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Happy Holidays From the Cosmos Blog

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The Cosmos Blog Writers

December 14, 2018

Brush off the flurries of finals and enjoy the winter wonderland of winter break! The Cosmos Blog writers want to wish Northern Illinois University’s Huskies a happy, healthy and magical reprieve from the ghosts of academia past. Sarah Fischer | Digital Content ContributorSome of my favorite activities...

Visit a Christkindlmarket this holiday season

Sarah Fischer

December 14, 2018

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we all have our own traditions practiced throughout the holiday season. Visiting Christkindlmarkets during the holidays is a wonderful way to learn about the ways Christmas is celebrated in other cultures, but it also presents the opportunity to start new holi...

Knitting DIY: Winter Hat

Sarah Lalond

December 14, 2018

Brace your friends against the cold DeKalb winter by crafting a cute, homemade Christmas present with a knit hat. Grab Your ToolsKnit hats are typically made with bigger, chunky stitches. Choose a skein that needs at least a nine mm needle.Walmart has a variety of inexpensive yarn. I chose the off-white, pep...

3 Steps to Become a Blogger

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Sarah Lalond

December 14, 2018

As the snow starts to fall, curl up with your favorite blanket and warm mug, and start blogging.A crossover between journaling and social media, blogging is a legitimate, recognized form of media. Bloggers had the power to transform Wall Street, according to a Business Insider article.“Blogging an...

Hair stick tutorial: an easy, trendy alternative to styling long hair

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Sarah Fischer

December 13, 2018

The art of using hair sticks to fashion women’s hair has existed for centuries and it still remains one of the easiest and most fashionable ways to style hair. Hair stick tools come in many shapes, styles and materials, including wood and metal, and can vary in lengths.There are not many physical st...

Finals Alert: Keep tabs on your mental health

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Maddie Barrett

December 13, 2018

It’s grind time and assignments are piling up alongside the dreaded final tests of fall semester. As the courses end, your mental health might dwindle; however, don’t feel discouraged by stress.  In an article from the American Psychological Association (APA), mental health and its importance are spotlig...

Heads up: The “hanger” is real

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Maddie Barrett

December 12, 2018

Being hangry is more than just an internet joke. In a research article published by the American Psychological Association (APA), many cues interplay into the emotion of being hangry.More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response invol...

Festive on a Budget: Christmas Holiday Table

Sarah Lalond

December 12, 2018

There is a light at the end of the long tunnel of the semester. Exams are wrapping up, final papers are being drafted and break is almost here! Celebrate the end of the year by throwing a chic holiday bash on a budget.Sarah LaLond/Northern StarFor inexpensive holiday dinnerware, look no further than th...

Extend the trend: Battle of the blender

Abby Wisecarver

December 12, 2018

We all have different ways of applying makeup, and makeup applicators come in all different forms and at different costs; however, the foundation is a key step in the makeup process and can either make or break a look.Most people today use a beauty sponge, but silicone makeup applicators are proving to b...

7 College Cleaning Hacks

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Sarah Lalond

December 11, 2018

When deciding how to clean your space, figure out whether the area is messy, or if it is dirty. Messy is the pile of papers shoved across your desk. Dirty is the increasing dust bunny population and the weird smell coming from the plate you keep forgetting to wash.When your space crosses the line fro...

Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus Come to Town in ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

Sarah Lalond

December 11, 2018

Santa Claus, played by Kurt Russell, comes to town in the Netflix Original holiday movie “The Christmas Chronicles.”The movie features siblings Teddy and Kate Pierce, played by Judah Lewis and Darby Camp respectively, as they sneakily catch a ride on Santa’s sleigh and completely derail Christm...

‘Dumplin’’ is the rebellious comedy we needed

Maddie Barrett

December 11, 2018

Based on a 2015 young adult book written by Julie Murphy, “Dumplin’” is a look into a small-town Texan teen’s life. Willowdean Dickson, played by Danielle Macdonald, is the daughter of a former beauty queen, Rosie, who is played by Jennifer Aniston.Willowdean was taught by her idolized aunt t...