Top 3 Treats for Fall From Gigi’s Cupcakes

by Lauren Richardson

Gigi’s Cupcakes on Southwest Archer Road may be relatively new to the area, but they’re old pros in the cupcake business. The menu changes daily, and it offers a variety of cookies, cheesecakes, pies, cupcakes and holiday specials that look more like works of art than dessert.

In honor of fall, we’re bringing you two of Gigi’s most popular cupcakes and one new seasonal creation. Try not to drool on your computer.

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Scarlett’s Red Velvet
Red velvet and cream cheese frosting go hand in hand, and any fan of the combination will definitely love this classic cupcake. Scarlett’s features moist red velvet cake with a sweet vanilla filling. Smooth, thick cream cheese frosting artfully adorns the cake. A white chocolate heart and red sprinkles top it off, making it look every bit as elegant as it tastes.

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
With this blend of two well-loved sweets, it’s easy to see why the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake is one of Gigi’s best sellers. Chocolate chip cookie cake is topped with cookie dough frosting, chocolate chips and a miniature cookie. Although it may seem like cookie overload, it balances very well. The frosting is thick and creamy, and the cookie is delicious. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Photo by Lauren Richardson

Spiced Apple Cider
Although it may not feel like fall yet, Gigi’s has a new Autumn-inspired treat to help get the ball rolling. Before even taking a bite, you can smell the apple and cinnamon in the air. This apple cake has an apple butter filling, an apple cider buttercream frosting with a cinnamon sugar pretzel and an apple chip on top. It’s very… apple-y. For those who love all things fall, it’s definitely worth a try.

Individual cupcakes at Gigi’s are $3.25. Gigi’s website is currently promoting its Boo Box, which is filled with 12 mini Halloween-themed cupcakes. It’s only available until Oct. 31, so get a tasty treat and a sweet deal while you still can.

4 Ways to Color Code Your Life

By Cara Chiaramonte

Whether you’re trying to take care of your kids while working full time or preparing for your next exam, a busy schedule is a busy schedule. And when you’re busy, organization is key. That’s where color comes into play.

According to MIT researchers, the brain can still recognize and identify an image seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. The brain processes shapes, colors and orientations after the image passes through the retina, and studies have shown information needs to flow only into the brain to recognize concepts and process images.

So in order to quickly recognize your belongings on the go, follow these color-coding tips to organize your life.

Keys

There’s nothing worse than needing to enter your home quickly and fumbling for your front door key. To avoid unnecessary frustration, differentiate your keys by using key covers, which are $1.97 at Lowe’s, or nail polish if you’re DIY-savvy. Hardware stores also offer special designs when you have a key cut in-store; mine is Gator-themed!

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Scripture

If you’re religious, color-coding your scripture could help you better understand and appreciate its teachings. For example, in the Bible, you may choose to highlight verses by topic. Use your favorite color for passages you select as reminders for everyday life; red could be used for salvation, green could be for life and blue could be for the Holy Spirit.

Grocery Lists and/or Meal Plans

Use colored pens or highlighters to differentiate between deli items, toiletries and paper goods. If you shop based on meals, you could color code your list by types of food – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adding color to your shopping list will not only keep you from buying that bag of Doritos you’ve been eyeing, but it will also prevent you from spending your entire day at the store.

Mobile Apps

Companies don’t design their app icons without a purpose. When you think of Facebook, what comes to mind? A blue icon with a white “f.” What about FaceTime or Messages? Those icons, along with the phone icon, are always green. Organizing your mobile apps by color will help you reach them quickly and efficiently.

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At the end of the day, remember to keep it simple. Too many colors can become confusing and, therefore, counterproductive.

How do you color code your life? Let us know or share your ideas in the comments below!

10 Shocking Facts You Must Know About Breast Cancer

By Noelia Trujillo

Every October, pink becomes the new black. People don rosy shirts and accessories, and companies create pink products all in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to supporting the cause via pink purchases and showing support with pink ribbons, educating yourself about the disease and early detection can be life saving.

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These 10 facts shed some surprising light on the disease and the need to find its cure:

  1. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
  2. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  3. It’s the second leading cause of death among women.
  4. More than 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed, and more than 40,000 will die from it every year.
  5. Although rare in men, about 2,150 will be diagnosed with the disease, and an estimated 410 will die yearly.
  6. Two major risk factors of getting the disease are being a female and aging.
  7. About 95 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S. occur in women 40 years and older.
  8. Despite occurring more often in white women, mortality from the disease is higher for black women.
  9. Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from the disease.
  10. There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., the largest group of cancer survivors in the country.

These facts are eye opening. This is exactly why it so important to examine your own breasts and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same. Adult women are strongly encouraged to perform breast self-examinations, which involve feeling and observing the breasts for any lumps or discharge, at least once a month. The more consistently you perform these exams, the quicker you are to detect any changes and alert your doctor. Clinical breast exams, mammograms and living an active, healthy lifestyle can help detect and reduce your risk of the disease.

Want to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease while celebrating survivors and raising awareness in Gainesville? Attend the inspiring Making Strides of Gainesville 5K on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Sources: WW5, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. , UF Health