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Welcome back, Birkenstocks

The oddly familiar cork-and-rubber-sole sandals, commonly dubbed as “ugly”, were once your dad’s go-to shoe back in the “dirty hippie” days. Yet, for some reason, these shoes are back in style and can be seen all over campus sported by your UCLA peers. Birkenstocks are back for good, and interestingly enough, people are labeling these shoes an essential for comfort in high fashion. So, as a proud owner myself, I’ve created a short list of some reasons why you should jump on the bandwagon (I promise, it’s worth it).

1. Personalized Comfortability

I bought my first pair this past August, and I remember immediately trying them on expecting them to be pillows for my feet. Boy, was I wrong. Breaking in a brand new pair of cork-and-rubber foot beds is painful (I still have the scars at the arches of my feet from the blisters I got.) But there is a reason for all this: The cork will slowly mold to your feet and create personalized imprints. It’s neat because for those who have flat feet like me, my Birkenstock molds provide me the much-needed support. It’s also pretty cool because if someone else wears your shoe, it won’t be as comfy or fitting to them. Oh, one more thing. You can even wear them with socks for the ultimate satisfaction. Might not be the cutest outfit, but hey, if you’re comfortable it’s all that matters, right?

                                     

2. In 20 years …

History repeats itself, and it seems fashion does too. Although Birkenstocks have been around since the early 1900s, the popularity of this brand of shoes reaches an apex every 20 years or so. Even though you weren’t the first person to start the trend this time, you can be at the top of your fashion game in the next 20 years if these do come back. Why? because you’ll have these shoes in the back of your closet, in pristine condition. The durability of the cork, rubber and leather will stand all types of weather and wear, and Birkenstocks are sturdy and comfortable enough to be worn all day, every day. There’s no question why your parents still wear theirs years later.

3. Versatility

Woke up a little too late for class? You can slip on your Birkenstocks. Can’t find shoes that are sleek enough for your leather leggings? You can wear your Birkenstocks. Going for a minimalistic look? Yup, you guessed it: You can wear your Birkenstocks. I’ve seen Birkenstocks on models for high fashion ads and have seen guys and girls pair these shoes with a trendy bohemian outfit. On the other hand, I’ve seen some girls on the UCLA soccer team sport these shoes after practice to give their feet a break. Moral of the story: Birkenstocks are the ultimate go-to shoe for your everyday needs.

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Seven Ideas to Make Your New Home More Home-y

So now that everyone has unpacked their decorations and essentials from home and attempted to make their dorm or apartment feel a little bit more like home, here are some tips to make your living space a little more cozy.

1. Fairy lights
Now for all you Pinterest lovers out there, this one doesn’t even need explaining. Fairy lights are simply a must in every dorm room.

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2. A fish
We all realized our cats and dogs couldn’t fit in our suitcases when we moved in. So what’s the cure for missing our beloved pets from home? Get a fish! As long as the tank doesn’t exceed 10 gallons in your dorm, it’s the perfect way to cope with your pet-induced heartache – just as long as you don’t treat your little fishy like Darla.
3. Rug
Putting a nice big rug on the floor transforms your dorm from sketchy, never-vacuumed carpet to a super-cool statement piece. And if you ever find a prince who knows how to ride one, you’ll be prepared.
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4. Terrarium
Nothing is cuter than a bunch of little cacti in a glass bowl. The best part? Cactus requires little to no effort – great for those of us who lack that coveted green thumb.
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5. Curtain rod
Privacy is virtually impossible in a cramped little dorm room, but a curtain hung across your bed gets you a little bit closer. It’s definitely the best way to avoid judgment from your roommates for staying up till 4 a.m. watching “Gossip Girl.” #xoxo
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6. Washi tape 
This adorable patterned tape can go ANYWHERE – pencils, pictures, your bed frame, closet doors, etc. You can get it online and it won’t rip off any of the paint on the dorm walls. After you get your first roll of washi tape, you’ll make up excuses to decorate and tape up everything.
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7. Reed oil diffusers 
It’s a miracle to find anything strong enough to cover the unwavering smell of ramen and midterm-induced tears in a dorm room. Using reed oil diffusers to cover up these bad smells with vanilla or lavender definitely makes your room feel more comforting.
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Food and DiningHow-toScience & HealthUncategorized

Tips for Flu Season: Three Alternatives to Chicken Soup

It’s week five here at UCLA, and midterm season is in full swing. The libraries are more crowded than ever, and sweatpants have become increasingly popular. But you know what other season has also started? Flu season.

The free flu vaccine booths next to the Bruin Bear probably give it away, but less so than your friend’s incessant cough and tissue trail. Being sick makes you want to run home to your mom’s soup and your own bed, but this option is cut short for many students on campus. So, as a current flu victim, I’ve gathered some simple habits you could easily weave into your dining hall schedule to help you fight the infectious trend.

No Sugar

If you’re anything like me, dessert is a must. No matter how full I am, I will always have room for whatever is waiting for me at the dessert station. However, sugar can inhibit your immune system if consumed regularly when sick. It’s going to be a hard journey, but if I can do it, you can too.

Honey and Lemon Tea

Instead of drinking cranberry spritzer or Coke with your meal, opt for tea or hot water. Yeah, everyone knows to drink tea when they are sick, but we aren’t done yet. The crucial ingredients are honey and lemons. Honey is known to have antibacterial properties and to help with the discomfort from sore throats. The lemons add much-needed vitamin C and antioxidants to the simple drink. Not only did you just make yourself a medicinal remedy, but you also created a delicious drink. Pinkies up!

Wash Your Hands

As college students, our hands may be the dirtiest parts of our bodies. From touching door handles to elevator buttons, our hands are indirectly in contact with hundreds of other people on campus. The spread of all unseen germs is easier than it seems. So, right when you go into swipe into the dining halls, utilize that hand sanitizer dispenser. It only takes a couple of seconds to walk over and place your hand under the machine. If you notice that these dispensers are empty, you can easily carry the travel-size hand sanitizer bottles, which can be found in any convenience store, including the Hill Top Shop.

If you have any other helpful tips or advice for the sick, feel free to comment and let us know!

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Food and DiningHow-toUncategorized

Five Delicious Ways to Celebrate Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

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For those of you who may not know, November is national Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, aka one month for you to celebrate your love for one of the most versatile spreads out there. As a must-have in any mini fridge, a jar of peanut butter could mean the difference between preparing a quick, healthy snack for yourself and scarfing down half a pound of chicken tenders at De Neve Late Night. So in honor of this month, here are five delicious snacks you can make for yourself using some good old-fashioned PB.

1. Peanut butter and banana (or apple) bites

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If you have a meal plan, chances are you also have a small cornucopia of apples and bananas that you’ve grabbed from the dining halls on your desk. Don’t let that fruit go to waste. Small bites of apple or banana with peanut butter spread on top – and maybe even a drizzle of honey – is a delicious combo for any time of day.

2 . Ants on a log

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If you went to preschool, chances are you’re familiar with this cute little snack. If not, no worries. Chop some small stalks of celery, spread peanut butter in the middle and top it off with your “ants,” little raisins. (Chocolate-covered raisins are a tasty option too.) If that doesn’t get you to eat celery, I don’t know what will.

3. Peanut butter bars

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Want to try an easy dessert idea? Mix peanut butter – crunchy or smooth – in a bowl with graham cracker crumbs. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet or other deep dish. Top with chocolate chips or granola, and BOOM. You’re done.

4. Peanut butter pretzel sticks

Take large pretzel sticks and coat one end with peanut butter. Then roll this end of the pretzel stick in any topping of your choice (M&M’s, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, marshmallows, etc.), and let them chill for  a while in your fridge. These will not disappoint.

5. Peanut butter powder ????

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OK, I know what you’re thinking, but I actually just tried this for the first time today, and I have to say it’s really not bad. Mix a spoonful of peanut butter powder into vanilla Greek yogurt and top with some honey for a quick breakfast or snack.

 

Have any cool peanut butter snack ideas for this month? Comment below.

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CultureHow-to

Three Apps to Beat Procrastination

A mere month into the academic year, midterms are in full swing and have caught some of us relatively off guard. This, coupled with our tendency to procrastinate, usually leaves us in a less-than-enviable position. Whether you prefer to dismiss procrastinating as a personal bad habit, character flaw or what have you, procrastination is more or less universal – we all procrastinate. But before you decide to put off another study session, we here at Mojo have a few apps that will help you beat procrastination and give you an edge when crunch time rolls around. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites:

1) Strict Workflow

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This Chrome app blocks all social media and any other site that might take away from your work for 25 minutes. You can delete the app, or even reboot your computer, but those websites will still be blocked until the timer runs dry. While this might come across as a bit harsh, it all but guarantees a period of productivity for the user. Moreover, after each 25-minute session, the app allots the user 5 minutes of free time, which is plenty of time for you to check up on your social media outlets. If you feel like you need help working out a moderately healthy balance of work and play, Strict Workflow might be an excellent option for you. (Strict Workflow on Chrome Web Store)

2) Yelling Mom

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Named after the original bane of one’s procrastination, this mobile app is arguably every bit as effective as its namesake. Operating on the premise that aggressive prodding is the optimal method of motivating an individual to complete any given task, Yelling Mom takes you to task by reminding you of your scheduled tasks via a sizable host of obnoxious alerts. These alerts range from disco music to sirens to car alarms. Interestingly enough, the sound file of an actual nagging mom is not included as an option. Notwithstanding, if your mother was your motivator at any given point in life, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give Yelling Mom a shot. (Yelling Mom on iTunes)

3) Write Or Die

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This app is positively diabolical. Its unforgiving nature has actually attracted attention (and perhaps a grudging endorsement?) from The Guardian. By incentivizing productivity with pictures of kittens and puppies, Write or Die seems innocuous enough prima facie. But don’t be fooled, because that’s where the other foot drops: if this app catches you slacking, it will start deleting your work. In fact, the most recent edition of Write or Die has made it so that upon a detecting the passage of a predetermined period of inactivity, the app will start selectively deleting every vowel in your piece, effectively disemvoweling (haha, get it?) your work and leaving it an unintelligible husk of gibberish. Talk about taking the carrot-and-stick method to the next level! But if you subscribe to the “go hard or go home” mentality, this app was made for you. (WriteOrDie.com)

How do you deal with procrastination? Comment below, let us know! Or alternatively, tweet us @dbmojo.

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