Carmen Westra

Carmen Westra

Carmen has been working for the Niner Times since August 2014. She is a Mass Media Communications Major with a minor in Journalism.

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Gone solar, be back never

| September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gone solar, be back never

For anyone who thought solar panels were solely used on the tops of buildings and on farms, get ready to be amazed. Birksun is a fairly new company that produces solar panel backpacks that are designed to charge all electronic needs from organic sunlight. The only information that I was aware of pertaining to solar […]

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Recipe: Six ingredient pancakes

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Recipe: Six ingredient pancakes

My all time favorite food is pancakes, they’re light, fluffy and delicious. As I was transitioning to a completely vegan diet, I was not ready to give up my favorite food. I tried out many different recipes for vegan pancakes and I have finally found the perfect combination. Here is what you will need: ~ […]

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Recipe: The best vegan cookies ever

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Recipe: The best vegan cookies ever

Prep time:10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: 12-15 cookies My all time favorite cookies have always been chocolate chip. After becoming vegan for a couple months now, I have not been able to indulge in too many options for cookies. I came across this recipe and I promise they are […]

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20 Things I’ve learned in 20 years

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
20 Things I’ve learned in 20 years

As my birthday creeps around the corner, April to be exact, I found myself reflecting on how much life I have lived and what I have learned from my 20 years in this world. I compiled the key lessons that I have learned these last 20 years and will continue to use moving forward as […]

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Five fun things to do in and around Charlotte

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Five fun things to do in and around Charlotte

In the winter, it is always harder to find fun or active things to do to keep busy while it is cold. Living in Charlotte for the past 2 years, I have found a solid list of exciting and adventurous activities to do to keep yourself and your friends busy during these cold winter months. […]

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Recipe: Zoodles

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Recipe: Zoodles

My all time favorite food is spaghetti. Every time I go home, that is the meal I always look forward to. As a part of my New Years resolution, I’m holding myself accountable to cut back on my pasta intake because I consume way too much. Over the holidays, I received the most amazing kitchen […]

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Recipe: Healthy pesto pasta

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
Recipe: Healthy pesto pasta

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. One of my all-time favorite meals has to be pasta. I usually have pasta a couple times a week, which isn’t the healthiest of foods, so I was looking online the other day for healthy ways […]

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Eight tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Eight tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions

Be realistic When picking what your new year’s resolution is going to be, keep in mind what your body and mind is capable of doing. Be realistic with yourself. It’s realistic you want to work out, but starting off by working out every single day is going to be almost impossible. Also, keep your budget […]

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Local Wonders: The Smelly Cat Cafe

| October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Local Wonders: The Smelly Cat Cafe

Local Gems are always great to stumble upon, especially if it is completely by accident. I was strolling around NoDa the other week and randomly walked into The Smelly Cat Cafe. It looked stylish from the outside with all of the artwork on the building and when I walked in it had such a relaxed […]

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49er fall checklist

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
49er fall checklist

With Autumn already here, try something new this season. Go to the Pumpkin Patch Make Pumpkin Bread Try Pumpkin coffee at a local cafe like the Smelly Cat or The Daily Press Have a bake-in with friends Go to Scarowinds Change your hair Try a new fashion trend Carve a pumpkin Paint a pumpkin Bake […]

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DIY: Sunflower Monogram

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
DIY: Sunflower Monogram

Wanting cute and unique décor in your room can add up fast. As the school year kept creeping up, I was struggling with how I wanted to go about decorating my room. I was in AC Moore the other day and saw wooden letters for just a dollar apiece. I had previously looked online to […]

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Welcome to The Flying Saucer

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Welcome to The Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer is a beer lover’s delight and a great place to be surrounded by people who value craft beer and a good time. The Flying Saucer has been in Charlotte for over 13 years and counting with still growing success. The Flying Saucer offers 82 beers on tap, constantly switching them up and […]

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Foodie Friday: smoothie bowls

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Foodie Friday: smoothie bowls

I have been wanting to find a delicious, filling and healthy meal to indulge in for the morning and I have finally found the best recipes for smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls are all of the rage now and are so easy to customize and really make your own. One of my favorite things about smoothie […]

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Thirsty Thursday: make your own caramel macchiato

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Thirsty Thursday: make your own caramel macchiato

One of Starbucks’ most popular drinks is definitely the Caramel Macchiato for the summer and winter. I know that it is my favorite drink to indulge in, especially the hot version. I used to always go to Starbucks first thing in the morning before class and spend all of my DB on Caramel Macchiatos until […]

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