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Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Wow, long time no talk you guys… well, at least for me (Alison).

There is a lot I need to fill everyone in on.

I never realized how little I cared about my health during my first year of college.  Physically, emotionally, and mentally, I did a terrible job of keeping everything healthy in my life.  The good news is that my second year of college is the complete opposite of that! That bad news, I’M SO OVERWHELMED. I did it, I admitted that I am so extremely overwhelmed.  The huge jump from the way I was freshman year to now is so completely different in that I don’t think I knew what exactly I was doing.  At the start this year (sophomore), I joined way too many clubs, studied for my classes way too often, worked out on way too many days of the week, socialized with people living in my apartment on way too many occasions (I’m not talking about parties though), etc. I was given this idea when I was moving out and to a new college that I seriously needed to get involved with everything and put myself out there.  All of that crap left me feeling like this when it came to test time…

So after using this week to take a break (of course after finishing my tests), I’m here to inform you that it’s okay to not be insanely busy!  I’ve always said that school comes first. You’re paying money to come to college so you should focus on your studies. Extra curricular activities can be awesome, but it is so easy to get overwhelmed.  If you’re extremely tired from studying then take the night off from working out or hanging with friends. It’s okay to take those breaks!


Apartment Eating – Week One

Two ET bagel thins with two eggs, sriracha sauce, and one sliced peach.

Slice strawberries and blueberries with 1/2 cup of vanilla chobani yogurt. Cheesy rice = 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1/2 cup of broccoli cheese soup

Leftover garlic couscous with tuna, corn, pepper, and garlic powder.

Whole wheat pasta and grilled chicken with italian seasoning.

A salad with cucumbers, cheese, banana peppers, blueberries, and poppyseed dressing (not shown).

I love cooking in my apartment.  Last night I made couscous for dinner and I had so much leftover!! I didn’t want to eat the same thing for lunch so I changed it up by adding corn and tuna.

Eating healthy can be incredibly easy if you just put the time and effort in 🙂

Healthy eating equals healthy skin?

“Hey Alison! We are here to make you feel self conscious about yourself and to make your face look completely uneven!!!”

I feel like that is exactly what my acne would say if it could talk.  I know I’m not the only college student who still somewhat struggles with blemishes.  I’ve never had extreme acne problems but I sure have had those days where I felt like my entire face was covered in bumps.  Well you guys, I have some not so secret things to tell you about how to make your skin look and  feel healthy.

1. Eat Healthy!

This shouldn’t be that big of a shocker to anyone reading this.  Eating healthy will significantly reduce blemishes on your face.  When you eat chips, ramen (so much sodium you fools), hot pockets, etc, those foods will have a huge effect on your skin. During my move-in process I did not eat healthy at all! I was traveling and had yet to grocery shop so all I did was eat out.  My skin suffered immensely from the food I was eating but a week after getting my diet back to a healthy point, my skin was looking so good.

2. Drink Water!

I cannot say this enough… put that soda down and drink some water!  Soda is made so that one sip won’t be enough for your taste buds so you can’t stop drinking it, but it does nothing for your skin.  Drinking water periodically during the day will hydrate your skin and keep those pesky pimples from showing up.

Hint : If you don’t enjoy water, try adding lemon, cucumber, or even one of those crystal lite packets.


The oil on your hands is so bad for your skin, so stop touching your face, resting your head on your hand… just don’t touch your face.

p.s. if you think about the amount of oil on your hair, imagine how much of that is on your pillow and then transfers to your face. Wash your pillowcases regularly!


It’s also important to remember to take any and all makeup off, to wash your face every night, and to avoid stress (which, come on, is probably impossible in college). I’ve always struggled with my acne and it wasn’t until I really started implementing my diet that it got better.  Don’t let eating out affect your face or your confidence.

Or just smear your food on your face


[Kelsey’s Optional Point: Eat Vegan!

Just kidding. Making a major diet change is a huge step, and just because you have an acne issue does not necessarily warrant you cut out any and all animal products from your daily eating routine! However, what I’ve found by following a few health/beauty blogs is that many people are saying that dairy can mess with your hormones and subsequently produce more acne (or something along those lines, I’m not a physician). I personally battle rosacea, and my vegan diet kept my face clearer than I’ve ever seen it in my life – and those few pimples that I do occasionally get were nowhere to be found. So going vegan simply to clear your face was really just a joke, but maybe reducing dairy is something to try out if you’re at your wits end as to why your acne is so bad. (Oh, and P.S., my brother gave up milk for two weeks and his acne began to clear up significantly as well!)]

The Stresses of Moving

Hey everyone! I originally started this post out with “I packed, I moved, and I died”.  Honestly, that is exactly what happened to me. EXACTLY.

These past few weeks have been nothing short of insane.  A week ago I decided to lease at a new apartment and the process of moving in has been crazy.  I moved all of my kitchen tools/appliances last weekend and this weekend I moved the rest of my things.  I had so much more to unload this time.

When my dad saw how packed the car was he said, “You aren’t going to need half of what you are bringing.”  I wondered if I did have way too much but after unpacking everything last night I realized how I needed it all.

I think you really just have to go through what you use on a daily basis and bring it with you.  Just go with your gut feeling and also bring what you think will aid in your healthy lifestyle in college!  I knew that bringing a juicer would help me to get more fruits/veggies worked into my diet.

Even though moving in can be stressful, I feel that you should just stay positive and try not to let everything that is going on (moving in, meeting roommates, saying goodbye to family) overwhelm you.  Move everything in and then go out and explore the area! Go for a jog outside, find your classes, meet 5 new people, etc.  Your new dorm/apartment will be your home for the next 7-8 months so enjoy it!

The Never-ending Apartment Checklist

The task of moving into an apartment can be daunting.  Compared to a dorm, there is a lot more that you have to consider packing when moving into your apartment.

The two biggest tips that I can offer is to buy in bulk the items that you use the most and to buy those items EARLY.  Many people will move into the apartment complex you chose on the first day that they are allowed.  These students will move all of their belongings in, then head straight to the nearest grocery store to buy those necessary items (toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, etc) that they realize they have forgotten.  You will have a very hard time finding all that you need and the last thing you want is to start off the school year stressed that your residence is not well-stocked.

Items I suggest you buy in bulk:   Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher fluid/dishwasher pouches, laundry detergent.

These are all just suggestions. I find it much easier to have these items stocked up and hopefully have them last until the semester change.  After these bulk items you will need to go through each section of your apartment that you personally will be using.  Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room. This BB&B checklist pretty much covers everything that you might want to considering bringing (keep in mind, you will not need this entire list).

It’s best to be realistic with what you are bringing but also don’t forget the items you will most likely use throughout the school year.  Bring items that you will use and ones that will best aid you in your healthy lifestyle at college. Good luck!

Preparing for your Dorm/Apartment

Prepping for a dorm and prepping for an apartment can be two very different experiences.  Dorm life doesn’t offer the space to bring your entire life with you and while an apartment might, you still want to be selective with what you do decide to bring.

Prepping for Dorm:

Be ready for cramped quarters and uncomfortable limitations on what you can bring. Okay, for real, you’re either stoked because you’re headed to an Ivy League school with fantastic living spaces, or you’re bummed because you caught a glimpse of the dorm and it is not your dream (…not even close). Long story short, the PB Dorm website is not a good indicator of what you will likely be encountering. But fear not! Here are some pointers for where to start and what to bring.

First of all, scout your school’s website for a list of what sorts of appliances are and are not allowed. For example, my school has a .PDF manual that details what is and is not allowed on campus. For me, things that are allowed include coffee pots, hot pots, and blenders. What’s NOT allowed are things like Crock Pots, hanging lights, and firearms (in case you hadn’t already guessed that). The list of “banned” items is, in reality, so much longer. Be sure to read over yours very carefully.

I might purchase a small Magic Bullet-esque blender for my room so I can make green smoothies as breakfast alternatives. I already own a Keurig, which I definitely recommend! I brew myself coffee to avoid stopping at Starbucks ($$ back in my wallet), and my roommate likes to make hot chocolate since she isn’t much of a caffeine drinker.

It’s also important to remember that you will likely have little to no surface area for leaving these devices out and about. You’ll have to store them somewhere! Keep in mind that you have to clean them after use, too, so if you don’t have a sink in-room, that could become a pain. It’s important to remain realistic! Prepare for the worst, and remember, it’s not the end of the world if you forget your hot pot. There’s food out there somewhere, you may just have to step out of your room.

Finally, most dorms will have some sort of microfridge built in, but check before you go because there’s a possibility you may have to bring your own! It’s smart to negotiate with your roommate (should you have one) before move-in day who will be bringing what; you could potentially say that you will bring the t.v. if they bring a fridge, etc.

Prepping for an Apartment:

If you are going to live in an apartment then congratulations and welcome to feeling like an adult. Living in an apartment will be a completely different story than living in a dorm. Most universities have apartments that are close to campus and affordable. You can still get a dorm feel by having 1-3 roommates but the amenities will be significantly greater.  With amenities, however, comes the task of buying supplies for such.  While most apartments won’t allow candles or certain decorative lights, you will still have the option to bring much more than you would if you were living on campus. You will additionally have to consider buying supplies for cooking, cleaning, and other more extensive tasks than an on-campus residence would require.  Just today I started making a list of all the supplies I will need for my apartment (will share in a future post) and I feel like I’m taking my entire home with me.

You can decide for yourself what you want to bring and what you find is not a necessity.  I love to drink fresh juice in the morning so bringing a juicer is a great investment for my time at school.  If you end up having a roommate, it’s best to discuss with them what all you have before moving in. The two of you will most likely have come up with some similar ideas and you won’t need doubles of certain items (can opener, strainer, coffee pot, etc).


There will always be pros and cons to both living quarters listed above.  While an apartment allows you to cook however you want, have your own washer/dryer, and have your own bathroom, it is not on campus like a dorm is. A major pro of living in a dorm room is being so close to campus.

Overall an apartment may mean more space than a dorm, but it can also mean more responsibility. Living away from home may be in itself challenging at times, but there will always be resources for you at your college or university to help you live a healthy lifestyle (nutritionist, gym, healthy cafe options, etc).  It’s all about your own personal choice to stay clear of unhealthy decisions and to take the necessary steps to make your years at college both a healthy and positive time.