30 Holidays In April You Didn't Know About But Will Want To Celebrate

30 Holidays In April You Didn't Know About But Will Want To Celebrate

Farm animals, lima beans, Winston Churchill, and more!
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April isn't just for practical jokes and chocolate bunnies - that's only April 1st. There is something to on every single one of the 29 other days in April, too!

April 1st: April Fool's Day (and Easter this year, too!)

I LOVE April Fool's Day AND Easter, so I am SO excited that they are on the same day this year. Easter themed pranks are so fun to come up with and they are going to be hilarious when I pull them on my family :)

April 2nd: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

It's peanut butter jelly time

April 3rd: National Chocolate Mousse Day

Did you know you can make chocolate mousse with avocados???

April 4th: National School Librarian Day

Take the time to say thank you to your school librarian. I'm sure he or she will appreciate it greatly!

April 5th: National Deep Dish Pizza Day / National Read a Road Map Day

Let's take a road trip to get a deep dish pizza without using a GPS - only real maps!

April 6th: National Caramel Popcorn Day

I. Love. Caramel Corn. That's all I have to say.

April 7th: National Beer Day / National No Housework Day

I guess all you can do is kick back with a cold one and relax!

April 8th: National Zoo Lover's Day

If there was ever a day for a zoo trip, it's National Zoo Lover's Day!

April 9th: National Winston Churchill Day

Someday, I hope I get a national day in my honor, too.

April 10th: National Farm Animals Day / National Siblings Day

Farm animals and siblings are basically of the same breed, right?

April 11th: National Pet Day / National Barber Shop Quartet Day

Pets and barber shop quartets are awesome, so why not try to combine the two?

April 12th: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Nothing beats a super stringy, crispy, grilled cheesey!

April 13th: National Scrabble Day

Lauren is my name and Scrabble is my game.

April 14th: National Pecan Day

There are many ways to eat pecans - pie form, Keebler Sandies cookie form, Little Debbie pinwheel form, chocolate turtles form, plain nut form - so pick on and eat some!

April 15th: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

Who doesn't love a juicy ham dinner?

April 16th: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

You might want to check with your boss before showing up in your onesie.

April 17th: National Haiku Poetry Day

I love poetry

And haikus are cool poems

So this day is cool

April 18th: National Animal Crackers Day

Animal cracker will never go out of style. They are fun to eat, delicious, and a good source of calcium, according to the box!

April 19th: National Garlic Day

The only day that garlic breath is acceptable

April 20th: National Lima Bean Respect Day

I'm not sure if we should be eating Lima beans on their day of respect or just admiring the health benefits they provide - molybdenum, fiber, copper, manganese, folate, phosphorus, protein, etc. - but I'm going to eat them anyway because they are good (and good for you).

April 21st: National Kindergarten Day

Remember being in kindergarten? Those were the days... coloring, snacks, nap time, learning the letters... bring me back to a time when my biggest struggle was velcroing my light up sneakers.

April 22nd: National Earth Day

We should be kind to the Earth every day, but on Earth Day, we should be doing something extra special! Plant a tree, pick up litter along the street, make something cool out of recycled bottles - be creative and eco-friendly!

April 23rd: National Talk Like Shakespeare Day / National Picnic Day

Alloweth us to packeth a picnic and shareth und'r the travelling lamp amidst the green grasses of the academic quad liketh two start cross'd lovers.

April 24th: National Pigs in a Blanket Day

Now here is the question: do you like your "pigs" wrapped in Pillsbury crescent rolls or pancakes???? (I'm team pancake)

April 25th: National Zucchini Bread Day

Fun fact: zucchini bread is a great way to sneak vegetables into someone's diet (@my brother)

April 26th: National Pretzel Day

Soft, crunchy, sourdough, honey wheat, chocolate covered - if it's a pretzel, I'll eat it!

April 27th: National Tell a Story Day

I love telling stories and I love listening to stories... Therefore I already love this day.

April 28th: National Superhero Day

Are you DC or Marvel?

April 29th: National Zipper Day

Does anyone else just find zippers fun?

April 30th: National Oatmeal Cookie Day / National Raisin Day

I'm not ashamed to admit the fact that I am a 20-year-old-grandma nor am I ashamed to admit that oatmeal cookies and raisins are two of my favorite foods. But when you put them together and make oatmeal raisin cookies... now those are just the bee's knees.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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11 Tips For The College Vegetarian

Eating healthy doesn't have to break the bank and leave you rushing out the door to class.

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Five years ago I decided to become a vegetarian. I have learned so much about healthy eating as a student, making meals cheap and quick yet still delicious. From dorm room smoothies to making the most of dining halls, this list will help you follow a vegetarian diet while attending college.

1. Smoothies are your best friend 

Drink your morning breakfast on the go easily by mixing up your favorite ingredients into a blender. Throwing frozen fruit such as strawberries and bananas in a blender with some milk and yogurt creates the perfect morning smoothie. Adding things like almond butter, almond milk, and protein powder will provide you with enough protein to get through your morning. I like to throw some granola on top of my smoothie for an added crunch as I'm drinking it.

2. Cook in bulk 

Pick a day during the week to cook in bulk. Most halls will have a kitchen somewhere in them and you can utilize it to make some food to eat throughout the week. Cook up a large quantity of rice or pasta on the stove top and keep it contained for eating throughout the week. For a quick healthy lunch take some pre-made noodles and heat them up with some vegetables in a microwave.

3. Research opinions on your campus 

College campuses have a variety of places to eat, but the key to finding places that will fit a vegetarian diet is research. You won't find a lot of opinions at commercial fast food chains, such as Chick Fil A or Mcdonald's, so it's important to know what spots to eat at. At the salad bar, you can load up on fresh veggies and dressings. If your campus has hot bar options, you can pick out things like rice, potatoes, vegetarian soups, etc.

4. Master the microwave 

You can make all kinds of meals in a microwave, which will save you time out of your busy college schedule. Amy's makes plenty of frozen vegetarian meals that you can stock up on at your local supermarket (shown in the video above!!) and Gardein makes tons of meat alternatives packed with protein that will satisfy your hunger.

5. Savor some soup 

Whether it's cold on campus or not, a bowl of warm soup is the perfect way to get a quick meal in. Supermarkets carry a variety of soups that only require water and a quick trip to the microwave that tastes great! Next time you're trying to figure out what to eat, try a hearty soup with some crackers and your stomach will thank you.

6. The power of snacks 

Don't neglect your snacks! If you're ever hungry in class, make sure to have healthy snacks with you so you aren't tempted to splurge on expensive unhealthy food. A hangry mind never makes the wisest food choices. Bring along granola, nuts, fruits, and your favorite snacks to munch on.

7. Drink lots of water 

Most health professionals would recommend drinking about half a gallon of water a day to stay hydrated. Water boosts your metabolism, helps your body break down food, flushes out toxins, and other many other health benefits. Vegetarians, vegans, and meat lovers alike all need to drink plenty of it to take better care of their bodies.

8. Talk to your doctor 

Doctors are the best people to talk to when going through a dietary change. They are educated and qualified to answer the questions you may have. For newer vegetarians, they have packets full of advice and recipes that can start you out. For long-time vegetarians, they often recommend a B-12 vitamin to make sure you don't become vitamin deficient while not eating meat.

9. Replace unhealthy foods 

Don't bring unhealthy food that is going to tempt you into your dorm. Try to avoid super sugary foods and instead eat some fruit if your sweet tooth comes calling. Replace candy with healthy snacks such as nuts, and opt for whole grain options rather than refined grains (white bread/rice).

10. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.

Most colleges will have a fitness center that you can use to workout in. Part of taking care of your body is exercising it often. Find time in your schedule for a quick trip to the gym or maybe even consider taking a fitness class such as boxing or yoga.

11. Listen to your body 

The vegetarian diet isn't for everyone and there is no reason that you should let yourself go hungry ever. Maintaining it while living in a dorm, surrounded by fast food, makes it a difficult task to manage. So if it is something you want to do and believe in, go for it! If not there's no reason to beat yourself up over it.

Lastly, celebrate yourself. Maintaining a vegetarian diet is no easy task, especially for a busy student looking to save cash. Give yourself a pat on the back for eating healthy and contributing to the betterment of the planet. You deserve it.

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