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We can all age can all agree that fall is a pretty spectacular time of the year. Cozy sweaters, warm drinks and hearty foods all remind me of the comforts of fall. Don’t forget to take a break from the chaos to enjoy some of the pleasures of fall.

This week, I’m going share a few fall recipes fit for a college budget!

$4 per Pumpkin Spice latte everyday? No thank you. Here’s on for pennies on the dollar.
1 cup strong coffee, brewed
1 Tbsp half & half or pumpkin spice creamer
1 Tbsp of canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp of honey, sugar, or sweetener (optional, amount as desired)
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Directions: Simple, combine ingredients and stir well!

Single-serving Pumpkin Pancakes.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get in the mood for pancakes for dinner, but I don’t want to waste an entire batch or have pancakes for the next 5 days! After learning you can make healthy single-serving pancakes that are high in protein and filling, I can now satisfy my pancake craving whenever I feel like it!

1/4 cup of flour (whole wheat, oat flour, OR protein powder for extra-filling “power”)
1 egg
1/2 mashed banana
2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp milk (Almond milk, soy, or regular)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg & ginger (optional)
Directions: Beat egg and combine ingredients until well mixed. Heat a pan on medium-low heat and spray with non-stick spray. Form four mini pancakes or two large pancakes. Flip after 1-2 minutes and cook on other side.

Sweet Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip.
This pumpkin-y dip pairs well with apples, pears, crackers, toast and rice cakes.
1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp. of peanut butter
1 tsp each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
1 tsp sweetener of choice or as desired
Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.


The whole month of September is awkward. It’s not super hot and it’s not cold yet. It is hard to tell if you’re safe with shorts or need to go for pants. I am here to help with that! These are five pieces and/or ways for you to conquer the transition between summer and fall.

  1. Jeans

Jeans are a staple that everyone should have in his/her closet. Jeans come in a variety of shades. For the transition time, I would suggest a medium wash jean. Light jeans are for summer and spring and it is not quite time for dark wash yet. A medium jean with a cuffed bottom are perfect for September.



  1. Scarves

Scarves are an item that is typically associated with winter, but these bad boys can be worn all year long! Scarves are a great accessories because they are comfortable and can add a lot to an outfit. For the summer to fall time period, I would suggest a lightly knit scarf in a neutral color.


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  1. Booties

Booties are my favorite fall accessory. You cannot jump straight into your riding boots from your flip flops. You need something to ease you into tall boots. Booties fill that void perfectly! They have the feel and look of boots, but the comfort and ease of short closed toed shoes. These are the perfect transitioning piece because they can be worn with jeans and a tee or a flowy dress, and many more outfits!

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  1. Light Cardigans

Light Cardigans provide the warmth of a long sleeved shirt, but gives the opportunity to take it off if it gets too hot outside. It can be 60 to 85 in one day here in Missouri, so having outfits that can easily transition is a must. Once again, I vouch for neutral colors when selected a cardigan because it goes with more outfits that way. I almost only wear neutrals in the fall. Having a couple of cardigans in a variety of length and shades is always a good idea!

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  1. Nail polish

Although this technically isn’t a piece of clothing, nail polish is definitely a key accessory. Nail color can change an entire outfit, for better or worse. The neutral police strike again with warm and natural nail colors for the changeover from summer to fall. Go out and treat yourself to a mani/pedi in one of these colors!!


These five items can help you and your friends say see ya later to the end of summer and welcome fall like an old friend. I have included all of the links for the items if you are interested in knowing more about them, or want to buy! Keep your eyes out for my next blog and be sure to comment your thoughts and share with your friends. Until next week…




Hey there, fellow Griffins! I’m back for another school year of blogging! I’m so happy I get to share my tips, experiences and advice with you all. I’ll give you a little update on where I’m at currently in my life, because its been a while since my last blog.

I am officially in my third year here at Fontbonne. I moved back on campus the second week of August because I was a freshman orientation leader, or WING Leader. I was one leader out of 18 who helped freshmen transition into college through our orientation program. It was my second year being an orientation leader and I absolutely loved it! I had a great group of students and an awesome partner! Orientation is such a great experience! (Below is a picture of me and my orientation group.)1

After orientation wrapped up, I headed straight into classes which unfortunately I already have a lot of homework in. :( I like all of them so far though, it’s just a lot of work! All of my classes are specifically in accordance with my major, so I am done with general education courses which is a blessing! I don’t have to worry about taking a dreaded science or literature class.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy since I started school is the organization that I am secretary for, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Its a national leadership honor society whose alums includes Joe Biden, Peyton Manning, Sheryl Crow and many more. Our applications to be a member of the group went out the day classes started. Myself and the other executive members and faculty advisors have been working hard on deciding who’s a best fit for the group and when we will inform them of our decision. I think being secretary for ODK will keep me busy all year! (Below is a picture of the 2015-2016 Fontbonne University ODK Executive Team.)


Those are just a couple of the many things I’ve been doing since I got back to Fontbonne’s beautiful campus! I’m starting to get my schedule down and get back in the swing of things. I can’t wait to blog for you guys this year! Keep checking back each week for one of my new blogs or a post by another blogger!



St. Louis in the Fall

by Sarah on November 20, 2014

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Hmm …autumn, what is there not to talk about for this season and the city of St. Louis?!  Honestly.  I love living here in general but when fall comes around, my heart just flutters with joy because of all the color around to see!  The trees are changing, as well as falling, the temperature begins to drop and take a change of course, more family events and dinners occur – which means much more family bonding of course!!  As well as my birthday and my sister’s birthday since we share the same birthday month, that of being October.  Now sadly October does not have a special background of origin as compared to January, February, March, April, May, June, July or August basically.

Going back to what I was saying about the several kinds of trees in St. Louis…where can I even begin?! There are so many colors that I see just from my drive to and from campus each day! There are several trees in Forest Park – which I used to know the exact number of how many different kinds of trees but much more than I would ever know. I know that certain things that make St. Louis so great in the fall would be the little events and traditions that go on that some of us may not even be aware of. Such as the “Best of Missouri Fest” that takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where several companies come together to share some of their products for possible customers to purchase. I know that whenever my family attends, we come home with 3-4 caramel apples from our favorite little shop. Also there is pumpkin picking at Eckert’s Farm, where you can choose any pumpkin of varying sizes to take home and then carve for Halloween.

Now I will say that I am beginning to love hiking though it depends on where. My boyfriend and I actually love taking walks outside in the neighborhood, now sure, that is not the same as hiking, but we make sure to go for bike rides on Grant’s Trail through the city as well as county.  Bonfires, now those are the best! A group of friends of mine have been planning on meeting up a few times each month just to go outside and have a bonfire with this horrible cold weather coming upon us, so we must make the best of it! Roasting marshmallows and creating the best s’more possible!

I will say that fall traditions vary from person to person but making sure to share those traditions with others makes fall even better, because there are more opportunities to spend amounts of time with friends in one of the best seasons possible for this city. There is so much color and beauty out there – so make sure to spend time exploring it while you can as well as creating more memories with friends along the way!


Happy Halloween!

by Katie October 30, 2014

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 […]

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Fall Delights

by Taylor October 30, 2014

This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe! I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great […]

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Autumn has Arrived

by Abby 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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My Fall: Running and Coffee Shops

by Cathy October 23, 2014

My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall […]

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Fall Favorites!

by Katie October 23, 2014

I have a confession.  Fall is by far my favorite time of year! Who could blame me?  The trees are every shade of red, orange, and yellow imaginable, you can stock up on pumpkin-flavored-everything, and can enjoy my all-time favorite fall activity… apple picking.  There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy fall, these are just […]

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Fall Activities

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2014

Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. […]

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