10 Things To Do In The Summer

10 Things To Do In The Summer

Get off the couch and get outside.

Summer is here and teens are all about getting out, spending money (or not spending money), and doing fun things with their friends to make memories. Here's a few things to get out and do during the summer that will make awesome memories and make sure you have a great time.

1. Go to the lake (or beach).

Depending on where you live, i'm sure you live near a lake or a beach. Or at least an hour from one. This is a good things to get a bunch of friends, pack up your car, and go outside and spend some time on the water ALL day. Tubing, tanning, and playing in the sun can never been seen as a bad thing.

2. Go to an amusement park.

HOW COULD THIS NOT BE FUN. Has anyone ever seen a Six Flags commercial? Anything about amusement parks is fun. From roller coasters to fried foods, it's always the best way to have a great summer (and you can get tickets pretty cheap online).

3. Go to an aquarium or a zoo!

Animals are always fun. Petting zoo's are better, but regular zoo's are cool too. & aquariums are just awesome because all the fish are cool to look at. Also, the gift shops at the end of the tours are always filled with awesome nic nacks and collectable items that no one needs but everyone wants to take home to remember the experience.

4. Go hiking.

This costs no money and comes with the PRETTIEST views you could ever get in the world. Yes, it's tiring. Yes, it's active. But being active in the summer AND having fun while doing it is better than sitting on the couch, watching Netflix, and eating a whole bag of chips in one episode of Grey's. Or at least not everyday.. So get outside, go hiking, and take some beautiful pictures while you're at it ;)

5. Take a road trip.

Pack up the car, turn up the music and start driving! You have no cares and worries in the world now since you're done with classes for three months (unless you have a job), but even then you can take a few days off to take a short road trip with some of your closest friends. Be wild, be free, and be in the moment.

6. Go to concerts!

I don't know about any of you, but being at a concert and listening to some great music is probably one of the best things you can do in life. Music is great, friends are great, and being able to say you saw your favorite artist live is pretty great too.

7. Go visit some old friends and have a reunion.

Not all of your old friends still go to the same school as you. Life changes daily, and some will move away. Take some time in your summer break to go see an old friend and catch up with them. Keep the friendship going whenever possible and have fun with them!

8. Have a family cookout.

Spend some time with your family! If you're in college you don't see them as much as you use to. Definitely take some time to have family moments. Having a cookout is a great way to get the family together and spend some time with each other. Laughter and good food is all you can ask for in life.

9. Go to a MLB game

Baseball isn't always fun to watch (jk, yes it is..) but it is sometime to do with your free time, and tickets are so so so cheap if you don't care to be up front behind home plate.

10. Go on a picnic.

Pack up all of your favorite foods, bring your dog and some friends and go to the park! Or you can even go by yourself and just enjoy some alone time on a beautiful day. Take a nice book and a hammock and spend the day relaxing and chowing down on some snacks.

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7 Lies From F*ckboys That We've All Fallen For At Least Once

They might've had you goin' for a hot second, but you know better now.

There’s no use in even frontin’; we’ve all been there. You know he’s a f*ckboy from the beginning, but you’re interested in pursuing him anyway. Ain't no thang; I fully support you.

You tell yourself you won’t fall for his games or lies because you’ve been through it all so many times before. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself slippin’ for a hot second, wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt until he inevitably disappoints you. Here are the top seven lies you’ve heard from f*ckboys that get you heated every time.

1. You’re the only girl I’m talking to/sleeping with

HAHAHA. OK, first, I don't actually care what (or who) you're doing in your spare time because you're definitely not the only guy I'm seeing either. I'm just asking so I know you're clean, OK? I don't need more stress in my life.

2. I know how to treat girls right

Isn't it super ironic how the WORST f*ckboys are the ones to toss this line?

3. I’ll text you

This statement is so unbelievable that on the off chance that they do actually text you, you basically fall out of your chair in shock.

4. I’m gonna give it to you good

I cry/cringe/die of laughter every time I hear this one because it's always the mediocre ones that throw this line. None of my most memorable hookups have ever said this because their actions clearly speak for them. Mediocre boys, TAKE NOTE.

5. Damn, I wanted to see you though

Well, you were supposed to, but then you clearly had other plans in mind. So the desire wasn’t all that intense, obviously.

6. Yeah, she and I broke up

CLASSIC LIE. CLASSIC. Sure, I believed it the first couple of times, but don’t even try that sh*t with me after I see she’s still blowin’ up your line.

7. *No response for hours after making plans* Damn, sorry I fell asleep

Honestly, how many times are you gonna throw that line when you’re literally viewable on Snap Map. BOY, I see you at someone else’s house. Stop frontin’, there’s no point.

Again, don't ask me why we put up with this sh*t because the mystery remains. I guess in our own sick, twisted ways, we crave the dramatics and thrills that come from their f*ckery. Whatever the reason, though, at least we've got some ~fun~ stories to tell.

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Did The NFL Just Make Kneeling A Bigger Crime Than Domestic Violence?

I'm pretty sure hitting your wife is more deplorable than taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Since the election of President Trump, NFL players have been the face of controversy. With players refusing to stand for the National Anthem, instead choosing to kneel as an act of protest, many people were not afraid to speak out against them.

Recently, the NFL announced that players present on the field during the singing of the National Anthem would be required to stand lest their team be willing to pay a fine.

Now you can have your opinion on whether or not that's just or whether or not that is the NFL politically leaning one way or there other. Frankly, that's not my issue here.

My problem is that players who are convicted of domestic abuse are only suspended for six games upon their first offense.

It seems to me that the NFL found the need to prioritize what qualifies as freedom of speech over the quality of human life.

The NFL's policy is a slap in the face to all of the wives, girlfriends, significant others, one night stands, and all other women who have fallen victim to domestic abuse by the professional athletes who were their partners. It's bad enough that the trauma they faced was only worth a six-game suspension. Now there's an actual price tag on kneeling, while these women continue to suffer in silence.

I have my opinions on the NFL's decision to start doling out this fine. But that's not what this article is about. This article is about giving a voice to victims of abuse. This article is about pointing out that our political quarrels are being put before conversations about the safety of actual human beings.

No one is being physically harmed when an athlete chooses to kneel.

You can call them disrespectful. You can call them privileged. But those men are not beating their wives and girlfriends.

The men on the field who abused those they supposedly love are standing tall while the Anthem is sung, and that's all people see. They don't see the man who took away a woman's innocence, pride, and drive.

People choose to see an act of political defiance as more offensive than a man hitting his wife.

The NFL will probably never see these words.

But someone will. And someone probably have something to say about how these are "two completely different arguments" and that we "shouldn't compare them."

Someone else will probably say something about how there are men and women fighting overseas for our freedom, and that these teams should be fined because their players are disrespecting the honor of those men and women.

I think those men and women are probably more disgusted by the fact that we continue to glorify men who intentionally hurt their significant others, just because they're good at throwing a ball and running up and down the field.

While the Constitution gives each and every one of us the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, press, peaceable assembly, and petitioning the government, nowhere does it give us the right to physically harm another person. I think it's time the NFL took note of that.

There should be no policy of a "first offense" when it comes to domestic violence. I won't support an organization that fines its members for kneeling, but doesn't do more than bench them when they abuse another human being.

Ray Rice received a two-game suspension in 2014 for hitting his fiance. Colin Kaepernick knelt and then used his platform to become an advocate.

But Kaepernick's the villain here, right?

Really think about it before you answer that question. And maybe then take a page out of Kaepernick's book and use whatever platform you have to fight for the women who lost everything because powerful men beat the fight out of them.

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