Stay at Home Spring Break

12 Things You Can Do For A Stay At Home Spring Break

Get a new perspective on home... you might not be missing out as much as you think!

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It's that time of year again: college students are last-minute planning their Spring Break trips. But let's face it, in college, how many of us actually have an abundance of money to spend on a fancy Spring Break trip? Sure, if your parents are floating the bill, then, by all means, take the all-expense-paid trip to Mexico. But finding a trip that works financially for an entire friend group can be a lot harder than you think.

Which means that, in reality, it's likely you'll end up not going anywhere at all. And when that happens, it can be really depressing to see all those elaborate Instagram photos of people who did get to go to some exotic locale. But, home (or campus if that's where you stay), can actually be a lot of fun. Here are 12 things that you can do on a stay at home Spring Break that'll be (almost) as fun as an exotic vacation:

1. Catch up on sleep.

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Because well all know that we haven't been getting enough sleep during the actual school year. Maybe we can stockpile enough to make it to the end of the semester. Or at least the end of the first week back.

2. Catch up (or get ahead) on class work.

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Okay, I know this isn't traditionally fun. I, however, am one of those people who *hates* to be stressed out, so being able to get ahead is actually a blessing in disguise. If I can make my future weeks less stressful than I'll put in a little work in advance.

3. Binge some missed Netflix.

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Finally, watch that show that everyone else has seemed to have time to watch except for you. Becoming culturally aware is not a bad way to spend a week off from school.

4. Get in touch with friends from the past.

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Even if you haven't talked in a while, it's never too late to reconnect with friends from your youth or high school. Time makes people drift apart - but it doesn't have to. Just go grab a coffee. See a movie. Reach out over social media. It's amazing how easy it is to reconnect with people.

5. Go see a movie.

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In the past few years, there's been a growth in the number of films released in early March to cater to college spring break. This year in the first week of March you could see "Captain Marvel" (the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie before "Avengers: Endgame", "Five Feet Apart" starring your favorite "Riverdale" and Disney Channel alum - Cole Sprouse, and the live-action "Dumbo" if your break is later in the month.

6. Read a book.

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It can be so liberating to read something that *you* choose to read - not something that's been assigned to you or is required reading. Find something that you want to read, and enjoy.

7. Go shopping. (If you can get your parent to take you - even better!)

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Window shopping is always fun... but if you can take a parent (who really wants to spend as much time with you as possible) then all the better if they can foot the bill for a new spring/summer wardrobe.

8. Go on a run.

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We all start the spring semester with high hopes and New Years Resolutions of eating healthy and going to the gym. An un-busy Spring Break is the perfect time to get back on the wagon.

9. Spend time with family.

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Some people's families drive them crazy - and I understand that - but really a lot of the reason people's families are overbearing is because they miss you. So spend a little time with mom and dad, it means more to them than you know.

10. Go out. (If you're 21 of course!)

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Let's be honest.... a lot of our high school years were spent hearing about the bars and entertainment at home, but when we were finally old enough to go we didn't live at home! So go out. Sleep in the next day. Explore what you missed out on for 20+ years in your home town. It could give you a new appreciation for home.

11. Go to your favorite local restaurant.

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Everyone has that special restaurant they love, and food at school just doesn't measure up. So treat yourself... or get someone to treat you!

12. Go on a weekend road trip.

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So you weren't able to go on a week getaway. Make the most of what you can do! Grab a friend, a parent, a sibling, or go by yourself and explore a city for a weekend or even a day. The getaway is much needed, without the big bill of a week-long vacation.

Whatever you decide to do next month for your Spring Break, make it a good one! Relax, enjoy, and get ready to finish this semester off!

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12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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12. A mini cactus

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Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

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Your 2019 Spring Break Packing List

It is coming up so you better get packing!

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Are you ready for the sun and the sand? I am! However, I constantly procrastinate packing. It seems to be a lot of work and without a list, it feels impossible. So, I have put off my procrastination and made a pretty detailed 2019 spring break packing list!

1. Bathing suits

You know you need them! I suggest going and finding the perfect fit for you. Swimsuits can be tricky. However, everybody is a bathing suit body! So, go get a suit so you can go get a tan!

2. Sun screen!

You need it, so get it! Trust me, you do not want to get burnt. It could ruin your entire spring break. So lather that sunscreen on and hit the beach!

3. Shorts

You can dress them down or dress them up! Plus, you won't be hot. Long pants at the beach? Nope!

4. Sun glasses

Keep those eyes protected! The sun can damage your vision, so do not risk it. Also, with the right sunglasses, you can make quite the fashion statement.

5. Sweatshirt

The beach can get a bit chilly at night or if you aren't going far south. So, you might want to be prepared. Also, you don't wanna be cold all day after being in the water!

6. Pants

Like the sweatshirt sometimes you just want to be warm. I would suggest a loose beach look instead of jeans, but you can make jeans beachy too! just be prepared in case you have a chilly day,

7. Pajamas

You have to sleep, or at least try too. Also, you might want a lazy day! don't forget to pack something to sleep or chill in.

8. Beach towel

You need something to dry off with! Also if you want a good tan a beach towel is perfect to lay on when on the beach. you need it, and they can be pretty cheap.

9. Something to hold water

Like a water bottle or Yeti cup. Hydration is important when it is hot outside. You can easily get dehydrated on the beach so make sure you have something that allows you to have cold water constantly

10.  Hat

The sun is not great for your skin. So, having a hat is pretty important. Keep your skin healthy by keeping in the shade!

Spring break is a great time where you get to relax and not worry about school. If you pack right then you can avoid unnecessary stress. Have fun and be safe. Try to actually relax and take a week to treat your self!

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