10 Reasons To Be Excited About Your First Apartment

10 Reasons To Be Excited About Your First Apartment

You're out on your own and building your own little home
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So you're getting your first apartment huh? That's pretty adult-y of you, nice job! I'm sure you struggled hunting for apartments on every online site you could think of, searched for the best price and best value over and over again and finally, finally officially signed the lease and got the deposit in. That's some real world stuff, right there. You should be proud of yourself. Now that you've done all the hard work, its time for the fun part.

1. Decorating

Decorating a dorm was fun, but this takes it to whole other level. Now you have a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Of course, you might have to share these spaces with your roommates, but together you can get some crafty decorating going on.

2. Holidays will feel more like home.

You can put up a Christmas tree, carve jack-o-lanterns and host a party for New Year's Eve. The whole apartment will smell like pumpkin-spice and you can get excited when you put your roommates gifts under the tree to surprise them. Everything will feel a little more like home.

3. A place of your own.

Your first apartment is basically your first "house," just on a smaller level. That's OK, it's still a place a place of your own even if you have roommates. It's finally yours and although you don't officially own it, it's a real step up from the dorms.

4. You get a view.

A room with a view. You get to wake up and look outside and realize that you don't live on campus anymore. Or maybe it isn't that great of a view, but it's a view nonetheless.

5. You'll actually want people to come over

In the dorms, there was usually limited space for a bunch of your friends to hang and it was easy to feel cramped. Besides, our dorms aren't always the cleanest they could be, so it's a little embarrassing when your friends are forced to sit next to the trash you have taken too long to take out or the laundry you've procrastinated on washing. With you first apartment, you'll actually want people to come over.

6. Amenities.

This is how they got you sign the lease -- there's a pool and hot tub right downstairs. Plus, a gym on the first floor so you have no excuse to not workout. You have plenty of amenities to keep you busy and having fun.

7. Pets.

You pray and pray and pray for your roommate to have a pet dog -- that way you aren't responsible for it, but you still get free cuddles and hugs. Living with a dog (or cat) is the best.

8. New neighbors.

Maybe you had a great dorm hall, maybe not. But this is your chance again to meet some new people and make friends with your neighbors. You can pop in and say hi or bake cookies to get them to like you. New hall mates mean potential new friends.

9. Great for having people over.

When you're in the dorms there is only so much room, especially if you want friends over sometimes. Not too many people have futons or couches, so you are stuck on the floor, but now you have space! You can invite people over for big games, movie nights or get together for taco nights. The possibilities are endless and so are the memories that come along with it.

10. It's a first in your lifetime and a little piece of you will always be with it

You'll always remember your first apartment as your own first place. It will have a special place in your heart and so many memories to go along with it. Your first apartment is definitely something to look forward to and be excited about.


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...

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With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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