Summer To-Do: Checking in 7/30

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(c) maksim pasko – (text added by emilystarblog)

Time to check in again! I’ve had two full months now of working on my summer to-do list/bucket list. How much have I gotten done? Continue reading

Motivation and Being Body Positive

Spurred on by the lovely ladies at Fit Bottomed Girls and their July Fit Bottomed Challenge (push it real good!!), I made a positive body image board on Pinterest this week. I seriously love it – I can’t stop looking at all my pins and smiling. Continue reading

Cooking Fresh and Cheap: Pasta Salad for Picky Eaters

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(c) BarnImages,

One of the essays I always had my students write was a focused review. Rather than just saying if something was good or bad and why, they had to find an existing set of standards based on their audience, and review their subject against those standards. For example, they could write about any romantic comedy – as long as they compared it to the gender stereotypes of the time period in which it was made (I got a lot of confused reviews of Titanic and The Notebook by kids who didn’t completely understand the assignment.  Why it was always those two movies, I have no idea). Continue reading

Sugar Free – Part II

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(c) humusak,

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the sugar-free/sugar detox movement that’s been seemingly taking over the world lately. Curiously enough, just a few days ago, the big news in the food world was that the FDA has released a recommendation to lower the daily recommended intake of added sugar from 25% to just 10% of daily calories. They must have read my post and been spurred to action! 😉 Continue reading


This has become something of a yearly tradition – my mom, brother and I do a 5k. AT NIGHT.

This year’s takes place this weekend, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a lot of fun! The race typically doesn’t start until around 9:00 pm, and everyone wears glow-in-the-dark clothes, glow stick bracelets stacked to their elbows, and glow-in-the-dark face paint. We’re ready with all three. Continue reading

From the Archives: We All Scream!

Well, I may have missed National Ice Cream Day this past Sunday, but luckily for me, all of July is National Ice Cream Month. So I give you my post from spring semester about making ice cream in Food Science…includes a very tasty recipe to make your own custard ice cream at home!

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