Snackin’ Away the Stress

Sadly, going out to the park today was a bust. Since I didn’t get a chance to relax out in nature, I decided to get rid of my stresses in the next best way: eating! That’s right, I decided to make a big batch of marshmallow crispy treats.

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Yuuuuuuuuum

I decided on marshmallow crispy treats for a number of reasons:

  1. I was craving something sweet and crunchy.
  2. It costs $5 for all of the materials needed.
  3. They take 15 minutes to make.
  4. Everyone should know how to make them.

Let’s start with materials: All you need is butter, mini marshmallows, and your cereal of choice. I used Fruity Pebbles, but most people use Rice Krispies. I’m pretty convinced that you can use absolutely any cereal you want, though that’s not confirmed.

For measurements and directions I followed this recipe. Here’s the thing though; making these delicious little squares only takes about 15 minutes. I originally wanted to make them with my roommates. We could turn on some music, get messy, and use the time just chatting and snacking. Turns out none of them could make them with me though, so it was a solo adventure.

The other thing I wanted to do to try and stretch this time out was make cute little critters out of the half-chilled treats. It was really fun playing with the treats like Play-Doh. What wasn’t fun was the sad little dinosaur that resulted from it.

This is the sad little dinosaur. Next time I'll just stick to hearts.

This is my sad little dinosaur. He looks more like a blob.

All in all, it was fun to make something so easy and delicious. I suggest that if you want to disconnect like this get a big group of friend together and all agree on not using electronics. Maybe make a bet and have whoever checks their phone first have to buy all the materials (it’s super cheap). Don’t be afraid to get messy when mixing everything up. When you have to wait for the treats to cool just chill out and talk to each other. When was the last time you and your friends had a conversation without someone checking their phone for messages, anyway? Once they’re a bit chilled try your hand at making a dinosaur (or anything else). I think it’s physically impossible to be worse than me at it.

Pretty much, just have fun and get messy with this. An hour will go by in no time!

Also, a little bonus here:

Kirsten Dunst was just featured in a short film about being so wrapped up in getting likes and taking selfies that we’re barely present in our real life experiences. I really suggest checking it out.

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Uh-oh…

So I just found out that Thousand Hills Park is closed today. Sorry, guys. That means tonight’s post will not be about relaxing and hanging out in nature. I guess I’ll just have to do a take two next week.

Don’t worry though! You’ll still be getting a post tonight. So check back later to see what I came up with!

On that note, if you have any suggestions on what I should do from week to week, feel free to let me know. I’d love to try out things straight from you guys!

Welcome, welcome!

Hey everyone,

Thanks for coming to check out my new blog, The Disconnect Diaries. I hope you’ll all join me on this little journey of disconnecting and living a little. To begin with, I’m only going to be taking an hour out of my week to unplug from all my electronics and step out of my comfort zone. I’m going to be trying new things, exploring new places and hopefully learning a thing or two.

This entire idea started one night when I noticed that me and my roommates had been sitting around the living room for an entire hour without saying a single word to each other. We were all either on our phones, laptops or playing video games. After that little incident I started noticing how I use my electronics an unnecessary amount; sitting at meals with friends, before classes start, waiting in lines, laying down for bed, even while using the bathroom. Seriously, the next time you’re out and about take a look around and see how many people have their eyes glued to their phones (it’s especially fun in waiting rooms). I’d go as far as saying America is facing a new kind of addiction.

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“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac

So tonight we’re going to start this journey off nice and easy; by reading a book. And don’t even think about downloading one on your Kindle or Nook. I’m talking a good old fashion paperback. I chose “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac mainly because I already had it lying around. I turned off my phone and laptop, curled up in a blanket, set my kitty cat on my lap and read. It was nice to let myself get lost in a different place and time. And guess what? After that hour flew by and I turned my computer and phone back on I found out the world didn’t self-destruct in my absence (I didn’t even have any new updates). Maybe this will be easier than I thought.

I’m going to be posting articles, videos, tutorials, links and other fun stuff from around the web to help out along the way. You can check back every Thursday for new posts and updates. My schedule is likely to change within these first few weeks while I get everything sorted out. Bare with me guys- this is just as much a learning experience for me as it is for you. And remember, I’d love your feedback, critiques, questions and concerns along the way!

Until next time,

Rachel