job boards like JobTonic are a great resource to find all kinds of positions. Get into the habit of checking these boards from time to time to see what kind of opportunities are out there.

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