12 Things Anyone with a Lake House Can Relate To

12 Things Anyone with a Lake House Can Relate To

Friends, Family, and Fishing

There is nothing more magical than spending time at a lake house. Whether your family had one for the Summer or you grew up in a year round lake house (like me), you understand how special time spent in a house on the lake shore is. Summers spent on the lake were the place where childhood fairy-tales took shape and set the stage for the memories of a lifetime. My parents got engaged in a row boat, my pier was where my grandpa taught me to fish with kernels of corn, and my boat is the place I feel the most at peace. Relaxation and laughter are results of the best lake house experiences.

Lake life is the best life, whether its just during the Summer or all year round. Here are 12 things anyone who has or grew up with a lake house can relate to:

1. Summer is the best three month holiday of the year.

Nothing beats Summertime in a lake house. Your summer community comes back from the long winter and messy Spring to do nothing but sit out on boats, sip on lemonade, and talk about happenings from the past year.

2. You could drive a boat before you had your permit.

Speed boats, pontoons, row boats, wave runners, Sunfish, kayaks, peddle boats. You could handle them all.

3. Pontoon boats are basically party yachts.

There is nothing sweeter than cruising around the lake with 15 of your closest friends, coolers of soda and beer, and music blasting from the stereo. Pontoons were made for Summer parties and the day you became old enough to take the boat out by yourself was the best day of your life.

4. Being thrown off a tube that's being towed behind a speed boat at 45 mph is not only fun, its a challenge.

A tube is basically the water version of a bucking bronco.

5. Water sports are the only sports that matter.

Skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, and swimming are the best summer work outs.

6. Your friends beg you for time on the lake.

Your friends can't wait for you to ask them to have a boating day. Your popularity grows substantially once June comes around.

7. Lying out on a pier or rocking boat to tan is pure paradise.

You have the best tan of all your friends and coworkers at the end of a long weekend.

8. Fishing is a favorite family past time that you learned from someone special in your life.

I learned to fish when I was a little girl from my grandpa. He used to take me to the end of the pier with my Snoopy mini fishing pole and showed me how to cast and bait my own hook. Because of him I became more down to Earth and never afraid to have to dig through some dirt sometimes.

9. Your Summer friends will be with you for life.

Some of our strongest friendships started on the beach. Bonding over water can be powerful and nostalgic later in life. It brings back the best moments of your life whenever you see them again.

10. Playing cards and board game nights aren't lame — they're insanely fun.

Its a fact that game nights bring out the aggressive competitors in even the quietest great aunts.

11. Your best memories were made during time spent at the lake house.

Running barefoot with friends on the shore, playing capture the flag, catching minnows in little nets, listening to the Beach Boys on CD, building bonfires to roast marshmallows, kayaking down creeks to catch painted turtles sunbathing on logs, and making friendships that last long past Labor Day - its all lake house magic.

12. Lake houses are still amazing in the winter.

Everything that's fun in the summer can be fun on the ice in the winter. Ice skating, fishing, hockey, and snowball fights are right at par with boating and swimming in the Summer.

Lake houses are the places where the greatest moments in life happen. Lake house communities are supportive and full of energy. There's no better vacation than a weekend away on a lake with family and friends to relax and remember that being alive can be pure bliss.

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

Forever my number one guy.

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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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.


College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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