20 Christmas Gifts Every Millennial Woman Wanted In 2006

20 Christmas Gifts Every Millennial Woman Wanted In 2006

Troy Bolton under my tree.
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The year is 2006. You're either almost done with elementary school (ugh, finally) or deep in the hell of middle school. Regardless, your 2006 self is very excited for Christmas coming up to finally get all of the super cool stuff you've been dying to have all year. (Especially because Kayla is rich and her parents already let her get half of this stuff.)

1. An iPod Nano (2nd generation) in your favorite color

Because carrying around Hilary's Duff's "Most Wanted" CD and listening to it on your CD player was getting a little bit too inconvenient.

2. "Guitar Hero 2"

The hottest game of 2006 needed to be in your house and in your PS2 PRONTO.

3. 6 Aeropostale graphic tees in 6 different colors

Bonus points if it had a cool collar on it.

4. A digital camera

Because how the heck else were you supposed to take photos of you and your 5 friends making a star out of your fingers?

5. A puka shell necklace

All of the hottest boys in school had one.

6. Zac Efron 3-foot poster

"High School Musical" was brand new and your mom said no to kidnapping him and putting him under your tree. Ugh, what 2006 you would GIVE to be Gabriella Montez.

7. The newest Tiger Beat or J-14 magazine

Vanessa Hudgen's room is messy? OMG, mine is messy too!

8. A MySpace account

The days of away messages and closing door sounds are over and all of the cool kids are on MySpace. Come on mom, please?

9. An American Girl Doll

Whether it was your first or fifth, an American Girl doll was probably at the top of a lot of 2006 lists. (Hopefully some matching outfits, too.)

10. The newest "Sims" edition

For every single time you thought that designing a family and a home and living life for virtual people was getting boring, there's a new version.

11. Hannah Montana's CD

You HAD to get this and then burn it for all of your friends.

12. A fur-hooded Abercrombie coat

Only the coolest kids in school wore this number and you were destined to be next.

13. And the bag from that coat

Honestly just wrap the bag and put it under the tree too. I mean, ABS, am I right?

14. LiveStrong bracelets (more than 10)

If you can see any part of your wrist, you don't have enough.

15. A Chocolate cell phone with unlimited texting

Little did you know that the Voyager was coming out next year and you could watch yourself while taking duck-lipped selfies from 2.5 feet above your head.

16. Plaid, colorful Bermuda shorts

Paired with those Aeropostale tops? You'll be the style icon of the century.

17. The last book in the "Series of Unfortunate Events"

It's not like your entire life was leading up to this point or anything like that...

18. A Coach purse

Because, truly, what is a tween without her luxury bag?

19. A gift card to Claire's

You needed a new pack of 24 earrings, a fuzzy journal and a large collection of low-quality eyeshadows. Way too much to put on your list.

20. Soffe shorts


But you aren't going to fold the elastic over twice like SOME girls did. (You know who you are.)

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

Cover Image Credit: Jakob Owens // Unsplash

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Putting Away Christmas

It sometimes feels like the end, but it's not.
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It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

Cover Image Credit: Olivia Corso

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