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Hi everyone!  This is my first blog post to my new series called, “Get Inspired to Help”.  It is my hope that through this section of my blog, some of you will either become more aware of how to help in you community, or be inspired to create your own ways of giving back.  When I became aware that DoSomething.org and H&M had partnered together for a cause called, “Comeback Clothes”, I knew I had to help.

Being a fashion major in college, I have been educated in some of my classes on the danger that clothes can bring to our environment.  I learned that it takes an unbelievable amount of energy, and water to make textiles.  Not only so, but every year, 11.1 million tons of clothing that could be recycled ends up in landfills.  We need to be conserving energy and landfill space, and you guys can help!

When I came home for the summer from college, I grabbed a big box and I started sorting through my closet for clothes that were stained, ruined, bleached, etc.  Any kind of clothing that can no longer be worn is perfect for this campaign!  So feel free to grab that white shirt that you accidentally dyed pink in the wash and throw it in the box.  Next, go through your closet a second time and look for clothing that isn’t ruined, but you would no longer like to keep for whatever reason.  H&M and DoSomething will be donating clothing that is in good condition to people who need it!

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Before you go and drop those clothes off, snap a picture with yourself and your clothes and post it to DoSomething.org.  A person will be chosen at random to win a $10,000 dollar scholarship from submitted pictures!  Now go ahead and take that box to your nearest H&M drop-off location.  If you have a lot of clothes it might be a good idea to call before hand and give them a heads up!  This campaign is ending on June 20th so go through those clothes A.S.A.P.! ( :

You can also text DROP to 38383 for 15% off of your next H&M purchase and it is another way to enter for the scholarship!

If any of you decide to do this campaign because you saw my post, hashtag #GetInspiredWithNicole on either Instagram or Twitter!  I would love to see what you guys are up too ( :

Love,

Nicole ♡

tumblr_inline_n84h3cRzEQ1sop1mjHi everyone!  Sometimes when I go to make breakfast I want something that is cheery and uplifting in the morning that I can get excited about making.  You can make a few of these for a filling breakfast, or just one for a snack!

Okay, so let’s get into it!  All you will need for this idea is:

 A waffle maker

☼ Strawberries

☼ Bananas

☼ A cherry

Here is the recipe for your waffle: 

✿ 2 cups all-purpose flour

✿ 1 teaspoon salt

✿ 4 teaspoons baking powder

✿ 2 tablespoons white sugar

✿ 2 eggs

✿ 1 ½ cups warm milk

✿ 1/3 cup butter (melted)

✿ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat until well blended.

When you are done making your waffle batter…

1.) Preheat your waffle maker

2.) Pour your waffle batter into the waffle maker once it has finished preheating.  Use enough batter to fill the mold, making sure there aren’t any thin areas.

3.) When my waffle is done, the waffle maker makes a sound like a fire alarm, but your waffle makers will obviously vary.

4.) Okay, this is probably the hardest part even though it’s really not hard at all.  My waffle maker is shaped in hearts, so to make the cone I had to cut off the top part of the heart straight off leaving the triangle shape. Depending on what your waffle shape is, you may just have to freehand cut it.  Waffles are pretty simple to cut, so you probably won’t’ have too hard a time.  Additionally, the recipe makes a few waffles so if you mess up, you can just try again!

5.) Arrange your cone on the plate first.  Then cut one banana and about six strawberries into flat pieces.  Arrange them in whatever order you like!  I chose to make the strawberries the bottom scoop and the bananas the top.  Grab a maraschino cherry and dry it off so it doesn’t dye your waffles red.  Place the cherry at the top and you are done.  Have fun! (:

Love, 

Nicole ♡

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Hello everyone!  I am so glad to be back and blogging for you guys after a long few weeks of final exams! ♡ I don’t know about any of you, but my summer vacation has officially started now that my semester is over and I couldn’t be more relieved and excited.  It’s been a long semester of going out to eat and late night pizza runs with all my friends, but now that summer is here I’m ready to get back to a more healthy lifestyle.

Smoothies are my ideal healthy summer beverage.  They pack tons of nutrients, act really filling, and provide the perfect boost of energy.  My favorite thing to do with a smoothie is drink is before a workout because I find it really helps me get through some exhausting cardio.  Today, I’m going to show you guys how to make a smoothie that has a lot of different flavors in one.  (WARNING: If you hate the combination of peach, blueberries, and bananas, this probably isn’t for you!)

Ingredients:

✔ 1 cup Almond Breeze almond milk

✔ 1 Newman’s Own Greek peach yogurt

✔ ½ cup frozen bananas

✔ ½ cup frozen blueberries

✔ ½ tablespoon honey

Okay, so this is super simple from here!  Put all your ingredients in a blender.  The order of the ingredients really doesn’t matter other than the honey.  Personally, I would put the honey in last so it sits on top of your other ingredients and doesn’t get lost at the bottom of the blender. Put the top on the blender and blend everything on high.  When its all throughly blended take a spoon and taste it for sweetness.  If it’s not sweet enough add more honey.  Now pour your purple drink in a fun cup like my mason jar, get a cute straw, and your all set!  If desired throw some chia seeds and blueberries on top for some added protein and nutrients.  Enjoy ( :

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Today is Easter Sunday and feeling in the spirit, I decided to make these adorable bunny Peeps cupcakes.  I wanted to share with you how I made them so that you could make some for yourself either today, or even after the holiday has passed (I mean look at them).  That’s year- round cuteness in my opinion.  So, to make these delicious treats I kept it very simple and used boxed cake mix and store-bought frosting, but you can make them from scratch if you would like!  However, if you want to make them exactly how I did, then here is what I purchased:

1.) Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow Cake Mix

2.) Pillsbury Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Frosting

3.) Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter eggs

4.) Two packages of Peeps (pink and purple)

5.) Easter themed toothpicks

After gathering all of your ingredients, the recipe is very simple.  Bake your cupcakes according to the box instructions.  Allow about half an hour for them to cool.  I already had a disposable icing bag with a tip to make the appearance of grass, but if you don’t have this you may need to go purchase one.  There is the option of just frosting the cupcakes normally as well if you don’t want to go for that grassy looking effect.

Now, gently separate your Peep bunny from his bunny friends and stick a toothpick in the bottom of him (I know sounds harsh).  Push it into him just far enough where it won’t stick out from his top and place him into the cupcake using the toothpick piece sticking out.  For decorative effect, you can add a fancy Easter toothpick in his side if you would like.  Finally, place two eggs next to the bunny and you’re done!

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Sometimes it can be hard to find a good healthy snack.  Personally, I know that I get bored sometimes with what is already in my house and I want try something new.  This snack is not only adorable (I’m a sucker for anything remotely cute looking), but it’s also super filling and simple to make!

All you need to do is grab a piece of whole wheat toast and spread a decent amount of peanut butter on it.  From there, take a banana and cut it in half.  Cut off one of the banana halve’s end pieces to make a nose for your bear.  Then take cut two pieces from the opposite side of the banana to make ears.  Now, grab three blueberries and arrange eyes and the tip of the nose on top of the bear.  You’re all done! (:

Want to have your bear as a lunch instead?  Make a 2-3 more for a yummy mid-day treat.