10 Things I Can't Wait To Do This Holiday Season!

10 Things I Can't Wait To Do This Holiday Season!

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Starbucks Red Cups released and Christmas decorations for sale in every department store, its hard not to get excited about this Holiday season!

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Starbucks Red Cups released and Christmas decorations for sale in every department store, its hard not to get excited about this Holiday season! I cannot wait to go home next week and spend quality time with my family and stuff my face with delicious Thanksgiving dinner...(well, the pie, who am I kidding?). Then, its Christmas time, which is a HUGE tradition in my household and hands down, my favorite time of year. I love the lights, decorations, the joy and spirit of Christmas! Here are 10 things I cannot wait to do this holiday season:

1. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, Starbucks Gingerbread Latte....literally any holiday drink on the Starbucks menu is enough to insinuate it's Christmas Time!

2. Decorating the Christmas tree has been something I do with my family every year since I was born! Not to mention, my mom has her ornament placement organized down to a tee!

3. Ok, if you don't watch Elf or A Christmas Story every Christmas time, what are you doing?!

4. Holiday parties!! Every year I have an ornament exchange with my friends and we have a gingerbread house contest based on who can create the more unique house! My mom has a cookie exchange with her friends every Christmas as well, except by the time Santa comes around, there are none left!

5. Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve my family all goes to church and then we come home and have a big family dinner featuring our favorite pizza! We're not the most traditional family when it comes to Holiday grubs, but I wouldn't want it any other way!

6. The Holiday season means time off of school, which means I have 4 uninterrupted weeks to enjoy spending time with my family! Family is the most important thing in my life and I am blessed that a majority of my family lives close by!

7. According to my mom, it wouldn't be Christmas morning if she didn't videotape my brother and I walking down the stairs in our pjs. It was a lot cuter when we were younger and more energetic at 8 in the morning.

8. Every single year, my brother and I get a new nutcracker. I mean, they're really to add to my mom's collection, but it's fun when Matt and I get to open them together. This is no exaggeration, I think we are coming on at least 30 nutcrackers this Christmas!

9. It isn't Christmas morning in my house unless there's cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and orange juice. My family all likes to have breakfast together and lounge and enjoy each other's company after we open Santa's presents, but BEFORE we open our other gifts from friends and family.

10. Most of all, I can't wait to play Christmas music, sing and dance with my family and friends and embrace all of the joy this Holiday season has to offer!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!

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33 Basic Summer Bucket List Ideas For College Girls That Don't SUCK

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

30. Ride a four wheeler

31. Big an epic blanket fort

32. Go to an aquarium

33. Lay in the back of a pickup truck

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45 #Goals For The End-All Be-All College Kid's Summer Bucket List

Running out of ideas of things to do this summer? No, you're not!

It's finally summertime, or as I'd like to call it, the best time of the year! But every summer I notice that there are tons of things I could be doing than just sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. Do you run out of ideas of things to do during your summer breaks? Well if so, here are 45 activity ideas that will make your summer adventurous and memorable!

1. Have some nice days to relax on the beach.

I mean... this a summer must, right?

2. Relax by the pool.

3. Take some summer classes.

It never hurts to get some college credits on your time off.

4. Finish a TV series on Netflix.

... or multiple.

5. Take a trip to the aquarium or zoo.

6. Go on a froyo or ice cream date.

7. Go indoor/outdoor skydiving.

It seems like skydiving places are popping up everywhere, nowadays.

8. Visit some museums.

9. Go see a new movie that's being released.

10. Take a road trip with your besties.

Road trips are the best for friendship bonding!

11. Go to your favorite restaurant, but try something NEW!

12. Make a summer Spotify playlist.

Come on now... what is summer without the tunes to go with it?

13. Have a cookout or party with your friends.

14. Take your dog for a walk or to a dog park.

Pets are your friends, too.

15. Go parasailing or tubing.

16. Attend a local sports game.

17. Have mini photo shoots (of people or nature).

This one is for all my photoholics out there.

18. Go on a hike.

19. Get a part-time (or full-time) job.

It's nice to actually have money to do this stuff.

20. Go on a shopping spree.

21. Try out some new recipes.

22. Go to a local fair/festival.

24. Go strawberry picking.

25. Go to an amusement or water park.

26. Donate old clothes.

27. Paint a picture.

28. Go on a boat ride.

29. Catch up on some sleep.

30. If you have a record player, go shopping for used vinyl records.

31. Visit a friend who doesn't live close to you.

They will definitely appreciate having visitors.

32. Redo your bedroom.

33. Have a spa day.

Massages? Mani/Pedis? Doesn't matter, get your relaxation on!

34. Help with chores around the house.

Your parents should appreciate this one, and it's a good way for you to get yourself on their good side.

35. Get tan.

36. Have some lazy days to do nothing.

37. Go fishing.

38. Try out a local coffee shop.

You'll notice that these little local coffee shops literally have the best coffee ever.

39. Go to summer concerts.

40. Go to a drive-in movie.

41. Watch a sunrise/sunset.

42. Help out your community and do some volunteer work.

43. Be a tourist for a day in your own hometown.

It's a lot more interesting to be home when you take in what the tourists do.

44. If you have a Polaroid camera, take lots of pictures.

45. Make a summer scrapbook documenting your unforgettable summer.

It'll definitely be one to remember!

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