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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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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?

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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 game:

Step 1. The clerk gave me a tasting card, and also gave me four small cups for “mystery flavor” frozen yogurt. I tasted them individually, and ranked them from 1-4. I called them mystery flavor, because this clerk didn’t tell me what I ate.

Step 2. After I gave my ranked list to the clerk, the clerk told me the name of each mystery flavor. Then, I got a free cup to fill with the frozen yogurt I wanted from the holiday flavors. In addition, they also gave participants a “Buy one get one free” card to thank us for being tasters.

Step 3: On the next day, I received an email from FroYo telling me that the winning flavors are Mountain Mint Chocolate and Chocolate La Rouge. Apparently, chocolate is still the popular flavor for this holiday.

I like to be a taster because I like to taste new food, so this event was so much fun for me! If you don’t fear tasting new flavors and are interested in tasting, they have this event every fall or winter season. Just google “FroYo Exclusive Holiday Preview,” and you will have a chance to try the FREE frozen yogurt tasting also receive a free cup of frozen yogurt!

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Alumni Posts

Holiday Traditions

by Alumni Posts on December 9, 2013

in Extracurricular

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 holiday celebrations are at our house.  So again, no relaxing just baking, decorating, cleaning etc.

One tradition I created with my grandma to help relax during this time was to go to Our Lady of the Snows on a weeknight, early, right as they open and just slowly go through each indoor and outdoor display.  Not only was it relaxing because there wasn’t much of a crowd on a weeknight but also because we went early and could spend the whole night just slowly enjoying the decorations.  My grandma was addicted to holiday lights, it seemed.  Any time she saw lights up, even if it was a meager house display we had to pull over and admire them.  I never took the time to ask her why she liked looking at lights; there is always a reason why we enjoy the things we do.

This year I plan on continuing that tradition, just a little differently.  My grandma is no longer with me to take to see the lights, so instead I plan on beginning this with my godsons who have moved back from Georgia.  They are 5 and 2.  And the 5-year-old seems to have a similar addiction to holiday light displays!

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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 Carlyn 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 Corie 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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

by Carlyn November 26, 2013

Once again, another visual display has been completed in the windows of Anheuser-Busch Hall. For my visual merchandising class, this was the last installation assignment, which was bitter sweet. It’s a bit of a relief to know that winter break is just around the corner. That being said, I am really going to miss the […]

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It’s the Holiday Season

by Conner November 25, 2013

It’s that time of year again. We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, a month from Christmas, then my birthday, and New Year’s! With these holidays come breaks from school, or times I usually think to be associated with relaxation and a lot less stress. I have a feeling this year will be different. […]

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