15 Songs You Must Add To Your Summer 2017 Playlist

15 Songs You Must Add To Your Summer 2017 Playlist

What's a memory without its background track?
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If you're anything like me, you HAVE to have that perfect playlist blasting in the background of anything. Driving to the grocery store? Definitely a task that improves with music. Picking up a friend? Walking to the pool? Lounging on the beach? The mood is set by your music choice, so check out the following list (yes, of mainstream music) to help make your summer soundtrack the best it can be.

1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee

No, not the version with Justin Bieber, the real version that it is entirely in Spanish. The beat will get those dancing feet going, and the song will stay in your mind for days, even if you have no idea what the words are saying.

2. All We Know - The Chainsmokers

The hottest duo in the world stuns with yet another airy, fun song to sing along to while driving down the highway. One can almost feel the sun on their skin as they listen.

3. Summer Nights - Tiesto/John Legend

Such a song for a sunset dance on the pool deck... such beautiful instrumentals and the vocals are perfect as ever.

4. Once In A While - Timeflies

Um, is this the cutest song ever or what? My favorite quote ever is from this song - "Live life like my blood type, B positive" - and it's such a mood uplift.

5. Take My Love and Run - Bad Suns

Nice song for that summer fling, but it fits any mood and it will stay in your head... beware!

6. California Love - 2Pac/Dr. Dre

Total classic, don't even @ me. Whether you're strutting your stuff down the beach or cruising through the small town, the beat of this song will get you grooving like no other.

7. Mermaid - Train

If you didn't want to go to the beach and be a mermaid before, you sure do now. Happy, positive and cute as heck.

8. High By The Beach - Lana del Rey

For those of us looking for a more... chill... summer, the vibes you can feel in this song are just incredible. Even if you're not into the main theme, blast this song while you're tanning and feel the tension run right out.

9. Houdini - Foster the People

Such a happy, light, fun song. Learn the words and sing them loudly at every red light with your windows down and your cute, windblown hair.

10. Lana del Dre - Tep No

Guarantee you've never heard of Tep No (if you have, message me right now so we can be friends), but all of his songs have this chill, zen vibe that also makes you want to explore the world right now. I also recommend Under Rage and The Last Ones Standing, among pretty much everything else he's produced.

11. Passionfruit - Drake

This song is climbing the charts, so I'm sure you've heard it, but Drake's vocals with the tropical background make for such a calm, chill background music to a poolside nap or to a dance on the dock with your summer fling.

12. El Mismo Sol - Alvaro Soler

This song is also in Spanish, but it's so catchy that you really don't even need to understand what he's saying, if that's an offput for you (or translate the lyrics, they're really pleasant). Clap along and be happy that we are all here to have fun under the same sun - "bajo el mismo sol".

13. Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt

My best friend showed me this song first, and originally I wasn't a fan, but the more I listened to it the more this song just grew on me... it is everything you could want in a song, and it's good, even for country.

14. International Love - Pitbull

Remember this one? Total jam, 2011 knew what was up. Definitely one for the summer romance, a dance party or even a nostalgia session as you prepare to kiss another chapter (!!) goodbye.

15. No Vacancy - One Republic

I've always been a One Republic fan, and this single doesn't do it for me like a lot of their others have, but the feel of the song makes it perfect for summer 2k17. Pull out those towels and treat yourself to a new swimsuit because it's here!!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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