6 Teas You Need To Survive Cold and Flu Season

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1. Throat Coat – Traditional Medicinal*
This tea is one of my favorites for when I have a cold! I’m not a huge fan of the taste, but I love how it soothes my throat. There is no cough drop or throat lozenge that works like this tea does. It’s magic, and I love it.

2. Breathe Easy – Traditional Medicinal*
I just recently tried this tea and it works great. I wasn’t super congested, but it really did help! I plan on keeping this on hand for when I really need it and can put it to the test. I would recommend this for the small sniffles, and I will have to put it to the test when a real cold hits.

3. Chamomile Tea – Harney and Sons*
I love this tea. I have loved chamomile for years, and I often drink it before bed. This tea is excellent for helping you relax and get ready for bed. When I am sick, there is nothing that I want more than to be able to fall asleep fast and have a good night’s sleep. This tea always helps with that

4. Sleepytime Tea – Celestial Seasonings*
Speaking of a good night’s sleep, this tea is another one that I love to drink before bed. Like I said before, there is nothing better than a good night’s sleep when trying to recover quickly from a cold or the flu. I tend to drink this tea when I want something a little more flavorful than chamomile.

5. Lemon and Ginger – Twining’s*
This tea is perfect for when your stomach is a little sour. I wouldn’t recommend drinking tea when you have a stomach virus or ‘stomach flu.’ However, when your stomach is a little off or when your stomach is bothered by all the mucus you’ve accidentally been ingesting this is a great fix.

6. Peppermint Tea – Harney and Sons*
This is another perfect tea for when your stomach feels a little off. I usually prefer this tea over the lemon and ginger, but I do like them both. Since I tend to get sick during the winter, the peppermint still makes me feel like I’m a part of the holiday season even though I probably feel awful.

6 Best Movies To Watch on a Fall Night

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Many great things come with the lovely season of fall. Fresh apple cider, corn mazes, bonfires, cute sweaters, football, and some of the best movies. Since fall is a great time to have a movie night, here are some fall classics that I love to watch.

Football Movies

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Fall is football and everyone who loves football loves these football classics. These movies are about breaking boundaries and coming together as a community. Both stories are based on football teams that have an opportunity to grow and to realize the beauty of diversity. My only suggestion is that you keep a tissue box handy, especially if you’re a softy like me.

1. Radio*

2. Remember the Titans*

School Movies 

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Along with fall comes the beginning of the school year. This Robin Williams classic is all about students finding their voice and learning how to see learning about literature in a different light. The first time I watched this movie was in the fall during my public speaking class so maybe I’m just nostalgic, but I highly suggest adding this movie to your fall watch list.

3. Dead Poets Society*

Halloween And Thriller Movies 

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Now seriously, what is more fall than Halloween? While not all of these movies are ‘Halloween’ movies, they all give the same effect of creepy mystery. I’ll admit that I watched Hocus Pocus every year even though I didn’t sleep for a week because I was convinced the sisters were going to come and get me. These movies are always a good fall watch!

4. Hocus Pocus*

5. Halloween Town*

6. The Village*

7. The Crucible*

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Italian Sausage Soup

This soup is a favorite of mine and everyone who has tried it loves it! I came up with the idea for this soup while I was walking around the store wondering if I could make a simple soup with the spinach I had left over. I was able to buy some ingredients that sounded like they would work and I made this incredible soup. I wanted everyone to try it I was so proud of my creation! I’m excited to share this recipe with you and I hope you love it as much as I do.


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 2 large stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cannellini beans (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes (or more if you like spicy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 oz of chicken broth

 

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Directions:

  1. In a pot on medium heat, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, then add Italian sausage. (If the sausage sticks, add about ⅓ cup of water)
  2. Chop up the sausage with a spatula as it cooks in the pot.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the pot and put in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Add about  ½ cup of the chicken broth and cook veggies until they are soft.
  5. Add the spinach until it has cooked down, and then place the sausage back in and add the beans and canned tomatoes.
  6. Add the oregano, parsley, basil, and red pepper flakes.
  7. Add the rest of the chicken broth, then season with salt and pepper to taste (I add about a teaspoon of both) and let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

7 Things To Put In A College Care Package

Every college student enjoys receiving mail while away at school. We especially love to receive care packages full of things that remind us of home. Now that college has sunk in, and we are starting to get buried in papers, projects, and reading, here are some things to include in a care package for a busy college student.

1. Money and Gift Cards

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College is expensive and college students always enjoy an extra couple of dollars for snacks, coffee, clothes, and eating out. While cash is great, gift cards are great too! Some of the best places to get gift cards for are grocery stores, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Target, Amazon, and of course Starbucks!

2. Snacks and Candy

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Some snacks for studying, movie nights, or just a chill weekend with friends are great to receive in a care package. Some suggested snacks are popcorn, goldfish, veggie straws, or anything else you know that student likes! Of course, to balance out the saltiness, sending some sweets like Reese’s, KitKat, fruit snacks, and again, just send the students favorite (don’t be afraid to ask them.)

3. A Hand-Written Note

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A hand-written note has the power to change a stressful lousy day into a memorable one. Knowing that someone took the time to sit down and write a letter instead of sending a quick text can make a difference.

4. Socks and Comfy Clothes

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Especially in the north most of our school days are spent in the cold and some comfy socks or clothes can keep us warm and happy when studying or watching movies with our friends. Some common suggestions are comfy pajamas (Christmas-themed ones are great for December), sweaters, leggings, blankets, and of course, the fuzzier the socks the better.

5. Mugs and Coffee

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Most college students depend on coffee to help them get through the day, every day. A cute mug or travel mug is a great gift to feed the necessary addiction. Also, most students have a Keurig or something similar, so another great gift is some K Cups!

6. Movies

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Again, with the movie nights. Movie nights are a common occurrence for a weekend in. While most of us do have a streaming service of some sort not all movies are on those services. Check my go-to fall movies for some suggestions on what movies to send in your care package.

7. Homemade treats

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When I asked my friends what they would like to receive in a care package many of them said homemade treats of some kind. Some examples of those treats are banana bread, pumpkin bread, cookies, brownies, and homemade rice crispy treats.

Everything But The Bagel Avocado Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of whole wheat bread (Dave’s Killer Bread, sesame is my favorite)
  • One half of a medium sized avocado
  • Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Mash the avocado, then spread it on the toast
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning on-to the toast according to your taste (I use a lot because it’s incredible.)

 

6 Best T.V. Shows to Binge This Fall

Gilmore Girls

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Not only is Gilmore Girls my favorite show ever, but it is also a great show to watch in the fall. The small town and fall themed intro makes this show perfect for this time of the year. The show starts with Rory going to back to school, which gives it the ideal fall feeling.

Once Upon A Time

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I have no real reason that this show reminds me of fall other than I started watching the show in the fall so whenever I watch the show, I get major nostalgia for colorful leaves and fresh apple cider.

Longmire

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Longmire is the perfect crime show to watch in the fall. The show takes place in Wyoming, but with the red toned scenery and murder-based episodes, fall is the ideal time to watch.

Stranger Things

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While I think this one is a little self-explanatory, nothing says fall like a creepy thriller that will remind you of Halloween. Plus, I believe Eleven was the most popular Halloween costume last year, so I think that helps prove my point.

Supernatural

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Again, with the creepy shows! My friend Rory recommended this show to me a couple years ago, and I love it! Not only did I start watching this show in the fall but with the show being based on paranormal and supernatural activity, it’s a great show to begin in the fall.

Parks and Recreation

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This show takes place during every season of the year, but this show is a fall show to me for many reasons. My brother and his wife started to watch this show in the fall which is why they agree that this show is a perfect fall watch. Since I attend college in Indiana where the show takes place, it always reminds me of the fall semester and the great state where I attend college.