An Open Letter To My Summer Romance

An Open Letter To My Summer Romance


To my summer boyfriend,

We started out as friends. You were always there for me when I needed to get out of my house or when I was too stressed to think. We'd meet in a nearby park and throw a Frisbee around until the sun had long disappeared behind the hills. But, then we went hiking and everything changed. We came to a clearing on the mountain where we could look out over a beautiful view when you turned, wrapped your arm around my back and kissed me.

From that point on we were inseparable. I wanted you to experience the world with me and all it had to offer. Everything was an adventure. You took me on a picnic by a lake on a beautiful windy day. We went out for dinner in the city and stumbled upon a concert in the park. One night you swung me over your shoulder and threw me into your pool. My favorite memory by far is watching the meteor shower with you from the back of your dad's truck. Each day was wonderfully spontaneous and overall magical.

But our summer together came to a very hasty close. We tried to stay together during school, but that only lasted a week. You drove up to my school the Sunday before labor day to break up with me. I just can't help but wonder what was going on in your head that day.

What's going on in your head now? Do you miss me? Do you just miss the classic rock we sang together with all the windows rolled down? Do you miss the relationship we had or just the way I looked at you? Either way, you gave me an incredible time that I could never repeat. You taught me to cherish the memories as much as the warmth of the season and the later sunsets.

I know you loved me, even though you never said you did. I could see it in your eyes when you looked at me or in your smile whenever I looked at you.

Of course, I hope you're doing well and you're happy with your life. I would give anything to repeat one of those wild summer days, but I know it's best to leave the past as a simple golden shimmer of a memory.


Your summer girlfriend

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Yes, I Have 2 PopSockets And Yes, It's A Way Of Life

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I have been a follower of the PopSocket trend for almost two years. I have to say, and I'm not just being dramatic, it has changed my life. However, I've only had one until Christmas, and let me say, two is better than one.

I know what you're thinking, "Why in the world do you need two PopSockets?"

Well, here's the story:

I have always had a PopSocket on my phone. Since I first got one, I haven't been without one for longer than a week because I didn't like the feeling of not having one. My friends and family know how obsessed I am with them. Because of this, both my mom and best friend got me a new one for Christmas. Rather than picking just one to use, I thought, "Why not use both?" My plan was to use the both of them for a week or so and then take one of them off, but after a week had passed, I realized the many, many benefits of having 2 PopSockets.

Why is two better than one?

Having two PopSockets gives you a better stability when it comes to taking a selfie, making a phone call, or even just holding it. If you're anything like myself, you're probably known for being clumsy and dropping your phone basically anywhere you go and any chance you get.

Having one PopSocket already gives you a better chance of not dropping your phone in a rain puddle, but imagine how much greater the chance of not dropping your phone would be if you had two PopSockets?

With TWO PopSockets, the ability to prop my phone up has been expanded. With one PopSocket, my options are limited. I can either prop my phone up and down, or on its side. However, with two, I am able to do both. One is great for FaceTime and checking texts, emails, and social media. The other is great for YouTube videos, Netflix, and phone calls. Why settle for one when you can have two?

While doing some research for this article, I found out that PopSockets donate 10% of their online net proceeds and 10,000 PopSockets to support the people fighting Parkinson's Disease, as apart of their Do Good initiative.

As if I didn't love PopSockets enough, their support of Parkinson's Disease makes me proud to use my 2 PopSockets with confidence.

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14 Gift Ideas For Your Mom

I mean, what the heck are you supposed to give the lady who has legitimately giving you life itself?


Let's just give it up for all the loving moms for a second.

These ladies are actually superheroes. I mean how the heck do they make it work? I couldn't tell ya'.

If you are a mom, I love ya.'

For any and all moms in your life, here are a few gifts to make their day!

1. A cute to-go mug.

Whether you are a new mom, an old mom, or an empty nester, you probably are on the go. Let's be real, we can never have too many mugs.

Find on Amazon for $16.59

2. Adorable wall decor

Mom's love a good decoration (and so do I if I'm being honest). Browse through Amazon for one of those cute sayings that 90% of moms eat right up. Maybe you'll even make her cry.

Find on Amazon for $27.95

3. Scrapbooks (Mom's love these things)

Not only is this gift one that she will love, but it's one you can either personalize or let her personalize! I mean how cute and sentimental is this idea? Fill it with pictures of your family and it will probably trigger all the tears.

Find on Amazon for $14.95

4. A journal

This one is especially for moms who write. This is a little space for them to share all their deep thoughts. Besides, Amazon has quite a few that are super cute and inexpensive. I am betting that you are ballin' on a budget, so this is a quality mom gift that won't break the bank.

Find on Amazon for $20.00

5. A picture frame filled with pictures of you and her

Ahh, another tearjerker. Grab a frame and mom will cherish the image in it forever and ever.

Find on Amazon for $14.99

6. Some cute stationary

You can never have too many cute notes and cards. Give mom the opportunity to write some letters to their other mom friends!!

Find on Amazon for $11.99

7. Jewelry

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. I don't know about you, but I sure as heck can't afford diamonds. Get mom some different, delicate, adorable jewelry from Amazon. She'll be thriving and your bank account won't be crying.

Find on Amazon for $24.99

8. Cookies

For the food moms, you can actually order chocolate chip cookies to their front door. Do it. Maybe she will even let you eat one. It really is a win-win.

Find on Amazon for $36.99

9. A game

Buy mom a game and then have a game night with her! I can promise she will appreciate the time you spend with her and you get to pick out something fun in the process.

Find on Amazon for $16.85

10. A diffuser bracelet

Mom's love essential oils. Provide them with some accessories to go along with their lavender. They will be smelling good, thriving, and super relaxed.

Find on Amazon for $8.50

11. A purse

Mom's LOVE bags. You can't go wrong with a cute handbag. Perhaps you can add a few things to put in it as well!

Find on Amazon for $19.98

12. Shoes

For the fashionable mom, add to her shoe collection. Whether it's Mother's day, her birthday, or any other special occasion, she will appreciate a quality pair of shoes.

Find on Amazon for $28.94

13. Cooking products

When you get mom some pots and pans, an apron, or a cooking sheet, she can use them ALL the time! If your mom loves food as much as I do, you really can't go wrong with this one.

Find on Amazon for $8.59

14. A fuzzy blanket

For the cozy night in, mom needs a fuzzy blanket. Also, if you live at home, this is practically a gift for you too!

Find on Amazon for $39.03

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