Start your morning right

Everyone knows the importance of breakfast: it reduces obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. But if you’re anything like me, then you’re more concerned about making your stomach happy than whether it’s being fed the right serving size.

Sometimes you wake up, put on that pot of dark-roast coffee or green tea, and know exactly how to satisfy your taste buds. Odds are, though, that only happens once or twice per week.

I’m always craving something new to shake up my routine, and when I do, I check out the sites curated below. My search ranges from professional Bobby Flay to Instagram foodies.

Food Network: Brunch @ Bobby’s

For food porn or an extravagant Sunday-morning brunch recipe, grill master Bobby Flay is the man for you. His website is a collection of different brunch concoctions from Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy to Biscuit French Toast with Cinnamon-Orange Cane Syrup. His slideshow of 53 different recipes will have you drooling and running to the nearest grocery store.

Source: Food Network, Bobby Flay’s Biscuit French Toast with Cinnamon-Orange Cane Syrup

Food.com: breakfast tab

You might want to sit down for this . . . imagine if all of Pinterest was solely dedicated to posts about brunch. That’s breakfast.food.com for you. This site is the curator of all curators. Click “find a recipe” and search for any ingredient you have or crave. Based on popularity and the star-rating system, the site will give you a filtered list of only the breakfast food with the word(s) you searched. After clicking on a recipe, you can either save it in your recipe box or save the ingredients in a grocery list for your next trip to Kroger. Be careful, though, without restraint you’ll be scrolling for hours!

Source: Breakfast.food.com, The Best Ever Waffles

Buzzfeed: breakfast news

Not only does Buzzfeed tell you how to make a recipe, it shows you, too. By going to Buzzfeed’s news section, you’re able to scroll through every post it ever made about breakfast. You can learn how to make a one-pan sweet potato breakfast hash or what waffle topping goes with your astrological sign.

Tastemade: Breakfast

Tastemade is the Buzzfeed of the foodie community. The site has over 300 breakfast recipes ready for the making and videos to show you just how it’s done. Tastemade is very active on Facebook, gathering over 330,000 views per video. It also has an app so you can easily glance at your screen while you cook, just try not to unlock your screen with your sticky Cinnamon bun-covered fingers.

Source: Tastemade, Cinnamon Bun Doughnuts

Breakfast Criminals

Ksenia, who runs the Breakfast Criminals Instagram account, will inspire you to eat healthy, think positively and travel with her unique recipes. She specializes in the millennial-favorite smoothie bowl and anything superfood. Ksenia can also be found all over social media. If videos and blog posts aren’t enough for you, check out her new health-conscious e-book, “Breakfast Criminals: The Life-Changing Power of Superfood Breakfasts.”

After waking up and losing interest in my repetitive breakfast habits, I started to look at different recipes online. “Start your morning right” is a newsletter meant to break the traditional breakfast routine. Whether you want to venture into the professional world of Bobby Flay or the social media world of Instagram foodies is at your discretion. The only thing that matters is whether your stomach is full and satisfied.

11 Posts That Speak The Truth About Dorm Life

  1. No matter if it’s 6 a.m. or 9 p.m., these are always true. Countless times I found myself avoiding people crying on the phone around Thanksgiving (often referred to as Breaksgiving due to the high number of break ups) at all hours.

2. I can’t deny writing a few pass-aggressive notes in my time. The best example of this that I witnessed (I swear I wasn’t involved) was in the bathrooms of James Hall my freshman year. Our bathrooms were communal, and one girl left a note on the shower for everyone to see about having sex in the shower. Also, my friend used to sneeze in Adams Hall and her neighbors would yell back “Bless you!”

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3. Trust me, you will pile in a car as soon as you find someone with keys. We used to hike it to the Athens County Fairgrounds, almost a mile away, just to drive out to the movie theater. One of my favorite college memories was going to the Hunger Games premiere in my friend’s SUV. I’m pretty sure we fit 10 people in the car!

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4. Your room will probably smell, and you’ll look for ways to fix it. A classic dorm fix is the “dryer sheet-on-the-AC-unit,” releasing a constant smell of ‘Clean Linen.’ Not to worry, those without AC units. Febreze might mask whatever odors are in your room.

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5. My desk became a storage area whether it was for my winter coat, packets of Ramen or $300 textbooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Athens is the home of late night foods. No matter the condition you eat them in, probably half of the food joints uptown are open for late night hours. A break from the dining halls is much needed, so don’t regret that 2 a.m. charge on your debit card.

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7. Free. Stuff. If I had to sum up my time in the dorm, it would be that they’ll bribe you to do pretty much anything with food. Study with food, taking a bystander course with food or even learn about safe sex with food.

8. Ah, the college Jenga. A classic route to avoid taking out the recycling or trash, especially when you live on the fourth floor. If you join hall council in the building you live in, you may even get to take other people’s trash out to raise money!

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9. In Sargent Hall, I was blessed with the ability to live in the same hall as the wrestlers. I was NOT blessed to have the ability to smell the wrestlers. The first floor was a mouth-breathing only zone.

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10. This sarcastic tweet speaks the truth for real. I always thought I was going to be able to live in Bromley Hall my sophomore year. Little did I know, the second day of room selection wasn’t even good enough to get a renovated dorm.

 

11. “Easy as 1, 2, 3” yet there are seven steps in this graphic. When you run into problems, it can be tough to get them resolved. Once, I had a bat family living in my air conditioning unit. I had to submit a maintenance request three times before the “bat man” came to fix the hole in my air conditioning unit that the bats had crawled through.

 

Review: Bobcats’ favorite holiday movies

While some of us may have begun celebrating Christmas a month ago, for those of you who are adamant about not listening to a single verse of “Jingle Bells” until Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday season is now officially upon us. And what would the Christmas season be like without all those classic holiday movies, both new and old? I asked a couple Bobcats to name their favorite seasonal flicks, so if you choose to celebrate Christmas, make sure to schedule time in your winter break to watch these films – odds are they’ll all be on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas at some point!

1) Elf (2003) 
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Elf is my favorite Christmas movie because there is so much physical comedy and every time I watch it, I notice something new.” – Lucas Hackenburg, Senior

It’s hard to believe this instant classic is twelve years old this year. Will Ferrell stars as the lovable Buddy the Elf who, after being raised by elves in the North Pole, makes the trek to New York City to find his real dad, whom he is shocked to find on Santa’s Naughty List. With such iconic scenes as Buddy pressing all the elevator buttons because it “looks like a Christmas tree” and classic lines such as “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and shoved eleven cookies into the VCR,” this movie is just as endearing and funny with every viewing as it was the first time you saw it.

2) The Polar Express (2004)

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The Polar Express is my favorite movie because it’s a fun and heartfelt Christmas movie. When I watch it I feel like a little kid again, with the anticipation building up for Christmas Day. The idea of the bell and how only those who believe in Santa can hear it is an idea that really warms my heart. And on that topic, when my oldest nephew was about two or so he went on a Polar Express train ride. At the end, he got a bell from Santa just like the ones in the movie and for Christmas that year he gave to me as a gift. It was probably the most heartfelt gift I’ve ever received. The bell and the overall movie is just a really good reminder to myself about what Christmas is all about. It’s not about the presents or the cookies – it’s about believing in something bigger than oneself. It’s about the magic of the season bringing people together and it’s about being happy. The Polar Express reminds me of this magic every time I watch it. Also, I just really love the “Hot Chocolate” song on the train ride in the movie.” – Maureen Mierke, Junior

Maureen basically said it all. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg and starring Tom Hanks in various roles, this movie stunned audiences with its beautiful and realistic animation and the childlike wonder it inspires. If you don’t tear up when “Hero Girl” and “Lonely Boy” (they’re never given actual names) sing “When Christmas Comes to Town,” your heart just may be two sizes too small. And yes, I know that’s not from The Polar Express. You get my point.

3) A Christmas Story (1983)

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“It’s my favorite because every single year my family and I watch the 24-hour showing of it on TBS.” – Cheyenne Buckingham, Junior

As Cheyenne said, this movie is so dearly loved by audiences old and young that it has its own 24-hour marathon every year. Nearly everyone is familiar with the leg lamp and the image of Ralphie’s poor little brother Randy lying in the snow, unable to get up due to the numerous layers of winter clothing forced onto him by his mother. The movie was largely filmed in Cleveland and the Christmas Story house is now open to visitors as a museum.

4) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Now for a couple of my personal favorite Christmas movies. Before you groan and dismiss this choice because it features the Muppets, I’m going to need you to stop and give this film a chance. This adaptation of Dickens’s famous tale is so popular that Buzzfeed proclaimed it “the best Carol of them all,” and for good reason. Michael Caine and Kermit the Frog are a perfect Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit, respectively. You will laugh out loud at the narration provided by Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat, and you will be appropriately scared out of your wits by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (it looks very much like a Dementor from the Harry Potter universe). Your heart is guaranteed to grow three sizes – again, I’m aware that that’s a reference to a different story – and you will be humming all the catchy tunes for days afterward.

5) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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No holiday movie list would be complete without this timeless tale from director Frank Capra. The style of this movie has been copied time and time again by numerous television shows and other films, but nothing compares to the original. Although the greater part of the film doesn’t actually take place at Christmastime, the holiday season seems to be the perfect time for viewing this flick with your loved ones and a cup of hot chocolate. You’ll empathize with poor George Bailey (portrayed excellently by the inimitable Jimmy Stewart) as he grows from an ambitious child with big dreams to an adult exhausted by the reality of life who can never seem to catch a break. You will shed a happy tear when George sees how many lives he’s touched and how different the world would have been without him, and you will smile when you hear Zuzu’s oft-repeated line, “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings!” This story will continue to resonate for generations to come because so many people can relate to George’s plight and because it ends on a joyful note. As Clarence Odbody says, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

What is a basic?

Let’s take time to discuss what it means to be #basic.

There is a lot of basic hate, but is that because no one really understands the term? Even those who come to the defense of basic girls can’t accurately define the phrase. I have found only one video that came close to describing the phenomenon: “In a way everyone can be basic but not everyone can be basic.”

There is nothing wrong with affixing the term basic to your description of a person. So often people are quick to assume basics are materialistic trend followers when in reality there are so many different kinds of basics who choose to be that way. As a self-described basic girl, I like to keep the words from Buzzfeed video editor Keith Habersberger in mind whenever I hear basic hate: “After all, when you call someone basic you are judging a book by its cover. You are judging a person’s character by the material items they possess and really that superficial judgmental behavior is so basic.”