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Christine Guidici

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How To: Day Drink Properly



Without a doubt, the best part of spring semester is day drinking. Darties (day parties) are happening every Saturday and you have to keep up. The best part about day drinking is that you don’t have to race the clock to get all dolled up and go out. You have ALLL DAY. In order to successfully last throughout the darties and fun shenanigans that the rest of the semester has in store for you, make sure you read this tips. You wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the fun!

RULE #1:

Prepare properly.

You definitely have to prepare your body for the insane amounts of alcohol you will be consuming in the day. Make sure you hydrate before you start drinking. Alcohol causes dehydration, so drink a few cups of water before! Another key to lasting throughout the day? You need to eat before. Since day drinking usually starts around noon, grab a bagel from Einstein’s or even a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme on Veterans Parkway. Get a few gals together and all bring something for breakfast! This way, you are guaranteed to eat.

RULE #2:

Have a fun pregame.

On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas


Being a college student, we want everything to be fast and easy for us. Most of the time, we’re too lazy to actually cook something healthy to eat, so we stick to Ramen or popcorn or snack foods. Even though most of us forget to eat it, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It revs up your metabolism, keeps you from binging, and keeps you in a good mood throughout the day. 




If you’re looking for an easy “grab & go” breakfast, fruit is your best bet. You can grab an apple or banana and eat it on your way to class. If you want to add a little flavor to your fruit, pair it with some yogurt.


Cereal is as easy as you’re going to get. You can eat it right out of the box, or if you’re trying to get classy, add some milk. It’s one of the cheapest food choices out there and (if you choose the right one) it can be pretty healthy.


How To: Toliet Paper Roll Art



Looking for an easy and super cheap way to spruce up your room? Look no farther because HerCampus ISU has the perfect solution for you! Writer Christine Guidici took her crafting skills to a whole new level and put together an easy, five step way to make your own toliet paper roll art piece.

All you need:

toilet paper or paper towel rolls scissors glue stapler paint

Step 1:

Crush the toilet paper / paper towel roll

Step 2:

Cut into about 5 equal parts (doesn’t have to be exact)

Step 3:

Paint each piece and decorate as you wish. You can add glitter or colors or anything you want.

Step 4:

Glue pieces together in the design of your choice. You may have to hold them in place for a few seconds while the glue sets.

Step 5:

Hang up your fabulous work of art for everyone to see!


How To: Hot Oil Treatment


Blow-drying, straitening, curling, 3-barrelling.

The list of ways we ruin our hair on a daily basis is endless. I have been searching for a nice and easy way to give my hair a little extra attention. I am getting a little sick of picking my split ends during class when I get a little bored. I found this hot oil treatment on Pinterest and it seemed like the perfect way to re-nutrition my hair.


• oil
• a small bowl
• hair comb
• shower cap

Step 1:
Pour the oil into a small bowl. The amount of oil depends on the length and thickness of your hair, so just guesstimate. You can use any oil you have laying around your house or apartment such as extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, or even avocado oil.

Step 2:
Warm the oil to body temperature. The oil should never bubble or steam – just put it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Step 3:
Apply oil to hair. Pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand and massage it into your scalp. Keep adding oil until all of your hair is covered.

Food Porn: Christine's Chocolate Chip Cookies


I have a weird obsession with baking chocolate chip cookies. I have become quite the expert if I do say so myself. I’ve made them so many times that I have tweaked the recipe to make it just perfect. People have been asking me for my special recipe for years, so here you go HC readers… Christine’s chocolate chip cookie recipe just for you.

2 sticks of butter
2 eggs
3 tablespoons vanilla
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 ½ cup flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag of chocolate chips

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350

Step 2:
Mix together butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl

Step 3:
Add in sugar and brown sugar and mix again

Step 4:
Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt

Step 5:
Add in chocolate chips

Step 6:
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes (or until golden brown)

Just a few little tips:
• The more flour you add, the thicker your cookies will be! So if you like them thinner, put a little less flour in. If you like them thick, add a little extra!
• Don’t forget to mix at each step! This is key. Some people prefer to hand mix the dough, but a mixer works just fine for me.
• Eat your amazing cookies right out of the oven

Michael McCormick


Name: Michael “McCoy” McCormick

Age: 20 and 11 months

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Oak Lawn

Affiliations: League of Shadows, the National Wingman Association

Relationship Status: “I like to party.”

Ideal Date: “Breakfast for dinner followed by a movie and, if we have time, maybe some laser tag.”

Favorite Food: Pancakes

First thing you notice about a girl: Hair

Last song played on your iPod: “Shake It” by Metro Station

Celebrity Crush: Zooey Deschanel

Man crush: Joseph Gordon Levitt

Where you see yourself in 10 years: “Happily married with 2 or 3 kids”

Biggest turn on about a girl: “If they get my really obscure references.”

Turn offs: “Probably being an insecure emotional freight train.”

Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development

3 things you would bring on a deserted island: “A GameBoy with Pokemon Blue in it, 36 pack of Boxer Ice, and Joseph Roland Smith.”

Favorite sports team: “The Bears / Irish”

Random fact: I’m partially blind in my left eye. So if you’re trying to get my attention and you’re to my left, I’m not trying to be a jerk, move to the right.”

How To: Apple Pie Shots


Happy October, HCers! In the mood for some fall? Well, our suggestion … apple pie shots. With homecoming and tailgating this weekend, these shots do the trick. This is every college student’s favorite part of the fall – well it’s mine at least. They are so simple to make and taste AH-MAZ-ING.


• 1 qt Everclear
• 1 gallon apple juice
• 1 gallon apple cider
• 7 cinnamon sticks
• 4 cups sugar

Step 1:
Pour apple juice, apple cider, sugar, and cinnamon sticks together into a large bowl

Step 2:
Boil until cinnamon sticks lose flavor

Step 3:
Add Everclear

Step 4:
Refrigerate and serve

Bassnectar concert


Get your party outfits ready because Bassnectar is coming back to Bloomington this Thursday, October 4. Make sure to get your tickets soon before they’re sold out at the US Cellular Coliseum. Get a group of friends together and enjoy some awesome music. Concert starts at 6 p.m.! Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Joey Zwolinski


Name: Joey Zwolinski

Age: 20

Major: Renewable energy

Hometown: Oak Lawn

Affiliations: ISU Dance Marathon

Relationship status: single & ready to mingle

Ideal date: “Breakfast at McDonalds, fishing and a picnic, followed by karaoke.”

Favorite food: Chicken alfredo

First thing you notice about a girl: Personality

If your life was a movie, which actor would play you?: "Gerard Butler – accent and all."

Last song played on your iPod: “This I Swear” by Nick Lachey

Celeb crush: Emma Stone

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: “Happily married to Emma Stone with children.”

Three things you would bring on a deserted island: 30 rack of Natty Light, Brandon Fox, & toilet paper

Interesting fact about you: “I love girls with tattoos and I do not have Bieber fever.”

Cubs or Sox?: "Go Sox Go."

What do women like about you the most?: "My baby blue eyes and golden locks."
The least?: "My filthy smoking habit… I’m trying to quit."

Food Porn: Homemade Snickers


Obsessed with Snickers bars like I am? Sometimes you just crave that little taste of chocolate. For me, making things homemade makes me feel accomplished. And of course if I make it, it makes me feel like its okay to eat it! At least I put in a little work, right? You can make your favorite candy bar in just FOUR steps!
Here we go….

Bottom chocolate layer
1 ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
¼ cup peanut butter

Thoroughly grease a 9x13 baking pan. Melt the ingredients together in a saucepan or in the microwave.
Then pour into the baking pan and spread out evenly. Let cool and harden completely.

Nougat layer
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup evaporated milk
1 ½ cup marshmallow fluff
¼ cup peanut butter
1 ½ cup chopped salted peanuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt putter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Turn off heat and fold in peanuts. Then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.

Caramel layer
1 14-ounce bag of caramels
¼ cup whipping cream

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally until smooth (takes about 10 minutes). Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.

Top chocolate layer
1 ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
¼ cup peanut butter