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Deanna Simmons

Taking care of yourself or a friend during stressful moments

School can be stressful and sometimes you need a moment to get away. For those days, I have some things that are useful to make your day a bit better. Self care is the most important thing when it comes to your health. The first thing you can make is a self care kit. What you’ll need are wax melts, chocolate or candy, sweet smelling soap, coffee or tea, and anything you might find that’s really creative and easy to use to destress. Whether you’re making it for yourself or for a friend, you can wrap it up and...

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Language of Flowers: what does your bouquet say?

When you buy a bouquet, you don’t think that there are actual meanings to the flowers that you’re picking out. The Victorian era was the beginning of what was called “floriography,” when messages used to be dictated to people by the flowers they might be wearing on their lapel. Even today, flowers have a huge significance to weddings and many special events. If you want to confess your feelings to someone, buying flowers is the way to do it. You can also figure out if your sweetheart may have feelings for you by what flowers they buy for you....

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DIY: Valentine’s Meals for you and your special someone

Valentine’s Day is meant to be enjoyed with your significant other and taking the time to show them you love them, thus  treating them to something special. What better way to do that than to make special meals that all revolve around the day? Sure, it might be a little cheesy. There should be an exception made on Valentine’s Day, however.. I have four recipes for you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. You may just learn some new techniques, too! The first recipe is Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls. For this, you’ll need one thirteen-ounce refrigerated Grands Cinnamon Roll pack...

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DIYs for National Pizza and Bagel Day

It’s National Pizza and Bagel Days, so what better ways to celebrate a tasty holiday than to have some tasty treats? Pizza and bagels are probably the tastiest and quickest meals to have on campus, and you can even take it with you if you don’t want to buy one on campus. The first recipe is for 15 minute bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast pizza bagels. For this, you’ll need 3 plain bagels that have been sliced, six large beaten eggs, one-eighth teaspoon of garlic powder, salt and pepper, ten fully cooked bacon slices that have been crumbled, one...

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Cute DIYs for your sweetheart or yourself

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you know what that means: lots of pink hearts, roses, and at least one person who can’t decide between one box of chocolate or another. We’ve all been there. There’s so many other ways to get that perfect gift without having to worry about price. Maybe you’re not going to buy the $20 box of chocolates, but you can still show your significant other, crush, or best friend how much you care. Sit back and relax: I’ve got you covered. These three gifts are sure to steal their heart this Valentine’s Day. The...

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DIY: Super Bowl Bacon Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is probably the most anticipated day for football fans. You get together and have a huge party with tons of food and a game that’ll probably have your neighbors yelling too. There’s a certain understanding with Super Bowl Sunday that the food will always be delicious. Today, I have for you some treats that will make sure that your friends are satisfied and hey, maybe they’ll ask you for the recipe. I give you this week’s DIY: bacon. The most delicious and talked about breakfast meal that can go with anything, bacon has made its way...

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Patriots: A look inside the author’s brain

‘Patriots’, the first of the books written by Will Kane Thompson, talks about the political atmosphere and mystery behind a student tragedy and the exploration of all sides of a thriller mystery. ‘Patriots’ is a mystery novel centered around a student that sets off a bomb and the political field surrounding it. Thompson started as a student writing at UCLA, and then continued his journey with ‘Patriots’. “I was in grad school at UCLA for screenwriting and I had representation and all of these things and I was trying to get ‘Patriots’ sold as a TV series,” Thompson said,...

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DIY: Acai bowls and beyond

With the recent opening of Bahia Bowls, I’ve found a new love for açaí bowls. The gently sweet but still healthy treat has me hooked and so I thought, “Hey, maybe there’s more to this recipe.” Turns out, there’s plenty more to see! Of course, some clever recipes are going to make your experience delicious. I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to feed your friends, eat a good dose of fruit, and even impress your followers on Instagram. Here’s three bowls that you can make: the classic açaí, strawberries and cream, and tropical mango with pineapple....

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Holiday sweets

With the holidays just around the corner, here come the holiday parties. Sure, there may be some mistletoe and garlands, but what are the holidays without food? I know that I personally enjoy going home to enjoy the best treats ever from family parties. Since it’s right around the corner, I’m gonna prepare you for it with some fun treats. I personally like caramel turtles, and you can use this recipe for any cake of your choosing, but I’m going to show you how to make a caramel turtle poke cake. This is a delicious and moist cake that you can take to any holiday party. What you need is one package of chocolate cake mix, one can of Eagle Brand caramel flavored sweetened condensed milk or one cup of caramel flavored syrup, one can of chocolate frosting, one cup of chopped pecans, one half cup of mini chocolate chips and caramel syrup for the drizzle. You’re going to bake the cake according to how the package says to do it. Let the cake cool for ten minutes, then poke holes into the top of the cake with something like a wooden spoon or with a clean thumb. Pour your caramel flavored condensed milk or syrup over the top of the cake. Spread it to make sure it gets in all the holes and then put the cake in...

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Spooky decor for your dorm

Terrifying spooks, scary skeletons, and gigantic pumpkins, oh my! It’s the season where everything at Walmart is spooky themed, and costumes are starting to run out. If you’re like me, you try to decorate when Halloween comes around every year. One year, I remember putting caution tape and spider webs all over my dorm room door. It was definitely a fun experience. However, maybe you don’t have an available door to decorate, or you live in an apartment like I do. If so, I not only have the perfect solutions for Halloween dorm decor, but also have decoration options...

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