As infants, the body uses the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose sugars found in milk and other dairy products. However, overtime, the body can lose the number of enzymes available to digest these sugars, which leads to lactose intolerance as we know it. But how many people are actually affected by such a deficiency? More than you think. Continue reading Got Milk? We Don’t
When a young adult grows up without a pet, this can lead them to start yearning for that comfort and playfulness pets provide, and once they first start living on their own, they may decide to get their first pet to find exactly that. Seeing someone walking their dog puts a smile on their face and makes them daydream of having their own. But how realistic is this? There is a lot more to consider than many young adults may realize. Continue reading The Reality of Having Your First Pet
If you head over to any social media platform you’ll probably find one of your friends using the hashtag ‘self-care Sunday.’ The picture attached to this caption might be a photo of them taking a bath using a luxury bath bomb or their shopping haul from the day. Self-care is on trend now, and that’s great for all of mankind. Continue reading What is Self-Care Really About?
In the back of her mind, Jhody Polk still finds herself wishing she was back in prison. “So I can be safe,” Polk said. Jhody grew up in a part of Gainesville where she says there weren’t many dreams to be had. She didn’t learn to love herself until she turned herself in to serve her time – seven years for felony convictions involving theft home invasion. Continue reading Building Bridges After Prison
As a child, I loved books. My fascination with words and stories was a driving factor in what made me want to become a writer. As I got older, I made it my mission to ensure I glued my eyes onto a book at least once a month. However, like everybody, life got in the way. Continue reading What Picking Up a Book Can Do
I got my first tattoo on March 24, and I’ve honestly never felt more indestructible. Don’t ask me how or why some ink just below my left collarbone makes me feel so powerful, but I feel like I can literally take on anything.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a tattoo. I went back and forth when it came to which one I wanted to do first, but on that sunny Saturday afternoon at Euphoria Tattoos in Talla-nasty I went with the tattoo I knew I wanted the most. Continue reading My First Tattoo (And Some Tips & Tricks to Remember for Yours)
When it comes to books, I always tend to gravitate toward characters that are shaken to the core because of a life-changing event. These books are entertaining because of what the characters do with their new powers. Oftentimes, they accrue powers that amplify their hidden strengths, while other powers that don’t seem important may have the most impact. Since the Spring 2018 edition of the Orange and Blue Magazine is all about power, I will be listing books that involve power in some way, shape or form Continue reading Three Books and The Power Within Them
To lots of college students, budgeting isn’t on the top of their priority list. Mom and dad’s money seems endless — until you start making your own. A budget is a plan that helps you prioritize your spending over the course of a week, month or year. By creating one, you can develop the knowledge to recognize the difference between your wants and your needs. In the long run, budgeting is important for goals such as paying off your student loans, saving up for a home or going on a grand vacation. Continue reading Budgeting: Why It’s Important