Tag Archives: winter

red, white, and blue


Is there anything better than the smell in the air as the seasons change from winter to spring? This is my absolute favorite time of the year. New grass is sprinkled with morning dew, flower buds are just beginning to pop up, and the sun is miraculously still in the sky even after dinner (and dessert!). Perhaps one of the things I am looking forward to most this spring is spending time running outdoors. I have always found jogging to be a great way for me to clear my head and I definitely get a lot more out of it being able to run around neighborhoods and bike trails rather than being stuck staring at the same gym wall while on a treadmill. And what better way to celebrate outdoor exercise than sporting some red, white, and blue for our beautiful country? My favorite short company, Krass & Co., has come out with a new line of women’s shorts and these patriotic pairs are to die for! Save 20% at checkout with the code “Usave” and treat yourself to a pair (or two!!).


Krass & Co. “Sam’s Shorts” – $39.95

rwb2Krass & Co. “America Shorts” – $40.00

Happy running!!

(P.S. For more about Krass & Co. see here, here, and here!)


beach time


Tomorrow I will be flying down south to visit my grandmother in Naples, Florida. I’ve been there before when my family and I took a vacation to Marco Island before my grandmother moved to Florida, but I only remember it as the place with the really expensive shops and where we saw dolphins at the end of a dock. Needless to say, I’m psyched to go back and be spending more than just a day in the sun and sand. The best part? The Boy and my twin sister will be coming along as well! I can’t wait for a week of warm weather and warm memories 🙂


beach time

cookies & cream


I’m always down for a delicious recipe and if it includes chocolate? Then definitely count me in! The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled upon this amazing cookies & cream frozen hot chocolate recipe. Perfect hot chocolate twist for the spring time (yes, my fingers are still crossed for this warmer weather that will be here any day now)? YES and YUM! Can’t wait to try it out, plus it fulfills two of my college student recipe requirements: cheap and easy!

thesis, check!

thesis, check!

Today I completed my senior thesis. It was seven months of long, hard work, but it is finally done! Finished! Kaput! Done-zo! OVER! I honestly had a really wonderful time working on my thesis (my advisor was absolutely awesome and I really loved the project that I was doing), but it is nice to finally put an end to that chapter… literally! This weekend I’m looking forward to relaxing with friends, reading for fun, catching up on Netflix, treating myself to some boba (of course!), and maybe spendingatonofmoneycauseishouldtreatmyself?!? No, I will show some restraint, but I am definitely, definitely looking forward to becoming a total senioritis-stricken vegetable this spring!!

Who else can check their senior thesis off of their life-long to-do list

(and is celebrating this weekend)?

k&co new men’s shorts!


Remember our favorite Krass & Co.? Well, the brand is completely re-vamping things for spring and has come out with an entirely new line of men’s shorts. You MUST check them out! Perfect for the warmer weather and just in time for spring break!!!


And for all of you ladies, don’t fret!! Check back on Wednesday, 3/19 for some surprises of your own!


And, as always, don’t forget to use the code “Usave” at check-out for 20% off of any purchase!



This past Saturday I began a very interesting personal challenge: #100HappyDays. Simply put, the challenge asks you, “Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?” And with exactly 100 days left until I graduate college (don’t even get me started…) I decided that I want to take extra care to appreciate each and every moment and really make the most out of these next three months.

The challenge is simple enough: for 100 days in a row you are supposed to share something that makes you happy on some kind of social media platform. I’ve decided to go with Instagram because I definitely think a picture is worth a thousand words (#100,000HappyWords, anyone?). The challenge says that after 100 days of recognizing all of the wonderful things around you, people are often in a better mood, receive more compliments from other people, realize how lucky they are to have the life they have, become more optimistic, and even fall in love!

The craziest part? Most people say they won’t do the challenge because they’re “too busy.” Too busy for happiness?! Not me, and certainly not you! Sign up for the challenge with me here and follow my progress on Instagram!

get ready to dip!

dd1This Sunday, March 9th, members of the Union College community will be plunging down a 30-foot slide into icy cold waters in order to show support and raise awareness for three young and cancer-stricken members of our campus community.

dd2This year’s second annual Dutchmen Dip will be supporting 11-year-old Kristen Shinebarger, Justin Lloyd ’16, and Nate Greenberg ’14.

Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this disease. Money raised will assist the cost of her prosthetic leg, which must be continually changed as she continues to grow.  Shelly Shinebarger, Kristen’s mother, is the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

Justin Lloyd ‘16 was diagnosed in February 2013 with Adenocarcionma. He has undergone right colectomy surgery to remove a tumor, and chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Justin is a member of the Varsity Baseball team and is planning to become an Economics major. His hometown is Milton, Massachusetts.

Nate Greenberg ’14 was diagnosed in August 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has undergone a full hip replacement, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Nate is the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team and an Economics major. His hometown is Westport, Connecticut.

dd3Last year the Dip was an absolute riot. It was freezing outside, yet our Dutchmen braved the cold to show support for little Kristen. This year should be even more fantastic. It was not an easy year for our college, learning that so many kids near and dear to our hearts were now fighting a life-or-death battle against sicknesses so ruthless, but in typical Union fashion we know how to come together as a community to show that our friends are not fighting alone.

dd4All of the money raised this year will be split between the three families in order to help cover treatment costs and medical bills.

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate HERE. Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you’d like to create your own personal fundraising page for this cause click HERE.

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Dutchmen Dip Facebook page or check out the Dutchmen Dip blog!

that's my best friend's chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

that’s my best friend’s chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

Remember, “It’s never too cold to make a difference!”