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Ahhh, Halloween.

One of the many great things about fall.  As a child I remember being barely able to contain my excitement before I put on my costume and did my makeup… I was so excited for that one day that you’re allowed to be anyone or anything imaginable, for just one day!  Oh, and the candy… What child could NOT be excited for a holiday when you can ring all the doorbells in your neighborhood and get free candy?!

As an adult, the candy part is less tempting (okay fine, excluding Reese’s or some dark chocolate…), but the dressing up still gives me something to look forward to.  Last year I walked around town with my friend and her three little girls, collecting candy and watching her adorable girls, who were dressed up as princesses, as they collected as much candy as they could before their little legs couldn’t walk anymore.

This year, I plan on keeping things simple and maybe having a Halloween movie marathon with a few close friends.  This semester has hit its peak in the homework department.  Anything that involves lounging around and doing just about nothing, sound fantastic to me!

Here’s a photo I snapped of the fall leaves right outside the library :)  Happy Halloween, Griffins!

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Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of :-D ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost cookies, probably not on a good note… Here are some ways to have a hauntingly good time without the scary aftermath.

1. Get scared!

No, really! The University of Washington released a study that shows watching a 90-minute horror flick can burn an average of 113 calories! Here is a list of the exact numbers for the most popular Halloween flicks. So grab some friends and embrace that horror movie marathon! Remember: that doesn’t mean you can eat a whole bag of Halloween candy or it defeats the purpose. Bonus points: Go to a haunted house! Not only do you get scared, but you are also walking (or running). The RiverFront Times ranked the top 5 best haunted attractions in St. Louis.

2. Make You Own Halloween Treats

Honestly, no one really know what’s in all those Halloween candies and cookies from the store. Take out the guess work and make your own!! Put that Pinterest obsession to good use and search for DIY treats and snacks (believe me, there are hundreds!) Invite your friends over for some a movies (see #1) and baking Halloween Bash! Remind them that costumes ARE required!

3. Take the Little Ones Trick Or Treating

As much as I wish and hope, adults are still not allowed to trick or treat… However, that does not mean you can’t live vicariously through the little ghouls and gals that society will acceptingly pass out candy to. So grab your best Halloween costume (again, Pinterest is great if you need a last minute DIY costume), and stroll the neighborhood with your little nieces, nephews, or siblings. Just make sure you walk with them, don’t drive! You never know, you may get a few pieces of candy as well! :)

What is your favorite way to celebrate a healthy Halloween?

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition tips!

 

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Cathy

Do what you love.

by Cathy on October 30, 2014

in Academics,College Life

Coming into college, I was scared about picking a major right off that bat. However, I knew that I was really interested in English and it’s what I love to do. I now find myself writing essays about pieces of literature that interest me. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better major. I chose this major because I’m a certified book nerd. I won the reading student of the year award my senior year of high school, basically the book nerd of the year award. I have loved reading since I was little; it has become something that I’m super passionate about. Also, I chose this major because of the intensive writing courses. I love challenging myself when writing a paper. I love constructing a paper out of an idea in your head, then making it cohesive. It astounds me how one can use words to provoke a message and I love every minute of my major because of it. I love the material we read in my classes. Right now, we’re reading a novel and analyzing said novel. It’s amazing how you can view literature from a way and develop an idea about it. I love my professors in the major, they allow you to create your own ideas. They allow you to use your own words.

I’m a strong believer in doing what you love. If you love reading and writing and are passionate about it, I highly suggest you become an English major. It’s a lot of writing and hard work, but it’s all totally worth it. I’ve learned how to look at literature differently as an English major. I’ve learned that words are used deliberately and the author probably used it for a reason. Nothing is always something can be confusing in a way, but analyzing literature makes you look at the world differently. Literature is a direct link to our culture and society. You can develop ideas about both of those when you read a piece of literature. No literature is the same, each piece is unique. When reading a piece from the 1950′s, you will find something different than reading a poem from the 1800′s. Literature shows how the world has developed and changed. I’m done with my rant about how awesome my major is, but I really do recommend this major to anyone who loves to read.

I will leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs on the topic of doing what you love, have an awesome week!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

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I never really thought about why I changed to professional writing. I used to want to become a teacher, then it became too stressful. I have always enjoyed writing, mainly poetry and creative writing.The writing classes here have helped make my writing better. Dr. Sommer keeps asking me to put more detail in my writings so much, but I know that he wants me to succeed at writing. I am always writing something, from poetry, short stories, and journaling in general. Last semester, I wrote a short story for a class and one classmate asked if we wanted them published. So I am a published writer.

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Autumn has Arrived

by Abby Towle October 27, 2014

Autumn in St. Louis has treated me well so far. The trees are beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green and the weather has been around the upper sixties and seventies, amazing! There are many fabulous things I love to do during the fall season and I am excited to share some of those […]

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Fun With Mini Me

by Sarah B. October 23, 2014

This past Friday through Sunday was Siblings Weekend here at Fontbonne. It was an opportunity for my little sister, Kaitlyn, to visit me on campus for the first time since last year. A lot has changed since last year for both of us. She got older and more mature, and our attitude towards each other […]

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How I Became A Part Of the Fontbonne Family

by Raven October 20, 2014

I can’t believe I’m vastly approaching my senior year at Fontbonne! It feels as though I was opening my acceptance letter yesterday. Before I graduated from high school in 2012, (By the way, I am a proud alumni of University City High School… class of 2012… woot! woot!) I had several offers from schools in […]

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My Future Self

by Raven October 20, 2014

Hey Fontys! I’m back! I know when you’re at a family function or talking to a staff member on campus, you probably have been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had your life planned out since you were five. If not (and you’re lucky that you’re […]

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Why Fontbonne

by Tim October 20, 2014

Fontbonne was my only choice. I was going to have a back-up school but then I was accepted here. I love the small class sizes along with the attention I receive from teachers. Also the fact that all of the buildings are so close together makes it easy to get to each of them in […]

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Choosing Fontbonne

by Katie October 20, 2014

Choosing colleges is one of the huge life events that happens after high school. Fontbonne wasn’t a hard pick for me once I knew what was out there.  When searching for colleges, I looked in the Illinois and the Saint Louis area for colleges that offered dietetics programs.  It was Fontbonne vs. a handful of […]

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