11 Foods That Are and Aren't Invited to My Thanksgiving

11 Foods That Are and Aren't Invited to My Thanksgiving

All food is not created equal, especially not on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of giving thanks for all the blessings and good things one has in their life. Although the history surrounding the holiday is extremely problematic... Americans have tried their best to eliminate the negative and highlight the consumerism... I mean the family-friendly aspect. Regardless of what your reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving, I think most Americans can agree that it is a food based holiday. Who will host the dinner? What time is dinner? But most importantly, what's for dinner? Thanksgiving feasts vary depending on culture or preferences and everyone is familiar with the various memes about what you would and wouldn't eat. Well folks, I've decided to put my two cents into this conversation. This is based completely on my own personal preferences and I don't expect everyone to agree. That being, here is the food I am hoping to see Thanksgiving day and the food that shouldn't even bother showing up.

1. Turkey - Yes Please!

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I think Turkey is a staple and should be present every Thanksgiving. If you're one of those people that is like "I hate Turkey, it's so dry," well I hate to break it to you but the person who made it didn't do it right. Turkey can be very juicy and tender. Last Christmas I made a Turkey that fell off the bone. My family was shocked (I was too low-key cause I high-key have no idea how I did it.) Turkey is great and even better for those leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches.

2. Stuffing - Oh Yeah!

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As a child I hated stuffing. But I found out it was only because I never actually tried it. Then one day I did and the heavens opened up and poured even more stuffing into my mouth. I love it. It should be on every table. However, you lose me when you start adding anything other than bread, celery, and chicken stock. I don't need cranberries and mushrooms and weird things. It is beautiful just the way it is.

3. Lasagna - Maybe not

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I love Lasagna, but I don't think it should make an appearance at Thanksgiving. Especially not as the only dish. I'd feel deprived.

4. Mac & Cheese - Exclusions Apply

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Alright y'all this is serious. I looooooove mac and cheese but it has to look a certain way. I want it to be baked with a little brown cheese on top. It should come in a rectangular pan and it should have several different cheeses included. There need to be end pieces every one fights for. That is mac and cheese. That other stuff... and you know what I mean. That creamy looking Kraft mac and cheese is not allowed at my Thanksgiving. It's actually never allowed unless I am a broke college student that it extremely hungry and need something I can throw in the microwave. Or a busy mom who knows her kids love it and have to slowly ween them off of it. Otherwise DON'T LET ME CATCH IT ON MY TABLE.

5. Green Bean Casserole - What even is it?

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I've never had it so if it's the best thing in the world, I will be happy to retract my statement for but right now... I'm good. Let's not and say we did.

6. That Dish No One Will Touch or Claim

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You know the one. How it ended up at the dinner, no one knows. But it's there and no one is touching it. Plus no one will say they made it. You know who you are and you know what you did. Don't bring that 'round here this year. Love you though.

7. Sweet Potato Pie

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PATTIE! But no seriously, sweet potato pie is a blessing and should be present on every table.

8. Pumpkin Pie - NO.

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No, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie are not the same thing. Yes, I do know the difference. Do not try to fool me. Keep your pumpkin at home and give me sweet potato.

9. Mashed Potatoes - I can be convinced

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I looooove mashed potatoes so this is difficult. It's not something I'm used to at Thanksgiving but I wouldn't be opposed to it. Actually not, Mashed Potatoes you are invited.

10. Collard Greens - YASS

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I love these things man. They make your house stink but your taste buds sing. You will definitely want to include collard greens.

11. Dinner Rolls

Pretty self-explanatory. I think everyone loves bread.

So folks there you have it. I have listed the top foods I want to see and the foods I would rather not. Thanksgiving is coming up soon and I am ready to enjoy the time with family. And then to leave and work retail for Black Friday... seriously why does Black Firday start on Thursday? That's the real problem with consumerism, taking people away from their families just so they can shop. To distract you from that ending here are some funny gifs.

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Thanksgiving has happened already, so I hope you had a great one!

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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.

Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.

1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.

So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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11 Cute Gift Ideas For Your Galentine, Because You Don't Need No Man

Don't forget the wine!


Now that we've picked up the Glitter from New Year's and gotten back into the swing of things at work and school, it's time to prepare for February's best holiday: Galentine's Day. Bet you weren't expecting that, right? Yeah, you don't need a man to celebrate Galentine's Day, instead, just an awesome gal pal.

Galentine's Day was originally coined by "Parks and Rec" front lady and badass woman Leslie Knope, and has quickly become a tradition. Celebrated on February 13, Galentine's Day is all about the amazing ladies in your life, whether that's your best friend, mom, roommate, or entire girl gang!

If you're looking for some amazing gifts to get your Galentine this year, I've got you covered! Don't even stress it if you don't have a Valentine this year because, remember, ovaries before bro-varies.

1. Women's Libation!: Cocktails to Celebrate a Woman's Right to Booze

What's better than feminism and alcohol? Honestly, nothing. Celebrate Galentine's Day by buying this book full of feminist-inspired cocktails for your favorite strong woman. Don't forget to make a couple of your favorite drinks that night, too!

Click here to purchase. Cost: $14.40 for hardcover

2. A bracelet with power.

Instead of just another cute piece of jewelry, get your Galentine a bracelet that will remind them every day just how strong they are.

Click here to purchase. Cost: $11.26

3. Another bracelet, this one that reminds you of your true priorities.

If you're looking for another piece of jewelry to add to your Galentine's collection, why not this one that reminds them that at the end of the day your gal pals will ALWAYS come first?

Purchase it here. Cost: $9.99

4. Wine bottle labels.

We all know that no Galentine's Day is complete without a little wine! Make your bottles even more personal and festive and include these super cute wine bottle labels. This is an easy way to spruce up a traditional gift.

Order them here. Cost: $8.89 for a pack of four.

5. The book that will help your broken-hearted bestie move on.

Have a Galentine that's a little down in the dumps this year due to a breakup or loss of someone important to her? Cheer them up with a sweet and sappy book! "You Always Change the Love of Your Life (For Another Love or Another Life)" by Amalia Andrade is an interactive way to help readers get over heartbreak. For any Galentine who has a lot of feelings and loves to write about them, this seems like the perfect gift!

Order it here. Cost: $13.66 for paperback.

6. Powerful wall decor.

What girl doesn't love some inspirational wall decor? This poster is perfect for any strong, driven young woman you know. It's perfect to hang up in a dorm room, apartment, or office!

Pick it up here. Cost: $18.00

7. Another Parks and Rec reference, but this time, on a mug!

Your Galentine doesn't even have to be a Parks and Rec fan to appreciate this one! This mug screams girl power and any strong woman will love it.

Purchase it here. Cost: $5.99

8. One badass coloring book.

Give your Galentine the perfect way to chill out and relax after a long day with a coloring book. This coloring book is special, though, because it's filled with many boss women from throughout history, sure to make any feminist beam with joy as she does she colors her stresses away.

Pick it up here. Cost: $7.98

9. A journal to help her see the good in every day.

Recently, daily gratitude journals have become increasingly popular. This journal will help your Galentine take a few moments each day to step back and think about all she has to be grateful for.

Purchase it here. Cost: $8.59

10. A girl boss wine glass.

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11. A candle to help her relax.

Time for some good aromatherapy! This classic Bath & Body Works candle is a great gift for any stressed out gal pal who needs to treat herself and relax.

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