10 Ways To Start Summer Right So You Can End The Summer With No Regrets

10 Ways To Start Summer Right So You Can End The Summer With No Regrets

Don't let any of your precious summer days waste away.

The end of the semester is one of the most stressful times, with final exams, projects, presentations, dreaded group work, and move out, at this point, it's no wonder that everyone is begging for summer.

With everything going on no one really thinks about what they're going to do with their time when they're free all day every day.

Going from being overly stressed, exhausted, and busy all of the time, to having a free schedule can be nice in the beginning, but get very boring very quickly.

Here are 10 things you should do this summer to relax, while still making the most of your time.

1. Get organized

If you moved back home for the summer, you probably have so much stuff piled up everywhere.

It can so be overwhelming and you might not even know where to start, but don't be that person who leaves their suitcases in the corner of their room for a week before unpacking it.

The sooner you take care of all your stuff the sooner you can put the semester behind you and start enjoying your summer!

2. Sleep in

Take the first couple days of summer to decompress from the hectic year you just endured.

Don't plan anything too early in the morning so you can allow yourself to sleep in, I promise you deserve it!

3. Catch up with hometown friends

Odds are if you go to different schools even the closest of friends have a lot, of catching up to do.

Plan your initial reunion to be a low-key, grabbing lunch or chilling at one of your house's.

An epic adventure is not ideal when you're first seeing each other after months of being separated. Enjoy each other's company and hear about all the tiny details you might have missed while at school.

4. Find a summer job

Summer jobs are surprisingly harder to find than one might think!

Unless you've regularly worked somewhere and your boss is aware that you'll be working when you get back from school, it can be hard to find a job when upfront they know you'll only be there for summer.

Froyo, ice cream and snowball places are great go-to's because they're usually busiest in the summer!

Babysitting, pet sitting and housesitting are all other great options to make some money while still having a summer, you won't be as tied down, you can pick and choose when you work and design a schedule that works best for you!

5. Set summer goals

This can be anything from personal growth to fun activities with friends!

Spice up your boring summer days by making a summer bucket list.

This gives you fun things to look forward to and hopefully accomplish so you can make the best of your summer!

6. Save time for your family

As your summer begins to fill up don't forget to carve out some time for the ones who miss you the most when you're off at school.

7. Reunite with old friends

So many high school friends lose touch once college comes around, but I'm sure there's a handful of your hometown hunnies that you miss having in your life.

Reach out and see if they want to grab coffee or ice cream!

You don't have to see them every day, but a quick reminder that you still want to be in each other's lives will bring you all so much happiness and give you a chance to reminisce on the good old days.

8. Spend time with your fur-ever friends

They miss you when you're away, and even though you want to have a fun-filled summer they want to spend time with you too!

9. Go on a shopping spree

This might not be what's best for your wallet, but it's what's best for your soul.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you should still treat yo self to some new clothes cause there's no doubt that you've lived in the same leggings, Norts and oversized tees for the past few months and you've forgotten what your style even is.

10. Plan a beach trip

Summer and beach are basically synonyms for each other so you need to have some fun in the sun somehow before the best months of the year are up!

Whether you're going with your family, friends or both, beach trips make the best memories.

Refer to this list whenever you're feeling bored out of your mind over summer because trust me, that time will come, to remind yourself to make this summer the best yet.

Cover Image Credit: Brooke Stiles

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."

If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.

A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

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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...


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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