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Need a Productivity Boost? Try These Apps to Get You Going

The following was written by JT Ripton, a writer who has contributed to Teach.com, Apartments.com8 eights to help you stay focused, CollegeRecruiter.com, and other sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @JTRipton.

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Don’t you love those days where you work hard and get a lot done? You check tons of items off your to-do list and feel super productive. Well, if you don’t have many days like that, take a look at these eight apps that will help get you going.

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7 Lucky Looks for St. Patrick’s Day

7 Lucky Looks for St. Paddy's Day

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. Instead of wearing green socks like you did last year, show off your Irish side with some fashionably fun accessories. Don’t worry, we’ve found some easy ways to go green. From college-themed green garb to a lucky rainbow look, here are 7 outfit ideas to take your St. Patrick’s Day from boring to blarney — because everyone is a wee bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

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Combine Exercise & Study to Learn Better

Absorb more info when you combine exercise and study.

As a student, my New Year’s resolutions usually always included some form of promising to exercise, eat healthier, and study more. Sometimes they would come out as a plea to the universe rather than a list of ways to improve myself in the New Year: “Please please please let me get all As and have rock-hard abs and I promise to stop eating twinkie sandwiches together while binge-watching Doctor Who before a huge test.”

When school actually started again, exercise usually fell to the wayside while studying, working, and having some semblance of a social life took priority. Exercise, or the lack thereof, is a problem for many students who tend to not make the most health-conscious choices, from pulling all-nighters to subsisting on a diet of instant noodles, energy drinks, and granola bars.

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Why 3D Printing is More Than a Cool Fad

3D printingYou may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of “No duh” for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word “3D” — the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE!

Okay, maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a spider guitar? You can. How about a pizza? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn’t find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to print one up for you.

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Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Aren’t Funny Anymore

grandpa christmas sweater

Alright, I’m calling it: ugly Christmas sweaters just aren’t funny anymore. Some have rung the death toll for this Christmas trend long before me, but now it’s time to put the final nail in the coffin.

What started out as a small-scale holiday event where kitsch-lovers could comb through the racks of thrift stores and estate sales for the most horrendously ironic of Christmas cardigans (think: bright pink sweaters with puffy-paint kittens and Christmas trees) has been ruined the way most fun things are: by stores trying to monetize a trend.

From Urban Outfitters moody models trying to look sexy in oversized sweaters with gold sleighs to the NBA – yes, the NBA – making their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts printed in team colors, here are the worst offenders we could find.

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What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

 

Happy Holidays!

What are a few of your favorite holiday pasttimes? Sledding, decorating the tree, drinking hot cocoa? This time of year reminds those of us in the Bookbyte office of happy memories with family full of warm-and-fuzzy feelings…for the most part. Read on for shared stories, from Doby’s mouthwatering descriptions of sopaipilla to Jesse’s larger-than-life Festivus “memories.”

Leave a comment letting us know what your own cherished holiday traditions are!

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Creative Coffee-Flavored Foods for Caffeine Fanatics

Roasty, toasty coffee beans.

Roasty, toasty coffee beans.

Rocket fuel, joe, dirt, mud, java, brew, go juice, battery acid, morning jolt, liquid energy – whatever you call it, it’s the addiction of choice for most of us. In the US alone, coffee is the second most popular drink after water, and the second most traded product in the world (the first is oil).

If coffee was an intergalactic alien bent on taking over Earth, it would have already assimilated into our culture and be moving into the world domination phase of its plan. And we would let it because, for many of us, waking up without a steaming mug of java juice sounds as good as getting a root canal on a roller coaster. But if you’re tired of just drinking your coffee, you’re in luck! Many companies have been experimenting with caffeinated foods and other weird coffee-flavored combinations.

With that in mind, here’s some creative (and weird)  java munchies to entice your taste buds.

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