How to Get More Out of Your Run

Spring is Here, Time to Run

Now that the temperature has finally started to climb out of the frigid zone, people are starting to come out of their caves and hang out outside. This is when many people decide to go for a run. Running is a great cardiovascular exercise that helps build endurance and has the potential to burn a lot of calories. However, it can be extremely tedious and a nightmare for those who aren’t avid joggers. However, here are some tips to make your jog a little easier.

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Tips for a Better Run

Make a playlist of mid to fast tempo music and put it on shuffle. If the music is constant, your run tempo and stopping point will usually be the same. If the music changes, so will your tempo and the length of the run.

Push past your stopping point. Pick a point that is generally a stopping point for you and attempt to run farther by a small amount of time. Continuing to do this will help to increase your overall run mileage faster.

Run up hills. Challenge yourself on your run. Hills use different muscle groups in your legs than when you run on a flat plane. This will also increase the difficulty and give you a better workout.

Go slow as you start and run in the morning. You’re the freshest in the morning and without the trials of the day on your shoulders. Start your job slow and try to keep a strong pace that increases after you warm up.

Stay strong. Keep in your mind the reason you started running. Not only is it great for your health, but running can be fun once you get better at it. Now go for a run!

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Buying Restaurant Shoes; for Servers

So you are looking for the best type of restaurant shoes to wear while working as a server.

I’ve been in your shoes… and there is not much advice out there so I set out to give the hard working servers and server assistant in this world all the information they need to know. I’ve tried many different styles of shoes while serving and in this trial and error I’ve gained some valuable information. This may be your first serving job with little to no experience or just looking for a new pair of shoes that will work out a littlrestaurant shoese better when table 15 needs extra mayo from the walk-in which feels like 20 miles away.  My advice is to go cheap because shoes that you serve in will get trashed and quickly.  Durability is important but soon you won’t be able to bear the stench of 3 doubles in a row.  Comfort is easier to manage with insoles which is a great investment.  Since you saved $10 buying black knock-off brand name shoes take some of that extra cash and invest it in $10 insoles.  Some restaurants may require servers to have non-slip shoes which automatically kills any style you may be going for.  Serving for the past year without non-slip shoes I can honestly say that I have never slipped uncontrollably.  The most important information I can pass along is get a pair of serving shoes that you will look cool in when everybody goes out for drinks after work.  Expect the unexpected and always be cool.  Coming from experience, that’s truly what it’s all about.

My current favorite pair of restaurant shoes and for everyday: All Black Vans

Avocado Health Benefits & 2 Quick Recipes

Avocado Health BenefitsHalf avocado and olive oil

  • Avocado contains many important nutrients like fiber, potassium, and vitamins. These nutrients help build muscle and keep bones healthy.
  • It improves the immune system. It also keeps your skin and hair healthy.
  • Avocado is a nutrient booster. Which means it helps the body to absorb more nutrients in foods eaten with it. For example, eating an avacado with a tomato helps your body absorb the nutrients in tomatoes better.
  • They can be used on the skin as a natural moisturizer. Try mashing up an avocado and mix it with milk or oatmeal to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face to moisturize it. Bring out that youthful glow!
  • Avocados are rich in minerals, fats, and vitamins. This helps in smooth digestion.
  • Avocados possess a mix of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Which helps them combat cancers such as mouth, skin, and prostate.

A fact about an avocado is that it is not only rich in taste but also its flavor is not empowering. So they can be used in different kinds of food.

Here are 2 personal recipes. They are easy to prepare.

  1. Avocado Toast
  • Half a ripe avocado
  • Bread
  • Lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Method: In a bowl. Use a fork to mash half the avacado. Add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Then spread it over the toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper for taste. You have your toast ready!

2. Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado’s salad

  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • Half red onion
  • 1/4 cilantro
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Method: Place sliced cucumber, tomatoes, avocados, onion and cilantro in a large salad bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix it up. Its ready to eat.

 

 

 

The Trends of the Competitive Super Smash Bros Community

The competitive Super Smash Bros community is an enigma compared to every other professional video game community. Most communities are focused around one game, like League of Legends, or move on to the next sequel, like the Street Fighter series, the Super Smash Bros community is divided. Each sequel that comes has divided the community. Sometimes leading to nasty online interaction between the communities. Super Smash Bros has had 3 different games that have been played competitively: Melee, Brawl, and Super Smash Bros 4. A big tension between the communities is which of the games show up at the tournament EVO. The game that has lasted the longest is Melee, with many Melee players being adamant about it being the best and the other games aren’t as good. Brawl was not well received by many people, iCompetitive Super Smash Brosn fact there was fan made version of the game known as Project M where it was modified to be more similar to Melee. People hoped that Super Smash Bros 4 would be more like Melee, with fast movement and similar combat mechanics. Some Melee players, and many Brawl players moved on to Super Smash Bros 4. Many Melee players did not move on, having the same opinion as before. The creator of the series actually hated that Melee fans made the game so competitive. He wanted the Super Smash Bros series to be a casual party game instead of a hardcore competitive fighting game. In fact many of the changes between Melee and Brawl were made to make it more casual. With the attitude of the fans of each of the games, it seems like the Super Smash Bros community as a whole will never be united.

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Blogging Mistakes To Avoid

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How to improve a post search engine ranking to avoid blogging mistakes?

Common blogging mistakes made by a blogger are posting non-relevant content to keep users engaged. Bloggers can disengage users whey they don’t do enough research, write too quickly or don’t pay attention to detail when editing a blog. The key to writing a successful blog post is determined by consistency. The idea is to post regularly at least 2- 3 times a week. Another tool is taking the time to create a well-written content.

How useful is to improve a post search engine ranking to avoid blogging mistakes?

In order to improve a post’s search engine ranking, it is important to write content for your audience, not just a search engine. Moreover, being humorous and informative when writing a post could be helpful to avoid blogging mistakes. Also blogs that have a poorly optimized page could recieve penalties from Google. A page that is well optimized will perform better than pages that pay little or no attention to keywords.

How does the quality of an article help reduce blogging mistakes?

The quality of an article is key. The marketing needs to be relevant. Bloggers need to share posts by implementing strategies. Sharing content through social media platforms is a helpful strategy. This will help bloggers understand how many people viewed and liked their blog. Moreover, experimenting differnt post times during the day and trying different days of the week could also serve as a great tool. Another strategy would be to share relevant older articles for the end users.

Paying attention to formatting is important to capture the attention of the audience and avoid blogging mistakes. For example, bloggers could use headers and short paragraphs to break long text and graphics. This will help capture the end user’s attention.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

A Healthy Alternative: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Being a food lover, I recently decided to take on the challenge of finding healthy recipes for classic comfort foods. This week, I tried a recipe that I have been curious about: Cauliflower Pizza Crust.   I love pizza, and I knew that this recipe would be a fun one to experiment with!  As far as health benefits go, cauliflower has vitamins and minerals that cannot be matched by traditional pizza dough.  A serving of cauliflower provides 100% daily value of vitamin C and 200% of vitamin K.  It also carries antioxidants believed to protect against diseases. After learning this, I became even more excited to tackle this healthy pizza recipe!

Cauliflower Crust Ingredients:Cauliflower crusted pizza

  1. 1/2 cup cauliflower, grated
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Directions:

To create the crust, start by shredding the cauliflower using a grater.  Following that, warm up the cauliflower in the microwave for about 7 minutes, until soft. Once the mixture cools, mix it with one egg, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. The final step before cooking is to spread the mixture into a thin crust on a pan.  It is very important to fully pre-cook the crust at 425 degrees until golden brown before adding the toppings to ensure that the crust is not soggy. I topped my crust with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, spinach, and tomatoes.  Once the pizza is full of delicious toppings of your choice, cook for another 10 minutes.

The result will not disappoint! This healthy pizza is packed full of the same flavors found in a traditional pizza, without the guilt after indulging. Given that cauliflower is such a healthy and versatile vegetable, I plan to use it a lot more in my cooking.

I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy it as much as I did!

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Meditation: Take 10 Minutes

Why you should practice meditation for 10 minutes every day.

Why Meditate? Today it seems we are always rushing from one activity to the next. No one takes the take to let their brain take a break anymore. I am no doctor or scientific expert, but I’ve read studies on how important meditation is or doing nothing for a part of your day. So in this article I want to make some points to show you that meditation is an important activity to add into your daily life.

There is a TED talk by Andy Puddicombe entitled “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes” that goes on about this. To meditate is to experience the world around you. To really feel each minute. He was actually one of the ones that helped create the app called Headspace.

Headspace is a guided meditation app. It all started over my winter break when I still felt stressed out from my fall semester. I wanted to fix my routine to ensure I didn’t go through that again in the spring. I started going to the gym with a friend who showed me this meditation app. After we worked out we added this short meditation, that only takes 10 minutes, into our workout. I noticed a difference almost immediately. I’m sure the exercise helped, but taking 10 minutes out of your day to meditate really changes how you think and feel.

The Huffingtonpost also writes articles about successful CEO’s who take time out of their day to meditate and relax. An article Carolyn Gregoire wrote for the post talks about how meditation “taps into your intuition, to lower stress levels, and improve cognitive functioning.”

It probably took you a few minutes to read this article. If you had a few minutes to spare you have a few more to meditate. So take 10 minutes right now, download the Headspace app, and meditate.

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Females in Improv and their Exploitation

Exploitation of Females in Improv

Females in improv should only be limited by their ability to successfully communicate their creativity with their scene partner and audience in an understandable, competent manner. Except when someone chooses to sabotage that communication because of their gender.

When improvising, anyone can be anyone. Boys can play girls, girls can play boys. Hindus can play Christians, construction workers can play lawyers. As long as you communicate your character clearly, you are not Females in Improvheld back by being a woman in improv.  That is, until someone decides to leverage your gender just to get a laugh.

I cannot count how many times I’ve gotten on stage making an extensive effort to be a male character, only to have my scene partner say something like “Oh honey, you know I don’t like when you act like that. Now get back in the kitchen.” It’s like feminism never made it to improv.

Even worse is when I’m established as a male character, get halfway through the scene, and then have someone walk into it and make a comment about me ‘actually’ being a girl. They get their ‘laugh’ and then they walk right back off. That’s just poor improvising, whether you’re female or male. Not only does it throw off the improvisers, but it completely ignores the reality of the scene and breaks down the relationship between the characters until the only thing left to do is sweep. It’s selfish, unintelligent, and hurtful. I work too hard as a female improviser to be reduced to a slap-stick joke because of my gender. In all improv, successfully communicating with your scene partner is important, and this is no exception. Offenders need to be told how it feels, as a woman in improv, to be treated that way. Hopefully, if that person values you as a person, friend, or colleague, they’ll also value you as a female improviser.

Orzo Salad Recipe

With just 5 main ingredients, this orzo salad recipe is extremely simple and easy. It combines cold pasta with fresh vegetables, all tossed in a delicious dressing. This original orzo salad is both refreshing and delicious, making it perfect for the warm summer months! Bring it to a picnic, serve it at a house party, or eat it as an everyday meal… You can’t go wrong!

Note: This recipe can easily be made into a gluten free meal. See substitutions below.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. box of Orzo pasta (can substitute for gluten free orzo)
  • ½ Cucumber
  • ½ cup Tomato
  • ½ cup Feta Cheese
  • ⅓ cup Chiavetta’s Salad Dressing

This is the key ingredient!! It is made in Buffalo and can be found at almost any grocery store in Buffalo, most Wegmans throughout the country, and on Amazon.

Step 1: Cook the 16 oz. box of orzo. Put the cooked orzo in the fridge and let it cool.

Step 2: Cut up the cucumber and tomatoes into small pieces.

Step 3: Mix the cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Chiavetta’s salad dressing in with the orzo.

Step 4: Let the salad cool.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

Origin of the Key Ingredient:Chiavetta's Dressing for Orzo Salad

This recipe is a family original. In the Buffalo area,Chiavetta’s Catering is a very well-known family-owned catering company, famous for their traditional chicken BBQ. In addition to their catering services, they al
so sell their original Chicken Marinade and Salad Dressing. Since Chiavetta’s dressing is the key ingredient for this recipe and because it is not very well known, this salad is very unique and will not be found anywhere else.

 

How to become a Clothing Promoter

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Making the cut: Tips to become a Clothing Promoter

With about 4-600 searches per month after increasing over the years, becoming a clothing promoter, brand ambassador, or clothing reps (representatives) is proven to be a growing topic and search trend. Why? Well, as more and more underground and mainstream clothing brands surface, coupled with growing social media networks of their fans and themselves, becoming a clothing promoter is now becoming a realistic option for a lot of young, influential people that have a passion for fashion. These brands are searching for clothing promoters that have large followings that can increase the reach of their brand. In return, the brand will typically sponsor the clothing promoter with free or discounted clothing.

Getting your Clothing Promoter application accepted

A clothing promoter is someone who advocates and represents a brand, typically and most popularly via social media. As far as platforms for clothing promoters go, Instagram has experienced the highest success rate. So if you’re applying to becoming a clothing promoter for a brand, or multiple brands through a networking agency such as this website, your best chances of being accepted come is by having a high amount of followers. Although this isn’t the only factor taken into consideration, it certainly does present great weight. Something else taken into consideration when reviewing clothing promoter applicants from a brand’s perspective is not only to have a high amount of followers, but having engaging followers who interact with your posts is also very important.

Being a brand ambassador isn’t easy. Clothing promoters are sometimes to make a certain amount of posts based on the brand’s requirements for their representatives that they accept on their team.

Following these steps, you’re significantly increasing your chances to become a great clothing promoter!

Tidal Was a Good Idea at First

Never thought I would sign up for Tidal in a million years, but it finally happened.

I get that musicians want to be certain that their earning money for the music they produce and all but why does Tidal have to be so expensive? Maybe it’s just me and the other ten people I have talked to about this but $20 a month is too much for a subscription-based music service that doesn’t even have all the music you listen to.

Last week, Beyoncé shared Lemonade to Tidal subscribers early. After watching her HBO special, I couldn’t help but think that this is her best album yet. As an Apple Music subscriber, I was not willing to wait a couple months for Lemonade. I was too worried that Beyoncé was going to pull an Adele on us and never share her new album on Apple Music.

On top of all the other subscriptions you have each month, you have to think about which ones will stay and which ones will not. Well, there is no way I am going to rid of Netflix or HBO Now, especially now that Game of Thrones is back on. Although, I don’t use Photoshop frequently, Adobe has a ridiculous cancellation fee that I will never find myself cancelling anytime soon.

I signed up for the free trial and I have not listened to anything but her album so I will be cancelling my subscription before I get charged for the next month. I did listen to Life of Pablo, but it turns out that I am not a Kanye fan. I mean Kanye is alright, but his ego is too much for me. Why on earth does he have a song called “I love Kanye?”

Although the user interface is pretty cool, I’m going to have to say good-bye to Tidal for now. Personally, I would like to see it offer something else that other music subscriptions do not offer.

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Star Wars Land Announced

Star Wars Land Announced for Disney World & Disneyland!

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The above link is a lengthy blog post particularizing the details of a newly-announced Star Wars “land” to be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Disney is no doubt absolutely capitalizing on every aspect of the brand since their purchase of Lucasfilm back in 2012; and with the momentous success of the latest film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we can except to see a persistent presence of the films in the parks. Few concrete details were given about the expansion to the theme parks, but they are certainly ambitious as the new Star Wars Land is planed to span 14 acres across both parks. An attraction where guests can board and fly in the infamous Millennium Falcon was announced, as well as another ride where guests are put in the middle of an intense clash between the First Order and the Resistance, factions from the newly-released Force Awakens, and no doubt witness countless X-wings and TIE fighters in battle. Disney already has seasonal Star Wars attractions in its park, like the new Star Wars Launch Bay where guests can meet and greet characters form the films like Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca; also, the semi-annual Star Wars Weekends event has proven to be immensely popular with fans and patrons since its inception in 1997; the new land will do doubt continue this tradition as well and immerse guests even further into the lore of the films.

Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Inside these authentic lands, guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience. And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, guests will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters. (Disney Parks)
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Novel Outline in 5 Easy Steps

Novel OutlineWriting a fiction novel can be a rather daunting process.  However, by following these five simple steps you will be well on your way to completing a novel of your own.  The steps may vary in length, but each step will add future value to your novel, and will limit the amount of large scale edits needed during latter steps in the fiction writing process.

  • Step One:  It is likely that you have already thought about the topic of your novel.  Now it is time to write all of this world building information down in a single document, for consistence purposes.
  • Step Two:  Identify the audience of your novel.  Knowing who your novel is aimed toward will help to determine what content is appropriate to the demographic.
  • Step Three:  Develop a one paragraph summary of your entire novel.  Focus on the beginning, climax and ending of the overall story.  Then make a list of 3-5 important events that were mentioned in the one paragraph summary.
  • Step Four:  Start listing the events that connect all of the major moments in the novel that were listed in your original 3-5 novel events, from step three.
  • Step Five:  Now you will start creating character profiles for all the characters in your book.  One profile is needed for every character that has significance in your novel.  This is a rather long step in the pursuit of creating a marketable book, but in the end it will lead to a better overall novel.  A well written novel needs meaningful characters to drive the story forward.

Once all of these steps are complete then you should have everything you need to get started on your novel.  So, find a quiet place and enjoy the novel writing process.

Written by Eric Lizotte

Create Crayon Art

How to Create Crayon Art:

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Creating crayon art is very easy, and fun! In order to create this art you will need:

  1. Crayons
  2. Hot Glue
  3. Paint (if you want)
  4. A canvas
  5. Hair dryer

First you will decide if you want to paint anything to your canvas, if so start painting! I typically paint Disney characters, people in the rain under umbrellas, or paintbrush handles. If you need more inspiration before deciding what to paint you can click here! Also above you can see my crayon art as an example, that I created for inspiration as well! If you don’t want to paint anything, you can move on to the next step. Next you will pick out the color of the crayons you want! The colors and the order of the crayons are completely up to you and what look you are trying to achieve for your art piece. You then glue the crayons to the canvas, I prefer to leave the wrappers on the canvas with the words facing forward, so they can still be read after being glued. Once again it is your decision though! Then you take the hair dryer and melt the crayons. You can move the hair dryer around to get the desired design and movement on your canvas. Once you have melted the crayons to your liking you are finished! You have now created your very own crayon art! I hope you enjoyed this crayon art tutorial and experience! Enjoy your newly made crayon art!

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Gen 6. Dragonfly: The Launch

The Next Generation Lacrosse Shaft
The Dragonfly Gen.6 C30, E30, and X30 have finally arrived, and it is even more Epoch then you could have possibly imagined. “The Gen.6 Dragonfly is engineered with some serious technology on the inside that is complemented by clean, crisp, bold cosmetics on the outside.” Designed with Flex iQ and Advanced Carbon Layering (ACL) the Gen.6 consists oGen-6-2f multiple layers that have been strategically placed within the torque box. The torque box is located within the shaft, at two critical points of hand placement, just above the bottom hand and right below the top of the
shaft. Epoch believes it is crucial to strengthen a lacrosse shaft from the inside out. The stronger the shaft is at the core, the lighter it is at the ends. The Gen.6 will now take its place alongside the Maverik Gait Ice, and the Apollo, making it one of the lightest lacrosse shafts on the market. The lighter the shaft, the more power it brings to your game. The Gen 6 offers a level of flexibility and strength not previously found in any other shaft on the market. The torque box itself is unique to to Epoch, it works by strengthening from the inside out, to avoid possible dents or breaking of the shaft. This is a concern for many, as men’s lacrosse is a full contact sport. Epoch also allows you to choose from many different levels of flexibility, depending on which position you play. If you haven’t made the investment yet, you need to! Perfect for all levels of competition. The Gen 6 is available for both men and women.  Make every game Epoch, with the new Gen.6. LIVE.PLAY.BE.

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Life As A RIT Student

Ever wonder what life is like as a RIT Tiger?

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At RIT, life as a student can be pretty fun. Rochester Institute of Technology has a little over 18,000 students with plenty of classes, clubs, and events for everyone.

One of the coolest things at RIT is the diverse amount of wellness classes. As a student, you are required to complete two wellness classes of your choice. Many have loved the Outdoor Education classes where students can go Cross Country Skiing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, etc. These classes ad some fun to your semester and you can always take more than two of these classes before you graduate! Check out the classes offered here!
During the winter season, if you aren’t a hockey fan, attending RIT will surely make you one! To show pride for the Tigers, some of the best events on campus are the hockey games! Be prepared to cheer on your Tigers in the student section with all of your fellow classmates!
When the cold winter days finally turn into the warm spring days, make sure you have time to hang out at Global Village. Global Village has a lot of nice shops and great food choices. One of the favorites on campus is Salsaritas, which is the go-to restaurant where students can sit outside when the weather is nice. Lets not forget about the bar that’s on RIT’s campus, which is perfect for that drink between classes or after finals!
These are just some of the advantages of being a Tiger! Life as a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology is never boring!

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I Thought it was a Recipe for Disaster

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Lauren, Me, and our honorary pets

For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I spend a lot of time with my Best Friend including weeks like Spring Break. Together, we have so much fun together, we’re always trying new things (even sometimes a new recipe), and we’re always learning and growing in our friendship. She’s the definition of “my person” (for all you Grey’s fans).

One thing most people don’t know about us is that she’s an awful cook and I’m a great cook. As part of our initiative to try new things, I’ve been teaching her how to cook by trying new recipes (okay, mostly desserts) and we’ve stumbled upon gems.

The first night of Spring Break, sitting in her kitchen, we were craving sweets. So we asked Momma L what to make which is when she pulls out her lightly used cookbook and says “You two should make this recipe, you’ll love them!” As I read the recipe, it seemed simple and we decided to make them. They’re melt-in-your-mouth amazing and it’s my new favorite dessert. Now, I’m passing it on to you all!

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The Recipe

1 c. Corn Syrup
1 c. Sugar
1 ½ c. Peanut Butter
6 c. Crisped Rice Cereal
1 bag Chocolate Chips
1 bag Butterscotch Chips

Directions

  • Combine Corn Syrup and Sugar in a sauce pan. Stir until thoroughly combined and bring to a boil. Next, add peanut butter and stir until melted.
  • Start stirring in the crisped rice cereal 1 cup at a time coating completely. Keep doing this until all 6 cups are added.
  • Add the contents of the pan to a previously greased pan and level out. Pour in each bag of chips to the same sauce pan and stir until melted. Pour this mixture on top of the rice krispies and let sit 4 hours.

Yik Yak Reviews : Find Your Herds !

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Welcome to our Yik Yak review session!

This app is one of the most popular gossip-sharing college apps there is right now. Yik Yak is considered a local bulletin board, setting up using your own zip code that helps people connect and discover their local community. It is big in schools with over 250 universities around the U.S and millions of monthly active users. So what’s with the hype?

Yik Yak is way to get your daily news and updates from people live near you: it’s local!

As the app targets college campuses trying to make it a go-to source for students for news, gossip and especially to create an environment where people can feel free to crack jokes, give shout-outs and share experience.

There’s no user ID, no nicknames, no email registration: everything is anonymous!

It’s typical to find yaks that wouldn’t have been posted otherwise without anonymity. Now let’s not think about some gut-wrenching, terrible and racist stuffs! Yik Yak has done their homework and proceeded to ban any yaks mentioning names immediately from their system. In addition, this app is no longer available to high school and middle school students due to some unfortunate bullying incidents that occurred.

Checking out other herds: you can see what’s being posted from other locations!

Yik Yak has a feature called “Peek” that allows users to see posts from other locations. This is one of the key features that differentiate the app from its current social media “enemies” like Facebook, Twitter, Whisper and more. So if you are a parent worrying about what’s happening at your sons and daughters’ college, use Yik Yak to your advantage!

There are, however, certain criticism remains about Yik Yak enabling college cyber bullying and harassment. The co-founders, Brooks Buffington has made official statements regarding its Term of Services, stating that it is not what the app stands for. Despite such negative headlines, Yik Yak is still considered a “radio station”, allowing users to tune into the comment streams with funding round valued at between $300 million and $400 million this year.

Choosing Adventure over Boredom

Choosing Adventure over Boredom

“What’s it like where you live?”Choosing Adventure

“What’s there to do in your hometown?”

When asked these questions, many people will say that where they live is boring and that there’s nothing to do. While a little boredom is understandable, there is never nothing to do. I’m talking about finding things to do. I’m talking about exploring and creating your own adventures.

Creating Adventure, Finding Depth

When I first moved to Rochester, NY, I was a little disappointed in what I thought the city had to offer. It had an empty feeling, seemed a little depressed, and a bit boring. I long for depth wherever I go. By depth, I mean the ability to get lost in a roots of a place: on a mountain, within the trees; in a city, under the streets and above the streetlights. Rochester is rich in history, so I knew that there was adventure to be had. I began searching for the depth in Rochester.

I began with popular spots: High Falls, Lower Falls, the abandoned subway. I talked to people at these spots; natives of Rochester who had passion for adventure as well. They told me of other places to explore; lesser-known spots that made for great microadventures.

I found out about (and explored) the 30-mile-long network of rock tunnels that bend and bellow deep below the city’s infrastructure. I’ve walked the old railroad bridge that stretches high across the Genesee River, just North of Smith Street. If you walk it at night, you’ll enjoy the beautiful view of Rochester’s glowing skyline.

If you think there’s nothing to do where you live, chances are you’re not looking hard enough.

Since I moved here four years ago, I haven’t been bored. My desire for adventure won’t allow me. My main point is this: Where you live isn’t the problem, it’s how you live that hinders us.

Daniel LoBosco