Tips for a Summer Decluttering

3 Tips for Summer Decluttering

It is so easy for even the most ultra-organized, file-folder-loving undergrad to find themselves with an unhealthy amount of clutter at the end of the school year. College means accumulating a lot of things. There are the free t-shirts from co-ed events, the stack of take-out menus for those late-night studies, the pile of books you swore you’d get to, and all the excess kitchen appliances, plates, and Tupperware gifted by well-meaning relatives. We get it. But now that it’s summer, it is time to slim down on the things you…


Swimming Holes Near Tuscaloosa

Day Trips to Swimming Holes

May is here. And in the south, that means plenty of hot, sunny summer weather. It also means a few sweet weeks between the end of spring session and the start of summer classes. It’s an ideal mini-break to fill with friends and fun times, and what offers more summer fun than sipping drinks and splashing away the hot weather in a scenic swimming hole? Alabama is a verifiable freshwater wonderland. We have more miles of rivers and creeks than any other state in the country and this period of…


FAQ on Graduate Announcements vs. Invitations

Graduate Announcements vs. Invitations

College graduation is a massive milestone for any adult. For many, this marks the end of 16+ consecutive years of schooling and the beginning of a new adult life. So, of course, you want to share the news far and wide! And obviously, you want your nearest and dearest cheering you on as you take the stage. However, here lies the frustrations of graduation announcements and invitations. While both provide similar information, it’s important to ensure recipients know the difference. Consider the following FAQ on graduate etiquette: The Announcement Practice the…


5 Easter Traditions We Love

Five Easter Traditions We Love

Traditions are an integral aspect of any holiday. Traditions are great because their recognized elements give us a sense of stability and routine; two especially important facets for college students with an otherwise bustling life/work/school load. Besides, partaking in traditions is fun and offers something to look forward to. Check out these Easter ones we are stoked on: 5 Easter Traditions Designed for College Students Enjoying a home-cooked meal.  Oh, there’s something very special about going home and enjoying a good home-cooked meal during college years. Or, if you can’t…


4 Road Trip Tips

Four Road Trip Tips

As noted in our spring break post, Tuscaloosa is perfectly positioned for maximum travel opportunities. New Orleans, Gulf Shores, Nashville, Atlanta, and other exciting locales are all just a few hours away. So why not take a weekend or a summer week off and explore nearby attractions? All it requires is a short road trip and a couple great friends. Just keep the following tips in mind before you hit the pavement: 4 Road Trip Tips for Stress-free Travels Pre-calculate gas costs.  Friends and money don’t go together. In fact, arguments…


Hot & Cheap: Spring Break 2017

Easy Spring Break Trips from Tuscaloosa

Going to Tuscaloosa has a myriad of benefits, one of foremost during March being it being a drive away from some of the hottest spring break destinations in the country. This means you get to enjoy fun in the sun at a relatively cheap vacation price. Just check out these hot and cheap spring break destinations that are less than a day’s drive away. 4 Hot & Cheap Spring Break Destinations Gulf Shores, AL.  4 1/2 hour drive. As much as Florida might talk about its beaches, the truth is that Alabama…


Best Pets for College Living

Best Pets for College Living

College is a very exciting and social experience, but not always and not for everyone. Being away from hometown family and friends can feel isolating and lonely at times. This is especially true for mid-term transfer students or students who recently moved-in. One way to ease some of that loneliness and reduce your overall stress is to bring along your family pet or add a pet to your life. While many dorm rooms and college apartments disallow pets, the Lofts at City Center is especially pet-friendly. We even allow dogs (25lbs…


Beat the February Flu

4 Ways to Beat the Flu

According to CDC record keeping, the majority of cold and flu cases occur during the month of February. Experts attribute this to the late winter coldness and early spring rains keeping people cooped up inside. This means more time spent cohabiting space with others who are sneezing and coughing. For college students, bustling classrooms and shared apartments only increases this risk of exposure. Unfortunately, barricading yourself in your room until the season passes isn’t a likely option. Instead, consider the following tips for staying healthy and keeping free of the…


Exercise Away Winter Blues

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It doesn’t matter that we live in one of the most southern-most states, people here can still be affected by winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder — SAD — is a real and studied phenomenon in which the reduced amount of sunlight during late fall and winter affects an individual’s serotonin levels (related to mood) and melatonin hormones (related to sleep). This can cause symptoms like pronounced lethargy, overeating, sleep problems, increased anxiety, and other mood shifts. Luckily, one of the best remedies for this is something you’ll have access to in…


3 Tips For New Year’s Resolution Success

3 Tips for New Year Resolution Success

A new year for a new you. People everywhere mark January 1st as the start of something new in their life. They make resolutions to better their mind, body, and the world around them. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to keep these resolutions as life gets busy and old, unwanted, but comforting habits re-emerge. Only one in ten people will have success in permanently achieving their resolution, and nearly a quarter of people who make resolutions fail every year at them. Rise above the statistics and conquer your 2017 goals with…


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