Danielle Freeman


Five nail colors to wear this winter

For as long as I can remember, I have always had an obsession with nail polish and a desire to keep up with the hottest colors within each of the seasons. I own over 50 nail polish colors ranging from three to four different brands and almost all of them are suitable to wear in the winter months. Pinterest and Elle magazine are my inspiration in keeping up with the most fashionable season of the year.

Having the perfect nail color during this time of year can definitely jazz up any outfit, especially during those cold dreary mornings when all you want to do is throw on a hoody and a pair of boots.

Winter can be such a drab, so here is a list of my favorite winter nail colors to spice up the season and inspire your creative side.

  1. Gray

Gray nail polish is subtle enough to be worn any time of the year and doesn’t give a boring or dull look.

  1. Deep Red

Deep reds, like maroon and burgundy are sure to add a splash of color. They are not too bright or too light. These colors will definitely give a look of class and sophistication.

  1. Dark Blue

Dark blues, like royal blue and navy blue, are great colors to wear when you’re having the winter blues.

  1. Multi colored glitter

Glitter nail polish accented with shimmering gold or silver will add a little sparkle to your day.

  1. Deep Purple

Deep purples, like eggplant purple and plum, will allow you to stand out in any crowd while revealing your spontaneous side.

Wearing these festive and vibrant nail colors will definitely look great with any outfit in any temperature.

Foodie Friday: apple peanut butter teeth

Apple peanut butter teeth are a fun, unique and easy to make snack for people of all ages. Although they can be eaten anytime throughout the year, they would look great on the snack table at a Halloween themed party, especially if you’re interested in showing your creativity and possibly scaring your party guests.

These tasty treats are not only sweet, but are very healthy and safe for anyone to eat.

In order to make apple peanut butter teeth, you will need apples, peanut butter and a bowl of mini marshmellows.

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Step 1: Cleanse and cut up the apple into several slices. They can be as big or as small as you would like.

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Step 2: Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on one side of each slice.

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Step 3: Place the mini marsh mellows in a line on top of the peanut butter on a few of the apple slices, leaving some left over without marshmellows on top.

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Step 4: Place the remaining apple slices on top of the mini marsh mellows making sure that the peanut butter holds the marsh mellows in place.

The apple peanut butter teeth are now complete and ready to be eaten. Enjoy.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Ice

Lately I’ve been trying to work on drinking more water and staying away from drinks high in sugar. I was introduced by my co-worker to a brand of beverages called Sparkling Ice. They are lightly carbonated water beverages made with natural flavors and filled with several vitamins and antioxidants.

I fell in love after giving the strawberry lemonade flavor a try. This drink has become an awesome solution for me and is great for college students who have grown accustom to drinking nothing but sodas and juices.

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Considering the fact that I love anything Strawberry Lemonade flavored, this particular beverage worked perfect for me. It is zero calories low in sugar and carbs. It’s the perfect drink for anyone who loves the taste of natural fruit juices and wants to stay healthy.

If you aren’t a huge strawberry lemonade fan, there are still many other flavors you can try. There are over 10 flavors of Sparkling Ice. A list of these flavors includes strawberry watermelon, black raspberry, cherry Lime, Lemon lime, kiwi strawberry, pink grapefruit and several others.

Sparkling Ice beverages are currently sold at Wal-Mart for $1.00 a bottle. If you haven’t given them a try, I urge you to do so.

DIY: vanilla sugar body scrub

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Body scrubs are essential in keeping the skin toned, exfoliated and moisturized. With the help of Pinterest, I was able to come across several homemade body scrubs that I have grown to love. My favorite is the vanilla sugar body scrub. It can be made in five minutes by using simple products within the home. For this particular body scrub, you need ½ cup of white sugar, two cups of sugar in the raw, one tablespoon of honey, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon vanilla extract. Step 1: Pour both sugars into a bowl and mix them together so that they are incorporated Step 2: Add olive oil into the mix and stir

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Step 3: Mix in the honey and vanilla and stir so that all of the ingredients are properly combined.

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The scrub is now ready to be used. You should apply the scrub before you get into the shower, but remember not to rub it into the skin too aggressively. Simply massage it into the skin, leave it on for at least 5-10 minutes, rinse it off in the shower and cleanse to remove any left-over residue from the scrub. Remember to store it in a cool place.

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Since using this scrub, my skin is now extremely soft and far healthier. Your skin will definitely thank you.

Foodie Friday: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

Cheddar’s is one of the cheapest sit down restaurants in the University area. My first time visiting was three weeks ago and since then I have fallen in love. I’ve always heard great things about the restaurant, so my best friend and I decided to see what all the hype was about and give it a try, and boy am I glad I did.

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Cheddar’s has a casual atmosphere with many of the dinner entrees costing less than $10, which is perfect for college students living in the area. The portions of food will fill your belly and still leave you with enough to take home.

My first time vising, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrappers and the Cheddar’s Legendary Monster Cookie Sundae, spending under $15. It was quite delicious too.

Although the food is inexpensive, customers aren’t given complementary bread, but are able to purchase three of their buttery, mouth-watering croissants for less than $2. It’s a pretty good deal.

The service at Cheddar’s is out of this world. The employees are very welcoming and I love how well-trained the servers are. The waiter who served my best friend and I had was definitely one of the best I’ve ever come in contact with. He was an extremely nice guy and took the time to converse with and gt to know us not just as customers, but as people.

I was surprised how quick he was because the restaurant was very busy that day. He made sure our drinks were full and never once did I have to ask for a refill. He definitely deserved every bit of tip from us that day.

I can honestly say I enjoyed my first time at Cheddars. I am a huge fan because of their low budget dining, casual atmosphere, professional waiters and delicious food.

If you haven’t given Cheddars a try, I’d advise you to do so. The food is out of this world.

Healthier snacks for a happier you

Try a yogurt parfait for a snack. MCT Campus

Nutrition is a vital part in healthy eating.

It is recommended by doctors to eat five meals a day but they must be in small moderations.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks consist of these five meals. These meals, specifically snacks, help control hunger levels and the occasional cravings.

Snacks also give the body energy it needs to get through the day.

When choosing snacks, you should almost always go for the healthier nutritious option.

Chocolate chip cookies or a bag of Doritos may be filling at the time, but they are not always the best choice.

It is okay to eat desserts, but it should not be an everyday thing. You should always pay close attention to what you are putting into your body and looking at all the serving sizes.

Here is a list of easy to make nutritious snacks for those days when you need a little boost:

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of strawberries, one small sliced banana, 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, and 1/2 cup skim milk; blend until mixed.

Yogurt Parfait: Start with a bowl of plain, low fat yogurt. Stir in 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh berries and add one tablespoon of granola.

Fruit Salad: Mix some of your favorite fruits together in a bowl to make a juicy mouth-watering fruit salad.

Carrots with hummus: Grab some baby carrots with a side of hummus (2 Tbsp).

Ants on a log: Grab 4 celery sticks, 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/3 cup of raisins. Spread the peanut butter onto the celery sticks and add raisins.

With careful planning of the snack choices you make, you can reduce calories and speed up your metabolism all while making the best decisions for your body.

Get rid of fatigue and improve energy during National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week

As college students, fatigue is one of our biggest struggles. Staying up all hours of the night doing homework or studying for exams can cause a lack in sleep and a decrease in energy.

Add in the possibility of a part time job or an internship, and the hours available for sleep quickly dwindle.

With less than an ideal amount of sleep, students begin to feel fatigued and focus in classes and at other activities goes down.

There are ways to improve fatigue and tiredness. The answer may seem hard to believe, but participating in low-intensity cardio and aerobic exercises has been said to help improve energy levels and reduce tiredness.

“When exercising for energy, you should always aim to exercise in your low to moderate training heart rate range. This will prevent you from depleting your body, and help you avoid feeling fatigued, which would otherwise prevent you from getting the maximum energy benefits,” said behavioral therapist and personal trainer Therese Pasqualoni.

Jogging, walking, dancing, swimming, jumping jacks, yoga and pilates are exercises and activities that help improve energy. Participating in them just a few days a week for 20-30 minutes can help get rid of fatigue and burn fat.

Check out the gym located in the Student Activity Center on campus. If hours on the treadmill and lifting weights are not your thing, you can always jump in one of the numerous group fitness classes available.

PERSONAL TRAINER: Excercise lifts the blues
Exercise can help improve fatigue and other types of blues. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus

Other ways to improve fatigue include eating healthy and proper time management skills.

If you take the time to map out your time, you may find you have more time to get things done than you thought. If you utilize it right, you can even get to bet just a little bit earlier than normal.  

Enjoy fruits and veggies during National Collegiate Health and Wellness Week

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of our daily nutrition. The food guide pyramid requires an intake of two to four servings a day of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables.

Both food groups are low in fat and offer us energy and potassium.

Although fruits are high in sugars, they give our body the proper nutrients and antioxidants we need for survival. Fruits support the immune and digestive systems and protect cells from damage. Fruits also offer us fiber which makes you feel fuller than you really are.  Vitamins A, B, C, E and K make up a majority of the fruits we intake.

Apples, black berries, blue berries, raspberries, bananas, cherries, cranberries, oranges, tomatoes and pineapples are just a few fruits that are not only delicious but also offer numerous health benefits.

The easiest way to get your full servings of fruit is to blend them up into a smoothie with some low-fat yogurt and the juice of your choice. If you are on campus, you can always pick up a fruit cup in outtakes.

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Make the right choices and add fruits and veggies into your diet. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus

Vegetables are very similar to fruits. They offer many of the same nutrients and are vital to keeping the maintenance of the body.

Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, eggplant and brussel sprouts are packed with folic acid, eye, skin and nail nutrients, vitamin c and are useful in fighting against diseases.

Both fruits and vegetables may reduce heart disease, obesity, diabetes and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Veggies are easy to incorporate into your everyday diet. Simply add them to your favorite Subway sandwich, or order a side salad instead of french fries.

Choosing fruit instead of a bag of Doritos for a snack will help you in the long run. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.