Six Reasons Why I Owe My Life to LaCroix
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Six Reasons Why I Owe My Life to LaCroix

Nothing can beat its fruity-essenced, zero calorie and bubbly goodness.

The can design.
It's fun, colorful and the Campbell's soup can of our time. In fact, there is an upcoming art exhibit in San Francisco dedicated solely to the vibrant and exciting beverage. The exhibit is sold out, by the way. Just like how the Pamplemousse flavor is almost always sold out at Safeway.

The taste.
I could write odes to the subdued and layered essence of fruity deliciousness that is La Croix. Just one sip of Passion Fruit brings me straight to a tropical island getaway. Except the pools are full of carbonated goodness. A bit of Pamplemousse makes me feel like a trendy French girl eating a grapefruit on a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower. A taste of Tangerine makes me feel like... like I'm eating a tangerine. The point is, LaCroix does so much with so little. The ingredient list on the can is just two or three words long.

Zero calories.
Society is becoming more health conscious by the day. Artificial sweeteners and low-fat foods aren't fooling anyone anymore. It's all about what is organic, natural and nutritious. La Croix combines the bubbly satisfaction of soda with the guiltless appeal of no sugar and no calories. That way, millennials can spend their time killing industries instead of giving money to Big Soda.

You can feel like a superior hipster when you drink it.
LaCroix is popular enough that you can converse about it with strangers and obscure enough so that you feel special. It hits that happy medium where you can feel like you are a unique and talented individual. You don't give your money to Big Soda. Big Soda wants you since you're entering your peak consumerism years. But you won't give them your money. Nope. You have LaCroix.

There are catchy songs about it.
If you haven't heard LaCroix Boi by Big Dipper, then crack open a cold one and take a listen. The video is smooth, campy and colorful, just like our favorite carbonated fruity beverage. Has anyone written such a beautiful anthem to soda? Probably not. Not even that catchy acapella tune about Coke that you hear in the theaters.

You can design your own can and flavor with the (unaffiliated) website mylacroix.
Do you think Big Soda would let you exercise this type of creative freedom? Nope. It's absolutely fun to create new flavors and colors with the site. The simple and beautiful design of LaCroix cans means that there can be endless variations that you can try out. LaCroix would never hurt you. LaCroix encourages you to be your best self. LaCroix is your wingman. Your best friend. LaCroix, please sponsor me.

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Six Cocktails To Make This Summer

Who doesn't love a homemade cocktail?!

Sun's out, drinks up! One of my favorite things about summer is the day drinking, and we've got the best summery cocktails for you to try! Whether you're at the beach, by the pool, or just lounging on the patio, you'll need a pitcher of some sort of alcoholic concoction!

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria
It's like the big-kid version of strawberry lemonade! You'll need two thinly sliced lemons, one apple (cored and sliced, any kind), one cup of lengthwise-cut strawberries, one bottle of white wine (chardonnay or sauvignon blanc works best), half-a-cup of rum, and four cups of lemon-lime soda. Pour the wine over a pitcher full of all the fruit and refrigerate for about four hours. Take it out, pour the lemon lime soda, and drink up!

Raspberry Limoncello
Because what's summer without Prosecco, right? All you'll need is three cups of chilled Prosecco, one cup of chilled limoncello liqueur, one cup of frozen raspberries, and six sprigs of fresh mint. In a large pitcher, mix the Prosecco and limoncello together, then serve over the raspberries, garnished with fresh mint. YUM!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
This is for all you little whiskey girls out there. Gather up 12 oz. of fresh blackberries, half a cup of sugar, 7.5 oz of whiskey, 7.5 oz of lemon juice, one large rosemary sprig, and 6 oz of blackberry simple syrup. There are two parts to this fancy summer drank. For the blackberry syrup, put the blackberries and sugar into a small sauce pan over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the syrup to get the seeds out, then let it cool. Combine the syrup and the rest of the ingredients into a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake it (ow ow). Pour over ice into glasses and serve!

Maui Island Breeze
Vodka time! You can make it as a single drink or into a punch. To make it into a punch, you'll need 36 oz of pineapple juice, 12 oz of vodka (or more), half a cup of cranberry juice, and up to one liter of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Pour over ice, mix it up, and enjoy!

Palomas
My favorite... Tequila! You'll need 1.5 cups of tequila, 4.5 cups of grapefruit soda, juice from six limes, and a few extra limes to garnish with. Combine the tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with that lime. Cheers!

Ginger Peach Moscow Mule
Moscow Mules are the bosses of beer cocktails. To serve four, you'll need three large peaches, peeled ginger root, a fourth cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water, 6 oz. of vodka, 2 cups of ginger beer, lime or lemon for garnish. For the puree, cut the peaches in half and remove the pit (do not peel). Slice the peaches and reserve four slices for garnish. Combine the peach slices, ginger root, lemon juice, and water into a blender and puree until smooth. To make each cocktail, combine one cup of the puree with vodka in a large shaker filled with ice and shake until frosty. Divide into glasses over ice. Pour half a cup of ginger beer into each mug. Garnish with a lemon/lime and peach slice. Serve immediately!

With these recipes, you're sure to be the hostess with the mostest this summer... and for sure get your party on. Invite friends over for the day and play around with these recipes, because half of the fun is making them with the squad! You've got all summer, and every kind of liquor, so start experimenting! Warning: May Cause Lots of Running Man challenges.

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Best Bars at Boston University

Nothin' like some Bah-stun bee-ah.

This is real college research, let's be honest. You're in college, so why not figure out where the best drinks are and go try them?! From favorite campus bars to unique drinks that you have to try before you graduate, listen up BU students, this one's for you.

T's Pub.
Every campus has its "pride and joy" bar, the one that you don't take mom, dad, or dates to. It's on campus solely to pack full of students until the last call. Don't go searching for a vodka soda, because they mainly offer a wide variety of domestic and craft beers.

Dugout.
Your classic, old-fashioned dive bar that offers free popcorn with all of your pitchers of beer. Don't look too closely at the floors, and take it for what it's worth. It's a cafe by day, and a legendary bar by night. BU students feel initiated after visiting this bar.

Joshua Tree.
You can come here for the food, but most just enjoy the unique drinks. Most recommended is the "Plain Filthy" cocktail (FYI: it contains blue cheese-stuffed olives).

Bleacher Bar.
Too cool to not visit! This bar is located in the heart of Boston, directly inside Fenway Park. You can literally pull up a stool and watch a Sox game; not the best view, but still there! It's as simple as ordering up a rum and coke and enjoying the atmosphere.

Drink.
If that isn't a blunt name, I don't know what is. This bar is solely focused on their art of mixology, which is exciting if you love cocktails. What goes down is that you basically tell them what flavor sounds good, and they will make something that matches it. One of the most unique concoctions is the chocolate truffle martini. I'm so down for that.

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5 Totally Amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes You Have To Try

Because who doesn't love grilled cheese?

1. Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
Merging these two classic snacks is sure to have your taste buds celebrating. This recipe is the perfect combo of garlic-y goodness and gooey, cheesy bliss. Try dipping this sandwich in marinara sauce instead of tomato soup to complete the delectable treat.


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2. Caprese Grilled Cheese
Do you absolutely love mozzarella cheese? This grilled cheese is the right one for you. It combines fresh mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes on good thick Italian bread to send your taste buds on an all expense paid trip to Italia. Molto delizioso! Click here for the full recipe.


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3. Pizza Grilled Cheese
What do you do when you're craving pepperoni pizza but also a gooey grilled cheese? Combine the two! You can make this delicious sandwich with or without meat to satisfy your cheesy craving. Follow this recipe and you will be left completely satisfied.


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4. Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese
If you're in the mood for something a little bit sweeter, try this fresh and fruity twist on the classically savory dish. The combination of fresh blueberries and soft brie cheese is sure to have you rethinking your grilled cheese habits. Click here for the full recipe.


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5. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
If you like things hot and spicy, try this fiery snack to give your taste buds that kick they desire. Combining the heat from the jalape?os and the cooling factor from the cream cheese, you will be left more satisfied than ever.


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If you weren't hungry at the beginning of this post, I bet you are now. Go heat up your skillet and get cooking! Bon appetit!


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5 Reasons to Start Your Morning With a Cup of Coffee

A life saver.

I was never somebody who drank a lot of coffee or caffeine in general, until I came to college. Now I physically and mentally turn into a nasty troll when I don't get to sit in bed and sip my morning coffee peacefully before the whirlwind of my day begins.

If you're one of those people who can naturally wake up at the crack of dawn or instantly be in a great mood all day without losing energy, then good for you. Some of us weren't blessed in that way, which is why I'm here to tell you that coffee can seriously be your saving grace.

It's a great way to clear your mind before your day begins.
Waking up seven minutes earlier than you normally would just to sit in bed and drink your coffee is the most worthwhile thing I've learned to do in my 20's. Sitting in bed with your cup of coffee and zoning out, watching TV, or scrolling through social media can put your mind at ease - even if only for a few minutes.

It will make you poop.
And don't pretend like you don't enjoy a morning poop before you have to run to the office or class or wherever you're headed to that day. You'll feel lighter, happier, and more accomplished already.

Coffee can actually help your body burn fat.
Research shows that caffeine's effect on the central nervous system can increase your metabolism. Caffeine is a stimulant which is designed to increase neural firing in the brain, helping you feel more physically awake and active.

It's a much better alternative to other stimulating drinks like soda and energy drinks.
Even if you load your coffee with creamer and sugar, it's STILL a better alternative than drinking a sugar-loaded energy drink or can of soda. If you're one of those people who doesn't like the taste of black coffee and has to pour cream and sugar in your mug, then try switching to milk and Splenda, or buying low-fat coffee creamers.

It can be extremely good for your liver.
Ever wonder why coffee is known to help hangovers? Your liver, which is an immensely vital organ, is very vulnerable and easily hurt by excess alcohol consumption. Cirrhosis is the deterioration of the liver and is very detrimental to your body. Studies show that drinking coffee can lower your risk of Cirrhosis by as much as 80 percent.

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8 Weird Homemade Acne Solutions

Having good skin and smelling like a bowl of cinnamon yogurt is a pretty good combination.

1. Egg Whites
Let me explain this first before you call me out as being full of shit. If you think about this one on like a deeply psychological and philosophical level, it makes sense. Like it sort of inherently sounds right if I am like, oh an egg, which is full of hypothetical life and part of the life-making process helps you beautify yourself.

Basically, egg whites help rid your skin of dirt when they dry on your face. They also help moisturize. You can also use the yolks in like a custard thing and treat yourself after you use the egg whites for a mask. I don't know. I'm trying to be creative. Sorry.

2. Greek Yogurt
OK, this one will fuck you up. This is super weird, but I kid you not, after you put it on, your skin will feel the cleanest it has ever felt in its entire life.

Just scoop some plain Greek yogurt out, put it all up on your face, leave it on until it's sort of hardened and then wash off. You will be a little red, but your skin will feel majestic.

The only downside to this one is that it smells super strongly of Greek yogurt because it is literally just Greek yogurt on your face. However, you can mix spices in like cinnamon, which is actually also good for your skin, and you will smell like a wondrous yogurt bowl. And isn't that the goal of life: to have good skin and smell like a bowl of cinnamon yogurt?

3. Honey
It's sticky, but there is a reason why honey is called the golden syrup. Honey is strangely super good for you. I had no idea that it is an anti-inflammatory agent, locks in moisture, and leaves your skin feeling like a baby's bottom.

Also, sometimes after I put the honey on as a mask, I'll get some apples, cut them up, and scrape off the leftover residue. I'm joking... I am. Trust me. I AM OK.

4. Black Sugar
I know it sounds weird to put sugar on your face when the number one rule for your entire life has been that sugar causes breakouts, but it works. Basically, the small crystals of the sugar are great for exfoliating.

If you mix some of the sugar with the honey, rub the scrub into your face, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes, your skin will feel baby smooth. Plus, the scrub helps stop future breakouts. Honestly, when I found this out I shed a single tear, because in my wildest dreams, I never thought that sugar could become any more fantastic.

5. Turmeric
You might have heard of this one or walked in on one of your roommates covered in a yellowish-orangish face mask. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory agent, and when you mix it with apple cider vinegar (I'll talk about it later, don't freak out) it also helps soak up excess oils on your face. So use it. Or don't. I can only do so much.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar
I'm honestly pretty sure ACV is going to be the next kale, in that it is the next super food. ACV is literally good for everything (sort of also like coconut oil (which is also good for your skin (especially scars))). Like put it in your hair, take a shot of it, or put a thin, diluted layer on your skin and watch the magic.

Tbh, it does smell like a crap load of just super fragrant vinegary apples; but, beauty. And, I mean, beauty costs a price, and apparently that price is however much a gallon of ACV is.

7. Baking Soda
So baking soda is pretty much just like a weird exfoliant. It sort of makes sure your pH levels are all leveled out. Basically, just imagine that your face right now is a sticky piece of dough -- its not pretty, and its rather raw and inedible.

However, when you add that baking soda, man does your face rise. You rise. You are like a wonderful piece of dough that has been baked to perfection. Just add some of it to some water, or if you are a fancy hipster, to some rose water, to make a paste and then baking soda the shit out of your skin. Yes, I just used baking soda as a verb. Deal with it.

8. Hydrogen Peroxide
HEAR ME OUT! I PROMISE I AM NOT A HORRIBLE PERSON! Hydrogen peroxide, when diluted and used correctly, can do wonders to the skin. I sort of want to leave you wanting more, so I won't say too much, but def look this one up.

I also don't wanna give you the wrong information, but hydrogen peroxide, yes. Yes. But also, if you're set on using this, talk to your doctor first.