Things I wish I Knew before entering College




No idea where I got this pic from.

I’m finished with my fourth year of college and still have a year or so to go.There are plenty of things I wished I learned before college; I also went around asking my friends what they wished they knew. Here is a list that will hopefully help incoming students, or those who have just transfered. The list isn’t in any order (sorry I’m horrible at deciding what is more important than another). 

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Getting a little bit Mexi with No Cook Tacos


Veggie in the Kitchen

Mexican (or Mexican-ish) food is one of my favourites, though I have no idea how authentic the Mexican I’ve had would be, but no matter, as long as it tastes good, right?

These no cook tacos are simple and delicious, so hit all the right notes for a no-fuss Sunday or any-day dinner. Plus we’d bought veggies at the local market that morning, so the fridge was well stocked.

Soft taco bean filling Bean filling

1 tin kidney beans (rinsed)
1 tin borlotti beans (rinsed)
1 tin corn kernels (rinsed)
1/2 red capsicum diced
1 spring onion chopped
1/2 – tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano (fresh would be great if you have it)
handful fresh chopped coriander
juice of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1/2 lime

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and put aside to let the flavours develop. If possible do it earlier in the day and put it…

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Things I’ve learned after gaining 30+ lbs



The heaviest I’ve ever been before this was I’d say 125, and that was after the “freshman 15”. I’m not shy at all about how much weight I’ve gained or even embarrassed because I had a great support system (more on that later). I was always slim throughout my life, thanks to genetics and a very tough exercise plan since I was always playing sports. But, when I gained all this weight I was very confused and sometimes even horrified at how big I had become. I was suddenly scared of trying on clothes, hated looking at myself in the mirror, and didn’t want to go out.

I remember going into a fitting room last year and not being able to fit into the size S or even M. I was confused, “How could I not fit this? I swear… I wore something from here last month.” I texted…

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The Mathematical Dialect Quiz


Math with Bad Drawings

  1. What do you call a rigorous demonstration that a statement is true?
    1. If “proof,” then you’re a mathematician
    2. If “experiment,” then you’re a physicist
    3. If you have no word for this concept, then you’re an economist


  1. What do you call a slow, painful, computationally intense method of solving a problem?
    1. If “engineering,” then you’re a mathematician
    2. If “mathematics,” then you’re an engineer


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Looking Bad Is The New Looking Good


Here’s an advertising trend that comes up every now and then: putting glamorous apparel on models made to look sad/greasy/hostile. I’m stumped by this. Why would it help sell an outfit to show that outfit on a person who looks miserable? There must be a method to this madness, or so many designers wouldn’t be doing it. But what? What’s the thinking?

To get my head around the idea, I tried to envision how each of these ads came to be, by imagining a conversation among these characters:

Ad Exec: Mike
Photographer: Steve
Models: Zelda, Daphne, Marcia, Lisette, Brenda, Chloe and Babs
(* None of these are the real people’s names, obviously. They’re just people I’m making up in my head.)

* * *


Mike: So Zelda, what we’re going for here is warmth of coat, coldness of heart, OK?

Steve: That’s right. Zelda, give us a look…

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Hula Hooping: Knowing Which Hoop to Buy


I just posted this comment on a post from a discouraged first-timer! I figured I should post this for anyone else who wants to get into hooping. I added some bits to this for more explanation. Read this before buying a hoop!

Don’t buy a hoop with beads or water in it, this will throw off the balance of the hoop! Also, NEVER buy a hoop from Walmart. If you really want a good hoop, you need to order one online. I wouldn’t recommend buying a weighted exercise hoop. Those beat up your body and leave bruises like you wouldn’t believe! Look up “dance hoops” on Etsy. You can find plain ones on Amazon, but if you want one with some nice grip tape (which is super helpful for beginners) then Etsy is the best option. You’ll want to order a hoop that fits your body. Measure from your waist down to the ground, that is about how many inches in diameter your hoop should be. Also, get a heavier hoop made of HDPE tubing. The HDPE tubing is perfect for beginners an won’t leave bruises on you. You may have the option to get PolyPro tubing, which is great quality but is also very light and is meant for tricks and tosses. Another note: go for the thicker tube, 5/8″. I’m sure the Etsy page will give you an option, so go with the thicker tube. When you finally get your hoop and start to practice, just remember: wherever the hoop hits your body is where you want to push against it, and move your hips in a rocking motion, not in a circular motion. You can always look on YouTube for better explanations on how to hoop. Deanne Love is a great teacher and has a YouTube channel dedicated to the art of hoop dance! Hope this helps!

Work Out Equipment – Gold Gym’s Weighted Hula Hoop & Jump Rope




My sister headed to Target to find her “Step Up” – something that she has come to love ever since her personal trainer made her do all sorts of things on it. Sadly, Target didn’t have it so we headed to Walmart. After skimming the extensive workout equipment, I saw a Gold Gym’s Weighted Jump Rope and wanted to buy it. My sister on the other hand, saw a Gold Gym’s weight Hula Hoop.  

We ended up buying both items, Read below for a mini Review  + Pictures !

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Hoop Life (Hula Hooping)


One of my favorite things to do is to hula hoop. It makes me feel so graceful, with all of the tricks and spins I do. How did I learn to hula hoop? The internet. I look up YouTube videos all the time, searching for new tricks to add to my list.

I love what I do! I wish I was good enough to join the circus, but right now I just don’t have my moves perfected. The next step for me is to practice hooping with multiple hoops at the same time. Woohoo!

P.S.: I have videos posted to my Instagram. There is a link on my blog!

Truths About Moving Away for College

Truths About Moving Away for College

Tea With Charlie

The summer before I went away to college I raided the “College” section of Barnes & Noble and bought books with survival and study tips for college. But of course experience trumps these guides… and since I have that, I figured I could share these truths about moving away to school with you.

I pictured college to be this whole new world of older people who work extremely hard for their big college classes. I thought I would never get to speak to my professors because there were so many students in the classrooms and I thought that college would be extremely strict. Since I’m graduating next weekend, ( well that was scary to actually type…) I thought that it was time to list the truths about college. In my experience anyway, which I think you’ll find relatable. I hope upcoming freshman will find this helpful.

When I was accepted to…

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