Hungry for Valentines Day?

Hungry for Valentines Day?

Here's where you can chow down.
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Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14th. If you're anything like me, Valentine's Day does not necessarily mean buying presents and going out with that someone special, but for finding the places with Valentine's day themed food to eat with your best friends. Galentines, if you will. So if you are looking for places to get some special treats, just keep on scrolling.

Looking for breakfast? At Chick Fil A you can get chick-n-minis in a heart shaped box.

Need to get caffinated? Starbucks has three limited time molten chocolate drinks that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Papa John's is serving up a heart shaped pizza, because pizza is always the answer. You could also add a brownie too!

If you are around the Fredericksburg area, Mason-Dixon diner is hosting an anti-valentines day. Sweatpants and an appetite are encouraged.

Finally, some of us have our prefrences between Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts. If you are looking for dessert (or really any meal of the day) Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts are making heart shaped donuts. Dunkin' is also offering new flavored swirled coffee for those of us who like coffee without the coffee flavor.


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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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7 Things That Happened When I Made the Switch From Coffee To Matcha

Matcha green tea provides several health benefits without jittery feelings and energy crashes.

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Like any busy college student, I absolutely adore coffee. Sweet, bitter, cold or hot, I embrace the popular beverage in any form at any time of the day. As semesters passed, I realized I had an unhealthy dependence on coffee. Even though I enjoyed my daily ritual, I'd experience headaches, jitters and feelings of crankiness, especially on stressful days when I have downed multiple cups of black coffee.

I turned to matcha green tea when I learned how beneficial and healthy the beverage is when being compared to coffee. Not only is matcha tea loaded with antioxidants, it also creates a calm alertness without the side effects of adrenal stress and energy crashes.

After transitioning from coffee to matcha, I'm able to reap all the health benefits without feeling jittery or headachy. Keep reading to see if matcha tea could potentially change your daily routine as well.

I did not experience a mid-afternoon crash.

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  • When a few hours have passed since I downed my morning cup of joe, I'd undergo an exhausting crash my mid-afternoon. This would usually cause me to pour another cup of coffee just to get through a day of schoolwork and extracurricular activity.
  • When I made the switch, I felt more productive throughout the day and was able to keep my energy up without experiencing a crash. This is because caffeine in matcha tea absorbs more slowly in the body than coffee does.

2. My skin cleared up.

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As weeks passed, I noticed that my skin was brighter and clearer. I had less acne and the dark circles underneath my eyes were starting to lighten. Since matcha is filled with antioxidants, it is common to have a natural glow in the skin.

3. I felt less anxious.

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Matcha helped energize me without making me feel jittery or nervous. The beverage is a natural mood-booster since it increases the secretions of serotonin and dopamine in the body.

4. I slept better at night.

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At times of great stress and respective coffee consumption, my sleeping habits were dreadful; I wouldn't be able to fall asleep and when I did, I constantly woke up in the middle of the night. When I drank matcha green tea in the morning, it was much easier to fall asleep at night and wake up early the next day.

5. I had a little bit more time to get ready in the morning.

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Matcha green tea was easier to prepare than freshly brewed coffee. Since the tea required a minimum amount of equipment, I had a few more minutes in the morning to get ready for work or class.

6. I had better breath.

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Coffee leaves an aroma in your mouth while simultaneously staining your teeth. Matcha, on the other hand, fights unhealthy bacteria that causes plaque to build up.

7. I snacked less.

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Unhealthy cravings and the constant desire to snack were greatly diminished when I drank matcha tea. I felt more satiated and less hungry when I made the switch, since coffee raises cortisol (a stress hormone) levels in the body.

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