10 Homely Holidays Comforts College Kids Appreciate, Even If They Don't Admit It

10 Homely Holidays Comforts College Kids Appreciate, Even If They Don't Admit It

From college dorms to living the high life.

After a hard-fought fall semester, you finally get to come home and not have to worry about your GPA, or how many meal points you have anymore. You don’t realize how rough you have been living until you actually get back home and you thankful for the smallest of things.

1. Home Cooked Meals

Any food that isn’t Ramen noodles or a frozen TV dinner is truly amazing and mouthwatering.

2. Your Pets

Nothing takes off the finals week edge like your dogs running towards you when opening the front door for the first time.

3. Comfy Bed

This could be the exact same bed you have back at college, but for some reason, it’s just comfier and cozier at home.

4. Sleeping In

Along with the comfy bed comes sleeping until noon because the dreadful 8 a.m. class is now over with.

5. High School Friends

When you are in college and have a busy schedule it’s hard to find time to see your old friends from home. When everyone is together again, that’s a blessing itself.

6. Siblings

Even though they annoy the hell out of you 99.9% of the time, you still enjoy seeing them after a few months away.

7. Cable

Not everyone can enjoy Direct TV when in college, so coming home to HGTV and Disney Channel (guilty pleasure) is living the high life.

8. Festive Decor

You literally have to be either the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge to not enjoy the lights all over your hometown.

9. Family Pictures

A little thing that actually means a whole lot since you don’t see your family as often anymore.

10. Laundry By Mom

Some of us get the luxury of having our wonderful mothers do our laundry for us as if we are Paris Hilton once we are home.

You soon will realize you took many things for granted when you were living at home with your parents. Being at home makes you feel at ease and lets you relax before the stress and anxiety come back for round two: spring semester.

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15 Things You Should NOT Say To Pale Girls This Summer

From some of my most recent texts to what I have heard over the years.

1. "Wow, you're so pale."

Yes, yes, I know. You don't have to remind 365 days in a row.

2. "Don't forget your sunscreen."

Trust me, I won't...even my chapstick has SPF in it.

3. "C'mon, let's go outside and tan."

LOL. Me? Tan? Fake Bake doesn't even work on me. I'll burn after five minutes in the sun.

4. "Aren't you hot in those jeans?"

Very hot, but I’d rather be hot than sunburned.

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5. "Wow, you have so many freckles."

It's the only color I get..

6. "You remind me of Casper."

Unless you're a part of my family or have known me my whole life, please refrain from calling me Casper. It is very rude and you're acting like I can help being this pale.

7. "You are blinding me, cover those up!!"

Seriously?! Do I even have to explain this one?

8. "Why don't you go to a tanning bed?"

Um, still can get burnt in a tanning bed and I'm not putting myself through that WILLINGLY.

9. "How about a spray tan?"

Hahahahahaha, only Oompa Loompa's and our president can pull off that kind of color.

10. "No one needs a flashlight to see you in the dark."

I really had someone tell me this the other day....but I don't understand how that is possible. SO, just don't say it.

11. "Is everyone in your family this pale?"

Kinda, sorta. BUT I am by far the palest and darn proud too.

12. "All white girls ever do is tan, drink Starbucks, and complain."

HA HA, not this white girl. Must be nice though.

13. "You're not only pale because you're a redhead. So why not dye your hair?"

Yeah, that's what they say but the whole dying my hair? I do not believe that is how it works, but A for effort?

14. *takes off makeup* "OMG, are you OK? Are you sick?"

No, I'm okay. I am not sick, just extremely pale.

15. "I feel like pale skin looks good on you but you should really go to the tanning bed because you are just too pale and it's kind of unattractive."

Do you really want to know what is unattractive? When we are 35 years old and your skin is already wrinkling because of how many times you have been to the tanning bed or have slathered yourself with tanning lotion to get this “perfect” skin color, yet my skin will still be tight and in place. I will be the grandmother who looks 30 at 50 and you will look 70 at 50. (I mean my mom looks 21 still, so I have some good genes.)

Yes, I did take some of these from my most recent texts, so they are accurate and yeah, a few of my friends are pretty rude.

Please think of how you are going to compliment me, and other fair skinned people, this summer. We're not lucky; we burn easily then go right back to being pale. When in a group of people, everyone always says "Just look for the pale one" to describe where we are. I like being pale with my red hair and blue eyes.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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