<![CDATA[M.E.A. - Blog]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:51:50 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Things to Know/Ask Before you move into an apartment]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:00:11 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/things-to-knowask-before-you-move-into-an-apartmentHey ladies and gentlemen (if any guys read this)

Moving out of your parent’s house is something many people look forward too (why do we look forward to cleaning, cooking, and paying bills?) I once did myself. Don’t worry mom I still love you a lot, and of course I do miss you and homecooked meals. So when the time comes and you think you are ready to finally move out into your own apartment there are some things you have to know or ask if you do not know BEFORE you commit to an apartment, because finding out after would kind of suck.

  1. Where is it located?
  2. Is it a reasonable distance from your school or work?
  3. Is is located in the worst and most dangerous parts of town? (do some research do not just trust what your potential landlord says!)
  4. Is it close to stores and other humans?
  5. How much is the rent?
  6. What has to be paid in order to move in? For example just first month's rent? Or first and last month's rent? Or maybe also a security deposit? Or an application fee? (Security deposit is an amount you pay, usually as much as one month's rent, that you should get back when you move out, IF you leave the apartment in the same condition as when it was rented to you. For example if you leave the place a huge mess and damaged three doors you probably will not get it back. Application fees you do not get back!
  7. Who is responsible for the utilities? Are they included or are you paying for them yourself?  Think: Heat, electricity, (hot) water, garbage, cable, wifi, etc…
  8. If utilities are included how are they limited? Example: If heat is included do you have the ability to control your thermostat? If not, how warm/cold do they set the temperature?)
  9. If you are responsible for utilities are your choice of companies limited?
  10. Are there appliances in the apartment? Stove? Refrigerator? microwave? ect..
  11. Is maintenance available 24/7?
  12. Do they require a credit check?
  13. Do they require a background check?
  14. Do they require a lease?
  15. If so, for how long is the lease? (Is it for 6 months, a year, longer??)
  16. Do they rent to students?
  17. Do students need an adult co-signer?
  18. Is there an application that has to be approved?
  19. Do you have to provide a proof of income?
  20. Do you have to provide references?
  21. Who is responsible for lawn care?
  22. Who is responsible for snow removal?
  23. Is there a parking space? Preferably not on the street.
  24. Are parking spaces assigned or just park wherever you like?
  25. Do you have to coordinate parking patterns with your neighbors?
  26. Are parking spaces available for potential overnight guests?
  27. Where will you receive mail? Do they have a mailbox or do you need to get a P.O. box?
  28. Are pets allowed?
  29. If so, what kind and how many?
  30. Is there an extra fee for pets? (is this a one-time fee or monthly fee?)
  31. Who else lives in the building?
  32. Do they have pets? (dogs and kids can be VERY noise, yet so can other students)
  33. Most importantly: Can you afford it??
I hope these will help you guys pick an apartment that is perfect for you. Also two quick helpful rules: Take pictures of any damage that was there before you moved in (get pictures of the whole place just to be safe), and always ask for a receipt if you give your landlord any money.

Enjoy living on your own!

<![CDATA[Guide to Color Coding Your Notes]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:42:16 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/guide-to-color-coding-your-notesHello eager students,

I think most of us have attempted to color code out notes in one way or another, but the problem is how can we use colors so our notes are not only pretty, but also useful? I am quite a fan of color coding my notes and I am here to share my secrets with you!

There are several ways to color code notes, but my favorite way is to assign each color a “job” and it will not do anything else than what is is assigned to. Here are the steps to some awesome color coded notes.

Step 1: STOP HIGHLIGHTING! Say Whaaaaaat? I like highlighting when I have been given a handout and I want to note to myself things that are important. However just lighting things in your notes will not do much good, because if you want everything to be organized you would end up with almost all of your notes highlighted and then it doesn’t stand out anymore.

Step 2: Gather color pens. Make sure they are the same type of pens. It looks a little awkward if two of your colors are ballpoint pens, while the rest are pens with a thicker tip, however if your blue/black pen is not the same texture as the color ones, it is not a big problem, just keep all the color ones the same. Trust me, it makes a difference! You will need about 6 different color pens (more or less depending on what subject and what exactly you need to take notes on).

Step 3: Assign each pen to a specific “job”. This should be consistent every time you take notes. Even keep it consistent for different classes. For example if green is assigned to keywords, then do that for every class. That way whenever you look at any of your notes you will know how to easily find the key words.

Here is how I assign my pens:
Topic/Heading/Title → Orange
Keywords → Green
Definitions of key words → Pink
General information/explanation → regular blue or black pen
Examples → Purple
People → Light blue
Dates/Years/Era of time → Red

Step 4: Make a cheat sheet. Yupp, to help you get used to remember what color should do what, take an index card, pos-it, or scrap piece of paper and write down what each color stands for. This will help you stay on track and not mess up your new notes.

Step 5: Start writing. Start taking notes and make sure to use your cheat sheet!

Step 6: Use the pens for more than color coding. For example words that I needed a definition for, but were not key words, I would just underline. To make certain words stand out, or a phrase that is important you can go over it a few times with the same color to bold it.

Also highlighters can be helpful, I know I just told you to stop highlighting, but this does not mean that highlighters should not be used at all while taking notes. It just is very easy to get lost when highlighting. I usually use mine when making charts or graphs. Also if there are things that I want to stand out a little, but they do not occur often enough to earn their own color pen, I usually underline them using a highlighter.

For Example: In my criminal justice classes, court cases pop up every once in a while. I underlined those with yellow highlighter, if I needed to find a court cases it was not very difficult, but since they were part of the general information, they did not get their own color. When using highlighters to underline they were also assigned a “job” just as the pens were. 

How mine are assigned:
Yellow underline: Court cases
Blue underline: Acts
Pink underline: Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Step 7: See what you’re missing. In most cases you will not know what exactly you will run into before you start taking the notes. So start writing and see what you are missing, and fix it.

Step 8: Use more than just the pens. Successful note taking does not just mean you have color coded it. There is more. For example do you skip a light between topics? What about sub topics? Do they get the same color as the topics? Maybe they get indented a little, to symbolize that they are subtopics.

Usually I skip lines between topics, and only indent for sub topics. They do all keep the same color heading. How your text book or source of information is organized will greatly impact how you can organize your notes with spacing. This takes trial and error, but after a few chapters it should start to work itself out.

Step 9: Do not go overboard. Just as in highlighting, you can go overboard with the colored pens. Do not make information stand out, if is is not important enough. For example, do not write every single date or year in red just because it is a date or year. Only put it in red if it is significant. If it is not, it will fall under the category of general information.

Step 10: Have fun and learn! Yes, it is possible to do both of those at the same time.

Have fun studying!
<![CDATA[Hello Sophomore Year]]>Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:01 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/hello-sophomore-yearHello loves,

Today marks the start of my sophomore year of college. Do you know what that means?!? After today I am over halfway done with my associate’s degree, and I can start counting down the days until graduation! Although this is cause for celebration, I will still have to continue with college after graduation (but that is cause for even more celebration right?).

In the spirit of this exciting day, yes I am very excited to attend over 2 hours of mathematics in one day (please remind me months from now that I once was excited for this class), I will give you guys some last minute tips. They are not tips like I have done in the past, these are just sort of guidelines on how I have managed to survived college so far.

First you need go to online and find your schedule. Done? Good! Now look at it and get yourself a piece of paper, a pen (or pencil if you prefer), a ruler, and some highlighters (yes, they are important!) Now make a schedule, and assign a color for each class and color code your new schedule. Keep this in your agenda/folder/notebook wherever you will see it the most. The more you see it, the sooner you will memorize this.

I prefer making my own schedule over printing them out because I am too poor to afford printer ink, but also because the ones found online usually have much more info than needed on a daily basis, this keeps you schedule clean, simple, and actually useful (and pretty).

Now once you have done that grab your phone. Open up some kind of note taking app, or anything else that you can write in and that will be easy to access (you can even text yourself). Log the names of your classes, what room number (and building) they are in, and what time you are expected to be there. Save this and please, do not lose it. Now you can check to see when and where your classes are without pulling out your schedule and having everyone know that you have no idea what you’re doing.

If you are nervous and afraid that you will be able to find a classroom, go take a tour BEFORE you have class. You can walk around campus at a relaxed pace and find out everything your college has to offer. Learn the names of the buildings and how they are organized, this will make your life so much easier. While doing this keep track of the rooms or lecture halls you will have class in, if you find them while you take a relaxed tour, they will be easier to get to than finding them when you’re running to class, trying not to be late.

Lastly pay attention to clubs. They can be a lot of fun, and a great way to get to know others students and your professors. Do not be shy, and the clubs do not have to be related to your major. So find clubs that sound interesting and go to their meeting to see what they are all about. If you do not know how to find clubs, no problem! Professors will usually mention if they are club advisors, ask other students if they are in any clubs and if they enjoy those clubs, lastly check the bulletin boards. Not only do clubs hang up flyers about their events and activities, there is often also a bulletin board dedicated to list out all the clubs and a brief description (finding this bulletin board could be a bit of a challenge).

That is all I have for today. To anyone starting college today: Good luck! I hope you will enjoy this exciting experience.

<![CDATA[Why You Need Veggie Skillets In Your Life]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:40:02 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/why-you-need-veggie-skillets-in-your-life1Hello vegetarians and non-vegetarians!

When I first became a vegetarian I did not research many recipes because I figured being the amazing cook that I am (I despise cooking) I could just come up with my own. This was a mistake. This was wrong! Why? You ask. because I was hungry ALL THE TIME! Until I started eating a lot of veggies at every meal.

I started making skillets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I do not like to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen and like spending money on food even less. These skillets, however, are super simple, relatively inexpensive, delicious, and you can keep switching it up!

Skillets are ready in minutes and do not require a lot of preparations. Usually I would take all the vegetables in my refrigerator, cut them up, and fry them in one pan with a little oil or butter. Then eat!

I have tried many different combinations, and some were definitely better than others. Here are some of the favorites:

-Broccoli, yellow/orange bell pepper, carrots, tomato.
-Zucchini, onion, red bell pepper.
-Potato, leeks, tomato

The possibilities are endless. Do not be afraid to try new and even odd combinations because they can turn out to be delicious. Also do not forget the herbs and spices, they definitely help improve any dish!

How can you make a good meal even greater? Well you can do a lot with these skillets. You can add eggs, which will add extra proteins. Secondly you do not have to eat it as a skillet! Throw all of this into a wrap, and heat the wrap up for a few minutes in the same pan and BAM! you’ve got a delicious, healthy, vegetarian wrap. Also you can put all of this on bread and have a delicious veggie sandwich. I can go on and on about how great I believe these skillets are, but I think you guys get the point.

‘Till soon!

<![CDATA[We're Still Here!]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:25:58 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/were-still-hereHello my loves,

First of all SORRY! We know that we have been absent and trust us, we feel pretty crappy about it. Between moving, traveling, and laptop repairs all three of us have been way too busy. But we will all do our bests and start posting again!

Also for those you of leaving for college this week, good luck! We know you can do it! And it is okay to be scared.

<![CDATA[How To Avoid The Freshman 15]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:35:26 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/august-19th-2015Hey guys!

You have all heard of the freshman 15. For those of you living under a rock, the freshman 15 refers to the weight that freshmen in college often gain (sometimes it’s way more than 15 pounds too).

Today we are doing things a little different. All three of us have had a different experience our freshman year. Both M and E were dorm students. While M went to school in Syracuse, NY, she had the occasional access to grocery stores. E was in New York City and had no access to grocery stores (taking grocery bags on the bus seems anything but fun). Lastly, A spent her first year living at home with her parents while commuting to school. All three of us will share a little about our personal experience and the Do’s and Don’ts that we have learned.

If you are a commuter, you are at a slight advantage to avoid the freshman 15! (especially if you still live with your parents.) In my freshman year of college, I lost 30 pounds instead of gaining 15 (but no complaints here!). However, this was not because of my transition to the college life, but mostly because of becoming a vegetarian and changing my eating habits all together. 

Do: Eat breakfast before you leave the house
Don’t: buy your breakfast (on or off campus)

This is for both breakfast and beverages such as coffee! I know there are many people that will say “I don’t eat in the morning,” well you should. Not only is it unhealthy it’s also smarter. You will be alert, awake, and ready to soak up information. Also, you will not be tempted to buy  breakfast somewhere on your way to class. I suggest that all you coffee & tea drinker to buy a thermos to avoid having to spend money on coffee everyday. It is a cheaper option that will make your wallet happy in the long run - especially if your parents buy the coffee.

Do: Bring your lunch.
Don’t: Buy bad tasting sandwiches on campus.

What is this high school? My thoughts exactly during my first week, in which I learned three things:
1. Campus food sucks & it is pretty unhealthy
2. There are many students who are smart enough to bring their lunch, I was not alone.
3. Food is expensive. I spent $30 in the first week just on lunch!
Save your money and your taste buds and bring your own food.

Do: Bring snack and drinks.
Don’t: Use vending machines.

Vending machines are horrible. They have a bad variety of unhealthy foods, they steal your money, and half the time they do not work. Also if I am paying thousands in tuition why do I have to pay $1.75 for a granola bar!?!? Bring snacks because yes, you will be hungry. Also bring reusable bottles with something like water.Do not be tempted into buying unhealthy stuff from vending machines. Bringing your own healthy snacks/drinks will stop you from buying unhealthy ones.

Do: Have dinner parties.
Don’t: Go out to dinner every week.

I get it, you want to go out to dinner with the boyfriend/girlfriend or have a night out with the girls/guys, that’s cool. However when this becomes a weekly habit it can get expensive, plus often the food we order isn’t that good for us. You're not in a dorm and therefore have the luxury of having a full kitchen and a stove! So impress your date by cooking his/her favorite meal (no, mac & cheese or Ramen noodles do NOT count!) and have a good time throwing a dinner party with your friends. Even have a few of them help you cook. It will be unexpectedly fun and cheap (if everyone pitches in a bit for the food). By cooking the food yourself you can make sure it isn’t fried or extremely unhealthy.

Do: Eat before you go grocery shopping.
Don’t: Buy junk food.

If you eat before you buy your food you are less likely to buy junk food (because at the moment you’re not hungry). If there is no junk food in the house, you cannot eat it all, genius right? Buy healthy snacks and also lots of fruit and veggies.

So my general advice is to eat food at home or make it at home to take it with you. When you prepare your own food, you decide what is in it and you can make it healthy. When you’re surrounded by the delicious smell of McDonald’s fries I fear most won’t make the healthy decisions (I usually don’t).


Hey Y’all

Living on campus is probably one of the better college experiences. Besides having to share cramped quarters with your hoped to be BFF for life, dorm living is freeing and exciting. Until you realize you have to buy yourself food for your dorm.

Most students living on campus have to have meal plans, it’s a bill you can’t avoid. My school claimed to have so many gluten-free options so I ordered the 16 meals a week/Gold plan for like $3,000 a semester. Yah, food costs a lot. Let me tell you.

While there was always the option of salad, that wasn’t something I was willing to eat for every single meal. My school did have a variety of options, but working in the Caf as a work study, I learned the behind the scenes of what goes on in a college dining hall. Here are some tips on to eat healthy in the caf, as well as stocking up on food for your room.

Do: Read the ingredients list if you have an allergy, and always ask the chefs if you are unsure
Don’t: Assume it is naturally ok for you because why would grilled chicken contain wheat?

I learned a little too late that most food in our caf is cross contaminated. Due to the fact I shouldn’t eat dairy but do, I thought my stomach aches and digestion problems were because of the dairy. So I stopped eating it and kept getting sick. I didn’t realize that half the food was cross contaminated.

For those that don’t know, cross contamination is pretty much when you’re making wheat pasta and gluten free pasta and you use the same spoon to stir both. Most people would say that’s crazy and no way you can get sick from that. Well, you can. My stomach tells me so.

So, always always always ask about what is in the food if you ever feel uncomfortable or it makes you sick. The chefs are there for YOU. It’s their job, so ask them whatever you need. If they don’t know, they will find someone who does.

Do: Eat until you’re full
Don’t: Don't fill up on curly fries with the nacho cheese sauce whenever it is available (or the equivalent to this gooey artery clogger)

Let me tell you something. Cheese fries are my absolute favorite thing in the world. Ask anyone who knows me. When the caf had the curly fries and cheese sauce, I basically cried tears of joy and grabbed a big bowl of that as my dinner. Wrong move. I probably ate like 5 pounds of cheese fries freshman year alone. #ewww

It wasn’t until Spring Semester that I had to go get a box of the cheese sauce from the back kitchen and while walking back to my station, I read the ingredients. My reaction? Uhhmmmmm why is there wheat in cheese sauce?

My curiosity got the better of me. I read the fry box after that. Contains monosodium glutamate and wheat. MSG and Wheat? A celiac’s nightmare and I was eating it. That explained so much to me. Not only were they not gluten free, but they contained so much sugar, sodium, and so many calories/carbs that I wanted to throw up month's worth of eating them.

Do: Go to the store and buy things like unsalted/unbuttered popcorn, fruit/veggies, healthy granola bars, etc.
Don’t: Buy candy, frozen dinners, chips, cookies, soda, etc.

Right down the highway from my campus was a Wegmans. (It’s basically a larger, better, more expensive version of Wal-Mart.) When I was feeling fancy and rich, I went to Wegmans, if I was feeling like a broke ass college kid? Wal-Mart here I come. (Disclaimer - I had my car on campus as a freshman for just under $400 for the whole year.)

When you go shopping, you NEED to make a list of things to buy. Sometimes you will add extra to your list. What you should do is take only the amount of money you intend to spend. Research ahead of time, bring enough to cover that with tax, get in and get out. You don’t have time to wander the grocery store and figure out what you want.

On your list, you should make sure you have things that you can’t take from your dining hall. My school had a limited amount of fruits and veggies, so I would expand outside of what they had so I could give myself options. I also used most of these for smoothies (I have a NutriBullet).

My boyfriend always bought Cliff bars to keep on hand for a snack in class. I always took his because why not, but try and do something like that. Or buy unsalted nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate. Put a half serving of nuts, and a quarter serving of dried fruit and chocolate into baggies as a healthy trail mix as your snack.

Do: Go to breakfast
Don’t: Skip out

At my school you can only hit up the caf once per meal session, so if you’re hungry for an early lunch, and you go at 11, you can’t go back until dinner opens at 5. That may seem like not much but when you don’t have enough dorm food and want a sandwich from your fave deli guy by your last class at 3pm, you’re out of luck.

My recommendation, go to breakfast. Yah, it’s early, but if you have a morning class, you have to get up anyway. My school has a station where eggs are made to your order every day. The egg guy Earl is probably my favorite person on that campus. He would remember my order of 3 eggs with mozzarella, spinach and onions. He was Bae.

You could also get premade scrambled eggs (I did if Earl’s line was too long), some form of meat like sausage or bacon, some potatoes cooked like homefries, usually french toast, and donuts. I always opted for Earl’s eggs, the potatoes and sometimes the meat. Breakfast always held me over until usually 1pm or sometimes 2, and then I didn’t have to go to dinner early, and wasn’t hungry by 11pm and ordering pizza. In the end, breakfast saves you so many calories.

Do: Have a good time
Don’t: Have too much fun where it all goes to your thighs

You’re going to party. Some of you are going to drink. Despite it being illegal, it’s all around you on campus. I remember walking past a room on the guys floor above me and the whole room was covered in Bud Light cans. Like towers stacked on the desk, floor, everywhere. It was honestly sort of sad and very gross. The room reeked of BO and beer.

Although I am not condoning underage drinking, if you are going to do it, you need to be smart and healthy about it. If your school has a zero tolerance policy, my recommendation is don’t drink. Your education is way more important than getting drunk and hooking up with that cute person.

One thing you need to know about alcohol - some of it has soooooo many calories it’s like why drink it. Most alcohol is 7 calories per gram of alcohol alone. So basically, if you’re doing mixed drinks, and use the standard of 1.5 oz as a serving, that is 96 calories in just that little shot glass before the mixer is added.

But, we all know more than 1.5 oz are being consumed at parties. Say you have 6 total shots at a party one night (just the distilled spirit alone, no mixer), go to another party the next night and drink another 5 shots? You are looking at over 1,000 calories in two days, before the sodas, and juices are added. I eat 1,500 calories a day.

Like I said, I am not condoning underage drinking. If you do drink, think your consequences through. If you want to know the calories per drink? You can go here and check it out yourself. Just be safe, careful and healthy

Kisses, M

Hey people!

So like it was said before, I had slightly different experiences than the lovely ladies before me. When I started school, I figured I wouldn’t need a car. I mean, I lived in the middle of Queens! There’s plenty of public transportation to get me around wherever I need.

Which was true, for the most part. But the one thing I really missed was grocery shopping! I couldn’t just go to the store and get a pack of water (because tap water in NYC would probably give me superpowers) or get fruits and veggies when I needed them. I was too lazy to take a twenty minute bus ride to get food, I had unlimited food on campus so why would I buy more, and I had no room in my dorm for food.

So here are some tips for people who HAVE to eat on campus:

Do: Eat breakfast
Don’t: Skip

Ok so this was said before but please eat breakfast! I had never eaten breakfast before I went to college because it would always make my stomach upset, but it’s a necessity. If you don’t, then after a 90 minute morning class (or the dreaded 3 hour lecture) you’re hungry, cranky, and you’re not gonna learn a whole lot.

Also, make sure your breakfast is full of protein! A lot of breakfast foods are full of starch (bagels, toast, even potatoes) that can make you feel tired and sluggish. Foods like eggs, veggies, and fruit give you lots of energy without weighing you down! Cereal can do the same, but I try and stay away from that because of the sugar content.

Do: Bring food back to your room
Don’t: Get hungry at midnight and order takeout

This was a huge problem for me my first year. Everyday I would eat dinner at around 6, but I would stay up until 2 a.m. That’s 8 hours before I went to sleep, which is plenty of time to work up an appetite.

Luckily, most delivery places close at around 10 p.m. so I didn’t have to worry about that, but there was a diner on campus that stayed open till 3 a.m. Which is great if you’re drinking and don’t want to be hungover in the morning (not condoning underage drinking, just saying it happens), but not so great otherwise. And let me tell you, this diner has the best chicken tenders and fries in existence.

But they’re also full of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar, all things that are so unhealthy (and delicious). My tip is to bring tupperware to school and stock up on healthy food at the cafeteria so you can get some good midnight snacks! You can still go and get that yummy, crave-quenching food periodically, but it shouldn’t be a nightly routine.

Do: Make your own coffee or get it in the cafeteria
Don’t: Buy it

Ok so I’m an advocate of a coffee-free life because I don’t think caffeine (and all the cream and sugar) is healthy on a daily basis…. But I also drink coffee almost every day so I understand the struggle. Unfortunately, my campus has a Dunkin Donuts AND a Starbucks so I basically funded their entire operation for a semester.

I would like to mention that I also had a perfectly good Keurig in my room, I just ignored it.

So every day for about a month I went to Starbucks and got a medium iced mocha latte and a tomato and mozzarella panini, which is still my favorite thing to eat and drink. The thing about Starbs, though, is that it is so pretentious and costly that I was spending $11 a day. Five days a week. For a month. That’s over $220 in a month.

And it was a glorious month, but that’s just disgusting. Since this is a post about the Freshman 15, I should also mention that it was probably 700 calories just for the coffee and sandwich, and they weren’t even filling!

I tried to switch to Dunkin because I thought it would be cheaper and have less calories, but I got addicted to their chicken salad sandwich which contains probably a day’s worth of fat and is super processed.

So if you’re going to drink coffee, make it in your room! Or even go to the cafeteria because they have it too!

And that’s all I got for you!

Basically, the point is to eat relatively healthy and moderate yourself, which is how you stay healthy in any situation! College can just be stressful and new, and after a tough exam brownie fudge ice cream starts looking real good….
<![CDATA[Gluten Free Chocolate No Bakes]]>Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:06:14 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/gluten-free-chocolate-no-bakesCiao Miei Amori!

Chocolate is the bane of my existence. It is so good but so unhealthy; but in moderate amounts, it is ok. Chocolate No Bake Cookies are amazing, easy, and a better friend than a quarter gallon of ice cream. Trust me.

What you need to make these kick ass cookies are:

2 cups sugar
½ cup almond milk
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups oats
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

First, you need to turn on some jams. Just go crank that ish up, get hype, and grab yourself a saucepan.

Then, you take that saucepan and put it over medium heat. I would say high but we can’t have that fire hotter than you. You take the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa and throw it sexily into the saucepan, and leave it there till it boils and you stir it while dancing to your jams.

After it boils for a minute, you turn that heat off, and shimmy in the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt.

You keep stirring that until it’s all mixed.

You’re now going to need wax paper, and a cookie sheet. Line that sheet, and you’re done with that.

Then, you dollop your delicious goop onto the cookie sheet until there is none left in the pan (don’t eat the hot goop. It burns).

Once it’s all dolloped, you put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 45 minutes before you can put them in an airtight container and in the fridge.

Depending on how large you make your cookies (I usually make mine about two tablespoons), you can eat 2 to 3 per serving. You can only keep these bad boys three to four days before they go bad.

I hope you enjoy, my loves.

Kisses, M
<![CDATA[Dorm Room Essentials]]>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 03:13:24 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/dorm-room-essentialsHello Babes,

Your dorm will become your home for the next 8 months. You will live, love, party, cry, gossip, eat, and do almost everything in that extremely small space. So, you need to make this space cozy and livable! Here are some must haves for your new home.

1. A fridge!! Although there is a caf on most campuses, they aren't open all the time. So, what if you're pulling an all nighter and you want some cereal because it's 2 am? With a fridge you can store milk, ice cream, leftovers, basically anything you need. Most schools have requirements on fridge sizes so check that out before you buy. Also, coupons and sales. There are a ton for back to school sales.

2. Calendar/Whiteboards. Not only are plain whiteboards great for doors and your friends to leave you cute notes, but the ones with calendars on it are great for organization and planning out your month. There are so many different kinds of whiteboards you can buy, and I'm obsessed with them. They are some of the best tools to have in school for organization.

3. ETHERNET CABLE AND ADAPTER!!!! This will be your life, your soul, your everything. WiFi on most campuses are mad slow. What you need to do is get one and use it. It will save you hours or pain and torture and hatred for all technology. This connects you directly to the internet, which will speed things up.

4. A rug!! It doesn't seem as important as some things but trust me. When you wake up and put your feet on cold tile, you will wish for a rug. Of course many schools have rug parameters , so follow those. But rugs are cute, cozy, warm and make sitting on the cold hard floor easier.

These are a small amount of things you should bring to school with you. I will have a list of more things soon!!!

Kisses, M
<![CDATA[My College Tips]]>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:22:27 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/my-college-tipsHELLO EVERYONE, IT IS AUGUST!! Do you girls (and guys!) know what that means?? COLLEGE IS HERE! For most college students, except a few start on September, August means college is starting. This month will be full of good byes to your friends, family, and probably to healthy home-cooked meals. But do not be sad because you will say hello so homework, lectures, and countless hours of studying! (am I the only one that looks forward to these parts of college??) Here are some more college tips coming your way because I can never get enough of these!

Tip # 1 Get organized
People organize in different ways, one way that does not work is stuffing everything in one notebook and losing all your notes and assignments. Set up an organizational system and if it works that’s great, if it does not set up a different system.

What works well for me is one multi pocket folder (mine has 8 pockets) and an expandable notebook (mix between notebook and binder). I’ve had the multi pocket folder since high school (staples $7.99) and each class has its own pocket, some important classes, or those requiring a lot of effort have two. Secondly my expandable notebook (target $14.95) was a little pricey but you don’t have to buy notebooks ever again, just more paper, mine is a year old and still looks great! I have dividers and tabs to keep my classes separated. I love this  because I always have my notes from every class with me!

Tip # 2 Read the syllabus
That grumpy and mean professor most likely gave you a paper the first day of class that you have thrown out or is somewhere in the back of your notebook. Dig it up and read it! Not only does it let you know how the professor runs his/her class it often tells you about about all the assignments, quizzes, and test. Put these in your agenda and you will not be the “there is a test today!?!?” kid. Also half the students (and the professor) will hate you for asking questions that are answered on the syllabus.

If you want to take the extra step, highlight the important parts of the syllabus (such as grading system) and keep it with your notes.

Tip # 3 Get an agenda
Agendas are great. You can use them to write down homework, quizzes, tests,  work schedule, and your boy/girlfriend's birthday (but mostly the school stuff). If you know you won’t use an agenda, use an app on your phone, or paper that you know you won’t lose. I always forget to use my agenda so the first page in my expandable notebook is dedicated to all assignments and when they are due, color coded by class.

Tip # 4 Take notes
Seriously what is the point of going to class and just sit there? Get yourself some paper and colored pens and start writing stuff down! Even if you printed out the professor’s power point (which I highly recommend). Make it fun and colorful because it will make it less hellish to sit through a long lecture and they won’t be awful to review later.

Tip # 5 Set limits
You’re in college and all of a sudden you find yourself with many freedoms that you did not have before. You can eat all you want, sleep as much as you want, spend your money without your mother’s nagging, you can skip class, not do homework, and even not take tests. Everyone one has a weak point and everyone needs to set limits for themselves. If you hate going to class my advice is not “go to class” because you probably wont, my advice is set a limit. For example you can skip 3 classes a month. Other limits could be I only go out to eat twice a month or spend only $25 a month an alcohol (you know, if you’re 21 or older). Whatever your weakness is set a realistic limit and then make sure to not exceed that. But if you set a limit such as do not skip more than 25 classes a month it won’t help you much.

To help yourself keep these limits, write them down. Show them to your boy/girlfriend or friends and tell them to remind you to stay within the limits.

Tip # 6 Buy highlighters, pens, pencils…
Please, please, please listen to me! Buy a pencil case, just a cheap one (most stores you can get a cute one for a dollar) fill it up with highlighters (4 or 5 different colors), a pack of colored pens, some markers and colored pencils. Color coding is helpful in many ways.

When reading a text, short or long, it is super helpful if you highlight anything that seem important or that you want to remember. Then take out a cute colored pen and make a note in the margin of why you highlighted it. Do not make the mistake of just highlighting because later you will not remember what all the highlighting means. Also only highlight the most important stuff, I know I often make the mistake of over highlighting to the point where it does not even stand out anymore. If you are reading from a (text)book and you do not want to write in it use sticky note to indicate important words, phrases, or thoughts and write on the note why they were important.

For you notes you can use all the colors to keep things a little interesting. You can color code your notes in many different ways. You can use one color for the heading, one color for main ideas, one color for definitions, one color for examples, and so on. Or you can change each color as each topic changes. The possibilities are endless!

Lastly the markers and color pencils. These are the two that are a little less important than the pens and highlighters, but I still use them occasionally (especially science classes). Any diagram found in the textbook, notes, or powerpoints that are worth looking at I draw out on a piece of blank paper and I use the pencils and markers to color code the different parts. Then if any writing is required I do it in the same colors. This makes studying a lot easier.

That is all I have for today, but do not be alarmed I am sure I’ll be back with more!

Have fun in college everyone!

<![CDATA[yummy ways to drink coffee without the calories]]>Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:30:46 GMThttp://meababes.weebly.com/blog/yummy-ways-to-drink-coffee-without-the-caloriesCOFFEE. It is everything to live for, AND MORE. For all y’all coffee addicts that are trying to cut back calories through drinking skinny lattes and all that, do you really think adding skim milk instead of 2% is going to do much of a difference?

Or, if you, like me, love coffee but can’t have dairy, or are trying to limit yourself, I have a solution.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Cinnamon and nutmeg? Really?

Yes. Really. I learned this handy dandy trick while I was doing a crossfit bootcamp at the start of this summer. Now, I love coffee with cream and sugar. But, it is so much extra calories and bad things that I don’t need. So, I do 2 dashes of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

This combo is extremely weird at first. How I started it was slowly ween myself off cream and sugar, until I was using only a little of each. Then I stopped all together. I tried to convinve myself black coffee was the best option for me, but it was so nasty and just ew that I added cinnamon and nutmeg like I had seen maany do at the gym.

It was weird. So, I added a teaspoon of sugar. That helped a lot. After drinking coffee like that for a few months, I took the sugar out. It tasted weird, but it wasn’t bad so I kept drinking it like that.

I use an organic cinnamon that my mom ordered like forever ago, and do a teaspoon of that and a dash of nutmeg, but when I go back to school, I’m getting cinnamon sticks and the cinnamon that comes in an easy to use container because let's face it. I'm a broke college kid who can't afford the high life of fancy organic cinnamon.

I don’t know what kind of coffee y’all drink, but I generally drink Green Mountain Dark Magic K-Cups or Starbucks K-Cups. Sometimes, if I’m feeling REALLY fancy and rich, I go buy ground coffee from Utica Brewing and use the Keurig Converter cup. The Utica Brewing coffee tastes best for this convo, but I believe any plain coffee will taste good with these ingredients.

As for flavored coffees, I have yet to try cinnamon with them. I still do a teaspoon of sugar and splash of half and half. If you want to experiment with those, go ahead! Let me know how they are!

Enjoy the coffee, babes.

Kisses, M]]>