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20 Reasons We Love Winter

December 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Winter is here, “weather” you like it or not and well, we LOVE it! You may not be surrounded by majestic mountains capped with snow (if you are, then can we come visit?), but cold weather brings people together, so we can share the warmth, love, and connection of the season. Here are 20 reasons we love winter:

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1) Hot chocolate and chai lattes.

shutterstock_2297579382) Oversized sweaters and tights.

BLOG-SWEATERS3) Thick wool socks and winter boots.

DSC_0310-1-24) Snowflakes.

Snowflake5) The crackling noises from the fireplace.

Fireplace6) Ice skating.

Skating7) Skiing/snowboarding/tobogganing.

Snowboarding8) Decorating holiday cookies then eating most of them.

HolidayCookies9) Wearing sequins to holiday parties.

SequinDress10) Ugly Christmas sweaters.

ChristmasSweater11) Spending quality time with family.

Family12) Sending/receiving Christmas texts to/from your friends.

TextMessages13) Waking up to snow-covered everything.

SnowCoveredEverything14) Icicles.

Icicles15) Holiday movie marathons.

ChristmasMovies16) Giving presents.

GivingPresents17) A much needed break from school and/or work!

WorkBreak18) Setting your New Year’s Resolutions.

Reflecting19) Planning NYE.

NYEPlanning20) Yummy, hearty, winter comfort-food dinners.

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10 Fun Things to do in May

April 28, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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May is here! Which means good weather commence. Here are your 10 fun things to do – May Edition. Enjoy!

1. First and foremost, do something fun with your mom.  Whether you take her out for a mani/pedi or you two go get dinner and a movie, do something fun with/for your mother. It is in fact Mothers Day May 11 – so don’t forget!

2. Host a dinner party. Here is a great article on how to design the perfect dinner.  Why not gather your friends and attempt a classy evening together?

3. Try a new cocktail recipe. Ever made a Mango-Raspberry Mimosa? Or what about a cilantro- pineapple margarita? Or even a spicy-soto sangria?

4. Take a painting class. Painting classes like Paint A Dream are fun and cheap ways to get out of the house and explore your creativity.

5. Go to a baseball game. Baseball season is here and tickets are cheap! Teams usually offer college night deals, or you can get a seat at the top. As long as you are with good friends, are drinking cheap beer, and eating yummy hot dogs, you can’t go wrong.

6. Look out for spring/summer sales. Since summer is coming up, new stock is coming in. This means look out for spring and summer sales – save yourself some money and go forth, into the light that is your nearest mall.

7. Mail a postcard or a letter to a friend/relative. Nobody gets snail mail anymore, yet everyone I talk to always says how much they love to receive it. Make some one’s day and write him or her a letter.

8. Do a fun DIY project. Casa & Company has a ton of cute DIY projects you can do. They make perfect gifts for friends, and since mothers day is coming up, you can make your mom something special.

9. Start planting a garden. GardenWeb is the Internet’s largest home and garden community. You can look up any plant name and where to get it, it is the perfect resource for people just looking to get started.

10. Go rollerblading/roller skating. Rollerblading may in fact be one of the most fun things ever. So rent out a pair if you don’t have one and skate on.

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10 Fun Things to do This Month February Edition

February 14, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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No more sitting around your house, doing nothing for an entire day. No more laying in bed until 1p.m. on the weekends and no more logging 2+ hours on Facebook every three hours– as hard as that may seem. February is the shortest month of the year, so we can’t let any more time go to waste.

As our dear friend Drake once said, YOLO. I apologize for that, but it’s true. We must take his advice and live to our fullest potential. The wonderful month of February is halfway done, but what better way to continue it than by turning over a new, more productive leaf.

Here is a list of fun things to do for the remainder of the month, wherever you are. You have 360 hours left to try and fit all 10 of these things into your busy schedules, so hopefully, you find the rest of your February to be everything you hoped it would be.

  1. Find a new restaurant to eat at. This site (where the f*ck should I eat) is actually quite prime and, as in-your-face as the site name is, it’s actually extremely user-friendly. If you don’t mind vile extremities, than this site should be used. And if you do, than try out Thrillist, a hip go-to guide on restaurants, nightlife and events featured in a major city near you.
  1. Visit a local farmers market or street fair and start a new DIY project. Not only are you organically powering your local economy, but you are discovering hidden gems just waiting to be recreated into something better.
  1. Go to a concert. Check out the more low-key venues in your city and go see that Indie band you’ve been listening to non-stop for the past year. Ticketmaster is a great resource and if in fact you do find a concert you would love to go to, but tickets are way too expensive, than go to said venue and sit outside the gates and listen… I kid, I kid.
  1. Run a 5K/10K this month or at least sign up for one. Utilize this site to scope out local runs in your city. What better way to work out than by forcing yourself to train for an upcoming marathon… nobody wants to come in last in a race, or at least, I don’t.
  1. Plan a weekend getaway. Whether this entails spending a weekend away with your significant other or planning a trip to Vegas with your friends, plan something. It is fun to A) plan a trip out and B) have something to look forward to at the end of the day.
  1. Go see one of these movies. Pick one you are highly anticipating and round up a group of people to go view them with. And, sometimes, before a movie is out, you can use this site and sign up to see the movie for free. Such a win-win.
  1. Go on a hike. If you are outdoorsy, than dedicate a special Saturday and actually do it. Maybe even skip going out the night before to ensure your lasting success on a hike that’s duration should total more than three hours… And if you are not as inclined to hike up a mountain, go for a bike ride throughout your city. Dedicate the same amount of time you would to the hike, and maybe just stop for lunch in between.
  1. Go to the beach if the weather and location permit. Whether you go early in the morning to watch the sunrise, or you bundle up and enjoy a bonfire at night, just bring a blanket and sit in the sand and watch the waves.
  1. Go to a random bar you’ve never been to and order a drink you’ve never ordered before. Do this for no other reason than to spice things up a bit. And yes, the bar may be weird, the drink may be terrible, but why not just try it? You’ll never know how much you could potentially like something unless you do.
  2. Host a game night with your friends. Or, if your apartment doesn’t allow for rowdy board/card games like Cards Against Humanity, gather a group of people and go to Dave and Busters. Yes, it is basically an adult Chuck E Cheese but if you have never been, there is literally no harm in getting semi-intoxicated and trying it out.