7 Unforgettable Childhood Summer Memories

7 Unforgettable Childhood Summer Memories

Take me back to the days when the only worry was getting a sunburn
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With summer quickly approaching, I figured it was time for a little throwback. During our childhood, we couldn't wait for the words "last day of school" which would lead us into the long three months of summer break. We would spend our days basking in the sun and just having fun with our friends without a worry in sight. Summer was always my favorite time of the year -- not only because my birthday happens to fall in the heart of summer, but also because it was a time when everyone just seemed happier and more carefree. I could probably name an endless amount of summer memories that I have, but here are just a few that have really stuck with me through the years.

1. The sound of the ice cream truck.

Every child could hear this truck from miles away. We would all run into our rooms and pull out the few coins we had out of our piggy banks and get our favorite frozen treat. If you happened to miss the truck, you knew that summer day had just turned into the worst day ever and you would have to wait a whole 24 hours until you could try again.

2. Melted popsicles and ice cream.

Along with the enjoyment of ice cream, comes the melted mess. Sure a popsicle sounds like the perfect thing for a hot and humid 90 degree day, until you step outside it then becomes a moisturizer for your hand. We have all had those sticky red hands from our melted popsicles, where Mom would be scolding us for making such a mess and for not eating it fast enough.

3. Baseball games.

Baseball games are one of the very definitions of summer. We all had the parent that sign us up to play little league even though we didn't want to be standing out on a dirt field in the 80 degree sun. Or maybe you were fortunate enough and got to bake in the sun while sitting on the bleachers, cheering on your friends and siblings. Either way, baseball games were one of the many enjoyments of summer, since who doesn't love sitting bleacher side with a soda and hot dog.

4. Getting that tomato red sunburn.

No matter how many times mom told us to put on that SPF 50, we would say, "It's not that sunny" or "But, Mom, I don't ever burn." A few hours later, we would then come back for lunch and be glowing like fire. We would get the, I told you so look, from Mom and then a speech on how important it is to protect your skin from the sun's rays. It's not till now that I truly am grateful for the sunscreen fights my mom and I would have.

5. Poolside fun (for those without the enjoyment of beaches).

Summer equals poolside days. Enough said.

6. Summer foods.

You knew every night when it wasn't rainy was going to be a cookout. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brauts, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and watermelon always made the perfect meal and you couldn't ever seem to get tired of it. I mean you have to enjoy the food while it is fresh and in season since we all know the December blues when you just want a slice of ripe, juicy watermelon.

7. Fireworks.

As a child, I loved nothing more than when the 4th of July would come around and the whole town would come together and watch fireworks at a local college stadium. It would then return to having a few neighbors that would put on a light show of their own, just for our entertainment. I loved seeing the night sky light up in the blues and reds of the American spirit and for once, it would feel like the peace on Earth was possible since everyone coming to celebrate the one thing that we are all truly thankful for.

Sometimes, looking back on our childhood may make us feel old and miss the good times, while others it makes us smile and realize just how well we had it. For those of you who are reading this and still have some years of your youth left, enjoy it. Once you graduate high school and make it to college, summers just aren't the same. Cherish this time you have of no worries and the free-ness to create as many memories as possible because trust me, one day you will enjoy looking back at them.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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5 Stores You Should Never Take Your Girlfriend To, Because You'll NEVER Get Out

You've heard the jokes about Target... they're real. It's a real problem.

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There are some stores that really are money suckers... everything is cheap and cute, and you just want to buy everything. Guys, here are the seven stores you should NEVER, EVER, under ANY circumstances, shop at with your girlfriend!

1. Target

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Never EVER take your girlfriend here! She'll find an irresistable pair of booties she HAS to buy, or a cute new top, or some comfy sweats that would look super cute with that hoodie of yours. Don't do it.... just don't.

2. T.J.Maxx

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This is another trap. Everything is cute and name-brand, and there will be something she wants, I promise. Last time I was there they had Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirts on sale... really had to demonstrate self-control there.

3. Bath and Body Works

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This one is especially dangerous because there's ALWAYS a sale, and you normally get a bunch of free products, so trying to not buy something is really REALLY hard. I always cave, I can't help it.

4. Yankee Candle, or any candle store.

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Candles are like a thing I buy and never use but can't talk myself out of buying. I love the way they smell, but I always forget about them. It's a slippery slope, and once you get started it's hard to stop buying them.

5. Forever 21

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Want a new outfit for the weekend? $20 and you're set. Girls LOVE Forever21, and it's so hard to say no when you find something you love for $10...

Well, fellas, I hope this list helped if you want to save money and/or time! Girlies, what are your favorite stores I forgot to mention?

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