Spring

How to Make Your Own Infused Waters

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It’s no surprise that my Pinterest feed these past few weeks have consisted of colorful bikinis, floral prints, pastel colors, and spring décor. But my favorite trend of the season? Infused water.

For the longest time I couldn’t bring myself to drink water, it was just so bland compared to my favorite fizzy soda pop flavors. However, last semester a friend of mine introduced me to infused water, and I was instantly hooked. Infused water helps make staying hydrated fun, offers a dose of essential vitamins, gently cleanses your body and works as a natural skin care. But, the best part about it all? It’s such a quick and easy process, it takes just under 5 minutes to prepare!

Making your own infused water is quick and simple! Here’s how to make your own infused water:

Step 1: Fill a pitcher with water,

Step 2: add thinly sliced fruits, herbs or spices and ice

Step 3: chill in the refrigerator.

For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking, The fruit should stay fresh as long as you keep your water refrigerated, and should be consumed in 3-5 days. That’s it! No fancy gadgets or confusing recipe cards, it’s simple as 1,2,3.

Here are a some infused water recipes that make will make your taste buds sing…

 - Raspberry +  lemon  +  mint

 - Strawberry  +  Kiwi

- Lemon  +  cucumber  +  mint

 - Blackberry  +  cherry  +  lime

 - Orange  +  lemon  +  lime

 - Strawberry + Lime + Mint

We’re always on the hunt for new flavor combinations, so snap a photo of your beautiful beverage on Instagram or tweet us your favorite recipe on twitter by using #tastebuddanceparty

 

Cheers!

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CHILL SPRING BREAK PLAYLIST

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Let’s be honest, we all know you’ve been counting down the days until Spring Break since the beginning of the semester, shoot I know I have. Well Guess what Amigos and Amigas?  SPRING BREAK HAS FINALLY ARRIVED.  (Insert crazy happy dance) Please pardon my excitement, but the thought of no lectures or due dates for an entire week just makes my brain sigh in relief. I’m ready to feel the warm of the sun on my skin, catch up with friends, and sleep…a lot.

What better way to get pumped for this upcoming week than with a spring break mix tape?! With guest appearances from Lorde, BANKS, American Authors and more, this mix tape is designed to help melt the snow away.

Bring on the fun.


WARNING: This playlist might give you a case of Spring Fever.  Symptoms include: Procrastination, Day Dreaming and Happiness.

The 5 Types of People You Meet on Spring Break

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As you are preparing for Spring Break 2014 make sure you remember the sunscreen and consider what you are getting yourself into. This is the one week of the year where you can do anything, no questions asked, which means that you are bound to run into some interesting people. This is my list of the 5 types of people you meet on Spring Break.

 1. The Hot Mess

Hot Messhttp://thepotpapers.com

You know who I’m talking about. This is the girl that’s been having too much fun, who either winds up sleeping in the bathtub to be near the toilet or left alone to sob about her ex, friends or for no reason at all. This could also be the guy that has to be dragged to bed before 8 p.m. Watch out for this type, otherwise you are in for a long night of trouble.

2. The Buzz Kill

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This is more than likely the friend who is merely trying to look out for you… a bit too much. They want an update every 5 minutes of your location and if you don’t text them, they call a search party out for you. On the one hand it’s good to go on Spring Break with someone like this but make sure they aren’t going to cramp your style.

3. The Socialite

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Comparable to the lifestyle of a vampire, the socialite is nowhere to be seen in the day time hours. No one knows who she is, what her story is or where she’s been all day. As soon as it gets dark, she is at every club, party and gathering you can think of! The crazy part is that she knows EVERYONE. Mission: find this type of person.

4. The Eye Candy 

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Ladies, let’s be honest, when you are on Spring Break there is more eye candy than you can handle. There is always one that you set your sights on though. He’s always surrounded by other girls and appears to be the descendant of a Greek God. This type of person keeps you busy all week but don’t be too shy to go up and say hello.

5. The Wild Child 

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This type of person is easily recognizable because they are more than likely participating in the craziest Spring Break games, parasailing in the ocean, riding a banana boat or jumping from their hotel patios. They seem to have no fear in anything, so be careful of this type of person and have 911 on speed dial.

4 Alternative Spring Break Ideas

With March just around the corner, Spring Break will be here before you know it. With more free time than usual, you may be tempted to spend the entire break watching cat videos but there are plenty of alternative Spring Break options to make the most of your time off.

1. Travel

Vacationing over spring break is an obvious and popular choice. Shake off your cabin fever from spending all winter indoors with a nice getaway. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or exotic (although it certainly wouldn’t hurt) to be an amazing vacation. For any traveling needs like finding out flight, hotel or car rental prices, Kayak.com is one of the leading search websites in doing so. World Map

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2. Volunteer

Spending time helping others is always time well spent. Spring break is a fabulous time to help out around your community or in another city. Some colleges even offer programs to volunteer in communities abroad. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization to get involved in as a student, for more information, you can see if your college has a campus chapter at http://www.habitat.org.  

Habitat for Humanity

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3. Get Organized

The middle of the semester is a good time to get organized. Clearing out old papers from last semester and cleaning up your living space will make a huge difference in your work ethic and stress level. When you are throwing all those papers away, remember to recycle. Its a great option to take when getting organized because not only are you cleaning up, you are doing something good for the environment, and if you would like to know more about recycling check out Earth911.

 Messy desk

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4. Revamp and Refresh

With winter gone, a new fitness routine is in order. Spring break is the perfect time to trade in your treadmill run for a run in the park or on the beach. Fresh air and sunshine are sure-fire ways to motivate your workout (and let’s face it, summer is getting dangerously close). If you would like some work out encouragement, check out some of the videos on Fitness Magazines website that you can use during your routine.

Running

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Try out this list and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester by the end of the break!

WARNING: By the end of your awesome spring break you may feel an urge to start a countdown to summer break. Side effects include procrastination, loss of motivation, and an urge to burn textbooks.

Real World Experience: Why You Should Intern In College

College may be little more than a four-year party to some, but for many it’s a time to learn new things, meet new people, and live independently. Students tend to hold their undergraduate years in such high esteem that they often end up calling them the best four years of their lives. Yet upon graduation, many still feel surprisingly ill prepared to venture out into the “real world”. Even those students who graduate with a high GPA can feel overwhelmed by the pressures of the professional world, making them wonder if their academic accomplishments were ever worthwhile.

 If you’re looking for a manual on how to succeed in the real world, you have come to the wrong place. However, here’s one valuable piece of advice that may alleviate some stress once you graduate: find an internship.

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  Interning in college is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your future.  An internship can open up a variety of networking opportunities and can provide you with valuable work experience in your intended field. It may also help you in determining whether the field you’ve chosen is right for you. Sure, the typical life of an intern may not be the professional life you imagined, but for what it’s worth, you could be taking a small step towards landing the job of your dreams.

Getting a taste of the real world while you’re still in school may seriously pay off in the long run.

Whether it’s mastering a certain skill, learning how to interact with coworkers, or finding ways to score points with your boss, an internship is a great way to break into the occupation of your choice without dealing with the crippling pressure of a year-round job. As college students, our summer and winter breaks provide great opportunities to work full-time. While you may be tempted to sit at home and lounge around during your time off, do yourself a favor and go find an internship. You’ll be glad you did it.

Why You Should Spend a Beautiful Day Inside

Spring is finally in the air. The days are longer, the temperature is warmer, and the sun is here to stay. Now that summer is right around the corner, it’s hard to resist spending the day outside. However, before you head out into the sunshine for the next few months, taking a day to do some cleaning and organizing from the months you’ve spent inside the house will be well worth it.
Spring Cleaning

The transition from winter to summer is a great opportunity to de-clutter your life. We spend so much time inside during the winter months, and thanks to the holiday season we have a tendency to accumulate more than we need. The summer redirects our attention from our material items indoors, to the simple beauty of the outdoors.

Trading out your thick winter sweater for a t-shirt and pair of shorts can be the greatest feeling in the world. While switching out your wardrobe this spring, take the time to go through and get rid of those winter clothes you haven’t worn in years. Also consider getting rid of those gifts you received that you know you have no use for. Then, take advantage of the nice weather and have a garage sale. You’ll be able to enjoy the weather outside while getting rid of your old things and making a little extra money. Have old books lying around? You can sell those too!

 

Summertime also rejuvenates our spirit to tackle new projects. If you’re looking for something to do, check out websites like Pinterest or OrgJunkie for fun ideas that will help you organize the items you do have, in fun and unique ways. If you don’t have any need to de-clutter, take time just freshening up your house. Pull back your curtains to let the sun in, and spend your day vacuuming, dusting, and trading out your warm winter sheets for a lighter, more colorful set. Having a clean and organized home will allow you to enjoy the summer even more.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be dreaded. If you use our tips above you can face summer head on with an organized home, a little extra cash in your pocket, and a few new projects to get working on!

What do you do to get organized for the Summer? Let us know in the comments.

Midterm Mania: 5 Tips to Surviving the Week

With the changing of the seasons from winter to spring, so comes the changing of students’ attitudes towards school. Now that Spring Break is on the horizon and temperatures outside are rising, students find themselves being lured outdoors, placing school on the backburner. But now is not the time to fall behind in your classes! If anything, now is the time you should be getting a head start on preparing for those midterms that will inevitably stand between you and your long awaited break.

In order to remain carefree before your Spring Break, check out these tips that we have gathered on ways to tackle those dreaded midterms head on.

1. Start preparing now. You’ve heard it a million times, but it’s truly never too early to start studying. Rather than staying up late the night before your exam, you’ll find it much more effective to start dedicating a little bit of time each night to reviewing class material. If you cram the night before you won’t retain any information in your long term memory, and you’ll also find yourself exhausted the morning of the exam. Getting started is always the hardest part, so get it over with!

2. Utilize outside resources. Teachers have office hours for a reason – they want to help you as much as possible. That being said, if there is any information that you didn’t grasp in class, or if you have questions in general about your upcoming exam, utilize this time to go pick your Professor’s brain. Trust me, Professors like having students come to their office hours, it shows them how much you care about succeeding in their class – and knowing how much you care could work in your favor when they’re calculating participation points at the end of the semester! Additionally, reach out to friends who have (successfully) taken the class you are in, and see if they have any additional advice as to how to ace your upcoming midterm.

3. Make a schedule. Midterms are similar to finals in that you may have an exam in every class, but don’t let that freak you out. By making a schedule and sticking to it, you can make studying for multiple classes manageable. This will also allow you to work in time to plan and pack for Spring Break, so that you’re not frantically throwing your belongings together right before you head to the beach!

4. Take advantage of on-campus study breakers. Taking a break from studying is necessary when trying to retain half a semester’s worth of information. That being said, check out what events the organizations at your college or university are putting on to help students relax during these stressful times. I know at my school we have an evening in which the professors serve students breakfast for dinner at our dining hall. If none of these events appeal to you, take an afternoon walk around campus or hit the gym or an hour to relieve some tension.

5. Reward yourself. I’m not saying you should go on a shopping spree or max out your credit card, but it is important to build in small incentives throughout the week. I find studying much easier if I have something tangible I am working towards (other than good grades). It could be as simple as a smoothie after a study session, or renting a new movie after a tough test (may I recommend “Perks of Being a Wallflower”). Just make sure you’re actually completing the task before you get the reward.

It can be incredibly difficult to focus on midterms with Spring Break right around the corner, but it is possible. Just think- you have already made it half way through the semester, what’s one more week? If you’ve finished all your midterms and you’re planning to take a trip, check out this post so you know what to pack.

How do you balance Spring Break anticipation and remaining motivated to study for midterms? All suggestions are welcomed!

The Perfect Spring Hairstyles

Spring is in the air, and you can show it with your hair! Now that it’s warmer out, we no longer need to let our hair shield our neck and ears from the cold. Compliment your perfect spring and summer outfits with these fun and easy hairdos

1.     No Blow Dry Required

It’s the hot time of the year, so why should you torture yourself with straightening irons or blow driers? One of the biggest trends for the season is the slick backed or glistening look. It’s as easy as it sounds. Leave the shower, maybe do a quick towel dry and brush through your locks and presto, you have your look. You can comb it back into an up-do, comb it back and leave it down, or just let your hair naturally tousle down your back. The perfect no-fuss hair-do that will also keep you cool.

2.     Swim with the Fishes

The fish tail braid is perfect year round, but huge for the summer! Not only does it have the messy, beachy feel to it, but it will keep your hair our of your face and off your neck while you lounge in the summer sun. It’s a lovely twist on a classic style. Even better, it’s adaptable into a variety of other styles, so you can stand out among the crowds!

3.     Better than French Fries

This season is all about the French twist. This easy hair-do will take your usual messy bun to a new level of glam and elegance—perfect for internships or a day at the beach that transitions into a nice dinner. The look can be casual, professional or flirty depending on how you twist your hair and any other fun elements (like side braids) you add. The basic twist is literally 1-2-3: pull your hair back from your face, twist if up and around your head as you’d like and then pin, pin, pin.

4.     Bad Hair Day? Accessorize!

Hats aren’t the only cure for bedhead not willing to go your way. The hair wrap is a new trend in hair hiding or accessorizing this spring season. Don’t feel like taking the time with an elaborate up-do? Pair it with a great scarf or wrap and you’ll instantly have the extra oomf factor. You can cover as much or as little hair as you like, with a whole scarf covering almost all of your hair or a thinner headband like version tied up over your bangs. Take a look back to the past with this retro look.

5.     Waves aren’t just for the Ocean

Like pretty much every spring/summer season, waves and tousled hair is totally in! If you have naturally curly hair, just let it do it’s thing. If it’s straight, curl 1 inch sections of hair  and pull them apart to make it more wavy and loose. Combine this with the also trendy side part or even hair wrap, and you will be one good looking fashionista!

And if you really can’t take the heat or the bother with your hair, the pixie cut is huge this season (let’s give a special thanks to the lovely Emma Watson for that one!). Be bold, be daring, be stylin’!

-ToonyToon

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The Other March Madness

As the semester comes to a close it inevitably gets harder to hunker down and hit the books.  The weather is gorgeous and the spring fever is tangible.  In one day, I saw 3 girls doing P90x from a laptop, a girl cutting a guy’s hair while he wore a trashbag over him like a teepee, and guys frolicking in grass playing frisbee, all out in the lawn outside my dorm in the space of about thirty minutes.  When studying while people are literally frolicking 100 feet from your window becomes unbearable, try these tips.

String up a hammock.  Back home in south Texas, everyone has a porch swing and a hammock (a little “tex” and a little “mex” I suppose).  Something about the motion and a tall glass of water with lemon in it feels like an instant vacation.  Eno hammocks are a little on the pricy side but they last and are super portable.  http://hammockcompany.com/detail.php?id=ENO-DD002

Just looking at a hammock makes me feel more relaxed, happy, and recharged.  You get all the benefits of the outdoors with none of the sun’s rays.  Prop up a book and you can be in the action but still get work done!

Do some easy cardio with a book.  High-intensity workouts may be good for burning calories, but some time on the elliptical at a moderate pace, one that still allows you to read, can bring some relief when you’re feeling cooped up with the books.  Finding time for exercise and studying can be challenging when you’re trying to have a life, too, so knocking them both out at once every now and then feels great.  It may sound like a hassle (and I definitely wouldn’t bring my stats homework) but when you get out you will feel doubly accomplished, and that’s a feeling that can get you through the toughest day.

Take a study break with a friend you don’t see very often.  Call that person up you’ve been meaning to get to know better (I feel like we all have one of those) and invite them to get a frappaccino and plop down under a tree.  Aside from the usual fun of getting to know a new person, the added benefit is if you’ve been dealing with the same stresses for a while (i.e., job, school, break up), your usual group of friends has heard it all before.

Spring can be a blessing and a curse, when you can’t go out and enjoy it, but balance your time right and keep that brain refreshed and you’ll be out there in no time!

-Wonderbread

Get Healthy This Spring!

Spring seems to be the time where everyone decides to take their New Years resolutions of getting back into shape seriously as there are only a dozen or so weeks until we reach the first day of summer.   Unfortunately, fad diets and gimmicks to shed those winter pounds may be way too tempting to try out.  The first order of business here is to know that there are no shortcuts.  Doing something drastic and strict for the next few weeks may look good on the outside for now, but you can be doing irreparable damage to your insides.  Plus, most of the time when a fad diet fails, a person will gain back the weight they have lost plus some!  We all can agree that is the last thing we want to do.

Before deciding to jump on into an all out diet and workout regime, first evaluate yourself realistically.  You may not need to lose any weight.  Looking in the mirror and asking your friends or even asking the scale is not always the answer.  Remember, muscle weights more than fat so you could have gained, but if you have been active, you may have built some muscle, not fat.  So instead of asking your mirror, your friend, or your scale, ask a doctor.

No matter what, eating right and getting some exercise is good for you, but it is all about balance.  Pushing yourself hard at the gym or on the track while running on coffee and herbal tea is not the way to go.  Remember that when you are working out more, you will have a greater appetite.  Eating a balanced diet of healthy carbs and protein is the way to go.  But what does that really mean?

Fiber foods fill you!  There are fruits, veggies, nuts and grains from almonds to zucchini that have high fiber foods that keep you feeling full.  Eat healthy carbs from whole grain bread to a sweet potato.  Lean protein is what helps build muscle so don’t forget lean meat such as turkey, skinless chicken breast, and tuna.  If a vegetarian or vegan, replace that meat by stocking up on beans (and other meat substitutes)!

In terms of exercise, do not over do it but stay motivated.  Try getting a workout buddy to ensure you make it to the gym 4-6 days a week.  If working out is completely new to you, it is easy to push yourself hard, get frustrated, and quit.  Try to build up slowly by walking flat then uphill for couple minutes then go back down again for cardio.  If you’re a self-proclaimed gym-rat, do not push yourself too hard each day as your muscles do need a day of rest to recuperate and rebuild themselves.  While lifting, you are actually tearing your muscles (hence the phrase “getting shredded.”  This is why it is so important to mix up which parts of the body you will be working each day.

One tip that everyone could use is to DRINK MORE WATER.  Water is your new best friend.  Drinking water throughout the day, especially before a meal, will help you feel more full and satisfied.  Throwing in a few lemon slices or a bit of fruit could zing up the boring drink if drinking straight water is just too bland.  Your body also cannot build muscle if dehydrated.  Dehydration leads to fatigue, which is something we are all trying to avoid.

So get out there.  Do your research, talk to your doctors, and figure out what is best for you.  Get healthy and do it safely.

-TravelBug