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2016 Fall Bucket List

Fall festivities are some of the best of the entire year!  Apart from breaking out my boots and sweaters, I’m getting ready for all the bonfires and haunted houses I…

Fall festivities are some of the best of the entire year!  Apart from breaking out my boots and sweaters, I’m getting ready for all the bonfires and haunted houses I plan to attend!  There are so many different ways to spend your fall, so I put together a fun bucket list for you and your friends to get the most out of this season!

  • Go on a hike.  Fall is the best time of the year to go on a hike.  It’s the perfect weather to be outside.  You also get to see all of the leaves changing colors! (Plus, being active never hurts!)
  • Halloween time is the best time for a scary movie night with your BFFs! Chelsea Crockett - Halloween Treat  If you’re not into scary movies, you can always watch some classic Halloween movies such as Hocus Pocus or Halloween Town!
  • Bake, bake, bake!  There are so many festive treats to make like the picture on the right that’ll make your mouth water.
  • Carve a pumpkin (and eat the pumpkin seeds!).  Whenever my family carves pumpkins, we always salt and bake the seeds at the end.  Not only do you get a jack-o-lantern out of it but a yummy snack, too!
  • Go to a haunted house or trail.  You can’t have Halloween without a little scare! 
  • Make s’mores.  If you have a bonfire, s’mores along with apple cider are a necessity!  Fun fact: even if you don’t have a bonfire, there are ways to make them using your microwave!
  • Have a fall photoshoot.  It’s so fun to dress up in sweaters and boots and take fun pictures outside with your friends!  At least it makes for a good Instagram post, right?

What else do you have on your fall bucket list? If you haven’t made one, I urge you to make the best of this season!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Ultimate Movie Night Snack: Snickers Popcorn

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favorites is Snickers The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next…

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favorites is Snickers The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next movie marathon or dorm room movie night, make your friends some Snickers popcorn!

Ingredients:snickers-caramel-popcorn2-500x500

  • 8 quarts of popped corn
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of salted peanuts
  • 30 “fun size” Snickers bars, chopped
  • 3 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. In a saucepan over medium heat, boil the butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir it so that it covers all of the corn. Spread some wax paper onto the counter and then pour the coated corn onto the wax paper. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and then transfer it into a roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring it every 15 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, stir in the chopped Snickers and put it back in the oven for about 3 minutes. Remove the popcorn from the pan and then spread it onto the wax paper to cool. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of it, and then store it in a container until you and your friends are ready to devour it!

XOXO, Chels

 

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The Best Pumpkin Spice Products for Fall

Along with the leaves changing and bonfire weather slowly approaching, there’s nothing I love more about this season than all of the pumpkin spice food and products.  Besides Starbuck’s famous…

Along with the leaves changing and bonfire weather slowly approaching, there’s nothing I love more about this season than all of the pumpkin spice food and products.  Besides Starbuck’s famous pumpkin spice latte, there is so much more to the pumpkin spice world that people don’t even know about!

  • Pumpkin spice gum.  Trident Layers and Extra both offer the pumpkin spice flavor!  You can get it at Target, Walgreens, or basically anywhere once fall is in full swing.Chelsea Crockett - Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb
  • Pumpkin spice bath bombs.  Yes, these exist!  There are so many DIY recipes that teach you how to make them yourself like the picture on the right.  Nothing like pouring a hot bath and being surrounded with the pumpkin spice scent!
  • Burt’s Bees pumpkin spice chapstick.  I love Burt’s Bees products.  I always feel like I’m getting my money’s worth because their products work so well.  And now that they sell pumpkin spice chapstick, I love them even more!
  • Pumpkin spice candles.  I love lighting candles in my room when I’m doing homework or editing videos.  So during fall, I love filling my room with the smell of pumpkin spice.
  • Pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  Instead of going to Starbucks every day, purchase some flavored coffee creamer to make your own pumpkin spice latte!

If you love pumpkin spice as much as I do, I hope you love these products, as well!

Love, Chelsea

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8 Essentials Every College Girl Needs

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or…

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or bringing with me.  Whether it be food, school supplies, etc., here are some college essentials that you should add to your list as well!

  • A shower caddy.  If you’re living in a community style dorm, this is a must-have!  It makes it so much easier to take all of your things to and from the shower.
  • Microwaveable food.  Dining halls are great but sometimes you need something quick and easy.  Stack up on some microwaveable mac and cheese for those time crunch days.
  • But also healthy food!  Microwaveable meals are great but not always the healthiest option.  Grab some apples, bananas, etc. too!
  • Sorority rush essentials.  If you’re going through recruitment, make sure you have all of the necessities such as mints, a hair brush, lip gloss, etc.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee!  I’m telling you, coffee will be your lifesaver!  It’s essential for those late nights in the library or 8 am classes.
  • To-go coffee cups.  Along with coffee, you’ll need some cute to-go coffee cups!  Target sells packages of them for a great price (they’re also super cute!).Chelsea Crockett - Planners
  • A stylish planner.  Taking multiple classes different days of the week can get confusing, especially when you have tons of due dates and exams!  Purchase a planner like one of the ones above to organize your assignments, meetings, events, etc.
  • A prayer partner.  On a more serious note, having a friend that you can talk and pray with is extremely important.  College can be tough and sometimes you need a trustworthy friend to be there for you.

If you check these off your list, you’ll be set!

XO – Chelsea

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DIY Gifts for You & Your Best Friends

There’s so many times that I want to simply show how much I love and appreciate my best friends for all they’ve done for me.  Especially at this point in…

There’s so many times that I want to simply show how much I love and appreciate my best friends for all they’ve done for me.  Especially at this point in my life, all my friends and I are going our separate ways for college.  If you’re in the same boat, or simply want to do something special for your BFFs, here are a few DIY gifts you can surprise them with!

  • Friendship bracelets are not overrated!  They might be the basic BFF gift but you can put your own spin on it! Chelsea Crockett - Gift Basket Depending on where you live, there are tons of places and stores that can engrave whatever you want onto a bracelet or necklace.  Maybe add your initials or you can your friend’s favorite Bible verse!
  • For this DIY, you’ll need to develop your favorite picture of you and your best friend.  You’ll need to buy a matted frame that you can write on from a craft store like Hobby Lobby.  Think of quotes or sayings that you and your friend like and write them all over the frame with a Sharpie!
  • Each of my best friends and I have certain foods or specific places we like to go, and of course lots of inside jokes.  Buy a cute basket and fill it with your guys’ favorite snacks, gift cards to your favorite places, or any funny things that remind you of her!  I also suggest getting a card to write a heartfelt message whatever the occasion may be!

I hope your BFF enjoys whatever wonderful DIY you decide to create! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed a few pesky pounds or keep your weight where it is, avoid THESE foods!

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat! Plus, it can lead to inflammation and bloating, which is totally no bueno.LuckyCharms_Bowl
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For us gals, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda has 39 grams! You go way over your daily sugar intake with just one soda.
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, especially when I want a sweet, quick breakfast in college. But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Midnight Snacks

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out…

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for weight gain, and studies have also shown that eating right before bed can make your sleep more restless. But also, no one likes to go to bed on an growling stomach! This is where low cal, sleep friendly snacks come in. Here are a few for the next time you have to answer the call of the late night munchies.

  1. Baby carrots: At just 4 calories per carrot, what is not to love about these sweet, crunchy veggies?
  2. Banana: I go bananas for bananas. Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which is a chemical that makes us sleepy!images (3)
  3. Apples and peanut butter: I love this sweet snack. Apples are full of fiber and also offer a nice little crunch. When you dip them in peanut butter or almond butter, you are also filling up your tummy without making you feel heavy!
  4. String Cheese: One serving of string cheese is only 80 calories and contains good proteins and fats to help fill you up and satisfy you.
  5. Cereal: You can eat it either dry or with milk! But, when I say cereal, I do not mean Lucky Charms or cinnamon toast crunch (unfortunately!). I mean cereals that are whole grain such as oatmeal or corn flakes.

So, when the late night munchies hit, you will now be prepared! Reach for one of these healthy little snacks to kick your hunger to the curb! These are also easy snacks to keep on hand in a dorm room if you have a fridge or mini fridge!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Sweet Summer Popsicle Ideas

Popsicles are my favorite summer snack.  Whether you want sweet, fruity, or chocolatey, you can find a popsicle to satisfy your craving!  I’ve came across a few mouthwatering recipes that…

Popsicles are my favorite summer snack.  Whether you want sweet, fruity, or chocolatey, you can find a popsicle to satisfy your craving!  I’ve came across a few mouthwatering recipes that look absolutely delicious that I wanted to share with all of my fellow popsicle lovers!

  1. Tutti-Frutti Ice Pops.  For these you’ll need: a ½ cup of sliced strawberries, a ½ cup of sliced peaches, a ½ cup of blueberries, 2 sliced kiwis, and 1½ cups of coconut water.  You’ll need six ½-cup popsicle molds to divide your fruit among evenly.  Pour in the coconut water, place in popsicle sticks, and freeze your pops for 5+ hours. Chelsea Crockett - Nutella Pops Then enjoy!
  2. Sweet Tea Pops.  This may be the simplest treat to make.  All you need is to purchase your favorite sweet tea (mine is Gold Peak!) or make your own.  Then pour it into the molds, set popsicle sticks in, and set them in the freezer for a few hours!  So simple yet so delicious!
  3. Nutella Cool Whip Popsicles.  All you need for these is: a ¼ cup of Nutella, 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of cool whip.  Combine the milk and cool whip together in a mixer then whisk in the Nutella.  Pour them into the mold, place in the popsicle sticks, and freeze for 6-10 hours!

Side note: If you’re having trouble getting the popsicles out of the mold, run cool water over the frozen popsicles or run warm water over the back of the mold.  Both should help your pops slide out much easier!

Which one do you want to try for yourself?  Let me know below!

Enjoy! – Chels

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How to Have a Pool Party…Without a Pool!

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite…

If you follow Taylor Swift on Instagram, then you have surely seen her pool party pictures. She seems to have the most amazing pool parties ever! One of my favorite things about summer is going to my friends’ houses that have pools because my family doesn’t have one! In light of my pool-lessness, I decided to come up with a few ways to have a pool party…without having a pool! Sounds a bit silly, but read on to find out how!

  1. Location: When you are having a pool-less party, make sure you have it in a place that has a hose and electrical outlets nearby. Also, have it in a place with plenty of grass to give your feet a break!f91108_bb07717e7ada4fd9bda8bd83b29f3558
  2. Pool alternative: Go to Walmart and buy 3 or 4 little kiddy pools and have those sitting out! People will love being able to dip their feet in without having to get their whole body wet. Fun sprinklers are also a must! You can also play slip and slide kickball, which is a total blast. You can also have a water balloon fight, or even just have a volleyball net set up! Give people lots of things to do.
  3. Food and beverage: Have lots of refreshing, juicy fruit cut up and ready to serve. People love fruit on a hot summer day! You can also get fun flavors of soda and lemonade for a nice summer beverage.
  4. Décor: Because you don’t have an actual pool, give your party a “pool party” feel by blowing up inflatables and using them as décor! You can also put up pool umbrellas to give your guests some shade. Use beach balls instead of volleyballs to give your party and even more “pool-ish” feel!

Just because you don’t have a pool doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool party!

XOXO, Chels

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Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a…

Did you know that food can be instrumental when it comes to maintaining both physical and mental health? There are actually 4 foods that help manage anxiety and are a good place to start if you are wanting to learn how what you eat affects how you feel. These foods work their wonders by helping you get enough nutrients for your neurotransmitters to work the way they should to lowering your blood pressure. While food won’t solve all anxiety problems, it can definitely help ease them!

  1. Almonds: These nuts have huge health benefits because they contain zinc, which helps you keep your mood balanced, and healthy fats for your neurotransmitters, and iron for brain activity. When your brain is tired, it can cause you to feel anxious.
  2. Water: Hydrating is so important because even the littlest bit of dehydration can have a huge impact on your energy and mood! Keeping hydrated helps keep your body feeling regulated and leads to lower levels of stress.download
  3. Eggs: Breakfast is so important, especially if you eat eggs! They are packed with B vitamins that help your brain be at its best, and they contain nutrients that help keep your brain from becoming exhausted and irritable.
  4. Avocados: Avocados are a super food! They are so good for your overall health because of their fiber and healthy fatty acids and vitamins, and they are also great for your brain! They have lots of potassium which helps lower your blood pressure and provide nutrients for your neurotransmitters.

Help manage your stress by eating yummy food!

XOXO, Chels

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International Travel Tips

I don’t do much international traveling, but when I do I have a love hate relationship with it. I love traveling and having new experiences and seeing new things, but…

I don’t do much international traveling, but when I do I have a love hate relationship with it. I love traveling and having new experiences and seeing new things, but I DON’T love the long process of getting from point A to point B. In order to make the most of my international travels, I follow these handy travel tips to help me arrive feeling my best.

  1. Fuel yourself up: In-flight food isn’t always the best, and it is crazy expensive, so get a nice healthy meal before you board your plane. It is so worth it! Also, pack healthy snacks like nuts or dried fruit or granola bars so that you don’t load up on junk during the flight. You will feel so much more energized after healthy snacking!images (1)
  2. Prepare to freshen up: I always pack a small travel sized makeup bag in my carry on with me that I can pull out throughout my day of travel. It has a toothbrush and toothpaste, makeup wipes, deodorant, and other items that can help me feel fresh after a long day of travel. Feeling fresh while traveling makes it way more bearable!
  3. If possible, carry on all your luggage: I know, it is hard to pack all of your essentials into carry on luggage, but try your hardest! Nothing is worse than finding out your luggage has been lost when you arrive at your destination. It will also save you tons of time because you can avoid waiting for your luggage later on! You can walk off the plane and straight to your car.
  4. Drink Up: You will likely be given a small cup of water during your flight, but that isn’t going to cut it. Bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up once you get passed security. Airplanes dry you out because of the circulated air, and traveling can be exhausting, so keeping yourself hydrated will keep you energized and awake.

Good luck, and have a blast wherever your international travels take you!

XOXO, Chels

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Sour Gummy Worm Popsicles

I love candy. That’s a fun fact about me. My favorite kind of candy, though, is sour candy. I have a weakness for everything sour, from gummy worms and beyond….

I love candy. That’s a fun fact about me. My favorite kind of candy, though, is sour candy. I have a weakness for everything sour, from gummy worms and beyond. I found a way to mix my love for soNational-Gummy-Worm-Day-2014ur candy with a refreshing way to stay cool this summer. Introducing sour gummy worm popsicles!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite fruit juice
  • Sour gummy worms

Grab your favorite popsicle molds and get to work. Add worms to the molds and press them towards the bottom and sides of the molds. Freeze the molds ahead of time to help the worms stick better. Next, pour in your fruit juice of choice. Freeze these pops overnight, then take out and enjoy! Every bite is filled with fruity, sour goodness!

Ready to try the most fun popsicles you will taste all summer? Give this recipe a whirl!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Sweet Summer Treats: Cake Batter Popsicles

In Illinois, where I live, summers are H.O.T. The best and most enjoyable way to cool yourself down and beat the heat is to grab a cold treat! Here is…

In Illinois, where I live, summers are H.O.T. The best and most enjoyable way to cool yourself down and beat the heat is to grab a cold treat! Here is one of my favorite sweet summer indulgences that cools me down when the Illinois inferno gets the best of me…Popsicles that taste like cake!FunfettiCakeBatterPopsicles_2

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

In a blender, combine the ice cream, vanilla extract, cake mix, and milk. Blend on medium until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix in the sprinkles. Next, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for four hours or more. When you are ready to gobble these sweet treats, run the mold under warm water for about 30 seconds to loosen the popsicles out of the molds.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://just-add-sprinkles.com/2015/07/27/cake-batter-popsicles/

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Healthy Blueberry Popsicles

Summer is HERE! I am out of my mind excited! School is out, the weather is warm, and life is good. You know what else is good? A cold popsicle…

Summer is HERE! I am out of my mind excited! School is out, the weather is warm, and life is good. You know what else is good? A cold popsicle on a hot summer day. You know what isn’t so good? All of the sugars and preservatives in those popsicles. If you want a healthy, guilt free alternative that actually provides you with your daily dose of fruits, then look no further! Here is a recipe for blueberry pineapple popsicles. MMMMMMMmmmmm.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of blueberries91afc057d7ecc7d77adcfdd9725d60bc
  • 1 cup pineapple slices
  • 1 tbsp honey to sweeten
  • 1 cup of water
  • Popsicle molds, or Ziplock reusable popsicle bags

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until they are liquefied, and then pour the mixture into your popsicle molds until they are ¾ of the way full. Freeze them overnight, then enjoy! If you are trying to make healthy choices this summer, replacing your store bought popsicles with these delicious dudes is a great way to start!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe from: http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2015/06/healthy-3-ingredient-popsicle-pineapple-blueberry.html#_a5y_p=3859439

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Perfectly Delicious Protein Pancakes

As you well know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and undoubtably the most skipped meal of the day. But, nonetheless, an important meal. Breakfast food is…

As you well know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and undoubtably the most skipped meal of the day. But, nonetheless, an important meal. Breakfast food is some of the best food, too. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon….mmmm…You know what would make breakfast even better? Protein. Protein keeps you full and focused, which gets you off to a good healthy start. Here is a recipe for protein pancakes that is super easy and is bound to start your day off in the sweetest way possible!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup dry oatsprotein-pancakes-banana-oat
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Whisk the liquid ingredients together, and then add in the oats and protein powder. Cook the pancakes on a heated skillet, about ¼ cup of pancake mixture for each pancake. This recipe should make about 4 pancakes.

Enjoy your delicious protein packed breakfast!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://fitfluential.com/2016/03/protein-pancakes-recipe/

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Father’s Day 2016: DIY Gift Ideas

Nothing’s better than homemade gift for your dad on Father’s Day. Not only is it meaningful but inexpensive, too (which at our age, saving money is a priority!). Pinterest is…

Nothing’s better than homemade gift for your dad on Father’s Day. Not only is it meaningful but inexpensive, too (which at our age, saving money is a priority!). Pinterest is the perfect place to find all things DIY. Here are a few DIY gifts that are creative, simple, and perfect for any dad!

  • First off, you’ll need a card. Create your own DIY Father’s Day card! This may seem basic or overrated, but whatever your gift is will need a card to go with it. A homemade card is always meaningful and shows you took the time to make it. You can even add inside jokes or funny puns to add some humor to it!Chelsea Crockett - BBQ Basket DIY
  • If your dad loves to grill, then this DIY is perfect for you. Create a BBQ basket with everything he needs to host a BBQ! Buy an array of sauces, such as steak sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup, etc., and place them in the basket. Then, purchase some grilling tools that he can put to use and add those to the basket. If you want to go the extra mile, buy him a gift card to somewhere where he can buy steaks, burgers, etc. for when he wants to grill!
  • The way to a man’s heart is always food. There are endless recipes online that allow you to get creative when baking your dad something! Maybe a cupcake that looks like a basketball? Or maybe cookies decked out with your dad’s favorite sport’s team!

What are you getting (or making!) your dad for Father’s Day? Share with me below!

Love, Chelsea  

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