8 Things To Love About Fall

8 Things To Love About Fall

There are so many things that make Fall so perfect.

Overlooking this extreme heat wave, Fall is on the way! Fall is one of my favorite seasons because it has perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and fun fall-activities. Fall in Upstate New York is breath-taking and every time it comes around, it brings excitement and joy.

1. Fall Clothes. Period.

Sweater weather! You can finally go into your closet and find your cozy knit sweater and wrap yourself in it for class. It's cute, comfy, and keeps you warm and snug. In addition to cute sweater, you can bring out your fall boots, jeans, leggings, fuzzy socks, scarves and jackets! Now that you aren't melting under the thousand degree sun, you can layer and accessorize your clothes without the worry of dying of a heat stroke.

2. The Apples!

If you haven't been apple picking in Fall, have you really been living your life to the fullest? Rally up all of your friends and go to your nearest apple orchard and have a fun day taking cute pictures and picking perfect apples.

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes

I know, I know. This is such a cliché thing to say, but it's true. There are only certain flavors that come out only in this class that makes them so special. I'm not an avid fan of PSLs, but I will always get one when the season starts just to get myself into the "fall-spirit."

4. Trick or Treat!

Boo! In a couple weeks, Halloween will arrive and value packs of candy will cover the shelves of Target and everyone will start to create their costumes. It's that one time of year when you can dress up and become a character (or whatever) you want to be. People get goofy and creative with their costumes and it brings me back to my childhood.

5. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the food and quality time with family. After stressful midterms, you can go home, relax with your family, and eat so much amazing food. It's the best feeling.

6. The Weather

When the leaves change, the temperature drops, and the air becomes more crisp, everything just becomes so pretty. It's amazing to go on hikes when the weather is so clear and fresh. Also, I love driving past lakes or hilly roads to see trees glowing red, yellow, orange, and hints of green. Something about it creates butterflies in my stomach and tugs at a nostalgic memory I had when I was younger.

7. Hollenbeck's Cider Mill

Number 7 may only be relatable for townies, but I urge you to find way to visit the local Hollenbeck's Cider Mill for some fluffy soft donuts and freshly squeezed apple cider. So many people flood Hollenbeck's during this season because this is the only time of year they are open! It's the only time of year you can get the best donuts and apple cider, ever. I am not paid to say this. This is how strongly I feel about this cute cider mill.

8. Perfect Netflix Weather

Lastly, Fall brings the perfect weather to just go home after class and snuggle up under your fuzzy blanket and relax with some Netflix.

Happy Fall!

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!

Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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Why Spring Time Is The Best Time Of The Year

With the first day of spring right around the corner, here are some reasons why spring is the best time of year!


If you are like me, you know that seasonal depression is real. I'm happiest when the weather is nice and I can explore what nature has to offer. I look to spring every year, because I know there is more to do and the extra hours of daylight makes for additional time to do my favorite things. I love to run outside, travel to nearby parks and outdoor attractions, and just enjoy the beauty and nostalgia of the outdoors.

Spring is a great time to get back in shape. There are a variety of fresh fruits and veggies that you can get at any local farmers market or grocery store to spice up your diet in the spring. Also, the gym can be monotonous after a long winter, so the start of spring brings a breath of fresh air for many outdoor fitness activities. Go for a walk or run done local trails or paths, do yoga outside, or even go go biking, hiking, or kayaking. The spring offers so many cool opportunities to become healthier.

Spring always reminds me of Easter time and Easter always makes me think of quality time spent with friends and family. Plus, I always think of baby animals and flowers blooming, two things that bring everyone joy. If you get a chance you have to visit the cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C., it is such a beautiful site. Furthermore, one of my favorite things is that first really sunny, warm day in the spring when you can open all the windows in your house and savor the start of spring.

The springtime also means that summer break is closer. After a long 8 or 9 months of school, the thought of a nice 3 month break is refreshing. Start planning your summer job, internship, or whatever you want to get into this summer, to give you some motivation to finish the semester strong.

Spring has so much to offer so prepare for the rainy days of April and the sunny days, full of flowers in May, and everything in between!

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