April Fool’s Day Pranks for Your Roommates: A Pinterest Roundup, Plus a Chance to WIN!

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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5 Quick Tips for Planning Your College Spring Break

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Planning for spring break in college can be exciting, yet sometimes tough.  Now’s the perfect time to start your planning! We put together 5 quick, yet important tips for planning your college spring break!

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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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Home Office Solutions for Your Apartment

home office in your apartmentIt can be difficult to work from home when you live in a smaller space, or have to share a space with roommates.  Although it may seem impossible, it definitely is possible.  Below are some ideas, tips and tricks to turn your small or shared space in your apartment into a comfortable home office area.

Finding the Perfect Space for Your Home Office Area

Think about where your ideal work space would be in your apartment.  A place where you can work comfortably and efficiently.  Do you need a quiet space? Do you want to be away from any noises that others are making in the home while you work?  Or are you okay with a little noise and can work through anything?  These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing where your home office space will be.  The second thing to think about is space.

If you are wanting something quiet and away from any other action in the house, think about using a spare bedroom, unused closet, or part of your bedroom.  Think of somewhere that you will not be distracted.  If you are okay working in an area that has lots of traffic or noise when anyone is home, then try to find an area in your living room or hallway that would fit your office space.
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When You Realize You’re a Wisconsinite…

Wisconsin CapitolYou’ve heard the phrase, “You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl”, right? Whether you are from Wisconsin or just live here, there’s a point in your life when you realize that this great state will never leave you!

We’ve put together a list of 20 different ways for you to realize that you are a true Wisconsinite…

  1. You know that a Spotted Cow is not an animal.Wisconsin Spotted Cow

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New Year, New You: Working Out in Your Apartment

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As we discussed in last week’s blog, the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life. This includes nutrition, as well as exercise. We talked about our 7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year in last week’s blog, so now we are here to talk about fitness and exercise, specifically in your apartment or small space!

I don’t know about you, but going to a gym in January can be difficult. Everyone is thinking about their new year’s resolution, so the gyms are packed with people trying to fulfill their goals. Now, you may be thinking you don’t have anywhere else to go and just won’t work out. Well, you can’t get out of it that easily. Just because you live in an apartment or small space doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. We’ve put together a list, as well as some videos of some of the best exercises for your apartment or small space.

What You’ll Need:

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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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Post-Holiday Blues: What to do in the Madison Area During your Winter Break

MadisonChristmas is over, our bellies are full of cookies and hot cocoa, and we’re all out of money after graciously giving so many holiday gifts. So, now what do you do? We have found some great, fun activities for you to do in and around Madison between now and the end of your winter break that involve little or no cost.

 Outdoor Winter Break Activities

Ice Skating

There are lots of parks in the Madison area that offer free ice skating, some even offer skate rentals.  Click here for more information on locations that are open. If you are interested in ice skating lessons, check this site out for more information.

Winter Break Ice Skating Madison

Tenney Park, Madison Wisconsin

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