4 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving | Guest Blogger – THRIVE Madison

Happy Thanksgiving week! We are excited to have another guest on the blog this week! THRIVE Madison is a local company that provides healthy, cooked meals delivered to your door, in-house personal training, massages, and more. They are sharing an interview with one of their chefs who is giving us 4 tips for a healthier Thanksgiving!
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The Lifelong Debate | When to Put Your Holiday Lights Up

Christmas holiday lights
The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re like some people, you’re already listening to Christmas music and you may already have or want to put your Christmas lights up. So, when is the “right” time to put your lights up? It’s a lifelong debate that may never have a right answer, but we can at least talk about the ” acceptable time” to put your holiday lights up and take them down.

The “acceptable” time to put your holiday lights up

Although it may be frowned upon to put your lights up before Halloween or Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving seems to be the “acceptable” time to put your lights up. Give the other holidays their day! If you live in the colder climates, you may want to put your lights up during the warmer weather, which can sometimes be before Halloween. We think this is perfectly acceptable to put them up earlier than Thanksgiving, but wait until after the other holidays have passed to turn them on.

The “acceptable” time to take your holiday lights down

For some, the day after Christmas means it’s time to take down your decorations, for others, they wait until after new years. It is acceptable to take them down anytime between just after Christmas and Three Kings Day, which is Saturday, January 6th. Three Kings Day marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas, so for some, anytime right after the end of the 12 days is the perfect time to take them down. Leaving them up until Valentine’s Day is definitely too long!

Either way, be conscious of your neighbors and the potential grinches nearby. Use your best judgement when putting up your holiday lights!

Now, we want to hear from you! When do you think it’s acceptable to put holiday lights up and when to tear them down? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out our post last year with ideas for decorating your apartments for the holidays:
Decorating your Apartment for the Holidays!

DIY Halloween Home Décor + CONTEST

Halloween is just a few days away! We put together a roundup of 10 of our favorite Pinterest DIY Halloween Home Décor ideas for you all, plus we’re giving away $20 to Silver Mine Subs when you send us your DIY Halloween Home Décor. See below for more details.

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What to Do This Weekend in Madison | Labor Day Weekend Happenings

Summer is coming to an end, but we have one more chance at a last hoorah before it’s back to school. This weekend is Labor Day weekend and there are many fun and exciting events going on in the Madison area! We’ve put together a list of what to do, from music to food to exercise.

Friday, September 1st

SUP Yoga – Outdoors on the water at the Wisconsin Union at 7:15 am, $14/class.

Terrace Yoga – Terrace at the Memorial Union at 7 am, $7 per class.

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4th of July Fireworks & Other Independence Day Celebrations in the Madison Area | 2017

4th of julyIndependence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Most people associate the 4th of July with parades, carnivals, baseball games, family celebrations, and most importantly, fireworks! With Rhythm and Booms no longer being put on in the Madison area, we’ve rounded up local options for your fireworks fix, as well as other celebrations in the Madison area for 2017’s 4th of July!

Saturday, June 24th – Shake the Lake

Live music and family-friendly entertainment from 4pm-11pm on John Nolan Drive. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Learn more about the event and see the full entertainment lineup at http://shakethelake.org/entertainment/

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April Fool’s Day Pranks for Your Roommates: A Pinterest Roundup

April 1st is just around the corner, and you know what that means?  Time for some fun April Fool’s pranks.  We’ve rounded up some great April Fool’s pranks from Pinterest that you can use on your roommates.

Disclaimer:  Must attempt pranks at your own risk. MPM is not responsible for any repercussions from these pranks, including (but not limited to) angry roommates, retaliation, loss of friends, and/or broken items.

Photoshop Pranks:

Send them something similar to this in a text.  We would believe it.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Madison

cloverHappy St. Patrick’s Day Madison!  Students have just finished up midterms, the UW Badger Men’s Basketball team won vs. Virginia Tech last night, and it’s FRIDAY.  It can’t get much better than that, huh?  It’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!  Although a lot of the bar hops and other St. Patty’s Day events happened last weekend, we’ve put together a list of places to go this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day: 5 Things to Do This Week that aren’t to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

anti-valentine's dayWhether you’re single, just had a bad break up, don’t believe in the “hallmark” holiday, or just trying to avoid anything having to do with LOVE around Valentine’s Day, we have some great alternative ideas for the week of Valentine’s day that are anti-Valentine’s Day.

  1. Treat Yourself.

Buy something for yourself.  Maybe it’s that amazing leather jacket you’ve had your eye on.  Buy yourself flowers, champagne and chocolates.  Who says you need a significant other to buy you those things anyway?  Buy them for yourself and enjoy!

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6 Quick Tips for Online Dating in Madison

online datingOver the past years, online dating has become the “norm”, especially among college students and young professionals. According to the Pew Research Center, “80% of Americans who have used online dating agree that online dating is a good way to meet people,”  so we’re all for giving a dating app or online platform a try in order to find that special someone.  We have provided 6 quick tips for online dating below.

  1. Make sure your online dating profile is YOU!

Your online dating profile should portray who you are, not who you used to be, or some exaggerated version of yourself. Be honest and be yourself.  If someone is going to reject your honest online profile, it’s better to weed them out ahead of time anyway!  If you can narrow down the pool of people you connect with online by being your true self, the odds of actually liking the people you choose to meet up with in person will be much higher.  Madison may seem like a big city, but the world gets a lot smaller when you start dating online.  The last thing you want to do is exaggerate or be dishonest on your online dating profile then get caught out on the town acting or looking like a completely different person.

If you’re not sure if your profile shows the best and most honest side of you, feel free to ask a friend to look it over.  Friends are actually much better judges of our best characteristics than we are.

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7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year!

eating healthy2017 has officially arrived! Now that many of us have gained that dreaded “holiday weight” thanks to holiday parties, family meals, and the endless stream of sweets that just seem to appear in December, it’s time to start thinking about our goals for the New Year.  New Year, New You, right?

The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life.  One of the main factors that can determine how “healthy” you are, is your nutrition.  Now don’t get us wrong, we are not promoting some specific fad diet, or drastically changing things over night.  Large scale changes are only made possible by starting with smaller, more attainable goals.
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