Using Mama’s Magic Mix For Any Occasion!
This month, one of our featured products was Mama’s Magic Mix! Created by an awesomely cool mom, you know it’s not only healthy, but AH-MAY-ZING-LEE tasty! While it’s delicious on it’s own, here are some other great ways to enjoy!
1. Mix with yogurt
2. Use as a topping for a baked apple pie crunch! Perfect timing for the holiday season
3. Top a salad with Mama’s Magic Mix
4. Add to muffins. Here’s a great recipe
5. Bake it in bread
6. Make your own granola bars. Here’s another great recipe
7. Roll bananas in the granola and freeze for a healthy snack
8. Toss in with your oatmeal to add an extra crunch
9. Add to your morning smoothie for additional protein
10. Crush and roll your chicken in Mama’s Magic Mix before baking for crispy chicken
11. Create warm oatmeal soup by adding warm milk
12. Use instead of bread crumbs when making stuffing
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This week’s influential person is Ben Biron, Co-Founder of Alcohoot. Alcohoot creates sleek and precise smartphone breathalyzers that easily measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) with your smart phone. Interested? Check out their site after you read our interview below!
So here’s our interview with Ben…
Were you in school at the time you started your company? If so where and what types of resources were available there for you… or weren’t available?
When we started the company we had no resources at all. In fact, both Jonathan and I just moved to the US from Israel in order to attend college. When we came up with the idea we had no money, no connections, no technical skills, no business skills and to be fair I barely knew how to speak English at that time.
I am graduating this year from Wingate University in North Carolina with a Bachelors in Marketing. My partner, Max Koeppel, went to Syracuse University and my third partner, Jonathan Ofir, went to IDC Herzliya in Israel.
What motivated you to start the company?
- To put users in control, giving them the tools to quantify their drinking.
- Encourage users to be safe, making it cool the carry a breathalyzer device.
- Empower users to optimize consumption, to have fun, and wake up fresh
- Ultimately reduce the amount of drunk drivers on the road
Got an awesome person you think we should talk to? Send their contact info to Christina at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 15 Students You’ll Meet In College - Movie Edition
The Curve Wrecker - Makes sure your C+ keeps you off the Dean’s list.
Mark Zuckerberg from Social Network
The Resurrected - Absent all semester, shows up for finals
Will in Good Will Hunting
EMO - Thinks Twilight is stupid but dresses like Edward Cullen
Lenny from Butterfly Effect
Little Miss Potato Chip - Extremely loud and incredibly oblivious
Karen Smith from Mean Girls
The Sorority Girl - Better watch out for this social light in the making.
Monique from She’s The Man
The Riddler - Right arm locked into question asking position.
Elle Woods from Legally Blonde
The Trendsetter - All textbooks have a combined weight of 1.44 ponds.
Tom from 500 Days of Summer
The Trebek - The know-it-all that offers the professor answers, not questions.
Summer from School of Rock
Pong Champion - Will ask for a copy of your notes sometime next week.
John in Animal House
The Van Wilder - Has the professor carry his textbooks to class.
Van Wilder in Van Wilder … DUH
PJ - Waking up is enough work without having to get dressed for class.
Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Flask - Soda should smell like that.
Frank from Old School
The Bumble Bee - Phone buzzes more then a honeycomb.
Cher in Clueless
The Picasso - Spends class time doodling weird pictures of classmates.
Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You
The Ladie’s Man - Watch out dads, might not want to send your daughter away to school with this guy hanging around.
John Tucker from John Tucker Must Die
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Thrifty Tue$day Holiday Gift: Mason Jar Sewing Kit
At some point, everyone will need to sew a button, mend a hem, or repair a small hole. We received this gift one year as a Holiday present and thought it was was the best idea ever! We hunted for the most user friendly directions and found this one by Liz Stanley from Momtastic!
- Clean Mason Jar (we used a small one but you can use any size)
- 6-8” Fabric swatch of choice
- Glue Gun
- Stuffing / Batting
- Stuff To Fill The Jar, i.e: sewing needles, thread, thimble, small scissors, buttons
1. Using the lid of the mason jar, draw a circle onto the fabric about 3/4 - 1 inch wider than the jar lid. Cut out the circle.
2. Place the lid bottom side up placed directly on top of the middle of the fabric, bottom side up. Place a line of hot glue along the red outer rim and start to fold the fabric on top, bunching as you go. Continue in the same manner until only 1/4 of the lid is left as shown above.
3. Stuff batting inside the top of the lid until it’s poofy and even
4. Seal up the last section of the fabric to the lid
5. Make a line of glue along the inside of the outer lid piece
6. Firmly press the pin cushion lid inside the outer lid piece for 15-20 seconds and then let further dry and harden.
7. Fill your jar with sewing supply goodies! Tie a cute bow around the neck for the Holiday effect and you’re finished! These jars are so cute you don’t even need to wrap them!
Got a dope article you think we should see? Send it to Christina at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pencil Me In!
This week’s influential person is Adam Braun. Adam is the Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases access to education for children in developing countries. He is also the creator of the “for-purpose” and “profitable purpose” approaches to effective philanthropy.
He has also won many awards including, 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Wired Magazine’s 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World, British Airways Face of Opportunity Grand Prize Winner 2011, and many more!
So here’s how our interview went with Adam..
1. Were you in school at the time you started your company? If so where and what types of resources were available there for you…. or weren’t available?
I began Pencils of Promise just before my 25th birthday with $25, so I was already out of school. I didn’t have a ton of resources behind me, but I had a unique set of ideas that I knew lived at the intersection of where things were culturally and where they were headed over the next five years.
2. What motivated you to start the company?
Years ago, while traveling through the developing world I asked a young boy begging on the streets what he wanted most in the world, and he told me “A pencil.” I handed him a pencil from my backpack, and as I watched his eyes light up with excitement, it illuminated the plight of millions of children around the world who lack access to even the most basic elements of a life-changing education.
I set out to build one school in Laos to dedicate to my grandmother, and raised money by throwing parties and asking family and friends for small donations. Pencils of Promise started with one child requesting a pencil, and that pencil still serves as a motivating tool for us every day. The rest of the story is detailed in the speech I gave at the Google Zeitgeist, and that journey has now led to over 150 schools around the world.
3. Who was your biggest inspiration/mentor/who helped you the most?
My family has always served as my mentors and inspiration. Knowing that my grandparents were Holocaust survivors was a very large part of my identity growing up and something that I carry with me to this day. My father immigrated to the United States from Hungary, and he was able to get here because my grandfather prioritized his own education and did whatever it took. I recently learned that my grandmother worked in a sweatshop for $1 an hour for ten years when she arrived in the US (after being forced into Auschwitz at age 14), just so her children and grandchildren could have a better way of life.
4. What’s the craziest advice you ever got?
When I was deciding my first job after college, my two options were between Lehman Brothers investment banking and Bain & Company management consultant. The compensation at Lehman Brothers was more than 1.5 times more than at Bain & Company, but a mentor of mine told me to take the job at Bain. He said that there are certain times in life where it makes more sense to choose money over experience, but when you are young and just starting out, experience is more valuable than money. I took the job at Bain & Company, and it ended up to be great advice because a year and a half later, Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy.
5. What advice would you give to college students?
I have a ton of advice for college students, so I decided to distill things down into the 30 most valuable lessons I learned, which are in my book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. My best advice is to pick it up and follow the steps closely.
Know a dope person we should talk to? Send an email to Christina at: Christina@coedsupply.com
Baby It’s Cold Outside - Guy’s Edition!
Time to bundle up boys and not catch a cold. Most guys procrastinate putting on a coat during the winter season, mostly because they don’t have one. No fear, Co-Ed Supply is here to save the day and provide you with the best coats for the season!
PRICE RANGE: UNDER $100
Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket (below)
This jacket provides ample warmth and protection during your favorite cold-weather activities. With OMNI heat and shield (thermal reflective power) the coat also resists rain and stains. One sale for $99; original price is $220.
Mountain Hardwear Hunker Down Jacket (below)
Offers outstanding warmth and superior durability. Pretty much the perfect winter jacket for walking across campus. Retails for $99.
PRICE RANGE: $100-$200
The North Face ‘Aconcagua’ Down Jacket (below)
A cozy down-insulated & quilted jacket that you can zip up and have a warm outer shell! Retails for $160 on The North Face’s website.
Topman Double Breasted Trench Coat (below)
Looking for a nice jacket to wear on your hot date or to an interview? Nordstrom has got you covered with their Topman brand jackets. This sexy number retails for $180 on their website.
PRICE RANGE: OVER $200
Patagonia ‘Down Sweater’ Jacket (below)
What guy doesn’t love the Patagonia brand? This 5 star rated jacket gives you just enough warmth without the puffiness of a winter marshmallow. Don’t worry, it also comes in all of your favorite colors. Retails for $219
Marc New York by Andrew Marc ‘Penn’ Wool Peacoat (below)
Here’s your chance to be fashionable. Designed by Andrew Marc, this great jacket will work for any occasion - walking to class, going out to the bars, or put it over your suit for your interview. Retails for $250 at most department stores.
Creative Uses for Your Icetray
Freezer space is limited. You’ve already got a Brita with chilled water in the fridge. There’s no need for your ice trays, right? Think again! Here are some creative (and useful) ideas for your neglected friends:
Create Coffee Ice Cubes
Next time you brew some coffee, put some in the trays and freeze. Add these cubes to your next iced coffee drink and say good-bye to a watery, diluted cup of joe!
Repurpose Egg Whites
Next time you need only egg yolks for a recipe, don’t toss the whites! They freeze beautifully, and one egg white fills a “cube” perfectly. Thaw them later for a healthy breakfast, or pore refining mask!
Create Watermelon Chillers
Puree watermelon and pop in the freezer. Add the cubes to your water with mint, lemonade, or other types of juice to create a refreshing cocktail!
Naturally Flavor Your Water
These refreshing cubes are a great way to use up an abundance of mint and/or lemon - perfect in a tall glass of water on a warm day or after a long workout!
Make Smoothie Mixers!
Freeze Greek yogurt in ice cube trays to make your smoothies super smooth, creamy and not watered down with traditional ice cubes.
Redefine Jello Shots
Create and portion into trays for an on-the go snack when running out the door to class!
Portion Your Desserts
Next time you make cookies, bake half of them and put the rest into an ice cube tray to freeze. Then when you want to make a few for you and your roomies, just take out a few and bake!
Organize Your Life
Separate your jewelry; use for painting; sort nuts, bolts, & screws, start your own herb garden; organize craft & school supplies; the possibilities are endless!
So what ways do you creatively use your ice trays? Share them with us here!
Thanksgiving Social Media Facts
De-Stress And Recharge With Wai Lana Chips And Products
In November’s box, one of our featured products came from Wai Lana. Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS TV series, Wai Lana Yoga, has introduced Wai Lana Chips for people looking for a nutritious and satisfying snack.
“I wanted to give people more options for their health,” says Wai Lana, who has written several books on natural health, including Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices and Wai Lana’s Favorite Soups. “It’s easy to reach for something quick when you’re hungry, so I wanted to offer snacks that people can enjoy and that will provide them with good nutrition.”
For chip lovers, cassava-based Wai Lana Chips have 30% less fat than regular potato chips. They’re free of both gluten and GMOs and contain no cholesterol, artificial flavors, or preservatives. They come in ten different flavors that include Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sweet & Sour, Barbeque, Herb & Garlic, French Onion, Swiss Cheese, Chili Lime, and Natural.
As one of the world’s best-known yoga teachers, Wai Lana has been making good health easy and accessible to all for the last two decades. Her complete line of snacks, yoga and fitness products, as well as natural health and beauty products, can be seen online at www.wailana.com.
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