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A Time To Be Thankful

by Dani on November 23, 2015

in Extracurricular

Thanksgiving is literally only a few days away, and it feels like time has flown since the beginning of the semester. Out in the stores it looks more like Christmas, which I’ve always found a little sad. Thanksgiving should be celebrated with just as much fanfare. To me, Thanksgiving has always been mostly about family. My family is very big on cooking, we love making things from scratch and trying new recipes. The ability to be with my family, cooking, catching up, trading stories, is one of the most precious things in life. It’s certainly one of the main things I’m thankful for every holiday season.

It’s hard sometimes, to be 5 plus hours away from everyone, but at the same time it makes me appreciate the time we do spend together that much more. Everyone in my family seems to have a job at every gathering to help get the meal prepared, even if it’s as simple as staying out of my grandma’s way when she’s pulling something out of the oven. The food is always creative and delicious, especially my grandma’s five star desserts. I’m pretty sure she could’ve been a pastry chef in a past life. We are very fortunate to have a full table for the holidays. I’m also thankful for every moment I get to see my grandpa; he’s almost 90 now, and if a man could live forever on stubbornness, I believe he would. He also tells some of the best stories from when he was younger and served in the army during the Korean war. Our family is blessed to have my grandparents as the heads of the family.

My family also loves to have a few good games of cards after food and a short nap. We play a lot of different kinds of card games and usually there’s more laughing and yelling across the table than anything, it’s the best kind of uproar. At some point, one of my aunts or my cousin will get too loud and my grandpa yells at them to be quiet, it always makes us laugh more. That’s not to say we don’t have our family drama and our bickering moments, but at the end of the day we all know how important family is and how thankful we are for each other.


This Valentine's Day, fall in love with your health St. Louis!

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health!

Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not!

1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate!

Billions of dollars in chocolate is sold this time of year. In fact, over 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold JUST for Valentine’s Day! If you wish to be a part of that statistic, make sure you buy dark chocolate. 70% dark chocolate or higher is a great source of antioxidants. In fact, one study found the dark chocolate may have more antioxidants than blueberries or acai berries. So go ahead! Savor that rich, delicious taste! (As if you needed another reason to!) Here are some of the best places to buy chocolate in St. Louis!

2. Make A Fancy Dinner At Home

Studies have shown that cooking dinner at home is one of the best ways to stay on top of your health! So why not show off some culinary skills by cooking a great meal, either for your significant other or for your friends! If you are having a Gal-entine’s Day with all the girls, invite everyone to bring a homemade dish! Not sure if your skills are up to par? See Dierberg’s School of Cooking for special Valentine-themed classes!

3.  Run For Chocolate

If you wish to take #1 to the next level, then the St. Louis Run for Chocolate 5K is for you! This race kicks off in front of the Bissingers Historic Chocolate Factory on Valentine’s Day morning. Participants get a goodie bag full of chocolate, a finisher medal, and a delectable chocolate fountain awaiting them at the finish line! You can run in one of four categories; “on the market”, “off the market”, “happy couple”, or “it’s complicated” (for teams of 3.) I would say doing a 5K and feasting on chocolate is the epitome of a healthy (and happy!) Valentine’s Day! Registration is $35 or $40 the day of the race.

4. Take A Hike

Fancy a romantic evening stroll? Then look no further than the Valentine’s Day Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve. Enjoy walking through the nature reserve and gazing at the stars through their on-site telescope! After the hike, warm up with some hot drinks and yummy desserts! Check out their site for more information on registration.

5. Have A Laugh

A study done found that laughing 15 minutes a day can burn up to 10-40 calories! So spend the evening at Happily Ever Laughter: A Valentine’s Day Party, which features stars Liz Callaway and Jason Graae. This Valentine’s Day comedy hour could burn up to about 160 calories! The best part? You will actual have fun doing it! The event will be held at Wash U’s Music Center at 8pm on Valentine’s night. For more information and to buy tickets, visit their website.

What are your plans for enjoying Valentine’s Day?!

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more healthy lifestyle tips and yummy, nutritious recipes!

-XOXO Hannah

PS: Also be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I love being social!! :)


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 😀 ) 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!



Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers.

A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper.  The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.

Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies.  My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.

Smuckers are a wonderful cookie!  They are like mini pies!  And so delicious!  This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of.  The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside.  There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie.  This creates a wonderful little pie.

These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?


Free Frozen Yogurt!

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

Can you believe that there is an event to eat frozen yogurt for FREE? I participated in a “holiday preview” event to help FroYo, a frozen yogurt company, taste new holiday flavors, and then I got a whole cup of frozen yogurt for FREE after I ranked those flavors. Here is the rule for the […]

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Holiday Traditions

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I have always found the Holidays very stressful!  At first it was because my mom, dad, sister and I lived out of state so instead of a time of relaxing and celebration we were baking, packing, traveling, and living from a suitcase.  It was never relaxing or fun.  Now that we are back in-state, the […]

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12 Hours of Christmas

by Alumni Posts December 4, 2013

For the Fontbonne community, yesterday was a fun day. The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities hosted an event called the 12 hours of Christmas. This event consisted of 12 hours of fun filled activities. It began at 9 am with the Christmas Coffee House where Owen Pye sang Christmas Carols and there were […]

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12 Hours of Christmas

by Alumni Posts December 4, 2013

Since it’s after Thanksgiving, it’s time to officially start celebrating Christmas. Fontbonne did so by hosting 12 Hours of Christmas. All of campus is decorated inside and out to get in the spirit. This was a day full of fun holiday events. The lineup of each hour is as follows. 9 a.m. – Coffee house: […]

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It’s Thanksgiving Not Christmas.

by Alumni Posts December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving break was much needed. I needed time with my family, time away from Clayton and time away from school. I did not go home for break, but I went to North County to spend time with all my extended family. My parents are the odd balls that are still in Illinois. I love Thanksgiving. […]

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What are you Thankful for?

by Alumni Posts December 2, 2013

Today is the day that I count the blessings God has given me.  I’m thankful for having a family that gives me unconditional support and love. For the long-lasting friendships I’ve made throughout the years and the friendships I made in the past few months.  I’m thankful for the struggles I had to overcome; without […]

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